Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #17

Ten Thousand Skies Above You

Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at BreakingtheSpine in which we spotlight a new release we can't wait to get our hands on.

Title: Ten Thousand Skies Above You
Author: Claudia Gray
Expected Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
Preorder Link: AmazonB&NBook Depository


Marguerite Caine has done the impossible, traveling to alternate dimensions with the Firebird—the brilliant invention of her parents, her boyfriend, Paul, and their friend Theo. But she has also caught the attention of enemies willing to kidnap, blackmail, and even kill to use the Firebird for themselves.

When Paul’s soul is splintered into four pieces—pieces that are trapped within Pauls in other dimensions—Marguerite will do anything, and travel anywhere, to save him. But the price of his safe return is steep. If she doesn’t sabotage her parents in multiple universes, Paul will be lost forever.

Unwilling to sacrifice her family, Marguerite enlists the brilliant Theo to help. The two forge a plan to save Paul and the Firebird, but succeeding means outsmarting a genius and risking not only their lives but also the lives of their counterparts in every other dimension.

Their mission takes them to the most dangerous universes yet: a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each leap brings Marguerite closer to saving Paul—but her journey reveals dark truths that lead her to doubt the one constant she’s found between the worlds: their love for each other.

Why I Need it in my Collection:

Well as you know from the review I wrote on A Thousands Pieces of You (I will Link Below) I adored the book and I'm dying to get my hands on the second one. The 192 days I'm going to have to wait are going to feel like an eternity. The synopsis immediately draws me in. I can't wait to read more about Paul and Marguerite's relationship and also getting to see the new universes Gray is going to takes us into. I know a rave a lot about covers, but guys this cover is just gorgeous; can we just take a moment to take all its beauty in. If you haven't picked up the first book in this series I highly recommend it! What book are you excited for? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you! 

A Thousand Pieces Of You Review


The cover and Synopsis got me like!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Snow Like Ashes

Book Review
Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)

Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Date Published: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 416
Rating: ★★
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Meet the AuthorSara Raasch


Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winter's’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn't go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

My Thoughts:

It's been sixteen years since the Spring Kingdom attacked the Winter Kingdom and enslaved the Winterians. The eight that were able to escape have been trying to recover their kingdoms magic to restore it and free the Winterians. Meira and orphaned girl along with Sir the man who raised her and Mather Winters king will stop at nothing until they see Winter restored.

When I read the synopsis I was intrigued by the fact that the kingdoms were divided by seasons; I thought to myself this book is going to be very interesting. It was also a cover buy because let’s admit it the cover is gorgeous. 

I loved everything about this book! The author’s world building took my breath away, the way she described each Kingdom was beautiful. I also grew much attached to the main character; I liked the way she didn't take crap from anyone and kicked butt. The love interest in this book is very minimal and made me want so much more of Prince Theron and King Mather. I cried with the ending of this book. I'm probably the only one that did, but I just loved it so much!

This book is a must read! If you haven't picked it up yet; what are you waiting for? If you like fantasies or books with loads of action in it, you should definitely pick this book up. I can't wait for October; so I can get my hands on Ice like Fire. I just know it will be as epic as Snow like Ashes.


Me Before You

Book Review

Me Before You

Title: Me Before You
Author: JoJo Moyes
Date Published: December 31, 2012
Publisher: Penguin
Page Count: 369
Rating: ★★
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Meet the Author: Jojo Moyes


Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

My Thoughts:

When Lou lost her job she had no idea she would end up working for Will, and Will never imagined that his new caregiver Lou would fill his life with a riot of color. 

Warning this is not a love story, but it's equally as beautiful. The author ripped my heart out, tore it into pieces, while I sat in a poodle of my sorrow. This book is so beautifully written; I loved every second of Will's and Lou's story. It was very different from what I'm used to reading, this book broke my heart into a million pieces and I'm not even mad. It hit me right in the feels.

I'm keeping this review short and sweet because I don't want to spoil this book for anyone. If you're looking for something to destroy you emotionally; look no further this book is it. Also there's a sequel coming out in the fall, so it’s the perfect time to pick this one up while you wait for the sequel. In another note these book is being adapted into a movie as well (what book isn't at this point) but before you go and sit in the theatre to cry your eyes out; make sure you read the book. The book is always better than the movie.


Monday, April 20, 2015

A Thousand Pieces Of You

Book Review
A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)

Title: A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Date Published: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Page Count: 368
Rating: ★★
Meet the Author: Claudia Gray


Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can't let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure

My Thoughts: 

In this amazing novel we follow our main character Marguerite and her father’s assistant Theo; while they travel through dimensions in pursuit of her father’s murderer Paul.  While Marguerite travels through these universes and lives her different life’s, she starts to question Paul's guilt and her feelings toward him. When she discovers the truth behind her father’s death she realizes how wrong everything she thought she knew was.

Holy Crap! Words cannot express my love for this book! This book was phenomenal, it immediately sucked me in. Getting to know all this alternate universes what just the beginning this book just blows your mind yes, my mind was blown. This book is definitely going on my 2015 favorites. It was so good. I read it in one sitting and gods forbid anyone bothered me while I was reading it. 

Gray's world building and writing is beyond superb, she had me thinking I knew exactly was coming, and then she would do a complete 180 spin on me, that would just blow me away. The character development was great also Marguerite was one kick ass character and for the boys especially Paul let’s just say I have another fictional boyfriend added to my ever growing list.  

I Tend to Fall in Love With Fictional Characters

Overall if you can't tell already, this book is amazing and you HAVE to read it! It's going to kill me to have to wait until November to read the next book, but in the mean time I may just reread it and keep fangirling over this amazing, amazing book. Also the cover is just gorgeous so you should go but it; it will look beautiful in your bookshelf. 


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #16

Things We Know by Heart

Things We Know by Heart

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at BreakingtheSpine in which we spotlight a new release we can't wait to get our hands on.

Title: Things We Know by Heart
Author: Jessi Kirby
Expected Release Date: April 21st, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Goodreads Link: Things We Know by Heart
Pre Order Link: B&NAmazonBook Depository


When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all. 

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn't want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they're connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.

Why I can't Wait to get it on my Shelf:

This book jumped out to me on Goodreads, The synopsis makes this book sound so cute and definitely a tear jerker, which I've really been in the mood for lately. The story seems so unique to me, since I have never read anything like it. I can't wait to get this book on my shelf. What books release are you anticipating? Leave a comment below I would love to hear from you!


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Rebel Belle

Book Review

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

Title: Rebel Belle
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Date Published: April 8th, 2014
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Page Count: 352
Rating: ★★
Meet the Author: Rachel Hawkins


Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more.

My Thoughts:

Our main character Harper has it made, she's captain of the cheerleading squad, has a perfect boyfriend, amazing friends and she’s about to be crowned homecoming queen. On the night of homecoming Harper has a strange encounter with the school janitor, which leaves her with amazing abilities that change her entire life. Harper begins to research her new found powers and realizes that she has become a paladin and that she has to protect her least favorite person in the world David Stark.

This book was such a quick fun read. I really liked learning about Harper’s new powers and why she has to protect David. Also the twist at the end really shocked me; I mean how those three are supposed to work together, is beyond me. I really liked Rachel's writing style it was so easy to read and the way she described scenes, just sucked you into the book. Even though I really enjoyed this book I did had some problems with Harper, at the beginning of the book I found her a little snobby, but as the book continued her priorities changed and so did her attitude. I really grew to love her character and David Stark. 

I can't wait to continue this series! I do believe Miss. Mayhem was released today, and a plus for these books, the covers are just gorgeous. It took me a while to pick this book up, but I'm glad I did. If you're looking for a fun, fast read full of action I really recommend this book. Have you read this book? If so, what where your thoughts on it? Leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.


Monday, April 6, 2015

The Winner's Curse

Book Review

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

Title: The Winner's Curse
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Date Published: March 4th, 2014
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Page Count: 355
Rating: ★★
Meet the Author: Marie Rutkoski


Winning what you want may cost you everything you love... 

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. 

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. 

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. 

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

My Thoughts: 

Our main character Kestrel is the daughter of a General in a new Empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers. One afternoon while Kestrel is out with her friend she stumbles to a slave auction where she purchases Arin, as Kestrel spends more time with Arin she starts to realize she has grown feelings for him. As if her life is not complicated enough, she has to choose between joining the army and leaving her passion for music behind or getting married to someone she does not love. 

I loved, loved, loved this book there isn't enough loves to describe how much I adored this book. The writing is perfection and the love that grows between Kestrel and Arin is so complex and different from many other young adult books. I immediately fell in love with Arin; I just loved the way he didn't let anyone push him around. As for Kestrel my feelings toward her are a little complicated. I don't hate her but I didn't fall in love with her character as I did for Arin’s, especially with what happened in the ending. I also felt the things she would throw in Arin's face were a little hypocritical in her part, but I still felt bad for her and I understand how her feelings were between doing the right thing for her people or sticking with the man she loved. 

All I have left to say is, if you haven't picked this book up what are you doing with your life? No but really if you have not picked this book up, you really should the story is very different from others and the feels oh the feels. I can’t wait to get my hands on The Winner's Crime. Hope you enjoyed my review! If you have read this book, let me know how you liked it in the comment section below. I would love to hear from you! 


Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Cold Legacy ( The Madman's Daughter #3)

Book Review

A Cold Legacy (The Madman's Daughter, #3)

Title: A Cold Legacy
Author: Megan Shepherd
Date Published: January 27th, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 390
Rating: ★★★.5
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Meet The Author: Megan Shepherd


After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she'll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she'll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we'll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.

My Thoughts:

In this final book of the trilogy Juliet, Montgomery, Edward and Lucy runaway to Elizabeth's Von Steins estate in Scotland to avoid the law, As they spent more days in the estate Juliet begins to realize that the mansion holds many mysteries, secret passageways, and oddly enough many dead bodies. Though to the others the mansion feels like a safe haven, Juliet begins to unravel its many secrets and in the way the role she plays in all of it.

I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others, the ending didn't do it for me it seemed to be lacking something. Even though this book was not all I was expecting it to be there where some things I did like, that being some of the surprises the author threw in there that help you understand why Montgomery acted the way he did in the first book she also cleared up a lot of things for me.

The book as a whole was very enjoyable and a fun dark read. I gave the book three and a half stars because like I said the ending was missing something, it just didn't do it for me. Now that I'm finished with this series, I can say I'm really going to miss all the characters. I really grew attached to all of them and can't believe I won’t know anything more about them. If you have not picked this trilogy up yet, I really recommend you do it's a very fast and fun dark read. I also enjoyed that all of them were re tellings of well-known classics.