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5 stars to Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover

Published July 30, 2013 by katheryn13

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.

REVIEW:

NOTE: DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU HAVE READ HOPELESS. I include spoilers.

Okay. Losing Hope is Hopeless from Dean/Holder’s POV. It’s the same story from different eyes. I seriously will tell you if you loved Hopeless, you will love Losing Hope. Loved Holder? You’re going to fall in love all over again. I did.

I already loved Hopeless. I was actually nervous when I saw that this book was actually Hopeless from Holder’s POV. I wasn’t sure… I loved Hopeless so much that I wasn’t sure if another POV could do it justice. I was wrong. So wrong. On so many levels. Not just “am I getting the same ole story” no. You are NOT. You get so much more…

Holder was amazing in Hopeless. His heart, strength, hope, love, patience, just everything about him made him just absolutely perfect in Hopeless. Losing Hope made my heart ache for him even more. You get a look at things that you would have never known from reading Hopeless.  Without giving too much away… you get to see what Holder went through with his sister… his family… and the emotional struggle he went though when meeting Sky. All things included.

I loved reading things from his side. I remember hating him for storming off in the café at school when he saw Sky’s bracelet. I was like, why would you do that?! But seeing what Holder was going through… I understood. I feel as though I gained a new respect for him here. Many times I was like “wow what an ass… who does that?” it’s not until the end of Hopeless do you think you understand Holder. I thought I understood him too. Not until I finished Losing Hope.

Holder is heartbreakingly beautiful. What he went through, no brother should have to do. As an older sister… the idea of my brother… I literally do not know if I could function. But I mean on top of that, he already had the guilt of Hope. I don’t know how he stood so tall… how he was able to live day after day. But… I guess it was that he always had Hope. The moment he met Sky, his whole world changed. Not for the fact of “Hope” but he fell in love. Not with that she could have been or what she was but for who she was no matter what (if that even makes ANY sense…) he loved HER no matter what her past held and she the same. Their love is just simply beautiful…

*SPOILER: And I mean come on… Holder freaking loved her since they were little kids. He knew her for SO long. Lost her for SO long. Found her. And fell in love ALL over again* 

Overall… I LOVED Losing Hope. It was amazing, I got to relive Hopeless in a whole new light. I got to gain a new respect and love for Holder and I loved every second of this book. PLEASE read it if you loved Hopeless. You will not regret it. Holder will thank you for it ;)

-Christy Lyn

5 Stars to PURE by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Covenant #2)

Published July 30, 2013 by elenafx

Fire flowerThere is need. And then there is Fate… 


Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn’t exactly awesome–especially when Alexandria’s “other half” is everywhere she goes. Seth’s in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom–so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do–and sacrifice–for her. 
When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies–lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon… and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn’t blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude… or killing her.

 
When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

 

 

Review:

DAMN.

Jennifer L. Armentrout did it again. Jesus woman this must be exhausting.

If you know me at all, you’re aware that Jen Armentrout is one of my favorite authors of all time. That’s exactly why I should have read PURE sooner. Unfortuantely, I thought I wouldn’t like it because there is a love triangle. I can practically hear the book gods laughing at me. PURE was awesome!

The best thing in this series? The female lead. Alex’s such an amazing character! Strong willed, badass and smart. She doesn’t put up with anyone’s crap and she doesn’t give up even though she’s practically been through hell. She’s not the usual YA lead character. She makes mistakes and learns to get past them. Alex’s an inspiring heroine who makes this series so much better than it already is. Personally, I think it makes it so much more fun and intriguing because she’s practically what any girl wants to be. Badass, funny, sarcastic and fearless.

Now let’s get to the point. The male lead. Aiden St. Delphi. Aiden’s amazing. Oh my God, I love this pure blood. He’s protective of Alex and he’d do anything for her. Literally because in the end of the book he does the unthinkable to protect her. Aiden’s sweet but at the same time super badass who can kill a daimon a dozen different ways. Aiden’s not like the usual arrogant, bad boy in every YA book lately. He’s stoic and it’s hot as hell. Winks.

Where Seth’s concerned, I don’t know how I feel exactly. I like and dislike the dude at the same time. I have this feeling that in the next books he’ll go to the dark side or something. Either way, I absolutely don’t want him to be with Alex. Aiden and Alex belong together, just because they’re so different from each other.

As always, Jennifer’s writing was vivid and it sucked me from the very first page. Jen has this amazing ability with words, sucking you in from the beginning mainly from her humor. Jen’s so witty which makes her writing even more interesting and exciting.

Pure has everything I love in a book. Plenty of action, white hot romance, amazing characters and a unique world that engage you within the first page. An amazing sequel!

– Helena

5 stars to Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Published July 28, 2013 by katheryn13

How much is too much to love?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire’s New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

Review:

So as I was going through what books I needed to review, I had some that I was like WHATTTTT. No review? That’s not okay. Walking Disaster is one.

I literally am obsessed. I LOVED, like literally LOVED Beautiful Disaster. Everything about it. That book is what started my Kindle addiction, my contemporary addiction, it just literally changed everything. It was one of those books for me. Some may not agree, and that’s okay but it has a special place in my heart. So when I knew there was going to be another… I preordered that and started it that night. Didn’t matter that I had school the next day. I needed my Travis fix. I was so addicted before that I would literally re-read scenes from Beautiful Disaster because I missed Travis.

I will be honest here. You didn’t like Beautiful Disaster? Don’t read this. Didn’t care for Travis? Don’t read this. I honestly, and this is MY opinion, think that Walking Disaster is for fans of the book and fans of Travis. Travis was a lot to handle through Abby’s eyes. He was intense, hardcore, emotional, sometimes I felt he was even pathetic and too protective and like, possessive in a way. Which are qualities I loved about him. He wasn’t one that knew how to handle emotion. Love? That was the most confusing emotion for Travis. He was literally crazy because he didn’t understand how he felt nor know what to do with these feelings.

Walking Disaster literally makes you understand Travis. Yes, he is crazy. He is emotional. He is protective. He is still possessive. It’s literally heightened because it’s from his POV. This is not going to make him look less crazy. If anything, it made it worse. But I LOVE Travis. His story is touching… he, to me, is misunderstood. But the way he loves is intense, but he loves with everything he has. If you could describe a person who loves too much and gives too much because they are just so in love, that’s Travis. He LOVES Abby. And I think it’s an overwhelming emotion for him. He does not know what the hell is going on in his head. It’s confusing to love a girl.

Travis Maddox, to me,  is perfection. He has intense qualities but maybe I’m weird because I like it all. First off, we all know he is hot. He has tattoos. He has a motorcycle. He knows how to fight and wins, a lot. But he has a gentle heart that could shatter in a moments notice. It’s that badass teddy bear you bought, dressed him in leather, but still cuddle with at night because you know under that leather jacket is a really soft fuzzy fur filled with cotton.

I really don’t have much to say about Walking Disaster. It’s meant for people who love Travis. I love Travis. No matter the physiological issues he has or people may say he has. Travis changed my reading life for the better. I LOVE Walking Disaster. I LOVE Travis Maddox.

-Christy Lyn

4 stars to This Girl (Slammed #3) by Colleen Hoover

Published July 28, 2013 by katheryn13

There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s.

Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestselling Slammed series has brought countless readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache. 

Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.

Review:

Let me start off by saying that this review will contain spoilers!! If you have not read any of the Slammed series, PLEASE do not read this review. You have been warned.

Okay. Let me officially start. I had to give this last book 3.5 stars overall (despite the title of this post. It was just hard to choose.) because it is simply Slammed from Will’s point of view with a little mix of their honeymoon. It was sweet seeing his point of view for all the things from the first book, but I felt it wasn’t exactly needed. I would have liked to have seen their married life or something. I already understood how much Will loved Layken from Point of Retreat. Just felt like I was reading something again with just a boys emotion instead. It’s hard to explain… I felt I was reading it again but because I had read Will’s POV before, it made it feel even more repetitive. Believe me, it’s worth the read because it is cute and the little honeymoon scenes are adorable, so if you read the first two, pick this one up.

Now… I must give the epilogue 4 stars. I will NOT spoil that but that part was so sweet. THAT’S what I wished this book would be. I would have rather read more into their lives… how did the marriage go, what happened to the boys, how did school go, which house did they move into… that’s what I had wanted. I didn’t get that in the story but the epilogue gave me a little something special that I was looking for. I was really happen that that’s the way it ended. Sadly, when I read that… I wanted more! But, that’s typical of the last book in the series.

There isn’t much more I can say… I love Will still. I love Layken still. Overall, it was cute. It’s worth the read if you have already read the first two. It gives you a different perspective on Slammed. I gained a new love for Will and a new frustration for why he couldn’t have just kept their love a freaking secret. But, that’s just me. I love that Will and Layken were so amazing throughout this series. They both endured things no one should have to and I’m glad to see them have each other for love and support. Truly a power couple without a motorcycle and tattoos. Though… Will being a teacher… with tattoos… now THAT… *dirty thoughts*

I’ll end that here… Keep reading if you love Will! <3

-Christy Lyn

4.5 stars to Frigid by J. Lynn

Published July 27, 2013 by katheryn13

For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn’t anything new. They’d been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the ‘man’ in man-whore. He’s never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn’t want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she’s perfect and she’s everything. But the feelings he has for her, he’s always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they’re stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor’easter, there’s nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

 

REVIEW:

First off, I really liked this book. I hadn’t expected I would but damn if I didn’t read it in ONE day.

I started it while I was exercising, got about 30% in. Stopped, showered, ate, then immediately had to pick that book up and keep going. Stayed up until 2 AM because I simply was not about to walk away from this. THIS is an adorable love story.

I’ll start with the downfalls just to kind of get them out there so you are aware. It’s typical. Shy girl and a man-whore. Thrown together by “accident” (yes it was by a real reason but it was like… I saw it coming, basically.)  Things just… happen. I was like, really? I also got annoyed with Sydney. I get it, your best friend is a man hoe. Certainly it is frustrating but COME ON. Some moments I was like… really?! HE SHARED HIS SOUL (sort of) AND YOU THINK THIS NOW?! No. That is not okay. Not at all. Just saying. That’s why I took away half a star.

Now… I did seriously like this book. Although it was typical, it had a twist and it kept me intrigued and I was hooked. I also really liked where it was based. They said city names and I knew where they were because I was like OMG I AM NEAR THERE! HOLY CRAP! I felt a special connection.

This is a story about Kyler and Sydney. Syd is a sweet, rather shy nice girl. She doesn’t mess around with guys, doesn’t party too much, she’s just… nice. Kyler, aka her best friend since forever, is a hoe. He plays with women (sort of in a respectable way… kinda?) and parties and is so very carefree in my mind. Unlikely friends, but they always say opposites attract. (hint hint there…) so, Kyler always has an annual trip to his ski house. Well… when a snow storm hits, all the friends bail as Kyler and Syd are already there! They are alone in the ski house for the trip. Not only does the storm get worse… there is a nice added twist of someone literally stalking them and ruining the trip in ways you would not believe. That is the plot to this love story.

It’s intense. It gets awkward. It gets heartbreaking. It gets touching. It’s overall a great love story of teenage friends literally finding love in places neither expected, even though they were right in front of each other. Syd didn’t think Kyler would ever like her. Kyler thought Syd deserved better. He kept her on a pedestal just a few steps too high for him. He literally respected her so much. THAT was probably the most beautiful part. He protected her in ways any best friend would and more… well because… hint hint. Syd has loved him from afar forever. You learn that right from the start. It’s as if neither of them can feel the obvious tension I could feel from just reading. The way he got jealous and respected her and held her and just… it was like HOW ARE YOU NOT TOGETHER. SERIOUSLY? That’s how I felt.

But… reading this story was sweet. I liked how they were able to come together. It was so emotional and filled with such love and expression that I just was like damn… I could not get over how well they just sort of molded together. And the things they went through on this trip. MY GOD! You will have to read it. I would be freaked the hell out. Seriously though.

Kyler and Syd are so adorable. They way they treated each other, unbelievable. So affectionate and loving and I just love them okay? I’m rambling. Read the story, it’s well worth it!  You will never look at ski trips the same. Just saying.

Christy Lyn 

4 stars to Resisting Fate by Heather Van Fleet

Published July 27, 2013 by katheryn13

Seventeen-year-old Emmy O’Connell is the epitome of a hot mess.

Her boyfriend’s been shipped out of town to some boarding school four states away. Her step douche is constantly drunk and badgering her. And then there’s her good-ole-mom… The lady is nothing more than a miserable shell of a woman. She’s turned off all of her feelings and her ability to be a good mother as well, leaving poor Emmy and her four year old brother Jamie to suffer. Life couldn’t get much worse, right?

Enter the elusive, cocky, and oh-so-broody Jack Hartman…

The jerk cousin of her boyfriend becomes Emmy’s worst nightmare…times ten. He’s cruel. He’s insensitive. But he also has this strange little ability over her – he makes her weak in the knees with the single touch of his hand. But no matter how miserable or amazing Jack makes her feel, Emmy can’t seem to deny him, especially when he takes on the role of her protector –her pseudo-knight in a black leather coat. A knight who also just so happens to ride in on his black Harley, instead of a white horse…

And to make a bad situation worse…

Werewolves and teens shouldn’t mix! But what can Emmy do when she finds herself thrown head first into the center of it all? Can she handle the supernatural mess her life rapidly becomes or will she fight against the inevitable fate her heart desires?

 

Review:

I was given the opportunity to read this story and I am so glad I took it! I ended up loving it! Devoured it in a day. Began freaking out seeing my kindle say I was at 98% and my happy ending hadn’t happened yet. I was left with a cliffhanger. Slowly dying, quite literally.

First off, I am going to be really honest. I wasn’t so sure about this. I felt rather confused at the beginning. For the first chapter or two I was like “what is actually going on?”. I didn’t understand what I had read. I had to read the first chapter twice actually. I think the first time, I just wasn’t fully paying attention. Once I grasped what was happening… I loved it! And I usually am not too too fond of wolves. Believe me, I like them. But the story has got to be GOOD, otherwise, I’m like send me some vamps or witches or something else.

Resisting Fate did JUST what I needed a wolf book to do. It added mystery, emotion, a “mating” aspect which made things so twisted and fantastic!! AH! Literally… this book was exactly what I needed in order to come back into my paranormal need reads.

This book is about a girl. She dated a boy. The boy left. In walks that ex’s cousin; mister bad boy who had a reputation, a dark secret, and to the looks of it, hated Emmy. Now, this boy was swoon worthy. *fans self*. I think he is pretty great actually. Mean, sweet, honest, compassionate, protective, bad, badder, and baddest.

As much as I want to sit here and tell you about the book, I fear I will give away all the amazing aspects! Something happened between the cousins, that’s a key point here. Something is very special about Emmy and Jack (the bad boy). There is something very important about Emmy’s past and Jack’s past. There were just so many twists thrown in… but they went together well! It flowed, it kept it interesting, kept me on edge, wanting more. I was left NEEDING Jack. The ending was FABULOUS. I hated it, it was that good and such a good cliffhanger! I was like… WHAT?! I even had to tweet Heather. I needed to know when the next came out. I immediately went into Jack withdraw!

My favorite thing about this book is the “mating” component and Jack.  I enjoyed the characters overall. Sometimes I was like REALLY EMMY? I mean, seriously though? She got annoying but with what she went through, I get it, it’s understandable.

Jack… swoon. That’s all I’m going to say. Where is my man with a motorcycle and the desire behind blue eyes? Where can I order that? Can I place a deposit down? I need my own Jack.

And jeez… the mating thing! Literally. It just makes the book! For me, I was like so torn at points for Emmy but I always knew which side I picked.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the plot, I loved Jack, I loved the cliffhanger. I highly recommend reading this book! Wolf fans, you will be pleased, I swear it!  Enjoy my friends!! Devour this as much as I did!

Christy Lyn

J LYNN’S WAIT FOR YOU UK COVER REVEAL

Published July 12, 2013 by katheryn13

We’re very excited to be one of the UK based blogs to announce the new UK cover for J Lynn’s (also known as Jennifer L Armentrout) WAIT FOR YOU new adult novel.

So here we go…

Wait for it…(see what I did there?)…

 

 

WFY paperback cover

 

Some things are worth waiting for …

This is the book you’ve been waiting to read since you put down One Day and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Some things are worth experiencing …

‘Cam stole my heart’

‘One of the most endearing, touching and fun friends-to-lovers I’ve read’

‘Gripping … the sweetest yet hottest romance’

And some things are worth fighting for …

Avery knows she should stay away from Cam Hamilton: he might be the hottest guy on campus but she really doesn’t need that sort of drama right now. Love is best left in the past – along with her troubles. But sometimes, the last thing you want, is just the thing you need …

So what do you think? Different, right?

This bad boy will be available in stores and online in the UK on the 15th August 2013. And now…I give to you the public, LINKS:

Waterstones UK

Book Depository UK

Hive

And as usual… Amazon UK 

GO! GO! GO!

 

Here’s a little about the author:

Jennifer L. Armentrout author photo# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

You can track her via:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JenniferLArmentrout?fref=ts
Twitter: @JLArmentrout
Website: http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/