Friday, May 31, 2013

Armchair BEA: Day 4 (Non-Fiction and Ethics)


I don't really read non-fiction books for leisure. For school, maybe. But not on my own time. If I want to enjoy reading, I'll read fiction.


Plagiarism is a big issue when it comes to blogging. Annabelle from Sparkles and Lightning was a victim of plagiarism. The bottom line about plagiarism is that it is WRONG. There is no correct instance to plagiarize. From my first years of learning/schooling, we were taught not to copy/cheat/plagiarize. The lesson is the same no matter what age, no matter what job, no matter what person.

Also, do your research and find out the facts if you're not sure about something. Don't just go putting some rude remark about something error you saw in a book, only to find out that you were wrong, and there is no inconsistency. Do a fact-check if you're not sure if something is supposed to be that way or not. I suppose this really affects historical fiction novels, but any genre as well. 

Book Blast and Giveaway: Change of Heart by S.E. Edwards

Change of Heart by S.E. Edwards
Publication Date: May 19, 2013

Official Summary:

That's how I've gotten through nineteen years of life. It's what I do every single day—no matter how badly the odds are stacked against me.

Persevere, and survive.

Those are my two guiding words. I never knew either of my parents. I have no family and no home. The only person I could ever rely on was myself. In this cruel world, that's about as much as I could ask for.

Love? Hah. Don't talk to me about love. I stopped believing in it the day my first boyfriend ripped out my heart three years ago.

That's why love is the last thing on my mind when I leave a packed college bar with a captivating stranger. Yet everything changes when I'm awakened in the middle of the night by a pounding at the door. Suddenly, an arrangement meant for just one night threatens to become something much deeper.

All expectations are thrown to the wind as I'm tangled in a dangerous world unlike anything I can believe. The man I met has secrets swirling around him like a dark cape. I'm about to become his biggest one...

Together, we stumble toward the elevator. Rich breaks away for a second to hit the button. The light doesn’t come on.

“Damn,” he growls, “it’s busted again.”

I’m one step ahead of him. I’d spotted the stairs when we entered. I grab his hand and pull him after me with no hesitation. I start up the cement stairwell, determined to get to his room as fast as possible.

“Penny, wait.”

I look back, confused. “What?”

A devilish smile plays on his lips. “Only this.” Without warning his hands wrap around my waist, and I’m being lifted up as easily as if I were a doll. He turns to the side and presses my body against the wall, suspending me between him and the concrete.

His mouth crashes down on mine again. I curl my legs around his torso, locking my ankles together, and kiss him back with the passion reserved for a lover after ten long years apart. I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m getting even more turned on. Rich’s hands move down to grasp the outside of my thighs, and I moan into his kiss as the muscles of my core clench in sinful fashion. I want him so
badly. If we don’t get somewhere private soon, I won’t be wholly opposed to jumping him in public.

I gasp as he steps away, freeing me from the wall. I start to fall, but one of his hands darts down to catch me just beneath the knees. The other one cradles my shoulders. Before I know it, I’m slung across his arms like a bride on her wedding night.

“I’ve always wanted to carry a girl up these stairs,” Rich admits.

I laugh, and wrap my arm around his neck. “Oh, you are just the best type of romantic.”

Four flights of stairs later, Rich pushes open the fire door to a dimly-lit hallway. He carries me down the hall and stops in front of an entrance on the right. He sets me down, then fishes around in his jeans for the key. When the door creaks open, he sweeps a hand out in front of him. “Welcome to my humble abode.”

I walk in, curious about his apartment. I tend to side with the camp of people who believe that a person’s living arrangements can reveal a lot about his personality. But, I don’t find much to work with here.

The apartment is sparse and dark. Pale moonlight filters in through the balcony window, shining down on the only piece of furniture present: a queen size mattress lying on the floor of the living room. The red brick walls are totally empty—no girly posters or other things I might expect in a bachelor’s apartment. There are no lamps, no chairs, no couches.

After a moment, I notice a second piece of furniture: a small, old-school CRT TV camped in one corner of the studio apartment.

Rich switches on the light. “So?” he asks, “what do you think?”

I walk past the entrance. There’s one hall leading away from the room. It is filled with brown cardboard boxes. Lots and lots of boxes. “Did you just move in or something?”

Rich laughs behind me. “Yeah, something like that. You want a drink?”

“A drink?” I say. “No, I—”

The words catch in my throat as he grabs my hips and spins me around. I had no idea he’d come so close. He’d moved from the door to me without making a sound. His fingers lock together against my lower back, and he tugs me into him, pressing my belly to his waist. I feel his growing erection right away, and a diabolical excitement builds inside me.

Nothing happens.

For a long moment, Richard just holds me like that, staring into my eyes as I’m left dangling off his arms. His irises are the color of sea mist. I’m hypnotized by the deep intensity I see brewing just beneath the surface. I have no doubt that that type of intensity is mirrored in my eyes.

Then, moving slowly, as if restraining himself, Richard lowers his mouth to cover mine. This time, his kiss is sweet and gentle. Subtle and caring. He explores my upper lip first, then traces the line going to the corner of my mouth. His lips form a perfect mold over mine.

I was wrong before. This is the kiss reserved for a lover you haven’t seen in ten years.

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I'm Scarlett Edwards. I'm a full-time student (2nd year, undergrad) and part-time writer. I hope to switch those around soon!

I'm kind of old fashioned. I write all my stories using paper and ink. At the end of the day, I transcribe them on my laptop. It takes a bit longer, but writing in a notebook really focuses my thoughts.

I love vintage photography. I have an old-school film camera that was my mom's from before I was born. I use it to take pictures almost every day.
Yours to Savor is the first full book I worked on. It went through six drafts, and took me ten months to complete. In the two months since getting it done, I finished two drafts of brand new stories. I'm getting faster!

I love hearing from my readers. I love getting feedback about my books. I'm just getting started, and plan on doing this writing gig for a long, long time.
I take inspiration from all the indie romance authors. Addison Moore, Samantha Young, Colleen Hoover, Jessica Sorensen, and everyone else…. you girls rock!

I love hearing from readers! If you read my book and want to share your thoughts, good or bad, email me! I'll be sure to reply!!

Book Blitz: Taking Back Forever by Karen Amanda Hooper

Welcome to the book blitz for Taking Back Forever by Karen Amanda Hooper! I am delighted to be participating in this blitz. I have information about the book, an excerpt, and a giveaway for both Taking Back Forever AND the first book, Grasping At Eternity! Enjoy!

Taking Back Forever by Karen Amanda Hooper
Book Two of the Kindrily series
Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing
Publication Date: May 31, 2013

Official Summary:

Forever is worth the fight.

Maryah erased all memory of her past lives, but she couldn't erase her soul mate Nathan, or his undying love. Now, Maryah and Nathan have a second chance at a future together, but first Maryah must remember the person she used to be and embrace her supernatural gifts—more than one kindrily member’s life depends on it.

Maryah's power is Harmony’s best hope of finding her kidnapped soul mate, Gregory. But Harmony isn't big on asking anyone for help, and she’s tired of waiting, so she’s taking matters into her own hands. Heaven help anyone who stands in her way.

Check out book one, Grasping At Eternity!

Grasping At Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper
Book One of the Kindrily series
Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing
Publication Date: May 25, 2012

Official Summary:

Leave it to Maryah Woodsen to break the one rule that will screw up eternity: Never erase your memories. 

Before entering this life, Maryah did the unthinkable—she erased. Now, at seventeen years old, she’s clueless that her new adoptive family has known her for centuries, that they are perpetually reincarnated souls, and that they have supernatural abilities. Oh, and she's supposed to love (not despise) Nathan, the green-eyed daredevil who saved her life.

Nathan is convinced his family’s plan to spark Maryah's memory is hopeless, but his love for her is undying. After spending (and remembering) so many lifetimes together, being around an empty version of his soulmate is heart shattering. He hates acting like a stalker, but has no choice because the evil outcast who murdered Maryah in their last lifetime is still after her. 

While Maryah’s hunter inches closer, she and Nathan make assumptions and hide secrets that rip them further apart. Maryah has to believe in the magic within her, Nathan must have faith in the power of their love, and both need to grasp onto the truth before they lose each other forever—and discover just how lonely eternity can be.

About the Author:

Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She's addicted to coffee, chocolate and complicated happily-ever-afters.

Karen has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. In high school she discovered her passion for putting her thoughts onto paper, but it wasn't until her late twenties that she wrote her first novel. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairytales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels.

The Excerpt:

“Every lifetime,” he continued, “each body has been different. It’s always a challenge to relearn you, but I enjoy each and every drawn out moment of it, and in the past, you did too.” He kissed the crook of my arm and my breath caught. I didn't even know people kissed each other there, but it should be on way more top ten lists. 

As enchanting as Nathan’s words were, it was still hard for me to comprehend that I had lived in other bodies. He set my arm down and I forced my eyes to open. “What was your favorite version of me?”

“What do you mean?”

I spun my ring around my thumb, avoiding eye contact with him. For some reason it was easier to talk about it if I wasn't looking at him. “I’m sure I was prettier and sexier in my other lives. Is there a past version of me that was your favorite?”

Nathan put the book on the nightstand and adjusted so he was sitting directly facing me. “Let me explain this again. It’s your soul I’m in love with. The package it comes in makes no difference to me. Your inner beauty and the energy of your being are what attract me to you.” He touched my cheek then his fingertips drifted down my neck and shoulders. “But to answer your question, this is my favorite version of you.”

Giveaway #1:

- Open internationally!
- There will be ONE winner to receive an ecopy of Grasping at Eternity, AND an ecopy of Taking Back Forever
- Winner must choose between mobi, epub or PDF format 
- The giveaway begins on May 31st at 12:00 am EST, and ends on June 19th, at 11:59 pm EST
- Void where prohibited; no purchase necessary
- The number of eligible entries received determine the odds of winning
- Winner will be selected via the Rafflecopter
- Winner must respond to the email within 48 hours. Failure to do so will result in me choosing another winner
- Please enter via the Rafflecopter widget below

Good luck!

Giveaway #2:

Feature and Follow Friday (#21)

The Feature & Follow is a creative meme that allows bloggers to get to know each other, and gain more followers! It is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

If you would like, it would be great if you followed me via Email, GFC, Linky, Bloglovin, or Google+ (all on the right). Let me know in the comments if you did, leave a link to your blog, and I will comment and follow back! I always do, I promise! Thank you!

Q: What blogger would you most like to meet in real life? Tell us about him or her.

I'M PICKING LOTS! Don't judge me :)

Nereyda from Mostly YA Obsessed - SO AWESOME SHE CAN'T CONTAIN IT! She's letting me borrow her ARC of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke... which I haven't read yet. *looks away, whistles*

Eileen from ***Singing and Reading in the Rain*** - she is fantastic and so adorable! And she sent me two books! And, she's awesome! :D

Annabelle from Sparkles and Lightning - easily one of my favorite bloggers because she is so NICE!

Hannah from The Irish Banana Review - I'LL BE MEETING HER ON WEDNESDAY! WOOHOO! Go Maryland! :)

Ashley from Nose Graze - she is like, the BEST blogger when it comes to explaining the computer science behind blogging. When I convert to Wordpress, I'm enlisting her help! If she is willing to help me ;)

Jessica from Lovin Los Libros - she's so nice! A newer blogger than me, which makes me feel less of a baby blogger. Maybe a toddler blogger. And she is a constant commenter, which is so great ^_^

I know I'm forgetting people, but I can't wait to meet these ladies sometime in the future! It WILL happen eventually! :D

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Armchair BEA: Day 3 (Literary Fiction)

Literary Fiction

Honestly, I don't know very many books that are considered literary fiction, of today. Like, modern literature. I mean, LOOK what the dictionary has to say about literature. Permanent or universal interest. Like Pride and Prejudice. Or A Room With A View. Literature is defined as works that will last through the ages. Can we say that most of the MG, YA, NA, and adult books that we read will be considered literature, and be interesting for people 100 years from now? Or 100 years before us?

I personally LOVE A Room With A View by E.M. Forster. It's my favorite classic. I definitely consider it a work of literature.

Basically, I think literature should be able to be considered classics, for decades, and hundreds of years. So, today's novels? Probably can't be considered literature, in my opinion. Yet, or at all - we will see in the future!

Swoon Thursday (#20): Insomnia by J.R. Johansson

Swoon Thursday is a hot meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at YA Bound!

- From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering

- Try to make the swoon excerpt 140 characters (or less), if you are going to tweet about it. Use the hashtag #YABOUND when tweeting

This week, my swoon is from Insomnia by J.R. Johansson!

(Parker's POV)

"In the last month, we'd become like magnets, and I couldn't keep flipping over trying to keep us apart anymore.

I tilted my head down and gently brushed my lips against hers. The mist around us churned with warmth as her fingers curled in my hair and she kissed me back, pulling me closer. Any will I had left dissolved.

We became lost in each other. I moved my moth against hers slowly, enjoying the moment. She scratched the back of my neck with her fingernails, and it was impossible to imagine ever willingly letting go. I wanted to kiss her forever."

- eARC, 80%

I absolutely LOVED this book! One of my few five-star-rated books! My review will be up within two weeks. It's one of the best debuts of 2013 I've read so far! Insomnia is very unique, and it's solely in the male's point-of-view! GAH - I loved this book.

What made you swoon this week? Let me know in the comments, and leave a link to your blog so I can comment back! :)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Armchair BEA: Day 2 (Blogger Development and Genre Fiction)

Blogger Development

It's no secret to you all that I am a newbie to the blogging world. Just HOW new? Well, today (yes, today!) is my 5-month blogoversary! YAY!

I haven't really branched out to my community, my local library, school library, etc. In fact, most of my friends know that I am book-obsessed, but they don't know that I have a blog. I am now getting to know bloggers in the state of Maryland, but as far as I know, there are no other bloggers in my county.

I'm not sure what is meant by "partnering" with other bloggers, but I don't have a co-blogger, or guest bloggers. I'm still new to this, and I still want to call this blog completely my own. 

I do not generate income or ad revenue through my blog. Everything is honest and non-money-related!

I have broadened my blogging horizons by reaching out to publishers for book promotions and ARCs. I started doing this a few months ago, which might have been a little early then, but now, my stats have improved, and I'm doing better.

Genre Fiction

Let's face it: I'll read basically anything, except erotica and horror, really. I love science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, romance, historical, steampunk, mystery, thriller, etc. Every book has a different spin on each genre, and I don't like every single book I read, but for the most part, I'll read any genre (except for erotica and horror).

I do tend to read based on genre - meaning, I'll pick which book I want to read next based on the genre of the previous book. For example, I just read The S-Word, a contemporary novel. I didn't want to read two contemporary novels back-to-back (unless it is a contemporary romance), so I'm reading a historical paranormal novel now.

I hope that makes sense! Basically, I'll read anything! :D

Except erotica and horror. As I've said.

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: My Fate For Yours by Steph Campbell and Jolene Perry

Cover reveal for two of my favorite contemporary romance indie authors! And a giveaway for a signed paperback copy of the previous book! You ready?!

Here it is!

My Fate For Yours by Steph Campbell and Jolene Perry
Book 0.5 of the Crawford series
Publication Date: July 15, 2013

Official Summary:

A secret love.

A life lost too soon.

A destiny reversed.

You’ve met Tobin & Delia.

This is Eamon’s story…

The prequel to My Heart for Yours.


About the Authors:

Steph Campbell grew up in Southern California, but now calls Southwest Louisiana home. She has one husband, four children and a serious nail polish obsession.

She's rep'd by Jane Dystel & Lauren Abramo of Dystel & Goderich.

I wear juvenile T-shirts, worn-out chucks, and eat too much chocolate. I write. A lot. I make up words, drink Shirley Temples, and suffocate a little without my iPod.

You can also find me under Jolene B Perry...

Also I blog:

And I tumblr like a gymnast ;-)

The Giveaway:

- My giveaway starts on May 29th, and ends on June 20th, at 11:59 p.m., EST. 
- ONE winner will win a signed paperback copy of My Heart For Yours
- You must be 18 years old or older, or at least 13 years old with a parent's permission to enter.
- You MUST complete the mandatory entry, or NONE of your entries count
- The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email.
- The giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY!
Void where prohibited; no purchase necessary
- Do NOT cheat. In any way.

Good luck!

Congratulations, Class of 2013!

Hey, everyone! Today I have a different kind of post for you. As you may know, I am a high senior, and I am graduating very soon. Today, I want to congratulate all of the graduating high school seniors who are also book bloggers.

So, without further ado, here is your Class of 2013!

Hi! It's me, yours truly, Alyssa, of The Eater of Books! blog. I graduate from high school on May 29th (today!). I will be attending Johns Hopkins University in the fall, and I plan on majoring in Environmental Engineering, and minoring in Spanish. I hope to travel and learn abroad while studying at Hopkins, especially to Spain.

Meet Danielle, of With a Book blog! She graduates from high school on June 18th. She will be attending Rutgers University, and she plans on majoring in English, with a possible minor in journalism or communications.

Meet Britta, of I Like These Books blog! She graduates from high school on June 20th. She will be attending New York University, and while she isn't quite sure what she wants to study yet, she will be studying in London for her freshman year! 

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Meet Chloe, of In Love With Books blog. She graduates from high school on June 15th. She will be attending Edmonds Community College, and will be transferring to Washington University, to major in biochemistry while in Washington University's Pre-Pharmacy and (hopefully) Pharmacy program. 

Waiting on Wednesday (#22): Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, I'm featuring:

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
Book One of the Goddess War series
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: September 10, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads):

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god. 

These days, Cassandra doesn't involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn't even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning. 

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out. 

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

Why can't wait for this one? Well, I haven't read anything y Kendare Blake, but I DO love Greek mythology! This book is definitely my kind of book. So, tell me what you want to read right now! :)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Armchair BEA: Introductions

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday! I know most of you are actually AT BEA, but I'm not, so this year, I am participating in Armchair BEA for the first time! Here I go with another blogging first!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? 

Well, my name is Alyssa, and I am graduating from high school tomorrow! I'll be attending Johns Hopkins University in August. I started blogging December 29th of last year, so I've only been blogging for five months (baby blogger?). I love blogging because I get to do more of what I already love to do (read and write opinions), and I get to network with people all around the world. That makes me all kinds of happy :)

Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures. 

Maryland, USA! Baltimore used to be known as The City That Reads :D

(No pictures, because I'm too lazy)

Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event? 

I have not! I'm doing this event because it's my first year blogging, so why not make it my first time participating in Armchair BEA! Besides, next year, I might actually be going to BEA.

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?

I am reading The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher. My favorite read of 2013... hmmm. Altered by Jennifer Rush.

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

I'M GOING TO JOHNS HOPKINS, MY DREAM SCHOOL!!! But I feel like people who read my blog know this. When I started this blog this past December, I was halfway through the school year, and halfway through the college application process. So, consistent readers should have picked up my small hints along the way!

Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s).

I love Eileen from ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***, because she is super nice, and she was one of the people I asked for a small bit of help when starting my blog. Really, I did it by myself, but she answered any random questions I had!

Same goes for Annabelle at Sparkles and Lightning. She always has great reviews and organized posts, she's amazing, and she answered my random questions when I started my blog as well!

Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?

Umm... THIS one :D

If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?

Kristin Cashore and her character, Fire. I loved Cashore's book, Fire, SO much. It's one of my favorite books of all time. I'd love to meet them both and chat!

Also, Galen from Of Poseidon, Ryan from Dare You To, Cade from Faking It, Malachi from Sanctum, and Jase from My Life Next Door. Because, you know, they're all hot. And sweet. 

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? 

Trespass Island, from Revel by Maurissa Guibord. It sounds creepy...

What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? 

Meeting all of the fantastic people! And feeling like I belong in something, and I'm doing it effortlessly. I may still be new, and not very well known, but the people that do know me treat me so nicely.

Is there anything that you would like to see changed in the coming years?

For Armchair BEA? I have no idea. I've never participated before this year. You let ME know! :)

So, have fun at BEA, those who are going! And for the rest of us, maybe we'll see you sometime!

Review: A Most Devilish Rogue by Ashlyn Macnamara

A Most Devilish Rogue by Ashlyn Macnamara
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

Years ago, when Isabelle Mears was still a young miss too infatuated to know better, she surrendered her innocence to a dishonorable man. Though ruined and cast out from society, she has worked hard to shelter her illegitimate son, Jack. Having sworn off men in her quiet but dignified life, Isabelle is unprepared for the deep longing that rips through her when a handsome stranger rescues her rambunctious six-year-old from the pounding ocean surf.

George Upperton is a man in trouble with debts, women, and a meddling family. He is, by all accounts, the last gentleman on earth Isabelle should be drawn to. But loneliness is a hard mistress, and caution gives way to desire . . . even though Isabelle is convinced that happiness can’t be found in the arms of such a devilish rogue. Only when Jack is kidnapped does Isabelle discover the true depth of George’s devotion—and how far a good man will go to fight for the woman whose love is all that matters. 

What I Liked:

This was pretty good, as I remember it. I didn't absolutely love it, but I didn't dislike it either. It was one of those in-between, sort-of good, not-that-memorable books that I might read, enjoy, but never remember it or pick it up again.

The characters were pretty okay. George is FANTASTIC. We get the most from him, in terms of point-of-view. We don't get too much from Isabelle, but we do get is often confusing or empty. But George. I really like him. He's not rakish, like most historical romance men are. Well, he is, sort of, but not in the typical way. I like him. I think he has more depth than most males of the historical romance genre. And he doesn't have a tragic past, which is good (not that I mind tragic pasts).

The plot is okay. I did not particularly like it, but I did not particularly hate it either. It was not that interesting though, but it was easy to follow and read.

The romance is sweet. Isabelle keeps running, but George keeps following. Eventually, they get a happy ending. I liked the romance the best in this book. It wasn't instant or fast, but there was still some great chemistry and steamy scenes.

What I Did Not Like:

This book was just okay for me, so it's hard to pinpoint exactly what I did not like. For one, I think everything about the book moved slowly. I dislike slow plots (most of the time), and this book was no exception. I felt like more needed to happen, and when it did, it was too fast. The pacing was off - maybe that sums up that problem.

I did not really connect with Isabelle. Isabelle is our female protagonist, and yet, I really didn't care about her. I didn't get a good enough feel for her character. This is sad, since she is George's love interest! 

I didn't care for the plot. It's based around the search for Isabelle's son. I was and wasn't interested in this. And then when we get to Isabelle and her family and that drama, I didn't even bother to follow all of that, because I seriously didn't care by then.

But that's okay. I didn't need to understand all of that to read/like the book.

The thing about this book is that it isn't very memorable. I can barely remember some things that happened! Usually, that stems from the fact that I was not interested, or I did not care enough about the characters, or a combination of both.

Would I Recommend It:

Eh, not really. This is probably one to skip. While I liked it (sort of) when I was reading it, I probably won't read it again.


3 stars. Not too bad, but not amazing either.

Was this review helpful? Please let me know in the comments section!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Review: Night School by C.J. Daugherty

Night School by C.J. Daugherty 
Book One of the Night School series
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: May 21, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

Allie's world is falling apart...

She hates her school. Her brother has run away. And she's just been arrested.


Now her parents are sending her away to a boarding school where she doesn't know a soul.

But instead of hating her new school, Allie finds she's happy there. She's making friends. And then there's Sylvain, a suave French student who openly flirts with her. And Carter, the brooding loner who seems to have her back.

Soon, though, Allie discovers Cimmeria Academy is no ordinary school. Nothing there is as it seems. And her new friends are hiding dangerous secrets.

What I Liked:

This book was not what I expected! To be completely honest, from I heard about this book, I was totally expecting something paranormal. This book is NOT a paranormal fiction book. It's, like, mystery? Or thriller. But NOT fantasy or paranormal or science fiction.

Anyway. I really enjoyed this book! I was hooked, as soon as Allie got to Cimmeria (which was not too long into the book). The imm
ediate beginning was a bit boring and slightly confusing, but once Allie actually leaves home and moves in at Cimmeria, things start to pick up.

Throughout the book, I was waiting and waiting for the paranormal aspect of the book to make itself appear, but readers never get any paranormal aspect (obviously, because there is none!). BUT, the mysterious scenes and events of the book did not let down. What is Gabriel doing? Why is Sylvain, the smooth French guy, so perfect and always coming to Allie's rescue?

Things don't add up, and Allie has to discover what is going on, piece by piece, disaster by disaster. I think sometimes Allie overlooks some things, but that seems like part of her and her personality, and not necessarily a flaw in her character. I think Allie's spunk and inquisitiveness is refreshing, and not necessarily annoying.

The plot itself is good, in my opinion. The story progresses slowly, but unlike some books, I thought the slow pace was not a negative aspect of the book. It was sometimes predictable, but I liked the story nonetheless. The actual Night School part of the book is kind of cool, but the idea of it is not new. Same with the epic showdown at the end, and the motives of the villains of the story. Nothing new, but still enjoyable to read.

The romance was actually quite nice, despite the fact that there is a love triangle. Allie is not torn between Sylvain and Carter - there is an obvious choice that Allie makes. After meeting BOTH males, readers will know exactly which one Allie will "choose". Look at the characterization: one of the males is a static character, the other is dynamic. Authors often put the heroine with a hero that dynamic, like she is. Very rarely is the static, non-changing hero the true love interest.

All of that is fine by me, because in this case, the male I really liked was the one for Allie! Poor guy - he is judged too harshly. And the other guy - I knew he was a creep, from the first time readers are introduced to him.

The ending was rushed (more on that below), but good. Things are happy, and the heroine and the hero (love interest) ended up together. I liked the ending, even if things ended a little la-dee-dah.

I really only had problems with a few things, and they weren't that bad. I felt like the ending was extremely rushed. We come to the climax, and BOOM! The ending is upon us. It's almost like there is very little falling action, and the author goes straight to the denou
ement. This wasn't a huge thing with me, but it was something I noticed that stuck out.

What I Did Not Like:

Also, I hate at the end of a story when the heroine or hero gets injured, blacks out, and then we as readers are welcomed back into the story when the heroine/hero comes around from being unconscious. 

The reader misses everything happened between the big climax and when the big climax was over. Instead, we have to hear it like the heroine/hero - from the words of other characters.

This is a first person point-of-view problem, but it's also something author chooses to do. It makes me feel like the author does not want to write the rest of the big climax scene, and just shuts down the scene with the heroine going out cold.

So, not a gigantic problem, but still bothersome. Neither of the things I described detracted from my overall love for this book!

Would I Recommend It:

Totally! It's not fantasy or paranormal or science fiction - but fans of those genres will still LOVE this book. I think it's quite the unique read! Even if it is a little predictable. 


4 stars. This is a great book! I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!

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