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Blog Tour: Review & Author Giveaway ~ Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

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Title: Branded (Sinners #1)
Author: Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
Published: June 28th 2013
Type: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Source: NetGalley
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Summery: Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.

Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.

The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

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My goodness what a book, i have a lot to say about the book but i am gonna keep it short as possible. Now First the start was freaking depressing, there was moments i was in tears or i really close to tears.

And second i freaking love Lexi and Cole and my goodness how awesome was Zeus? Can i have him as my dog? There was a lot of good characters in the book, but My favorite would have to be Alyssa. She made me cry so much and her personalty was perfect. She was such a awesome character and to me the bravest. There is some characters that will have you rage, and when i say some i mean a lot.

I do want to point out that i do like the book, but Branded can get really detailed on a few subjects that can be hard to read, not that it was bad but it just was so depressingly detailed that made it hard to read. it only happens a couple times in the book. Branded can get really deep with a lot of emotions good and bad.

Branded defiantly had a lot of shocking twists that did suppressed me. I really loved how the book ended it was really bittersweet and touching but you also knew that it wasn’t over, there was more danger to come.  I honestly loved the book. There was a few minor flaws in the book but noting that ruins the overall impact that branded has.

I don’t recommend all readers. The book does touch a lot of sensitive topics like child abuse and rape. That some readers might not want to read about. But really i don’t usually like books that touch those topics but branded and the overall story it just worked for me. without those sensitive topics we wouldn’t have Lexi and who she is. there was not a single Dull moment in this book and it is very fast paste that will have readers flowing with the words. It is a overall a page turner. I want to keep going on and on about the book, but i also don’t want to giveaway too much of the story. Read it for yourself and tell me what you all thought about it. Like i said i don’t recommend all readers but i do recommend it.

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About the Authors

Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.

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YA Mini Review: Fates by Lanie Bross

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Title: Fates (Fates #1)
Author:  Lanie Bross
Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Delacorte Press
Type: Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: NetGalley
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add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Lanie Bross’s debut FATES is perfect for fans of Jennifer Armentrout, Julie Kagawa, Rachel Vincent, and Sarah J. Maas, and for girls who love all things pretty, romantic and inspirational.

One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.

She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people’s fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.

But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she is falling all over again–this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die. In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?

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The story had my attention right from the start. It had an intense opening that starts off with death and strong emotions. It had me already griping the pages.

The story starts off about Corinthe. Corinthe is a fate who has been Exile to Humana ( Earth ). Her Job is to make sure everyone’s fates happens; Like Love, Death and other things that have to-do with fate. She meets a boy name Luc, who she was told she had to kill him and take it life cause it was fate. All she ever wanted was to go back home. But of course the more you read the more you learn that Corinthe was lied to.

Corinthe starts to feel emotions like a human and other things  like bleeding and tears. You get both sides of the story with Luc and Corinthe. Luc is a human who will do anything to save his sister. He also Teaches Corinthe about Love and Choosing your own fate.

You can really connect with the characters and really feel them in the witting. Fates was better then i thought it was going to be . It had Adventures and a glimpse of other worlds. The book was pact with Twist and turns that had me wanting to pull my hair. And Scenes that had me in tears. The Author knew just how to have your full attention when reading about their life’s and the struggle they had.

Now the book wasn’t and favorite but i did really enjoy the book. I couldn’t find a flaw in it just wasn’t a story that i end up being obsessed with but of a really cool interesting read. I do recommend people to read this book for sure. And Corinthes and Luc will have reads wanting more.

Warning: you will have tears specially at the end, so keep tissues close.

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YA Book Review: Stargazing from Nowhere by Isabel Thomas, Marilyn Thomas


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Author: Isabel Thomas, Marilyn Thomas
Published: July 22nd 2013 by Do Art Publishing
Type: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley
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add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Kristen Morgan’s blog is about to get her into trouble. Deep trouble. Online, she is known as “Stargazer” from the popular Stargazing from Nowhere blog, while in real life she is a regular fifteen-year-old high school student. This online anonymity is quite liberating, allowing her to be completely honest with her readers. Through a twist of fate, Rising Tide, the band she has bashed the most online, ends up in her small town, which sends Kristen into an excited panic. To continue gathering fresh material for her blog, she poses as a Rising Tide fan. After sneaking into the band’s private party, she comes face to face with the band’s drummer, Michael Stevens, who happens to be even more gorgeous in person than she cares to admit. Something unexpected also happens to her when she meets him: she becomes giddy, nervous, and inarticulate, leading Kristen to realize that her interest in Michael has nothing to do with her blog, but everything to do with her heart. As Kristen and Michael grow closer, does she have to make a choice between blog or boyfriend…Or is the choice made for her?

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To be honest i liked the way the beginning was headed. The beginning had funny, and the Funny awkward. but more the story got the more “The Funny awkward” just was awkward and not funny. it got really boring. The funny doesn’t last long at all.

I did have a lot of Love/Hate moments with the character. Like i said she was funny and had me wanting to read more in the beginning but then she became the person who i wouldn’t hangout is. She become awful and just annoying. She would make me so mad. She knew what she was doing was wrong but yet she still did it…i just didn’t get it and i just couldn’t connect to it all. I am all about being Honest about how you feel about certain things but just to be hateful? No Thank you.

I had to stop reading the book after a while. I just couldn’t get pass Chapter 12 without being just totally mad with the whole thing. Maybe the book does get better to what it was like in the beginning but i highly doubt it by the way chapter 12 was heading. I wish i could have just bare threw and finished it but i just couldn’t.

I can’t say the book was a total mess, it did have it moments. Like i said the beginning was pretty awesome. And besides the main character all the other characters where really interesting to read about. specially the whole band guy group thing. I really wanted to know more about them. Maybe if the book wasn’t just in her P.O.V and we got to know all the characters then maybe i could have finished it. But also i always been more in the whole Dystopian, Science Fiction life…Then realistic romance book like this one.. This book reminded me that i don’t like these types of books that well. Yes i have read some really good books that where Contemporary, but this one i just couldn’t make myself like it.

Besides all that i can tell there is a good book hiding under all the mess. I am not trying to say the Authors didn’t good. I am sure they can write a really awesome book if they tried just a little harder. This book i feel like is set for certain readers that isn’t like me. I also can’t judge this book because me being a Science Fiction reader, i don’t think i can fully understand this world.

Overall: I wasn’t feeling this book but i hope others will.

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YA Book Review: Angelbound by Christina Bauer

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Author: Christina Bauer
Expected publication: December 17th 2013 by Ink Monster LLC
Type: Paranormal, Fantasy
Source: NetGalley
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add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Eighteen year old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your every day quasi-demon, half-demon and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she hasn’t lost a battle yet.

But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights aren’t enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it’s not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and doesn’t like the answers she finds. What happened seventeen years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is? Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what’s a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla’s not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla’s going to shake up Purgatory.

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In the Bargaining of the story, Myla had my attention. She is sassy, and a bad ass wrapped in a bomb Shell. She lives to fight in the arena and has never lost a fight. Even tho i liked Myla’s character. I did find the beginning to drag on threw the story. I really wanted the story to get to the main plot of the story. Once the story gets up to speed, i really started to like the story a lot more. Trust me the story does get better.

Myla is a half-demon living in Purgatory, she fights Souls. If the soul win he/she is sent to hevan…and if they lose well they are sent to hell. Myla always wins the fight so you can guess where the souls end up. She also liked to kick demon butt. She is miss know it all when it comes to Demons and Fighting Skills.

I did like how the Love interest in the book wasn’t like love-in-first-sight. Myla first, dislikes him and then they slowly like each other. They pull a funny prank in the book that did have me on a giggle-fit.

Lincoln at first comes off like he dislikes the quasi’s but always kinda had his eye on Myla. He is also a Prince of a bunch of Demon Hunters that usually live on earth.

Of course the story does have it’s action but it wasn’t really that much detailed. The action in the book is usually cut short and it would have me really wanting more of the action. I would also loved more Zeke and Cezzy. I really felt like their story wasn’t told enough. I am hoping in the next book i will get more of them.

I did like the story. Specially towards the end ( when everything comes together and starts actually being a really good story ), but i didn’t really love the story as much as i would have liked. The book does have it’s little flaws but besides that it’s a good book. I can see some of my followers to really enjoy the story.

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Stacking the Shelves (15) + A Little Update

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Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks

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Bought

1. Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock Paperback – I finally told myself too buy this book. I just couldn’t ignore it any longer. I been wanting to ready this book for a while now.

2. The Fiery Heart ( Bloodlines #4 ) by Richelle Mead Hardcover – It’s killing me that i can’t read this book right now…so sadly i will be looking at the book until i do. I love this series..probably a little more then Vampire Academy. I have so many books i have to review first then i will be reading this. SYDRAIN!

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1. Raven ( The Raven Saga #1 ) by Suzy Turner Ebook – I don’t know really..i just really thought the book sounded interesting. hoping it’s good and the cover is kinda spooky.

2. Dark Promises ( Between Worlds #1 ) by Julia Crane, Talia Jager Ebook – This book i am actually sounds really good. I really wanna like this book so i’m gonna keep my fingers crossed.

3. Starfire Angels by Melanie Niles Ebook – I am a little iffy about this book but it does sound interesting and unique. I wanted to go ahead and give it a try.

 

For Review

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Defy by Sara B. Larson Ebook – If you read my last weeks WoW post, you know that i wanted to read this book. Well i was lucky enough to get this copy threw NetGalley. I am really, Really, Really Excited to read this book! I am very thankful to get this chance.

Update

I haven’t been posting as much as i would like. I been super busy working on the house like: Pulling Carpet, Pulling Nails and Staples from the floor and then finally putting new hardwood flooring. It’s been a none-fun ride.

I am a little behind on my Reviews and reading so i am hoping to catch up this week and post more. I didn’t post a WoW post this week, so next week i will be posting a Double WoW post. Stay Tuned for that.

On other other news! I seen Catching Fire! and i got to say it was perfection! Catching Fire was honestly better then the first movie. Everyone’s acting was SPOT on. They did wonderful in Catching Fire. The movie did have a few changes but they seemed small compared to the whole movie. The movie stayed true to the story and it had all the important parts. Overall i loved it! I cried, I laughed, and then cried some more.

YA Book Review: Cursed By Lizzy Ford

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Title: Cursed ( Voodoo Nights #1 )
Author: Lizzy Ford
Expected publication: February 9th 2014 by Evatopia Press
Type: Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: NetGalley
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add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: The Red Man is coming …

Five years after her sister disappeared, seventeen-year-old Adrienne finds the strength to return to her father’s home in New Orleans. But soon after she arrives, the mark of a curse appears on her, leaving her worried. Will she be the next victim of a four-hundred-year old family curse … the next to be claimed by a serial killer roaming the back alleys of the city?

The day before his senior year begins, Jayden is given a skeleton key passed down through his family for generations — a gruesome reminder of how his ancestors betrayed their own people and sold them into slavery. He doesn’t believe in the curse the key allegedly bears and puts it away with the intention of forgetting about its message. Until he meets Adrienne, a girl he’s compelled to for more reasons than her beauty.

He’s not the only one who notices her. A man in a skeleton mask and a voodoo gang member are also drawn to Adrienne. One is determined to protect her. The other intends to mislead her. Haunted by the mythical Red Man, all are connected to the ancient curse.

Can they overcome their misgivings about one another and prevent the dark prophecy looming over them? Or will they be lured away from each other by evil’s siren song?

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The book sounded like it would be really awesome read and the cover was really cool..but sadly the beginning didn’t keep my attention as much as i would like. The way the book was written was pretty plain to me and half the time i would find myself really bored.

I couldn’t relate with any of the characters. The characters in the book aren’t very rememberable to me. And it wasn’t just the characters. I would get lost on what was going on a lot and i had to keep repeating what i read. When stuff starts to get good it was rushed. you have to go threw a maze before you understand the whole plot. I did skip a lot of parts, not really meaning to but it just wasn’t catching my attention.

I really tried to like the book but it was hard. I had a difficult time finishing the book. It did have it’s good moments in the book and i also can see people really liking the book. It just wasn’t for me.

The book isn’t out yet, so i don’t want to say too much. I do honestly recommend people to read this book when it comes out and give it a chance.

The really cool thing about the book is it is based in New Orleans. And of course New Orleans screams Spooky and well parties but mostly spooky. and the book definitely highlights that whole New Orleans Voodoo Myth. I always wanted to visit New Orleans. The place just sounds so freaking fun.

Overall: The beginning was boring, I wish the characters would have stand out a little more and then maybe i could of got more into it. The book didn’t totally suck. I have read worse. The Writing i feel like can lean more towards older then younger.

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Stacking the Shelves (14) + Thoughts

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Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks

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Bought

1. Dance with a Vampire (Vampire Kisses #4) by Ellen Schrelber -This series is cheesy but i can’t help but love. As soon as finish reading my stack of unread i am reading this baby.

2. The Gift (Witch and Wizards #2) by James Patterson – I really fun series about two Siblings with MAGIC! yepp win, win. Love James Patterson.

3. Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods #4) by Melissa De La Cruz – LOVE, LOVE this Vampire series. Can’t wait to read this.

4. The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine #1) by James Dashner – I am a HUGE fan of James Dashner. His Maze Runner series is one of my top Favorite series that will also be a movie ( I can’t freaking wait ). I am really excited to open this baby.

5. The Bane (The Eden Trilogy #1) by Keary Taylor – This is a Ebook i bought on amazon..I have heard mix reviews but it does sound like my kind of book. I hope it’s good.

For Review

1. Impostor (Variants #1) by Susanne Winnacker – Ebook from Netgalley. This book sounds really interesting. A paranormal detective mystery…Yeah i might just love this series.

2. Witch Finder (Witch Finder #1) by Ruth Warburton – Ebook from Netgalley. I am really excited too read this book. I can already tell you i am gonna love this series just by how it sounds. Yeah i’m just about to go fan-girl crazy for it.

3. In Shadows of Magic by Alison F. Prince – Ebook copy from the Author. The Author asked me on goodreads if i would like to review her book, And of course i said yes. I am reading this book right now and the review will be posted soon.

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Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride #3) By James Patterson – Another great series by James Patterson. This book is what got me to love James Patterson. Maximum ride is a really fun read and i can’t wait to read this book. I got this book from Paperbackswap.com

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