Feb 27

Review * The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Reviews 0

I received this book for free from Borrowed in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * The Winner’s Crime by Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #2
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux BYR on March 3, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
Also in this series: The Winner's Curse
Add to: Goodreads
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

Read more »

Kimberly


Feb 25

Waiting on Wednesday * March Releases

Waiting on Wednesday 1

WoW

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases.

Today I’m waiting on some March releases. There are only a few this month, which is definitely a good thing!

 The Start of Me and YouIt’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

I absolutely loved Open Road Summer. Lord knows how to bring out all the feels and I can’t wait to read this one!

Fall With MeEleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

I fell in love with Armentrout’s books last summer and I just can’t get enough. The Wait For You series is among my favorites.

Dangers of Dating a Rebound VampireIn the next book in Molly Harper’s beloved Half Moon Hollow paranormal romance series, Gigi starts her first job (at Vampire Headquarters), gets over her first love, and may even fall for her first vampire!

Gigi is no longer an innocent teen. All grown up and looking for love, her family and friends worry she’ll go for the sexy, alluring vampire instead of a nice, safe human. But sexy and alluring, with a penchant for biting, could be just what Gigi wants…

Molly Harper never fails to make me smile and laugh. I read a novella that featured Gigi and I am excited to read about her adventures!

Kimberly


Feb 23

Review * The 100 by Kass Morgan

Reviews 2 ★★★

Review * The 100 by Kass MorganThe 100 by Kass Morgan
Narrated by Justin Torres, Phoebe Strole
Series: The Hundred #1
Published by Little Brown BYR on March 18, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Time: 7 Hours 21 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Add to: Goodreads
three-stars
No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.

What I Thought…

• I try to follow the book before movie/tv show, but sometimes I give in, and I definitely gave in to The 100. I’m not a huge space person, but EVERYONE was talking about the tv show so I thought, why not? I watched it, enjoyed it, so I thought I would give the book a shot.

• Other than the fact that the tv show has 100 juvenile delinquents being dropped from space it is vastly different from the book. I thought that the first season would basically be book one, it is far from it.

Read more »

Kimberly



Feb 19

Review * All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Reviews 1 ★★★★

Review * All Fall Down by Ally CarterAll Fall Down by Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row #1
Published by Orchard on January 20, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she's come back to stay - in order to solve the mystery of her mother's death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

What I Thought…

• This was one of my most anticipated early 2015 releases. The whole concept sounded awesome and mysterious and something I would absolutely love. And for the most part I did. All Fall Down wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but it was intriguing and mysterious!

Read more »

Kimberly


Feb 17

Top Ten Tuesday * Book Problems

Top Ten Tuesday 8

TTT

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do!

Top Ten Books Related Problems I Have

I’m definitely excited for this topic! I can’t wait to see what everyone’s problems are!

In no particular order…

1. I can’t stop reading in the middle of a chapter.

I don’t care how ridiculous this is, I can’t just stop anywhere. I recently read a book that had ZERO chapters. Once I figured this out I had to stop for the night, but I finished it in one sitting the next day because there was no place to stop.

2. I keep my books in pristine condition.

FullSizeRender

I’ve read this book multiple times, and look, the spine isn’t even cracked!

 

I know you’re questioning why this is a problem, but I had this conversation at a book signing a couple of weeks ago. None of my books look well read because I am always careful. And even the books I love that I reread I take extra care of.

 

3. No one wants to read my books.

I found out a few months ago that the other members of my book club are afraid to borrow my books. One of them borrowed a book and returned it unread because they were afraid to read it. Anther borrowed a book and I guess spilled something on it and bought me a new book (which was totally not necessary). I know I like my books in pristine condition, but I wouldn’t loan out a book to someone if it was that important in my life that it couldn’t handle a little damage.

4. I have to read books in order.

I don’t care if its a continuous series or companion novels, I have a hard time with not reading them in order. There have been a couple of companion novels I’ve read out of order and even though I know it’s not a huge deal it still frustrates me.

5. I have a hard time being “told” what to read.

Robin Sloan Mr Penumbra

Despite being “told” to read it, this is one of my favorite book club picks!

It doesn’t matter how amazing the book is, when someone tells me I have to read it (for any reason) I kind of don’t want to. This is especially true for books that aren’t my normal style. It doesn’t even matter if I’m told that I will like it by people I trust to know my tastes, I resist. Most of the time when I finally do read it I love it, but getting there is hard. This is especially hard to deal with in book club as most of the books recommended aren’t books I would pick for myself.

6. No romance usually means I won’t like the book.

I love romance in books. I read a good mix of books where romance is the main plot and where romance is the side plot, but no romance at all generally leaves me unsettled and I end up not really enjoying the book. There doesn’t have to be a lot of romance, just a little bit. And it doesn’t even have to be characters hooking up, it could just be flirting. I just need a little something!

7. I haven’t read a lot of my BEA books.

I’ve gone to BEA twice and come home with a lot of books. Some of them don’t get read because later on I realize I don’t really have interest in reading it (or I fell for the hype at BEA). Some of them don’t get read because I just have a ton of books. I tried putting myself on a schedule last year but that didn’t work (see #5).

8. I can change my mind on a dime.

I could read about a character/plot in one book and love it, and completely hate it in another book. Sometimes I love the alpha hero that saves the day and sometimes it pisses me off. Sometimes I don’t care that the plot is completely implausible, sometimes I nitpick the implausibility to death. Depends on my mood I guess.

9. I’m a sucker for a pretty cover.

Lauren DeStefano WitherWho isn’t, right? There are books I know in advance I want to purchase the print edition because the cover is so pretty. On the flip side there have been some books I’ve intentionally purchased the ebook version because I hated the cover. I have books on my shelves that I didn’t particularly like (Wither, I’m looking at you) but the cover is so gorgeous that I can’t bear to part with it.

10. All the books in a series need to be in the same format/cover style.

I am super picky about this. If I start a series in hardcover, I continue in hardcover, and follow the same rules for paperback and ebooks. I can’t stand when series changes covers and I have mismatching covers.

 

What bookish problems do you have?

Kimberly


Feb 15

Sundays in Bed With… The Ruby Circle!

In Bed With... 2

SIB

Sundays in Bed With… is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed!

Ruby CircleToday I’m reading The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. This is the last in the Bloodlines series and the last in the Vampire Academy world which makes me incredibly sad. :( Sydney and Adrian are one of my favorite book couples and I’m just not ready to say goodbye, but I am also dying to know what happens!

This weekend is a 3 day weekend for me and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Work has me exhausted and I desperately need the break, even though I am going to spend some of the time working from home as I am trying to get ahead to hopefully take off some of that stress.

Also, check out my new header! Thank you Lori at Imagination Designs! Her work is always amazing!

What are you reading today?

Kimberly


Feb 12

Review * The Return by Jennifer L Armentrout

Reviews 2 ★★★★

I received this book for free from Borrowed in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * The Return by Jennifer L ArmentroutThe Return by Jennifer L Armentrout
Series: Titan #1
Published by Spencer Hill Press on February 17, 2015
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 335
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

What I Thought…

• The Titan Series is a spinoff of the Covenant Series, which I didn’t read. Since there was no way I could read the other series before starting this one I went ahead and dived in. I don’t feel like  I really missed anything (other than some damn good sounding books!). I understood what was going on, even though I probably didn’t understand Seth as much as I would have if I had read the previous series. There are a few mentions in the beginning of what happened before and a super quick recap in a bout 2 pages near the end. I definitely plan on going back and reading the other series because it sounds awesome.

Read more »

Kimberly


Feb 10

Top Ten Tuesday * Things I Like/Dislike When it Comes to Romance

Top Ten Tuesday 7

TTT

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do!

Top Ten Books Things I Like/Dislike When it Comes to Romance

There are a lot of romance troupes and if I’m honest there aren’t many I don’t like, mostly because I just like romance in books!

The Likes

1. The Best Friend

I love a good best friend to relationship romance. I like that they already have a history so you get good banter and a familiarity that’s being explored in a new way.

2. Brother’s Best Friend/Best Friends Brother

This is another favorite because the couple usually knows each other but not as intimately as the best friend relationship. I love the push-pull this relationship provides as the couple goes through the “I want to” “We Shouldn’t” and the inevitable family member finding out.

3. Great Chemistry

If the characters don’t have great chemistry the romance isn’t worth reading. Period.

4. Hate to Love

I love when characters hate each other first and find their way into a good solid relationship. These ones are a lot of fun because there is usually a lot of arguing and banter and then all of sudden there is kissing.

5. Supportive

I love when couples are supportive of each other. They stand by each other and help each other, even if they are mad at each other.

The Dislikes

1. Fake Love Triangles

I’m not 100% opposed to love triangles, but I am opposed to the fake ones, a la Twilight. It’s not a real love triangle if one guy/girl has ZERO chance of getting together with the other person. I hate when it’s just thrown into a book like, “Hey, wait a minute, something needs to happen here, oh I know! Love triangle!”

2. Strong Heroine goes weak at the end

I don’t mind a good alpha, “I will fix everything” hero, but the book has to be set up for it to work. Having a strong heroine for most of the book and then all of a sudden at the end she falls apart and has to be saved by the hero. I can’t stand the drastic change in character.

3. Cheating

In most cases I am almost immediately turned off by cheating by the main character or the main character’s soon to be love interest. That’s a huge character flaw for me and I have trouble getting past it and I often DNF these types of books. Depending on the book it’s not too bad and I can finish it, but it always loses a star or two because of it.

4. Unrealistic Virgins

I have two pet peeves with this one. The virgin that has amazing perfect sex when she loses her virginity (because you know its always the girl who is a virgin) with of course multiple orgasms. Oh, and multiple times that first night, all the times are of course perfect. The other pet peeve I have is the beautiful and stunning 25 year old actress who is still a virgin because she “didn’t have time” or “couldn’t find the right one.” Sorry, but I just don’t buy it.

5. Communication Issues

I know that communication issues are often used as a plot device but it drives me crazy. If the couple would just talk to each other things wouldn’t be so complicated!

Kimberly


Feb 05

Review * One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

Reviews 2 ★★★

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * One of the Guys by Lisa AldinOne of the Guys by Lisa Aldin
Published by Spencer Hill Press on February 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add to: Goodreads
three-stars
Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She'll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she's sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a lady while the guys move on without her.

Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service.

But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends--the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she's built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.

Read more »

Kimberly