Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #56!!

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted at Breaking The Spine  that spotlights those can't-wait-to-get-my-hands-on-them books that we are eagerly awaiting!

Sooo, what book am I really really really looking forward to this week? First World Problems by LeighAnn Kopans!

Goodreads Summary:

"Sofia Cole has always been able to get anything she wants through begging, flirting, and shameless manipulation of everyone around her.

Sofia doesn't think that Dad sending her on a gap service year to Guyana to address how "spoiled" she is will change any of that.

Sofia just might be proven wrong.

(A companion novel to SOLVING FOR EX (February 2014,) FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS is a standalone Upper YA/Lower NA contemporary romance.)"

Why am I eagerly awaiting First World Problems? Well, LeighAnn Kopans is one of my beloved authors and this one is a NA companion novel for one of my fave contemporaries of the year, Solving For Ex! I cannot wait to read how dear Sophia gets thrown completely out of her comfort zone!

What are you all (im)patiently awaiting this week?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tell Me Tuesdays #8!!

Tell Me Tuesdays is a meme/feature created by the awesome ladies of Please Feed The Bookworm and La La In The Library where we can share how we choose the book we are currently reading from our TBR pile!

I'm always curious about that, cause as much as I tend to make myself a rough schedule for books to read and the like, I'm quite a mood reader and sometimes I just HAVE to ignore my schedule and read something else!

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

 In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept “separate but equal.”

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.

 Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn't imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She's not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he's impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly... bad things are happening. It's a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil's bargains, she isn't sure who—or what--she can trust. Not even her own mind...

I got approved on NetGalley for Lies We Tell Ourselves and I'm doing a buddy read of it with my bloggy friend and awesomely talented Becca of Pivot Point Reviews and Pivot Book Totes! And I'm also finally reading Mortal Danger, after I got the sampler with the 5 first chapters and read some really great reviews from some of my bloggy friends!

So what are you all guys reading and how and why did you decide to pick up that book? Shiny new ARC? Comfort read? Scheduled for review? Must have new release? Tell me!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mark This Book Monday: ARC Review of Deliverance by C.J. Redwine!!!

As the last entry for this week's Mark This Book Monday I have one of my most awaited books of the year! I was extremely happy and grateful when I was approved for it on Edelweiss by Harper Teen, since I rarely get approved by them!

This one counts for two of my challenges, the 2014 Book Blogger Summer Reading Program and the 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge!

Deliverance (Defiance, #3)Deliverance by C.J. Redwine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a brilliant ending to a fantastic trilogy, but I don't think I'm ready to say goodbye to Rachel and Logan and Willow and Quinn... *clutches book*

I was beyond happy and honoured when I was finally approved for an eARC of this one Edelweiss by Harper Teen and I'm grateful, since they very rarely approve my requests!

As the final book of the series, there might be some spoilers for the previous books, so please be aware of that. I will be keeping my review as spoiler free as possible so it will be a bit vague.

After the nonstop action and heartbreak of Deception, I was kind of scared of reading Deliverance, even more after the very cruel cliffhanger ending! But I was quite reassured since C.J. had assured me on Twitter that Deliverance would compensate us from all that suffering!

Rachel and Logan are now separated and in extremely tough situations both of them and both have only themselves to rely on, Rachel because she's in enemy's hands and Logan cause despite it all, he's the leader and the man with the ideas & plans. Both are en route to Rowansmark, Rachel being dragged there as prisoner and Logan trying to rescue her.

Both Rachel and Logan are amazing characters, and they've both had such a wonderful character development throughout the whole trilogy and even if Logan's has been fantastic, I think Rachel's the most amazing of them both. She started as a headstrong and reckless girl that gets broken and is left as a mere shadow of what she was only filled with pain and revenge, but she continues to go on, to try her best and ends up facing her demons and finding the hope of healing.

I loved how Logan always respects Rachel and even though he wants to protect her, she never underestimates her and never tries to stop her from being the fighter she is at heart. And Rachel IS a fighter but she also learns that she can rely on her friends for whatever kind of support she might need, and learns to keep hope. She can rescue herself and she doesn't expect others to do so for her, but she keeps the hope of Logan coming for her and she plans to help once he does.

What I also appreciated very much was how well crafted the villains of the series are. Not only there are evil and repulsing ones but strangely enough we end up feeling for one them, unexpectedly understanding his hate and misguided actions, and in the end feel really bad for him and his fate!

The rest of the secondary characters feel very much alive, from Quinn and Willow to the many new characters that we meet in this book (and some of them are little easter eggs by name for anyone that follows C.J. on Twitter and knows of her fellow writer friends).

This was a brilliant final book for this very amazing part dystopian part fantasy series, one that I plan to re-read for sure, while I wait for the next book from C.J. Redwine, that has become one of my auto-buy authors! Very well deserved 5 stars for this one!

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Mark This Book Monday: Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins!!!

Hello everyone! What best to start Monday than with a wonderful & swoony book as the first entry of this week's Mark This Book Monday?

I'm starting this week's Mark This Book Monday with the next book in the Isla Is Coming readalong hosted by Andi from Andi’s ABCs, Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner , Judith from Paper Riot, Lindsey from A Bookish Sinister Kid and Meg from Cuddlebuggery!

 Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm rightly chuffed that I finally decided to join the #IslaIsComing readalong, because I've absolutely loved reading Anna and Lola, and I'm happy that I didn't have to wait as long as most people for Isla to come out.

It's quite hard to decide which one of the books is my favourite, but if I had to choose... I'd be probably leaning towards this one. Isla and Josh are a fantastic couple and their struggles and relationship progression really captured my heart.

I had noticed both Josh and Isla while reading Anna's book and I was quite excited to read how their relationship will progress, and thankfully it was as absorbing and heartwrenching as I was expecting.

Isla is a tiny sweet and geeky girl with an inseparable best friend with high functioning autism, both setting themselves apart from the rest of school. She's had a crush on Josh since they started high school together in Paris but their interactions have always been sparse and awkward, but that changes during summer break in NYC once she's high on painkillers and they meet by chance on a cafe (Kismet, quite appropriate I'd say!).

Their relationship is a joy to read about, and even when things get tough for them and even when it breaks our hearts, it's so beautifully written and woven! I was cheering for them since page one even when I felt like shaking one of them, or both.

As always, there is much more in the book than just their relationship and romance, there's family issues between Isla and her younger sister Hattie, and between Josh and his political-centered parents. There's also the adjustment between friends of Kurt and Isla. Even if Josh does go through quite a lot in the book, I'd say that the most character development and growth is Isla's, not only she learns how to accept herself and being loved, she also has confront her own flaws and shortcomings and accepting that some of what she thinks as shortcomings, aren't really so.

We also get plenty of travelling and get treated to wonderful descriptions that make us want to be there and enjoy all that Josh and Isla are discovering! I have already been to Barcelona and Paris but after reading Anna and this one... I feel like I really need to go back there as soon as possible!

I missed having some of the rest of the gang appear a bit more for most of the book, but all those wishes were fulfilled by the end of the book when we see Anna, Etienne, Meredith, Cricket and Lola, and get treated to even more emotional swooning and tears and make us turn the last page with a huge grin, even if you have some tears still lingering!

A wonderful read, very much deserving of 5 stars!

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Gates of Thread and Stone Giveaway!!

Hello guys!!

I finally got a huge pile of parcels from the P.O. yesterday and so my preordered cover of Gates of Thread and Stone is finally here! Since I was so lucky as to win a signed book on a giveaway that Lori had on her website, I decided to pass on the good karma and give my unsigned copy away!

And since I also got two batches of signed swag, I will be adding a signed bookmark and bookplate to the giveaway!

This is an international giveaway and please do keep in mind I will be checking the entries, so no cheating!

Best of luck everyone!!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

ARC August Update Week #2!!

Finally! This week I finally have an update on my ARC August challenge! I had done extremely poorly on the first week of August, but with the cheering of LaLa, Octavia, Shelly and Britt I did much better this week!

So much better, that I read 3 ARCs and one book for review!

I'm hoping to do equally as well next week, so I can kick this challenge finally! Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Showcase Sunday #44!!

Showcase Sunday is a weekly feature hosted by Vicky of Books, Biscuits, and Tea where all book lovers can share with others what bookish goodness we got this week, be it purchased (physical or eBook), won, gifted or for review!

It's been a pair of weeks at least till I managed to work on a SS post and I have waaay to many eBook accumulated (SO MANY PREORDERS for August 5th and also for this past Thursday!!) so instead I will be focusing on all the amazing physical books and swag and other awesomeness that I picked up yesterday at the post office!!

Purchased (via The Book Depository)

I got 4 lovely books that I will be giving away, GoTaS giveaway will be up tonight itself and the other three will be part of my birthday giveaway!

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

Won In A Giveaway

I have been so very lucky as of late, winning giveaways and a few of the prizes arrived this week! I picked them all up at the post office yesterday. I won Guy in Real Life from Adriana at Reading Fictional and Unravel from its blog tour hosted by The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club. Thank you so much ladies!!

Unravel by Imogen Howson
Guy In Real Life by Steve Brezenoff

For Review (via the author)

I was also quite lucky to be sent the ARC of her upcoming new book by LeighAnn Kopans for review and I loved it to bits! Cannot wait for my signed copy to arrive!

First World Problems by Leigh Ann Kopans

For Review (via NetGalley)

A big thank you to Algonquin Young Readers and Spencer Hill Press for the approval for these one via Netgalley!

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Between by Megan Whitmer

Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke

Bookish Swag won in a giveaway

I was extremely lucky to win an international giveaway at The Midnight Garden for a Throne of Glass tote and a ton of swag! Some signed, some not and some super adorable TMG buttons and bookmark! Thank you SO MUCH Wendy!!

Purchased on Etsy

I've already told you about the very awesome hand painted bookish totes from Pivot Book Totes, and I want to show off the latest ones I got this week!

And this is all for this week! I was quite overwhelmed when I went to pick up everything at the post office, and I'm still missing some of my preorders, mainly Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas.

What all did you guys get this week?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday Pages: Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne!!

As the final entry for this week's Saturday Pages I have a book that came highly recommended from some of my fave bloggers and canaries!

Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief, #1)Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Midnight Thief came highly recommended by one of my fave canaries and book bloggers, Alyssa from The Eater of Books, since it was one of her few 5 stars and fave books of the year, with this recommendation and the fact that I am very much in the mood for fantasy, I knew I needed to read this one as soon as possible!

As always, I will try my best to keep spoilers out of my review as much as possible, but that might make the review a bit more vague.

Kyra is a thief and has been pretty much since she can remember. She was one of the kids living on the streets and started doing better for herself using her abilities and some friends she made. We meet her when she's doing a special job for a new employer, James, a powerful man of the underworld of the city, and we see how she ends up recruited into the Guild of Assassins.

There are two different but intertwined plot lines & POV, one where Kyra is employed by the Assassin's Guild to do some special jobs for them and we meet James and some of his best men. And the second one is Tristam's, a knight that is working on discovering and fighting the threat of the Demon Riders.

Both POVs were very distinct and I cannot say which one I liked most during the first half of the book, but during the second half I prefered Tristam's POV because I was growing uncomfortable with Kyra's involvement with James and his plotting. I was really enjoying the book and the plot till we got to the point of the Demon Riders revelations... I was just bewildered and I'm not sure how everything will tie together and there's too many unknowns about them.

Since this is the first book and there are more to come, I'm hoping we'll get more about the Riders and it will be making more sense. It's probably the part that makes this book more fantasy than just historical fantasy, but still it didn't work entirely too well for me, and I'm not even sure why!

I liked Kyra's character and her not-by-blood family and I liked how the interactions between Kyra and Tristam worked. There really wasn't much romance per se, just a few little hints here and there, but it worked very well with how the story progressed.

Despite some of my reservations, I really enjoyed the story and kept on turning page after page! I give this very interesting debut 3.5 stars and I'm looking forward to read the sequel!

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