Friday, January 30, 2015

Book Review: Tiger Lily


 Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson

Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Genres: Young Adult // Retellings // Romance
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased (Audible)


Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .
Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.
Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.
With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up (goodreads).



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Book Review: A Thousand Pieces of You

 Title: A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1)
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Genres: Young Adult // Sci Fi // Romance // Fantasy
Format: Physical Copy 
Source: Library


Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure (goodreads).



It's always disappointing when you have such high hopes for a book, and it doesn't deliver - at all. 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#59]




Title: Anne & Henry
Author: Dawn Ius
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: TDA 2015

Anne
Wild, brazen, mischievous, bewitching
Henry
Driven, haunted, charming, magnetic
Apart, they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.
Henry Tudor's life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father's. But ever since the death of Henry's brother—perfect, high-achieving Arthur—his family has been twice as demanding. And now Henry's trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who's not Tudor approved.
Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.
Anne is wild, brash and outspoken. She is everything Henry is not allowed to be—or to want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, yet his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her. But once he has her, their romance could destroy them both.
Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Anne & Henry reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time (goodreads).

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

[Blog Tour]Tear You Apart - Short Story + Giveaway


If you read my review of Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross, you know that I ADORED it, and I'm so thrilled to be apart of this blog tour! So follow me for a brand new short story from Sarah Cross in the Beau Rivage world along with a giveaway!

Monday, January 26, 2015

[Discussion]When Do You Know a Book Isn't For You?



I recently finished Crimson Bound, and it had all the ingredients to be a fabulous read for me. I was familiar with the author, it was a retelling (which I live for), and the premise had a lot of promise.



Manyatimes I sat down determined to make a dent in the book, when I'd look and and realize that I had no idea what I read. Not only that, but I had no desire to even continue. My mind kept wandering, "what should I cook dinner?" "Is my alarm set for the morning?"

 Then I started bargaining with myself. "Alright after I watch this episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, I'll read fifty pages."


I knew Crimson Bound wasn't for me as soon as I found my mind wandering to other things, including other reads. If I have to force myself to read a book, it's never a good thing. Usually if I can put a book down for more than 24 hours, that's a sign that me and a book aren't going to get along and we should just go our separate ways. But I'm stubborn. And sometimes I have hope that my reading experience will turn around once I get to that magical point in the book where everything turns around and I'm suddenly invested.

Yeah that doesn't happen too often


What are your tale-tell signs that you aren't going to enjoy a book? 



Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Review: Tear You Apart

Title: Tear You Apart (Beau Rivage #2)
Author: Sarah Cross
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Date: January 27, 2014
Genre: Young Adult // Retelling // Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher // Netgalley


An edgy fairy tale retelling of "Snow White" set in the world of Kill Me Softly for fans of Once Upon a Time and Grimm.
Faced with a possible loophole to her "Snow White" curse, Viv goes underground, literally, to find the prince who's fated to rescue her. But is life safe in the Underworld worth the price of sacrificing the love that might kill her (goodreads)?





I completely adored Kill Me Softly so I knew that I had to get my hands on this one! Even though Tear You Apart started off a bit slow, it made me lose sleep and feel the feels!

Plot: Vivian has a Snow White curse and her "it's complicated" boyfriend/not-boyfriend has the Huntsman curse. Tear You Apart opens with the author exploring Viv and Henley's relationship and Viv's attempt to keep her stepmother, Regina, at bay. Like Kill Me Softly, the heart of this novel is in the characters. The book starts off slowly as to ensure that the reader gets a good look at all of the characters and their motivations, then BAM. It gets real. Once the action picked up, I was HOOKED. I couldn't put the book down until I finished it (at 1AM) and then I just had to reflect on everything that happened. 

Characters: Like I said, Tear You Apart is amazing because of the heart that Sarah Cross puts into her characters. We get a glimpse of Viv in Kill Me Softly but it didn't prepare me for all of the drama in her life. I honestly don't know if I like Vivian, she is so flawed and self-serving, but I rooted for her from page 1. The story mostly follows Vivian, so we only get a few snippets of Henley that aren't from Viv's point of view. I wish that we could have seen more of Henley, because he is in one of the trickiest positions: he is destined to kill the girl he loves, and her stepmother keeps putting daggers in his hands. Other characters from Kill Me Softly make an appearance as well and make a great supporting cast. We even get some Mira/Blue scenes which made me happy because I ADORED their love story. 

World Building: Tear You Apart takes place in both Beau Rivage and The Underworld. The Underworld was so descriptive that I was easily transported to a lair of darkness and decay. I completely adore Cross' writing and I hope she continues to explore more areas of Beau Rivage. 

Short N Sweet: Tear You Apart is a beautiful story about changing destiny and doing whatever you can to get your love back. I adored this novel and I (impatiently) look forward to Sarah Cross' next installment!






Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book Review: Wild

Title: Wild (The Ivy Chronicle #3)
Author: Sophie Jordan
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: November 18, 2014
Genre: New Adult // Romance // Contemporary
Format: eBook
Source:  Purchased (BN.com)


A good girl goes fabulously bad in the final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sexy New Adult romance series, in which three Ivy League suite-mates seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.
Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?
In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he’s telling her to go home—“good girls” don’t belong here!
Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget—one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.
Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other (goodreads).

I had my doubts, but this final book blew me away

Plot: When I first learned that Wild was going to center around Georgia and Logan, I turned my nose up in disgust. "Ewww Reece's little brother? He's still in high school." Luckily, Sophie Jordan addressed the thought that we were all thinking, dispelled any "grossness" we may have felt towards the coupling, and created a memorable love story. 

Characters: Unlike Emerson in Tease, Georgia stays true to her character portrayal. She's the girl who plays it safe, and when she is dumped by a long term boyfriend she does the only thing that she can think of, she does something completely unsafe. The romance between Logan and Georgia is  hot and heavy, but it revolves societal expectations which makes their love story very precarious. As this is the last of a trilogy, Sophie makes sure to give us updates on the couples from the previous novels, and I'm not 100 percent sure I liked them in the fringes. I wanted to focus on the constant battle between Georgia and Logan, not see how happy everyone else is. 

Wold Building: My biggest complaint about the lack of college life these Ivy girls had. Even though Wild takes place during summer vacation, I felt like I explored more of Dartmouth than I did in previous installments, and that was because academics played a large role in Georgia's life. But of course, Mulvaney's was the setting of choice. 

Short N Sweet: Wild was a great final installment filled with sexual tension and emotion. It focused on doing what is expected and what is desired, and is easily my favorite book of the series. 

Want to see my reviews of previous books in the series? 



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#58]



Title: The Glass Arrow
Author: Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: February 10, 2015

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.
In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning(goodreads).


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#55]




The Devourer was returning soon-before summer's end, which could conceivably mean today. And yet she had to stand here in the sunlit courtyard, discussing politics with Erec and pretending to care, because nobody believed in the Devourer and she had to avoid getting arrested before she found Joyeuse.

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Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge [GoodReads]