Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Ceruleans Series by Charlotte Wilson - Anniversary Giveaway!


Hello Everybody! It's been awhile but I have something pretty exciting to share with all of you. The whole month of February, Charlotte Wilson will be running a giveaway for her five book series.

The Ceruleans is a five book series that was originally published under Charlotte's pen name, Megan Tayte. The series is now being published under Charlotte Wilson and has new, totally awesome, cover art!

Keep on scrolling for a look at the giveaway where one lucky winner will get the whole series in print with the new covers! Also look for my review of the first book as well as a special story that Charlotte has written for the event.

Make sure to check out this series! I've only been able to read the first book so far but I really enjoyed what I read and I'm sure it only gets better from there.

Good luck!



Death Wish (Ceruleans #1)

(Read my review here - Death Wish Review)

IN SEARCH OF THE MEANING OF DEATH, SHE’LL FIND THE MEANING OF LIFE. 

Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit: run away from school, join a surfing fraternity, drown in a tragic ‘accident’. 

Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to an isolated English cove to uncover the truth. And, as it turns out, to fall in love with the place and its people, especially a certain blue-eyed surfer with a serious case of the heroics. 

But as Scarlett’s quest for the truth unravels, so too does her grip on reality as she’s always known it. Because there’s something strange going on in this little cove. A dead magpie circles the skies. A dead deer watches from the undergrowth. Hands glow with light. Power

What transpires is a summer of discovery: of what it means to conquer fear, to fall in love, to choose life, to choose death. 

To believe the impossible. 

The Ceruleans: soulful, coming-of-age romance with a paranormal edge. Five books, one question – if the might of the heavens were in your hands, would you be sinner or saint? 

(Previously published under the pen name Megan Tayte.)



Make sure to check out my review of the first book here - Death Wish 

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Guest post (Ceruleans-world story)


Anniversary
The cake was homemade. Lopsided. Slathered in gloopy frosting. Judging by Adam’s previous attempts in the kitchen, it was safe to assume it would be inedible.

Estelle loved it.

‘You baked? For me?’

She reached over and pulled Adam into a hug, awkward with the massive baby bump wedged between them.

‘Happy anniversary!’ he said.

Estelle pulled back, frowning. ‘That’s tomorrow.’

A year since she had Become a Cerulean. A year since she had died.

‘I know,’ said Adam. ‘But I have a surprise for you. A… gift. And I wasn’t sure how you’d take it, so I thought: give it to you today, and if you… well, if it’s not what you want, then it hasn’t spoiled tomorrow.’ He smiled at her – nervously.

‘O-kay,’ said Estelle. She couldn’t fathom what gift she could potentially dislike that much. Unless he’d bought her something girlie. She didn’t do girlie.

‘Good,’ said Adam. He grabbed her hands. ‘Ready?’

She’d barely begun to nod when it happened… the picnic blanket, the beach, the ocean, all gone, replaced, in the bewildering blink of an eye, by a grimy urban alleyway.

What came next was not pretty. Estelle hadn’t been that sick since her first trimester.

‘Are you insane?’ she hissed eventually, when she was done and could get a word in edgeways between Adam’s apologies and panicked are-you-okay-is-the-baby-okays. ‘You Travelled us to…’ She looked about and recognition made her jaw drop. ‘No,’ she said. ‘Truro?’

White-faced, Adam nodded. He didn’t say anything; he just pointed at a shopfront visible at the top of the alley. The sign was so weathered it was unreadable. That didn’t matter; Estelle knew exactly what it said: Tattoo Tony’s.

Furious, she rounded on Adam. ‘You’d better start explaining right now.’

‘The nightmares you’ve been having about… him. I couldn’t do nothing. It’s not right, Estelle, that he’s living his life here. Unpunished. So…’ He held out his hands. Ethereal blue light lit the alley.

‘Quit it!’ Estelle slapped his hands, hard. ‘Adam…’ She stared at the one person she loved, who’d given her a home and a purpose – to whom she’d confided her deepest, most painful secret: that when she was nine, the year before her mother ODed, a man named Tattoo Tony had abused her.

Adam stared right back at her, and there was a spark in his eyes she’d never seen before. ‘What’s the point of having power over life and death,’ he said, ‘if you can’t use it to take out a bad guy? One touch, Estelle. That’s all it would take.’

No! she should have yelled. No, Adam, that’s sacrilegious, against everything the Ceruleans stand for. But the words wouldn’t come.

She looked up the alley again, at the shop. She lay a hand on her swollen belly. Then she reached out and took Adam’s hand, and they walked toward the street.

They would have looked an odd couple – he the picture boy for geek chic, her Gothed out from head to foot – had they been visible. They weren’t, though, thanks to Adam’s power. They could walk right across that street, into the tattoo parlour and kill a man, and no one would ever know it was them.

At the door to the shop, which was propped open, Estelle pulled Adam to a stop. She could see an old man inside. He was gaunt and stooped, and his breath was coming in wheezy pants.

‘Do you feel it?’ she murmured to Adam.

‘Yes,’ he said. ‘Lung cancer, I think.’

‘How long does he have?’

‘Months, if that.’

Estelle thought carefully before asking the next question: ‘Do you feel the pull? Are you meant to heal him?’

She saw Adam shake his head. No. This man was destined to die. Slowly. Painfully.
Suddenly, she realised that she could see Adam; he was no longer shielding them from view. That’s how well he knew her. There would be no wicked deed here today, no Falling from grace. Only justice of the karmic kind.

‘God I love you,’ she said, and she pressed her lips to his.

‘Er… can I help you?’ Tony had come to the door and was frowning at the couple kissing on his doorstep.

Estelle and Adam broke off, but they didn’t even look at the man beside them.

‘Take me home,’ Estelle told Adam… and he did.

They stayed on the beach for the rest of the day, lying in the sun, paddling in the surf. When the sun set there wasn’t a crumb left of that cake. It was dry. It was salty. It was crunchy with egg shell. But it was the most delicious thing either of them had ever eaten.







Charlotte Wilson Bio



Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess. ‘Write, Charlotte,’ her grandmother advised. So that’s what she did.

Thirty-odd years later, Charlotte is a professional writer. For authors and publishers, she writes and edits books as The Book Specialist. For herself, she writes soulful, coming-of-age romance for young adults.

Charlotte grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in a village of Greater Manchester with her husband and two children. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her walking someplace green, baking up a storm, or embarking on a DIY project. She recently achieved a lifetime ambition of creating a library in her home to house her ever-increasing collection of books. She pretends not to notice that the shelves are rather wonky.

You can find Charlotte online at:


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Review - Unknown by Wendy Higgins

Unknown (Unknown #1)
by Wendy Higgins
Published August 16th, 2016 by Wendy Higgins
New Adult

4 stars - Read this soon!!

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.
 



Review:

I absolutely love Wendy Higgins. I love her because she gave me Kai and if you don't know who Kai is, then you aren't living right! ;) But seriously make sure to check out her first series, The Sweet Trilogy.

So back to my actual review of her latest novel, Unknown. I'm going to admit that looking at the cover I wasn't exactly sure if I was going to enjoy this book. Also, it's dystopian and I'm not always fond of dystopian. And I had read other reviews saying that there wasn't actually that much romance which made me a little unsure. But I should have known that I didn't need to worry because, hello, it's Wendy Higgins writing this!

Unknown grabbed me and didn't let go, for real. I was completely entertained by everything that was going on this book. The action, the suspense, and the questions didn't let up once! The characters, and me by extension, were always going and trying to figure out what was going on with the world and their own lives.

Wendy Higgins did it again by creating Amber Tate. I have loved all of Higgins' other female characters and Amber was no exception. I was able to relate to her a little more because she was half Mexican (which I appreciated since I'm Mexican American). Her relationships with her family and friends reminded me of my own. She was a strong individual, she was smart, and she was stubborn. I so enjoyed watching her handle everything that was thrown at her. And I totally felt for her with Rylen.

Don't get me started with Rylen though, haha. Rylen is yet another swoon-worthy male character of Higgins' but he wasn't perfect. He had his flaws and there were times where he just didn't see what was going on (specifically with Amber).

Aside from my two favorite characters, Higgins' introduced some other amazing characters as well. For example, Amber's family members were actually really involved with the story and that is something I really enjoyed.

The whole sci-fi/dystopian aspect of the story was also interesting. I just have to know what is going to happen! I really felt like I was there with these characters trying to figure out how to survive in a world full of disaster and confusion.

Oh, and the romance that I mentioned above? There wasn't as much as I am used to with Wendy's books but it didn't take anything away from the story! So for those that like romance mixed in with any book that they read, don't worry! This is a book that will keep you reading romance or not.

All in all, this was a definite page turner! Go and give this one a try soon!

Vanessa

Monday, January 9, 2017

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless 
By Marissa Meyer
Published November 8th, 2016 by Fiewel and Friends
449 pages

5 stars - This book stole my heart!

Find here:

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


REVIEW

Wow. Marissa Meyer has totally stolen my heart again with her enchanting story and addicting characters. Heartless captured my heart and stomped it to bits and I loved every moment of it.

I had read the synopsis for this when I first heard about it but I really didn't need to know much because Meyer won me over with Cinder. So I read this book thinking the ending was going to be something totally different than it was. I mean, I kind of knew how it would but I didn't want to admit it to myself until I turned that final page.

The ending made me cry buckets of tears. I sobbed and glared at my book thinking that there had to be some alternate ending! Alas, there was and is not so now I have to deal with my feels.

While the ending definitely killed me, the whole book was nothing short of magical. I felt was if I was in Wonderland and I loved every minute of it. I loved the characters and their personalities and dreams.

I absolutely loved Cath's dream. I connected with her immediately and felt her emotions and troubles as my own. She wasn't perfect by any means but I connected with her dreams and hope for the future.

Other characters that enchanted me include Hatta, Chesire, and Jest. JEST!!! Jest is the love of my life for certain. Sigh.

Heartless was definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. It took me to a place full of wonder and madness that was absolutely delightful. This book left me wanting more and I'm eagerly awaiting another book by Marissa Meyer.

Until next time,
Vanessa

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! 2017

Happy New Year everybody! I can't believe another year has come and gone. 2016 was such a hectic and somewhat stressful year so I hope 2017 is even just a little bit better. I'm sure it will be. :) 

I wasn't able to blog as much as I wanted to in 2016 so I'm also hoping that I'll be able to blog more this year. I've missed being able to share my thoughts and feelings about all of these books I'm reading! There are so many great looking books coming out this year as well so I'm eager to share about them. 

 I also wasn't able to do much with my "new" booktube channel like I wanted to. The Night Owl kind of fell by the wayside once I started my new job but I want to get started on it again. My job training will be ending soon so maybe once that happens I'll be able to film some videos and really get it going. One can only hope! :) 

I know this year is going to be better than the last. It has to be! I'm excited to get back into the blogging world and to find even more great authors and books. Also, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! Can't wait for that either. ;) 

I hope everyone has a happy and healthy 2017! 


Vanessa

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Book Blitz - Quantum by Hannah Godard


Quantum
By Hannah  Godard

Genre: Young Adult


Nothing is more glamorous than the CIA … at least for Clara. All she wants is excitement and adventure, to help people... and to be a part of something bigger than life.
At nineteen, she leaves everything she’s ever had behind to join the CIA with her boyfriend Ross. But when the agency starts to fall away like shattered glass, Clara and her team get thrown into the biggest mission ever to hit the agency. How will they deal with the pressure?
Clara has all her cards out on the table and she’s trying to keep them all in place … except she can’t hold them all down on her own. She’s trained and she’s ready … but something isn’t right. Is the real way to win the game not to play it, or is the trick not to play it for too long?







Excerpt:
I’m really bored. I’ve been walking for hours around New York, without Ross, communicating with Madison and Ethan through my earpiece and getting directions from Ethan. Every once and a while he’ll tell me to go into a restaurant or walk down a certain street because he has a lead. At least we have a lead as to where they are. 
I walk down the sidewalks and along the busy streets. Every once in a while, I’ll stop at a shop and look around, or buy a bottle of water. I’m guessing Ross is somewhere close to me, because every time I stop to shop he laughs at me. 
“I have water in my bag . . . and so do you! You bought a water ten minutes ago and you’re not even done, why do you need another one?” Ross asks me. 
“You know what? I’m trying to look casual,” I reply.
“Walking around with a bunch of half empty bottles of water isn’t casual, it’s weird.” 
I ignore him and keep walking. I think I like New York more than Los Angeles. The buildings and the streets are beautiful and the people, no matter what anybody says, are probably some of the nicest I’ve met. So far, there’s no sign of the men, but we’re going to keep looking until we find them. 
“Clara!” Ethan’s voice comes in.
“What?” 
“Madison got a call from Lizzie. They’ve spotted the men on the corner of Lexington and 49th. Can you get there?” 
“Okay on my way,” I say. 
“Me too,” Ross’s voice comes in. 
I don’t pick up my pace, as not to attract attention to myself, but walk at the same pace as the men and women hustling by to go on with their daily lives. In my ear, I can hear Ethan typing and Madison talking to someone. I can also hear Ross’s footsteps against the pavement; it sounds like he’s running. 
“Ross, calm down, you’re attracting attention to yourself,” I say. 
“Yeah Ross, slow down a little,” Ethan says. 
His footsteps slow down. My heart beats faster as I near the corner where the men were last spotted. All I can think about is Lexa. My mind races, but I try to calm myself down. I need to make rational decisions; I need to stay calm. I feel for my gun on my waist. Somehow this calms me down. Without slowing my pace, I casually walk around the corner, but they aren’t there. 
“What the hell Ethan? They’re not here,” I say. 
I look around and then, going around a corner, I spot blonde hair, but it’s not Ross. 
“Spotted, I’m going in, track me. They’re headed down an ally, with Lexa,” I say. 
I can hear everyone hold his or her breath. And then Madison reports what we found back to base. I cross the street and follow where I last saw her. Before I go down the ally, I stop and wait, trying to catch my breath. Things are about to change. If they see me, I’ll be a real agent, and my life will change forever. If I don’t kill them, they’ll have everything they’ll need on me. If I don’t succeed, they’ll kill Lexa to get back at us. 
Across the street, Ross and he spots me. I look at him for a minute and he smiles. I cock my head, confused, and he nods at me. 
“Go. I’ll go around and cut them off,” he says. 
With that I run down the ally, I can spot them a little way down the alley and I run after them. There’s no one else in the ally so I pull out my gun. Even while I run, I can get a clean shot of one of the three men with her. I aim, and breathe out. Before I fire, three shots come from down another ally and one of the men falls. I’m guessing it’s Ross, but he doesn’t come out. It’s not like the movies; we’re on an even playing field here. I throw myself against the wall and duck as the men look around for who fired. Lexa looks terrified, and it kills me to see her this way. They run, one of the men dragging Lexa by her arm. 




About the Author

Hannah Godard was born and raised in the small town of Cochrane, Alberta where she is currently a grade eleven student. She continues to chase a life of creativity and imagination, creating characters to take her on adventures and maybe learn something from them along the way. She writes to tell the greatest stories that have yet to be told and create a spark in which to lighten up the world. Hannah credits her dad for teaching her everything she knows about the world, from politics to drive and perseverance. Without him, she would be a very different person.

Quantum is her first novel and the first in the Quantum series. It came to life in the same way as many other novels do, in third period Social Studies class. This class was spent with three out of four of her best friends, laughing, creating businesses, and being creative. It was the one class where she could be a kid, where people didn’t tell her words could only mean one thing, and where they could all be creative. It started as a joke, as a simple question; what if I was in the CIA? From that point on Hannah developed the character of Clara, with the help of her friends, and soon the story came to life. Each person who she knows, no matter how small, is somehow put into the novel, worked into the story line, because what they say is true: we write what we know.






Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Blog Tour - Fates Entwined by Jules Barnard


Hey everyone! I'm one of the stops on the Fates Entwined Blog Tour hosted by YA BOUND BOOK TOURS. Fates Entwined is the second book in the Halven Rising series by Jules Barnard. Check below for a review of the book as well as some extra info! 


Fates Entwined (Halven Rising #2)
by Jules Barnard
Genre: YA Paranormal 
Release Date: November 2016

4 stars - An intriguing read!


Purchase Links:

Amazon US 
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Summary from Goodreads:


They can never be together. The notion is laughable. Humans are inferior, a scourge on the Fae and on the magic passed down to them by angels millennia ago. And if Keen finds himself drawn to the tiny human female, he keeps it to himself. He won’t add to the half-breed problem that threatens his people’s existence. 
Reese can’t stand Keen. He criticizes her clothing, won’t answer a straight question, and is too handsome for her peace of mind. 
Her entire life, people have pegged Reese for a shallow, ditzy blond. She won’t accept the stereotype from the large, arrogant Fae too. But after Keen saves her life, she begins to question what truly lies beneath his stoic demeanor. 
Forced together, Keen and Reese fight to survive among enemies, and Keen makes choices Reese couldn’t have predicted. She glimpses a side of him that is protective and dangerously seductive. 

But Keen refuses to acknowledge their connection. 

Until he's faced with the decision to betray his people, or lose Reese forever.

*This mature YA series is intended for readers 17 years and older.

**Each Halven Rising novel features a different couple and may be read as a standalone, but an overreaching story arc connects the series, so it's fun to read them in order.**



Review:

Fates Entwined was definitely an interesting read. I really enjoyed getting to know more about Reese and Keen. Not only that but I enjoyed meeting a few different characters that I fell in love with as well. Can't wait to be able to learn more about them! :) 

Fates Entwined was a little more action-packed than Fates Divided, or at least it felt that way to me. The whole feel of the book was different than Fates Divided but I loved it just as much. We were able to learn more about the Fae and their world. There were some twists and turns that definitely exciting. 

It was great to learn more about Reese and to see the side of her that she keeps hidden away from everyone else. She was a strong and stubborn young lady but she also knew when someone else was right. She was fun and caring of her friends. It was also great to learn more about Keen! :) He could be somewhat annoying at times but he's pretty dang loyal and caring as well. By the end he was just plain swoon-worthy though. ;)

The ending was huge. It was full of suspense and action and interesting information. This book definitely picks up the last half of the way through. And the last few chapters just made me really happy, haha. 

Overall, this was an interesting read and a great look into this world of Fae. It was also nice to be able to learn about some old and new characters. Jules Barnard has definitely created an interesting world with some awesome and diverse characters. Pick up the first book in the series if you haven't read it yet! And check this one out if you've read and loved the first one! :) 

Vanessa



Other books in the Series:

Fates Altered

Humans are beneath her kind, but Fae princess Theodora Rainer must escape the Fae realm, or marry a man she despises.

California farmer Alex Rosales is the responsible one. He stays out of the trouble his older brother gets into--someone has to hang onto the farm. But when Alex finds Theodora hiding out on his property, caution is nowhere in sight. She has the beauty of an angel, with deep secrets Alex can't penetrate.

No matter how hard he tries, Theodora won't let Alex in. But when he breaks his own rules and invites her to stay with him, he glimpses her heart--only to discover something powerful seeks to tear them apart.

Fates Altered tells the story of the love that sparked the Halven Rising.

*This mature YA series is intended for readers 17 years and older.

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Fates Divided
Elena's goals are simple: 1) be the first in her family to graduate from college 2) become a kick-butt chemist.

Until she comes into her half-Fae powers from the mother she never knew.

The Fae are willing to harm the last of Elena's loved ones if she doesn't use her power over the elements to cure them of a deadly disease.

Her brooding neighbor, Derek, isn't the friendliest guy, but he has access to an off-hours lab and is willing to help Elena create the antivirus. He has his own secrets to keep, and this business Elena is mixed up in could blow his cover.

But when Elena and Derek get together, more than chemicals spark fire--and they soon discover just how complicated attraction can get when they find themselves on the other side of the portal, fighting for survival.

Lives collide, and allegiance and love are tested, in Fates Divided.

*This mature YA series is intended for readers 17 years and older. 


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About the Author

A RITA-nominated author, Jules Barnard began her publishing career in 2014 with Deep Blue, the first book in the contemporary Blue Series, hitting bestseller lists on Amazon, iBooks, and All Romance. In 2015, she launched Fates Divided, the first of a romantic fantasy series Library Journal calls “…an exciting new fantasy adventure.” Whether she’s writing about beautiful Lake Tahoe, or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins suspenseful stories filled with realistic characters who have heart and humor.

When Jules isn’t in her sweatpants writing and rewarding herself with chocolate, she spends her time with her husband and two children in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Review - Just Friends by Monica Murphy


Just Friends (Friends, #1)
Just Friends (Friends #1)
By Monica Murphy
Published September 13th, 2016

3.5 stars 

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*I received a review copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. Thank you!*

Summary from Goodreads:

It’s the end of summer. Just before I start senior year with my two best friends in the whole world. Dustin and Emily are everything to me. We’ve been inseparable since middle school, and when we’re together, nothing can go wrong.

But things aren’t always what they seem. Em’s turned into a drunken mess who parties too much. Dustin and I have hooked up a few times—and now he’s ready to take our relationship to the next level. Yet I’m not sure I want things to change. I’m scared if I take it any further with Dustin, our friendship will be ruined forever. Then there’s Ryan. The new guy. He’s hot. He flirts way too much. And Em has totally set her sights on him.

So when my best friend betrays me in the worst possible way, guess who’s there to help me pick up the pieces of my broken heart? Ryan. But he’s so confusing. Annoying. Sweet. Sexy. I want to trust him, yet he makes it so hard. What I really want is for everything to go back to the way it was before.

Before I found out that best friends make the worst kind of enemies.



Review:

First things first, isn't that cover awesome? I just love the blue and pink. :) Now on to the review.

I was pretty excited to read Just Friends and was grateful when I received a review copy through the author and YA Bound Book Tours. It sounded interesting and mysterious and I was pretty intrigued. 

I had quite a time reading this book! I didn't exactly love every single moment of it, hence the 3.5 stars, but I could not put this book down. I actually started this before going to bed (bad idea) and didn't put it down till 2 or 3 in the morning. Actually, it's kinda weird because I didn't enjoy every moment but I wanted or needed to know what would happen to these characters. 

There is quite a bit of teenage angst in this book. The characters are true to life teenagers. I'm 20 years old so it hasn't been too long since I was 17/18 and I could see these characters at my school. While Monica did a great job at making them realistic, I wasn't able to really connect with any of them. I wasn't the kind of teenager that partied, drank, smoked, or even had a boyfriend so it was a little hard to relate to these characters. That wouldn't have mattered too much to me if I would have seen that they showed a little growth at the end. Unfortunately, they really didn't so I'm looking forward to seeing if they learn anything within the next book. 

Don't get me wrong. There were times when I felt bad for Livvy and offended on her behalf. I could only imagine what being betrayed by your best friends would feel like, especially during high school. 

Overall, this was a pretty good read. It was addicting and consuming but there were certain things that I had issues with. I wasn't able to really love the characters but I am definitely interested in seeing what happens with them later on. Amanda was one of the characters that I felt invested in so I'm looking forward to reading about her in the next book. I recommend for those looking for an addicting book with characters that are full of teen angst and incredibly realistic! You may not agree with everything they do but you won't be able to stop reading anyway! 

Vanessa

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Blog Tour - Fates Divided by Jules Barnard (Review + Giveaway)


Hey everyone! I am one of the stops for the Fates Divided blog tour today. This tour is hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. Fates Divided is by Jules Barnard and has to do with the Fae which is awesome. Scroll down to read my review as well as enter a giveaway! Thanks for stopping by. :) 



Fates Divided (Halven Rising #1)
by Jules Barnard
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: August 31st 2015


3.5 stars  - Intriguing Start to Series! 

Summary from Goodreads:

Elena Rosales has busted her ass to get into a good college. She’s the only one in her family ever to attend, and expectations are high. No pressure. But Elena’s got this one in the bag, because she’s as dependable as the molecules she studies, as reliable as the chemical reactions that comfort her in their predictability. Until they don’t.

Elena has always wondered why her mother abandoned her on her first birthday. It’s not until she turns eighteen and her chemistry experiments go berserk that she learns the truth: Her mother wasn’t human, and the Fae are willing to harm those Elena loves if she doesn’t use her power over the elements to cure them of a deadly disease.

Derek, Elena’s brooding neighbor, isn’t the friendliest guy, but he has access to an off-hours lab and is willing to help Elena create the antivirus. He has his own secrets to keep, and this business Elena is mixed up in could blow his cover. But when Elena and Derek get together, more than chemicals spark fire—and they soon discover just how complicated attraction can get when they find themselves on the other side of the portal, fighting for survival. Lives collide, and allegiance and love are tested, in Fates Divided.


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In the Halven Rising Series, love and ancient allegiances are threatened when the worlds of Fae and Halven collide. Each Halven Rising novel features a different couple and may be read as a standalone, but an overreaching story arc connects the books, so it’s fun to read them in order.

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Tell me a book is about the Fae and I will immediately read it. I absolutely love anything having to do with the world of Fae and so I was definitely excited to read this one. I was also interested in Fates Divided because Elena is Latina. I'm also Latina so that was a win for me. 

Fates Divided was definitely an interesting and informational start to this trilogy. We learned all about Elena, her neighbor Derek, and this new world that she has found herself in. Something that I found unique was that there were scientific aspects to this story and the world. Elena and Derek were both interested in science and chemistry and worked that into figuring out the Fae powers that they had. I'm used to reading Fae books that really only deal with fantasy so it was a definite change. Sometimes I was a little overwhelmed with all the information provided but it was interesting nonetheless. 

I enjoyed the Fae information but I really enjoyed the characters. Elena was strong, stubborn, and such a great friend. She kept going even when things got hard and she helped in any way that she could. Derek was a mystery at first but just gets even more interesting with everything that we learn about him. Aside from main characters, there were some great and entertaining friends that Elena and Derek had or met along the way. 

All in all, this was a great start to this new trilogy. There were awesome characters and tons of information about the Fae world. The ending was also full of action and suspense! There were a lot of loose ends and "what happens now" questions for me at the end of this book so I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next. I also saw that the next book focuses more on two other characters that I also enjoyed in this book which I'm excited about! 

Definitely give this one a try if you are obsessed with the Fae or interested in Fae and science! 

Vanessa



About the Author



A RITA-nominated author, Jules Barnard began her publishing career in 2014 with Deep Blue, the first book in the contemporary Blue Series, hitting bestseller lists on Amazon, iBooks, and All Romance. In 2015, she launched Fates Divided, the first of a romantic fantasy series Library Journal calls “…an exciting new fantasy adventure.” Whether she’s writing about beautiful Lake Tahoe, or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins suspenseful stories filled with realistic characters who have heart and humor.

When Jules isn’t in her sweatpants writing and rewarding herself with chocolate, she spends her time with her husband and two children in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

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