Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How to be a perfect "Goddess"

Josephine Angelini's series of the starcrossed lovers has been one of my favorites every since the first book came out. Needless to say that I was dying to get to the last book in the trilogy. 


The story of the series so far: If you guys remember, this book is about Helen, a semigod (yes, you read that correctly) that just finds out about her true self when the Delos family (and there are a lot of them) moves to the small island of Nantucket where Helen lives. After first wanting to kill Lucas, a son of the Delos family, then falling in love with him, only to realize that he's her cousin, it becomes quite clear that Helen's life will never be the same. When in book two she has to travel to the Underworld to rid the four houses of semigods of the Furies, who make them want to kill each other all the time to pay for a blood debt that goes all the way back to the Trojan War, Helen almost dies in the process. Only Orion, someone she meets in the underworld and another semigod of two houses, just like Helen, can help her: She slowly begins to grow feelings for him as well, sadly. Throw in Lucas, who is still in love with Helen and confuses the heck out of her, and you not only have a love triangle on your hands, but also a possible apocalypse. The reason? When the four houses of the semigods unite, then this means all out war. And it just happens to be that Helen, Lucas and Orion represent those four houses. And you can guess what happens in the end.

"Goddess" is the third and last book in the Starcrossed series. It leaves off right after the second book, merely hours later. Orion, Lucas and Helen have unwillingly united the four houses and therefore done something everyone has been trying to prevail. With the houses united, this means an all out war with Olympus. And that's not a piece of cake. Pretty quickly the gods start roaming the earth and killing of innocent humans, just because they can. On a romance side: While still reeling from the fact that Lucas is her cousin, Helen tries everything to find if it's really Orion she wants to be with. Besides that, she also needs to find the strength to fight every god in Olympus to make sure that mankind survives. Traveling to the Underworld again, letting herself guide not only by Morpheus, the god of dreams, but also by Hades, the ruler of the Underworld, Helen discovers her true talents and has to make harsh decisions on the way to saving the people she loves.

So, as usual I don't wanna give too much of the story away, but I can tell you that this was a great ending to the story. This book has everything I wanted it to be. We still have the romance factor (and that actually has some heartbreaking moments in it) and we have the epic battle for the safety of the people on Earth, something this story has been building towards for so long now! I loved the whole story, especially the people that helped Helen guide her towards her destiny. There were some things that I didn't like storywise, but I know they were necessary. There always seems to be someone betraying his loved ones in the end. What I have always loved most about this story is all the people in it. The whole Delos clan and Clarie/Matt, Helen's mortal friends, so to say. The chemistry they all have was amazing and you were ruling for all of them all the time. So when something happens to only one of them, even if he/she is not a main character, you still feel for that person and that is one aspect Josephine Angelini managed soooooo good. You wanted everyone to have a happy ending! 

I love Josephine Angelini's style of writing, how it sucks you in from the first moment and you didn't want to put the book down until you got to the very last page. Going to work during that time was hard for me, let me tell you, because the moment I put the book down while reading, I felt like something was missing, that I needed to get back and make sure I went through the whole book. I needed to get through the whole book to make sure things were okay, to make sure that things would end the way I wanted them to! I'm a sucker for happy endings, what can I say!

So I loved this book, and I would recommend this book to everyone that enjoys greek mythology, romance and action in a great writing style. Don't miss out on this amazing series!!! I'm most certainly glad I didn't!!!

Always the reader, 
Yvi

PS: This was actually a series that I bought the first book as an ebook but loved so much that I had to get the paperbacks as well! And that, my dear readers, means, that I REALLY loved this series!!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Play with me, Ryan Hunter!


I have to say that just with the two titles of the books from the Grover Beach series you actually can express it all.

"The guy sure felt a little possessive there, and he made no effort to hide that from me or anyone else. I couldn't stop myself from smiling."
- Play with me by Piper Shelly

Ryan Hunter's parties are legend. And tonight she's going to be there.

Liza Matthews anticipates the return of her best friend and only love since kindergarten from soccer camp. But when Tony finally shows up, his mind is more focused on another girl. And worse, she's a soccer player. Fighting for the attention Liza craves, she's just a hairbreadth away from making a very stupid decision. But when extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, she's prepared to play ball to get her man.

The tryouts are hell, the first match ends bloody, and the morning after the selection party she wakes up in the worst place possible—in the arms of the captain of the soccer team. The hottest guy in school. Ryan Hunter.

So much for the synopsis. But what can I actually say about the book? It's funny and clever and beautiful. One of my favorite scenes is after their first workout and Liza refuses to move.

"But don't mind me. Just go on. I'm sure in a few hours someone will come and scrape me off the pavement...dig me out of the sand...whatever."
- Play with me by Piper Shelly

The two start out as friends and we all know how it is when you have set your sight on something and you don't see the rest of the world anymore. In this case not seeing Ryan is a bad thing since he's adorable and just the right kind of cocky and sweet. As for the guy that Liza actually thought she loves: Tony (come on, with that name he could never score with me anyways) sucks. He's a selfish prick, who luckily in the end sees the light and does the right thing. Other than that? Thank God for Ryan Hunter. This book? I am sooo glad I bought it.


Hell, I thought book one was good and I gave it a full five-star-rating, but then I read Ryan Hunter and suddenly I wished there was something like six stars!

Ryan Hunter is actually Play with me just from Ryan's perspective and maaaaaan, you gotta love that guy.

"This was the only time that I'd ever let go of the tears that had choked me the whole night, because the evidence of them would be washed away in the shower."
- Ryan Hunter by Piper Shelly

Seriously, who can not love him after that? Especially when he mentions time and again that almost everyone knows just how strongly he's feeling for Liza. I love that there is no need to hide his feelings behind the typical 'I'm a guy I can't have feelings'. 
Ryan Hunter is just... WOW. And best of all: He has that bad-boy-vibe that draws the girls (*cough* me *cough*) in without being a bad boy at all. A tiny little playboy maybe, but nothing more. Just amazing. I love how he handles shy Susan, or bookworm, how he calls her and I love that he seems to come along with just everyone. As far as book-boyfriends go, he goes up fast and high on my list. And I was very glad to realize that book two was longer than book one because that meant more of Liza and Ryan. And more of those two is just perfect.

"I think it's time that you know I'm in love with you, Liza. That you've been my very own sunshine for a very long time. And that I don't intend to let you ever get out of my arms again."
- Ryan Hunter by Piper Shelly


And with those two books I leave you for now!

Yours truly, Julie



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Morganville - you cannot leave, no matter how hard you try

So in case they are people out there that haven't heard of this series, here's a short break down: Morganville is a city that is run by vampires. Evil, cruel and blood thirsty vampires. Yes, there is your occasional rational vampires, but let's face it, if they are hungry, they are all the same. However, there are also humans living among the vampires. So meet Claire Danvers, heroine of ours books and a total nerd. But she's also feisty and has come a long way in all those books already. Together with her friends Michael and Eve and her boyfriend Shane, they are the group that is just calling for trouble. For different reasons. I won't go into the first 13 books, because there would be too much to vocer, but let's just say that ever 13 books in, this story never gets old. Sure, we had a few slow paces, but now, with this current one, we're just picking up the pace again. And don't remind me of the fact that there is only one more left....and it's already coming out in November...I might just sit down and cry...

Okay, without further ado:

Morganville Vampires' book # 14 - 


In this book, for the first time since arriving in Morganville, Claire gets to leave. After having been betryed by her boyfriend Shane, leaving doesn't seem so bad anymore. Now, off to Boston to attend MIT, means that her dream is finally coming true. But does leaving Morganville really mean you leave all the danger behind? No, definitely not. Claire continues to work on the devices that might just even the odds in a possible fight against vampires. But what happens when the device is used as an offense weapon instead of the defense weapon Claire thought it would be used on? It's disaster, let me tell you. Claire moves in with a former friend from high school, who has drastically changed and is slowly driving her mad. Then there is Irene Anderson, the former Morganville resident that now does scientific work in Boston to make sure noone realizes that there are really vampires out there. When man in suits suddenly start showing up in Claire's apartment unannounced and attacks start happening all around her, Claire isn't sure anymore if leaving Morganville really was the right choice. What she doesn't know is that Shane has followed her to Boston. While keeping his distance, he still keeps a distance, giving her the space she asked for. When Myrning and Oliver, Morganville residents, go missing and turn up all fo the sudden with more than enough evidence that even in Boston vampires are hunted, things start to spiral down. Because friends might not be friends after all! And when if they do return to Morganville, what will they find?!

This book is great again!! While the last one was good, but not as great as the other ones, this book is just keeping you on the edge of the seat. Not necessarily because of the suspense, especially in the first part of the book, but because seeing Claire and Shane apart is just WRONG and you want them back together. Badly so. Their moments in the books are my favorites, because those two are just amazing, if you ask me. The whole chemistry this whole group, Claire, Shane, Michael and Eve have, is what makes this series work for so long. It has never gotten old, and never boring, which is why I continued to read this story for as long as I have. You will not be disappointed by this book, not by a long shot. It has everything from love, betrayal, suspense and surprise in it. 

I cannot wait for the last book, but at the same time I never want it to be published because then there will be no more Morganville....

Which reminds me: If you're a fan of the Morganville series, please don't forget to back up the Kickstarter project for the online tv series: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2059515068/morganville-the-web-tv-series

Read the book, read the series, I don't think anyone that enjoys a good supernatural read will be disappointed.

Yours,
Yvi

Monday, June 17, 2013

Rush Crush?!

The Too Far series by Abbi Glines was amazing so far: I loved Rush and Blaire together so I was really looking forward to the last installment of this series. Let me introduce you to 

"Forever Too Far" by Abbi Glines


I'm still so weirded out by this book and my reaction to it. Like I said, I LOVED the series so far so I was really looking forward to that last book, but somehow it was totally not what I wanted it to be. I can't even really say anything, since I'm still reeling from it. Not necessarily in a good way.

First of all the story: While Blaire is still pregnant, Rush's sister Nan is still causing problems. Even more so after realizing who her real father is. To ease the trouble that Nan is causing, Blaire and Rush fly out to LA to help Rush's father and Nan's father with his troublesome sister. Everyone who has read the series knows Nan and can imagine how that works out. Not at all. Nan still hates Blaire and that is causing unnecessary trouble between Rush and Blaire. 

I read on one of the reviews that this book is more Rush and Nan's book than it is Blaire's and Rush, and that is actually not so far off. I wanted to love this book, but having the focus on Nan like that and having her cause trouble between Rush and Blaire just got on my nerves, I'm sorry. I love the two, but I can't stand Nan and having her in most of the story, I just didn't get it. 

Second of all, I didn't get the Grant and Harlow point of view in the book. Don't get me wrong, I love all of them, Grant, Woods, Della and Harlow, but this is Rush and Blaire's book, and so the focus should be on them and not on anybody else excessively. If those POVs would've been in their books, I would've loves them, and seeing them seperately from the book I do love them, but not as part of "Forever Too Far". Part of me gets why she put Grant in there (he needed to meet Harlow there, which was the obvious couple for the next book for me the moment they introduced Harlow), but I just think those story lines belong to their own series. And in the end, when Blaire is pointing the gun at Angelina to help Della out?! Also not something that needs to be in Rush and Blaire's book. It seemed really far fetched to me. 

The end.....WTF? Again, this is Rush and Blaire's book and NOT Nan's or Grant's. The ending I didn't get at all, seriously. This book should've ended with a wedding scene and happily ever after, not with Nan showing up at Grant's place...That was something I REALLY didn't understand.

Okay, but enough negativity. This book had its sweet sides as well. The whole caveman thing from Rush still gets me every time. I LOVE it. Also, Rush is such a romantic when he wants to be and sooo caring. I mean, when he invited Blaire's dad for Thanksgiving dinner, that was just sugar sweet. I loved that! Not to mention the wedding song he wrote for her. All things that I loved about this book. 

So I gotta say again: I'm disappointed in this book as I wanted it to be perfect! Maybe though my expectations are just so high when it comes to Abbi Glines, that this book (as the first one ever from her) didn't live up to the standards. It won't keep me from reading more Abbi Glines books (heck no, she's still one of my all time fav authors), but that's why it was just average for me.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Alien invasion - the hot kind!!!

Oh my, so I'm still fanning myself over the hotness that is Daemon Black. And believe me when I say, I'm pretty sure you will all feel the same way after you're through with those books!

By Jennifer L. Armentrout:

When Katy moves to West Virginia with her mom after her dad died, things couldn't look more bleak. Leaving the sunny beaches of Florida behind, she needs to spend her senior year in no-mans-land. That wasn't the worst of all though. Meet Daemon Black, new next-door-neighbor and a guy that simply by opening his mouth, brings out the very worst in Katy.

"I'd always avoided confrontation in the past, but this guy was flipping my bitch switch like nothing else."
Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Katy quickly befriends Daemon's twin sister Dee, but her brother is a completely different story. They hate each other, and yet again, they don't. More than once Katy has to admit just how awesomely good-looking he is and her thoughts go the R-rated way more than once. And boy that is hot. Daemon himself is a jerk, an ass and whatever else you want to call him. And yet you can't help but love him. And damn will you fall in love with that guy. You will, believe me. Yes, he's a jerk and all that, but he's also amazing, hot, unnerving and just everything that gets you excited about the perfect book boyfriend character.

"Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys."
Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Back to the story though: due to a few mishaps, Katy learns that her new neighbors are actually aliens. Right, aliens. From outer space. She finds out what it means for them to be on earth and deals with it. Throw in the usual enemies aliens have (and no, those are not the green little munchkin kinds) and you get a perfect mix of romance, thrill and excitement in every way possible. Not to mention the growing tension between Daemon and Katy. Oh boy, that one make out scene is hot on so many levels!!!!!

"They were googley-eyes in class on Friday. It was pretty steamy, the whole 'I'm screwing you with my eyes" thing they had going on."
Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout

When Katy almost dies at the end of the first book, Daemon saves her, forming a connection between them that ties them together until their death. Right, until one of them dies. Because if that happens, the other one dies as well. So not fun.

In the beginning of book two, "Onyx" we have Daemon and Katy, that still try to deal with whatever relationship they have/don't have. 

"Come and get it." Come and get...? Daemon placed half the cookie between those full, totally kissable lips. Oh, holy alien babies everywhere...
Onyx - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Then there's Blake, the new guy and someone perfectly normal. Or so it seems. So it's no wonder that Katy, who isn't sure what Daemon's intention about a possible relationship really are, agrees to go out with a perfectly normal, BORING guy. Turns out, Blake is not so normal himself. And Katy, due to Daemon having healed her, starts showing signs of superpower as well. Throw all of that together and you have a love triangle that includes super powers and things always flying everywhere. Needless to say that things turn messy!! And all of the sudden Katy is what the government calls a hybrid.

And have I mentioned lately how amazing, awesome and hot Daemon is?? No, didn't think so!!! And god, he can also be thoughtful, caring and freaking AMAZING!!!! I know, I've been saying that alot, but it's just simply the thruth!

Okay, back to the actual story. So turns out Blake is not just any superhuman guy, but a hybrid just like what Katy became when Daemon healed her. The good part, he's the one that can show her what she can do with her new powers. The bad part: Daemon is sooooo not a fan of this agreement. And gosh that's entertaining as hell. So as Katy's mom suddenly brings home a new boyfriend, who might not be what he seems, all signs point to trouble. Then there is Dawson, Daemon's and Dee's brother that is apparently dead, but might not be so dead after all. And when Katy stops trusting the ones that care most for her, that's when the real trouble starts. Badly.

In "Opal" we see what the aftermath of a horrible fight can turn into. Friends turn into enemies, enemies turn into friends. Katy and Daemon now have to fight together to not only keep their relationship together, but also to keep their little group from falling apart when betrayal threatens to destroy them. With Dawson back, hell bend on getting back the one he loves from their enemies, it becomes apparent that time is of the essence. They need to break into a government facility to get Dawson's girlfriend out and that, let me tell you guys, is not pretty. Death can be seen around every corner and every wrong move they make, every wrong person they trust, only gets them closer to their own death. 

The third book loses some of the banter from Katy and Daemon, but therefore other things, more intimate and caring, take over. And it's not any less great than before. 

"I started giggling. "But, oh Lordie Lord, it's true. I'm like a puddle of mush when he kisses me. It's embarassing. I'm so, like, 'Thank you, can I have another?' Sad."
"Opal" - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Seriously, I can totally understand that. Daemon would turn me into a puddle of mush just by walking, so I completely understand. And heck, I'd never stop asking for more with a guy like him. Okay, maybe I'm a little biased already!!!!

What can I say to get you to read this book that hasn't convinced you while reading my long review? Oh, I know!!! The first two books have bonus scenes from Daemon's POV in it. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Lordie Lord, those are just.......*getting a fan before she's losing her cool* it's swoon worthy!!! This guy is just amazing on so many levels, and you will fall in love with his arrogant personality just as much as I did...hopefully at least!

So now, why are you still reading this review and haven't already grabbed your versions of the Lux series?? Go, NOW!

Thank you <3
Your book lover Yvi

(image by shewolfreads.com)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Two short ones for today

"Warning! Do not look, smell, or touch. Hazardous for your libido."
The Vampire Affair Part I by Vivi Anna



"This man smelled so good, I wanted to lick him all over his neck and face like an ice-cream cone."
- The Vampire Affair Part I by Vivi Anna

Makayla Bradley, a small-time journalist, risks everything including her job to get the goods on billionaire playboy Jonathan Devane. A man who enthralled her from a single passionate kiss months prior. A man who makes her blood race and her thighs tingle. A man with dark secrets…

Well, well, well, we all can guess what the dark secret is, but as of the book, you won't find out yet, I have to admit that this book is a tease, because every page you turn and want to find out everything about Jonathan. And, boy, what a man!

I really enjoyed the first part of the series and I will get on to part II soon, I hope. It's fast reading and, like all good quickies, quite satisfying! *wink*

And the second book I read, but absolutely do NOT recommend:


Johanna Williams is a keyboardist for an up-and-coming band from London, The Lonely Lovers. When their bassist, Gemma, is kicked out, Johanna and the rest of the band must find a suitable replacement. They decide on Laslow Hadley, a young prodigy also hailing from London. But what catches Johanna’s eye isn’t Laslow – it’s his older brother, Marcus.
Although relationships with people affiliated with the band are strictly forbidden, Johanna can’t help but pursue her growing feelings for Marcus. Soon, her heart and her virginity are taken away by her new love interest.
While the band continues to grow exponentially in popularity, Marcus and Johanna continue their affair in the shadows of fame. However, when the spotlight grows too big for their secret, they must face the consequences of breaking the band’s most important rule.
When separated for a lengthy U.S. tour, will Johanna be able to cope with her new found loneliness? Will the surprise of her life end her life-long dream of becoming a successful musician? Will her relationship with Marcus ever be rekindled, or is their candle of love doomed to be extinguished forever?
In the game of loneliness, the odds are not in Johanna’s favor. It’s up to her and Marcus to beat it.

This book seriously was so bad it was almost funny again. If I'd have to describe it I'd say it was written just because someone for once wanted to write something hot. Well, I like steamy, I really do, but this book just didn't do it for me. Not even close. I didn't feel the scenes and, even worse, I didn't feel the characters. There are so many repetitions... I understand that people want to emphasize certain things, but that was not emphasizing, that was just repeating over and over again. And, honestly, if you write something about UK and US you should KNOW that actually the US is behind time-wise. In this book she always calculates that she's six hours ahead. Where exactly is the US again?

I just totally didn't like that book AT ALL. Sorry.

So much for the two short books I read today! Get the first, drop the second!

Yours truly, Julie




Monday, June 10, 2013

After the Ashes


Well, and one more cowboy since I definitely needed my fix... Christopher Braddock is bounty hunter and numb for life. At least that's what he thinks before he meets Lorelei O'Sullivan, who fiercely tries to protect her somewhat criminal brother. She knows that he maybe did something wrong, but she never expected to find how much he did her and her mother wrong. Christopher is out to get Corey and Lorelei is out to get Christopher, even if it only is to keep Corey safe.
Life rarely works out the way one plans it and so soon Chris finds himself knee-deep in love with Lorelei, torn about what he's supposed to do and what he wants to do. Through many trials the couple has to go and not a few of them are made my Christopher alone. Ever since the war left him feeling more guilty than alive he swore  that he could never settle. Will Lorelei be the one to change that?


I enjoyed that book from beginning to end. The way Chris struggles with his feelings just is believable and sweet and breath-taking. Not once did this book turn boring and even though it's set not in our century, but after the civil war, it doesn't lack hot scenes (and man, they were darn hot) or sweet scenes without making Lorelei look anything but the lady she is. It was another free book for me and I really love that amazon makes this possible, because sometimes you find a jewel where you never would have expected it.

Your Loverette Julie




Cowboys... Man, I love them!



Well, what can I say about cowboys except... Man, I want my own cowboy!

"Tall, broad shoulders and chest, muscles bulging out from under his red, rolled up sleeves, brown hair, dancing brown eyes and those darn dimples... six-foot-four-inches of Texas testosterone. The equivalent of saturated fat. Tasted good but wasn't good for you."
- Her Unbridled Cowboy - Donna Michaels

Kerri Masters is totally right with her thoughts about that wild cowboy she had known all her life. And when it comes to her life there is nothing much left: her restaurant was destroyed, her marriage more lie than truth and her hopes all down. Only her parents are ready to catch her, leading her to leave her California big city life and enjoy a few days away... Weeks at max. Only her family thinks a little different, wanting to keep her around even longer, because they think they know what Kerri needs: a true, stubborn cowboy.

 

"And, as it happened every time he was near, her body wanted her to chuck reason out to the pasture and ride the cowboy 'til the cows came home."
- Her Unbridled Cowboy - Donna Michaels

Connor McCall didn't seriously plan on Kerri sticking around, especially since she suddenly seems too tempting. She, her food and everything about her simply draws him in, but he made that mistake not once, not twice, but three times and is not ready for a repeat, even though Kerri seems to be all too different from what he knows. Over strawberries and country fairs the two might find a way together...

I have to admit that I read this book, only realizing in the middle that it is book two of a series. Not that it hurt me much because (let's face it) we all know how books end, so if book one is Jordan and Cole I would have known at the beginning of book one that they end up a couple. As it was, I really loved book two and definitely will get myself book one now only to catch up. Can't wait for book three and four since Donna Michaels just writes beautifully and I have to say, my favorite scene was with Connor and Kerri in the hay... *sigh*


 

"She could see the news feed now: Meek woman passes out when sexy cowboy gives her the eye."
- Her Unbridled Cowboy - Donna Michaels

This book was so much fun and I really suggest you all read it, peeps! Cowboys are just one thing to make the summer a lil' nicer...

So all I got left to say is:


Yours truly, Julie

(Pictures all found on google, I don't own any of them.)

Sunday, June 9, 2013

What a blow...

Hi book lovers,

it's me, Yvi again! Another day, another review, and I don't want to let you wait any longer!!

review book: Nhys Glover's "Guardian of Werewolf Keep"

So when I started reading this book, the title already kind of gave you an idea of what it would be about. Meet Philomena Davenport, who just learnt that her father, who was presumably dead already for years, had actually only recently died and left her a good heritage. In order for her to get rich though, she is forced to spend three months in an old Keep her father apparently inhabited. When arriving there, Phil meets brooding Byron, who evokes feelings in her that she has never felt before. But the Keep houses secrets that Phil would have never believed possible. 

So much for the story. It all sounds kind of interesting in the beginning, but the story is really badly played out. It could've been such a great book, but it just didn't work. The characters fell flat, meaning that you didn't feel a thing emotionally. I always love it when books really make you feel everything the characters go through, but that just wasn't the case with this one. The story was okay, but somehow didn't catch my attention the way I was hoping for. 

Overall it was just a bust in my mind and I'm really longing for a book again where the story sweeps me off my feet and the main character makes me swoon the best way possible! Good thing I'm reading the "Lux" story now....more to that later though!

Night book lovers,
Yvi

Friday, June 7, 2013

Day Trip to bookland - a summary

Hello everyone,

this officially states my first ever blog now. Julie already introduced us both, so I'm not gonna say much more to that and dive right into my book paradise!

I got to go on a little trip to Ireland the last two days and that gave me the opportunity to really get into reading. Here's what came out of it:


1. book: C.K. Bryant's "Bound"

Bound came up in my book roulette, as so many books you'll read about here, and I had no idea what it was about anymore. This is what happens with most of the books I read during book roulette.

We meet Kira, who grew up in a house where love wasn't really an issue ever. When her best friend all of the sudden turns into something you never thought possible and her mom and the annoying boyfriend just leave her alone, moving to another state, Kira's life seems to take a turn that she has never imagined. Throw in a guy that looks more like an egyptian prince than anything Kira has ever seen and the troubles are only starting. This story is a nice read that will keep you going, but it won't overly excite you at any point. Plus, the mentions of Octavion's long hair every once in a while just made it hard for me to fall in love with the guy. It wasn't a bad book by far, but the story could've been written with more feeling in my opinion. The way I know myself, I will still read the next book in the series, just because I'm curious by nature.


2. book: Melody Grace's "Unbroken"

"Unbroken" is a great and compelling story that will grip you from the moment you read this book. The story is no surprise: Girl goes back to the small town where her first love broke her heart 4 years ago. Coming back now to prepare her family's vacation house for sale. Juliet MacKenzie has her fears about going back, since she so badly had tried to get her life back on track: new boyfriend, almost finished degree and a life in the big city. When she goes back to Cedar Grove though and meets her old love, all that comes tumbling down. And all it takes is one single look from Emerson Ray.

Already from the first page you know the outcome, but you're still excited to see where it goes. It's heart-wrenching, and you can't help but fall for Emerson Ray during this short trip. Especially when their first meeting again involves him coming to Juliet's rescue. Hell, who wouldn't fall for Emerson right that moment.

"You're mine," he says again fiercely. "Not his, not anyone else's. You can try and pretend you don't feel it, but you do. You'll always be mine."

-Unbroken- by Melody Grace

It's a great short read, where the only issue I have is that it was so short :D Too bad actually! I do know though that there is a novella that will give you an insight on their actual romance those 4 years ago. I will definitely read that!


3. book: Kai Meyer's "Arcadia awakens"

I loved the fact that this book came up during book roulette. Julie already read it a while ago and had told me how much she liked it. So when I saw that would be my next book, I was more than happy to go with it.

Rosa has grown up in the US, but moves back here to Sicily due to "family" issues. On the flight she meets handsome and goodlooking Alessandro. We later on learn that they both belong to enemy clans of the so called Mafia there. What seems to be a Romeo and Juliet kind of story at first then all of the sudden turns that much more interesting when deep buried family secrets are revealed and the fight for the head position of the clans is taken to a whole new level. This romance/fantasy story has lots of things that convince me to keep on reading the series. Despite the factor that I'm a sucker for forbidden love, if you throw in ancient curses and fights to keep your loved ones alive in there, I'm hooked.

I would've loved to see more growing romance in this, but eventually the focus goes more to the suspense factor of the books rather than focusing on the romance. It's fine with me, I just hope in the next book that's not gonna be lost overall.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

New Hottie in Town...


"Not damaged. Beautifully damaged" 
- Beautifully Damaged by L.A. Fiore

Well, well, well, what can I possibly say about Trace Montgomery and Ember Walsh? Let's face it, the first reason for me to buy it was the cover... And who wouldn't want that cover?? Then it was free for me and came up in my book roulette. Boy, am I ever glad I read this books.

As it is, Ember is a not-quite-wallflower, aspiring writer and sweetest soul on earth, being all but attacked in a club and to her rescue comes "an inked angel". That already got me weak on my knees. 
Trace has huge anger-management-problems, huge ghosts from the past and a huge list of women he had left heartbroken. His interest in Ember though grows just as much as her interest in him and i have to say that by about forty percent I thought we were through with the story.

I mean, don't we all know it? They find each other, they hesitate, they love and then they split only so that one can win the other back. With this book though that WASN'T the case, and i loved it. There was so much more to that book and no matter what came up, just as Trace grew in Embers eyes, he grew in mine, too.

"Life works in mysterious ways, Ember, and the secret is to not think too hard on the why of it or the how, and not mourn what is no longer, but to appreciate what is and to live: live hard and love hard."
Beautifully Damaged by L.A. Fiore


I loved the people in it, the turns, the sweetness and everything all around that books. Seriously, what a great book to read! I want myself a Trace Montgomery, even though I know that not all is safe and easy with that guy... But who could ever possibly resist him?

"Being Deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while deeply loving someone gives you courage."
- Lao Tzu

Between being immensely in love and still wanting to help Trace deal with his horrible and haunting past, Ember has a lot of fights. Some she wins, some she loses, but mostly she proves that sometimes you might just get exactly what you want... Or dream of. 

This books gets all the stars or rating or whatever it can get. Read it, devour it, love it, read it again!

Yours truly, Julie


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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

I introduce you to...


I have to say that I got the first book for free and when I started reading it I wasn't sure what to expect, but then I was pretty quickly drawn in and read it in a day, bought the second one and read that in a day, too.

What can I say? Unexpected turns, beautifully written, always make my heart drop and it's been a long while since a book turn truly surprised me. I loved the book from the very beginning to the very end and I wanted the paperback version of 'Saving Wishes' the moment I was done. Having written my review on Goodreads I got super-lucky and G.J. Walker-Smith sent me a personally signed copy. I LOVED IT and still do.

So, what's the book about? Book one starts with us in Australia, introducing a rather wild Charli Blake, who is being raised by her (absolutely amazing and adorable) brother Alex. It's her last year of High-School and Charli and her best friend plan for a trip around the world after they are finally done.
What Charli didn't plan for was Adam D├ęcarie, who shows her that love can be a rush, a fairytale, and heartbreak.


Among that she has to deal with a best friend who suddenly pulls away and her brother turning out to be someone totally different. Charli pulls through, even as it is obvious that Adam will leave her despite loving her more than anything. 
This book took me to La-La-Land with Charli and it made my heart ache in the best way possible. Even though Adam is so present in that book, my heart instantly went to Alex... *sigh* Oh Alex... Anyways, it was so good, I just NEEDED book two!

'Second Hearts' picks up after a year that Charli spent traveling with a friend she had never expected at her side. Her heart though still is with Adam and Adam is in the big city, which leads Charli to a place she never really imagined herself to be in: New York. Finding Adam isn't as easy as she expects and still, once the two lovers meet, it's clear the sparks are still there.
Thinking that love can conquer all (and hoping that Adam makes true on his promise to leave the big city) Charli stays and works, fights with his family, tries to prove that she's worthy of him only to realize that maybe she doesn't need to prove herself.

"What happens if it doesn't work out?" "Then it's not the end!" 

Truer words never have been spoken. And just like that Charli is in her own fairytale. She conquered the wicked witch, managed the deceiving crowd and still, Prince-not-so-charming needs to find his way back to La La Land and to his princess. The ride couldn't have been wilder had we undertaken it on a dragon.

Desperate for book three, heartbroken for book two and ready to saving wishes so all can turn out well.

That's all I can say.

Yours truly, BBF- Loverette Julie



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