Saturday, January 30, 2016

Review: Craving U by Mirella Muffarotto

Type: Series
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication Date: July 17, 2014
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Source: eBook sent on a read-to-review basis

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Summary: You can't run away from what you are. No matter where you go, your feelings are going to follow you....

Craving U is a young adult novel about first love, friendship and life-changing moments, an emotional whirlwind of passion, torment, expectations and doubts, dreams and love: gentle but reckless young love, a love made up of exclusive, overpowering feelings, a totalizing emotion, complete in and of itself, that turns your legs to jelly and leaves you breathless, driving your heart to pound out of bounds.

Marika, a teenager from the countryside, has known Matt since they were toddlers... and has been in love with him for almost as long. But while he's a gorgeous, athletic, popular guy with sky-blue eyes and a smile that makes your mind go blank and your mouth go dry, she is just like so many other girls her age: uncomfortable about her looks and her weight – neither super-skinny nor blonde like the cheerleader types – and certain that Matteo is out of her league. 

They have grown up with very few cares in the world in the midst of vineyards in the rolling Berici Hills, rocked gently by the rhythms of school and friends. But hundreds of miles away in the big city, in an elegant old building downtown, their destiny is about to be changed from behind a luxurious mahogany desk. Matteo's departure for Milan to follow his dreams will throw everything off balance, thrusting new, tempting situations into these two teenagers' experiences of life: unexplored worlds of pro sport and its opportunities and sacrifices, contracts and huge paychecks, symphonic metal, emotions, teenage trials and tribulations, awkward relationships, and memories as cutting as a sword slicing through tofu.
When another guy fills that emptiness in Marika's life, every move, every thought, every feeling gets amplified and everything gets more complicated, and more intense.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Review: Once Upon a Time: Red's Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver

Type: Series
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Date Published: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Kingswell Teen
Source: Hardcover // Won in Giveaway
Where To Get It: Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble

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Summary: Red is 16 and lives with Granny in a cottage in the village, where boarding up the house and hiding during Wolfstime is a means of survival. Red help's Granny with Granny's baked good business, catering as well as door-to-door sales.
Red has a constant internal battle between her wild side and her strict, overprotective upbringing, and the issue of "control" as she discovers she has a hot temper when the "mean girls" push her too far. ("When we learn to control it, we needn't fear it," Rumpelstiltskin says in the series.) She has flashbacks to her 13th year when she received her cloak and the nickname "Red."

She is plagued by nightmares that she doesn't understand, but the Once Upon a Time fans will recognize them as her wolf side coming out.

Red balances the difficult times with Granny at home and the girls at school with an emerging and satisfying romance with Peter.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Review: The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen Review

Type: Stand-Alone
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Date Published: June 16, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Paperback // Library
Where To Get It: Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble

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Summary: In this poignant and hilarious novel, Rachael Allen brilliantly explores the nuances of high school hierarchies, the traumas sustained on the path to finding true love, and the joy of discovering a friend where you least expect.
Don’t get mad, get even!

In the small town of Ranburne, high school football rules and the players are treated like kings. How they treat the girls they go to school with? That’s a completely different story. Liv, Peyton, Melanie Jane, and Ana each have their own reason for wanting to teach the team a lesson—but it’s only when circumstances bring them together that they come up with the plan to steal the one thing the boys hold sacred. All they have to do is beat them at their own game.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Update Time: New Series, School Reading, Etc.

I really haven't done much of these types of posts where I just talk to you guys on the internet, like what I am doing right now so I thought it would be fun to start doing this and see how much I will like it! Basically on these types of post, I would mostly give updates on what books I am reading, what I have been interested in and so on because I really have a lot of stuff that I have been really enjoying right now but most of them are like non-book related so I don't even know how I am supposed to include it in this blog and now hopefully, this will help me out a little!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Review: Life After the Undead by Pembroke Sinclair

Type: Series
Genre: Sci-Fi, Zombies, Young Adult
Publication Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Booktrope
Source: E-Copy received from the author for honest review.
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Summary: Seventeen-year-old Krista must quickly figure out how she’s going to survive in the zombie-destroyed world. The one advantage humans have is that the zombies hate humid environments, so they’re migrating west to escape its deteriorating effects. The survivors plan to construct a wall at North Platte to keep the undead out, and Krista has come to Nebraska to start a new life.
Zombies aren’t the only creatures she has to be cautious of—the other survivors have a dark side. Krista must fight not only to live but also to defend everything she holds dear—her country, her freedom, and ultimately, those she loves.

Join Krista in her quest to survive in this thrilling apocalyptic novel by Pembroke Sinclair.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Review: Rogue by Julie Kagawa (Talon #2)

Type: Series
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Date Published: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Hardcover // Library
Where To Get It: Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble

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Summary: Deserter. Traitor. Rogue.

Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can’t forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he’d signed his own death warrant.

Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order’s headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember’s own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.

A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Review: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch (Snow Like Ashes #2)

Type: Trilogy
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Date Published: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Hardcover // Library
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Summary: It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn't (10)

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Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn't

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Quick Chat: Genres

Hey guys! So I thought I would tell you guys about some of the genres that I really like and some that I don't. I hope this will help you guys clearly understand my opinion on books that I typically enjoy. Without further adieu, lets get started!

One of my all time favorite genre would be Fantasy. I love reading reading fantasy. It never gets old and there are a million possibilities in a new world that you can just make up. It is just a great genre and I could see myself still loving this genre in the very future.

Contemporary isn't really a genre that I typically enjoy. It is definitely a 50/50 for me. I read an abundant amount of books from this genre and I pretty much have mixed feelings about it. Some were amazing and some I just straight out didn't like at all. Romance contemporary have a tendency to really bore me because I feel like I am reading the same thing, but if you throw in more adventure into it, then that would definitely be the type of book that I would definitely pick up.

Mysteries are probably one of my favorite books out there. I love reading mysteries and finding out who did it and amazed.

Historical Fiction
I love history and from most of the historical fiction books that I have read, I really enjoyed it. However, sometimes it get a little slow and boring especially when it is about royalty, court life, politics and all that.

Science Fiction
When I was very little, I really enjoy sci-fi novels like the Hunger Games, but as I got older and read more books, I find the genre kind of boring. However, I haven't particualrly given up the entire genre wholly. I am still reading some that interests me right now so I don't know how that will go.

Dystopian was a very popular genre when I first got involved in the book community. Currently, I am realizing that finding a great dystopian book that I would really enjoy is like finding a needle in a haystack. 

I love retellings. I love seeing how authors twist around some of our favorite characters from our favorite stories into something very unique and different tham what we expected from the original. Retellings are definitely my favorite and I am definitely looking for more to get into.

I know there are probably more genres out there that I have really enjoyed but I just didn't add it in here because I just forgot. Anyway, I hope you guys have a great day and see ya!

Da Readaholic.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Review: Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown

Type: Stand-Alone
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Young adult
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Aw Teen
Source: eARC provided by NetGalley for honest review

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Summary: Kadence Mulligan's star was rising. She and her best friend, Lauren DeSanto, watched their songs go viral on YouTube, then she launched a solo career when a nasty throat infection paralyzed Lauren's vocal chords. Everyone knows Lauren and Kadence had a major falling-out over Kady's boyfriend. But Lauren knows how deceptive Kadence could be sometimes. And nobody believes Lauren when she claims she had nothing to do with the disappearance. Or the blood evidence. As the town and local media condemns Lauren, she realizes the only way to clear her name is to discover the truth herself. Lauren slowly unravels the twisted life of Kadence Mulligan and sees that there was more to her than she ever knew. But will she realize she's unknowingly playing a part in an elaborate game to cover up a crime before it's too late?"

Monday, January 4, 2016

Anticipated Book Releases of January 2016

So it is January and there are quite a few books coming out this month and I can't wait to get them on my hands.

January 5:

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Genre: Fantasy
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Passenger by Alexandra Braken
Genre: Fantasy 
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The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine
Genre: Fantasy
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Goodreads Synopsis: 
Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

January 12:

Henchgirl by Rita Stradling
Genre: Fantasy
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Goodreads Synopsis: The children of dragons and humans, the dracons, control eighty percent of the world’s governments. Humans worldwide are either subservient or prey. On the small vacation island of Mabi, humans call for war.

Sixteen year old Dakota Kekoa lives a double life. By day, she pretends to be a human to infiltrate Mabi Academy, a 'human's only' high-school. At night, she works as a henchman for her draconic mafia family, utilizing her ability to steal and manipulate emotions.

When Dakota’s human friend is kidnapped, she takes on the mission to find her. This is not just any mission though; she is diving head first into the escalating conflict between humans and dracons. As more girls disappear and some are discovered dead, Dakota realizes her first honorable mission may also be her last.

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
Genre: Contemporary
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Goodreads Synopsis: In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

January 26:

The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
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Goodreads Synopsis: When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Sunday Post (9)

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Book Blast: Broken Things to Mend by Karey White (+Giveaway!)

broken things to mendTitle: Broken Things to Mend 

Author: Karey White

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***This book is part of a multi-author project that features one recurring character--the match maker--but it is a STAND-ALONE novel.***

Summary: Celia is in desperate need of a change--a change of scenery, a change of pace, and a complete redo of all relationships. Not knowing what else to do, she opens a map, closes her eyes, and lets fate decide her future. Then she packs her meager belongings and buys a one-way ticket to a little town on the fringes of Oregon's Deschutes National Forest called Sisters. She's wanted a family for years. Will she find one in Sisters?

What Celia doesn't plan to find is a strange Chinese woman whose meddling ways keep throwing her in the path of a handsome, but reserved, forest ranger. But no matter how kind or dependable Silas seems to be, there are some things in Celia's past that neither of them can escape, and this time, the damage might be too much to mend.