Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fallen Crest High - not what I wanted it to be



Synopsis: "Mason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend her school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school and now Samantha has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn't care at all: about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parent's divorce. But maybe that's a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing."

This book really makes it hard for me to write a review. It was okay. But it also wasn't.

The story was good enough and had potential, but it was sadly a little poorly written out. My main problem with this book was the inability to connect with the characters. I could not, for the love of me, get a hand on those characters. It felt like they were out there and acted, but you had no real idea why they were doing this and that. They lacked depth, but they also lacked likability to me. While I really WANTED to think those brothers are amazingly hot, I just didn't feel it. In the story there are like gods, untouchable and unreachable, and in the end that's what I felt like as well. They didn't reach me and I couldn't get in touch with them. And that actually made me kinda sad, because I wanted to like it! I really did!

The story itself was weird as well somehow. Despite the fact that you didn't really feel anything with the characters, the story itself felt a little too much. Especially the drama in school. I mean, seriously, at times I didn't even know who was playing who, who's mad at who and WHY they were even doing all of that. Things simply didn't make sense. And sadly, that didn't only happen once, but I sat there a few times, not knowing what was really going on. I would read back and try to figure out if I missed something, simply to see that I didn't miss anything, that whatever was happening simply didn't make sense.

So while I wanted to like the book, I just couldn't quite get into it. I will give it another chance though and read the second part as well. Let's hope that will be better than the first!

Love,
Yvi

Jet - Oh how I looooove my Marked Men


Synopsis: With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes. She’s afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire.

Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships.

Will the blaze burn into an enduring love. . . or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?

"You keep telling me I don't know you, and that I don't have a clue, but the truth is, we don't know each other, and I don't know that either of us is really ready to handle the other. What I do know is I want you more than I want to keep breathing."
Jet - Jay Crownover


Oh how I have been wanting to read that book for forever. After I fell in love with Rule already (HELLO, how could I not???) I was sooo looking forward to Jet and Ayden's story. I liked them in the first book already, and after finishing Rule I was sure this book would be just as awesome.



And I was right. This whirlwind romance so completely blew my mind. It was AWESOME, from front to finish. The way they are fighting their attraction to each other, then giving in, only to be pushing each other away again because relationships don't always work the way we want to. It was all ups and downs with them, but it's beautiful to watch them grow, as people, but also as a couple. You wanted them to be together, then you were mad at Ayden, then mad at Jet, and in the end you didn't even know anymore what to feel because there was so much going on that you couldn't stop moving on with the story because you wanted all this heartache and all this back and forth to end and just for them to be happy! Oh my, did I want that!!!

Jet and Ayden make it so easy to fall in love with them, and that makes it even more easy to fall in love with the story. The story not only deals with Ayden's and Jet's love story, but it also deals with their different pasts. And both of them have a past that will break your heart and make you hurt for them. Being together might save them, but it also might be the thing that drives them apart in the end!

For now I'm highly excited for Rome!!!! From the glimpse we saw in this book, it's gonna be another AMAZING read from Jay!

Awesome, go read it all, I'd recommend it to everyone! Oh and yes, you ALSO need to read Rule. If you haven't (even if I would have no idea WHY you wouldn't have read it yet), then GO DO THAT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

Yvi

Breaking Nova - you know I love me some Jessica Sorensen



Synopsis: "Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?"

Breaking Nova is a new novel and series by Jessica Sorensen and to be honest, I hadn't read all that much about it before except the synopsis, so I wasn't really sure what to expect of this book. It was definitely much darker than Jessica's usual novels, but that didn't take the wonderful experience away. Maybe it was the way she was describing everything in detail, without making it pretty, that makes this novel something that completely stands out from her other novels.

The story about two people that have lost things in life, that try to deal with it in their own way, is simply tragic. There's nothing pretty about it, nothing fancy, it's just raw pain, hurt and bad decisions. All combined in one. If you're looking for a pretty and fancy and dandy story, you won't be finding it here.

The two main characters aren't your usual happy go lucky people. Both have gone through traumatic experience that I never want to go through personally. And therefore, of course they aren't easy to watch in their lives, because they do make wrong choices, they do seem as if they don't care about anything anymore in life. But ultimately, this is what drives them together. Their own need to find someone that understands what they are going through, what drove them to this point in their life. And to watch that process is what makes this books as amazing as it is. Yes, it's different from everything else Jessica Sorensen wrote so far, it's way more dark and ugly, but it's still an amazing work of art if you ask me. To watch Nova and Quinton on their quest to forgiveness and love is just beautiful. 

In the end I was surprised when the end was there and it didn't end the way I thought it would....thankfully, it was just because I was too stupid to see that there is a second book coming out^^ And boy am I looking forward to that, because the ending here was nothing I was happy with! So next one please??? Now???

Always and forever, 
Yvi

"Power" by Kristie Cook

This is the fourth installment of the "Soul Savers" series by Kristie Cook


As the stakes rise, can she find her true power? 


As the Amadis prepare for war, Alexis returns to Florida with orders to relax, regenerate and replenish her depleted power. But her task list quickly grows--establish a new safe house, learn the art of conversion, find her AWOL protector, help a desperate fan, and protect her son. Oh, and figure out what's going on with her husband, whose peculiar behavior just might get them killed.
But most important of all, her primary mission: recover her stolen pendant.The stone in the pendant not only promises hope for the Amadis future, but its unknown qualities make it a possible weapon in the wrong hands. With guidance and power from an improbable source and an unlikely ally by her side, Alexis sets out to retrieve the stone before the enemy discovers its potential for mass destruction. But when she finds herself in the Daemoni's lair fighting for her life, all hope seems lost. Will she discover the true power she holds in time? And is it enough to save herself, her family and the Amadis?




Spoilers for the series ahead already in the synopsis LOL

So I've been wanting to read this book for a while, simply because I feel in love with Alexis and Tristan in the first books. When I finally got around to reading it now though, I was slightly disappointed. I can't really say why, but I didn't connect to the characters as much as I did in the first books anymore. It might be due to the fact that between the last one and “Power” there were a few months time, I don't know. All I know is that it took me about half of the book to really get into the story and feel as if I wanna read as much and as fast as I can because of how good the book is.

It definitely got better in the second part, when the story line also picked up again. I still am in love with Tristan, but with everything that happens with him in this book, it just seemed....I don't know, sometimes I was feeling like: Does this really have to happen? I know people go through heartaches, but with them it's like they go from one to the other, without having time to breathe. I think I was just hoping at least for a little reprieve for them.

Also, everything involving the storyline of Owen and that chick who's name I conveniently forgotten is just weird as well. At least that's what it felt like to me. I really liked Owen, but in this book I couldn't quite get a grasped on him and I don't really like when that happens LOL I mean, why would you do something like that with a character that everyone likes?? That's what I just don't get....and I tried, I really tried! Ask Julie, she can tell you LOL

So the book was still good, it just wasn't as great as the ones before. I will, however, definitely continue with the series, as I wanna see how it all works out, that's for sure! And I'm hoping that the next one will be better again!

Yours always,
Yvi

Sometimes It Lasts - Abbi Glines Sea Breeze Series





Synopsis: Cage York has to choose between a love of the game and a love of the girl in this sultry Sea Breeze novel from New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines.

After waiting for his big break, bad boy Cage York is finally called up to prove his worth in the college baseball arena. But when Cage’s girlfriend, Eva, mourns the sudden loss of her father, it’s not Cage’s comforting arms she runs to, but those of her former fiancĂ©’s twin brother, Jeremy.

Torn between his baseball dream and the girl of his dreams, Cage must prove he’s worthy of Eva’s love, or risk losing her to Jeremy forever.

“Mine,” Cage mumbled in his sleep pulling me closer to him. Even in his sleep he knew what I needed. I kissed his chin and smiled. “Yes, I’m yours.” 

It was another great Abbi Glines book. I already loved Cage York in the first book he had with Eva, and this second one didn't disappoint a bit. I would've been okay with only the one that was published, but this book was as amazing as the first one, a continuation of the amazingness that was this couple's first storypart. As you can tell, I thought it was REALLY amazing LOL

“Make no mistake. There will always be an us. You can pretend like what we had never happened. You can ignore your feelings. Hell, baby, you can even marry Jeremy f*cking Beasley. But there will always be an us. No one and nothing can change that.”

This booked means heartache again, of course. All of you that have read an Abbi Glines book know that most of the books have tragic, drama and a huge obstacles to get over in it. And this was no different. Despite everything having worked out in the first book, it doesn't end here. And my heart broke all over again the whole time. At the tragic, at the unfairness of it all and at the fact that those two people had to go through SO MUCH to finally get where they are now. And yet, both main characters still stay so true to who they really are and make you FEEL so badly with them. You cry with them, you laugh with them and you simply wanna read that things will be okay for the two of them here.

Eva has already lost one main man in her life, and when the second seems to have trouble with his health, it seems as if life again is playing a cruel joke. I mean, why else would you need to go through that AGAIN?? And she needs Cage...but he might be going away to college on a scholarship he ended up working hard for. But can he leave now that Eva needs the most? And what will happen if he does, or if he doesn't? So many questions that Abbi Glines throws out there, and you worry, love, cry with them all the way through it. 

What else is there to say? Besides that I loved the book, would recommend everyone to read ANY Abbi Glines book and that she'll still stay one of my favorite authors after this one! Oh, and I cannot wait for the next one! There are sooooo many great books in the making that I'm sitting here, hoping their release date will be sooner rather than later!!! And also, I do love Cage York!!!!

Yours,
Yvi

Friday, October 25, 2013

Octavian's Undoing - Airicka Phoenix


What's the book about: 

No good deed goes unpunished.

Riley Masters learns this the hard way when she finds a wallet and decides to do the right thing. But returning it will cost her much more than she bargains for.

Abandoned by her mother, raised by an indifferent father, Riley has accepted the fact that she would be alone always. She has no idea that a single act of kindness would propel her into a world where creatures that shouldn’t exist guard the human race from the demons that lurk in the shadows. That it will cost her the lives of those she loves while unearthing a destiny she never imagined with a man who is forbidden to love her. She finds passion, romance and the family she’d been searching for her entire life, but at what cost and what is she willing to sacrifice to find answers and happiness?

Octavian Maxwell has always known his place. He is a Caster, a Son of Judgment. His job is to protect the mortal world from the creatures plotting to destroy it. Instead, his world is shattered when a human girl walks into Final Judgment, a girl he has been searching for his entire life, a girl he is forbidden to ever touch. Being with her will break the oath he’s sworn to never love a mortal. But his heart has already found its mate and it refuses to let go.

Final Judgment… a place undetected, a gateway to evil and a legend that will undo everything anyone has ever known about our world.

' "The last thing she heard being murmured huskily into her ear was, "I would like nothing better than to set every inch of you on fire and watch as you burn in my arms." '
- Octavian's Undoing by Airicka Phoenix

I think I'm gonna start out with Riley and what I have to say about her because Octavian… No, I wanted to focus on Riley first. I have to say that I love her as a heroine because she is strong and sweet, especially if you take her background into consideration… She has a hard time at home with a father that seems more a failure than a father and mother that just left her without ever looking back.

Her father is the worst kind of jerk I can imagine. Besides the twist about him later in the book, I hate how ignorant he is of his daughter. The mother? Well, I better not start on the mother now because it just makes me so mad!

I really am Happy that Riley found a true friend in Daphne and I hope to read more about her and the way the friendship with Riley develops.

The Maxwell-family is the kind of family everyone wants to have. I love the brothers Magnus, Reggie and Gideon… Reggie the most though. They are all crazy and sweet and adorable, but somehow Reggie just jump right to my side, making me wish he could be like my best friend or so. Because, let's face it, Octavian gets the boyfriend-spot. He's so definitely a very worthy book-boyfriend.

I love how Octavian is ready to sleep fully covered just so he could be by her side. But then again, everything about Octavian just totally made me fall for him. I mean, the way he talked about Riley, the way he treated her, the way he worried for her, the way he wanted to protect her from anything and anyone… Seriously, if Airicka Phoenix ever tries telling you that any other of her guys is hotter than Octavian… Don't believe her. IT'S NOT POSSIBLE. PERIOD. 

"His eyes were dark and hungry with a desire that burned her to her toes."
- Octavian's Undoing by Airicka Phoenix

Forbidden love is a topic that has been well used so far and yet I personally think that Airicka put a great twist on the topic… I loved every bit of this book and I can't wait for the second book of The Sons Of Judgement - series. 

Yours truly, Julie

PS: I want to keep Octavian from myself. So, you all go and read, but STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM MY BOY. Thank you. 

Fallen Angels Series by J.R. Ward

 

 

So, let's start with book one, "Covet" by J.R. Ward. 

I have to say that I started reading the books because a friend of mine recommended it and because I love JR's Black Dagger Brotherhood. I was pretty optimistic about the series, but first things first…

Synopsis: 

Seven deadly sins. Seven souls to save. This is the first battle between a savior who doesn't believe and a demon with nothing to lose!

Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about-his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option. 

Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that-until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. And then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart-and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul.

So, I totally loved Vin and the whole story around Jim. I love the topic about Angels and I especially like the angle JR is taking on it. I mean, let's be honest, those Angels aren't the sweetest chubby kind of thing, BUT they are hot… I totally love them… All of them, no matter if those are the ones on earth or up in heaven. 
Vin and Marie Therese are just sweet and Marie's background story actually makes this whole thing so much better. I love her fight, her doubts and still all the strength she is showing. Terribly cute.
As to the evil queen, Devina, she's the worst kind of woman and I hated her from book one. I guess JR did her job right then, right? Totally a book worth reading.

Book Two, "Crave"

Synopsis: 

Isaac Rothe is a black ops soldier with a dark past and a grim future. The target of an assassin, he finds himself behind bars, his fate in the hands of his gorgeous public defender Grier Childe. His hot attraction to her can only lead to trouble-and that's before Jim Heron tells him his soul is in danger. Caught up in a wicked game with the demon who shadows Jim, Isaac must decide whether the soldier in him can believe that true love is the ultimate weapon against evil.

Okay, so what did I think about Isaac.. I love fighters. Fighters get to me, they always do. And Isaac is no exception at all. He's tough and he's on his way to just make sure he stays alive. What I like even more was the meeting between Grier and Isaac was so well written! Especially since I love how much manners he shows.
Grier… I loved that woman! She has spunk and she knows what she wants, but then again, JR never has been different, so it isn't really a surprise that she's amazing. I loved how she talked to her brother and I did not find it impossible or weird, but very loving and sweet.

I have to say that I didn't see the twist at the end coming and I hated it. Despite the fact that I hate Matthias like no other book villain, I wanted things to work for Jim… Which it didn't quite, especially not seeing the way he and Devina meet in this book. It broke my heart for Jim and Adrian, because Ad was just so sweet in taking care of Jim… Really great story and yet… Grrr, Devina pisses me off majorly.

On to the next one, Book Three, "Envy".

Synopsis:

As the son of a serial killer, homicide detective Thomas "Veck" DelVecchio, Jr., grew up in the shadow of evil. Now, on the knife-edge between civic duty and blind retribution, he atones for the sins of his father- while fighting his inner demons. Assigned to monitor Veck is Internal Affairs officer Sophia Reilly, whose interest in him is both professional and arousingly personal. And Veck and Sophia have another link: Jim Heron, a mysterious stranger with too many answers... to questions that are deadly. When Veck and Sophia are drawn into the ultimate battle between good and evil, their fallen angel savior is the only thing that stands between them and eternal damnation.

Veck… Veck was like my most favorite of the guys from the Fallen Angels books so far. He's a broken character no doubt, especially since he doesn't trust himself at all. Broken souls… Another one of my weaknesses… And with Veck I just ate the whole book up. It was fast paced and easy to read, even though, to be honest, JR is not something for weak hearts. 

Of course, when talking about book three you can't get around talking about the biggest WTF-moment so far. I'm not gonna say what it was, but I have to say that I could not believe she really did that and I do not want to know how that made her feel during the writing process… I bow to thee, JR Ward.

Well, the thing between Nigel and Collin kinda had me worried for a moment, but I was pretty sure that that JR wouldn't ruin it all… And she didn't. 


And now… Book Four… "Rapture"… The book I was worried about most.

Synopsis:

Mels Carmichael, reporter for the Caldwell Courier Journal, gets the shock of her life when a man stumbles in front of her car outside the local cemetery. After the accident, his amnesia is just the kind of mystery she likes to solve, but she soon discovers they're over their heads with his past. Over their heads with passion, too ...As shadows walk the line between reality and another realm, and her lover's memory begins to come back, the two of them learn that nothing is truly dead and buried. Especially when you're trapped in a no-holds-barred war between angels and demons. With a soul on the line, and Mels's heart at risk, what in heaven - or in hell - will it take to save them both?

After reporter Mels Carmichael hits a disheveled man with her car
outside the local cemetery, she pays a visit to the stranger in the hospital. The only thing he remembers of his past is seeing a name written on a headstone: that of Jim Heron—a fallen angel charged with rescuing souls from the seven deadly sins. Now, as Mels struggles to help this mysterious stranger rediscover himself, Heron himself returns to prepare for a battle between good and evil.


You have no idea how much I was bitching about this book to my friend before I ever really started reading it. I mean, hearing who'd be the soul in book four I wasn't only mad, I was ready to refuse to read that book. I kept repeating that I hate the choice and that I could never ever like that couple. NEVER. EVER. And i was intend on reading that book just so I could move on to the next one. 

I'm glad I read it, I definitely am. This book turned out so much better than I ever thought. One reason is Mels. She was strong and sweet and caring right from the start and yet it was shown more than once that even the smartest and nicest women don't always make the best decisions. Even though I consider giving in to what she wants definitely a good thing over all, because it shows her how wrong she has been about everything. The relationship with her mother is another thing I love because it shows that sometimes we just see the world the way we want to see them.

What I hated was the one intense scene between Devina and Jim. I. JUST. DON'T. GET. IT. It's been a few days that I read the book and I still don't. I don't want Jim to go down that road and I have to admit that I instantly started to worry. I am still worried, but at least we have Ad, who, maybe for the first time mans (angels) up and does the right thing for the cause.

I have to say that unfortunately I won't be reading on until May, but I still really love that series and I can't wait to get the next JR - Book, "The King" from the Black Dagger-Series. Try them both, you won't regret it.

Julie


Cover-Reveal: Revealing Kia by Airicka Phoenix


I'm so so so super excited!! All you who read my blog, you KNOW I loved "Finding Kia" to death and Adam is... So I am terribly happy to actually be able to join into the cover reveal! Here's the info:

Book Title: Revealing Kia
Author: Airicka Phoenix
Series: The Lost Girl Series, book #2
Publisher: Fire & Ash Publishing
Release date: Nov 2013
Genre: Young Adult contemporary, coming of age romance
Warnings: Language and sexual content
Formats: eBook & Paperback



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SYNOPSIS

The events of Claudia’s party were nothing more than a distant memory as far as Kia was concerned. She was ready to resume her life as though that night had never happened. But it’s a slippery slope keeping a secret and Kia’s about to learn just how hard when she’s faced with the truth and the consequences of her decision.
Adam Chaves was no stranger to girls wanting him. He was no stranger to breaking hearts, although never intentionally. What he didn’t understand was how Kia could undress him, touch him, burn him with her eyes and still keep him at arm’s length when it was evident how much it cost her. But what Kia didn’t realize was that he had never given up on anything in his life and he wasn’t about to start now. He would have his girl even if it meant he had to kidnap her to do it.


AUTHOR BIO

Huddled beneath a perpetual cloud of imagination, International Best-Selling author Airicka Phoenix lives with her husband and four gorgeous children in the beautiful province of British Columbia. When she's not busy playing with her imaginary friends, creating worlds and toying with fictional lives, she can be found reading, polishing her collection of daggers, or chilling with her kids. 


Airicka is the creator of THE TOUCH SAGA, THE SONS OF JUDGMENT SAGA, THE LOST GIRL SERIES, and GAMES OF FIRE. Her standalone novel, BETRAYING INNOCENCE will be published Oct 2013 and the conclusion of Finding Kia, book 2 of The Lost Girl Series, REVEALING KIA, will be out Nov 2013. She also has plans to release a Sci-Fi horror/romance, WHEN NIGHT FALLS, Dec 2013. 



Airicka also writes adult paranormal & contemporary romance under her alter ego, Morgana Phoenix. She has a paranormal short coming out Dec 2013 in SNOWED IN, An Anthology and CAPTURE ME, Morgana's debut novel will be released Fall 2014. 



For more about Airicka, visit her website at: http://airickaphoenix.com/Author/

Hell, I'm more excited than I can say! Go all and read finding Kia... You definitely should!!

Yours truly, 
Julie