Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dreamless by Josephine Angelini


Can true love be forgotten?

As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.

Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out--a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies' cry for blood is growing louder.

As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen's sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.

Josephine Angelini's compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling "Starcrossed" delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds all expectations.

If you read my review of Starcrossed, you were probably thinking, Sheesh--could she gush more?? I seriously loved it. Like loved, loved. Which is why I am so flummoxed about this book, the second in the series. I think I must need to skim the end of book one again because, from what I remember-which is a lot, this book doesn't tie into the first one at all! Storyline-wise I felt like this was a whole different series with the same characters. Of course I'm still going to continue the series, but I'm a little more cautious about moving forward. Bummer.

I really love the characters in this series. One of the things I enjoyed so much about the first book was the introduction of all the different characters-- I loved how hardcore Helen was. Hello!?!? She tried to kill Lucas in the middle of the hallway at school! While I still liked most of the characters as they progressed and grew in this book, I was most disappointed in Helen. She was pitifully likable at best and a wussy damsel in distress at her worst. What happened to the butt-kickin', fierce, flippin' awesome girl from the first book? I miss her. :(

Overall, I did like this book. I liked the story. And I love the series. I just wish the stories flowed together well and Helen was not so darn helpless. Here's to hoping the third book explains A LOT and ties the story in a nice little bow. 

Happy Reading!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Yeah, yeah. I know. I just haven't been feeling it. It took me THREE WEEKS to read the book I'm reviewing this Thursday. And the book I'm working on now I've already invested a week and a half on and I'm only 200 pages in. It's an almost SIX HUNDRED PAGE BOOK.

I struggle.

My brain is tired.

Give me a break.


(And please(!!) don't give up on me while I'm in my funk. Thanks.)

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Release Date: August 14, 2012
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

You know how every once in a while I say, "This is the absolute WORST book I've ever read!!!"? Well, all those other times I was lying. Because this was THE ABSOLUTE WORST BOOK I'VE EVER READ. Not only did it have a ridiculously excessive amount of obscene and inappropriate language, but it also was the BEST example of the WORLD'S MOST UNHEALTHY, CONTROLLING, ABUSIVELY DEPENDENT relationship. 

As I looked at the Goodreads reviews for this book, I was shocked and appalled at the number of positive reviews for this book. It leads me to ask, What is wrong with you people?!?! If I was dating someone that pulled half the crap that Travis (the male MC) does, I'd dump him so fast his head would spin (and then fear for my life awaiting his retaliation. Seriously. He was that crazy). What absolutely killed me were the number of times Abby (the female MC) talked about "red flags" in their relationship and how she justified each and every one of them even when she knew Travis was a psychopath. 

I'll be honest, I only read 60-ish percent of this book (I read it on my Kindle, so this is fact. :D), and I couldn't make myself stomach the rest. I really did try, but I was too offended to keep reading. I would never, ever, ever in a million years, not for all the money in the world, recommend this book. Ever.

Happy Reading!

*I received this egalley from the publisher for the purpose of review.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

I don't know why I am such a sucker for these kinds of books. Even though this was a bit slow in a number of places, I really enjoyed it as a whole. And isn't this cover one of the most gorgeous covers you've ever seen? That's half the reason I wanted to read it so badly! Ha!

I've always been intrigued by Robin Hood. I think my infatuation with Robin Hood grew to the extreme a few years ago when Jonas Armstrong played him in the BBC series. Holy hotness. Every Robin Hood for the rest of my life will look like Jonas Armstrong, and yes, I am very much okay with that. 

I absolutely loved the idea of FINALLY (!) having a girl in Robin's merry band of thieves. I am a huge fan of girls who kick butt and take names. Scarlet was no different. I loved how fierce she was, but I didn't dig how disloyal she was. (Is that even a word? It is now!) It seemed like every time things got a little rough, she wanted to pack it up and call it quits. Not so cool. I did, however, love Robin and John and Much which more than made up for Scarlet's flakiness. 

Overall, I really liked this book. I think (but I'm not sure) if this is a planned series, but it definitely could be. And I will be anxiously awaiting a second one!

Happy Reading!