ARC August Sign Up Post

Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 4:30 AM


ARC August 2015
Due to the fact that I feel like I’m drowning in review books, I’ve decided to sign up for Read. Sleep. Repeat’s ARC August!

As of right now I have 24 ARCs/e-ARCs that I need to review. I’m currently reading 2 of those so I think at the beginning of August I will have 22. Well, I’ll have 22 as long as I stick with my ARC requesting ban, which I plan to do.

My goal While I would love to knock out half of my 22 by the end of August, I just dont know if thats practical with school, work and kids. So, Im going to set my goal of AT LEAST 5 books being knocked off the list, while I secretly hope that I can read more.

Wish Me Luck and If you’d like to join you can find all of the details HERE!

Book Review | Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014 4:30 AM
Beautiful Oblivion (Maddox Brothers, #1)Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.


Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.

Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt.

Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.

As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever—even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.

In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.


My Thoughts:

I’m sure fans of the Disaster books were ecstatic to get their hands on another Maddox brother book and I was no exception. I had this book pre-ordered a month before the release date and as soon as it came in the mail, I dropped everything to start reading it. I was expecting the same wild ride that we got in the Disaster books but it turns out that wasn’t the case. While Trenton is kind of man whore and has a bad temper, he’s much more controlled than Travis.

Don’t get me wrong, Trent is a Maddox so of course he flies off the handle, but he seems to be able to reign in back in fairly easy. Cami is the opposite, she isn’t really the type to let her temper rule her, she’s much more level headed, which is exactly what Trent needs.

Going into this book I didn’t know that Beautiful Oblivion follows the same timeline as BD, while I was expecting this to take place after, it really didn’t bother me that much. I really liked the fact that we get the Pigeon tattoo scene in this book, I can’t believe I didn’t know that Trent was the one who gave Travis the tattoo…I either missed that little tidbit in BD and WD or I’ve forgotten more than I thought about those books.

I really loved the secondary characters in this book too, Hazel cracked me up and Raegan was an amazing friend to Cami, even though she was going through some boy troubles of her own. I really like the family vibe that Red and Skin Deep had. You could feel the love and respect that they had for one another and that’s extremely rare now days.

Overall, Beautiful Oblivion was just as compelling and unputdownable as BD and WD. I’m sure fans of the Disaster books will fall in love with Trent just as much as they did Travis.


---Christy

Waiting on Wednesday | A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:00 AM

 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
 

My Pick

 
A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian
 
Expected Publication Date: September 16, 2014 by Penguin
 

 
 
 
 
In her stunning New Adult debut, The Wicked We Have Done, Sarah Harian introduced readers to the Compass Room: a twisted experimental jail where the guilty and the innocent suffer alike. But breaking out was only the beginning…

Even though she’s escaped, twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra is anything but free. She’s desperate to return to a life that no longer exists, but prying reporters continually draw her back into nightmarish memories, using the tabloids to vilify her. Bad press is the last thing she needs during the trial of the year: the case that she and her fellow survivors staked against the Compass Room engineers. A case that could terminate the use of the inhumane system forever...

But in her dreams, she is still locked in that terrifying jail.

When she wakes, someone is trying to communicate with her in secret, through strange and intricate clues. As Evalyn follows their signs, she uncovers a conspiracy that goes so much deeper than her own ordeal. A dangerous intrigue that only she can bring to light. One that will force her to work with the one person she doesn’t want to see.

The person who owns her heart...



What are you waiting on?
 

Covers That Should Be Redesigned

Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:00 AM

Can We Get a Cover Change?

 
 
 
I know that there are covers that we all LOVE, hell, I even have a Cover Love shelf on Goodreads.  But I got to thinking about those books that we come across with those covers that are freaking ugly  not very eye catching.  I know that I should judge a book based on what the outside looks like, but I CAN'T HELP IT.  If a book is hideous on the outside, it's highly likely that it will never grace the shelves of my collection.  I hate to admit that I'm a cover whore and very shallow when it comes to what's on the outside, but there you have it. 
 
 
Here's just a few of covers that hurt my eyes my least favorite covers
 
 
 
OOHHH, looks it's a light bulb, I must read this book so that I can find out what lights the bulb!!
 
 
 
Don't that weird looking thing over this huge face make you want to pick this book up!
 
 
Someone has a sun burn...
 
 
 
 
Yeah, I don't even know.
 
 
 
 
Someone played outside in the snow a little too long and ended up with Frost Bite
 
 
The Host The Eye...it's watching you *muhahahaha*
 
 
 
What do you think of these?
 
 
 
 
 

DNF Review | The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 4:00 AM
The Vanishing Season Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
My rating: 1 of 5 stars


Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter's come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I've watched the danger swell.

The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I'm the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I'm tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

I'm tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don't know why. I think it's because death is coming for one of them, or both.

All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.

My Thoughts:

Please note that this review is based only on what I read, I DNF’d at 40%.

This book was not what I was expecting….AT ALL. When I read the summary for this book, I was expecting some creepy mysterious ghost story, unfortunately that’s not what I got. I didn’t really care about the characters at all, the plot was too lacking for my taste and I really didn’t understand the whole ghost POV thing.

I hate to say this, but I had a hard time reading this book from the very beginning. Everything was just moving way toooooo slow and I wasn’t getting invested. BUT, I hung in there because I’ve come across books that started out slow like this before and absolutely loved them by the end. However, this just wasn’t the case when it came to this book. I held in there until 40% and I just couldn’t take anymore.

Like I said above I really didn’t care about the characters at all, and since there seemed to be basically no plot, it wasn’t enough to keep me reading. If you’re looking for a thrilling ghost story, then you should probably look somewhere else, because this book isn’t it. But if you’ve read and enjoyed this author’s work before, then you should probably give it a try because you may like it better than I did.
 
 

----Christy



Sunday Showdown (15)

Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2014 4:00 AM

 
I have quite a few interesting covers to put up against each other today!
 

Here's the contenders:

 
 

Let the Showdown begin!!

Which cover is your favorite?





  
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