Review: Free by Susanne Valenti || Where everything comes down to the final fight

Title: Free
Author: Susanne Valenti
Series: Cage of Lies, book 5
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 516 pages, Ebook
Published: July 16th, 2017 by Susanne Valenti
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

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Blurb (from Goodreads):

Alone and surrounded by the enemy, Maya doesn’t know which way to turn. In a prison built of corruption and blind faith, does the truth even stand a chance? All paths lead to this and finding a way through will be the toughest test yet. The might of the city stands against her and she must remain defiant in the face of it. Presented with challenges she never thought possible and changes she couldn’t have imagined, she will need to be stronger than ever before. The fight of her life is coming to an end but will she survive to see her dreams become reality?


This book was such an intense read. I have been pretty invested in this series from the beginning and I eagerly wanted to know how everything finally boiled down in the end with the stake so huge. Although there were ups and downs, this book definitely lived up to my expectations.

*Possible spoilers from previous books in this series.*

Maya and her friends have finally breached the city but only she manages to escape whereas all the others are captured. With only a little help, she now has to take the next step in order to save the people she came to rescue in the first place along with her friends. But when things become more and more complicated with each step, what will Maya finally do?

The plot of this book was filled with action and one or the other thing kept happening which kept my interest throughout the book. After so many plans, Maya and the others finally decide to execute the rescue mission and tell the city about the world beyond the wall and to eradicate the lies that their leaders have spread through years. From the very first page, I was on the edge, the suspense was well maintained. Though with the help of Livi, her task was made pretty easy which seemed a little unrealistic since the City had such a tight security but she still manages to carry on her plan for most of the part without any significant hurdle along the way. 

I loved the variety of characters. The gang was back to execute their mission and although the characters had their flaws but they were layered. We also got to see another side of Crystal which I liked. I seriously wanted a bit more of friendship between Taylor and Coal, I mean it’s been so long, they should have come to a truce since the feelings began to change (in a good way). Coal and Maya were awesome together, as usual, they made a hell of a team. Maya’s unexpected news was a big surprise but a part of it felt unrealistic too because before she realised the truth, she hadn’t felt any difference but after learning the truth things got different, it was a bit weird but I didn’t mind it that much. I also wanted mooore of Blane and Luca!! Only one chapter wasn’t enough.

Overall, Free was an interesting read. The plot was executed neatly and the characters kept the journey interesting. I enjoyed the romance between Coal and Maya and I loved how Coal didn’t back away when he learnt Maya’s truth. The ending felt a little rushed, after such a big build up, I wanted to know a bit more about how things were being handled. Anyway, the writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast paced throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh || A satisfying conclusion || Blog Tour

Welcome to my tour stop of Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. You can find the full tour schedule here.


Title: Obsidian and Stars
Author: Julie Eshbaugh
Series: Ivory and Bone, book 2
Genre: Prehistorical, Fantasy, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 368 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: June 13th, 2017 by HarperTeen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.

Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.


Obsidian and Stars definitely was an interesting conclusion to this series, one that I definitely enjoyed. You can read my review of book 1: Ivory and Bone, here.

After the betrayal and the fight with the Bosha clan ended, everything finally seemed at place. Mya is ready to be betrothed to Kol but then the unthinkable happens, Chev, the High Elder of her clan as well as Mya’s brother decides to announce Lees’s, their sister’s marriage with Morsk, someone she despises. Mya sees the only option out is to take her sister’s place or run but when more trouble comes their way, how will she face them alone?

The plot managed to hold my attention from the very start and I finished it in two sittings. Ivory and Bone ended on a calm tone with the two clans, Manu and Olen coming to an understanding. I loved Mya and Kol together and I loved the chemistry between them. But soon enough Mya has to take a tough decision in order to save her sister from marrying Morsk which kick-started another new adventure.

When Mya and Lees run away, the end up on a totally new land where they find Noni, a runaway from the Tama clan. I loved how it didn’t take Mya a second to accept her as her own when she saw how much trouble the little girl was in. She defended her with all her power and proved how much worthy she was off. And I equally loved Kol, who stood by her side no matter what although sometimes it felt Kol wanted their relationship to succeed more than Mya but I was glad to be proved wrong in the end.

This book was indeed a little bitter-sweet but I loved the way everything was executed. The action and the adventure kept me on the edge and I was so eager to know what happened next. And how things ended, I couldn’t have been more satisfied.

“That’s why I like the blackest nights-the darkest, obsidian skies of winter. When the world is coldest and darkest, the stars shine brightest.”

Overall, Obsidian and Stars was a great read. The plot was executed neatly and the characters kept me engaged throughout the book. I loved the romance between Mya and Kol. The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast-paced throughout the book, I didn’t feel bored, even for a second. I am definitely looking out to read more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

JulieJulie Eshbaugh is the author of the upcoming Ivory and Bone (HarperCollins, 2016). She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.

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Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Tittle: Attachments

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page count and Format: 357 pages, Paperback

Published: February 2012 by Orion

Source: Purchased

My rating:  PicsArt_1444558511051

Blurb (from Goodreads):

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . “

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?


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This book was just sooo cute! This was my second book by Rainbow Rowell after Fangirl. I have been wanting to read this book for so long and I devoured it after I finally got it!

Beth and Jennifer are best friends, they love to keep up about their day to day affairs using their work email which is kind of prohibited. Lincoln has just joined the newspaper company as the IT security guy and his main task is to keep a check on the emails which are not concerned with work. But he doesn’t have a heart to send them a warning, he finds himself guilty but as well as enjoying reading their emails. No sooner he finds himself falling for one of them. Will he ever be able to work up to his courage and ask her out or will it forever remain a secret buried in his heart?

The plot was soo sweet and intriguing! I loved the concept of this story. In fact, Rowell has a way of weaving unique story lines which hooks the readers from the start. This book was no different. It was pretty hard to put this book down. The story is narrated in a unique way as well, it contains alternating POVs, one contains Lincoln’s and the other is the email exchange between Jennifer and Beth. It definitely was an interesting aspect.

I loved Lincoln. He was awkward and shy but I loved him nonetheless. His duty as the IT security guy was to read all the emails of the workers and send them a warning if the contents are not work related. He didn’t love his job and the only reason he stayed put was because the emails of Jennifer and Beth lit up his day. The emails exchanged between Jennifer and Beth were quite hilarious, it was so fun to read about the. I could understand why Lincoln couldn’t send them a warning.

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I loved the concept about falling for someone before even seeing that person. That’s what made this book more sweet because in a way Lincoln and Beth fell for each other. He loved her words and fell in love with her personality and for Beth, he was the cute IT guy! I simply loved those two! It seemed quite impossible that anything could possibly happen between them but I loved the twist and turns the story provided.

Overall, Attachments was a great and entertaining read! The plot was uniquely executed and I never felt bored. I fell in love with the characters and I pretty much loved everything about this book. The writing was beautiful and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to devour all the books by Rowell.

Recommend it?

Yes!


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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Saraj J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, book 2

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Retelling, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Warm

Page Count and Format: 624 pages, Paperback

Published: May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Source: Purchased

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.


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Ooookay, so first of all, my ship saaaaailed!

(I’m sorry, I couldn’t control plus I can’t stop laughing!)

But honestly guys, HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SURVIVE AFTER HOW EVERYTHING ENDED!! I need the next book now! *sighs*

Anyway… this book was everything! I loved it so soo much! Feyre is back with Tamlin in the Spring Court but she knows she can never be the same again after what happened in Under the Mountains. Everything feels different and she’s suffocating until Rhysand comes to take Feyre away as promised to keep the end of his bargain. At first, everything is the same until Feyre is forced to make a choice that changes everything. Also there’s a big war coming. How will she handle everything?

A Court of Mist and Fury is a retelling of Persephone and Hades and it was so perfectly done. I enjoyed the plot so much. I’m so glad I was team Rhysand from book 1, I did like Tamlin but that was it, I didn’t feel anything more for that guy plus he didn’t do much back when Feyre was treated like crap and given so many challenges to perform by Amarantha and after seeing how he treated Feyre in this book like she was pet or something, I wanted to strangle him myself! Nonetheless, so freaking many new details were exposed in this book that simply left me in awe. And can we talk about Rhysand, how completely flawed yet perfect his character is! And when I learnt about his full backstory, I was quite surprised because I was definitely not expecting that but oh well it was pretty awesome nonetheless!

“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”

-Feyre

I loved Feyre. Although she was broken and didn’t know how she was supposed to move on but with the help of Rhysand she slowly started the healing process. I’m so glad she stood up for herself and decided to do what she thought was right. The chemistry between Rhysand and Feyre was undeniable! And the romance… it was perfect. Just perfect! I just loved these two so much!

“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”

There were some new characters introduced who belonged to the Night Court. I adored Mor, she was so awesome and a great friend, she made Feyre feel like she was family from the very beginning. Azriel and Cassian were two unique and great characters. Last but not the least- Amren, I was confused about what to feel about her and hontsly, she scared me a bit at first but then I understood, she is as trustworthy as anyone can be.

Overall, A Court of Mist and Fury was a fantastic read! I loved how the plot was executed though I did feel the middle portion was a bit draggy. Nonetheless the characters definitely made up for it because they were pretty awesome! The chemistry and the romance between Rhysand and Feyre was amazing, The writing was beautiful and addictive as always and the pace was even throughout the book. The last portion of the book was so awesome and I could barely breath as I breezed through it! I really, really can’t wait for the next book and I don’t have a freaking clue about how I’m going to survive till then!

Recommend it?

Duh. Yes!


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Review: The Curse of Damini by Debajani Mohanty

Title: The Curse of Damini

Author: Debajani Mohanty

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Genre: Contemporary, [Adult]

Heat Rating: Slightly warm

Page Count and Format: 200 pages, Paperback

Published: July 14th 2015 by Patridge India

Source: I received a printed copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

The world seemed not enough for free spirited Renuka, when she married the highly educated Shashank hailing from the mightiest Zamindars of Bengal. However, soon her life turned upside down when a neighbor revealed her of their sinister past.

It’s a mysterious supernatural curse cast on their family almost a century back. Generation by generation, Damini’s enraged curse had passed on, declining their family clan from hundreds to a handful few. Who would be Damini’s next victim? And why innocent lives are at a stake for a crime committed by an ancestor a hundred years back? Renuka would not settle until she finds an answer and in her quest she struggles to eradicate all the evils that come in her way. Would she ever win a battle against an unseen enemy? Would the wrong done to Damini be ever avenged?

Set against the nostalgic era of 1940s, the story narrates the arduous journey of Renuka Pal, the protagonist, from a rash teen age freedom fighter to the seasoned writer of the 21st century India. In this thrilling saga of death, betrayal and power plays the narrative would cover a large chunk of twentieth century history. The passing of time, historical events and the changing country is so well-woven to the story that one would hardly differentiate between fact and fiction.


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This book… was simply wow. I didn’t think I was going to love this book this much! But I could relate to so much which made this book a great read!

The story deals about the free-spirited girl named Renuka and her journey from a teenage freedom fighter to womanhood where she experiences the various spices of life. We come to know about the British Raj, struggles of India’s independence, the Hindu-Muslim riot and the partition of Bengal which were cleverly interwoven with the main storyline.

I fell in love with the story and I absolutely loved the main protagonist Renuka. The story starts at the time before India has gained its Independence,  Renuka is just a teenage girl fighting to contribute as much as she can towards the freedom of India. This book highlighted the male dominated patriarchal society at its extreme which still somewhat prevents in India. It was so appropriately depicted and also the zamindari system and its injustices were highlighted as well.

Renuka is a not a person devoid of flaws but she is an idealistic woman with whom I could relate so much because of the values she believed in. I loved how she handled everythinh maturely or tried her best to do so. The plot was interwoven with the curse of an ill-fated girl named Damini which was handled realistically and were depicted really well. Shashank, Renuka’s husband was a really great guy, he was loving and caring and stood by his wife no matter what. He played an important part in her life, and he provided her the courage that she needed to go on without faltering. All the various other characters and episodes played an equally important part in this story.

Overall, The Curse of Damini was a great read! The plot kept me hooked from the very beginning and I loved the characters. So many important parts of India’s history was highlighted and I loved reading about them. I also loved the fact that there was a glossary at the end of the book which would be helpful for the people who doesn’t know Bengali. The writing was smooth and easy to read, I didn’t feel bored for even a second and the pace was even throughout the book. Overall, this was a pretty fantastic read that I enjoyed reading very much!

Recommend it?

Yes!


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Review: Say Something by T.A. Roth

Title: Say Something

Author: T.A. Roth

Series: The Speak series, book 1

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Pretty warm

Page Count and Format: 267 pages, Ebook

Published: March 25th 2015 by T.A. Roth

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Twenty–two-year-old Ari Munoz prefers to keep men at an arms’ length. So when her best friend Vonne guilts her into going to a frat party, she couldn’t think of a worse way to spend her night. That’s until she sparks the interest of love’em and leave’em Ben Rodriguez. She knows she shouldn’t trust him, but the electricity she feels when they lock eyes is something she’s never felt before.

Twenty-two-year-old Ben Rodriguez has it all, and his senior year marks the beginning of even bigger things to come. He’s a football star, fraternity president, and his endless pick of beauties makes him the envy of all of his frat brothers. So why is a pair of long legs and hazel eyes making him want to throw out his rules?

Ari has her secrets.

Ben has his rules.

What happens when both your pasts threaten your future?

Say Something…

*This novel contains adult themes and language. 18+ please. This is book one in a series and contains a cliffhanger.*


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Say Something was your typical NA read where the guy is popular and a jock but falls for the quite and shy girl. But I can’t say that I didn’t like it because I sure did.

Ben is in his final year of college, he is a football star, and the head of his fraternity. He doesn’t do relationships either but something changes when he sees Ari for the first time in a party. They both can’t stay away from each other. Although they are both scared of this new feelings but nonetheless they decide to give them a shot and but will happen when Ari’s past resurfaces?

Well… that’s my question as well because this book ended in a huge cliffhanger, though I was already warned in the blurb but still it felt huge! Okay, let’s come back to the beginning before we talk about the end, shall we? So, the book started off pretty good, although the plot was predictable but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Ben has never been in an actual relationship but with Ari, he starts wanting more. For both of them, it’s a complete new territory but they both decide to give it a try. I really loved these two together, they had perfect chemistry and the romance was pretty hawt!

I basically loved all the characters in this book. Ari was a great character, she was sweet and caring and I loved her with Ben. I most definitely enjoyed the family aspect of this book as well, yes.. although it was not much but I loved every bit of what I got. Ari had a past that she never told anyone but she finally confessed to Ben after he witnessed her repeated nightmares about how she was abused by her piano teacher when she was just 7 years old. That was… just heartbreaking. She never told anyone because that asshole teacher told her everybody would hate her and she was just a child, she got easily manipulated. BUT… this past resurfaces in the last chapter right before this book ends!! God… I really need the second book… like right now!

Overall, Say Something was a great read. Although the plot was predictable but I enjoyed reading it, the characters were pretty great as well. I loved the romance between Ari and Ben and I can’t wait to see more of it. Nonetheless, the writing was great and pretty smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. This book left me in a lot of suspense and that won’t be solved unless and until I read book 2. Hopefully, I can read it soon.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: The Secret Life of a Dream Girl by Tracy Deebs

Title: The Secret Life of a Dream Girl

Author: Tracy Deebs

Series: Creative HeArts, book 4, [Dahlia and Keegan book 1]

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool… except that kiss though…

Format: Ebook

Expected Publication: June 27th 2016 by Entangled: Crush

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, references to drinking and drugs, and a kiss so steamy it’ll fog up your e-reader.

Hiding in plain sight is harder than it looks…

Dahlia Greene—aka international pop superstar Cherry—is undercover as a normal high school student. She just wants to experience what real life is like, so when she overhears hottie Keegan Matthews nervously talking about liking a girl, she sees the perfect opportunity to live a real life and play a little matchmaker. What was not part of the plan was falling for a guy she can never tell the truth.

Keegan Matthews has been secretly crushing on Dahlia ever since she started at his school. Sure, Dahlia thinks he’s crushing on some other girl—not realizing his Dream Girl is actually her—but he figures, play along with her tips to woo someone else, let her get to know him, and then make his move. But with so many secrets in the mix, their romance is doomed from the start…


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This book was sooo cute! And it definitely delivered the promise made in the disclaimer! I’m totally loving this series so much and this book was a great addition to the series. Another thing that I love about this series is that the whole series is taking place at one high school, so we frequently get a glimpse of the other characters in this series as well which is quite awesome!

Dahlia is actually an international pop star, she goes by the name Cherry. After gaining legal emancipation, she has to fulfill one last thing, complete the last year of her high school in a normal school as ordered by the judge. She has always yearned for a normal life, that’s why she decides to take on a disguise so that nobody would recognise her. When she accidentally hears a bit of a conversation between Keegan and his friend about the girl he’s crushing on, she steps up and decides to help without knowing that his dream girl is actually her. Would anything between them be ever possible?

I loved the plot! And I loved how everything was executed! Dahlia just decides to help Keegan after overhearing a conversation at a school dance, she just basically starts project Dream Girl without even asking if he’s on board or not! But it turned out to be quite hysterical than awkward as Keegan could not understand whatever the hell was going on. And later when she told him the plan, he decides to be on board but he uses her own advice to woo her which was quite adorable! I loved them together from the start, they were just so cute!

Dahlia… first of all I love that name! She kept her identity a secret from everybody, even from Keegan because she could see how everyone waited for an opportunity to jump on Finn (from How Willa Got Her Groove Back) and she wanted a normal life, just for once. I totally understood her situation, especially after how her dad and manager treated her. Keegan was a total sweetheart. He was so sweet and caring and I actually enjoyed to see how he was nervous in telling Dahlia that he actually liked her!  But their chemistry was totally adorable and that kiss! Oh my God! It was basically perfection!

Overall, The Secret Life of a Dream Girl was a totally awesome read! The plot kept me interested from the beginning and I loved the characters. The romance was sooo sweet, I loved Keegan and Dahlia together! The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book! Though this book somewhat ended on a happy note (well… not entirely because of what Keegan was going through due t his father’s condition), I can’t wait to read the next book about them!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys are you excited about this book? Have you started this series yet? If yes, how has your experience been so far? And if not, then do you want to read this adorable series? (You definitely should… just saying!) What do you think about this book guys? Share your thoughts with me!

Review: Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh || Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my tour stop of Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. You can find the full tour schedule here.


Title: Ivory and Bone

Author: Julie Eshbaugh

Series: Ivory and Bone, book 1

Genre: Prehistorical, Fantasy, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 384 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: June 14th 2016 by HarperTeen

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.


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This was a very different and unique read and it made me want to want Ice Age! (And then I kind of watched it…)

Kol is an part of the clan where their most important job is to hunt for food. Along with that their mind plagues of the fear of their future because there’s hardly any female left in their clan. When the leader of the Olen clan comes to visit them along with his two sisters, hope surges in their heart but will the violent history of these two clans allow anything to happen together? And along with that when new dangers arise, how will they deal with it?

I enjoyed the plot, I was curious about Kol’s story from the beginning and I was invested till the very end. But one thing I can say for sure, that this book might be a hit or miss among the readers and fortunately for me, it was the former. Kol’s clan mainly depends on mammoth as their food. And it really made a think a lot about Ice Age because this story takes place during that time as well. I really enjoyed learning their way of living and how they survived in the open. The Olen clan brought an interesting factor and I liked the suspense created about the history between these two clans and how they became enemies.

I pretty much liked the character development that took place throughout the book. Kol was a great character, although he fairly misunderstood Mya and her motifs in the beginning. But that was definitely not his fault because there’s was a mystery surrounding Mya’s character and she came off as rude and stubborn in the beginning. I also liked how the plot changed course due to Lo’s character, it was an interesting aspect to read about. I loved the family aspect of this book as well. But there was not much fantasy element in this book and neither much romance though it didn’t bother me much.

Overall, Ivory and Bone was a good read. The plot and the characters kept me interested from the beginning and the writing was a bit different but smooth. The pace was slow in the beginning and it picked it’s pace towards the end. I’m definitely interested in reading the next book in this series.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

JulieJulie Eshbaugh is the author of the upcoming Ivory and Bone (HarperCollins, 2016). She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.

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Review: Chased (Part 1 & 2) by Piper Lawson || Plus Interview!

 

Title: Chased (Part 1 & 2)

Author: Piper Lawson

Series: Chased

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Pretty warm

Page Count and Format: 130 pages + 137 pages, Ebook

Published: April 29th 2016

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Being a twenty-one-year-old screw-up has its perks. I can sleepwalk through class, drink all day and nail anything that walks.

Easy f#$%*ing peasy.

Sure, I used to be the fastest guy at Fielding College. I’ve broken more track records than anyone on the West Coast. But my life as an athlete feels like a different universe. A different Chase Owens.

Since my world fell apart last year, all I want is to be left the hell alone.

Ariel Hastings isn’t just a wrench in that plan, she’s a bomb. The quiet girl shows up out of nowhere and suddenly our fates are tied together. She wants to run with me, learn from me, even live with me…

Basically everything but f*ck me.

Now I’m spending too much time around her. I’m craving something she won’t give me and I sure as hell can’t ask for.

Because we’ve both got pasts that aren’t ready to let go. Even if I can survive hers, I know we can’t outrun mine.


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This series was pretty damn awesome! I absolutely loved Chased, everything was so freaking good! The plot, the characters, everything, I don’t have a single complaint. I enjoyed this hell of a ride!

Chase had a troubled past, he doesn’t let people in easily. After an incident he drops from his racing team and his only chance at getting back in the team is to train Ariel Hastings. Reluctant at first, he finally agrees. The more he spends time with him, he becomes enamored with her and the feelings start to seem quite mutual until his past starts to haunt him back. Will he fight back or run away and risk loosing everything he has, including Ariel?

At first, I’m going to talk about Part 1. I loved Chase from the beginning. Even with a hard exterior, the guy really cared for the people he loved. I loved their passion for running and that they would do anything rectify their mistakes. They were both flawed and intense characters and I enjoyed reading both their POVs. The slow burning build up between Ariel and Chase was really great. Their chemistry was awesome and I freaking loved the romance between them. There’s also a little bit of mystery aspect in the book which is more explored in part 2.

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Part 2 picked up from where part 1 left off. The plot kept me hooked. The relationship between Chase and Ariel are more explored in this part which I loved. Some family aspects were put into the mix as well which played an important part later, nonetheless I ended up loving Drew, Chase’s small brother. All the side characters were pretty amazing as well. The mystery part was handled really well and I loved how everything was executed. 

Overall, Chased was a fantastic read! Piper’s books keeps getting better and better, she’s definitely an author to watch out for! The plot was neatly executed and the I loved the characters. I also loved the undeniable chemistry between Chase and Ariel! The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast paced throughout both the parts. I really enjoyed reading this one!

Recommend it?

Yes!


Now, here’s some fun Interview Q&A with the author herself!

Welcome to my little blog! I’m so glad to have you here today!

Thank you for having me! I’m delighted to be here.

1. Chased was originally meant to be written as a 4 part novella. What made you change your decision and transform it into a two part novel?

Great question. Chase and Ariel’s story changed quite a bit from how I’d first conceived it. As my beta readers can attest, my first draft of part 1 was about half as long as the final part 1 and it was solely from Chase’s POV. When I got deeper into their story, I wanted to hear from Ariel too! So, the story that’s just been released is two (longer) parts. Readers have been asking whether there will be more parts – we’ll have to wait and see 🙂

2. What was the hardest thing that you faced while writing this book?

I think that when you’re writing romance, it’s hard to walk the line between telling ‘his’ story or ‘her’ story and telling ‘their’ story. Chased is more focused on Chase than Ariel, but it was important to me that she wasn’t just stuck on the sidelines. That’s part of the reason I ended up giving her voice (which was a big decision!).

3. Was your main protagonist Chase inspired by anyone in particular?

Nope. But, I think there are a lot of people who doubt themselves – either because of where they come from, or what they’ve done in the past. Chase is inspired by those people, and the ones who manage to overcome themselves and everything they’ve been through. The story’s also a tribute to the people that help – the Ariels, Tors, Amoses, and maybe even the Tesses.

4. What’s your dream cast for Chased?

Hrm – still working on this! If you really wanna know I need another couple days 🙂

5. Overall, what is the thing that you enjoy most about writing?

I love when I start to feel like I know the characters well enough that they’re telling me their story instead of me crafting it. That’s the best feeling in the world.

6. What do you have in mind for your next project? Because I’m dying to know…

Glad you asked! Right now I’m getting ready to release a steamy, funny contemporary romance called PLAY (pre-order will be up soon, follow me on twitter @piperjlawson or sign up for my newsletter!). It’s about a video game developer. I’m all about the nerds right now. After that…you might see more from the Travesty series this fall…wink wink

7. Any advice for aspiring writers?

First, DO IT! 🙂 and yes, reading tons and tons of romance novels is a totally legit resume to get into writing romance. With that said, my second piece of advice is: work on your craft. Read books on writing (novels, screenplays), use tools, talk to other authors. The indie romance community is ah-mazing for being collaborative and helping one another! It’s an awesome hobby, or career, and way to meet fabulous life-long friends.


So guys, hope you enjoyed the interview! Have you read Chased yet? How’s your experience so far? Or are you waiting to read it? Share your thoughts with me!

Review: Saven Denial by Siobhan Davis

Title: Saven Denial

Author: Siobhan Davis

Series: Saven, book 2.5

Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Slightly warm

Page Count and Format: 106 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: May 21st 2016 by Siobhan Davis

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

THE TRUTH HURTS

My mother was right to fear me.
I’m an abomination.
And the world should be very afraid.

Sadie has been kidnapped by the Tor, the vindictive alien race who destroyed Thalassic City. As her past, present, and future collides, her worst nightmare looks set to become her shocking new reality.

A deliberate pawn in leader Griselda’s vengeful game, Sadie is horrified to learn the truth about her heritage and the destiny that’s already been mapped out for her. Refusing to cooperate, she risks paying the ultimate price for her defiance.

Love for Logan is her only motivation to stay alive. Saving him is the only thing that matters—the fate of the world depends upon it. While he may never forgive her, she’s determined to protect him. Until her dying breath.

Note from the author:

This continues the story from where it ended in Saven Disclosure. This is not an optional novella but an essential read if you don’t want to miss out on important plot developments. Please note there is a cliffhanger and it is not a standalone story. You will need to continue the series to find out what is next in store for Sadie and Logan.


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“I’m terrified of learning the truth. About my mission. About Axton. About who I really am, and what I’m capable of doing. I’d rather stay in denial. Because if there’s one thing I’m certain of, it’s that I’m not going to like the truth of my apparent new reality.”

-Sadie

This book… I don’t what to say! But it was pretty damn explosive. This book is extremely necessary to read in this series if you want to proceed to the next one. I mean you would naturally want to because it ends with a massive cliffhanger which had me shouting WHAT!! in a loop!

Sadie has been kidnapped by the Tor where she learns a horrifying truth about herself. Can she save Logan in time? Most of all, can she save herself, at all?

This book was a whirlwind. We learned a lot of truth about Sadie and her past and her essential role in all this alien matter. Griselda, the head of the Tor was a freaking nutcase, I must say, because she was hell bent on revenge when everybody else wanted peace. And the one thing that kind of freaked me was Axton. And I really, really wish what he said about Sadie and him was false because eeeh.. I don’t know what else to think but I definitely don’t want him anywhere near Sadie though how much he claims he loves her. Nonetheless, I’m interested to find out more about that guy.

Nonetheless, I absolutely loved how everything was executed. Twists after twists kept on coming and some pretty big secrets were revealed which totally caught me off guard. Though I liked how Sadie handled things though she didn’t think much before doing anything. But it was still justifiable because she was in a totally confused mess and I could totally feel for her, especially after she discovered the truth about herself. And that ending!! My God! I mean, how? Why? I am dying to know what happens next but I’m definitely still team Logan!

Overall, Saven Denial was a great read. It was fast paced and it kept me hooked from the very first page. The plot was… once again I have to say explosive and pretty damn engaging. The writing was smooth. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book!

Recommend it?

YES!


So guys, how many of you are excited to read this one? I have to say I loved this installment! Have you started this series yet? If yes, how is your experience so far? And if no, do you want to? Share your thoughts with me!