Book Review: Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

18728172Bitter Sweet Love by  Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and New Adult

Release Date: December 1, 2013

Pages: 115 (Ebook)

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Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny–fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart–or shatter it all over again…

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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Don’t hate me, but this is the first ever thing by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I have to say that I have no clue why I’ve waited so damn long! Even though this novella isn’t the greatest, I could understand and enjoy her characters because they come alive and are exciting. The relationship between Des and Jasmine is lacking a bit but the foundation and romance are still there. Now, I have to read Obsidian as well as White Hot Kiss. 

Bitter Sweet Love has such an awkward writing style. For the life of me I could barely stand how formal it is and how informal the dialogue is without any middle ground. I also had a hard time connecting with Jas since she constantly acts immaturely about things especially things involving boys. She’s just so childish and blushes. Over everything.

I’ve been told constantly that JLA’s books are really steamy and holy CRAP! They really are! Des takes Jas on a road trip and his respect and love for her are so freaking intense. I enjoyed Dez’s character despite his holes when it comes to his story for leaving Jas and was totally swooning over him by the end of this.

In every chapter, something happens, whether it’s a secret being reveled, and interesting battle between a warden and a demon, or an extremely steamy love scene, I never felt bored. If this story was an actual novel, I would love to read it and see what other crazy adventures these two get into. Unfortunately it’s not but I still recommend this to anyone who has read something by JLA or are just looking for a fantasy story that’s a bit different.

3.5 Dreamy Clouds
3.5 Dreamy Clouds

Book Review: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

15942674Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: Mystery and Young Adult

Release Date: July 2, 2013

Pages: 362 (Paperback)

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They Said It Was An Accident…

Sawyer Dodd is a star athlete, a straight-A student, and the envy of every other girl who wants to date Kevin Anderson. When Kevin dies in a tragic car crash, Sawyer is stunned. Then she opens her locker to find a note:

You’re welcome.

Someone saw what he did to her. Someone knows that Sawyer and Kevin weren’t the perfect couple they seemed to be. And that someone—a killer—is now shadowing Sawyer’s every move…

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Sourcebooks Fire for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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What’s the best thing about mystery novels? Oh, right, the mystery part. Which sadly, this had none of what-so-ever. It seems that this novel tries too hard getting the romance started and the deaths exciting and freaky that it hopes that that’ll distract readers from how predictable the killer is. Because I promise you, it’s the first person you suspect it to be.

It’s actually sad how much I wanted to like Sawyer, really. She’s been through a shit load of mishaps and her life totally sucks. But instead of that pushing her forward she cowers and keeps her head down. She doesn’t act upon normal instincts until it’s almost too late and well…she’s really slow. Even when the killer revels them-self to her, she just can’t believe it and keeps asking. “why?”. Hell, even the stalker person calls her dumb! Multiple times! All of the characters are flatter than a piece of paper and did I mention just how predictable this story is?

On a better note, I did find the writing to be okay which is saying a lot because I hate third person writing especially when the characters suck ass. There are a few well done scenes, like some of the deaths that left gruesome, freaky images in my mind.

Overall, Truly, Madly, Deadly is a really disappointing book. It’s predictable and has nothing but boring characters in it. So, no, I don’t recommend this book to anyone unless you don’t mind really predictable books that you figure out who done it after like, ten pages.

1.5 Odd Clouds
1.5 Odd Clouds

Book Review: Allegiant (Divergent#3) by Veronica Roth

17383918Allegiant (Divergent#3) by Veronica Roth

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: October 22, 2013

Pages: 526 (Hardcover)

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The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

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I’m smacking myself.

How is it possible that this series started off with a 4.5 rating to a 2.5 rating all the way to 1? How? Never have I read a series that I have quickly adored and then quickly despised as much as this one. All the reason for this has to be well, mostly the characters. In Allegiant, there are two MCs, Tris and Four.

Tris fucking Prior has to be one of the dumbest characters I have ever had the misfortune of reading about. The way treats people, especially the ones she loves is disgusting and at no point did I like her in this book.

Now, onto Four.
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I used to love Four. He was always so strong and caring, doing what was necessary to get the mission done. In this one I hated him. Veronica Roth does a HORRID job of writing in his POV. Instead of loving him more, I felt myself hate it more and roll my eyes at him whenever I was reading something in his POV. All he does is complain. And whine. All day.

The better half of the book is focused on all of this genetic bullshit and faction crap but mostly the genetic stuff. At no point did I really understand or care about it, it just takes up a lot of space and time and was boring.

NOW THE ENDING.
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Believe it or not, but I laughed. I laughed really, really, really hard. Not because this is the way I express my sadness but because I just couldn’t help it. It’s unnecessary and over the top. I expected more from Roth but I guess that I shouldn’t have.

1 Lonely Cloud
1 Lonely Cloud

For quotes from this book, click here.

Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#47

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment/link telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Allegiant (Divergent#3) by Veronica Roth

17383918Favourite quotes:

1. When you kill someone you love, the hard part is never over. It just gets easier to distract yourself from what you’ve done.

2. “She said that everyone has some evil inside them, and the first step to loving anyone is to recognize the same evil in ourselves, so we’re able to forgive them.”

3. There are so many way to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.

But sometimes it doesn’t.

Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.

That is the sort of bravery I must have now.

4. Since I was young, I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage.

But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.

Speechless by Hannah Harrington

13069681Favourite quotes:

1. You can be surrounded by people and still be lonely. You can be the most popular person in school, envied by every girl and wanted by every boy, and still feel completely worthless. The world can be laid at your feet and you can still not know what you want from it.

2. Maybe when it comes down to it, what we’re interested in doesn’t mean so much–it’s who you are that ties people together.

3. “Hate is…it’s too easy,” he says. His face is calm, calmer than it has any right to be, his eyes not wavering from mine, like he’s so completely sure of what he’s saying. “Love. Love takes courage.”

4. I’m hit with a sudden wave of sadness. But it’s a distant kind of sad–like when you look at your Barbies and realize you don’t want to play with them anymore, because you’re growing up and you’ve moved on, and in your heart you know it’s time to make room for other things.

Book review: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

16100944The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: May 7, 2013

Pages: 258 (Paperback)

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On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl’s body isn’t just unknown, it’s anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Entangled Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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Leah Rae Miller has created such a cute novel that is a lot of fun but has the right about of seriousness to give the story a lot of meaning. I’m not going to lie, when I first started reading this, I was expecting something boring and unoriginal. And the story is pretty predictable but it’s so much fun with all of its nerdiness about comic books and dressing up as random creatures (which I so want to do now) that I didn’t mind it.

My main issue with The Summer I Became a Nerd was Maddie and how shallow and rude she can be. At many times, she allows her friends to get to her instead of being true to herself. She hurts people’s feelings like Logan, who is a complete sweetie just because she might lose her ‘best friend’.

Nonetheless, this is a really cute story. All of the nerdiness, especially LARD of Ages is pretty awesome and I loved that Miller explained this game in great detail by also putting Maddie into the game. The writing is nice also and I absolutely loved Dan. Even though he’s a secondary character, he is by far the best one with his sarcastic humour.

The Summer I Became a Nerd does have a few flaws especially when it comes to the characters but it’s still a lovely book. I recommend this to anyone who likes comic books and anything related to that and LARD.

2.5 Mess Up Clouds
2.5 Mess Up Clouds

For quotes from this book, click here.

Book Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

13477676Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: August 13, 2013

Pages: 273 (Hardcover)

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In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I’m sorry I couldn’t be more than I was—that I couldn’t stick around—and that what’s going to happen today isn’t their fault.

Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.

But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school’s class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.

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I’ll be honest, when it comes to contemporary novels about fucked up kids I’m a very hard critic and I’m also very picky. Even with this being said, this story isn’t a bad one it’s just far too fluffy and unrealistic and, well, ‘dancing around a serious topic’ for me to care about it. Forgive me, Leonard Peacock could have been great, it really could have been but it’s not dark and gritty with a sadistic or even that much of a revenge thirsty protagonist to be. Or maybe I’m just too cynical for this story. Either way, huge let down for me.

I’m a high school student. I’m one of those kids who doesn’t try because I’m not really motivated. I’ve been pushed over the edge so many times I’m shocked that I’m still breathing right now. Leonard Peacock and I have many things in common which makes it even worse because he’s not a likeable character. Matthew Quick made sure to add in every stereotype that’s ever been made about a teen killer. He’s a loner, he’s weird and used to be best friends with the popular kid. Everything about the novel is set up oddly and doesn’t accomplish as much as it could since after reading this, I kept thinking, “this is it? Really?”. It’s anticlimactic and boring.

Although it was really hard for me to like the boo, the writing style is done nicely and really suits the tone that Quick was going for. The end notes are done pretty well but at times felt too much of a hassle to actually read. Like honestly, I’m not going to read a huge ass paragraph at the bottom of a page! Some of the characters are really well done like Herr Silverman even if it’s only barely. He really stands out as a character because of how realistic he is as a teacher and a person.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock will appeal to a lot of people. But if you’re a reader that enjoys intense and dark novels that are more realistic tales on serious topics rather than just wanting the fluffy stuff, this isn’t a novel you will enjoy. It’s angry enough, Leonard doesn’t do anything that I think a teen in his situation would do. Not even a little bit and that makes me so sad.

2.5 Mess Up Clouds
2.5 Mess Up Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Weekly Update#8

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What have I been up to? What have you missed on my blog? This is a weekly update of the new posts and books/album I’ve read/listened to.

Monday

Book Review: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion#1) by Aimee Carter

Tuesday

Album Review: Is Survived By by Touché Amoré

Wednesday

Book Review: Indigo Awakening (The Hunted#1) by Jordan Dane

Thursday

Album Review: Tancred by Tancred

Friday

Book Review: United We Spy (Gallagher Girl#6) by Ally Carter

Saturday

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#46

Books Read This Week

The Prince of Denial by Doug Wilhelm

The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion#1) by Aimee Carter

Indigo Awakening  (The Hunted#1) by Jordan Dane

Crystal Fire (The Hunted#2) by Jordan Dane (DNF)

Inhuman (Fetch#1) by Kat Falls (DNF)

Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Allegiant (Divergent#3) by Veronica Roth

Albums Listened To This Week

Tancred by Tancred

Is Survived By by Touche Amore

Jar by Daylight

Currently Reading

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (HP#1) by J.K. Rowlin

Crash into You (Pushing the Limits#3) by Katie McGarry 

The Collector (Dante Walker#1) by Victoria Scott

Currently Listening To

No Place by A Lot Like Birds

Line in the Sand by Close Your Eyes

 Received for Review

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A Creature of Moonlight by  Rebecca Hahn

Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey 

A Death-struck Year by Makiia Lucier 

Dirt Bikes, Drones, and other ways to fly by  Conrad Wesselhoeft

Cold Calls by  Charles Benoit

Special thanks to HMH Kids for these books! Can’t wait to read them!

Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#46

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment/link telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

16100944Favourite quotes:

1. Dan drags his eyes from me to glare at Logan. “Well, excuse the hell out of me for trying to help. I heard a crash and thought someone was hurt. You could’ve fallen. On a pair of scissors. Slit your jugular. How was I to know? Next time you’re in need of life-saving action, don’t come crying to me,” he says, then his voice mimics a whiny child. “‘Dan, help me, I’ve broken my spleen.’ because you know what I’m going to say? ‘Sorry about the spleen, dude, I have to stay in the back room for all of eternity.”‘

2. “It’s not just high school. People are going to judge you for all kinds of reasons for the rest of your life. Because you vote one way or the other, because you go to one school or the other, because you look a certain way. It’s a fact of life; you can’t make everyone happy. But you can make you happy.”

Book Review: United We Spy (Gallagher Girl#6) by Ally Carter

13580951United We Spy (Gallagher Girl#6) by Ally Carter

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: September 17, 2013

Pages: 296 (Hardcover)

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Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

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After seven years (that’s right, I started this series when it first came out!) and six books I can say that I am a Gallagher Girl through and through. I have cried with them, fought with them, loved them, and most of all, became them. This has been such a fun ride and most of the characters have grown up and I will miss them all. Even though I was a bit disappointed with this one because of the outcome, I still loved it. Hell, I freaking love this series and it sucks that it’s over but I’ll forever remember my sisters.

A problem that this book has has to be repetition. I got it, they are all spies who go to kick ass school that teaches them how to kill people and steal and pretend and blah blah blah. I got it, I would have appreciated it if this fact wasn’t shoved down my throat every other page.

Ally Carter never fails to reel me in with her amazing writing skills! I swear, I could read her novels all day. The characters, especially the four girls, Cammie, Bex, Liz, and Macy have grown up so much and have changed into very close friends and great spies. There’s a ton of action scenes and suspense throughout the book so I never felt bored while reading and the romance between Cammie and Zach is still very strong and sweet but it has always taken the backseat and in United We Spy it’s no different.

United We Spy is the final book. That’s it. And even though I’m still unsure about how I felt about the ending, this is by far one of the best series I’ve ever been fortunate to read. Like any great series, it seems that you have to stumble upon them rather than look for them. I recommend this series to anyone who loves spy novels and are looking for a wild trip that will make you believe that you can be a spy yourself.

4 Dreamy Clouds
4 Dreamy Clouds

For quotes from this book, click here.

Album Review: Tancred by Tancred

Tancred-300x300Tancred by Tancred

Record Label: Topshelf Records

Genre: Indie/Pop

Release Date: October 15, 2013

Songs: 11
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Jess Abbott is the lead singer of Now and Tancred is her solo project. Jess is from New England and has had this solo project in the works for quite a few years now. Tancred is her first album.

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Growing up as a kid, I was influenced by singers like Fefe Dobson, Skye Sweetnam, and Demi Lovato. Their music, passion, and just attitudes were things that I wanted to gain once I became a teen. Now that I am one, listening to their songs remind me of all of the dreams my fickle heart had. Tancred also does this for me. Her songs remind me of just how much I wanted to be the troublemaker growing up and have that great group of ‘misfit’ friends. Of course I’ve grown up since then but listening to this reminds me of what every little kid wanted–to grow up.

The album starts off quite nicely and even though I adore her unique voice and her attitude I feel like it clashes with the tempo of the songs badly. What makes things worse is that most of the songs are really short so they don’t feel complete, instead they just feel as though Jess Abbott couldn’t come up with anything more and decided to leave it at that. In Hard to Leave, it drags on a bit with the drumming being repetitive and boring. Abbott could have added some solos to help it.

But, like I said before, I absolutely love her voice because it’s so unique and enchanting. The way she draws out her notes and adds in random high notes is great. There is also quite a heavy bass in just about the song, especially in The Ring and Allston that catches the listener’s attention. Twelve has an awesome beginning and build-up that is executed beautifully with the sudden stops and goes.

Overall, This self-titled album has brought back quite a few memories for me and because of that I really enjoy this album. I can’t wait to see what else she brings to this table and I recommend this to anyone who also grew up listening to artists like Fefe Dobson and Skye Sweetnam because man, the good old days seem to be long gone! My favourite songs on this album are: Allston, Creases, Twelve, and The Worst Kind.

3 Sexy Treble Clefs
3 Sexy Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. The Ring-2:19

2. Allston-2:01

3. Creases-2:00

4. Radio-2:25

5. Twelve-2:49

6. In the Night-3:23

7. Indiana-2:37

8. Hard to Leave-3:34

9. Thicker Than Blood-1:54

10. When You’re Weak-3:09

11. The Worst Kind-2:40