[Review] Her Wild Hero by Paige Tyler

~ Her Wild Hero by Paige Tyler ~

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Suspense

Pub Date: May 05th, 2015

Series: X-Ops #3

Source: NetGalley

Name: Kendra Carlsen
Rank: Trainer, Dept. of Covert Ops
Objective: Get out of the office and into the field

Name: Declan MacBride
Rank: Munitions Expert, Dept. of Covert Ops
Status: Bear Shifter
Objective: Protect Kendra at all costs

The steamy Costa Rican jungle brings out the bear in Declan MacBride when he and new operative Kendra Carlsen are ambushed. In the midst of relying on each other to survive, and fighting his explosive attraction to Kendra, this shifter is about to lose control…

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TT #34 / FTPI #22

I decided to combine the Teaser Tuesday, hosted by MizB from A Daily Rhythm, with the First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Bibliophile By the Sea.


Today I decided to feature Third Grave Ahead by Darynda Jones, third book in the Charley Davidson series. This is a teaser for me as well, because I have to write an exam tomorrow morning, so I have to learn a little bit today. But I will definitely start this tomorrow after class 🙂

Opening:

There was a dead clown sitting in my living room. Since I wasn’t particularly fond of clowns, and it was way too early for anything coherent to come out of my mouth, I pretended not to notice him.

Teaser from 17%:

“He’s pissed as hell, Charley. At you.”
“Pfft. How do you know he’s mad at me? Maybe he’s mad at you.”

[Review] The Selection by Kiera Cass

~ The Selection by Kiera Cass ~

Genre: YA, Romance, Dystopian

Pub Date: April 24th, 2015

Series: The Selection #1

Source: NetGalley

Synopsis: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

~~ My Review ~~

I don’t know what I expected from this book, but definitely not this. And I totally mean that in a good way, because I quite liked how it turned out to be. Hell, I didn’t liked it, I LOVED it.

I have to confess that before I started this, I was sure I would kind of not like this, because I’m always the one person on earth that doesn’t like a book that is currently all the hype. And I read one review that said this was like the Hunger Games (not a big fan of that particular series, sorry) and casting show of American Idol, just smashed together, so I was kind of wary of this.

But maybe you already gathered it from my intro sentences, I was totally hooked to this and I’m completely happy that I pushed the requested button on NetGalley.

The two main reasons I loved this was 1) the writing style and 2) America Singer.

Let me talk really quickly about the writing style. It drew me in with the first sentence and it kept me glued to the pages. I read through the book in one sitting (if you don’t count sleep in the middle).

Now on to my other reason: America Singer. I’m totally and utterly in love with this girl. She’s pretty forward with her feelings, tells mostly the truth even if it might come to bite her in the butt and she’s genuine. I could connect with her from the very first page and if you know me than you know I liked a book if there is some sort of connection between me and the main character. Also she’s friendly toward all the other contestants and really funny. She just rocks, okay?

But a contest wouldn’t be a contest without an evil nemesis: Celeste. I hope she has to go home rather sooner than later, because I CAN’T stand her, what makes her the perfect villian. You wil get why I don’t like her if you read the book, trust me, you won’t like her either.

Then there is Prince Maxon, who everyone is fighting for. Can I say that he is quite adorable and nothing like I pictured him? He really is. He’s sweet and really takes this whole Selection thing serious.

Also there was this little thing with the numbers I didn’t quite get at first, but after 10% it became clear what they meant.

The only thing I’m not really a fan of is this beginning triangle between America, Maxon and a guy of America’s past, but if she get’s to stay with Maxon in the end then I won’t nag. I’m totally Team Maxon if you must know 😉

So here I will end this review, because I’m still kind of awed by this and completely at a loss of words. Now I just have to get my fingers onto the next book in series: The Elite. Preferably now.

By the way, the covers of this series? Gorgeous.

Rating: 4,75 stars (it’s a new favourite of mine)

TT #33 / FTPI #21

I decided to combine the Teaser Tuesday, hosted by MizB from A Daily Rhythm, with the First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Bibliophile By the Sea.


I’ve neglected this meme for quite a bit, but only because I was reading books in german and it didn’t feel right to post something in german when probably no one of you understands it.
But now I’m back 🙂

So today I decided to feature The Selection by Kiera Cass.

Opening:

When we got the letter in the post, my mother was ecstatic. She had already decided that all our problems were solved, gone forever. The big hitch in her brilliant plan was me. I didn’t think I was a particularly disobedient daughter, but this was where I drew the line.

Teaser from 22%

It was over, and I knew that. But you don’t love someone for almost two years and then just turn it off overnight.

Top Ten ALL TIME Favourite Authors 04/21/15

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Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

You realize that this topic is really mean, right? Right?! Because, come on! Who can choose ten of their favourite authors easily? This is just impossible, but I’ll give it a try. Please note: Involutary.
Also this is just a list, no ranking, because I ❤ them all the same.

  • Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Nalini Singh
  • Cynthia Eden
  • Dianne Duvall
  • Rhyannon Byrd
  • Jeaniene Frost
  • Ilona Andrews
  • Laurie London
  • Colleen Helme
  • Richelle Mead

Honorable Mentions (yes, I’m totally cheating right now): Felicity Heaton, Bec McMaster, Cindy Gerard, Lara Adrian, Gena Showalter, Kalayne Price, Jennifer Estep, Darynda Jones.

What are some of your favourite authors? Leave your link in the comment section below.

[(Audiobook) Review] Dream A Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

~~ Dream A Little Dream by Kerstin Gier ~~

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mystery

Pub Date: April 14th, 2015

Series: The Silver Trilogy #1

Synopsis: Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yep, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially this one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys perform dark magic rituals.

The really weird thing is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where’s she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But they seem to know things about her in real life that they couldn’t possibly know, which is mystifying. Then again, Liv could never resist a good mystery. . . .

~~ My Review ~~

German Cover

I’ve got the german audiobook of this one from my local library a while back, because I liked the Ruby Trilogy and I’ve always wanted to read Silber or Dream A Little Dream, whatever you may call it.

Throughout this review I’m going to call it Silber, because that is just shorter and I’m lazy. LOL.

Also I’m going to apologized if I spelled any name wrong, I have no idea how some of them are written, because I’ve only listened to this.

I liked Silber, it was funny and some parts were even creepy. It also had some romance in it. So my favourite kind of YA book.

Olivia, the main character, or as she wants to be called “Liv”, is a 15 year old, quite sarcastic teen, who is used to moving around a lot. She has a little sister named Mia and a nanny named Lottie, who’s german and really adorable.

Her mother met a new guy named Ernest, so the whole family including the dog, moved to London. Then her mother announced “were are moving in with Ernest and his family” and a new life for Liv began.

I really, really liked Liv. I love her thoughts and her use of sarcasm, her “I will never be like one of those love-strucked teenagers”, only to become on of them, too, her relationship with her sister (so cute!) and the fact that she is not dumb.

I liked all of the characters, especially Florence, Liv’s probably soon-to-be stepsister, who was quite annoying, but send me into a laughing fit so often.

Even though till here it sounded like I would give this book 5 stars, I won’t, because there were some things bugging me. For example the fact that their school had a Secrecy AKA Gossip Girl. Though I liked what Secrecy wrote about and I really want to know who she/he is, I kinda felt like this was copied.

Then there was the fact that the good first quarter of the book was quite boring. Nothing interesting happened. I think the only thing that kept me going was the narrator, because she did a beautiful job and I can totally see why she got a prize for this audiobook. Also I think I wouldn’t have liked this as much if not for her.

Also I’m not sure if I liked the beginning romantical relationship between Liv and one of the guys, whose name I won’t name, because read this story on your own ;). I have this bad feeling this could develop into a triangle between Liv, her stepbrother Grayson and the other guy (please, let me be wrong).

The ending was quite intense. I figured out this would happen a little bit before the actual scene, but still a felicitous twist.

Also it’s a good thing I already have the second audiobook, so I can go on listening to this right away.

Rating: 4 stars ✶ ✶ ✶ ✶

[Review] The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Everyone is loving this series, so I finally wanted to know what is up with all the hype. So I got Cinder, Scarlet and Cress from my local library and I’ve decided to do one giant (just kidding!) post about all three.

Later on, I will say something about each book, but right now I just want to say that I am glad I got them in german, because I think otherwise I wouldn’t have liked them at all. I might know how to read english, but I think the original version would have had to many unknown words for me and that makes me not like a book.

So like I’ve said, I’m glad.

If you don’t know it already, the Lunar Chronicles are based on fairy tales characters and have some basic elements of those tales, but the books are nothing like the old stories. Can you guess the tales they’re based on?

The series is suppossed to be told in fourth installments. The fourth and last one will be published in November 2015.

Cinder: ~ 4 stars

This book gave a nice intro into the story – which I thought is kind of brilliant if you think of it – and I really liked Cinder, the Cyborg. I could totally connect with her, I was sad and angry with her. And I would give anything to hit her stupid step-mother and step-sister with something that would really hurt. The only member of her so called family I liked was Peony and she didn’t deserved what she got. Iko, the android, was one of my favourites of this book as well. Prince Kai… well, do I have to like him? Because I don’t. At first I was wary of him and then I just didn’t care about him.

Scarlet: ~ 3,5 stars

Cinder is on the run after what happened in the first book and we now follow Scarlet, who is on the search for her missing grandmother. I liked Scarlet as well, but I couldn’t totally connect with her, not like I did with Cinder. Then there was Wolf and the change to being good of Wolf at the end feels kinda forced, am I the only one that thinks so?
Even though we are now following Scarlet, we get some scenes of Cinder and her new partner Thorne (he’s cool) and of course, Prince Kai and Levana (which is still creepy and disturbing).
There weren’t enough scenes of Cinder and way to much of Prince Kai. Can someone tell him the freaking truth already?! I’m so annoyed by him.
All in all, this book wasn’t as good or interesting as Cinder – in my opinion – but nonetheless I’ve read Cress, because I needed to know how the story goes on.

Cress: ~ 4,5 stars


Cress was the best of the three books like a lot of people told me on Goodreads (I know believe you! 😉 ). I really loved Cress, even though she was kinda naive, but you would be, too, if you haven’t had contact with a male like ever. Also I thought she and Thorne were quite adorable together and Thorne was really adapatable to the whole situation, he’s just really cool. The sad thing in this book though was that something happened to Scarlet (Chill out, she’s not dead! It just happened something to her) and because of that we didn’t get enough Wolf & Scarlet scenes, but I was totally rooting for those two 😦 Also we finally meet Winter (her book will be the next!) and even though she’s kinda crazy, I think I will love her. Oh, I forgot to mention Kai… still don’t like him, but I’ve made my peace with him and he finally figures stuff out, yeay!

 

I hope I didn’t spoil too much for you. :/ and now I thought I could to a little question round (you can answer these questions as well, if you want to):

Favourite Book?Cress

Favourite Heroine?Cinder

Favourite Hero?Wolf

Favourite Couple?Cress and Thorne

Favourite Villian?Sybil (sorry, Levana)

Least favourite Character?Kai (big surprise there)

Least favourite book?Scarlet

 

Cover Reveal: Every Last Breath by @JLArmentrout #thedarkelements

Maybe you know, but Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my favourite authors, so when a friend of mine told me, we could join the Cover Reveal for her third book of The Dark Elements-series, I was like: Gimme! So here it is:

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I am so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for EVERY LAST BREATH, the hotly anticipated conclusion to the Dark Elements trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout!! EVERY LAST BREATH is a Young Adult Paranormal being published by Harlequin Teen and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Dark Elements Series. It is being released on July 28th, 2015. Pre-order EVERY LAST BREATH and then be sure to read the first books in this amazing series before its release!

 Every Last Breath - Cover

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EVERY LAST BREATH Synopsis:

Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

“Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!”

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

“Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.”

–#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss

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And we have a surprise for you! The first books in the series have been given a new look too!!

Don’t miss the previous titles in The Dark Elements Series-now with new covers! Readers interested in downloading the new cover jackets for their previously purchased Dark Elements Series titles, can download them HERE!

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For best results when downloading the new cover jackets:

  • Print on 8.5×14″ (Legal paper)
  • Use landscape or horizontal setting = 8.5″ tall x 14″ wide
  • Print at 100% scale or “actual size”
  • Print with the image centered on page
  • Fold and trim to fit

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White Hot Kiss - New Cover

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WHITE HOT KISS synopsis:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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Stone Cold Touch - New Cover

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STONE COLD TOUCH Synopsis:

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden.  Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

“Constantly entertaining…the narrative sizzles with as much tension as romance.”

Kirkus Reviews on White Hot Kiss

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 And the Prequel Novella, BITTER SWEET LOVE…

 

Bitter Sweet Love - New Cover

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BITTER SWEET LOVE Synopsis:

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

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…

“With her signature flare for combining humor, romance and action, Armentrout weaves a fast-paced read that will have readers’ hearts racing in more ways than one. Like Armentrout’s previous heroines, Jasmine is fun and full of attitude, while Dez is as snarky as he is sexy. This is a must read for new and old fans alike!” –RT Book Reviews

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Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio:

Author Photo# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With 04/07/15

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Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With

“Meaning: The book or series is over and you so just wish you could peek in on the “life” you imagine they are leading years down the line after the story ends”

This is so hard, because some of my favourite series are still running. Well, let’s see with how many I can come up with.

Also at first I thought about adding a comment to each couple, but then I thought to myself: would I want to read what happened at the end of the series? No. So I just put the names down.

[EDIT: I just noticed that the question was what “character” we would like to check in and not what couple… Oops, whatever 😉 so basically I cheated – big time!]

1. Katy & Daemon (Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout)

2. Alex & Aiden (Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout)

3. Tod & Kaylee (Soul Screamer series by Rachel Vincent)

4. Reed & Darcy, Gage & Skyler, AJ & Brett (After Hours series by Elle Kennedy)

5. Reed & Crystal (Black Ops series by Cindy Gerard)

6. Tanner & Marna (The Fallen (#4) series by Cynthia Eden)

7. Gunner & Sydney (Sharp Shooter series by Cynthia Eden)

8. Saint & Ivy (Brotherhood of Blood (#3) series by Kathryn Smith)

9. Derek & Chloe (Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong)

10. William & Cerise (The Edge (#2) series by Ilona Andrews)