Thursday, September 18, 2014

Haze by Paula Weston Blog Tour and Review and Giveaway!

"But what if we can’t find Jude?"

He leans closer. His breath is warm on my ear. "We will."
"How can you be so sure?" I want to believe him so badly, but this is Rafa. The guy who’s all action and no plan. His smile is tired, knowing. An echo of a shared past I don’t remember.

"Because I’m not smart enough to give up, and you don’t know how to."

Gaby Winters’ nightmares have stopped but she still can’t remember her old life. Still can’t quite believe she is one of the Rephaim—the wingless half-angels who can shift from place to place, country to country, in the blink of an eye. That she was once the Rephaim’s best fighter. That demons exist. That Rafa has stayed.

But most of all, she can’t quite believe that her twin brother, Jude, might be alive.

And Gaby can’t explain the hesitancy that sidetracks the search for him, infuriates Rafa, and sends them, again, into the darkest danger.

I absolutely adored Shadows (the first book in the series). When the time came to read Haze, I was so excited to start reading it that I put everything aside to give the book my undivided attention. And I did. It wasn’t what I was expecting. I enjoyed Haze very much but Shadows is still my favorite in the series.

There were lots of things that I loved about Haze. One of them being the characters. Rafa and Gaby were my favorites. Their relationship was laid back, but you could still feel the sexual tension between them. One of the things that I really enjoyed was that Rafa didn’t try to take on the role of Gaby’s protector. He knew she was able to kick demon ass and even pushed her a bit to show her that she could be the badass Gabe she doesn’t remember. Also Maya! I loved her! She was so intense and a great addition to the story. I really want to see more of her in the upcoming books because whoa, she’s an awesome character. Another thing that made me a fan of the series is Paula Weston’s writing. She knows how to captivate the reader. Her writing style definitely help the book move along. I love how she brings to life these amazing characters and how different they are from each other. The fight scenes were a big plus too.

The problem I had with haze were unanswered questions. The things that I’ve been waiting to happen either didn’t happen at all or happened too late in the book, which was a little disappointing since I’ve been waiting for forever to find out what happened to Gaby and her brother Jude. What did they do a year ago? Who erased Gaby’s memory? And so on and so forth. GAH!! I was a little anxious to be honest. The waiting and wondering just killed me!!!! Can you tell I'm horrible at waiting? I can't watch suspense movies. Just tell me the ending LOL!

If you are a fan of the first book you'll definitely enjoy Haze. Readers will get plenty of Rafa and will get to meet new characters, which I think were one of the highlights of the book. Just know that maybe what you’ve been wondering about won’t get reveal until later in the book or maybe the next book in the series.

I took a little fun quiz to see which character I am like the most and:

This was so much fun! I love Maggie!!

Don't forget to visit the other stops on the tour!!

There's a giveaway going on too! All you have to do is comment on the tour posts to enter to win 1 signed hardcover set of Haze and Shadows!!!! More details here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy Review


To the outside world, they look like American Royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two Bosses, cultures, and hearts.

Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago, and follows the life and marriage of Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Their marriage, arranged by their fathers in hopes to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians.

Liam believes he’s getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need . . . the complete opposite of Melody. She knows exactly what type of man he is, and would rather die than give up the power she has spent her life building.

The Mafia of the past has evolved, and with rival bosses gunning for them, Melody and Liam will have to learn to work as one to take down those who stand in their way.

1 Marriage x 2 Bosses = 3x the Chaos

So, I’ve been trying to write a review for Ruthless People for the longest time. The only thing that comes to mind right now is Holy Shift. I bought this one on a whim when I saw a post on Facebook of a reviewer raving about it. She was saying how different and how addicting the book was. I wish I remembered who it was because she was right!!! This book was not what I was expecting at all.

The main character Mel is kind of scary. No never mind that; she was terrifying! I’m not used to being intimidated by female main characters. I was little taken aback. This girl did not play. Which it’s understandable since she is a mafia boss and needs to prove herself to her crew just because she’s a female. I got to see a softer side of her in some parts of the book, but I wasn’t fooled. Her nature was to be cruel and ruthless. I can’t say if I liked her or not. I was surprised by the things she did, and she was definitely not a relatable character, but I did appreciate her attitude and how she knew she was the best at what she did.

Liam was a little bit predictable, and a little be softer than Mel. He still did terrible things, but he balanced the book. I definitely loved the way Mel and Liam clashed and the things they did to each other were borderline sadistic but you could feel the sexual tension sizzling between them. It didn’t hurt that they both had the same goal, which was to rule the world. The secondary characters were more likable they weren't as mean-spirited as our two main characters, and they had a heart. Something happened with one of Liam’s brother that actually pissed me off so much I had to put the book down for a few minutes to remind myself that this was just a book. It was kind of hard to remember that the people in the book were fictional because everything felt so real that’s one of the things I loved the most about Ruthless People.

I don’t know how most people will feel about this book. I was pretty much reading a book told by the villains' POV. I thought it was refreshing, and it made me feel all kinds of weird, but I loved it.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty Review

Three Wishes

Australian triplets Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle are about to turn thirty-three and one is pregnant, one has just had her life turned upside down, and one is only just keeping hers from skidding off the fast lane. Meanwhile, their divorced parents have been behaving very oddly indeed.

In this family comedy by Liane Moriarty, we follow the three Kettle sisters through their tumultuous thirty-third year -- as they deal with sibling rivalry and secrets, revelations and relationships, unfaithful husbands and unthinkable decisions, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a trio.

I really don't want to start a new book after finishing Three Wishes. I feel like I need to read more about these sisters. I feel so comfortable in their story that I don't want to let go. It's weird having these feelings. I usually can separate reality from fiction but while reading this book the difference kind of got hard to tell apart.

I think they way Moriarty writes her characters is key to why I adore her books so much. Although I may be a stranger to their lifestyles, her characters evoke this feeling of familiarity in me. It's like meeting old friends and then you are like, wait yeah I remember you! After finishing one of Moriarty's book I always feel sad because I won't be spending time with the characters, happy because I got to spend time with them and exhausted because I haven't slept properly in the last two days. I couldn't put this book down!

Three Wishes made me laugh and feel sad in a matter of a few pages. It was up and down with the sisters, but they loved each other so much that no matter what happened between them, in the end, they would still be there for each other. I wish I had a twin sister. I wonder how that would have gone. Free babysitter for sure! But, no, seriously you need to read this book.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican Review

Three freshmen must join forces to survive at a troubled, working-class Catholic high school with a student body full of bullies and zealots, and a faculty that's even worse in Anthony Breznican's Brutal Youth

With a plunging reputation and enrollment rate, Saint Michael’s has become a crumbling dumping ground for expelled delinquents and a haven for the stridently religious when incoming freshman Peter Davidek signs up. On his first day, tensions are clearly on the rise as a picked-upon upperclassmen finally snaps, unleashing a violent attack on both the students who tormented him for so long, and the corrupt, petty faculty that let it happen. But within this desperate place, Peter befriends fellow freshmen Noah Stein, a volatile classmate whose face bears the scars of a hard-fighting past, and the beautiful but lonely Lorelei Paskal —so eager to become popular, she makes only enemies.

To even stand a chance at surviving their freshmen year, the trio must join forces as they navigate a bullying culture dominated by administrators like the once popular Ms. Bromine, their embittered guidance counselor, and Father Mercedes, the parish priest who plans to scapegoat the students as he makes off with church finances. A coming-of-age tale reversed, Brutal Youth follows these students as they discover that instead of growing older and wiser, going bad may be the only way to survive.

Brutal Youth is definitely not for everybody. This book was very realistic. This is not one of those movies were the victims end up being the heroes. No. This book was a very authentic painting of the unfair world we live in. It's about adults not caring, about despicable teenagers and good guys not always getting their happy ending. Throughout the book, I had this horrible feeling of sadness and anger. Sadness for these characters that deserved so much better than what they got. And anger because I just wanted to hurt someone! I do think, though that that was what the author wanted to provoke in us the readers. If that's the case then bravo Mr. Breznican, because man, this book brought many strong feelings out of me.

This book was very dark but at the same time very easy to read. One of our main characters, Pete Davidek, was one of the most-refreshing voices I've read in a long time. This kid stayed true to himself and his friends until the very end. I thought after reading some reviews that I was going to hate the ending of the book, but I actually loved it. The ending stayed true to the characters. True to one of the main points of the book (at least to me): good guys not always win, which is actually true. But, that doesn't mean that the "bad guys" won either. I don't want to spoil anything, but I think that it was a great ending. A satisfying ending.

I loved the way Brutal Youth made me feel. Even if it wasn't good feelings it still make me feel something. The characters all made me want to get to know them better even the ones I hated with all my heart because even they had a story. Stories that made me sympathize with them until I remembered their cruel and vile behavior, but the fact that Anthony Breznican made me forget their horrible ways and made me see them as human beings did make me realize how talented of a story teller he is.

I loved Brutal Youth and I think you should give it a try. I listened to the audiobook and thought that the narrator was brilliant. Darkly entertaining, fast-paced and unforgettable characters, I think and hope Brutal Youth will be a favorite for many readers.

Friday, August 15, 2014

LEAD by Kylie Scott Tour: Review

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Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic New Adult series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.
About Lead (Stage Drive #3):

As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it's booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble. Lena's not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.



I'm sad that I finished LEAD so fast. I'm obsessed with this series! I'm surprised that I enjoyed it so much because I usually get bored with romance series. But these books are so entertaining and the main characters are so different from the past books that it's just impossible not to enjoy reading them.

Like I mentioned before these books are different from each other but LEAD is a little bit more different than the others. For example, Lena, we know that from pretty early on in the book she has a crush on Jimmy. She didn't deny it to herself or to Jimmy. I thought that was refreshing and brave of her. The only thing I didn't like about Lena was that she was a bit submissive. I wanted her to take control of the situation. I wanted her to think about her and her feelings for a second instead of going with whatever Jimmy said. She did take control in the end and it was glorious.

I truly enjoy the love the guys have for each other. Their love is so genuine and you can really tell that they would do anything for one another. I think that's one of the qualities I love the most about this series. I also love the way they open their arms to Lena. I wish I could be part of their crazy family. I truly did enjoy this installment and I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

The Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott:

Lick (Stage Dive #1): Amazon / B&N / Goodreads
Play (Stage Dive #2): Amazon / B&N / Goodreads
Deep (Stage Dive #4) available on January 6th, 2015: Amazon / B&N /Goodreads

Check out more of Kylie's work:


“Lena, you seen my old black Led Zep shirt?”
“You sure?” His brows became one dark cranky line. The scratches on his face were healing well, thank goodness. Though it didn’t reduce my desire to throttle his mother on a daily basis.
“Yes. I haven’t seen it.”
Can’t find it anywhere…”
“And this is a surprise, how?” I slipped my hands into my back jean’s pockets. “Jimmy, you own more clothing than Cher, Brittney, and Elvis, put together. Things are bound to go missing.”
“Sure you haven’t seen it?”
“For goodness sake, what do you think, Jimmy? That I stole it to sleep in or something?” I laughed bitterly. Sure as hell, the truth deserved a good mocking. I’d sunk so despicably low.
I hadn’t even meant to steal the stupid thing, but the shirt had been mixed up with my laundry a few days ago. It’d been the first top I laid my hand on after stepping out of the shower, ready to go to bed. Without thought, I’d put it on and it’d been so soft, the scent of him lingering beneath the laundry detergent. Every night since, I’d found myself in it come bedtime. My shame knew no limits. And no, I still hadn’t quit. The words still hadn’t come even close to leaving my mouth.
He frowned. “No.”
“That I have some deep secret longing to feel close to you resulting in my stealing your shirt like some creepy perv?”
“Course I don’t fucking think that,” he replied crankily, reaching up to grip the top of the doorframe. All of his bulging muscles stretched the arms of his white T-shirt in the nicest way. It was all I could do not to start drooling, my heart beat taking up residence somewhere down between my thighs. And who could blame it? Not me. Maybe if I got laid, this would go away and things would return to normal. It’d seemed safer to avoid rubbing up against any men just in case I got carried away and started dating again. This new situation, however, changed everything.
“Well, of course not! That would be crazy.” And wasn’t that the god’s honest truth? Cray-zeee. Lock me up and throw away the key because it wasn’t like I didn’t know better.
“Just can’t figure out where the hell it could be.”
Angels couldn’t have smiled as innocently. They might have tried, but they would have failed, the dirty-mouthed, winged, little liars. “Jimmy, I don’t know where it is. But I’ll look around for it later, okay?”
“Yeah,” he said, and then added as an afterthought, “and stop looking at me weird.”
“I’m not!”

About Kylie Scott:
Kylie Scott
Kylie is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater Review


Everybody thinks they know Cole's story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole's darkest secret -- his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel's life. Can this sinner be saved?
I tried to stay away from this book. You might be wondering why. Well, I wasn't a fan of the third book in the Mercy Fall series. I did love the first two books, though. I have this love/hate relationship with Maggie's books. I love some of them with a fiery passion (The Raven Cycle, Mercy Fall books 1&2) and loath the rest with the same passion (The Scorpio Races, book 3 in the Mercy Fall series). With me, there's no in between with her books. I feel like she can be very prose-y, sometimes so much that I get lost and end up scratching my head because I feel so lost. But other times her writing makes me want to weep like a little baby because it can be beautiful and so mind blowing that it gives me chills.

I’m happy to tell you that I loved Sinner with all my heart! It was easy and perfect. Her writing style blew me away once again and went hand in hand with the characters. And this book is all about the characters. I loved how Isabel and Cole’s story took center stage. There’s not much going on that doesn’t have to do with them and I loved that. They were always my favorite characters in the other books in the series and I always thought that there wasn’t enough of them in the books. Well, we get a LOT of Cole and Isabel in Sinner.

I’m happy I gave Sinner a try. There’s a lot of angst, swoony moments, a little bit of wolf and awesome new characters that will make your heart melt, I’m looking at you adorable Leon! If you love Maggie, then you’ll love this book.

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