Monday, August 3, 2015

Review: Every Last Breath



Every Last Breath

My Rating: 5 Stars
Date Read: July 2015



Publication Date:  July 28, 2015

Paperback, 400 pages



Summary from Goodreads:

Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…


My Review:

This is the last book in Armentrout’s Dark Elements series, and honestly it was a bit of a bittersweet feeling when I started reading it {as it usually is, when an amazing series comes to an end} I successfully managed to NOT flip to the back of the book and read the end, which is actually an accomplishment for me. I did, however, read this book obsessively {who needs sleep anyway?} I also read it through my hour break at work instead of eating my lunch. {I was much too invested in the well-being of these characters to worry about something as trivial as food} It was great.

I was super happy that Layla chose the boy that she did, it really was the best option for her. Although it was still kind of heartbreaking because both of them loved her so much, and he was completely devastated that she didn’t choose him {do you like how vague I’m being here?}

Roth was still as sexylicious as ever, even though sometimes Layla wanted to strangle him { that feeling was mutual sometimes… Roth told Layla he wanted to throttle her on several occasions for making rash, life threatening decisions… but it was in the most loving way possible} I really just loved the dynamic between those two

Some of the twists that this book took were pretty interesting, I saw some of them coming, and others took me completely by surprise. There were things that I wish I could change {Spoilers Removed} but there wasn’t anything that I disliked so strongly that I ever considered not reading the rest of the book

I really liked the idea of the familiars being able to take human form, it was pretty neat that we are able to get a glimpse of their personalities.

Overall, I think it was a nice solid ending, but it also left things open to maybe having another book someday.

Also, at the end of the book there is a teaser for her new YA Contemporary novel, The Problem With Forever, and it was super fantastic {not that I’m surprised, I’m convinced that Jennifer can’t write a bad book.} The only bad thing about it is the fact that it doesn’t come out until sometime next summer *SAD FACE*

Friday, July 31, 2015

Swoon-Worthy {Fictional} Guys From A-Z {E}

My Swoon-Worthy pick for "E" is...


Etienne St. Clair
From Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


{Aaron Johnson}

Why?

He's French, American, he grew up in London, and he has a British accent, which is freaking adorable

He's very confident in himself, but he doesn't come off as being annoying and cocky about it.

He's extremely charismatic. You can't help but want to be around him.

He sends fantastically hilarious e-mails to Anna.

He's the bestest best friend anyone could ask for.

He knows all these facts about history and all this other stuff, and I think that's completely fascinating. {Seriously}

He loves his mother and has a great relationship with her {something that he isn't afraid to admit}


Some of my favorite Etienne Quotes:


Most people in Atlanta don’t have an accent. It’s pretty urban. A lot of people speak gangsta, though,” I add jokingly. 
“Fo’ shiz,” he replies in his polite English accent.
I spurt orangey-red soup across the table. St. Clair gives a surprised ha-HA kind of laugh, and I’m laughing too, the painful kind like abdominal crunches. He hands me a napkin to wipe my chin. “Fo’. Shiz.” He repeats it solemnly.
Cough cough. “Please don’t ever stop saying that. It’s too-” I gasp. “Much.”
“You oughtn’t to have said that. Now I shall have to save it for special occasions.”
“My birthday is in February.” Cough choke wheeze. “Please don’t forget.” 


"I promise that I will never leave you."

"If you ask me to kiss you I will, he says."
"Kiss me," I say.
He does.

 So what about you? Who are your Swoon-Worthy boys whose names start with "E"? {Last name, first name, or nickname, it doesn't matter.} Let me know!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Swoon-Worthy {Fictional} Guys From A-Z {D}

My Swoon-Worthy pick for "D" is...



Dean Winchester


You know, sometimes I wonder who it is that I'm more attracted to. Dean? Or Jensen? Then I remember this:


And then I decide that it doesn't really matter because they're both equally swoon-worthy. But since we're talking about Swoon Worthy Fictional guys, I'll talk about why I love Dean.

Why?

Dean's hilarious. And he's also one sarcastic son-of-a-gun, which makes him even funnier, especially if he's talking to someone who just doesn't *get* it. And, you know, the more serious the situation, the more snarky/smart assy he is. Exhibit A:


He's great with kids. Like, seriously, I don't even think I need to elaborate on that one, I mean, LOOOOK at the picture:


*SIGH*

He's actually kind of a geek {albeit a very attractive geek, but still} Sam is your traditional book geek, who could probably tell you the square root of 3 million, but Dean is the one who is always making pop culture references {Justin Bieber, Harry Potter, Starwars, etc}

He's got these insanely gorgeous eyes.

He sometimes comes off as being cold-hearted and uncaring, when in actuality, he cares too much.

He's fierce and protective, especially with Sam.

He's got the Impala {Baby}

Some of my favorite Dean quotes are:

"Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole."

"No chick flick moments."

"You always have a choice. You can either roll over and die, or you can keep fightin' no matter what."

"I'm gonna go stop the Big Bad Wolf. Which is the weirdest thing I've ever said."

"We know a little about a lot of things; just enough to make us dangerous."

"Cas, this isn't you. Cas, it's me. We're family. We need you. I need you."


Do you have any Swoon-Worthy boys whose names start with "D"? If so, let me know in the comments!


Thursday, July 23, 2015

What I Love (2)

I've probably mentioned it a time or two {or three} before, but I'm really very fond of stories where the super famous person falls for the sweet small town girl {or boy}. I don't know why I have such a soft spot for these kinds of stories. Maybe it's because they've got a fairy tale-ish feel to them. Here are a few of my favorites:


























These are all pretty fantastic books. Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think? Or have you read any books with a similar theme? If you have, I would love to hear about them {I'm always open to book suggestions!}
























Sunday, July 19, 2015

Review: The Heart Of Betrayal

My Rating: 5 Stars
Date Read: July 2015



Publication Date:  July 7, 2015
Hardcover, 470 pages



Summary from Goodreads:

Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny



My Review:

Oh my...I don't know how much more of this my heart can take...

This book kind of sort of reminded me of The Host. Where the pretty captive is in this hostile environment, but manages to integrate herself into the lives of her captors and winning their hearts.

Most people underestimated Lia, which was a huge mistake on their part. They thought she was a spoiled princess, and since she also happened to be a prisoner, they treated her poorly. She didn't let it get to her though, and she played it to her advantage, and took every chance she could to show them just how wrong they were. {Like when she played that card game and won...} It was pretty fantastic, although sometimes she did these things without fully thinking of the consequences of her actions.

When she was thinking things through, she was kind of... Scary? No, that's really not the right word, but whatever. She was very calculating, and very good at using just the right words to get people to believe her.

I had this love/hate relationship with Kaden, and I still don't know how I fell about him.

The Komizar... Oh wow, that was complicated. He was a bad guy, I get that. But then he had his moments... Very small, and very few and far between. But I couldn't help but like him just an eensy weensy bit.... Ugh.

And now for the part that killed me:

*WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO READ SPOILERS!!*


Lia and Rafe spent all this time planning and scheming, trying to get out of Venda, and they even had help from the inside and the outside... Lia KILLED the Komizar for crying out loud {which means she's the new one} but they're out, and headed back home... which is a very bad idea. Lia is considered a traitor to her kingdom and is wanted dead. She really can't even trust that her closest friends and her brothers won't betray her... They'd be better off staying in Venda where at least they know who they can and can't trust.

And then it ended in a cliffhanger, and the third book in the series has this extremely vague "2016" release date, and I don't think I can survive that long...