Saturday, April 19, 2014

Book Hauling It Up (92)

Hey everyone,

I hope everyone has had a great week. I haven't gotten much reading done over the past two weeks because of school and I have a test to take today for my online class. Ugh! Not looking forward to that, but wish me luck lol I'd love to check out your hauls so don't forget to leave your links!

For Review
ARC of Hexed for the blog tour 
Retribution (Netgalley)

I'm curious about both.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

The Forever Song
(Blood of Eden, #3) 
by Julie Kagawa 
Released |April 15th 2014 by Harlequin Teen|
Edition |eARC|
Source |Netgalley|

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Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?
With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.
Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.
In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.
Might contain minor spoilers if you haven't read The Eternity Cure

Once again, I am sad to see another trilogy end. I've finished four series so far this year and it's so hard to see them go. The Forever Song left me with a bitter sweet feeling. It was sad, but wrapped up very nicely. I can definitely say that it left a satisfying feeling that is hard to get when a series ends, but I felt this one did the trilogy justice. The author's writing always finds a way to draw me into the story from the very beginning and keeps me there until the final page.  This was a quick read for me because I was desperate to know how things would end and turn out for the characters. I am so sad to see this trilogy go, but I'm glad that I enjoyed each book that belongs to it.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (15): Chasing Power

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is

Chasing Power
by Sarah Beth Durst
Releases |October 14th 2014 by Bloomsbury|
Lies, secrets, and magic — three things that define Kayla's life.
Sixteen-year-old Kayla plans to spend her summer hanging out on the beach in Santa Barbara and stealing whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. Born with the ability to move things with her mind — things like credit cards, diamond rings, and buttons on cash registers — she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up a safety net, enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again. Well, that, and the thrill of using her secret talents.
But her summer plans change when she's caught stealing by a boy named Daniel — a boy who needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Daniel has a talent of his own. He can teleport, appearing anywhere in the world in an instant, but he lies as easily as he travels. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel's kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family — and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive... or survive.

Why I'm Waiting...
I think this sounds like a pretty interesting read and I like books that have magic elements to it. It sounds like it could be a fun read. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Double Review: Ricochet and Addicted For Now by Krista and Becca Ritchie

(Addicted, #1.5)
by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Released |August 1st 2013 by K.B. Ritchie|
Edition |Ebook|
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As a sex addict, Lily Calloway must do the impossible. Stay celibate for 90 days.
Cravings and fantasies become her new routine, but while Loren Hale recovers from his alcohol addiction, Lily wonders if he’ll realize what a monster she really is. After all, her sexual compulsions begin to rule her life the longer she stays faithful to him.
Progress. That’s what Lily’s striving for. But by trying to become closer to her family—people who aren’t aware of her addiction—she creates larger obstacles. When she spends time with her youngest sister, she learns more about her than she ever imagined and senses an unsettling connection between Daisy and Ryke Meadows.
With Lily and Lo’s dysfunctional relationship teetering and unbalanced, they will need to find a way to reconnect from miles apart. But the inability to “touch” proves to be one of the hardest tests on their road to recovery. Some love brushes the surface. Some love is deeper than skin.
Lily and Lo have three months to discover just how deep their love really goes.
Ricochet is set between the first book and the second book and I'd definitely recommend reading it before the second book to know what happened in the in between time. If you haven't read the first book this review might contain minor spoilers. In this book, Lily and Loren are separated, but are still trying to manage their addictions. Loren is in rehab and Lily starts to see a therapist. We don't get to see much of Loren in this book, but when he makes an appearance I get really excited. I was glad to see that the two are trying to work through their addictions (Lily: sex addict, Loren: alcoholic). Lily isn't my absolute favorite character, but I do have a tendency to sympathize with even when I start getting annoyed with her character.

The authors have a way of making their problems seem so realistic because I felt like I was struggling along side Lily. While Lo is rehab for 3 months, Lily struggles with staying faithful to him and starts to see a therapist. I was so happy that she was actually taking steps to try and better herself. I feel like she started making true progress in this book and started to show some great development. I also like seeing more of the side characters, Ryke, Daisy, Rose and Conner. Rose and Conner are a great support system for her and so is Ryke even though he has a different way of going about things. I like him :) He's kind hardcore, but the two of them are actually starting to develop a friendship. Overall, the story was good and I really enjoyed it and kept wait to read the sequel to finally see Loren and Lily reunite.

Addicted For Now
(Addicted, #2)
by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Released |November 30th 2013|
Edition |Ebook|
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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.
Addicted For Now was an amazing read! In this installment Lo and Lily are reunited again after Lo's time in rehab. I was so happy to see those two back together even though I knew it wasn't going to be all sunshine. The two are still struggling with their addictions, but I loved the dual POV that we get in this book. Being inside of Lo's head really helped to understand him better especially now that he's trying to stay sober. I really liked seeing the sober side to Lo even though he's still the same sarcastic/blunt guy. It gives me a break from Lily's rambling mind. Sometimes her addiction can be a tad bit of a nuisance. I get it, but come on girl try and have SOME control. And the way she can sprout out an excuse or a lie is freaking insane and I swear it's a talent.

The side characters also make these books as good as they are for me because Rose, Conner, Ryke and Daisy each bring a different type of personality to the book. I absolute love Ryke and his personality. Conner is a bit of a mystery and I love the relationship that Lily now has with her two sisters. I wish her other sister was around more, but I sort of get why she isn't. This series has a way of drawing me into the story and keeping me there. Addicted For Now was no exception. I didn't want to put the book down at all. Romance is amazing and so is the connection between the characters. We found out so much information in this book and the mystery behind Lily's crazy stalker was so intriguing! I was dying to know who it was and the person who did it never even crossed my mind. I'd definitely recommend this series if you like these types of stories :)