Book releases: March 2016

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but this month so many awesome books are being published, I must share them all with you. Keep reading 😉

One of the most awaited books of this year, Lady Midnight promises – am I the only one who is dying to have one copy on my hands? I believe not!

Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

8th March

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The third and last of book of the series – I’ve only read the first one, much to my embarrassment, I know I’m missing out, or so tells me Ana.

The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski

29th March

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I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of Wendy Higgins, and this one is a Fairy Tale retelling! Need I say more?

The Great Hunt (The Great Hunt #1) by Wendy Higgins

8th March

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Speaking of fantasy, I’ve never read anything by this author, but I’m a total junkie for beautiful covers, so this one has a direct pass to my TBR.

Burning Glass (Burning Glass #1) by Kathryn Purdie

1st March – comes out today folks!

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Ughh, another final book! And once again I’ve only read the first book of the series!

Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy #3) by Sally Green

29th March

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I love me some Mia Sheridan, I have no words for how much I love her books – I haven’t even read this one and I already feel myself swooning.

Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan

1st March – TODAY!

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We’re missing a historical romance!

Not anymore 🙂

Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1) by Julia Quinn

29th March

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Who likes Allie Condie? You’re in for a treat!

Summerlost by Allie Condie

29th March

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And who missed Melissa Marr?! I know I did 🙂

Seven Black Diamonds (Untitled #1) by Melissa Marr

1st March – Today people!

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And at last, but definitely not least, a new series by Shelly Crane! I love the Significance series so much, I’m expecting big things from this one 🙂 I mean, what else could I want, it’s sci-fi, it has an UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL COVER…

The Other Side of Gravity (Oxygen #1) by Shelly Crane

15th March

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With nothing to add, I bid you an amazing reading month, happy reading!

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Book review: Axel by Harper Sloan

25168121.jpgAxel by Harper Sloan

Series: Corps Security (#1)

Published: 7th July 2013

Publisher: Self-Published (?)

Goodreads: “Fate hasn’t always been friends with Isabelle West. In fact, fate has been a downright bitch.
Isabelle has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn’t by your side. It can hand you dreams on silver platters, but it can snatch them right back and hand you nightmares. One thing Isabelle knew for sure fate was consistent with was taking away everything she ever loved.
For the last two years Isabelle has been slowly clearing the clouds of her past. Happiness is finally on the horizon. She has a thriving business, great friends, and her life back. All she has to do is jump over the last hurdle…her ex-husband.
When problems start causing her to fear her new life, and memories that are better left forgotten start rushing to the surface the last thing she needs is a ghost from her past to come knocking on her door.
Axel never thought he would look into the eyes of Isabelle West again, and he wasn’t sure he wanted to now. He’s carried his anger for so long he isn’t sure he can just turn it off, but when he is faced with protecting her and an unexpected desire to have her again, life gets a little more complicated.
How will Axel and Isabelle deal when all their cards are put on the table and everything they thought was true blows up in their faces?

Note from the author–This book is intended for a mature reading audience and isn’t suitable for younger readers.”

Review:

My first book by Harper Sloan, I am was not disappointed!

Axel tells the story of Izzy and Axel/Reid, they used to be lovers when they were teenagers, only to separate when Axel joins the Marines and Isabelle’s life takes a total turn.
Some years pass, and Isabelle is married to Brandon, she’s basically chained up to a marriage filled with fear and violence, she becomes broken and completely loses herself. Until one day, she meets up with her long-time friend Dee in secret, only to get beaten to a pulp when she gets back home.

This book brought me to tears, made me laugh my ass off and made me tear up some more. It is just so emotionally charged!

Also, I loved the characters, especially Dee, Sway, Greg and Maddox. Sway is the bomb though, he’s so hilarious, the way the author described him made me feel as if he was standing right before my eyes – I wish my hairdresser was Sway, I would not leave the salon just so I could catch up with the gossip.

“Oh my honey Jesus. You did NOT tell Sway that you knew this fine mountain of a man, no you did NOT. Holy goodness Lord above, I need a cold shower after that, girlfriend. You get your pretty little self into my chair and you tell Sway all about it. Every single delectable thing about it, if you know what I mean. Sweet heavens, I need a drink.” – Like I said, Sway is the bomb.

But then, there’s also Dee, Dee is a fucking badass.

“We watch for a few more seconds. To my fascination, Dee throws all her strength into a move that would make any badass proud. She pulls her hand out farther and literally throws this woman across the room. I think everyone at the table is shocked (…)”

What I couldn’t get into so much, was the romance between Axel and Izzy, I thought I would get the real FEELS when they would finally reunite, but ehhh, not really. I can’t really explain why, I just felt like the two characters didn’t fit each other so well? – I wish I knew what was my problem with romance.

I kinda wanted to avoid talking about this cover, but look at it!!! Ughhh, I can’t even, it’s so wrong in so many levels!

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book!

3.75 Chibis

Joint book review: The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel by Vi Keeland

The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel

The Baller: A Down and Dirty  Football Novel by Vi Keeland

Standalone

Published: January 18th 2016

Publisher: Self-published

Summary: “The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men’s locker room. It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster. The famed quarterback decided to bare all.
And by all, I don’t mean he told me any of his secrets. No. The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question. On camera. The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby—screwing with me.
When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me.
But I don’t date players.  And it’s not because I’m one of the few women working in the world of professional football.  I’d date an athlete.  It’s the other kind of player I don’t date. You know the type. Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid.”

Brody Easton was the ultimate player. Every woman wanted to be the one to change him. But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for. Turned out, I was that girl. Simple right? Let’s face it. It never is. There’s a story between once upon a time and happily ever after…  And this one is ours.”

Review

Sofia and I decided to do something a little different this time. We read a book with an extremely curious and suspicious title and ended up loving it and as such we are doing a dual book review! So, when you see a book named “The Baller” with an enormous dirty subtitle, fear not! Give that book a chance and enjoy the ride!

Sofia’s Review:

5 F****** STARS

I can’t even talk right now, this book was SOOOOO GOOD!

The first half of the book is just plain funny and sexy, I loved Brody and Delilah so much! It was so entertaining to read their story, I really needed a book like this, I’ve been reading a lot of books lately, but most of them are the same, they just basically have the same story, similar lines, your typical broken hero, blah, stupid drama, blah
I was so not expecting to love The Baller this much! Vi Keeland is officially one of my fav authors right now, I LOVED the way she wrote this book.

When I got to the second half of the book, my enthusiasm got deflated, a third POV is added to the book, Willow’s POV, Willow is Brody’s ex-girlfriend. My heart literally beat faster and my feels got hit again and again; at that point I thought to myself: “holly shit, I’m going to cry so much, I can see it already”. True, I cried, but only a bit, due to other reasons.
I liked how this “love triangle” was dealt with. 50 points to Vi Keeland for how original this was!!!

Also, I feel the need to mention Delilah’s BFF, Indie. Indie is hilarious, I absolutely loved her.

Wait, have I told you how much I LOVED THIS BOOK???

Ana’s Review:

4 Chibis

When Soffy told me I should read The Baller I thought she had gone cray cray once and for all. Yeah, I was wrong. The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel (well, that takes some time to say) is a hilarious book that has its down to earth moments of course but that most of the times will make you have a stupid smile on your face.

One of the things I liked about this book was that I finally read about a guy that although shows his interest in a direct way does not act like an abusing alpha male or jealous freak. We are introduced to a Brody that does not want a relationship, only a good time, but that quickly knows that he really likes Delilah and wants to give a stable relationship a shot. He doesn’t pull her everywhere, doesn’t kiss her when she doesn’t want to. He is always trying to show his good side, doing things that makes her feel special and only makes his move when she makes it extremely clear that she wants to give it a shot as well and in her own terms. I loved the sticks bouquet and the little fish gifts and was positively surprised when he was the first to talk about his past.

Contrary to Soffy’s opinion, I actually liked Willow’s POV. No, I didn’t want Brody’s ex-girlfriend back in the mix and didn’t want to see a love triangle, but that didn’t happen and while I didn’t want her anywhere near Brody, I understood her and felt for her and was happy that she was able to move on as well and will probably have a good future ahead of her.

Oh, and yeah, when are we getting a book dedicated to Indie’s story? Amazing character and wish I could have seen more of her!

Marta’s Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Type: Standalone

Publisher: Orion

Published: April 12th

Summary: When Eleanor first meets Park, she thinks he’s obnoxious. When Park first meets Eleanor, he thinks she’s weird. It is hate at first sight. But as they suffer each other’s company in silence on the bus rides from and to home every day, Eleanor and Park realise that first impressions can be deceiving.” 

REVIEW

I found out about this book long before it became cool to read. And even though I usually loose interest in what suddenly becomes everybody’s main dish, I admit I belong to the group of people who highly recommend it.

Following my dear Ana’s advice, I decided to give it a go. Eleanor and Park entered my life at a time the hopeless romantic in me wasn’t feeling all that well. I kept postponing its reading forever after Ana told me: “be ready to cry.” Then, I went on holidays with my best friend and kept seeing the greenish-lime cover on every bookshop we visited. Thank you, Fate.

It’s been three months since I made it a regular book at my bedside table. I have fallen in love with the awkward colour of the cover and (almost) every character in it but it took a long time before I could think about the contents without tears rolling down my face.

You know that book you just can’t forget and prevents you from moving on to read other books? This one is it for me – THAT book.

I cried enough tears to fill all oceans on this planet throughout all 325 pages. It had me absolutely hooked from the very first line. “He’d stopped trying to bring her back.” It will become a quote as important and famous as Rose’s in Titanic (“It’s been 84 years…”).

Rowell is blessed. I wish to be as gifted as she is with words. This book is a masterpiece and I couldn’t have asked for a better first reading intro to an author. I loved it so much I’m scared to read Fangirl just thinking about the feels I now know it will give me.

Eleanor is the coolest awkward teen I’ve met so far. She has a loud appearance, loves the best music and reads Park’s comics on the bus ride to school. She’s back to live with her mom and little brothers who are stupidly attached to the man who kicked her out just the year before. The kids from the bus are as excited as wolves with a new prey from the second she steps into the bus and Park suddenly forgets the good manners dear Grandma taught him but she still stands her ground. Good Eleanor tries her best to keep Mom happy, her siblings safe and stay out of her stepdad’s radar so as not to unleash his fury on her loved ones again. She does it all alone even when she finds the real Park. Can I ask for a round of applause, please?

And then we have Park who is not cool or ridiculously handsome or sought after by girls. He’s just a boy who wants to survive school without pissing anyone off by, let’s say, becoming friends with the weird red head who just arrived.

Their connection is so strange and sweet, as all new friendships should be, you won’t be able to forget them. Rowell writes with such a gracious awkwardness to her characters you can’t do anything but relate. Even the stepdad, whose role in the action takes the place of the contemporary villain, somehow manages to warm his way into your heart and make you want to understand what on earth shaped him to be who he is.

From beginning to end, the reader is taken through a rollercoaster of emotions regarding friendship, teen love and the different concepts of family. More than recollecting your own memories about your first love, Rowell asks you to embark on a journey to shape your personality, work on your values and learn how to stand your ground as you enter adulthood and trust those who are around you willing to help.

Some complain about the ending not being enough. I personally find it appropriate. This is a book about life and hope. We don’t know what the future ahead has planned for us neither what is happening at all times in the lives of who we pass by on the street everyday. All we have are our dreams.

5 chibis

Book Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

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Series: Uninvited (#1)

Published: January 28th 2015

Publisher: Harper Teen

Goodreads:The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she’s destined to become a murderer.

When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.”

Review:

This book is the shit. It was one of the best books I read last year.

As you were able to read on the Goodreads blurb the story takes place in a society where this HTS/ killer gene exists. Scientists found a way to distinguish violent people from non-violent people, separating them as if they were two different species.

The main character, Davy Hamilton, used to be the high school homecoming queen , a musical genius, used to have the perfect GPA and a rugby captain boyfriend. Then suddenly, due to obligatory tests it is found out that she is a carrier of the HTS gene. She is then immediately uninvited from her school, and pretty much normal society.

Later, she enrolls in a public school, on a special class with all carrier classmates, there she meets Sean, who is, in my opinion, drool-worthy.

But once Davy loses her mind when her jerk ex-boyfriend humiliates her in a party, she slaps him. Afterwards, thanks to a complaint filed by her ex,  the police takes her away and brands her with an H on her neck, to distinguish her from the other people.

However, stuff get even more complicated when Davy and Sean are taken from the public school, only to be transferred to a psycho-like facility, where HTS carriers, carefully chosen for certain skills they possess, are trained to become government killing machines.

This book ends with Davy, Sean and their friends escaping from this facility to a remote place near the Mexican border.

4.5 Chibis

Book Review: One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

One of the Guys

One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

Date of publication: February 10th 2015

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Goodreads: Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She’ll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she’s sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a lady while the guys move on without her.
Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service.
But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends–the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she’s built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.”

Review

*I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*

I know some people have been having some issues getting into this book or liking the character according to some reviews I’ve read but for me One of the Guys is one of those cutesy books you’ll love to curl with on the sofa on those horrible rainy days. It was actually king of perfect. One of the guys is a coming of age book that will make you squirm sometimes because you just want to help the main character but mostly you’ll be smiling and grinning like an idiot.

One of the guys centers around Tonya Valentine, also known as simply Toni (McRib for her closest friends). She is a tomboy and has 3 best friends, all boys: Micah (Loch), Luke (Ollie) and Justin (Cowboy). They all have nicknames and throughout the book call themselves like that. They became friends after sighting what seemed like a monster on their town’s lake and have been since them gone “hunting” at time, trying to see and catch on film the legendary creature. When Toni feels like the group is destined to grow apart she wants to prolong what feels to her like their last night together. That’s when things take a wrong turn and land her in an all girls academy. There she meets Emma and after an incident they start their “rent-a-gent” business. And that’s where I’m ending my little repeat of the summary because you should just go read the book.

When I started reading the book and on the sixth page of the copy I had read “A massive belch escapes me.” I knew I would love what was coming. I enjoyed immensely Toni’s character. She never stopped being who she was. There were times she felt a little out of place but she never wanted to change herself. Emma tried and she did go with what Emma said sometimes (Halloween costumes and such) but inside, she was always Toni. During the book we find out Toni’s dad is dead and that she doesn’t like change. Some people might have some issues with the way Toni acts but I understand her: she likes the way things are and is afraid of the future, of what might change.

What really bothered me was Ollie’s attitude towards Toni. He was caught alongside Toni doing the prank that made Toni go to the Winston Academy. He blamed her throughout the whole book because of it. Now, come on! He wanted in, he could have done the same as Loch and Cowboy and just watch but he wanted to try it as well. He is as to blame as Toni. She might have given the idea but he chose to do it so to hell with him. I really liked when Toni finally hit him, I wanted to do so myself.

Now now, onto the important stuff: the romance! I loved loved loved Toni and Loch interaction. They are so cute and dense! They like each other but don’t have the nerve to do something. Eventually Loch makes the first move which makes Toni realise she actually loves him. GUYS THIS IS SO CUTE BELIEVE ME! Loch is kind of perfect.

I just wanted to know more about what happens in the future: how they deal with the relationship when they go to college and how the group’s dynamic is. Apart from that this is one of those fluffy books you’ll stare up to and reread when you feel down. One of the guys will definitely make you feel better and rise your spirits!

Favourite part: “‘I love you too,’ I blurt out. His mouth hangs open. I’ve stunned the poor guy.”

PS: Love the cover, so peaceful and relaxed!

4 Chibis

Book Review: College Bound by Lilia Ford

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College Bound by Lilia Ford

Published: 13th October 2014

Publisher:  Liliaford Romance LLC

Playlist: Crossfade – Cold; Cranberries – Zombie

Goodreads: ““I think you would be right for a position with quite specific requirements that would be hard to fill otherwise.”

After a vicious fight with her stepbrother and guardian, Natalie storms out of the family McMansion, never imagining that would be the last time she’d be allowed in the house. A string of truly rotten decisions follows, until she finds herself suspended from school, friendless, broke, and camping out at the convenience store where she works. Worst of all, her college applications are due!

Thanks to a helpful teacher and her own stupendous brilliance she manages to get into her top choice college. Unfortunately, dealing with the financial aid forms proves to be too much for her supersmarts and she is about to lose her spot because she cannot get the money together to pay the deposit.

Enter Gareth Boyd, an old family friend with an indecent proposal that will pay for everything—if she can meet his price.

Warning: This story features an eighteen-year-old heroine with a foul mouth and horrible judgment, a criminally unscrupulous man intent on taking advantage of her, and multiple scenes of bondage, spanking, ménage, and one potentially triggering scene of attempted rape. The novel is an erotic fantasy in which characters manipulate or disregard notions of proper consent in ways that would never be acceptable in real life. Adult Readers Only”

Review:

*I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley for an honest review.*

I was pretty uncertain about reading this book, but since Netgalley sent it to me (and I have to admit that I needed to read something spicy), I decided to give it a try.

Thank God I did it. I’m not a big fan of Erotica books, they are usually boring, tacky, silly and always about sex, sex, the romance is rushed and there’s never a real story behind it.

This book is my guilty pleasure, so what? Sue me. I loved this book and I won’t go back on my word.

At first I wasn’t very keen… the main character, Natalie is an idiotic, rude teenage girl, I didn’t like her. Even now I’m not sure I like… actually I hated all the characters on this book. But damn guys, this book is so utterly good, it pulls you in, compels you into reading it until the last damn page.

Natalie is an 18-year-old girl who get’s thrown out of her house by her bastard of a step-brother because someone published on the internet a video of her making out with two guys (this was the first thing I didn’t like about her.). It’s not that I don’t agree with women being with two guys, I mean, come on! These days guys have three-ways with two girls and no one bats an eye, so why can’t women do the same if they want to? The thing I didn’t agree with, was Natalie doing it in public. Even if she was with only a guy or girl I still think it’s gross to go at it in public, privacy is good, go for it, do it in private.

Anyway, after that, Natalie practically becomes homeless, until an a friend f hers, Gareth makes her a very “interesting” proposition. He wants her to become a love slave, not only to him, but also to Jamie, another really “interesting” dude, in exchange he will pay her college fees (Brown University).

The thing about this book is that all characters are fucked up in their own way. Even now I don’t know what is the thing about this book, only that I loved it and I want to forget it so I can read it again.

I must tell you that this book’s sex scenes are all disturbing if you’re used to reading stuff of love and flowers (me!!!), I’m used to more vanilla situations, where I can picture myself being the main character surrounded by love and sunshine. *hahaha-hardy-har-har*

Even if I couldn’t relate to Natalie or her situation, let’s called it situation cause it’s seems nicer, I was still able to read this book without wanting to shut down my computer and scream bloody murder.

 

Another thing I loved about College Bound was the writer. Lilia Ford writes wonderfully, not to mention that she is hilarious!!!

I couldn’t hold back my laughter in certain parts of the book, which scared my brother, because it’s almost 3 am and the house is super quiet. Have I mentioned that my laughter is kind of creepy? No? Okay, now you know it.

Guys, read this book if you’re into spicy romances. That’s all I can tell you.

4.99999 Chibis