April 16, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (119): Kiss Kill Vanish

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The book I´m waiting this week is

Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez
Release date: October 7th 2014
Valentina Cruz no longer exists.

One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind.

She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real.

She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth.

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April 15, 2014

Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi


Title: Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3)
Author: Veronica Rossi 
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: January 28th 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 4.5/5

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You can read my review of Under the Never Sky - here & Through the Ever Night - here

*May contain spoilers if you haven’t read Through the Ever Night* 
The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do--and they are just as determined to stay together.

Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival--he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

I really enjoyed this trilogy and I'm a little sad because this is the last book in the Under the never Sky trilogy and Perry´s and Aria´s story comes to an end ......... and also because I´ll not read more about Roar, my favorite character of this great trilogy.

Into the Still Blue begins a few days after where the previous book ended and Aria, Perry and all the inhabitants of the tribe both outsiders and dwellers are in trouble, because the sky is very unstable and the aether storms are becoming more constant and the sky is changing like in the beginning of the "union" 300 years before, that indicates that the storms will be worse, so they can not continue living there, it´s necessary to find the mythical Still Blue, a place where it is believed that there aren´t aether storms, the sky is blue and it´s said that you can see the stars.

And the only one who knows its location is Sable and also to get there they need Cinder´s help because of his unique ability, so Perry, his friends form a small group in order to rescue Cinder and get the exact location of Still Blue, but things do not go as expected, and Perry will face obstacles that he had not contemplated.

About the characters I´ll start with Roar (because he's wonderful), during the first part of the book he isn´t in a good place, he´g grieving and destroyed by the pain of losing someone he loved, so he's angry all the time and directs his anger at Perry, his best friend. All he wants is revenge no matter who stands between them.

Meanwhile Perry is up to his head full of responsibilities, because as the blood lord of his tribe everyone turns to him for answers and solutions to to the difficult situation they´re facing since the aether storms are getting worse, the food is diminishing, so he needs to find the Still Blue, and to do that Perry must rescue Cinder and get transportation for his entire tribe, because he isn´t willing to leave anyone behind.

Regarding the romance between Aria and Perry, I'm glad that they finally decided to admit their love in front of the tribe and to solve the problems they had, because they became stronger once they leave behind their insecurities and end up being a stronger couple and individuals, they support each other in everything and they end up complementing each other in the handling the situation with the tribe and the aether storms.

Something I liked in this book was that Soren gets to redeemed himself and becomes a crucial part in the plot to get to the Still Blue, besides of being the funny part of the book, I laughed like crazy with his comments.

Overall, I LOVED Into the Still Blue, it´s fast-paced with lots of action, romance, friendship and a very good ending, that tie up all the loose ends and left me feeling satisfied and happy with the story of Perry and Aria, although there are sad moments in the plot. I recommend you read the trilogy Under the Never Sky, it´s a great addition to the dystopian genre. I really greatly enjoyed this trilogy in whole.

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April 14, 2014

April New Release Giveaway Hop - INT

April New Release Giveaway Hop
Hosted by Book Nerd
April 15 - 30, 2014

The giveaway is International.
Win a book of your choice from the new releases below or one April New Release book of your choice up to 20 Dlls from TBD.
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

The Taking by Kimberly Derting
Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik

TALKER 25 by Joshua McCune
The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi
Sunrise by Mike Mullin

Illusion by Sherrilyn Kenyon
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Details
  • There will be one winner.
  • Win one April New Release book of your choice up to 20 US Dlls from TBD (must have been published in April 2014).
  • You must be a follower via GFC.
  • You must be 13 or older to enter for the YA books. 
  • You must be 18 or older to enter for the NA or Adult book.
  • International as long as Book Depository delivers to your country, check here.
  • Giveaway ends on April 30th.
  • Winner will be announced on May 5th in this post, twitter and facebook.

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April 11, 2014

Review: This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready


Title: This Side of Salvation
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: April 1st 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 4/5

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Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure: The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.

But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined...

Lately I have read several contemporary books about the loss of a loved one and each one of them is different because of how every person acts or feels different during mourning, but even though I founds this book a little different of the others and unique, perhaps because of the way it is told.

The book begins on the day that is supposed to be the end of the world (The Rush) in the prom after party that David is attending, in which he´s with his sister Mara, then both return home to discover that their parents missing. That´s why David and his sister must discover what really happened to their parents and if there is any way to find them.

The book is told from David´s POV and the chapters alternate between the present and the past, beginning when he was 7 years old until the day of the prom party, the day of the rapture (The Rush) and the day their parents disappeared.

In the past we see that his brother John died in Afghanistan when David was 12 years old and devastated his family; so for a while David was constantly fighting in school and then start to express what he felt at that time by graffiti, but when he turns 13 years old, his family visit another church and find a new meaning to their pain in religion, not only David´s parents convert to a different religion but also he and his sister but not only because his parents want them to do that but because David truly becomes a believer. So from there his entire family changes, David and his sister begin to be educated at home, to help the community, they start going to youth groups at his church and at home there is a new set of rules, which David and his sister followed to the letter.

David is a 16 year old who obeys his parents, is a very good baseball player and he loves this sport, he 's a good student and a devoted religious. But when his parents discover a website that talks about the Rapture or Doomsday (The Rush), which approaches this belief, they accept it with open arms and begin to make preparations for the day, they see it as something that make sense and then their parents start to behave differently, especially his father begins to speak only with quotes from the Bible (and nothing else) and David instead of feeling more connected to his parents, starts to feel that his parents have distanced themselves from everyone.

I really enjoyed this book and I must say that although This Side of Salvation is about religion, and has various references to the Bible, is not a religious book; is a book about a young man and his family, about how they struggle with the death of his older brother, which greatly affected his father and David (there is a part in the book where we get to see why), and David wants to keep his family together and try not to cause problems, how David finds his first love and friendship.

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

April 10, 2014

Cover Reveal: Make it Count by Megan Erickson

Make it Count (Bowler University #1) by Megan Erickson
Release date: June 3rd 2014

MAKE IT COUNT excerpt:
Kat gathered her books and stuffed them into her plaid Burberry messenger bag, then headed toward the front doors, smoothie from the library snack shop in hand. Head bent, fiddling with the clasp of her bag, she stumbled into a wall of human on the pavement outside.
“Oh, I’m sorry—” Her voice dropped out when she realized the solid flesh belonged to Alec, Max’s best friend.
She’d only met him once or twice before he’d moved in with Max this semester and every time, he cocked his eyebrow with a half frown like he knew something she didn’t. Which he actually did, since he had brainy superpowers. Smarter than a speeding Einstein. Able to leap over C-minus students like her in a single bound.
She didn’t trust people that smart. And she didn’t trust a guy who didn’t ogle her ass or leer at her boobs like every other member of the straight male species on the planet.
Right now, that raised-eyebrow frown pinned her where she stood. His pale green eyes behind thick black frames roamed over her shoulder to the library and then back to her. With his pin-stripe button-down, dark jeans with Converse shoes and hair styled in a short, messy pompadour, he looked like a nerdy Elvis.
His frown morphed into a smile when he spotted the smoothie in her hand, and she definitely didn’t notice his full lips. “You know, you don’t have to venture into the forbidden zone just to get a smoothie.”
Oooh. The jerk. She glanced around surreptitiously, then leaned in and spoke in a low voice. “Just play it cool. Don’t let it slip someone like me snuck in the library.” She gripped his forearm and whispered. “Password today is rosebud.”
His face blanked and he looked at her like he’d never seen her before. Kat debated whether or not that was an improvement over his other look.
But then those intelligent eyes narrowed and a smirk curled his lips. “I know. We nerds get an e-mail every morning.”
See? He always needed the last word. She propped a hand on her hip and leaned in. “Well, sounds like you have a mole. Might want to look into that.”
He opened his mouth but she cut him off. “Just looking out for you guys. Anyway, see ya around!”
Before he could shoot back a snarky comeback, Kat skirted around him and bounded down the stairs. She chalked that up as Kat 1, Alec 0.


Author bio:
MEGAN ERICKSON grew up in a family that averages 5’3” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.
She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.

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April 9, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (118): To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The book I´m waiting this week is

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han
Release date: April 15th 2014
Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them — all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved— five in all.

When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

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April 8, 2014

Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa


Title: The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) 
Author: Julie Kagawa 
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: April 15th 2014
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC

Rating: 5/5

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You can read my review of Dawn of Eden - here The Immortal Rules - here & The Eternity Rules - here
VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.

MONSTER

Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

The Forever Song is an incredible conclusion for the amazing Blood of Eden trilogy! Julie Kagawa is an excellent story teller and I really love her writing and and the way she tells Allison Sekemoto´s story and this time she had a surprise up her sleeve, yes! I was surprised and confused, but it was a good twist in the story.

This book picks up where The Eternity Cure end, Allison along with Kanin (her creator and mentor) and Jackal (her vampire brother whom enjoys to banter with her) are on the trail of the psycho vampire Sarren, he´s on his way to Eden, the last city not dominated by vampires and where all residents are humans, with the purpose of launching a deadly virus that affects both humans and vampires. Since Sarren envisions or dreams that the world needs healing and for this to happen it is necessary to annihilate humans and vampires alike for a fresh start. So Allison and company are trying to intercept Sarren before he gets to Eden, but Sarren has many surprises and roadblocks in order to delay them or stop them.

At the beginning of the book Allison has only one thing in mind ..... REVENGE ....no matter the consequences .... she´ll kill Sarren, and if by killing him she saves Eden, good for her, if not ... is not her problem any more. Because of what happened at the end of The Eternity Cure, she no longer see the world with the same eyes and the internal battle she had since the first book ..... her struggle to not to lose her humanity, to not let the monster inside her win, it doesn´t matter to her anymore, that´s why in the first part of the book we see a darker Allison that´s trying to embrace her vampire nature (to Jackal´s delight and Kanin´s disappointment).

Something that enjoy very much was the interaction between Jackal and Allison because they spend fighting and arguing all the way to Eden and I loved when Kanin intervenes (since he is a vampire of few words and usually just says "Allison" to stop the discussion), I applaud Julie´s achievement in making me liked the villain from the first book (I really hated Jackal in the Immortal Rules) and I ended up waiting for his sarcasm, funny moments; and that without him being the good vampire of the story , because Jackal never hides what he thinks of the human and shows no remorse for his actions. And because I don´t want to spoil anyone that is all I´m gout to say about the plot.

Overall, The Forever Song is an AMAZING book! I loved everything about this book, the twists and turns, the emotional part of the plot, the funny parts and I LOVED the ending (I´m very happy with it). The Blood of Eden trilogy has become one of my favorites of all time.

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Top Ten Tuesday (37): Most Unique Books I've Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.


Top Ten Most Unique Books I've Read
(in no particular order)

Unique world-building
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling: I love the world of the Harry Potter series and I find it unique.
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer : Cinder has an unique dystopic/sci-fi world.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor : One of my favorites worlds in YA books.
Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe) by Rosamund Hodge: What I love most of this book was the world building.
White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black : I found particularly dark and unique the world of the curse workers.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater : What I found unique about this books was the races with water horses (I thought that the races were with normal horses).

Unique main characters
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1) by Rae Carson : Elisa the MC is unique (to me) because she isn´t the typical beauty, slim and the one that all the man wants, she´s overweight, and really insecure, but she changes during the course of this book.
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead : Rose was the first (that Ive read in YA) female MC that can kick butt and don´t need a male MC to save her.
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa : Allison is my favorite female MC in YA, because she´s a strong vampire that doens´t want to lose her humanity and is in constant struggle....and also can kick butt.


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April 7, 2014

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey.
Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

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Finished reading 

I didn´t enjoy Side Effects May Vary as much as I thought I would but The Forever Song was AMAZING!!!! perfect ending od a trilogy. I also LOVE Into the Still Blue and This Side of Salvation.

Currently reading

What I´m going to read next?


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Have a great week!

April 5, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (34): March

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga´s Reviews, which showcases the books we've purchased, won, borrowed and received in the mail. 

These are the books in my shelves from the past month. 

FOR REVIEW
The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst
You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

Thank you very much to Harlequin Teen, Harlequin MIRA, Katherine Tegen Books, Balzer + Bray, Avon, Netgalley and Edelweiss for the eARCs.

BOUGHT


FOR MY KINDLE
The Off Season (Dairy Queen #2) by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik

Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Archetype (Archetype #1) by M.D. Waters
Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The Iron Duke (Iron Seas #1) by Meljean Brook
The Fixed Trilogy (Fixed #1-3) by Laurelin Paige

FREEBIE
Marked (Eternal Guardians #1) by Elisabeth Naughton


Counting to D by Kate Scott


What books did you get?
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