Weekly Roundup #9: 6/23/13

Hi everyone!  As stated in my earlier post, life has just gotten in the way of my blogging, and I am sorry for taking my 10 day break!  I am back and ready for reading and fun!

 

I have been requesting fewer and fewer books on NetGalley and Edelweiss, because I have lots to keep me busy with ARCs, reading for fun, and sadly reading for an insurance exam coming up in the near future.

 

I had a fun trip to the San Francisco Mission Bay library… I lurrrrrve it so much.  It’s actually one of my favorite parts of living in San Fran!

Library:

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The Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead

Nerd Alert…. I am the VERY FIRST PERSON TO CHECK OUT MY COPY OF GofG from the SF library!  Don’t people know how amazing Richelle Mead is!?  Well, OK, this book has mediocre reviews so far, but I’ll give one of my fav authors, RM, a chance!

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If I Should Die (Revenants #3) by Amy Plum

Yep… another one.  FIRST PERSON TO CHECK THIS COPY OUT!  I want to jump into this trilogy as soon as I finish Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris.

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Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton

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Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1) by Bethany Griffin

I received the ARC for the Dance of the Red Death, so I want to get into this series soon!

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

This is my book club’s July book – I’ve heard it’s amazing.  It’ll be a nice departure from my YA/NA/PN/UF lineup.

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

Can you believe that as obsessed as I am with reading, that I’ve never read HP!?  Or seen the movies?  I’m goin’ for it, and I’m so excited.

Purchased!

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Obsession by Jennifer Armentrout

Love, love, love the Lux series by JLa, and I love that she wrote another book from the Luxen world.  Obsession follows the ‘bad’ guys… I can’t wait to read it (and I got it for a great deal at $.99!)

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Sactum (Guards of the Shadowlands #1) by Sarah Fine

One of my book besties, Dani, has been raving about this book… I will always follow her guidance, so of course I bought it!

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Dark House (Experiment in Terror #1) by Karina Halle

Dani and my other book bestie, Angela, has been raving about the Experiment in Terror series by Karina Halle.  Dark House is FREE on Amazon, so check it out.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

One of my fellow YA fiction lovers at work has been raving about the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, so I took the plunge and purchased the first two installments.

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Days of Blood and Starlight (The Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor

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Elixir (Covenant #3.5) by Jennifer Armentrout

I officially own all of the Covenant series!  The last novel comes out later this year.  I’m excited to get into this series.  Some people like it better than Lux… so it’s gotta be amazing!

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Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer Armentrout

 

As you can see, I’ve been a busy bee with my library trips and Amazon/Barnes & Noble purchases.  What can I say?  It’s my hobby =)

 

What did you all get?  Hope you all are enjoying summer!

Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack

Book: Faking It (Losing It #2) faking_it

Author: Cara Carmack

ebook: 304 pages

Published: June 4, 2013

B.O.S.SF Review: largelargelargelarge

From Goodreads: Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

*****

I received Faking It in exchange for an honest review via Edelweiss.  THANK YOU! 🙂

While I liked Losing It, I REALLY liked Faking It!  It’s been a few weeks since I finished Faking It, and it still gives me that happy feeling when I think back on it.  We get to hear from both Cade and Max’s point of view.  Both Cade and Max were both delightful in Faking It – I really liked Cade in Losing It, even if he was a sorry excuse for the love triangle… because we all knew that just wasn’t going.to.happen.  Carmack’s character development was awesome  – both main characters were complex and dealing with issues from their past, and I really enjoyed seeing the two of them learn to overcome their obstacles and open themselves up for love 🙂  (hehe, corny, but true!)

ANYWAY, back to Cade in Faking It – he was just perfect.  Swoonworthy, sweet, loyal, and he’s just a darn good person.  We got to hear more about his upbringing (he had a harder than average life…), but despite that all, Cade was such a positive person.  He was down in the dumps when we first meet him in Philadelphia.  He’s heart broken and lost, but after being forced into Max’s life, we get to see the charismatic Cade return.

Max was a multilayered main character – just how I like them.  She was a passionate, functional adult with a strong, unique personality.  While she did a few things that made me want to shake her shoulders and tell her to stop being so cold, I still liked her.  Max felt very real to me.  You’d think she’s untouchable and wouldn’t put up with anyone’s crap, but she’s a broken young woman on the inside.

The chemistry between Max and Cade was hot – although there was an initial attraction, there was no insta-love (THANKFULLY), but their budding romance went from appreciating each other’s good looks to knowing how to be there for one another.  I fell in love with the two of them during their first scene together in the coffee shop, and the two shared some hilariously awkward/hot/sweet/hilarious moments through Faking It.  I will go as far to say I liked Cade + Max > Bliss + Garrick.  I’d love to see what everyone else feels about that!

While Faking It does have some of the heavy New Adult trends, it still had enough of the breezy humor, sexual tension, and adorable moments (without being nauseating..).  Faking It is one of my favorite New Adult books that I’ve read, and consider me being a big CC fan!

M.I.A.

Attention readers:  Hello!  I am still alive!  I have been traveling for vacation and for work, and my time has been very limited.  I’m still plugging away reading, but will need to give you some updates on my reviews ASAP.

 

Looking forward to diving into a few more good books!

XOXO,

Shan

Losing It (Losing It #1) by Cara Carmack

Book: Losing It (Losing It #1)Losing It UK

Author: Cara Carmack

ebook: 204 pages

Published: October 15, 2012

B.O.S.SF Review: largelargelargelarge

*****

Goodreads: Virginity.

Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible– a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.

*****

I received Losing It from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Losing It was a light, FUN New Adult read.  This was one of the first books in the New Adult genre that I’ve read that didn’t include a disturbing, tragic, damaged past and/or behavior.  I can only take those gut wrenching books a few times a month (they can be QUITE emotional for me).  Anyway, Losing It was exactly how I wanted it to be, and for that Ms. Carmack… I thank you!  I breezed through Losing It, because it was one of those addicting reads, where we jumpred right into the story!  So guess what? Our main character, Bliss, is a virgin (for shame!… JK), and her BFF, Kelsey, wants Bliss to lose IT.  And when I say IT… I mean… doing the nasty/gettin’ it on/sexytimes… you know.  All of that!  That is how our story begins and it carries us through the whole book.

Bliss was a likable enough main character.  She had never met any guy that she was close enough and/or sexually attracted to enough to want to be intimate with them.  Being a Type A person, Bliss also wants to be the one in control… and giving herself to a guy would be a challenge to for her.  The other characters were good, too.  Garrick is the object of Bliss’ affection, and he sounds like the total package.  He has a British accent, he’s incredibly handsome, he owns a motorcycle (of course), and did I mention he has a British accent??  On top of Bliss’ awkwardness on trying to lose it with Garrick, he also ends up being her newest professor!  That’s some bad luck for an almost 1 Night Stand!  I like the love story between Bliss and Garrick.  There’s a bit of a love triangle, because one of Bliss’ best friends has feelings for her.  Fear not… Cade gets his story in Faking It, and it’s AWESOME!  Kelsey was a good enough character, too.  I’m looking forward to her story, too!

This book was a 3-4 star book for me.  I love how it didn’t take itself too seriously.  It was full of laughs, awkward scenes, and romance.  I would recommend this book to anyone!

 

 

Weekly Roundup: Week 8… 6/9/13

Hi everyone!  How were your weeks?  I turned the big 2-9 this past week, so that was fun 🙂  I have been focusing more on reading this week, too.  What did you all get this week?

 

NetGalley:

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One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths #2) by K.A. Tucker

I was so excited about this one (but I’ve heard it isn’t as good at Ten Tiny Breaths…)

 

Purchased:

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If I Were You (Inside Out Trilogy #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

$3.99 sale

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Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino

$.99 sale!

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1) by Jenny Han

$1.99 Kindle Daily Deal

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Changeling (Order of Darkness #1) by Philippa Gregory

$1.99 Kindle Daily Deal

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Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet # 1) by C.J. Roberts

$.99 sale!

 

W…W…W… and Waiting On Wednesday: Week 5

www_wednesdays4Hosted by Should Be Reading.

To participate in this feature, you just have answer these three simple questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading….

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Tangled by Emma Chase

This was blowing up all over social media and 1/3 of Crazy Book Geeks (GBGs) loaned it to me!  My loan is up this Friday, so I will be a reading machine 🙂

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Sacrifice (Legacy #3) by Cayla Kluver

I recently finished…

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Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack, Trail of Dead (Scarlet Bernard #2) by Melissa F. Olson and Unraveling (Unraveling #1) by Elizabeth Norris

Busy week, right??? Reviews to come for some of those!!!

Next I’ll read…

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The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

I’m hosting my first book club in San Francisco this week!  It’s a mix of colleagues in the insurance field and some friends.  So far, my friends have been telling me that they have loved the book…. and it has stellar reviews on Goodreads.  Can’t wait to read this over the weekend! XO

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The Shadow (The Darkness Trilogy #1) by A.G. Porter; The Bane (The Eden Trilogy #1) by Keary Taylor;.  Eyes Wide Open (The Blackstone Affair #3) by Raine Miller; The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy) by Laura Andersen; The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret #1) by Jessica Sorensen; Unbreakable (Unraveling #2) by Elizabeth Norris.  

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases we’re anxiously awaiting. 

Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu

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From Goodreads: The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion? 

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

I was expecting Champion to come out in 2014, so I was thrilled to hear that we will get to see the conclusion this Fall.  Do you know how HUGE the Fall will be for books!?  I can hardly wait!  Check out my review for Legend!  I will be reading Prodigy SOON!

What are you all waiting on?  Have a great rest of your week!

XOXO, Shannon