Thursday, July 24, 2014

Audio Review: The Treatment

Title: The Treatment
Author: Suzanne Young
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Pages: 352

Format: Audio
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?

The Treatment is a heck of a ride and will have your emotions all over the place. When I read The Program about a year ago and was intrigued by the idea of the story. I had forgotten a lot of what happened in The Program but Young gave enough backstory to jog my memory. In my opinion, The Treatment heads somewhat in a different direction but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. 

In the first book, I liked Realm and his relationship with Sloane more than I did James's relationship with her. However, in the second book, I felt that reverse. Somehow, James grew on me. I still didn't completely love him. He was still arrogant and I didn't always get the vibe that he really cared about Sloane. He acted like he did but I sometimes wondered if it was an act. Realm got on my nerves a lot in The Treatment. He didn't make good decisions and was a bit pushy. 

For the most part, I liked Sloane. She did frustrate me a little at times though. I didn't always agree with her decisions or her actions but I guess different people make different choices. My favorite character was Dallas. I loved her personality! She put on a tough face but underneath it was vulnerability.

As I said earlier, I felt that The Treatment kind of took on a different direction. Instead of focusing on what The Program did to kids, The Treatment focused more heavily on how to stop The Program. There was still some focus on the program of course but just not as much in my opinion. 

The thing I really enjoyed about The Treatment was the suspense. I never knew who was telling the truth, who to trust, or how things were going to turn out. I didn't know how or if Sloane and James would be able to stop the Program and if they did how they would stop the epidemic. 

The same narrator was used as the one from The Program. Usually, that's a plus for me but in this case it wasn't. I didn't care for her in the first book and I still didn't care for her in this one. Her voice is too monotoned and lacks emotion. It does give the book a depressing feel which I guess goes with the story but I think it was a little overkill. 

The Treatment is a good conclusion to the duology. While the story wasn't my favorite, I still recommend it to others. The subject matter is intriguing and the story has plenty of action and suspense to keep readers interested.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (58)

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Ten Characters I Would Want with Me on a Deserted Island

1. Katniss (The Hunger Games)- Pretty sure she would be on almost everyone's list. I mean why would't you want her there with you??

2. Elizabeth Bennett(Pride and Prejudice)- I think Lizzie and I would really hit it off and I would become besties!

3. Adrian Ivashkov (Vampire Academy/Bloodlines)- Adrian is my book soulmate and I know if  we were stranded on a deserted island he would realize it too!

4. Josh Bennett (The Sea of Tranquility)- In case Adrian doesn't realize it, it's always good to have a back up plan. Plus, then I would have the same last name as my bestie! It would be almost like we were sisters!

5, 6, 7. Ash, Meghan, and Puck (The Iron Fey)- These three would be great to have around for both practical purposes and entertainment purposes.

8, 9. Percy Jackson & Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)- Again, these two would be great to have around for practical and entertainment purposes.

10. Merit (Chicagoland Vampires)- All of her snark would be perfect for this group! 

Now, when can we make this happen??

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: The Half Life of Molly Pierce

Title: The Half Life of Molly Pierce
Author: Katrina Leno
Release Date: July 8, 204
Pages: 256
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description:

You take it for granted. Waking up. Going to school, talking to your friends. Watching a show on television or reading a book or going out to lunch.

You take for granted going to sleep at night, getting up the next day, and remembering everything that happened to you before you closed your eyes.

You live and you remember.

Me, I live and I forget.

But now—now I am remembering. 

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is an interesting read. I loved the concept. It was something different and I liked the way the author told the story.

The description on the back of the ARC gives aways some of the plot. I was happy to find that the description on Goodreads is different and doesn't give away as much. Despite this fact, I still felt there was a bit of mystery in the story. I had an idea of how the story was going to go but I still wasn't able to figure out exactly how everything was going to come together. I kept finding myself coming up with different theories on what was going to happen but still found myself surprised at how things ended up.

Molly was an extremely complex character. She had a lot going on. It was almost like a mystery or  paranormal novel except it ends up being something else entirely. Why can't Molly remember parts of her life? Why does this strange guy know her name but she doesn't know his? Slowly, the missing pieces start showing up one by one. Molly has to solve the puzzle and put all the pieces together. She doesn't know who to trust and if she can even trust herself.

I loved Leno's writing style. The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a very easy to read book. It pulls you in from the start and the way that the book is written keeps you hooked. It's one of those books that feel as if you just picked it up but look down and you're already 100 pages in. It's a short book and it's completely feasible to read it in one sitting. I pretty much did.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is an excellent book. I loved the mystery, intrigue, concept and writing style. There really wasn't anything I didn't love. I highly reccommend this book to pretty much anyone!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review: The Things You Kiss Goodbye

The Things You Kiss Goodbye

The Things You Kiss Goodbye
Author: Leslie Conner
Release DateJune 24, 2014
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
Rating4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when basketball star Brady Cullen asks her out, and she just about faints when her strict father actually approves of him.

But when school starts up again, Brady changes. What happened to the sweet boy she fell in love with? Then she meets a smoldering guy in his twenties, and this “cowboy” is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina.

Bettina knows that breaking up with Brady would mean giving up her freedom—and that it would be inappropriate for anything to happen between her and Cowboy. Still, she can’t help that she longs for the scent of his auto shop whenever she’s anywhere else.

When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth—and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.

Leslie Connor has written a lyrical, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about family, romance, and the immense power of love.

I must say this book genuinely surprised me. I really didn't pay too much attention to the description so I didn't really know what to expect. What I got wasn't what I was expecting but I'm okay with that.  

I found Bettina to be a very interesting character due to her family heritage and the way she changed as a character. Bettina grew up in a strict household with strict rules. No dating. No staying after school. But after she meets Brady, things begin to change and as the rules change Bettina does as well. I could relate somewhat to Bettina. My dad was pretty strict growing up, not nearly as strict as Bettina's but strict enough. I may or may not have snuck out every now and then or told a few lies about where I was going and who with. I did get a little frustrated with Bettina when Brady started treating her badly. But I did enjoy seeing her family dynamic and her interactions with Cowboy. I also loved that she had no idea she was basically rich. She wasn't a spoiled rich kid and I loved that.

I liked Brady in the beginning. I thought he was a sweet, shy guy but somewhere along the way he became a complete jerk. I was taken off guard by his drastic change. I wanted to punch him several times and if I had been Bettina I would have.

Cowboy was lovable. He had a great personality and treated Bettina so well. I did find the way they met and talked to be a bit unusual but overall I enjoyed their relationship.

The Things You Kiss Goodbye was a relatively quick read for me. It's an average size book at 368 pages but I went through quickly. The pacing was good and held my attention throughout but really picked up at the end. The tragedy caught me completely off guard. I knew something was going to happen but I was surprised by what did.

The Things You Kiss Goodbye is a story about first love, first loss, finding yourself, and loving your family even when they make it impossibly difficult. An entertaining read!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Chapter Excerpt: Faded by Chloe Miles

Hey y'all! Today, I have a chapter excerpt from Faded (The Faded Trilogy, Book 1) by Chloe Miles. Also, be sure to enter the giveaway at the end! 

Hope y'all enjoy!!

Chapter Excerpt - Faded (The Faded Trilogy, Book 1)

It was just as stunning out there as it was inside the hall. A string of lights adorned the fancy stone railing, and little square trees formed a hedge along the inside of it. 
Hunter walked out into the middle and took a bow before he extended his hand to her. “Our own private dance floor.”
Savannah obligingly placed her hand in his. She couldn’t hold his hand like she could have in spirit form—she couldn’t take the risk in case somebody had seen her go out there—but Hunter could still hold hers all the same.
“It’s bad enough that I can’t be your proper date that everybody else can see you with,” he said as he twirled her around and then gently pulled her in closer, “but I didn’t want you to miss out on this part as well.” 
 “What do you mean a proper date?” she asked him. “Hunter, you’re still here to me. You’ve just faded a little, that’s all.”
A light dusting of snow had started falling above their heads, and Savannah lifted her eyes to see tiny romantic snowflakes falling only on them like their own little winter snow globe scene.
“I noticed their dance floor in there had a snow machine,” Hunter said as he watched the snowflakes fall above their heads before he let his eyes drift back down to hers. “I can do better than that.”
“It’s beautiful.”
Savannah caught a tiny snowflake as it landed gently on her hand. It might not have been really snowing like how Madison had wanted it to, but it was still romantic.
“This night is perfect,” she whispered as she placed her arms around his transparent shoulders, “because you’re here.”
“I wouldn’t have missed this for anything,” he said. “You’re the most important thing in the world to me, and I knew how important this was to you.”
Savannah looked back up at the falling snow. 
“You know how you said that I should forget about everything else and just be a normal girl tonight?” She shook her head to disagree before she had even said the words. “Normal is overrated. None of those other girls in there have real snow,” she whispered, “or you.”
Hunter gently twirled her around again before she held both her hands up to his. Their hands were barely touching, but that was good enough for her. Hunter was hers. She didn’t need anybody else to be able to see him to know that.
“Those other guys in there may be alive and have youth on their side,” he whispered as his eyes drifted to her lips, “but I’m the luckiest guy here tonight.”

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lover, Divine Blog Tour: Spotlight & Giveaway

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Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for LOVER, DIVINE by A. Star
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July 10th Blissful Book Reviews REVIEW
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Mythos: Gods & Lovers #1
Author A. Star
For fans of the Oracle of Delphi series…and for those who aren’t…

Born into one of the wealthiest families in Ireland, Siobhan Law has status, privilege, and a secret: The Greek gods of Olympus and their kingdom in the clouds are real, and her family acts as one of their agents on Earth.

When the beautiful immortal celeste Liam Argyros shows up claiming to have come to Earth to deal in the affairs of the divine, Siobhan finds herself unable to resist his charms. New to the game of passion and seduction, she quickly ends up in over her head, sinking deeper with every attempt Liam makes to win her over.

But Liam’s divine mission is far more complex than she ever imagined and nothing is truly as it seems. Because Liam has a secret of his own: He is Apollo, Olympian god of the Sun, and his mission will never be complete until he has claimed Siobhan’s heart forever.
WARNING: For readers 18+ only. Contains adult language and sexual situations.
Lisa at My Favorite Things – 4 STARS “The story is a steamy tale of the unconventional relationship between two destined lovers and the repercussions of divine love.” Read more
Stephanie at Bookfever – 5 STARS “Surprising, funny, sexy, amazing…there aren’t enough words to sum up Lover,Divine.” Read more
Carrie at The Mad Reviewer – 5 STARS “The best part of the whole book was that it was completely character-driven.” Read more

A. Star is a fan of dirty passion. She likes to read it, and she damn sure likes to write it. Her first adult romance/fantasy novella is called Invasion, an alien romance about sacrifice. Lover, Divine is the first release from the Mythos: Gods and Loversseries. Future releases under A. Star include, King, Desired (Mythos: Gods and Lovers #2), the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc. stories, and more.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Earthquake Blog Tour: Ten Even More Random Things about Aprilynne


Earthbound #2
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: July 8th 2014


Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth—and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence.

Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. . . .

They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds that Tavia doesn’t fully trust. There, she’s told that she can save the Earth before it disappears. She agrees.

Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson—Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest—appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.


**10 Even More Random Things About Aprilynne Pike**


1.) I started wearing glasses when I was five. Coke bottle glasses. People often gasp when they find out what my prescription is. (-8.5) Related, I started wearing contact lenses when I was twelve. I still happily wear them now.:)
2.) I used to be a gymnast. Sadly, my parents moved to a tiny town in Idaho when I was a freshman in high school and no gymnastics studios existed there. At all. Still don’t, as far as I know.
3.) I hate going to the dentists. Hate it, hate, it hate it! In fact, I hate even the idea of anyone touching my teeth. Bleh!
4.) I sucked my thumb till I was eight. Oddly, not a single one of my children ever sucked their thumbs. Not even as babies.
5.) People love my very, very straight hair that doesn’t misbehave even in heavy humidity, but the truth is, the more kids I had, the less it would hold a curl and it barely even curls under these days. I wish I had wavy hair.
6.) I don’t like to wear patterns. I wear all solid colors and have to frequently remind myself to buy something other than black. I blame Neil Gaiman.;)
7.) I am terrible with names. Even people I am relatedto I will sometimes hesitate and think desperately, “What is their name? What is their name?” I forget my characters’ names in books, and the phrase,“Whatsherface” is frequent in my conversations. I’m excellent at remembering faces. Names? No.
8.) I am a seriously carnivore; my husband is a borderline vegetarian. When we go out to eat out server frequently swaps our meals. “No, no, the steak is mine, the salad is his.”
9.) I like either super milk chocolate, or 90% dark chocolate. I’m not much of a fan of anything in the middle.
10.) The fastest I’ve ever finished a book is thirty-eight days. The slowest is six and a half years. Most of my books fall somewhere in the middle.

About The Author:
Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates. Aprilynne Pike’s #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny. In this tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever…

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (57)

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My Blogging Confessions

1.       I am horrible about commenting on other blogs. I do try to read several blogs regularly and I do visit other posts that seem interesting that I follow or subscribe to but I rarely comment. I keep trying to get better at it but just can’t seem to.

2.       I am socially awkward. I’m not talking about IRL but on social media. I want to talk to people on twitter and facebook but a lot of times I don’t because I’m scared they won’t reply. Also, I rarely have anything interesting to post. I see all of these interesting tweets by other people but I can’t seem to get the hang of it.

3.       I don’t request many ARCs. Seriously, I think I have requested four physical ARCs this year and two of them I requested just yesterday and the other two were books by the same author. I have found when I have a lot of books that I feel like I have to read it makes me not want to read at all. I’m trying to get over but it’s a slow process. I do get some ARCs through blog tours, conferences, giveaways or netgalley but I don’t request many from the publisher.

4.       I am terrible about answering emails. I read all of them and most of the time I fully intend to reply but usually I am on my phone when I read them and I hate my phone because it acts stupid whenever I try to type (or do anything on it for that matter) then I forget about it. I feel really bad about it.

5.       The number of books I listen to has surpassed the number of books I actually read these days. I have cut way back on my reading and amped up the number of audiobooks I listen to. I love audiobooks because I can do that while I am doing other things (usually driving or chores around the house).

6.       Sometimes, I am a lazy blogger. There are a lot of days that I just don’t feel like putting forth the effort to create a post. I wanted to have a post everyday and stressed out when I didn’t but finally decided that I didn’t need to. I finally realized that if I don’t feeling like posting something then I don’t have to. As long as I post what I have committed to posting then I am fine.

7.       I am amazed at how much time a lot of bloggers spend on their blogs. I look at certain blogs and how many posts they do and am completely amazed. I have no idea where they get the time and energy to do all of it.

8.       I don’t have a calendar. I know a lot of bloggers use a calendar to keep up with what they need to post and when but I don’t. I tried to for a while but I never could get the hang of it so I stopped.

9.       I am rarely have posts scheduled more than a day or two in advance. I have heard certain bloggers say that they have a month of posts scheduled but that’s not me. I am so jealous of those bloggers!!

10.   I have thought about quitting. There have been several times where I thought about quitting. In the end I just loved reading and sharing my love for books too much to actually quit.

There are my confessions!! What are some of yours?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Audio Review: Ruin and Rising


Title: Ruin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Pages: 432

Format: Audio

Release Date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Henry and Holt Co.
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

Ruin and Rising was one of my most anticipated reads of 2014. I couldn't wait to see how everything turned out in this fantastic series. Overall, I would say that I am pleased with the conclusion of the series but I didn't love it quite as I had hoped I would. I'm not sure if it was a case of too high expectations or if there were just some things I didn't care for. 

I still love Bardugo's writing style. I love the way her words flow and there is always this fairy tale feel to the way the book is written. I especially love the before and after parts. I think they are simply fantastic!

As for the characters, Mal grew on me a little but Nikolai and the Darkling were still both much more interesting characters to me. Nikolai is my favorite character of the series and I loved every scene he was in and was dying to see more of him. Alina continued to grow as a character and really came into her own. I loved her relationship with Nikolai and the connection she had with the Darkling.

The plot was excellent. It was fast paced and there was continuous action. I was curious as to how the plot would play out and I must say that there were quite a few surprises for me in Ruin and Rising. Bardugo answers a lot of questions in this book and we are finally able to fully understand certain elements related to the characters and the plot. 

Now, for the things I didn't like. I can't go too much into what I didn't like without spoilers but I'm going to try. I guess the main things I didn't like had to do with the ending. Like I said, I was curious as to how things would play out and the way they did completely surprised me.  I didn't like how things ended for several of the characters. Honestly, that's all I can say without spoil anything.

In the end, I was waiting for that WOW! moment which never quite came. The way several of the characters ended up left me feeling somewhat empty and wishing for a different outcome on their behalf. The plot and writing were once again excellent. Despite my issues with the ending, I still highly recommend this series!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

When Books Help You Through Difficult Times...

I've never been good with dealing with death. I'm always one of those people that want to know why. I want to understand it. I need to understand it but there are some things that can never be understood.

I recently lost someone close to me. I've been fortunate in my life to only lose two people I was actually close to. The first one was my cousin that died December 27, 2008. He was 25 when he died, a year younger than I am now. I have never fully gotten over his death. It's not so much that we were that close because we weren't but just the simple fact that someone I knew and loved died before they really got to live. That day changed me and I know that I'll never be the same again.

The second was my uncle that died last night. He was 52 and died from a heart attack. My uncle definitely got to live a much longer life than my cousin but still it was a life cut short. He had made some bad choices with his life but had recently gotten back on track. He was happy, actually the happiest he had ever been. He had met a woman and they were talking about marriage, something my uncle had never done. He was getting ready to start over and in the blink of an eye it was all taken away. 

My uncle and I were close. He was probably the uncle I was closest to. He lived next door to my family and I spent a lot of time at his house whenever he was home (he worked offshore). We always got along well. When I went to college I didn't speak to him as much but after I moved back home we started talking more again. Him and my husband hit it off and we would sometimes do stuff together. He went to church with us, just this past Sunday and we had talked about going out together with him and his girlfriend but we never got the chance to. 

I'm not good with death and things that can't be rationalized or understood. I spend a lot of time in the denial stage of grief. I pretend that I just haven't seen them in a while but then something happens and I remember and the grief marches back in. 

One of the things I have found are that books help me. Reading about similar experiences make me feel less alone. They don't necessarily heal the pain but they make me realize that I'm not the only one feeling pain. 

Today, I want to take the time to acknowledge a couple of books that I have read that help deal with grief and death and a quote or two that really resonated.

If you are going through a time like this, I hope you can find some comfort between the pages of these books as I have or some other book. If you have any recommendations of your own please feel free to share!

"Grief is forever. It doesn't go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath." - The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

“Every morning, I wake up and forget just for a second that it happened. But once my eyes open, it buries me like a landslide of sharp, sad rocks. Once my eyes open, I'm heavy, like there's to much gravity on my heart.” - Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

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