January 30, 2014

Book Cover Battle #57: Please Ignore Vera Dietz

This section or meme is call Book Cover Battle, the first time I saw it was at Books Passion for Life as UK vs US  and  Bookaholics book club as UK vs The World but because I don´t live in the UK, I can´t name it that way, so for now is Book Cover Battle .

This week book cover battle is

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King 
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US (Hardback)                US (Paperback)

German                                       Spanish


I kind of like all the book covers, there something about them that catch my eye, even the spanish cover, it gives me the idea that this a middle grade book, but my favorites are both US covers.

What do you think? Which is your favorite? 

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January 29, 2014

Review: Avalon by Mindee Arnett

Title: Avalon (Avalon #1)
Author: Mindee Arnett 
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Release date: January 21st 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 4/5

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A ragtag group of teenage mercenaries who crew the spaceship Avalon stumble upon a conspiracy that could threaten the entire galaxy in this fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi adventure from author Mindee Arnett.

Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they're damn good at it. Jeth doesn't care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents' ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he'll go to get the freedom he's wanted for so long.

Avalon is the perfect fit for teens new to sci-fi as well as seasoned sci-fi readers looking for more books in the YA space-and a great match for fans of Joss Whedon's cult hit show Firefly.

I really enjoyed Avalon, I had no idea what to expect from it because it´s compared a lot with Firefly (TV series), but since I never saw the series this was new to me, so I started reading it only with the idea that it was a science fiction book that takes place in space and that the main character is a thief.

Avalon is about a group of teenage thieves that are out to steal spaceships and their new mission is to enter the Belgrave Quadrant (this is a sort of Bermuda triangle in space) and take/retrieve a space ship that had been missing  formore than two months, and supposedly is carrying a very valuable weapon and their boss wants what's on that ship, because is invaluable but as usual complications arise and there is where the story becomes interesting.

The teenagers mercenaries known as Malleus Shades which is led by Jeth a seventeen year-old guy, his parents were explorers working for the ITA(Interstellar Transport Agency), they were accused of treason against the Confederation and were executed, so now he lives with his uncle, his younger sister and three more members that complete the crew (and mercenary group); they all work under the orders of an unscrupulous and quite dangerous criminal-lord, but Jeth dreams about buying Avalon from their boss and been captain of his own spaceship.

Overall, what I liked most of he book is that is action-packed, with some mystery and quite a few interesting twists in the plot. And it was fun to read the interaction and camaraderie among Jeth and his crew, I think this is one of my favorite parts of the book, this group of young misfits are great and lovable characters and I can not wait to read more about them and really hope a little more development on Celeste, Shady and Flynn. Something that I didn´t see the case was the attempt to romance, because I felt it very flat and without much chemistry and totally unnecessary. But nevertheless, I really liked this first book in the Avalon duology and I can not wait to read Meridian.

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.

Waiting On Wednesday (108): (Don't You) Forget About Me

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

The book I´m waiting this week is

(Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
Release day: June 10th 2014
Welcome to Gardnerville.

A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.

There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.

Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.

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January 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (30): Worlds I'd Never Want To Live In

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Worlds I'd Never Want To Live In
(in no particular order) 

Eve though i love dystopian novels, I definitely wouldn´t want to live in a dystopian/post-apocaliptic world.

Ashfall (Ashfall #1) by Mike Mullin : This world is frightening, chilling and violent and I wouldn´t want to live in it.
Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan : This world give me goosebumps....the fact that the air outside the dome is unbreathable and inside the dome only the rich people can have all the air they want, while the rest of the population don´t have enough money to pay for it.
Pure (Pure #1) by Julianna Baggott : The world of Pure is one of the most grotesque, raw, dark that I´ve found so far and I wouldn´t want to live in it.
Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth : I´m with Four on this one, I would´t want to be just one thing selfless or brave or intelligent or honest or kind.
Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu :

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins : A world were you have to live in fear that anyone can be reap from their family in their teens is a world that I woudn´t like to live in.
Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver : A world were you can´t been happy because is frown upon  and you can end up in arrested for it, is a world were I wouldn´t want to live in.
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis : The fear of not having enough water to drink, the fear of dying from dehydration or been killed because someone else wants the water that you have, that constant fear, I don´t know what I would do in that situation.
In the After (In the After #1) by Demitria Lunetta : Creepy zombie like aliens that eat humans....no thanks, I don´t want to live in that world.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1) by Carrie Ryan : A world with creepy zombies is a world were I don´t want to live in.

What worlds would you never want to live in?
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January 27, 2014

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey.
Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

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Finished reading
I really enjoy reading the last book in the Pure trilogy, you can read my review - here.

Currently reading

What I´m going to read next?

What are you reading today? 
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January 24, 2014

Review: Burn by Julianna Baggott

Title: Burn (Pure #3)
Author: Julianna Baggott
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release date: February 4th 2014
Source: Netgalley
Format: egalley

Rating: 3.5/5

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You can read my review of Pure - hereFuse - here
Inside the Dome, Patridge has taken his father's place as leader of the Pures. His struggle has led him here, intent upon bringing down the Dome from the inside, with the help of a secret resistance force. But things are not as simple from his new position of power and he finds himself tempted by his father's words: perhaps if the world is to survive it needs the Dome - and Partridge - to rule it...

As Partridge's resolve weakens, Pressia and Bradwell continue piecing together the clues left to them from the time before the Detonations. It is their hope that they will be able to heal the Wretches, and free them from their monstrous fusings and the Dome's oppression once and for all. But everything depends, too, on Partridge. Separated by distance and history, can they still trust their friend and ally? Or is the world doomed to an eternity of war and hardship?

Burn is a book that I  was impatiently waiting to read, so my expectations were sky-high, so although the book didn´t met all my expectations at the end, I really enjoy it, even though I have problems with the ending.

This book begins about a month from where the previous book was left, so Patridge is the ruling power inside the dome or at least that´s what it seems, but despite having been in power for a month he hasn´t achieved nothing of what he expected to help the wretches. Meanwhile Pressia, Bradwell, Captain and Helmud are still in Ireland trying to recover from what happened to them, take back the formula and go home to do their part and with Partridge help to heal and remove the fusing from the wretches.

I'm always a bit apprehensive when I´m reading the final book in a trilogy or series, because I always have an idea of ​​what I want or expect to happen with the story, but it rarely happens what I want and I'm a little afraid that I may not like the end, due to remaining unanswered questions, etc, etc.; but I had great expectations but I also didn´t want it to end that´s why I tried to prolong it the more I could because I wanted to enjoy it. In Burn there is less action than on the previous books because the plot is more focused on trying to balance or show both sides of the coin, since the Pures want and think they are the chosen ones, that they are right and are the wretches should be permanently eliminated. Meanwhile the wretches, think and want to make them pay (the Pures) for what they did to them and the world.

Overall, I really enjoyed it, but I felt that the pace of the book was a little slow in the first part of the book and adding to that the jumping between four different point of views there were times when I desperate because I wanted to know what was going to happen to the dome, the Pures and the wretches. Regarding the main characters there were times when I was frustrated with Lyda, Partridge and Bradwell mainly because of the decisions they were making (no! why?!), but I loved Pressia, el Captain and Helmud. And the ending ..... I'm still processing it, is not the end I would have liked or expected, but that end is maybe what must happen for the characters have a different future, it was realistic, but I felt it a little rushed and left me with some unanswered questions.
I really enjoyed this trilogy and I definitely recommend the Pure trilogy, to those that like a little dark and raw post-apocalyptic/dystopic novels.

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Favorite quote
But she´s chosen this truth - grotesquely beautiful and beautifully grotesque - this world.

January 23, 2014

Book Cover Battle #56: Die for Me

This section or meme is call Book Cover Battle, the first time I saw it was at Books Passion for Life as UK vs US  and  Bookaholics book club as UK vs The World but because I don´t live in the UK, I can´t name it that way, so for now is Book Cover Battle .

This week book cover battle is

Die for Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum
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US                                                   UK

Spanish                                                   Bulgarian

Czech                                                   Norwegian


I´ve always loved the US cover, is just beautiful. I love all about it, the color, the font, the image...all of it; it´s gorgeous.

What do you think? Which is your favorite? 

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Cover Reveal: When I Break by Kendall Ryan

When I Break (When I Break #1) by Kendall Ryan 
Release date: February 24th 2014
Knox Bauer's life has unraveled to the point of no return. Fighting to fill the emptiness inside himself, he seeks solace in unfamiliar beds with unfamiliar women. As guardian to his three younger brothers, he can't seem to do a thing right. But this can't go on...they look up to him in every way and all he’s done lately is prove how messed up he really is. Needing a change, he attends a local Sex Addicts Anonymous meeting, where he finds himself tempted by the alluring instructor, McKenna.

Twenty-one year old McKenna is trying to make amends. After losing her parents in a horrific accident, she knows if she can just be good enough, maybe she can forgive herself for what happened. With her newly acquired degree in counseling, she begins leading a sex addicts group where she meets the troubled Knox and her life takes on complications she never bargained for. She doesn't have time for a bad boy who only wants to take her to bed, even if her body disagrees. The fixer in her wants to help, but trusting Knox's true motivations might take more courage than she has.

When I Break is book 1 in a new series by bestselling author Kendall Ryan. When I Surrender, book 2, will be available May 2014.

Warning: Contains a stubborn alpha male with addiction issues and loads of sexual tension between two damaged characters. Read at your own risk.

Due to mature content, it is recommended for 17+.

Author Bio:
Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Make Me Yours, and Resisting Her. She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern gal with a deep love of books and a slight addiction to lip gloss.

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January 22, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (107): Faking Normal

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

The book I´m waiting this week is

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Release day: February 25th 2014 
An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.

Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in "the Kool-Aid Kid," who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens.

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January 21, 2014

Release-day blitz & Giveaway: A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers

Today is the release day of A Little Too Hot, third book on the A little too far series by Lisa Desrochers.

A Little Too Hot (A Little Too Far #3) by Lisa Desrochers
Release day: January 21st 2014 
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance 

From USA Today bestselling author Lisa Desrochers comes the third book in her sizzling new adult series.

If you play with fire …

Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen's club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny's: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he's got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming. Because Harrison Yates isn't who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.
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"Every page is deliciously breathtaking, wickedly sexy and sensational. A LITTLE TOO HOT is wonderfully unique and a LOT HOT! I am a HUGE Lisa Desrochers fan."
   -- KATY EVANS, New York Times bestselling author of REAL

"Lisa is brilliant at creating sizzling sexual tension and impossible circumstances that make the reader hold their breath all the way to happy ever after. Sam and Harrison are more than A Little Too Hot, they are scorching!"
   -- JAY CROWNOVER, New York Times bestselling author of RULE

"Lisa Desrochers' best yet! A LITTLE TOO HOT is hotter than hot with all the emotional punch to back it up!"
   -- SOPHIE JORDAN, New York Times bestselling author

(First 3 chapters of the book)

LISA DESROCHERS is the USA Today bestselling author of the A Little Too Far series, courtesy of HarperCollins, and the young adult Personal Demons trilogy from Macmillan. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two very busy daughters, and Shini the tarantula. Find her online at www.lisadwrites.com, on Twitter at @LisaDez, and on Facebook at ww.facebook.com/LisaDesrochersAuthor.


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January 18, 2014

Review: Darkest Fear by Cate Tiernan

Title: Darkest Fear (Birthright #1)
Author: Cate Tiernan
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: January 7th 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 2/5

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Vivi’s animal instincts are her legacy—and maybe her downfall—in this start to a romantic fantasy series that will appeal to fans of The Nine Lives of Chloe King.

Vivi has known the truth about her family—and herself—since she was thirteen. But that doesn’t mean she’s accepted it. Being Haguari isn’t something she feels she’ll ever accept. How can she feel like anything but a freak knowing that it’s in her genes to turn into a jaguar?

Now eighteen, Vivi’s ready to break away from the traditions of her heritage. But all of that changes with the shocking, devastating deaths of her parents and the mysteries left behind. Vivi discovers family she never even knew she had, and a life open with possibility. New friends, new loyalties, and even romance all lay ahead—but so do dangers unlike anything Vivi ever could have imagined.
Darkest Fear is a book I was eager to read and that caught my attention because the main character is transformed into a jaguar, and I really like books about shifters and was intrigued to see how they handled the origins of these Haguaris. But the truth is that I struggle a lot with this book, I was about to drop it because I felt that nothing was happening when in fact they were a lot of things happening because Vivi and her parents are attacked by a jaguar and from the attack only Vivi survives, she is devastated, she doesn´t kkow what to do without her parents and all her relatives live in Brazil, but she didn´t want to move or going for a short visit, so because she has eighteen years old, doesn´t need a guardian and can stay living in the parental home.

But searching through the important documents from her parents, she discovers something that makes her travel to New Orleans, where she meets new friends, find a job and begins to accept her legacy a bit, because until that moment she hated the fact of being a Haguari and wanted no part of it, but in this new environment she begins to see gradually that being Haguari is not been a monster, and that been a Haguari isn´t the worst thing that could happen to her in the world. So between rediscovering her heritage, making new friends, meeting a guy that she´s attracted to and try to discover what really happened to her parents, Vivi starts to get away from the deep depression that she had.

As a main character I didn´t like Vivi that much, maybe it can be that I got to see a Vivi  tha´s devastated by the death of his parents, with terrible feelings of guilt and falling into a severe depression, so during the most of the book she cries a lot and rightly so for what happen to her, but I just do not like her character.

Overall, Darkest Fear is not a story that I really liked, is very slow, I felt flat at times and I was not captured by the characters, plus it has an abrupt end. Definitely this book was not for me.

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.

January 15, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (106): Landry Park

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

The book I´m waiting this week is

Landry Park (Landry Park #1) by Bethany Hagen 
Release date: February 4th 2014
Downton Abbey meets The Selection in this dystopian tale of love and betrayal

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won't allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty - her family and the estate she loves dearly - and desire.

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January 14, 2014

January New Release Giveaway Hop - INTL

January New Release Giveaway Hop
Hosted by Book Nerd
January 15 - 31, 2014

The giveaway is International.
Win a book of your choice from the new releases below or one January New Release book of your choice up to 20 Dlls from TBD.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Uninvited (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan

Avalon (Avalon #1) by Mindee Arnett
Defy (Defy #1) by Sara B. Larson 

Secret (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer 
Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
Impostor (Variants #1) by Susanne Winnacker
  • There will be one winner.
  • Win one January New Release book of your choice up to 20 Dlls from TBD (must have been published in January 2014).
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  • You must be 13 or older to enter for the YA books. 
  • You must be 18 or older to enter for the NA or Adult book.
  • International as long as Book Depository delivers to your country, check here.
  • Giveaway ends on January 31.
  • Winner will be announced on February 4th. in this post, twitter and facebook.
WINNER: Maricris P.

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