Monthly Archives: June 2013

Just For Now by: Abbi Glines

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Abbi Glines’ Sea Breeze series was one of the first I really remember reading and getting into when I first got my Kindle. I finally got around to reading the latest addition: Just for Now. I figured that since I pre-ordered the next two, I should probably read the one that was downloaded and waiting for me.

Just For Now by Abbi GlinesHere is the Goodreads description:

An insatiable attraction heats to the boiling point in this brand-new book set in the shore town of Sea Breeze, from bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Preston is one bad boy. And Amanda has harbored a crush on him for forever. When she finally makes her move on him, it does not end well. But still, she can’t resist him. Especially now that he seems to be pursuing her, too.

No one wants wants them to be be together. Not Amanda’s brother Marcus, who is on the verge of his marriage to Low, and definitely not any of Preston’s buddies. They know way too much about Preston’s dark side. Yet the dangerous attraction is there…and neither Preston nor Amanda are going to deny it.

I will admit that I was hesitant to pick up this book. I love the other books in the Sea Breeze series, but after reading the synopsis and the prologue/part of the first chapter that were released early, I was not sure if this one was going to be my taste. Honestly, my hesitancy was not entirely uncalled for, but the book was also not as painful to read as I expected.

Preston’s “work” did not bother me as much as I thought it would. I’m not saying I thought it was okay but knowing it was coming before I started reading helped. Plus, I couldn’t bring myself to hate him after meeting his siblings. Daisy had me just as wrapped around her fingers as she did everyone in the book. So even though I hated what Preston was doing, I could not bring myself to hate him.

I liked Amanda just fine, other than she was a glutton for punishment. She would get hurt and keep coming back. That bothered me a little. I understand that you can’t help who you love and blah blah blah, but I thought she should have made him work for it a little more. As soon as Preston showed even the slightest amount of decency, she would forget everything hurtful he had ever done and go back to pining away for him. It made me not really believe her declaration of love. She just seemed like a girl with a crush. Puppy love maybe, but not real love.

I think my real issue in this book was pacing. The whole timeline for the story seemed to condensed. I think if the events in the story had been spread out over more time it would have been better. That’s probably the real reason that it just felt like puppy love between Manda and Preston, it happened to soon. Neither of them have been in a relationship before (that I know of) and it seemed like the jumped the gun on everything. This book would have benefited from being longer, but at the same time I guess that would mean more of Preston sneaking around which would not have been okay, so I don’t really know. I just know that it needed something more.

Now, I will leave you with my favorite line from the book:

“I hope you like SEC football, because that’s all we watch around here. The other teams aren’t really important in the grand scheme of things” – Location 3367

Truer words have never been written. Geaux Tigers!

3.5 Stars

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Faking It by: Cora Carmack

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I love it when sequels live up to originals. That was exactly the case with Cora Carmack‘s book Faking It. This was the highly anticipated (at least by me) sequel to her book Losing It, which was both awkward and wonderful. I was definitely looking forward to reading Faking It, and it did not disappoint.

Faking It by Cora CarmackHere is the Goodreads description for Faking It:

Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

This book was sooo good! I loved Losing It. It was awkward and wonderful. Faking It was just as wonderful.

The first half of this book kept making me laugh. It is so strange to me to read a book that legitimately makes me laugh. Honestly, I wish it happened more often.Then the second half was more serious and not quite as lighthearted, but it also did not feel like a different book. The two parts blending together seamlessly into a story that had me laughing one minute and feeling the characters’ pain the next.

At first I was not sure what to make of Max. I was wary that she was going to be the usually, annoying tortured artist type. Yes, she was closed-off and struggling, but she was not whiny and irritating like so many heroines.

Cade was such a sweety. I hope he and Bliss are able to salvage some remnant of their friendship because they were the best of friends before Cade thought he wanted more. I think its kind of silly that now that he realized that he was wrong and didn’t that he doesn’t think they could be friends.

My only complaint about this book that comes to mind was that the epilogue did not really answer and questions about the characters’ futures. Both of them were struggling with it, Max with her band and Cade with grad school and what he was actually going to do with his life. I would love to see where life has taken them in a few years. *hint hint*

5/5 Stars

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Finding Valor by: Charlotte Abel

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When I first started this blog a few months ago, I reviewed the first two books in the Channie series by Charlotte Abel. Those were book 1: Enchantment and book 2: Taken. Now I have the review for the last book: Finding Valor.

Finding Valor by Charlotte AbelHere is the Goodreads description:

Book 3 of The Channie Series

Josh awakes with no recollection of the previous six months of his life, including his relationship with Channie. Not only is it hard for him to believe that he’s married and his wife was kidnapped, but accepting that he is a mage and prophecies of the Book of the Dead are almost impossible. Will he be able to save Channie from her mother’s dark magic before she is sacrificed? And more importantly, will he live up to his power-name and find Valor in time to save all the clans?

Not suitable for young teens.

This was a great finish to the Channie series. When I first saw that it had been released, I thought I would wait a while to read it, but I couldn’t resist, and I’m glad I didn’t. I devoured this book. I seriously did not want to put it down.

Finding Valor literally picks up minutes after the end of Taken. Josh wakes up on the floor and has no idea of anything that has happened in the past 6 months. His last memory is of sitting in the park right before Channie showed up for the first time.

Finding Valor is definitely Josh’s story. He comes into his own and becomes his own person separate from his and Channie’s relationship. They still have their moments, of course, but Josh spends a large portion of the book growing into his power name: Valor. He becomes a much stronger person, and he becomes a leader.

I do not want to give away too much away. Know that old favorite characters are still around along with some new ones that I loved.

My only real problem with this book was that the ending seemed somewhat rushed and abrupt. I honestly do not know how it could have been done differently, but something about it could have been better. Other than that, I definitely think fans of the series should pick up Finding Valor see the conclusion of Josh and Channie’s story.

4.5/5 Stars

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The Lost Prince by: Julie Kagawa

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I just got finished with The Lost Prince by: Julie Kagawa. You know those books that you slow down reading toward the end because you don’t want them to end? Well this was one of those for me. I did not want to finish this book, but I had to know how it ended.

The Lost Prince by Julie KagawaHere is the Goodreads description:

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

This was yet another great Iron Fey book. The Iron Fey series is by far my favorite faery series. I loved Ash and Meghan’s story (even if I never could completely take the name Meghan seriously.) I was super excited when I saw that there would be more books set in this world.

The new Iron Fey books tell Ethan’s story. He is grown up now and is the same age Meghan was in her books.

At first, I had a hard time reconciling the broody, jaded Ethan in this book with the shy, sweet Ethan of before. However, as the story progressed, I could completely understand how Ethan became who he is.

It was also weird to see Ethan’s take on what happened with Meghan. We all swooned and sighed over Ash and Meghan’s story, but Ethan felt abandoned and hates Ash for taking his sister away. It makes perfect sense, but this was not something I ever even considered. It was interesting seeing that totally different perspective.

Because this was Ethan’s story, it was told completely from his POV. I have nothing against single POV books, but I thought this would have benefited from having the occasional POV switch. There were times when I would have been much more interested in Kenzie’s view or Kierran’s. Seeing everything from Ethan’s overly brooding eyes did get a little old after a while. We knew his opinions and I wanted to know what the others thought, especially Kenzie. She was new to all of this and seeing a fresh take on the Fey world would have been refreshing.

Overall, this was another addicting Iron Fey book and I definitely recommend it for fans of the series.

5/5 Stars

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Frigid by: J. Lynn Pre-Order and Chapter Reveal

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FrigidToday is an exciting day. I, along with many other blogs out there in the blogosphere, – have FOUR HUGE SURPRISES for you! Jennifer L. Armentrout’s (writing as J. Lynn) FRIGID is set to release on e-book at the end of July. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably on pins and needles and just cannot wait to get your hands on a copy of this book.

FRIGID has already been given the honor of being named a Romantic Times Top Pick and we’re super excited for you to be able to read it as well!

Well, there’s good news! Are you ready for those four awesome surprises? Here we go!

1. Due to all the excitement surrounding FRIGID, we have decided to run a special e-book preorder promotion. We have worked out a deal with the distributor to release FRIGID a full two weeks early — on JULY 15th!!! — if we meet our e-book pre-order goal. EEEEP! That’s right, if you are like the rest of us and want to be able to read FRIGID in its entirety before its original release date, all you have to do is PRE-ORDER THE E-BOOK NOW! What are you waiting for? GO! Pre-order it!

Pre-Order Links: Barnes & Noble / Amazon

2. Need something to hold you over until FRIGID releases? Well, starting right now, you can read the first three chapters of FRIGID for free! Just go here!

3. Can’t get enough of the hot FRIGID cover? Want to see some behind the scenes photos that are sure to make you swoon? You’re in luck! Below you can watch a slideshow of all the behind the scenes photos from the photo shoot! Go on and watch it. We’ll wait, because there is still one more great surprise!

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4. And last but not least, if you live near Philadelphia, PA, you’re in for a very special treat — Jennifer will be in Philly in November signing not only FRIGID but also the last book in her immensely popular COVENANT series, SENTINEL! But that’s not all, Adam, the super hot cover model from FRIGID will be there as well! So, yes, you’ll get to meet Jennifer and Adam! Plus, there will be other great prizes that you seriously won’t want to miss out on (dinner with the author and model, perhaps?)! Stay tuned for more details to come!

We hope you’re as excited as we are! So now….Go pre-order FRIGID! Go read those chapters! Go watch that slideshow! And Enjoy!