Waiting on Wednesday (#38): Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

waiting on wednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking the Spine in which on Wednesdays you post a book that you are waiting to be released.

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oppositionOpposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #5
Publishing by: Entangled: Teen on August 5th 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Science Fiction, Aliens, Young Adult
Pages: 400

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Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

HOLY MOLY GUACAMOLE!!! I’m so beyond excited for this! I ordered a signed copy of this and I CANNOT wait to get it!!! JLA is one of my all time favorite authors and I own 10 of her books and an e-book. I’ve only read the first 2 books in this series, but that is about to change VERY soon. I am REALLY missing Daemon and I need more. I CAN’T wait for this to come in the mail! :)

 

 

“The Feels” Read-a-Thon August 10th-17th

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Do you have a lot of un-finished series/trilogies? This is where this read-a-thon comes into play. The purpose of this read-a-thon is to finish as many series/trilogies you can within that week. I am also hosting challenges throughout the week to make it a little more fun and interesting. Some will take place on Instagram and some will take place on Twitter, so if you have one/both, please make sure you follow me for them!

 

So what are the challenges?

  • Finish 3 or more series/trilogies
  • Able to make a word from your TBR pile
  • Color theme or just overall theme
  • Daily challenges: find an object in the book, reading sprints, ect. (any ideas? contact me.) (This is where Twitter comes in-these will be hosted on Twitter)

So what is my TBR for this?

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The word I’m making: A STAR (cheesy, dumb, I know, it works.)

Theme: Death and nature

Books:

  • The Awakening (Darkest Powers #2) & The Reckoning (Darkest Powers #3) by Kelley Armstrong
  • Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) & possibly Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) (if I can buy it before then) by Veronica Rossi
  • Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
  • Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis (hosting read-a-long for A Million Suns the week before)

Are you going to participate? If so, make a blog post, post the above picture at the top on Instagram or Twitter, or just let me know! I’d love to hear from you guys! :)

 

Have fun & good luck!

 

Review: Fever by Melissa Pearl

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Fever by Melissa Pearl
Series: Songbird #1
First Published by: Self-Published on June 15th 2014
Genre: Romance, College, Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 237 (E-Book)
Source: copy from publisher

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My Rating: 4.5 stars

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review from the publisher. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

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Dating the same boy for 3 years and transferring to a college where her boyfriend and best friend lives, this is her safe place. These are who she’s comfortable with. Ella loves to sing jazz music, she grew up listening to it with her parents. She was named after Ella Flitzgerald. She has no idea what she wants to do with her life, but she knows that she will do whatever it is with her boyfriend, David. He’s going into law school and already has his entire life.

One day Ella goes to take a shower and starts singing to herself. Little did she know that some swoon-worthy male would start singing along with her. On top of it, jazz music! But, wait, she has a boyfriend. She can’t be doing that.

David’s best friend, Cole is definitely something to look at. She can’t help but look at him. They both get each other and they both understand what they both want in life. But, there’s still David, that can’t do that to him!

I LOVED this book! Had I not had to sleep and get up early the next day, I would have read this all night until I finished! I finished it the day after and wanting more. I absolutely adored Ella and Cole’s relationship! Melissa Pearl can definitely provide swoon-worthy men and I’m most definitely adding Cole to this list!

I loved the jazz aspect that was added and the author adding flashbacks. I very easily connected with both characters, as this is told in dual perspective from Ella and Cole’s point of view. I also really loved Ella’s relationship with Morgan and Jody. I absolutely adored those girls’ friendship and how hilarious it was seeing how they interacted with each other. Definitely friends-well best friends- I would want as my own!

My only issue was the ending, it was very rushed in my opinion. I loved the ending, don’t get me wrong. I’m pretty sure I was jumping up and down, honestly. But, it was very rushed.

favorite quotes

 

“When are you going to stop collecting all these random phone numbers and actually start dating a girl, Cole Reynolds?” I date.” “No you don’t, you charm, you swoon, you sleep with and then you don’t commit.” — Melissa Pearl, Fever

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“I loved that a couple were destined to be together made it. In spite of everything stacked against them. It was like they were addicted to each other, pulled together by a force outside of themselves. I wondered what a love like that felt like.” — Melissa Pearl, Fever

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“Life wasn’t always roses and cupcakes. Sometimes it was arsenic and manure.” — Melissa Pearl, Fever

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Challenges This Belongs To:

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Cover Reveal: Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand

Whisper

by Heather Hildenbrand

New Adult Paranormal Fantasy

The Cherokee believe when a person dies, their soul is reborn. Life is repeated. An endless cycle of lessons to be learned, love to be found, destiny to be fulfilled. For the past six months, in every flower, every bird, I’ve imagined my parents, relieved of their human forms.


Now, after five months at the Skye View Wellness Center, it was summer. A time for parties and friends, but that’s the last thing I want to do. So when my best friend Erin convinces me to attend a bonfire at Eagle Point, I can’t handle the crowd full of sympathetic stares or drunken class clowns who would use my tragedy as a way into my heart – or my pants. The solitude of the woods offers an escape, until I stumble upon a boy, unconscious and bleeding, his pockets stuffed not with identification but with poetry illustrating the beauty of dying. I’ve seen enough death. I will not leave this boy’s side.


Even after he wakes, when the only thing he can remember are visions of events that haven’t happened yet…

 

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Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I’m pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry – and fussing at my kids. I’m a multi-tasker.

For more information on my books, release dates, or just general stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit my website. www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com. I love hearing from readers!

Likes and dislikes? I love vintage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my house was on fire the one thing I’d grab is my Amazon Fire TV! (oh yeah, I’m a fan of puns.)

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Waiting on Wednesday (#37): Extraction by Stephanie Diaz

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Waiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking the Spine in which on Wednesdays you post a book that you are waiting to be released.

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extractionExtraction by Stephanie Diaz
Series: Extraction #1
Publishing by: St. Martin’s Griffin on July 22nd 2014
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 416

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“Welcome to Extraction testing.”

Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too.

Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.

With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters,Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers ofHunger Games and Ender’s Game and leave them breathless for more.

If something is comparable to Hunger Games, I’m all in. That’s one of my all time favorite trilogies and will definitely be picking this up. Dystopian is one of my favorite genres. I love the name of the main character!!! CANNOT wait for this book! Hopefully I enjoy it!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Disney/Animated Movies

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Favorite Movies or TV Shows! (can break it down to top ten favorite romance movies or comedy shows etc. etc.)’. 

This is in no particular order.

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the lion king1. The Lion King: This is forever my all time favorite movie. I absolutely love this movie to pieces! I cry pretty much every time or get really teary eyed. I just adore this movie and it’s so so good!!!! frozen2. Frozen: I went and saw this is theaters with my sister and completely lost it at the end of the movie. I CANNOT get over how much I adored this movie! I love that Disney has all these important messages and this one definitely speaks to me! Love doesn’t just exist with a boy or a significant other, it can be family.

 

anastasia3. Anastasia: I LOVED this movie when I was growing up! I remember going to a MASSIVE toy store and getting the dog that is in this movie (I can’t remember the name of the dog). Even though this movie freaked the CRAP out of me but MAN did I LOVE this movie! My favorite scene is the one where Ana steps into the house again and has all the people dancing around here and they are floating down. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie to pieces!!!

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4. A Bug’s Life: This movie is so cute and so funny! I HATE bugs with a burning passion but his movie makes me want to love bugs. But that probably will never happen. If I had to pick a favorite bug from the movie either the caterpillar or Dot.

alice in wonderland5. Alice in Wonderland: I love this movie! It is so strange but so interesting!

 

 
cinderella6. Cinderella: THIS MOVIE IS SO SO SO CUTE! I LOVE it so much! I wish I could add all the Disney princess movies to this list, but I’m a sucker for animated movies so I have a lot of favorites. If I had to pick a favorite princess, Cinderella is definitely it!

hercules7. Hercules: I LOVE GREEK MYTHOLOGY. ENOUGH SAID.

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8. The Little Mermaid: This movie is so cute! I love it so much! Ariel is definitely another favorite princess of mine!

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up9. Up: THIS MOVIE IS SO SO GOOD! I went to the theaters and saw it with my best friend. We were about 13 years old I think when this came out. When Doug came and talked about seeing a squirrel, we both copied it and busted out laughing. Everyone in the theater was looking at us like we have lost our heads.

finding nemo10. Finding Nemo: I pretty much know every word to this movie. This is definitely an all time favorite movie over any type of movie. I can watch this movie a hundred times and NEVER get sick of it. Maybe that’s the same for any animated movie really, but I seriously can. I adore this movie and CANNOT wait for Finding Dory!!!

Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay #1
First Published by: Dutton Juvenile on April 2nd 2009
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 262 (Paperback)
Source: Purchased- Paperback

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My Rating: 4 stars2

The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She WentJust One Day, and the forthcoming Just One Year

On a day that started like any other,

Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she’ll ever make.

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

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I overall enjoyed the book, but the pacing was a little slow for me which is why I gave this a 4 stars and not a 4.5 or 5. I LOVED the ending, had it gone the other way, I would have had a lower rating.

Mia and her family are going about another regular day. It’s just snowy and ice is covered everywhere. They didn’t think that they would get into a fatal crash with a trucker. They didn’t think it would be dangerous to get on the roads. It would have been fine. But it’s not. Mia seems to be the only one left alive from this fatal crash. Undergoing all kinds of surgeries and constantly being monitored, Mia is fighting for her life. She’s a ghost roaming around the halls of the hospital but no one knows she’s there. She has flashbacks from her life and has to make a decision: should she stay and fight or give up and be with her family? What kind of life would she have if she woke up?

I loved this book, wasn’t my favorite. As I’ve said, the pacing for the majority of the book is slow and basically showing snippets of Mia’s life. From her boyfriend, to her little brother, to being a music family and wanting to play the cello for Julliard.

Did I cry? Well, no. But it was very heart breaking and had I been more into the story, I probably would have cried. I watched the movie trailer before starting this book, which was probably a bad idea. Had I gone into the book blind, I may have cried. Knowing that her family got into the wreck, definitely affected why I didn’t cry. I already knew. Yes, I got teary eyed, but I wasn’t full on crying.

I loved how easy Gayle Forman made it to connect to the characters! I could vividly imagine all of this happening and what was going on. I absolutely loved and I cannot wait to continue on and see what happens next!

favorite quotes

“I’ve switched him to decaf,” Mom volleys back. “He’s just naturally exuberant.”

“As long as you’re not switching me to decaf,” I say.

“That would be child abuse,” Dad says. — page 5

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I think you look scary, but pretty,” Teddy said. I’d say sexy, too, but I’m your brother, so that’s gross.” page 97

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“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.” ― Gayle Forman, If I Stay

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“I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.” ― Gayle Forman, If I Stay

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summer of 50 challenge

Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

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Tempest by Julie Cross
Series: Tempest #1
First Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin on January 17th 2012
Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal, Time Travel, Young Adult
Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
Source: Purchased- Hardcover

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My Rating: 3.5 stars

The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

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I had a little trouble with the time traveling in the beginning. It was hard to understand what time period he was in and when he got back to the present. I overall enjoyed the story and the concept of it.

Jackson’s girlfriend, Holly has been shot. It’s 2009. Jackson can time travel and has been for a while now. He travels back to 2007 just after Holly was shot. He can’t change the past just by changing one event in time. He can talk to the people all he wants, but when he time jumps again, they will completely forget he ever existed or the conversation they had. Having trouble getting back to 2009 to save Holly, he is now stuck in 2007 and has no idea how to get back. There he finds secrets he has been trying to figure out his entire life. The fact that his dad isn’t who he has believed him to be his entire life.

At times I was getting a little bored with how the story was going. It seemed that really all he did for a big portion of the book was just time travel but get nothing accomplished. It wasn’t until about 3/4th’s (or so) that the story really started to pick up.

I definitely really enjoyed how he was able to time travel but not affect how the future will go. No matter what he did, the future wouldn’t change. Well at least not that I think so.

I loved Jackson and Holly’s relationship. Jackson and Holly met in 2009 and started dating. While time traveling in 2007 it was funny to see their reactions to each other. Holly having no clue who Jackson is or who he will be 2 years down the road. Jackson knowing Holly but can’t do anything about it.

I definitely do want to continue on with the trilogy, just probably won’t be anytime soon.

favorite quotes

“I thought you said you were not mad.” She clapped her hands over her eyes and pressed down. “I was mad. Past tense. ” “Does this mean we can have makeup sex?” — page 19

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“Nothing went exactly right. And yet it was perfect. ” – Julie Cross, Tempest

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Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

 

open road summerOpen Road Summer by Emery Lord
Series: N/A
First Published by: Walker on April 15th 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Road Trip, Young Adult
Pages: 342 (Hardcover)
Source: Purchased- Hardcover

 

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My Rating: 5 stars2 all time favorite

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

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I FOUND ANOTHER SWOONWORTHY COUTNRY BOY!!!!

Sorry. But I really did. Matt Finch is Swoon worthy material. I adored him from the beginning!

Recently broken hearted, Reagan is looking for an escape from her life. Luckily her famous, country singer best friend, Lilah Montgomery is going on tour for the summer. Perfect opportunity. Getting the entire summer to spend time with each other on a bus traveling all around, staying up all night, going to concerts, sleeping during the day, writing music. It’s perfect! But when Lilah and her boyfriend break up as well, is it really going to be all that great with 2 broken hearted teenage girls? Matt Finch joins the tour and maybe it won’t be all sad and lonely. He’s single and extremely attractive. But there’s a catch, he’s supposed to be lilah’s “boyfriend” for the tour.

I have been dying to get my hands on this beautiful book for months! I’m so glad I got to pick this up and read it. I flew through it and I absolutely loved every page of it. The romance was heartbreaking and adorable. The characters were fantastic. The adventure was fun filled. The drama was…. Well.. Drama.

Lilah or shall I say, Dee, reminded me a lot of Hannah Montana! Sorry, I grew up with her. ;) I was kind of obsessed to say the least. So it was awesome to get to see a country super star who reminded me a lot of her. It doesn’t help that Dee grew up in a music family. So did Hannah Montana. Okay I’ll stop now.

I loved that Emery Lord added the lyrics from some of Adele and Matt’s songs. I loved all the sarcastic dialogue that came out of Reagan’s mouth. As well as the playful bickering from Matt and Reagan. I loved the friendship between Reagan and Dee. What else can I say I love? Umm. MATT FINCH.

This was the perfect summer read and I would definitely re-read again. I would definitely recommend the fans of contemporary and those who love Tucker from the Unearthly trilogy. You will find another country boy who you’ll love!

favorite quotes

“You are the only person who can build emotional barriers, but you’re also the only person who can topple them. Other people can’t knock down the walls you’ve built, no matter how much they love you. You have to tear them down yourself because there’s something worth seeing on the other side.” — page 323

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“It’s the unwritten law of small-town folks: we guard one another. That Southern brand of trust is stronger than whiskey, and, when broken, it burns even more.” — page 36

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Challenges This Belongs To:

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