Book Review: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements, #2)

Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: The Dark Elements (#2)

Published: October 21st 2014

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Blurb: “Every touch has its price. Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.
But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…”

Review

You know that moment when you pick up a book that you’re dying to read and when you finish it you just think “What the fuck did I just read?” Yeah… Stone Cold Touch was a bit like that. I’m sure my lovely co-blogger Sofyy would love to disagree with me and make me not write this review but I’m sorry to say that Stone Cold Touch sucks. Big time.

Now, those who know me and who follow me on goodreads know I LOVE Armentrout’s books, she’s a book goddess to me, so let’s just get this clear right away: whatever I say in this review is not against the author, I love her works and will continue to buy her books as soon as they get released. However, Stone Cold Touch was a huge disappointment and I can’t help but vent my frustration on a review.

White Hot Kiss ended with Roth being sucked into the pits of Hell while saving Layla. Stone Cold Touch picks up soon after that scene. Layla is mourning Roth, Zayne is there for her and Bambi is still being the lovely third wheel that won’t let Zayne get too close to Layla, which is fine by me! Suddenly, CHABAM, Roth is back. Shit is happening, a Lillith or whatever has been made and they must destroy it before it destroys the world. I have no problem with the action and where the story is going, for me it’s perfect but knowing JLA one must know there is a heavy dose of romance coming.

I love me some romance. You come to my house and open my bookshelves and you’re hit with rows and rows of romance books and manga! But I don’t like when the characters are desperate for it. Here we have Layla all hung up on Roth (and with reason! He’s perfect goddamnit) when he goes missing and Zayne is back in the game. He’s smart, obviously, who wouldn’t take this perfect chance to get the girl he likes? The problem here is that Zayne only started moving AFTER he found out she was with Roth. And then, Layla is so undecided about who she likes that she kisses Zayne and whatnot WHILE thinking about Roth. And when I say this I mean she is constantly thinking about Roth. While she kisses Zayne, while she touched Zayne’s fabulous abs, when she looks at Zayne, everytime! Okay, if you haven’t guessed it yet, I’m team Roth. He might have been a little of a jerk in the beginning of the book but it’s obvious he’s head over heels for Layla. It was incredibly frustrating to see how the story was developing and knowing that Layla was becoming dumb as a door.

Also, I don’t know what happened but Layla suffered a huge personality change. I’ve read White Hot Kiss some time ago, when it was released, so some things might not be as clear as they should be in my head, but I don’t remember Layla being this sassy or outgoing girl. Contrary to other JLA’s heroines, she was less badass, she was weaker in a sense, and that was perfectly fine. I was a bit thrown off with this change but I want to see where this is going.

On another point, fans of this author already expect cliffhangers as an ending. Although we do get one, I think this book fell short. There was no mystery to what was going to happen. I saw it coming miles away. It was so on your face, everyone can predict the final in the first chapters. It was sad and I just hope that JLA can make a big comeback and finish this series with a bang with Every Last Breath.

1.5 Chibis

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Book and Television series talk: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Series: Outlander (#1)

Published:1991

Publisher:Dell Publishing Company

Goodreads:“The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.”

 

 

 

The Rambling:

First of all, hi guys, it’s Sofyy here. Today I’m going to talk about a book and a Tv Series. I’m sure you’ve heard of Outlander, even if you’ve just heard of the Tv Series.

I first heard of Outlander from Ana, she told me to watch the series, like a hundred times, until I actually watched it by myself. The veredict: It is awesome! The only thing I’m sad about is that the second part of the show will only air in April… in a long timeeee.

The cast is amazing, the scenery, and the opening song as well, of course I love the Scottish accent, especially when a certain highlander speaks *coff Jamie Fraser coff*.

This Tv series is pretty amazing and worth your time! I’ve already convinced a lot of my friends to watch it (they love it!), and this Winter holidays, when I go back home for two weeks, I’m so making my mother watch it! I know how much she a appreciates a good historical fiction tv series.

Here are the youtube links to watch the trailer and the opening song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIBSn_M75OI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ledHVF1ZtDI

And also, here’s some gifs for you to fangirl and drool over:

Now about the book series:

I finaly got my copy of the first installment!!! For almost 3 months I’ve been looking everywhere like crazy for the Portuguese edition, and today it finally arrived from the mail!

So far, I’ve only read the small introduction Diana Galbadon wrote before the first part. In the Portuguese version is writen the following:

“Há sempre pessoas a desaparecerem. Perguntem a qualquer polícia. Melhor ainda, perguntem a um jornalista. Os desaoarecimentos fazem parte do dia-a-dia dos jornalistas. Adolescentes fogem de casa. Crianças desgarram.se dos pais e nunca mais são vistas. Donas de casa chegam ao limite da sua paciência, pegam no dinheiro das compras e apanham um táxi para a estação. Banqueiros internacionais mudam o nome e desaparecem no meio do fumo dos seus charutos importados. Muitos dos desaparecidos acabarão por ser encontrados, vivos ou mortos. Afinal, os desaparecimentos têm explicação. Quase sempre.”

In the English version:

People disappear all the time. Ask any policeman. Better yet, ask a journalist. Disappearances are bread-and-butter to journalists.

“Young girls run away from home. Young children stray from their parents and are never seen again. Housewives reach the end or their tether and take the grocery money and a taxi to the station. International financiers change their names and vanish into the smoke of imported cigars. Many of the lost will be found, eventually, dead or alive. Disappearances, after all, have explanations. Usually.”

So what do you thing guys? Will you give it a try? I sure am!

Book Review: Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt

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Series:The Lost Souls (#1)

Published:12th June 2012

Publisher:Entangled Teen

Soundtrack:Moonlight Sonata; Chopin; Ed Sheeran

Goodreads: “Life is bleak but uncomplicated for sixteen-year-old Tess, living in a not-too-distant future where the government, faced with humanity’s extinction, created the Chosen Ones, artificial beings who are extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.When Tess begins work at Templeton, a Chosen Ones training facility, she meets James, and the attraction is immediate in its intensity, overwhelming in its danger. But there is more to Templeton than Tess ever knew. Can she stand against her oppressors, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?”

 

 

 

Review:

 I’m really glad I read this book, totally worth the money and the time! I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy!

Tess, a sixteen-year-old girl lives in a postapocalyptic time. Her people are divided into Naturals (Tess being one) and the Chosen Ones (only males), before you ask, no, the Chosen Ones aren’t a little army of Harry Potters… although they do have some kind of magic.

The Chosen Ones were created by scientistS to fight the war, they are stronger, smarter and faster. The Chosen Ones were also created because they are Earth’s future. Normal human beings can no longer be born, for some reason. Women can get pregnant, but once they try to give birth, both them and their babies die. That being the reason why sex is seen as something disreputable.

Of course there are still some people who like to make some whoopee, usually those being the Chosen Ones, who sometimes don’t really choose the “good old” normal act of intercourse, they would rather force a couple of girls.

On the other hand, there are also people among the Naturals who are “married”, not from the council’s eyes, of course. Afterwards, such disasters as the wife getting pregnant and then dying along with the unborn child happen quite frequently. This happened with Tess’s older sister, Emma, Emma married Robert and then got herself pregnant, despite Tess’s warnings. I had the impression that Tess was way older than 16, the poor girl had to grow a lot faster than normal people, due to the society she was born in… that and of course, the fact that both her parents were dead (the father had been absent from her life and the mother had been an alcoholic -oh the joy!). Also, Emma, despite being older than Tess, was reckless and too innocent (not to mention annoying, even dead I felt she was annoying as fuck). After the funeral of her sister, Tess had then to take care of her younger sister Louise, who is in my opinion, a spoiled little brat. I wished Tess had just told Louise the truth about the Chosen Ones. Louise had this illusion of the Chosen Ones, she believed they were their saviors, that they would never harm them. Louise was not the only to be fooled, of course, most Naturals were deceived by the council.

Anyhow, as I was saying, after Emma’s death, Tess has to take her sister’s place at the Templeton, where the Chosen Ones live and train. There she has to do gruesome tasks…Yet, it is also at the Templeton she meets James, a Chosen One, who likes reading and classical music. James, as all Chosen Ones are, is quite handsome, and after a few encounters, she becomes his personal maid.

As life seems hopeless, Tess find happiness with James, though never allowing herself to relax or pretend the world around her is fine. She begins to notice that some things she was taught to believe in aren’t right at all, she opens her eyes to the atrocious acts happening in front of her eyes.

I loved reading this book, especially the hidden meaning… James had this weird obsession with the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, he identifies himself with the creature of that book, partly because he feels like he doesn’t belong, and also because he didn’t feel human at all, even if he is the most human of all the Chosen Ones.

A couple of quotes from Chosen Ones for you:

“Stories enabled you to forget your life and your limits. They urged you to reach for a world that was never meant to be yours. There was nothing more dangerous that an imagination.”

“Maybe it’s better to live in a world you don’t understand, because if you understand it, it becomes unbearable.”

“Stories enabled you to forget your life and your limits. They urged you to reach for a world that was never meant to be yours. There was nothing more dangerous than an imagination.”

Yes, this book is sad and Tess is constantly breaking my heart, I feel for the poor girl. But this book also has its “Do I dare to dream” moments and “ASDFGHJKL” moments.

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I believe this gif pictures what I meant PERFECTLY!

So read it guys! Totally worth reading this book!

4 Chibis

Book Review: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

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The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Series: The Pledge (#1)

Published:15th November 2011

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Soundtrack: Eivor (every album)

Goodreads:In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.”

 

 

 Review:

Reading my third Kimberly Derting series opposes no challenge at all.
As usual, her writing is compelling, you don’t really need to read half of the book to finally get into it, 30 or so pages are enough to know this book will be one amazing read.

Ludania is a country ruled by a very old, yet still very lucid and scary queen, a country that is constantly threatened by rebels and the neighboring countries. And in Ludania lives the seventeen-year-old Charlaina, Charlie, who possesses a strange skill, a skill that must be hidden at all costs from everyone and everything. Moreover, in Ludania, its population is divided into classes, which have their own language. It is strictly forbidden for people of the lower classes, like Charlie to speak or understand other languages but their own. Lower classes are only allowed to speak Englaise, the universal language and one or two dialects. Which is why Charlie’s talent must be hidden at all costs… Charlie can understand any form of communication, even if she hasn’t ever heard it before. This talent of hers makes her vulnerable, she must pretend she doesn’t understand any language bu her own, no matter how hard it may be.

Brooklyn, Charlie’s best friends convinces her to go out at night, to some club, there they see the three handsome men they had first seen at the restaurant, owned by Charlie’s parents. Once Charlie approaches Brooklyn, to ask her to leave, she hears something quite disturbing in a language she had never heard… she panics and makes Brooklyn leave. Although she thought nobody had taken a notice… someone did, that someone being the handsome Max, who she later finds out to be someone very important to the Kingdom.

Then there’s Xander, the mysterious man she meets at the club, he is scary and seems to know everything about her.

I enjoyed reading this book, it’s pretty fluid, although I have to admit it wasn’t one of my favorite ones by Kimberly Derting. The Taking and especially The Body Finder series were near perfection. I’m not so sure about The Pledge.

When I finished reading The Pledge I asked myself whether I would read the second one or not. I probably will, but not now.

In my opinion, there was something that this book is missing… Perhaps the problem is with the main character? Or the story itself? I have no idea, because that’s the thing, I enjoyed the book, but I do think it had the potential to be an awesome read and when I finished it I didn’t feel that way. I expected to be one of those “life-altering” reads, but this one wasn’t. In fact, The Pledge was just another book I’ve read.

3 Chibis

Book Review: Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan

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Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan

Series: A Sign of Love Series

Published: 5th October

Publisher: CreateSpace

Goodreads:There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition.

In this place, there is a boy with the body of a god and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more.

In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers.

Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places . . . From the beginning of time, to the end of the world.

THIS IS THE FIRST PART IN A TWO-PART SIGN OF LOVE SERIES INSPIRED BY AQUARIUS. THE SECOND PART, FINDING EDEN, WILL RELEASE SIMULTANEOUSLY. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.”

 

Review:

This is one of the best books I’ve read so far! Seriously, this is the reason why I wanted to write reviews in the first place, this book brought back long forgoten feelings!

I want to thank Mia Sheridan for writing such a master piece! Becoming Calder and it’s sequel, Finding Eden, are two of the best books I’ve ever read. There is love, hate, suffering, hope, murder, tears, blood and sweat… everything. It’s a whirlwind of feelings, one stronger than the other. I recommended both books to all my friends after I read it! They are amazing, it’s that simple.

Mia Sheridan is an author who keeps surprising me in the best way possible. I can hardly wait for what’s coming next! I want her to keep writing and publishing as fast as possible! After reading Archer, one of her best books I thought she couldn’t do better, because Archer was an amazing book! But I was so wrong!

Becoming Calder and Finding Eden should be read on a Friday night on holidays, when you don’t have to go to work the next day or have to study. Simply because you can’t stop reading. Once I finished Becoming Calder  I started reading Finding Eden because I couldn’t stop!! There is a massive cliff-hanger at the end of Becoming Calder. Yes, I am already warning you in advance! Think of it this way, I’m your friend, I’m helping you. Help yourself and take my advice to heart !

Becoming Calder is a story of a twisted reality, it is not in an alternative world, it’s in our very own world. And although at first it seems as if it is not, trust me, it is. This kind of fucked-up world exists, sometimes really close to us, but we can’t see it.

Calder is a boy who believes gods exists, that Eden was chosen to marry the one who they follow, the one who talks to the Gods.

This is a story of one society apart from ours, a society who doesn’t believe in electricity or technology. The story of people who blindly follow one single man who was able to fool them all.

Calder and Eden fall in love when they weren’t supposed to, they are both faced with the danger of their relationship being found out. During their blossoming love, they start to wonder and question all that is around them, all that has been told to them. Their family, the Gods, the society, the rules and even faith.

But what is to become of them if they try to run?

Do yourselves a favor and please read Becoming Calder. If you have already read it, please comment or send me an email, I would love to discuss it with you!

5 Chibis

Book Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

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Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Series: Starcrossed (#1)

Published: May 31st 2011

Publisher: HarperTeen

Goodreads: “How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.”

 

Review:

Once you finish a book and all you can think is “Well at least the author’s name is cool…”, it’s not okay!

It’s as if someone shoved The Mortal Instruments, Percy Jackson and Twilight all in a single book. I really can’t understand how come I was able to read the whole book without throwing it across the room or even setting it on fire. I give up on reading books based on Greek Mythology legends. Seriously!

How the author came up with this book is a mystery to me. She must’ve dreamt of it, a very crazy, senseless dream. even more than they usually are.

This book begins with Helen, a beautiful girl with hidden powers, she is constantly getting sick, she also panics in crowds and hates attention, hiding herself behind her miniature of a friend, Claire.

One day, a mysterious family arrives into town, they are all hot and beautiful (sounds familiar?) and once Helen sees one of the guys, Lucas, she tries to kill him. Yes… In the middle of the school, with everybody looking. Afterwards they blame her attack on a heat stroke (seriously?!). Of course everybody believes the excuse because it’s convincing and let’s admit, it happens all the time. *note sarcasm*

Helen later finds out she’s a Scion, her ancestors are the gods and goddesses of Olympus and so is Lucas and his family. Luca’s family belongs to the House of Thebes (I can’t remember the name, didn’t bother to memorize), they’re descendants of Apolo. Helen doesn’t know who her mother is, since she ran away when Helen was little and left her with her father, Jerry, who behaves more like a silly cousin rather than a father.

I really don’t want to go any further with my review, I believe it is pointless to tell you more, I will tell you only the main parts of this book:

Helen has the face of Helen of Troy; she can fly (whatthefuck), her God is Zeus and Aphrodite (power and beauty of course, so convenient), Lucas is actually Paris, Lucas and Helen are star-crossed Lovers;

Helen’s mother is a bitch; they are all liars; the Furies are my fav characters and …

LUCAS AND HELEN ARE COUSINS!

#INCEST

no, they’re actually not, Helen’s mother just decided to say that they were cousins because she’s a bitch.

The whole incest matter of course made me think of The Mortal Instruments. Well, it’s not really incest, but what if it was? It would mean that in the last book of this series Helen and Lucas aka Paris would get married and have disabled children. That would be an interesting twist of events, but alas this is a young-adult book, all has to end well.

I need to add one last thing… the “dude’s name”, why Lucas? I am seriously so done with guys whose names are Lucas! What’s up with that name? I have read almost 20 books with a hot guy named Lucas, Lucius, Luca, Luke, whatever! Is it one of those names who belong only to hot guys? Or is it also part of the lack of originality?

I’m sorry if you liked this book and I just dissed it big time. All I can say is that I’m not going to waste more of my time and read the second one, since the first one was definitely not made for me.

1 Chibi

New Book Releases this month: November 2014

Hi guys! So November has already started for almost a week, but due to my university work I haven’t been able to post on our blog T.T

However, here am I once again to announce this month’s book releases, ready?

Captivated by you by Sylvia Day

18th November

Captivated by You (Crossfire, #4)

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

4th November

Yes, yes, yes! If you have never heard of The Mara Dyer series then get yourself immediately updated! This is a series you seriously want to know! I have already ordered this book for me and our dear Ana (it’s her 20th birthday next week!)

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3)

11th November
The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles)
4th November
A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)
4th November
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School, #3)
25th November
Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #2)
18th November
I Belong to You (Inside Out, #5)
4th November
If you have been following Chibi Reader for a while, then you know how much I love Juliet Mariller’s books! I can’t wait to read this one. The cover is amazingly beautiful!
Dreamer's Pool (Blackthorn and Grim, #1)
3rd November
I read this book’s blurb and for what I can tell is that this book promises darkness and a very steamy romance *wiggles eyebrows*
Nocte (The Nocte Trilogy, #1)
25th November
Zoey, aka Zoella is a famous youtuber, I must admit I’m not really inside the Youtuber’s world, yet I do know Zoella and she is one of my fav youtubers, I’m really looking forward to read this one!
Girl Online
18th November
Wild (The Ivy Chronicles, #3)
10th November
People nowadays are always complaining on how women are objectified, that there’s half-naked women everywhere, to advertise any kind of product, from drinks, to cars or even mattresses. But honestly, look at this cover and many, many other covers from books whose main target are women… Is there really a need to put shirtless men on book covers?! If I went to the supermarket I would only buy this book if: a) I was in a different country, where nobody knew me; b)I was by myself;  c) I wore something to cover my face… huge sunglasses, big hat… And lets not forget, I would still totally feel like a dirty old man cause this book’s cover looks like porn.Can’t people be more original and create better covers?
Filthy Beautiful Lust (Filthy Beautiful Lies, #3)
4th November
For those of you who don’t know, Molly McAdams just had a beautiful baby girl!
Letting Go (Thatch, #1)
This is it guys, enjoy this month!
Sofyy