Grace Mercy

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers

4 stars!

“When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice.”

Battered and abused for the majority of her life, Ismae is saved right after her wedding ceremony from a disgusting man and sent to a convent of Mortain’s, the God of Death. There, she is schooled in the art of being an assassin and dedicated to carry out his work. For 3-4 years she is trained in many different ways to kill a man, and when she becomes 17 she is sent on her first assignment. Fairly soon Ismae is wrapped up in a mission to help the Duchess of Brittany, and forced to work with a man named Duval, who also does not want Ismae’s help.

“Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?”

I’ve read and heard many mixed reviews on this book since it’s publication, so I didn’t know what to expect going in. I really liked this book, but it fell short of that something special that would make me love it.

Ismae is a very compelling character, if a bit ill-prepared for the assignment she was given. Duval was interesting as well, but I never really felt as if the reader really got to know him. The relationship between him and Ismae could technically be filed under slow-build, but it felt forced to me. I wish more time had been spent building their relationship because it very much felt like it went from “I can’t trust you” to “We will do our best to be together in the future” in a matter of 50 pages or so. The aboutface was too quick for my tastes.

“It is this kindness of his that unsettles me most. I can dodge a blow or block a knife. I am impervious to poison and know a dozen ways to escape a chokehold or garrote wire. But kindness? I do not know how to defend against that.”

I’m also not a giant fan of political plots in my fantasy/science fiction novels and this book was primarily that. It was done very well, but I grew a bit tiresome of it by the end of the book.

^^^Despite all of these issues I listed above, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, I felt it was a very fresh idea in the young adult genre. The book also promoted important aspects such as to think for yourself, second chances, and first impressions are not always correct. All very important themes for a ya novel.

I am very excited to read Sybella’s book next, I feel like she would be an incredibly interesting character.

Addicted After All Tour: Excerpt #4

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ADDICTED AFTER ALL by Krista & Becca Ritchie

On Sale: October 31st, 2014

To find other great excerpts and more, check out the Addicted After All blog tour here: http://kbritchie.com/2/post/2014/10/addicted-after-all-tour-schedule.html

 Add to your tbr on Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18308270-addicted-after-all

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Two addicts. One epic love story.

Prepare for the worst.

That’s what Lily and Lo try to do when Jonathan Hale schedules an “important” meeting. The problem: after being swept into the public eye and battling their addictions, they’re not sure what the worst is anymore.

In a sea of many changes—including Ryke & Daisy living with them—Lily realizes that the best part of her fluctuating hormones might just be the worst.

Her sex drive is out of control.

Loren knows that she’s insatiable, but he’s not giving up on her. She’s too much a part of him. And as he carries more and more responsibility, some of the people that he loves doubt his resolve.

In the conclusion to their love story, Lily & Lo stand side-by-side to fight, one last time, for their happily ever after.

**AUTHORS’ NOTE**
Due to the 2-year gap between Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) and Addicted After All (Addicted #3), you must read Thrive (Addicted #2.5) or the Calloway Sisters spin-off series before reading Addicted After All.

Excerpt #4

Loren Hale’s POV

When I walk through door, I see Lil on our bed, my tablet cupped in her hand while her brows furrow. The moment I shut it, she flinches and hides the tablet beneath the comforters.

Not porn, is my first and only thought.

“Hiding something?” I ask her.

She holds out her hands for the grocery bag, her eyes widening. I stand at the foot of the bed. She looks ridiculously adorable dressed in her red Spider-Man onesie, pajamas that she bought in college.

“Did you get the icing?” She perks up and reaches for the plastic bag.

I retract my arm, keeping a hard demeanor. “How about we trade? Give me the tablet and I’ll give you the food?”

“I wasn’t doing anything wrong,” she says, but makes no movement to grab the tablet.

I suddenly seize her ankle and tug her to the edge of the bed quickly. The breath rushes out of her, and her eyes land solely on my package. I put my face very close to hers so she stares right into my gaze. “Lily Calloway, are you looking at porn?”

 

AUTHOR BIOS

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Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins. They write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. Connect with them on twitter and their website: kbritchie.com

 Some more information on the twins here:

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***Series reading order***:

ADDICTED TO YOU (Addicted #1)
RICOCHET (Addicted #1.5)
ADDICTED FOR NOW (Addicted #2)
KISS THE SKY (Rose and Connor’s Story)
HOTHOUSE FLOWER (Daisy and Ryke’s Story)
THRIVE (Addicted #2.5)
ADDICTED AFTER ALL (Addicted #3) ***pub date October 31st, 2014***

FUEL THE FIRE (Rose and Connor’s story) Coming soon
LONG WAY DOWN (Daisy and Ryke’s story) Coming soon

GIVEAWAY!!!

*Kindle Paperwhite

*3 Signed Paperbacks of ADDICTED AFTER ALL

Both giveaways are open internationally!

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Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

I’d give it 10 stars if I could, but 5 out of 5 stars for now 🙂

“You didn’t need a weapon at all when you were born one.”

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This is one of the best books I’ve read all year.

Heir of Fire begins with Celeana drunk and mistaken for a vagrant in a distant land. She is approached by the fae warrior Rowan, who is sworn to her Aunt Maeve, and they journey together to her realm to meet with her. In order for Celeana to obtain the secrets of the Wyrdmarks from Maeve, she must train with Rowan and prove herself worthy of entering Doranelle, where she will find the knowledge she seeks.

Rowan and Celeana clash instantly. Rowan believes Celeana to be nothing but a spoiled, royal brat (which we all know is the furthest thing from the truth) and Celeana sees Rowan as a judgmental tyrant. Training together tests both of their boundary’s and limits, physically and mentally.

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Darkness lurks in the woods surrounding where they train, and the two encounter many types of monsters over time. But nothing can prepare them for what is to come…

“It would not take a monster to destroy a monster – but light, light to drive out darkness.”

The first book in this series was very much a young adult fantasy book. The second book introduced a lasting political plot and the groundwork for the overall evil to come. This book, oh this book. I don’t really even see it as a “young adult fantasy” book. Heir of Fire was so much more than that, and it read like an adult fantasy book to me. There were so many complex themes, emotions and issues that are not usually present in ya fantasy, and Sarah J. Maas did an incredible job writing this book.

“These days, I am very glad to be a mortal, and to only have to endure this life once. These days, I don’t envy you at all.”

“And before?”

It was her turn to stare toward the horizon. “I used to wish I had a chance to see it all- and hated that I never would.”

The theme of this book was very much self-acceptance.

Celeana must come to accept her past and her heritage.
Chaol must come to accept that the King he serves is an unjust ruler.
Dorian must come to accept the magic within him.

I loved the characters, the world-building, the plot, the adventures, pretty much everything this book had to offer. And the most surprising part, this book had little to no romance in it, and I still loved it! (That’s almost unheard of from me).

Despite there being no romance, there seem to be 4 men who Celeana could end up with. FOUR!

-Chaol: her ex-lover who still pines for her and regrets the choices he made that led to their end. Chaol believes Celeana to hate him, yet he risks his own life and betrays his King who he serves to help keep her alive. (And I felt so freaking bad for him the entire time. I have a soft spot for Chaol).

-Dorian: I’m still listing him as a contender because there are 3 more books in the series, so we will never know. It would be nice if he got a chance at Celeana.

-Rowan: Their relationship was strictly friends in this book, but it has the possibility to turn into something more. The connection the two have runs deep.

-Aedion- Celeana’s very distant cousin and childhood friend, who she has not seen in years and yet he is still loyal to her. I suspect he has feelings for her…

My favorite part of the book was the character development between Rowan and Celeana. Their relationship is not one that can be defined by words, but only with feelings. Both know what it is to be enslaved in one form or another, and their connection is spectacular. I really hope their is more about the two of them in the books to come.

“You collect scars because you want proof that you are paying for whatever sins you’ve committed. And I know this because I’ve been doing the same damn thing for two hundred years. Tell me, do you think you will go to some blessed Afterworld, or do you expect a burning hell? You’re hoping for hell–because how could you face them in the Afterworld? Better to suffer, to be damned for eternity.”

I would say my least favorite part of the book was the witch plot. To be honest, I did a giant reader NO-NO and began skimming and then skipping those chapters. My rating of the book does not include those parts because I didn’t really read them, as I had a hard time trying to care about those characters.

….So now I guess I can twiddle my thumbs until the next three books. After this book, I have faith that Sarah J. Maas will deliver something incredible in the next three volumes. I am so happy to be on this journey.

“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”

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Rowdy

Rowdy (Marked Men #5) by Jay Crownover

3.5 “It’s not you, it’s me” stars

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I wanted to love this book, I really did. It just wasn’t meant to be.

Rowdy is the story of Rowdy (duh) a hunky tattoo artist with a sexy pompadour, and Salem a Hispanic pin-up type girl who comes to work for Rowdy’s shop. Turns out Salem and Rowdy knew each other when they were kids, until Salem fled the restrictive home in a small Texas town and left Rowdy an abandoned kid in the dust. Ten years later they meet again, and Rowdy ain’t happy about it.

I somewhat enjoyed this story, but it mostly fell flat for me. Both Rowdy and Salem were so indecisive, until they weren’t and it gave me whiplash. First Salem is pursuing him, but Rowdy can’t get over their past. Then Salem is pulling away and Rowdy is pursuing her. I was sitting there for most of the begining of the book like this:

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And then well, it didn’t get better from there. I’m sorry to say I was bored for most of the book and was SKIMMING!! I was even bored during the sex scenes. This is a tragedy!!! Skimming a Jay Crownover book? I LOVE her books!

My biggest issue was I didn’t feel how Rowdy and Salem were so connected. So yeah, they were friends when they were kids. I didn’t see any of that when they were adults. All I saw was insta-lust/insta-love and I didn’t like it!

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Overall, I liked the plot, the idea that two people can find each other and find themselves, but unfortunately I was bored for the majority of the book. I would put this at the same level as Jetwhich was my least favorite book in the series.

Hopefully Asa and Royal can redeem these books for me!!

(I still love you Jay! I just didn’t love this one.)

Stone Cold Touch

Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

4.75 stars!

I FREAKING LOVE JLA!!!

Stone Cold Touch continues the series with Layla adjusting to her usual life again without the demon Roth. Pretty soon she and the Wardens discover a Lilin has been born, a powerful demon that can turn humans into wraiths, and it seems to be Layla’s fault.

I thought that this was a wonderful middle book to a trilogy. It brought on all of the feels and the angst. Plus Zayne finally got a shot at wooing Layla which I am all for. I root for the underdog about 99.9% of the time, so for this books guys I am a member of Team Zayne.

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No really, I even voted for him.

Not to say that I don’t love Roth either, I just have a feeling he’s going to win the fan vote, so I’m crossing my fingers for the sweet guy who’s loved Layla for years. The bad boy is welcome to stick around too.

I also loved all of the Buffy references, being the ridiculous nerd that I am. I mean, what else would demons/vampires use for poker currency other than kittens?

Anyways, not my best review but all I have to say is, read this series. It’s like book crack for your brain!

And why not 5 stars? Because of the “Holy Granola Bar” again. :((

***Quotes to possibly be added at a later time.

Clockwork Princess

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

OMG the ugly crying that this book brought on.

Since I really have no words, I decided to do my review in pictures. Enjoy:

This sums up my journey with this book:
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My Tessa:
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My Jem:
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I know he’s too old and overused in reviews but fuck it. This is my Will:
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***disclaimer: I did not create any of these photos, I found them all on pinterest. All creativity rights go to the people who made them. I just admire them and find them beaultiful.

Mr. Beautiful

Mr. Beautiful (Up in the Air #4) by R. K. Lilley

3 stars

“I’m team happily ever after, love. And as impossible as it seems now, those two won’t be happy with anyone but each other.”

Well, this is awkward. I didn’t love an RK Lilley book.

Basically I completely agree with everything Jasmine had to say in her review <—— you can read it here.

This book was all over the place. I was very happy about getting the POV from James, Stephan and Tristan, but the book jumped around so much I got confused. Especially the point in time from which the review was being told from. I honestly think this book would have been much better and less confusing if it was done in 3 segments, in chronological order. One for each of the men.

Stephan’s story was beautiful, I was so glad that as a reader we got a more in depth history to his relationship with Javier. In the original trilogy it had felt like their strong relationship had come out of left field and this book does a great job at building a good history behind them.

Overall, while I enjoyed this book I don’t feel as if it is super necessary to read. Yes it introduces new storylines, but in my personal opinion it didn’t really expand upon the characters or give much insight, other than Stephan’s story. And I felt the bodyguard plot was unnecessary, I didn’t care for it.

I’m sorry RK! I still love your other books!!

And $6.99 was waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy too much to charge on this one. I rarely spend this much on e-books but I thought it would be worth it. (It wasn’t).

Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

5 stars

“If no one cares for you at all, do you even really exist?”

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This series just keeps getting better and better!

Clockwork Prince continues from where Clockwork Angel left off. The Shadowhunters are looking for the Magister, Charlotte has been given 2 weeks to find him under threat of losing leadership of the Institute. Tessa and Jem have grown closer since Will spurned Tessa (not that Jem knows this). There are spies in the halls of the Institute, and Will, Tessa and Jem must find out everything they can about the life of the mundane Mortmain.

I thought that this was a beautiful middle book. The story was developed and furthered, but had no sense of stalling to make a trilogy. Tessa continues to struggle with her identity, because as no one knows what she is, she doesn’t quote know who that makes her. Tessa must learn to define herself despite these things. She must also choose between her brother and the Shadowhunters. Will’s mysterious past comes to the forefront, and Jem struggles with his afflictions.

“I have wanted to do this every moment of every hour of every day that I have been with you since the day I met you.”

****WARNING  SPOILERS AHEAD *** DO NOT READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILERED!!!!!!!!!!!!****

As I don’t want to give too much away, so I’m just going to list my favorite parts:
“Astriola. That IS demon pox. You had evidence that demon pox existed and you didnt mention it to me! Et tu, Brute!’ He rolled up the paper and hit Jem over the head with it.”
-When Magnus leaves Camille and kisses Will
-That makeout scene, YOU KNOW WHICH ONE.
“Ah,” said a voice from the doorway, “having your annual ‘everyone thinks Will is a lunatic’ meeting, are you?
“It’s biannual,” said Jem. “And no, this is not that meeting.”

-Will and Tessa in the drawing room way to rip my heart out of my chest there Ms. Clare!!!!

Also, many people have said that this series is just a rehashing of her other one, The Mortal Instruments. It’s been many years since I’ve read them, so it’s really not like that to me. But even if it was, I honestly don’t care because I read these books for the characters. These books are very character driven and I care about these guys more than the ones in TMI (sorry, it’s the harsh truth). So if you don’t care about technicalities and you like character development, these are the books for you.

***note, I didn’t cast Will because I still can’t find what I picture him like, maybe someday but like all dream men, I’m beginning to believe he doesn’t exist :((

*** 2nd note, this was me and a fellow reviewer friend while I was reading:
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Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

First rating: 4 stars.
Reread rating: 4 stars again

“This is what is real, and the life I had before was a dream.”
“That is correct. And now is the time to wake up”

Cassandra Clare is and always will be a fantastic writer when it comes to worldbuilding and sucking the reader into a book.

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Tessa, an American teenage girl in 1878 has recently suffered the loss of her Aunt when her brother sends her a ticket to travel from New York to London. Upon arrival, Tessa is abducted by a sinister duo who call themselves The Dark Sisters, and discovers a shocking secret she didn’t know about herself. Very soon she happens upon the world of the shadowhunters and must uncover the identity of a man who calls himself The Magister.

For some reason this book took me so damn long to read the second time. I remember reading this book when it was released and blowing through it much faster. I still liked it as much as I read it the first time, and now the other books are released so I can finally move on to reading them for the first time.

I loved the setting of Victorian London, I felt Cassandra Clare did a really good job of taking it and making it her own instead of being held down by it’s restrictions, so bravo Ms. Clare!
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At the moment I am a member of Team Will because I love a tortured bad boy. He’s still a giant mystery at this point so I look forward to reading more about him in the next installment. I will say with this reread I noticed that Tessa had a much clearer connection with Jem in this book than with Will, probably because he actually made the time to get to know her. He’s a sweet guy, but so far I will not easily be convinced to join Team Jem.

So overall I really enjoyed this one, but I am definitely more excited about reading the final 2 as I never got to them.

By the way this was a kind of buddy read with Lady Vigialate (Feifei) and I had fun. She devoured all three books before I even hit page 100 with this one, but I totally understand the lure 😛 Read her review on Goodreads for the entire series here.

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Screwdrivered (Cocktail #3) by Alice Clayton 

4 stars!

“Why ride a cowboy when you can ride a librarian?”

Vivian has a problem with the L word. She’s never been in love. Her relationships have always been physical but never emotional, which might explain why at the age of 29 she has retreated into the world of harlequin romances. When Vivian receives a phone call that her great Aunt Maude has passed and left Vivian her home and its belongings, Vivian jumps at the chance to move across the country and live out her fantasies. Even better? The house comes with a ranch and a cowboy. That’s right, a shirtless hunky cowboy.

Vivian finds the house in disrepair and it becomes clear that she must renovate it. Cue Clark, the chairman of the historical society and Mendocino’s town librarian. Clark and Vivian are at constant odds over the house, and the two can’t stop bickering. Slowly dislike turns into toleration, which turns into friendship. Can Vivian learn to see outside the fantasies into real life to see what’s standing right in front of her?

“It doesn’t always have to be so hard. Sometimes falling in love just means turning around and seeing what’s right in front of you.”

I thought this was a very cute addition to the Wallbanger series. Before the synopsis was announced I had thought that these spin-offs would be about Caroline’s friends, but I’m actually glad that wasn’t the case. It gave the reader a chance to see the Wallbanger-verse from another fresh perspective while adding in glimpses of the characters we grew to love in the first two books.

I loved the banter and dynamic between Viv and Clark. It was soooooo obvious how he felt about her and I wanted to kick Viv for most of the book because she couldn’t see it. There was also that lovely Alice Clayton humor that had me chuckling out loud for most of the book, especially the librarian jokes (as I myself am a librarian in training).

“Dewey Decimal system, right?”
“Don’t mock the system, Vivian.”
“I wouldn’t dream of it. ”

I also loved Mimi’s cameos because that girl and her organizing obsession was cracking me up! I swear, I wish there was a real life Mimi just so I could have her come over and organize my stuff. I probably couldn’t afford her though.

The one thing I didn’t love was Viv’s daydreaming in the harlequinly way. I know this is vital to the story and not to sound like a total book snob, but I don’t read bodice rippers at all, so even the joking snippets in this were enough to make me skim those parts.

Overall a very sweet and cute read. Clark is adorbs and I hope I’m lucky enough to find a guy as cute as him one day. Book boyfriend to add to the list!

“For the record, I am so turned on by your elbow patches, I’m coming out of my skin over here.”

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

5 stars!!!!!

“Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.”

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This was beautiful.

The year is 1987. Ari is a loner, he keeps to himself and prefers it that way. One day, at the age of 15, Ari ventures to the public pool where he loves to float. There, he meets Dante who offers to teach him how to swim. From then on the two are best buds, inseparable for the entire summer. Sketching, reading, talking, inventing new games, and watching the stars.

For his birthday Ari gets a 1957 Chevy truck.

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He uses it to bring his friends to the desert to look at the night sky.

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Mostly he brings Dante out there where they talk.

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“To be careful with people and with words was a rare and beautiful thing.”

The writing style was simple, but I believe this is actually meant for a fairly young age group. Didn’t matter to me because despite being simply written, it was well written. And the author sucked me in from the first page and didn’t let me go until the last. This was such a beautiful story and even a few days later I’m still thinking about it.

“Love was always something heavy for me. Something I had to carry.”

I definitely had a hard time pinning down Ari’s sexuality. Was he straight? Was he gay? Was he lying to himself about either things? Well done by the author as it had me guessing until the very end.

“I had a feeling there was something wrong with me. I guess I was a mystery even to myself.”

When it came to Ari’s rage issues I was way off the mark on the reason. I really believed that his rage came from the loss of his older brother in his life and the fact that his parents wouldn’t talk about Bernardo. In an oblivious moment on my end, I didn’t at all realize that Ari’s rage came from his relationship with Dante. Once I realized the entire truth behind it, it totally made sense based on his behavior where the issues came from.

I also really wish the author had given us a scene where Ari tries to get in touch with his brother. That was one of my favorite parts of the book, the brother mystery and I wish the author had followed through on it until the end. Given some more answers than what he already gave.

Overall this is one of my favorite teen reads this year. I felt this book was so very unique and we need more like them in the teen genre. It was a book primarily about identity and growing into the person you were meant to be. Cultural identity, age identity, sexual identity, it’s all there. And it was all masterfully done. I have a giant literary crush on the author now.

“How could I have ever been ashamed of loving Dante Quintana?”

Buddy read with the lovely Natasha ♕  on Goodreads, who was amazing because the time zone thing for us was killer and she waited for me to get my crap together to do this buddy read. Thanks girlie!

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Echoes of Scotland Street

Echoes of Scotland Street (On Dublin Street #5) by Samantha Young

5 stars!

“Cole. Cole Walker.”
“You sound like a hero.”

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I LOVED IT!!!! Samantha Young is the one author where I don’t care about the nitty gritty details, I love everything this woman writes and will most likely always give her books 5 stars.

Echoes of Scotland Street is about Shannon, a girl who has been dating all of the wrong men and is tired of choosing the bad boys. After an extremely bad breakup that led to even more horrible things, Shannon finds herself moving from Glasgow to Edinburgh where she lands a job as a receptionist at INKarnate, the most regarded tattoo shop in Scotland. There she meets her new manager Cole Walker, a man she met briefly before when they were teenagers.

“Cole Walker. Cole freaking Walker. All grown-up. And he was my new manager. I was so screwed.”

After having been burned so many times before, when Cole starts flirting with Shannon, she makes the wrong assumption and tells him off. It isn’t until later that she realizes that Cole Walker is the furthest thing from a bad boy.

I really loved this addition to the On Dublin Street series. Hannah and Marco had a great story but I felt there was so much unnecessary drama in that one, that I was worried it would be in this one. Yes there is drama, but I felt it fit the story well based on the lives of the characters Young wrote.

“I will never do anything you don’t want to do. You’re safe with me, Shannon.”

Shannon is a spunky heroine who’s just been beaten down one too many times. I loved her journey to find herself again, and Cole was the perfect man to help her. Shannon had lost so much of herself, that every time Cole broke down a wall it was beautiful to watch. The part where he finds her art? Beautiful.

Cole. Mhmmm Cole. Can we get more American men like him? I’m beginning to think that I need to move to Scotland to find a man like that (well twist my arm on that). When Cole finally learns about all of the shit that her previous boyfriends put her through, he’s understanding and kind.

“I need to know. I need to know so I can try to reverse all the damage they’ve done.”

Only 2 teeny tiny issues with this book. One being near the end I felt Cole could have been a bit more understanding about the pickle Shannon was in. But there wouldn’t have been angst/drama if he had so I accept.

The second thing: No me gusta the cover.The covers on these books were fine until book 4 and now they’re not so good.

Authors in the OC 2014

Had a crazy eventful day. Today was the authors in the OC event 2014, and I barely made it! Here’s my story:

After a huge internet search the night before I discovered tickets could be bought at the door despite the event being sold out. So the day of (today) I got numerous routes to take from my hometown in northern LA to Anaheim. It was practically like something out of the SNL skit The Californians

Well, I made the wrong damn choice. I took the 134 to the 210 to the 57. And HOLY SHIT THE 57 FREEWAY IS A LIVING NIGHTMARE. I got stuck in traffic and did not move more than 1/2 a mile in 1 HOUR! So at this point I’m late, I don’t even know if there will be any tickets left, and I’m calling my dad and acting like a spaz to find out what the problem was. There was a gigantic accident. *sigh*

Anyways I get there, almost an hour late but luckily they were super nice and I got a ticket and a cute pink tote bag. Did I mention this was a fundraiser for breast cancer? Go to this link for more info on the event and how you can help. It’s a great cause.

Went inside and first up I got to meet Paige Weaver! Paige wrote one of the first NA books I’ve ever read called Promise Me Darkness and I adored it. Needless to say I had a very one-sided conversation with the author, got my book and left because it kind of felt like she didn’t want to be there.

Then I got to meet Krista and Becca Ritchie! I had been tweeting with Becca for the last couple of days because I had needed a book trailer for a school project and she sent me theirs. When I got to the table and my turn came up I explained who I was and both twins jumped up and hugged me. I was in shock! I didn’t expect such a warm hello from an author(s) to a fan. Very surreal. Both ladies are extremely nice, and I love their books so if you haven’t read The Addicted series yet please do so now. And if you get the opportunity to go to one of their book signings do it.

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Next up was RK Lilley. Another extremely kind author, she was there with her husband(?) who was also very friendly. Got to chat with her about Vegas and such and she was decked out in Edward Scissorhands and Nightmare Before Christmas stuff, so basically she’s awesome. And incredibly tall. I’m average height (5’5″) and she towered over me. I needed some heels or something.

Also, here is the incredibly unflattering photo of me. RK looks great.

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Anyways I pretty much left after that because well, I ran out of money and I had met the authors I wanted to meet. I then took the 5 freeway home with no trouble and got to spend the rest of the day with these 2 hot bitches.

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Over and out!

 

Take Me On

Take Me On (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry

4 Fighting Stars

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“Don’t think of it as falling. Think of it as jumping- with me.”
“How is jumping better?”
“Falling happens. Jumping you choose.”

Haley is a fighter. At least, she was. Lately she hasn’t gone anywhere near the ring and hasn’t been in a gym in over six months. Plus, everything with her family is going to hell. After picking up her father’s meds, she gets jumped on the way home, and an unlikely person comes to her aid.

West Young has just been expelled from his private school for fighting. When driving home one night he almost hits a girl with his car when she stumbles into the middle of the road. Realizing she’s being mugged, West does his best to help her, and gets his ass kicked in return.

Both Haley and West are thrown together due to uncontrollable circumstances, and it turns out that the bad boy rich kid and the former fighter on the wrong side of the tracks can understand each other better than anyone else.

“…this sort of feels like green.”
“This is me being blue. Don’t worry – you’re still yellow.”

I really enjoyed this addition to this series. When I had found out it was about Rachel’s jerk brother, I had my doubts. But it was great to get West’s side of the story about the Young family. Dear God they were even more messed up than I thought they were in book three.

Haley was a wonderful heroine, she dealt with difficult decisions every freaking day and it’s kind of a miracle that she was able to keep herself together for as long as she did.

A great young adult contemporary novel, I highly recommend anyone reading this series. Ignore the awful damn cover and read this book!

How to Kill a Rockstar

How to Kill a Rockstar by Tiffanie DeBartolo

3.75 American Pie stars

“Fate is the magnetic pull of our souls toward the people, places, and things we belong with.”

That wasn’t quite what I expected, but in a good way!

How to Kill a Rockstar is the story of Eliza, a young rock journalist who in a twist of fate, meets her idol and follows her dreams. After landing a job as a journalist in a prominent magazine in New York, Eliza moves in with her brother, and meets her new roommate Paul Hudson.

“Personally, I don’t like inherently happy people. I don’t trust them. I think there’s something seriously wrong with anyone who isn’t at least a little let down by the world.”

Paul is the lead singer of her brother’s band Bananafish, and Eliza recognizes the genius in him. Over time their feelings for each other grow into love, but then the Man (or Winkle) threatens to tear down everything Paul believes in.

“Tell me what you listen to, and I’ll tell you who you are.”

What I liked about this book:

-The writing. It was magnificent. I think that’s the main reason I liked this book as much as I did was because of the writing. The author made this book more than just another rock romance, and I have a feeling if anyone else had written something like it, it would have fallen flat.

-Eliza: Yeah she was dumb at times, but I understand from her standpoint she was desperate to help her brother. She was a great supporter and sister.

-Loring: I root for the underdog, what can I say? And as the underdog, this guy rocked!

My issues with this book:

-My biggest issue? The casual use of the words “gay” “lesbo” and “retard” being used as insults. I don’t care if it’s half-hearted or a joke. It was insulting to me. Maybe because this book was written 10+ years ago and was placed in 2000 it was okay then, but not okay now (and for me not ever).

-Paul: Dear God, I really didn’t like that man. I spent most of the second half of the book wanting to slap him and not understanding why Eliza loved him.

^^^in an unconventional rating system from me, I docked off half a point rating for each of these things = 4 stars. I docked another .25 points because I felt the story was fairly predictable even though it was enjoyable.

Overall, I really liked this book, but I didn’t love it. I’m glad I didn’t pay the $7.99 and was able to get an inter-library loan on this one.

“It sounds silly, I know. But for me, the power of music rests in its ability to reach inside and touch the places where the deepest cuts lie. Like a benevolent god, a good song will never let you down.
And sometimes, when you’re trying to find your way, one of those gods actually shows up and gives you directions.”