Monthly Archives: July 2014

Better When He’s Bad

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Goodreads Description:

Welcome to the Point

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.

I felt in love with this book right away, just like every other Jay Crownover book. She is one of those people who writes a book that when you read it and it’s an emotional scene, you actually feel the emotions she writes about. It’s a glorious emotional roller coaster. Also the fact that it’s another book involving a tatted up bad boy almost sort of a hero.

Now Dovie…I really liked her, it might be also because she’s also a redhead and everyone knows we redheads must unite. She is a really genuinely good person who just wants to help others even though her experiences in life have been shitty. She is someone who is completely loyal to the few people she considers family. I definitely would be friends with her in real life. Bax…Bax Bax Bax, even his name is amazing. He is the perfect bad boy, who finds the girl and becomes at least a better person for her. I swooned a lot while reading this book.

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I just want to write the rest of this review about Bax but I should probably share some more about this book. Just a bit more about Bax then I’ll move on. I love the way Crownover makes Bax grow throughout this book, it’s just amazing the changes he makes and how Dovie kind of pulls him out of that bad boy shell and makes him show more emotions than just the tough guy act.

The story line for this book was amazing, it kept up with the intensity and there wasn’t a down moment or lull. There was lots of action (wooo) and a lot or romance and sexy scenes (double woo). All of her books are just so emotionally realistic and this one was still not different, I pretty much felt everything they did and let me tell you, my emotions were shot by the end of this…but in a good way.

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I cannot wait for the next book in this series to come out and I want you to stop what you’re doing and got read this book right now….and all of her other books to while you’re at it for that matter.

This will probably be the only twitter recommend you ever get from me, but you should go follow Jay on Twitter because every Monday she posts amazing photos of tatted men. You’re welcome.

(Reason why you should follow)

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-Chelsea K.

Song of the Week 24

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Hello and welcome to the Song of the Week wee 24!! Huzzah! I hope you have had a good week and if you haven’t ….well maybe next week. ANYWHO, this weeks song I had forgotten about since I heard it on the MTV Movie Awards…or some awards show this year. For now I give you Car Radio by twenty one pilots.

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Enjoy whether you like it or not.

-Chelsea K.

City of Heavenly Fire

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This is the conclusion to the Mortal Instruments series. For lots of reasons this book just didn’t leave me satisfied and some series endings do. One of the biggest things is that it was wrapped up too prettily. Everyone seemed to have a happy ending….now I love happy endings but I felt like it needed a few more deaths or a main character death, I know I’m a bad person for saying that but I felt it would have benefited to something like that. Also, when there was one more important death they just kind of brushed it off a little too quickly, all I thought was really? That’s all the mourning they are going to do?!

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So far from the two different series book conclusions I’ve read by Claire both of them have made me angry at the end, though this one I didn’t feel as much anger.

The characters are still the same, I’m ridiculously in love with Jace and I’ve loved watching him grow through this series, but Clary still makes me angry at times. All the other characters are basically the same and I just didn’t really have any other feelings for them.

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The story line was okay, I wish there was more action and a little less filler stuff. I just don’t have too much to say on this book because it just made me go meh after I read it because there wasn’t a whole lot off memorable stuff. It’s a good series I just haven’t like a book conclusion she has written yet, which is a little disappointing.

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-Chelsea K.

 

Haven

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Syfy’s one-hour drama series Haven, starring Emily Rose (Jericho, Brothers and Sisters) is based on the novella The Colorado Kid from renowned author Stephen King. The series follows the shrewd and confident FBI agent Audrey Parker (Rose) as she arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine on a routine case. Before long, her natural curiosity lands her in the epicenter of activity in this curious enclave, which turns out to be a longtime refuge for people that are affected by a range of supernatural afflictions. The truth about Audrey’s mysterious past (which she can’t fully remember) starts to come out as well. 

As the townspeople’s dormant abilities begin to express themselves, Audrey helps keep these forces at bay while discovering the many secrets of Haven — including one surrounding her own surprising connections to this extraordinary place.

This is another one of those shows that I had seen commercials for and I thought it looked good but I jut never got around to watching it. There was a show or a movie that my mom and I were watching when we saw a trailer for this show and she thought it looked good so I thought why not? So we went on Netflix and hopped on the train. I marathoned this show so hard that I couldn’t just watch episodes with my mom when she got home and finished all four seasons in about a week or two.

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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this show and the fact that Duke and Nathan are so damn adorable and the fact that Nathan’s ass in his jeans could change lives. That is literally no joke. He knows how to wear a pair of jeans.

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Audrey is a pretty kickass person who deals with more things in a way more rational way than most people could. I instantly liked her because she didn’t seem to try too hard as an actress in this character for the most part. I mean it was a Syfy show so the acting isn’t the greatest. But I really felt that she was just pretty easy to like. Nathan was so adorable, but I felt he kind of brooded just a little too much, but otherwise he was a definite boy next door type. Now Duke was just hilarious, I instantly loved him because of his humor. There were times when he would get really serious and it pretty much made my heart ache for him, he is probably the best actor on the show.

The story line was pretty good….at times it was a bit too unrealistic. The graphics also at times were a laughable, but in spite of all that I still loved the show. There was so much sexual tension in this show that I wanted to punch someone when there was FINALLY a kiss somewhere in season two, it drove me a bit mad. The town they shot this show in is gorgeous, also I just want to go swim in that water so badly because it was just super duper pretty.

Well I hope you go watch this show because it is really amazing.

-Chelsea K.

Song of the Week 23

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Is it already that time again? No? Maybe? Okay…well I think it is but I’m not sure either so let’s just go with the flow. Well it’s apparently Song of the Week week 23, so get out your banners and balloons and have a party. So this week I’m just going to get right to it and give you the song, Sing by Ed Sheeran!

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Enjoy!

-Chelsea K.

Uninvited

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Goodreads Description:

The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she’s destined to become a murderer.

When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.

The first time I was writing this review I went to save it and it poofed and completely disappeared. Needless to say I was spitting angry.

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So here we go again. I say the cover of this book a year or so before it was released and I knew I wanted to get it just because of the cover. I mean LOOK AT IT!! Hair and stuff and the hair in DNA strands….crazy. I read the inside cover for it after I bought it and it wasn’t the greatest blurb but I gave it a shot. I feel like this book could have ended with just this book but I guess we’ll wait and see what happens.

Davy in this book was very much the stereotypical rich kid who gets abandoned by everyone when something big changes in her life. I felt like her character could have matured a bit more in the story and I was hoping she would make her be a bit emotionally stronger towards the end. Now Sean was easily my favorite person in the book. He was a good guy who had the bad boy exterior going on because of the shitty hand he was dealt in life. The whole book I just wanted to hug him.

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He was pretty much always there and taking care of Davy even when she was rude and everything to him, I just wanted to slap some sense into her.

The story line of the book was okay I feel that there was just something missing from it that kept me from all over loving this book. I don’t know if it was also because of some of the things that happened that could have been different. This was the first YA book I had read by Jordan and out of the few books that I’ve read of hers this was unfortunately my least favorite so far. Just go give it a try and see what you think.

-Chelsea K.

Bloodwitch

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Goodreads Description:

A gripping tale about loyalty, power, and the quest for freedom
Vance Ehecatl was raised with every luxury he could imagine in a beautiful greenhouse within the powerful empire of Midnight. Vampires are the only guardians Vance has ever known since he was abandoned by his shapeshifter family as a baby quetzal, and he is grateful to them for generously providing for all of his needs. When an act of violence forces Vance from his sheltered home, he is startled to meet Malachi Obsidian, a fellow shapeshifter with conflicting ideas about Midnight and its leader, Mistress Jeshickah.

Malachi claims Vance is a bloodwitch, who Jeshickah and her trainers, Jaguar and Taro, are trying to control. Vance doesn’t know anything about the rare and destructive magic Malachi says he possesses, and he can’t believe Jeshickah would use it to hurt others. But when his friends begin falling ill, Vance starts to realize his perfect world may not be as flawless as it seems. Now Vance must decide who to trust-the vampires he’s always relied upon, or the shapeshifters who despise them.

This book is the beginning of the Maeve’ra Trilogy and it kind of connects with Atwater’s book Midnight Predatory, which makes me all warm and giggly on the inside because I loved that book. I actually pretty much love any of her work, but I feel that this one took me a lot longer to get into and I didn’t enjoy it as much. Maybe it was because it was told from a boys perspective and it didn’t have the romance that most of her other books have.

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Vance was this really cool shapeshifter who could turn into a quetzal which is really just a colorful bird, which can’t fly a lot, which really bummed me out a bit, but oh well pretty things. He was such an adorable and loyal…but so naive, I just wanted to pat him on the head and guide him at the things that just went completely over his head. I was kind of jumping up and down when I first read a part with Jaguar in it.

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Jaguar is pretty much my favorite person in this book….he made it a little bit brighter, because one…he’s damn beautiful, two….he’s still majorly hot….three, uhh he’s a vampire and can shapeshift…..and four…..he’s just glorious, I can’t think of more because that’s all that matters. (Okay maybe not all that matters but you know) After that all the other characters kind of bleed together for me since it’s been a little while since I’ve read the book, sorry I know I have failed this city.

I still love her books but this one so far was my least favorite, but I hope that the next one is better and the one after that.

-Chelsea K.

Song of the Week 22

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Well hello hello again….how have you been..good? That’s good. Well it’s about time for Song of the Week week 22! I know, get your vuvuzela’s and celebrate! Also, cry a bit on the inside because the FIFA World Cup is over….so no more soccer games for me. Well anywhozles, for this weeks song it is a pretty entertaining music video that goes along with it and you will most likely be thoroughly amused. So I present you with Girls Chase Boys by Ingrid Michaelson!

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I hope you enjoy this song and enjoy other things about life and stuff.
-Chelsea K.

Don’t Look Back

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Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. 

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

I really had no idea what to expect when reading this book because I hadn’t read much about besides the dust cover description. I am glad to say I was pleasantly surprised and I basically read it in one night because I couldn’t stop. As a major advocate of all books by Jennifer L. Armentrout, this one was the first one I’ve read by her that didn’t have a mythical aspect and damn was I impressed.

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The characters were all really well written and right away when I read about Carson I fell in love. He was such a sweet guy and still cared about Sam even when she was a pretty horrible person. Also the fact that he was hot and played baseball…hothothothothot.

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He is such a dreamboat (this is my new favorite word). Sam’s boyfriend, whose name I cannot remember for the life of my, was a complete and utter douchenozzle. He seemed like he could be a nice guy, but only if it benefited him. Her brother I ended up really liking as the book progressed, as Sam kind of became a better person she began friendships with people who aren’t shallow. It was kind of amazing to see how she progressed into this new life style with her amnesia.

The story line of this book was really well done, seeing as I have never read a story where the lead person has amnesia, this one to me was amazing. There weren’t any lulls in the story, and it moved smoothly together. This is a no brainer go read from me.

-Chelsea K.

 

The One

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This is third and finally book in the Selection trilogy. While this book did wrap up the trilogy pretty well just some things in it kept me from really loving it in the end. I kind of guessed what would happen in the end and maybe that ended up being a part of that problem. So this probably won’t ending up being a very long review because I don’t have a lot of major feelings about this book.

America at times kind of made me want to strangle her because damn…she could moan and groan and whine about so much. I mean, I like this series but girl, you need to think about something other than the fact that two guys are basically in love with you and you can’t choose.

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I liked both of the guys and I would most likely choose Maxon….because he actually seemed like the most mature person in the books. Aspen matured too from the first book, but maybe since I’m a bit older now they all just seemed to react too immaturely at times.

The story line was okay, there was one point towards the ending that made me really angry. But at the ending I was just like….mmmm okay.

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This series was all around pretty good but I feel that it’s for a younger audience.

-Chelsea K.