Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Goddess Test Winner!!!

And the winner for The Goddess Test is.....(drum roll please)

Kelley B! Entry #1051. Congrats(:

The Goddess Test giveaway

Happy reading,
Jackie

Eternally Yours( Immortal Beloved #3) by Cate Tiernan

Hardcover, 458 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Poppy
ISBN: 0316035963
Immoral Beloved #3
 
Summary
 
After 450 years of living, Nastasya Crowe should have more of a handle on this whole immortal thing....

After a deadly confrontation at the end of Darkness Falls, the second Immortal Beloved novel, Nastasya Crowe is, as she would put it, so over the drama. She fights back against the dark immortals with her own brand of kick-butt magick...but can she fight against true love? In the satisfying finale to the Immortal Beloved trilogy, ex-party-girl immortal Nastasya ends a 450-year-old feud and learns what "eternally yours" really means.

Laced with historical flashbacks and laugh-out-loud dialogue, the Immortal Beloved trilogy is a fascinating and unique take on what it would mean to live forever.
 
 

 


  What does it mean to live forever? Can you really choose to be good or evil? If you could drop everything and run, run from all your mistakes and problems, go anywhere, be anyone, do anything- would you? If the person you love did the thing that killed who you were, all that innocence and child-like wonder gone, if they did the unthinkable, would you let yourself fall or keep your heart locked in a glass case?

These are just a few of the questions that Nastasya faces in this epic conclusion to one of my favorite series. 

She's made herself better and after all that she's been through, her family's death and Incy's head being mailed to her, she needs a bit of love and happiness. Ha. But she doesn't think she deserve it. Of course HE fights for her and against her. Mmm Reyn. I mean what?

I don't really have much to say about this. It was awesome it was action packed. River's brothers are all super uhmmm...protective? Is that a nice way to put it?? Well....almost all of them. Huh. Guys, if you haven't read this- go. Go forth and read this series. I love it. You'll love it. We all love it. *round of applause* 

Cool stuff. Nobody is ever what they seem to be, are they?


Friday, August 30, 2013

The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe {Review}

Hardcover, 309 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN 1423146166
Source: Library
Fallen World #1
Summary
It starts with an itch you just can't shake. Then comes a fever and a tickle in your throat. A few days later, you'll be blabbing your secrets and chatting with strangers like they’re old friends. Three more, and the paranoid hallucinations kick in.

And then you're dead.


When sixteen-year-old Kaelyn lets her best friend leave for school without saying goodbye, she never dreams that she might not see him again. But then a strange virus begins to sweep through her small island community, infecting young and old alike. As the dead pile up, the government quarantines the island: no one can leave, and no one can come back.

Those still healthy must fight for the island’s dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival. As everything familiar comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new love in the midst of heartbreak. When the virus starts to rob her of friends and family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she holds dearest.

Because how will she go on if there isn't?

Poignant and dizzying, The Way We Fall is the heart-wrenching story of one girl's bravery and unbeatable spirit as she challenges not just her fears, but her sense of what makes life worth living.




The Way We Fall reminded me of the app PLAGUE. The basics of this insanely addicting app is to mutate your virus/ bacteria/ biological weapon so drastically that humans can't build a cure fast enough. So the goal is to kill the entire human population off. Fun right? I won on my first try *proud smile*

One day, everything is normal, the next someone you know is dead. This book is written like a journal. At first Kae is writing is to she Leo that she can become a good person again, to show her best friend that she can turn back into herself. After the dead start rising and people she knew and loved are dead or gone, she begins to write it like observations. Almost like the journal is her legacy.

 “This is what we do. We make tea and read books and watch people die.”

In the midst of this she finds friends and some one to love.

Kae: In the summary it says bravery. I didn't actually think she was all that brave. Yes, she called people to inform them of the lock down and the virus that is pretty much destroying their entire population. But she does all that on the phone. Yes, she helps with food distribution and such, but she's doing that to feel better and distract her from all the dead. It felt like her situation with Gav was more of a situational romance than anything else. They were together because they had no on left.With every death she sunk deeper and deeper into herself. Meredith is her little cousin and just the cutest thing ever. She's also the one person Kae would do anything to protect.

Gav: This boy has a serious hero complex. He feels that he has to do everything and if he doesn't he's failing someone. Well, everyone. He feels it's his mission to save his island and ultimately save the world. I do think he really fell for Kae. He was likeable, but no book boyfriend here. Pooh.

Overall, I give this book like a 3.4
I didn't fall (haha) for it and it didn't make my world spin. It was fine. Average. It was a book about survival and losing hope. It was about death and destruction and how a few people can help. It was about running and falling and hope. This book was the essence of hope. Because if everyone's falling around you, if you don't hope, you'll fall too whether it by your hand or something else's. 

“Most people think the scariest thing is knowing that you’re going to die. It’s not. It’s knowing you might have to watch every single person you’ve ever loved – or even liked – waste away while you just stand there.” 

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Jackie   

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Feature Follow



This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

 













Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
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8.  Comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog & follow back!


I love Bloglovin & GFC followers(:
This week's question is: If you could only have ONE – one book – for the rest of your life. Don’t cheat…what would it be?
This.  Is. A. MEAN. Question.
I mean there are so many books. And is saying my Kindle really cheating? It is? *sigh* This is a cruel world we live is. So. Cruel.

Okay. I’d have to say either Wings of Nestor by Devri or Second Chance.
I really dislike this question. I’d just like to make that clear….

So, what book would y’all pick? (;

The Random # Survey

Hello all you lovely followers!!!!




The Random # Survey is created by Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog.
Here’s how it works, straight from Melissa.
How to participate:
1. Pick a number.
Keep in mind how many books you have.  If you have one bookshelf like me you may want to keep it between 1-10.  If you're like Book BFF Angela and have a bunch of bookshelves you may want to pick between a higher range like 1-50. 
I used Random.org and got the # 8!
2. Go to your bookshelf and count that many books until you reach your number. Answer the question with that book.
(I counted 8 books in and got Delirium).  So I used Delirium to answer question 1. 
3. Count the same number of books from where you left off and answer the next question.
Then I counted 8 more books after Delirium and got The Evolution of Mara Dyer and used that book to answer question 2.  You get the idea...

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I was looking through blog posts and Candace @ Candace's Book Blog had this up. And I'm like how cool! Then I look a little farther and guess what? She tagged EVERYONE. So here I am thinking why not?  I got #18

1. What do you think of the cover?
I like the gate. I like the font. But her facial expression.... She looks like she wants to either smile...or something itches
2. Write a review in 140 characters or less.
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

A bittersweet goodbye to the vampires we have come to base all other on. 

3. Where or How did you get the book?
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick 

Half Price books must love me for all the money I give them....

4. Who's your favorite character in this book and why?
Dark of the Moon by Rachel Hawthorne

Connor. Not because he's my book boyfriend but because no matter what, he never loses hope.

5. Recommend this book to a fellow blogger
Jane by April Linder

Ahhh! So many people already have this on their shelves....Alyssa @ Eater of Books ?? Wanna try it? It's a modern take on a classic with a hot rocker(;

6. How long ago did you read this?
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Not that long. I read it the week she was in Houston signing books at the #YeahYA event. I stayed up finishing it so if she said some stuff about it while she was talking I wouldn't be clueless. She said she thought she was most like Henry!

7.  Name a favorite scene from the book.
Of Triton by Anna Banks

When Emma was all like 'you, yeah you. Pick a shark to rip this guy apart. Noo. It's all good his daughter will save him. Hehe. Not.'

8. Open to page 87 and pick a random quote
Arclight by Josin L McQuein

"Halfway there, I remember Trey's catastrophe wasn't the only one I'd witnessed in the hospital."

9. How did you discover this book?
Ink by Amanda Sun

The blogosphere is a lovely place

10.  If you could redesign this cover what would you do?
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I would take this and turn it into this:
Oh wait! Okay I'd do this (above) but on the back I'd have the silhouettes of Anna and St. Clair with their foreheads pressed together. Hellstotheyes

11. Name your least favorite character
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

......I remember two characters from this entire book...no wait three! And I love them all *clutches book tightly*

12. Fill in the Blank. If you like _____ you'd like (your books)
My book: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Blank Book: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

13. Name one cool thing about this book
When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

I know this sounds weird, but I love the pink words in front of their faces. And twizzles. (read the book and you'll understand.)

14. Where is this book set and would you ever like to visit there?
Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

Before I get to the question: this book has a sexy viking. Read it. Well....he wasss a viking..a loooonggg time ago (;
I don't remember where it was set. I remember the farm! I'd go there!

15. Who is it dedicated to?
Fall From Love by Heather London

To Ryan
Thank you for giving me a life full of adventure and love
Love you, always


Lastly, ALL OF YOU ARE NOMINATED <3 Share the bloggy love *hugs*

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Bibliophile's Ramblings: Bookish Style


Don't deny it. You know you want some clothes that are bookishly amazing. Well I have surfed modcloth.com and pinterest.com in search of some awesome clothes that are on my wishlist. Why? Who wouldn't want a Jane Eyre sweatshirt? Or a Great Gatsby tote bag? Or and shirt that basically defines your amazingness as a reader?


Picture uno: Bookish Lounge pants. They have book and coffee and words on them and I want them. They look uber comfy. 

Picture 2: Reading is for awesome people. Do I need to further explain this? I mean the cats of the shirt are reading.

Picture #3: This scarf. Oh. My. Gosh. See those words on it? Who am I kidding of course you do. Well, those words are lots of quotes from Pride and Prejudice. *squeaks in excitement* 














Picture 4: The Fault in Our Stars T-shirt. "I lit up like a Christmas tree, Hazel Grace." *quickly runs to room to sob because I CAN'T TAKE ALL THIS EMOTION.

Picture five: Can you tell I like stuff with quotes? Maybe I just like quotes..well these, all my lovely followers, are Jane Eyre quotes. I want these too.

Do you have bookish clothing wants? What do you think of these?

 Jackie   

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea {Review}

Hardcover, 360 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by Dial
ISBN: 0803738897
Source: Kindle buying spree
Summary
You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is a stunning debut that will leave the reading breathless and begging for more of  April Genevieve Tucholke's seemingly magical, mysterious and downright haunting writing. The way she writes has an eerie and timeless feel that will leave the reader enchanted and undoubtedly finding themselves entwined with River and Violet's tale.

This is the most anticipated book of 2013. Don't deny it. Everyone wants it and you're worried it won't live up to the hype. Well, I'm here to squash those pesky worries of yours like bugs. The way April writes makes the words float off the page. Her style automatically, and I mean right off the bat, gives you the shivers and transports you into Violet's sleepy world. As the reader, you are plunged into a small town with a small town feel. 

Violet and her brother's artistic parents take off for Europe to pursue a colorful passion, leaving them at their late grandmother's estate to fend for themselves. They've gone broke. More like four leaps past broke. Violet decides to rent out the guesthouse (I told you it was an estate) for more income and just a little while later the utterly handsome and insanely mysterious River comes to stay. River's a compulsive liar. I'm pretty sure everything that comes out of his mouth is his interpretation on a much more normal life.  Well, okay, he did tell the truth about a few things. But the majority, come on  people. Of course, will this handsome liar comes a secret and deep as the ocean itself and nearly as dangerous. 

“Lots of people have bad stories, and if they wail and sob and tell their story to anyone who’ll listen, it’s crap. Or half crap, at least.The stuff that really hurts people, the stuff that almost breaks them . . . that they won’t talk about. Ever.”

River is really a extremely complex character. As I've previously stated, he compulsively lies. Not only that but the power inside of him is eating at him. There has been no one before Violet so he has no idea what to do with himself. Yes, he is falling for her...or is he? You really can't tell with his excessive mood changes and strange powers of persuasion.  I think he is. But you'll have to decide for yourself when you read the book. 

Honestly, he's passionate and strange and deadly and beautiful. That's what makes River River. His need to be the justice that strikes you down or holds you up defines him. It's who he is. His need to save the good and punish the evil isn't going to change, but if the power continues to consume him and lead him toward the path of insanity, there will be nothing let and even the one person who owns his heart won't be able to save him. 

Now as for Violet, she is just so awesome. Heck, she loved the story A Rose For Emily and that things is as creepy as hell. Those of you who've read it know exactly what I'm talking about. But she found it to be the definition of true love. She drinks coffee on her toes, wears old clothes and is simply her. She doesn't care what people think about her and she just simply is. When River reveals his secret to her she wants to hate him but just can't bring herself to. 

She had already fallen too far.

Through everything, all the lies and as she unfold his tale, releasing his demons and falling deeper into his tangled web, she wants to save him from himself. With him, she find secrets about her grandmother's past that have everything to do with what's happening. History has a talent for repeating itself. 

The climax was like wow. Yup. I can't say much about that except I'll be looking over my shoulder for a while. 

Also, I know I should hate the ending (and I love who's in the guesthouse by the way. Violet can have River, I want him) but I love it. Why? You'll just have to read it for yourself. 


Jackie  

Top Ten Tuesday

Each week, The Broke and Bookish host a Top Ten Tuesday based on a certain bookish topic. Other bloggers are able to participate and post their own top ten list based on the topic. They are kinda crazy and a totally fun to read.









This week:  Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters (originally done May 2011)

My Top (uhm....8)  Ten:

  1. Lila from Pushing the Limits
  2. Finnick from The Hunger Games Trilogy 
  3. Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments
  4. Grim from the Iron Fey Series
  5. Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland
  6. Hana from Delirium
  7. Harley from Across the Universe
  8. Breckin from Hopeless
Who's your favorite secondary character?

Jackie     

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Forgotten Ones {Book Tour}

Kindle Edition, 197 pages
Published April 28th 2013 by Amazon Digital Services

Summary

Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

First, may I say, I just love that cover. I love green. I love purple. It's all just so pretty.

Ok, onto the book. It was amazing. A colorful tale with fae legends and Irish folklore. It wasn't as original as I was hoping for, but it was still a really good read. The problems weren't 'solved' too quickly which has been a problem in some of the books I've been reading lately. 

Allison's mother has been trapped in her own mind for as long as she can remember, calling out the name 'Liam' and looking out into the woods. All Allison wants is to take care of her mother but Liam comes and disrupts her plans. He claims he can save her mother from herself. Allison is forced to trust a man she never knew, who seems to be her father, and venture into the world of the Tuatha de Danaan. 

The way the book unfolded was fast paced and, to be honest, a little rushed. You are caught up in a delightful, quick read filled with colorful visions, true heartbreak, friendship, obsession and love. The love in this book was a little vague but I assume it will progress as the series goes on. 

Overall: 3.5




Jackie  

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I always knew this day would come.....

*sobs into pillow*
Today's the day.
What day? Well you might have noticed that I'm not commenting. Like at all.
Today's the first day back to school.
......sobs

If I could just stay home and blog I would guys! I really would! I love y'all.
So farewell for now...






Goodbye

Jackie   

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks...I kinda collect those in bulk. Hello! Freebies!!




Hello all you lovely people out there(: After you comment on how awesome my haul is, please leave me a link to your even more awesome haul!! Thanks & Happy reading :D

For review

 LOOK GUYS!! I can't wait to start this. The lovely authors were kind enough to grant me a copy for review...and guess what? It's signed!!!

















The Great Kindle Buying Spree (now I got no money O.O)
  • Beautiful Disaster
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  • Of Beast and Beauty
  • The Redemption of Callie and Kayden
  • Becoming a Legend
  • My Merlin SERIES 
  • Romancing the Bookworm
  • Wings of Nestor (I LOVE THIS BOOK)
  • Princess of Death

Saturday, August 24, 2013

ARC Stay with Me by Elyssa Patrick {Review}

ebook, 270 pages
Expected publication: August 30th 2013 by Elyssa Patrick
ISBN: 098958303
Source: Author Gifted in exchange for honest review
***Make sure you check back SEPTEMBER 18 for an interview with Elyssa and a giveaway for an ecopy of STAY WITH ME (INT)***
 
Summary
 
With one look, I’m his . . .

With one touch, he’s mine . . .

With one kiss, it changes everything between us . . .

I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.

When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.

But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.

Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.

Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.

Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.
 
 
 
 
Hailey has escaped her hectic, sleep deprived, media filled life along with her money seeking mother. Since she was a child her mom has used her to get back at her absentee father and at earn money. When Hailey's mother takes it a giant leap too far, she leaves. She does something she's always dreamed of: going to an actual school filled with actual people and not people paid to get a story out of her. 
 
At Hailey's first 'normal' college party, she runs into Caleb. Much to her surprise, he doesn't immediately go fan girl on her. He offers her his coat (they're outside) and even makes her introduce herself (like he doesn't already know who she is) For him, it's an ista love. For them both, it's instant attraction. Hailey's been betrayed and hurt too many times to count and trusting doesn't come easy. 
 
She is automatically friends with his sister, Daphne. Daphne brings some spice to the book. She's an awesome best friend. 
 
So here's what I think: The first few chapters of the book were painful for me to read. The writing was super stiff and on edge. It was almost as if Elyssa couldn't make a conclusive decision for the characters.Hailey's thoughts for the first few chapters are consumed with Caleb and how sweet he is and how she can't let herself get hurt. It was a little tiring to read. After that was over, it was very enjoyable to read. 

What I really liked was how much Elyssa's writing developed. By the end, the words flowed off the page and I began to like Hailey. She's been through a lot. The big secret. Huh. I was a little let down and I thought it would be a little more than that I guess.

The whole relationship with Caleb and Hailey was conducted really nicely. I mean Caleb is amazing. He doesn't judge or assume and he listens. *sigh* He is totally sweet and genuinely nice and love blackberries and remembers that she likes tea not coffee and makes her chocolate chip pancakes and and and *double sigh*

This book was an amazing combination of good and bad. It was filled with cute twists and likeable characters. Especially Caleb's band of best friends (Daphne, give the guy a break!) They all had their totally unique and cool personalities. Although they were all completely different, they complimented each other perfectly.

"With you, there's always music."
 
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Jackie