Kristine Speare‘s review
Holy crap, you guys. This book was insane. I’m gonna need a minute or two before I can put my emotions into words.
Okay, so this book is about a DA named Stephanie. Stephanie is stuck in a lackluster marriage, so she does what any sane woman would do.. She has an affair! At first I didn’t like that she was cheating on her husband and it turned me off of the book a little bit, so I had to put it down. But as I picked it back up again and continued to read, I realized it was pertinent to the storyline and it just made for such a thrilling tale.
Now, I am very picky about erotic novels because some authors make sex scenes so dang cheesy. I just don’t understand why some authors think that these sexual scenarios actually ever happen. I have been guilty of rolling my eyes numerous times while reading “erotica,” but this book did a pretty good job of avoiding my gag-reflex. (No sexual pun intended.) Another thing that bothers me about erotic novels-sex overkill. *Cough, cough. Fifty Shades of Grey, cough.* However, I thought this book was very well-balanced. It wasn’t all sex sex sex, which would have had me ripping my hair out if it was. Don’t worry, hair still attached to head.
The only thing that really bothered me about this book, was the lack of character development. It just kind of jumps right into the story without ever really introducing the characters or giving us a chance to get to know them. I didn’t feel as attached to the characters as I would have, had there been more development. It was really not that big of a deal though, I got over it pretty quickly and enjoyed the book.
It took me a little bit to get into this book, so if you decide to pick it up (which I recommend you do) make sure you give it a chance. There is a twist at the end that will completely take you by surprise and rock your world. Happy reading! 🙂
✳ Copy was provided by the author for an honest review.
The year 2014 will bring about many books that I just can’t wait to read. Some of them are sequels to a series and others are stand-alones, but all are going to be amazing! I will include publication dates, but these are subject to change so keep an eye out for that. Alrighty then, let’s get started!
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover; March 18
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.
At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.
Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to his playing his guitar every day out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…
From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope,Maybe Someday is destined to be another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite.
Uninvited by Sophie Jordan; January 28
From New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan, Uninvited is a chilling and suspenseful story about a girl whose DNA brands her as a killer, perfect for fans of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and Confessions of a Murder Suspect.
Davy had everything—a terrific boyfriend, the homecoming crown, a bright future at Juilliard—but when her genetic tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, she loses it all. Uninvited from her prestigious school and avoided by her friends and family, she is placed in a special class with other “carriers” who are treated like the murderers they someday might become.
Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life and tells her that she alone controls her actions—not the code embedded in her DNA. But even if she can learn to trust him, can Davy trust herself?
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge; January 28
The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in a dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny.
But on her seventeenth birthday, when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom’s mountaintop, nothing is as she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband.
Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can’t resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who’s gotten in her way by stealing her heart.
Perfect Lies by Kiersten White; February 18
This explosive sequel to Mind Games, which New York Times bestselling author Holly Black called “a brutal, exciting gem of a book,” is perfect for fans of Sara Shepard’s The Lying Game series. Perfect Lies is a lightning-fast, wickedly smart tale of two sisters trapped in a web of deceit.
For years, Annie and Fia have been in an endless battle for survival against the Keane Foundation. Now the sisters have found allies who can help them escape. But Annie’s visions of the future and Fia’s flawless instincts can’t always tell them who to trust. The sisters can only rely on each other—and even their extraordinary gifts may not be enough to save them.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown; January 28
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell; April 1
Full of “can’t look away” moments, Dear Killer is a psychological thriller perfect for fans of gritty realistic fiction such as Dan Wells’s I Am Not a Serial Killer and Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why, as well as television’s Dexter.
Rule One: Nothing is right, nothing is wrong. Kit looks like your average seventeen-year-old high school student, but she has a secret: she’s London’s notorious “Perfect Killer.” She chooses who to murder based on letters left in a secret mailbox, and she’s good—no, perfect—at what she does.
Her moral nihilism—the fact that she doesn’t believe in right and wrong—makes being a serial killer a whole lot easier . . . until she breaks her own rules by befriending someone she’s supposed to murder as well as the detective in charge of the Perfect Killer case.
As New York Times bestselling author of the Gone series Michael Grant says, Dear Killer is “shocking, mesmerizing, and very smart.”
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han; April 15
Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?
Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead; July 29
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.
Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.
Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.
Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater; July 1
Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy.
Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago.
Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski; March 4
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott; February 25
Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying–and she’s helpless to change anything.
Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.
The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?
Victoria Scott’s breathtaking novel grabs readers by the throat and doesn’t let go.
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings; June 10
The Murder Complex is an action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate.
Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision. The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or is it part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family? This is a dark and compelling debut novel that will appeal to fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.
Landry Park by Bethany Hagen; February 2
Sixteen-year-old Madeline Landry is practically Gentry royalty. Her ancestor developed the nuclear energy that has replaced electricity, and her parents exemplify the glamour of the upper class. As for Madeline, she would much rather read a book than attend yet another debutante ball. But when she learns about the devastating impact the Gentry lifestyle—her lifestyle—is having on those less fortunate, her whole world is turned upside down. As Madeline begins to question everything she has been told, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana, who seems to be hiding secrets of his own. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty—her family and the estate she loves dearly—and desire.
Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins; April 29
Beloved YA author Wendy Higgins delivers the explosive conclusion to the Sweet Evil trilogy. In this dramatic finale to the epic love story between Anna Whitt and Kaidan Rowe, the time has come for Anna, daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, to accept her fate as the chosen one. She is destined to rid the earth of demons once and for all. But as Anna and her Nephilim allies prepare for the evil brewing, the powerful Dukes use Anna’s love for bad boy Kaidan Rowe against her, and her strength is put to the ultimate test. How far will the two of them go to keep each other alive? Will love conquer all in the final battle between good and evil?
The cover for the sixth and final installment in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire, has been released! The book comes out May 27 and features Sebastian and Clary on the cover. This is exciting stuff people. The synopsis had me on the edge of my seat and drove me freakin’ crazy with anticipation.
“Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian—but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance… Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?”
ARE YOU READY? Even though this series didn’t exactly enthrall me, I still can’t wait for this book to come out. I loved the cliffhanger ending of City of Lost Souls and it left me wanting more. I definitely enjoyed The Infernal Devices series much more than this one, but I’m still pretty captured by the Shadowhunter world, so I’ll take what I can get!
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1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)
SO glad I can cheat.
Contemporary – Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Paranormal/Fantasy – This is a tie (but by the same author, so it’s not really cheating too much 😉 ) The Raven Boys and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Surprisingly, a lot of people didn’t like Shiver, but I fell in love with it.)
Dystopian – Hands down, the whole Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. Ugh, it was just amazing.
Historical Fiction – Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I’d have to say Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I loved the first three Lux books and was so excited for this book to come out, but when it finally did, it just wasn’t up to par with the rest of the books.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
The Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking. These books really surprised me because I had never heard of this author before and then I learned that she was self-published and that usually makes me kind of wary. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the books, but I really enjoyed them, and plan on reading more Amanda Hocking in the future.
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
I basically told everyone that they had to read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. (Not that any of them listened.) But oh my gosh, I loved this book. Although, if I’m being completely honest, I was a little bit annoyed with Hannah’s character at times but despite that, I thought the book was a really enjoyable, easy read.
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
This is a hard one because there were quite a few series that I discovered, so I’ll narrow it down to my top three. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (which is a spinoff of VA,) and Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. I read Vampire Academy because it was mentioned in Unearthly and ugh, both series were phenomenal.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Colleen Hoover, hands down.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. I’ve only read two of the books in the series, and I’m pretty sure there’s seven or eight books altogether, but so far I’m liking it. I usually stick to YA novels but a friend recommended this series to me and I’m quite enjoying it.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Mind Games by Kiersten White. This book was like an action movie, it was fast-paced, exciting and super tense. I can’t wait for the sequel, it’s gonna be craazaay!
9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I read this around Christmastime and it was just so cute, I’ll most likely read it again next Christmas.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
I thought this cover was so pretty and I just loved it so much. It was pretty much the main reason I picked this book up in the first place.
11. Most memorable character in 2013?
Evan Mathews from the Breathing series by Rebecca Donovan. I just love him so much.
12. MOST BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BOOK READ IN 2013?
I really want to say The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater because her writing style is so unique and poetic, but I already used this book for an answer so I’m going to go with The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski. Oh my gosh, it was just written so well. It was amazing.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen. I really connected with this book on a fairly deep level just because of everything the narrator was going through and feeling, I could just really relate.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Embarrassingly enough, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I know, I know.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest – Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover (105 pages)
Longest – City of Glass (The Mortal Instrustments) by Cassandra Clare (541 pages)
17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
UGH the end of Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead! I think we all know what I’m talking about. And if you don’t then you need to read it and find out because oh my gosh.
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Sam and Grace from the Shiver series, they were so cute together.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler. I just loved the way this book was written, it was so cute with all it’s illustrations. It was like you were going through the breakup with the characters. It was great. (Not that breakups are great, but ugh this one was.)
21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
Probably paranormal/fantasy type books.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Oh my gosh, William Herondale, for sure. I just loved him, he was so bratty but had such a good heart.
23. Best 2013 debut you read?
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Probably the Infernal Devices series. It was so fun to be transported back in time to the Shadowhunter world of the past, I loved it.
25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
Even though I was in tears for a good chunk of the book, I’m gonna have to go with Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover which is the second book in the Slammed trilogy. It was just so easy and fun to read, and it really made me laugh despite the underlying tone of seriousness.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
Oh my gosh, what book didn’t make me cry?! I very rarely cry, but books really know how to get to me. I cried while reading The Edge of Never, Point of Retreat, Shiver, The Fault in Our Stars, Eternal, Clockwork Princess, Boundless, aaaand Hopeless. So many tears. There’s probably a million more but that’s all I could remember off the top of my head. (That’s how you know it was a sobfest.)
27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
The Winterhaven series. I never hear anybody talk about this series, but I really liked it and think more people should read it. So you, go read it! Another one I don’t hear people talk about too often is Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock. This book was so good! But nobody knows it cuz they haven’t read it! AHH.
So I’ve decided to start video blogging! We’ll see how it goes, since I’m eternally awkward in front of the camera. A friend suggested I start doing it, and if he has faith in me, then so do I dagnabbit! Expect some book reviews (probably mostly book reviews), super awesomely fun challenges and who knows what else! Oooh, this’ll be fun (evil laugh muahahaha.) Welp, see ya on the flip side! Or.. you’ll be seeing me, because that’s how videos work.. OKAY BYE 🙂
I just have to share this book I’ve been reading. It’s called Redeeming Love and my friend Sophie lent it to me. (That may have been in June, but at least I finally got around to it! What can I say, I’ve been busy.) Click the picture below for the synopsis.
That right there is the lovely cover^ and lemme tell ya, the inside is just as lovely. I fell in love with this book in the first few chapters. I haven’t finished it yet, mostly because part of me doesn’t want it to end, but the other part of me is like, “No, wait I have to know what happens!” It’s all very Jekyll and Hyde. Okay, back on topic. I strongly suggest you go pick this book up from your local library, barnes and noble, books’a’million, borders (oh, wait barnes and noble bought them out..) what have you, just read it! I strongly STRONGLY suggest it. Strongly.
UPDATE: I JUST FINISHED THIS GLORIOUS NOVEL AND I CAN’T EVEN EXPLAIN THE FEELS RIGHT NOW. UGH, S’GOOD S’GOOD.