Blind Spot Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway)

"It's a story about how sometimes we fail to see things that are right in front of us."

Since You've Been Gone (Review)

"fabulous, wonderful, endearing, amazing story"

Dissected by Megan Bostic (Blog Tour)

"Powerful & Thought Provoking"

In Honor by Jessi Kirby (Review)

"This is going on my favorites shelf and I will probably reread it again in the future."

Blog Tour: Hungry by H.A. Swain (Review + Giveaway)

"Hungry is a captivating and thought-provoking story set in a fascinating world."

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Review))

"All-in-all, a perfect summer read and you should totally pick up these books, if you haven't already!"

The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle (Review)

"The Edge of Falling is a beautifully told story, both in plot and writing."

Hexed by Michelle Krys (Review)

"Hexed was just the thing that I needed to get back into the reading world."

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (Review & Giveaway)

Genre:
Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, Romance 
Publication.Date  December 9th 2014
Pages:400
Published By:  Delacorte Press
AuthorStacey Jay

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My review copy:Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

(Goodreads)

I am only a child, too innocent to realize that there is no salvation without sacrifice, no light without darkness, no triumph that doesn't carry the seeds of its own destruction bouncing in its pocket.
Human men can’t be trusted, not even fathers.
My curse means that I will never know romantic love. Not all human men are wicked, and there are so many kind, handsome Fey boys I daydreamed about when I was younger, but I will never know what it is like to love one of them. I will never know what passion feels like. I will always be alone.
I am a prisoner in a cell of my mother’s good intentions and I will never, ever escape.
I will never be anyone’s girl but my own.



Once upon a time there lived a 
prince and a princess
with no happy ever after....

     Princess of Thorns is one of my top three favorite books this year - absolutely phenomenal.

     Think something along the lines of Defy meets Sleeping Beauty, but more complex and exciting, intricate and funny, sexy and meaningful. Princess of Thorns has everything you could possibly want from a fantasy novel or fairy tale retelling. There are wicked dangers, curses and prophecies, evil kings and villains with surprisingly "humanizing" qualities, unexpected allies and forbidden love stories. The twist on Sleeping Beauty fairy tale was so amazing, I was positively blown away. I will be recommending this book to everyone. No one should miss it.

     I still can't decide which part of Princess of Thorns is my favorite. I loved everything from the really awesome, genuine and charismatic characters, the spellbinding writing style, the truly intricate and intelligent plot line to all the heart pounding emotions this book evoked in me. There's nothing I could nag about here, nothing to improve or tweak. This book is pretty much perfect in every aspect and I almost feel bad for other retellings that now have to compete with this one, for they will always fall short in comparison. 

     Stacey Jay did a fantastic job, she went above and beyond simply re-telling a fairy tale. She changed it, added a whole lot of new plot threads - some small and barely noticeable, others just as big and important as Aurora's story - and she made something completely new and unique. 

     If I had to choose what I loved the most about Princess of Thorns, I'd probably say: the relationships and chemistry between the characters (both positive and negative). And not only between Aurora and Niklaas, but between Aurora and her brother (we don't get to experience this first hand until the very end of the book, but we know how Aurora feels about her brother from the beginning), Aurora and her mother, Aurora and the Ogre Queen, the Ogre Queen and her brother, and so on...  They all felt very real and convincing. Not fairy-tale like at all, not stereotypical or embellished or one-dimensional. The characters felt very real, too, their reactions and behavior and feelings - genuine and very human. I particularly loved the relationship between Aurora and Niklaas - it's the most believable love story I ever came across in a fairy tale or a fairy tale retelling. I totally bought it. I was rooting for these two with all my heart. 

     Part of this love story's charm is definitely the fact that, for a long time, Niklaas believes Ror to be a 12 year old boy (Aurora's brother), which creates a whole lot of hilarious situations and misunderstandings. Niklaas doesn't hold back around Ror, he shows his true self. He's no charming, perfectly behaved prince, after all he isn't trying to woo a lady, he is 100% himself and it's just.. awesome. Example? Here's what Niklaas thinks about Ror shortly after their first encounter: "Flaming son of a demon. Arrogant, briar-born slog. Stuffed and trussed, barely teat-weaned, fuzz-faced baby man!"  And here's what he thinks about the whole marrying-a-princess-to-save-his-life ordeal: "It wouldn’t matter if she were the ugliest lump of troll dung ever birthed—it would be worth wedding a dog with an ass at both ends to live to see my nineteenth birthday—but I can’t deny I’d enjoy a pretty wife more than a homely one."  You just don't get this kind of brutal honesty in fairy tales. I loved it! 

     Filled with themes of love, redemption, forgiveness, bravery, destiny and finding yourself, Princess Of Thorns is simply wonderful. It's an unputdownable page-turner that will fill your heart with warmth. Most importantly, it's a fairy tale in which the princess doesn't need saving. She's no weak and helpless little girl who needs protection and a prince to make her existence whole. She's tough and fully capable of saving herself, and the YA world needs more heroines like her. 

     I highly recommend this book to fans of fantasy and fairy tale retellings. 


Friday, December 19, 2014

Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Guide for Book Lovers (Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Picture Books) + Giveaway

If you're anything like me, chances are you still need to buy some last-minute Christmas presents. And even if you don't, it's always nice to give a book - whether to a friend, to your mom or dad, your child or just a friendly neighbor! Well, don't you worry, I've got you covered! Below are some of the most fabulous, most exciting, best books of 2014 for you to choose from! 

And! And! And!
There is also a giveaway :) Because we all love giveaways! Especially with books!








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Feature & Follow: Mood Reading


The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

Do you have a go to genre when you’re happy, sad, or angry? 

I don't really have a go to genre when I'm in a certain mood. Usually reading in general is enough to make me feel a bit better. However, if I'm not in the mood for what I'm currently reading I'll either set it to the side for a bit or watch (trashy) television.

Do you have a go to genre when you're in a certain mood? Or are you more like me and reading in general just makes it all better? You can follow us however you like, just make sure to leave me a comment below with a link to your blog so I can visit! :)

  
        

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rough Around The Edges Meets Refined by Rachael Anderson {Book Review, Book Promo & Giveaway}

Rough Around the EdgesAround the Edges Meets Refined (Meet Your Match #2) by Rachael Anderson For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he's finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor's matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn't have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls' beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall. Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It's about learning that people aren't always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go.  
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I devoured this book page by page. I could not find it in me to put in down,even when sleep was a necessity, I still opted for more of Cassie and Noah. 

Noah lost his wife awhile ago and has pretty much made his two daughters his whole world since then. He's had no interest in dating what so ever but then his friend Becky who loves to meddle in his life and help out, makes him pick his daughters up from dance and meet the new dance teacher. Noah is at first turned off by Cassie, he can't see anything they have in common and she seems extremely standoffish which is definitely NOT what he is looking for. 

He had a laid-back manner about him that made it seem like nothing ever got to him, and yet Cassie didn't trust it. People weren't always what they seemed She'd learned that one the hard way. 

Cassie teaches dance and also lost her husband just recently but her situation is very much different from Noah's loss. Cassie feels free for the first time in her life from her judgmental, OCD and controlling husband. She gave up everything for him. The things she loved including her whole family weren't good enough for him so Cassie just let them go thinking that her husband was amazing, sweet and everything he claimed to be when he was courting her. Once they were married, things sure did change. Cassie swears that she will never let someone else railroad her again or fall in love again. Then she meets Noah and he seems to be amazing and real, perfect in almost every way which scares her even more. Noah grows closer to her and Cassie pulls away. When something life changing changes for Cassie, will Noah be able to keep her or will he lose yet another love in his life? 

It was that life happened. Whether good, whether bad, whether he made it happen or whether it happened all on its own, it just happened. And even though it may not seem okay at the time, eventually the pain subsided, the kinks got worked out, and weak people became a little stronger. Eventually. 

Such a beautiful romance, it was sweet, innocent and totaling clean. I just love a sweet love story where you know the characters are meant to be. It warmed my heart and was a perfect start to my December reading month. 

Pain was like a sledgehammer. It was a destroyer. With one or two hard strokes, it could tear apart something whole and turn it into ugly chunks and pieces. 
I would suggest you pick this book up and include it in your cozy fireplace reads. 





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  RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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