Friday, July 3, 2015

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

FICTIONAL. GUYS. Hot darn. Why in the world do they have to be so awesome and perfect, and, well... Sexylicious? {My sister HATES that word, but she's 11, so all things that have to do with boys are gross to her right now.} Anyways, on to the post...

So Once Upon A Time Ago, I was part of this Goodreads group {It's been a long while since the last time I was active in that group, and for all I know it could be disbanded} and in that group, they had a thread where you have a list of the most swoon-worthiest guys from A-Z. Only ONE guy for each Letter of the Alphabet. Which is harder than it sounds because DAAANNNG, there are a LOT of swoon-worthy fictional guys out there. But I figured I'd go ahead and give it a shot again. {Then after I go through all the letters in the alphabet, maybe I'll just talk about all the other fictional guys that I find Swoony, since they can't all be on my alphabetical list.}

My Swoon-Worthy guy with an "A" Name is: *DRUMROLL*

From the Vampire Academy/Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

{I've always pictured Chase Crawford as Adrian}

Adrian Ivashkov {besides having a rad last name} is sweet, funny, charming, devilishly handsome, poetic.

He's fiercely protective of those he loves, and will do anything to protect them {even though sometimes he ends up causing more trouble than he helps.}

His heart is always in the right place, and I'm so glad he finally got his chance at a Happily-Ever-After.

Some of my favorite Adrian quotes are:

"I'm like a fine wine. I get better with age." - Blood Promise

"You're my flame in the dark, We chase away the shadows around each other." - The Indigo Spell

"Being charming is my hobby." - Bloodlines

So what about you? Who are some of your favorite swoon-worthy boys whose names start with "A"? {it can be first name, last name, or a nickname. Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Review: The Leveller

My Rating: 4 Stars
Date Read: June 2015

Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Hardcover, 256 pages

Summary From Goodreads:

Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

Gamers and action fans of all types will dive straight into the MEEP, thanks to Julia Durango’s cinematic storytelling. A touch of romance adds some heart to Nixy’s vivid, multidimensional journey through Wyn’s tricked-out virtual city, and constant twists keep readers flying through to the breathtaking end

My Review:

When I first read the summary and as I was starting this book I had this strange sense if deja vu, and then I realized why...

It reminded me of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Virtual World story arc... you remember, when the Big Bad 5 trapped Yugi, Seto, and the rest of the gang in a virtual world, only it turns out that Seto and Mokuba's crazy step brother was the master mind behind it all and they-- oh you have no idea what I'm talking about? Oops I let my inner geek show {more than usual} sorry, not sorry. It also kind of reminded me of Digimon Frontier, but I won't let myself get started on that one...

I'm not a gamer girl myself but I still enjoyed this story. I was able to follow along without any problems because there wasn't any jargon that left me scratching my head. It was a fairly straight forward story that wasn't overly complicated with a million twists that you have to keep track of.

I like the fact that Nixy {whose full name is Phoenix, which is totally awesome by the way} is a kick butt, no-nonsense kind of girl. Not to mention that the story had a horde of zombies and a crazy killer witch

There was a little bit of romance in this book, but it was not the focal point of the book, which I was okay with, But I do forsee the romance factor kicking up a little in the next book.

I'm really curious to see what happens next, especially after what is revealed to Nixy at the end of the book... I wonder what the Legionnaires have up their sleeves.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Review: Hello, I Love You

My Rating: 4 Stars
Date Read: June 2015

Publication Date: June 9, 2015
Hardcover, 304 pages

Summary From Goodreads:

A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.

Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can't stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can't deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol.

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she'll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.

My Review:

I’m rather fond of stories where the super famous person falls for the sweet, small-town girl {or boy}. I don’t know why, I just am.

This book was slightly reminiscent of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, which is okay with me because I thought that book was fantastic {and for those of you who haven’t read that book yet either, it’s not raunchy like the title makes it sound. It’s rather sweet, actually}

The relationship between Jason and Grace was funny, sometimes sweet, but ridiculously frustrating at times. They spent the majority of the book fighting with each other, determined not to let the other know their true feelings. But I think all that tension is what made them getting together at the end much more satisfying.

There was a twist in the book, close to the ending, that kind of took me by surprise. And, looking back now, it really shouldn’t have. I guess I was just so focused on other things that were happening 
and I missed all the clues.

One thing I didn’t like about this book, was the way things were left between Grace and her Mother… I needed more closure on that, especially after finding out what really happen. But it seemed like the issues that they had were just swept under the rug, or pushed into the corner to be ignored…

Overall, I think this book is a cute, quick, summer read, though I wouldn’t suggest reading this if you are a die-hard K-Pop fan, because I’ve heard that it doesn’t represent the awesomeness that is K-Pop.

This was a promising debut from Katie M. Stout’s, and I am definitely looking forward to what she writes next

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Review: The Stars Never Rise

My Rating: 5 Stars
Date Read: June 2015

Publication Date: June 9th 2015

Hardcover, 368 pages
Summary From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

My thoughts before I read the book:

From Reapers to Exorcists? This is gonna be good

My thoughts after I read the book:

Okay, no one inspires me to write a book review like Rachel Vincent does. I mean, seriously, how long has it been? Too. Freaking. Long.

I loooooooved Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers Series {Mostly because of the Super Awesome Swoon-Worthy Reaper whose name is Tod but, you know, whatever} and when I found out that she was writing a new YA series, I may or may not have fangirled pretty hard  Oh who am I trying to kid, I flipped out. I was FREAKING out, I was so excited. Then when the cover was revealed, I fell in love with it a little more. Because, well, LOOK AT IT. {I'm a cover snob, what can I say?}

I’ll admit, I was a little hesitant when I actually started to read the book, and found out Mellie’s “secret” was the fact that she was pregnant. I was just like “really?” books about teenage pregnancy just aren’t my cup of tea. I understand that some of you may disagree with me, and that’s absolutely fine.

But there was so much other stuff going on, I wasn’t focused so much on it. Except when I was trying to speculate what may or may not happen in the rest of the books, but I'm just not going to talk about that right now, otherwise I'll get myself worked up...again.

I really reaaaaaaaallly liked Finn’s character {maybe not as much as I liked Tod… what? Don’t look at me like that... I'm not obsessed!} I have to say that I totally shared Nina’s opinion when she first found out what Finn could do. I thought “No, surely he’s lying to her…” and that’s all I’m going to say about that for fear of spoilers. Sorry I doubted you Finn!!!

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, even though it had its slow parts. It kind of reminded me of a mix between Soul Screamers, and Stephenie Meyer’s The Host, which is a good thing, for me at least, because I ADORED those books.

I can’t wait to see what happens to Nina and the rest of Anathema in the books to come. I have this feeling in the pit of my stomach that I know what is going to happen. It’s going to involve someone sacrificing themself and I hope, I reeeally really hope that I am wrong. Because if I’m right, it’s going to kill me.

Or, you know, the fact that the publication date on Goodreads just says a vague “June 2016” might kill me first… wish me luck as I try to wait patiently for the next book… I’m going to need it. {PSSST, the title is The Flame Never Dies!!!! *SQUEEE*}

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover...

Or at least that’s what I've always been told. Because, as we all know, looks can be deceiving, and it’s what’s on the inside that really matters. But there are time, despite my valiant efforts, I see a book with a pretty cover on it and I’m sold. I barely give the summary a passing glance. Which, of course, could backfire horrendously on me. I mean, what if I end up with a book like *SHUDDERS* 50 Shades of Grey? (Which, by the way, I've never read and I never will thankyouverymuch) It hasn't happened yet *knocks on wood* so I’m just going to go ahead and keep picking up pretty books. Anyways, here are some of the books that have given me a serious case of book lust:

All of these books, in case you were wondering, were fabulous. What about you? Have you ever picked up a book based solely on the cover? How'd it turn out for you? Let me know down in the comments!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Books for Spring Break

It’s that time of year (FINALLY!) or close enough to it at least… SPRING BREAK! Warm weather, shorts and sandals, the sand beneath your feet…Or maybe, like me, you’re not going anywhere, but are looking for a good spring break-ish sort of book… Anyway, you’ll definitely want to check out these books.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Look at the cover! LOOK AT IT! Not to mention the title. If that isn’t reason enough to make you pick it up and read it during Spring Break, then I don’t know what is. Plus I really liked all of the extras inside the book. Playlists, menus, receipts, etc.  After I read it, I was determined that I was going to go on an Epic Detour of my very own… Now I just need to find someone to go with me.

Thrill Ride by Rachel Hawthorne
Okay, I have to add the description from Goodreads, because that’s what is on the back of the book, and that’s what caught my eye in the first place:
Thrill Ride!
One-day admission: $15

Summer job: 

Living on my own (plus roommates) 
Rides are free (but avoid the roller coasters—too scary!) 
Super-hot coworker . . . 

Periodic homesickness
Dressing like Gretel for job in fairyland gift shop

Super-hot coworker . . . and boyfriend back home. Too thrilling!
That super-hot coworker? His name is Parker… and he works at an amusement park… ha ha ha ha, he also thinks that Megan (that’s the name of the main character, you know, in case you didn’t figure that out yourself) has a sexy voice, and he tells her that when she answers the phone for her roommate.  I have to admit, when I read that part in the book, I was smiling like a dork. Because, come on, who wouldn’t smile? You wouldn’t? Well fine then, excuuuuuse me.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
If you got an envelope with $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, would you? I might. Ginny did. And during the course of the book, with instructions from the aforementioned 13 Little Blue Envelopes, she gets to go on the adventure of a lifetime.

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
18-year old Bria signed up for a tour of Central America… only she signed up for the one full of middle-aged, fanny pack wearing tourists… so NOT what she wanted. But when she meets the Swoon Worthy Rowan, a bad boy who’s trying to be good, she decides to go on a backpacking adventure. They stay at hostels (Yikes!) and visit beautiful villages and islands… this book is sure to give you a strong case of wanderlust.

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
Pippa is supposed to spend her summer in Italy at a prestigious art school… Only she doesn’t want to. So once she gets off the plane, she realizes that there isn’t anything stopping her from just ditching the art school, so that’s exactly what she does. She’s determined to fall in love with an Italian guy while she’s there. Does she? Maaaaaybe. You’ll have to read it and find out.

How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
This book. Ha ha ha, it starts off with the main character getting served a restraining order. Why? Because she accidentally set her ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And in the process of trying to make things right, she kinda sorta comes across as stalkerish. And, well, you’re just going to have to read it to find out what else happens.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
I’m rather fond of road trip novels, with swoon worthy boys who are just so awesome they almost seem to good to be true.