Friday, March 6, 2015

Book Review: Ugly Love

Title: Ugly Love
Author:  Colleen Hoover 
Genre: New Adult // Romance // Contemporary
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Format: Physical Copy
Source: Library

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly (goodreads).


Ugly Love explore the nasty side of love, and it is beautiful. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Book Review: Famous Last Words

Title: Famous Last Words
Author: Katie Alender
Genre: Young Adult // Ghosts // Murder // Mystery
Publisher: Point
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased (BN.com)



Willa is freaking out. It seems like she's seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It's almost as if someone -- or something -- is trying to send her a message.
Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles -- a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa's strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There's Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there's Reed, who's ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There's also Wyatt, who's super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer.
All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life.
Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem -- and the movies (goodreads).




Ghosts and a Hollywood serial killer? This was DEFINITELY my kind of book. 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [$64]

 

Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: April 28 ,2015

Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.
LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.
When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself (goodreads).


The world building in this one sounds spot on, so yeah, sign me up!

Also sorry for being MIA. I'm currently wi-filess (it's super sad), but never fear! I should be back this weekend. 


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#60]


Usually when I see Negroes working as janitors or cleaning women, I get embarrassed. I understand why they're doing it-it's hard enough to find jobs as it is-but I hate to think of any of us mopping up spilled food we wouldn't be allowed to eat if we were paying customers. But the food in this cafeteria isn't only for white people anymore. I'm here.

Page 48
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley [GoodReads] 



Monday, March 2, 2015

Book Review: The Sin Eater's Daughter

Title: The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter #1)
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Publisher: Scholastic Books
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Genre: Young Adult // Romance // Fantasy 
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss) 


Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.
She’s the executioner.
As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.
But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.
However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love (goodreads)?


The Sin Eater's Daughter has unique mythology and has the villain that you love to hate, I only wish that some of the characters and their relationships were better fleshed out. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Book Review: Dangerous Girls

Title: Dangerous Girls
Author: Abigail Haas
Genre: Young Adult // Murder // Mystery
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Format: Physical Copy
Source:  
Purchased (Book Outlet)



It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.
But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend's killer, she discovers harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.
Awaiting the judge's decree, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but also dangerous. And when the whole story comes out, reality is more shocking than anyone could ever imagine...(goodreads)


Dangerous Girls was one of those books where I considered missing my stop just to finish a page. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic

Title: A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1)
Author: V.E Schwab
Publisher: Tor
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Genre: Fantasy // Adventure // Magic // (New) Adult
Format: Physical
Source:  Publisher

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit. 
Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London - but no one speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.
But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped (goodreads)



If V.E Schwab didn't have my attention before, she definitely does now!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday[#63]



Title: Six of Crows (The Dregs #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Publication Date: October 6, 2015

Game of Thrones meets Ocean's Eleven in this brand-book in the world of the Grisha by New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first .

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone....(goodreads)



LEIGH BARDUGO. I WILL READ ANYTHING BY THIS WOMAN. 



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#59]

 


Kell wore a very peculiar coat.
It had neither one side, which would be conventional, nor two, which would be unexpected, but several, which was, of course, impossible.
Page 1
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab [GoodReads]

This is the first two sentences of the book and I adore it! It's very Neil Gaiman-y!
Monday, February 23, 2015

[Discussion]Does Book Blogging Take Away from Your Other Hobbies


I love being a book blogger. That's why I came back to it after a year or so hiatus. But I've come to realize that I've only had time to dedicate to book blogging. 

Like most people, I have tons of hobbies. I enjoy marathoning TV shows on Netflix, I read graphic novels (some, I'm SUPER picky about my graphic novels), I take pictures, I bake, and I play video games.