Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger's most anticipated books. This week my pick is POINTE by Brandy Colbert.

"Theo is better now.

She's eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction—and his abductor.

Donovan isn't talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didn't do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything she's been living for at risk. But keeping quiet might be worse."

Why I Can't Wait: I love ballet books. The beauty, the grace, the pressure...I love it all (as long as it's not me doing it). Now, clearly this book isn't about just ballet. It's about a childhood friend returning home after his abduction. Are you intrigued yet? You should be. I want to know what happened these past four years and what role Theo played in all of this.

Why isn't it April yet? BLAH!

Expected publication: April 10th 2014 by Penguin

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Top Ten Beginnings/Endings Of Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. As you can see, this week's topic is the top ten beginnings/endings of books. I did this one a little different. Instead of just beginnings or endings, I picked my top ten beginning to ending books. Without further ado, my picks...


Splintered by A.G. Howard (goodreads)


Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth (goodreads)


All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrell (goodreads)


Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally (goodreads)


Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas (goodreads)


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (goodreads)


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (goodreads)


Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake (goodreads)


Unremembered by Jessica Brody (goodreads)


Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman (goodreads)









What are some of your favorite beginnings/endings?

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. These are actually the books I got last week but was too busy to post this meme. My bad! Better late than never!

For Review:
*Infinityglass (Hourglass #3) by Myra McEntire (goodreads/amazon) AHHH, super excited about this one!

Borrowed from my fabulous blogger buddy Karen:
*Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston (goodreads/amazon)
*Captive: The Forbidden Side of Nightshade by A.D. Robertson (goodreads/amazon) Bring on the kink!

***Special thanks to MM publicity, Egmont, and Karen from For What It's Worth***


Bought:

*False Memory by Dan Krokos ($1.99 ebook on Amazon)
*Dare You To by Katie McGarry (Amazon)
*Defiance by C.J. Redwine ($1.99 ebook on Amazon)
*Side by Jill Hathaway (It was free on Amazon for a while but I guess that promotion ended)
*Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard (Amazon)
*Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (Amazon)
*On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves (Amazon)



Weekly Round-Up

*Want to win a finished copy of INFINITYGLASS by Myra McEntire? Well, click the link and enter my giveaway!
*Top Ten Six Words/Topics That Make Me Not Pick Up A Book
*Waiting on Wednesday featuring DEATHSWORN by Leah Cypess
*Wherein I reviewed NANTUCKET BLUE by Leila Howland



That's my week for ya! What books did you guys get this week?

Friday, July 26, 2013

Review: Nantucket Blue


Title: Nantucket Blue
Author: Leila Howland
Published: May 7th 2013 by Disney Hyperion
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review
Goodreads/Amazon

"For Cricket Thompson, a summer like this one will change everything. A summer spent on Nantucket with her best friend, Jules Clayton, and the indomitable Clayton family. A summer when she’ll make the almost unattainable Jay Logan hers. A summer to surpass all dreams.

Some of this turns out to be true. Some of it doesn’t.

When Jules and her family suffer a devastating tragedy that forces the girls apart, Jules becomes a stranger whom Cricket wonders whether she ever really knew. And instead of lying on the beach working on her caramel-colored tan, Cricket is making beds and cleaning bathrooms to support herself in paradise for the summer.

But it’s the things Cricket hadn’t counted on--most of all, falling hard for someone who should be completely off-limits--that turn her dreams into an exhilarating, bittersweet reality.

A beautiful future is within her grasp, and Cricket must find the grace to embrace it. If she does, her life could be the perfect shade of Nantucket blue."

First line: "Even without Holly Howard and Dori Archer, who'd been suspended for drinking on campus, we were supposed to win that game."

Thoughts: There is nothing I love more than a book based in a small summer vacation town. Let's face it, if we personally can't be there, at least we can read about it. NANTUCKET BLUE mixes everything I adore about summer and even sprinkles in a dash of soul and emotions as well. Ready for some fun in the sun? Good!

When I originally picked up NANTUCKET BLUE, I thought it was going to be a light beach read. What I wasn't expecting to find was the range of emotions I experience throughout the novel. It seems like things are finally falling into place for Cricket. The guy she's been crushing on for ages appears to be noticing her and if that wasn't enough, her best friend invites her to spend the summer in Nantucket with her and her family. So much win, so little time! Alas, as if the this-is-too-good-to-be-true gods were listening, everything comes crashing down. Jules (Cricket's best friend) suffers a tragedy so devastating that even Cricket can't help her. What's a girl to do when her perfect summer no longer exists and the best friend she thought she knew turns out to be someone completely different?

One of the things I love about this book is the setting. Goodness, all I could think about for days were cute little shops, hotels, and beaches. I've personally never been to Nantucket but after reading this novel, I'm desperate to go. The author could not have picked a better location for her story.

As far as the characters go, I have to admit that I constantly went from loving Cricket to hating her. She just does things that irritate me to no end but then redeems herself at the very last minute. The thing is, out of all the characters in this book, she does show the most growth. When she cried, I wanted to cry. She went into the summer a naive little girl who, regardless of who she hurt, wanted certain things and was determined to make them happen. By the end of the book, she transformed into a young adult who learned from consequences and realizes that the things you think you want might not be what you need. For that, I adored her.

Another character that sent me on a crazy roller coaster ride of emotions was Jules. Though I understood where she was coming from, I couldn't help but feel hurt by the way she treated certain people around her. Her relationship with Cricket was far more complex than I expected and made this book the unforgettable read it is. Out of all the relationships in this book (and there are quite a few), her's and Cricket's was the one I rooted for the most.

Ironically enough, the boys in this book were my favorite characters. They were all so lovable, laid back, and drama free. That doesn't mean things didn't blow up in their face or they're not somehow involved in some backstabbing, but they definitely acted more mature than the girls did. Imagine that.

Lastly, the romance. Honestly, I really liked it but didn't love it. The secret lovers and whatnot bothered me a little. There were moments where I swooned and craved for more. At the same time, I still felt this layer of deceit. There's also something that happens that made me cringe, angered me and was so frustrating, I wanted to throw my book against the wall. I can't say what it is without spoiling the whole novel but once you get there, you'll understand.

Overall, if you're looking for a summer read with a whole lot of depth and drama, this is the book for you. There's never a boring moment and never a time where it doesn't keep you at least a little bit intrigued. It's a great summer read that's best paired with a glass of wine and a beach to lay on. The only question is, are you ready for this jelly?


Rating:


Favorite Quotes:

“Without a best friend to tell stories to, it almost didn't matter if they even happened.”

“Jules hated it when I used 'delicious' to describe anything but food, but that day he was nothing if not a sugar cone of melting sea salt and caramel gelato.”

“Feelings find each other, I thought. Let one in and the others follow. At that moment it seemed that all our feelings were shimmering above us, around us, in a new and stunning constellation.”

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger's most anticipated books. This week my pick is DEATHSWORN by Leah Cypess.

"When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world."

Why I Can't Wait: Leah Cypess writes some of the most vivid and fantastic fantasy novels out there. I cannot tell you how much I adore MISTWOOD and NIGHTSPELL. Needless to say, I'm insanely excited about her upcoming novel. Hello- magic, assassins, and a dangerous new love? Sign me up!

Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by Greenwillow

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Top Ten Words/Topics That Make Me Not Pick Up A Book


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. As you can see, this week's topic is the top ten words/topics that make me not pick up a book. I'm not sure if I can pick ten, but lets give it a shot!


1. Cheating. When I first started blogging and reading again, I didn't think much about cheating. Love is love, right? Wrong. As I got older, I started hating the topic more and more. It's just not right to lead someone on, especially when he/she is in love with you. Nowadays, if I see the word "cheating", I can't help but be slightly disgusted by it. Bleh.

2. Anorexia/Bulimia. WINTERGIRLS is the only exception I've ever made. Honestly, I just can't relate to it. I hate throwing up. It's the worst. Plus, I love food too much not to eat. I know it's an issue out there, especially amongst teens, and people should definitely read about it, but it's just not for me.

3. Threesome. Uhh, no thanks!

4. Vampires/Werewolves. I'm just burnt out right now. Doesn't mean I won't watch True Blood or The Vampire Diaries.

5. Abusive Parents. I just can't. I end up getting so angry to the point where it ruins the book for me.

6. People not using protection during "intimacy time". Sorry but once I see this, I'm pretty much done with the book. I know it happens and people get lost in the moment, but I truly believe all authors/movies should promote safe sex ESPECIALLY when writing to a younger crowd.



Okay, that's all I can think of. Honestly, I'll most likely give all things a shot, but these few topics are ones I try to avoid. What words/topics do you try to avoid?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Giveaway: Infinityglass by Myra McEntire


"The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways.
Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.

But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn't an object. It's a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where
do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?"

About Myra McEntire...



Myra McEntire has had her nose in a book since she could hold one. She was once caught reading in the shower (true story) and only stopped when her father disconnected the hot water heater. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two boys. You can visit her online at www.myramcentire.com or follow her on twitter at @MyraMcEntire


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Friday, July 19, 2013

Delicious Books and Mouth-Watering Treats (1)

I don't know about you guys, but not only am I a bookfiend, I'm also a foodie. What can I say? Some things just go so well together. Table for one, please! At any rate, I was thinking about certain books and how they pair perfectly with some of my favorite foods. Enter THINGS I CAN'T FORGET.


If you haven't read THINGS I CAN'T FORGET yet, you need to. If you have, remember Just Tacos? I sure do! Does this restaurant actually exist? I have no idea but I do know there's a place in Texas that reminds me of it. Ready for it?

Picture from the Torchy's Tacos website

That's right, Torchy's! When in Austin, Houston, Fort Worth, or Dallas, Torchy's Tacos is a must. Seriously, they have the craziest, best tacos ever. They even have clever names for them. This is like every word nerd's dream come true! Behold, all the glory that is the Trailer Park Taco:

Taken the last time I was at Torchy's


Who thinks to put a piece of fried chicken into a tortilla? The cutest part is the fact that you can get them trashy. What does that mean? It means they throw queso all over it. Yum! Oh, and I haven't even talked about the best part about this place. Much like in THINGS I CAN'T FORGET, Torchy's offers more than just tacos. Want an example? They have these fried cookie dough balls called Little Nookies (no joke) that are absolutely sinful. Gah, just thinking about them makes me want to drop what I'm doing and get some (pun intended).

The next time you're in the area and need a place to sit down, eat, and read a book, go to Torchy's. Just don't forget to bring THINGS I CAN'T FORGET with you.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger's most anticipated books. This week my pick is LANDRY PARK by Bethany Hagen.

"Madeline Landry is born into a world of influence and luxury, a world of estates and gardens fueled by nuclear power and maintained by a caste of people called the Rootless. When a Gentry girl is attacked, it is the Rootless who are blamed, even though Madeline knows better.

As she searches for the truth, she can't escape the rumors of revolution and retribution circulating through the ballrooms, and neither can she escape the city's new golden boy, Captain David Dana, who has secrets of his own. Soon, she finds herself forced to choose between her duty and her desires, her ancestral destiny and her conscience, and her choice will shake the very foundations of the world she was born to rule."

Why I Can't Wait: You guys, the cover. This is probably one of the most stunning covers I have ever seen. Not only is it gorgeous, it also speaks volumes for the tone of the book. The summary sounds amazing. I love stories about duty versus desire and battles with morality in general. Goodness, I just know this one's going to be a winner!

Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Dial

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the top ten authors who deserve more recognition. Y'all, I LOOOOOOVE this topic. Can I narrow this list down to ten? We shall see!


1. Miranda Kenneally (Catching Jordan, Stealing Parker, Things I Can't Forget, Racing Savannah)- You guys, I cannot tell you how much I look forward to Miranda's books every year. They're hilarious, full of swoon, and get better and better with each new book. Pretty sure RACING SAVANNAH is my favorite thus far...and pretty sure I'll die of anticipation before her next one comes out.

2. Stasia Ward Kehoe (Audition)- So I definitely have a soft spot for books written in verse. What can I say? I love them, and AUDITION is definitely on that love list. So good you guys.

3. Tom Leveen (Party, Zero, ManicPixieDreamGirl, Sick)- It pains me when I tell people how much I love Tom Leveen's books, and they reply "Who?". Seriously, this guy writes some sick (pun intended) books. He just knows how teenage boys and girls act and writes them so perfectly. Plus, his books are UNIQUE! Word.

4. Fiona Paul (Venom, Belladonna, etc.). I can't believe there are people out there who haven't read VENOM. Do you know how awesome it is? Do you know how gorgeous this book is or how stunning the setting is? Cause you should. I remember speaking with Erin from Penguin, and we talked about how much we both loved VENOM. She said they're remarketing the covers because it didn't do as well as they originally thought. BTW, the new covers? BEAUTIFUL!

5. Holly Goldberg Sloan (I'll Be There, Couting By 7s). If you haven't read I'LL BE THERE yet, you should. Beautifully written novel that will make you think, dream, and wonder days after the book is over. So many feels!

6. April Lindner (Jane, Catherine, etc.)- Y'all, JANE and CATHERINE are two of the best modernized retellings of classics I have ever read. The writing! Oh, how the writing won me over in just a matter of pages. More, please!

7. A.S. King (Please Ignore Vera Dietz, Everybody Sees The Ants, Ask The Passengers, Reality Boy, etc.) - If A.S. King is ever signing in your area, go! Spend some time with her and talk to her. Only then will you completely comprehend what a genius she truly is (as if you didn't already know from her books).

8. Jessica Warman (Between, Where The Truth Lies, Breathless, Beautiful Lies, etc.) - So I'm totally bummed Jessica doesn't have a book coming out this year. Her books are the perfect mix of complex emotions and lovely writing. Le sigh, maybe next year!

9. Jennifer R. Hubbard (The Secret Year, Try Not To Breathe, Until It Hurts To Stop, etc)- Good lawd, how I love this woman's writing. Thanks for constantly breaking heart and healing it! Loved every minute of it.

10. Courtney Summers (Cracked Up To Be, Some Girls Are, Fall For Anything, This Is Not A Test, All The Rage)- I would read anything and everything that Courtney Summers writes. In fact, I have read everything (that's released) by Courtney Summers and can honestly tell you I loved them all.




What authors do you guys think deserve more recognition?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Review: Frigid


Title: Frigid
Author: J. Lynn
Expected publication: July 30th 2013 by Spencer Hill Contemporary
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher/author for an honest review
Goodreads/Amazon

"For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn't anything new. They'd been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the 'man' in man-whore. He's never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn't want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she's perfect and she's everything. But the feelings he has for her, he's always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they're stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor'easter, there's nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one."
First line: "Syndney- I was in love with my best friend."

Thoughts: Someone grab me a fan and a bottle of water because this book is smoking hot! Note to self, don't read this in public. Blushing will occur.

There's something about Jennifer Armentrout's writing that's so addicting, so piercing, I literally have to force myself to put her books down. The story line comes off as something people have read before... Good girl falls for her bad boy best friend who is both hot and a player. What differentiates FRIGID from the rest is the author's ability to make her characters relatable as well as charming. I constantly swooned over Sydney and Kyler's flirtation. Their chemistry is obvious and with each page, left me both frustrated and giddy.

FRIGID is told through both Sydney and Kyler's points of views, and I couldn't be more grateful for this. Each character has a distinct (and may I mention stubborn) voice that kept me intrigued. It was interesting reading about how they viewed each other and knowing how they felt, even if they didn't know. You would think it was obvious. Even their friends knew but sadly, some people always seem to think their loved ones deserve better than them. See what I mean by frustrating? If that wasn't enough, there's also this added bonus story as to who's stalking them and why. Creepy, much? Though I figured out who was doing these things fairly quickly, I still didn't know why. The why made me read this book faster than I already was.

Now, I will say that this book does have quite a bit of sex in it. I mean, look at the cover! It's snowing, and Kyler doesn't have a shirt on! It gets super steamy on multiple occasions so if this is something you're just not into, I suggest you read something else. With that said, if this IS something you're into, you're in for a special treat. If this book were to be made into a movie or show, it would most likely air on Cinemax. Just make sure you're alone when you're reading this. Don't want to blush and give yourself away, right?

Overall, I recommend FRIGID to all new adult and contemporary fans out there. Even without the gratuitous sex, it still offers a great suspense and romance story. Needless to say, I'll definitely keep this book on my bookshelf and save it for a cold winter night.


Rating:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger's most anticipated books. This week, my pick is TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han.

"To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters…"

Why I Can't Wait: Do you really have to ask that? It's Jenny Han! I love the concept of writing crushes letters and having them confront Lara Jean. Plus, the cover? LOVE! Squee, definitely can't wait for this one to release!

Expected publication: April 22nd 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
*Goodreads/Amazon

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Top Ten Best/Worst Book To Movie Adaptation


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at the Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the top ten best/worst book to movie adaptations. Woot woot, let's do this!

Best:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1 and 2). I dare you to tell me you didn't shed any tears.
2. The Notebook. I watched the movie first and immediately read the book after. Honestly, the book wasn't as good as the movie. So weird when that happens.
3. Breaking Dawn Part 2. Okay, I seriously loved this ending more than the book's. Fo 'sho.
4. The Hunger Games. I kind of felt bad for the people who didn't read the book prior to the movie. It was probably very confusing for them, but I thought the movie was fantastic. Loved it!
5. The Perks of Being A Wallflower. Seriously...love the book, love the movie!

Worst:

1. The Host. I only read half of the book (before I gave up on it), but the movie was just way too cheesy for my taste. So awkward!
2. Beautiful Creatures. So disappointed in this one! They changed too much of the story line which apparently also included combining two characters into one. Le sigh.
3. Twilight. Yes, the original Twilight. I think the movies progressively got better, but I don't think I'll ever be able to sit through the first one again.
4. Alice In Wonderland. The Johnny Depp version, not the Disney one. Ya know, the one based on THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. Anyway, I thought the movie was visually appealing, but that's it. Oh well, maybe next time!
5. Percy Jackson & the Olympians- The Lightning Thief. Technically, I somehow enjoyed the movie but was annoyed they changed so much of the story line. From what I can tell, Sea of Monsters will be much better.





What are some of your picks for the best/worst book to movie adaptations?

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.Happy, Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is having a fantabulous week. I didn't get a lot of books this week (as you can see), but I'm super excited about the ones I did get! Let's do this, shall we?

For Review:

*Shadow of the Mark (Carrier #2) by Leigh Fallon (goodreads/amazon)
*Precious Blood (The Blessed #1) by Tonya Hurley (goodreads/amazon)


Bought:

*Pivot Point by Kasie West...The ebook is only $1.99 on Kindle/Nook/iBooks (goodreads/amazon)


Weekly Round-Up:

*Wherein I hoot and holler over FAKING IT (LOSING IT #2) by Cora Carmack.
*Wherein I review and relish over TARNISH by Katherine Longshore.



That's all, folks! What books did you guys get this week?

Friday, July 5, 2013

Review: Tarnish


Title: Tarnish
Author: Katherine Longshore
Published: June 18th 2013 by Viking Juvenile
Source: ARC in exchange for an honest review
Goodreads/Amazon

"Anne Boleyn is the odd girl out. Newly arrived to the court of King Henry VIII, everything about her seems wrong, from her clothes to her manners to her witty but sharp tongue. So when the dashing poet Thomas Wyatt offers to coach her on how to shine at court--and to convince the whole court they're lovers--she accepts. Before long, Anne's popularity has soared, and even the charismatic and irresistible king takes notice. More than popularity, Anne wants a voice--but she also wants love. What began as a game becomes high stakes as Anne finds herself forced to make an impossible choice between her heart's desire and the chance to make history."

First line: "A deep breath is all it takes to enter a room."

Thoughts: First off, I must pronounce to the world that Katherine Longshore writes some of the loveliest historical fiction novels I have ever read. Vivid, heartbreaking, and incredibly human, TARNISH constantly tugged on heart strings I didn't know I had. You may think you know about Anne Boleyn, but you haven't heard anything yet.

TARNISH may be the story of Anne Boleyn, but this is her story before she became queen. I loved Longshore's spin on Anne's relationship with Thomas Wyatt. In this book, it's not just some fling or rumored affair. It's a story about love and inevitable heartbreak. I relished in Wyatt's poetry and Anne's reactions to not only Wyatt but also Percy and The King. They're so insanely human that I could feel her fear and emotions just soaring out of the book and slamming right into me. To say this novel took me on an emotional journey is an understatement.

Throughout the book, Anne believes the only reason people can see her now is because of Wyatt's poetry. This is somewhat true but what I found fascinating was how she couldn't see how beautiful she was and why men would literally go to war over her. I always thought of Anne Boleyn as this confident seductress, but now I see her more as an insecure girl stuck between love and duty. Even though I knew the end result, I still hoped that the story would change somehow. I guess it's just the naive girl in me who still believes in love and how it conquers all.

Though this book does focus a lot on Anne's secretive affairs (and her not so secretive ones), it also focuses on her family and the relationships she has with her siblings. Anne's kinship with Catherine and Mary were complex (to say the least), but her relationship with her brother George was brilliantly written and just lovely in general. I loved how much he adored her and how everyone could see it. Keep in mind, his life wasn't easy either. He's there to advise Anne as well as carry the Boleyn name, even if that means marrying someone he doesn't love. The one thing that stayed true was his obvious adoration for his sister and her love for him. Everyone should have a brother like George.

My only regret for this novel was that I wished it were longer. I wish we could've seen Anne as the queen and everything that unfolded after. With that being said, will there be a sequel? A companion? PLEASE?

All in all, I highly recommend TARNISH to all Tudor fans and historical fiction buffs out there. If you're not a fan of historical fiction, I still recommend checking out TARNISH. It reads like a contemporary novel and believe me, you don't want to miss out on all the glorious poetry. They will make you swoon right before they breaking your heart.


Rating:

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Review: Faking It


Title: Faking It (Losing It #2)
Author: Cora Carmack
Published: June 4th 2013 by William Morrow & Company
Source: eBook
Goodreads/Amazon

**Warning: FAKING IT is a companion novel to LOSING IT and while it's a completely separate story, the summary and review may contain somewhat obvious spoilers in LOSING IT. Read at your own risk.**

"Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel."



First line: "You would think I'd be use to it by now."

Thoughts: Is it just me or is Cora Carmack's writing completely addicting? You guys, I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun, adorable, and super sexy FAKING IT is. While I really, really liked LOSING IT, I loved FAKING IT. Just thinking about it now and remembering all of my favorite scenes puts a big smile on my face. Le sigh. Okay, let's talk about the book!

First off, if you've read LOSING IT, you'll remember that Cade is one of Bliss' best friends. You'll also remember that they didn't exactly end things on the best of terms. At any rate, while Cade is trying to move on with his life, he can't help but feel left behind. His friends are doing these incredible things, moving on and whatnot, and he's just stuck. Sure he's in grad school, but it's not as exciting as he thought it'd be. Enter Max (don't you dare call her Mackenzie).

Max is a head to toe rocker girl. There's nothing in this world more thrilling and emotionally exhausting to her than performing in front of a live crowd. She knows who she is and isn't afraid to express it. That is, express it to everyone except her family. Though she may seem strong (and she is), there's part of her that's completely broken and fragile and only one person will be able to break down her strong walls.

To be honest, whenever I first read the summary for FAKING IT, I didn't really know what to expect. I liked Cade in LOSING IT. He was sweet but somewhat boring and drab. Boy, did Cormack prove me wrong. Now, there isn't one thing I don't love about Cade. He's super sexy (SWOON!), hilarious, and an all around good guy. He also has this southern gentleman side that unconditionally made my insides melt. Ugh, why can't he be real?

With Max, I really enjoyed her music and generally what she brought to the book. In a lot of ways, she's very much a child who is afraid of not only her parents but letting other people in. I truly adored how this girl had such a rough exterior yet delicate heart. If I can't have Cade, I'm glad Max can.

Now, let's talk about their chemistry. FAKING IT made me do something I've never done before. I brought my iPad to the gym and read the book while working out. I normally don't do this, but I couldn't put this book down. I had to know what happened next, and this has everything to do with the chemistry and sexual tension between Cade and Max. Geez, I'm pretty sure these two made me sweat more than I normally do. Let's just say there's a scene involving dancing that almost made me fall right off the elliptical machine. Holy freaking cow. Yes, I will have seconds and thirds and so on.

Overall, I highly recommend FAKING IT to contemporary fans looking for a light and fabulous book. While reading by the pool this summer, be sure to have a copy of this book by your side. It'll make you laugh, it'll frustrate you, and it'll make you smile ear to ear until your cheeks hurt. Seriously, you don't want to miss out on all the hoopla!


Favorite Quotes:

"I hated when people said that, like it assumed strength and being a male where synonymous. There was strength in being a woman."

"Looking at him, I knew this wasn't the kind of fear that sent you running for the hills. It was the kind of fear that made people jump off cliffs and climb mountains- the kind of fear that told you something miraculous was waiting at the end of it, if you could only get there."

"The devil made me do it. And by devil, I mean my uterus."

" I think everyone does. Even happy people. They may not admit it to anyone, but I think they feel it. I think they close their eyes, or go for a run, or take a long shower, so that they can forget just for a second who they are and what they have to do day in and day out. Living is hard. And every day our feet get heavier and we pick up more baggage. So, we stop and take a breath, close our eyes, reset our minds. It's natural. As long as you open your eyes and keep going."

" 'I swear it's not as creepy as it looks.' 'Said the serial killer to the police.'"


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