Saturday, January 24, 2015

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

Title: Exquisite Captive
Author: Heather Demetrios
Publisher: Balzer & Bray (Harper)
Release: October 7, 2014
Pages: 463
Review: 5 Stars

Synopsis:

Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?


Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

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First Impressions

I binge bought this book at the beginning of the year, simply because I saw it on a shelf. The story looked interesting and it definitely didn't disappoint. I immediately dug into the book and couldn't put it down! Heck, I probably would have picked the book up for the cover alone.

Characters

The characters were nothing if not complex. I liked Nalia, though I figured out some of her secrets right off the bat. I love how the Jinni are from another world that's sorta parallel to ours. There's Malek, the crappy human that owns her who's obviously not fully human. Right off the bat, I knew something was off with Malek, besides his general creepiness. The one downside is it looks like he might be redeemed later in the story, and I really hate him. Then there's Raif, who I MAJORLY ship Nalia with. Raif is really cool, and it's nice to occasionally get in his head and see how he thinks.

Writing

This was definitely some good writing. It felt both elegant and succinct. The story got right to the point, and was never confusing, but felt beautiful at the same time. I loved how long the book was, and it really helped me get out of my book slump.

World Building

The world building was AWESOME!!!!! I mean, look at Arjinna, home of the Jinni.


Is that not beautiful? It was super cool seeing Nalia's memories of Arjinna, while being solely based in Los Angeles. Their world is obviously complex, and much like the real world, each action has very serious reactions.

So, yeah, read this book! It's super good and I can't wait for the next one!

Author Bio:

I love books. I love writing stories almost as much as I like reading them. When I’m not traipsing aroundthe world, I prefer to spend my time in imaginary places—maybe I’ll see you in one of them. I’ll be the one with my nose in a book and more tattoos than your mother would approve of.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (47)


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

This week, I'm super excited for The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout! I loved the Covenant series and can't wait to see what happens next with Seth!

Synopsis:

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.
Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Release: February 16, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (46)


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

This week, I am really excited for The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead! This series isn't nearly as good as Vampire Academy, but I do like it, and The Ruby Circle is the final book. I can't wait to see what happens in the finale to Sydney and Adrian's story!

Synopsis:

The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here...

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.


After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

Release: February 10, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn't

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

1. Lola and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: I started reading this, but the amount of stupid that was about to happen made me put it down.

2. Call Me Grim by Elizabeth Holloway: this looks really good!

3. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White: I actually have this, and am excited to read it!

4. The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black: I also have this. It's also signed by Holly.

5. The Body Electric by Beth Revis: I even bought the exclusive edition of this, and Beth signed it twice.

6. Talon by Julie Kagawa: I love the author's other stuff, and just need to dive in to this one.

7. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson: I also started this, but the short story style isn't my favorite

8. Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry: I've started this (and love it), but I don't like reading eBooks.

9. Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I want to read this, but just haven't bought it yet.

10. My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins: again, don't like the short story style, but did start it.

What books from 2014 did you mean to read but didn't?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Cover Reveal: Life Unaware by Cole Gibson

Welcome to the cover reveal of Life Unaware by Cole Gibson! I just got an ARC of this, and am super excited to read it!



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Title: Life Unaware
Author: Cole Gibsen
Release: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Synopsis:

Regan Flay has been talking about you.

Regan Flay is on the cusp of achieving her control-freak mother's "plan" for high school success―cheerleading, student council, the Honor Society—until her life gets turned horribly, horribly upside down. Every bitchy text. Every bitchy email. Every lie, manipulation, and insult she's ever said have been printed out and taped to all the lockers in school.

Now Regan has gone from popular princess to total pariah.

The only person who even speaks to her is her former best friend's hot but socially miscreant brother, Nolan Letner. Nolan thinks he knows what Regan's going through, but whatnobody knows is that Regan isn't really Little Miss Perfect. In fact, she's barely holding it together under her mom's pressure. But the consequences of Regan's fall from grace are only just beginning. Once the chain reaction starts, no one will remain untouched...

Especially Regan Flay.

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Author Bio:

Cole Gibsen first realized she different when, in high school, she was still reading comic books while the other girls were reading fashion magazines.

It was her love of superheroes that first inspired her to pick up a pen. Her favorite things to write about are ordinary girls who find themselves in extraordinary situations.

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