Last Chance to Enter my 1 Year Blogaversary Giveaway!

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In case you haven’t yet, there’s still time to enter my 1 Year Blogaversary Giveaway! You can win a free kindle or Nook book copy of any book I’ve reviewed! You can enter it here until 6/27/14 at 5:00 PM (EST)!

MY TOP 5 VIEWED REVIEWS

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer Armentrout

Look Behind You by Sibel Hodge

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Check out my review page for a full list of reviews!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Boookish is: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year.

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

1. Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Breenan. This is easily my favorite book I’ve read so far this year. The premise. THE CHARACTERS. Kami Glass. The dialogue. I. Love. It.

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

2. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi. This is how you end a series!

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

3. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer. This series just gets better and better with every book.

Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)

4. Perfect Lies (Mind Games #2) by Kiersten White. Another great end to a series. And Fia. Crazy, crazy Fia.

The Last Letter from Your Lover

5. The Last Letter from your Lover by Jojo Moyes. Oh the emotions!!

Criminal (Will Trent, #6)

6. Criminal (Will Trent #6) by Karin Slaughter. Finally the answers I’ve been looking for!

Fear the Worst

7. Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay. Another stellar effort from one of my favorite myster/thriller/suspense writers.

All the Truth That's in Me

8. All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry. This is such a unique, emotional book. It’s really great!

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)

9. Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi. Another great end to a series.

Triptych (Will Trent, #1)

10. Triptych (Will Trent #1) by Karin Slaughter. The first book in one of my favorite series.

What books are your favorites from this year?

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art.

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

1. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

2. Cress by Marissa Meyer.

Alienated (Alienated, #1)

3. Alienated by Melissa Landers.

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

4. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner.

Never Look Away

5. Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay.

Illusions (Wings, #3)

6. Illusions by Aprilynn Pike.

Life After Life

7. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3)

8. Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Night Circus

9. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

10. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, as always hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is “Top Ten Book that will make you Swoon”.

The definition of swoon is “to be overwhelmed by ecstatic joy” (or “to faint”, but I think I like the ecstatic joy thing better).  So if you need a little more ecstatic joy in your reading life, check out these books:

1 & 2. Attachments  and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

Attachments   Fangirl

When I think Ecstatic Joy, I think Rainbow Rowell. It is impossible to not feel happy when reading her books. Things may go awry, but they always end up great. Her characters are amazing.

3. The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins

The Next Best Thing

Ok, so I could put every Kristan Higgins book on this list, but I’ll stick with one. Though there is a lot of sadness in this book, there is also so much joy. I love the characters, the romance, the writing.

4. & 5. Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins.

Anna and the French Kiss   Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

While I have my issues with these books, they are adorable and sweet and fun. Ecstatic Joy-worthy.

6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

This book is just so beautifully written. I’m in awe of it.

7. The Lux Series by Jennifer Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

Her writing is fun, her characters are great. You just can’t help feeling the joy with JLA books.

8. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

I just loved everything about this book. The writing was so witty and fun. Even though there were lots of unfortunate things going on for the characters, there were so many other times I just couldn’t keep the smile off my face.

9. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

Ok, so there are obviously trials and tribulations in this book, but there’s so much emotion as well. Warner definitely give me ecstatic joy in this book. And the fact that it ended the series so well!

10. I’ve got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

I've Got Your Number

There’s so much adorable and happy about this book.

What books make you swoon?

Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she’ll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.

Thank you, Tahereh Mafi, for not crushing my soul with this book! I was so nervous to start reading Ignite Me because I love the series and all the other series enders I’ve been reading lately have not been good. While Ignite Me may not have been perfect, it kept true to the story Mafi started in Shatter Me and didn’t end with me throwing my Nook against the wall.

Ok, Spoilers Galore from here on out!

Plot

We pick up soon after we left off in Unravel Me. Juliette is alive and she’s pissed. She’s ready to go after Anderson and take down the Reestablishment – with her bare hands. Warner is hiding her in his private rooms at his base and informs her that The Resistance and Omega Point have been wiped out. When he takes her to see for herself Kenji shows up and lets her know that Adam, James, Castle, and a few others are still alive and are staked out at Adam’s old apartment and they head there.

Juliette is looking for them to join her in her plan to fight Anderson, but they’ve all lost their will and their spirit and Adam has basically lost his freaking mind. When he finds out she’s been with Warner, wants to work with Warner, and defends Warner, he goes ballistic. Ugly, very un-Adam like things are said. We found out in Fracture Me that Adam isn’t quite the saintly, loving guy we’ve always known, but I felt it was a little extreme here when he reacts to Juliette. Like almost every interaction Adam has in this book is him being an obnoxious, hateful, jerk.

Long story short, the remaining Omega Point clan comes to stay on base in Warner’s private gym and they all begin training. Juliette and Warner’s relationship changes and languishes and then blossoms. Yes, Juliette chooses Warner! And I love it.

Juliette and her friends perform a demonstration to Warner’s soldiers to let them know about their plan and to ask for help. It works and soon Anderson and his troops are coming to shut them down. Juliette goes after him, kills him, and takes on the role as Commander. It ends with the first small victory in the battle to take back their world. It ends with hope.

I’m sure there will be some people that will be upset that everyone in Juliette’s group survives – that it might be unrealistic. But I think it’s great. And it makes sense. They’re basically super heroes. Of course they’ll survive. And Juliette has become basically unstoppable and with Warner by her side, they can do just about anything. Like he’s been saying since the first book.

“So the two of you” – Ian tries to find his voice- “I mean, together-you two could basically-“

“Take over the world?”

Characters

Ok, can we talk about the character development in Juliette!? She’s grown so much throughout the series. In this book she finally starts to stand up for herself. She lets go of her fear about almost everything. She’s ready to not only fight back, but to lead the fight. She also stops feeling guilty about her feelings for Warner. Though we all fell in love with Adam at first, it was a little too “insta-love” to ever really make sense. Juliette realizes that it was more the fact that he was the first person to ever be nice to her and to ever be able to touch her that drove her to him. And he was in love with the idea of the girl he once knew. Her relationship with Warner, especially now that we know more about Warner, makes much more sense. And with him, she becomes the strong, determined character we always wanted her to be.

Though Juliette is developed and then some, the rest of the characters don’t get quite the same treatment. There are a couple of minor characters from Omega Point that I don’t really remember or care about and nothing about them in this book made me really care for them either.

There is a lot more Kenji and I really like him in this book. But when did he and Juliette become best friends? He was one of her only friends, but I don’t remember him being so attached to her. I feel like I want a Kenji novella now. And am I the only one who was surprised that he isn’t gay and in love with Castle? I thought that was hinted at in the previous book, but I guess not.

And then there’s Adam. Oh, Adam. He’s the ex-boyfriend from hell in this book. He’s just horrible. There’s too many scenes of him yelling the same hateful things to Juliette. He finally realizes that Juliette really is a different person than he thought and he stops being a jerk. When he finally tells Warner that they’re brothers, I thought things got resolved just a little too easily. Warner is “not unhappy” to have brothers and no longer hates Adam. Adam agrees.

Readability

Mafi has a distinct style that I’ve always enjoyed. What impresses me most is the way it’s evolved since the first book. As Juliette becomes more stable and more sane throughout the series, the writing becomes less frenetic. There are less crossed out sentences and words and in this book there were none at all. Because Juliette is no longer afraid of her thoughts. Brilliant.

Enjoyability

I loved this book! It was a great end to the series. Though I feel like there could be more story to tell, I like how it left off. I appreciate that it was the continuation of Juliette’s story and didn’t go off track like other series have. My only issues were really how uncharacteristically horrible Adam became and that the minor characters were kind of just filler.

Rating (out of 5)
Plot: 4
Characters: 4
Readability: 4.5
Enjoyability: 4.5
Overall Average: 4.25 stars

 

Monday’s Minutes

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Monday’s Minutes is my weekly post where I share what I’m reading and what I’m reading next.

WHAT I’M READING

Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I decided to read this because I thought the cover was interesting and I heard it’s a re-telling of Beauty of Beast. So far I’m not terribly impressed. It’s Beauty and the Beast mixed with Greek Mythology where the “beast” is a demon. The writing isn’t too bad, though.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

IGNITE ME COMES OUT TOMORROW!!!! I’m trying to be only cautiously optimistic about this book because all series enders have been terrible lately. But I realllllllly hope it’s great. Tahereh Mafi released the first 15 chapters over the weekend and you can read it here.

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)

Also coming out tomorrow is Cress by Marissa Meyer and I’m super excited about it.

What are you reading?

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Releases I’m Dying To Read

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten 2014 Release I’m Dying To Read.

Alienated (Alienated, #1)

1. Alienated  by Melissa Landers  available 2/4/14.
I have to say, the cover is the reason I want to read this book. It’s so interesting.

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)

2. Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer  available 2/4/14
So far I’ve really enjoyed this series. Scarlet was one of my favorite reads of 2013. And I love the covers!

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

3. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi  available 2/4/14
I love this series so much. Please, please, please end better than Allegiant! Please, please,  please!!!

Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)

4. Perfect Lies (Mind Games # 2) by Kiersten White  available 2/18/14
I loved the first book in this series. The main characters are great.

Don't Look Back

5. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout available 4/15/14
I love Jennifer Armentrout. I’ll read pretty much anything by her. And I love the cover for this book!

Secret (Elemental, #4)

6. Secret  (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer  available 1/28/14
I did a binge reading of this series and received a major book hangover for it. I’m very anxious for this book.

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

7. Isla and the Happily Ever After  (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins  available 5/13/14
This series is so adorable. I look forward to more Anna & St. Clair and Lola & Cricket. Here’s hoping there’s no cheating in this book, though! That’s been the major downside for me with Perkins’ books

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

8. Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo  available 6/3/14
Alina, The Darkling, Sturmhond/Nikolai, Mal. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder, #6)

9. The Dead Will Tell  (Kate Burkholder #6) by Linda Castillo  available 7/8/14
I love this series. I love Kate and Tomasetti and the mysteries are always great.

10. Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer Armentrout available 8/5/14
The end of the Lux series is going to make me super sad, but I can’t wait to find out what happens! Origin left us with such a cliffhanger!

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is about sequels I can’t wait for.

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4)

1. The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead (November 19, 2013)

Enders (Starters and Enders, #2)

2. Enders  (Starters and Enders #2) by Lissa Price (January 7, 2014)

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)

3. Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi (January 28, 2014)

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

4. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi (February 4, 2014)

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)

5. Cress  (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer (February 4, 2014)

Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)

6. Perfect Lies (Mind Games #2) by Kiersten White (February 18, 2014)

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

7. Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins (May 13, 2014)

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

8. Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo (June 3, 2014)

The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder, #6)

9. The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder #6) by Linda Castillo (July 8, 2014)

10. Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer Armentrout (August 5, 2014)

Title and Cover Reveal for 3rd book in Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

Yesterday Tahereh Mafi revealed the cover and the title for the final book in her Shatter Me series: IGNITE ME. I cannot express how excited this makes me. There’s also a synopsis up on Good Reads:

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she’ll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.

For those that have read the 2nd book in the series, Unravel Me, the title will seem familiar. Warner has a tattoo that he doesn’t explain.

“So what about your tattoo?” I ask. “Why IGNITE?”

His smile is bigger now. Dimples again. He shakes his head, says, “Why not?”

“I don’t get it.” I tilt my head at him, confused. “You want to remind yourself to catch on fire?”

He smiles, presses back a laugh. “A handful of letters doesn’t always make a word, love.”

When I first read that I wondered what it really meant. I’m excited to find out when the book comes out – February 2014.