Monday, September 23, 2013

Games of Fire Airicka Phoenix


So... Spencer... I mean, let me talk about... Spencer... What did I intent to say? Oh, I wanted to talk... Spencer.......

No, for real, I need to get a grip! 

So, Games of Fire is what comes up on your reading list when you ask an author for the hottest guy she has. She said Spencer was what the girls go for... So let me tell you what YOU SHOULD go for...

What the book is supposed to be about: Sophie has enough problems in her life without Spencer turning her blood to fire, without his eyes freezing and burning her, without his hatred of her. Since his migration into the house next to hers, Sophia Valdez isn’t sure whether she wants to toss him under a bus or kiss that smirking mouth of his. But even as the temperature rises around them, leaping flames of passion, want and desire,everything either has ever known will be shattered by the lurking shadow hounding their every step, wanting revenge.

Spencer Rowth moves to the sleepy town of River Port with his mother and twelve year old sister, Suzy, to escape a deceitful father, an unfaithful girlfriend and a life crumbling much too fast for him to grapple onto only to be smacked upside the head by the last thing he wanted again. Sophie was everything he refused to want. Her temper, her wit, her laugh, her smile, the way her entire body goes up in flames under his hands are things he would rather slam a lid on and forget. Instead, he finds himself falling for the smart-mouth next door. But how long will he have before the evil chasing them catches up? How long before the very thing he never wanted becomes his only thread to sanity? And who is after them? What do they want and why do they want Spencer and Sophie dead?

What it is really about:

"The guy who rounded the corner and appeared in the doorway behind Sophie was clad in nothing but a pair of black jeans slung low over tapered hips. Black leather bands clasped his wrists, just under the scrawling black, grey and white sleeves inked into his toned arms, twisting up to narrow shoulders in a winding design. There were four jagged gashes tattooed into each of his pecs, as though he'd had his chest clawed by a large animal. A silver chain with dog tags on the end dangled down the center of his chest, drawing attention to washboard abs and the carved V disappearing into the waistband of his unfastened jeans."
- Games of Fire by Airicka Phoenix

All I can say is:


The book is built first on the (hot) tension between Spencer and Sophie, and then on the whole thrill-factor surrounding that young couple. I have to say that this book was a really fast-paced reading, which I loved from beginning to end. Airicka couldn't have had any idea what Spencer would do to me... ;-)

It's nice that for once the typical hurt-girl-meets-right-guy-story was changed up in this book and it's definitely a keeper, this story.

Sophie is just the girl we all want to be. Not too good, not too bed and still with a great group of friends and good grades. She lives her life the way she thinks it's best, mistakes and all, and takes everything step by step. She isn't so trusting in what she feels for Spence at first, but then, once she realizes what she wants, she goes for it, still making sure though to guard her heart when she thinks things came to a dead end.

The twist at the end... BOY, I did not see that coming from the beginning. I eventually had my suspicions, but I have to admit that Airicka did a great job making you doubt what you think is the outcome.

All around all I can say is as far as book boyfriends go: DO NOT MISS SPENCER ROWTH...

"He definitely won major hottie of the decade in her book."
- Games of Fire by Airicka Phoenix

Yep, he wins that with me, too! 

Yours truly,

Julie


(All pictures found on google and aren't owned by me.)


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I'm breathless and fearless - Jesse makes it! (by Eve Carter)


The young, hot professional Motocross rider, Jesse Morrison, knows how to leave an impression. Except lately, it has been bad impressions. Frustrated and wounded, he surrounds himself with women, booze and drugs, until one day, he finds himself in a world of trouble. Kicked out by his brother, he relocates to California for the summer to help his uncle open Rookies, a local sports bar. 

In Santa Monica, Jesse meets the one woman who can lead him back on the right path, the beautiful 22 year old, Niki Milani. Only problem, she is not interested. Niki has her own demons to fight. A past that left her emotional abandoned by her own blood, her father. She keeps her heart guarded and finds it difficult to trust a man again. Especially not a bad boy player who is even more messed up than her. However, Jesse never backs down from a challenge. Blinded by a sizzling attraction, he is determined to prove to Niki that there is more to him than what appears on the surface. That he is the one who can heal her heart.

The story of Jesse and Niki is a New Adult Romance that will leave you breathless.


Hahaha, that's what happened to me. Guess why I bought the book? RIGHT, THE NAME talked to me. Bull... The cover is so hot! And the book sounded amazing, so I had to have it. I'm glad I got it.

So, bad boys do it for me. Yeah, that's the plain truth. They are amazing, dangerous and they are REAL. Yup, we all want that guy. We only never get them. But Niki did. Their meeting was overshadowed with doubts and being careful, but just like every girl Niki can't resist the guy that wants to change it all for her. Jesse is ready to admit he has messed up in the past and he wants to change that: for himself, for Niki, for Kenny. 

At first I though the book started a bit slow, but then I actually didn't stop until I had turned to the last page. I really liked that this wasn't the typical I get you and all is well - stuff. Those two fought and struggled, not only with each other, but with their plans for life and their hopes for the future! I really enjoyed that and instantly got book two.


I am strong, because I've been weak. I'm fearless, because I've been afraid. I'm wise, because I've been foolish.
Life is looking up for Jesse. With expert help from Chase, his injuries are healing and he makes preparations to enter the Pro motocross circuit again. A decision that could force Niki to make a difficult choice. 
Kenny starts chemotherapy treatments but his bar, Rookies, is hurting from the lack of attention and lack of customers. As Jesse and Niki work to find a way to keep the bar from going under, life throws other obstacles in their way. From a manipulative dad and flirtatious step mom, to news from home about Jesse's mother, that lands them in New York state in search of answers from the past. Dark secrets that were never meant to be revealed.

Oh, and those dark secrets are what make the book so good! I finished and wished I could just read on. I was holding my breath when I read this book because there were more than a few moments were I really feared for that amazing couple. Niki is tough, which I love, and she lets nothing come between her and the guy she loves. Even though she was hesitant at first, she then would give everything for Jesse and trusts him fully... Which I loved because Jesse does it just the same. Those two were meant to be together and yet, I really wish we'd see more of Jimmy... He seems to be an amazing character as well and Jesse is so far away from what was his biggest hold for a long time... I don't know, I just really wish they'd be all together in one spot.

The book is a read you should enjoy when you love the bad boy no matter what. 

(I'm so glad I have my own motorcycle rider! )

Yours truly,
Julie

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Demigods, hot aliens and broken pasts - all due to Jennifer L. Armentrout

I am gonna warn you right away: this will be a love fest to one Jennifer L. Armentrout. If you're one of the people that now thinks: "Who?" you need to get your mind out of the gutter and RESEARCH!!!! This woman will always be one of my favorite authors of all time! You already know how much I love the Lux series, but I'm gonna give you a few more reasons why you need to start reading Jennifer L. Armentrout (or J. Lynn) right now!

The Covenant series (so far)

I have actually waited a few months until starting this series. I loved the Lux series so much that I had no doubt that it would be the same with this one. And that's the reason why I hesitated. Once you start a book, you can't unread it and experience all the things you do when you read it the first time. And once you do start, you wanna go fast because you desperately need to know what is going to happen, but you don't want to rush because that would mean the book is over at some point. The usual dilemma of a book worm. HATED it. But it was all worth it, let me tell you!

So this is the basic story of the covenant series (thanks to Goodreads for that): The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals--well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

This is where it all begins: After the death of her mother (it being described a little more detailed  in the pre-quel "Daimon") Alex is being picked up and shipped off to the one place her mother has fled from all those years ago: the covenant. Without knowing the why to the escape, Alex starts to question all the things surrounding her, wanting to discover the truth. But will the truth really bring her the peace she so depserately needs, or will it just start something she has no clue how to finish??

My review: I had read a few reviews of the first book on goodreads, where a lot of people complained about the story having a vast similarity to "Vampire Academy". Don't get me wrong, those people are right, but also wrong in my opinion. They complain about the similarities, but do you know how many books are out there that are similar storywise? There are so many stories out in the world, it's impossibly not to overlap somewhere. And while part of me understands the anger, the other, bigger part, just loves where Jennifer took the story. Yes, Alex and Aiden are like Rose and Dimitri in the beginning, but then the story takes a whole different turn and you SEE that it's nothing like Vampire Academy. Not at all. 

This story is so captivating, exciting, heart-breaking, unbelievably well-written, swoon-worthy (helloooooooooooooo AIDEN) and amazing. I could pinpoint a few more adjectives, but I guess you get the main drift. Why? Well, there's Alex for one: She's one of those strong willed, I-don't-take-crap-from-anyone-girls with an attitude. And that's what I like about her:

"Actually, I was prone to random facts of stupidity. I considered it to be one of my talents."
"Daimon- A prequel to Half-Blood" by Jennifer L. Armentrout

That is a good way of describing her. She does a lot of things without thinking, but most of them out of the goodness of her heart, or because her loved ones are in danger. And wouldn't we always try to save the ones we love? You hurt with her, love with her, are happy and sad with her, and she's just so real in her character. She has the necessary depth that makes us all feel with her and emphasize with her .

Another good reason: greek mythology! I have read a few books on the topic now, and it never gets old. This is a complete new take on the issue, and it makes you love and hate the gods altogether. You'll know when you READ IT.

Okay, so here's the main reason you have to read this book: AIDEN ST.DELPHI. Oh my....just writing that name makes me wanna go and swoon a lot more about that guy. Mysterious, dark, moody, and yet there are those moments where he smiles, jokes, laughs, the ones where you go: can I have someone like him please? All of him. In all different forms, with all personality traits and everything: I want Aiden, simple as that. he makes you wanna jump him every time he is on scene, and once you read "Elixir", which is a novella in between from his point of view, you're definitely a goner. If you're not, then I'm not sure what's wrong with you!

"Then, slowly, almost reluctantly, Aiden looked over his shoulder. The moment our eyes met, I felt like Cinderella."
"Pure" by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Their relationship is anything but simple. Pures and half-bloods don't mix. It has been put into Alex' brain ever since she was born. But you never could help who you fall in love. And here, it can only lead to disaster. The kind that clenches at your heart, makes you cry and scream out in frustration, because if Aiden is anything, he's rule. abiding. And while I love that guy to pieces, that was the most frustrating thing of all. Seeing their relationship blossom over the books though is magic, so I wouldn't trade that for anything in the world.

"Against all odds and common sense, Aiden had slipped under my skin, wrapped himself around my heart and embedded himself in my bones. He was a part of me and...All of me - my heart and sould - would always belong to him."
"Deity" by Jennifer L. Armentrout

So, if you have not started this series already halfway through reading this review, I strongly suggest you do it not! It's not finished yet, the next and final book "Sentinel" will be out in November....and I cannot wait!!


Onto the next one: Mrs. Armentrout also write New Adult novels under the name of J. Lynn and that one thankfully came up as my book roulette reading now:


Avery Morgenstern escapes her small town life to start anew somewhere completely different. Leaving her demons behind, she wants nothing more than to live her life. Alone, without any complications. But then Cam Hamilton enters her life. College playboy and notorious playboy, he's the last thing that Avery needs. And yet he might be the only to one get her to come out behind those walls she has build up ever since that Halloween party five years ago. She tries everything to stay away from Cam, but he seems to be everywhere and he has his mind set on showing her that he's not the bad boy she makes him out to be. When things from her past seem to be catching up to her, will Cam be there to catch her when she falls, or will there be no safety net for her?

The moment I started reading this book I was sucked into it and captivated. I pretty much finished it in one sitting, simply because it was such an amazing story. We get to see that not all bad boys get the girls right away, but have to work for it. And that underneath all the cocky demeanor might be someone worth loving. And seriously, if you constantly have a six foot three inches, blue-eyed incarnation of hotness around you, you wouldn't be able to withstand for long. But Avery does, because the scars from her past run too deep. This is not a story where everything is peachy right away. There is a lot of hurt involved, healing that both sides need to go through and yet, somehow, there is always that light in your life. And it comes in different shapes and sizes (meaning there is a tortoise involved)

Oh, have I mentioned that Cameron Hamilton is one sexy, irresistible, swoon-worthy and hot character? Need more convincing? There you go:

"And then he kissed me - kissed me like he had right before he'd left that night of our date. Kissed me like he was a man starving for oxygen and I was the only air he needed to breathe."
"Wait for You"  - J. Lynn

Mrs. Armentrout just has a way of writing that sucks you in and doesn't let you go. The way she writes makes you laugh, cry and just....you need to read it to understand! It's amazing, simply as that!!! 


Awwww, now here we go! Once I get over my erratic beating heart and I start seeing beyond all the hearts that are dancing in my vision, I can write my review for origin, the 4th installment of the Lux series:

If you've read my previews posts, you know how much I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this series. Need a reminder?? I loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove it! Yes, that much! And more, if somehow possible. Not that I think it is.

Alrighty book people: So we left off with Katy trapped in a Deadalus facility, and sadly, Daemon on the other side. Oh, and if you know Daemon at all, you know that he does not like it. His whole purpose now is to get Katy out of there. After seeing what time with Deadalus has done with his brother, he doesn't want Katy in there a minute more than she needs to be. 

"Did you think you could stop me? I'll burn the world down to save her."
"Origin" - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Daemon does what Daemon does, all the time. And the only thing he can do to get close to Katy is let himself be caught as well. But once he does, what will they do with him, an original Lux? Will he end up like his brother? Or maybe worse? And what is Katy's role in all of this? Will they be able to escape their prison?  There are so many questions in this book, and not all of them get immediately answered. Now where would be the fun in that, right? 

This next chapter is yet another heart-breaking, exciting, thrilling and awesomely wicked sexy novel that will have you hold onto your side. You will love it, make no mistake. Because like Jennifer L. Armentrout said in one interview: Someone asked her to have more kissing involved. And more Daemon. And we have a whole lot of both. I mean, you have dual POV, which means we get to see inside of Daemon's head. 

"But I love her," I said without hesitation.

Dee's eyes widened, probably since it was the first time she'd heard me say it out loud, well, about anyone other than my family. I wished I had said it more often, especially to Kat. Funny how that kind of shit always turns out in the end. While you're deep in something, you never say or do what you need to. It's always after the fact, when it's too late that you realize what you've should've said or done."

"Origin" - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Oh boy what a ride it is. Sooooooooo ridiculously sexy, you wouldn't believe it! The comments, the arrogance, and the ability to make you love him even when he's making comments that would usually earn him a punch in the face. It's just....he's Daemon, and his arrogance is just one of the many reasons we love him, as weird as that may sound.

"You've been awake a while?" When his smile spread, I shook my head. "So you laid there and just let me stare at you like a creeper?" "Pretty much, Kitten. I figured I'd let you get your fill, but then you kissed me and, well, I like to be a bit more involved in that."
"Origin" - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Honestly, Daemon Black is just IT. Wicked sexy, arrogant, cocky, but when he loves, he loves with all he's got. And that's something we get to see a lot of in this book. Was it worth the read? Hell yes! Will I read it again? Oh you can bet I will! Would I recommend it to every freaking creature of this world: Also a resolute yes!

Alright, if you actually made it to the end of this review, then thank you! I hope that at least now you will pick up one of Jennifer L. Armentrout's books, because they are definitely worth it. I mean, there is a reason that I have them in kindle AND paperback version. 

Thank you for reading everyone and have a great weekend,
Yvi

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Storm Shells by GJ Walker-Smith





“Charli’s stories hadn’t damaged me. They’d captivated and enchanted me.”Storm Shells by GJ Walker-Smith

That’s what I am thinking when reading GJ Walker-Smith’s books. Charli’s stories are like the water on the coast of Tasmania: You dive in, you come back up and still, all you want is to take another nose-dive in.

I am a lucky one (probably the luckiest person of the world) and I got to pre-read ‘Storm Shells’. And there is another quote I want to use to say exactly what I think:

‘ “I’m scared, Adam,” I bleakly confessed.’ Storm Shells by GJ Walker-Smith

That’s how I felt when I started reading the book. I mean, we all know we left off with Charli and Adam in a place where I didn’t see a chance for return. Charli was deeply hurt and I have to say, I didn’t have much hope for Adam. Gemma heard all about that…

The book already got me convinced with the prologue… Alex always gets me weak. Man, GJ knows how to write a good guy. And she knows how to do the opposite.

So, what did I enjoy most about Storm Shells? I mean, can you seriously pick? Let me tell you, I couldn’t. I really adored the way Charli acts, reacts, lives. She grew up so much in the books and there is no better way to see that than reading ‘Storm Shells’ and constantly thinking: Yeah, that’s her, the grown-up, sensible Charli-version. The woman Alex always hoped to raise.
And then we have Adam. And I swear, I about strangled Adam almost every page in the beginning. I couldn’t understand why he did what he did, or didn’t do what I expected him to do, but I never doubted that GJ would make it all right and what can I say… Boy, she did so good on it. But before we got there, we had to go through something different…

“Everything ended today,” she whispered. “You’re never going to change, Adam. You’re never going to be able to give me what I want, no matter how much you love me.”Storm Shells by GJ Walker-Smith

Returning to Charli changed everything and nothing for Adam and I have to say, when he came back it was clear, too, why nothing was different. It was clear that they desperately loved each other, and it was clear that they couldn’t live without each other, but it was also clear that they (not yet) could live together, either.

‘ “True love is still true, even if you can’t live it the way you want to,” I told her. ‘Storm Shells by GJ Walker-Smith

That’s what’s important for Charli and Adam, and I loved how Charli never once doubted that she loves Adam or that he loves her. No matter where Charli stood, which consequences she faced, she never once wavered in her love for Adam and I loved the way she looks at the whole thing: She doesn’t wear the cloud-nine-glasses anymore, she doesn’t have unrealistic hopes and she doesn’t pretend to know the answer. She just knows that for her protecting her heart is the best. And that means protecting Adam from everything and everyone, too. She doesn’t let people talk bad about him and that shows to me how strong her heart is.

There were parts were I just wanted to hit my head against a wall, asking ‘why, why, why?’ again and again, but GJ was patient with me, let me get over my anger and there you go, big brownie points for Adam. He mans up, becoming the guy we all want him to be and making me fall right back for him. Everything he does after finally hitting the ‘make-myself-grow-up-button’ is exactly the step in the right direction. Taking a leap of faith is what it all took and Adam had do jump down a cliff, find the white horse, fight the dragon called doubt and go back to secure his one and only fairy.

It was a wild ride and no doubt one of the best series-conclusions I ever read. The Saving-Wishes-Series is one of the best I ever read and worth every penny, cent, pound you have to spent on it. Hell, it’s probably worth a lot more than that because what it gives you is a head full of crazy ideas and la-la-Land-fantasy that make life just that bit better.

+++ End of the serious part of the review+++

And now to what I really think about the book: Charli and Adam? Who in the world are Charli and Adam? There is Alex. Alex all over and MAN, that man is just amazing!

‘Alex lurched forward, taking my face in his cold hands, grinning like an idiot.’ – Storm Shells by GJ Walker-Smith

That’s my favorite quote from the whole book. For you it might not be spectacular, for me though it’s amazing. Alex is just… *sigh*

Okay, so much for my fan-girl-moment. I’m done. Thank you, Gemma. Thank you.

Yours truly, 
book-loverette Julie