Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #5





 Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Accidental Reader. Anyone can play along just do the following:



  • Grab your current read.
  • Open at a random page.
  • Share 2 teaser sentences from the page.
  • MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO NOT INCLUDE ANY SPOILERS ON YOUR TEASER.
  • Share the title, page and author too so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

My Teaser:
   ''I was tempted to sneak a quick glance at myself in the microwave too,but wasn't willing to chance you might be staring back''
  Loc 1884, The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


Please leave a comment with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesday post, or share your teasers in a comment here ,if you dont have a blog.
Thanx.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Book Talk: Periods of Compulsive Reading (Disorder)


Reading is in my everyday routine, I cant even imagine my day without reading not even a paragraph of a book or an article or another blogger's review. It's crazy but then again there are millions of people who think and do what I do. Read. But then again that can happen with consistency for a period of time and then suddenly and unexpectedly stop.

Sometimes I experience weeks and months of reading non stop. I can even read a book in a day if I am really in the mood or the book is really good for that matter. I will write reviews, I will search for more books to read and so on. Then one day I will just wake up and I wont pick up a new book or continue the one I would be reading at the moment. I will go like that for weeks maybe months. It happened before and I am pretty sure it will happen again and that only happens with books.

It feels like I am suddenly lacking the interest and the ''right mood'' to pick up any book. It's like I totally forget what I like about reading. Why I am reading books and its taunting. During my seasonal-book-depression (that's how I call it), I fall behind when it comes to new releases,my challenges etc and that pretty much sucks afterwards when I am back to reading books on full speed.

Does anything like this happen to you? Do you experience times of unstoppable reading just to find yourself one day with a seasonal book depression? Leave a comment below with your own experience on that matter!!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

List Land #1 : Books That Made Me Cry





Welcome to List Land, a weekly meme hosted by The Accidental Reader. We love lists. Top 10s, Top 20s, you name it, so we decided to host weekly memes of lists  enhanced with a bookish touch.
We hope you enjoy!

I read more than 400 books so far in my life (without the ones I dont remember reading or are not available on the Goodreads database because lets face it only 11 million people read modern Greek literature) but only a few made me cry...like really cry.
These are the 10 books that changed me and had me sobbing like someone close to me died.




A fellow bookseller at Barnes and Noble recommended this to me one day when we were shelving books. Initially, I was a little intimidated by the subject, I thought that maybe the author wont ''catch'' the feelings the way she should and when I started the book I had different expectations from what I found. I loved this book so much, it was filled with antithesis that made the plot even more tragical. I think it will appeal to those who read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.




When I think of this book I want to cry again. I think I would have liked it even more if I read in Greek instead of English due to the fact that German is closer to Greek. The translation was a little off at some points but the emotions were there. Clear and crispy sad. I experienced feelings of pain,sadness, coldness,forgiveness, love and hate, remorse and even loss and grief. It was an emotional roller coaster that left a bitter taste in the end and me a sobbing mess. I am pretty sure I will read this book again at some point.



 
Watched the movie first and then read the book. I kind of cried because the book was written in a great way. It was emotional and as real as any book can be so it hit a nerve. 








 
The ending was a mastery of sadness, remorse and pain all wrapped up in a couple of paragraphs. Someone would say the writing was simple, yet the emotions so strong that left me sobbing like a baby. It was truly amazing.







 
HA, I dont really know what to say about this. I discovered this book by accident when I was strolling at the lobby of the hotel I used to work. Hotels in Greece have a small bookcase with the tag ''Borrow, Read, Repeat'' and I found the Reader. Once I saw that it had to do with Nazi Germany I was hooked (I am really interested in everything WW2). The ending was tragic. It wasnt fair for neither of the main protagonists but the again it was a book that dealt with love and pride and the consequences it can have if you dont stand up for the ones you love. A tear jerker.


 
Well that was one of the first books that I ever read (I think I was at the age of 8) and then I didnt know a lot about WW2. You see in Greek schools they kind of keep it a secret until the 7th grade. This was an intimidating read but I love this book more than any other book out there.





 
That is one of my favorite books, you see the entire plot was so real ,amazingly written and I felt for Logan and Maya since page one. The ending was really sad that I couldnt believe what I was reading. The book took flight really fast after a certain point and all the emotions came rushing.






Do I really need to say anything to this? Let;s just say that halfway through the book I started crying like there was no tomorrow and the packets of tissues finished way too fast. My husband still asked me if I will cry again while watching the movie (I did by the way)







 
Books that deal with grief and moving on after a big loss are a huge tear jerker for me. I read this particular book last year (which was a really good and emotional year for me when it comes to books) and it simply had me whipping. I totally recommend this one.







 
Like I said under Twenty Boy Summer this applies here as well plus the movie was pretty amazing too...maybe a little better than the book.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Book Blogger Confession Tag

This is my first tag thanks to Rachel Marie @The Nerd Herd Reads . Book tag created by Laura's Book Reviews.

Rules:
1. Answer all questions truthfully.
2. Add up to 5 bloggers that you would like them to do the tag.


  1. Since Forever Ago by Olivia Besse
  2. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  3. Angel Evolution by David Estes
  4. Let Me Off At The Top by Ron Burgundy
  5. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  6.  I think that would be number 4 again.
  7. Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  8. Apt Pupil by Stephen King
  9. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
  10. It by Stephen King (the Greek edition is so freaking creepy)
I tag anyone who wants to do this Book Blogger Tag.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book Review: Patch Up by Stephanie Witter

Author: Stephanie Witter
Release Date: September 11th 2013
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Series: Patch Up #1
Pages: 296
Rating: 4 stars
Buy on: Amazon
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* Due to some shocking scenes, this novel is for readers of 18 and up.

Skye followed her long time boyfriend to Seattle for their first year of college, but he dumped her after only a week. The relationship brought only pain and destruction in Skye's life, and yet, she can't bring herself to open up and live her life.

"What if I am already broken into pieces?"

She hates to be touched, hiding under her oversized shirts and behind her wild frizzy hair. Even her bubbly roommate can't reach her. And yet ...

"I'm the guy who knows how you can hurt so much that your insides feel like they're cut and bleeding."

The tall, handsome, and tattooed TA in her psychology class changes everything when he literally collides with her and confronts her. For the first time in a long time, she wants to try and open up to this guy whose dark, intense eyes can't hide his own pain despite his dazzling smile getting to her.

However, just when she's starting to live again, her ex-boyfriend comes back, breaking her time and time again, making it all the more complicated.

She wants to fight for herself and for this building thing with the TA, even when he pushes her away, but can two broken people patch each other up?

"I never thought colliding with someone could change lives, but it is possible."

 

My Thoughts:
 
This ARC was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Although the story started immediately, really I am not kiding, its one of those books that cut to the chase and I just loved it, but the sentences were too short, the emotions too shallow and even from the first few pages I found myself contemplating my next read BUT I was so wrong. I am so glad I gave it a chance because by chapter three the book transformed like a phoenix to something so deep, complicated and painful that I couldn;t believe what I was reading.

Stephanie Witter is my new favorite author. In the steps of Jessica Sorensen she delivers a book so emotional and deep, so real that I found myself tearing up in some scenes. Skye was such a complicated woman. Dealing with her depression and an abusive relationship under her belt that made her doubt herself and stomp on her self appreciation, hiding from everyone and from everything she comes face to face with her TA, Duke.

Duke is one of the most heart broken characters I have ever read, dealing with his own depression and loss, he founds refuge in the complicated life of Skye. Their friendship is just mesmerizing. Two broken people find solace on each other by helping each other face his/her fears and demons. By accepting who they are, how things were and how they can have a bright future ahead of them . The past is the past.

I’m the guy who knows how you can hurt so much that your insides feel like they’re cut and bleeding.”


I liked the fact that we get all of their background information as the story progresses, as they get to know each other more and more.

There were times that I wanted to throw my kindle on the wall because Skye was being really annoying and she was full with contradictions. She wanted something and then she changed her mind again in order to change her mind again later. That was crazy. Some situations kept repeating until it became predictable and annoying and felt like the book went in a circle for a while.

Still, the feels were just over the top. I just couldnt believe it, and the worst part was that they came in powerful waves that you could nothing to stop them but just drown in them. Desperations, pain, humiliation, sadness, embarrassment and happiness, from love and affection we fly over to the land of guilt and remorse. It was just astounding.

The writing captivated me completely and I finished this book within a few hours and right now I just cant find the second part to be released.

This is a story that deals with tough situations,abuse depression, the power of finding yourself again and take control of who you are and facing your fears. There were a few disturbing scenes that made the book even better – from an emotional point of few always- and had me aching for both Skye and Duke.

I totally recommend this book.

Efterpi

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #4

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Accidental Reader and it features upcoming book releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

We are eagerly waiting for:

After by Anna Todd
expected publication: October 21st 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books - Pages: 592
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22557520-after

 Now newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!

There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there's everything AFTER... Life will never be the same. #Hessa

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She's got direction, ambition, and a mother who's intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he's also rude - to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin.nd she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless…could this be love?



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #4


 Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Accidental Reader. Anyone can play along just do the following:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open at a random page.
  • Share 2 teaser sentences from the page.
  • MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO NOT INCLUDE ANY SPOILERS ON YOUR TEASER.
  • Share the title, page and author too so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

My Teaser:
   ''I grit my teeth. For the first time since Monday and my confrontation with Duke, I feel a wave of anger. It warms me, which is a little weird, but I find it comforting too.''
     - Loc 963 on Patch Up by Stephanie Witter


Please leave a comment with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesday post, or share your teasers in a comment here ,if you dont have a blog.
Thanx.

Book Review: Dirty Rocker Boys: Love and Lust on The Sunset Strip by Bobbie Brown (with Caroline Ryder)

Author: Bobbie Brown with Caroline Ryder
Release Date: November 26th 2013
Publisher: Gallery Bookes
Pages: 272 pages
Rating: 3 stars
Buy on: Amazon
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SHE'S MY CHERRY PIE. Tastes so good, make a grown man cry.

Who could forget the sexy 'Cherry Pie' girl from hair metal band Warrant's infamous music video? Bobbie Brown became a bona fide vixen for her playful role as the object of lead singer Jani Lane's desires. With her windblown peroxide mane, seductive scarlet lips, and flirtatious curves, she epitomized every man's fantasy. But the wide-eyed Louisiana beauty queen's own dreams of making it big in Los Angeles were about to be derailed by her rock-and-roll lifestyle. . . .

Ever wonder what it 's like to f*** a rock star?

After her tumultuous marriage to Jani imploded, and her engagement to fast-living Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee ended in a drug haze-followed by his marriage days later to Pamela Anderson-Bobbie decided it was time Hollywood's hottest bachelors got a taste of their own medicine. Step one: get high. Step two: get even.

In a captivating, completely uncensored confessional, Bobbie explicitly recounts her encounters with some of the most famous men in Hollywood: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Costner, Mark McGrath, Dave Navarro, Sebastian Bach, Ashley Hamilton, Rob Pilatus of Milli Vanilli, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Orgy's Jay Gordon, and many more. Who's got the most titanic dick in Tinseltown? Whose bedroom did Bobbie (literally) set on fire? No man was off limits as the fun-loving bombshell spiraled into excess, anger, and addiction.

Bobbie survived the party-barely-and her riveting, cautionary comeback tale is filled with the wildest stories of sex, drugs, and rock and roll ever told.


My Thoughts:

This book contains strong language, descriptive sex, drugs, booze and disturbing scenes.

It was one of those boring evenings that I had nothing to do but youtubing random things...from how to's tutorials to music to top 10 things etc etc and then I found myself watching the first season of Ex Wives of Rock. Two of those ladies seemed familiar to me. One of them was Athena Lee which I had seen live with her then husband James Kottak of Scorpions at a Scorpions concert in Greece in 2008. Yay. The other one was Bobbie Brown and I remembered instantly from the video clip of Warrant, Cherry Pie.

To be honest I;m not into reality shows, I think they are stupid and pretentious and that there is no reason for someone to go on live TV with their personal lives especially if they are famous (they are all over the tabloids anyway). That , I realized when I was in the 7th episode of the show. Yay. And here;s how I ended up reading this book.

Bobbie went on and on about her book and how it failed with one of the publishers etc etc. During the show she says how Pamela Anderson stole Tommy Lee from her and how she was married with the late Jani Lane, lead singer of Warrant. I was intrigued ,because, if I like one thing its autobiographies.

The book was a drama, coming from a broken family, Bobbie was one thing but rebel. She was shy and she had boyfriends but not as many as we would probably think. She came second at the beauty pageant
competition and from then her fame skyrocketed. Agents called her from Los Angeles to model for them and soon 20 year old Bobbie found herself in the City Of Angels, a shy Louisiana girl turned into the most sexy and confident woman and then her downfall began.

It seemed to me that Bobbie had so many opportunities to make big in the scene but her desperation for love and acceptance came first. From what I realized she didnt want to be alone almost never, she always had a boyfriend and if she didnt, she would have sex with someone. She did a couple of video clips for some bands and when she landed the deal with Warrant she became so famous but that only came back to bite her in the ass. She got pregnant from Jani Lane and they rushed into a marriage that none of them was really sure if it would work (and it didnt). That experience alone it would mess up any sane person out there. Jani was over the top, came home drunk, cheated, lied, didnt have sex with her (which she hated) and she became such a b*** that it was disturbing. In the end their marriage failed and Bobbie with a 2 year old kid was moving back and forth all the tme between Louisiana and Cali. But while I was reading all of this and It was a big portion of the book I felt nothing. It was written in non descriptive way, with sentenced composed by a five year.

Meet Tommy Lee. I wont say a lot about this but in my opinion this was the most explosive relationship ever. Both made huge mistakes and both had issues and drugs didnt help at all.
It was like every rock relationship should be like. Sex, drugs and rock n roll with a touch of continuous fighting.

Bobbie Brown was a really kind, sensitive and a good woman that went after the wrong men. Men that she hoped they would provide what she needed but eventually they didnt.

The writing was ok if you consider she used a ghost writer but the dialogues didnt seem real, like they never happened or they were changed. The emotions were kind of flat for a memoir and in the end it left a bitter taste because you realise that Bobbie wasted 15 years of her life, her best years like someone would say, on finding the perfect boyfriend, drugs and constant self sabotaging. She would have made it big if she was a little more down to earth. I just felt sorry for her.


Efterpi

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Book Review: Since Forever Ago by Olivia Besse

Author: Olivia Besse
Release Date: May 13th 2014
Publisher: Wunderland Press

Pages: 316
Rating: 2.5 stars
Buy on: Amazon
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Fresh off the heels of a devastating breakup, Riley Benson is a mess. But with her ingenious plan to become a ball-busting heartbreaker herself, she’s pretty sure she’ll survive. After all, what better way is there to get revenge than to move on?

Riley’s determined to become the perfect bachelorette—she’s going to drink like a bro, belch like a beast and swear so much that she’ll make even the most seasoned sailors blush. After all, those are the qualities that every guy’s secretly looking for…. aren’t they?

Max Fletcher is in love with the girl who gave him chicken pox and his first broken leg. When his best friend seems to finally be out of the picture, he can’t help but want to keep Riley all to himself. And, after coaching her with the very best of the very worst love advice, it seems as if he might actually get what he's wanted after all those years. But just as the two come to the realization that they're actually kind of perfect for each other, along comes a secret that threatens to tear them apart.


My Thoughts: 

This ARC was provided by Wunderland Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really tried to like this book. I heard that it was different from any other New Adult books but I was so disappointed and annoyed.

Meet Riley, she just broke up with her 6 year boyfriend because he was cheating on her and the author through a 3rd person POV takes us in a journey with the most annoying, clueless, immature 21-year-old out there. Yes. Amazing.

To quote the author from her comment on goodreads :

Hey everyone! I'm not trying to make any excuses, but I DID want to provide an explanation in regards to the manner in which I approached this project. My ultimate goal was to write a NA novel with characters who were relatable and realistic, and early reviews have [hopefully] confirmed this!
Unfortunately, many reviewers have provided feedback that they could not stand the characters in this story due to their being whiny, immature and a little bit clueless. In my opinion, however, all of these attributes define a large proportion of the current 20-something population, and I wanted the characters in my book to portray what new adults are actually like. ”

So, the new adults that she portrays in her book act like clueless 16 year olds that think the end of the world is upon them because they just broke up with their boyfriend. The condemn themselves to a series of dates just because they want to get back into game and because they want to gain the experience they never had in this field? Like seriously?

I saw the entire story unfold in front of my eyes without even reaching the middle of the book (I dropped it at 25%), it was so common and predictable. In my opinion I would prefer if the book was targeted for YA rather than NA. What guy (20 something y.o.) would wait and make such a plan in order to confess to the girl he likes? None. I think he would already hooked up with her because thats how 20 y.o's act these days. There are immature people out there but not like that and they are not this annoying and so so so so CLUELESS.

I felt that the emotions portrayed in Since Forever Ago were flat, situations passed over and not explained enough, and the break up which is one of the major events and what triggered the entire plot is not described appropriately and we don't see the aftermath. The emotional effect it had on Riley is almost not there.

This book is a waste of time and totally not worth it. The 2.5 stars are for the little humor and the esoteric monologues that I had some time to read a book with them.


Efterpi

Friday, September 19, 2014

Future and Follow #1

Feature and Follow (#FF) is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Check out their blogs and join in the weekly meme fun!

This Week's #FF

Blogger Pet Peeves?
 - Posts must be organized. From the pics to the font to the tags. I cannot tolerate anything that its out of place. Crazy much?


So what is your blogging pet peeves? Leave a comment down below and I'll be sure to check yours out! :D

Happy Friday!

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Book Review: Catch Me by Claire Contreras

Author: Claire Contreras
Release Date: November 17th 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 390
Rating: 2.5 stars
Buy on: Amazon
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In the past, I've always been given everything I've wanted, but nothing that I truly needed. I've experienced a lot of things in my twenty-five years, everything except the one thing I want. It's the one thing that can't be bought. It can't even be taken, it has to be given. And nobody has ever given it to me, not really anyway. Not until him. Music is the center of both our lives, but as he found his place in it, I lost my way. He soared, while I spiraled down a destructive path. I lost myself in more ways than I can count. The ironic thing is that I didn't realize how lost I was until he found me. And now that he has, I have to wonder if he'll stay around long enough to catch me.

My Thoughts:

Warning...extreme nagging.
Meet Brooklyn. Ex- drug addict, depressed, daughter of a multi millionaire, traumatized by her selfish mother, traumatized by the death of her best friend and a girl that blames everything on other people but somehow manages to land the perfect boyfriend.

This was the most dragged out story I ever read. But let me start from scratch.

Brooklyn, although she was damaged goods had a likable character and although the story was hard to get into , I liked her from page one. I like that Ms Contreras gave us a lot of background story on Brooklyn in order to make it easier for the reader to understand the present. The story is being told by Brooklyn's pov and sometimes we get to see a chapter dedicated to a past situation or we get memories that shaped her and eventually made her to what she is today.

What I hated about the book was that there were important incidents, situations and stuff going on that eventually the author ignored all together and that was a bummer. Since you introduce something that has the main character crying and breaking up inside and put us, the readers, through hell and back with the emotional roller coaster, make us a favor and give us the story. Describe, dont just refer to it in one sentence and done with it. That made me feel like the book didnt have a point, at all.

Meet Nick, the perfect (as humanly possible) music producer and eventually Brooklyn's boyfriend that had the most misleading description ever. I expected an Alpha male. A guy that was rough and rude and a bad boy from the image that he was promoting but instead we get a sweet, cute, love talking man that (I dont complain I liked him a lot) was what I wasnt expecting. Misleading much? Yeah.

There are a lot of hair pulling situations in this book but I felt like the emotions sometimes were flat and not enough for what was going on. I felt more for Nick than I did for Brooklyn. Oh, and the love triangle wasnt as intense as I was expecting it to be. Another turn off was the kind of instalove-ish thing that was going on. There was time for the characters to meet and although there was a pull that they both felt still the insta-love was there ready to consume us all.

To be honest this was an A-Ok book but I dont think it worths your time...

 Efterpi

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #3

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Accidental Reader and it features upcoming book releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

I can't wait to put my hands on:


The Road by Jay McLean
expected publication: January 2015


*Chloe*

For four years I watched him roaming the halls of high school, always quiet, without a single clue of his A-list status. Then one night he ran into me, literally.  He thought he saved me, but he had no idea how impossible that was. Now he wants to talk. Now he wants to get to know me. Now he thinks he's in love with me. 
Stupid, stupid boy.   

*Blake* 

I wish I'd found her earlier, but she chose to stay invisible. I watched her take in the world one breath at a time, while living her life alone. I told her that I saved her that night, but I lied. I think she saved me. She wants to push me away and tell me I'm wrong, but it's too late. Now she's been noticed. Now she's a part of me. Now I'm in love with her. 
Beautiful, beautiful girl.

Why I am waiting:

Mmmm, that's a tough one to explain. The Road reminds me a little bit of Unteachable by Leah Raeder which was an amazing book. I feel like this book will be an emotional roller coaster and I'm all about that. The ups and downs and the feels! I can't wait.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #3


 Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Accidental Reader. Anyone can play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Open at a random page.
  • Share 2 teaser sentences from the page.
  • MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO NOT INCLUDE ANY SPOILERS ON YOUR TEASER.
  • Share the title, page and author too so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

My Teaser:

''Six months. Since the day Tara had come back to Lucky Harbor. Which was especially stupid because neither of them wanted to go down that road again.''

-page 443 from The Sweetest Thing (Christmas in Lucky Harbor edition) by Jill Shalvis


Please leave a comment with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesday post, or share your teasers in a comment here ,if you dont have a blog. 
Thanx!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Book Talk: Hunting For The Next Great Read


So, you finished the book you were reading and went through all the stages of the post reading disorder. Laughter, obsession, over thinking, opening the book and reading favorite pages and quotes. And now, you just sit there in your bed, chair, floor, couch, lawn and feel empty inside because you simply dont know what to read next. You start new books and you stop thinking ,no, that's not it. Or maybe you did find your next great read and you are happily reading it. How the heck did you do it?

You see, once I finish a book, I can;t find one that I want to read now. I feel like I don't know what I want it to be...the genre. Do I want action, romance, sci-fi, ya, erotica, historical fiction? I simply don't know. I open books and books and read the first couple of pages and then I just put it back on my shelf because its not the one. Goodreads makes things worse. Maybe I am over thinking it, or maybe I am still a little fazed by the book I read a couple of days ago that I am not ready to move on (like I had a relationship or something haha).

Does any of you have the same issue? Do you find your next great read easily or struggle through hell and back??? 


Efterpi

Mini Review Monday: The Ghost Bride, The Lake, The 10th Circle

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
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3 Stars

I was so excited about this book. I couldnt wait to read it, and I was let down...epicly.
It starts great. The description of the houses, places, smells, food, people, city, landscape is so well crafted that it will leave you breathless. I smelled the food that was beign described to me. The story started off so good that I instantly loved the book, until I hated it a few chapters later. The main characters were amazingly human, mysterious, enjoyable to read about. Until everything changed. There is a lot of mystery and sub plots in The Ghost Bride, and when I say a lot, I mean a lot. Initially, we have to deal with a couple ones but later on we found ourselves between the underworld and the living world and so many mysteries in both of those worlds, that it was hard to keep track of what was happening. It was confusing and awkward and I soon found myself being bored and eventually gave it up without completing it.
I am not saying that the books sucked completely because the characters alone were great and the way the story is being told but it is much too crowded with information that it gives you a headache.

The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
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3.5 Stars 


I don;t know what to say about this book. I dont know what I was expecting when I picked it up but definitely not what I read. The books narration is pretty simple and to the point but the characters themselves are so so so so so complex. We get to see the Japanese culture and how two completely different people find each other, first from apathy and then grow closer because of love. It was a weird trip to the mysterious and yet fascinating Japan. Confusing, interesting and so much different from what I read before.


The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
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3.5 stars
 
I've seen the movie years before I read the book and I was not really disappointed by either. The movie was really close to the book, so it felt like I was revising some things haha. Although, I didn;t finish the book, The 10th Circle was well written, the plot well layed out and the characters were ok. A lot of drama and some hair pulling -seriously?- moments but other than that on ok book. It's all about realizing that one tiny white lie or misunderstanding can cause so much trouble and sadness to everyone around you and what a great damage you can make to yourself above all.

Efterpi

Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Review: Undeniable by Ashley Simone

Author: Ashley Simone
Publication Date: April 15th 2014
Series: Undeniable
Pages: 70
Rating: 1.5 stars
Buy on: Amazon
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What if One Night Could Change Your Life?
Working in a diner by day and desperately applying for graduate jobs by night, Allie Nobokov fears that her future will be one of a single, virginal, cat lady. A chance encounter with a gorgeous stranger, Zac, awakens her desires and she feels an undeniable connection.

When fate pushes them together once again, Allie’s desires run wild – until, just when things start getting hot and heavy, Zac disappears into the night...
How can you deny a connection so strong?
All that is pushed to the back of Allie’s mind when her younger brother shows up on her doorstep, desperately in need of more money than she can provide… Until she sees a classified ad.

“I met a girl and I can’t get over her,”
says the ad, and goes on to describe Allie. “If you look like her, I’ll pay handsomely for one night with you.”
Can Allie summon the courage to answer the mysterious ad and go through with what it entails? And can she convince the enigmatic Zac to push aside his demons and give their love a chance?


My Thoughts: 

This ARC was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Undeniable is a 70 page novella that it can take anyone out there under an hour to read- or in my opinion waste.

It was an easy story to get into as it was easy to get out of, I didn;t even mind the cliffhanger which is something rare for me to be completely honest.

From the first page of Chapter 1, I figured out the main protagonist, Allie. She is the kind of girl that she falls in love easily, can;t stop over thinking someone she just met and she focuses too much on her thoughts of someone she randomly met that puts her real problems aside. Her brother has a real problem and the only thing she cares about is how to get laid. May be her brothers issue pushed her to do what she did but eventually she did it out of her own interest and no one else's.

I couldn't feel anything about her whether that was pity or hate or something else and generally I felt like the characters of the book were shallow and superficial. I don't see the reason to spend another one or two hours to read the next novellas of this one because simply, I wasnt impressed.
At all.

Unfortunately, Undeniable is a boring and uninteresting book.

Efterpi

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: August 5th 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Series: Lux
Pages: 543
Rating: 3.5 stars
Buy on: Amazon
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Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can't believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.
 
My Thoughts:
 
 I dont read a lot of ya paranormal books anymore and its weird because I used to six months ago or so but I read this one just because I was expecting its release like crazy and cause I read the previous books in the series last xmas.

As always Jennifer Armentrout did a wonderful job with her world of aliens and humans.
Opposition starts with so much intensity it was crazy, I thought that my heart would break from agony. Every scene is packed with action and anticipation and with such love that I was swooning over my kindle like crazy. The new characters were badass and funny at the same time and yet so real. I felt for them from page one...even for the villains. BUT....yup you were waiting for it.

But in this final book of the lux I felt like something was missing. Something essential, that truth is, I cant place what it was. It made the book suck a little bit for me and to be honest I was anticipating this book like crazy only to find myself a little disappointed. Maybe more that I expected. Although, like I said before it was packed with action it lacked what the rest did and that left me wondering if the author just overused the same conversations and phrases over and over. I felt like I went through deja vu with some scenes and that was so so so lame and...common.

Now, everyone knows that I am a sucker for romance BUT I hate it when I have a nice romance scene that is cute and sweet and balloons and rainbows and then suddenly I have this overly sexy scene that I feel like I am reading a preview or a cutout of something close to 50 shades. NO JUST NO that shit aint right. The main characters didnt seem to grow or get more mature after what went through (and they went through hell) and that is so shallow. Like you are completely immune to anything and nothing registers in your brains.

Other than that ,the pace of the book is really good, you dont even feel the 500+ pages because the pace is really good and there is always something thats going on that keeps you glued to the pages.

This is a good book but not what I was entirely expecting for a series finale.

Efterpi


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Holiday Read A Thon

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer is hosting a huge holiday read-a-thon from November 6th to November 11th 2014. Make sure to check it out.

HO-HO-HO- HOLIDAY READ A THON 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #2

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Accidental Reader and it features upcoming book releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

I can't wait to put my hands on:


 The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Expected Publication: November 4th 2014

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15768409-the-retribution-of-mara-dyer

Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.
She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.
She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.
Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.

Why I am waiting: 

Okay, so I have never ever read the first two books of this trilogy but truth is that I will never read any trilogy that it is not completed. For this ,I blame Cassandra Clare everyone. I have heard and read raving reviews for the books of Michelle Hodkin and that makes me uber excited when the final instalment will be finally available.

Efterpi

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #2


 Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Accidental Reader. Anyone can play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Open at a random page.
  • Share 2 teaser sentences from the page.
  • MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO NOT INCLUDE ANY SPOILERS ON YOUR TEASER.
  • Share the title, page and author too so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

My Teaser:

  ''The strangest sensation runs through me as I follow Nina out of the club. Sky has his arm draped over my shoulder,so I can't see much, but I feel like I have to look back. When I do, I find Nicks probing eyes.''

  -Loc 927 - Catch Me by Claire Contreras


Please leave a comment with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesday post, or share your teasers in a comment here ,if you dont have a blog.
Thanx.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mini Reviews Monday


On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
5 stars


This book had me captivated since page one. It was really easy to get into and the sarcastic, beautiful and smart characters had me immediately. The story developed slowly in order to get to know all the main characters and when it finally came into momentum I was swooning like crazy.
It is a sad, heart breaking story about two people, each with their own issues , which were down to earth, and overcoming their fears each in their own way. The story deals with real life situations and problems and that made it even more believable. An amazing read.



Memoirs of A Geisha by Arthur Golden
4 stars

 
I watched the movie years before I picked this one up and I regret the fact that I didnt do it earlier. The story was so much better and different than the movie itself and a lot more sad. Although, the book seemed to me like a real memoir it is a work of fiction that it is so well written. Astoundingly captivating. I liked the fact that the author although, he was saying a story the premise was based (and was subtly visible throughout the book) on how women got used for entertainment for men , worked their entire lives for their mistresses ,with no life of their own and how far can someone go for a revenge. The characters were so alive and perfect, each with it own bad habits and faults but with perfections as well. This is a great book that everyone should read.


Rush by Maya Banks
1 star

I dont have almost anything to say about this book because it was a DNF/Dropped. If you read 50 shades of Grey then you have read this book as well. Dont even bother. It is a fanfiction of the actual 50 Shades and to be honest I couldn;t read any more than page 47.



Efterpi

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publication Date: April 2nd 2009
Series: If I Stay
Pages: 201
Rating: 3 stars
Buy on: Amazon
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Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.


Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.


My Thoughts: 


I was avoiding this book mainly because it was being compared to Lovely Bones and then some people were saying that it will appeal to Twilight fans. I loved twilight ,dont get me wrong ,but I didnt want to read something similar, or worse, a fan fiction.

When I started If I Stay, I couldnt really get into it. Maybe its me, but the writing seemed to me simple and more like 5th grade-ish. Like a kid trying to write a composition. Seemed to me that the emotions were flat and didnt give me the excitement I was expecting – the excitement I expect from every book – to connect with the main characters. I thought of giving it up and I am glad I didnt because then the twist came and the writing transformed to something astoundingly amazing and lively.

I was captivated by the beauty of the words the author was using, how the sentences were so alive and gave me goosebumps from the horror and amazement of what I was reading. Memories blended with the present creating a serene (almost) and yet gloomy atmosphere. If Lovely Bones was all about death, If I Stay was all about the celebration of life and the choices we make and how things can change within a millisecond.

Although the writing was beautiful and the characters well crafted and lively and the plot down to earth (if you exclude the paranormal element), I still felt like something was missing. Mia seemed cold to me, like literally, she felt nothing, or she was trying to suppress the feelings that overwhelmed her. Towards the end of the book, I think Mia had an epiphany of some sort and she started feeling everything and then the book became an emotional roller coaster because from 0 feelings you go to a crazy amount of feelings and all the things that you were reading all this time come down to crush you and yes, you tear up.

And now, in order to make an excuse for the rating of If I Stay, I will say that this book confused me a lot when it comes down to how it is written. I didnt know if it was like that on purpose or its just me so I decided to compromise and give it a decent rating.

Efterpi

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan


 Author: Mia Sheridan
Release Date: 28.01.2014
Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing
Series: A Sign Of Love
Pages: 345
Rating: 5 stars
Buy on: Amazon
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When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.
 

 My Thoughts

This is one of the most heart breaking, heart shattering book I have ever read. Ever. Period. I found this book by pure luck and I am so glad I did.
The feeling that I experienced while reading Archer's Voice changed my point of view towards the world and towards giving people a second chance when they need it the most. I learned that no one is truly lost until everyone tried to bring him back where he belongs...with the rest of us.

From the very first pages I started to care for Bree and Archer. I was captivated by the beauty of the author's writing, the beautiful descriptions of the town of Pelion and how alive it felt to me. Bree was one of the mist beautiful characters crafted out there and Archer too.

We get the story mostly from Bree's point of view but we get a few flashbacks from Archer's memories when he was a child. The feelings...oh my god the feelings are just indescribable , so heartbreaking and sad and gloomy and then you move to happier scenes, scenes that make you swoon and think that your heart is going to explode from anticipation. It was a crazy emotional roller coaster at Six Flags.

The story builts in a good pace, not too fast not too slow, but in a perfect rhythm that had the characters spent quality time together in order to meet each other and fall in love slowly. The conversations between them and their thoughts seemed real, they were down to earth, Bree and Archer dealt with actual problems that any couple like them would face and that made the book amazingly real. I felt like I had all the time in the world to read this book, I didnt feel rushed or had this fear that the book would end soon and I would be left hanging.

The dose of romance in it had me swooning. I think thats how romance should be, thats how it is. It felt original, especially after all those books that I read and every single one seems like a fanfiction of the other. The scenes were beautifully crafted and blended with each other, even went it went from good to bad from soft to rocky everything blended the right way. I felt like I was in love.

Archers Voice is a book about overcoming your fears,discovering who you are, coming to terms with it and taking responsibility and your life in your own hands. Its all about courage. I loved, loved, loved this book.


Note: Although this book is part of the series Sign Of Love it can also be read as a stand alone.

Efterpi