Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book I Covet: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 with
It's Marie Lu's follow-up series to her excellent/fantastic/well-written series Legend series. This time she's doing high fantasy and it's gonna be awesome!

"Some hate us, think us criminals to hang at the gallows. Some fear us, think us demons to burn at the stake. Some worship us, think us divine children of the gods.

But all know us."

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood plague: marked by a jagged scar, snow-white hair and lashes. Cast out by her family, Adelina has finally found a place to belong within the secret society of Young Elites. To some, the Elites are heroes, here to save innocents in desperate situations. But to the Inquisition Axis, the white-robed soldiers of Kenettra, they are monsters with demonic powers who must be brought to justice. As Adelina learns more about this perilous world where politics and magic clash, she soon realizes that her own powers may be in danger of bringing on an era of panic such as the world has never seen.

The new series, set in what Putnam described as a “Renaissance-like world,” is called The Young Elites. It follows three rival societies with supernatural powers battling for supremacy.

The Young Elites
will be released on October 7, 2014. Click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.

What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
Leave us a comment with a link so we can check your WoW of the week too.

"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series we do here on Wednesdays. It will feature books we are very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is basically the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, but we just like the title "books we covet" better. We will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. 
Hello bookish peeps,
Today marks one week that I haven't posted on this here blog. I don't know what's going on with me blog-wise. It's not a slump exactly because I do want to post stuff but I just don't have the energy to do it by the time I come home from work. During the weekends all I want to do is read and not be bothered with anything else, including blogging.

But you guys I've been READING and it's great! I've been reading so much that according to Goodreads, I am 9 books ahead for my 100-book challenge. (Speaking of Goodreads, if you have a account, let's be friends!)

In the last two weeks I've been reading whatever I want. Whatever I'm in the mood for I pick up and I'm not picking up review books. It's LIBERATING! But at the same time, in the back of my mind, I'm thinking about all those review books I have yet to touch and that puts a damper on things. Sigh. Oh well.

I'm finally READING all the books I've had on my shelf for a year though so I don't feel too bad about abandoning my review stack. For now.

Besides books, I've been watching a TV show I'd never thought I'd watch just a few months ago. And it's all because of these guys
via Meryl Davis' Instagram
I fell in love with them during the Winter Olympics and I've been 'shipping for them to become a real life couple ever since even though Charlie has a long-time girlfriend. If I was the fan fiction writer type I'd totally be writing stories about them in which they fall in love on and off the ice. Anywho, the TV show I'm talking about is Dancing With the Stars. Unfortunately, they're competing against each other on the show but I'll watch any show that has Meryl and Charlie in it.

Btw, have you guys seen the movie trailer for If I Stay? I've been stalking the interwebs for the trailer since that article that showed that movie still of Mia and Adam taking a selfie (you know, that article where Chloe Moretz dissed the YA genre? Grrrr...) and it's finally here! 

After watching the trailer (multiple times) I'm still not convinced I want to see the movie. I loved the novel A LOT and I saw it differently in my head when I was reading it. I don't want the movie to change how I visualized the novel, especially when what I had in my mind was better than what the trailer [so far] had showed me. We'll see. We'll see.

Oh, and I'm going to this
It's not official official yet because I haven't bought my plane tickets but I'm 80% sure it's going to happen! I'm so excited because 1) I get to see and hang out with my library school friends again, 2) it'll be my first time in Vegas and I want to do all the Vegas things, 3) it'll be my first BIG conference, and 4) ALL THE AUTHORS, BOOKS, SIGNINGS, ALL THE BOOKISH THINGS that I never ever get to do [since I live in the middle of the Pacific Ocean] I can finally do!! You guys, I'm beyond excited!!!!

This post was all over the place. I'll end it with another reading gif just because. 

I will be posting some book-related posts soonish and this blog doesn't feel so abandoned. Also, we are part of a bunch of blog tours and I'll be posting those too in the next few weeks.

For now... 

Happy reading,

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book I Covet: Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 with
It sounds epic.

Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.

In her arresting debut novel, Livia Blackburne creates a captivating world where intrigue prowls around every corner—and danger is a way of life.

Midnight Thief will be released on July 8, 2014. Click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.

What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
Leave us a comment with a link so we can check your WoW of the week too.

"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series we do here on Wednesdays. It will feature books we are very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is basically the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, but we just like the title "books we covet" better. We will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Format: Mass Market
Publisher: HQN
Pages: 475 pages
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Love Undercover #4
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
A no-nonsense female cop reluctantly teams up with the one man who makes her lose control in a deliciously sensual new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster...
To bring down a sleazy abduction ring, Lieutenant Margaret "Margo" Peterson has set herself up as bait. But recruiting Dashiel Riske as her unofficial partner is a whole other kind of danger. Dash is 6'4" of laid-back masculine charm, a man who loves life—and women—to the limit. Until Margo is threatened, and he reveals a dark side that may just match her own.
Beneath Margo's tough facade is a slow-burning sexiness that drives Dash crazy. The only way to finish this case is to work together side by side…skin to skin. And as their mission takes a lethal turn, he'll have to prove he's all the man she needs—in all the ways that matter.

Dash of Peril was a long book at 475 pages but I liked it a whole lot and I flew through it relatively quickly in one weekend. This novel is only my second by Lori Foster (my first was Getting Rowdy--you can read my review here) and, so far, both books I've read by her I liked a lot.

In Dash of Peril our heroine is Margaret "Margo" Petersen, the lieutenant in the local police force. She was an independent, tough, no-nonsense woman who can hold her own in the male-dominated force. She was very good at her job and she took pride in cleaning up the corruption when she made lieutenant. 

Dash, our hero, had been attracted to Margo for a while. Margo returned the attraction but she outwardly denied it because she felt, as a woman, she had to be tougher, work harder and be stronger to gain the respect and deference of the men who worked under her. Since Dash was the younger brother of one of her detectives, she thought he was too close to her work. Margo also didn't believe that Dash could give her what she needed sexually--because the demands of her job Margo preferred a more submissive role when it came to sex.

She was working undercover on a case in which local women were being kidnapped, raped and forced into pornography. When Margo was targeted by the criminals, Dash Riske stepped in and became Margo unofficial partner. When she got hurt, Dash moved in to help her and for the first time, someone was there for her, caring for her.

Like I said, I quite enjoyed Dash of Peril. Margo and Dash were both very likable and I liked them separately and together. Dash was so sweet! I'm a sucker for heroes who cook for the heroine and that was what he did. I liked that Dash wasn't intimidated by Margo's ball-busting work persona and he respected her for it. While he was an Alpha and had Alpha protective urges, he knew that Margo was really good at her job and he didn't stand in her way. Margo had a harder time fighting her growing attraction to Dash and it turned out he can more than meet her sexual needs. The author only touched a little on a D/s relationship and the love scenes were hot--there was a lot of foreplay on Dash's part as he courted her.

Margo had more issues to work through than Dash. Throughout the novel, it was great seeing her relationships with the people close to her evolve, especially with detectives Logan Riske and Reese Bareden. I wanted to shake her dad, though. No matter how much Margo tried, it seemed nothing she ever did was good enough. Her dad was one of those "do not show any weakness" types and... URGH. I dislike characters like that, but it did explain why Margo was the way she was.

Dash of Peril was an entertaining romantic suspense read. It was well written with great characters and thoroughly enjoyed it. While I cannot speak for the first two books in the series since I haven't read them, I do recommend this book and Getting Rowdy

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Weekly Wrap-up + New Books

Saturday, April 5, 2014 with
Hello fellow bookaholics,
I hope you all had a great week! Just in case you missed them, here are our posts in the last week.

I share my thoughts about Emma Chase's "not your mother's romance novel" romance novels and included an excerpts of a pivotal scene from Twisted.

An upcoming YA release that promises a romance between a witch and a sailor.

In which I ramble about that one book that many readers raved about. Sadly, I was not raving about it.

Now for the books!
The Darkest Minds: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (bought)

Via Netgalley
Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Burn Out by Kristi Helvig

Torn Away by Jennifer Brown
Secrets and Lies by Jacqueline Green
While We Run by Karen Healey

Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan
The Dog Park by Laura Caldwell
Blind Faith by Rebecca Zanetti

What new books did you guys get? I wanna see! Leave your STS* link so I can come gush over them.

Happy reading,
Michelle (& Leslie)

*Stacking the Shelves, or STS, is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hi everyone,
I read The Immortal Rules in October last year and I've been meaning to review it, but I hesitate to call this post a review because it's not.

This isn't so much a review than just a rambling of my thoughts about the novel. If you're unsure whether to pick up The Immortal Rules or not, look elsewhere because I'm not going to be helpful at all.

Here are all the info. Scroll down for all my ramblings. Happy reading! :)

Format: E-book/Audiobook
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Pages: 485 pages
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Source of my copy: bought
Series: Blood of Eden #1
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.
Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for… again.
Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

I picked up The Immortal Rules as my "book talk" assignment for one of my library school classes. I did my book talk without reading the entire thing (which we weren't supposed to do to) but I had two weeks to read it and it was really hard for me to get into it. After my book talk I did eventually finish the novel but it took me a month to finish the entire thing.

Maybe it's because I haven't been that into paranormal YA for a while now? And I was never attracted to vampire YA books (it's different with paranormal romance because I cannot get enough of Nalini Singh's books).

I don't know. Sigh.

But it's NOT because The Immortal Rules wasn't good. It's not your typical YA paranormal novel with the standard milquetoast heroine and a love triangle a la Twilight. It's an interesting story overall--very dark and very atmospheric. There was a lot of action and fight scenes, a kick-ass heroine and great world building.

The problem was that I just couldn't get into it.

After I put it down I didn't have the strong desire to pick it back up. I couldn't connect with Allison (which is not good because it is told in Allison's first person POV) or any of the other characters. I thought the plot moved too slow despite the many (often with blood and gore) action scenes.

The Immortal Rules wasn't a bad book. Like I said, I thought the plot was interesting. It actually kept me guessing of where it was going to go. It just wasn't my kind of book--this was me trying to read outside my typical romantic contemporary YA and I dragged myself in reading it.

While I have no desire to pick up book 2, I cannot say I'll never pick it up. I think if I was in the right mood (like, if I was craving a paranormal YA read--which sometimes it happens!), I would've enjoyed The Immortal Rules a lot more.

I have to mention, though, that I purchased The Immortal Rules in both the Kindle e-book and Audible audiobook combination and synced them. The narrator for the audiobook, Therese Plummer, was EXCELLENT. She really took on the persona of Allison, which was great because of the first person POV. She also did a great job with the voices of the different characters and overall brought the story to life. Her narration definitely helped drive me into finishing the novel.