"The Winner's Curse is when you come out on top of the bid, but only by paying a steep price." - Jess
For starter, I did not know what I got myself into when I started to read this book that by the time I arrived at the end, it bite and stung me in ways I never thought possible (reference Kestrel's favorite game: Bite and Sting). The story line completely drew me on. Never a dull moment with plot twists that appeared out of nowhere.
While reading the previous books in the Sweet Addiction series, I had wondered if Brooke would ever find her happy ending. Here in Sweet Obsession, love comes in the least likely place, a yoga studio. The author kept the consistency of the story filled with laughter, romance, heat, and a little drama. Similar to her other books, I had fun reading this, but not as much as before. The steamy explicit scenes made me blushed a little more.
"You were always meant to be mine. Even before I knew it." - Reese
Once I finished reading Sweet Addiction, I immediately indulged myself in the sequel, Sweet Possession. Yes, I got pulled into this series after reading it in one seating and felt attached to these characters, whom I formed connections with over a short span of time. I laughed, swooned, blushed, and teary eyes with the story line.
Oh my goodness, I finished reading this book in one seating and it was so much fun to read. I did not know what I got myself into when I came across this book on Amazon, but I am very glade I gave it a chance. It got me literally laughing out loud in my seat with the occasional swooned moments. Did I forget to mention how Sweet Addiction, got me blushing at all the places that could blush, Please keep in mind that it is a adult contemporary book with plenty to steamy explicit situations.
"And I am ready to claim what's mine. People of Artemisia, this is your chance. Renounce Levana as your queen and swear fealty to me, or I swear that when I wear that crown, every person in this room will be punished for their betrayal." - Cinder
An amazing read! An epic conclusion to the Lunar Chronicles.
"There was no escaping one's fate."
A bittersweet ending to the Madman's Daughter trilogy. The author managed to squeeze suspense, horror, romance and numerous plot twists into this book that got me on the edge of my seat. I could not get enough of what event would happen next.
"I'm the Sun Summoner. It gets dark when I say it does." - Alina
As I continued on the journey with Alina and the others to save Ravka, I never expect how much this story drew me in. I laughed, cheered and mourned with each characters as they faced the fight of their lives to save the country from the Darkling. The numerous plot twists got me guessing what would happened next. Will it be a happy ending or will it ultimately lead to a heartbroken end?
"You know the problem with heroes and saints...They always end up dead." - Alina
True to its title, it siege me and storm my imagination once again to the world of Grisha. Compared to the first book, Siege and Storm contained a far better story line along with a better developed characters.
"It can take years to mold a dream. It takes only a fraction of a second for it to be shattered."
Upon opening the first page of the Kiss of Deception, Lia instantly pulled me onto her journey as she escaped an arranged marriage. Unlike other princesses, who lived a privileged life, she willingly adapt to her surroundings without any ounce of complain. She sassed ignorant headed men, waited tables, and lived life to the fullest. Once she set her heart to something, she does not change it, especially when it comes to love.
"Fear doesn't shut you down...It wakes you up." - Four
Ever wonder how Four lived prior to meeting Tris? Now in Four: A Divergent Collection readers get to hear his story told strictly from his perspective.
"This isn't happening at all. You're just visiting a dream of mine." - Sara Fielding
On a research trip, novelist Sara Fielding saved the live of Derek Craven, a renown owner of a gambling club. This chance encounter would forever seal their fate.
Currently I am in the process of renaming my blog. With that being said I am putting A Glimpse of Wonderland on the cutting board to see if there are any other titles that make blog sound more original. I have some ideas here and there, but none of them pop out yet.
Entering her last year of college, Bliss determined to lose her v card (virginity). She spontaneously agreed to a one night stand with a mysterious stranger at a bar. Fast forward to the first day of class, she meets her new theater professor, who coincidentally be the same person she saw on her bed last night.
"In all my years, I've learned that life delivers many storms for us to weather. Some will be slow, brooding, quiet beasts, and other will be loud, thunderous, and frightening. But if you're willing to look close enough, no matter how devastating the storm may be, after the rain you'll always find a new life sprouting in the aftermath." - Edith After the Rain touched my heart in so many ways. Contrary to the author previous works, I never really expected to be swept up into an emotional storm. My heartache for Ava and Nate.
The premise for Not a Drop to Dirnk by Mindy McGinnis distinct itself from other dystopian book, where society has a shorten water supply. Although it may seem very fiction, but this idea of water shorten is not make believe at all; it's actually one of the biggest environmental concern. I really wanted to see how the author spin off this problem.
"Sometimes you have to embrace the darkness to stop it," - Juliet Moreau
Juliet finds herself in London, but this time in different circumstances. Rather than living her previous life as a maid, she gets back the one she had before her father's scandal. Events at the islands still haunts her dreams, but she strives to forget about them. Until individuals,who she once knew get mysterious murdered does she realized the past can never simply be forgotten. Mean time her health is deteriorating, her father's remedy no longer works, so it's up to her to find a cure to save herself, and stop a murderer.
"The pretty ones are always a little cray-cray." - Jamie
Kate Corbin, a 26-years-old, who lost her ambition in life. After a death of a loved one left her numb to the outside world, the young journalist finds herself writing meaningless articles. Her editor gave her a chance in a life time to interview mysterious tech genius R.J. Lawson, whose wine yard has acquired numerous acknowledgements. Determined this assignment would change her career, Kate packed her bags to travel to Napa Valley, where she will find more answers she could ever bargain for.
"I don't think you have to do something so big to be brave. And it's the little things that are harder anyway." - Emily
Summer time arrive, but Emily discovered her best friend, Sloane had vanished with out a trace. One day she received a letter from Sloane that consisted of a to do list. Putting her shyness aside, Emily set out on a mission to complete this list. Along the way she will make new discoveries about herself and learn to just have fun in the process.
"There comes a point when one must make one's own decisions. Live one's own life." - Edward
Unlike most individuals in London, Juliet Moreau family was ruined by a scandal of her father's brutal experimentation on creatures. In attempt to forget about it, 16 years old Juliet busy herself with frequent visits to church and working at a maid. One night she is reunited with Montgomery, a childhood playmate, and assistance of her father. He revealed her father is very much alive on a secluded island continuing his experiments. With Montgomery, and Edward, a castaway, Juliet travels to this mysterious island to see her estranged father. This is one journey that will change her outlook of her life.
Even at a young age, Quinton always had a crush on his next door neighbor, Margo. One night she took him upon a journey that forever changed his life. The very next day, she went missing. Q believed it was up to him to follow the bread crumbs that Margo left to find her.
"The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren't looking for them." - Roger
After her father's death, her mother decided to move the family from California to Connecticut. Amy is reluctant to drive since she is traumatized by her father's death in a car accident. In comes, Roger, a family friend, agrees to drive on this adventurous road trip. Rather than follow a pre-determined route, they go on a detour that relieve them of their baggage.
"There are two kinds of guilt,"..."The kind that's a burden and the kind that gives you purpose. Let your guilt be your fuel. Let it remind you of who you want to be. Draw a line in your mind. Never cross it again. You have a soul. It's damaged, but it's there. Don't let them take it from you," - Laia (Tahir 373)
In an era, where Martial Empire rule the land, and anyone against them, face death.
Laia watched her grandparents get killed, her brother getting arrested, and burning of her home by the Masks. To rescue her brother from prison, she agrees to be a spy for the Resistance. Upon agreement, she get sent to Blackcliff, where she meet Elias.
At a young age, Elias selected to attend Blackcliff, an elite military school that train highly skilled soldiers, Masks due a silver mask each students are required to wear. After fourteen years of training, he plans to run away.
Their paths intertwined that lead to a journey that will change their lives.
After looking through numerous job ads, Clay finds himself in front of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, where a help wanted sign plastered on a window. A couple of days later, he finds himself working the night shift when he meets customers, who grab books from an unique section of the store. From there begins to track the books that customers check out to uncover secrets behind Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore that dates way back.
Video: Childhood Books | Talk Thursday
Happy Thursday everyone! For this Talk Thursday, I am discussing the books I really enjoyed reading when I was a child. These books still bring up fondest memories of when I first came across them.
Royal Wedding, the eleventh book of the Princess Diaries, takes place quite some time after the last time readers had heard about Princess Mia. She graduated college, still the Princess of Genovia, and in love with her long time boyfriend, Michael. A secretive trip to Bahamas turned to a life changing event of Michael proposing to Mia. She said yes, which lead to a whirlwind of events to plan a royal wedding. Aside from wedding preparation, more scandals rock the royal family.
Video: Talk Thursday
Every Thursday, I will do a Talk Thursday, where I update you all on the books I'm currently reading, how far along I am on my TBR, and so much more. This Thursday I am discussing progress of my June TBR
UPDATE @ 11:09 am on 06/13/2015:
Happy Saturday everyone! Every once and a while I find myself at my local used bookstore searching for more books to add to my growing library. I happened to browsed a $1 books section to find A Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. Very ironic because it happened to be mentioned in my Books I Never Finish Reading video. I guess I wasn't the only one who lost interest in the book, but unlike them I still have it in my library.
"Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!" - Effie Trinket in The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games
Set in a dystopian time where North America have been split into twelve districts with an overpowering Capitol. Every year, two tributes, a boy and a girl, from each district selected to participate in a Hunger Game. A game televised over all over the nation of Panem with tribute fighting each for survival
On selection day for participants in the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen volunteered in place of her sister, Prim, as tribute. Thrown into this cruel game invented by the Capitol, her only goal is to stay alive.
Finishing the TBR catch up I started in May. This time around I placed a limit of how many books I am planing to read because I tend to over stack my TBR pile, and I end up pushing those books into the following month.
4.) Winter(To be release November 10, 2015; check out Goodreads for more info)
Once upon a time there lived girl named Cinder, who lived with her evil stepmother and stepsister, but hold on Cinder is a cyborg. She didn't want to go to the ball because all she wanted to do is escape her stepmother's wrath. Unexpected circumstances guide her to unlock hidden secrets and memories that lead her to a journey across the universe.
The highly anticipated sequel to All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. It continues right after where the first book left off with Lara Jean's letter to Peter that made readers wonder what she wrote. They stopped their pretend relationship and decided to set forth on a real one. Lara Jean begins to understand what's it feels like to be in love, but what she did not expect a boy from her past to walk back into her life.
Video: Sisterhood of the World Vlogger Awards Tag
My first video tag! I was super excited to find out I got tagged by Ngoc of happycomesfirst in the Sisterhood of the World Vlogger Awards Tag. The questions sound interesting, so I decided to do this tag.
"We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already."
Dressed in red gowns with a matching square shaped caps, students anxiously waits for graduation to start. Time slowly ticks by as it begins with a commencement speech deliver by a guest speaker. Many would wonder if this speech would change their lives, or simple go through one ear and out the other, so they patiently listen. In 2008, J.K. Rowling spoke to Harvard University graduating class about failure and imagination that recently been published into a book called Very Good Lives.
"True love is the ironically selfless need to know that your person will be okay without you." - Will
A continuum of Will and Mia's journey in Sweet Thing; told from Will's perspective. As they plan their future together, unexpected news arise will forever change them:
"'Sometimes we're just along for the ride,' she said over my shoulder. 'We can't control everything; we can only do our best to control our reactions when life doesn't go our way."' - Martha
Life throws many surprises along the way, hang on and everything happens for a reason.
"You have to teach your heart and mind how to sing together...then you'll hear the sound of your soul." - Martha
At the age of 24 years old, Mia Kelly is still figuring out what she wants to do with her life. Before she could decide whether or not to pursue a business related job or play music, she hears unexpected news. Upon the death of her father, she takes upon herself to move to New York to run his cafe. On the flight there, she sits next to Will, an aspiring musician. Chance allows for their paths to cross more than once that entwine their fate. Along the way, Mia faces many obstacles that will change her views about life and love.
"...sometimes we figure things out, and then life changes and we have to figure it all out again." - Lauren
"If we'd never met, I think I would have known that my life wasn't complete. And I would have wandered the world in search of you, even if I didn't know who I was looking for," Ira (370).
A book that tells two stories about love. Ira is stuck in a snowstorm after he crashed his car. Memories of his precious moments with his dead wife, Ruth keeps him conscious. Another tale unfolds of Sophia being dragged by her best friend to a rodeo, where she meet handsome cowboy, Luke. Although these two couple may not be same age, they have one piece in common: ability to find love in the least likely places.
"You're solid, I'm liquid. You part the waters, I'm your wake," (Hoover 109).
On a search to find her brother's apartment came to a halt when Tate Collins notices a drunken man, Miles Archer, sitting in front of the door. Reluctantly she had to pull him into the apartment on a request of her brother, Corbin. In the middle of the night, she somehow find herself comforting a crying Miles. Much to her discomfort, he wakes her up early in the morning demanding to know what happened last night. That is how Tate and Miles first met each other; they sure left a lasting first impression on each other, but sparks didn't fly immediately. They did noticed how physically attracted they were to each other, so they came to agree upon a no string attached kind of relationship. Unknowing to them, this little arrangement between them will change their lives.
Happily found these books when I browsed the book section at Costco. Such good finds since I have been meaning to buy the physical copies of this beloved series of mine. I have yet to read Four, but I'm planning on reading soon, so stay tune for a review some time in the upcoming future.
Upon the death of her father, Layken and her family move from Texas to Michigan to begin a new life. On moving day, she meets Will, her neighbor, who she feels attracted toward. Will and Layken share a connection, but before they can take it any farther, obstacles are thrown there way that make them question if being together is their first priority in life.
Slammed series by Colleen Hoover
(2.) Point of Retreat
(3.) This Girl WARNING: content may contain spoilers
2015 is an exciting year for upcoming book release that make me jump for joy. All credits go to Goodreads.com for the expected cover design and information. Here are the books I so looking forward to get my hands upon and read them:
The Night World consisted of witches, vampires, shapeshifters, and werewolves, is a dangerous place that no human have ever heard about until L.J. Smith created it. If ever any of these beings were to fall in love with a human, it's the end for them.
L.J. Smith is known for the Vampire Diaries, and the Secret Circle.
Fifth book in the Marked Men series by Jay Crownover.
Rowdy had walked away from his past, and is now a successful tattoo artist at Marked Men, but he did not expect someone from his past would walk back into his life again.
As fate would have it, Salem comes face to face with the one boy, whom she left behind in her hometown and had became a handsome man in front of her. Her move to Denver, Texas was mainly due to want to see him again in hoping to make him realize he fell in love with the wrong sister in the very beginning.
Video: February 2015 Book Wrap Up
The twenty-eight days in February went by extremely fast. Before I knew it, I had read a total of eight books, so watch the video to hear me give a mini review of each of them.
job advertisement lures Lincoln to be internet security, but in reality he was
monitoring employee’s e-mails. Any e-mails red flagged were thoroughly read, which was when he stumbled across an ongoing virtual conversation between Beth and Jennifer. He doesn't report them, instead he find an interest in reading their witty responses to each other, and he finds himself drawn to a Beth, who he had no idea looked like.