TOP TEN TUESDAY #14 Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 5:41 PM
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new Top Ten list topic is posted and book bloggers fill in their own choices. 

This Week's Topics is:

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

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4. The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead


5. Falling for Jillian (Love Under the Big Sky #3) by Kristen Proby


6. Never Never by Colleen Hoover , Tarryn Fisher


7. Falling Away (Fall Away #3) by Penelope Douglas


8. Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits #1.5) by Katie McGarry




10. You Were Mine (Rosemary Beach #9) by Abbi Glines


What are you top ten books on your winter tbr???
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Sofia T.

Review: Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 7:34 PM
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 Title: Stone Cold Touch
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements #2

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Every touch has its price
Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.
But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…
“I would know if a part of my heart was gone.”
What just happened?

When I started reading this book, I knew two things for sure:

1) Roth was definitely coming back


2) Layla and Zayne would come closer

But it’s different knowing things and them really happening.

Let’s start from the beginning though. The second book in the Dark Elements series will definitely blow you away. After that horrible cliffhanger, we finally get to see Roth’s return *drums*. I really, really love Roth (team Roth all the way) but he was so unfair to Layla at the beginning. Layla wasn’t doing great either. After Roth was gone the only thing she had of his was Bambi. She mourned him and felt so guilty for everything that happened. So when Roth does return, she’s shocked by his behavior and as if that isn’t enough, Layla’s powers are changing once again.

Layla doesn’t feel confident of her powers, especially now that something strange is happening. An old race of demons has awakened and unusual things are occurring at school. Things are so out of control that wardens are forced to work with the demons in order to find and eliminate the threat. No one ones who’s the cause of all these but all evidence points at Layla.

Is she the one causing these things? Even Layla, herself is unsure of the answer…

This was a WoW book for me! I loved Layla and Roth I usually hate love triangles but J. Armentrout knew what she was doing. I have to admit that for one tiny moment, I did consider Zayne as Layla’s mate but then something happened and I realized that Zayne would have never been able to protect her. Of course, Layla and Zayne were triple hot (their make out scenes were super incredible). I totally enjoyed seeing them together. I think if we hadn’t seen them together, we would have wondered what could become of them. Now that I have seen them together, I can say that they were amazing but I’m still Team Roth.

Roth may not be the wise choice for her but he was the one that always stood by her. Besides that though, he’s sin incarnated. Who could resist him?

Stone Cold Touch was everything I expected and more! Filled with romance, humor, twists and turns it captured my attention from page one till the end. I know you’re thinking that this is another love triangle but believe me when I say, this is not the case. Layla, Zayne and Roth are such amazing characters. You will surely fall in love with them.

I wish this trilogy never ended but I’m really looking forward to reading the third and final book in the series.

Read in one sitting!!!! That good :)
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Sofia T.

Review: Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 9:28 PM
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Title: Sinner
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #4

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole's story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole's darkest secret -- his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel's life. Can this sinner be saved?
"Internet: What do you want for your birthday?
Virtual Cole: to stay young forever
Cole texted me: Actually I want you” ...
Let me start by saying how long I have waited for Cole’s book. I was beyond excited when the author announced both the title and the publication date of the book. The book may not have been everything I expected (don’t get me wrong, I loved this book) but I devoured it.

When I first started reading this book I thought we would get more Cole action. But the reality is that we got almost no action. What I also expected was a more paranormal aspect but we got none of it as well. These facts may have dissuaded me a bit but come on… this is freaking Cole’s book.

Sinner had both Cole and Isabe’s point of views. I have to admit that Isabel frustrated me a bit (ok more than that). They both had to go through some personal issues, especially Cole, since he was a werewolf living under the spotlight but I felt like Isabel always overreacted and she always run. I’m just so angry when people try to run away from their problems repeatedly. I understand the need to get away once but I just can’t comprehend the running attitude. It leads nowhere and it eventually creates more problems. Isabel must have surely broken some record with all that running. She doesn’t believe in HEAs, in love and she has no faith. I expected her to believe in Cole at least.

Sinner introduced us to some new characters as well. That was very invigorating! We get some glimpses from Sam and Grace but nothing major really.

You may not believe me but I actually loved this book. As every book, it had some things that I didn’t love but in the end everything worked out for me, even Isabel. Isabel learned from her mistakes and actually trusted Cole from the very beginning. It was herself who she doubted. In the end she run to Cole and she was the one to claim him!
“I can't change the way I'm made. I'm a performer, a singer, a werewolf, a sinner.”
Totally recommended!
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Sofia T.

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #18 Ripped (Real #5) by Katy Evans

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:53 PM
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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.

Title: Ripped
Author: Katy Evans
Series: Real #5
Expected publication: December 9th 2014


Every woman wants me--except the one I sing for.
Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about my band being in town.
But when you love a girl, you don't leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise. Any man with half a brain should know.
So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?
Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.
When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like I'm a god--but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl's not happy to see me.
Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that's her -- Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she's out for my blood.
That's alright.
Let her come at me. Because I'm out for her heart and, this time, there's no way she can stop me.
What are you waiting on Wednesday??? 
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Sofia T.

Review: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014 5:00 PM
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Title: Wuthering Heights
Author: Emily Brontë
Series: None

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. After Mr. Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.
“Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you--haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe--I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always--take any form--drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”
Before reading Wuthering Heights, I assumed that I would be reading a dark love story. But having read the book, I assure you this is not the case. This is indeed a dark novel but its darkness lies on the obsessiveness, the cruelty, the violence and ultimately the selfishness of Heathcliff and Cathy.

I loved the way the author chose to present us her story. Everything we get to know is from the housekeeper’s point of view. Nix, the housekeeper, narrates Heathcliff and Cathy’s story to Mr. Lockwood, a tenant who rents a house from Heathcliff. Mr. Lockwood is also the only character who plays no role to the main story. He’s just a new tenant who after meeting Heathciff, is interested in finding out his story and Nix, who was particularly raised with Heathcliff and Cathy, knows all there is to know.

I was beyond shocked when I finished their story. Heathcliff and Cathy were two selfish and narcissistic characters who cared only for themselves. They were so miserable that made the people around them miserable as well. Especially Cathy who even after her death continued to torment the people who loved her. Heathcliff and Cathy surely deserved each other. What really surprises me though, is that these two had never had an actual love affair. I don’t even remember if they had kissed at all. Their “love” was possessive and based on narcissism.

Every character in this book, with the exception of Mr. Lockwood, is trapped between two houses. These two houses are the places that the story takes place. Even Nix, the narrator, is currently trapped to one of these two houses because of Heathcliff.

All in all, Wuthering Heights may not have been what I expected it to be but it surely lived up to my expectations. Truth be told, ever since Cathy died I expected Heathcliff to ask for forgiveness but he never did. I wasn’t much surprised that he didn’t but I thought that with Cathy gone, he would be at last free. In my opinion, Heathcliff himself destroyed his soul.

Highly recommended!
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Sofia T.

STACKING THE SHELVES #16

Posted on Saturday, November 15, 2014 3:20 PM
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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It gives us a chance to share with readers what we bought, borrowed, swapped, won or got for review each week.

This week I read:

Books I loved:

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Currently Reading:

 

I have officially finished the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh and I'm moving on to J. A. Redmerski books!! I've read many good reviews about her books and it's time I read some :)

What did you read this week???
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Sofia T.

Review: Breakable (Contours of the Heart #2) by Tammara Webber

Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 2:03 PM
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Title: Breakable
Author: Tammara Webber
Series: Contours of the Heart #2

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.
As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.
All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…
As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.
“Everyone isn’t logical. Everything doesn’t make sense in the end. Sometimes you have to forget about explanations or excuses and leave people and places behind, because otherwise they will drag you straight down.”
Breakable isn’t the sequel to Easy. Breakable is a retold of Easy from Lucas’s POV (point of view) and I’m really glad I read it.

When I read Easy, I was always intrigued by what Lucas’s thoughts were and why he acted as he did. After reading Breakable all my questions have been finally answered.

Lucas’s POV (aka Landon’s) provided us with every pieceof information that was omitted in the previous book. While reading this book we witness every struggle, both in the past and in the present, Lucas had to tackle to become the man we met in Easy. Everytime the author chooses to reveal something from Lucas’s past or just a memory, she refers to him as Landon. Because that’s who Lucas was before he became who he is now, he was just Landon. A boy who had two lovely and caring parents. A boy who never once saw how cruel and unfair this world is. Lucas lost everything in just a night: his childhood, his innocence and his mother. Losing his mother affected him tragically in his life, especially considering the way his mother died.

It was kind of weird seeing Jacquline through Lucas’s eyes. He watched after her, cared for her and eventually she became his salvation.

I loved the flashbacks Lucas had and all those little snippets of his childhood. Some memories were perfect and other just explained the nightmares he had to suffer. All these things clarified so much about his behavior and the life he led.

Once again I was mesmerised by the amazing writing, the realistic characters and the ability of the author to portray such a challenging subject.

For all the fans of Easy, I strongly recommend that you read Breakable. I was not in the least disappointed. Quite contrary, this book captured my attention from the very beginning till the end.

Lucas is the best and strongest hero ever.
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Sofia T.
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