Bookish Somethings

Bookish Somethings

The caffeine induced ramblings of a small town book nerd.

Review
5 Stars
Be With Me (Wait For You #2) by J. Lynn
Be with Me - J Lynn

I have waited a long time to review this book. No matter how long I take, everytime I think about it it makes me speechless. This was an amazing addition to the Wait For You series.

Teresa Hamilton's year has sucked so bad. She has been forced to do her Plan B due to an injury that could end her dance career. The career she absolutely loved and wanted to achieve more than anything. She's still fighting her inner demons after the horrible relationship she went through as a teenager. Plus she is in love with her brother best friend and after a life altering, mind-blowing kiss... he won't speak to her and avoids her like she has the plague. Too bad for him that her Plan B just so happens to be the same college he and her borther attend (insert sly smile here). Jase Winstead is in over his head in secrets. He has a secret he hides from everyone, but his best friend and another secret he hides from everyone... one he tries to hide from himself even. He doesn't want to admit the feelings he has for his best friend's little sister Teresa. He has responsibilities that need to take priority and that he doesn't want to bog her down with. He also has demons that he can't face. But now Teresa is a freshman at the very same college he and her brother attend. Now they are thrown together more and more and denying feelings is harder and harder for both Teresa and Jase. They have to decide for themselves and together if they are a risk worth taking and if they can make it before tragedy strikes and wrecks everything.

I abosultely LOVED Wait For You and was over the moon for this book. It of course did not disappoint. I don't think JLA could ever write a bad book. granted I'm not a big fan of her Deity series, but it's still good. Be With Me is a great book about trying to do what you think is right and figuring out what's right. It was very romantic and steamy. As far as they steamy goes, it has Wait For You beat in my opinion. Wait For You was more sweet romance... Be With Me Jase and Teresa combust! It was pretty damn hot. I also love the fact that hey their in college and JLA shows that. I love the cupcakes by the way... who knew cupcakes could be so freaking hot!

Teresa was character in Wait For You that I really wanted to know about. I really like her the more I know her. She is strong yet vulnerable. She is a fighter without it being overly done. She's still a girl. I like how she was one to pick herslef back up and keep going. I also loved that she wasn't judgemental. She got to know people and cared no matter. She tried really hard and the help she gives those around her is admirable. I loved the passion she had as a person in everything she does. She gives things her all and when it came to her injury... I was in tears. Jase I loved as well. He was hot in Wait For You... Be With Me he's... I don't even know a word to describe how hot he is. The cupcakes...*swoons*. Jase I admired as well and was not what I expected. Not gonna lie I caught on to a few things really quick once I started reading, but I never saw it coming in what I read about him in Wait For You. He really is an all around great guy. And him and Teresa together... good gawd! It was explosive. they absolutly ignite when they're together. I love them as a couple. I truly do.

Be With Me takes you on a wild ride of twists and turns and thing you definitly do not expect. I did not see a lot of that coming and it was some awesomeness. it was a great book that hooks you from page one. I cannot say it enough... it was great. I look forward to more books in this series and I hope we get to see more of the characters we've already met.

Review
3 Stars
Lucky Number Four by Amanda Jason
Lucky Number Four - Amanda Jason

Pandora (Dora) has a pretty odd life to say the least. Her roommate and their other best friend just got married and do nothing but have sex all the time... not something Dora wants to see or hear or walk in on... Her mom's a psychic, yes I just said that. Her grandmother's are both crazy in their own ways. Dora's full-time school schedule has her going bonkers too... it's just time for a change. The moving out kind. On her search for a new apartment, she finds the perfect one. She doesn't realize just how perfect until she goes to look at it. Meet the roommates... Drew, Colin and Liam. All three are gorgeously hot male models. They want Dora as their roommate. They love her and they'll get her... this just all becames one crazy story you'd have toread to believe.

The book blurb is what drew me to the book... come on three hot males models determined to get this one girl as their roommate. Not gonna lie my brain came up with all kinds of dirty ideas. And it just sounded like it could be hilarious... I really wanted to love this book, but I didn't. There is most definately a story to be told and a great one. There are a lot of things I really liked, I just didn't like or connect with how it was told.

I liked Dora's name. It was unique and one I have only seen used maybe one or two times before. I like that. It started out very promising, but... it was way too cookie cutter nice for me. It's a girl moving in with three guys... to me there should have been I don't know more maleness to it even with a female telling the story. It's an adult book, but in no way felt like it. The sex scenes were good. Just so many aspects of the book were unrealistic. it just got to me. It's an adult book more cursing is ok. Sex and nudity... especially living with three guys... is ok. I did however like how the love interest was written. I loved how you never actually knew which one of the guys was head over heels for Dora. I liked how it was found out too... it was just fun to guess and watch. That I liked and the overall story i loved. It just did not feel adult or even new adult to me. It really felt like a YA book and the author just decided to throw in sex to make it NA or Adult. I don't like how that makes the NA genre sound either with as much of a battle has been waged against it not being YA with sex. That it's its own genere because it really is. This book just did not help that with its overall feel and tone. The author had a great story, it just needed to be told a little better in my opinion. it just wasn't a book for me.

Review
4.5 Stars
Bitter Sweet Love (Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Bitter Sweet Love - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Bitter Sweet Love was a great opener for a new seres. Of course it is a series by JLA, so who can expect otherwise. I was a little reserve going into this one because well... gargoyles. I am not a huge fan of gargoyles... like at all. I never even thought to consider them. But of course, Jennifer L. Armentrout can make them interesting.

Jas and Dez grew up together. Dez wasn't just Jas's crush, she loved him and then he left her. Now three years later he's back and Jas's father is saying that Jas and Dez are to be mated. Um.. what? Dez wants to pick up where they left off, but Jas has other ideas. Jas has seven days to consider this match and except or turn it down. Dez left her for three years and hurt her, Jas wants to protect her heart from that pain again and thqat's hard to do since Dez is a whole lot hotter than three years ago... plus that chemistry, still there, so now Dez needs to prove to Jas that he still loves her and will be there. He just has seven day to prove that... on her condtions.

As I sad this was a great opener. It really layed out the ground work for the series. It gave you an understanding of how their way of life works and how things are ran. It also let you know what exactly was going on in their world. Bitter Sweet Love introduced us briefly to the charcter's of the upcoming books. Even with all the information that was layed out for us, it was not a boring novella at all. It was action packed and fun. It was sweet and romantic.

Dez is hot! Very hot... what JLA character isn't though? I loved his personality. He was all protective of not only Jas, but his people. He had some issues, but he's working on those and we get his reasoning behind walking away for a while. I totally got it and loved him more for it. Jas... LOVED. She has the classic JLA character snark and just fun. She has a big heart and I admire her curiosity. I understood her reasons for being hesitant with Dez and loved her for it. She didn't just fall all over him, she made him work for it. I loved her for it. I'm really hoping that these two end up with their own full length book or maybe even just another novella. I think they should have more to their story, they're just too awesome of characters for that to be it.

This is a great read and a quick read. It's full of energy and fun and romance. It gives readers great groundwork for the upcoming series and adds some excitement to the new series. At this point, i'm really interested to see how she is going to tell more gargoyle stories because of how this novella turned out. I'm curious now. Gargoyles... who'd a thought?! This is unique to me and I'm really interested to see how it turns out.

Review
4.5 Stars
All The Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry
All the Truth That's in Me - Julie Berry

Four years ago, Judith and her friend Lottie disappeared from Roswell Station. 2 years ago, only Judith returned. She returned mutilated and changed for the rest of her life. She is forced to live in silence and observe the world around her. She silently tells everything to the boy she's loved since childhood, Lucas. Read as Judith learns to deal with her scars, deal with life and learn to be silent no more. 

All The Truth That's In Me in an amazing book. It's gritty and dark... as the cover says, riveting. I really enjoyed the way it was written. It was unique and very fitting for Judith's character. It was almost like journal entries. It was the perfect way to write Judith's story. I really felt for her. Judith had to endure so much, even after she came home, and it just wasn't fair. She had to sit in silent misery and be treated how she was and watch the boy she loved.

I got so angry at the people around her, but came to love a few. Judith's brother, Darrel, is such a pitz. He really does some stupid things, but you really begin to see how much he loves his sister. I really started to like him for how he treated Judith and helped her. Maria I started out not being able to stand, but by the end loved her as well. I liked seeing Maria decide to be her own person and the person Maria becomes is great. She is truly caring and independent, she becomes a great friend and what she does for Judith really got to me. Lucas I fell in love with. At first I didn't get it. Judith shared snippits of before she was taken and you could see the bond and friendship Lucas and Judith had. Before it seemed as though he truly loved her. After Judith returns though, I wanted to smack him upside the head. I get that fear gets the best of people and I get that the rules of the time period in which the story is told are different. I get it, I do... but if he loved her... Lucas grew on me and as I said I fell in love with him. He was a great guy.

Judith herself was an absolutely amazing character. I admired her strength the most. She endure so much heartbreak in the begiining and so much pain. I wanted to yell at the ignorant people around her for how they treated her and thought of her. It was horrible. The time period the book takes place in is a horrible one in my opinion. You had to be a strong person. Judith was intelligent and kind. For all the things she was put through by those around her, she still thought of them. She helped so many. I really loved her for the person she was.

All The Truth That's In Me is a book that will have you pulled in right away. It is uniquely written and touches all your emotions. It's a quick read and deep. It's filled with great characters and some you'd like to kill. As things unfold and Judith's story is told... as we find out what happened to her and Lottie it takes some unexpected turns. I really didn't expect what happened when it all came out. It really is a great story that deserves to be read time and time again.

Review
4.5 Stars
Angel's Halo by Terri Anne Browning
Angel's Halo - Terri Anne Browning

I have been following and reading Terri Anne's Rocker's series for a while now and love it, so when I heard she was doing a new series I was all "YAY! Let the hapy dancing ensue". Then I read what it was about and came to an abrupt halt. I am not big on bikers... like at all. I've watched the documentaries galore with my husband and I just... no. Their world... no. I... even though hot guy is a lead... haven't even jumped on the Son's of Anarchy craze. BUT it's Terri Anne and I had to read it. I paid attention to her teasers and it got my curiosity going. So when I could I picked it up. I was NOT disappointed!

Raven has been raised by bikers. Having lost her mother at an early age, she was raised by her biker dad and older brothers. Raven's dad being the president of their biker club, Angel's Halo. Growing up with brother's meant growing up with their friends... intro Bash. Raven had loved Bash for as long as she could remember. Something about him... his intensity and just him. But Raven is off limits. There's even a law for the club proving her off limits. This rule stands even after her father passed and her oldest brother & her older brother Jet takes over sliding Bash in as enforcer. Bash knows the rules... No One touches Racven Hannigan. But Bash can't avoid her. Bash knew the rules when her began to go for Raven and Raven knew what would happen to Bash if they were caught. But love has a way of making everything worth. The inevitable happens and the broken rule gets handled... but afterwards, Bash leaves. Leaving a very broken hearted Raven to fix herself. After years of putting herself back together, things go horribly wrong in Raven's life and Bash is thrown right back into her life during a not so easy time. Things have changed for Raven, Bash's life has changed, and Raven finds out that his reasons for leaving are not what she thought.

This was a great intro story with some really great characters. Strong, intense characters who don't half ass anything. Raven is cool. She is a badass with a vulnerable side and I really like that. Bash is just plain badass. There are a whole list of characters to talk about here, but I'm going to stick with them for now. 

Terri Anne actually did this story a little differently. I love when she does dual POV BUT this one included multiple POVs. It was very well done and I really liked it. There were some things that I was kind of meh about. I felt like the club background wasn't quite so accurate. My husband has made me sit through all those gang shows on the History Channel time and time again... especially the biker ones for some reason. She touched on a lot of true things, but for some reason they just felt... too fictional. Even the reality bits I read about how things are run and the sex. How "untouchable" they were. I figured we'd see more police involvement on things. It just didn't feel real at times. Now as usual though Terri Anne Browning wrote some really steamy sex scenes. She has a way with those scenes where they don't seem too over done or obscene. 

Overall, Angel's Halo was a great book and I'm looking forward to the next installment in this series. I think it will be a great series for her. And now I plan on reading or trying a few other biker books lol.

Review
4.5 Stars
{Movie Review} Divergent

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/41/Divergent_film_poster.pngDirector: Neil Burger

Production Company: Lion's Gate

Release Date: March 21, 2014

Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet... to see full cast and crew you can view their IMDb page.

 

Divergent was AMAZING! Allow me a moment please to fangirl, squeal and scream please *Insert freak out here*. I joined this a little late because of my own stupidity in putting down Divergent before finally deciding I had to read it. I was so, so very stupid. I reviewed the book and raved about how much I loved it and going into the movie I was worried that it wouldn't live up to the book. It's hard to go from book to movie. Very hard. I have to say that Divergent was done very well. I have gone back and forth on how to review it to where it'll make sense because when I think about the movie my mind goes crazy! So.. I'm taking the "What I loved and my complaints approach" because... well let's face it, there's always going to be a few complaints. Also, I am trying to do this as SPOILER FREE as I possibly can. Things may be pretty vague, but some might come off a little spoilery and I'm sorry for that, but I am trying. It's hard to summarize all this awesome!

First, the sets and costumes were perfect! I wondered how they were going to pull off the clothing because the factions kind of chose a scheme and went with it and most were very monochromatic. Veronica Roth actually stated this worry herself on her blog. Perfectly done. The costumes completely represented the factions as they were done inthe book. I pictured it a lot like they were done. Sets were amazing. It was also much like I had pctured while reading. My vision of the Pit and Chasm were a little different, but honestly not by much. I really liked it all. They kept those things very true to the book.

The cast was spot on... perfect! I was a little hesitant about who was casted for Al and Will because I thought the should be switched, but I was wrong. They were well represented. I thought both actors did amazing jobs. I'm still sad that Uriah, Marlene and Lynn were left out, but not that sad anymore. I like how they changed things up and went about it. It fit. Their enitre cast fit their rolls and I honestly don't think I have seen any of the book adaptions cast so well. I cannot express how perfect each cast member fit their roll. Jai Courney, Mekhi Phifer, and Kate Winslet made great "baddies". I kind of knew Jai would make a good one because well he's just bad ass... but Kate Winslet I did not think could ever pull off being the bad guy. She did. Kate Winslet made a great Jeanine. Tris's family was casted perfectly as well. You could honestly believe that they were related based on looks and personalities. Ashley Judd just... left me speechless. I loved Natalie in the book... a lot... and to me she was very important. Ashley Judd really embodied her and brought her to life for me. I... don't know what more to say or how else to express that. And Shailene and Theo... holy freaking chemistry! They had AMAZING on screen chemistry... chemistry cannot be acted, it's just there and if the actors don't have it... bomb. They truly had it. The brought Tris and Four to life! They truly became Tris and Four... look, personalities, chemistry, magnestism... just wow! I loved them not only together, but as each their own. Shailene Woodley as Tris was so perfect it was scary and the same for Theo James. He really is Four. The production company did so well casting Divergent and bringing Divergent's character's to life. I applaud you... standing ovation.

Of course, as these things go, thing have to be changed. I mean how the hell can you fit Divergent into two hours? It's just packed full of awesome. It's fact. As I said above, the no casting of Uriah, Marlene and Lynn ended up not bothering me at all. They made changes in that regard that really were great. They did take the violence down a notch. Divergent was pretty dang violent, but the movie really did tone it down. But they did not miss any of the Dauntless intensity AT ALL! There was some dialogue towards the end that is in the book BUT they tweaked it just a little and I honestly thought that that was a better way to do it. As in, I liked that way better than the book way... HOLD THE PHONE... yes I just said that. To me it fit the charcters better. The movie hits the major scenes that I really wanted to see, but did take out some of the little stuff I wanted to see. Also... thanks to my very attentive husband... I did catch a couple editing things. Little things... that were dumb. Like brusiing and bleeding one minute gone the next, but apparently he wasn't the only one who caught it because I have actually seen a couple other reviews stating they caught it. Editors... you have got to expect the people who read the book to analyze every detail they can! For shame, lol. There was a little changing of who did what, but nothing that ruins anything at all. As I have said this movie was AMAZING and I cannot say it enough. It did however feel kind of rushed... yes, I know above I said "how to fit Divergent into 2 hours" and yes I know that it's gonna be squished in there, but it felt like they rushed through it at times. I also wanted more of Four and Tris. A lot more. They did amazing with character building and world building, but their relationship I felt was a little lacking in the build and show. Now for their chemistry together... Fireworks, fircrackers, volcanic, dynamite... the chemistry was SOOO there. BUT as I said I wanted more of their build too and for that I did knock a half a star and took my plus away from my A. I needed that in the movie.

Have I mentioned how much I loved Divergent? No? I FREAKING LOVED IT! No change could stand in the way. I had to think about that for a while, but ultimately... no. The changes will not sway me. It was truly an amazing movie adapted from an EPIC book and it was brilliantly and beautifully done. I will be pre-ordering it and possibly seeing it again in theaters. I mean come on guys... I posted the ticket stub on my Instagram. Yep. I loved it. Please people go see it and support it.

WE NEED INSURGENT... which from what I have caught here and there, *looks around and covers mouth to whisper* March 2015!

Review
4 Stars
Come Undone by Madelynne Ellis
Come Undone - Madelynne Ellis

****Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins, UK/Avon Mischief for providing a copy for review****

Daniella Fosbrook, or Dani, has harbored a love for the goth metal band Black Halo for a long time. Even when it wasn't allowed. She especially loved front man Xane Geist. When attending a Black Halo concert things go a little crazy for the band and the unexpected happens... Dani runs into Xane... literally. Xane seeking a way to runaway decides to ask the girl who snuck backstage to help him runaway from the mess known as Black Halo. Neither expects something to become of it. Dani because she's well... Dani and Xane because he has sworn off love. Well... that is easier said than done. Dani and Xane both try to hang on to their hearts... and clothes... as their chemistry erupts and things go a bit insane. Come Undone is told from the dual POV's of Dani and Xane.

I actually ended up reading this one twice. It was an enjoyable book with enjoyable characters and it was definitely steamy. Ellis left no stone unturned when it came to Dani and Xane's sexual chemistry. She filled the book with a lot of great characters and a few that I was not so fond of as well. Xane and Dani themselves were great characters. I did get annnoyed with Dani at times because she could be close-minded about things, but I did understand it since that mainly had to do with her upbringing. Xane was a little wild, but all in all a great character. His band, however, got quite annoying. Ash I didn't mind, but he grated on my nerves a lot. The next book for release is Ash's and I do intend to read it though. Maybe that will give me a little more incite to the mind of Ash. Spook I really liked, but the rest of the group got annoying.

Come Undone as a good book that did end in a bit of a cliffhanger and with somethings I did not expect to happen happening. Overall it was a good book and I will be reading more of this series and the series about the band.

!!! spoiler alert !!! Review
5 Stars
Fading by E.K. Blair
Fading - E.K. Blair

I had seen many reviews go up for Fading and it looked really good. Then I saw a blog post for the tour with a playlist and I decided that I would indeed give it a try. I love to read books when they have a playlist with them, to me that helps set the mood or tone of a book and really helps get into a book. So I bought it and it sat on my Kindle for a long time. 

Fading follows the story of a girl named Candace Parker through her senior year of college at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a ballet dance major and has always played it safe. Until her best friend Kimber convinces her to loosen up and have some fun. This decision leads to events that change Candace's life forever. Candace has to face something that no person should have to face and overcome. But these tragic events lead her to someone who pushes her to be better and do better. Ryan Campbell doesn't settle down. He has his secrets and his scars that he keeps to himself and he likes it that way. But one event changes him and one person changes him forever.

The characters of Fading were really great. E.K. Blair did a great job with her character building. Candace was a good character. She ended up going through something tragic that undoubtedly changed her forever. At first she let it run her, but she really does conquer it. E.K. Blair kept thing very accurate and real too. I liked that. It wasn't this miraculous recovery... an "oh I'm over it moment". Things took to a real timeline. Ryan I really enjoyed. He just understood Candace. He was a great guy trying to get over his own issues and does a great job of it. The support E.K. Blair gave him, in the form of his family and friends, were really great and I could see a person really overcoming the things he does the way he does and at the pace he does. Kimber, Candace's best friend I wasn't too fond of. I got it... I really did... but I just think she could have dealt or handled things better. Then there's Jase, Candace's other best friend or maybe true best friend, I think he was my favorite in the book. He really became Candace's rock and I loved how he would try to push her. Jase truly cared for Candace and tried to help her in any way. He wasn't judgmental. I loved him. Then Jase's boyfriend Mark... also great. 

E.K. Blair did a great job with this book. She really kept it realistic and put her story into a real setting. She kept everything as accurate as she could and I love when an author does this. She really did her research on things and I have a huge respect for someone who does this for their readers. To me it makes a book like Fading more enjoyable and real. It deals with issues that happen every day, that many people try to avoid or sugar coat. E.K. Blair did not sugarcoat. 

Overall, Fading was a great book that I feel should be read by lovers of the New Adult or Adult genres. It is gritty, emotional and beautiful all in one. It is an enjoyable read and though it is quite long a fast read. 

Spring Into A Good Book Reading Challenge and Read-a-thon!

Hosted by Book Dragon's Lair

This one goes from March 20th to March 26th. I will be reading what I can as I am participating in a review-a-thon and I go back to work on Monday plus start a new position on Tuesday lol. I'm a busy person...

 

THEN...

 

 

A LONG ONE! I LOVE THESE! Okay... now that I got the weird sounding moment out of the way. We will try this one too... I should do fine. If I can remember to link up and create a shelf lol. And again this one is hosted by A Book Dragon's Lair.

Review
5 Stars
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent  - Veronica Roth

Let me start this review by simply stating...

*Screams at top of lungs and flails around crazily*Okay. Now that that is out of the way... maybe, there's a good chance I will have to randomly pause for another such freak out moment... I can begin.

I have put off reading Divergent since I first heard about it in 2011. 2011 was when I was first rediscovering my bookworm habits, but I was stuck on vampires and angels and all things paranormal. I would not stray and I just was NOT a fan of the whole dystopian scene... AT ALL. I'm honestly still not. BUT I kept seeing all my favorite bloggers just fly off the handle about this book. I got curious and attempted to pick it up... I couldn't get into it. Then Insurgent released, the mania began again and I picked up The Hunger Games and loved it, SO I tried once more and another no go. Then I hear movie rumors and Allegiant releases... I decide on the audiobook. I AM AN IDIOT! I should not have waited so long. I should have made myself keep going when I first checked it out of the library. I bought the Kindle version with it's Audible counterpart and holy penguins Batman! This book... *deeps breathes* I'm trying to keep comporsure here...

We meet Beatrice getting ready for the aptitude test that will help her decide on choosing a faction on what they call Choosing Day. She intorduces us to the factions and what the test is, then we follow her through her testing and find out that she is a little different... Beatrice is what they call Divergent. She's told that this is dangerous and keep it to herself and now she is still just as lost about which faction to choose. But oh does she choose... Dauntless. We follow Beatrice... now Tris... through her arrival at the dauntless compund and the beginning of her Intitiation where we meet the ever mysterious and swoon-worthy Four. We follow Tris on a truly MIND BLOWING journey through Dauntless Initiation. It is crazy! We also get to see something brew between Tris and Four. They are all led to believe that their world is controlled and peaceful, but they learn it is not what it seems and things get stirred up. Things go crazy! And so ends my summary because I will probably give the whole thing away. I really have not gotten my thoughts together after this one.

There are SO MANY AMAZING characters! So Many! From the beginning something about Tris's mother drew me to her. I really liked her and thought for as little as was shared that she would end up having a lot of depth and being more than what she seemed. I think she is one of the best mom characters I have read honestly. Her Dad I was kind of meh about until the end and I ended up with a massive respect for the man. Her brother Caleb was in the same boat as their mother. I really grew to like him. NOw for Initiates. I LOVED Christina! Awesome character. She was spunky and just straight-forward. And Will... be still my beating heart. He just seemed like such a great guy! He seemed to have the whole wholesome guy thing down and was sweet. Smart. Al... I'm still not sure about. Peter, Molly, Drew... I'd love to strangle. Uriah... another moment where my heart swoons. I freaking LOVE Uriah... I just... gah! I loved him. Then of course... Tris. Tris takes my top spot for best heroine hands down. There is no question in my mind. I love a lot of characters and have so many favorites and say "OMG this one is so much better than them all", but no... Tris is it. She is a badass. She has so much depth as a character. We see her struggle with figuring out who she is and it is realistic. She felt truly real. And of course... Four. *Dies*..... Four is... this one is hard for me because I have had the same #1 book boyfriend for YEARS... Patch. Four... he took Patch. Easily. This rocks my world... shakes it to it's core. Four is one of the best males charcters I have EVER read. His personality, he's deep, he's just everything. The bad guys... Veronica Roth can write a bad guy!

The world building in this book... normally I don't go too much into the world building, but the world Roth creates is probably the best I have read. Especially in the dystopian genre. She created a very realistic world. It was very easy to fall into and picture. She was detailed and organized about her world building and it all made sense. It was dark and beautiful all in one. She took the notion of everyone just wanting to fit in somewhere and ran with it. She molded an amazing world. She took what was real and just... futurized it. (I don't know if that's a word)... She took Chicago and technology and aged it in a way that could work... that could very well happen. I loved it. I also loved the fact that Veronica Roth didn't take the nice road. She was ballsy and brave... she took no prisoners and even though I bawled and threw a temper tantrum I loved what she did. It was a hard pill to swallow too.

Since I listened to the book I wanted to make note of the narrator, Emma Galvin. I really liked her. She really fit Tris's character voice wise. She has a nice voice and she reads very well. She put her emotions into it and that really showed in her reading. She did an amazing job and I will be listening to more of her.

So... this book blew my mind on so many levels. As I said above, I've had gobs of heroines I've loved or annoyed the ever loving crap out of me... but Tris I truly loved all the way around. She takes my top spot easily and she is going to be a hard one to beat. Four... takes my number one book boyfriend and he is passing the one I have had for YEARS! I read Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush when it was first released... I have loved Patch that long and so much that I have not been able to bring myself to read the last book in that series (though I want to badly) because I am seriously too scared of how Becca ends it. No male character has ever beat Patch... come close... but never. Four does. Four is... wow. I sincerely loved this book and this series may very well slide into my top spot and hold on for a long time. I still cannot believe I waited this long. Veronica Roth took my emotions on the craziest rollercoaster ride of my life for sure. This was a book that absorbed you and held you. I give this one an A+ and so much more.

Make note... I will be reviewing the movie!

Reading progress update: I've listend 337 out of 660 minutes.
Divergent  - Veronica Roth

I'm supposed to be reading Alienated for the Ides of March Read-a-thon... but I just CANNOT stop Divergent. GAH! I love it!

Reading progress update: I've listend 275 out of 660 minutes.
Divergent  - Veronica Roth
Reading progress update: I've listend 231 out of 660 minutes.
Divergent  - Veronica Roth

I haven't gotten very far, but I am LOVING Divergent! I feel kind of dumb for waiting so long tto read it... it's really good. I'm dying to see this movie now.The previews and interviews had me interested in seeing it, but now that I'm finally reading the book... it has me interested to see if they pulled it off.

I really like Tris. She's strong and adapts to her surroundings. She overcomes and keeps going. I love her. And Four... *swoons & dies*

Ides of March Read-a-thon Goals & Such...
Ides of March Read-a-thon

So I'm a tad bit late with this post. As I mentioned in a previous post I took a short break, but I think I'm back. I lost my Grandmother a week ago today and it is a hard loss for me. We will see how well I fair with this. My goals are quite simple... catch up on the week I missed. I decided on one book a week for the Take Control and I had planned on using Ides of March as a get ahead of that goal, but that isn't the plan any longer. I will read the book I missed and one more. So...

2 books and 1 challenge

I'm thinking that that will be perfect for me. It shouldn't be too much for me at all. I hope everyone has fun and does great with their goals! Happy reading!

 

That's a wrap!

I ended up only getting one book in... Divergent. I had planned to read Alienated too, but Divergent just ended up taking priority or rather I couldn't put it down. I did however end up doing 3 challenges. That I was happy about. So all in all it was a pretty good read-a-thon!

Spring Cleaning Review-a-thon Sign Up, Goals, Updates & Wrap Up

 

 

I'm excited! FirsLet's see if I can review-a-thon right here *points to self*! And horribly. I have reblogged the original sign up post made my Romancing the Dark Side, so all the particulars are available on that post or you can click the button above. So goals....

GOALS:

To complete any unfinished 2014 reviews. I think around 7.

To post those reviews on Amazon.

Update challenge pages & link up for challenges if I still can.

So there they are! Let's see if I can make it!

 

Updates:

1. 3/21 Fading by E.K. Blair

2. 3/21 Come Undone by Madelynne Ellis

3. 3/22 Angel's Halo by Terri Anne Browning

4. 3/22 All The Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry

5. 3/22 Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

6. 3/22 Lucky Number Four by Amanda Jason

7. 3/22 Be With Me by J. Lynn

 

3/22 Update- Look at that I met my goal and I got all caught up with reviews for the year! I also have my challenge pages updated, except for the ones kept on a shelf, and moved around. I need to notify the bloggers who run the challenges I'm participating in that I need to update my sign up to my BookLikes account still though and I haven't uploaded any reviews to Amazon. I don't think I will have time too.

 

3/24 WRAP UP

I got the reviews done I wanted to get done and challenge pages updated. I did pretty good. this was the push I needed to get everything done and hope that I can find other review-a-thon's. They're great! I even got my quarter wrap up posts for challenges done and set for posting! Thank you for hosting ladies! it was fun!

 

 

Reblogged
Spring Cleaning Review-A-Thon Sign Up

 

Hosted by Nocturne Romance Reads and Romancing the Dark Side

 

  My co-host Lenore from Nocturne Romance Reads and I are super excited to be hosting our first Review-A-Thon! Blogger Confession: I’m a procrastinator when it comes to writing book reviews! So when Lenore asked if I’d co-host a review-a-thon with her, I jumped at the chance to do a little spring cleaning of my review pile. I don’t know about you, but I need all the help I can get! We hope to help make catching up a little more fun and do a little spring cleaning to that ever growing list of to-be-written reviews.

 

Here’s your chance write those reviews you’ve procrastinated on or want to write ahead of time. Join us March 20th through March 24th for the Spring Cleaning Review-A-Thon! Any genres are acceptable. If you don’t post reviews daily on your blog (or don't have one), you can post your reviews on Goodreads or BookLikes and just schedule the review post on your blog for a later time.

 

I hope you join in on the long weekend of review Spring Cleaning and stop by to enter the giveaway on the last day.  

 

Spring Cleaning Review-a-Thon

 

  • Sign up by linking your goal post below in the linky.
  • Review-a-Thon starts on Thursday, March 20th and ends on Monday, March 24th. Sign up ends March 21st at 12:00 PM (EST.)
  • Create your goals post on or before March 20th. Make sure you get it linked up no later than second day (March 21st)! It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just let people know that you are planning to participate and what your goals are. Make sure you include the link to this post and the button.
  • Please spread the word and grab the button (code on sidebar), tweet about it (#SpringCleaningRAT), let everyone know!
  • If you do not have a blog or are not actively blogging, you can post your goals via a tweet or status update and track your progress on GoodReads, Booklikes, etc.
  • Goal: Complete as many reviews as you can (does not have to be ones you read this weekend or read this year, can be any book over 100 pages) in one weekend.
  • Please hash tag us #SpringCleaningRAT so that we and others know you are participating. Don't forget the link to this post so they know where to sign up!
  • Come back on March 24th and enter the giveaways for a chance to win!
  • To enter the giveaway, update your posts with the links to your reviews. (Can be posted on the blog or posted informally through GoodReads, Amazon, Booklikes, etc)
  • Giveaways will run from March 24th until March 28th 12:00 AM. You must have reviewed at least three (3) books to enter!
  • Winners will be notified no later than March 31st.
  • HAVE FUN!!

It's that simple! Spread the word and let other bloggers know. The more the merrier! Any questions? Ask in the comments, and we'll be sure to clarify :)  

 

Giveaway Info

  • One winner will be chosen at random (using Rafflecopter) for a $10.00 egift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble just for signing up for the Review-a-Thon before March 20th.
  • One winner will be chosen at random (using Rafflecopter) to win a Grand Prize Giveaway for posting their wrap up post/reviews (entrants must review three books or more to enter).

 

You can sign up on the blog HERE.

 

Reblogged from Romancing the Dark Side
Source: http://romancingthedarkside.com/2014/02/spring-cleaning-review-a-thon-sign-up.html