4. ožu 2015.

Waiting on Wednesday (#136)


You know the story. This is a meme created by Breaking the Spine and every week we pick books we're waiting for. Here are our picks for this week.

We can't wait to read...


 Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil's Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

Expected publication date: August 4th 2015

Happy reading,

3. ožu 2015.

#CoverLust: Evermore by Alyson Noel

Welcome to #CoverLust - where we talk about all those books we picked up because of the beautiful covers. 
 All of us did this at least once so far. Sometimes we end up loving the book and other times... we blame it on  how pretty it looked.


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Evermore was one of the first paranormal young adult books I'd read - somewhere around time when I "discovered" Twilight and The Vampire Diaries. Sadly, I didn't like it at all, but it still has one of the prettiest covers I've seen.

2. ožu 2015.

(ARC Review) Mind Games by Teri Terry

Expected publication: March 5th, 2015

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Book summary:
Luna is a no-hoper with a secret: in a world of illusion, she can see what is real. But can she see the truth before it is too late? 
Luna has always been able to exist in virtual and real worlds at the same time, a secret she is warned to keep. She hides her ability by being a Refuser: excluded by choice from the virtual spheres others inhabit. But when she is singled out for testing, she can’t hide any longer. 
The safest thing to do would be to fail, to go back to a dead-end life, no future. But Luna is starting to hope for something better, and hope is a dangerous thing...
       Welcome to the world after Slated! If you have read that series then you know that back then technology was huge part of everyday life, but here it's taken to the next level, where virtual is everything and real nothing.

        Here we are with Luna, a girl who is growing up in a world of illusion, or a world where everything is virtual or for them real. Luna is different as she is Refuser meaning that she didn't take implant and virtual world is not within her. She chose reality and for that she suffers. Her social life the most as she is not only different, but her life story is rather tragic one. All that marked her and now she is trying to live in shadow, just day after day. But you know how it often goes with our special or different characters. They are all but that.

        What once again surprised me, as usual with all books that deal with futuristic technology is how it all seems plausible. It's possibility that let's say 100 years from now people will truly live in virtual worlds rather than the one we know as realistic. This book really develops that nicely and even though interesting for me rather scary. With that we have well-developed world and biggest surprise for me was how Teri was able to incorporate her Slated series into this one. It's not a sequel, but it just builds up quite some time after it.

        My biggest issue here were characters. They weren't bad or not developed, far from it. But they were rather typical which bored me a bit. I could predict how each of them would act and behave. It's again something that I guess started to bother me because let's face it after reading YA for over 5 years it get's boring. I assume that some less experienced YA readers won't be bothered, and I'm glad for that.

       But all in all, greatly built up world and well developed idea.

Rating: 3.5 stars.

Until the next time,
*ARC of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, Hachette Children's Books, via NetGalley. Thank you! My opinions are personal and unbiased. 

1. ožu 2015.

The Sunday Post (#44)

Hello all. Well, as some of you know Sundays are always reserved for Sunday Post which is a meme created by lovely Kim @Caffeinated Book Reviews!

First and for most I really, really apologize for the lack of the Sunday post last week. Well I forgot to do it and for some reasons Glass was busy to do it. So sorry! It'll probably happen again and you may have noticed that we're not around that much but we do have excuses. Firstly great news is that Glass has found a job, after so much. She is now working at a elementary school and even though it's hard, she is been enjoying it. As for me, well my last (LAST! people, last :() semester has started and beside my classes I have also started volunteering in our Government. It's not hard or anything, but with my classes and that I really have little time for anything else. Hopefully, both of us will get into some kind of routine soon and we'll be able to be around more. Thank you for all your comments and visits. You are absolutely amazing! 
  • Mind Games by Terry Teri (ARC Review) 
  • #CoverLust: Evermore by Alyson Noel
  • Waiting on Wednesday (#136)
  • Release Day Blitz + #Giveaway: Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker
  • Music Themed Must Read Books
Tanja's haul 
This is my B-day haul (which I always forget to post) and most of these I got from Better World Books. 
Thank you: HMH Books 

Until the next time, 



26. velj 2015.

Five Overlooked and Brilliant Books You Must Read

I have a feeling like a lot of readers are chasing after current, the newest, upcoming releases and in whole process a lot of amazing (a little bit older) books are forgotten and pushed aside. That is why today I am sharing some of my favorites with you. I really hope that you will decide to give them a chance. 

Entangled by Cat Clarke

Confusing, emotional and so good. 
If you like stories that will keep you on the edge until the very end, you should read Entangled. 

Goodreads summary:
"The same questions whirl round and round in my head: What does he want from me? How could I have let this happen? AM I GOING TO DIE? 17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with table, pens and paper - and no clue how she got there. As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she's tried to forget. There's falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there's something missing. As hard as she's trying to remember, is there something she just can't see? Grace must face the most important question of all. Why is she here? A story of dangerous secrets, intense friendships and electrifying attraction.


Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara

Realistic prose at its best. I am not exaggerating. This novel has that lyrical feel - Amy McNamara is master of writing about emotions and fighting our inner demons. 

Goodreads summary:
"Since the night of the crash, Wren Wells has been running away. Though she lived through the accident that killed her boyfriend Patrick, the girl she used to be didn’t survive. Instead of heading off to college as planned, Wren retreats to her father’s studio in the far-north woods of Maine. Somewhere she can be alone.

Then she meets Cal Owen. Dealing with his own troubles, Cal’s hiding out too. When the chemistry between them threatens to pull Wren from her hard-won isolation, Wren has to choose: risk opening her broken heart to the world again, or join the ghosts who haunt her."



 Take Me There by Carolee Dean

Take Me There is unlike any other young adult novel you have ever read. Carolee Dean pushes the boundaries of the genre and brings us a story about troubled young man and ending that will hunt you for the rest of your life.

Goodreads summary:
"Dylan has a bad-boy past and a criminal record. He knows that rich, beautiful Jess is way too good for him, but she has always been the one person who sees through his tough exterior and straight to his heart, and he has been hopelessly in love with her from the first time they met. He would change his life for a chance with her. But trouble follows Dylan wherever he goes, and a deadly mistake soon forces him to hit the road and leave his dreams behind. He's on the run and in search of answers; answers to questions he wishes he'd never asked."


Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly 

"Normal is an ideal. But it’s not reality. Reality is brutal, it’s beautiful, it’s every shade between black and white, and it’s magical. Yes, magical. Because every now and then, it turns nothing into something."

Goodreads summary:
"Sixteen-year-old, music- and sound design-obsessed Drea doesn't have friends. She has, as she's often reminded, issues. Drea's mom and a rotating band of psychiatrists have settled on "a touch of Asperger's."

Having just moved to the latest in a string of new towns, Drea meets two other outsiders. And Naomi and Justin seem to actually like Drea. The three of them form a band after an impromptu, Portishead-comparison-worthy jam after school. Justin swiftly challenges not only Drea's preference for Poe over Black Lab but also her perceived inability to connect with another person. Justin, against all odds, may even like like Drea.

It's obvious that Drea can't hide behind her sound equipment anymore. But just when she's found not one but two true friends, can she stand to lose one of them?"

 Flawed by Kate Avelynn


This book broke my heart into million tiny pieces. 

Goodreads summary:
"Sarah O’Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago — James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.

Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.

Sam Donavon has been James’ best friend — and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on — for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realizes James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact." 

Happy reading,

25. velj 2015.

Waiting on Wednesday (#135)

You know the story. This is a meme created by Breaking the Spine and every week we pick books we're waiting for. Here are our picks for this week.



We can't wait to read...


 Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.

When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing.

Expected publication date: May 26th 2015

Happy reading,
 

24. velj 2015.

#CoverLust: Bitting Cold by Chloe Neill

Welcome to #CoverLust - where we talk about all those books we picked up because of the beautiful covers. 
 All of us did this at least once so far. Sometimes we end up loving the book and other times... we blame it on  how pretty it looked. 



Chicagoland Vampires, along with Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, is one of my favorite urban fantasy series. Forget about book boyfriends - 
I am in love with Merit.
That girl is all kinds of amazing! 

So, what do you think?


23. velj 2015.

Burned by Karen Marie Moning

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Author's 

Rating: 4 stars

Book summary:
It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.
MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.
When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. 
Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.
It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.


Dani are you OK? Are you OK, Dani? (will you tell us that you're OK)

Tanja: Glass, sorry it was stronger than me. Anyhow as each chapter in this book starts of with some popular lyrics I shall do the same (with some changes, though). But still it sums up the whole book for me. So, if you are ready let's discuss it.
Glass: LOL, it does sum up latest Fever novel - I've been waiting for so long to find out what happened with Dani. But... I thought that Burned would be told from her POV, just like the previous book. Not that I am complaining - I love Mac and I was happy to see what was going on with her. It's just that I had certain expectations. And Burned crushed all of them.
Tanja: Somehow I'm used to that when it come to Moning. She really manages to crush all my expectations ever since book one. But back to the narrator issue, I truly wish she stick to the original plan. Somehow Dani is my girl. I do understand that people have issues with her age, but then again look at Victorian novels and their age. Times change so do norms.
Glass: I completely agree with that. It is sad that she felt a need to indulge to the all negative responses and change original storyline. Burned was exciting, action-packed and fun, I loved it - but still there is that big plot twist (let's call it like that to avoid spoilers). What did you think about that? I am still not sure. It was unexpected (which is good thing), but also I'm disappointed because I'm pretty sure that it is not how the story should have developed judging by Iced.
Tanja: Yes it was certainly unexpected, but then again I have no idea what to think of it. Somehow I like the way she dealt with everything. This is really a good way to make everyone happy. I do appreciate it, but it really just depends how it goes from here. It's pretty much open.
Another thing I think we should warn our ladies about are guys here. I think we need to tell them to stay away (I certainly do, as you and me fighting for the same guy is already enough *wink*)
Glass: Oh my... *dreamy eyes* I want to lock away all of them in our fictional harem, Tanja. All of them! They can be infuriating and rude and damn bossy, but also, they are fierce, protective and loyal. And hot.
One thing that I appreciate when it comes to Karen Marie Moning is how she keeps you on your toes. I love that all options are, as you put it, open - everything is possible and you can't even guess what will happen next.
Tanja: Don't tell me about locking them away, you know me and alpha males. I'm a goner when it comes to them. But yes, that's what Moning is amazing for and which reminds me that once again you and all who love this series should most definitely read Kate Daniles series. I'll just leave it here. Back to Burned, I really have no idea how to either sum up or wrap up this just because I have no idea what's going to happen next. It's as usual, we have to wait and see. But also Moning announced that we can expect Feverborn in October, which frankly made my year!
Glass: Let's just hope that publication date won't be pushed again. And again. And again. We will anxiously waiting to see what will happen with our favorite characters.

Until the next time,

20. velj 2015.

Bookish Problems #20 - Review Requests

Hiya! Well, I know it's been a while since we posted one of these, but you know holidays and you know exams and that thing called life. But also I really wanted to do one of these, but simply had no ideas. So I got one, finally!

Today I'd like to mention something called review request. I'm sure you have got plenty of these and you know how they go and I have seen quite a lot posts about rude requests and authors. This is something I have no experience with so I won't go there.

Here is the other thing that rather confuses me. While I do get a lot of review request some of them I simply have no time to accept and sadly I have to say no. I must say that I hate doing it, as I know we can help those self published authors a lot, but I do accept a lot and then get really pilled in with plenty of books and it's always a chaos. 

But one thing I always do while saying no is offer those authors different type of posts, or how we called them Spotlight Posts! And surprise surprise, a really small number of them accepts this! I wonder why?! 

I do know it's not the same, but honestly it's something. I mean you don't lose anything. Or am I just not seeing things right. 

Enlighten me! Have you had such experience? Share your thoughts even if you did not! I love reading them! 

Love, 

19. velj 2015.

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

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Author's 
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Rating: 4 stars.

Book summary:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

Glass: We have been scared of this day. Last Bloodlines novel. What will we do with our lives now?
Tanja: Yeah, I wonder the same. It's just damn bittersweet. We've been in this world for so long and it's nice to see it reaching this point but then I'll miss it. Still let's keep it where it is and let it go now.
Glass: That is something I wholeheartedly agree with - Vampire Academy and Bloodlines fictional world should end here. We are a little bit biased when it comes to these books - our friendship actually started  because of our shared love for Rose, Dimitri and Adrian. (We even named our little nephew Adrian.) That doesn't mean that we can't recognize bad sides of this story. Like how it started really slow and ending was rushed.
Tanja: Exactly, especially after all that crescendo we went through at the end of Silver Shadows. For me it felt like stepping into anther story altogether at the start. I needed some getting used to the pace and plot line. (Even though, as always Mead didn't fail to repeat things, which still drives me crazy. I see point of it, but honestly it's not like someone will read this before any other book in both series and wouldn't know about dhampirs and moroi and all that).
Glass: But she actually toned it down in final book, I was more annoyed by it in previous one.
What did you think about Sydney and Adrian? I know that you prefer Dimitri, but Adrian was always my favorite. He truly grow up in The Ruby Circle.
Tanja: Oh I adore him too. I mean I always did, but it bothered me how immature he was in the previous books. I did like his boy charm and all, but now I think I fully grew to love him. I like how more serious and adult he became. Which is amazing in this series, as you really saw him change. Both him and Sydney, but I think it was more present in his character.
Glass: Sydney was kind of consistent trough whole series - she is responsible, too mature for her age, ambitious, confident, smart and strong. That is why I loved her, she is not the most usual female character you can find in this type of books.
But the way everything ended and that epilogue! I just loved epilogue!
Tanja: That thing was like cherry on top! I was kind of worried how all this will end, somehow the whole book was so rushed at the end that I was scared for the epilogue but then Mead did was I will always be grateful for. She combined the two and closed this world. Like I always say, we might have left this world, but parts of our hearts will still remain there. As it should be.

As always it was a pleasure to share our joint review with you and we hope that you'll enjoy it. Stay tuned as there will be more to come.

Until the next time,

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