Jan 8, 2014

Book Boyfriend (5)

Just a meme to talk about some of my favorite, "Book Boyfriends" :) Here you will read about who my current book boyfriend is, as well as some stats and a picture! OF COURSE, who can forget, the swoon worthy quotes! (Original credit goes to Missie over at The Unread Reader.)

My book boyfriend this week:
from THE BODY FINDER series

Name: Jay Heaton

Age: 16/17

Description: What I like best about Jay is that there are no specific descriptions of him. All we know is that during a, “summer metamorphosis”, he has become Hot with a capital H, but there are no specific hair or eye colors given.

* Likes to wear hoodies & backpacks.
* Silly sideways grin
* Strong arms, big shoulders
* Best friends with Violet since they were 6 years old
* First kissed Violet in 5th grade, but immediately both swore off kissing because they were so grossed out.

* Gracious in the face of defeat by Violet.
* Helped Violet bury dead things without question from an early age because he seemed to understand her gifts.
* Driven to school every day by Violet.
* Went unnoticed by girls for most of his life, but suddenly ‘got hot’ over a summer break and started attracting a fan club at school, including the most popular girl in school, Lissie Adams.
* Insists on carrying Violet home when she fell down, and looked after her scrapes too.

What I like best about Jay:
You know what’s sexy? A guy who doesn’t need to be in charge all the time. A guy who respects his girlfriend too much to push things physically, even when he could get away with it. A guy who’s not afraid to let his girlfriend’s family know that they’re together because he loves Violet so much. A guy who, when necessary, will step up and protect Violet physically. A guy who takes care of the house for his Mom, because he’s the only man of the house. A guy who is sweet, gorgeous, and amazing, but is completely unaware of his own charm.

Swoon worthy quotes:
“I was just waiting for you to want me as much as I wanted you.” 

"Yeah," he agreed enthusiastically. "That's why I was so jealous. I wanted to be the one finding dead bodies. You were like an animal detective or something. You were only weird' cause you were a girl." He grinned. "But I learned to overlook that, since you always took me on such cool adventures."

Jay had been the one who kept Violet sane. He slipped candy bars into her backpack for her to find and left little notes in her locker just to let her know he was thinking about her. She leaned on him every step of the way, and he never once complained. 

He's jail-bait :(
Le sigh....

Who's your book byfriend this week? ;)haha!
Catch ya'll laterrrrr!

Jan 7, 2014

Blog tour: Review & Giveaway! WALKER by Michelle Flick

Title: Walker
Author: Michelle Flick
Publisher: Indie Author
Pages: 247
Source: ebook Nook

My Rating: 

Kate isn’t thrilled to be moving to the middle of nowhere. She's already lost her parents, now she's leaving the only place she's ever known as home. She’s not there long when she realizes her dreams aren’t her own and that she has the ability to walk through other people's dreams. Not only that, but she might have found her dream guy--literally. He's in her dreams.
Just when she starts to get the hang of dream walking, strange murders in her new town start to occur. Girls are being killed as they sleep with no evidence, no suspects and no clear motive behind the deaths. It doesn’t take Kate very long to realize that the girls aren’t just being killed as they sleep—they’re being killed in their sleep. Kate must figure out how to find the killer in the real world and keep the ones she loves safe while they sleep.

MY REVIEW (which can also be seen as a fan-girling rant) CONTAINS SLIGHT SPOILERS.... 

Read at your own risk!

New town, new school, new start... Hey, it's tough.Especially when you have Cruella DeVille Junior hunting you down for stealing her boyfriend.... hahaha! Ok you guys, I am in love with this book! BUT before I say anything else, lets begin with the basics...

Meet Kate, average HS student, but a bit of brat (I blamed it on her grieving process... I mean, the girl just lost her parents). The thing about Kate is that she has an extraordinary "gift", she's a dream walker, she has the ability to "walk" through other peoples' dreams... At first Kate brushes it off as her own nightmares, but when she starts seeing the people from her "dreams", at school, things take a turn down creepy lane. Things get even worse, when girls from Kate's HS start dying in their sleep. The question on everyone's mind... WTF is going on?

Ok... NOW, let's talk about what I LOVED! --

Kate, she's flawed and far from perfect. She considers Elise her best friend but at the same time keeps her distance. She’s very determined, smart and witty… but you know what I liked best about her? That she is NOT weak.

Jesse, Kate's sister, is just awesome. Her and Fergie, LOVED them both! I connected most with Jesse, I loved her character and saw how hard she was trying to keep her family together after their parents tragic car accident.

Kate slowly grew on me as a character; the more I got to know her, the more I started to care about her... Next thing I know, I found myself yelling at my nook, "NO KATE! DON'T FALL ASLEEP!".... I really was worried about her every time she went to sleep.

Which brings me to my next point, the dream walking... SCARY as HELL! Every time Kate went into a dream, I wrapped the blanket around me a lot tighter! That paranormal twist really did give it the perfect, "edge of your seat" creep factor. I couldn't wait til the dream was over and Kate got out safely.

At times, while Kate was at school mostly, I felt like I was reading about typical YA cliche aspects; typical mean girl (evil blond girl, who does the impossible to patronize Kate), cocky male lead (sort of; Colton, gorgeous and he knows it). But what I like best about them all was the dialogue. Real and genuine! I freaking loved Elise, Kate's best friend! She was hilarious! The perfect voice of a high school teenager! And trust me, I should know! I deal with them everyday ;) She was funny, loyal, true... What more can you ask for. JCru was as evil as mean girls come... Think of her as a Regina George from MEAN GIRLS. Every scene with her was just so, ugh.

This was my reaction every time she opened her mouth... Yeah, she was that bad.

The killer!? Never saw it coming. I mean, don't get me wrong, there was an instant where I thought I had figured it out, but I was wrong. When things started to get more personal (aka. Elise. Don't want to give too much away), I was actually scared. I literally stopped reading the book several times to look outside my hallway or under the bed. It's been a while since a book actually got under my skin...

Now, let's talk boys....
Nick. Oh.Em.Gee. NICK! 
Where do I even begin? 

Yep, that's him! That's my version of NICK<3 Speaking of Nick… Dear Lord, please bring me Nick wrapped up for Christmas this year. Amen….. (my book boyfriend prayer, haha!) But seriously, let me just take a minute to swoon! I just absolutely LOVED him! I tend to have high expectations for my leading men, and Nick fit every single one (and more!). Kate’s attraction to Nick is so relatable that it kind of hurts your heart to read about it. The only bad part is that he doesn’t show up until 50-something pages in. Info on him is very scarce in the beginning, but that's ok, because it just adds to his sexy mysteriousness (<-- is that even a word?). The romance between him and Kate is expertly crafted and left me both satisfied and urging for more…. Like, for real. I NEED more Kate and Nick ! If you like your fictional men to be stubborn but sexy as hell, Nick's the guy for you!

Overall, I'd like to let you all know that my mind has been on WALKER mode for the past couple of days. AND I LOVE IT! <3 Great story, great characters, overall flippin' GREAT book!... Yes! It was THAT good! Only bad part; IT ENDED! (BTW, great flippin' ending too! *bravo, Michlle, Bravo*)

Don't know if there is going to be a part two, I can totally see the story continue.... might just have to tweet Michelle to find out ;) Sooooo.... All in all, do us all a favor and enter the giveaway below, trust me when I say this is one book you don't want to miss!

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About the author:
Michelle Flick lives in Western New York with her family. She teaches 8th grade ELA and is a lover of coffee, dogs, and music. You can find Michelle on Facebook, twitter and on her blog: www.flickspicks1.blogspot.com

About the dog:
Fergie is real! She is a 5-year-old collie. She hates tiled floors, loves the outside, and is never far from her family members. She is as loving and loyal as the Fergie in the novel!

Jan 6, 2014

Review: Bloodrose (Nightshade #3)

Title: Bloodrose (Nightshade #3)
Author: Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Philomel
Pages: 406
Source: Own Hardcover

My Rating:

Calla has always welcomed war.
But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is. In this remarkable final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, international bestselling author Andrea Cremer crafts a dynamic novel with twists and turns that will keep you breathless until its final pages.

I REALLY tried with this one... I promise I did. I was late to the whole Nightshade awesomeness.... I really enjoyed book one (read my review here) and book two, was good, not as good as the first, but sequels rarely ever are (click here to read). I had some REAL high hopes for BLOODROSE, and they were just cut short too soon.  

Let's begin by talking about Calla. My personal relationship with her has been on a downhill since book one. Loved her in Nightshade, and I liked her in Wolfsbane... And now in BLOODROSE, I actually disliked her. She's became this bossy and a rather arrogant person, that just liked to shout all the time. She also seemed so much weaker in this book, which kinda contradicted her whole, "alpha role" attitude. I don't know... I was just so dissapointed.

Let's move on to the love interests. TEAM REN<33333 ALL THE WAY! I don't care what anyone says, SEAMUS DORAN is probably the worst male lead EVER! I hated him... YES! I know it's a harsh word, but it's the truth. Not only was Shay pushy, and believes in male dominance, but he was always acting like he was the one in charge, and always had such an awful attitude. I'll admit and concede that it is rather sweet that he would give everything for Calla, even up to his life. Ordinarily, I probably would have eaten this up and disliked Shay rather less. But this one good trait didn't balance out the rest of his negativity. Ugh.

....Which leads me to my next point. THE ENDING -_-   
SPOILERS: HIGHLIGHT TO READ!: Ren's death. Are you f*ing kidding me? All I could do was ask, "Why Ren?". In all honesty, I feel like Cremer took the cowards way out. A straight clean break form the love triangle. Which felt SO unnecessary!!!! I read in an author interview that Cremer states, "Calla finally makes a choice" (in regards to her boys)... HAAA! My ass! The choice was made for her and I was really pissed! I couldn't even cry because I was so mad. 

If you're wondering why I gave this book 2 hearts instead of 1; Connor and the plot! Connor was hilarious and I grew to adore him! He quickly became one of my favorite charcters in this series... Come to think of it, now that Calla is off the list, Conner is probably second to Ren. The plot of the book was also very well done. BLOODROSE gives us more info and the guardians and finally wraps up the mystery that is Shay's family. Overall, it was a bittersweet ending to a rather frustrating series. Only thing, or person, I recommend is Ren. You all must meet the awesomeness that is REN!<3

Jan 5, 2014

Review: Unravelling Isobel

Title: Unraveling Isobel
Author: Eileen Cook
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 304
Source: Hardcover

My Rating: 

Isobel’s life is falling apart. Her mom just married some guy she met on the internet only three months before, and is moving them to his sprawling, gothic mansion off the coast of nowhere. Goodbye, best friend. Goodbye, social life. Hello, icky new stepfather, crunchy granola town, and unbelievably good-looking, officially off-limits stepbrother.
But on her first night in her new home, Isobel starts to fear that it isn’t only her life that’s unraveling—her sanity might be giving way too. Because either Isobel is losing her mind, just like her artist father did before her, or she’s seeing ghosts. Either way, Isobel’s fast on her way to being the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.

Although I had seen both positive and negative reviews for this one, that didn't stop me from picking it up for myself... And let me tell ya, I AM SO GLAD I DID! <33333
Unraveling Isobel was funny, sad, romantic, frustrating (Isobel's mom- OMFG! Hate her! So dense!) and it also had a bit of a creep factor... But none the less, it was a super fast and clever read! The book starts off with Isobel moving to the far corner of Timbuktu, aka some island in the middle of nowhere. Her mom just remarried, so she really has no say because she wants to see her mom happy. At the same time, strange things begin to happen around the house, but Isobel can't decide if it's her mind (DON'T want to give too much away), or if it's real.

From the beginning I KNEW I was going to dislike the mother.... Ugh. I don't know if it was her character or just for attitude that killed it for me, but I hated her! Her decisions and reasoning made no sense at all.... I mean, she married Dick (ya, that's his name, hahaha!) after meeting him online and dating him for 3 months. Not to mention, she disrespects her own daughter countless timesssss.... Ahhhh! Ok, moving on. Nick-- I LOVED HIM! Yes, I know what you're thinking; there's always a love interest in YA books, but in all honesty, even though Nick was beyond amazing (yep, he's pretty awesome) and the love interest element is there, it felt secondary to Isobel’s own self-discovery. 

And OMG you guys, the ENDING! Dun Dun Duh Duh!!!! SO GOOD! Such a clever twist! I finally understood why it was classified as a paranormal read! Seriously, you guys... I did not see it coming. It took me by complete and utter shock! I literally had to re-read the part like 3x's.... You just have to check it out for yourselves.

Ok, I'm done. All and all, Unraveling Isobel is a fast paced, sexy, creepy, and hilarious read. Did I mention Isobel cusses? Yep! You heard right! I love it when author's aren't (<-- is that a real word? #spanishteacherproblems) afraid to develop their characters with REAL LIFE characteristics! I once read a book were the main character said, "bull-poopie"... 

-_- Really?...
hahaha! I absolutely LOVED this book and I definitely recommend it! Catch ya'll laterrrrr <3

Bringing the blog back to life

Happy New Years, everyone!

It’s been a few months. Honestly, this is probably the biggest stretch I've taken since I started blogging, and that's saying something.... I didn’t realize how long it had been and I’m very sorry for abandoning you all.

I don't really have a great excuse, just the usual, you know, LIFE.... BUT, I am now officially a FULL-TIME high school teacher! Wooo!

*pats self on back* 
*throws confetti*

With that being said... I have been keeping up with my reading and I have a TON of amazing books to talk about... Begining with WALKER by Michelle Flick. Just finished reading that a couple days ago and the story is STILL FRESH IN MY MIND! So damn good. Ahhhh! I'll be taking part in her book tour, so I'm SUPER excited about that.

Well, for now, that is all. I know I lost some followers, but it's ok, because it's their LOSS :p hahaha! I'm awesome, trust me! ;) For those of you that stuck around, and will hopefully continue to follow, I have some pretty neat reviews and giveaways planned out, so check back often.... ka-peesh? Omg -_- hahaha... I crack myself up! I missed blogging....

Talk soon,
<3 D