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Bound by Erica O’Rourke (Torn Trilogy #3)

Published January 8, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Bound

Mo Fitzgerald has made her choice: A life in Chicago. A future with Colin. To leave behind the enigmatic Luc and the world of the Arcs. But the more she struggles to keep her magic and mortal lives separate, the deadlier the consequences. In the end, Mo must risk everything–her life, her heart, her future–or lose it all.

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I honestly didn’t think this book could be any better then the last one. Boy, was I wrong. Mo had so many decisions that affected everyone’s lives, hers, Lucs, Colins, Constance, her mom, dad and uncle. I honestly was hoping  for Luc to be the guy she ends up with. I mean really I have managed to be Team Luc throughout the books, I wasn’t stopping now. I was really worried about how Erica was going to end the trilogy. She definitely didn’t disappoint me.

I don’t even know where to start on on how I felt about this book. Honestly, my emotions were everywhere. It has been a while since I read theses books, but I still remember hoping for a specific ending and for crying and laughing at certain points of the book. I won’t tell you what ending I hoped for, you already know who I wanted her to end up with. Which is more then enough information until you read these awesome books.

Everything comes to a head when Mo has to decide which life and which guy she wants with no uncertainty. She wanted to go to New York before everything started, could she go there? If so with what guy? She could stay in Chicago with Colin or go to New Orleans with Luc. She really had to work through what she wanted and it was great to see her become the person she was always meant to be. With no doubts, because honestly she has doubted herself since day 1.

I almost wished for a 4th book that was later down the road, but honestly Erica ended it perfectly I think. I couldn’t get enough of it.

RATING:

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Tangled by Erica O’Rourke (Torn Trilogy #2)

Published January 7, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Tangled

Constance started to keen as the air around us began to thrash and twist, the caustic scent of ozone burning my nose. As I watched, her dark gold hair began to lift and kink into knots.

“I’m here. It’ll be okay.” It was the last thing I said before my best friend’s little sister went supernova in the second-floor girls’ bathroom, taking me with her.

A month ago, Mo Fitzgerald risked her life to stop an ancient prophecy and avenge her best friend’s murder. Now, she only wants to keep her loved ones safe. But the magic—and the Chicago Mob—have other plans.

Mysterious, green-eyed Luc is back, asking for help—and a second chance. Colin, her strongest protector, is hiding a shocking secret. And inside Constance, the magic is about to go terribly wrong. Tangled in a web of love and betrayal, Mo must choose between the life she’s dreamed of and the one she’s destined for.

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Oh wow what a sequel! Erica did a great job with this book. I loved the drama between Mo and Constance. I get why Constance was so angry, I mean who wouldn’t be angry about losing family members all over the place. I get why she treats Mo the way she does but I don’t think Mo deserves it at all.

Oh lord I am still Team Luc although Colin definitely had his moments that were sweet and had me wavering a little bit on whose side I would want Mo to be on. There was just something more between Mo and Luc then there was for Mo and Colin. Of course Colin seemed more good then bad even with his affiliation with her uncle. He definitely had his reasons for working for her uncle. Still I really didn’t think they were worth it too much. I mean they were admirable but I wouldn’t do a life debt with a man like that.

This time there was a lot of drama about the magic. Who knew that when trying to fix it, Mo and Luc would accidentally mess it up even more. I felt so bad for her because of the more guilt that she had on her because of everything. She never seemed to catch a break. This trilogy really surprised me so much. I am not going to give away anything but I definitely recommend reading these books by Erica.

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Torn by Erica O’Rourke (Torn Trilogy #1)

Published January 3, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Torn

Everyone has secrets.
Even best friends.

Mo Fitzgerald knows about secrets. But when she witnesses her best friend’s murder, she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have guessed. To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves, Mo—quiet, ordinary, unmagical Mo—will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances. And she’ll have to choose between two very different, equally dangerous guys—protective, duty-bound Colin and brash, mysterious Luc. One wants to save her, one wants to claim her. Which would you choose?

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I had this book for a while before I decided to head into the trilogy to read. I don’t know why I waited so long. I absolutely loved Mo, Luc and Colin. They all had such complex relationships with each other and they all held their secrets close to their chest. I honestly loved the whole trilogy from start to end.

Mo, who was also nicknamed Mouse by her best friend and well everyone, was quite spunky. I loved how she didn’t just take everything lying down. I loved that she cared so much about what happened to her and her best friend. She worked diligently to get those answers even though when she first met Luc he asked her, almost begged her to not look into it. She harbors major guilt about it and I felt so bad for her. I know I would have felt the same way.

I loved the love triangle between her, Luc and Colin. At first I was for Colin because I really thought that Mo had the right impression about Luc. There was just something about Luc that I loved. I pretty much stayed Team Luc after that for the whole trilogy, which I am sure you will hear more about tomorrow when the other two books are reviewed. I loved the way he treated Mo, not like she was this precious commodity but like she mattered and could handle what was thrown to her.

Trust me a lot was thrown her way too. That twist at the end of the book! Oh My God!!! I didn’t see that coming at all which is rare, I read so much that I kinda have a good idea on what will happen throughout the book. But not these ones. I loved every second of this book, it was crazy and great all at the same time.

RATING:

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The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1)

Published January 3, 2013 by crysbookreviews

The Lost Prince

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

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I received this book months ago from Netgalley. I know I am a little behind, trust me I realized that when I looked at my Goodreads read list and realized that there were a ton of books without the words “Reviewed” next to them. Shows me not to go on a hiatus. I had really, really high hopes for this book because of the Iron Fey series that I absolutely loved. Now I was so excited that there was going to be a book about a teen Ethan. He was so cute in the last series and this time around he was so angry about everything and everyone.

I could understand to an extent why he was angry, but I felt he unjustly blamed Meghan for it. She really had no option but to leave him and we all know how time is completely different in their world vs. ours. I did like her cameo and of course Ash’s cameo in the book but I really wished that they had a bigger part but I understand that it was not their story anymore, it is Ethan’s.

We meet a few new characters in this book, I loved Kenzie and Kierran. Kenzie had a great outlook on life and I completely understood why when it was revealed in the book. I wasn’t a big fan of how Ethan treated Kenzie. He definitely had his moments where he was sweet but really he had more jerky moments then I like in a character. Kierran happened to be awesome, I am not telling you how he comes into play in the story because it will give everything away.

The story was good though and I loved some of the new characters, like I said before. I was also happy to see a few characters come back to this story. I am hoping the next book that comes out this September, The Traitor Son, is a little better. I want Ethan to try and be a better person probably more than I should since he is a character in a book.

RATING:

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How to Break Up with an Alien by Magan Vernon (My Alien Romance #2)

Published January 2, 2013 by crysbookreviews

How to Break Up with an Alien

Face it, long distance relationships in high school are hard,
especially when the other one in the relationship is an alien.
Alex Bianchi may have survived an intergalactic battle, but that still doesn’t excuse her from her senior year of high school, or qualify her for any sort of scholarship. To make up for college tuition costs, she takes a job at a local coffee shop. If only coffee could solve all of her problems.

As Alex’s senior year progresses, everything changes and she can’t figure out if it is interstellar or if it is just time to break up with an alien.

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This is the second book in the series by Magan and it definitely didn’t disappoint. This time the issue between Ace and Alex is the time and distance away from each other. Not to mention that she gets in her mind that Ace is cheating on her. Which makes no sense to me but I know as a teen I had that same thought in my long distance relationship.

While at school, Alex gets a job at a local coffee shop and starts working with Simone. She and Simone hit it off and become friends right away. I thought everything was going to be okay but of course there were some twists in the book. Ace does everything he can to show her that he loves her and wants her. Of course it didn’t help that Alex’s “friend” was putting ideas in her head.

There was so much drama in this one. I know there were moments in this book that I either cried or teared up. Of course there were other moments where I laughed out loud. I really wanted them to have the happily ever after, that didn’t happen kinda. The book ended happily but it isn’t the last one in the series. I can’t wait for the next one to come.

I hope the next book is just as great as the first two have been.

RATING:

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How to Date an Alien by Magan Vernon (My Alien Romance #1)

Published January 2, 2013 by crysbookreviews

How to Date an Alien

Awkward teenage girl, Alex Bianchi, finds love when she takes an internship at Circe Operations Center.

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This was the first book that I read from Magan Vernon. Of it wasn’t the last one! I loved her alien story so much that I decided to give a chance to another author who had just released an alien book at that time, Jennifer L Armentrout. This book had so many characters that I really enjoyed. Of course I loved Alex the most.

I loved how nerdy she was and how fiery she could be. She was so funny about herself too, instead of taking things badly, she works through things. Okay most of the time, I mean she is a teen, I remember having my moments of irrationality at that age. She was very tough because even though she got thrown into a situation at Circe with her dad and the other interns, she was able to get through everything. And she made friends! I loved that she actually attempted to be the savior instead of the damsel in distress. She did have her moments where she was the damsel.

Ace was amazing because not only does he Alex a few times but he is willing to do anything to be with her. As long as Alex wants him of course. I thought he was an amazing character, he really cared about her and was actually really sweet. Most guys in YA books tend to be jerky but he was sweet, of course he had his own secrets. Which I won’t give away because it was well worth the read to find out about it.

I really don’t want to give too much away because this book was amazing, I have loved every book I have read by Magan, who I know via email is a sweetheart. I am really glad I found her books!

RATING:

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Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard (Something Strange and Deadly #1)

Published January 1, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Something Strange and Deadly

The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

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This is also another book that I read a while ago and I really did enjoy it but I never fully got into it. I am hoping that the next one is much more fascinating for me. I loved the whole concept of zombies in the 1800s. And a female heroine is great, Eleanor had her moments that were relate-able. It was hard because I don’t actually know what life would have been like for a female teen in the mid 1800s in Philly.

Daniel had his moments where I wanted to punch him in the face but of course he is a love interest so he had his redeeming moments. His back story explained why he wasn’t always the greatest with expressing his feelings. The rest of the Spirit-Hunters were amazing, they were funny and nice to Eleanor.

I liked this book quite a bit and I can’t wait for the second book which has a lovely cover on it to come out in July. I am hoping there is more back story and Eleanor and Daniel have a chance to actually be together. Plus the twist at the end of the first book should help make this book amazing.

RATING:

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Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover

Published January 1, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Point of Retreat

 

Hardships and heartache brought them together…now it will tear them apart.

Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.

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I read this book a while ago and it was amazing. I actually bought the ebooks about a year ago but never got around to reading them. After Slammed I thought Layken and Will’s relationship would get a little easier. Of course both of them have been through devastating events in their lives and grew up a lot quicker then they should have.

I love how Colleen wrote the characters, they were very believable and lovable. Layken had her own insecurities which is understandable with all the issues that they went through in Slammed. I also like how she wrote that Will’s Grandma didn’t really like Layken and her reasoning for that, I could totally see my grandma saying the same thing to me about a guy.

There aren’t many books out there that I have to read through in one sitting but this was definitely one of them. Honestly I really loved this book by Colleen and I can’t wait to read any other books by her. I don’t want to give away too much information on the book because I was totally shocked by the ending and a few twists in it that I didn’t see coming but I loved everything about it. I recommend you go out and buy it either in paperback or ebook format.

RATING:

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Cover Reveal for Kiss Me by Jillian Dodd

Published November 1, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Title: Kiss me (Keatyn Chronicles, #2)

Genre and Age Group: Mature YA romance

Author: Jillian Dodd

Expected release date: December 14, 2012

Cover Designer and website: Okay Creations  Okay Creations

Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

Book Description

I’ve always written scripts for my perfect life.

But no way could I have ever scripted this.
My life is so far from perfect, it’s not even funny.
All because of a stalker.

I’m at a boarding school where I have to lie about who I am.
I can’t see my family.
I’m tutoring a hottie god that tortures me with his smile.
The most popular girl already hates me.
But there’s this boy.
This hot, sweet, sexy boy.
So I’m going to stop trying to script my life and just live it.
Because who knows how long I have left.

Author Bio

Jillian Dodd grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She has drank from a keg in a cornfield, attended the University of Nebraska, got to pass her candle, and did have a boy ask her to marry him in a bar. She met her own prince in college, and they have two amazing children, a Maltese named Sugar Bear, and two Labrador puppies named Camber Lacy and Cali Lucy.

She is the author of the That Boy Trilogy and The Keatyn Chronicles Series.

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Stitch by Samantha Durante

Published October 24, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa’s body screams at her to run… but yet she’s powerless to move.

Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees – and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell – Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.

Because what Alessa hasn’t figured out yet is that she’s not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university’s idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface…

The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results. From Goodreads.

I received this book for the tour that Samantha is doing right now. I meant to post this earlier but I got sidetracked with working very very long hours and being sick at the same time. Stitch was a pretty amazing book. My mind was blown at the end of this book. Every aspect that happened in the book, I can honestly say I really didn’t see coming and I have read so many books that I can almost always see what MAY come about in the book.

There were ghosts and Alessa thinking that she is going crazy the whole time because she sees the ghost of Isaac. Everything seemed so real to Alessa, which of course why wouldn’t it? I would have thought my parents died too if I had the memories of it. She goes to college, makes friends with certain people like Janie, goes to parties and just seems to live a very normal college life without her parents around anymore.

I loved how Alessa and Isaac fell in love with each other. Again. I can’t go into too much detail about it because obviously you would be told what happens at that point. I like the thought that their relationship wasn’t just overnight or instant, they had a friendship first and foremost and slowly fell in love with each other. And then they did it again.

I think Samantha did a great job weaving the world that you see in this book.  I literally thought the whole time that it was based on today. This book was defintely not like any other dystopian book I have read recently. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed them but the concept to this one was just WOW. There aren’t many that deal with mind control and they definitely don’t have anything to do with memory modification.

There was definitely secrets and lies in the book but that is bound to be in almost any and all YA books today. I honestly didn’t think there could have been more secrets and lies in this book because then it wouldn’t have been as great as it was. I loved that no matter what there was always love and hope. I can’t wait to read the second book.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.