Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Pic2Book Wednesday Challenge #76


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 tomorrow's post.

What's this book's title?



I won't give you guys any hints because this one is pretty easy! ;)

Last Challenge's answer: 

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa






Thanks to:  



For participating in last week's challenge!!! 

Trophy Husband by Lauren Blakely Release Day Blitz and Giveaway!





Sometimes you can't help falling in love, even when you try to do the opposite...Successful fashion blogger McKenna Bell has spent far too long protecting herself after the way her ex-fiancé left her at the altar for a college chick he met the night of his bachelor party. Loving again, trusting again, well, that's just not in the cards. Especially now that her ex is back in town with his new woman, demanding custody of McKenna's favorite creature in the whole world--her dog. No effing way. McKenna's had enough of him, and she decides to even the score by finding her own hot young thing -- a Trophy Husband. Sure, she's only twenty-seven, but doesn't that make it even more fun -- and infuriating to her ex -- to pursue a younger man? When she declares her intentions on her daily blog, her quest quickly skyrockets in popularity, and that's when Chris enters the picture, and he’s got all the assets. He's handsome, successful, and turns her inside out with a kiss to end all kisses, the kind that makes you feel like a shooting star. But loving again could mean losing again, and it's so much easier to focus on getting even, isn't it? Unless, you just can't help falling in love. Which means McKenna will have to come face to face with what she really wants in life -- protecting her heart from hurt, or letting go of her fears of a new beginning.


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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Farewell, The Arrangement by H.M. Ward


This is a conversation between "The Arrangement" roller coaster operator and me. This isn't exactly a review. It's my way of saying goodbye to this series.

Me: Whoa! That ride was exactly the same as my last ride.

Operator: Hhhm... Maybe you are riding it wrong.

Me: Nope. I'm pretty sure there's no alternative way of riding "The Arrangement" roller coaster. I think I'm getting off.

Operator: But, but. Wait! Maybe just one more ride?

Me: Sorry, but I only got one ticket left. I think I'm going to spend it on a friendlier ride.

Operator: But think about how much fun you had riding "The Arrangement".

Me: Yeah, I remember that the fun lasted for a few minutes and then you left me hanging upside down for weeks! I could have died!

Operator:...

Me: So, I gotta go. See ya. Or maybe not.

Operator: You are making a big mistake! The best is yet to come.

Me: You told me that 5 rides ago.

Operator: You won't ever know then. You are getting off. Remember? Everybody else will have fun without you.

Me: Listen, I've done this before. I didn't finish riding the "50 Shades of crazy" ride. And I'm fine. I'm a rebel. I will be ok. *walks towards the sunset singing I will survive*

Friday, May 17, 2013

Virtual chair #15: Danielle from Coffee and Characters



Today sitting on the Virtual Chair is Danielle from Coffee and Characters. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook and don't forget to visit her awesome site!





  • Who’s your favorite villain?


 My favorite villain is Bram Stoker's Dracula because his character has inspired so many terrific books like Jeaniene Frosts' Night Prince series, though Bellatrix from Harry Potter is a close runner up. I love how nutty she is.


  • Vampires or Angels? 


This is a tough one. Can't I have both? Ahh okay okay I suppose I will go with Angels. I keep picturing Jason from Archangel's Storm by Nalini Singh. I don't think you could get much better than him! Though Galen from Angel's Dance is a close runner up. There are just so many to choose from!


  • Do you ever read the ending of a book before finishing it? 


No Never! Okay thats a lie. I use to read the ending first when I was assigned books in middle school that I had ziltch interest in but now Never! Though I have read books out of turn in a series (by accident) and that may be just as bad.


  • Describe your blog in 3 words. 


Caffeinated Paranormal Addicts. Because if you love coffee and all things paranormal than you're in the right spot at Coffee and Characters


  • Name one thing that would make you not finish a book: 


Snobby and Selfish teenage dialogue. I have read and enjoyed many YA novels but those with the stuck up brat character where their internal dialogue takes off on a stupid tangent 'all about me' drives me nuts and will send the book straight to my DNF pile


  • What's your least favorite thing about book blogging? 


Turning down review request. I always feel awful when I have to say no and I HATE telling someone that their book just doesn't do it for me. I know authors put so much time and effort into their work that I hate to be the one to say sorry it isn't my cup of tea or sorry but I'm just too busy right now.


  • What do you think of love triangles in Young Adult books?


 They are amazing if done properly. The love triangle in the Hunger Games is great, Twilight triangle awesome as well. The love triangle(s) in the P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast series just make Zoey out to be slut. So I like them, they keep things interesting but I don't want the characters I'm reading about sleeping with every new boy that comes along either.


  • Who’s your favorite character of all time? 


My all time favorite character is Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels Series (Magic Bites, Magic Bleeds ect...) She is funny, a kick ass heroine, and she doesn't take crap from anyone. I love her so much I wish she was real and could be my BFF 


  • How often do you visit Goodreads? 


Atleast Daily, usually multiple times a day. I'm a member of several groups and also have my own group on GR called of course... Coffee and Characters so I check Gr pretty often


  • Ghosts or Zombies. 


What would scare you most? Zombies! Can't do them. I know there is a crazy obsession with the T.V. series The Walking Dead and I've never seen it just because I know Zombies are in it and they scare the Hell out of me. They're the one thing that gives me nightmares so its sad to say but I don't watch or read anything with lots of Zombies in it. The closest I get is Meljean Brooks's Iron Seas books that have small glimpses of zombies on rare occassion because well, Zombies EAT people! Thats just creepy! I don't want to be eaten lol

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Unbeautifully Loved by Emma Grayson Blog Tour and Giveaway!


In three words I can sum up everything I learned about life. Regardless of the shit going on in your life, this fact still remains.

It. Goes. On


Lexie Todd knew these 3 simple words. They were her mantra. So, after dealing with years of abuse at the hands of her boyfriend and the father of her son, she knows what needs to be done. With help from her best friend Mollie, they go on the run.


After months of being on the run they finally find the perfect town to settle in. Unable to trust and always having her guard up, the last thing Lexie wants is to get involved with Lukas Gunn.


Persistent, annoying, bossy, over protective and extremely hot, Detective Lukas Gunn.


After an incident leaves her vulnerable, Lukas knows there’s something haunting her. He’s determined to find out, wanting to protect her and make her his. But Lexie is determined also. Not wanting to give up her past, she pushes him away. Repeatedly.


But when history repeats itself, will Lexie finally be able to trust those around her to keep her safe? Will Lukas be able to save her? Or will Lexie succumb to only knowing what it’s like to be Unbeautifully Loved?






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Monday, May 13, 2013

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

 Rating: 5 out 5 Stars
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

I've never finished a book that is considered historical anything. I don't know why, but my brain does not agree with the historical genre. Grave Mercy is Historical-Fantasy. I went with low expectations knowing that I was probably not going to finish it. I also gave it a change because Fantasy is my favorite genre. I have to tell you that this book was a huge surprise. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. 

Yes, this book has a lot of history in it but the author makes it read like fantasy. I think that's what I enjoyed the most about it. I also enjoyed all the politics. Once I concentrated, I could understand who was who and where they came from. I was kind of proud of myself at the end because I couldn't believe I got what was happening in the book. 

Another thing that was freaking unbelievable about Grave Mercy were the characters. OH MY GOD! The relationship between Ismae and Duval reminded me a lot of Fire and Brigan from Fire by Kristin Cashore. The sexual tension and dislike between the characters made their reunion sweeter at the end. I can't forget about the secondary characters like, "Beast" which I loved! And Annith and Sybella were also very interesting characters. There were some characters that gave me the heevy jeevies but I'm not going to mention them because that would be a spoiler.

I loved the "figuring out who the bad guy is" part of the book. I could not for the life of me know who it was. I kind of questioned that person's motivations and character but never thought of them as the bad guy. I still think there's someone close to Ismae that has questionable intentions towards her and the duchess, Do not highlight if you haven't read Grave Mercy ---> [The reverend mother]. 

This book was full of action, romance and awesomeness. I recommend Grave Mercy to fans of Kristin Cashore, Melina Marchetta, Fantasy lovers and whoever thinks that assassin nuns are cool . 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Arrangement by H.M. Ward Books 1-6

Here are my mini reviews for books 1 through 6 of The Arrangement series. I don't know if I would call these a review. But here they are. I don't think I give anything mayor away in the reviews but read at your own risk.

 I did like the first few books but then it kind of got ripetitive. I feel like the author is trying to milk the series when to me, the cow ran dry two books ago. The thing is that this are very short novellas and they go for 2.99 a piece!! The price wouldn't bother me so much if the books were longer and unique. Right now I don't know the diference between books 3 and 5. I have to admit that once you start reading the books you get sucked into Avery's world. The writing is good and the plot is very different. I just wish the books were different from each other. 

You'll see that I go from loving the books to wanting to kill the two main characters. I will still read the next book and probably the next after that one because I've invested so much money in this series that it hurts me to not know what will happen to Avery and Sean. 





FML is becoming Avery's motto. Just when she doesn't think things could get any worse, they do. When her car stalls out at a busy intersection and she gets out to check under the hood, a guy steals her car. Armed with a dress and a pair of Chucks, Avery runs after the thief. When a hot stranger offers to help, she can't say no. That's how Avery meets Sean Ferro, the totally sexy, totally damaged guy with more secrets than she has time for.

Avery doesn't have time for anything anymore. Her is life falling apart and it's not just the car. It's everything, and it doesn't matter how tightly she tries to hold on, there's nothing left to hold on to. With the sudden death of her parents, it's only a matter of months until Avery's shot at college is gone, and she's living in a cardboard box. Other students have their families to rely on when things get bad. Avery has no one. 

But there's one option, one incredibly sexy, morally devoid, option. If Avery takes a job as a call girl, one guy could save her. One client. One time. She just has to say yes.


Book 1 was so awesome I finished it in 2 hours. Oh my God! The story is so different from anything I've read before. I like Avery a lot and I LOVED Sean.




Avery's life is slipping between her fingers. Everything that she worked to achieve will be gone if she doesn't take this job. The idea of being a call girl doesn't appeal to Avery, but her first client does. Sean is too difficult to resist. This might be the opportunity to fix her finances and find love. She just has to have enough guts to go through with it.

Book 2 was as good as book 1. Sean and Avery made some progress in their "relationship". They only thing that worries me a little bit is that Sean has 2 personalities. He's character is not going where I thought it would. And WTF Sean?! That ending! 




Sex isn't love, but it feels like it--that is until Sean bolts from the room. For a moment, everything seemed fine. Avery's life didn't feel so impossible. She got the guy and the money, but then everything shifts. The line between reality and fantasy gets hazy. It's impossible to know if her feelings are genuine or just an illusion. 

To make matters worse something from Sean's past surfaces. Devastated, Avery realizes that Sean isn't the guy that she thought he was. Avery's heart can't take another loss and this time, it looks like she's going to lose everything.


Book 3 is pretty much like book 1. Nothing different really. Except that scene where we find out what Sean is sexually into. I don't know what's going to happen or where this couple's future is headed to. I really wish these books were longer.




Avery finds out too late that her heart isn’t cut out to be a call girl. She’s too attracted to Sean. Avery doesn’t just want Sean’s body, she wants his heart. When he sent her away, Avery was devastated. Trying to pick up the pieces is hard, especially since she can’t get another job. 

Caught in an impossible position with her employer, everything hinges on making this next client happy, but things don’t go as they should. To make matters worse, Sean shows up at the worst time. Avery dreams of a chance to start over, to erase Sean from her life forever and leave her old life behind. But, it’s beginning to look more and more like just a dream.


Book 4 was ok. Avery finally has a different client other than Sean. She has finally accepted her job as a call girl which I feel  she does in every book but then she goes back on her word and doesn't want to do it anymore. And what's up with her not catching a break? God. She has the worst luck in the world. Avery and Sean are starting to get a bit annoying and the books repetitive. I didn't really care for the ending but I will still read the next book. 




Avery’s emotions are fried, but she doesn’t have to think twice about her BFFs Marty and Mel. They mean everything to her. They’re the family she doesn’t have. In a crisis, they’re the people to have by her side, and God knows this is a crisis. Friends like that are worth their weight in gold.

If only things with Sean were so simple. Regret is something that is impossible to subdue. There are still things to be said, things to do. Life is too short to live in the past, but when Avery wakes up at the hospital she finds that her world has changed.


My reaction to book 5 was WTF? Seriously. I get it Sean saved her but c'mon! I feel like Avery really hates herself like, she wants to suffer. There was this one scene at a clothes store which was hot btw but then Sean is like "here, this nipple ring thingy completes your outfit for tonight when you see Henry" I'm paraphrasing of course. So yeah he bought her stuff to model to a client and then he tells her that yeah he's calling for another girl that can satisfy his needs aka rape. Ugh!! Then, I was kind of disappointed with Henry. What the hell dude? Oh, and we end the book in a cliffhanger of course. 



Just as Avery thinks she finds balance with her position as a call girl and her relationship with Sean, everything changes. The relationships that she has depended on are suddenly gone. After years of friendship, Avery is forced to face the cold hard truth--there is no place for feelings in this kind of business.

What a disappointment was the beginning of book 6. What I waste of a great twist! Anyway, I really don't care for Avery and Sean anymore. I still don't see a future for them. And is it just me that don't get why Sean ordered a virgin in the beginning of the series? I really don't get it. Why a virgin? Supposedly he wanted to teach her and he did teach Avery, I guess, but he doesn't get off from that. What's the point in wasting all that money? Right now the only characters I like are Mel and Marty. And I totally new about Marty's secret like in the 4th book. Avery is just blind. Oh and, Surprise! The book ends in a cliffhanger. Let's hope this twist takes the series in a good direction. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Spring Blog Carnival


Welcome to the Killer Cliff Booth were you have to guess the book title of a book that ends in a cliffhanger to win an awesome prize! 

I dare you to jump.

Here is how it works:

This is a challenge where you guess the book title just by looking at the pictures. I call this game Pic2Book. 

Here are the challenges:

Note: Answer the challenges in the Rafflecopter form.

 Challenge #1:


Hints:
  • This is book 1 of a series.
  • This book was published on December 14th 2012.
  • A.G. are the authors initial.


Challenge #2



 Hints:
  • This is book 2 in a famous series.
  • The movie of this book is coming out later this year.
  •  S.C. are the authors initials.
You can also find the answers to the challenges in the picture below. 
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Destiny Gift by Juliana Haygert Blog Tour Interview and Giveaway!!




Thirty years in the future, a sinister New York City exists in permanent darkness.

A student at the secured NYU, nineteen-year-old Nadine has visions of Victor Gianni, an imaginary guy she has real feelings for. Afraid of being truly insane, she explains the visions away as simple daydreams, but she can no longer deny them when she bumps into Victor in real life. But this Victor doesn’t know her, and turns her away. After the encounter, Nadine’s visions change to those of eerie fates, go
ds she’s never heard of, demons with sharp claws they are not too timid to use … and instructions.

To discover if she’s losing her mind, Nadine follows the vague directions—with the real, rude and reluctant Victor—leading to a man who knows it all: Nadine can restore an ancient creed by unveiling the clues on her visions, and bring sunlight and peace to the world again. But that’s only if the demons and the other evil forces behind the darkness don’t stop her first.


INTERVIEW

-What inspired you to write Destiny Gift?

My husband. No, seriously, we were talking books and ideas, and he always said I had to write one about gods and mythology, because he loves this kind of stuff. So, he asked, what if you wrote about immortals gods, and then, one of them dies – for real. They thought they were immortal, but they aren’t! And, from that, the rest came to me pretty easily. 

-Who is your favorite character in your book? 

Ha, Micah, no doubt. When I first came up with him, Micah was different. He was supposed to be a thorn in Nadine’s and Victor’s path … but he evolved so much, and he became much more. And I won’t say more about it because I’m pretty close to spoilers already ;) 

-What was the hardest part of writing Destiny Gift?

Destiny Gift came together pretty easily actually. I think the hard part was revising it lol That’s a problem to me because I prefer drafting to revising ;)
For real, though, I guess it was to make the characters’ motivations apparent, while weaving all the details that would make the climax quite shocking … 

-What is your favorite genre to read? 

Urban Fantasy, though I’ve been on a contemporary romance phase lately. 

-Who is your favorite author? 

Richelle Mead, hands down. That woman spins some great magic in her books ;)


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AUTHOR BIO
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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