Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Reads: ARC Review of Golden Son by Pierce Brown!!!

Hello guys!

Friday Reads is back a lil later in the day than usual, but this week has been a bit strange and yesterday though full of good news and potential good news left me completely drained, so I've slept in today like there's no tomorrow.

Today's book is a sequel without middle book syndrome and one that absolutely made my day when I was approved by Random House via NetGalley to read it (THANK YOU!!)! The only bad thing about reading it as an ARC? The even longer wait for Book 3!!

As an ARC it will be counted towards my 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge and as a science fiction dystopian it will be counted towards my Dystopian Reading Challenge 2014!







Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy, #2)Golden Son by Pierce Brown

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


When the first book in a series sets itself up as a 5 stars, there's always the question of how will the second one fare compared to it but in this case have no fear. Golden Son doesn't suffer from second book/sequel syndrome AT ALL, if anything I'd say it's even better than Red Rising, and that's quite a feat in itself!

Darrow has found himself a successful place in the Gold elite, apprenticing under Nero au Augustus, the ArchGovernor of Mars and a man that believes he has the best interests of the human race and that his way is the only way to proceed.

Darrow's plight is as dire as ever, he needs to get a position of power so he can follow the plans of the Sons of Ares to destroy the Society from within, and that is not getting any easier the higher he climbs. The amount of political intrigues, tactical changes and who to trust, who not to trust in this book is estupendous!

Darrow has gained himself some enemies within the Augustus family and due to their conspiring, he loses his place there. But it doesn't stop there, because the Sovereign is involved and soon everything progresses into a bigger scale for Darrow, for the Augustuses/Augustii and maybe even for the Society as a whole.

I am simply in love with the complexities of the world the author has crafted in these books, with how the Society elite being so rooted in Roman tradition, and not only by family names or Gods, but also because if there was something the Romans knew about was politics and intrigue!

One word of warning, this is a LONG book and although it is quite full of action everywhere and politics and intrigue and tactics and counterattacks and it never seemed slow for me and I couldn't turn pages fast enough and I finished the second half of the book before sleep, it reads a lil different, the pace is not as fast but every page is full of fascinating and intricate relationships, changes of alliances and quite shocking reveals!

Yes, there are twists and reveals, and like Darrow I felt like I should have realized that before, but I was completely blindsided, and no don't worry I'm not gonna give more hints as to what reveal I'm talking about.

After more epic scheming, and seeing what a great team in political matter Mustang and Darrow make, an epic battle and when you think that things are finally looking up... the othe shoe drops, and holy shitzu does it drop the big way. The ending of the book is painful and a full on cruel cliffhanger that will give you a very serious book hangover!!

Golden Son earns its gold fair and square and it's a sequel that does what every sequel ought to do, bring up the stakes even higher, make the world more complex and leave you pining and crying for the next book! Very much well deserved 5 stars!!



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Thursday, December 18, 2014

12 Days of Lailah - Ink & Batter Lailah holiday cupcakes!!



Lailah by Nikki Kelly
Styclar Saga #1
Release date: October 7th 2014

Synopsis:

The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.



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Hey guys! Today I have a very special Ink & Batter edition, because it is part of the 12 Days of Lailah celebration! You might be wondering what the 12 Days of Lailah are? Well, it's a special tour organized by the founder members of the Styclar Street Team and Nikki Kelly herself!You can discover many new tidbits about the book and the characters, find you awesome Xmas music and drool with Lailah themed cupcakes and cookies!

For my own stop I couldn't choose anything else but Lailah inspired decorated cupcakes! I went with chocolate & vanilla cupcakes (half & half so to speak!) with vanilla cream cheese icing, since it'd would also give a nice contrast in looks as well as in flavour! And then did a few fondant decorations that highlight some key details in the book: angel wings, Lailah's ring, the chess game, fangs, a few country flags and let's not forget the Xmas tree that Lailah and the others decorate!



















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And don't miss out on any of the days either past or present of the 12 Days of Lailah!!

 
*Sunday, December 14th: Beth at Curling Up With a Good Book shares a Lailah-themed Christmas playlist.
*Monday, December 15th: Brittany at Please Feed the Bookworm matches Lailah characters to their fitting ugly Christmas sweaters.
*Tuesday, December 16th: Rachel at A Perfection Called Books shares exactly what to get the Lailah, Gabriel and Jonah for Christmas.
*Wednesday, December 17th: Patricia at The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club shines some light on exactly how Gabriel and Jonah would celebrate the holidays in their respective realms.

*Thursday, December 18th: Pili at In Love With Handmade whips up some Lailah holiday cupcakes.
*Friday, December 19th: Andrew at Endlessly Reading showcases Jonah and Brooke's potential Christmas outfits.
*Saturday, December 20th: Jessica at The Book Bratz hosts a guest post by Lailah author Nikki Kelly where she shares her favorite Christmas traditions and memories.
*Sunday, December 21st: Ri at Hiver et Cafe releases some exclusive Lailah quotes and shares her take on what Lailah would wear for Christmas.
*Monday, December 22nd: Andrew at Endlessly Reading hosts a character interview with author Nikki Kelly, Lailah, Jonah and Gabriel.
*Tuesday, December 23rd: Genissa at A Story Diary hosts a guest post from Nikki Kelly about the Christmas scene from Lailah.
*Wednesday, December 24th: Dana at Dana Square bakes some Lailah-inspired Christmas cookies.
*Thursday, December 25th: Amber at The Book Bratz releases a brand-new rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas - Lailah style.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #73!!


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted at Breaking The Spine  that spotlights those can't-wait-to-get-my-hands-on-them books that we are eagerly awaiting!

This week the book I'm absolutely dying to read is a sequel of a book that I read because it came highly recommended by one of my canaries and bookish friends, Kristen from My Friends Are Fiction. And book might that be, you say? The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon!!





Goodreads Summary:

"Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on."



Why am I eagerly awaiting The Mime Order? Well, I adored The Bone Season, that was book one and I adored everything about the book, from the world building that was intricate and complex and simply fantastic, to Paige the main character to Warden, and I just cannot wait to get back into this world! I read a sampler for this book and loved it, so I cannot wait till I can read the next book!


What are you all (im)patiently awaiting this week?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

105 Challenge 2015 hosted by Read Write Love 28!!


Well, today I'm doing my usual Tell Me Tuesdays because I'm still reading Symbiont since last week, but I am joining yet another reading challenge for 2015!!

Remember when I said I didn't want to over do it? Well, already signed up for 3 challenges and 2015 still hasn't arrived!

The good thing about the 105 Challenge is that you can combine more than one challenge! It is hosted by Nori of Read Write Love 28 and you're supposed to read 105 books!

And not only read 105 books, because you might think that 105 is a bit of an odd number, but it's done by adding up 12 + 11 + 10 + 9 + 8 + 7 + 6 + 5 + 4 + 3 +2 + 1!

One incentive for joining the challenge will be a rafflecopter where you can get points for completing each group of books! Rafflecopter will be picking a winner each month who will receive a special prize for completing part of the challenge.

The one requirement that Nori has for joining this challenge is that whenever you FINISH reading an entire category, please make a GR shelf for it and send her the link through rafflecopter!

Here are my categories for this challenge!

12 - Review copies (either physical or eARCs)

11 - Sequels

10 - Physical books from my TBR that have been there since 2014

9 -  Diversity & LGBT books

8 - Classic MG & YA

7 - Alyssa Recommends books

6 - YA contemporary

5 - 2015 new releases

4 - Dystopian books

3 - Indie books

2 - Re-reads

1 - Non-fiction book

So that's it, I'm planning to add a lil more variety, keep up with my review copies and make sure I don't stress myself too much thinking of completing my challenge!

If you need more info, check Nori's post about the challenge HERE!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Mark This Book Monday: Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout!!

Hey there guys.

The blog has been a little silent this past week, but my brain has been rather wacked since last Tuesday for family reasons. My favourite aunt was fighting cancer for the last few months and over the past week she took a turn for the worst and died on Friday. My days off work were spent grieving and with my family instead of reading and relaxing as I had planned.

But I need to get back to a somewhat regular schedule and getting the blog somewhat back in shape, so for today I have a new Mark This Book Monday review. This one was one of those new releases that I just had to read as soon as I got it!



Wicked (A Wicked Saga, #1)Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Another page turner from JLA! Steamy, full of awesome banter and a nice twist on Fae mythology!

I got to read the first 8 chapters early as the author were posting them on Wattpad and then as soon as my preorder downloaded at midnight, I started reading it and finished it that very same night!

Ivy is a great character and I loved how she was both kick arse and vulnerable, had some secrets in her past that shaped who she was but kept on trying to move forward and not settle only with the path of the Order.

Ren is one swoony character, he's part nice guy part, cocky bastard in the best of ways. He had his moments of being a lil irritating but never in a really angering way, and he had some really disarming cute moments. He was also extremely alluring and reading the chemistry between him and Ivy was fantastic to read!

Tink was an interesting character, since at first it seems more a comic relief than anything else, but by the end of the book we get the feeling there's more to him than just that, and I'm pretty sure that'll be expanded in the next book too.

I loved the idea of the Order being Fae hunters in secret and I found the idea of Fae myth and the way it was tweaked for the book very intriguing,it's basically the same but with some twists here and there that ended up being at the core of the whole book and the climax! There were some surprising revelations, some that I kinda saw coming, but we're still left with unexplained motivations, which I'm quite eager to learn about in the next book.

This book is NA give the fact that the characters are in college age, and Ivy is actually trying to get through college while being a Fae hunter and also because there are more mature scenes and situations and that includes sex. And boy, Jennifer L Armentrout does know how to write steamy scence!

Very well deserved 4 stars for this one, and once again JLA has managed to start another series I'm gonna be pinning after!



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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #72!!


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted at Breaking The Spine  that spotlights those can't-wait-to-get-my-hands-on-them books that we are eagerly awaiting!

This week I have one of those books that were postponed for a while and that I've been dying for since I finished my binge read of the Fever series, one of those Urban Fantasy series that I'm still as hooked as with the first few books, so I'm going nuts waiting for Burned by Karen Marie Moning!



Goodreads Summary:

" It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.
When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth."



Why am I eagerly awaiting Burned? Well... BARRONS!!! MAC!! Need I say more!?!? If you don't know what I'm screaming about, just go grab Darkfever and start reading!

What are you all (im)patiently awaiting this week?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Last Will And Testament by Dahlia Adler Release Day Blitz!!

Hello again guys!

Today I am very honoured to be part of the Release Day Blitz for Last Will And Testament by Dahlia Adler!


Title: Last Will and Testament
Series: Radleigh University
Author: Dahlia Adler
Pub date: December 9, 2014

Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she's acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she'll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn't exactly Lizzie's biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you're ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks... and that she'd like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he's not the kind of guy who'd ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23357716-last-will-and-testament






About Dahlia Adler:

I'm an Associate Editor of mathematics by day, a Copy Editor by night, and a YA and NA author and blogger at every spare moment in between. I've also been a Production Intern and Editorial Assistant at Simon & Schuster, a Publicity Intern at HarperCollins, and a Fashion Intern at Maxim. So, I'm kind of into that whole publishing thing. 

I'm the author of the Daylight Falls duology (consisting of BEHIND THE SCENES and the upcoming UNDER THE LIGHTS), as well as the NA novel LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT.  For information on those books and where you can buy them, check out the YA Books and NA Books pages!

I live in New York City with my husband and our overstuffed bookshelves, and you can find me on Twitter at @MissDahlELama and blogging at The Daily Dahlia, YA Misfits, and Barnes & Noble. I'm also a member of OneFourKidLit. Come say hi!


Tell Me Tuesdays #21!!


Tell Me Tuesdays is a meme/feature created by the awesome ladies of Please Feed The Bookworm and La La In The Library where we can share how we choose the book we are currently reading from our TBR pile!

I'm always curious about that, cause as much as I tend to make myself a rough schedule for books to read and the like, I'm quite a mood reader and sometimes I just HAVE to ignore my schedule and read something else!


 Golden Son by Pierce Brown


 With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within. A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.





 Symbiont by Mira Grant

THE SECOND BOOK IN MIRA GRANT'S TERRIFYING PARASITOLOGY SERIES.
THE ENEMY IS INSIDE US.

The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world's population began attacking their hosts turning them into a ravenous horde.

Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the tapeworms are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is, and how they can be stopped.



Seems like this is the week of sequels! I got approved on NetGalkey for the sequel to Red Rising: Golden Son and I started reading it right away! It's a rather big book and I have been working for the past few days, so I have been reading slowly but surely through it! And Symbiont I'm doing a buddy read with Faye from The Social Potato and Jeann from Happy Indulgence and we're reading 3 to 4 chapters per day! So far, I'm loving both so much!

So what are you all guys reading and how and why did you decide to pick up that book? Shiny new ARC? Comfort read? Scheduled for review? Must have new release? Tell me!!