Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: Split Second by Kasie West

Author: Kasie West
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Age Genre: Young Adult
Narrative: dual pov /past
Format: hardcover copy
Challenge/Category: Sequel-Prequel/
Life can change in a split second.
Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.
When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.
Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.
As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.
Split Second was one of my most anticipated reads of 2014. I fell head over heels in love with the world and characters in Pivot Point, and couldn't wait to see what happens next. I'm happy to announce that I loved Split Second, and that I cannot wait for West's next book. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Who Wore it Better: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

In Who Wore it Better we're not going to discuss fashion or cloths, but rather different book covers from different countries and who has the best cover. This meme is co-hosted with the lovely Amanda from The Book Badger and will be featured on her blog every other week, so if you like it check her blog as well!
For this week's, I'm going to take a look at the different Graceling covers. As I love this series, and the variety between the different countries is quite vast, this is again a large batch. 

Let's get started! :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Amazon List: Young Adult Hardcover Bargains (Last updated - April 16)

<----You can find links to the Kindle, Paperback and adult version lists on the sidebar here
*This HUGE list will be updated regularly, so make sure to come back and check it every once in a while!*
This list is divided into 3 sub lists: 70-90% off bargains, 50-70% off bargains and 40-50% bargains. I recommend checking them all because they all save a lot of money (plus, there are a TON of best sellers in the 40-50% section ;>) 

70-90%

Review: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Author: Richelle Mead
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Age Genre: Young Adult
Narrative: first person/past
Format: hardcover copy
Challenge/Category: TBR pile/ fantasy category 
Rose Hathaway's life will never be the same. 
The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck, a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters ... Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life's vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved? 
Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir's and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?
It took me literally months to get to this book. Don't ask me why - Shadow Kiss definitely ended on a high note that left me wanting more, and I had all the books in my possession since I've read the first one. Still, I delayed - even after finally starting the book. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: Love Unscripted by Tina Reber

Author: Tina Reber
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Age Genre: Adult
Narrative: first person/past
Format: kindle copy
Challenge: TBR pile
An A-List Movie Star…
Ryan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine a life where fans would chase him, paparazzi would stalk him, and Hollywood studios would want to own him. While filming in Seaport, Rhode Island, Ryan ducks into a neighborhood bar for a quick escape from legions of screaming fans…and finds much more than he expected.
A Small Town Girl…
Nursing a recent heartbreak, Taryn Mitchell believes men are best kept at a safe distance. But when Ryan Christensen unexpectedly bursts through the front door of her pub, she can’t help but be drawn in by his humor, charm, and undeniable good looks. At six foot two, with dirty blond hair, blue eyes, and an incredible body, Ryan has every girl in Seaport swooning. But Taryn isn’t every other girl.
A Relationship that Doesn’t Follow the Script…
Despite her better judgment, Taryn soon finds herself falling hard for Ryan. But is their bond strong enough to survive the tabloid headlines, the relentless paparazzi, and the jealous fans who seem determined to tear them apart?
Hmm... I don't know how to go about this review. I was greatly looking forward to this book- Star x "normal human beings" themed stories are somewhat of a weakness for me. It's like I crave a well done Cinderella story. So, yeah, all the raving reviews about this one had me prepared for something great. This book wasn't bad, but it most definitely didn't live up to all the hype about it.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

When The Impossible Happens (A Discussion in GIFs)

I am an avid reader. Reading is part of my soul, really, a huge part of how I deal with life. Life doesn't seem so bad when I can escape for an hour and be someone else - especially when that someone has it so much harder and worse than me lol. But sometimes... sometimes... how do I say this... 
I don't feel like reading. For days. 
Wait, I can explain! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Author: Rosamund Hodge
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Age Genre: Young Adult
Narrative: first person/past
Format: Hardcover copy
Challenge/Category: no challenge/ Recent buy
Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.
As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.
I am so damned confused right now! About everything. From how I feel about this book to the small details of what I just read, I am c.o.f.u.s.e.d. Deciding how to rate this book was a Nightmare
On the Plus side, the book has a velvet cover. I want to stroke it all day long. Awkward, I know, but I can't seem to help myself... not important to the review, obviously, but thought I'd throw it out there regardless...
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