Faddle: First Book of the Year (41)

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This is a great way to ring in the New Year by starting a book and reading it into the morning. I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you on the fifth entalment in the Mythos Academy series by Jenifer Estep. This post is hosted by Book Journey

      15714133Synopsis:

Here we go again …

Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.

As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast — otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins — and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there …

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Faddle: December~ Recap (40)

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I have three reviews I have yet to post but they will be up som time this week.

The Books I read this month are as follows: [(R) = Reviewed]

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so It is the last day of the year I hope that everyone had a wonderful 2013 and will experience an even better 2014.  I am excited to share that I completed four challenges this year.

Then this Coming January I have a few books I plan on reviewing they are:

  • Ink is Thicker Than Water By Amy Spalding
  • Frozen By Melissa de la Cruz & Micheal Johnson
  • The Dream Thieves: The Raven Cycle, Book 2 By Maggie Stiefvater
  • Midnight Frost: a Mythos Academy Novel, Book 5 By Jennifer Estep
  • The Collector: Dante Walker, Book 1 By Victoria Scott
  • Introductions: The Academy, Book 1 By C.L. Stone
  • Cursed By Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • The Academy By Emmaline Andrews
  • Shadows: a Lux Novel, Book 0.5 By Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Half-Blood: a Covenant Novel By Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephan Chbosky

Also Next year I will be doing top ten Tuesday hosted by another blog The Broke and The Bookish.

One last thing I will be doing a few Challenges next year well a lot of challenges. If you would like to check them out they are on my challenges page.

Happy New Year to everyone!

~Jess

Faddle: 2013 End of Year Book Survey (39)

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So I was browsing my freshly pressed page when I came across this on one of the blogs I follow Book Tasty. So me being the book nerd i am went and googled this survey. I found so many blogs that featured it just seemed like something fun to do so here it goes. (also this post is hosted by The Perpetual Page Turner)

Best Books of 2013

1. Best book you read in 2013?

This is a hard one because I have read so many wonderful books this year its hard for me to pick one. If I had to pick one Book I would pick The Nightmare Affair By Mindee Arnett. It was by far the best paranormal YA I have read by far.

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

This is a question i loathe to answer because I always find it heart breaking when I don’t love a book that I have picked up to read. There were two that left me kind of like ok that just happened. They were the following:

  • Spellbinding By Maya Gold: I really thought this was going to be a great book when I read the synopsis but it bored me and took me to long to read it. The story had great potential I just felt it was missing something.
  • Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz: This book was recommended to me by multiple people. So I decided that I would check it out I don’t regret reading this but I really expected it to be better. For me it was as though I was reading gossip girl turned vampires. This book wasnt at the bottom of my list but it definitely isn’t on the top but I do plan on finishing the series next year hopefully

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?

These books were surprising to me because I have never been a huge fan of the Dystopian genre but these three were amazing. These are series that I look forward to finishing. They are also books that have made me want to try out other series that are similar.

4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

It would depend on the genre you were asking me to recommend but if I had to pick I would recomend

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

I discovered a few new series this year that I loved if I had to pick one that I loved and am dying to finish I would have to say. The Chicagoland Vampires. Chloe Niell is amazing The series has humor, Romance, Sexual tension and well a great heroine that is someone relatable.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

I don’t want to pick just one because it would be to hard:

  • Cassandra Clare
  • Chloe Niell
  • Jolene Perry
  • Lauren Morrill
  • Lauren Oliver
  • Jessica Shirvington
  • Lauren Kate

The list can go on but these are just a few that I discovered this year and loved beyond words.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

Before I Fall. I had a hard time at first when I started listening to this book I was not that into it but then I was encouraged by a fellow blogger to keep listening to it and so I did I was so very happy that I did.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

The Daughter of Smoke & Bone By Lani Taylor

9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

I have three and that’s after narrowing down.

  • Emblaze i love this cover simply because of the colors and the way they made the angel wings.
  • City of bones I love because well its Jace and I love me some Jace
  • City of  Glass is becasue I love that they give “subastian” angel wings.

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11. Most memorable character in 2013?

I would have to say William Hornedale. I adored him in the Infernal Devices series. He is your typical bad boy with a twist.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill. This book made me fall in love with love. 

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?

Heartbeat By Elizabeth Scott. This book made me think about things that i had never even thought about before. I loved every moment with this book. 

14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2013 to finally read?

Beautiful Creatures By Margaret Stohl and Kamie Garcia. I waited till after i watched the movie like most people recommended i am glad that I did because I am a purists when it comes to books becoming movies.

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2013?

“Are you getting your period?” She narrows her eyes.
No! God. I hate that. I hate when every negative act is blamed on your period.” Sometimes bitchiness is just bitchiness, happily unattached to anything hormonal. It should get full credit.” 
― Deb CalettiThe Nature of Jade

16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2013?

First Day of The Rest of Your Life By Rachel Caine 25 pages and Beautiful Creatures By Margaret Stohl And Kami Garcia 563 Pages 

17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it?

City of Glass By Cassandra Clare. When you learn the truth about Clary and Jace

18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2013?

Pushing The Limits By Katie McGarry

19. Favorite book you read in 2013 from an author you’ve read previously?

The Unidentified Redhead By Alice Clayton

20. Best book you read in 2013 that you read based solely on the recommendation of somebody else?

Morganville Vampires books 1-4. A friend of mine recommended this to me when I couldn’t find a book that i wanted to read a couple of years ago and I finally got around to reading them.

21. Genre you read the most from in 2013?

Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy. 

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Nick Colt From Need By Carrie Jones…. He’s a wolf how could I resist

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Hooked By Liz Fichera 

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

I would have to say The Hero’s of Olympus Series by Rick Rioridan. I love how he brings mythology to life.

25. Book that was the most fun to read in 2013?

Dash and Lilly’s Book of Dares. I loved this book so much because it was just fun to listen to.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2013?

Pushing the Limits By Katie McGarry. This book was just great I hardly had words to describe how much i loved it.

27. Book you read in 2013 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out?

Invisible  This is a great book that makes you think about things you normally wouldn’t think about.

Relating to the Book Blogging Life

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013? 

The Reading Date

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?

I would have to say either Hooked or Evolution: me & other freaks of nature

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I really don’t have answer for this one lol

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I actually just did my first Blog Tour recently which was exciting. It was for Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

5. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

When I received my First ARC. was pretty exciting for me 😀

6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Some Fadle for next year. 

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Heartbeat Blog Tour post

8.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yes I actually completed all four that I set for my self 🙂

Regarding Looking Ahead to 2014

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

The Nightmare Deilemma By Mindee Arenett

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

House of Night I feel like it’s a bitter-sweet ending for me because I have moments that I love this series and then loath it.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

I’m hoping to complete all the challenges i have signed up for this year and just continue to blog. It is something I enjoy doing.

 

 

Happy reading!

Happy New Year!!!

~Jess

 

Excerpt:Heart Beat Excerpt

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HEARTBEAT excerpt from Chapter 3

“Hey,” Olivia says, and I know it’s her because I would know her voice anywhere. We’ve been friends since fifth grade, and we’ve been through period trauma, boy crap, bad hair, her parents and their ways. And now Dan and his baby.

“Hey,” I say. I wipe my eyes and look at her. “How’s the car?”

Olivia makes a face at me but also wraps an arm around my shoulders, steering me toward our lockers. Her parents gave her a fully loaded convertible when she got her license, one with a built-in music player, phone, navigation system—you name it, the car had it. Could do it, and all at the touch of a button.

Olivia sold the car—through the one newspaper left in the area, which is basically just ads—and bought a used car. It’s so old all it has is a CD player and a radio. We bought CDs at yard sales for a while, but all we could get was old music, which we both hate, and the radio is just people telling you that what they think is what you should think, so we mostly just drive around in silence.

It used to bother me sometimes but now I like it. The inside of my head is so full now that silence is…I don’t know. There’s just something about knowing Olivia is there, and that we don’t have to talk. That she gets it. Gets me and what’s going on.

Her parents were unhappy about the car, though. Really unhappy, actually, but then there was a big crisis with one of their server farms at work and by the time they surfaced for air they hadn’t slept in four days. And when they said, “Olivia, that car was a gift,” she said, “Yes, it was. A gift, meaning something freely given, for the recipient to use as she wanted to, right?”

As we hit her locker, we pass Anthony, and he says, “Ladies,” bowing in my direction. A real bow too, like it’s the nineteenth century or something.

“Ass,” Olivia says.

“A donkey is actually not as stupid as people believe. However, you are entitled to your own beliefs about asses. And me.” He looks at me. “Hello, Emma.”

I sigh. “Hi, Anthony.”

“If you ever want to talk about your grades, do know that I’m here.”

I can’t believe I ever thought the way he talked was interesting. It’s just stupid, like he’s too good to speak like a normal person. “I know, Anthony.”

“I really would like to be of assistance to you. I believe in helping everyone. I’m talking to Zara Johns later. I think she feels threatened by the fact that I’ve been asked to help her organize the next school blood drive.” Translation: he’s butted in, and Zara’s furious.

“Either that or she just doesn’t like you. Emma, let’s go,” Olivia says, slamming her locker shut, and we head for mine.

“You okay?” she says, and I nod. Anthony doesn’t bother me at all anymore, just like Mom said would happen. I look at him and feel nothing. Well, some annoyance, but then, who wouldn’t after listening to him talk?

Of course, I didn’t always think that he was annoying. I open my locker, deciding not to go down the Anthony road, and hear the guy next to me say, “No way! I mean, everyone knows what’ll happen to Caleb if he steals another car.”

Olivia and I glance at each other. If Anthony is the ass end of the smart part of the school, Caleb Harrison is the ass end of the stupid part. He’s a total druggie and three years ago, when we were freshmen, he came to school so high he couldn’t even talk. I heard that stopped last year, but then, as soon as school got out, his parents sent him off to some “tough love camp,” which is rich-people code for boot-camp rehab.

He came back seemingly off drugs but newly into stealing cars. He started by grabbing them at the mall and parking them in a different spot, but then he stole a teacher’s car.

And then he graduated to a school bus. It was empty at the time, but still, I heard that got him a couple of weeks in juvie, or would have except for his parents, who intervened. I guess now he’s taken yet another step forward and by lunchtime, I know what Caleb stole.

His father’s brand-new, limited-edition Porsche. And he didn’t just steal it. He drove it into the lake over by the park, drove right off the highway and into the water. The police found him sitting on the lake’s edge, watching the car sink. They were able to pull it out, but water apparently isn’t good for the inside of a Porsche.

“You think he’ll go to jail this time?” Olivia asks as we sit picking at our lunches. I love that we have lunch together this semester, but it’s the first lunch block, and it’s hard to face food—especially cafeteria food—at 10:20 in the morning.

“I guess it depends on his parents,” I say. “Last time they talked to the judge or whatever. They’ll probably just ship him off again. He must hate them, though.”

“Yeah. To sit by the lake and watch the car sink like that—”

“Exactly.”

“Even when my parents are sucking their lives away with all their computer crap, I’d never do anything like mess with their stuff,” she says. “How can you hate someone who raised you, who loves you so—” She breaks off.

“Dan didn’t raise me,” I say tightly. “And he doesn’t love me. Or Mom.”

Olivia nods and I think about hate. I understand what can make someone do what Caleb did, although I don’t think a bored, rich druggie really gets hate. Not real hate.

Heart Beat by Elizabeth Scott (127)

17258743Book: Heartbeat, Harlequin Teen, January 28,2014

Written By: Elizabeth Scott

Series: Stand Alone

About Book:

Life. Death. And…Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

(Source: Goodreads)

My Thoughts: 

I have no words for this book that would do it justice. I was shocked most of the story at how angry Emma was. The thing is I also spent most of my time reading this book thinking how would I feel? I am not sure how I’d feel knowing that my step dad kept my mom alive to save their child. I thought maybe I wouldn’t have been so angry. The thing is I probably would be angry if I wasn’t asked what my opinion was about the whole situation especially when it was someone so important to me. I think what kept me reading was that I was getting deeper and more involved in this book. It was the thought that I would be just as hurt as Emma. I would hate my step dad like she said she did. I would want to block out the person who was supposed to love me as much as my mother because I would have felt just as betrayed by that. The thing is as this story unfolds your left wanting to hug Emma at times but yell at her just as much.When it comes to Dan I don’t know what I would have done in his place. I remember when I was pregnant with my daughter I constantly thought that something could go wrong that she wouldn’t make it. I had told her father that I would want him to choose our baby not me. I think that is what was going on with Dan he understood that his wife wanted to have their baby that she was afraid to lose that baby. I could understand that as a parent because my choice would always be my kids. Caleb was someone I would have hug constantly having to live with guilt over something that was never his fault to have parents like his who blamed him for was just at a loss for words when it came to that. I loved that in a way Caleb and Emma saved each other. The brought each other out of the dark hole that was their grief. I can’t say I loved reading this book because it left me feeling heart-broken for Emma and her family. It’s not that I didn’t love the story it was that I can’t begin to find the words to say how much I enjoyed reading it. I cried for parts of it. The last time I cried so much during a book I read the Fault in Our Stars by John Green.This is an amazing book that I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great book. 

Happy Reading!

Always,

Jess.

a Review of Your Guardian Angel(126)

16240815Book: Your Guardian Angel, Limitless Publishing, December 2012

Written By: Skyla Madi

Book Info: Ebook, Kindle Edition, Owned

Series: Your Guardian Angel

Series Order: Your Guardian Angel, Sun Kissed, Salvation, Oblivion( Coming Soon)

About Book: 

For Ruby Moore life is far more complicated than that of your average teen, for she is in no way average. Ruby is a vampire and her life as a vampire is far from traditional.

It has been one year since her normal life was brutally taken from her. Still adjusting to the shock of the change from mortal to immortal, her world is rocked again and she is taken under the wings of a guardian angel back to Sage Sanctum- a school beyond reach from the vampires that are determined to destroy her.

There, she is freed from her vampiric chains and her normal needs and urges return. However a new urge arises… Lust. A forbidden lust toward her savior, her guardian angel.

Attempting to control these desires is difficult, very difficult and when things couldn’t possibly get any worse, her situation becomes life or death as someone, somewhere in the school is aiding those who want her dead.

(Source: Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

This Book was amazing. I was pulled in the moment I read the first word. I couldn’t and wouldn’t put it down. I loved that the vampires had the typical no going into the sun rule. So many vampire books now and days seem to stray from the traditional things that go with vampires. I like that in that aspect it stayed true. Another thing I loved is that they made vampires monsters. They weren’t made to look all amazing and perfect like so many vampire books do now and days. Don’t get me wrong I do on occasion think damn that is one sexy vampire but you can’t blame especially in books like for example the chicagoland vampire’s series. Any ways back to this book I loved the thing about pure beings aka Guardian Angels, Gods and Goddess. At first this threw me because when I think of gods or goddess I think beings like Poseidon or Aphrodite. This was also the case with the guardian angels when I think of a guardian angel I think of a being with massive wings that is not the case. The other thing about this is I always pictured these beings as being immortal but this book makes them human. That is what kept me so interested in the story. Then there is the main Ruby Moore. She went from extreme to extreme. She went from your average teenage girl to vampire to average teenage goddess. For parts of the book I felt like Ruby would never get a break. She starts off losing her mom then to almost die herself. Then a year later she is kidnaped by the people who end up being her salvation. The thing is that was a double edge sword for me she got to become a normal girl again only to lose what little family she has left. That broke my heart because for me she just couldn’t get a true moment of happiness because someone or something was always trying to mess that up for her. Then she falls in love with the one person she isn’t allowed to love. It just seemed like no matter what Ruby was going to deal with hell. This book has so many great parts to it: a budding forbidden love, action, heartbreak, and grief. It is a book that has pretty much everything. Towards then end your shocked and in need of the next book in the series. Well at least I was. This book left me wanting more and I can’t wait to get it. This is a book for anyone who enjoys a good paranormal story.  I give it 5 out of 5.

Happy Reading!

Always,

Jess.