book reviews

Liebster Award :)

Thank you to Danielle for nominating me for the Liebster award, I’m truly honored!  When a blogger is nominated for this award, they need to do the following:

  1. Thank the person who nominated them
  2. Answer the 11 questions provided
  3. Write 11 questions for the people you will be nominating
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers
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What is the Leibstar award?
This award is given to upcoming new bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It’s a great way to promote new blogs and help spread the word. I love reading other peoples blogs, it’s the perfect  way to come across new books and authors and meet new bloggers.

Danielle created questions for the nominees to answer. Below are my answers

  1. If you had to live anywhere in the world and never leave where would it be?
    Paris! It inspires me everyday.
  2. Three things you can’t live without?
    my books, my camera and my laptop
  3. Favorite Book Hero/Heroine?
    I don’t really have a favorite book but right now I read way to many books making it really hard for me to pick one. Right now,I am loving Sylvia days crossfire novels
  4. What did you want to be when you grew up at age five?
    I wanted to own my own hotels. Now I’m not too sure.
  5. What music do you like?
    All types of music. It all depends on my mood that day.
  6. What would be written on your tombstone?
    live long and prosper
  7. What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
    Wash my face! And check my emails
  8. What’s your favorite part about blogging?
    interacting with other bloggers. We need our own convention!
  9. Are you a PC or a Mac
    I used to own a PC for five years, when my computer died, I decided to invest on a Mac.
  10. If your BFF was down in the dumps, what would you do to cheer him/her up?
    since I’m usually a terrible singer, I sing and dance for her. It usually puts a smile on her face ( even though I look redicioulus)
  11. Do you believe we’re alone in the universe
    for a second. Dun Dun Dun

My questions

  1. Who are your top 3 favorite authors?
  2. Favorite book that was adapted into a movie and did you like the movie version?
  3.   What is your favorite hot beverage?
  4.   Favorite genre to read?
  5.   What is your favorite season of the year?
  6.   Favorite romantic movie?
  7.   Favorite TV show?
  8.   What is your guilty pleasure?
  9.   Tea or coffee? What do you prefer?
  10.   What is your favorite quote?
  11. Twilight or Warm Bodies?

My nominations: Make sure to check out their blogs!

  1. http://aalisun.wordpress.com/
  2. http://kirstywales.wordpress.com
  3. http://emzsnow.wordpress.com/
  4. http://karlaamaemaglaoy.wordpress.com/
  5. http://gongjumonica.wordpress.com/about/
  6. http://belleofthelibrary.wordpress.com/
  7. http://analyzemaster.wordpress.com/
  8. http://missbookaholic.com/
  9. http://littlebrokentypewriter.wordpress.com/
  10. http://DanielleFazeela.wordpress.com/
  11. http://teacupsandbookends.wordpress.com/

Once again I would like to thank Danielle from http://whatdanielledidnext.wordpress.com for nominating me!

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Book Review: Beautiful Bastard

20130213-212051.jpgAuthor: Christina Lauren

Publisher: Gallery Books

Release date: February, 2013

Purchase from Amazon | Chapters/Indigo

Kobo: $8.99

 

Synopsis:

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other.

Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over 2 million reads on fanfiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.

My Review

I’m planning to keep this review short because to be honest, it wasn’t that good. Because of the hype this book received, I was expecting it to be amazing. Before I even read it, I was hoping it would be similar to Sylvia Days Crossfire novels. Maybe that was my mistake? It’s never a good idea to judge a book by it’s cover. For some reason I was expecting to feel “wow-ed” but instead I found myself wanting the book to end.

I  do have to say that I was instantly intrigued by the title of this book ” Beautiful Bastard” knowing the title and nothing much else, it was obvious that the main  male character was supposed to be a arrogant and some what rude. The synopsis was interesting enough for me too pre-order the book. My Kobo alerted me the night this book became available and with no hesitation, I started reading it the same night. The first few chapters weren’t to bad, I loved how the author described both the characters. They didn’t make him seem too perfect, that is probably the only thing I liked about this book. It really didn’t do anything for me, all they did was argue and have sex over and over and over again. That basically sums up the book. The dialogue was not the best, some of the lines they used during sex made me laugh- which I was not expecting.  As for the main characters, I found Bennett to be way too aggressive and not in a sexy way but then again that’s the way the character was intended to be. I was hoping for more emotion between them. Towards the beginning of the book I had a really hard time liking his character but to be fair he does open up at the end. As much as I did not like this book, I do like what they did with Chloe’s character. They made her a powerful and intelligent woman who doesn’t take crap from anyone. I feel like this is one of the few times that they made the female character strong and capable of fighting her own battles.

To be honest, besides the sex there wasn’t anything else really going on in this book. Nothing really stood out to me. The sex was ruined by the terrible dialogue.I’m not quite sure what I was expecting, I tried not to read the reviews before I read the book myself. Looking at them now, they are mixed. I guess it depends on the type of person you are. When reading books in this category, I want them to excite me and build some kind of emotion, I did not feel this way with this book. Over all, I was disappointed, I don’t think I have ever skimmed through pages while reading a sex scene before. Final thoughts: It wasn’t terrible, it took me 4 nights to read it ( it usually takes me around 2). It was definitely not worth the price I paid.

Rating: 2.5/5

Do I recommend it? Like I mentioned before it all depends on what kind of person you are, if you have a friend who has the book, borrow it, read a couple of chapters and see if it’s worth purchasing.

Thank you for stopping by! If you have any thoughts on this book ( without spoiling it) feel free to post it below.

Your day will come.

I find myself wanting to write poems when I can’t sleep at night. Even though they aren’t the best, I still want to share them. It’s almost 4 am here, yes I am a insomniac! With out further a do, here is my super short poem.

Be true to yourself, don’t be bothered by what other people have to say.
This is your life, how you live it is your decision at the end of the day.
There’s no point in worrying, no one leaves this world alive
Count your blessings and wait for your shinning moment to arrive.
Be true to yourself, don’t be bothered by what other people say.
Your day will come, lets see what they have to say.

Guest Blogger reviews: Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

20130214-004922.jpgAuthor: Veronica Rossi

Publisher: Harper Collins

Release date: January 8, 2013

Rating: 5 stars – I LOVED THIS TO PIECES!

Purchase from Amazon | Barnes & Noble

SYNOPSIS

It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night? — Goodreads

CAUTION. SPOILERS MAY LIE AHEAD. TIS NOT TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW.

In the heart-pounding second installment to Under The Never Sky, Veronica Rossi delivers a beautifully written sequel in Through The Ever Night. I’ve been waiting for over a year for TTEN as I got an ARC for UTNS in 2011. I’ll try to not squeal and fan girl for the duration of this review, but I’m already having trouble doing just that. Rossi completely and utterly blew my expectations out of the water with jarring and heartbreaking revelations and the possibility of deep betrayals. Plus, the romance in this book practically seeped through the pages.

Last we left our beloved characters in UTNS, Aria had discovered the shattering revelations that she was half outsider. She had left Perry behind, but after months of being apart they are finally reunited. And oh! It. Is. So. Bittersweet! Lots of things have changed for them both, like the fact that Perry is now Blood Lord of the Tides. His tribe does not welcome Aria (and this is the part where their reunion is bittersweet) and even attempt to kill her.

Aria leaves soon after but not because of the incident. She has a mission: to go in search of information for the still blue. They all need the still blue because the aether storms – which are kind of like intense lightening storms – threatened their lives every day as it has become almost impossible to be safe from them.

Throughout the novel, I just kept stopping and telling Perry that Aria loves him whenever he doubted her love for him. Her leaving without saying a word deeply betrayed him and my heart hurt. It’s one of the many things that Veronica Rossi does exceptionally. She makes you feel for the characters, making you forget about everything else but them. I realized as I was reading that Rossi used the sequel to expand character relationships. The bond between Perry and Aria magnified, but at the same time their love was riddled with doubt on Perry’s part because he just didn’t believe ASLDKFJDL;FKJDK. Then, there is the relationship between Roar and Aria, which at times may have been interpreted as romantic. I was really scared for that possibility. Don’t get me wrong, I love Roar but I am an Perria shipper at heart. Aria as a character has grown immensely both physically and emotionally since UTNS. The same goes for Perry – as he’s trying to handle the duties that come from being a Blood Lord – and some of the other minor characters of the story.

Everything that made Under The Never Sky amazing and fresh was written with sheer brilliance in Through The Ever Night. Rossi added much more depth surrounding Aria and Perry’s world that involved past and present vital information. We got to learn about where the word “aether” came from and the marking ritual that is performed for an outsider with a heightened gift. Those were, of course, the little things.Veronica Rossi does not spare her readers with shocking and agonizing twists.

My favorite thing about Through The Ever Night had to be the development of the relationships between the characters. Aria and Perry’s romance just captured my heart. It was different, seeing Perry rendered to Aria so utterly and completely. Then there is Aria, who was self-less enough to leave Perry to protect him, to protect everything he’s ever known. Roar and Aria’s friendship could only be described as open and comfortable. They have a bond, not quite the same as what Aria has with Perry, but it’s different in it’s entirety. Aria calls Roar her best friend and I couldn’t agree more.

The last ten chapters or so were filled with heart-racing action and shocking events. My heart literally was heavy until the very end. I consumed those pages and felt sad when I realized that there was no more. I’m definitely looking forward to reading what Veronica Rossi has in store for us in the anticipated conclusion, Into The Still Blue. If you have never read this series, I urge you to go forth and read it! You won’t be disappointed and the idea for her world is unique, creative, and captivating. You’ll become utterly obsessed as I have, which is a healthy sort of obsession. Right?

A huge thank you to  Emma for submitting this review. Please check out her blog by clicking here

Guest blogger reviews: The sleepy hollow family almanac

Sarah Van Den Bosch
Review of “The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac” by Kris D’Agostino

​Cal Moretti is in a state of flux, suffering from a form of existentialism that is becoming increasingly common in the over-educated and underemployed millennial generation. While trying to figure life out post-college, the Moretti family is in the midst of a series of crises that only make Cal’s decisions more difficult. His father, a pilot, is stricken with an illness that grounds him indefinitely and his teenage sister is pregnant. Cal struggles to decide which path he’ll choose while his family tries to keep their home and themselves together.
​“The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac”, while centered mostly on around Cal, does not fail to equip secondary characters with dynamic traits and a voice all their own, serving to further enhance the story. D’Agostino debut novel pulls the reader into Cal’s world and presents his problems head-on. His struggle is relatable; I’m sure, to a broad audience. I mean, who hasn’t felt purposeless or had to make hard choices in the face of adversity?
​What’s best about Kris D’Agostino’s novel is that Cal is a severely flawed character. His motives were often selfish but there is a level of sympathy his character invokes. “The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac” is a quick read. D’Agostino favors succinct sentences over flowery prose without sacrificing the details that enrich the story. The narrative cuts from one scene to the next but time remains linear, making it an overall engaging read.
​I often found myself disagreeing with much of what Cal was doing but I sort of felt for him. I can’t really fault him for not being self-sacrificing while things fall apart around him. It’s hard to take the high road when your father is spontaneously crying in his bathrobe.
​The strong, entertaining characters push the story along and only lend to the refreshingly truthful narrative. It is truly worth the read.

Thank you to Sarah Van Den Bosch for submitting your review

Book review: Reflected in You- Sylvia Day

13596809 Reflected in You is the sequel to Bared to You from Crossfire series.

Synopsis:

“Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction… my every desire… mine.

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful… except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity.

We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession…”

My review

I didn’t just like this book, I loved it. If you enjoyed Bared to You then you will definitely love Reflected in You. This book picks up right where the first book left off.

I found this book to be a better read than  Bared to You,  the author does a great job of explaining some of the issues that had bothered me in the first book. One of them being how Gideon became so successful at the age of 28. ( I still sometimes doubt it)

Every book has it’s faults, both Gideon and Eva to me were way too needy. I found their relationship to bee a bit obsessive and sometimes unhealthy. Gideon’s over “protectiveness” and Eva’s insecurity definitely made this book an interesting and emotional read. Reading through the first couple of chapters, I found Gideon’s obsessive nature and Eva’s behavior immature. The second half of the book  was more interesting to read.

Sylvia Day does a great job describing each character with great detail. You can feel the passion they have towards each other and the need to always be together. After getting though the first part of this book, I could not stop reading it. As unhealthy as their relationship sounds, you can’t help but root for them. Right when you think they have overcome their problems, your wrong. Their past always has a way of catching up to them. Like usual, I don’t want to give away to much, that’s why my reviews are short. I want you guys to experience this for yourselves.

I really did enjoy this book, if you are ready for a emotional roller coaster ride, buckle up, make your favorite drink and read on!

This book can be found at pretty much any book store and online at Amazon.com

Rating: 4/5
Would I recommend this book? Yes.

Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box below.

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Book review: Something Borrowed By Emily Griffin

20121215-052756.jpgOn today’s post I’m going to review Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin.
About this book:
Something Borrowed tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl—until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy’s fiancé.

Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. Something Borrowed is a phenomenal debut novel that will have you laughing, crying, and calling your best friend.”

 

My review: I found this book really interesting. For the first time, I actually felt bad for the person who is considered the wrong doer. There are many reasons why I sympathies with  the main character Rachel,early on in the book you find out how she puts everyone’s needs before hers, she always does the right thing.As for Darcy ( her best friend from her childhood) the author does a great job making it difficult for the reader to like her even though she’s technically the one that we are supposed to feel bad for. There are a few things that you will find out about Darcy that make you question if she deserved what she had coming.

I was indifferent about Dex, to me I was more interested in how Darcy and Rachel’s friendship would be affected by Rachel’s betrayal.Through out most of the book, I was making excuses to why what Rachel was doing wasn’t, she did meet Dex first and has always had feelings for him.  It’s almost like the author wants you too root for Rachel and Dex. I do admit that I was glad that Rachel finally decided to go after something she really wants instead of backing down. I don’t want to give too much away so I will end it by saying that I really enjoyed this book. Some of the things that happened were unexpected, I especially love how the author makes you think about the situation at hand instead of placing blame right away. I definitely recommend this book. It can be found at any major book store and online at Amazon.com.

If you have read this book and want to share your thoughts on it, please leave it in the comment box below.

Discussion question: Would you risk your friendship ( a friend that you have known your whole life) for love?

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Book review: Bared to You

BaredtoYou-200x300Hi everyone,

Today’s book review will be on  a book by Sylvia Day called Bared to You. Price: $11.99 CAD at Walmart

Synopsis:

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…

He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds… and desires.

The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…

My review:

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I thought to myself ” Great another 50 shades copycat” I was never a really big fan of that series, so when I went searching for a book to read, I was hoping to find a romance novel without all the kinks. ” Never judge a book by it’s cover” That is exactly what I did when I first came across this novel, but since I was determined to buy a book that day, I bought it anyways in hopes that I was wrong about my assumptions.

Bared to You is is narrated in first person by one of the main characters Eva Tramell. Eva moves to New York in hopes to start her career  as a executive assistant at a advertising firm. Joining her in New York city, is her hilarious bi sexual best friend Cary. Eva and Cary are roommates living is a luxurious apartment in Manhattan courtesy of Evas step father.

During her first weekend living in New York, Eva decides to visit her new work place at Crossfire in order to get a feel for the place that she will soon be working at. While helping a woman who dropped her belongings, Eva bumps into the man that soon will win over her heart. Gideon Cross, is a self made millionaire who owns all sorts of businesses throughout Manhattan.

With out giving too much a way, this novel is a roller coaster full of emotions. Early on in the book you learn that both Eva and Gideon experienced traumatizing ordeals during their younger years. Those experiences cause a lot of problems for them. Eva from the get go is attracted to Gideon, who can blame her? Gideon is the CEO of his  own company and he is only 28. His wealth is not the reason she is attracted to him though, Eva herself comes from a wealthy family. Her step father is a high powered millionaire. I found this aspect interesting because in most romantic novels, one character is wealthy and the other isn’t. There was a lot more to this book than I expected, the author does a great job is describing all the characters which in the end made this book a good read.

Final thoughts.

I enjoyed reading this book, as similar as it was to the  50 Shades series, I feel that this book had more to offer besides sex. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of that in this book but not as much. What I found the most interesting is the troubles that each of them experienced and how they dealt with it. If you are looking for a light read, this is the book for you. I know this is not a lengthy review, I want you guys to form your own opinions.

If you have read this book, let me know what you thought of it without spoiling it 🙂

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