Saturday, May 31, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #52

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s ReviewsIt is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks.

This weeks additions:                                                                       

Breakable by Tammara Webber

I loved Easy. I'm so looking forward to reading Lucas's story.


The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Yeah, with the movie due for release here in Australia soon and my daughter urging me to take her to see it, I couldn't pass this one up.

 So... what did you add to your shelf this week?
I'd really like to know.
Please leave a comment below.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge 2014: May ~ Dystopian (Angelfall by Susan Ee)

This year Readers Live A Thousand LivesCorrie The Book Crazed Girl, and Lovin' Los Libros have teamed up to host the Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge! For this challenge, the goal is to mix up the genres/categories we read. We have all had those times when we have gotten stuck in the genre/category we are currently reading and read nothing else for a while. The goal here is to mix that up! Each month a different genre/category will be featured and the goal is to read and review one book or more in that genre/category during that month.

For May the genre / category is ~ Dystopian

My Choice:

(Penryn & the End of Days #1)

Susan Ee

It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain. 

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. 

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back...

My Thoughts

Angelfall is a book which has been on my TBR list for quite a while. What was I waiting for? I don't know but I'm glad it finally found its way to the top of the pile.

Penryn is a seventeen year old girl, who up until six weeks ago, was leading a normal teenage life. Then the angels attacked and her world came crashing down. Living in the post-apocalyptic Silicon Valley is not easy. Every day is a struggle, a struggle to find food, water and a safe place to hide. With a disabled sister and dysfunctional mother to take care of, for Penryn, it is even harder.

One day, as she moves her small family from one home to another, she comes across one angel being chased by several others. Unable to continue on her path, she watches on in horror as the single angel is caught and then mutilated by having his wings severed from his back. Taking pity upon him as he lays weak and bleeding on the ground, she comes to his rescue. Unfortunately, her selfless act comes with a price. Having left her sister unguarded, she is taken by one of the other angels. Her mother, frightened and confused, runs away. With both of her family members gone, Penryn (with the help of Raffe, the wingless angel) embarks on a journey to get them back.

I really liked Penryn. She is a strong character who is filled with determination and courage. I also liked Raffe. He is an angel with attitude. And he's also hot and totally swoon worthy. There are other interesting characters in this book. Obi - the leader of the resistance who seems to have a soft spot for Penryn, and Tweedledum and Tweedledee - twins who are kind of cheeky and fun.

I don't normally read Dystopian, but this was a great book which is written at a fast pace and really captured my attention. I definitely recommend it to people who enjoy reading this genre.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Swoon Thursday #92 ~ Caught Up In Us by Lauren Blakely

The fabulous girls over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme.

Here's how it works. From the book you're currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOONWhat got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag#YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog!

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My Swoon for this week comes from:

Caught Up In Us
(Caught Up In Love #1)


Lauren Blakely

First - The Blurb:

A second chance at first love...

Five years ago, Kat Harper fell into a dizzying summer romance with her brother's best friend Bryan. It was a mad, crazy love full of kisses all through the night—but he broke her heart and she had to move on. Five years later, Kat is finishing her graduate degree and building her business as a jewelry designer, when Bryan, head of his own successful company, walks back into her life. Bryan has been assigned to Kat as her new business mentor and the rules are clear. No hanky panky permitted. Kat can handle that because she's totally over him... right? Except, he still makes her laugh, and he remembers all the things she likes. Not to mention that he's even more handsome now than he was then. Then there's the spark between them—the simply undeniable chemistry, and the tender ways he shows he still cares for her. Can they resist each other the second time around or will first love trump all?

Second - The Swoon(s):

Swoon 1

His lips were the softest I'd ever felt, and his kisses were of the epic kind, the kind that made you believe that movie kisses weren't just for actors or for stories, that they could be for you, and they could go on and on, like a slow and sexy love song that melted you from the inside out.

Swoon 2

There was nothing else but this kiss and I melted into him, as I had with all our kisses five years ago. But then, there was something new, something less innocent, as the kiss shifted into another gear. The way his lips suddenly crushed mine was feverish. It was frenzied, and it was electric, and full of need.

Swoon 3

He layered kisses on the back of my neck that turned me inside out. He pushed my hair out of the way and traced his tongue lazily across my skin, over my earlobe. and down to my shoulder blade. He moved his hand to my waist, slipping his fingers under my sweater.

There were so many swoon worthy moments in this book that I had difficulty choosing just one.
At 152 pages, this is a fun, quick read.

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Okay, so what do you think?

If you liked my Swoon, please leave a comment below!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #92 ~ Few Are Angels by Inger Iversen

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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My Tease for this week comes from:

Few Are Angels

(Few Are Angels #1)

Inger Iversen

First - The Blurb:

After a fatal hit and run accident, Ella Monroe fears that she’s lost more than her beloved parents. Horrifying visions of a past life and a disturbing voice in her head have psychiatric professionals convinced that she’s lost her sanity as well. But when Kale—a dark and handsome stranger with a mysterious past reveals the true meaning of her visions and the tremendous power she wields through them, Ella must come to terms with the devastating truths of her own past, while eluding an ancient Dark Prince who seeks to control not only her future, but all of mankind’s, by means of abilities that Ella is only beginning to understand.

Enter the shrouded world of an age old battle between an ancient race known as the Immortals and their bitter enemy Laurent, the so-called Dark Prince, who commands an army of half-breed vampires known as Chorý. Both sides have been desperately searching for the prophesied emergence of the Arc, a clairvoyant with unparalleled power to recall the past and a soothsayer with clear vision into the future. 

The Council of Immortals has sworn to protect the Arc, whom they have identified as young Ella Monroe, a college freshman from Virginia living quietly and unaware of her powers or her past. But a renegade Chorý has other plans for the protection of a girl he has loved through the ages. Can Kale convince Ella of who she is, what she is destined to become, and what he once meant to her? Is he truly the best protector to shield the world from the devastating misuse of her powers that Laurent is bent on controlling? Or will the forbidden love they share and Kale’s cursed condition as a retched and hated Chorý be used against them both?

This paranormal romance told from the heroine’s perspective builds in intensity and intrigue to a finale you won’t see coming. Heart pounding action mixed with heartwarming friendships and heartbreaking romance will leave you breathless and begging for more.

Second - The Tease:

I moved closer to Kale, and he cradled my head in his hands. There was no time to be shy. My heart took control, and I reached behind his head and pulled Kale to my lips. Kale's lips felt exactly how I knew they'd feel. Soft, yet demanding, Kale gently parted my lips with his tongue and I was helpless to comply. My whole body felt alive with sparks of electricity, and every place Kale touched burned deliciously. I tried to control my breathing, but it seemed impossible as the kiss grew more passionate. I pulled Kale closer and arched my body into him, and he accepted me completely with a groan of satisfaction.

Kale is dark, mysterious and totally hot. He is also a Chory ( a half-breed vampire). Although he tries to keep his distance form Ella, their is a secret past they share which cannot be ignored.

This book is a little slow to start and there are parts which seem a little long winded, but overall, I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading the next one in the series.

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Okay, so what do you think?

If you liked my Tease, please leave a comment below!

TBR Tuesday # 47 ~ The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan

My good friend Sharrice from Reese's Reviews: My Addiction to Fiction came up with the idea of 'TBR Tuesday'
If you want to join in the fun, then just do the following:
From your book shelf or your e-reader, pick a book that you own that is still on your TBR list. Post it however you want to, then leave a link below so others can see what's waiting to be read.

This week for me its:

The Boys of Summer
(Summer #1)


C.J. Duggan

It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him ... Toby Morrison.

Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.

To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.

How did she let her friends talk her into working?

After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos.

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget. 

It will be a summer she will always remember. 

Leave a comment and tell me what's waiting on your TBR pile.