Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Short but Sweet Reviews: The Midnight Sea, Blood of the Prophet, and Bluff

The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element, #1)Book: The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element #1)
Author: Kat Ross
Published: March 26, 2016
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Number of Pages: 326
Format: ebook
Source: I received a copy of this via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Tags: YA, 4.5 Stars, Fantasy, Received for Review

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: They are the light against the darkness.

The steel against the necromancy of the Druj.

And they use demons to hunt demons….

Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King's elite Water Dogs is that they leash wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister.

Scarred by grief, she's willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he's possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other's emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close.

As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius's past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake…


-QUICK REVIEW-
Okay, I'm going to try not to spoil you! I read this trilogy really quickly, so the details on when one book ends and the other begins are a little fuzzy. Okay, I really liked Nazafareen! I thought that she was a really strong and independent, and I enjoyed seeing her grow up into a fearsome fighter. I thought that Darius was a really good match for her, and I loved seeing them grow throughout the series. Ross has a really unique mix real history, and fantasy. It was cool that I knew a little bit in this world where I knew almost nothing. There was a lot of action adventure, and betrayal that defiantly kept me on the edge of my seat. 

So overall I loved this book! With strong characters, some freaky demons, and action packed adventure, this is defiantly a must read.
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Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element #2)Book: Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element #2)
Author: Kat Ross
Published: September 12, 2016
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Number of Pages: 337
Format: ebook
Source: I received a copy of this book via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3 Stars
Tags: YA, 3 Stars, Fantasy, Xpresso Book Tours

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: Visionary. Alchemist. Savior. Saint.

The Prophet Zarathustra has been called many things. Now he spends his time drawing pictures of weird-looking goats. That's what happens when you've been stuck in a prison cell for two hundred years. But the man who might be mad, and is definitely supposed to be dead, has suddenly become very valuable again…

It's only been a few weeks since Nazafareen escaped the King's dungeons with her daēva, Darius. She hoped never to set foot in the empire again, but the search for the Prophet has led them to the ancient city of Karnopolis. They have to find him before Alexander of Macydon burns Persepolae, and Darius's mother with it. But they're not the only ones looking.

The necromancer Balthazar has his own plans for the Prophet, and so does the sinister spymaster of the Numerators. As Nazafareen is drawn in to a dangerous game of cat and mouse, her newfound powers take a decidedly dark turn. Only the Prophet understands the secret of her gift, but the price of that knowledge may turn out to be more than Nazafareen is willing to pay…


-QUICK REVIEW-
While this book did suffer a bit from the second book blues, this was defiantly a good book! There was a lot of suspense in the build up to the three characters that we read about meeting. It was really cool to see their different paths, and it was cool to see them meet at the end of the book. I really enjoyed seeing Nazafareen and Darius's relationship grow more, and I loved learning more about Zarathustra. 

So overall I liked this book! While it did seem like a bit of a filler, I enjoyed the suspense and the characters in this book. While this isn't my favorite book in the series, this is defiantly a good book! :) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  
BluffBook: Bluff
Author: Julie Dill
Published: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Number of Pages: 250
Format: ebook Source: I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  
Rating: 3 Stars 
Tags: YA, NetGalley, ARC, Contemporary
 
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Knowles is surrounded by the privileged. Michael Kors gym bags and designer shoes are part of her daily scene, but the talented cheerleader has a secret: she and her dad can barely pay the bills. Broken by his wife walking out on their family, Chelsea’s father ignores his responsibilities. Between cheer costs, grocery bills, electricity, and other regular financial burdens, it’s no surprise when a cut-off notice arrives in the mail. Chelsea knows it’ll be up to her to keep the lights on.

With the deck stacked against her, Chelsea decides to bet their future on the dubious poker knowledge she learned from her father before he gave up on parenting. Nervous but determined, Chelsea heads to a casino with very little security and wins big. Thrilled by her win, she’s quickly drawn to the casino again and again. She risks it all, especially when the attractive, young pit boss takes an interest in her.

Chelsea’s life, no longer filled with cheerleading, school, and hanging out with her friends, is now consumed by smoky casino floors and the ups and downs of a gambler’s life. True gamblers know when to fold, but Chelsea keeps betting long after her needs are met. The complicated web of lies soon begins to spin out of control, threatening to expose everything. Will someone see through her bluff?

-QUICK REVIEW-
This was a super interesting book! I have never read a YA book about a teen with an addiction of any kind, which is odd to me. So I was super excited to read this one. One of the cool things about this book is that we get to see Chelsea gamble for the first time, so we really get to see her addiction from the very beginning. I liked Chelsea at first, but then she started getting annoying, which made me dislike her a bit. She would make bad choices, and I couldn't help but criticize her at times. I never knew why people got addicted to gambling, and after reading this book I can totally see why. It's the thrill. So, this was defiantly an interesting book.

So overall I liked this book! I though that the premise of teenage addiction was really interesting, and the plot kept me engaged throughout the story. While Chelsea did get a bit obnoxious after a bit, I defiantly enjoyed this book. :)
                    

Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Review: Swords & Stilettos by Kristin D. Van Risseghem

Swords & Stilettos (Enlighten Series, Book One)Book: Swords & Stilettos (Enlighten Series #1)
Author: Kristin D. Van Risseghem
Published: December 7, 2016
Publisher: Kasian Publishing LLC
Number of Pages: 290
Format: ebook
Source: I received a copy of this book from Lola's Blog Tours in exchange for an honest, and unbiased review. All opinions in this review are my own.
Rating: 1.5 Stars
Tags: YA, Fantasy, Lola's Blog Tours, #COYER

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: Zoe Jabril needs to devise a kick-ass plan to save the world ASAP. Otherwise, Armageddon starts the day she turns eighteen—and if that happens, everything is going to hell. Literally.

She could be any other 17-year-old attending parties and checking out cute guys—except she discovers her best friend is a Guardian Angel and the boy she crushes on is a Nephilim, both sent to protect her from the demons who want her dead.

Now Zoe has to deal with growing feelings toward the Nephilim, who spreads a strange electrical current through her body every time he touches her. And she’s under constant attack from Demons, trying to stop her from fulfilling the Prophecy: a girl will be born who will unite Angels, Nephilim, Fairies and Werewolves to battle evil. Then she has to control newly found talents if she’s to prevent the devil from escaping Hell.


-MY REVIEW-
Okay, so maybe I shouldn't have requested this book to review. In my defense, I read the synopsis and I thought that it sounded interesting! Granted it sounded like hundreds of other YA books, but I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and try it. Well, from my whopping 1.5 star rating, you can see how well that turned out. 

In this book we follow Zoe, as she learns that she is destined to save the world. She learns that her best friend is an angel, and that her other guardian is half angel. Sam (Satan) is preparing to invade, and Zoe is the one who's going to stop him.

All of the characters in this book were really unoriginal, but my biggest problem was with Zoe. She was so self obsessed. Throughout the entire book, everything she did was to help herself. But I know that I wasn't going to like her when her best friend is trying to get her to run away from two guys chasing them, and all she can think about is the coffee that he mad her drop. Keep in mind that he's trying to save her life. Like, WTF? Why are you thinking about your coffee at this exact moment? Shay was okay, he was unoriginal along with the other characters. Nothing really stood out about them.

The story line was extremely predictable. I made a guess about what was going to happen in chapter two, and I was almost exactly right. Now, for someone who always guesses wrong, that isn't a good thing. The book was just so predictable! It felt like I had read the whole book before. Also, this book was filled with YA tropes. All of them, and that made me even more annoyed at the book.

In the end, this was a boring and dull book. The content felt like it was a bad mashup of other books, and the characters were even worse. Even though this is a quick read, I will not be continuing on with the series.
          

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Weekly Recap: Where I was a Bad Blog Friend (Week of 1/8/17)

Happy Sunday! I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by The Caffienated Book Reviewer; Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews; and Book Photo Sundays, hosted by Rabbit Ears Book Blog.

-MY LIFE-
Hello everybody! It's been a while, and I feel like I haven't talked to you guys in forever! I've fallen behind on my comments this week, so I'm hoping to catch up on everything withing the next couple of days. I did manage to get three posts up this week, and all of them were reviews which is nice. Other than that my reading has been slacking. I think that I'm going to stray from the COYER challenge a bit to try and ward of the reading slump I feel closing in. So overall, there was a lot of TV, and very little reading and blogging last week. Hopefully this week will be a bit more productive. If you left a comment and haven't seen a reply yet, know that I'm coming! I haven't forgotten about you guys! Have a good week, and happy reading, everybody! :)

- CURRENTLY READING-
Something (Wisteria 1) 

-POSTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED-

-INSTAGRAM PIC OF THE WEEK-
  

-BOOK PHOTO SUNDAY-
 


-QUESTION OF THE WEEK-
Do you ever take any unexpected blogging breaks? Let me know in the comments! :) 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Book Review: My Wolf and Me by India R. Adams

My Wolf and MeBook: My Wolf and Me
Author: India R. Adams
Published: April 26, 2016
Publisher: India's Productions
Number of Pages: 220
Format: ebook
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest, and unbiased review. All opinions in this review are my own.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Tags: YA, #COYER, Received for Review 

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: Their love was innocent.
Their friendship was pure.
Their fear was real.
Their danger was true.

When little Marlena is left to care for an abandoned wolf pup, her parents see their irrevocable bond, and this humble family embarks on an adventure trying to care for the needs of a rapidly growing wolf, and the needs of their headstrong daughter. The comical complications of such a venture only darken when Marlena, now a high school student, witnesses her wolf shift… into a young man.

Secrets and the pure hatred from a man out for revenge take Marlena, her family and her wolf on a heartbreaking journey of devastating loss, captivity, and ultimate sacrifices.

This love story will haunt you well after you finally set this book down.


-MY REVIEW-
Me after finishing this book: *looks at dog*
*looks back at book*
*looks at dog*
Me: "I mean, dogs technically are decedents of wolves..."
My dog: *huffs at me and walks away*
Me: "Wait, I'm getting mixed signals! Come back!"

In this book we follow Marley from when she was a young child, to her in high school. When Marley was a child she met Mother Wolf, Father Wolf, and their baby, Romy. Marley and her family are left to care for Romy when his parents are killed. Together they embark on a lot of adventures, but when Romy shifts into a human, things get a lot more complicated. 

I absolutely loved and adored the beginning of this book, especially when Marley and Romy were children. They were just so, fucking, cute. I loved reading about how they would play together, and sleep together, and take baths together, they were just extremely cute. It was also cool because I could see myself in Marley, and it would have been awesome to have a pet wolf growing up.

"After another blow out the snout, I advised the male wolf, 'You should see a doctor.'"

Okay, there was a part in this book where Sebastian (human Romy) was with Marley, and I was extremely scared for her. I did not like the way that he was tossing her around. It scared me. After that scene it took awhile for me to trust Sebastian again. It also took me a while to realize that Romy was still intertwined with Sebastian. I was thinking that the two were completely separate, when they are really the same thing. Once I made that distinction, I was more okay with Romy. But still, he was over reacting in my opinion. I didn't want him to hurt Marley who is really sweet, and wants to help whenever she can. That being said, I do think that Sebastien is a good partner for Marley, I think that they will balance each other out.  

I really enjoyed reading about how Sebastian learned to be human. He was like a giant toddler, and Marley defiantly had her work cut out for her. From the good, to the bad, to the funny, and to the oddly insightful.

"After another beer in the middle of another game of Jenga, Sebastian all of a sudden took a stumbling step away from the kitchen table and said words I will never forget. 'I must poop now.' He headed for the back door." 

The ending seemed a little rushed to me, but I still really enjoyed it! It was really interesting to learn more about Sebastien's family, and it was cool to see everyone work together! It was really action packed at the end, and I'm defiantly happy with the ending.

So overall, I loved this book! I loved Marley and Romy's relationship, and reading about them growing up together. While I did have some minor problems with the book, I absolutely LOVED everything else. Like I say in every review I make for Adam's books, I highly recommend.
                 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Book Blitz: Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis

Book: Finding Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #1)
Author: Siobhan Davis
Published: January 9, 2017
Genre: Upper YA, Contemporary, Romance

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis:
Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.

You shouldn’t want what you can’t have…

Faye Donovan has lost everything. After her parent’s tragic death, she’s whisked away from her home in Ireland when an unknown uncle surfaces as her new guardian.

Dropped smack-dab into the All-American dream, Faye should feel grateful. Except living with her wealthy uncle, his fashion-empire-owning wife, and their seven screwed-up sons is quickly turning into a nightmare—especially when certain inappropriate feelings arise.

Kyler Kennedy makes her head hurt and her heart race, but he’s her cousin.

He’s off limits.

And he’s not exactly welcoming—Kyler is ignorant, moody, and downright cruel—but Faye sees behind the mask he wears, recognizing a kindred spirit.

Kyler has sworn off girls, yet Faye gets under his skin. The more he pushes her away, the more he’s drawn to her, but acting on those feelings risks a crap-ton of prejudice, and any whiff of scandal could damage the precious Kennedy brand.

Concealing their feelings seems like the only choice.

But when everyone has something to hide, a secret is a very dangerous thing.
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About the Author: Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling and Saven series.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

You can find Siobhan on her website, Goodreads, Twitter, her blog, Facebook, Google+, Amazon, and her Kennedy Boys Newsletter
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Book Review: InHuman by Kama Falzoi Post

InHumanBook: InHuman
Author: Kama Falzoi Post
Published: December 13, 2016
Publisher: BookFishBooks
Number of Pages: 210
Format: ebook
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest, and unbiased review. All opinions in this book are my own. 
Rating: 2 Stars
Tags: YA, ARC, Received for Review, Science Fiction 

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: Mira’s mother sizes up bodies at the morgue like she’s rifling through the sales rack: this one’s too big… this one’s too small… ah, here it is. Just right. The perfect vessel for the one they’ll call Adam.

Since Adam’s survival is the key to drawing out the Conduit—a slippery sort bent on evacuating souls from their human bodies—Mira must help him pass for a typical teenage boy. That means showing him how to talk right, walk right, chew with his mouth open... blend in.

Ironic, because blending in is has always been a challenge for Mira, especially with hair the color of a Dorito. But at their small, secluded prep school, blending in is a matter of life and death.

Because the Conduit is watching.


-MY REVIEW-
Aliens. Yep. I don't read a ton of science fiction, and honestly don't know like a lot of the ideas that make alien books. But this one sounded good! I thought that the premise was interesting, and I thought that I would really enjoy this. Instead what I got was a lot of confusion, and romance.

In this book we follow Mira, as she works with Adam, an alien in human skin, to save Adams race. The Conduit has bad blood with Adam's race, and they are hell bent on destroying them. So together, Mira and Adam work together to draw out the Conduit, and get rid of them once and for all.

Okay, so this book was pretty confusing. I felt like I never fully knew what was going on while reading. They would say something, or a name of something would come up, and would have no idea what they were talking about. It felt like I was missing a piece of the puzzle, and I wasn't able to see the picture without it. I did enjoy reading about the Seekers taking the human's bodies, and I thought that that was the most interesting part of the book.

I didn't like Mira, mainly because she would do things without really thinking them through. For example: Mira, a girl with no fight training, decides to go into a battle with very practically no preparation. Then when she reaches the place, she realizes that she failed to bring a weapon of any kind along with her. What. The. Fuck. I mean...wouldn't you just naturally grab a flashlight, or a knife, or you know, ANYTHING SHARP, POINTY, OR EVEN A RANDOM OBJECT THAT YOU COULD HIT SOMEONE WITH?     

I felt like Mira and Adam's relationship moved way too fast. I also felt like it took over the story. Instead of trying to find the Conduit, I was reading about how Mira wanted to kiss Adam. A lot less exciting. Oh, and I think that Brandon was a better match for her. Just saying.

So overall, this book was a miss for me. While I thought that the overall premise was interesting, I was often confused, and thought that Mira and Adam's relationship overpowered the story line.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Weekly Recap: Back To School? NO NO NO NO NO (Week of 1/1/17)

Happy Sunday! I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by The Caffienated Book Reviewer; Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews; and Book Photo Sundays, hosted by Rabbit Ears Book Blog.

-MY LIFE-
Hello everyone! This was a fabulous week. What did I do? Absolutely nothing. I just lounged around my house, in my sweatpants, reading. I read four books this week, and I'm currently three books ahead on my Goodread's Reading Challenge! Ya, that's right. I'm ahead. It's nice to see those words because I was behind most of last year. I don't expect those words to stay there for very long though considering that school is starting up again on Monday. One of my classes is absolutely kicking my ass, and taking up a ton of my time. I wanted to start another class this semester, but I'm not so sure considering the amount of time I spend on that single class. So, I guess that we'll see. Oh, and I just hit 200 followers on Instagram! This is surprising considering that I only started in August of last year, but I'm really happy about that! I'm attempting to post every single day this year, so hopefully I can do that! Have a good week, and happy reading everyone! :)

-CURRENTLY READING-
Blackheath (The Blackheath Witches, #1)   

-POSTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED-

-OPEN GIVEAWAYS-
You can win a hardcover copy of Freeks by Amanda Hocking by checking out my review (3.5 Stars), and entering here.

-BOOKS I HAVE ACQUIRED-
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)The Throne of Glass Coloring Book

This is my Christmas haul! I finally have these beautiful books, so expect to see them on my bookstagram very soon. :)

-INSTAGRAM PIC OF THE WEEK-
           

-BOOK PHOTO SUNDAY-

-QUESTION OF THE WEEK-
I can't think of any questions to ask, so ask me a question! I'll answer them in the comments. :)