Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Secrets We Keep- Trisha Leaver--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

The Sunday Salon- November 23, 2014

The Sunday Salon

Yay!  So glad it's Thanksgiving break!  I need a week off. Although it won't really be a week off.  We are driving up to Virginia (12 hours) on Tuesday and back on Friday so not really time off.  I also have two races this week!  Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and eats lots on Thursday!

I finished and reviewed the following books in the last 2 weeks:
 The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

I am currently reading The Wonder (Queen of Hearts #2) by Colleen Oakes and up next is The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Book Review- The Return

I finished reading The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout for an Around the World ARC Tour tonight.

From Goodreads:

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.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.

So I have to admit that I was pretty confused at the beginning.  I knew it was a spin-off of an adult series but I never read that series.  And it seemed to refer to the past a lot.  Yes, it did get explained throughout the book but I always felt behind. (Apparently everyone was wanting a book from Seth's point of view)

That being said, I enjoyed it.  I enjoyed Josie and how real she was.  She was kick ass and feisty yet still girly and innocent.  I'm not quite sure how I feel about Seth.  Part of me likes the whole bad-boy-with-a-softer-side thing he's got going on.  But the other part of me finds him a little creepy.  His relationship with Josie is definitely hot though!

I didn't like this book as much as I liked the Dark Element books I've read but I'm definitely interested to see what is going to happen next.

I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.

The Return will be released on February 16, 2015.

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Sunday Salon- November 16, 2014

The Sunday Salon

Yup, forgot to do this again last week.  Sigh, I'm really thinking of just shutting the blog down.  I'm not enjoying it anymore and it's taking away from my enjoyment of reading.  I forget to do these things and then I get annoyed with myself.  Or I dread writing the reviews.  Anyone else ever feel like that?

I finished and reviewed the following books in the last 2 weeks:
The Crown (Queen of Hearts #1) by Colleen Oakes

Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers 

I am currently reading The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout and if I don't get a tour book then up next is The Wonder by Colleen Oakes.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Book Review- Invaded

I finished Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers the other night for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe...until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.

Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.

Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.

The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?

I enjoyed this second installment of the Alienated series.  I think my favorite part was reading about what life was like for Cara on L'eihr (I want to run the obstacle courses!)  The idea of this whole other planet intrigued me.

There were some big twists and turns, although I saw one of them coming.  I do wish that there were a few more scenes with Aelyx and Cara together but I totally get why there wasn't.  

I know the whole anti-L'eihr thing turned me off in the last book, but I didn't really see that as a problem this time.  And I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in the series!

I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Book Review- The Crown

I just finished reading The Crown (Queen of Hearts #1) by Colleen Oakes.

From Goodreads:

As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.

When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.

Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath.

Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

If you know me, you know I am a Disney freak and love anything related to Disney.  That includes retelling.  So when I saw there was a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, I jumped at the chance to read it. (And yes, I know the book came before the movie but I'm a Disney girl).

It was so much fun to read the story and figure out how the characters in book related to the well-known characters in the movie.  My favorite was Dinah's brother Charles, AKA the Mad Hatter.

As for Dinah, ehh.  I didn't much care for her.  I think we were supposed to feel sorry for her since her mother died and her father obviously hated her but I never really grew to like her.  She came across as much younger than she was and I never found myself pulling for her.

The description of Wonderland was beautiful.  Especially the end in the Twisted Woods.  I could so clearly see the setting painted in my mind.

I think the trilogy is off to an interesting start and I'm looking forward to seeing what else will be happening!

I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free from Booksparks in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Sunday Salon- November 2, 2014

The Sunday Salon

I finished and reviewed the following book last week:
 No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown 

I am currently reading The Crown (Queen of Hearts Saga #1) by Colleen Oakes and up next is Invaded by Melissa Landers.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Review- No Place to Fall

I finished reading No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown last night for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.

When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.

Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.

Unfortunately, this book really didn't do it for me.  I'm all for the underdog.  But I don't get into drugs and partying.  I was already annoyed with the book only a few chapters in.

And I didn't think Amber was a sympathetic character at all.  In fact, I didn't find much to like about her.  She said she wanted to be different than her sister, but she's really not.  I didn't connect with her or care about her.  I think  my favorite characters were Sean or C.A.  And I didn't really feel the Will and Amber relationship.

Sadly, we can't like them all.  But lets end on a positive--I like the cover and what it stands for in the story.

I gave this book a rating of 2.5/5.

No Place to Fall will be released on December 9, 2014.

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

In My Mailbox- October 27, 2014

In My Mailbox: Here's what I got in my mailbox last week

No Place to Fall- Jaye Robin Brown--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Sunday Salon- October 26, 2014

The Sunday Salon

I finished and reviewed the following book last week:
Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross 

I am currently reading No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown and up next is The Crown (Queen of Hearts #1) by Colleen Oakes.