Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey everybody! Today I have another Waiting on Wednesday for you, which is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. For this meme you basically just spotlight a book that hasn't been released yet! This week my WoW is This Shattered World by Amie Kauffman and Meagan Spooner.

The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

The stunning second novel in the Starbound trilogy is an unforgettable story of love and forgiveness in a world torn apart by war.

Release date: December 23rd 2014 

This Shattered World is the sequel to These Broken Stars which came out in December last year, and I absolutely loved that book! The covers on these books are stunning and while I wish we were getting more books on Lilac and Tarver, i'm excited to read anything related to their story and this world! 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Book Review: Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane

Chasing Magic (Downside Ghosts book 5) by Stacia Kane 
Genre: Urban Fantasy


Magic-wielding Churchwitch and secret addict Chess Putnam knows better than anyone just how high a price people are willing to pay for a chemical rush. But when someone with money to burn and a penchant for black magic starts tampering with Downside’s drug supply, Chess realizes that the unlucky customers are paying with their souls – and taking the innocent with them, as the magic-infused speed compels them to kill in the most gruesome ways possible.

As if the streets weren’t scary enough, the looming war between the two men in her life explodes, taking even more casualties and putting Chess squarely in the middle. Downside could become a literal ghost town if Chess doesn’t find a way to stop both the war and the dark wave of death-magic, and the only way to do that is to use both her addiction and her power to enter the spell and chase the magic all the way back to its malevolent source. Too bad that doing so will probably kill Chess – if the war doesn’t first destroy the man who’s become her reason for living.

I have so much love for this entire series. I think it's probably one of my favourites of all time. Being the 5th book in the series this review will probably contain spoilers for the first 4 books, so be warned! 

I can hardly put into words how much I love this!! I actually think i'm out of control. I love absolutely everything about it, the plot, the setting, THE CHARACTERS! Especially Terrible. I love that man. It's insane how much I love him really. I just have all the feels for this series and this book. This review will probably just be more like me rambling on about how much I love it, so sorry about that!

Chess and Terrible are such wonderful characters and their development over all five books has been amazing to watch/read. I've never read a book where the main character in a drug addict before and although I in no way think drugs and good, I kind of like that Chess isn't just your average perfect and pretty heroine. She has flaws (and bigs ones at that) but I think it makes her more real, and more likeable. She did annoy me at times during this books, but that's kind of been a recurring theme throughout all the books. Just some of the things she chooses to do UGH, CHESS! I just wanted to shake her. In the end she makes the right decision though and it made me so happy to see her FINALLY make he right choice and not make anymore stupid decisions! 

The plot in this book was really interesting, it was mysterious and engaging and at no point did I feel bored. I just wanted to keep on reading until I finished, which is what I did. I love all the minor characters in this series as well. Lex (though he does annoy me quite a lot), Bump and Elder Griffin (Even though i'm so angry at him in this book). 

I can't stop thinking about Terrible. Seriously, I don't know what it is about him. He's described as huge, ugly and scarred, he's a brutal killer yet he's so adorable. The things he says to Chess just break my heart. That scene after Chess gets back from Lex's. oh wow. That was pretty intense! 

“Mine, Chessie."  "Aye? Fuckin mine. Not his.”

“Love you, Chessie,” he murmured. “Ain’t never … Fuckin love you, more’n anything.”

He just...I don't know. That scene at Elder Griffin's wedding omg I just died. He is just everything, I can't even. 

“Shit. You so fuckin pretty, Chessie. True thing. So … ain’t even can breathe sometimes.”

Sorry for the incessant fangirling, I just can't contain my feels. I don't understand how anyone could read this book and not fall in love with Terrible. I feel like Chess and Terrible really connect completely in this book. Their relationship has always been a bit rocky but I think they have finally got themselves together. I would literally read 1000 page novels about Terrible and Chess doing mundane, normal things like grocery shopping. That would be amazing. 

“She wasn’t going to lie and she wasn’t going to try to hide Terrible or who he was. She loved him and he was hers, and that made her so proud her chest hurt, and if anybody didn’t like it they could go fuck themselves.”

From my review you can probably tell that the main reason I read this series is because of Chess and Terrible's relationship. However I do really enjoy the world and the stories. I love the language that the characters in Downside use, it creates such a unique setting which I love to dive in to! I hope that we get a book six soon because i'm dying to read more about this world and I really want Chess and Terrible to get married ;) PLEASE STACIA MAKE IT HAPPEN! And please, if you haven't already, go read this series! 

Thanks for reading :) 

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Waiting on Wednesday

Hi everyone :) Today I have another Waiting on Wednesday, which is hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. All you do for this is highlight an upcoming release that you're really excited about. This week my WoW is Invaded by Melissa Landers, the sequel to Alienated!

The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe...until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.

Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.

Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.

The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?

I just finished Alienated and I really loved it, but I NEED this book now! Too bad it doesn't come out until next year :( *CRYS* Seriously though, the first book was so good! 

Monday, 7 July 2014

Book Review: Gabriel's Rapture

Gabriel's Rapture by Sylvain Reynard 
Genre: Contemporary Adult/New Adult Romance

Professor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with his former student, Julia Mitchell. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex. But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover. When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he succumb to Dante's fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever? In Gabriel's Rapture, the brilliant sequel to the wildly successful debut novel, Gabriel's Inferno, Sylvain Reynard weaves an exquisite love story that will touch the reader's mind, body, and soul, forever.

“I wandered in the darkness looking for something better, something real. I found you, and I'll be damned if I'm going to lose you.”

Gabriel's Rapture is the sequel to Gabriel's Inferno and picks up right where the first book left off. First let me just say that I LOVED The first book in this series! This book was just as good in my opinion. I absolutely loved every second of it! I don't cry in books very often, it's probably only ever happened twice. However, I found myself tearing up at the end of this book. I don't even know why really! I just felt so connected to the story and the characters. 

“I want to be your first and your last. I love you, Julianne. I offer you my heart and my life.”

Oh, Gabriel. Professor Emerson. I love that man.  I can't tell you how much I enjoy both Gabriel and Julia as characters. They are not perfect, they have both made mistakes. I think this is why I like them so much. I felt so connected to them, which is why I got so emotional while reading this book. They both feel so real. Sometimes in books the male is portrayed as being 'perfect'. I liked that Gabriel had flaws, and that they were actually acknowledged and discussed in the book, not just shoved under the rug.

“She was his as surely as if he'd branded his name on her skin.”

There was no doubt in my mind that Gabriel and Julia were meant to be together. I loved them together and I was hoping they would finally be able to be happy! And they were, for a short period of time and then everything comes crashing down...I was devastated at times during this book. I was frustrated and angry, especially at Gabriel! But I still held out hope and in the end I was very happy. 

This series isn't really like anything i've read in the new adult/adult genre before. While is may appear to be the classic teacher/student relationship, there is so much more to the story than that. I think the focus on both Julia and Gabriel's love for Dante gave this story a very unique plot and the way the characters interacted just seemed to have a sophisticated feel to it. It's hard to explain really, this series just feels so different! I also really liked the writing style and some of the language used was just so beautiful. 

I would highly recommend both books one and two, to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance or perhaps if you are interested in Dante like Gabriel and Julia both are. Please, please, please read this series because it is so amazing! 

“I breathe you,” he whispered. “You’re everything. You’re the air.”

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