19. tra 2014.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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Book summary:
Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.
          This is a year of me putting my task manager and finally reading some authors I've been avoiding for a while. Holly Black is not an exception and after hearing some amazing things about her Curse Workers series I decided to finally discover her stories. So when The Coldest Girl in Coldtown came out I knew that I need to read it. I mean, YA paranormal stand-alone book! It's basically unheard of these days.

          Tana (that the closest to my name I'll get in YA it seems) our main character here is a normal girl given the circumstances. She lives in a world where vampires and predators and they are quarantined in cities called Coldtowns only she never though she would have to go there as once you enter you never go back. When her friends were killed after a party in safe house she knows she has to run and don't look back, but the problem is that on her way she sees her ex-boyfriend and a boy and she has to free them. It means also that predators will have more time to catch them and they must race and find a way to survive.

          Considering that much of this story was not put into blurb I won't spoil a thing. I will just tell you that this is a book that it's really unique and fun. With great spectra of characters and it was so interesting to see how different types responded differently to the whole vampire invasion. But at the same time it's dark and really filled with horror. But my fave part of all is romance which was so good and grabbed me from the start.

           Only downside of this story was its slow pace which bothered me at moments. But all in all, really interesting story and I'll be reading more of Holly Black's book soon enough.

Rating: 4 stars.

Until the next time,

18. tra 2014.

Cover Reveal: The Night House by Rachel Tafoya

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The Night House by Rachel Tafoya

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Bianca St. Germain works at a Night House, a place where vampires like the aristocratic Jeremiah Archer, pay to feed on humans, and she doesn’t much care what others think of her. The money is good, and at least there, she’s safe. Bianca also doesn’t care that the Night House is killing her. All she cares about is: nauth, the highly addictive poison in vampire bites that brings a euphoria like no drug ever could.
But when Bianca meets James, a reclusive empath who feels everything she does, for the first time, she considers a life outside of the Night House and a someone worth living for. But Jeremiah has decided to keep Bianca for himself; he won’t allow her to walk away.
As she allows her feelings for James to grow, she struggles to contain nauth's strong hold on her life. If they are to have a future, James must make her see what she's worth, what she means to him, before Jeremiah and nauth claim her for good.
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Publication date: December 9, 2014
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Author: Rachel Tafoya
Rachel TafoyaRachel Tafoya studied creative writing while at Solebury School and was published in their student run literary magazine, SLAM. She attended a writing program for teens at both Susquehanna University and Denison University, and the Experimental Writing for Teens class and Novels for Young Writers program, both run by NY Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry. Rachel is the daughter crime author Dennis Tafoya.
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Until the next time,

17. tra 2014.

ARC Review - Don't Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley

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Publication date: April 22nd, 2014

My rating: 3 stars

Book summary:

"All her life, Imogene has been known as the girl on THAT blog.

Imogene's mother has been writing an incredibly embarrassing, and incredibly popular, blog about her since before she was born. Hundreds of thousands of perfect strangers knew when Imogene had her first period. Imogene's crush saw her "before and after" orthodontia photos. But Imogene is fifteen now, and her mother is still blogging about her, in gruesome detail, against her will.

When a mandatory school project compels Imogene to start her own blog, Imogene is reluctant to expose even more of her life online...until she realizes that the project is the opportunity she's been waiting for to tell the truth about her life under the virtual microscope and to define herself for the first time."


      I am confused. 

I started reading Don't Call Me Baby expecting light and fun read, but can you blame me. Clue number one: look at that cover - sea, sunshine, naked legs. Screams summer romance and beach parties. Clue number two: read the book summary - wouldn't you expect something like diary entries trough which we will find out about secret crushes, first date, kissing on the beach under the moonlight. Or it is just me and what I wanted to read at that moment? After first ten pages I realized that it won't be mindless read I was craving for - and that was not a bad thing. I loved it as soon as I figured out that story is focused more on mother and daughter relationship, blogging and the way internet affects our everyday lives

Two girls, daughters of bloggers, decide to fight back and make their mothers finally hear them using the only media they actually communicate trough - blog. That is where second "I am confused" moment comes. The best part of the story is mother/daughter interaction and I loved how Meg, Imogene's mom, was portrayed. Everything that happened around the middle was expected and pretty much way that things would go in the real life. And then - what? Imogene suddenly changes, she starts doing a lot of things that aren't completely in tune with her statements from the beginning. Also, whole "go offline" talk was... weird. And hypocritical. But it is not just about character development - it's like author herself changed her mind about the point she wanted to make and you have a feeling like you are reading fragments of two different books. 

Don't Call Me Baby is novel with a lot of potential and original premise, but mixed messages and inconsistencies are what made me cool off after my initial positive reaction.

Happy reading,
***Copy of this book was provided by publisher, Harper Teen, via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.***

16. tra 2014.

Waiting on Wednesday (#91)

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.

Glass's pick

Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…

She’s back.

For the three years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.

I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game…

I’m back.

Three years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.

But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me….

Expected publication date: August 26th, 2014.

Tanja's pick:

 Lost your way?

Your dreams?


Welcome to Lost.

It was supposed to be a small escape. A few hours driving before turning around and heading home. But once you arrive in Lost...well, it's a place you really can't leave. Not until you're Found. Only the Missing Man can send you home. And he took one look at Lauren Chase and disappeared.

So Lauren is now trapped in the town where all lost things go-luggage, keys, dreams, lives-where nothing is permanent, where the locals go feral and where the only people who don't want to kill her are a handsome wild man called the Finder and a knife-wielding six-year-old girl. The only road out of town is engulfed by an impassable dust storm, and escape is impossible....

Until Lauren decides nothing-and no one-is going to keep her here anymore. 

Expected publication date: May 20th, 2014.

We'd love to see your picks so feel free to link them up.

Until the next time,

15. tra 2014.

How To Say Goodbye by Amber Lin

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My rating: 3.7 stars

Book summary:

"Amy has a secret: no one has ever held her hand. She doesn’t even know how to hug. Everybody thinks she’s brilliant, but that’s because school was all she had. Then she meets Dane, a golden-haired surfer whose easy charm and hot touch teach her what she longs to know.

Dane lives for the salty breeze and a sweet wave, because that’s all he has. He’s lived on the streets since he was fourteen. A drifter. Homeless. Then he meets Amy. Smart and accomplished, she's everything he's not. He wants to be the sort of man who deserves her.

Except that means facing down his past—and that past might very well swallow them both."


       Something usual and something unusual for new adult. This is first new adult romance by Amber Lin. Her previous books, The Lost Girls series are more appropriate for adult audience. To be honest, I was a little bit surprised when I found out that she will publish new adult novel this month. How To Say Goodbye did not disappoint, there were few fresh turns, but also standard cliches of genre.

      What did I like?
  • Main character, Amy is half American, half Japanese so there is whole cultural issues. Different from what you'd expect.
  • Dual point of view. It doesn't follow usual his chapter/her chapter one after the another scheme.
  • Writing. Amber Lin has a way with words. She reminds me a little bit of Megan Hart.
  • No alpha males. Dane is has his own quirks but being an typical alpha male of new adult genre is not one of them. He is musician, but not a rock star. He has his own secrets and darkness, but he's now troubled bad boy who finds release in violence and womanizing. 
  • Amy is smart girl who doesn't throw her whole future away because of the boy. And Dane is kind of the guy who would never let her do that. 

     What I didn't like that much?
  •  I didn't get captivated by story from the very beginning. It goes slow and you need to be patient to figure out few key points that will make you understand characters better. 
  • Main female character has a lot of usual issues - introvert, virgin, too shy... Painfully annoying.
  • Convenient solutions for their problems. I'll leave it at that because I don't want to spoil the book for anyone interested in reading. I still loved How To say Goodbye, I was happy for them and I swooned, but it's pretty much fluffy read.  

 Happy reading,
***Copy of the was provided by author, Amber Lin, in exchange for and honest review.***

14. tra 2014.

Book blitz: Arms of Anu by Christina Mercer

Last year I've accidentally seen a cover for Arrow of the Mist and well it didn't take me long to go crazy about it and do everything to get a copy of the book. Once I did I really enjoyed the story, which you can see in my review. Now I'm really happy to present you the sequel with another wonderful cover!
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Book summary:
Blood of body, blood of soul,Entwined for life, then unfolds;If blood still runs when magic binds,Soul is never too far to find.
In ARMS OF ANU, Lia and Kelven battle through a land of tyrants, war and magic.Can Lia escape the foes who ensnare her?Will Kelven’s love withstand the darkness taking root inside Lia?Is freedom too high a crown to reach, or will they forever remain in the hollows?
Kelven jabbed at the red embers of the cook fire, their glow barely cutting through the hazy night. The stench of Anu pressed against him like a decaying hide. He and several of his Northern comrades had woven themselves through the city that day, searching for a way across the bridge and inside the castle walls. Somewhere inside, Lia and Wynn awaited their fate.

“Lia.” Her name slipped through his lips. She was spirited like a wild filly, recklessly loyal to her family, and impossibly skilled in herb crafts. And she had fascinated him from the moment he met her several years ago at Wynn’s.

He gazed up at the castle, the cold towers shrouded in darkness and fog. His insides tugged with the same guilt he’d struggled with ever since the royal sages had arrived in Rockberg. Lia’s father, Dylan, and Wynn’s father, Finn, had reassured him he’d done the right thing by fleeing to the hills with the Grimoire, Wynn’s enchanted shield, and the remaining bottles of Brume’s elixir. Kelven knew that hiding the precious items served a vital purpose, but an unshakable shame lingered in his heart for leaving his friends to face the royal sages without him. He should have been there, standing alongside them, offering whatever support he could. 

Author's bio

Christina Mercer is an award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults. She placed in the Semi-Finals of the Amazon Breakout Novel Award Contest, won an Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards, and took Writer's Best in Show at the SCBWI CA North/Central Regional Conference. She resides in Northern California enjoying life with her husband, two sons, four dogs and about 100,000 honeybees. For more about her and her writing visit her Web Site.

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Until the next time,

13. tra 2014.

Sunday Post (#2)

Morning all. Like I promised last time, now every Sunday you can expect our Sunday post, which is an awesome meme created by even more awesome Kim at Caffeinated Book Reviews! We've met bunch of you last week and you all seem amazing! We hope to continue our meetings each week!

So fast recap of our last week. Well Glass has gotten a new job, which is really amazing! She is a great teacher and I (Tanja) am really happy to see her work again. Though, she had some drama going on, I really hope it'll be all okay. For me, well half of my midterms are over! We'll see how it went but new week is free for me. Therefore you can expect me around. Now let's move and see what happened on our blog this past week and what you can expect of the next one.

  • Arms of Anu by Christina Mercer (book blitz)
  • How to Say Goodbye by Amber Lin (review)
  • Waiting on Wednesday (#91)
  • Don't Call me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley (ARC reivew)
  • Cover Reveal (don't know the details yet)
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (review)
(to find out more about the books just click on the covers)
Glass' new books 
Thank you: Luna Lacour, Christine Bell and Entangled Teen
Kindle freebies (click on covers for purchase)
Tanja's haul
Thank you: Carly Fall (and Carmel @Rabid Reads) and Disney-Hyperion
Our giveaway is still on so don't forget to ENTER! 
Until the next time, 

12. tra 2014.

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she'll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew - about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam - was wrong.
“And we are quotation marks, inverted and upside down, clinging to one another at the end of this life sentence. Trapped by lives we did not choose.”
        Rarely do my reviews star this way, but this quote is something I couldn't get out of my head for a while. It's simple and beautiful and such metaphors should be. I'm happy to inform you that this series ended this way. Deeply cut into my heart where it'll stay.

        Ever since Shatter Me I guessed that this series is start of something amazing and while I enjoyed meeting Juliette and Adam as well as Warner in that book nothing could prepare me for Unravel Me which made me become an addict when it comes to this series. It was amazing how the author managed to create such strong characters which were good but doing bad things or bad but somehow though they were fighting for a good thing. The whole society as such was torn between that idea. Not to mention the representation of magic powers and their interpretation as well as their usage in the story. Of course, one of my favorite sidekicks in the history of sidekicks Kenji whose story I'd love to read.

        It all lead to the Ignite Me where the author brought her magic once again. It's hard to talk about this book without spoiling things but I guess that some won't be happy with the change in Adam's character but if you read the short story - Fracture Me you'll know that it's inevitable for it to happen. But that aside Warner is one of the best developed character in my opinion. His transformations are something that created such turning points not only for him but for the people around him as well. Then there is Juliette who grew in front us and whose power grew parallel with her.

        At the end what makes me love this book and this series this much is every single emotion, and there were many of them, which showed on my face and were felt in my heart while reading. Honestly, I had to hug my Kindle at the end with tears in my eyes and that tells you all you need to know.

Rating: 5 stars.

Until the next time,

11. tra 2014.

Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine

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My rating: 4 stars

Book summary:

"Pixie Marshall wishes every day she could turn back time and fix the past. But she can't. And the damage is done. She's hoping that a summer of free room and board working with her aunt at the Willow Inn will help her forget. Except there's a problem: the resident handyman is none other than Levi Andrews. The handsome quarterback was once her friend-and maybe more--until everything changed in a life-shattering instant. She was hoping to avoid him, possibly forever. Now he's right down the hall and stirring up feelings Pixie thought she'd long buried . . .

Levi can't believe he's living with the one person who holds all his painful memories. More than anything he wants to make things right, but a simple "sorry" won't suffice--not when the tragedy that scarred them was his fault. Levi knows Pixie's better off without him, but every part of him screams to touch her, protect her, wrap her in his arms, and kiss away the pain. Yet even though she's so close, Pixie's heart seems more unreachable than ever. Seeing those stunning green eyes again has made one thing perfectly clear--he can't live without her."

      So sweet. My first and only Chelsea Fine book was Sophie & Carer, a heartbreaking novella about a boy and a girl, responsibilities that they shouldn't have and finding someone who understands you. Imagine my excitement when I found out about her new contemporary novel. Best Kind of Broken is first in the Finding Fate series.  Each book will feature different characters, but set in the same fictional world - something like Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry.

      Why will you melt into the puddle of hormonal mess when you meet Levi? Because he is a perfect book boyfriend. Simple as  that. Yes, he still makes few stupid decisions and will frustrate you with his indecisiveness, but when he finally takes action - he does it in the epic kind of way. Also, Levi is a good guy, a really good guy. He thinks before he acts, he treats his girl right and doesn't pull dumb moves that could hurt her.

      Do you want a female character that won't annoy you? Best Kind of Broken has it. Meet Pixie - girl who fights her own guilt over the death of her best friend, but still tries to move on. Artistic and closed-off, Pixie has a hard time fitting in, but she is not another Bella Swan.

     I loved their chemistry. Pixie and Levi are perfect together. Why? How about I explain it with a quote form a book:
“Because love isn’t something that needs to be said out loud!” Her face flushes with passion. “It’s something you just know. It’s an unspoken thing. It’s humble and quiet and constant…” She goes back to slaughtering the mushrooms, but lowers her tone a bit. “I mean, you can’t just say you love someone and make it true. That’s not how it works. Real love doesn’t need to be declared or confessed. Real love just… is. You know?”
      Who should read it? Everyone who likes new adult romance. Fans of good boys and sweet love story.

Happy reading,

10. tra 2014.

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

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My rating: 4.5 stars

Book summary:

"What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?
When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.
Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most" 

       All mixed reviews made me read it. Jasprit gave up on 50%, Alise and Giselle were annoyed by main character, but Brandi and Christy gave me hope that it might not be that bad. Where does that leave me?

      Better than that other popular book about cancer. Earlier this year I read the famous The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and I failed to find it appealing as many other readers. There was "something" that felt off and I couldn't buy the whole "we are dying and everything is rainbows and unicorns" atmosphere. It was a good book, but hype messed up with my expectations. That was one of the reasons why I skipped Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor and why I avoided Side Effects May Vary. But after reading all reviews and comments about Alice and how "insensitive" or "bitchy" she is, I knew that I was on to something different. Because seriously, if someone tell you you'll die soon, you will be angry and selfish and bitchy. Because on one wants to die.

      Why do I think this book deserves higher ratings? It felt real. Julie Murphy did an excellent job with dual point of view. Alice is mean, self-centered, she treats people badly, she is selfish and she is terrified. Scared of dying, scared of her illness coming back, scared of losing people she loves, scared of facing her own actions, scared of living when she knows that everything can change in one second. That is why she pulls whole tough act and pushing away everyone she loves. Other reason? The way people in her school acts - yes, in real life you'll be a freak show. Author did a good job of portraying everyone.

      I can't wait for Julie Murphy's next book. I stayed up all night to finish reading Side Effects May Vary and went to bed thinking that she is an author I'd have to keep my eye on. Her second novel (not the sequel), Dumplin' will be published next year. Let's hope it will be even better.

Happy reading,

***Copy of this book was provided by publisher, Harper Collins, via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.***


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