Blind Spot Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway)

"It's a story about how sometimes we fail to see things that are right in front of us."

Since You've Been Gone (Review)

"fabulous, wonderful, endearing, amazing story"

Dissected by Megan Bostic (Blog Tour)

"Powerful & Thought Provoking"

In Honor by Jessi Kirby (Review)

"This is going on my favorites shelf and I will probably reread it again in the future."

Blog Tour: Hungry by H.A. Swain (Review + Giveaway)

"Hungry is a captivating and thought-provoking story set in a fascinating world."

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Review))

"All-in-all, a perfect summer read and you should totally pick up these books, if you haven't already!"

The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle (Review)

"The Edge of Falling is a beautifully told story, both in plot and writing."

Hexed by Michelle Krys (Review)

"Hexed was just the thing that I needed to get back into the reading world."

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Just One Year by Gayle Forman (Review)



Series:
Just One Day #2
Genre:
Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Publication.Date:October 10, 2013
Pages:323 (paperback)
Published By:  Dutton Books
Website:Gayle Forman

Just One Year on Goodreads
My review copy:
Bought

Where to get:



Just One Day. Just One Year. Just One Read.

Before you find out how their story ends, remember how it began....

When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they aren’t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he’d thought. . . .

The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents that happen—and the happiness we can find when the two intersect.

(Goodreads)



Accident - how I found her. Accident - how I lost her. You have to give the universe credit, the way it evens things out like that.
There's a difference between losing something you knew you had and losing something you discovered you had. One is disappointment. The other is truly a loss.

I didn't realize that before. I realize it now.
Love is not something you protect. It's something you risk.


Minor Spoilers from Just One Day

It's not often that when I finish a book I need the sequel immediately. Normally I can be (relatively) patent enough to wait the year or so until the next release. This was both the case and not the case for the Just One Day series. I immediately needed to read Just One Year after Just One Day, but unfortunately for me, the paperback had not yet been released and wouldn't be for another six months. (My copy of Just One Day is paperback so I needed the same for Just One Year. It's a sickness - don't you judge me)

So I waited for my email to come that my preordered copy had been mailed and when it did, I was thrilled. When it came in the mail on release day, I couldn't have opened the package quick enough.

Just One Year begins with Willem in the hospital not really knowing what's going on. He'd just been attacked my the skinheads (something we learned in Just One Day) and knows he has to be somewhere, just not where. He has vague memories of the day before and of Lulu (aka Allyson) but by the time he remembers everything it's too late.

Willem lives the life of "accidents" that lead him on amazing adventures and introduces him to a rather interesting cast of characters. He meets a woman in Mexico who runs a theater camp out of New York, specializing in Shakespeare. He visits is mother in India and winds up playing the villain in a Bollywood movie.

I love learning more about Willem and watching him life is life for this year helps us understand who he is while giving us peeks into his past, family relationship, and friendships; we get a larger picture of this wanderer. I love that this novel is a romance, but at the same time it's not. It is so much more than that. Yes, Willem is searching for Allyson as he finds trouble getting over her, but it's also about him searching for and finding himself. His search for her is a bit tricker as he doesn't even know her first name and despite his almost giving up a few times, he realizes that he can't stop and most likely never will. Something in him kept looking for Allyson and through this search he finds himself and his double happiness.

Gayle did an amazing job of introducing us to these two characters and allowing us to spend a year with each of them after the events in Paris. I don't think I would have truly appreciated Allyson's story without Willem's or vise versa. I know that I definitely would not have appreciated Just One Night without Just One Year (but that's a review for next week).

I do wish I had read these two books closer in sequence, because while one scene was obvious that they were like 50 feet from one another, I have a feeling Gayle entered more little hints and nods to Just One Day that I missed since I hadn't read them closer together. I guess that's what rereads are for!




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Exclusive Jewelry Giveaway: W. Kruk (International)

Today I have the utmost pleasure of hosting an International giveaway of W.Kruk exclusive jewelry.


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Where Silence Gathers by Kelsey Sutton (Blast + Giveaway)

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Title: Where Silence Gathers
Author: Kelsey Sutton
Series: Some Quiet Place #2
Release Date: July 18, 2014
Publisher: Flux
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
In this companion novel to the critically acclaimed Some Quiet Place, Alex must choose between Revenge and Forgiveness.

For as long as she can remember, Alexandra Tate has been able to see personified Emotions, and she's found a best friend in Revenge. He's her constant companion as she waits outside Nate Foster's house, clutching a gun. Every night since Nate's release from prison, Alex has tried to work up the courage to exact her own justice on him for the drunk driving accident that killed her family.

But there's one problem: Forgiveness. When he appears, Alex is faced with a choice—moving on or getting even. It's impossible to decide with Forgiveness whispering in one ear . . . and Revenge whispering in the other.

About the Author

Kelsey Sutton has done everything from training dogs and making cheeseburgers to selling yellow page ads and cleaning hotel rooms. She lives in northern Minnesota and received a BA in English from Bemidji State University. When Kelsey is not writing or trying out a new career, she can be found in the park with her dogs, ordering a coconut mocha at the local coffee shop, or browsing a bookstore.


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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (Review & Giveaway)

Genre:
Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, Romance 
Publication.Date  December 9th 2014
Pages:400
Published By:  Delacorte Press
AuthorStacey Jay

Princess of Thorns on Goodreads
My review copy:Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Where to get:


Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

(Goodreads)

I am only a child, too innocent to realize that there is no salvation without sacrifice, no light without darkness, no triumph that doesn't carry the seeds of its own destruction bouncing in its pocket.
Human men can’t be trusted, not even fathers.
My curse means that I will never know romantic love. Not all human men are wicked, and there are so many kind, handsome Fey boys I daydreamed about when I was younger, but I will never know what it is like to love one of them. I will never know what passion feels like. I will always be alone.
I am a prisoner in a cell of my mother’s good intentions and I will never, ever escape.
I will never be anyone’s girl but my own.



Once upon a time there lived a 
prince and a princess
with no happy ever after....

     Princess of Thorns is one of my top three favorite books this year - absolutely phenomenal.

     Think something along the lines of Defy meets Sleeping Beauty, but more complex and exciting, intricate and funny, sexy and meaningful. Princess of Thorns has everything you could possibly want from a fantasy novel or fairy tale retelling. There are wicked dangers, curses and prophecies, evil kings and villains with surprisingly "humanizing" qualities, unexpected allies and forbidden love stories. The twist on Sleeping Beauty fairy tale was so amazing, I was positively blown away. I will be recommending this book to everyone. No one should miss it.

     I still can't decide which part of Princess of Thorns is my favorite. I loved everything from the really awesome, genuine and charismatic characters, the spellbinding writing style, the truly intricate and intelligent plot line to all the heart pounding emotions this book evoked in me. There's nothing I could nag about here, nothing to improve or tweak. This book is pretty much perfect in every aspect and I almost feel bad for other retellings that now have to compete with this one, for they will always fall short in comparison. 

     Stacey Jay did a fantastic job, she went above and beyond simply re-telling a fairy tale. She changed it, added a whole lot of new plot threads - some small and barely noticeable, others just as big and important as Aurora's story - and she made something completely new and unique. 

     If I had to choose what I loved the most about Princess of Thorns, I'd probably say: the relationships and chemistry between the characters (both positive and negative). And not only between Aurora and Niklaas, but between Aurora and her brother (we don't get to experience this first hand until the very end of the book, but we know how Aurora feels about her brother from the beginning), Aurora and her mother, Aurora and the Ogre Queen, the Ogre Queen and her brother, and so on...  They all felt very real and convincing. Not fairy-tale like at all, not stereotypical or embellished or one-dimensional. The characters felt very real, too, their reactions and behavior and feelings - genuine and very human. I particularly loved the relationship between Aurora and Niklaas - it's the most believable love story I ever came across in a fairy tale or a fairy tale retelling. I totally bought it. I was rooting for these two with all my heart. 

     Part of this love story's charm is definitely the fact that, for a long time, Niklaas believes Ror to be a 12 year old boy (Aurora's brother), which creates a whole lot of hilarious situations and misunderstandings. Niklaas doesn't hold back around Ror, he shows his true self. He's no charming, perfectly behaved prince, after all he isn't trying to woo a lady, he is 100% himself and it's just.. awesome. Example? Here's what Niklaas thinks about Ror shortly after their first encounter: "Flaming son of a demon. Arrogant, briar-born slog. Stuffed and trussed, barely teat-weaned, fuzz-faced baby man!"  And here's what he thinks about the whole marrying-a-princess-to-save-his-life ordeal: "It wouldn’t matter if she were the ugliest lump of troll dung ever birthed—it would be worth wedding a dog with an ass at both ends to live to see my nineteenth birthday—but I can’t deny I’d enjoy a pretty wife more than a homely one."  You just don't get this kind of brutal honesty in fairy tales. I loved it! 

     Filled with themes of love, redemption, forgiveness, bravery, destiny and finding yourself, Princess Of Thorns is simply wonderful. It's an unputdownable page-turner that will fill your heart with warmth. Most importantly, it's a fairy tale in which the princess doesn't need saving. She's no weak and helpless little girl who needs protection and a prince to make her existence whole. She's tough and fully capable of saving herself, and the YA world needs more heroines like her. 

     I highly recommend this book to fans of fantasy and fairy tale retellings. 


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