Book Review: The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle

The Devil's Metal (Devils, #1)

The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle

Series: Devils (#1)

Published: September 19th 2012

Publisher: Metal Blonde Books

Summary: “It’s the summer of 1974 and 21-year old Dawn Emerson has only three things she wants to do: compete one last time in the Ellensburg Rodeo, win back her ex-boyfriend Ryan, and become the best damn music journalist at Central Washington University. But all her plans are left in the dust when she’s contacted by Creem magazine to go on the road with one of her favorite groups, the up-and-coming metal band, Hybrid. 
At first the assignment reads like a dream come true. Not only will Dawn land some much-needed credibility as a female music journalist, but she’ll finally get to experience life from the other side of the stage, and maybe crack the drunken, enigmatic code that is guitarist Sage Knightly. Instead, Dawn finds herself on an aging tour bus filled with ego-maniacs, band politics and a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. When monsters start showing up in dressing rooms and some of Sage’s groupies become increasingly strange and dangerous, Dawn discovers the band is not only going places – they’re going straight to Hell. 
And Dawn has a backstage pass.”

Review

Note: This review was posted originally on Goodreads in September 30, 2012. 

SEX, DRUGS AND ROCK N’ ROLL
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This is all what the book is about!
Adding the supernatural factors you get a DELICIOUS, FABULOUS, WANT-TO-SLEEP-BUT-CAN’T-UNTIL-FINISH book!

Let me start by saying that after reading “The Devil’s Metal” I’m most definitely going to read Karina Halle’s other series EIT. This is just how awesome this book is.

So, when I first started this book I was expecting something totally different. As the story progressed I was obviously trying to formulate in my little head what the hell was going to happen in the next chapter. Let me tell you, I was almost never right! And that is what makes this book so good.

This is a page-turner. The plot never gets boring: Dawn wants to be a professional music journalist and gets the chance to go on tour with her favourite band, Hybrid, in order to write an article about them. However, there is a turn of events when strange and really creepy things start to happen: who else was really scared when Dawn wakes up in the middle of the night and starts hearing things in the bed below and suddenly there’s the sound of something really heavy falling on the ground and then being dragged?? Of course there is romance in the middle and really mysterious guys.

In fact, I was not expecting that ending Sage does not end up (officially) with Dawn.  There were, however, hints pointing to something that was, let’s say, a little obvious by the last part of the book, but that is definitely going to make (I HOPE) a second fabulous book!

4 Chibis

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Liebster Award Nomination

Hey everyone!

Guess what, Joana from Bookworm Confessions nominated me for the Liebster award! Yeeshhh I’m so happy, thanks Joana! You’re amazing :3

Liebster Award is a way to help blogs you like with less than 200 followers. It’s a way to give them some deserved attention so our followers can discover them as well.

These are the rules:
 
– Link back the blogger that tagged you;
– Nominate 10 others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you;
– Ask 10 questions for the bloggers you nominate;
– Let your nominees know of their award.
So, it seems I have to answer a few questions, uh?

1. What are you currently reading?

Well, I am reading quite a few books: Fracture the Spider Web by Sarah Godfrey and Victoria DeRubeis, Shooting Scars by Karina Halle and Legend by Marie Lu.

2. If you could pick only one genre to read for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

Oohh why would you ask this question??? How can I choose? Well, I don’t think i can decide between contemporary or paranormal romance… Maybe paranormal? *bangs head on keyboard*

3. In which fantasy world, you rather live, Harry Potter or LOTR?

*scoffs* Harry Potter!

4. Tell me, 5 songs that you love…

P.S. You Rock my World by The Eels
Dracarys from the Game of Thrones OST
Growl by Exo
One More Night by Maroon 5
Female President by Girls’ Day

5. What are your 3 favorite books? 

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Double Clutch by Liz Reinhart
(You know how hard it was for me to choose right? I have so many favorite books…)

6. Tell me, a book where you completely loathed the hero/heroine…and why?

Heroine or Hero… Well, scratch contemporary books then… Hmmm, maybe Daniel from the Fallen series? And the girl, too, I don’t really remember her name. O.M.G. They were probably the most annoying characters ever. The whole stalking and stay-away-from-me-for-your-safety was Aaaarrgggggghhhhhhhhhdsjhbfnçasudyfbasew

7.  What are your Favorite series?

Again, why do you ask these kind of questions Joana?? Why???? Hmm, Vampire Academy and The Infernal Devices.

8. Do you have a book genre, that you just can’t read?

(Auto)Biographies, I loathe them. JUST STAY AWAY FROM ME!

9. What is the best and worst thing about having a blog?

The best thing is probably being able to write whatever you want and know people are reading it AND getting to know another bloggers and authors who are just amazing and adorable! The worst is having the pressure of having to post new things from time to time. There were times where I just felt like quitting blogging because I didn’t have the time to post and thought I was slacking.

10. What made you create your blog?

When I found Goodreads it was like I was born again. Most of my friends don’t like reading so I was really happy to meet people who shared the same interest as me. But then I found the book blogging community and just couldn’t keep myself out of it. I HAD to create a blog and be part of this amazing community. I think I even met more people this way, including awesome authors. It’s a fantastic thing and I hope I’ll never get tired of it.
So now it’s your turn! I nominate *drum roll* :
Here are your questions!
1. What made you start reading?
2. What is your favorite book-based movie?
3. Books vs Movies : Do you know a movie that is better than the book?
4. Top 5 books
5. Why did you decide to create a blog?
6. What genre do you prefer to read?
7. If you had to go to a desert island which book would you take with you? You can only choose one!
8. Who is your favorite character ever from a book?
9. If you created another blog, what would be its main focus?
10. What is the best thing about having a blog?

Book Review: Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas

Comfort FoodComfort Food by Kitty Thomas

Published: March 21st 2010

Publisher: Burlesque Press

Genre: Erotica, Psychological Thriller

Summary: “Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. He’s far too beautiful to be a monster. Combined with his lack of violence toward her, this has her walking a fine line at the edge of sanity.

Told in the first person from Emily’s perspective, Comfort Food explores what happens when all expectations of pleasure and pain are turned upside down, as whips become comfort and chicken soup becomes punishment.”

Review

*NOTE: This is not a genre I usually review on this blog but I am currently trying to save every review I have on Goodreads for safe keeping and so I’ll be posting some I have never published on Chibi Reader now. From now on I’ll also be posting information about the book genre so you know if you want to read a review about the book or not.*

This review has spoilers at the end!

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Why do I keep on reading books that I know will break my heart and most likely make me seek therapy after?
Comfort food has definitely left me broken and, well, not speechless or else I wouldn’t be writing this, but without a doubt mindfucked and near having some kind of attack. I thinks this in itself reflects how amazing this book is. If you like happy endings, I’m sorry, you won’t get one. This is a dark dark book and there is no sugarcoating.

One of my favourite things is that the author didn’t write unecessary scenes. When Emily is having an inner monologue you get caught up in it and don’t skim it as if it isn’t important (actually, most of the book is like this since her captor doesn’t talk so…). When there is a sex scene you don’t enjoy it, you feel her heartbreak and her person disappearing.
Comfort food is full of strong emotions and belive me when I say I read the entire book with my mouth hanging open and tears trying to escape. I think I ended every chapter saying “Shit! Fuck all of this!” every time.

And that ending! God, the ending. I wasn’t expecting that and I believe no one was. Kitty Thomas surprised me and that is not very easy to do. Who knew she would come back and that THAT was what he had planned? That totally messed up with my brain

Now excuse me, I’m going outside, try to lift up a tree and send it flying across the street.

4.5 Chibis

Book Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Series: Just One Day (#1)

Published: January 8th 2013

Publisher: Dutton Books

Goodreads: When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.”

Review

I don’t understand Gayle Forman’s books. Better yet, I don’t understand my reaction to them. When I found out Gayle Forman was releasing another book I hugged my mom, my dad, my dogs, the stranger passing in front of my house. However, I tried to resist the temptation of reading it because it was going to be a series, or in this case, a story divided in two books, and I did NOT want to wait too much between both books. So, I dutifully waited and have finally read Just One Day. The blurb seemed simple, but I wouldn’t reject this book without giving it a try. I wouldn’t.  I am now glad I didn’t. This book is now one of my favourites of 2013. One of the things that made me smile was the fact that I read Just One Day on my subway rides to college. This is a book about traveling and while reading it I could only think about everyone who is on vacation should read it. And you’re about to know why.

In Just One Day we follow Allyson on her European Tour with a group of fellow teenagers and her best friend. However, by the end she meets a Dutch amateur actor, Willem, and starts a journey of her own. Don’t let yourself be fooled. This isn’t a book about their love, of how they fall in love and how their life together as a couple develops. If you have read other books by this author you should have noticed that all her books are intense in a simplistic way, they get to you and make you think. This is a book that got to me. It really did. I’m pretty sure that my seat neighbors in the subway must have though I was bipolar or crazy. I laughed out loud, I teared up and sniffed a lot, probably because I was with a cold but most of the times I was trying not to cry in full baby mode in the middle of the subway. That is not cool.

Picking up what I was saying before, this book has sweet moments and yes, ok, we see how they meet and what their day was. They only had a day together and while that might seem unrealistic to most, even to me, it made me dream of having a day like that. Except maybe for the day after when I see the other person has left. So, Allyson wakes up and Willem is gone. She goes back and tries to forget it but can’t do it. He’s always there, on her thoughts, and she just wants some closure, to know what happened, why he just left. And thus she embarks in a new journey all on her own. She goes to Europe alone and just goes where she feels she must go. This might not make much sense but I get her, I really do. How many times do we go to a new place and have the whole day planned and just not enjoy the feeling of being somewhere new. What I learned from this book was how to just feel. Don’t plan a single thing and just go wherever I want to, to do what I feel like doing. And that’s why I have this sudden urge to just skip college and go traveling (which I am NOT going to do. Maybe on the next holidays… Definitely then!).

This is probably not a real review and more a insight of how this book made me feel but I don’t really care. THIS BOOK MADE ME FEEL and that’s what’s important. I don’t want to spoil this book for anyone so what I can say is go read it. READ IT AND FEEL.

4.5 Chibis

PUZZLE COVER REVEAL: ROME BY JAY CROWNOVER DAY 4

FINALLY! Today is the final day of the 4-day  puzzle piece cover for Rome by Jay Crownover. Rome is the third book in the Marked Men series. But you should already know that if you’ve been following this cover reveal so let’s just see the full cover!!!!! Ahh so excited!

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Genre: New Adult
Published Date: January 7th, 2013

Synposis

Cora Lewis is a whole lot of fun, and she knows how to keep her tattooed bad boy friends in line. But all that flash and sass hide the fact that she’s never gotten over the way her first love broke her heart. Now she has a plan to make sure that never happens again: She’s only going to fall in love with someone perfect.
Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn and rigid, he’s bossy and has come back from his final tour of duty fundamentally broken. Rome’s used to filling a role: big brother, doting son, super soldier; and now none of these fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes the only color on his bleak horizon.
Perfect isn’t in the cards for these two, but imperfect might just last forever . . .
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Author Information

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I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.
I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.

PUZZLE COVER REVEAL: ROME BY JAY CROWNOVER DAY 3

And here we are at day 3 of the 4-day puzzle piece cover reveal for Rome by Jay Crownover! What can we see of the cover today??

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Synopsis

Cora Lewis is a whole lot of fun, and she knows how to keep her tattooed bad boy friends in line. But all that flash and sass hide the fact that she’s never gotten over the way her first love broke her heart. Now she has a plan to make sure that never happens again: She’s only going to fall in love with someone perfect.
Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn and rigid, he’s bossy and has come back from his final tour of duty fundamentally broken. Rome’s used to filling a role: big brother, doting son, super soldier; and now none of these fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes the only color on his bleak horizon.
Perfect isn’t in the cards for these two, but imperfect might just last forever . . .

Author Information

6875794
I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.
I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.

PUZZLE COVER REVEAL: ROME BY JAY CROWNOVER DAY 2

And it’s the second day of the 4-day Puzzle Piece Cover Reveal for Rome, book 3 in the series Marked Men by Jay Crownover. Let’s just get on with this and see what part of the cover we can drool over!

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SUMMARY:

“Cora Lewis is a whole lot of fun, and she knows how to keep her tattooed bad boy friends in line. But all that flash and sass hide the fact that she’s never gotten over the way her first love broke her heart. Now she has a plan to make sure that never happens again: She’s only going to fall in love with someone perfect.
Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn and rigid, he’s bossy and has come back from his final tour of duty fundamentally broken. Rome’s used to filling a role: big brother, doting son, super soldier; and now none of these fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes the only color on his bleak horizon.
Perfect isn’t in the cards for these two, but imperfect might just last forever . . .”
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And we have half of the cover! Remember, in the next two days I’ll be posting the missing pieces of Rome’s cover so come on by if you’re curious to see how the final result is like!