Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead {Review}

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead {Review}Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #1
Publisher: Razorbill on August 16, 2007
Format: Paperback, 332 pages
Source: Gift
4 Stars
The sum up

Snarky, sexy and fun. A promising start to the series.
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6 Books With the Most Romantic Couples

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Super 6 Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals over at Bewitched Bookworms. Every week, they give us a new category and then we list our picks for the top 6 books in that category. Today’s topic of discussion is:

Super 6 Books/Series with the most Romantic Couples – Epic Love!

Ah, one of my favorite subjects! No matter how wonderful a story is, I’m of the opinion that a great romance can only make it better. Angsty, dramatic or subtle, I love a sweeping romance that makes me feel the feels. The more feels, the better!  The 6 books below made me feel the feels. In no particular order, they are (the covers lead to my review):

  Linc and Violet – so much angsty love!

Two broken souls just made for each other. 

2 adults stuck on an island? There’s bound to be some romance.

Dante and Charlie 4-Eva!

Lexie and the conflicted priest had it going on.

The couple that got me into blogging.

stuff here Cabel is romantic in the subtlest of ways.

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Blogging: The Expectation v. the Reality, Part 3

When I started my blog, I had many preconceived notions about what exactly it would entail. Even after the journey began, I came to assume certain things would or would not happen. And some of them have turned out to be true, but most have not. I recently read Cora Harrington’s 5 Things I Wish I’d Learned My First Year of Blogging (a fashion blog, but the article applies to any blog type) and was inspired to think about my own first-year of blogging. So, I thought I’d do a few posts about my “expectations” versus the “realities” I’ve come across in the blogging world. (Remember, these are my experiences. Your mileage may vary.)

 

 

I already read so much that I’ll have no problem banging out reviews, several a week!

 

 

 

Ah, how sweet and innocent I was. I figured writing a review wouldn’t take long at all. After all, I love to write, I write all the time. I’ll read and review, read and review, read and review, and my blog will be chock full of well-written reviews.

As you may remember from a post I did a while back, I have a serious inability to get a review completed. I tend to start it, get easily distracted and lose my train of thought, then just give up and plan to go back to it later.

Alas, the “go back to it later” part isn’t one of my strengths. Right now, at this moment, I have 20 reviews that need to be completed. Literally, 20. And some are for books I read over a year ago. I could do something with them, like Respiring Thoughts does, and make a post with several books listed and give a very general one- or two-paragraph recap. But I feel like, I read the book, I want to review the book, you know?

I wish I could be one of those super efficient bloggers that reads a book and writes the review immediately. When I see a review that says “I read this book last night and…” I wonder how the hell they did the review so fast! I need to ask them to teach me how they stay focused enough to actually write a complete review within a few hours.

What it really comes down to is focus and self-control. I need to practice both to increase my review output. I would love to be able to post 2 reviews a week, that’s always been my goal. I certainly read enough to do that amount. But, it turns out reading a book isn’t the same thing as reviewing a book.

Were you able to write reviews as quickly as you expected? Or did they take longer than you realized?

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A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers {Review + Giveaway}

A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers {Review + Giveaway}

A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers {Review + Giveaway}Title: A Little Too Hot
Author: Lisa Desrochers
Series: A Little Too Far #3
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse on January 21st 2014
Format: eARC, 284 pages
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
5 Stars
The sum up

Steamy, sexy and romantic, this novel has everything I’m looking for in a New Adult romance.

Summary

If you play with fire…

Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.

Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.

My thoughts

Sam is having a shitty month. She got kicked out of school for skipping classes, her mother kicked her out of the house and she’s no longer welcome at the friend’s house she was staying at. She turns to ex-lover and close friend Jonathan, who lets her crash on his couch and gets her a job as an exotic dancer at a club.

I can’t say a lot about this book without revealing any spoilers, so this will probably be a short review, but I’ll try to hit the highlights.

I loved this book even more than the first one in the series (which I absolutely adored). The characters were wonderful and full of quirks and subtle little personality traits that made them feel real. Sam was bull-headed but also a little broken. She felt like she had almost nobody left she could trust, but she was grateful for Jonathan. She wasn’t crazy about becoming a dancer, but she knew she needed a job to get off of his couch.

I was drawn to the characters and wanted to know what their next step would be, how they would face the consequences of their actions, how they would handle each setback.

Speaking of Jonathan, I loved him to pieces. He was a total horndog, making out with everyone he could, while trying to stay faithful to his girlfriend. He was honest and sweet and you could tell he really cared about the people in his life. Harrison was definitely hiding a lot from Sam, but he was a decent guy who cared. He made mistakes, but he owned them.

The plot was predictable; I knew everything that was coming and wasn’t surprised once. But, the characters and the writing more than made up for that. I read this in one day, and it’s been a long time since I’ve done that. I was drawn to the characters and wanted to know what their next step would be, how they would face the consequences of their actions, how they would handle each setback. And for the love of pete, I needed to keep reading so I would know when they finally did the deed! It took FOREVER. Talk about sexual tension. This book was full of it.

The sexy times were graphic, but not nearly as explicit as other books I’ve read recently. It was actually kind of a nice relief. There’s only so many times I can read different words for genitalia without rolling my eyes.

This book is part of a series, but it can definitely be read as a standalone. The characters from the previous books made an appearance, and we learned how they’re doing. It was nice to get a little update from the previous couples. Of the three books in this series, this one is my favorite, and I highly recommend it. I hope Lisa Desrochers comes out with more New Adult books soon, because she’s been added to my auto-buy author list.

About the author


Lisa Desrochers is the USA Today bestselling author of A LITTLE TOO FAR , courtesy of HarperCollins, and companions, A LITTLE TOO MUCH (Nov 12, 2013), and A LITTLE TOO HOT (Jan 21, 2014). Also in stores is her YA PERSONAL DEMONS trilogy (Macmillan).

She lives in central California with her husband and two very busy daughters. There is never a time that she can be found without a book in her hand, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise.

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6 Books I’m Glad I Don’t Live In {Super Six Sunday}

Super Six Sunday
Super 6 Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals over at Bewitched Bookworms. Every week, they give us a new category and then we list our picks for the top 6 books in that category. Today’s topic of discussion is:

6 Books I Wish I Lived In/I’m Glad I Don’t Live In

I was planning on doing a half and half, with 3 for each topic, but I had way more books I would rather not live in, so I went ahead and made that my main topic. Most of the books I read books are contemporary, and I already live in that sort of world, so there’s no advantage there. But the dystopians I read usually involve crappy worlds that I definitely wouldn’t want to live in.

I’m Really Glad I Don’t Live In These Books

the host
Aliens (peaceful aliens, but aliens nonetheless) taking over the planet via “body snatching” does not sound like a lot of fun.


A world in which sadness = loss of identity. Scary.

delirium
No love? No thanks.

The Immortal Rules
The only way to live in decent prosperity it to be a human vending machine for the local vampires. No fun. Plus, I usually pass out when someone takes my blood, so I wouldn’t be a good candidate anyway.

rot & ruin
I fear I would not do well in this world, where people live in tiny little homegrown towns and avoid the Rot & Ruin at all costs.

Velveteen by Daniel Marks
Ummm, it’s purgatory. Who would want to live there?

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Will I Ever Read Every Book in My TBR Stack? {Book Blogger Hop}

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Every week, Billy posts a new prompt for us and today’s is:

Do you think you will ever read every book in your TBR stack?

Yes. It definitely won’t be any time soon, but I’ll get it done. After all, they’re on my tbr stack for a reason – I want to read them. Even if I no longer blog, I’ll still get to them eventually.

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The Academy: Introductions by C.L. Stone {Review}

The Academy: Introductions by C.L. Stone {Review}Title: The Academy: Introductions
Author: C.L. Stone
Series: The Academy #1
Publisher: Arcato Publishing on December 23rd 2012
Format: eBook, 280 pages
Source: Publisher
1 Stars
The sum up

I didn’t like it at all. I couldn’t care less what happens in the future books, nor do I have any desire to learn about the Academy. I’m done with the series.

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Knowing Jack by Rachel Curtis {Review + Giveaway}

Knowing Jack by Rachel Curtis {Review + Giveaway}

Knowing Jack by Rachel Curtis {Review + Giveaway}Title: Knowing Jack
Author: Rachel Curtis
Publisher: Self Published on January 17th 2014
Format: eBook, 165 pages
Source: AToMR Tours
3 Stars

The sum up

Despite my issue with the book, I found this a fun and sexy way to pass the time.

Summary

I am not a slut, although I’ve been called one often enough. Yeah, I spent three months screwing one of my college professors, but I was crazy about the guy. Then he broke up with me.

I am not a bitch, although people like to say I am. I kept our relationship secret. I’m not responsible for telling the university administrators about it, but a lot of students still blame me for getting their favorite professor fired.

I am not a drama queen, although everyone thinks I am now. When I got a few nasty messages, I just deleted them. When I got the threat, I assumed it was someone being stupid. I still think that’s all it was. My parents worry, though, so they hired me a bodyguard. Now Jack follows me around, intimidating everyone who approaches me and looking obnoxiously hot.

This is what I am. I’m Chloe. I’m a twenty-year-old art history major. Kind of shy, although I pretend not to be. Stubborn enough to stay here for my senior year, even though everyone hates me.

And I’m stuck with Jack.

He calls me “Princess,” but I’m not a princess either.

My thoughts

Chloe made a decision she’s still paying for. She doesn’t regret that decision (after all, they were both adults and technically, he wasn’t even her teacher at the time they began seeing each other), but she’s hating the backlash. She’s trying to stay strong and not let it get her down, but really, how much negativity can one person take?

Chloe was an interesting character for me. She was strong, in standing up to the bullies and staying at the school even though everyone hated her, but she was also basically a weakling when it came to Jack. She was on a break from men, but the second she had the chance, she was ready to chuck it all just to have sex with him. Jack was your typical strong and silent type. You knew he had a dark secret he was hiding, but it only made him more attractive.

The point of view switched every once in a while, but it never stayed with Jack very long, maybe a page or two. Just long enough for us to know how much he loved Chloe and wanted her hot bod, but also that he couldn’t be with her because it would disappoint his dad.

Chloe was a bit frustrating in that she wasn’t able to stand up for herself in a lot of ways until Jack and his magic penis somehow taught her to let go and own it. In fact, it was amazing the things his penis could do. It made her fall in love with him (and vice versa), it made her let go of her self-righteous determination to prove something and made him stop trying to please his dad in order to live his own life. It was miraculous, that penis.

So, as you may have noticed, I had a slight problem with the believability in this novel. BUT, other than that, I really enjoyed it. If you can set aside your disbelief in the magic of the sex, it’s kind of a fun story. It’s fast-paced, a little bit mysterious and a whole lot sexy.

About the author

Rachel is a writer, a teacher, a romance reader, and a dog-mom. She loves animals and art and hot men with soft hearts under a tough exterior. She tries to write love stories that feel real, even in unlikely circumstances.

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