Friday, October 24, 2014

Creatures of the Night Book Tag


I was catching up on the latest videos from my favorite booktubers and Reagan from Peruse Project did a fun video for the Creatures of the Night Book Tag created by Katytastic. Since I'm at school, all of my beautiful books are at home and I only have a small bookshelf in my apartment for books that I haven't read yet (which is still quite a few books, but not nearly as much as I own). After watching thier videos, I loved the idea of coming up with my favorite books featuring "creatures of the night" for this lovely Halloween season. For this tag, you have to list your favorite book/series that feature the specific creature listed, ten in all. I thought I'd do the tag on my blog instead of as a video, so here we go! 


I thought I was over the whole vampire thing after reading so many vampire books in high school, but I recently picked up Larissa Ione's MoonBound Clan Vampire series and it is so good. Seriously, they are some of the best vampire books I've ever read, not just for the romance but for the story itself. The vampires are actually outcasted by humans and made slaves when they're caught because humans take advantage of the vampires' weaknesses. The vampires have to live in their own clans and there is some bad blood (hehe, get the pun?) between different clans that cause quite a lot of drama. If you haven't yet, you should definitely check out this series! 


There are a lot of great werewolf books out there, but I have to go with my first love, the Dark Guardian Series by Rachel Hawthorne. I read these books back in high school and literally could not put them down. I remember reading one of them during AP Chemistry and getting so annoyed when my friend asked what I was reading. Umm, does it look like I want to talk to you? No! I want to read! Haha, that's pretty much the story of my life. But back to the books. I loved them and they're definitely a great YA take on werewolves before werewolves even became a popular thing. 

I have to admit, I've never actually read any zombie books. I'm sorry, I just don't get the appeal! But I do own a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith that I am planning on reading. Maybe I'll really enjoy it and become a die hard zombie fan! 


Another one of my first paranormal loves. I read The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot way back in either middle school or early high school and could not put them down! I read one after another and they were so fantastic! Jesse is so swoon-worthy and I loved how Suze really fell for him, but he was a ghost, which definitely made things difficult. But they made it work and I loved all of the other ghosts she had to deal with throughout the series. 


I actually recently just finished reading the last book of The Lynburn Legacy Series by Sarah Rees Brennan and while it wasn't my favorite, I still love this series. The first one was so, so good and I loved how funny and sarcastic all of the characters were. Kami is the main character and she's been able to talk to this boy in her head her entire life. Little does she know, he's actually a real person and they end up meeting in the first book. From there, Kami realizes there is magic and sorcery in the world and she falls smack dab in the middle of it. If you haven't yet, I recommend picking up this series! 


I actually haven't read a lot of fairy novels either, but I know for sure that there are fairies in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I haven't read these in years, but I vividly remember the scene with the Fairy Queen demeaning that Jace and Clary do something…those of you who've read it definitely know what I'm talking about! Yeah, I was freaking out at that moment! Haha, but that's about it in the fairy department for me!

When it comes to demons, the book that stands out the most is Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead. I read it about five or six years ago, but I remember loving it! I think it was one of my first adult paranormal reads and it was a lot of fun! 

Fallen by Lauren Kate was one of the first books about angels that I ever read and it still remains one of my favorites. I loved how there were fallen angels and how the relationship between Daniel and Luce develops. I know there's four books in the series now, but I've only read the first two. Hopefully I can catch up with the rest sometime soon to see what happened next!

I was this close to choosing the Lux series by Jennifer L Armentrout, but I thought I'd go with a book that isn't as popular but that I loved just as much. Alienated by Melissa Landers is such a fun take on aliens and I love how it's sort of a foreign exchange program, but instead of students from other countries it's students from another plant. I loved this book and how the two main characters hated each other at first, but then slowly start to fall for each other. And that ending! I can't wait for the next book to come out in February!

THIS BOOK. Seriously, you guys, Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson is one of the best books I have ever read. Period. I love superhero movies, but I had no idea that there could be books about superheroes that were just as good. The world Brandon Sanderson created was so cool, where the superheroes, called Epics, are actually really bad and use their powers to control, not protect. The group of rogue humans who attempt to take down the Epics are so awesome and I absolutely can't wait for the next book to come out! 


And those are the books! I now tag Juhina from Maji Bookshelf Estelle from Rather Be Reading, Jenny from Supernatural Snark, and anyone else who's reading this and wants to join in! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Book Review: Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh

Caged in Winter
By Brighton Walsh
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Source: Publisher
Summary: In this emotional and sexy New Adult debut from Brighton Walsh, the only thing more frightening than commitment is hope…
 
Aspiring chef Cade Maxwell is immediately, viscerally attracted to Winter Jacobson. But it’s not her mouthwatering curves he’s drawn to—it’s the strange emptiness in her eyes. When Cade saves her from a drunken customer with grabby hands, he’s shocked at her response…
 
Winter doesn’t need Cade’s help. After a lifetime of getting by on her own, she’s happy to rely on herself. She’s exactly seventy-six days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt.
 
But now, every time she turns around, Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up—especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want…


Review: One look at this cover, and I knew I had to read it. Then, once I read the back cover and learned that this was a new adult where the love interest was a tattooed culinary student, I was determined to get my hands on it ASAP! 

Winter Jacobson has been on her own for almost her whole life and knows how to take care of herself. Working a job with a sleazy boss and handsy customers is the least of her problems, as long as it pays the bills. So when Cade Maxwell, a culinary student determined to make his way to the top in the culinary world, sees a guy putting his hands on Winter, he immediately intervenes. Winter doesn't need a knight in shining armor and makes it perfectly clear to Cade that she can handle herself. Once graduation comes, she's planning on getting out of there and making a life for herself. But ignoring Cade isn't that easy, especially when he decides he has to get to know Winter. So used to being on her own, though, makes it hard for Winter to let anyone in, even a hot chef who just won't take no for an answer. 

Going into this one, I had some pretty high expectations. I love new adult and this book has had some great initial reviews. That being said, I expected to be blown out of the water by this romance. While I did love Winter and Cade's characters, their relationship wasn't as emotional, intense, and believable as I wanted it to be. That doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy the story or their romance, I just thought it be more powerful than it was. Other than that, though, I really enjoyed this novel. And you know what I enjoyed the most? How dedicated Winter and Cade were to their classes and schoolwork. In so many new adult novels, the characters are always skipping class and never seem to have homework. As a college student myself, I get frustrated because college isn't like that and you actually have to try in your classes if you want a good GPA and a better chance of finding a job after graduation. Both Winter and Cade shared a dedication towards their schoolwork and were both determined to make a life for themselves after college, which is one of the factors that drew them to each other in the first place. 

What I also enjoyed about this novel was how caring and all around sweet Cade was. He has this bad boy image with tattooed arms and a motorcycle, but he is such a sweetheart on the inside. He takes care of his sister and her daughter, and he is so protective and caring when it comes to Winter. He sees that she doesn't have anyone to take care of her and is determined to make sure she's okay. I loved how no matter how much Winter pushed him away, Cade made sure she was always safe and knew that he would be there for her. Not to mention that the guy sure knew how to cook. Can I have my own Cade to make me fancy dinners just to make me feel special?? 

Overall, this was a sweet and nice new adult, though not as addicting and intense as other new adult novels I've read. I loved Winter and Cade and the realistic nature of their lives as college students was definitely a plus. If you want a new adult novel with a sexy man who can cook and a girl who's determined to make it on her own, then you should definitely check out Caged in Winter!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Review: Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy #3)
By Sarah Rees Brennan
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Source: Publisher
Summary: Powerful love comes with a price. Who will be the sacrifice?

Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.

This final book in the Lynburn Legacy is a wild, entertaining ride from beginning to shocking end.


Review: You know what I hate about reading a series before the entire series has already come out? Waiting so long for the next book to be released that I completely forget what happened in the other books. I remember really enjoying Unspoken and Untold, but it took me awhile to get back into the groove of the story and fully grasp what exactly was going on in Unmade, the final book of The Lynburn Legacy series. 

Now that she's linked to a boy who's not the one she loves while the boy she loves has been missing for months and is presumed dead, Kami has to rely on her link with Ash to try and save their town from an evil sorcerer more powerful than anyone. Rob Lynburn has taken over Sorry-in-the-Vale and doesn't care who has to die in order for him to have even more power. Kami turns to her friends and family to come together and try to defeat this monster determined to control her town and everyone in it. Kami must make sacrifices to save the ones she loves and pulls on every ounce of power in her to defeat the most powerful sorcerer of all. 

This series is unlike anything I've ever read before. Throughout every novel, I loved how quirky, sarcastic, and full-on hilarious the characters could be. Their joking definitely made their depressing situation a bit lighter and had me laughing out loud at some moments. And the way the more serious characters (*cough* Lillian *cough) were fed up with the sarcasm made the jokes that much more funny. While Kami is a kick-butt heroine who will do anything to save her town, I loved all of the other characters who made up Kami's family. Rusty, Jared, Ash, Angela, Holly, even Ten and Tomo. They all had their own personalities and quirks that made this book as entertaining as it was. 

While the characters were great, I wasn't too thrilled with the pacing of this novel. There's a lot of waiting around and I felt like that was dragged out and the ending was just too rushed. The last 100 pages or so were packed with Kami trying to save the town and wrapping up the series, and I wish we had more development and suspense instead of a rush of everything happening at once. The final face-off ended up being hard to follow and was over way too quickly. I wanted more action than we got in this novel, as well as less drama from Kami and Jared. The way Jared was acting towards Kami didn't really gel with me and I wish he wasn't such a jerk, especially when he explained himself in the end. His actions didn't really make sense and I didn't want him to act the way he did throughout the novel. Sorry for the vagueness, but I don't want to give anything away!

Overall, we still got the lovable characters from the first two books, but I wasn't a big fan of the pacing and the rushed ending. I was confused with what was going on more often than I would have liked, specifically because some important things happened too fast and I had to stop and reread to understand what exactly had just happened. While I still definitely recommend this series because it's such a unique take on magic/sorcery with utterly lovable, funny characters, I just wasn't as satisfied with this final novel as I wanted to be.




Waiting On Wednesday (166)


This is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where every Wednesday bloggers highlight a book that they are eagerly anticipating the release of!

Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits #1.5)
By Katie McGarry
Release Date: December 8, 2014
Summary: For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so... different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything — except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.

But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants — even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.

Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah's more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he'd be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn... seriously epic.


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OH MY GOSH. I knew Katie McGarry was writing another book, but I didn't know that it was another one on Echo and Noah! I loved their book, which is the first in the series, and I always enjoy how they have popped up in every book that has come out since then. While Rachel and Isaiah have become my favorite couple of the series, it's going to be so nice to be able to see what has happened to Echo and Noah since they got together. This sounds like it's going to be so good and I can't wait to follow Echo and Noah on their tempting road trip that definitely puts their relationship to the test. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: New-ish Series I Want to Try


This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week bloggers share a list of books for the prompt given. So hopefully I'll have a new list to share with you all each week!

This Week's Topic: New-ish (Released Within the Past Two Years) Series I Want to Try

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

2. The Dark Elements by Jennifer L Armentrout

3. Wait for You by Jennifer L Armentrout

4. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

5. The Coincidence by Jessica Sorensen 

6. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken 

7. The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo

8. The Archived by Victoria Schwab

9. The Fifth Wave by Nick Yancey

10. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger 
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