Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book I Covet: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 with
It's by Gayle Forman. 'Nuff said.

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

I Was Here will be released on January 27, 2015. Click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.

What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
Leave us a comment with a link so we can check your WoW of the week too.

"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series we do here on Wednesdays. It will feature books we are very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is basically the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, but we just like the title "books we covet" better. We will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Atria
Pages: 322 pages
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Source of my copy: bought
Series: n/a
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

As soon as I got my hands on this, I picked it up. From the cover and the description (which was a bit vague), I was expecting dirty hate sex and two characters who'll fight like cats and dogs outside of the bedroom until they developed deeper feelings for each other. Yeah, that was NOT it at all.

Ugly Love was good. I enjoyed it a lot but I don't love it.

The story alternates between Tate in the present and Miles six years in the past before he met Tate. We're actually getting two stories: Tate and Miles in the present told through Tate's first person POV and Miles and his relationship with Rachel six years ago told through his first person POV--for some reason his POV in this weird centered format. In the present, Miles was a broken man and we slowly find out in his chapters how he got that way. His and Rachel's story was heartbreaking. By the end of the novel, you understand why he was the way he was and I felt sorry for him.

But Tate in the present was not getting the information about Miles that we are getting. Sure, he never "lied" to her since he stated what he wanted in the beginning, which was that she not question his past or expect a future--it was to be a strictly friends (except they're "not friends") with benefits sort of deal. Miles in the present was closed off, ran hot and cold and he constantly pushed Tate away only to pull her back in again. If you skipped all of the Miles chapters, what he did to Tate in the present wouldn't be so easily dismissable.

But since, as a reader, you're getting him at his best when you switch to his perspective you just kind of feel bad for the guy. I put myself in Tate's character though, and she knew basically nothing about him, and I wanted to shake her silly out of her "liquid" haze about this guy who was essentially not treating her all that well. But she just took all of his shit like a doormat; she took his scraps that he gave her like a sad puppy. She didn't have much self-respect for most of the book so it's hard to respect respect her.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it a lot. It was just that I couldn't fully stand behind Tate and Miles' characters. It all came together in the end, though. I loved the epilogue, which tied that story into such a nice, satisfying ending. I liked that we even got a chapter told through Rachel's eyes. I found her character the most fascinating of all, actually. Hopefully, Hoover will release a novella of some sort to tell her story after she and Miles broke apart and how she healed.

Oh, FYI, there were quite a number of smexy scenes--more than the usual you'd find in Hoover's previous books. While Ugly Love was no where close to Fifty Shades or Crossfire series, it's steamier that the typical NA novel, which I didn't mind at all.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Weekly Wrap-Up + Book Splurge

Sunday, August 17, 2014 with
Hello everyone,
I went on a big of a book splurge this week, or more like this month.
This is just about a third of it. I'm still waiting for a bunch more to make its way to me. 
Actually, I can't seem to stop buying books now that I have a steady paycheck and I'm not really saving for anything.

I think I need to put myself in a strict book buying ban, like I can only buy a book if I read ten books or something. Not that book buying bans really work with me...

Anywho, here are our posts this week.

Review: The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin (Blog Tour)
If you enjoy manic pixie dream girl kind of characters, you're going to enjoy Addison Stone. Also, I wrote a haiku just for Addison.

Book I Covet: Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers
This YA thriller set all over the world and I cannot wait.

Book Review: Ten by Gretchen McNeil
This one kinda fell flat for me.

Nalini Singh's Rock Addiction Cover Reveal
Nalini Singh story about a rock star and a shy librarian. Look out for my review later this coming week.

If you haven't already (or if you wanna earn more entries), our Taking It All (Maya Banks' newest) giveaway is still going on. Enter here.

Michelle: Fast Track by Julie Garwood. This one is pretty good!

LeslieArranged by Catherine McKenzie. My sister recommended this one to me and I'm LOVING it.

Here are the books I bought that arrived at my door this week in more detail.
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I've have had my eyes on these books for a while and I finally have them in my possession!

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
I bought the e-book of DoB&S a while back but I wanted to get the entire series in a physical format to match my copy of DoS&B. So, with the purchase of these two, I finally have the entire Daughter of Smoke & Bone series. Yay!

I got one book for review this week.
Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs
According to the review pitch, this collection of novellas is a perfect entry to the world of Mercy Thompson for newbs like me. 

What new books did you guys get? I wanna see! Leave your STS* link so I can come gush over them.

Happy reading,

*Stacking the Shelves, or STS, is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Friday, August 15, 2014

Nalini Singh's Rock Addiction Cover Reveal

Friday, August 15, 2014 with
Hello everyone,
Today, I'm doing a cover reveal.** Now, we don't often participate in a lot of cover reveals here but when we do, it's usually for an author whose books we love and basically auto-buy.

If you didn't know already, Nalini Singh (who is one of my favorite authors--I'm in love with her Psy-Changeling series and her Guild Hunter series) is writing a contemporary romance! It's called Rock Addiction and the story is about rock star bad boy Zachary Fox and shy librarian Molly Webster. I've already read it and while I didn't love it, I did enjoy it. I'll be posting my review on Tuesday next week.

Without further ado, here is the cover of Rock Addiction as well as a steamy teaser from the novel.

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…
Pretty darn hot, right? The tattooed arm looks a kinda awkward, though. The upper arm muscle doesn't look quite proportionate but if I don't look too closely, it's okay. Rock Addiction will be out on September 9th!

For more info about Rock Addiction (which will be the first in a series--I saw somewhere that Fox's band members are getting their own novels or novellas) the best place to go is Nalini's website/blog. She's also pretty active on Twitter.

Have a great weekend everyone and happy reading,

P.S. Don't forget to enter our giveaway. You can win a copy of Taking It All by Maya Banks!

**Thank you to The Rock Stars of Romance for the opportunity to be part of this cover reveal.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 296 pages
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Source of my copy: bought
Series: standalone
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Don't spread the word!
Three-day weekend. Party at White Rock House on Henry Island.
You do NOT want to miss it.
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.
But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.
Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

I was really looking forward reading Ten because I have heard Gretchen McNeil praised as a good horror writer. But Ten was underwhelming at best.

Most of the book read like a silly teen "scary" movie--as in not scary at all. The last fourth of the book did get exciting somewhat. It did give me a bit of a run around trying to figure out who the killer was and I was finally engaged. The mystery of the last fourth of the novel was what saved the book from my giving it less than three stars.

I never really connected with any of the characters, even the main character. The secondary characters felt like shallow cutouts of cliché teen personalities like you'd find in a cheesy TV show. Maybe since most of them were merely there to die, the author didn't really put that much effort in giving them any of them any sort of real personality. I hardly cared about any of their deaths, and that really lessened the "scary" factor of the novel for me.

As for the main character Meg, she was more developed than the others but only just. I couldn't have cared less if the killer got to her. Meg had a bit of a romance going on with one of the boys but I never really felt any spark between them.

I read this book fairly quickly but only because it was one of those easy, mindless reads and not because I was really invested in the characters or even finding out who the killer was. If you're looking for a true horror novel, you'll want to skip this one.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Book I Covet: Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 with
I love action-packed reads and Inherit Midnight promises to be one. And I love that it's set all over the world.

The Competition:
Outlandishly wealthy Grandmother VanDemere has decided to leave her vast fortune to the family member who proves him or herself worthiest—by solving puzzles and riddles on a whirlwind race around the globe, from the mines of Venezuela to the castles of Scotland. There will be eight competitors, three continents . . . and a prize worth millions.

The Players:
Seventeen-year-old Avery is the black sheep of the VanDemere clan, the ostracized illegitimate daughter. Finally, she has a chance to prove herself... and to discover the truth about her long-lost mother.

Marshall might be Avery’s uncle, but there’s no love lost between the two of them. He’s her main competition, and he’ll do anything to win—including betray his own children.

Riley is the handsome son of Grandmother VanDemere’s lawyer. As the game progresses, Avery falls hard for Riley. Suddenly, losing the game might mean losing him, too.

As the competition takes treacherous turns, it becomes clear there can only be one victor. Who can Avery truly trust? And is winning worth her life?

Inherit Midnight will be released on February 10, 2015. Click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.

What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
Leave us a comment with a link so we can check your WoW of the week too.

"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series we do here on Wednesdays. It will feature books we are very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is basically the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, but we just like the title "books we covet" better. We will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available.