September 12, 2014

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey Review

The 5th Wave 
The fifth Wave #1
by Rick Yancey
Published on May 7th 2013
Putman Juvenile, 480 pages

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

- Goodreads.com description
"Don't you get it yet? The minute we decide that 
one person doesn't matter anymore, they've won."

The 5th wave is a book I've been meaning to read for a while now. And I am very happy I finally got around to it. And well, I kind of wished I would have read this sooner. This book is awesome!

Alien invasion!! Scary shit, but this book put the scary to a complete new level. 7 billion people died. I cannot even comprehend how big this number is. And not knowing anymore who is the enemy and how isn't was even scarier. 

Cassie is an incredible heroine. She is fierce and strong and she doesn't give up. She made promise to her brother and she has to live up to it. She has to. So she keeps surviving even when the odds are really bad. 

Ben Parish. The sweet football star boy. Becoming a soldier and ready to fight the enemy. But who is the enemy, really? 

This book is written in different points of view. Sometimes it was hard to understand what's going on. Actually, till more than half of the book I still didn't know who the actual enemy was. Intriguing. 

Overall though, I wish there was more to the story. I had a feeling this book was just a pre-sequel to the actual story. The battlefield is laid out and the big battle is yet to begin. I am looking forward to read the sequel. 

Fans of dystopia and post apocalyptic stories will love The 5th wave. I know I did.

September 07, 2014

Third Degree by Julie Cross Review

Third Degree 
by Julie Cross
Published on March 25th 2014
Flirt, 240 pages

Fans of Monica Murphy and Tammara Webber will savor this New Adult novel—a story about coming of age in the heat of the moment—from Julie Cross, the internationally bestselling author of the Tempest trilogy.

I used to be “Isabel Jenkins, child prodigy.” As lame as that sounds, at least it was an identity. But now I’m not sure what I am. I just failed the most important exam of my life—the emotional readiness test required to get into a medical residency program—and it turns out my parents can’t stand each other. Now I’m trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces of my life, and that means re-enrolling as a college freshman, but this time I’m shutting the books and majoring in being eighteen.

But so far, my roommate hates me and I’m not into the party scene. The only good thing about school has been getting to know my insanely hot RA. Marshall Collins makes me wonder about everything I missed while I was growing up too fast. Pretty soon we’re hanging out constantly, but for the first time, I find myself wanting more than a no-strings-attached physical relationship. And the lesson I really need is one Marsh definitely can’t teach me: love. Because I’m going to be alone forever if I don’t learn fast.

- Goodreads.com

Woah, this book was really something different. And all this has to go to the badass main character. Izzy is SUPER smart. As in credibly smart. Her mind was an incredible place to be. So many informations, so many statistics and probabilities and haha, awkwardness when it came to interpersonal relations. It was funny.

Izzy is 18 and she is a doctor. She is super smart, but emotionally she is.. well, very particular. When she fails the emotional readiness exam and her dream of the medical residency program falls in the water, she is lost. Then she decides to go to College again. To live in campus and do ordinary things like peers her age. The challenge of her life.

Marsh is a sweet guy. Attentive, caring and nice. He is also hiding a secret. A secret that will connect him to Izzy even more.

This story was a fresh thing in the New Adult genre. It was something different and I really enjoyed that. This book is about figuring out who you are, coming of age, falling in love and finding out what is really important in life. So, if you are searching for something like this.. Third degree is the perfect book for you!

September 02, 2014

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith Review

The Geography of You and Me 
by Jennifer E. Smith
Published on April 15th 2014
Poppy, 337 pages

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

- Goodreads.com description

I absolutely love Jennifer E. Smith's books!! Her writing and her stories are so unique and sweet and special. Everytime she writes another book I cannot wait to get my hands on it. Her unique covers and long titles are adorable.

This story is about a boy and girl who met in New York during a blackout of electricity in the city. They spend the night together under the sky full of stars talking about life, places, themselves. They connect. And then they go separate ways.

Lucy is a sweet, quiet girl. Her parents leave her alone most of the time because they travel a lot. She loves to explore the city of New York. But she also deeply desires to travel the world. Finally her dreams come true. Her family is moving to England! 

Owen's mother passed away. It is only his father and him. They are having a roadtrip through US, because his dad has troubles finding work. Owen feels responsible for his dad, because the passing of his mother was a huge tragedy for both of them. And they are trying to cope best as they can. 

It was so so sweet how Lucy's story and Owen's story kept entwining in the story. They send each other postcards of every city they've been in. Sending sweet short messages to each other. So very sweet. I loved it! 

The Geography of you and me is filled with hope, wishes, loss, changes and everything in between. I would recommend it to every young (and not so young) adult out there. 

August 27, 2014

Reasonable Doubt: Volume 1,2,3 by Whitney Garcia Williams Review

Reasonable Doubt: Volume 1,2,3 
by Whitney Garcia Williams
Published in May & August 2014

My cock has an appetite. 

A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar...(Although, that's a story for another day.)

As a high profile lawyer, I don't have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online. 

My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats. 

This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less. 

At least it was , until "Alyssa"...

She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. She was supposed to be someone I shared law advice with late at night, someone I could trust with details of my weekly escapades. 

But then she came into my firm for an interview--a college-intern interview, and everything fucking changed...

- Goodreads.com description

I've been thinking. For me it's near impossible to write a review of 3 separate parts of the same story. Especially when the second one starts where the first one ends and same for the third. So I thought I should just write one review of the story as a whole. And quite honestly with the huge impact this story had on the blogosphere I shall believe this story will be soon published as a one whole book. Let's wait and see :)

Where to begin? OMG OMG OMG this story!! I am a fan. LOVED the first part, fell deeply in love this the second one and was eagerly waiting for the third one to come out. This story is intriguing, pulling your hair crazy, and sometimes so intense that you want to scream. Yes, this is what Whitney Garcia Williams will bring out of you while reading the story of Aubrey and Andrew. 

Aubrey. Sweet, young Aubrey is doing a double major in Ballet and Law. Intense. Her dreams are to become a ballerina, but her parents want for her to pursue a more "real" career. She got herself an internship in a law firm. But she could have never imagined that the guy she's been talking everything on the phone for the past months would work there. 

Andrew. Hot, sexy, infuriating and alpha male. He also happen to hate lies. Lie one time, lie about it all. When he figures out that the girl on the interview is the same girl that claimed her name was Alyssa and that she was 27 and a lawyer, he is completely blown away. Not in a good way.

The story becomes intriguing and sometimes little insane. But underneath all the lies, they still share this deep attraction and connection. And noone is willing to give it up. But the road to happiness is a difficult one. Will they make it?

Forget Fifty shades of gray, this story is made of awesome! The characters are complicated, the road to love is even more complicated, but I will assure you now, the trip is going to be so so worth it. And the hot scenes in between are hot as hell. This story will blow your mind.

August 26, 2014

Reasonable Doubt: Volume Three by Whitney Garcia Williams Book Blitz

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Reasonable Doubt: Volume Three
by Whitney Gracia Williams
Reasonable Doubt #3
Publication Date: August 26th 2014 
Genres: ContemporaryEroticaNovellaRomance
Find the title on: Amazon - Nook - Goodreads

Synopsis: I hate him...

I hate that I fell in love with him, hate that he didn't love me back, and I hate the fact that I just made a life-altering decision just so I could get the hell away from him.

He'd always said that he was unchangeable, heartless, and cold...

I really should've believed him...

Final book in the Reasonable Doubt series...

Also in the series:

About Whitney Gracia Williams

A self diagnosed candy addict, travel junkie, and hypochondriac, Whitney Gracia Williams LOVES to write about characters that make you laugh, cry, and want to (in the case of Selena Ross) reach through your Kindle and slap them. She is the "imaginary bestselling" author of the Jilted Bride Series, Mid Life Love, Wasted Love, and Captain of My Soul. When she's not locked inside her room, feverishly typing away on her laptop, she can be found here:http://www.whitneygracia.com She also loves getting emails from her readers, so if you want to tell her how much you loved (or hated) her stories, email her at whitgbooks@gmail.com

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OMG OMG OMG, I am so soooo excited for this last instalment!! Been waiting for it since May and I can't wait to devour this book till the very end.

August 05, 2014

What is the line between gossip and judging?

I started watching Gossip Girl and I've become obsessed. I. Love. It.

So, today I met up with my friends from home and we had a drink together. It was awesome. It is also interesting how much stuff changes when you are gone over a year. Don't get me wrong, I know a lot about what's going on at home when I am gone, and I still get the juicy gossip when I am on holidays. But it is interesting how much get to know when you are staying at home for more than two weeks. It's fucking awesome.

Another two friends of a friend joined in. And we talked about everyone we know. What's been going on, who's with who, who's working where, who left the country, who decided to study something else.. you know, gossip. And we were laughing like crazy. My friend kept saying some random hilarious comments and we were cracking like crazy. And obviously my occasional "Wtf, he/she is still alive?!" - when you are gone for such a long time that's a given. It was fun. So much fun.

But then this friend of friend started talking about this particular guy. And she talked for ages. Like really, 2 hours at least. And all I could think of was, oh my god, I want to cut my veins. I was soooo bored. And annoyed. But I couldn't find a way to say "Uh, hello?! You are being annoying, can you just stop talking?" And God, she talked. If I could have left, I would have had. Because that was just... ugh. I would have gotten drunk!! But I couldn't, because I said I would drive my friends home. And my friends just wouldn't want to leave. They kept ordering drinks and I was so bored. I actually started reading a book in between. Because, really.

So, it made me wonder.. What is the line between fun gossip between girl and ill gossip - straight judging, accusing and attacking people?

I have a degree in Psychology. And like most of people I think I know where the line stands, as in when someone tells me something I know what is gossip and what is meant to stay just with me. You don't go around telling people what someone trusted you with. You just don't. As well as you don't go and tell random people for two hours how your boyfriend treated you. It's just wrong. You tell it to your best friends, not random people. I mean, I get it, you are hurt, but two hours, really? And it's been almost a year that they broke up. 

By the end of it my head was hurting and all I wanted was to go home and away from that girl. Geeeez. I wish I had the power, and screw the social norms, to tell her to just stop talking alltogether. But I didn't. Plus, I knew the guy she was talking about and I felt bad just listening to it. 

And it makes me wonder... what was the point of all of it? Do I hate the guy now all of a sudden? No. Do I entirely believe her? No. Did I feel sorry for her? Mehh, I am not sure. For most of the time I thought that's what she wanted me to feel. But I just couldn't muster it. Not really. My friends did, though. Whatever.

What I am trying to say is... People out there, please, be careful when you talk to people. There are things you can say only to the people you trust and you know they will understand you and where you are coming from. Random people won't. Or will choose not to. Or, I don't know. And especially when talking about a mutual acquaintance. Sadly, people most of the time take sides. And it might happen you are on the wrong one. Or, I don't know. But, to avoid certain uncomfortable situations, think about what you want to say and most about what you don't want to say. 

Fun (short) gossip is great, but judging and complaining about someone for who and what he/she is, is something else. Be aware to know the difference. 

Until next time,

July 13, 2014

Does magic really happen outside of your comfort zone?

So, I've been thinking.. Is walking out of your comfort zone really that better and awesome and incredible?

I gave my notice today. The job that I've been in for the last year. A year. And I pretty much hated it. The relationships, the attitude, the environment. To sum it up, lets just say it was awful. But I did it. All for Uni, all in the name of science. And in the end of the day, it did pay for most of my Uni fees. But God, I paid in blood this Uni. I will keep the scars on my body for the rest of my life, saying "Yeah, this was all for my Master degree".

But you know the funny thing? I didn't feel awesome or great, or invincible. Instead I felt sad. And kind of nostalgic. And guilty. Which is stupid cause I haven't had a break since last August. Work work work, Uni work, Uni work, work work work, Uni Uni, work work. And I am burning out. So when I broke down, I made a decision. I am going home and I am having a break from all of it. Cause if I don't do it now, I will burn out in September. And who wants to start a semester all burned out? In the end it's all for Uni, all in the name of science. But if I have no energy left.. where is the point?

But what I am actually trying to say is.. Going back home to what is known and being surrounded by people that I love.. is Comfort zone really such a bad thing? 

I love my friends. God, I have the best friends in the world. They know the best of me and the worst of me and they still love me. They accept me for who I am. And I would be seriously lost in the world without them. They are my Comfort zone. And I am happy there. 

So I've been thinking, all this moving away many times, just to see if on the other side of the wall will be better.. was it really that better? Yeah, I've gained experience and met new people. But the funny thing is that I still search for them around the world. I am searching for my friends and their acceptance and love. I am searching for the same people on different sides of the world. And yeah, I have a job which pays me (for me) lots of money.. but at what cost?

What I really want to say is, putting all this on a scale, I don't know if it was worth it. Yes, I am in one of the best Universities in the world. I've made it by myself. I am proud of it. But am I happy? No. 

I've always tried to find happiness in little things. I still do. But with my job and the Uni work all I felt was stressed. And pissed off. Grumpy. Always thinking about saving money for Uni, being a good person, trying my best in exams, surviving in a work environment that repress people for being people. And at the same time thinking "This was your dream, this is what you wanted".And believe me, it's really tiring to be constantly pissed off. At myself, at the job, at Uni, at life. Maybe I should have found a different job sooner. Or maybe.. I don't know. But all I feel is staying in bed for a month. 

So I am going back to my Comfort zone. My precious Comfort zone. And believe me, I can already feel the magic. I am going back home to remember who I am. Cause seriously, this constantly pissed off person is not who I am. I can't wait to be surrounded by people who love me and be finally me again. To remember what is important, what really matters. And I know I will find it in there. 

Until next time,

June 27, 2014

Lost in Starlight by Sherry Soule Review + Guest Post

“Why I Love the Young Adult Genre”
Guest post by author, Sherry Soule

Today author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! She will be publishing a brand new Upper YA / Sci-Fi Romance series: the “Starlight Saga” with scorching-hot character chemistry, exciting suspense, and epic romance on June 26, 2014. 

To help promote this amazing interstellar love story, “LOST IN STARLIGHT,” Sherry is doing this guest post to share the news with fellow bibliophiles. 

Hi everybody, I’m author, Sherry Soule—waving from the SF Bay Area. Thanks for letting me visit today, it’s an honor to be a guest here and meet fellow booklovers.

Ever since I was a child, I have recognized that books are a way to travel to other places and have incredible adventures. Even though I am older than the average teen reader, I’ve always loved reading Young Adult books and strongly believe you’re NEVER too old to read them. 

One reason that I enjoy reading YA Lit is because most novels in this genre are fast-paced and thrilling. And teenage characters tend to have a more hopeful perspective, which draws me in—plus the fact that I’m really a big kid at heart. I also adore that there are so many books created into a series nowadays, so that you can continue to have additional adventures with your favorite characters. 

Could my love of YA Lit be simply because I’m still stuck at age sixteen, just a teenager-at-heart in disguise? 

Could be. And like many of you, I’ve read hundreds of YA books and I can actually say that I enjoyed almost all of them. Some I genuinely loved, and these books became like good friends that I didn’t want to part with, so they adorn my bookshelves and wait patiently to be reread again one day. Other novels were simply read and then disregarded with a contented smile. 

Although I buy many of my books through Amazon, I am never embarrassed to buy YA novels in bookstores, or carry them around with me. I love the genre and always have and always will.

We all have diverse tastes in literature. Most of you will have various genres that you love to read, and probably some of my favorite books are simply your forgotten reads. That is what makes the world of YA Lit, and reading as a whole, so fascinating. Each one of us will enjoy different types of characters, plots, and, of course, a writer’s voice, the way only they can tell a story.

At its core my new novel, LOST IN STARLIGHT, is basically a love story about two lonely hearts finding each other and how their “forbidden” friendship changes both of their lives. Sure, there is an element of danger regarding this star-crossed romance, but they are both young and reckless. Who isn’t at that age? 

And I don’t know about you, but I need some romance in almost every book I read. Even in YA! And if you’re a hopeless romantic at heart, then you’ll enjoy reading my new book.

Thus, LOST IN STARLIGHT is the first book that I’ve ever written that focuses mostly on romance rather than any paranormal baddies trying to kill the heroine or having the plot center around a supernatural mystery to solve. And I think the heroine of my new series, Sloane, is rather unique. To me, she’s not your average “Mary Sue” or flawless heroine. She has some self-esteem issues, but she’s also headstrong and gutsy, with an eccentric fashion sense. 

Thank you for letting me chat about my love of young adult literature. I hope you enjoyed this post. Now go feed your mind and read a book! Preferably one of mine. :-D

Please mark your calendars to buy your copy of LOST IN STARLIGHT on June 26th 2014!
Read the first five chapters for free on wattpad

VOLUME ONE of the Starlight Saga
Publication date: June 26th 2014
Disenchanted Publishing, 350 pages
Find the title on Goodreads - Amazon - All Romance ebooks - Kobo 

High school reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.

Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he’s an alien hybrid.

They’re as different as night and day—she’s a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he’s a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac—yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden’s insistence that dating each other is “off limits” and crazy dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova. 

Now Sloane’s dealing with creepy government agents, über snobby extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life...

- Goodreads.com description

Well, this was interesting. I just finished Lost in Starlight and the ending made me feel quite good about it. I must admit I liked the ending the most.

Sloane is the heroine of the story. She is this geeky purple haired girl, and most of the time she is super fun. She is a reporter for the school newspaper and she is working on this story about this boy, Hayden, whom she has been crushing on for years. Sometimes she gets a bit too intense with the questions.. but overall is ok.

Hayden. Oh well well, Obsidian meets Twilight. This guy is a total mystery. First he ignores her. Then he completely and utterly likes her. And then.. Ah. 

The love story fell a bit too flat for me. I mean, first he was ignoring her and pushing her away and then all of a sudden they were in love. Like really in love. And all I kept thinking was.. you don't even know each other. You don't talk about yourselves to each other. But they were in love. I don't know.. it just didn't do it for me. 

The story though, has a lot of potential. The plot is good, and there is some action and some twists you were kind of expecting but not really. Like I said, the end was quite good. I was surprisingly surprised. 

Overall, this was a good story. So, if you are searching for a young adult book, filled with cheesy romance, some good twists, a surprise here and there, and all topped up with an interesting and somehow different leading character, then Lost in Starlight is the perfect book for you.

About Sherry Soule
Sherry Soule lives with her family and one very spoiled black cat in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the bestselling author of the adult novel, “Immortal Eclipse” and the popular YA series: Spellbound. Sherry writes thrilling tales of romance and suspense, often mingled with a dash of the mystical and a splash of trendy fashion. Her love of literature began when she was a young girl and it has continued throughout her life.
Her published novels do not include any graphic sex scenes or explicit violence, nor excessive profanity, so that all of her novels can be read and enjoyed by both teens and adults. 
Sherry’s debut novel, “Beautifully Broken” was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance in the 2011 Wizard and Witch/Sorcery category by The Romance Reviews (TRR). Her adult novel, “Immortal Eclipse” is a *TOP PICK* by Night Owl Reviews.

Places you can find Sherry Soule:
Official Blog: http://www.sherrysoule.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @SherrySoule
Add LOST IN STARLIGHT to your TBR on goodreads
The awesome book cover was designed by the talented, Kristen Thompson-Oh of KCT Designs at www.kctdesigns.com 
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