Review ~ The Selection Stories by Kiera Cass

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The Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard

Series: The Selection #0.5 & #2.5

Author: Kiera Cass

Publication Date: Feb. 4, 2014

Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian

Two novellas set in the world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series are now available in print for the first time. The Prince and The Guard both offer captivating views into the hearts and minds of the two men fighting to win America Singer’s love. This collection also features exclusive bonus content, including a sneak peek at The One, the eagerly anticipated third novel in the Selection series.

Before America arrived at the palace to compete in the Selection, there was another girl in Prince Maxon’s life. The Prince opens the week before the Selection begins and follows Maxon through the first day of the competition.

Raised as a Six, Aspen Leger never dreamed that he would find himself living in the palace as a member of the royal guard. In The Guard, readers get an inside look at Aspen’s life within the palace walls—and the truth about a guard’s world that America will never know.

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My ****4.5 Star**** Review

When I picked up this book from the library, it had been quite a while since I’d been engulfed in the world of the selection. But, I was immediately reminded why I love this series!

The first novella in this book is The Prince #0.5. This is a brief story of Maxon’s life prior to the beginning of the selection. But, you also get a few bonus chapters that show his perspective in meeting America. This story does NOT disappoint! This story will just solidify your love for Maxon, leaving no doubt he should be king – both of the castle and of America’s heart!

The second novella in this book is The Guard #2.5. This story is all about Aspen’s life inside the castle. I’ve seen that a LOT of people haven’t liked this story. I personally think that’s just because of Kiera’s awesome writing. She makes you feel some serious love for Aspen when you soooo don’t want to! I mean, America’s supposed to fall for Maxon, right?!? Well, this story will leave you second guessing yourself. But, it will also give you a glimpse into another possible future for Aspen.

I loved both of these stories. They might have been short, but they quickly tugged at my heartstrings! I couldn’t wait to dig right on into The One after reading these.

I also want to draw your attention to that fact that there are some special features added into this combo book. My personal favorite was the Q&A with Kiera Cass. I loved hearing about where she got the idea for the book!

So, now I’m looking forward to reading the other novellas, and I’m anxiously awaiting The Heir!

Happy Reading,

Alison

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Teaser Tuesday ~ Angelfall

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today my teaser is from ~ Angelfall

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It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back…

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This is book 1 in the Penryn & the End of Days series. I started reading this last night. I already have the second book, World After, on my kindle to be reviewed, too. Book 3, End of Days, is set to be released May 12th!

16% in my kindle

Asleep, he looks like a bleeding Prince Charming chained in the dungeon. When I was little, I always thought I’d be Cinderella, but I guess this makes me the wicked witch.

20% in my kindle

“That’s a pretty intimate demand in the angel world. It usually takes dinner, some wine, and sparkling conversation for me to give up my feet.”
That calls for a witty comeback.
“Whatever,” I say.

I hope you enjoy the teasers! Be sure to share yours!!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Confess by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Confess

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publication Date: March 10, 2015

Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

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My ****4.5**** Star Review

O.M.G.!!! I love how Colleen always adds in a twist. You know to expect it, but you still never see it coming!

You can always count on her for well-developed characters! The distinct personalities always shine through, and you’ll always feel like you know these people personally! This especially astounds me with the fact that she’s written so many books, and it still feels like each individual she includes in her stories is just that – an individual. Even her minor characters are distinct. I always feel like I’ve met a bunch of new people with every story. They all have unique sayings and mannerisms. It’s beyond impressive! And O.M.G.??? Well, he’s just AMAZING!! I’m talking *SIGH*, bring tears to your eyes! Oh, but he’s all guy, too!!

Two days.
That won’t be enough for me, Auburn. I can already tell. And whoever’s favorite color is blue won’t stand a chance in this tent, because I’m about to make sure that the only thing she ever thinks about when she sees a tent again is Oh My God.

The character development is just one of many things I loved about this story, though. This whole novel was shrouded in mystery. Some things will be obvious, and others, well…you’ll never figure out.

This story is full of harshness, beautifulness, and passion – good and bad! Some of this passion will leave you with heart-pounding dread.

But, ultimately, it’s just another AMAZEBALLS book by CoHo! I don’t even feel like it’s necessary to try to persuade you. I mean, it’s Colleen Hoover. Where can you go wrong???

Happy Reading,

Alison

The Sunday Post ~ 3/28/15

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @

Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

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Review ~ The Will

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Title: The Will

Series: Magdalene #1

Author: Kristen Ashley

Publication Date: April 8, 2014

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant.

While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia. There was nothing disguised about Jake. Including the fact he made a habit of making very bad decisions about who to give his love.

But for Josephine and Jake, there was one person who adored them. One person who knew how to lead them to happiness. And one person who was intent on doing it.

Even if she had to do it as her final wish on this earth.

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My ****4.5**** Star Review

I love Kristen Ashley’s writng style. There were times that Ashley really appealed to my senses and made me feel like I was right there in the story. I loved the unpredictableness of the story. I constantly had the feeling that I knew what was coming, but I was ALWAYS wrong! It was awesome!

Sometimes Josephine comes off as a bit vain. But, she has such a HUGE heart that shines through, and not just for Jake. You can’t help but want great things for her. she has an endearing klutziness, and she’s very naive to the real world after spending so much time in posh society. There were a couple times that her actions or thoughts seemed to contradict her personality, but these moments were few. The book is mostly from her perspective, but sometimes you’re graced with Jake’s.

I love Jake. The only complaint revolves around the alphaness. Now, don’t get me wrong. I LOVE alpha males. Ok, so the only other books I’ve read of Ashley’s so far is her Unfinished Hero series. I just noticed when reading those, and this book, that her males seem to all talk alike. They all like to drop pronoun usage for instance. Here’s an example: “Hair looks good down, honey.” Most people would have said “Your” at the beginning. Now, of course, we tend to all drop pronouns from time to time. I’m just pointing this out because it seems like her alphas do this consistently, so it stands out, and tends to make her alphas seem a little to similar in speech for me. Now that I’ve pointed that out, while Jake’s speech was too similar to other characters for me, he still has a very distinct personality that shines through! I loved that his love for both Josephine and his children shines brightly!

I laughed. A LOT!!! There were some really great exchanges that just had me giddy, too, and one of these was with minor characters. There are multiple minor characters that play big roles in this story, and I’m impressed with how well developed they are. The overall family dynamics you see with Jake and his kids is great, too!

So, while this book had some things that I thought could have been improved on, the overall book was wonderful! 4.5 Beautiful stars!! I cannot wait to dig into book 2, Soaring!!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Stacking the Shelves #24

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Click on the title under the pics to go to goodreads and catch the synopses.

Won

Message

A Message of Flowers by Rachel May Walter

It’s been a few months since I’ve won a physical copy of a book, so this was exciting for me!

For Review

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Incredible Dreams by Sandra Edwards
King of the World by Randall Coleman
Death Wish by Megan Tayte

Kindle Purchase

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Awakening You by Jessica Sorensen

I have been waiting so impatiently for this release. I’m reading it now, and it is NOT disappointing!

Library

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Dreamfire by Kit Alloway

I had someone recommend this to me on Facebook as a book they could not put down. The synopsis sounds great, so I’m excited to give it a try!

Secondhand Bookstore

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Yes, you see that correctly! I picked this one up for just $2.50! I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while, so I was super excited!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Reluctant Guardian

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Title: Reluctant Guardian

Author: Melissa J. Cunningham

Publication Date: September 20, 2013

Genre: YA Paranormal

Guarding Brecken Shaefer-a dark and dangerous rebel-is harder than it looks. Death was nothing like sixteen-year-old Alisa Callahan thought it would be. Resting on pink, fluffy clouds for eternity with her gram and best friend sounded like a dream come true. After all, enduring one torturous experience after another in her short life deserved some kind of reward, right? Unfortunately, eternal rewards aren’t given out so freely when you take your own life. Required to pay the debt for committing suicide, Alisa must become a guardian. It sounds easy enough, but not when the boy she is forced to protect has a dangerous secret and wants absolutely nothing to do with her. Brecken Shaefer isn’t any normal teenager. He has special gifts that are sure to make Alisa’s afterlife miserable. When feelings develop between them, everything spins out of control. Not only must Alisa face her own demons- but to protect Brecken, she must face an evil so heinous that it threatens to destroy their souls completely. Alisa is tired of hiding from her past. When the easiest thing to do is run, can Brecken give her the strength to stay?

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My ***3.5*** Star Review

High points ~ There’s a lot of mystery to the story. I enjoyed getting both POVs. It’s unpredictable.

Alisa has a lot of growing up to do. She’s weak, a liar, and has zero respect for authority. She doesn’t recognize a good thing when it’s staring her in the face. She’s very immature. This is typical for some teens, but definitely not all. I didn’t feel like I could relate to her. She made decisions that would totally contradict what I would have done.

Brecken is in a situation that leaves him feeling hopeless. He’s very mature, though. I liked him from the start. However, there is a point in the story where he starts acting immature all of a sudden, and it just didn’t fit his character. Alisa is supposed to be his guardian and help him. The good thing is that she’s not just helping him. He’s helping her! In the process of this, they start falling for each other. I found myself questioning this over and over. He’s alive. She’s dead. I’m sure there could be a context in which I would buy this scenario, but I struggled with it in this story. But, I also had an issue with the fact that Brecken loved Alisa when he seemed so obsessed with his girlfriend Jill. He would say he had feelings for Alisa, but his actions pointed towards Jill.

At one point there’s a switch from third person to first person in the middle of a scene. It threw me off for a minute. But, overall I think the idea of the story is great. I think the execution just needed some tweaking. There is a good message in the end to be learned. But, I would have loved to see Alisa grow more in her maturity.

The ending is interesting. You will find closure in one sense and in another, feel like it’s ending on a cliffhanger. Despite the problems with the book, I’d still read a follow up story to Brecken and Alisa.

Warning: There are some dark parts to the story dealing with satanic rituals and sacrifices.

Happy Reading,

Alison

Kindle Freebies ~ 3/27/15

Remember to always check prices!! Oh, and I will continue to update throughout the day!

Happy Reading,

Alison,

Review ~ Boy Toy Chronicles

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Title: Boy Toy Chronicles

Author: Jay McLean

Publication Date: Mar. 3, 2015

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy

Warning: This book contains mildly inappropriate everything.
*28,500 standalone NOVELLA*

“So…I came up with a plan.

I sat the brothers down and gave them my speech; we’d become male escorts.

The house was split.

The single dudes thought it was great. The guys with the steady girlfriends told the single dudes they were insane.

I promised them all we could make it work without hurting anybody. But we had to be smart about it. We had to keep it off campus. We had to keep it a secret. And in order to do so, we had to target those who wanted it kept a secret as much as we did.

Our target: Filthy rich, unsatisfied, horny housewives.

Keep it high class, so to speak.

And thus began BTC, or Boy Toy Corporation.

Crazy, right?

Crazy genius.”

-Tyler West.

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*At the time I’m putting this post together, you can get the book free on Kindle Unlimited or just pay 99 cents for your own copy!*

My ****4 Star**** Review

So I have to confess that it was the following quote from the blurb that made me have to read this book: “Warning: This book contains mildly inappropriate everything.”

One of the things I loved about this book is that it’s written from Tyler’s perspective. That alone made this book different from other books that might have the same bent. Some of his decisions and thoughts were a little jacked. Some of the stuff he does is just downright twisted. But, I still found myself liking him. I did wish I could reach in and slap some sense into him a few times.

What can I say about Allie? Hmm. Well, she could be just as frustrating as Tyler, but I still liked her, too, and pulled for them both.

Tyler and Allie grew up as friends, best friends, and they’re both scared about the MORE they both want. I normally LOVE this type of story. For the sake of this story being a novella, though, you really just get the “now” of them. I tend to enjoy getting both the now and then.

There were some of the sexual escapades and actions that I found a bit weird, but overall I really enjoyed it. It kept my interest and had me flipping the pages. It’s definitely a read in one sitting book! Will I read the next book in this series? Maybe, maybe not. Will I read more from Jay McLean? Definitely. I really enjoyed the writing style. One last thing that has no bearing on the book itself ~ I’m not crazy about this cover.

Happy Reading,

Alison

Waiting on Wednesday #22 ~ Sweet

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m eagerly waiting on ~ Sweet

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He’s the love of her life, but he doesn’t know it.
She’s his one moment of sacrifice in a lifetime of survival.

He was damaged and wild, but resilient.
She’s always been obedient. Now she’s restless.

Home for the summer between college and med school, Pearl Torres Frank knows two things: Boyce Wynn is the embodiment of everything she should run from, and everything she wants to run to. Rebellious and loud. Unconcerned with society’s opinion of him. Passionate. Strong. Dangerous.

And one more trait he hides from everyone but her:
Sweet.

Expected Release Date ~ Apr. 27, 2015

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Why am I waiting??? Well, if you have to ask, then I’m guessing I need to introduce you to Easy. You can thank me later! HeHe!

What are you waiting on this week??

Happy Reading,

Alison