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."

Friday, July 25, 2014

Socratic Seminar: Weirdest Fictional Crushes

I came across this post the other day regarding unconventional (weird) fictional crushes and it got me thinking. We all talk about the conventional crushes: Mr. Darcy, Carswell Thorne, Nikolai Lantsov, Daniel Sheridan. Okay, maybe those are mine and not necessarily yours, but you get the idea. But what about those minor characters? The ones that typically don't get the love of reader's everywhere?

Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet
He drops some of my favorite one liners and, as much as I love him, has one amazing death scene. Side note, "A plague on both your houses" is my absolute favorite Shakespearean line.

Khal Drogo, Game of Thrones
Heeey. I'll be your Khalessi. 

Beast (in prince from), Beauty and the Beast
The library is just a bonus.

Loki, Thor
I'm sure he's seen the error of his way and we can work it out. No problem.

Louis, Interview with a Vampire
Duh. (Bonus points for not sparkling in the sun)

So tell me. Who are your fictional crushes? Do we share some similar tastes? Or are we going to agree to disagree?

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Lovely and The Lost by Page Morgan (Review)

Paranormal, YA
Publication Date:May 13, 2014
Published By:  Delacorte Press
WebsiteThe Lovely and The Lost on Goodreads

Page Morgan Website
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Ingrid and Gabby survived the Underneath. They saved their brother, Grayson, from a future of dark servitude and exposed a plot to undermine the Alliance. But danger still lurks in the streets of Paris, and the Dispossessed, perched on the city's bridges and rooftops, might not be able to save their human wards this time.

Yes, Vander Burke had romantic feelings for her.  She didn't know how to define her feelings for him just yet, but first and foremost, he was her friend.
  Secretly, Gabby imagined with pleasure how stunned Nolan would be when he returned and saw how well she fought.  Impressing Nolan wasn't her main desire, but it was one of them.
  Yes, he was.  But that wasn't all he was.  By the way Luc had held her, saying those words like a vow, he'd let slip that he still considered himself something much more.
  "If you've come to serenade me, I believe your next move is to sing," he said. knowing it would only vex her.  He couldn't help himself.  He liked seeing her vexed.  And talking helped him forget the state of his body. 

Still Wonderfully Unique...

  The Beautiful and The Cursed opened up an entirely new world for me, and this book continued into that world.  What I love is that it is Morgan has a unique style of writing that draws me in, in such a way that I can't adequately describe the feeling.  There are times when I pull myself out of her writing and know, that if it weren't for the beauty and feeling in her writing this story would not be what it is. I am not saying I don't love the story, because I absolutely do but Morgan gives it life and meaning.  This being the second book in the series had the potential to fail, but instead it soared.

  The pacing was once again almost perfect.  I found a couple of spots here and there had a bit of a lull, but overall I found that I could not put the book down.  The unique premise in which the Gargoyles exist and the line that is straddled by the Waverly siblings is unique.  Though not all three have demon blood running through their veins, but they are each different from what society wants.  I cannot help but wonder what they would do if one of them was not special, how would the story pan out then.  There is also a little twist that I sensed but could not prove until later in the book, and I also couldn't place what had been the cause of it.  It is one thing to know that "one of these things just aint like the others," but something completely different to know why.

  It doesn't matter what sister you speak of I like both of them.  However, I am partial to Gabby.  I believe everyone underestimates her and her determination to not only protect but succeed.  She may not be a fearless warrior but she has the heart of one.  She also has something to prove, or feels as if she does and this sometimes leaves her judgement a little off.  With Ingrid I found a lot of growth but I hope for more strength to come.  She can do more than she believes, but I did find myself proud of her for beginning to step up and stand up for what she believed.  No characters are perfect but these girls are something that make you not care about that.

  The romance is both complicated and uncomplicated, it once again depends on the sister you are dealing with.  If it is Gabby, things are simple.  She loves Nolan, and despite the age gap (appropriate for the time setting) I think he is perfect for her.  He makes her feel everything that she should.  However, he is sometimes an ass, but at the same time it is mostly a show for his psychotic father.  That guy is an ass and a half and I know that he is there so that not everything is happily ever after and easy for them (among other things), but I wish he would just bugger off.  With Ingrid, things are much more complicated.  There was always a hint of a triangle with her.  Thing with it is, it never bothered me.  Yes her heart may sometimes pull more than one way, but ultimately she knows what she wants just not how she could ever have it.  I am not saying that I don't like Vander but Luc will blow him out of the water... or anywhere really.

  The other mentionable is Greyson.  He is not the way his sisters remember, his relationship with Ingrid is so far from what I expected.  Given he is having a hard time dealing with his Hell Hound side, and I didn't expect him to bounce right back but his struggle was more than I could have expected.  There was growth by the end of the book for him though and many moments in-between that made my heart ache for him.  Also mentionable is the slight crush he seems to have going on, and although it does not seem to be reciprocated, I have my hopes.

  The Lovely and The Lost  was a great second book, that sadly finished in such a way I wanted to scream.  I hope that the ache will be repaired in the next book because I will be as heartbroken as the character if it isn't.  I am overall happy with the development and continue to love Morgan's writing and the characters she has created.  With depth, and description The Dispossessed series is a complete win.  Pick it up if you love historical reads that have a paranormal cross.  If you are para lover that normally passes on the historical, you might want to give this series a go because Page Morgan has done it in a way that will blow your mind.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by MG Buehlen (Review)

Science Fiction, YA
Publication Date:March 4, 2014
Published By:  Strange Chemistry 
WebsiteThe 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare on Goodreads

MG Buehrlen Website
My review copy: From Random House Canada for honest review

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For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the after effects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.

It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.

Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.

And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.(Goodreads)

  If only Dr. Farrow had listened to me and given me some sort of medication.  I'd be well on my way to becoming the person my family needs me to be.  All their attention could go back to Audrey, where it belongs.  But I guess since I've gone seventeen years without any medication, Dr Farrow thinks a little while longer won't do any harm.
  She couldn't be more wrong.
  A whole life lived.
  A whole life forgotten.
  Were they beautiful lives?  Was I alluring and radiant?  Or was I a freak in each one just like I am now?
  I know Porter will be furious, but I don't care.  That's what he gets for treating me like a child.  For not trusting me.  For lying to me.
  Let him be in the dark for once.

Every Future is her Past...

Where to start with this one... It's honestly hard to say because this book was a surprise. I had read the synopsis and was completely taken. Time travel and not only time travel but exploring every life that has come before is appealing. Not a smart idea but one that sounds good. Then Buehlen went there and made it her own, rocking the time travel in a way I had never seen before. Where this development started, I do not know but what I do know but what I do know is that once it did, it was hard to stop. I know that my little title up there will confuse many, but once you pick this up it will pull together (I hope).

The plot in this one was unique, something that I personally have never encountered before. However, it did take a little to get into for me. I found the pacing was fairly slow in the start. The base was laid out well and we got a little background information but the slower pacing did leave me wanting. Not only did it leave me wanting but at times I felt like I was losing it. What I did not realize, was that all of these little details were adding up, adding up and becoming something more. Then something spectacular happened the book took off. Actually everything took off and despite the slower start I found myself in love with the book. The details and the little things matter a lot in this book and it is easy to find the brilliance once all is said and done.

Alex came off kind of clueless to start but despite this I liked her. I liked her and felt bad for her almost. She is wonderful in her own way but because of everything she has been through (or gone through) in her life, she has withdrawn from people. I mean I got it but that didn't make it any easier for her I'm sure. She handled everything the best she could, given that no one around her believed what she was telling them. Truthfully even once she had someone telling her things she was kept enough in the dark to still mess up. This is one thing I did not blame her for. She is a teenage girl and only did what she believed was right, and lets be honest no training and a blue eyed boy to swoon over... what the heck are you going to do? Alex was extremely real i her reactions and her feelings and for that I am grateful, and it made her easy to like.

The romance in this one is most definitely there but is beyond hard to explain with killing it for you. I would like to say that it is simple but with 56 prior lives and being on her 57, it quite simply can't be. However, I will proudly mention that there is absolutely no love triangle. I know proud is an odd word because I didn't write it but there is not even a hint of one. Sure the lack of social life does assist that, but it still could have been done. What Buehlen wove into this story is actually quite unique and really did intrigue me because you never quite get to know till the end how it all ties in. I really think it is one of the things you know part of but not the extent of. This one little element added a lot to the story and was beneficial to the entire plot.

I look forward to the next book in this series. Time travel seems to be picking up speed in the YA world and honestly I am in. MG Buehlen created a world in where the travel has its limits and the character herself is unique. I believe that this book holds a lot of different things that people will enjoy. It touches on some historical things (time travel.. duh right), I would say a little science fiction and so much more. If you are looking for something different, missing a triangle and well written, The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare should be your next choice.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley (Review)

The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window
Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication.Date  April 30th, 2012
Published By:  Kirsty Moseley
WebsiteKirsty Moseley

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Amber Walker and her older brother, Jake, have an abusive father. One night her brother's best friend, Liam, sees her crying and climbs through her bedroom window to comfort her. That one action sparks a love/hate relationship that spans over the next eight years. Liam is now a confident, flirty player who has never had a girlfriend before. Amber is still emotionally scarred from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. Together they make an unlikely pair. Their relationship has always been a rocky one, but what happens when Amber starts to view her brother's best friend a little differently? And how will her brother, who has always been a little overprotective, react when he finds out that the pair are growing closer? Find out in The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window.


"Every time I start to fall, you make yourself fall backwards so I land on top of you. You're going to hurt yourself," I explained, frowning.
He shrugged. "Rather me than you," he mumbled under his breath, pulling me to my feet again.
"It's always been you; it'll always be you, Angel."
He smiled. "You're my girlfriend, Angel," he purred seductively, kissing my lips lightly. "My girl." He kissed me again. "The only one I want."
She looked terrified; she looked so scared that I felt like my heart would stop beating at the sight of it.
"The first time I saw you I thought you were an Angel straight from heaven. You were so beautiful that you took my breath away. You still do, every day."
He turned his nose up, faking a shudder. "Don't remind me about my former life without you, Angel. I'll have nightmares," he said with mock horror, making me laugh.

I picked this one up because of the description. There was abuse, which tends to be something I keep picking up, but I also figured there'd be a good level of sweetness within the story. The protective brother aspect, the boy who's always been there aspect, and everything else hinted at all added up to a book I thought I'd truly love. Unfortunately, this book fell a long ways short of my expectations.

The main character wasn't one that I liked or connected to at all. She contradicted herself so many times. First Liam was always an asshole. Then we find out that he did nice things sometimes--but oh no. They were SO ANNOYING. She said things all the time that weren't reflected in the actual characters. Most specifically, Liam. And her interests. She loves dancing, but we don't spend much time with her actually dancing. I'm not a dancer, but I know for a fact that a lot of practice goes into it. She was a character that was described as lots of things that weren't backed up. She's supposed to be funny. I did not see this. She's supposed to be kind. Why? Because she helped one friend figure out a birthday gift one time? Because she was somewhat friendly to Johnny? Other than those two things, she was kind of rude most of the time.

All the other characters weren't very complex, either. The best friend who was obsessed with guys. The over-protective brother. The brother's best friend who's had a crush on her for forever but acted like a manwhore because he wanted to move on or he was waiting for her or something. Don't get me wrong, some of these things I find entertaining. I LOVE protective older brothers in books. And when the love interest, Liam, put aside his manwhore ways, he grew on me easily. But that didn't make their characters any more interesting. Mostly just gave them a bit of saving grace from being hated by me.

The writing didn't do much for me. It was very show, then tell. Like, we already understood something, but it was said a sentence or two later even though we already grasped what was going on. And people "burst out laughing" (or something of that sort) several times in this book. Again, I didn't really find much, if anything, that was THAT funny. There were stereotypes galore, and the characters seemed to KNOW this. At one point, one girl (named Jessica, which didn't do anyone any favors) seriously said, "I'm head cheerleader! We're supposed to be together." Um, no. That's not how it goes. I'm not saying there isn't a levels thing in high school--like more social, well-known people kind of end up with people like them--but it doesn't go by what sport you play or whatever. That's just silly.

The plot of this story was odd. It kept changing. First it was Amber and Liam getting together. Because they just realized they should be together. I can deal with that, but what I didn't get was some of the things with them, like how they slept in the same bed EVERY NIGHT since the first time. And then later there were times described where they didn't. And I find it hard to believe she and Liam never had an ACTUAL conversation in all that alone time they spent together between sleeping in the same bed and him driving her to dance on Saturdays and whatnot. But let's move on. After that we get to this bet. Pretty much every single girl in school bet money on the fact that they could "nail Liam first." I don't know what high school they go to, but it is clearly fictional. That kind of stuff doesn't HAPPEN. Is he really that desirable? There surely must be some girls in that school that aren't interested. Or even if they are, they have the brains to not go in on a bet like that. I found that part of the novel so, SO hard to take seriously. After that, we get to the issues with her father and what I'd been expecting in the story. From that point on, the story worked better for me.

My only other huge problem with the book was Liam in the beginning. He was very full of himself. He seriously said things like "Most girls would love to have me do that to them." Because that matters. And he explains his manwhore ways, with the typical explanation of trying to get over Amber. And I didn't like how Amber viewed him at the beginning of their relationship, assuming he was having trouble because she wasn't giving him sex right then. Liam was absolutely fine and respectful at that point, but Amber was still critical.

All that said, however, there were some things I liked about this novel. I found it an enjoyable read, for the most part. Which is probably hard to believe because of everything I pointed out already, but after I'd made it through and noticed all those things, I still found I liked the general story. Surprisingly, I think I will re-read this one at some point. When I need something sweet. Because the book did have a lot of things I look for in books, and while the story wasn't perfect, I was okay with it overall.

I was also a huge fan of how respectful Liam was when it came to sex with Amber. He didn't push. He always asked her is she was sure. It was a complete 180 from how Liam seemed and was described in the beginning, but it was a good change, so I approve. We got in his head a few times throughout the book, and while this happened at what seemed like completely random times, I appreciated it nonetheless. At one point we were in his head, and he was with Amber and thought, "OK, I'll just go along with it until she tells me to stop; I knew she felt comfortable enough to ask me to stop, which I loved." I like this.

Overall, while The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window is nowhere near a perfect book and there are so many things I did not like about the story, there were still some enjoyable elements. I wish it could have worked better for me, and I do plan to re-read it at some point. And I definitely plan to check out more books by this author. This one was only her first, so I have hope that her books get better and I'm not giving up on her yet.

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