Monday, December 30, 2013

Giveaway and 2013 End of Year Survey

In 2013, I read 147 books in total. Discovered some amazing authors and bloggers this year, read awesome (and unfortunately not so awesome) books and had my first ever Harlequin Teen review request approved, haha. This craves for a celebration, right? So.. at the end of this survey, I’m giving away a copy of my favorite book read in 2013. Best of luck and see you all in 2014! This event is put together by Jamie on The Perpetual Page Turner.

Best book you read in 2013
Contemporary Young Adult: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Contemporary New Adult: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski and Addicted for Now by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Dystopian: Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Fantasy: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Science-fiction: Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Thriller: Altered by Jennifer Rush
Paranormal: Everbound by Brodi Ashton. DAT ENDING!!!! *gasps*

Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and Reboot by Amy Tintera. Also, Hookedf by Liz Fichera.

Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. I had seen the trailer before, but for some reason it had slipped my mind. Then I got the audiobook and oh boy was it evergreat! The narrator was good, delicate and suited the main character well. Plus, the witchery, magic, spells, intrigues, romance? Me wants more!

Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie and Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris. The first one was unique, sexy and had totally my kind of humor in it and the second one was just... amazeballs!

Best series you discovered in 2013?
The Dust Lands series by Moira Young. It’s so unique, has great world-building, awesome characters and quite a few plot twists up its sleeve. I am literally holding myself back from reading the sequel right this very moment because the third one is too far away for now *insert sad face*

Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Definitely Miranda Kenneally and Gayle Forman. These two write some of the best contemporaries and their characters are so relatable and real. Bring on THE FEELS, ladies!

Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Breach by K.I. Lynn. That one was.. so hard for me to review. I still don’t know what I thought of it. Definitely worth a try if you’re into extremely dark romance stories. Memorable.

Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Thrilling would probably be Altered by Jennifer Rush. Read that in a day. Same with Unraveling by Liz Norris. They just flew by.

Book you read in 2013 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
Oooh, that’s a tough one. I’d say.. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater because I want to read The Dream Thieves so bad and I think I’ll re-read TRB beforehand.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

Most memorable character in 2013?
Oh, man! This is tough. Why are these questions so hard? *shakes head* Ok, I want to say Connor Cobalt (Addicted series by Krista and Becca Ritchie) for obvious reasons. Those who know me, know why. Though.. I’ll go with Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. These young ladies are kick-a!

Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
If I Stay by Gayle Forman is beautifully written, but Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Boys) always has that lyrical way of writing that makes her work feel like a small dose of magic. Yep, these two.

Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
Lola and the Boy Next Door without a doubt. Uniqueness is NOT a flaw, people! Awkward, cute, nerdy and passionate—these are golden. Never give up on your dreams. See? That’s some inspiration and huge impact right there.

Book you can’t believe you waited until 2013 to finally read?
Dude! There are so many. I feel like I’m late to every party lol. If I Stay, Lola and the Boy Next Door, The Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. Also, Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally.

Shortest and longest book you read in 2013?
Pfffftttt.. Do novellas count? In that case the shortest is Neverfall by Brodi Ashton and the longest would be Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.

Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it?
The part in Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris where.. AHH! Who am I kidding? That whole book had me dying to discuss it with someone. Also, the endings of Everbound, The Raven Boys and The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. That last ending was wicked and downright nasty as a cliff hanger. Talk about feels!

Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2013 (be it romantic, friendship etc)?
Romance wise it’s Andrew and Camryn from The Edge of Never. There’re lots of great romances. I mean, Lola and Cricket had me dying of swoon, but Andrew and Camryn were the perfect showcase of slow-burn. The road trip didn’t hurt either, heh.
Friends? Perry and Roar from Under the Never Sky. I’d also like to mention Chaol Westfall and Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass.
Bromance? Lo, Connor and Ryke in the Addicted series by Krista and Becca Ritchie.
Familial? Um..  families aren’t a big part of fiction nowadays. Go figure, right?! *eye roll* I’d go with Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown. Just because of the character growth in each of the family members. Lola and the Boy Next Door had awesome family dynamics though.

Favorite book you read in 2013 from an author you’ve read previously?
Ok, I think you all figured out my main favorites before, so I want to bring out an author that really brought it in the final installment and that is S.C. Stephens with her Thoughtless series. The first two were good, okay-ish, so-so etc, but the third one—Reckless—was a blast to read! So many LOL moments on my part. Loved it! Hulk will never be the same to me, haha.

Genre you read the most from in 2013?
Contemporary. Especially New Adult. Thank goodness I’m tired of it (the New Adult NYT bestseller formula at least) and now I’m really in the mood for some good ole YA books. Yay!

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
CHAOL. CHAOL WESTFALL from YA fiction. CONNOR. CONNOR COBALT from NA fiction. *swoons* Honorable mentions: Perry (Under the Never Sky), Cricket Bell (Lola and the Boy Next Door) and Andrew Parrish (The Edge of Never).

Best 2013 debut you read?
OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu without doubt. It was so awkward, unique and the OCD-ness really made me feel like I had an OCD myself. It made me so uncomfortable and I didn’t know whether to rate it 1 stars or 5 stars or anywhere in between. It was fresh, exciting, the kind of book that makes you think. Loved it!

Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
I’ll go with The Lunar Chronicles world by Marissa Meyer. That is soooooo imaginative.

Book that was the most fun to read in 2013?
Addicted for Now by Krista and Becca Ritchie. First of all—the jokes. Ohhh boy! They made me laugh out loud, plus it’s so fresh in my memory thanks to it being an early November read so. Yeeeshhhh. Loved that one.

Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2013?
Which book didn’t? LOL. If I Stay had me bawling so hard that I couldn’t see well enough to read so I had to go and look for some tissues. It was brutal.

Book you read in 2013 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out?
OCD Love Story. That one is definitely under-hyped, let me tell you.

One book you didn’t get to in 2013 but will be your number 1 priority in 2014?
Gosh, there are so many. Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.. There’re just too many and I could go on and on and on for days.

Book you are most anticipating for 2014 (non-debut)?
Kiss the Sky by Krista and Becca Ritchie. Also, Evertrue by Brodi Ashton, Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. Landline by Rainbow Rowell. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. Pffftt.. This. Is. Too. Hard. I can’t even *pants*

2014 debut you are most anticipating?
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings.

 Series ending you are most anticipating in 2014?
The Retribution of Mara Dyer. BECAUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging in 2014?
Just to meet awesome people like I have this year. Meeting Aman, Rachel, Jasprit, Nick, Christina, Tanja, Glass, Sam was the best thing to ever; talking to my other blogging buddies such as Jenni, Jenny, Brandi, Lauren, Andrea, BeccaKrista; and the rest of the people I talk to on Goodreads? They’ve all been wonderful and I’m so glad to have them in my corner. Also, since I have developed a certain taste in books, I hope to read lots of more “me” books in the future and not so many of the hype books. Trust myself more I guess. Can’t wait to read some amazing debuts, new books from my favorite authors and also finish some series. Here’s to a new, better year of blogging and reading!


I have read so many great books this year, but one of the books that really stood out to me was The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski. Everyone told me how great it was, I didn't believe them. I should have--one of the best books I've read. So if you want to win this (or The Edge of Always if you've already read The Edge of Never), just fill the rafflecopter below and you're in it to win it ;) Open internationally, as long as The Book Depository ships to you. Good luck!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Addicted for Now by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Today I am very honoured to share my thoughts about a book that made me laugh and entertained me to the fullest. It was a blast to read about some of my favorite characters in the New Adult contemporary literature and, quite honestly, made me fan myself quite a bit in many places. It's a fantastic series you should not miss. Let's get this party started and see what I thought ;) Oh, and if you want to follow the rest of the tour, you can do so here. Also, thank you to YA Bound Book Tours for hosting the event. PS. The first book should be on sale on Amazon right now.

Title: Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
Author: Krista and Becca Ritchie
Published: November 30th 2013
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Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
*An ARC was exchanged for an honest review*

He's addicted to booze. She's addicted to sex...staying sober is only half the battle.
No. More. Sex.
Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.
Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.
They will torment Lily until Lo breaks.
And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words.
No. More. Us.

Oh yeahhh. Addicted for Now was one of my most anticipated books of 2013 and it did not disappoint. Since the book is separated into three parts, I’m going to review each part in a separate paragraph, also, I’ll talk a little about the characters. I PROMISE I won’t turn this review into a Connor Cobalt fan girl article. *takes a deep breath* I’ll.. try my best. I’m not going to explain what this series is about other than a sex addict girl and an alcoholic boy trying to make their lives not about their addictions. If you want to know more, you can read my review on the first book here.

There is no college course to "be a better friend" or "be a less shitty human being." Or else I would be signed up for both. 
We're selfish, in every sense of the word. 
I just don't want to fracture our friendships because of it.

Part one. Lo has just arrived home after the longest three months of his life and I’m not going to lie. He and Lily have big difficulties in adjusting to their new rules, but luckily they have Connor, Rose and Ryke supporting them every step of the way. The brutal honesty between these 5 is often hilarious, yet very serious. Also, someone knows Lily’s carefully hidden secret and is threatening to spill the beans to the media who’d most likely have a disco party with this news. There are so many suspects that I didn’t know who to blame and it causes frustration to Lo and Lily in addition to dealing with their addictions. It was truly hard watching them struggle. The first part of the book ends in a brilliant way and I was excited for the twins to bring it in the following ones.

Part two. This is the most fun part of the book. It’s spring break and our beloved gang sure knows how to make the most of it. It was great to see them loosen up and have a good time, but the shadows of Lo and Lily’s addictions still linger in the air. However, they actually grow even closer thanks to this group vacation and it sets up the companion books perfectly. The best part of the book for me was the bromance between Connor, Ryke and Lo and it really started to brew in Cancun.

Part three. This is probably the darkest part, but I can’t really say anything. We get the reveal of the big bad who troubles our lovebirds throughout the entire novel, but even though I didn’t guess one’s identity, I wasn’t exactly thrown away by the reveal. That’s one of the only flaws of this book other than perhaps it’s going to be a bit too long for some people. I can’t say the same goes for me though, because I enjoyed every bit of it and I really, really loved how there weren’t that many filler chapters and the rest of the book set up the final one (and the companions) brilliantly. I’m ready for what comes next.

Characters. Lo and Lily were stronger, better and more importantly fresher than ever. Yes, these new obstacles were quite big and they still struggle with their addictions, but they’re definitely stronger together than apart. Connor Cobalt. OH BOY! I am head over heels for this intelligent poker face. He is just.. What I wouldn’t do to be in Rose’s place. I love his dry humor, great wits and secretly caring personality. Oh, right. I promised. OK, OK. You’ll hear all about him when I’m done with Kiss the Sky in January. Mwhahahaha ;)

Since I don’t want to waste your precious time with my ramblings any longer, I’m going to leave you with this: my dear friends, if you haven’t read Addicted to You or don’t really know whether to give this series a try or not, please do. I found the first book to be a good, decent debut of this twin-sister duo, but this installment rocked my socks off! The girls have improved their writing, the jokes are absolutely brilliant and the characters really suck you in with their struggles, hopes and dreams. I can’t wait to read the rest of the story.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Meet the authors

Becca Ritchie is a carnivore of pop culture, television, film and of course YA and NA books. While in college, she worked at The CW television network and put her vampiric knowledge to good use, blogging about hit series and swooning over actors’ abs. When she’s not blogging, she writes novels and has teamed up with her twin sister for their New Adult novel ADDICTED TO YOU. Available July of 2013.
Krista Ritchie is the mind behind popular trading website YA Book Exchange and created Nawanda Files, a book blog that also features books into movies news. When not pouring over entertainment news and the newest releases, she spends her time conducting research in a genetics lab. She’s happy to join forces with her sister, harnessing their twin powers to produce the first in a New Adult series. 

The Giveaway

Monday, December 2, 2013

December Hiatus

Hey, lovelies. I wanted to make a quick announcement. I'm so busy with uni right now what with the thesis I have to write in order to get my BA degree, all the exams and tests I have to do in the next following weeks in order to get out of some exams and for January to be a bit quieter for me. I have papers due left and right and I also have work. So.. Blogging? Not much time for it as you can imagine. Plus, lately it has become somewhat something that I have to do instead of want, hence me going on a blog hiatus until January. I'll be back with a review blog tour in the middle of December and probably to do a wrap-up of my favorite books read in 2013 and on achieving my reading goals. I hope to be back in January, but you never know. I may just find this hiatus thing a little too comfortable :) I'll keep in touch with you guys via twitter and Goodreads for sure. Also, I'll be sure to check my Feedly wall once in a while for updates from your blogs. I hope you guys have a great December and talk to you soon! x

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Book Haul #28

It's been a great week for me with books. As good as it can be, because I started two books even though my workload at uni is crazy and I have no idea when I'll be finished with them, plus I need to get done with The Burning Sky at one point. I don't know why, but I'm not in the mood to pick it up even though I'm about half way through. Eh, yeah.. I hope you guys in the US had a great thanksgiving and the rest of you are ready to say goodbye to November and welcome December tomorrow :) If you have read any of these pretties down below, let me know what you thought and I can't wait to visit you guys back.

Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Burn for Burn was actually the first book I reviewed for a big publisher. Back when I had like 20 something followers. Don't even ask why I got approved, it still feels a bit of a mystery. Heh. However, I really enjoyed it and Fire with Fire, according to Amber [Books of Amber], is even better and she said that our ship becomes real in this one. OHHH YES!!! Plus, it's one of the prettiest things I've ever held in my hands. It's freaking gorgeous! And HUGE *__*

Adorkable by Sarra Manning

Also, dear followers, if you want to win yourself a paperback of Lola and the Boy Next Door, do give your luck a try over here. Good luck!

What did you get this week? Leave your links below and I'll check out your goodies :)

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: In the Stillness by Andrea Randall

Title: In the Stillness
Author: Andrea Randall
Published: April 9th 2013
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Natalie is a wife.
Natalie is a mother.
Natalie is a cutter.

Clawing at walls built by resentment, regret, and guilt, Natalie cuts as an escape from a life she never planned.

Staying present is only possible when you let go of the past. But, what if the past won't let go?

I know that cutting is a big issue and it's, unfortunately, one of the most common ways to ease the emotional pain. I have read one book which dealt with cutting and I didn't end up enjoying it at all. Perhaps it was due to the paranormal elements of the book which kept me from investing myself in the story, maybe it was thanks to the rushed plot. As you can imagine, I was reluctant to try In the Stillness. Am I glad to have read it? Yes, yes I am.

“But, the thing about guilt is, no one can take away for you; you have to unpack it yourself.”

The story. Natalie is a cutter. She's also a wife and a mom. And practically a widow since she mourns the loss of a relationship she lost thanks to the war between USA and Iraq. 10 years ago she was in a relationship with the love of her life. When he went to war, everything came crashing down. Now, being married to another man, her hopes and dreams are gone. Her twin sons are her day job since she quit college to took care of them and be a stay-at-home-mom while her young husband continued his studies. Her life makes her miserable and the only way to relive some of her pain is to cut.

My thoughts. You know these deals where you pay for one thing, but get two? This is exactly what you get when you purchase Natalie's story. The story starts with her cutting in the present. She's so emotionally drained that she almost comes across like an angry, depressed robot programmed to get through the day. She has trouble enjoying motherhood and all she dreams about is getting out. Her past haunts her like a ghost with a vengeance. It pained me to watch her on a road to self-destruction. She was just so depressed that it truly, truly hurt. I kept rooting for her to pick herself up and start living her life and loving the people around her, but her heart is in the past and in the lost chances of what could have been.

So what's this 2 in 1 deal I was talking about? You see, she lives in the past because she lost the love of her life to war. Not physically, but emotionally. Ryke suffered from PTSD and their relationship couldn't survive that. We get glimpses of their relationship, them falling in love and losing themselves in it. At the same time, Nat tries to survive in the present and I kept wanting for her to fix things with Eric, her husband, whom she clearly didn't love anymore. As for Eric, he seemed like the perfect husband. I was rooting for him, for crying out loud! I can't believe he did that.

Watching Nat pull herself together and seeing her starting to love, respect and enjoy herself was beautiful. I'm glad she grew to enjoy being a mother and started to realize how much she loves her sons. When tragedy hits one of them, she womans up and does everything in her power to make her son feel better. (Boy, do I want to start bawling when I think back to it.) I found her to be a hard character to connect with at the beginning because she's so far gone and only the memories of her past offered me relief from her dark story. However, when she finally made the decision to get better for her sons, it was truly, truly beautiful and enjoyable to read.

If you're in need of an emotional story, pick this up! I wasn't expecting what I found in In the Stillness and ugly-crying was also part of my experience with this one. I can tell you that it has a happily ever after as much as there could be. It's a dark, emotional, broken piece of work and gives the reader lots to think about. I found myself thinking for a long time after finishing Natalie's story and that is something I'm very grateful to Ms. Randall. 

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Meet the author

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Guest Post and Giveaway: Addicted for Now by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Hey, lovelies. Today I'm giving my blog over to the lovely twins of Nawanda Files who are also the authors of the Addicted series. I read Addicted to You when it came out and it was pretty decent. (You can read my review here.) I had the opportunity to read an arc of the sequel Addicted for Now and let me tell you something: it was SO good! I loved it to pieces and I'm waiting impatiently for 2014 when we get another dose of this great cast in the upcoming companions. Connor. #lesigh

Title: Addicted for Now (Addicted to You #2)
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Published: Novemeber 30th, 2013
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He's addicted to booze. She's addicted to sex...staying sober is only half the battle.
No. More. Sex.Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.
Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.
They will torment Lily until Lo breaks.
And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words.
No. More. Us.

Sounds awesome, right? It's definitely different from the becoming-old-already formula that is trending in NA lit right now. Anyhow, moving on to the actual post. Take it away, girls!

Stranded on an Island: What would the Addicted characters bring and do?

Being deserted out in the middle of nowhere can really tell you a lot about a person. So what one item would our six main characters in the Addicted series bring if they washed ashore? And how would they react to the hot, humid jungles—a la Survivor season 1-27? Well, let’s find out.

Their private plane crashes. Only six people are onboard. They can only grab one thing with them before the plane explodes. And then what happens on the island? (Beware: This is slightly absurd!)

Lily Calloway (20)

Defining Trait: Sex Addict
One Item Grabbed: Too startled to be resourceful, she’d grab the thing in front of her—the Cosmo magazine in the seat’s pocket.
Outcome on the Island: It would be hard for Lily to concentrate on survival when Lo would probably strip down in the heat.

Lily also isn’t the brightest crayon in the box. What she lacks in intelligence, she makes up in goofy likability. She’s awkward and slightly nuts. She’d have sex in a watering hole with Loren and obtain a microbe.

Loren Hale (21)

Defining Trait: Alcoholic
One Item Grabbed: He’d grab Lily and lift her on his back (piggy-back style) while she was frozen in shock, just to ensure her safety.
Outcome on the Island: Lo is one of the unluckiest people in life. He’d step on a poisonous sea urchin, and Ryke would have to pee on his foot.

Daisy Calloway (16)

Defining Trait: Adrenaline junkie
One Item Grabbed: The first-aid kit in order to help anyone who’s hurt.
Outcome on the Island: She’d explore and quickly realize that she’d want to live on the island and be away from everyday hassles. It would be her greatest adventure. And she’d hope a certain someone would stay with her.

Ryke Meadows (22)

Defining Traits: He climbs mountains. Without rope. For fun. And he’s a bit of a likable asshole.
One Item Grabbed: A knife.
Outcome on the Island: He’d go all Swiss Family Robinson out there and build a treehouse. But while he’s searching the island, he’d run into natives. He’d accidentally start a fight with them, and since they outnumber him, he’d be sacrificed to their island gods.

Rose Calloway (22)

Defining Traits: Neurotic, fashion designer who likes order and prefers toilet paper to leaves.
One Item Grabbed: Her purse that carries all of her essentials.
Outcome on the Island: The outwardly confident girl would panic. Rose needs a shower, a toilet, toothpaste and enough soap to make the ocean all bubbly. Without Connor present, she’d most likely jump off a cliff in a week. Good thing he’s here! He’d calm her down, and she’d stick by his side to help him find a way back to civilization.

Connor Cobalt (23)

Defining Traits: Intelligent and overly confident (which is just the nice way of saying conceited).
One Item Grabbed: The plane’s radio.
Outcome on the Island: He’d be the calmest of the six and take charge. And he'd approach the dangers with a cool mind.

He’d focus only on a way out and keeping Rose sane. He’d rewire the radio—probably working in some pieces of his cellphone that happened to be in his pocket—and he’d find a good signal to receive help.

Final Results: Connor and Rose would be the only ones to make it off the island. Nerds always win in the end!

Siiri: I KNEW it! Connor takes it all, baby! (Note to self: do NOT, under any circumstances, start fangirling. Again. Also, try not to mention his name again in the post. Less is more. You don't want to overbear your readers with him. Ha! Like that's even possible. Ok, calm the eff dowwwwn. *takes a deep breath* Ok, ok, ok. Let's continue.) Thanks so much for Becca and Krista for stopping by! Let me know what you thought of this post and give the twins some love :-)

Meet the authors

Krista & Becca Ritchie write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. Connect with them on twitter and their website:

Goodreads (K) | Goodreads (B) | Twitter (K) | Twitter (B) | Website | Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest


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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Book Haul #27

Hey guys! My post should have went up this morning, but since I was seeing Catching Fire today, I decided to post this afterwards to share my feels because there were so many!!!! Oh, my, you guys! This movie... I have no words. I literally thought that Twilight had doomed every single YA adaption, but no! This movie held its own and I loved every moment of it. I read the books ages ago and didn't re-read them because I didn't want to be disappointed by the movie, but I'm pretty sure that even if I had read 'em, I still would have enjoyed it thoroughly. It was so good that I wouldn't change a thing. I laughed, cried and was anxious to see what happens next and it was just.. fantastic! Anyhow, you're here for my haul, so let's get on with it, shall we? If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen these, but this haul is so worth sharing again and again :) If you've read any of these, let me know what you thought!

Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Everbound (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton (my review here)
The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1) by J.A. Redmerski (my review here)
Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) by Colleen Hoover
Hopeless (Hopeless #1) by Colleen Hoover (my review here)

That's it for me this week. I hope you guys enjoyed Catching Fire and if you haven't seen it, you'll see it soon. It. Was. Pure. Perfection!

Also, dear followers, if you want to win yourself a paperback of Lola and the Boy Next Door, do give your luck a try over here. Good luck!

What did you get this week? Leave your links below and I'll check out your goodies :)

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published: September 29th 2011
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Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion...she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit--more sparkly, more fun, more wild--the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket--a gifted inventor--steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

I read Anna and the French Kiss last year and it was quite a decent read. It didn’t work for me that well then, but now, a year and a little more later, I realize that it was actually a very good book. I just didn’t know how to appreciate it back then and I guess my feelings and values on reading books have changed a little over time. When I pulled a paper slip of Lola and the Boy Next Door out of my paper slip jar, I was over the moon about it and boyyyy was I not disappointed.

“I know you aren't perfect. But it's a person's imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.”

I don’t even want to start discussing the eccentric, lively girl that is Lola, because I think everyone should discover her by themselves ;) As for other characters, I loved Cricket. I mean, come on?! I’ve never had a boy next door. I’ve always had girls (that way I met one of my best friends) and old ladies or just friendly neighbors, but no boys. I wish I had someone like Cricket living next to me. He’s just.. made of all things wonderful! The way he is described is very nerdy and sweet. I was a huge bad boy fangirl once and in ways I still am, but I’ve become to appreciate sweet guys more and more. Cricket Bell was a brilliant character and I believe that any girl would be lucky to have him as a brother, friend, lover – whichever it would be.

I really enjoyed the parental issues in this one and the little that was talked about gay couples since Lola has two dads who did a way better job with raising her than her mom ever could have. Speaking of, her mom was present in the book as well, but at first she rubbed Lola completely the wrong way and caused more trouble than any good. After some time, they grew closer, but it was a tough journey for our girl. Also, when I read the final part of the thank you note by Stephanie Perkins, I had a HUGE smile on my face because it was perfect! I love how she combined these sweet and precious moments of her life into this novel and it shows how a great author can combine the happenings of one’s life into a novel and make them one’s own yet again. This was the perfect example of being inspired by real life experiences and combining them into the author's work. Take notes, people!

I am so glad I picked this out of those random paper slips I made for all my unread paperbacks/hardcovers and I can’t wait to see what I’ll pick next! I hope it’s that good. When I finished Lola the next morning after I started reading it, I felt so good and had this feeling that I could accomplish anything. It’s just one of those books that makes you feel and think and.. just makes you happy in general. Makes you inspired! It was perfect! One more thing, do you think it’s too early to do a re-read? ;)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Now, on to the giveaway. I've thought about it a lot and here's what I'm going to do from now on. If I enjoy a book that much to give it full 5 stars, I'm going to give it away to one of my readers. Sharing is caring after all ;) It's open to everyone and the only condition is that The Book Depository must ship to you. I wish you lovelies the best of luck!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Title: Reboot (Reboot #1)
Author: Amy Tintera
Published: March 7th 2013
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Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).
Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.
The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

Dude! This book seemed like it had all the elements of a perfect dystopian novel. A great cover? Intriguing blurb? Heavy on the action? Possibly spiced with a little romance? I thought it was going to be amazing. Which it was at the beginning. I remember seeing very average ratings prior diving into it. Once I started reading Reboot, I couldn’t possibly understand why it had these mediocre ratings. Then I got to halfway and downhill it went...

“Humans had a brightness to them, a glow that only death extinguished.”

Reboot started out as a mystery to me. Wren is on an assignment and the person she is after is terrified of her after seeing Wren’s number: 178. You see, she is basically without emotions and when you start the story, she is pretty much colder than Antarctica. She is the perfect soldier and it was intriguing. I was all:

The way the system was described and how Wren found it to be righteous was the making of a good dystopian. You know, the way the main characters always discover themselves fighting against the system they previously thought was superior and built on the right reasons? I knew it was sailing towards that way and I was happy about it. To see Wren explore her human side again and to take this cruel system down and free the people of fear, slavery and murders? I was all about that. Until it happened...

See, we have Callum—a guy who brought light and color to this depressive system. He was dead for 22 minutes and is the opposite of a great soldier. He tries to befriend Wren and pushes the boundaries everywhere he goes which made me instantly like him. We all knew the romance was just around the corner and I love my romance in books. However, while there have been very rare cases I've liked this kind of happenings, I usualy do not like when books are disguised as dystopian, fantasy, thriller etc when it’s more about the romance. If I was running for my life, I wouldn’t stop to make out and forget myself making out in a battle field. These two just couldn’t get enough of each other and were making out or looking into each other’s eyes the entire time they were on the run.

Do you think Katniss and Peeta would have made out while they were fighting for their lives and the guys who were trying to kill them were right around the corner? Do you think Tris and Four would? What about Rose and Dimitri? I know not all couples are the same, but seriously? Seriously? This was just too much to handle. Were they high on adrenaline? If someone could explain this to me, it'd be very appreciated. By the time I was half way through, I was just hoping the book would be over soon, plus I already predicted the ending..

I tried writing my review after I finished the book, but the second half of it made me so frustrated that I couldn’t type a word. Here I am, three months later, and I still don’t know how I feel about Reboot. I want to read the second novel because I would love to see how things go with the world building and other characters, but I do not care for the romance and that’s a first. I have absolutely no interest in reading a romance book while I’m hoping to find a character-driven dystopian novel. What a huge disappointment Reboot was though. It was a book with great potential that turned into a big, big mess. Not impressed.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Title: The Selection (The Selection #1)
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: April 24th 2012
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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

The Selection in general is very talked about. Whether it’s in positive or negative light, most of the readers in YA fiction community know about it. All the drama aside, I was still a bit sceptical and I wasn’t sure I would like this piece of work. I’m still not sure if I entirely liked and enjoyed it, but it wasn’t a huge disappointment which I thought it would be.

“True love is usually the most inconvenient kind.”

On the premise. I found this novel to be decent and an okay-ish beginning to a trilogy. However, even though I wasn’t dying of boredom, I wasn’t that eager to pick it up every night and I didn’t get emotional or feel any amount of the promised swoon-worthiness. Plus, I’m an easy person to make emotional so.. Yeah. That says it all. I imagined it to be a Bachelorette vs. fairy tales of sorts, but there was very little of reality show stuff that seemed to be a huge deal at first sight. We basically only saw the camera crew when they were doing the weekly reports in the castle and on very, very few other occasions.

On characters. I love Aspen a lot! At first I was so bored with Maxon, but he grew on me and I’m kind of torn between the two, except Aspen is still the front runner for me. For now, at least. I get why he did that in the beginning of the novel since he wanted a better life for America. Did I agree with his actions? No! I do like his driven personality though and I feel like he gave life to America’s dull character. I did like the main idea, some of the relationship portrayals and America’s nobility and how she became almost friends with her maids. However, I didn’t find America’s humor or her personality to be very bright and all the other girls were pretty stereotypical, too.

On world-building. We got some of the backstory of the country in a history lesson and through America’s seldom thoughts about Illéa. In my opinion, first books in trilogies are for world building and I still don’t have the full grasp of what is going on in this world. I’m not a reader who favors details, but in this case, it would have been nice to have gotten some. For instance, there was this part where America said that girls have to be virgins to marry guys. Ok, fair enough. Why though? Because it helps to keep the castes intact. But... They have telephones, television, all these great resources and some castes like One, Two, Three are very rich and influential. How come no such thing as condoms and birth control to protect themselves or against unwanted pregnancy? Perhaps I’m just a weird person who found that ridiculous O.o

It seems more like a negative review, but don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad book, it was just too simple for me and I was looking forward to more conflicts, drama; a more complex society and some well-deserved explanations. I did get some, but not enough for me to fully invest myself in America’s story. The more towards the end, the more into it I got and them BAM!!! – it’s over.  So even though I had a lot of flaws to point out, I’m still looking forward to finding out what happens next. As for the love triangle, it’s pretty obvious that one person is going win America’s heart and I have a feeling I know who it will be so I really ought to switch teams. At the end of the day, I didn’t love this book, but I didn’t hate it either so I’m going with a decent three star rating. Here's to hoping that The Elite will rock my socks off!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Book Haul #26

Haven't done one in ages, but I've been busy with school and I'm basically blogging once a week and barely manage to visit all of your blogs. I'd rather visit yours and comment than blog every day though :) So you guys know the deal, if you've read any of these, let me know what you thought. I'm so everexcited about these pretties. Also, I hope you leave your links so I can visit you back which I'll be sure to do throughout the next week if not this weekend.

Physcal books

Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken


Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) by Krista and Becca Ritchie (e-arc)
Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins
Wild Child (The Wild Ones #1.5) by M. Leighton (already read and loved loved loved)

Since Jasprit [The Reader's Den] read Easy and will be reading The Edge of Never, it's only fair I give a try to one of her favorite series which last book Fractured she reviewed on her blog this week. You know me, I'm impatient so I got both of the first book and the sequel as well. 

Massive thanks to Krista and Becca for the e-arc of Addicted for Now! Will be starting it tonight :)

Also, I went to see Thor 2 yesterday with my friend and we both loved it! It was such a great sequel to the first movie which was so-so for me at times, but I loved every bit of the second one. It was filled with great humour, action and the graphics were pretty awesome. Marvel sure knows how to do its job and I can't wait for Captain America's and X-Men's new movies. Have you guys already seen Thor 2? What did you think? If not, are you going to watch it?

What did you get this week? Leave your links below and I'll check out your goodies :)

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Review: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Title: Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1)
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Published: February 7th 2012
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Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.
Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.
If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

Whenever I pick up a book, I usually look at the average rating of my friends on Goodreads, because I only accept/request friends whom I have similar taste in books, therefore, I usually enjoy the same books that the majority of my friends seem to have liked as well. This happened with Born Wicked. I seldom read books about witches, but this novel held a tiny bit of literary magic in its pages with writing, plot and characters.

"To protect the people I love, I'd do it all over again."

The most intriguing part of the book was the prophecy and I loved watching Cate develop friendships with other young witches whom I didn’t know to suspect [being witches] at first. When we got to know them a little better, I realized that they had an agenda of their own, but I wasn’t sure if it was good or bad. Also, the prophecy part was sooo alluring. I found myself wanting to know more and more about it, even though I guessed the ending of the prophecy as soon as it was revealed in its not-entire form. It reminded me somewhat of The Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink, but it’s not that complex nor is it gothic, but the problem is that it will be true no matter what and it has deadly consequences for some people. I’m afraid for Cate and her loved ones.

Since the witchery is forbidden, a lot of time is spent on Cate worrying about her future. She falls recklessly in love with a basically forbidden love interest while her childhood friend declares his love for her and asks her hand. If she doesn’t make her choice soon, according to the rules, her choice of husband isn’t hers to make, but the brotherhood’s and Cate doesn’t want to be married to a guy the same age as her dad. Talk about awkward, right?!

The romance is quite a steamy one considering it’s the era of 1890. I loved it though. Yes, I’ve heard the complaints about there being not that much witchery stuff, but honestly, I didn’t mind the romance at all in this case, but let's bare in minds that these three young sisters are just coming to their powers. The romance goes well with Cate’s inner struggle to be true to herself, be a good sister and keep her promise to her mom without being discovered by the brotherhood. Plus, there’s the sisterhood which wants her all to themselves. I felt Cate’s struggles and worries and she became a dare character to me. I most definitely want to know what happens next for this young, courageous, sweet heroine of ours.

I’d say that it’s foremost a romance story right now with witchery elements and an historical environment surrounding it. I don’t mind at all though, because I found the romance to be beautiful and everything worked well for me in this case. I loved this lovely, poetic and gorgeous writing style as well. Dude, I can’t wait to know what happens next! That ending? All these intrigues? Oh, boy. I. Want. More. If you want to explore some stories about witches and magic, be sure to give this series a try.

Oh, and I listened to the audio version which the narrator managed very well. She was a joy to listen to.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

By the way, doesn't this book have a gorgeous trailer? It's awesome!

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: Indelible by Dawn Metcalf

Title: Indelible (The Twixt #1)
Author: Dawn Metcalf
Published: July 30th 2013
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Some things are permanent.
And they cannot be changed back.
Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.
Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.
Somewhere between reality and myth lies…
The Twixt.

What a pretty cover this book has! I was allured to it ever since I first saw it. Then I read the blurb and wowzaa!! I knew we were meant to be. Turns out though, our story wasn’t exactly written in the stars. What originally felt like an original, intriguing world, turned out to be a frustrating teenage romance disguised as a unique paranormal story.

“Lehman?" Joy said. The word sounded familiar. "What does that mean?"

Inq shrugged as she considered the overhead lights. "A human who has been chosen by one of our kind. Confidante, contact, significant ... "
"Slave," Ink said dully.
"What?" Joy snapped.
"Or lover," Inq added. "It loses something in translation.” 

When we first met Joy, I admit, I would have freaked out over that window and those creepy noises a little, too. Ok, I’m lying. I would have freaked out a lot. However, when she learns about Ink and Inq, it doesn’t take a lot of time for her to trust them. Her character—the often lonesome, completely average girl with a fabulous best friend—was so full of clichés. The one relationship I was actually invested in was Joy and her brother, but this wasn’t explored to the length I was hoping for.  Safe to say that there are some female character I just don’t resonate well with and unfortunately Joy was one of them.

As for the romance, the L-bomb was so unexpected that I remember to have blinked my very rounded eyes multiple times since I just could not believe what I was reading. I do think there’s insta-attraction and you can take a very quick liking to another person but come on! You can’t possibly love someone you’ve practically just met. Who isn’t even human, tried to stab your eyes and take away your sight and has managed to put you in danger by doing that because many weird non-human creatures are intrigued by you. Doesn’t that weird you out? Apparently it doesn’t seem unnatural to Joy. Also, I have this weird dislike for ears and Ink practically devoured them when he touched her. Nope! Not creepy at all. All this time while I was reading Indelible, I kept imagining Bella and Edward and, in my opinion, there wasn’t much of a difference between the two couples.

All that said, I did like one thing in addition to Joy and her brother—the world. As a whole, it was fascinating and kept me turning the pages. On the other hand, I still don’t understand the system in its entirety because there are nuances I couldn't grasp or they just weren't explained thoroughly. Lehmans, Ink, Inq, demons—there’s a lot to keep up with. Also, at first I took a liking to Inq, but then she became so self-absorbed and what with all the talk about humans being just a fun way to spend time? There went the half point I would have added to my rating for her character.

I’m tempted to read what happens next and if the world is developed to even greater lengths, but I’m also not sure if I want to spend time with Joy. I guess a 16 year old me would have enjoyed this far more and I hope that teenagers who pick this up will swoon like I swooned when I read Twilight back in the day. Now, 5-6 years later it doesn’t feel all that natural or special and Twilight jokes have become a regular thing in my life. Unfortunately, all the other YA books I read prior this gorgeous arc, were far more enjoyable for me, hence me ending this review with a 2 star rating.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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