Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Silver Shadows

Title: Silver Shadows
Author:  Richelle Mead
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Pages: 419
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Razorbill

Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description:

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

It's no secret that Adrian is my #1 fictional boyfriend. Honestly, it could be a book about Adrian learning how to knit socks and I would read it. But as interesting as that would be I am happy that Richelle Mead decided to go in a different direction and I'm just talking about the idea of Adrian knitting socks. Silver Shadows is different than the previous books in this series. The plot, the setting, and the characters are all a little different.

The setting in Silver Shadows changes pretty dramatically. Sydney is away at "Alchemist Reform School" which is putting it mildly and Adrian is kind of all over the place. So while in previous books most of the story takes place at the school in Palm Springs, most of Silver Shadows takes place in an unknown location (Sydney) or here, there and everywhere (Adrian). This has a definite impact on the plot in this novel. Even though all of the books have been about Sydney and Adrian, I feel like the others were very central to the story in previous books. It reminds me a lot of Blood Promise when Rose leaves the academy to go find and kill Dmitri.  

Jill, Eddie, Angeline and Trey aren't around as much. They are there at the beginning and the end but are missing for a pretty big chunk in the middle. This means new characters and maybe some appearances of characters we loved in VA!! I enjoyed getting to know the new characters and think there's still a lot of their story to be told and was pleasantly surprised to see some old favorites!

Adrian, Adrian, Adrian. I would think after this many books that he wouldn't be able to surprise me. Yet, he did and in a good way. I loved him in this book! I must admit I was worried about Sydney after the end of The Fiery Heart but I have to admit that she surprised me. She was stronger than I thought she was!

Silver Shadows is an excellent book and that fans of the series will love. If you're an Adrian lover, prepare yourself to be surprised! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (52)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Title: The Start of Me and You
Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: March 31, 2015

Goodreads Description:

Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for a year, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

Why I'm Waiting: This book sounds really, really good. I have been reading a lot of contemporary books these days and this is one I will definitely be reading in the future!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (61)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!

1. Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers- This one has just gotten on my radar in the last few months or so and I really want to read this series!

2. & 3. Tarnish and Gilt by Katherine Longshore- I read and loved Brazen a while back so obviously I want to read the rest of the series!

4. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira- This book sounds so good! 

5. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab- I loved The Archived when I read it and meant to order The Unbountd when it first came out but never did. Still want to read it thought!

6. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan- Okay, so technically the only reason I don't own this book yet is because it isn't out yet but I am dying to read this book!

7. The Geography of Me and You by Jennifer E. Smith- I love Jennifer's books! They are so cute and adorable!

8. The Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine- The Morganville Vampires is one of my favorite vampires series so I am curious to read something by Rachel that isn't about vampires!

And that's all I can think of right now!!

What books made your top ten??

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Movie Review: The Giver

Last night, childhood me was doing backflips. Not only did I get to see a trailer for a movie based on a book I loved as a young child (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day), but also, was able to see one of my favorite books as a pre-teen.

Before The Hunger Games, Delirium, and Divergent, there was The Giver. Before Katniss volunteered as tribute and sparked a revolution, Jonas was the revolution. Before Tris chose Dauntless, Jonas saw a colorless world with specks of color. Before Lena realized that love wasn't a disease, Jonas risked it all because he understood that love and warmth are worth fighting for.

I am always a bit apprehensive when it comes to watching a movie adaptation for a book I loved, that way I will be pleasantly surprised if I like it. With The Giver, I had nothing to worry about. I feel that The Giver was excellently done. I loved how they did the memories. The good ones were this montage of all the good things we have in the world that we so often take for granted. As some of them played I got chills. The bad ones were tended to be a little longer and more in depth. While they weren't even close to the worse things we have seen in this world, they were powerful. It wasn't so much what they showed, but rather, how Jonas reacted to them. He couldn't understand why someone would do that. I felt that Jonas's reaction was a way of showing how desensitized we have become.

As far as the performances went, I LOVED Jeff Bridges. He was excellent. Meryl Streep is as always wonderful. Brenton Thwaites did a great job as Jonas. As a whole, I thought the casting was done very well.

The way they showed the movie in partial black and white and then slowly introduced color was genius. I think it provided a great contrast for what life is like without emotions and what it is with them. People want world peace but the reality of it is as long as we have the ability to love, we will also have the ability to hate.

I am so glad that they finally made The Giver into a movie. I still have two books in the series to read and seeing the movie has definitely made me want to pick them up.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: Breathe, Annie, Breathe

: Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Author:  Miranda Kenneally
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Pages: 306
Format: eARC
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

"Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet." — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You

It's been a while since I had read a Miranda Kenneally book and I honestly have no idea why! I read Catching Jordan way back when and really enjoyed it then I bought Stealing Parker and for whatever reason it is still sitting on my bookshelf unread. I really and truly don't know why! When I saw Breathe, Annie, Breathe up on Netgalley I decided that it was time to end my Miranda Kenneally drought and as luck would have it I was approved! 

I can relate to Annie. She hates to run. As, do I, Annie. As. Do. I. I have always thought that those people that run marathons are simply out of their minds. WHO WANTS TO RUN 26 MILES? No, seriously, who wants to run that far?? You have to be a little out there to want to do something like that. Still, Annie decides to train to run a marathon. Her decision to do something she hates is because she feels it's the perfect way to honor someone she loved. I loved Annie for that but more than that I had mad respect for the girl. I'm not sure I could have done it no matter the reason.

Jeremiah is the guy every girl secretly wants. The boy with a bad reputation but a kind heart. Every girl wants to be the girl that changes the guy, the one he decides to stick with and for Jeremiah, Annie is that girl. The only problem is whether Annie can let him in. 

I enjoyed seeing the ups and downs of Annie and Jeremiah's relationship. They are both dealing with issues that they would rather not talk about but as the novel progresses we do get to see what they are dealing with a little better. While there was one part of the book that I didn't like about their relationship, I still liked it overall.

I loved that you get to see glimpses of old characters, even if they are small! It had been so long since I had read Catching Jordan I had to think about how exactly some of the characters were. 

Breathe, Annie, Breathe is a thought provoking book that will pull at your heartstrings. While primarily a story about love and loss, Breathe, Annie, Breathe, is also full of intrigue. Readers will be anxious to find out all the details of both Annie and Jeremiah's past. A great read!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (51)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Title: Transcendent
Author: Lesley Livingston
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: December 23, 2014

Goodreads Description:


On a storm-swept terrace high above the streets of Manhattan, Mason Starling holds the fate of the world in her hands as her beloved Fennrys lies bleeding at her feet, his life hanging in the balance. The ancient Norse prophecy of Ragnarok stands poised on the knife edge of fulfillment. Mason’s transformation into a Valkyrie—a chooser of the slain and the one who will ultimately bring about the end of the world—is complete. Still, she remains determined to thwart her father’s apocalyptic desires. Whatever is to come, it won’t happen because of what the prophecy foretold, or what Gunnar Starling has planned, or what the fates have already decided. What happens next will be up to Mason and the Fennrys Wolf. The world had better hope they haven’t reached the limits of what their souls and swords can survive.

Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, and set in the same universe as Lesley Livingston’s much-loved WONDROUS STRANGE trilogy, with roots in Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, and Celtic myths and legends, this thrilling conclusion to the acclaimed Starling trilogy is filled to the hilt with sweeping adventure and soaring romance.

Why I'm Waiting: Lesley Livingston is one of my favorite authors and I have enjoyed all of her books in this series and her Wondrous Strange series. I can't wait to find out Mason and Fenn's fate!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dirty Little Misery Blog Tour: Spotlight

Welcome to the official blog tour for DIRTY LITTLE MISERY (Miss Misery #2) by Tracey Martin.


Dirty Little Misery
Miss Misery #2
Author: Tracy Martin
Release Date: August 12th, 2014
Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Lust can be downright lethal.

Thanks to her freakish, satyr-like power, Jessica Moore was denied her dream to join the Gryphons, the magical law-enforcement officers protecting humanity from the pred races. But after the Gryphons tried to arrest her for murders she didn’t commit, Jess is no longer interested. Too bad—they are.

Now that they know what she can do, they want Jess on their side. If she doesn’t agree to help them solve a new case, they’ll charge her with every magical crime she’s ever committed.

Nine people are dead. The cause? Exhaustion. The activity? Never-ending sex. Someone sold them tainted F, an illegal aphrodisiac made by satyrs. No surprise, Jess’s satyr allies aren’t pleased with her investigation. Worse, it strains her tenuous relationship with Lucen, the one satyr she counts as a friend.

As Jess delves into the shady satyr business world, she unravels a scheme more sinister than dirty drugs—and her relationship with Lucen unravels right along with it. Only the truth will save their friendship. But not before it turns Jess into an ambitious killer’s next target.

Warning: Contains blackmail, betrayal, and sex that’s literally to die for. Plus plenty of bad stiff jokes to go with it. Remember, just say no to magical drugs.

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About The Author

Tracey Martin grew up outside of Philadelphia, the lucky recipient of a drama-free childhood, which is why she spent so much time reading about other people’s lives. It was while she was working on her doctorate in psychology that she had an epiphany–imaginary people are way more fun than real ones. And so she began writing. Never able to choose just one of anything, she currently writes both urban fantasy for adults and contemporary stories for teens.

She likes her coffee simple, her music epic, and her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn't understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets.

Media:, @TA-Martin

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Grand Prize winner will get a gryphon necklace, their choice of a $15 gift card form B&N or Amazon and an eBook Choice from the Miss Misery Series. (Open to US Only)

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