Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Elite (Selection #2) by Kiera Cass #Bookreview

The Elite (The Selection #2)Title: The Elite
Series: The Selection #2
Author:  Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published Date: April 23rd 2013
Genre: YA, Romance, Dystopian
Format: Audiobook
Audio Time: 7 hr 42 min

My Rating: ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

America is desperate for more time. But while she's torn between her two futures, the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.


 My Review:

“I pranced around the room like a blind moose, but what I lacked in grace I made up for in effort.”   

This is the second book in the selection series, sadly I read The Selection before I started blogging so I don't have my opinions of that one on here. (maybe I should do a re-read soon?)

America is still fighting for Maxon's affection, as well as dealing with her feelings for Aspen. I would have to say in the romance/feeling department this one is way more complicated. Not only do we know all of the characters more, we also start to see what the consequences her choices could cause.

As for her relationship with most of the other girls, it's non-existent except for one. That friendship is one that we see her being willing to fight for and protect at all costs even if it makes her own place in the competition disappear.

“You know that you’ve found something amazing, and you want to hold on to it forever; and every second after you have it, you fear the moment you might lose it.”

While entertaining this story, is also getting very repetitive when it comes to America stringing along Maxon and Aspen. Every time she almost makes a decision she suddenly changes her mind after talking to one of them and were back to square one. I personally would just wish she would choose and stop flip flopping (I'm probably frustrated with this part as well because we all know who she will end up with).

I would also love to see more of what the other people think and her to actually interact with someone besides Maxon, Aspen and her maids. If she is going to possibly be Queen she's going to start to have to care about others, and actually get out there and take charge for a change.

Overall I do enjoy these books because of how easy they are to read. Yes, there are things going on in the background when it comes to war etc, but we never really get to see any of that. I do think this will play a bigger part in the next book, or at least I'd like it to be, I don't know how much more I can take of it just being her going back and forth between the guys and her hating some of the other contestants.

“I don't know if I'm supposed to be holding on or letting go. I don't want to give up, but if there's nothing for me to hope for, then tell me.”   

See my reviews for previous Selection series novels/novellas
The Queen (Selection #0.4)
The Prince (Selection #0.5)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Down the TBR Hole #19

Down the TBR Hole was created by Lia from LOSTINASTORY.
This weekly meme is to help you get your tbr down to a more manageable number, by going through 10 books from your shelves and deciding if you will really read the book or not, and getting rid of the ones you no longer want to read.

Hello everyone! I hope you've had a good start to 2018 and finding books you love! I'm finally back to this and I desperatly need to get books off of my Goodreads TBR shelf because I have it up to 2,738.. yikes
Last time I got rid of 8 books. Let's hope I can do just as good this week.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Blog Tour: You Won't Know I'm Gone by Kristen Orlando *ARC #Bookreview and #Giveaway

Title: You Won't Know I'm Gone
You Won't Know I'm Gone (The Black Angel Chronicles #2)
Series: Black Angel Chronicles #2
Author: Kristen Orlando
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published Date: January 16th 2018
Genre: YA, Mystery, Spy
Page Count:320
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★.5

Goodreads Summary: 
Going rogue in an effort to rescue her kidnapped parents has cost Reagan Hillis her automatic ticket to the Training Academy. But becoming a Black Angel is the only way Reagan will be able to exact revenge on her mother’s merciless killer, Santino Torres.

When Reagan is given a chance to prove that she’s worthy of training to be a Black Angel, she also gets the first chance she’s ever had to be her true self. No aliases. No disguises.

But when her friend Luke joins her at the Black Angels training compound, Reagan finds herself once again torn between the person she was and the person she wants to be. Reagan has to prove that she's as good as her parents trained her to be, because she’ll never find Torres without the Black Angels’ help.


 My Review
Thank you to Xpresso Book tours and Netgalley for an e-ARC of this book and the chance to be apart of the book tour.

Remember to go to the bottom of the review to enter the blog tour wide giveaway!
"The pretender was my shield, my security blanket. Without her, I'm just Reagan Hillis. And I have no idea who the hell that girl is."

 You Won't Know I'm Gone starts off a few months after the first book You Don't Know My Name ended. 

Reagan goes through a lot during this book (dealing with grief, having a target on her back, being alone most of the time, and feeling like she's to blame for what happened) all tough stuff and she has to deal with this stuff without her dad or Sam to really help her out. All she has is the new friends she makes during training (Anusha and Cam) and a few people that we saw from the first book.

Reagan is set on revenge and that's what not only helped her make her decision to become a Black Angel but how she gets through the tough training and basically becomes kind of robotic at times so she doesn't have to feel. 
"I must get stronger, better, faster. Because average, even among the very best, might as well be dead last."

Of course, there are also a few mean girls who have it set to make sure that Reagan won't make it through the training without a fight. But with her new friends, Reagan gets back into the shape she used to be in before everything happened and is able to help out the other students at times as well. 

"I know I've changed. I know I've hardened. But I dont know how else to be. I don't know how to go back."

Overall I loved this book just as much as the first one. A majority of the characters in this book are all dealing with what happened in the first one along with Reagan. They don't have her level of guilt or loneliness for the most part but they understand what she's feeling. But they also know if she wants to be an Angel she's going to have to toughen up and put all that behind her. 
Oh how I wish Reagan had learned certain things from what happened in the first book, but it's part of what makes me like her so much. She goes with her instincts instead of always doing what she's supposed to and while it gets her in trouble, it also has some good qualities with it that help out her team. 

That ending though... Wow. I don't know how she's going to be able to make a comeback from this one, she might have just put herself into a situation worse than the first one and she has more people to be responsible for as well. 

"What have you done, Reagan? What will you do?"

I need to know what happens next! We're getting more books right? Please more books in this series!

Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour here.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Blog Tour: Busted by Gina Ciocca *ARC #Bookreview

BustedTitle: Busted
Author: Gina Ciocca
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published Date: January 2nd, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Page Count: 352
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
Marisa wasn’t planning to be a snoop for hire—until she accidentally caught her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Now her reputation for sniffing out cheaters has spread all over school, and Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.

But when ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, TJ, Marisa quickly discovers the girl TJ might be falling for is Marisa herself. And worse yet? The feelings are quickly becoming mutual. Now, she’s stuck spying on a “mystery girl” and the spoken-for guy who just might be the love of her life…


 My Review:

Thank you to Sourcebooks for an e-arc in exchange for my honest review.

"Apparently I'd become a spy service and a chauffeur service, all wrapped up in one big, loser package."

Marisa starts a whole new free career when she finds her best friends boyfriend with a different girl. From there, things start escalating fast once an old friend/enemy comes back into Marisa's life and talks her into doing the same for her as well. This brings out a lot of old feelings for Marisa and with already struggling to get over her ex who never gave her a real reason for breaking up, she is curious about a lot of things.
Marisa's brother Nick was such a good sibling and even though he was annoying at times I really liked their friendships.
Mindy and Charlie are her best friends and they were both involved a lot even with going to different schools! Finally, a YA book that has normal and healthy friendships!

"You don't get it, Jordan. You never will... You don't worry that the grass is greener in every goddamn yard but your own. You put her first once in a while instead of always thinking about yourself all. The Fucking Time."

Jordan to me was the typical ex-boyfriend that gave mixed signals and just left without a reason.
I loved Marisa's friendship with TJ and even though I wasn't really liking how it started, I liked how they really got along and it just felt right for a change. (yes some shady stuff happens at times, but that's real life when your spying.)

"He didn't get me into this mess. I did. I did this all by my own stupid self." 

Overall I really liked this book. Not only was it a fun/quick read, but it also really felt like a real high school book for a change. I also really liked a  majority of the characters for a change as well, even the shady ones that I know we technically weren't supposed to like. Marisa's spy service was really interesting to me and how it wasn't some huge thing but instead was kept simple by her. I also really liked how crafty she was. That's not something I remember reading in a ya book before, and I liked how it wasn't some big deal either, it was something she enjoyed doing and her friends/family liked it as well.

I am so glad I went outside of my comfort zone with this contemporary read. I can't wait to see what Ciocca writes next!

(can we just talk about Kendall though, girls got some serious problems when it comes to competitiveness. Just wow...)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Blog Tour: Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking *ARC #Bookreview

Title: Between the Blade and the Heart
Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie, #1)Series: Valkyrie #1
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Published Date: January 2nd, 2018
Genre: Mythology, NA, Fantasy
Page Count: 319
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★.5

Goodreads Summary: 
Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue-eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.


 My Review
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an e-arc in exchange for my honest review.

Between the Blade and the Heart is Hockings new fantasy series. I have started her Kanin Chronicles and plan to finish it this year and so far have really enjoyed it. So when I got the chance to read/review and be apart of a blog tour for this one I was really excited.

The Elite (Selection #2) by Kiera Cass #Bookreview

Title:  The Elite Series: The Selection #2 Author:   Kiera Cass Publisher:  HarperTeen Published Date:  April 23rd 2013 Genre: YA, Roma...