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Teaser Tuesday (#33)


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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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“As the throngs poured out of the Stade, Ceres and the others blended in and hurried off back into the streets, not wanting any more encounters. Walking toward Fountain Square, Ceres replayed in her mind all that had happened, still reeling. She noticed her brothers’ sideways glances, and wondered what they were thinking. Had they witnessed her powers? Likely not. The omnicat had been too close. Yet at the same time they glanced at her with a new sense of respect. She wanted more than anything to tell them what had happened. Yet she knew she could not. She was not even sure herself.”

#2:

“With a soft smile, he lifted a hand and stroked her cheek, and Ceres could not for the life of her look away. He leaned forward, his lips finding her throat, so soft.  She took a staggered breath while her hands knitted through his thick dark curls. She found his lips, warm, soft and she moved her across his, slowly tingles spreading through her, and all that had ever been and all that was, was no more.”

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Just Friends (Just Friends #1) by Billy Taylor


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Just Friends (Just Friends #1) by Billy Taylor

Paperback, 292 pages

Published March 11th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

~Rating: 3/5 stars~

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~Description~

August and Ethan have been best friends since the day they met at Ethan’s seventh birthday party. And now, twelve years on, their friendship continues to grow. But after magic, fame, money and an unexplainable miracle in a car accident, August realizes maybe she wants to be more than just friends.

~Review~

Just Friends by Billy Taylor follows the story of August Bishop and Ethan Knight, who have been inseparable best friends since Ethan’s seventh birthday. But when Ethan saves her life in a car crash, she begins to wonder if maybe they could be more than just friends.  They go through a lot but they always come back to each other.

At first I didn’t know what to expect, I kept hearing/seeing quotes and pictures on Twitter, about this book and new author, so I took a chance and ordered it, because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

Honestly, I expected more, like A LOT more. I am a little disappointed…I did find it really hard to concentrate on the actual storyline; it was predictable, uninteresting and overall a very tedious book to read.  I honestly cannot see why it blew up on social media the way it did..

I thought the book would have been longer, more about their relationship (by this I mean, more intimate encounters between the main characters, August and Ethan), character development, and more challenges they have to face as a couple (but they weren’t really seen as an official couple throughout the whole book, which was kind of annoying), etc.

I also wish it was properly edited (grammar, paragraph& sentence structure)… hahah! Yes, I’m a total grammar Nazi~ xD

It’s just, it would have made the story so much better, if I hadn’t had to stop to re-word a sentence/add words to make it, make better sense/unnecessary sentences.

Okay, yeah, the author is British so some terminology is different/ things are said completely different from North American English. Like bathroom is loo, or high school is called college or that they say a person is called August, instead of named August, etc.

But… I don’t know… I don’t know how to feel about this book…. There was absolutely no flow in this book what so ever. The thoughts weren’t blended or merged in anyway and the events that happened were far-fetched, for happening to two people in such a short amount of time, which made the story, seem immature.

Ahhhhhhhhhh, I know it probably sounds like I totally hated it, but I did like it, kind of. It just needs some major improvements…

Putting all the negativity aside, the ending was REALLY FREAKING ADORABLE. The ending was so cute it was almost worth reading the rest of the book…. xD

I don’t know if I’d actually recommend it though, maybe if you were really, truly curious about the book yourself, then I would say go for it… though I’d wait to see if it was at your local library where you could borrow it… without spending money on it…

Also! I read on Billy Taylor’s twitter, he’s writing a second book called Mutual Feelings, which is being released in March-ish… I’ll probably get it for the sake of knowing what’s next… but from reading this one, I definitely have low expectations for it…

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~Author Bio~

Billy TaylorBilly Taylor is the bestselling author of Just Friends. It went on sale on March 31st 2016. Since then it has sold over 150,000 copies. Billy’s next novel, Mutual Feelings, will be on sale from March 31st 2017. It is now available for pre-order on ibooks.

~Author Links~

Twitter | YouTube | Website | Goodreads | Instagram

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Happy Reading!

-Ana

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Teaser Tuesday (#29) ~ Just Friends by Billy Taylor

 

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Teaser Tuesday (#24)


Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Ana Carter, and Cassandra Livingston, atSo 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.

The Fault in Our Stars

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” You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”

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 ” You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

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” You could hear the wind in the leaves, and on that wind traveled the screams of the kids on the playground in the distance, little kids figuring out how to be alive, how to navigate a world that wasn’t made for them by navigating a playground that was.”

 

 
 

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Revealed (House of Night, #11) by P.C and Kristin Cast


 Revealed (House of Night, #11)

Revealed (House of Night, #11) by P.C and Kristin Cast

Hardcover

306 pages

Published October 15th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Rating: 4/5 stars

~Description~

The spellbinding eleventh and penultimate installment in the #1 New York Times bestselling vampyre series

Drastically altered after her fall at the end of Hidden, Neferet is now more dangerous than ever—and her quest for vengeance will wreak havoc on humans, as well as Zoey and her friends. Chaos is loosed in Tulsa and the House of Night is blamed. Can Zoey stop Neferet in time to keep her anger from escalating to full-on war? Or will someone else have to step in to take the fall?

The House of Night series is an international phenomenon, reaching #1 on U.S., German, and UK bestseller lists, and remaining a fixture on The New York Times Children’s Series bestseller list for nearly 150 weeks and counting. With more than 12 million copies in print, rights sold in thirty–eight countries to date, and relatable, addictive characters, this series is unstoppable. Now, in the eleventh and penultimate installment of the series, the action is more intense and the stakes even higher as Zoey and her friends battle to protect their school and home from devastating evil—all while balancing romances, precarious friendships and the daily drama of the House of Night’s halls.

~Review~

Revealed might be the 11th book, but it is just an awesome as the first. The characters have had such growth, and with the impending war looming they are going to need it. I know this is a long series, but it one that has magic, vampires, and characters that you want to root for, and so worth picking up.

I love this book series.

There are a few different story lines and with the multiple POV’s, it helps to see how they all eventually will come together.

The war between Neferet and the House of Nigh is growing more dangerous for the fledgings and those they love, and the plot was so much darker than the previous book, there is so much death and anger that comes from it.

This being the next to last book for the series, it was missing that action and and battle between good and evil. She is ruthless, cunning and this is one seriously demented person.

Zoey, Stark, Aphrodite and Aurox are going through so many things, hoping that they make it through the change, all the horrible things happening around them so the emotions are high.

OMG the Cliffhanger. It is a fantastic set up for the final book, and I believe that is going to be one amazing ending for them all.

I absolutely loved Revealed and I am anxiously looking forward for the next novel in this series.

Happy Reading!

~Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime~

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2013 in Ana's bookshelf

 

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Goddess of the Rose (Goddess Summoning #4) by P.C. Cast


Goddess of the Rose (Goddess Summoning, #4)
Goddess of the Rose (Goddess Summoning #4)
Rating: 4/5
Description:
When modern-day Mikki ends up in the strange Realm of the Rose, Hecate has been waiting for her. So too has her gorgeous guardian beast, who soon has Mikki swooning. But to save the realm, Mikki will have to sacrifice her life-giving blood.
 
My thoughts:
 
Mikado Empousai (Mikki) comes from a family of women who sacrifice droplets of blood for their rose gardens, creating the most beautiful and vibrant roses anyone has ever seen. One evening, after a completely horrible date with a guy by the name of Arnold, she decides to take a stroll and check up on her rose bushes at the rose garden she volunteers at. There she ‘accidentally’ calls upon Hecate, the Goddess of the Realm of the Rose, and awakens her Guardian, Asterius, too. Hecate reveals that Mikki is an Empousa, a blood pristess, and that the Realm has been dorment in wait for her. The Realm of the Rose is Mikki’s dream come true, a paradise of roses that all belong to her but Mikki quickly learns that this paradise also has a deep and dark history to go with it, one that will change her perspective on the Realm and on her new found ‘destiny’.Goddess of the Rose is an indirect re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast”. Mikki is of course Beauty and Asterius the Beast. In Goddess of the Rose, Mikki struggles with what it means to be an Empousa, the destiny that awaits her, and the struggle in starting to fall in love with the Guardian, not man but beast. Mikki, like all of P.C. Cast’s other characters, is a strong, independent, and vibrant woman, someone very admirable. Asterius is a beast with the heart and soul of a man. I thought it was a beautiful retelling, unique in it’s own way, something that i really enjoyed to it’s fullest. Goddess of the Rose is the 2nd book i’ve read from the Goddess Summoning Series, Goddess of Legend being the first i’ve read. I am absolutely absorbed in the worlds that P.C. Cast is creating. Her descriptions are very specific and detailed, making it easy to imagine everything that Mikki is seeing. I would love to live in a world full of roses. Goddess of the Rose is , obviously, a very mature book that should only be read by mature readers.-Cassie @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2013 in Books We've Read

 

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Elphame’s Choice (Partholon #4) by P.C. Cast


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Elphame’s Choice (Partholon #4)

Rating: 54/5
 
Description:
 
I was marked from birth as belonging to the Goddess Epona–but that didn’t make my life easy. Because of my “blessings,” I was set apart, worshipped, unable to make real connections with others. Then came theFeeling, and with it a glimpse of my destiny. It led me to the MacCallen castle of legend, deserted since the terrible Fomorian war.
I followed the wordless call to breathe new life into a place long dead, but I didn’t realize there were dark remnants of the war lingering in the nearby forest–victims and survivors who remained hidden. Others marked as different, powerful. Feared.
My choice was now twofold. I could keep to the happiness and safety of my newfound home, or I could choose a path that led to something more terrible, more dangerous, more thrilling than anything I’d ever expected.
And in that future I might never be alone again. . .
 
My thoughts:
I absolutely fell in love with all the characters in this book!Which is probably why I can’t get the stinkin story line out of my head. I keep thinking so and so should have done this, or that was a bad choice. That, and just plain mourning. Ugh!

Seriously, I need to move on…

Elphame is the beautiful daughter of the Goddess Incarnate Etain. However, having a human mom and a centaur dad has made her a genetic one of a kind. She is very human from the waist up and from the waist down she has two horse legs with shiny black hooves. Despite her beauty, she is an outsider and has never fit in.

That all changes when she decides to restore and take ownership of the MacCallan Castle. With her handsome brother Cuchulainn at her side, as well as a host of other outsiders looking for acceptance, the castle becomes the symbol of new beginnings.

However, don’t be fooled by the title. This book is not just about Elphame and her choice, but also her brother and his (and to a degree the choices of others.) The story is told in third person but goes back and forth between Elphame’s storyline and Cuchulainn’s. At times I wondered why P.C. Cast didn’t devote the whole book to Elphame. I actually thought maybe P.C. Cast was just writing to write a book. Though after reading the book I realized this is very much a character driven storyline plot and the whole is greater than the sum of all the parts

Like I mentioned earlier I LOVED all the characters. There was such a variety and the scope of the each was perfect. Example, Elphame was beautiful and had lived a very rich life, yet she was genuine and cared deeply for her family, friends and her people. She put them above her and worked along side them on the renovations. Cuchulainn was a protective brother and warrior, lover of the ladies and at times, was serious. His character grows so much in the book and in the end my heart breaks for him. Brighid, the centaur huntress who had left her own kind to live and work with the MacCallan, is fearless, intelligent and a faithful friend.

However, my favorite character is the healer Brenna. She is physically (and emotionally) scarred. Half her face and upper body have horrible burn scars. She has suffered a life of hardship, ridicule and stares because of her appearance, however finds hope and new beginnings at MacCallan…along with something else she never expected. I felt for her character and was emotionally invested in her, and to an extent related to her feelings. She too grows in the book.

The only character I am unsure of my total love for is Lochlan, Elphame’s lifemate. At first I really liked him. He had a tremendous inner struggle, yet didn’t let it over power him. My love for him lessened towards the end of the book. He started telling lies, lies out of love, but lies nonetheless. I do not like liars.

Okay, enough already…you get the point. I liked the book.

If you want a good (romance, sort of) story, with great characters (no action here) read this book.

-Kathy @SMBSLT

 

 

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Divine By Mistake (Partholon #1) by P.C. Cast


Divine By Mistake (Partholon, #1)

Divine By Mistake (Partholon #1)
Rating: 5/5
Description:
The only excitement Shannon Parker expects while on summer vacation is a little shopping. But when an antique vase calls to her, she finds herself transported to Partholon, where she’s treated like a goddess. A very temperamental goddess…
Somehow Shannon has stepped into another’s role as the Goddess Incarnate of Epona. And while there’s an upside—what woman doesn’t like lots of pampering?—it also comes with a ritual marriage to a centaur and threats against her new people. Oh, and everyone disliking her because they think she’s her double.
Somehow Shannon needs to figure out how to get back to Oklahoma without being killed, married to a horse or losing her mind….
 
Review:
Okay. So I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf long enough to forget when and where I bought it. I only remember that I thought it sounded good, so I did. When my crazy, hectic schedule finally let me get around to it, I have to say that I was sad that it took so long. I laughed so hard through the first snarky chapters of this book that it almost bordered on the ridiculous. I’m talking “hee-hawing,” snorting, gut laughs that leave your eyes so full of tears that it becomes difficult to read. There’s nothing like throwing an independent, modern woman back in time to mess things up a bit and shower a bit of confusion with all of her modern-day references. I like that this book was different from all the other paranormal stuff that’s out there, dealing with time travel, goddesses and the like. I also enjoyed the fact that the hero in this story was a bit different too. I found him to be endearing, strong, and well-bred…ha, ha…just read the book! You will see what I mean. I only wish there had been more one on one time with the romantic leads. They never really had much time together with everything else always getting in the way. 

This book was divided into three parts and I have to say the first two parts were like a 10 star read to me. I had a harder time with the third part of the book, just because it focused on a LOT of battling, and the “hairier” side of things, but it was still intense. I did notice a little something that seemed like it could be a serious plot flaw right near the end, and the story after the battle seemed to halt rather abruptly, which kind of made it fall flat for me. 

The very ending aside, I really enjoyed this book, and I look forward to reading the others in the series. 

-Kathy @SMBSLT

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2013 in individual reads

 

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