Thursday, October 2, 2014

Unrequited by Emma Grey

by Emma Grey
Release Date: 05/26/14
Series: No
Genrre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: Four Trees

Summary from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Kat Hartland loathes Unrequited, the world's biggest boy band. Is she the only girl in Sydney who can't be bothered with perfect-looking Angus Marsden?

Give her 5 Seconds of Summer. Now.

Or maybe the seriously-hot med student who rescued her on a train—and who could be Douglas Booth's twin! Perfect formal partner, much?

But when Kat comes face to face with Angus Marsden himself, things start to get complicated. Very. Throw in a deranged female popstar, final exams, a part in the musical and a mum who just doesn't get it—and where is her best friend?

When did life get so crazy? Kat's just an ordinary schoolgirl.

Isn't she?

To start off this review, I feel like I should get this out of the way, the idea for the book is so crazy and unrealistic. I mean lets face it, this would never happen in real life, yet the author manages to completely convince me that it's possible and draw me into the Unrequited world. 

One of the things I enjoyed the most about the book was the fact that you really didn't know who Kat would end up with. Was it going to be the hot med student or would it be the world famous singer? I thought the author did a fantastic job at keeping the reader guessing.

Another aspect of the novel that I loved was the fact that Kat was just a regular student struggling through school. As a current senior in high school trying to balance a million other things I really related to her and thought she was a great example of a normal person (or as normal as you get knowing a superstar). I also liked Kat as a character. She knew who she was and didn't want to change it and conform to other people's ideas. I appreciated how she didn't care what people thought of her and loved her attitude about everything. Kat was a character that really made the book for me.

While the idea for Unrequited isn't new I truly enjoyed all the twists and turns the author employed that made her book really stick out.  I think that the author had several unique ideas that set her book apart from the other girl meets boy band books out there.

For me the book was a fast paced, fun novel that took my mind off school and the work that I was supposed to be doing. I would definitely check out anything else this author writes! 


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Emma Grey has two teenage girls, a three-year-old boy, a couple of businesses and another teen novel in the pipeline. Her first book, 'Wits' End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum' was published in 2005.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Summer in New York Anthology Review and excerpt

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Displaying cover.jpgTitle: Summer in New York
Authors: Janette Rallison, Heather B. Moore, Luisa Perkins, Sarah M. Eden, Annette Lyon, and Lisa Mangum
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Anthology
Series: None
Rating: Four and a half trees

Going into this anthology I had no idea who any of the authors were which meant that I had absolutely no idea what stories might become one of my favorites. I skipped around a bit depending on the mood I was in, and I have to say that overall I was extremely impressed by all the stories and I definitely am planning to check out some of the other books written by the authors.
This review is going to be broken down into individual sections for each short story. I will be giving each story an individual rating and then an overall rating for the collection as a whole.

Job Hazards by Janette Rallison
Rating: Five trees
The PremiseIn USA Today bestselling author Janette Rallison’s delightful novella, JOB HAZARDS, Lydia Robinson is posing as a prostitute. Undercover of course. Lydia’s job as a police officer hasn’t reeled in her prince charming yet. That is, until Harrison Aldridge, old high school flame, pulls up to the corner to rescue the fallen damsel. Lydia can’t exactly give Harrison the truth without blowing her cover, and it takes a series of mishaps and another whole set of misunderstandings before Lydia will even consider letting Harrison back into her life
If there is one story in this entire anthology that is a must read, it would have to be this one. This is the first story in the book and it immediately pulled me in. I love short stories and I know that a lot of people hate them but the fact that they are short, yet still manage to tell an entire story is the reason as to why I love them. With that said, after reading this short story I WANTED MORE! The story was so fun and I loved the main character. I hated coming to the end and realizing that the story was over! (Although I do think the story was told perfectly and any more might have ruined it for me! But still...) I think that this was probably the strongest story in the collection and definitely worth it!

A Taste of Sun by Heather
Rating: Three and a half Trees
The Premise: In Heather B. Moore’s enchanting novella, A TASTE OF SUN, Winona Grant embarks on a summer-long visit to NYC to house-sit for her great-aunt after a nasty break-up with her boyfriend Paul. But when her aunt commissions neighbor Steve Monti to tour Winona around, they strike a deal. Winona has too many deadlines to play tourist, and Steve is looking for a distraction from his looming gallery opening. So Steve goes on the tours by himself, and Winona reports back to her aunt as if she’d gone too. The longer this happens, the more Winona wants to change her mind. Seeing the city with Steve might be the perfect solution to forgetting about Paul.
While I did find this story to be adorable, I also thought it was extremely unrealistic and a bit too insta-lovey for my taste. I felt like the characters barely knew each other and then all of a sudden they were willing to anger Winona's aunt because they rapidly developed feelings for each other? I don't know... It just didn't mesh well with me. The other aspect I found completely unbelievable is a bit of a spoiler. It has to do with Steve's gallery though and I felt like that was all too convenient and perfect.... This one had a lot of potential and while still highly adorable, was a bit lacking for me.

Dulce de Leche by Luisa Perkins
Rating: Three Trees
The Premise: In Luisa Perkins’s sweet romance novella, DULCE DE LECHE, Marisol is desperate for another nanny job after being unfairly fired from her previous position. She has only two more semesters of college, but she’s too proud to ask her wealthy parents for financial help. When her potential new employer, a single father working long hours as an anesthesiologist, decides she’s too young and pretty to hire, she practically begs him for the job. Darius finally agrees, and as he watches her work miracles with his Asperger’s son, he realizes there is much more to Marisol than he first believed
This was definitely my least favorite short story from the collection. I had recently watched the Nanny Diaries and I felt like there were so many parallels between that movie and this story. While it was enjoyable I never really connected to the characters or understood their motivations. I did love the diversity in this short story though and I thought that it was a great aspect.

Take a Chance by Sarah M. Eden
Rating: Four Trees
The Premise: In TAKE A CHANCE, a captivating story by Sarah M. Eden, Miguel Santos has a stopover in New York. When the announcement of delayed flights comes over the PA system, Miguel is looking at spending several hours at the airport. Determined to get comfortable for the long wait, he’s surprised when he spies a familiar face amongst the stranded passengers: Jane Schoonenburg, the last person he expected to see. Three months have passed since he asked Jane to marry him—three months of misery. And now he knows that he must talk to her, if only to find out why she broke his heart
I thought this story was so incredibly adorable! This was one that I found to be realistic and just cute! I loved Miguel and the entire idea was great. I love how the author chose to have everything play out and there were several smaller parts in the story that made it even better than I thought possible. This is an author that is now definitely on my radar and I can't wait to read some of her other stuff!

Firsts and Lasts
Rating: Four Trees
The Premise: Annette Lyon’s entrancing novella, FIRSTS AND LASTS, begins with Dani’s last week in New York. She’s failed in her dreams to catch a break as an actress and is now ready to return home and dust herself off. As she visits the places on her final to-see list, she meets Mark, another New York City transplant with big dreams. Except Mark hasn’t given up on his. As they spend the day together, Dani realizes that even though she hasn’t hit the “big time” she might be living her dream after all. Only problem: she has a one-way ticket back home.
This is a story that I don't really have a lot to say about. I thought it was really good and a great addition to the collection. It's definitely one with the message to never give up and I really liked how the author pointed out that struggling is part of the journey. Overall really enjoyable!

& by Lisa Mangum
Rating: Five Trees
The Premise: In Lisa Mangum’s whimsically titled story: &, Lucy is riding a wave of success at having found a bestselling novel in the slush pile at an exclusive New York publishing house. If only her personal life was storybook perfect as well. Her relationship with Devon is on the rocks, and even though she's been put in charge of the house while her boss is gone on business, Lucy isn't sure she's up to the task. It will take a chance encounter with a handsome wordsmith to help Lucy claim the courage that has always been a part of her heart
Last, but certainly not least is &. (And yes & is the title.... It may have taken me a minute to figure that out..) I think the authors of the collection definitely picked great stories to begin and end the collection. This book was not only fun, but also a story that book lovers will love. The romance was sweet and I loved watching it play out. I also loved watching Lucy figure out who she was and have confidence in herself! A fabulous read!

Overall this was a fantastic anthology and has become one of my favorites! There were so many cute stories and it truly was the perfect summer read. I found out about so many new authors and I am so excited to to read more of their works! (I've already picked up more Janette Rallison! WOO-HOO!) I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of short stories and adorable romances!


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Job Hazards
Janette Rallison

Chapter One

Fighting crime wasn’t supposed to involve wearing a leopard-print miniskirt, a silky halter top, and stiletto heels. Not once while Lydia Robinson was in the police academy a year ago had she envisioned that the job would land her on a seedy New York street posing as a hooker. But as Lieutenant Miner had told her a week ago after he called her into his office, “You’re a natural.”

A natural hooker? “Is that supposed to be a compliment?” she asked.

He held up his hands to stop her protest and nodded at the glass window of his office. Outside, two other female officers were talking about a case. Officer Loomis was fifty-two and had more wrinkles than a pile of forgotten laundry. Officer Dustin was seven months pregnant. “I just meant,” Lieutenant Miner said, “that you’re the best one in the department for the sting.”

So now Lydia stood on a dimly lit corner next to a row of bars and strip clubs. She wore so much makeup that she looked like she was part of a Broadway play. Her usually long, brown hair had been curled, teased and poofed. It was magazine-girl, notice-me hair. Half-a-bottle-of-hairspray hair.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Rival Love by Natalie Decker

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Rival LoveTitle: Rival Love
Author: Natalie Decker
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Series: ? (I think so...)
Rating: Four Trees
Skylar Fletcher is a proud Harris Academy Bulldog! She has everything she’s ever wanted: a perfect boyfriend, great friends, and her dream college waiting for her in the fall. But nothing lasts forever. Skylar's world shatters when her mom decides it is time to move and drags Skylar, kicking and screaming, into Bobcat territory.

At Delmont High School, home of the Bobcats, Skylar has no friends and is often bullied. To make matters worse, her home life sucks thanks to all-star quarterback Caleb Morgan, nephew of her mom's live-in boyfriend.

At first Skylar and Caleb want nothing to do with one another. But they soon discover they're not that different after all--and each is harboring a secret attraction to the other. But can a Bulldog and a Bobcat ever really be more than friends? And are Skylar and Caleb willing to risk everything to find out? Rival Love is a debut young adult contemporary romance from Natalie Decker.

Rival Love is definitely one of those cute books that's a quick, fun read, perfect for when you need something on the fluffier side. 
The book starts out with our main character moving into her new home in the enemies territory.... *DUN, DUN, DUUUUNNNN*
As a teenager I can sympathize with Skylar and the fact that her mom is forcing her to move her SENIOR YEAR! I completely understand Skylar's point of view and why this would be such a traumatic experience for her. I'm pretty sure most people would have that problem. 
On the the hand, I completely didn't understand Skylar's mom. The fact that she moved in with her boyfriend and forced Skylar to switch schools and never understood why this was such a big deal bugged me. I didn't like how oblivious her mom was and it really brought the book down for me. 
The one other negative thing I have to say is the fact that the secondary characters are kind of unrealistic. Skylar loses all of her friends from her old school because they are so mad that she switched to the rival school, like huh?! That was waaaayyyy too extreme. I also thought the  bullying Skylar underwent was over the top. I've never known any school to be so competitive and mean especially when they could be gaining a huge asset to help out their own teams. 
I did really like Skylar's and Caleb's relationship. I love the whole enemies to friends trope and I love how it played out on this book. 
I also thought that the author did a fantastic job with the switching POV. I felt that the voices were recognizable and unique so I didn't feel confused when I was reading. 
I also loved the sports aspect and how Skylar was a swimmer. That was definitely fun to see how it played into the book. 
I did find the ending to be a bit rushed. All of a sudden all of this stuff is going down and it feels kind of like WHAT?! 
I will definitely be checking oh the next book because I am so curious as to what might happen next. 
I would recommend this book to people looking for something light and fun. It was definitely perfect for the mood I was in!

Natalie Decker is the Author of Rival Love. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Emergent

Waiting by Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!
This post highlights a book that I am dying to be released!!
By Rachel Cohn

Emergent (Annex , #2)Zhara, the First. Elysia, her clone. On the surface, they are identical. But looks can be deceiving.

When Zhara plays, she plays to win. She thought she had escaped the horrors of Doctor Lusardi's cloning compound. But the nightmare is just beginning. Elysia has taken everything from Zhara-a softer, prettier version of herself and an inescapable reminder of all she's failed at in her life. Now the man Zhara loves has replaced her with Elysia. Zhara will get her clone out of the way, no matter the cost.

Elysia has finally learned the truth: she has a soul. Her First is alive. She knows it hurts Zhara to see her with Alexander, but she can't give him up. The genetically-perfected Aquine has chosen as her as his life mate, and their days together are limited.

Elysia can't remain in the Rave Caves off the shores of Denesme forever. Revolution is brewing on the island paradise. Hundreds of soulless clones remain imprisoned like Elysia once was, slaves to the whims of their owners-wealthy human inhabitants of the island. As a group of clones and humans, led by Alexander, plot an insurrection that will turn Denesme's world upside down, Elysia knows her place is fighting by his side. Terrible sacrifices must be made to defeat Denesme's twisted regime. But even the greatest losses cannot prepare Elysia for the ticking time bomb built into her own programming...

RELEASE DATE: September 2nd, 2014
Why I'm waiting:: Truthfully I wasn't a fan of the first book... but I'm curious to see what happens... SO I really want to check this one out!

What are you waiting on?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Stolen Dreams: Review

Title: Stolen Dreams
Author: Christine Amsden
Genre: NA, Fantasy, Romance
Series: Cassie Scot #4
Rating: Five Trees

Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have despised one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.

When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood’s grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie’s father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

But things may not be precisely as they appear.

Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own? Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series.

Cassie Scot has become a series which I can safely say is a favorite of mine. Each time I pick up the newest book I think that it can't be nearly as good as the previous one, yet somehow Christine Amsden manages to amp it up with each new book. 
In this final installment in Cassie's life, the reader sees Cassie reach new heights as a character and make choices that reflect her character perfectly. 
I completely loved the romance in this book and I was so happy with how things played out in this book! 
In each book I'm amazed at Amsden's expertise at throwing in twists that I would never see coming. So many of the predictions that I made prior to reading this book were completely wrong and made me admire Amsden's skills as a writer even more. 
I have to admit that there were several sections where I feared up (partially because it's the last book) but also because of the way that Amsden wrote. At this point I felt as though I knew all of her characters and that their decisions personally effected me. 
I also really liked how not every character got their happy ending. There was a lot of death and tragedy that made the story realistic for the reader. 
Sitting here writing my review and rereading my notes for the book feels so sad. There is so much more I have to say about this book, yet half of it is extremely spoilery and I don't want to say anything to give away what happens. 
So I'm going to leave it on this note. This book (along with the rest of the Cassie Scot series) was a roller coaster. I laughed, I cried, and I grew closer to these characters than any other book I've read in the past few year. (Which is really saying a lot. I read A LOT of books) I am so glad that I was introduced to the world of Cassie Scot and have become a huge fan of anything that Christine Amsden writes. Cassie Scot is without a doubt in mind one of the best fantasy series I've ever read and I can't wait to read the stories that the author plans to publish about some of the other characters. I don't think I will ever be able to give this series enough praise. 

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Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.

Author Bio

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Trust Me, I'm Lying

Waiting by Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!
This post highlights a book that I am dying to be released!!
Trust Me, I'm Lying
By Mary Elizabeth Summer

Trust Me, I'm LyingJulep Dupree is a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at a swanky Chicago private school. When she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep's carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel.

RELEASE DATE: October 2014
Why I'm waiting: As of this moment this is all the summary there is! (I'm writing this in January) So there might be more out now, but I am DYING to read this one! It sounds fantastic!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I would give to people who have never read Steampunk

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

THIS WEEK'S TOPIC IS: Top Ten Books for readers new to Steampunk

Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes, #1)The Friday SocietyEtiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1)The Unnaturalists (The Unnaturalists, #1)Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk RomancesSteampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange StoriesThe Falconer (The Falconer, #1)A Conspiracy of Alchemists (The Chronicle of Light and Shadow, #1)
1.) Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld~ Maybe my favorite book EVER! The Leviathan world is epic! It is one of the best steampunk books I've ever read! I adore this book so much. I think anyone who wants to start reading steampunk should start off with this book.
2.) The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason~ Going into this book I was apprehensive. It sounded like a fantastic book, yet I never thought it could be pulled off well. I absolutely adored this book and I can't wait for the next one to come out! A must read if you love steampunk or want to try it out!
3.) The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress~ Admittedly, I am only half way through at the time I am writing this post, but so far I LOVE it! The three main characters are fantastic and it is a great example of awesome steampunk! Definitely a great read! (So far!!)
4.) Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger~ This one is a bit more midle gradey, but it is definitely a fantastic steampunk novel. I really want to read Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, too!
5.) The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross~ This is another fantastic book! I love the entire series! (Still need to read The Girl with the Windup Heart!) It has great steampunk aspects and the series only gets better!
6.) The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent~ Another fantastic steampunk novel that is super unique! Love the world for this one!
7.) Corsets and Clockwork by Many Authors~ Honestly some of the stories in this anthology weren't that great, others were fantastic! Definitely a great steampunk read!
8.) Steampunk! by Many Authors~ Another really fun steampunk anthology!
9.) The Falconer by Elizabeth May~ While this novel has a more minor presence of steampunk than the other books on this list, it was still a fantastic story! I absolutely loved the entire book!
10.) A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz~ This is actually a book I've yet to read, but it looks like it should be fantastic! Hopefully it will be another great example of steampunk!

Are there any steampunk books that you would recommend??

Friday, August 1, 2014

Mafia Girl: Review

Mafia GirlTitle: Mafia Girl
Author: Deborah Blumenthal
Genre: YA, Crime, Contemporary, Romance
Series: None
Rating: 2 trees

Gia's father is the head of a powerful mob in New York City. Since Gia is the "don's daughter", as she feels the need to consistently remind the reader, she is living the high life. After Gia and her BEST FRIEND Ro get pulled over for speeding, being drunk, and potentially being high, Gia falls in love with the cop. *DUN, DUN, DUN*
Gia also has to deal with everyday matters like running for class president and being featured in Vogue! Yet she juggles it all using her awesome connections and friends.

I don't know if you can tell from the summary of the book that I wrote, but my thoughts on Mafia Girl are not all that positive.
I picked this up hoping it was going to be a light, fun read, maybe even something that could pull me out of my reading slump. Instead I got a book where I was forced to reread passages in order to understand what the heck was going on. There were several times when Gia was doing something and then BOOM something completely different was happening at a different place and I didn't even realize the setting changed. So then I would go back and reread the passsage two or three times trying to make sense of it all.
For example:
So when he grabs my hand, I follow him into the laundry room.
Ten. Nine. Eight. Seven. Six. Five. Four. Three. Two. One.
The door to my room flings open and me dad x-rays me so hard I can practically feel the burn.
Do you see my point? At first s'hes in the laundry room and then BAM it's her bedroom. I was feeling so confused...

Another thing about this book that I hated was Gia 's need to label every single person in the entire school with some type of derogatory term.
...what I'll say to the a**holes at Morgan to get the to vote for me...
Man, I would totally vote for her if she was at my school she doesn't seem stuck up or nasty at all! Gia truly believes that she is better than every single person in her school... BUT then at the same time she hates herself a little bit. She was constantly calling herself a slut and her friends also referred to her as such.... (which confused me even more because she didn't seem the least bit slutty....)

Basically in Gia's perfect the world, EVERYTHING revolves around her. Her friends think she is so amazing! When she first tells them about running for class president the response she gets is is immediate. The tell her how freaking amazing she is and how she will win. Which I mean is cool and everthing, except for the fact that she's a  absolute jerk towards the entire school. How could you possibly win with that kind of reputation?

I would also like to point out that Gia is a stalker. After being puller over by a cop, who she refers to as Officer Hottie, she proceeds to have her friends hack things in order to find out where he lives, where he goes when he's off work, and even his entire back story. Because ya know, that's not creepy at all!!!
When she meets up with him at this bar (after sneaking out of her house) she proceeds to give him her number and tells him that he should call her... (Can we also please note that she went to a bar that was full of cops and managed to use her fake ID to buy beer and wasn't caught...)

It's been one week, sixteen hours, and thirty seven minutes or so since I've last seen Michael. I check my phone every time I inhale to see if he might have broken down and called.

So after he still hasn't called her she finds him again, where she once again completely freaks both him and the reader out.

I wake up at night thinking about you, Michael.
(There is one point where he calls her and they jusr sit there silently and listen to each other breath... How creepy can it get?)

 There were several other places where there were inconsistencies in the writing and with the characters. At one point Gia complains about not having Michael's number where only pages before he had just texted her asking to meet up and she had replied. Gia also kept talking about how Ro was her absolute best friend with Clive at a close second, yet I can barely remember any sections focusing on Ro. It was all about Clive and his terrible life where his parents don't love him. (I also found this hard to believe. I can't believe his parents would just leave him around like that and act as though he was inconsequential... The author tried to make a valid reason for there actions, but it didn't make much sense to me.)

I also completely don't understand how Gia can constantly talk about being a straight A student and then do what she does. I also thought her dream seemed a bit out of place... ***Highlight this next part to see a spoiler*** I don't get why she wants to go to law school. I completely don't see her motivations or why her dad would be so happy about it. I also don't understand how she'll be able to get into law school with her arrest record.... I don't understand her plan....

Mafia Girl had potential, yet I found it to be lacking in so many aspects. The characters were weak and the plot was basically about Gia and Michael's epic romance. There were other events (like Vogue and the school election along the way) but in the big picture it didn't really matter.

I really wish that before picking up the book I had read reviews for it so that I wasn't so surprised. Mafia Girl just wasn't the book for me.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

My thoughts on DNFing

Personally I've always considered myself to be a realist. I see things for what they are and I accept that. Yet when it comes to reading I never manage to keep that view.
I always go into a book believing that it has the potential to be the best book I've ever read. It could be about something I despise or adore or it could be something completely new or something overused.
To me each book has that potential to completely blow my mind and truthfully I won't normally pick up a book that I don't think I'm going to like.

But then, I'm sure you all know that feeling when you get to a book and just hate it. For some reason it doesn't sit right with you and you just don't want to go on. 

So maybe at first you just continue to push on and think this will get better. I mean it has to, right? It's a book it has to get better. But there gets to be a point where you just start to think it's impossible for it to redeem itself and that is the point when most people would DNF because really, what's the point of wasting your time on a bad book when there are SO MANY good books out there! 
Unfortunately that's not me and I'm not sure it ever will be. To me even books that bore me to tears, I still need to finish. I stay optimistic and keep thinking it will get better even if I'm two pages from the end. I JUST CAN'T STOP MYSELF. It's often like a car crash for me, it may be terrible and awful but I can't bring myself to ever look away.
I can count on one hand the number of books that I've DNFed..... And that means I've read some extremely unenjoyable books straight through until the end.

What brought on this post though is an issue that I've had of late. I have read several books in a row that I just wasn't into. I put them down and then picked them back up hoping that all of a sudden it would get better and also so that I could satisfy my curiosity, yet all that it has really done has been to put me in a reading slump....

So my question to you all is how do you decide to DNF a book?
Are there any tips that you can give me to make it easier? 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesdays: Of Metal and Wishes

Waiting by Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!
This post highlights a book that I am dying to be released!!
Of Metal and Wishes
By Sarah Fine

Of Metal and WishesThere are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.

Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.

As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it.

RELEASE DATE: August 5th, 2014
Why I'm waiting: Not a fan of the cover, but the book sounds like something I could definitely be into.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I own the most books from

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

(The beautiful picture of my Nancy Drew/Hardy Boy/Dana
Girls Collection. In case you can't tell they're all double stacked!)
Top Ten Authors I own the most books from
I definitely own a lot of books, but typically they are all from different authors. Some of these books I may only own four from some of these authors, but to me, it's amazing that I've managed

1.) Carolyn Keene~ I know that the Nancy Drew books were written by a multitude of different ghost writers. Yet this is definitely a series where I own nearly every book.

2.) On that note Franklin W. Dixon is also a main author that can be found on my bookshelves... (There are a lot more Hardy Boy books than what's in that picture

3.) Angie Sage was a favorite author of mine when I was younger. I own all of the Septimus Heap series.

4.) J.K. Rowling~ Ummmm... Harry Potter, duh.... I own all of those books and then copies of some of them.

5.) Michael Scott~The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is one of my all time favorite series.

6.) Scott Westerfeld~ I own most of his books.... Definitely an author I own a lot of.

7.) Kasie West~I own all four of her books, which is kind of shocking, I tend not to buy the same books

8.) Kelly Oram~ Definitely one my favorite authors and I own all of her books on my kindle.

9.) Ally Carter~ She writes such fun exciting books I have to own all of them!

10.) And finally Rick Riordan~ On my shelf you can find almost every book he has written just because.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesdays: The Girl from the Well

Waiting by Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!
This post highlights a book that I am dying to be released!!
The Girl from the Well
By Rin Chupeco

The Girl from the WellYou may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out.

The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as "Dexter" meets "The Grudge", based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.

RELEASE DATE: August 5th, 2014
Why I'm waiting: OMG, this book sounds beyond fantastic! I need it soooo much! It sounds great!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Islands at the End of the World

Waiting by Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!
This post highlights a book that I am dying to be released!!
The Island at the End of the World
By Austin Aslan

The Islands at the End of the WorldIn this fast-paced survival story set in Hawaii, electronics fail worldwide, the islands become completely isolated, and a strange starscape fills the sky. Leilani and her father embark on a nightmare odyssey from Oahu to their home on the Big Island. Leilani’s epilepsy holds a clue to the disaster, if only they can survive as the islands revert to earlier ways.
   A powerful story enriched by fascinating elements of Hawaiian ecology, culture, and warfare, this captivating and dramatic debut from Austin Aslan is the first of two novels. The author has a master’s degree in tropical conservation biology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

RELEASE DATE: August 5th, 2014
Why I'm waiting: I'm really in the mood to read something about Hawaii and this book sounds so interesting. Definitely can't wait for this one's release!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Waiting on Wednesdays: Midnight Thief

Waiting by Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!
This post highlights a book that I am dying to be released!!
Midnight Thief
By Livia Blabkbourne

Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief, #1)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.

RELEASE DATE: July 8th, 2014
Why I'm waiting: You can't tell me this book doesn't sound amazing because it does! I am so excited to read this one! IT SOUNDS SOOOO GOOD!