February 10, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

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

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (Untitled #1) by Rosamund Hodge 
Release date: September 27th 2016
When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . .

Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire is a darkly romantic and atmospheric fantasy from acclaimed author Rosamund Hodge. 

Why I'm Waiting?
I really enjoyed Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound and so far I really like Rosamund retellings. And I also read on her website that this book is the first in a duology and it takes place in the last city after a zombie apocalypse.

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February 8, 2016

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

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Finished reading
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (4.25/5 stars)
Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews (4.5/5 stars)

Currently reading

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by C.J. Redwine

What I´m going to read next?

What are you reading today?
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February 6, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (53): January

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 I got in the month of January.

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the eARCs.

Instinct (Chronicles of Nick #6) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness #4) by Tamora Pierce
The Lovely and the Lost (The Dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
Split by Swati Avasthi

Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1) by Patricia Briggs
Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7) by Darynda Jones
Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8) by Darynda Jones
Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Graduation Day (The Testing #3) by Joelle Charbonneau

A Mad Zombie Party (White Rabbit Chronicles #4) by Gena Showalter
The Restorer (Graveyard Queen #1) by Amanda Stevens
The Kingdom (Graveyard Queen #2) by Amanda Stevens

Biggest Flirts (Superlatives #1) by Jennifer Echols
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Duke and I (Bridgertons #1) by Julia Quinn
Los gritos del pasado (Fjällbacka #2) by Camilla Läckberg
Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto by Julia Navarro

Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

 Sweet (Contours of the Heart #3) by Tammara Webber
Iced (Fever Series #6) by Karen Marie Moning
The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy #2) by Karina Halle
Bold Tricks (The Artists Trilogy #3) by Karina Halle
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs

What books did you get?
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February 3, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: Glass Sword

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

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
Release date: February 9th 2016
Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

Why I'm Waiting?
I really enjoyed Red Queen and I can´t wait to read what happens next.

What book are you waiting this week?
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February 2, 2016

Review: The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

Title: The Lies About Truth
Author: Courtney C. Stevens
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: November 3rd 2015
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC

Rating: 4.25/5

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Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she'll always be trapped in the past. 

The Lies About Truth is a contemporary novel, it deals with the grief of losing a best friend in a car accident, and in the same accident the main character is left with visible and invisible scars.

Almost a year after a car accident where Sadie´s best friend Trent died, she was left with large scars on her face and arms, and where Max (Trent´s younger brother) lost his voice almost entirely and Sadie pushed away her best friend Gina and her boyfriend Gray from her life, she does not know how to move on, do not know how to return to normal and what to do with the secrets that she´s keeping.

When the accident happened Trent´s family decides to go as missionaries for one year to el Salvador, during which time Sadie´s only contact with Max is by email and at the beginning of some chapters we see their conversations, so we get to see how they begin to connect romantically, and also because is easy to "talk" about difficult things that they would not talk about face to face, they share significant moments. And through flashbacks we see the kind of friendship that Sadie and Trent had, and understand the great friendship that they had them since childhood. I really liked Trent.

I really enjoyed it, it´s a book that touched my heart and squeezed it a little. I enjoyed the character of Sadie, Max and Trent, I care and worry about them (and I got really sad when I grew fond of Trent, because through flashbacks we get to know him a bit, but knowing that he already died and the secret that he kept .... so sad).
The Lies About Truth is an emotional book about the pain of losing a loved one, but is also about friendship, love and getting if not to overcome all your problems, at least know how to live with them. A very touching story.

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"Sometimes the journey to let someone love you is the journey to loving yourself."
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February 1, 2016

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

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Finished reading

Split Second (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West (4.5/5 stars)

Currently reading

What I´m going to read next?
Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews

What are you reading today?
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January 31, 2016

Review: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

Title: Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5)
Author: Ilona Andrews
Publisher: Ace Penguin Berkley
Release date: June 2011
Reading level: Ages 18 and up

Rating: 4.5/5

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You can read my review of Magic Bites hereMagic Burns - hereMagic Strikes - here & Magic Bleeds - here
Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.

Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she's still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate's mate.

So when Atlanta's premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price.

The Kate Daniels series has become one of my favorites because it has a great heroine, lots of action, is fast-paced with no dull moments, I also love Kate´s mate Curran (finally! they´re a couple, after so much sexual tension between them), and it has great secondary characters that are easy to like, such as Derek, Julie, Jim and Andrea.

The main plot is very interesting, there is a new threat that could endanger the entire magical world and Kate is in the middle of it, but there are also other subplots such as Kate´s and Curran´s relationship as mates because there are still some details to work out between them. And there is also Julie, Kate´s ward that continues to cause problems like any other teenager.

But in the midst of dealing with all this, Kate discovers new information about Voron, her adoptive father and his relationship with her mother, something that affects her balance and cast doubt on everything she though she knew until then.

Magic Slays was a really great read, it has lots of action and the plot does not stop at any time, the story flows well and it has its funny moments that make me laugh out loud and I also enjoyed Kate´s sarcasm.

The Kate Daniels series is a MUST READ (it´s an amazing series) .... I highly recommend it.

January 29, 2016

Review: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: Thicker Than Water
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release date: December 29th 2015
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC

Rating: 3/5

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On his own

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden… 

I´ve read and enjoyed a lot the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer, so I started reading Thicker Than Water with very high expectations and although it was not what I expected, I must admit that is an okay book.

Thicker Than Water is a book YA murder mystery with romance. The main plot is about the murder of Thomas's mother, she died violently in bed and only Thomas and his mother were in the house at the time and there wasn´t a sign of forced entry into the house, so due to this Thomas is the main suspect.

Thomas's mother had recently married to a police detective and a few weeks of being married and moved to a new town, she was murdered, so the funeral is full of policemen and their families that don´t like Thomas due of being a suspect. At the funeral he meets Charlotte, which has three overprotective police brothers, along with her father whom is also a policeman, so from the beginning the whole family are against Charlotte befriending Thomas, so they prohibit to speak to him, but she ignores them and strikes up a friendship/romance with him and in the course of their friendship/romance both begin to investigate possible clues of another similar murder that could help them discover what really happened that night.

The book reads most of the time as a contemporary novel, but it  has a twist with supernatural elements. The plot is slow and sometimes it feels that is dragging, but in the end I did enjoy it, but it has flaws and the ending was somewhat open for my liking.

January 27, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday:The Crown's Game

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

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game #1) by Evelyn Skye
Release date: May 17th 2016
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

What book are you waiting this week?
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January 26, 2016

Top Ten Unfinished Book Series

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created bThe Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Unfinished Book Series
(in no particular order)

Last book in the series.
I´ve read all the books of the series or trilogy except the last one.
I´ve read six books from the Soul Screamers series and I loved it but for some reason I haven´t read the seventh and last book of the series - With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent.

I´ve read Unearthly and Hallowed but I haven´t read the final book of the trilogy - Boundless by Cynthia Hand.

I haven´t read Allegiant by Veronica Roth because I read a major spoiler and just coudn´t read it.

Anna and the French Kiss is one of my favorite books and I also liked Lola and the Boy Next Door, so I don´t know why I haven´t read Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.

I really liked the first and secong book of the trilogy and Fire with Fire had a cliffhanger, so I need to read Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian.

After the cliffhanger of The Iron Traitor I need to read The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa soon.

I´ve read seven books from the Artemis Fowl series and I liked it but for some reason I haven´t read the eighth and last book of the series -The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

The two last books in the series.
I´ve read four book of The Mortal Instruments but I haven´t read City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.

I've read the first and the second book but never continue with the rest of the series.
I´ve read Obsidian and Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout, but I´ve yet to read the rest of the series.

I´ve read Half-Blood and Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout, but I´ve yet to read the next book in the series.

Which are your Unfinished Book Series?
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