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{Review} Cinder by Marissa Meyer


Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Hardcover, 400 pages

Published 2012 by Feiwel & Friends

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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~Description~

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

~Review~

Cinder is an ambitious retelling of one my favorite fairytales Cinderella. In this modern fairytale set in futuristic New Beijing, hundred years after World War IV, we are introduced to the main heroine: Cinder. A deadly and contagious disease is ravaging the Earth and killing its people, not to mention an imminent war against the people who live on the Moon (Luna), the Lunars. Cinder will soon discover that that the peace and safety of Earthens might possibly lie in her hands. I have to praise the book for its originality. I mean, a cyborg Cinderella in a dystopian world? You gotta give Marissa Meyer props for coming up with that. I personally loved the world she built. It is a very fun read. I enjoyed reading it and I was interested enough to continue flipping through its pages eagerly. The writing is clean and very descriptive. I love Prince Kai and Cinder’s cyborg slash bestfriend: Iko.

Cinder was an awesome protagonist and very like-able. She is in an awful living situation with her evil step-mother Adri and her equally evil step-sister Pearl. But at least she has her nice step-sister Peony and the family android, Iko, there to help her cope. Cinder is a Cyborg which is part human part robot. She is looked down upon for this reason and is treated like a slave in her home. Adri blames Cinder for all of their troubles insisting she is the cause for everything and anything bad that has happened to her family. She can’t cry or blush, and that helps. Like, she literally can’t do both of those things. She wasn’t programmed to. I also love that she’s so strong and determined. There was no fairy godmother here to help her go to the ball. She did shit herself and refused to back down.

Prince Kai. Even mentioning his name makes me swoon. Prince Kai was surprisingly down to Earth for being a prince. When I began this novel I expected him to be shallow and sheltered. Instead he was a prince of the people and I liked that he was willing to do anything to save New Beijing.

Overall, I think Meyer did a terrific job with this retelling of a beloved classic. Likable, believable characters paired with a compelling story that had the right amount of tension and suspense made for a winning combination. The ending has me itching for the next book in the series, and I’m eager to find out what happens to Cinder and Kai, and the fate of Earth and Luna.

I strongly recommend this book to you if you want an awesome dystopian fairy tale retelling with great characters. And you might even have as much fun reading it as I did. :] Now, on to the next book in this series!

 

 

 

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~Author Bio~

Marissa MeyerMarissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf…), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a kid, something she doesn’t intend  to grow out of. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder, her first novel debuted on the New York Times Bestsellers list

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Blog Tour ~ Addicted by Krys Fenner: Excerpt + Giveaway!


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Addicted by Krys Fenner

(Dark Road Series, #1)

Publication date: September 29th 2017

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Bella Kynaston has been the victim of a brutal rape, by someone she can only describe as ‘the scar-faced man.’ With little recollection of what happened, she must somehow rebuild her life. Being the person she once was proves more difficult than she imagined.

To complicate matters, Bella has just met Jeremiah Detrone, the new guy in school. He’s attractive, funny, and smart. All things she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. Too bad she’s conflicted over so many unexpected emotions. Without realizing it, she falls down a rabbit hole and begins walking a dangerous line between addiction and self-preservation.

As Bella works together with the police to bring her attackers to justice, will she be able to see it through to the end? And even if she does, will it only bring her more pain and misery? Or will she find an anchor in Jeremiah and figure out how to move forward?

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~Excerpt~

Friday evening and his dark-haired beauty hadn’t left the confines of her home. Gervasio stared at the screen in front of him. The tree outside her window provided too much cover, so he clicked on a couple of different links to access his favorite view—her bedroom—where the camera had been installed in the corner by her closet. Gave him an excellent sightline of her bed and desk. There was no mic, so no sound, but he would hear the sweetest noises from her soon enough. Pressing a few buttons, Gervasio zoomed in on his honey bear.

His dark-haired beauty opened the drawer in her desk and removed a couple of items.

Gervasio zoomed closer. She held two boxes. One still had the ribbon he had carefully selected before leaving it on her front porch. The other, was long and elegant. No mark on the box, but he didn’t need one to identify it.

Then, after eyeing them for a second, his girl dropped the boxes in the trash.

Gervasio growled. She cared nothing for the gifts he’d given to show his affection. They were meaningless trinkets to go out with the garbage. Jumping up, Gervasio threw the mouse at the wall. How dare she throw his gifts out?

Damn ungrateful whore was exactly like her mother.

Fists balled, he paced from one side of the room to the other. This was not the time to lose his shit. He had to get it together. His plan was so close to fruition. Gervasio glanced at the calendar. A few more days and she would be ripe for the taking. The way it should be. She had always belonged to him. And once he had her, they would forever be connected.

Gervasio punched the wall directly above the monitors. Then, taking a deep breath, he stared at his lovely one on the screen. She could throw away his gifts, but he would not be so easily tossed aside. Reaching out, he stroked her cheek through the screen. “Eres mia por siempre.”

The front door to the warehouse opened. Better be someone with good news. Gervasio strode out of his office and stopped inches from the messenger. “You find info on el tipo?”

Swifty rubbed his eyebrow. “I’m still digging, but I have some information.”

“Dime.” It was important to know your enemies, even if they came in six-foot piece-of-shit packages.

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~Author Bio~

Krys Fenner has been infinitely passionate about writing and helping people for as long as she can remember. To date, she has published two books, numerous poems, and is now avidly working on a fantasy series. Krys received an Associate of Arts in Psychology and is currently working on her B.A.

To find out more about Krys Fenner and her upcoming book releases, visit her official website: http://www.krysfenner.co

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~Giveaway~

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

Grand prize: Signed copies of Addicted (Book 1) and Damaged (Book 2), plus books from some of Krys’ favorite authors: Colleen Hoover, Jay Asher, and Cheryl Rainfield. Plus a t-shirt, an Amazon and B&N gift card, and some of Krys’ “addictions.”

Runner ups:

Copies of Addicted (Book 1) and Damaged (Book 2) with a $10 Amazon gift card.

Copies of Addicted (Book 1) and Damaged (Book 2) with a $10 B&N gift card.

3 individual $10 Amazon gift cards.

5 individual paperbacks of Addicted.

5 individual e-books of Addicted.

3 individual t-shirts.

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{Review} The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson


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The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Hardcover, 261 pages

Published July 1st 2014 by HarperTeen

~Rating: 3/5 stars~

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~Description~

Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter’s come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I’ve watched the danger swell.

The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I’m the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I’m tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

I’m tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don’t know why. I think it’s because death is coming for one of them, or both.

All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.

~Review~

This was not quite what I expected. I was expecting more mystery and intrigue and less typical contemporary vibes. The only moments there is anything paranormal is during the ghost POV sections. The rest is about Maggie and her growing as a person and adjusting to a new life.

This is the first book I read by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I did liked the plot, although I didn’t connect with the main characters, so I felt that I might hadn’t enjoyed it as much as expected. I really wanted to love this book, but I honestly don’t know how I feel.

The Vanishing Season a book a thriller with a paranormal twist, about a girl who has just moved to a small town where girls are disappearing to later to be found dead floating in the lake. The book is told from two POVs,Maggie’s and a spirit that observes the trio; but it’s most in Maggie’s POV.

Maggie has moved from the bustle of Chicago to a very isolated small town called, Door Country because her mom lost her job. It’s a difficult move, but Maggie has a neighbor, Pauline, who she easily makes friends with. Pauline is a beautiful and rich girl and somewhat eccentric. Maggie also meets, Pauline’s best friend Liam. Liam also Maggie’s neighbor who is madly in love with Pauline. But Pauline doesn’t see Liam that way. Maggie finds a friendship that she didn’t expect to find and had good and funny moments with them, but they’re always aware of the disappearances.  

It was well written, but not exactly my style. I just didn’t get very excited about The Vanishing Season. It felt like it took me a year to read… The murders, which were supposed to cramp their style, didn’t really seem to hold them back much. The romance was kinda predictable. I may or may not read more of this author, I’m not entirely sure yet. It was alright though.

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~Author Bio~

Jodi Lynn AndersonJodi Lynn Anderson is The New York Times bestselling author of Peaches, The Secrets of Peaches, Love and Peaches, Tiger Lily, and the popular May Bird trilogy. She lives in Washington, C., with her husband and an endless parade of stray pets

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In My Mailbox (#33)


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In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by So Many Books So Little Time. The purpose of this meme is to share books purchased/received with readers. These can be ARCs, books purchased, books requested for review by authors and publishers, eBooks, free reads stumbled upon and audiobooks. Posted randomly and sometimes twice a week.

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~Recent Purchases~

  

I had bought the second book, Lady Thief, months ago, so I finally got the first and last in the series! I can’t wait to read them! :3

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{Review} Erected by Desiree Holt


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Erected by Desiree Holt

ebook, 80 pages

Published January 2012 by Ellora’s Cave

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Description~

Who can resist a pint-sized female with luscious curves stranded in a parking lot? Not Josh McMann. It’s his pleasure to save Ness Bowen, especially given the instant sensual chemistry that explodes between them. When she wrecks her car on the way to meet him for dinner, he saves her once again. And dinner at home takes on a whole new meaning as the sexual pull becomes too strong for either to ignore. The more they see each other, the more intense and erotic the sex becomes.

But Ness sees Josh as a player, and she’s been dumped by men like him who were always looking for the next conquest. Josh has his own trust issues, having been burned by women interested only in his money and power.

When a breakfast date goes awry and Ness thinks she’s been dumped once again, it takes a lot of fancy maneuvering from Josh to make amends.

~Review~

*a copy was provided via Netgalley*

Erected by Desiree Holt is a captivating and fun erotic romance. It’s well-written and the characters stole my heart. Ness & Josh seem like normal average people that you might know in real life, BUT they have each had a string of bad relationshops and have decided to close themselves off so they won’t get hurt again…

Josh McMann is literally sex on a stick, tall, gorgeous, rich and fun. But all those attributes are his downfall, too. He feels destined to never know what is truly in a woman’s heart, because he believes all they ever see is his pretty face and especially his thick wallet. He’s forever the gentleman and ever one to help those in need. He’s a true white knight.

Vanessa (Ness) Bowen is a very successful, intelligent beautiful business woman that has been sorely used by her last several relationships. And much like Josh she is sooo done with the opposite sex. No more arrogant self serving men for her. She would rather go without then deal with men like that anymore.

Ness didn’t have the best first impression on Josh, she was hysterical, I mean who would blame her? She’s been through a lot recently, she was in an accident and has a broken ankle, she has a cast on and everything, but having her car ‘stolen’ (towed), really made her go crazy. Josh’s first impression of her was he knew how to handle crazy, and throughout the book, he seems pretty confident when pursuing her.

A very quick read, with a ton of hot, hot sex! I love the emotional connection between the characters. they are strong willed and explosive when they come together. There were moments of laughter and anguish, but all-in-all it’s a story about finding love and holding on to it. I wish it was longer! I can’t wait to read more from this author~ 

When you want a romance that will singe your fingers, Erected is the book for you! I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Desiree HoltA multi-published, award winning, Amazon and USA Today best-selling author, Desiree Holt has produced more than 200 titles and won many awards. She has received an EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and many others including Author After Dark’s Author of the Year. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The London Daily Mail. She lives in Florida with her cats who insist they help her write her books, and is addicted to football.

“Get out the ice water and fan…Desiree Holt delivers smoking hot alpha heroes and red hot romances.” Lea Franczak, USA Today Happy Ever After blog.

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Waiting on Wednesday ~ Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley


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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event on my blog; So Many Books So Little Time, which spotlights highly anticipating upcoming new releases.  Usually posted on Wednesdays.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

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Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley

Hardcover, 448 pages

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Dystopia

Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by Simon Pulse

~Description~

Not when you’re an Effigy. No matter where they go, Maia and the other Effigies can’t escape the eyes of the press—especially not after failing to capture Saul, whose power to control the monstrous Phantoms has left the world in a state of panic. It’s been two months since Saul’s disappearance, and there’s still no sign of him, leaving the public to wonder whether the Sect—and the Effigies—are capable of protecting anyone.

When Saul suddenly surfaces in the middle of the Sahara desert, the Sect sends Maia and her friends out after him. But instead of Saul, they discover a dying soldier engineered with Effigy-like abilities. Even worse, there may be more soldiers like him out there, and it looks like the Effigies are their prime targets.

Yet the looming danger of Saul and this mysterious new army doesn’t overshadow Maia’s fear of the Sect, who ordered the death of the previous Fire Effigy, Natalya. With enemies on all sides and the world turning against them, the Effigies have to put their trust in each other—easier said than done when secrets threaten to tear them apart.

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Teaser Tuesday (#48)


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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by So Many Books So Little Time. Anyone can do it.  All you have to do is: (1): Grab your current read. (2): Open it to a random page. (3): Share 1 or 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.  BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer
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“My only mistake was in waiting too long to be rid of you”, Adri said, running the washcloth between her fingers. “Believe me, Cinder. You are a sacrifice I will never regret.”

#2:

‘Kai cleared his throat. Stood straighter. “I assume you are going to the ball?”
“I-I don’t know. I mean, no. No, I’m sorry, I’m not going to the ball.”
Kai drew back, confused. “Oh well… but… maybe you would change your mind? Because I am, you know.”
“The prince.”
“Not bragging,” he said quickly. “Just a fact.”

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“Mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”

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“You yourself said there will be horrible consequences if she doesn’t get what she wants. I am not worth starting a war over.” His eyes brightened behind the spectacles. He looked young for a moment, almost giddy. “Actually, you are.”

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