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."

Friday, November 28, 2014

DNF Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie

Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication.Date  October 28th 2014
Published By:  Dutton Childrens 
AuthorAlly Condie

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My review copy:Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.


Though my feet are firmly on the ground of Atlantia, I’m dissolving.
My sister’s gone.
She decided to go Above.
She would never do this.
She did.
Bay asked me if I heard the city breathing.
I hear my own breathing now, in and out and in and out. I live here. I will die here.
I am never going to leave.
The Minister saw Atlantia clearly in his dream—a beautiful place of temples and churches set on plazas. He saw colorful buildings with shops on the ground floor and apartments rising above them, and boulevards and streets connecting everything together.
“They say that the sirens are miracles, not people,” she told Bay and me once, in a rare moment of frustration with her work. “Can you imagine believing such a thing? People can be miracles.”

Sadly, this was a DNF at 100 pages.

     This was, essentially, a yawn-fest. Every time I would pick it up, I would get through 20-30 pages and then I would fall asleep (and it's not merely a figure of speech, I really could not get through more than 20 pages without drifting off). My eyes were literally tearing up from yawning, guys, this has never happened to me before - at leas not to this extent. Sadly, I was not able to get immersed in this story.

     The concept was very exciting and the idea of an underwater city and a society that sacrifices itself so that others can survive and live peacefully was more than intriguing and promising. But the writing really dragged this book down to the bottom of the ocean. The pacing was slow, the narrative - redundant and boring, the characters lacked any kind of characteristics that would make me root for them, or even remotely care about their fates. 

     I was very determined to wait it out to see if the plot picks up and if anything exciting happens later, but the first 100 pages didn't offer much to go on, and so I lost hope. And interest. I'm sad that I didn't enjoy this book more, I had such high hopes for it (mainly because of the premise). 

     Read it if you don't mind slow pacing and unrelatable characters, maybe you'll have better luck with it. The concept is there and the imagery is nice, but the execution is lacking in many aspects. The world building is on a decent level - the mythology is interesting enough, though the way it is all packed into the first chapters of the book, makes it difficult to enjoy the plot. 

     For the great premise alone, I am giving it two stars instead of one.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

For Real by Alison Cherry (Review)

Young Adult, Contemporary 
Publication.Date  December 9th 2014
Published By:  Delacorte Press
AuthorAlison Cherry

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No parents. No limits. No clue what they're in for.

Shy, cautious Claire has always been in her confident older sister's shadow. While Miranda's life is jam-packed with exciting people and whirlwind adventures, Claire gets her thrills vicariously by watching people live large on reality TV.

When Miranda discovers her boyfriend, Samir, cheating on her just before her college graduation, it's Claire who comes up with the perfect plan. They'll outshine Miranda's fame-obsessed ex while having an amazing summer by competing on Around the World, a race around the globe for a million bucks. Revenge + sisterly bonding = awesome.

But the show has a twist, and Claire is stunned to find herself in the middle of a reality-show romance that may or may not be just for the cameras. This summer could end up being the highlight of her life... or an epic fail forever captured on film. In a world where drama is currency and manipulation is standard, how can you tell what's for real?


I have another chance to prove myself, and it starts right now.
I'm on this show for comic relief.

     So, sometime at the end of June I got a box of December ARCs from the fantastic folks at Random House and thought to myself: "Wow, that is so cool! And so.. early!", and I was ready to toss it under the bed for future reading (you know, closer to the publishing date). But before I did that, I sat down to closer inspect the books. I started reading the synopsis, etc. And then, on a whim, I decided to read a few pages of For Real (OK, I admit, it looked like a perfect summer read!). 5 hours and one skipped meal later, I was sitting on the couch with a huge grin stuck on my face, with my belly hurting from all the laughing. 

     For Real, was AMAZING. For real!! Charming, clever, sharp, fresh, humorous and completely captivating! I really, truly, completely loved it. I could not believe this book was set to publish in December, and not during summer, as it was such a fantastic, feel-good, summer read! I'm really glad I got to read this book early, it really made my June! 

    The plot line of For Real revolves around two sisters, Claire and Miranda, joining a reality TV show called Around the World in order to get revenge on the older sister's cheating ex-boyfriend, Samir. Competing in a crazy race around the world is hard, racing with a freshly broken heart and against the one responsible for your heartache is even harder, but can you imagine doing all that on a show that turns out to be a dating show? Pure insanity! 

     I devoured this book. I could not get enough of the wonderfully captivating writing style, fantastic characters and delicious sense of humor. I loved the twists, I loved the revenge-driven plot line, I loved the hilarious and often times completely crazy tasks the competitors had to face. It was all extremely entertaining. What I loved the most, though, was probably the way Miranda and Claire's relationship was depicted. And the way it changed over the course of this story. They both learned new things - about themselves and each other. They bonded and learned to appreciate one another even more. I loved their sisterly bond! 

     For Real sports an amazing cast of characters. Claire and Miranda are great - and so very different from each other (and I just adore Claire's snarky inner monologues - they're hysterical!). But they're not the only ones worth mentioning, not by a long shot! Will Divine is, well, divine, and also devilishly clever. Troy is hilarious, and you really can't help but grin at the things he says. Even Samir is quite an interesting character, despite the fact that he's a cheating stuck up narcissist - or maybe precisely because of that? They're all just very colorful, unique and believable, and it's all too easy to get completely caught up in their stories. 

     Undeniably, I had a lot of fun with this book, so if you're looking for something to brighten up a gloomy winter afternoon, I definitely recommend For Real. It's a story that is both entertaining and meaningful,and I can't imagine anyone disliking it. You'll be glued to the pages, laughing out loud and wreaking your brain trying to figure out what's real and what's not.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Accidentally Married to...a Vampire? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (Review)

Accidentally Married to...a Vampire? (Accidentally Yours, #2)
New Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Publication.Date  November 19, 2013
Published By:  Forever
WebsiteMimi Jean Pamfiloff

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THE DETERMINED VAMPIRE: Niccolo DiConti has faithfully served as leader of Her Majesty’s army for over a millennium, but he’d rather sunbathe in the Sahara than spend another grueling day under his demented queen’s command. However, no one has ever left her side and lived to tell. So when a powerful goddess prophesies he will meet his salvation—a human woman he must turn into a vampire with her consent—he eagerly rises to the challenge. After all, how hard could it be to seduce a human female into taking the immortal plunge? Harder than he thinks. Because his mate won’t be born for another three centuries, and when he wakes up in the goddess’ tomb, not only is his life a mess, but his destined female isn’t about to settle for a coldhearted vampire. Can he win her over before it’s too late? Not if his enemies have anything to do with it.

AN UNWILLING BRIDE: On the night Helena Strauss meets the fierce, devastatingly handsome vampire who saves her life in the jungles of Mexico, she knows her world will be forever changed. Because an attraction this mind blowing only comes along once in a lifetime—or existence. And when he claims she is his one true mate, destined to be his for all eternity, it’s a fairytale come true. So what if her knight in shining armor is a vampire? Nobody’s perfect. But discovering the powerful, overbearing immortal doesn’t “do love”? Deal breaker. Helena will flee and set out to accomplish the impossible…sever the otherworldly bond between them. And it turns out, Helena is just the leverage Niccolo’s enemies need to break the mighty warrior and wipe out his people.


But he was not just any man. He was a male so perfect that words would catfight each other just for the honor of describing him. He was a god. A bone fide deity. He had to be. Because a normal man wouldn't give her the urge to fall to her knees and worship at his feet. Or drool.
"Your mate," he said, then slowly bent his head to nuzzle her neck. "Designed by fate and the universe to be your ideal companion in every way." His breath tickled her neck. He seemed to be completely absorbed in the act of nuzzling.
What if Niccolo lost? What would happen to her? And wasn't fighting naked sort of dangerous? Not to mention inappropriate?
Yes, of course my bride should be the cautious type. This will ensure her survival. He smiled inwardly. Perhaps, the universe was smarter than he thought. It was beginning to appear that his mate had all the right traits. Physical and mental. He was going to enjoy learning her. Thoroughly.
"First," he announced, "I am going to tell you my story, and then I'm going to tell you how you've changed my life, and how much I love you."
"You--you love me?" she muttered.
Smiling warmly, he nodded and stroked her cheek. "We are not to that part of the story, yet, my love. But be patient."

I read the first book, Accidentally in Love with...a God? over the summer for Mermaids & Myths month. I got pulled into the series from that start, and I've been thinking of this second book ever since, so I am so glad I've finally gotten the time to read this one. The humor dripping from these stories is magnificent, and the overall plot is fantastic. I am seriously falling in love with this entire series. And while I super enjoyed book 1, I definitely loved Accidentally Married to...a Vampire? even more.

This one is told completely in third person, switching between three POVs--Niccolo, Helena, and Andrus. Helena, of course, was a spunky heroine with some great attitude. I really liked her, though he willingness to believe things so quickly surprised me. She's a very formulaic person. Very into science and working things out logically to find the rational explanation. And yet she believed Niccolo about being a vampire pretty quickly. And then she jumped on board with Andrus, too. Now, I can definitely chalk this up to the situations she was in for both those instances, but still. I was surprised. Doesn't change that I like her, though.

Niccolo was wonderful. He's so manly and protective, but he's not intentionally forceful in a way that makes his come across as a jerk. He regrets when he and Helena argue. He feels bad when she's upset. And THAT was fantastic. Went a long way in showing how great of a person he is. Yes, he wants to protect Helena. But he doesn't want her to be unhappy, either. That's evident from the beginning and only becomes more pronounced as the story evolves. All of this added up to me loving Niccolo. 

And then there was Andrus. I have so many feelings for this guy. They're all over the place, but in the end I just feel bad for the guy--and now hopeful. He has a good heart. He's not seriously bad, and that showed for a majority of the story. That's all I'm going to say about Andrus because I don't want to spoil anything. Just know that I really, really, REALLY like this dude when it all comes down to it.

Whereas the romance was very hot and cold in the first book, this time around it didn't get as frustrating. It took longer for the couple to truly get together, but they weren't annoyingly fighting all the time and messing things up when they were just looking good. Instead, Niccolo and Helena start out wobbly, and then their relationship grows stronger as the story progresses. Not without a bunch of other ups and downs accompanying, but the arc of their romance was still more appeasing to my poor feels. I freaking LOVE Niccolo and Helena together. They make my heart happy.

The writing was humorous and captivating. I adore how funny this book was, and I was hooked from the very beginning. The plot had more tricks up its sleeve than I anticipated. I thought I'd have it figured out like I did with the first book, and I suppose I did guess ONE thing, but the great majority of those twists I did not see coming. The surprise behind that was incredibly satisfying, and made the story that much more enthralling. I also enjoyed how the story fit into the world created in the first book, but this novel also paved its own way. There's some overlap (*cough*Cimil*cough*) but most of this one is new. Still connected and in the same world as book 1, obviously, but also different. It was fun.

Overall, Accidentally Married to...a Vampire? was a fun, enthralling read that I absolutely loved. The humor was perfect, the plot was interesting, and the characters earned my devotion. Not to mention that romance that made my heart sing. This novel was seriously great, and I can't wait to pick up the next book soon! I've already looked at it, and I'm sure I'm in for another good time. Yay!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Evie's Poland TBR Pile (Reading Goals for November - February)

Hello lovelies!
So, I am already in Poland. Together with Tori we flew here about two weeks ago, and we're enjoying the family time with my parents and grandma. Most of all, I am enjoying some more sleep and some me time! And you know what that means? I am reading! 

I have big plans for catching up on review books and scheduling reviews ahead, and I have a big TBR Pile. I thought I'd share my TBR pile with you guys. This will (hopefully) motivate me to work even harder and get sh*t done. 

So here it is, my Poland TBR Pile - books I decided I want to read while visiting my parents (November 11th - February 10th) 

Books I have planned to read:

Books I have already read:

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley (3/5 stars)
Revival by Stephen King (5/5 stars)
The White Plague by James Abel (3/5 stars)

From outside of the list:

The Fog Diver by Joel Ross (4/5 stars)
The Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett (4/5 stars)

Currently Reading:

Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (it's AMAZING!)
The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose (really good, too!)


Read 3 out of 24 books + 2 outside of the list

I'll be updating this list every now and then and sharing my progress :)

See any books you're excited for?
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