Friday, February 16, 2018

"The Selection" by Kiera Cass



THE SELECTION BY KIERA CASS

SERIES: The Selection #1
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
GENRE: Dystopian
SOURCE: Borrowed

SUMMARY
In a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels THE SELECTION is the chance of a lifetime: to compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon's heart. But for America Singer it means turning her back on her secret love, and leaving home for a prize she doesn't want. Then America meets Maxon and all her plans start to crumble. Can the life she's always dreamed of compare to a future she never imagined?

MY REVIEW

One of those series I've heard so much about but didn't get the chance to try until now, after my best friend put her collection box under my nose. Apparently, it was something I needed to read. Obviously, she was right!

If you like fairytales and TV shows, you're in for quite a treat with this dark version of Cinderella going to The Bachelor that turns into The Hunger Games. Come on, how twisted is that? I finished this book in hours and, surprisingly, I didn't get bothered by the love triangle situation, but got a bit annoyed by how easily some people can dismiss and forgive certain things. Nevertheless, my reading never slowed down and my curiosity grew with every chapter. During THE SELECTION you don't just get to know the contestants—with their different attitudes and motives—and spend time with the royal family, you get caught up into dangerous attacks from groups of rebels. Could it be they want more than you think? And if so, what is it that they seek SO much?

I honestly had a great time with this book, the writing flew well and there was always something that compelled me to keep reading. And with how things (not) ended, I'll have to read more!

RATING: 4/5

Monday, February 12, 2018

"If You Were Mine" by Melanie Harlow



IF YOU WERE MINE BY MELANIE HARLOW

SERIES: After We Fall #3
PUBLISHER: Melanie Harlow
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Freebie
LINKS: Goodreads

SUMMARY
Theo MacLeod wasn’t supposed to be the one. Tall, dark and handsome suits me just fine, but the cocky grin, know-it-all attitude, and mammoth ego? No thanks. I only hired him so I wouldn’t have to sit at the singles table again. It was just pretend. He wasn’t supposed to kiss me. My heart wasn’t supposed to pound. We weren’t supposed to spend the night together—the hottest night of my life. One night turns into a snowed-in weekend away, and even the blizzard of the century can’t cool the fire between us. I can’t get enough—of his smile, of his body, of the way he makes me feel. We’re nothing alike. He’s a daredevil, and I’m a nervous Nellie. He’s a drifter, and I want to put down roots. He’s an opportunist with a checkered past, and I’m a Girl Scout volunteer. But none of it matters when I’m in his arms. I know he’s made mistakes. I know his wounds are deep, and he doesn’t trust easily. I know he doesn’t believe he could ever be enough to make me happy, but he could. All he has to do is stay.

MY REVIEW

I didn't notice this book was part of a series when I grabbed it. I'm kinda glad it is because I didn't just love this couple, but the others in here as well. I'm curious to know their backgrounds and how they met in the first place now, so it's safe to say the author did a very good job!

Theo and Clare couldn't be more different, but they have something in common: fear. Although not the same, fear plays a big role in their respective lives, either because of a career path, or because of love. As an artist myself, I get Clare more than I'd like, but that is surely what made me connect with her on a personal level and say jump in the same way I have to repeat it to myself... The struggle is real! And so is the one Theo has letting people in and accepting he deserves to be loved. Thankfully, sometimes magic happens and when chemistry—the real deal—sparks, two people come to terms with who they are and the person they want to be, so expect more than just steamy rolling in the sheets.

Romance readers, I'd honestly suggest you to grab this book, it's not just a lovely read, it also has a fairy-tale halo that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and perhaps even a blush on your cheeks.

RATING: 4/5

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#63)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally created by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: TO KILL A KINGDOM by Alexandra Christo
Expected publication: March 6th, 2018 by Hot Key Books

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?



What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
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Friday, February 02, 2018

"Love to Hate You" by Jo Watson



LOVE TO HATE YOU BY JO WATSON

SERIES: Stand-alone
PUBLISHER: Headline Eternal
GENRE: Romantic Comedy
SOURCE: NetGalley

SUMMARY
Sera is usually a good girl. (Except for one wild night in the backseat of a stranger's car!) But what happens when that bad boy turns out to be her new boss? And what happens when he wants more than one night...and he can be very persuasive...
For more laugh-out-loud, swoon-worthy hijinks, don't miss Jo's other rom-coms, BURNING MOON, ALMOST A BRIDE and FINDING YOU.

MY REVIEW

I love when an author has the capacity to make me laugh and feel embarrassed like it's me and not the heroine in the book experiencing some peculiar and awkward situations. I love it even more when a smile is still on my face a few days after I finished the book.

As soon as I started the read, I knew I was going to enjoy this story. You can't deny the chemistry these two have—not from the very first scene—but surely enough Sera does her best not to acknowledge such a thing. However, that's not really an easy task, or an option at all, since soon enough Ben turns to be her new boss... You might think this is cliché, but with what both they are hiding from each other, the love to hate you—but not really—going on, and fabulous characters behind the scenes always more than happy to steal the spotlight a bit, you see this is not your typical 'office story'. Also, banters and innuendoes of the most pleasant and humorous way seriously make this book unputdownable!

"Love to Hate You" is more than just a rom-com, besides the inevitable plenty of laughs it will have you wonder, sigh, hope, and dream. Want a great date? Call Ben White, err, I mean grab this book!

RATING: 4/5

Monday, January 29, 2018

"Him" by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy



HIM BY SARINA BOWEN AND ELLE KENNEDY

SERIES: Him #1
PUBLISHER: Rennie Road Books
GENRE: LGBTQ Sports Romance
SOURCE: Purchased

SUMMARY
Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died. Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever. Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend... and a big one to learn about himself.
WARNING: contains sexual situations, hotties on hockey skates, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

MY REVIEW

While I'm no stranger to Elle Kennedy's writing, I still had to try anything by Sarina Bowen and I thought this was the perfect 'excuse'—as if I need one, right? It also came highly recommended to me, so you see how I couldn't really delay this any further.

This book has so much more to offer than two hot guys—and I mean so HOT that could melt the ice they skate on—and a very scorching chemistry, it shows what a hard time they have coming to terms with their own feelings and facing their promising futures. Decisions aren't easy and when insecurities kick in, you can certainly end up making the wrong one... There's no way to turn back time, but sure enough there's time to make amends, and fight for what feels right. Jamie and Wesley's friendship might not be completely ruined after all, but can they truly make out up for what happened, or their special summer camp will just complicate things? What's certain is that hockey always makes for a good time.

I adored this book, I genuinely loved the emotions running through the story, I really liked the characters and I was enraptured by the moments they spent together. Also, the writing is so fluent that you won't know when to stop reading, and why would you? Sit, relax, and have a blast with Him!

RATING: 4.5/5

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#62)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally created by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: CADAVER & QUEEN by Alisa Kwitney
Expected publication: February 27th, 2018 by Harlequin Teen

When Elizabeth Lavenza enrolled at Ingold as its first female medical student, she knew she wouldn’t have an easy time. From class demands to being an outsider among her male cohorts, she’ll have to go above and beyond to prove herself. So when she stumbles across what appears to be a faulty Bio-Mechanical—one of the mechanized cadavers created to service the school—she jumps at the chance to fix it and get ahead in the program.

Only this Bio-Mechanical isn’t like the others. Where they are usually empty-minded and perfectly obedient, this one seems to have thoughts, feelings…and self-awareness.

Soon Elizabeth realizes that it is Victor Frankenstein—a former student who died under mysterious circumstances. Victor, it seems, still has a spark of human intelligence inside him, along with memories of things he discovered before his untimely death…and a suspicion that he was murdered to keep that information from getting out.

Suddenly Elizabeth finds herself intertwined in dark secrets and sabotage that puts her life, and the lives of Victor and their friends, in danger. But Elizabeth’s determined to succeed—even if that means fighting an enemy who threatens the entire British Empire.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)
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