Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard

Beyond the Rising Tide

Author: Sarah Beard

Kai met Avery only once--in the moment he died saving her life. Now when he's not using his new healing powers to help people, he watches helplessly as Avery's life is unraveled by his death. To help her, he risks everything by breaking the rules, dangerously blurring the barriers between life and death.
Beyond the Rising Tide Releases June 14 2016

This book is just right up my alley! Wanted to review it, but I just don't have time to before the deadline so I guess I'm waiting (impatiently) for its release. 

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?? 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Into the Future

Ten Childhood Characters I'd Love To Revisit As Adults

So many characters to choose from, but these would have to be the ones I'd most want to revisit.

1. Harry, Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter

2. Emily from the Emily series 

3. Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games

4. Alex from the Covenant series

5. Hadley from The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

6. Matilda from Matilda

7. Melanie from the Host

9. Rhine from the Chemical Garden trilogy

10. Rose and Lissa from Vampire Academy

Link me to your lists lovelies!! Which characters would you like to revisit?

Monday, May 2, 2016

DNF Review: The Switch by Dawn Pendleton and Andrea Heltsley

The Switch

Author: Dawn Pendleton, Andrea Heltsley
Honor and Faith haven’t switched places since they were kids. When Honor begs her twin sister to go on a date with her boyfriend, Cameron, Faith reluctantly agrees. The problem is that she lets things go too far. Now Honor and Cameron have broken up and he won’t stop calling Faith, claiming he felt something more for her. The scary thing is, Faith felt it too. The problem, however, is the one rule that sisters and best friends abide by: don’t date their ex's.

Honor has her own problems. Breaking it off with Cameron was the right thing to do, but now his best friend, Parker, won’t leave her alone. The more time they spend together, the more Honor starts to heal. Suddenly, Honor sees Parker as more than just a friend who cares – and she wants more.

Neither sister wants to complicate things further and cross those boundaries, but they can’t stop their emotions for the guys in their lives. Turns out, the switch is the one thing that has changed them forever.

**WARNING: Spoilers and ranting ahead. You have been warned**

I really wanted to like this one. I really did. I got through 81% of it in just 2 hours and after that I just couldn't read anymore. The storyline and the characters seemed to annoy and frustrate me more than anything else and the only scenes I actually did enjoy reading were the steamy ones where the girls were making out with their guys, if that tells you anything. After reading that much of the book you would think I'd feel some kind of connection with at least one of the characters but I didn't. Even the relationships in the story didn't seem real to me. They were all surface level and never dug deeper than that.

The Switch starts off with sisters Faith and Honor at a ballgame where Faith is cheerleading and Honor is sitting in the stands watching her boyfriend Cameron play, while Faith admires him from the sidelines. The scene is incredibly short and suddenly switches to the girls at a party, then again switches to them being at home within a matter of a few pages. The whole scene feels rushed, and the dialogue unrealistic. Plus, you don't really get a sense of who they are before you're thrust into the main storyline which is Honor convincing Faith to go on her anniversary date instead, and Faith fighting her feelings for him for the biggest portion of the book. You don't get any back stories of them having switched places with one another before this scene; it just tells you that they have. This really bothered me. Not just the fact that Honor made her sister do that, but the fact that she gets mad at her after the date is over because she kissed her boyfriend. Which we later find out that he knew all along that it was Faith, but kissed her anyways because he didn't think he'd get another chance. And then Cameron's best friend decides that he wants to be with Honor and takes her out THE VERY NEXT DAY. Is this a joke???

The entire book feels so rushed and shallow, never diving below surface level, and the dialogue is subpar.

Let me elaborate...

Faith likes to use the words "gah" and "grr" frequently. She obsesses over her sisters boyfriend before even going on the date with him: "In truth, I thought Cam was cute. He was on my never-to-date list though. Honor dating him sealed that fate. He liked my sister and not me anyways. It was just a pipedream."

And this scene with their mother was incredibly unrealistic:
"Has Honor been drinking again?"

"Well, maybe. We left because she got in a fight with Cam again. I pulled her out before she could do anything stupid."

"You girls are so much trouble sometimes. The boys are still young so I don't woory about them as much. Every time you leave the house, I worry about you two. I'm a mom, it's just hard to let go of my precious twin girls."

Gag. Mom was being sentimental tonight. I hated when she was in this kind of mood Next it was going to be poor, pitiful Faith. I could practically hear the words before she said them.

"I really wish you would find a boyfriend to spend some time with. I see Honor going out with Cameron and doing things that you should get to experience too. You just need to find someone worthy of your time. I'm sure there has to be someone at school," she prodded.

"I'm sorry, Mom, but there's on one available to date that I like. Be patient, I'll find a guy when it's my time. I'm not worried about it."

Seriously??? What mother responds to hearing her daughter has been drinking with "you girls are so much trouble sometimes"??? That scene was so incredibly irritating.

The dialogue was constantly all over the place. And incredibly short. None of it ever felt sincere and too many nonrealistic events kept happening, such as Faith wrecking into a guys car and him being completely fine with it and then him asking her out in the next sentence. Stuff like that happened more than once. The whole captain of the cheerleading squad "mean girls" approach with Leila bulling Faith and Honor completely failed to spark anything in me but a feeling of annoyance because it was NOT done well. And their way of taking care of her bullying would NOT have gotten them in the kind of trouble with the school that it did had it been reality.

Not to mention that scenes that happened between Honor and Faith were repeated all throughout the book and were written exactly the same. For example:

Honor's POV

"Are we going to talk?" I asked her."
Faith turned to look at me and rolled her eyes as she shook her head. She looked pointedly at my hand on her arm and then back at me. I yanked my hand back. Was she seriously giving me this much attitude? She made a sound that was part sigh, part annoyed grunt. She swung open the driver's door, grabbed her bags, and got out, walking into school without so much as a glance back at me.

Faith's POV

"Are we going to talk?" she asked me. I turned to look at her, rolled my eyes, and shook my head. I looked pointed at her hand on my arm and then back at her. She yanked her hand back. I swung open the driver's door, grabbed my bags, and got out, walking into school without as much as a glance back.

Please tell me they could've at least TRIED to describe the scenes better. But they're nearly identical. WORD FOR WORD. And this happens more than once, mind you.

I really felt like The Switch had so much potential from the premise, but all it did was let me down and I just could not bring myself to finish the story. I am terribly sorry for the ranty, spoilery review and redundancy, but this was all I had in me for this one.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles, #2
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

I'm really beginning to see why the Lunar Chronicles is so loved and popular among readers.. it's absolutely fantastic!!

Cinder was such a great introduction to the series, but Scarlet has solidified it as one of my favorites now. I honestly wasn't sure how I would feel about the introduction of new characters and their view points, but it works so well with the story, and I actually really loved reading about Scarlet and her journey, possibly more than reading about Cinder's so far.

Scarlet Benoit is a feisty redhead with a stubborn side, temper and a love of red hoodies. When her grandmother disappears without a trace, she's the only one who suspects that she's been kidnapped and because the old woman is rather eccentric, no one believes her. Scarlet decides to take matters into her own hands and comes up short when she realizes she has no idea where she is, who took her, or why. Enter a dark, handsome, mysterious stranger with a glint of danger in his eyes seeking work and offering to help her. And his name just so happens to be Wolf. Sound familiar??

All of this is happening while Cinder is stuck inside a prison, contemplating whether or not to escape. On one hand she could stay, be handed over to the Lunar Queen Levana and be executed... or on the other, she could attempt to escape and become the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.

While Cinder was mainly set in the Eastern Commonwealth, Scarlet takes us on a journey throughout France and into outer space, giving us a little more insight into the new world. The story is also told in several points of view which ultimately tie together in the end giving you a clearer picture as to what is going on in the minds of not just our main characters, but their enemies. And did I mention it also introduces us to a handsome yet extremely arrogant captain named Carswell Thorne??

I am disappointed that a certain character didn't appear as much in the second installment as in the first, but I suspect that's going to change greatly in Cress, and I'm very anxious to see just how our main characters are going to get out of the predicament they are all in. Especially with Queen Levana's rule getting more malicious as time progresses.

Marissa Meyer has created such an incredible world with the Lunar Chronicles. I am completely in awe with this fairy-tale retelling and it's only getting better.

I rate this book:

The Lunar Chronicles


About Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her fiancĂ© and their two cats. In addition to her slight obsession with books and writing, she's big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. She's represented by Jill Grinberg. CINDER, her debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic. 

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook


The detective said that's what people did when they ran away and didn't want to be found--they cut out their ID chips. He'd said it like he'd just solved the mystery, but Scarlet figured most kidnappers probably knew that trick too.

"Let me guess," Throne said. "Breaking and entering?" After a long silence of examining the retracting mechanism, the girl wrinkled her nose. "Two counts of treason, if you must know. And resisting arrest, and unlawful use of bioelectricity. Oh, and illegal immigration, but honestly, I think that's a little excessive."

"A captain always knows where his ship is. It's like a psychic bond."
"If only we had a captain here."

"If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are."

"You'll want to aim for the head. That usually makes for a fatal shot. Or, if you're feeling shaky, the torso. It's a larger target."
"You're head looks pretty big from here."

"One more patronizing comment and I will have you slice off and nail your own tongue to the palace gate."

"They won't bother us," he said again, almost smiling. "But you might want to keep that out anyway, just in case."

"They do realize I'm missing, don't they?"
"Maybe they're grateful."

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Blogger Shame Review Challenge: Why I'm Joining

Blogger Shame

Fellow book bloggers...

If you are like me, you probably have a few review books that have slipped through the cracks through the years, long forgotten in the midst of reading your favorite authors, favorite series, and doing book tours, and living through the challenges of daily life.

I took a 2 year hiatus (unintended mind you) during which I started working a new job, moved to a new town, and got swept away with lifes daily tasks, and through all of this my reading dwindled to almost nothing. After finally getting my own computer to work on my own things as I wish and realizing just how long it's been since I've blogged about books or even read books, including neglecting to finish my favorite book series, I've decided to jump back in the game and make time for the things I love. 

I have thoroughly missed this, I can't even explain how much. After hopping back on to my blog, changing its name and look, I discovered something... just how many of my review books that I've received have gone unread. And that is why, after finding this reading challenge, I have decided to join it. To go back through my list of books, read them, review them, give feedback on them all, and continue on with my journey as a book blogger and reviewer. 

So if you are like me, and have several review books to get to, I encourage you to join me and several other bloggers who feel ashamed to admit that they have left too many review books unread, on their physical and digital shelves, dust them off, and catch up on some much needed reading!!

My List of Review Books to Read

I sure hope that's all of them... *facepalm*

If you would like the join in, here is the original sign up post: Blogger Shame Review Challenge

xoxo, Kelly