Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Top Ten Favorite Heroins in Books


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

1. Celeana Sardothian from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - Who else? The is the most kick-butt assassin ever!


2. Cinder from Cinder by Marissa Meyer - A cyborg-princess-revolutionary-mechanic? Yes please!


3. Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - My love for Rose is never-ending, and I loved seeing a lot more of her in The Ruby Circle!


4. Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare - Redheads rule, and Clary is no exception!


5. Cammie Morgan from the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter - Who wouldn't love a teenage spy in training who's super funny and super kick-butt?


6. Layla from White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout - I cannot express all the awesomeness that Layla is. Half demon, half gargoyle, all awesome!


7. Mare Barrow from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - Mare is super cool and her power stuff is awesome. Plus, surviving court intrigue? That's hard!


8. Alex from the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout - I feel like I haven't talked about this series enough recently, so here it is! I just got The Return and can't wait to start it!


9. Violet Eden from Embrace by Jessica Shirvington - Violet is MAJOR kick-butt. I may not like her pick of guys, but Violet makes up for them.


10. Kaylee Cavanaugh from the Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent - To be honest, I don't remember much from the first few books. Where the series really picks up is If I Die. Kaylee really shines in the last few books and I love her!


Who are your favorite heroins (or heroes) from YA fiction?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Blog Tour: Greta and the Glass Kingdom by Chloe Jacobs


Hello, and welcome to the blog tour for Greta and the Glass Kingdom by Chloe Jacobs!

Title: Greta and the Glass Kingdom
Author: Chloe Jacobs
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release: February 9, 2015
Series: Mylena Chronicles
Pages: 318
Review: 4.5 Stars

First Impressions

I loved Greta and the Goblin King, and have been excited to read this for ages. The book picks up pretty much where the first one ended. You're immediately thrown in to their world and their new set of problems.

Characters

Greta is pretty cool! She has to find a balance between being kick-butt and letting others take the lead. Greta has tons of problems in this book, but deals with them well. She never gives up hope, even when everyone else already has. Isaac isn't in this as much. I love the scenes with him, and love seeing him and Greta together!

Writing

While I think the writing could have been a little better (I noticed lots of common things, etc), it was overall pretty good! The story flowed well and kept me hanging until the very last page. The one thing I might have hoped for was a little down time between action scenes. They would defeat one thing, and then immediately something else would happen.

World-Building

Much of the world building occurred in the first book, so this didn't require as much. That said, Greta was going on a whole new journey to new places that hadn't been explained before. I really enjoyed seeing the new places and seeing how they dealt with all the obstacles they came across. I wish I could have seen more of the Glass Kingdom though, as that seems like a pretty interesting place.

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Synopsis:

Once upon a dark time…

Greta the human bounty hunter never quite fit into the shadowed, icy world of Mylena. Yet she's managed to defeat the demon Agramon and win the love of the darkly intense Goblin King, Isaac. Now Isaac wants her to rule by his side—a human queen. And the very announcement is enough to incite rebellion…

To make matters worse, defeating Agramon left Greta tainted with a dark magick. Its unclean power threatens to destroy her and everything she loves. With the Goblin King's life and the very peace of Mylena at stake, Greta must find a cure and fast.

Her only hope lies with the strange, elusive faeries in the Glass Kingdom…if she can get there before the evil within her destroys everything.

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Title: Greta and the Goblin King
Author: Chloe Jacobs
Release: December 11, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Series: Mylena Chronicles

Synopsis:

While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse.

To survive, Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young goblin king, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her will to escape.

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. An ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal, and with the next eclipse mere days away, every bloodthirsty creature in the realm is after her—including Isaac. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back...

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Author Bio:

Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she'd at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Book Blitz: The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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We have been dying to bring you the Release Blitz for Jennifer L. Armentrout's THE RETURN! THE RETURN is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Titan Series. Seth is looking to be just as dangerously delicious as we all hoped!!

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Title: The Return
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Series: Titan
Release: February 17, 2015

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.

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Excerpt:

Shaking my head, I pivoted around and walked down the long hall to my dorm room. As I reached the door, the shiver was at the base of my spine again, dancing its way up until it traveled across my shoulders. My heart turned over heavily and I closed my eyes.

Twice in one day.
 Oh God.
 I’d never felt this more than once in any span of several days.

Swallowing hard, I wrapped my fingers around the doorknob, battling the urge to turn and scan the hall, because I knew no one would be there.

Dragging in a deep breath, I opened the door and stepped inside the room. My brows flew up, and I forgot about the feeling as I closed the door behind me.

Erin was sprawled on the floor, palms pressed down on a mat, her spandex-covered behind jutting up toward the sky. She turned her head, peering at me from under her armpit.

Her armpit.

“How in the world do you get your neck to bend like that without killing yourself?” I asked.

“Skills, yo.”

Erin did yoga and meditation religiously, saying it helped merge her yin and yang together or something. She’d once told me she had a hell of a mean streak, and contorting herself into painful-looking positions helped keep “good vibrations” around her. Which was strange, because I’d never seen Erin lose her temper in the two years I’d known her.

Erin unfolded herself from some kind of downward dog or upward pony and grinned at me. “Check under the bed.”

Curious, I dropped my bag and stepped over her legs. Bending down, I lifted the bedspread and my eyes grew to the size of saucers when I spotted the bottle. I snatched it up and clutched it to my chest as I whipped toward her. “José!”

Her grin spread into a smile. “The best boyfriend ever.”

Author Bio:

Author Photo# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Title: The Ruby Circle
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Release: February 10, 2015
Series: Bloodlines
Pages: 348
Review: 5 Stars

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.

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Review:

The book started out sorta meh for me, but right before halfway through, I hit something that turned the entire book around. It took me a couple days to really dig into the book, but as soon as I hit that point, I finished it in a couple hours. The series as a whole still isn't nearly as good as vampire academy, but I really did enjoy this book.

Characters

First off, I LOVED seeing more of Rose and Dimitri in this book. They're easily my favorite characters, and I love that they didn't get pushed to the side. Spoilers: I wanted to see when Sydney and Adrian told them they could have kids. Also, I want to see this super-child.

Anyways, you see a lot of character development in this book. Adrian really has to come to terms with spirit and what he's going to do with it. It's really cool comparing this Sydney to the Sydney of book one. She's changed a LOT and really for the better. One of my main problems with a couple of the books in the series was that it was just all sex, all the time, with not much else in between. Richelle really found a better balance in this one, and I liked it a lot more. There was more action without there being no romance. As far as side characters go, we don't see as many of them. Ms. Terwilliger is as sassy as ever, Eddie is still super heroic, and we don't see much Jill, and readers of the series know why.

Writing

There really isn't much to say on the writing. Richelle is definitely a talented writing, but there's nothing super extraordinary about it. That said, generally in books, I'll skim over the longer paragraphs, especially at action points, because they're not important, but Richelle made sure that I read every line so that I didn't miss a thing. Sometimes that meant rereading stuff, but that was okay.

World Building

There wasn't much world-building to do, as she'd eleven books to very thoroughly develop it. There were some things that would majorly change their world, but nothing that was like "oh yeah, and this happens all the time and I forgot to tell you." Richelle kept up with the world she developed, and managed to add to it. Quite effectively I might add. I really want another series in the world of Vampire Academy, and it would be even better if it was from Rose's POV once again. Or at least a short story similar to that of Homecoming.

Author Bio:


Richelle Mead is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next Bloodlines novel. Visit www.RichelleMead.com to find out more.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole


Title: Dead of Winter
Author: Kresley Cole
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: January 6, 2015
Series: The Arcana Chronicles
Pages: 303
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis:

Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.

Heartbreaking decisions

Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her—until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, the Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts…and stolen glances from a former love.

Uncertain victory

Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on the Lovers. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana—or convincing Jack and Death to work together.

Two heroes returned

There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first...?

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First Impressions

I have many feelings about this book. I really love this series, and Dead of Winter was not a disappointment! I got the book and immediately dug in. This series is really fun, and different from other books. That said, this is the third book, and while I'll try to keep out spoilers for books one and two, I might fail.

Characters

As always, I love Evie. More and more, she's learning how to use and control her powers. Evie can be really kick-butt when she wants to be. Plus, some of the opening scenes are AWESOME! Kresley Cole has really pulled out all the stops. *pauses while I go to reread the beginning again* I'm back! Anyways, this is awesome. At first, I was a major shipper of Evie and Jack, but Death is really growing on me, especially in this book. I steps up to the plate and admits he doesn't know everything about how Evie should be treated, but he's willing to listen to her and figure out how he can become a better person. While Jack wants to keep Evie at a safe distance, away from the fighting, Death knows Evie can hold her own, and only steps in to help if she actually needs it. That's the kind of guy that I like for my heroins. This actually very much reminds me of the situation in the Dark Elements series by Jennifer L. Armentrout... Anyways, Death is pretty awesome. It's really cool watching both Jack and Death's journey as they learn to trust each other and the world around them.

Side note, I have a small theory about Jack. So, in the first or second book, The Fool (AKA Matthew), tells Evie that there's still one Arcana not accounted for, as he doesn't become active until he makes an Arcana kill. My theory? That Arcana is Jack. I've been going through the list, and there's not many male Arcana that haven't already been claimed. Namely, there's only three people he could be. Which of them is anyone's guess, but I really hope that my theory comes true.

Writing

The writing in this book is not particularly elegant, but it is fun. It's also very different from the first book. While the first book is Evie telling the beginning of her story to someone, Dead of Winter is the story actually happening. Personally, I prefer Dead of Winter's way better, simply because I don't get taken out of the story. It's told in first person, which is definitely my favorite to read in, mainly because I actually know who the narrator is at all times.

World Building

This world is CRAZY! I know for a fact that I would not want to live there. For anyone who hasn't read the books, a little over a year before the beginning of Dead of Winter, an event occurred called The Flash. A large flash of light and head incinerated all living things out in the open and destroyed almost all of the water, including the oceans. By now, life is starting to pop back up. The world was all fire and heat, but now it's rain and cold. The climate is messed up, possibly due to magical beings. New theories on why the Arcana are competing in this 'game' come up in this book, and I really want to know more. There's only one book left to wrap up this story, and I have no idea how Kresley will do it, but I have faith that she'll do it with style.

Author Bio:

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals After Dark paranormal series and the young adult Arcana Chronicles. Her books have been translated into many foreign languages, garnered two RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists in the U.S. and abroad.

Before becoming a writer, Cole was a world-ranked athlete, coach, and graduate student. She has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Two of her favorite places to visit include the rain forests of Central America and the Far North Queensland area of Australia (where, by the way, she would not recommend swimming outside of the stinger nets–at night).

Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.” She spends any free time traveling and enjoys all things related to boats and water.

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