Thursday, February 28, 2013

Happy Birthday! Me and Reading is 2 - Giveaway!

Happy 2nd anniversary, Me and Reading!

Today, exactly 2 years ago I wrote the very first posts in my blog. I had no idea, what I was doing, but I knew, that I wanted to blog, write about one of my passions which is reading. I had no knowledge about book blogging and yet, now I am here, 2 years later, and the blog is still going strong.

It has been an awesome journey for me and I have loved it a lot. My blog has brought me lots of new friends - readers and authors - whom I appreciate a lot; it has given me a deep insight into the world I have always loved; it has taught me persistence and patience; it has given me experiences I have never expected and I value that more than anything in the world!

Random facts about my journey:

* I have learned a lot about HTML coding! :) HTML has been and probably will be like a Chinese to me (nothing personal, my dear Chinese readers, for me it is just a language I don't understand ANYTHING about!), but at least I know how to use it for simpler things I need for the blog.

* I have communicated and talked with 300+ authors from all over the world during these 2 years.

* I have worked with 50+ different publishers - small and big.

* I have had contacts to 30+ different publicist companies.

* I am following and have connections to more than 1000+ other book bloggers worldwide.

* People are always very surprised that I am from one of the smallest countries in Europe - Estonia. They think I live in US.

* I visited BookExpoAmerica 2012 thanks to my blog last year. It was A-W-E-S-O-M-E!

* I have received 632 review requests just during one year.

* I have had visitors on Me ad Reading from more than 150 different countries just during one week.

* The craziest day brought 3999 daily pageviews to Me and Reading! I think somebody tried to hack it, because most of them were from China! Of course it would be flattering to think, that they really wanted to read the 2 posts which were published that day, but I'm afraid, that would be kidding myself! :)

* I have received one love letter and several fan letters from people I have never met and who read Me and Reading. The love letter was especially cute!

Stats and numbers:

* 821 posts published - average of 1.12 posts per day.
* 243,549 pageviews in total - 333,63 daily pageviews.
* 231 reviews, almost every 4th post is a review and 2,2 reviews averagely per week (during 2 years).
* 180 giveaways with around 300 winners.
* 83 guest posts
* 38 interviews
* 4826 comments, which makes 5,8 comments per post

Audience with pageviews:
United States

112824
China

13812
United Kingdom

8217
Russia

7980
Estonia

7589
Canada

7118
Germany

4101
Ukraine

2989
Brazil

2948
Australia

2820

Followers:

Google GFC followers: 3399+
Twitter followers: 3651+
Facebook page followers: 3088+
Networked blog followers: 296
Goodreads: 1105+ readers

That is a heck of a lot! Thank you so much for reading and following my blog!

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And now, like it is an old tradition, the Giveaway!!!


This giveaway won't be as easy as it is usually, it is a QUIZ! But if you read this post, you'll do fine!

What can you win this time?

There will be 3 winners who can each pick a book from amazon.com.

Giveaway details:

Open internationally.
Open until 31st of March.
You must fill in the RC code.

 
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Thank you for being here! I appreciate it a lot and without you, I wouldn't be blogging! I am grateful!

Yours truly,


Book Launch and Giveaway - Stepping Into More by Rachel Karu!

Happy Thursday!

It's here! Today is an official book launch day for Stepping Into More by Rachel Karu!  To celebrate the launch, the author is organizing a giveaway with awesome prizes!



Stepping into More by Rachel Karu
 
Life is meant to be lived with purpose.

 
Before Rachel Karu could speak, she longed to be a singer and performer.  But like all of us, Rachel was born with Gremlins – inner voices that hate change and demand the status quo. These perpetual tapes clung to her mind like shackles threatening to derail her at every turning point. At the lead of Rachel's gang of Gremlins was the toughest of them all: Perfectionism.

In STEPPING INTO MORE: Lessons from a Recovering Perfectionist, Rachel details her personal journey of wrangling and ultimately co-existing with her Gremlins. We are born with strengths and development areas. Our goal is to create a fulfilling life. But we all need some guidance along the way.

 

Intended as a tool, this guide offers support as you grapple with your own Gremlins and higher self, so that you learn how to make clear, conscious choices that lead to a wonderful expansive life.   Rachel’s story and the reflective questions at the end of each chapter are designed to serve as a stepping stone for you to reconnect to and honor your passions, values, and dreams.

Advance Praise

 "Rachel writes this books as only a recovering perfectionist can!  In an unabashed, tell-it-like-it-is style she draws you into her story and reveals the peaks and valleys of her journey.  Through colorful narrative, she brings her story alive and, in so doing, helps you ponder yours. Only read this book if you're not afraid to have your dreams come true!"~ Sharon Jordan-Evans, executive coach & keynote speaker, co-author, Love 'Em or Lose 'Em:  Getting Good People to Stay and Love It, Don't Leave It:  26 Ways to Get What You Want at Work.

 “With candor and humor Karu shares the fears and insecurities experienced by so many women and instills hope that you really can step into more.” ~ Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office

 Rachel’s book is a fantastic read for anyone who is struggling from being a perfectionist.  As a business coach I often see this personality type and people struggle to satisfy themselves and the lives of others around them.  Rachel has brilliantly shared her life long story on how to recover with amazing self improvement questions at the end of each chapter. I highly recommend this book because let’s be honest, nobody is perfect!” ~ Tammy Burnell Business Coach

Buy Link:

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Happy launch day, Stepping Into More!

Happy reading!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Leap Into Books Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday!


Welcome to Leap Into Books Giveaway! It is organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not AWriter and by Jinky Is Reading. There are around 180 blogs participating, so lots of chances to win. Giveaway is open February 28 to March 7. Enjoy!


What can you win this time?

One winner will receive a book from amazon.com

Giveaway details:
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Open from February 28 to March 7.
You must fill the RC form below to participate.
 
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Stepping Into More by Rachel Karu - Free on Kindle!

Happy Wednesday!

Stepping Into More by Rachel Karu is free on Kindle from Wednesday, February 27 until Friday March 1.


Stepping into More by Rachel Karu
 
Life is meant to be lived with purpose.

 
Before Rachel Karu could speak, she longed to be a singer and performer.  But like all of us, Rachel was born with Gremlins – inner voices that hate change and demand the status quo. These perpetual tapes clung to her mind like shackles threatening to derail her at every turning point. At the lead of Rachel's gang of Gremlins was the toughest of them all: Perfectionism.

In STEPPING INTO MORE: Lessons from a Recovering Perfectionist, Rachel details her personal journey of wrangling and ultimately co-existing with her Gremlins. We are born with strengths and development areas. Our goal is to create a fulfilling life. But we all need some guidance along the way.

 

Intended as a tool, this guide offers support as you grapple with your own Gremlins and higher self, so that you learn how to make clear, conscious choices that lead to a wonderful expansive life.   Rachel’s story and the reflective questions at the end of each chapter are designed to serve as a stepping stone for you to reconnect to and honor your passions, values, and dreams.

Advance Praise

 "Rachel writes this books as only a recovering perfectionist can!  In an unabashed, tell-it-like-it-is style she draws you into her story and reveals the peaks and valleys of her journey.  Through colorful narrative, she brings her story alive and, in so doing, helps you ponder yours. Only read this book if you're not afraid to have your dreams come true!"~ Sharon Jordan-Evans, executive coach & keynote speaker, co-author, Love 'Em or Lose 'Em:  Getting Good People to Stay and Love It, Don't Leave It:  26 Ways to Get What You Want at Work.

 “With candor and humor Karu shares the fears and insecurities experienced by so many women and instills hope that you really can step into more.” ~ Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office

 Rachel’s book is a fantastic read for anyone who is struggling from being a perfectionist.  As a business coach I often see this personality type and people struggle to satisfy themselves and the lives of others around them.  Rachel has brilliantly shared her life long story on how to recover with amazing self improvement questions at the end of each chapter. I highly recommend this book because let’s be honest, nobody is perfect!” ~ Tammy Burnell Business Coach

Download it free on Kindle, amazon!

Happy reading!
 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sophie's Run by Nicky Wells - Review and Giveaway!


Happy Tuesday!
 
Welcome to my stop at the Sophie’s Run Blog Tour! This tour is organized by Reading Addiction Blog Tours and by the author Nicky Wells! My stop includes review of the Sophie’s Run and some information about the book and the author and last, but not least a giveaway. Enjoy!

 

Author: Nicky Wells
Title: Sophie’s Run
Series: Rock Star Romance Series, Book #2
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Publishing date: 4th of February 2013
Pages: 353 pages in PDF
Genre: Adult: Romance, Contemporary

Summary:
Her famous star remains her rock while life takes her on a little detour…

Who says that the road towards true love is straight and even? Sophie is certainly discovering that it is anything but.

So she has finally found the man of her dreams! Well… she knows who he is, even though she hasn’t actually quite met him yet. But she misses her opportunity, and then her life goes crazy. Rock star and ex-fiancé, Dan, keeps getting in the way of her new romance—even if he is just trying to be helpful. A fire, an impromptu mini-trip with Dan, and a dreaded wedding later, Sophie is still struggling to meet the love of her life. Then, just as she is getting it together with her perfect man, best friend Rachel commits an act of unspeakable betrayal.
Sophie has had enough. Confused and distraught, she decides that it is time for radical change. Surprising herself and shocking her friends, she embarks on a secret journey eventually gets her life back on track.

My review:

Let me start saying, that Sophie’s Run was a big positive surprise for me! I haven’t read any of Nicky Well’s books yet, but boy, was I glad, I decided to go for it! I loved it! Sophie’s run is funny, sweet and interesting to read. Never a dull moment because the plot takes you to different places and people.

Plot:

I am not going to give you any spoilers here, but it was a fantastic journey to read about Sophie, Dan, Rachel and Steve! As I said, there was never a dull moment in Sophie’s Run and as the title suggests, Sophie is running away. Already in Prologue you get the understanding, that something dramatic has happened to Sophie and the whole plot is building up to that moment, so there is a lot of anticipation.

What I loved about the story? There is not much to NOT like! Firstly, the settings kept my attention all the way through reading. You visit and see different surroundings where Sophie is traveling to and I loved the descriptions of the places and people. It was written in a way, that I, as a reader, wanted to be there, I even felt that I was there together with Sophie taking the same journey she was taking and going through the events together with her. Secondly, I liked how the author developed the plot and I have to admit, that in usual romances the developments can be pretty predictable, but in Sophie’s Run I was surprised more than once. Thirdly, the dynamics between the characters and between the relationships was awesome!

Characters:
I think Sophie is one of my favorite female characters from contemporary romances. She is unspoiled and genuinely a good and happy person. (Please don’t mix this with the word naïve). She was a person whom I could relate to and she was easy to love which does not meant that I understood her thoughts and actions all the time. That also made her interesting for me as a reader.

I loved Dan and I was so happy to see him matured and more grown up. It seemed that Dan was growing a lot as a man and as a person in Sophie’s Run. My secret wish here is that Dan and Sophie will end up together, they would be so suitable to each other. I can’t wait to read, what Nicky Wells will do to their friendship and love in the third book!

Generally:
Sophie’s Run is the second book in the series and I highly recommend reading the first one – Sophie’s Turn - before you pick up Sophie’s Run. It is an entertaining contemporary romance where the story grabs you from the very beginning and carries you through emotional and fascinating story until the last page. And you will be wanting more of Sophie and her friends!


5 Flowers!
5 stars!
Thanks goes to RABT for providing me with the review copy!

Author bio:

Rock On! Nicky Wells writes fun and glamorous contemporary romance featuring a rock star and the girl next door. She recently signed her work with U.S. publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing. Nicky loves rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, Nicky is a wife, mother, and occasional teaching assistant.

Originally born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993, and currently lives in Lincoln with her husband and their two boys. In a previous professional life, Nicky worked as a researcher and project manager for an international Human Resources research firm based in London and Washington, D.C.

Visit Nicky on her blog where you can find articles, interviews, radio interviews and, of course, an
ongoing update on her work in progress, the second and third parts of the Rock Star Romance Trilogy.

You can also follow Nicky on Twitter and find her on Facebook. Nicky is a featured author on the
innovative reader/author project, loveahappyending.com and has joined the Romantic Novelists’
Association. Nicky also has author pages at Sapphire Star Publishing and, of course, Goodreads.

Website Twitter Handle: @WellsNicky Facebook
 
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Virtual Book Tour February 7 - March 7

February 7 - Reading Addiction Blog Tours - Meet and Greet
February 9 - Andi's Book Reviews - Review/Interview
February 11 - Beth Art From the Heart - Review
February 12 - The Boyfriend Bookmark blog - Review
February 13 - What's On the Bookshelf? - Review/Guest Post
February 14 - One Page at a Time - Review/Guest Post
February 18 - Author Ever Leigh - Review
February 19 - The Adventures Within - Review/Guest Post
February 20 -My Reading Addiction - Review
February 22 - Queen of All She Reads - Review/Guest Post
February 23 - Cocktails and Books - Review/Guest Post
February 24 - Dee's Book Blog - Review
February 26 - Me and Reading - Review/Guest Post
February 27 - Kaisy Daisy Corner - Review/Guest Post
February 28 - Headstrong TomGirl - Review
March 1 - Cozie Corner - Review
March 2 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews - Review/Interview
March 3 - Let's Get Booked - Review/Guest Post
March 4 - Solitary Bookworm - Review
March 5 - Muse Unleashed - Review
March 6 - Musings of a Blodger - Review/Guest Post
March 7 - RABT Reviews - Review

 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Movie Review - Beautiful Creatures by Richard LaGravenese

Happy Monday!

Time for another movie review. Before review I would like to say, that I have not read Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl yet, so there won’t be any comments to the series and the book Beautiful Creatures. I have the series on my TBR list and I am sure, I will pickit up soon.

 

Director: Richard LaGravenese
Screenplay: Richard LaGravenese, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Production: Alcon Entertainment, Warner Bros. Entertainment
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Length: 124 minutes
Starring: Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thomson, Jeremy Irons, Alden Ehrenreich

Summary:
 
Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.




My review:

I had no expectations whatsoever when I went to see Beautiful Expectations, but I have to admit, that I enjoyed the plot, the characters and the visuals.

Screenplay:
As said, I haven’t read the book, but I really liked what I saw.

Meet Ethan a young man about to finish his high school. He wants nothing more than to leave the small town he lives. Everything changes when new student appears. Lena is very different from the righteous and religious girls who are very narrow minded and Ethan feels the pull towards Lena.
Lena is called a Satanist, but she is so much more than that – she is a caster who has less than 100 days to find out if she is good or evil. Lena and Ethan fall in love against all odds and Ethan is doing his best to support and protect Lena. They find out that their love is cursed and they throw themselves to a race against the time. Because time is running out and they need to find the solution before it’s too late.

I loved the twists and turns in the movie and that there was a balance between what’s good and evil. I loved the difference between Lena and Ethan and the dynamics between them; Ethan being all positive, encouraging and Lena being a darker personality searching for truth. The truth is surprising and that made the movie for me because it added to the quite simple love story. Young love was combined with Civil War, religion, magic – it all turned out nicely.

Directing, sets, visuals, soundtrack

The sets were amazing, starting from the place where the town was filmed to the interior of Lena’s house. When he outside setting were lush and breathtakingly beautiful, then the interior of the house and the library were the opposite – minimalistic, simple, yet very modern. When you add then special effects connected to the magic, then the visuals gave very strong support to the story. The visuals were beautiful and created a nice frame to the characters.
One other thing which I loved in the Beautiful Creature was the music! I think it was awesome that thenewno2 was participating as a composer!

Casting and the ensemble:

First of all, the actors who played main characters – Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich - did a great job! They were new faces for me and I think both of them will have significant futures in front of them. I think Alice Englert was a good choice because of her awkwardness and Ehrenreich gave such a shiny performance. It could have been little tacky and corny, but they nailed it with their talent.

I have always been a big fan of both Jeremy Irons and Emma Thomson and I truly enjoyed them in Beautiful Creatures. I absolutely loved Emma Thomson’s Seraphine and Jeremy Iron’s Ravenwood, they brought more matureness as a contrast to the freshness of young actors. Generally speaking, I think the devious and evil characters were the stronger part of the movie, they had spark and sassiness.

Generally:

Beautiful Creatures is a good fantasy movie with the necessary love story, magic, special effects and awesome music! There is excitement, tension and last but not least – good acting! Great entertaining!

5 Flowers!

4 stars out of 5.
 
Happy reading and movie watching!
 
 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Souls of Darkness by Eleanor T Beaty - Excerpt and Giveaway!


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Welcome to Week Three for the Discover Your Destiny Tour

This week we are featuring Souls of Darkness by Eleanor T Beaty

Souls of Darkness:

Alex's life is turned upside down after his father's sudden death. An old pamphlet found in his father's belongings leads Alex and his mother, Charlotte, to a remote Polynesian island. His mother longs for a place untouched by past memories, and Alex hopes the trip will help her to heal. Their arrival on the island elicits an eerie episode of déjà vu for Alex, and he begins to wonder about the pamphlet and his father's past. Why did he have it? Had he been there before? Alex senses something is off with the island. Progress is unwelcome by the inhabitants. A local girl reveals the history of the island and its dark spirits. She warns him to never be caught outside after dark, but Alex finds it all hard to believe... Until inexplicable and terrifying events begin to unfold. While digging for information, Alex finds his presence on the haunted island is not by chance. Rangur, the most evil of souls, aims to use him to acquire great power. There's only one way Alex can stop him and for that he must uncover his father's past connection to the island.

 

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Excerpt for Souls of Darkness

Hanu was still knocking on the shack's door when it swung open and Butler jumped out from behind it. "Is it true there are tourists on the island?"

 

Hanu started. "You can't do that to an old man. My heart will stop."

 

Butler's brown eyes were loaded with guilt. He looked paler than usual. His 1790s style long coat and short pants were still impeccable, as was his stiff British posture. Only his eyes and trembling voice gave away his emotions.

 

"Is it true?"

 

"A mother and son."

 

Butler's face twisted in anger. "How could you allow them onto the island?"

 

"I am only a healer, not the boss. I do not know why Verner rented out the house this time of year."

 

"People respect you. They listen to you."

 

"Not foreigners. Why so concerned?" Hanu said.

 

"I think Rangur intends to kill them, if I do not tell him where the dagger is."

 

Hanu frowned as he watched Butler pace. "He's made threats before."

 

"No, this time… it was no empty threat. He said the boy has the power to see, and a tie to the island's past."

 

Past. Hanu now understood Butler's despair. The past forever haunted him. "He might be lying."

 

"And if he's not?" Butler yelled inches from Hanu's face.

 

If Butler had been alive, Hanu would have been sprayed with spit.

 

"The boy doesn't know these powers could be his death sentence." Butler turned away. "Who brought him here? Someone brought him here. Someone is doing Rangur's bidding. You must get them out to the Cook Islands."

 

"I cannot force them to go… but I can try," Hanu added, seeing the despair on Butler's face. "We still have nine days. Much can happen." Hanu looked around the shack. "How is the story?"

 

Butler shrugged. "Nowhere near finished. Elizabeth is leaving for Paris. A beautiful chariot is coming for her." Butler's eyes took on the faraway look.

 

"You have to let her go. Writing beautiful stories with happy endings won't change the past."

 

"Giving her a beautiful life is all that keeps me sane. I give the others beautiful lives as well… I give them back what I cost them…." he took in a deep breath.

 

"You don't give them anything because they are dead."

 

Butler ignored him.

 

Hanu opened his sack. "I brought more pouches…to reinforce."

 

"Gabe seemed ruffled."

 

"I don't know why. He only came to give me your message." Hanu took out the rectangular cloth pouches filled with herbs from his sack. He went around the shack, hanging them from the hooks on the walls and over the windows, already containing pouches. "You know how to stop him." Hanu headed for the door without waiting for Butler's reply. He always made this same statement at the end of every visit, hoping that one day Butler would give in.

 

It wouldn't be this time, Hanu realized, as he looked back to find Butler glaring at him. Bang came the door.

 

Author bio

 
Eleanor T Beaty Author PicEleanor T. Beaty is a Young Adult Paranormal author. A worldly person born in beautiful Brazil and spent much of her childhood in several places (Argentina, Switzerland, and the US to name a few). She holds a BA in English Literature and is published in both Brazil and Turkey.

 

Eleanor loves spirituality and magic - both have allowed her to gain a strong grip on life and enjoy what it has to offer. She believes that everything has a reason and understanding those reasons help us deal with the difficult moments. Eleanor currently enjoys life with her husband in Brazil.

 


 
Happy reading!




Friday, February 22, 2013

Review: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Hi all!

The usual YA :)





Author: Ally Carter
Title: Perfect Scoundrels
Series: Heist Society #3
Release date: 7th of February 2013
Publisher: Orchard Books
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 336 in in e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting—or stealing—whatever they want.

No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir—this time, Hale might be the mark.

Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.

Review:

Warning! I have not read the two pervious books in the series and so my opinions may be illogical or plain stupid.

I absolutely adored the premise of this series: a cunning teenage thief with a bunch of colorful misfit accomplices globetrotting to steal all sorts of artifacts while overcoming the toughest and most difficult security hassles to complete the mission. Not to mention twists and turns galore. What’s not to be excited for?

I’ve already wanted to read the whole series but for some reason never got to it, but one day I got an urge to pick up the third, I don’t know why especially that one, and I did. And for the most part my expectations and the actual reality of the book coincided, it was a fun adventure with lovable quirky characters, seemingly impossible obstacles and a lot of double-crossing.

I really liked the colorful cast of characters who all had their role to play and were “experts” in their own subfields in theft. Each was necessary and served a purpose. And while I was hoping for slightly more humor, I have to admit that there were some hilarious moments starring Kat’s “family” with one uncle in particular (Felix, I’m looking at you). Plus, code names for some theft plans were hilarious.

The pacing was fast and eventful, not one boring moment, no time to hold your breath and, luckily, I wasn’t expecting anything different for this story. But I was hoping for more actual heists, yes, MORE. I would have just been interesting to see the team crack more impossible cases.

My biggest issue with the book (I don’t know if it is so distracting also in the first two) was that the main character is 15/16!? Yes, I know about early bloomers and all, but that is crazy, she and her merry band of bandits can steal the pants off you without you noticing and she isn’t even close to finishing high school yet. I believe that it definitely can be possible, but it’s just somewhat hard to grasp and swallow. If I pretend that the story is about 20something people then this issue evaporates.

Characters:

Kat, while a strong, capable and determined, was my least favorite from the main characters, which isn’t really saying a lot since I really liked her actually. Her kickassness and willingness to help out Hale at any cost was awesome, but she was slightly... dull, I guess I prefer the sarcastic talkative heroines. I did, however, like how she interacted with people around her, especially Hale. His and Kat’s romance was not the primary factor in their relationship, they seemed more friends who just took the natural second step and brought their connection to another lever, but still remained friends foremost. I liked that they weren’t overly mushy.

I bet Hale is usually the levelheaded charmer, but in this book he was quite emotionally off balance and slightly annoying, but I completely understand and even forgive his outbursts, insecurities and thoughtless actions, with all going on and because of the world full of sharks he is forced to inhabit, let the guy let out some steam. He still managed to be sweet and hunky. Plus, I loved how Kat’s family teased him because of him being a couple with her.

Overall:

I think I need to pull myself together and read the first two books to fully appreciate the third. Otherwise, I will continue feeling that I stepped into the move theatre while the movie was half way in. But, nevertheless, I still managed to enjoy this book, it was all I was expecting and I was expecting a lot.



4 stars!


LIIS

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

YA Paranormal Giveaway Hop 21 - 27 February!

Happy Wednesday!


Welcome to my stop at the YA Paranormal Hop! This event is organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and by YA Between the Lines. There are more than 160 bloggers participating and it runs from February 21 to 27. Good luck and enjoy!


 
 
 
What can you win this time?
 
 
There will be one winner who can pick one YA Paranormal e-book from amazon.com!
 
 
Giveaway details:
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Runs from 21 - 27 February
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review: Fallen Crest High by Tijan

Hi all!

A more mature YA read.





Author: Tijan
Series: Fallen Crest High #1
Release date: 31th of October 2012
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, YA
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

Mason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend her school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school and now Samantha has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn't care at all: about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parent's divorce. But maybe that's a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing.

Review:

Oh, this was a really messed up story with even more messed up and crazy characters. Parties, drinking, sex, mean girls, bad boys and sin were the key words for this book. In those departments the book excelled, but to me the characterization was the weak point of this otherwise deliciously naughty and “grasp! oh-my-god-did-this-just-happen – you bad girl/boy!” read.

I have quite mixed feelings for this story. I loved the shameless, nothing-is-holy and over the top world these teenagers lived in and how they behaved, because it’s the facet that is not often depicted in YA, but at the same time, I felt too overwhelmed, mostly because there were a multitude of characters whose intentions and reasonings I just couldn’t come close to grasping or who were so unreasonable and whose actions were so frustrating that I couldn’t ever see it happening in reality (which I think, sadly, actually occurs a lot). I mean, are people (basically all in this book) so selfish, self-destructive and without any significant redeemable qualities?

I’m a big fan of big cast of characters in books, then I don’t feel that the main ones are isolated from society most of the time, but there were too many very similar characters in this story. Alone the array of mean girls was impressive, unfortunately, they were all the same. What I, however, have to give credit for is the amount of bad bad bad and sinister and bad and absolutely shameless bunch of hot guys I was introduced to. They were the worst of douchebags, but Mason, Logan and their friend Nate were the ultimate don’t-touch-with-a-ten-km-pole, but you can’t stay away because of fear/attraction, which draws you like a moth to the flame. The worst kind of guys your mother warned you against.

It was somewhat weird to read how all adults were basically depicted as the enemies and they also behaved according to that role, they came across more teenage like than the actual teenagers, behaving without any responsibility or role model qualities whatsoever. The teens seemed more mature and reasonable most of the time compared to them. Some teenager-adult confrontation scenes were quite nasty and the attitude/actions toward the elders, at least I thought, weren’t always justifiable coming from the younger ones.

There were some quite steamy scenes in this book which I of course read with joy and I liked the storytelling and flow in general. There were, however, times I felt the scenes and actions were too “jumpy,” like there was supposed to be something before or after a particular point/scene/sentence in the storyline.

Characters:

I thought Samantha rocked to the point where she went a little too over the emo line and her actions became puzzling, BUT, overall, I thought she was an awesome change from the usual heroines I’m reading about. She didn’t care about anything and that made her bold and genuine, I respected her heaps for that. I didn’t always understand or agree with her decisions, but she came across so honest and her attitude was like a breeze of fresh air. Plus, I thought her chemistry with both Mason and Logan was great, scorching with the former and big brother/little sister with the latter – both with a heap of messed up on the side.

Mason and Logan were the ultimate partners in crime. Nothing and no one held them back from going through with their dastardly and despicable deeds. In real life I’d pretty much hate them, but I can go gaga over them in fiction at least.

I have to say this: I know many liked Becky, but she was too annoying for my tastes, but at least she was a great friend.

Overall:

I like the premises and execution of this story even tough in my opinion it had several faults. I hear that a sequel is coming and I’ll probably be the first to buy that one though. I recommend to those who want to look outside the usual YA frame and read something more extreme. But be aware, this isn’t for children.



3 stars!

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