My Reading Stack (#5)

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Last week was the start of class and I didn’t get as much reading done as I hoped I was going to do! HOWEVER! I did finish one of my all time favorite series of EVER! So, let’s get started!

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You guys don’t understand how much I love this series and JLA… I am still in shock that this series is actually over… My mind can’t take it. I don’t want it to be over. I already miss it! :( I did read the extra epilogue on JLA’s website and guys… Seriously! Ugh, my emotions.

OHHHH LET’S NOT FORGET TO MENTION THE MOST EXCITING PART! JLA IS COMING TO A B&N CLOSE TO ME IN OCTOBER AND I’M FREAKING OUT! I’M STILL CHECKING ON THE DETAILS BUT OH MY GOSH GUYS! I’M GOING TO MEET HER!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

This series is absolutely amazing, words cannot describe my love for it seriously!

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Ugh, I’m still reading this. It’s not that I don’t like it, I actually love it! But the Lux series has been my #1 priority lately and I’ve put this on the back burner. I’m about half done so I’m hoping to finish it today, but we will see! It’s a fantastic book though!

What I plan to read next week:

siege and storm trust in me walking disaster

Okay, well I hope to at least start one of these! If finish one! I’m debating on either Trust in Me or Walking Disaster… I think I might need a contemporary after the Lux series… And which will be a re-read but from the male’s point of view this time… But the decision is between Cam or Travis! I was supposed to read Siege and Storm last month from my TBR jar, but I never got a chance to read it. So it’s been pushed to this month! I’ll definitely be getting to it at some point this month!

 

What are you guys reading this week? What was your favorite book in August?

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Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

opalOpal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #3
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on December 11th 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Sci Fi> Aliens, Young Adult
Pages: 382
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

The Lux series continues with the third installment of this riveting paranormal YA series. No one is like Daemon Black. When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on. But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love. After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever. Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

all time favorite

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This was seriously perfect. Everything about it was AMAZING! Got teary eyed, laughed (alot), smiled (a crap ton), wanted to punch a couple characters in the face, wanted to hug a lot of them….. Just so many feels. I literally cannot tell you how much I love this series. I can’t form words. I can’t even describe to you my feelings!!!!

Each book gets better and better as it progresses. The characters development more and the plot takes off. I’m just fair warning you though- this has a HUGE cliffhanger. If you don’t own Origin already, don’t start because you’ll immediately want to pick up Origin like I did (thankfully I had a copy). I have been in love with all these characters since the beginning of Obsidian. My love for these characters is growing every page. That sounds corny, but words CANNOT describe my love for this series and JLA as an author. If Twilight wasn’t my all time favorite ever, this would be it. I seriously cannot describe how much I am in LOVE with this series.

The one thing that made me upset was Dee. She’s one of my favorite characters aside from Katy and Daemon. She becomes a complete different character throughout this book and I’m sad to see her like that. I adore how sweet and how amazing of a best friend she is to Katy! But I also feel terrible for her for what she has already gone through.

My favorite thing about Katy is the fact that she’s a book blogger! SERIOUSLY! Her attitude and everything is just perfect and I absolutely adore Katy to pieces. I find myself a little bit in her. I love how incredibly easy it is to connect with her as well as the other characters. JLA does a fantastic job at making it effortless to fall in love with the characters as well as her writing. She knows what to write and how to write. It’s perfection. I’m not kidding. The little things she adds are just amazing!

Daemon… Oh dear lord. Edward Cullen is my all time favorite book boyfriend… But Daemon is IMMEDIATELY second. I cannot form words to describe how much I love Daemon. Especially in Opal. Daemon and Katy are a couple now and I swear I cannot control my emotions when he starts sweet talking and just being amazing!

I am in LOVE with this series… If you have not started this series, I HIGHLY recommend doing so.. IMMEDIATELY!

favorite quotes

“Daemon snatched the yellow packages from my hands. “Oh! Books! You have books!”
I laughed as several people waiting in line looked over their shoulders. “Hand them over.”
He clutched them to his chest, making moony eyes. “My life is now complete.”
“My life would be complete if I could actually post a review on something other than the school library computers.”
I did that about twice a week since my latest laptop went to the big computer heaven in the sky.”– page 296

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“I love you, Katy. Always have. Always will.” ― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Opal

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“A slow, wry smile teased Daemon’s lips. “Simmer down, Kitten, before I have to get you a ball of yarn to play with.”

Annoyance flared deep inside me. “Don’t start with me, jerk-face.” ― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Opal

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“Daemon spoke in his language. The lyrical quality of his words made no sense to me.

“What did you say?” I asked.

“There’s really no translation for it,” he said, “but the closest human words would be, you are beautiful to me.” ― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Opal

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Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

slammedSlammed by Colleen Hoover
Series: Slammed #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on August 10th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 317
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hopeless and Losing Hope.Falling in love can feel like poetry. Or it can feel like a slam to the heart.Colleen Hoover’s romantic, emotion-packed debut novel unforgettably captures all the magic and confusion of first love, as two young people forge an unlikely bond before discovering that fate has other plans for them.Following the unexpected death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken becomes the rock for both her mother and younger brother. She appears resilient and tenacious, but inside, she’s losing hope. Then she meets her new neighbor Will, a handsome twenty-one-year-old whose mere presence leaves her flustered and whose passion for poetry slams thrills her.Not long after a heart-stopping first date during which each recognizes something profound and familiar in the other, they are slammed to the core when a shocking discovery brings their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together and the forces that tear them apart. Only through the poetry they share are they able to speak the truth that is in their hearts and imagine a future where love is cause for celebration, not regret.

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HOLY COW! I LOVED THIS BOOK TO PIECES! Words cannot describe my love for this book right now!

Our main character Layken moved to Michigan from Texas to escape debt and a family tragedy. Immediately she meets Will right when pulling up to her new house. They talk and go out on a date. But little does she know when she goes to class the next day, it just so happens that Will is  her teacher. Will is a poetry teacher and he especially loves slam poetry. Because Will is a teacher and Layken is a student of his, they aren’t allowed to date. But when they are neighbors and their brothers are best friends, it’s hard not to bump into each other everyday.

This book is everything you could want. I absolutely adored this book to pieces! Colleen Hoover made it almost effortless to fall for the characters. I’m really mad at myself for not reading this sooner! I’ve had countless people telling me to read her books. Now I want all of hers. Sadly I don’t own any of her others and I already spent enough on books for a while. So I guess I won’t be picking another one up for a while. But it’s okay! Anyway, this book was perfect!

I loved Eddie, she was the perfect best friend anyone could ask for! I would definitely have her as a best friend! She was just so upfront and outspoken and quirky! I adored her personality, a lot of the time I was cracking up laughing at what she would say. She’s an amazing character and I would LOVE to have her as my best friend!!!

Every time I saw Will, I thought of Will from The Last Song who is played by Liam Hemsworth. I don’t know why I picked Will like that, but it was a pretty picture nonetheless. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, Google him. You’ll agree that’s he’s a pretty hot human being. ;) I really did love Will though! He was such a stinking sweetheart and so stinking amazing! Yes, he got on my nerves at times because he kept trying to push away his relationship with Layken. But I still love him. He’s an amazing character! I adored his relationship with Layken, it was so cute and so sweet and just ADORABLE!!! I can’t control my feelings when it comes to them! I end up fangirling and words can’t describe it!

AMAZING book, highly recommend to everyone! This would be a fantastic book for those wanting to try out the new adult genre! :)

all time favorite

favorite quotes

“Don’t take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it…. Question everything. Your love, your religion, your passion. If you don’t have questions, you’ll never find answers.” — page 316

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“I got schooled this year
by
a
boy
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A boy that I’m seriously, deeply, madly, incredibly, and undeniably in love with.
And he taught me the most important thing of all

To put the emphasis
On life .” ― Colleen Hoover, Slammed

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“There are three questions every woman should be able to answer yes to before they commit to a man. If you answer no to any of the three questions, run like hell.”
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“Does he treat you with respect at all times? That’s the first question. The second question is, if he is the exact same person twenty years from now that he is today, would you still want to marry him? And finally, does he inspire to be a better person? You find someone you can answer yes to all three, then you’ve found a good man.” ― Colleen Hoover, Slammed

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Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #3
Published by Harper Collins on October 22nd 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 544
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-stars

Now includes an excerpt from the upcoming Four: A Divergent Collection.What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

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I was a little nervous- okay, very nervous- going into this. I was already spoiled (I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about this a billion times) before I even got to Insurgent. I think it overall ruined my thoughts of the trilogy as a whole. My least favorite was definitely Insurgent. Had the point of views not changed like it did, I probably would have had a lower rating or not even finished it. Tris did make up for her attitude in Insurgent, which drove me crazy. In Insurgent, she was extremely annoying and was constantly picking fights with Tobias. I definitely enjoyed having Tobias’ point of view on this and not just Tris.

I will honestly say I liked the trilogy as a whole. However, Divergent for me was amazing! Insurgent wasn’t that great, but Allegiant was better. This is definitely not a favorite dystopian series/trilogy, but I did enjoy it. I might have enjoyed it more had I not been spoiled before I could even get to the second book. I think I was just so upset and frustrated over that, I was kind of just done with the trilogy. I’m glad to say I’ve finally finished this trilogy and I can knock that off of my massive unfinished series/trilogies list!

Even though this wasn’t amazing for me, I would still highly recommend it! It is a great dystopian read, and I loved all the action and plot twists that happened! I am happy with the ending, but I do feel that maybe the ending could have ended differently. It didn’t HAVE to end that way… But I’m still happy with it. I didn’t cry, but I did have little tears.

favorite quotes

“I fell in love with him. But I don’t just stay with him by default as if there’s no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.”– page 372

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“I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me–they, and the love and loyaty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could.”– page 455

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“I suppose a fire that burns that bright is not meant to last.”– page 492

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“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.

But sometimes it doesn’t.

Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.

That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”– page 509

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Stacking the Shelves (#17): The Most Recent Edition

shelf stackingMeme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where I post all the bookish things I’ve recieved/purchased either physical or e-book.

It’s been a while since I’ve last done a book haul for you guys. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things here on my blog, but here’s this weeks!

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I ordered these 12 books on Book Outlet for $50! Plus I got $3 or so back on Ebates!!!!! :D This was an AMAZING deal! PLUS! Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry is signed!!! (signed only be Jolene Perry)!!!!!

  • The Farm by Emily McKay: I’m beyond excited about this one! I’ve had my eye on this series for some time now. The entire concept behind this trilogy sounds freaking amazing. Not only because this is about vampires- one of my all time favorite things to read about- but the fact that these vampires/or people are basically kept like a farm! It sounds freaking INTERESTING!
  • Unremembered by Jessica Brody: I’ve also had my eye on this trilogy/series for a while now (not sure if it’s a trilogy). I don’t know hardly anything about it. But it does sound interesting!!!
  • Entwined by Heather Dixon: OH MY GOSH THE COVER! I have been lusting over this cover for soooo long! I will admit it was a cover buy, but the synopsis is amazing! I LOVE my retellings!!! I’m not familiar with this fairy tale, but I’m excited nonetheless!
  • Altered by Gennifer Albin: I LOVED Crewel when I read it earlier this year. I’ve been dying to get my hands on it for MONTHS now! I remember ordering Crewel on Book Outlet as well, so I wanted to wait until it was there!
  • Mystic City by Theo Lawrence: I’ve had my eye on this trilogy for so long now! The covers are stinking beautiful. However, I’m not sure what it’s about or remember…
  • This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales: I love contemporary, and I’ve been hearing so many good things about this book! I don’t think I’ve heard a single bad thing about this! Can’t wait to read it!
  • Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry: It’s new adult… I’m currently in a new adult mood (even though I’m completely ignoring it by reading other things). But ever since Beautiful Disaster, I need all the NA books I can get!
  • While it Lasts by Abbi Glines: Same goes with what I said about Out of Play. I’ve heard fantastic things about Abbi Glines. Haven’t read a single book by her yet. I own the first book in this series as well as The Vincent Boys.
  • Antigoddess by Kendare Blake: I own her Anna Dressed in Blood duology, but OF COURSE, haven’t read it. It’s about mythology. I LOVE my mythology. It’s a perfect match.
  • Of Triton by Anna Banks: I LOVED OF POSEIDON! COMPLETELY OBSESSED! ANYTHING with retellings/mythology, you have my vote to read! CANNOT wait to continue!
  • A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies: I’m pretty sure this is about vampires, but I’m excited nonetheless!
  • Vortex by Julie Cross: I enjoyed Tempest when I read it a couple months ago. I didn’t want to spend the full price or what Amazon offers.. I figured Book Outlet would have it. Since I made a pretty big order, I decided why the heck not! I am excited to see what happens next though!

Amazon Kindle Free Books:

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September TBR Jar Pick- You Decide!

I’ve done this before on my blog, but it’s been a couple months. Basically I have a TBR jar full of un-read books I own. Each month, I put all the slips of paper into a bag, shake them and randomly draw out 4 slips of paper. Those books written down, are the ones you guys decide on. I’ve been doing this almost all year and I’ve had all good books chosen and it helps me read books I wouldn’t have picked up sooner. I generally just post this to Instagram, but I’m trying to be more active on my blog and let you guys know what I’m doing!

So here are the 4 books chosen from the jar for September:

the secret circle the luxe

The Circle’s power has lured her home. . . .

Forced to move from sunny California to gloomy New England, Cassie longs for her old life. Even so, she feels a strange kinship to a terrifying group of teens who seem to rule her school. Initiated into the coven of witches that’s controlled New Salem for hundreds of years, she’s drawn into the Secret Circle, a thrill that’s both intoxicating and deadly. But when she falls for the mysterious and intriguing Adam, Cassie must choose whether to resist temptation or risk dark forces to get what she wants—even if it means that one wrong move could ultimately destroy her.

Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn.
Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions.
White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups.
This is Manhattan, 1899. Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan’s social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City’s elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone–from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud–threatens Elizabeth’s and Diana’s golden future.

fates born at midnight

One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.

She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people’s fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.

But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she is falling all over again–this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die. In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?

  • Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter:

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

 

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Review: The Seduction Part 4 by Roxy Sloane

the seduction 4The Seduction Part 4 by Roxy Sloane
Series: The Seduction #4
Published by Roxy Sloane Books on July 14th 2014
Genres: Erotica, Romance
Pages: 92
Source: ARC copy from author
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-half-stars

The shocking, filthy serial comes to an explosive conclusion. Prepare for the most thrilling seduction of all…

There’s not a woman in the world who won’t spread her legs for me.

Admit it, you’re already wet, imagining my hands gripping tight around your wrists, holding you down. Showing you what a real man’s cock feels like buried all the way to the fucking hilt.

I was the Seducer, the best damn night of your life. But all that’s behind me. Now I only want one thing.

Keely Fawes.

My secrets destroyed her. My quest for revenge tore us apart. But now I know she’s in danger, there’s nothing I won’t do to keep her safe.

This girl is everything to me, and I won’t stop until I claim her completely.

Her body.
Her mind.
Her heart.

** The fourth and final part of the hottest serial around**

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I’m very happy with the ending. However, I did want more to the ending. I always want more of the ending because I want to see couple’s relationship down the road. But I love how everything was answered, nothing didn’t get unanswered. Absolutely loved Vaughn even more by the end! Absolutely loved him! I love how well Keely changed as a person, Vaughn as well. In the beginning, Keely wasn’t strong or confident in herself. By the end of book 4, she’s extremely strong and very confident in herself with the help of Vaughn. Vaughn in the beginning wasn’t a relationship person, didn’t trust anyone. By the end, both Keely and Vaughn learned to trust each other and bring out new strengths in each other! I love how vulnerable Vaughn got around Keely!

Great series!!! Super quick, steamy reads!

favorite quotes

“Why dig through the past when I can get new straight from the ass’s mouth?” — Roxy Sloane, The Seduction Part 4

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“We’re the same, sweetheart,” I growl… “You and me. Hard and soft. Two sides of the same dirty coin.” — Roxy Sloane, The Seduction Part 4

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