2015 Reading Goals

Young Adult Book Madness

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BEAUTIFUL BEAST???? NO?!!

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A year or two ago, Epicreads came out with Shades of YA, in which they crafted a beautiful rainbow of YA books. I took it upon myself to make that my reading challenge for that year. For 2015, Epicreads has made a 365 Days of YA wheel. Yes, that bewitching beast of a graphic is 365 YA books. One for everyday and I’m going to try my hardest to slay this YA beast. Epicreads has also broken this down into monthly recs and weekly. For the full list, click here –>Epicreads 365

I’m well aware that this is insanity but honestly, all of these books are on my TBR so why not? I’m not crazy enough to think that some of these won’t be swapped out for Indies and others that I already have scheduled. When I do replace one, I’ll update…

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses-Sarah J. Maas

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cooltext1889161239 copyA thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

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+++Warning: A Court of Thorns and Roses is MATURE YA or NA. Some scenes are 18+ and there are several depictions of graphic violence and gore. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses is perfect for fans of Holly Black, Melissa Marr, Aprilynne Pike, and Julie Kagawa. If you love fairy tales with edge, dark and graphic tales of violence and peril, A Court of Thorns and Roses will be your new obsession. 

PROS:

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses is unlike any Beauty and the Beast retelling I’ve read. Combining the gritty horror of fae with a protagonist that can’t read, it’s a whirlwind of surprise and unexpected strength. 
  • The fae are wicked, positively sinful, and there’s no doubt that if they capture you, untold torture and sadism will occur before death. They’re vile, horrific beings who like to play with their food. Some scenes are intensely graphic and full of raw, brutal gore. If you like dark and twisted, add this to your TBR stat.
  • Feyre. (Sidebar: “So Cady. Actually it’s Katie. Yeah, I’m gunna call you Cady” I’ll always think of her as Fair and not FeyRuh). Feyre is one BA heroine. She’s not perfect. She accepts her faults and emphasizes her strengths. Feyre is inventive, quick, and crafty, she is a problem solver who despite her terrible circumstances, flips the switch on her fear and channels her inner warrior. She’s a lesson in perseverance, selflessness, and inner strength. Feyre loves deeply when she opens her heart and challenges expectations. Feyre shows the reader the beautiful resilience of the human spirit and what we’re capable of if we push ourselves and have faith. 
  • The variety of fae, their mannerisms, their descriptions are straight out of nightmares. Each is unique and leaves a lasting impression. The dangers are real and there are several moments where you’ll wait on bated breath, hoping against all odds for Feyre’s safety.
  • Tamlin is introverted, quiet, and stand-offish. Scarred by his past and melancholy, Tamlin is not your typical romantic lead. He’s brooding and awkward, he insults as often as he compliments (not on purpose) and doesn’t know how to socialize. And yet…Tamlin is a beautiful soul when he opens up. He’s light and attentive, he does everything in his power to make Feyre feel comfortable and welcome. The scene with the starlight lake. OMG swoon. 
  • Together, Feyre and Tamlin are passion incarnate. They’re aggressive, charged, the attraction is primal and fierce. The heat jumps off the pages.
  • Lucien is a jerk. He’s cocky, bold, decietful, and puts Feyre in unnecessary danger for laughs. He’s got a wild side that is mildly tantalizing and his sarcasm is addictive. There’s just something about him that draws. Lucien brings both darkness and light to the plot. He’s protective, angry, and has a past that is horrendous. Despite his serious issues, Lucien’s tale is a harrowing one of so much pain that you can’t help put root for his survival and happiness. 
  • Amarantha is a sick and terrifying villain. Just when you think she can’t possibly get worse, she throws another curve ball that will make you shiver. 
  • Rhysand is sexy and sinister. The perfect temptation. He’s much more than he seems on the surface. He’s a complex character that you’ll love to hate.

CONS:

  • The 3 trials were a bit of a let down. The second especially had a quick fix that left me feeling dissatisfied. 
  • Towards the end, several scenes blurred together as Feyre slipped into hopeless intoxication. The in-between was a little slow.

If you like any of the following, you’ll enjoy this:

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Created-Peiri Ann

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Created (Created, #1)-Peiri Ann
Publication Date: July 24, 2015
Genres: Romance, Sci-fi, Young Adult

cooltext1889161239 copyAfter a devastating world war, our government has manufactured genetically altered humans. These ‘creations’ are designed to manage and enforce law and order amongst the citizens. Creations don’t know fear or pain. Their sole function is to fight the enemy and live to battle again.

Orphans Kylie Alexander and her twin brother, Lukahn were born for this purpose. Dedicating their lives to sharpening their deadly skills and forfeiting the chance of love and freedom. They ready themselves for Separation, the deadly rite of passage where the oldest teens are drafted into the final preparation for war.

When Kylie and Luke are shipped off to separation three months early, questions arise. Who is the real enemy? What is really happening beyond the fractured sanctuary of the training compound?

Humans and creations alike have become lethal foes when a plague of the living dead becomes the number one hazard. Strategies change as the twins discover they may not be the saviors of humankind after all.

They may be the real enemy of the people.

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cooltext1889178114 copyPeiri Ann shares a love in the creation of new worlds, different creatures, and unwritten possibilities.

Writing is a passion. I fell in love with it when i was a child and I am privileged to share it with you. I love writing fun/tragic adventurous novels with strong romantic elements from YA to New Adult. (reachme@peiriann.com)

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Happy reading,

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Series Promo & Sale: Love’s Great Adventures-Theresa Troutman

cooltext1889161239 copyFollow the journey of Sebastian Irons and Tess Hamilton. Sebastian the wealthy playboy finding love in the most unexpected place with a girl who is definitely not his “type.” Tess is the smart, ambitious bookworm who is single minded in achieving her career goal. Sparks fly when these two people from very different backgrounds connect in the most unexpected way.
Experience the ups and downs, love and loss, struggle and triumph as they navigate college, marriage and parenthood.
An epic romance about finding true love, loyalty, friendship and the ties that bind a family together. This series is the ultimate romance with a happy ending! An emotional roller coaster ride proving soul mates do exist.
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cooltext1889178114 copyTheresa Troutman lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their crazy dog, Niko. She loves reading, theatre and traveling. Her books include: My Secret Summer, A Special Connection and the Love’s Great Adventure Series: Life’s What You Make It and Love This Life and London Loves. She is currently working on contemporary erotic romance called, By My Side, which is out now!

For my reviews –> London Loves/Love This Life/Life’s What You Make It

 
Happy reading, 
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