Monday, July 28, 2014

Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine Review and GIVEAWAY!!!

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http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17303139-of-metal-and-wishes


There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.

Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.

As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it.

 

Of Metal and Wishes was not what I was expecting, not even close. This book was really dark, beautiful and scary. I’m surprised at how every single element of the book came together and worked nicely. I have to admit that the first few pages had me scratching my head because I had no idea where Fine was going with the book. But, every single thing that Fine incorporated in the book worked out in the end and the result was very enjoyable.

One of my favorite part about the book were the Noor. I was touched by how much they loved each other. These men are described as very manly tall men and to see how loving they are towards each other amazed me. Malik the leader of the Noor was amazingly fleshed out, I loved every single thing about him. On the other hand our main character, Wen, was a little hard to love at first but she grew on my by the end of the book. I got a little frustrated with her but I had to understand the circumstances she was in and try to put myself in her shoes.  Lastly, the ghost, I loved this character so much. He was scary but at the same time I couldn’t help not rooting for him. It was confusing. He did terrible things but he cared for Wen. I just wanted him to be happy.

I really hope you guys read and enjoy Of Metal and Wishes as much as I did. 


Don't forget to visit Alexa over at Collections and Joy over at Joyous Reads to read their reviews!!
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Unbeloved by Madeline Sheehan Review

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http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17926108-unbeloved
 
 
Dorothy Kelley is a born romantic, searching for her prince. Instead she finds herself pregnant at fifteen, and a in a loveless marriage by the tender age of eighteen.

Then hope comes riding into her life on a motorcycle and within weeks, Jason “Jase” Brady, a member of the Hell’s Horsemen motorcycle club, sweeps Dorothy off her feet.

But nothing is ever simple for Dorothy. Jase is married with children. And as Dorothy patiently waits for Jase to give her the happily-ever-after she’s been dreaming about, James “Hawk” Young, a member of the Hell’s Horsemen with secrets of his own, sees an opening into Dorothy’s life and takes it.

Carrying on two secret affairs is no easy feat. As Dorothy tries to dig herself out of the mess she’s created, covering one mistake with another, tragedy strikes, nearly costing Dorothy her life and that of her unborn son.

What follows is a long and painful journey of self-discovery and forgiveness, as Dorothy comes to realize that home was exactly where she’d left it, and the love she’d forever craved had always been within her reach.

This is the story of Dorothy, Jase, and Hawk.

We are all born pure; it is our journey that burdens us and leads us astray. Our mistakes that beat us down and cover us in guilt and shame, burying us a little more with each passing hardship. It is up to us to dig ourselves out, to come to terms with our faults, to embrace not only our imperfections but those of the ones we love, and to once again find the path we strayed from.
 
This was not my favorite book in the series but was definitely worth the read. I went expecting more excitement and angst, but I didn't get much of that. Unbeloved was definitely on the relaxed and grown up side. I'm used to Madeline's characters to be a little unpredictable and in your face. Dorothy is the total opposite from the other main girls in the series. It's probably because she's older when the story takes place and we already know most of her story with Jase and Hawk. But even though she was not what I was expecting I did end up loving her.

The beginning of the book drags a little bit, but it gets better towards the middle of the book. There is some going back in the past and Madeline handles that beautifully. We get to know more about each of the main characters and how they met. I was kind of surprised that I enjoyed Jase's story so much. I hated him in the other books but he totally redeems himself in Unbeloved.

To me the best part of the book was the ending. It was kind of a cliffhanger but maybe I should call it an opening to ZZ's book. And holy sh*t! I'm dying to read that book. I feel like it's going to be the craziest in the series.

If you haven't read this series yet then, you should do it soon! These books are not for everybody, though. They are not your usual love stories with selfless and perfect heroes. So be prepared!

 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke Giveaway!

 
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18775356-wayfaring-stranger
 

From “America’s best novelist” (The Denver Post): A sprawling thriller drenched with atmosphere and intrigue that takes a young boy from a chance encounter with Bonnie and Clyde to the trenches of World War II and the oil fields along the Texas-Louisiana coast.

It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when sixteen-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile.

Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp. Eventually, Weldon and Rosita fall in love and marry and, with Hershel, return to Texas to seek their fortunes.

There, they enter the domain of jackals known as the oil business. They meet Roy Wiseheart—a former Marine aviator haunted with guilt for deserting his squadron leader over the South Pacific—and Roy’s wife Clara, a vicious anti-Semite who is determined to make Weldon and Rosita’s life a nightmare. It will be the frontier justice upheld by Weldon’s grandfather, Texas lawman Hackberry Holland, and the legendary antics of Bonnie and Clyde that shape Weldon’s plans for saving his family from the evil forces that lurk in peacetime America and threaten to destroy them all.


Go here to learn more about Wayfaring Stranger
 
 
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Monday, July 7, 2014

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill Review

All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays #1)




What would you change?

Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.


Marina has loved her best friend, James, since they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it... at least, not as the girl she once was. Em and Marina are in a race against time that only one of them can win.
 
I struggled to finish this one and I’m not happy about that. The reviews were amazing so maybe that’s why I went in with high expectations. I should have known better. I thought that the premise of All Our Yesterdays was original. I might be wrong here, but I just don’t read too many time traveling books so I wouldn’t know if it was original or not. The beginning had me hooked. I wanted to know how, who, when and where! I was so excited. Em in the cell was a great beginning. I really liked her at that point of the book. She seemed like a really strong character. Oh, and the bad guys! I wanted to know more and more about them too. The doctor! Who is he? Why is he doing these bad things to Em? But in the end the answers to these questions were either disappointing or a little too late.

If there’s one thing I hate is a pathetic main character. It sounds harsh, I know. But I don’t know how else to put it. The book actually has two main characters. Em and Marina (I won’t go into details because of spoilers). I liked Marina the least. I understand she is a teenager, but I couldn’t make myself like her. The way she would be all over James was kind of sad. The girl didn’t take a hint! Em in the other hand went from “she looks like she could kick some butt!” to “she’s gonna get her butt kicked!” The only thing in the book she had to do was to travel in time and complete a mission to save the future and she couldn’t do it. After the second time, she failed to do what she needed to do I knew that I had lost faith in her and the book.

There’s some redeeming thing about the book like Finn, who was an incredibly real and sweet character. And the ending was unexpected. But, sadly I couldn’t look past the things that I didn’t enjoy.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Book Expo America 2014 Highlights and GIVEAWAY!!

Another awesome year at BEA! Well mostly awesome. I knew that Thursday and Friday were going to go as planned. I had my schedule ready and knew what lines I wanted to get in first. I got to meet A.S. King on Thursday and I was so nervous that I forgot to take a picture with her. Can you believe that!? But I did take a picture of my precious! I also told her that I loved her. I really didn't mean to sound creepy! But I just couldn't help but fangirl!!



I just finished Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King and it was the most amazing book ever. I can't wait to share my review!

At the end of the day Harper Collins was giving away shots of some alcoholic beverage and it was yummy!


Also look at this!!!!!!!!!! 






On Friday I was on a mission! I had to get Heir of Fire. I knew that the line was going to be crazy long but I was getting that book. This was by far the most awesome/irritating line that I have ever been in. Awesome because I got to meet Joy from Joyous Reads and other awesome bloggers and irritating because people were cutting in line. It was so frustrating!!! If you ever go to BEA never ever cut in line. It's rude, mean and disrespectful. Anyway, I got to meet Sarah J. Maas and she is so freaking pretty and soooo nice!! I'm glad I stayed in line. It was so worth it. 



I also got to meet Alethea Kontis!


She's the author of these pretties:

I got lucky with this series. Alethea was signing Enchanted on Thursday and told us if we went to the Houghton Mifflin booth they would give us the third book in the series, Dearest. Then she was signing the second book in the series on Saturday and of course I got in line. I'm super excited to read these! 

Another awesome thing that happened on Friday was that I got Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers! I'm a huge fan of the series and was so happy that I took a copy home!



I didn't take any pictures on Saturday. I just didn't have the energy and it was kind of a mess. Saturday was BEA/Bookcon. I don't know who came up with the idea of putting 10,000 people (I don't know if this number is accurate) in half of the Javits. It was really hard to walk imagine how hard it was to be in line for a signing. It got very hot and hard to breathe real quick. I hope they don't do this next year. 

Overall I enjoyed the event. This was my fourth year going and I haven't gotten used to the awesomeness of BEA. It's an exhausting and exhilarating 
experience. You have to definitely work your butt off for the books you want. But at the end it feels great to be holding that book that you have been waiting for and wanting for so long. 

And here is my BEA haul. I'm just going to post the ones I'm excited for because the rest I either donated to my library or gave away. 


 Plus I got to take home this amazing Throne of Glass tote bag!!!



And now for the giveaway!!!!! I'll be giving away the books in the picture below plus the "totes books" tote bag!To enter just fill out the rafflecopter form below. The giveaway is INT'l and will end on July 4th. Good luck!!




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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Pic2Book Wednesday Challenge #101

Guess the Book Title



This is a weekly challenge where you guess the book title just by looking at the pictures. This game is inspired by the game Scene it? and it's one of my favorite challenges in it! If you want to participate and don't want any spoilers don't read the comments. I'll post the answer of this challenge in next week's challenge.

What's this book's title?

Hints:
  • This book is the 5th book in the series
  • This book was published on February 2014
  • M.M.L. are the authors initials

Only for emergencies!!!

You will find the book's title in this list.

Last Week's Challenge answer: 
Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

Free to Fall



Thanks to:  


For participating in last week's challenge!!! 
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