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Bloody Bookaholic's Commandment:

Thou Shall Read Till Thy Eyes Bleed

Sunday 30 November 2014

Bookish Question: When a new book in a series comes out...

And you push it back and then you realize it's been like a year since you pushed it back, enough time to not completely remember what was happening in the first place, or a new book comes out from a series you like but you don't really remember some details of the book before or the series in general because it's a long series, do you read the book and figure the details will come to you or do you just choose to re-read from book one and get caught up in the story line again?

Jealousy (Strange Angels, #3) Defiance (Strange Angels, #4)

I have both these problems right now. On one hand I have had The Strange Angels book #3 and 4, Jealousy (out in 2010) and Defiance (out in 2011), on my shelf  for ages and I wanted to finally get to them and read them, but by now I don't really remember every detail in the story because it's been a long time coming.

Lost in Time (Blue Bloods, #6)

On the other hand I just bought Lost in Time (Blue Bloods #6) by Melissa De La cruz and I kind of think I should re read it all just so I have all the stories straight since it's a pretty long series and I am sure some sort of detail must have escaped my mind by now.

If you were in my position, and I am sure at one time or another you have been in this position, what would you choose to do? Re-read the series or just go ahead and read the book and get caught up as you read?

Thursday 27 November 2014

My Favorite Series Mini-Banners

Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
Legend by Marie Lu
Matched by Ally Condie
The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost
Nikki Heat by Richard Castle
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris
Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Aren't these little things amazing? Love them? You can get them here along with more than 300 others. I put this list on my left sidebar with links to their Goodread pages.

I also wanted to let you guys know I am having a VERY good giveaway very soon... For a new book written by Julie Kagawa...

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Bookish Question: Do You Have Times When...

You finish a book you really liked and then you just don't know what the hell to pick up next. You have an idea of what mood you are in, but you just can't seem to pick up something and commit to it. That's where I am right now. I finished Divergent by Veronica Roth (liked it) and I had this poll where I asked you guys what I should pick up next. It was between Juliet Immortal and The Pledge. The Pledge won, but after I considered it I realized I needed a small break from dystopian (if I read about another messed up society right now I might just not like it that much). I considered reading Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (because I've had it for forever and well everybody seems to love her books... I am a Sarah Dessen virgin -Hello! I am a supernatural girl and Sarah writes contemporary, not that surprising I haven't read anything by her), and then I considered going ahead and reading Lost In Time by Melissa De La Cruz (even though I am debating on waiting on it so I can re -read the entire series). And this is really horrible because before this block happened I was in a great place, reading book after book after book.

And now I am lost. Don't know what to pick... and I went to Books a Million today in the hopes of buying J.R.Ward's new book Lover Reborn (bought it, just not on Books a Million because it was about $30 there. Amazon for $16... I am a poor college student) instead I got The Carrie Diaries (YA sex and the city? I am in), Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, WTF? How to survive 101 of Life's Worst F-ing Situations, and OMG! Guys-How to Survive 101 of the Most F'ed Dating Situations (HILARIOUS! Me and my friend couldn't stop laughing). I am not helping my situation by buying even MORE books, but I can feel happy that I have these at my disposal to choose from.

I think right now (at least now until Lover Reborn gets here by mail because I am SOOO hitting that) I am in the mood for some romance, maybe with witty banter, and a hot male lead (sans dystopian). Any suggestions? And have you guys ever been in my situation? What did you do to snap out of it?

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Review: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Title: Such a Rush
Author: Jennifer Echols
Series: No
Book #: 1
Pages: 324
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: Photobucket.7
Goodreads Rating: 4.33
T.B.Published: July 10th, 2012
A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.
High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.     

But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business — until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers — and the consequences could be deadly.

Taschima's POV:

I don't read many contemporary books because for the most part if a book doesn't have fangs, claws, or invisible people on them I mostly get bored, but this one kept me hooked. I feel like this book was interesting, complex, and real. The relationship between the characters, that's what the whole book is about and it nails it.

The places in where the books nailed it:

The characters- True they don't have a healthy diet of blood, but real as they are these characters will keep you at the edge of your seat. Cliche maybe, but they really will! The thing about them is they are so complicated, starting with the main female character Leah and Grayson. Leah is spunky and she has a lot of snark (which is fun to read about). At the beginning she bothered me because she didn't stand up for herself, but I am happy to announce there is character development and that by the end she turns out to be someone you wouldn't mind hanging out with. Grayson on the other hand was so fucked up! Their relationship started in a bad manner, and he was such an ass through the novel. And sure we get to know his intentions and everything, but still he bothered me! At the end there he redeems himself, but just barely. Not going into my list of ultimate boyfriend's I would like to have, but man he sure will give you a healthy dose of sexy.

The romance was electric! There was chemistry coming out of these characters like there was no tomorrow, and the scenes between Grayson and Leah are not to be taken lightly. Which leads me to warn people about the potential sex, "bad" words, and other kinds of real life dialogue that might appear in this novel. If you are easy to faint or light of heart when someone drops the f bomb, well first off I am sorry for the ones dropped in this review alone, and second be weary because there is bound to be some heavy, real content in this novel.

There was one relationship that had no romance in it but it was still my favourite, the relationship between Leah and Mr. Hall, Grayson and Alec's father. He took her in and helped her like if he was her father, she listened to him and was there for him like a daughter. It was a beautiful father/daughter relationship, one I think it is almost always lacking in other books I read because most of the time the main characters are orphans or their parents aren't in the picture at all. The way that relationship is questioned in the book makes for an interesting read that will keep you thoroughly invested.

Things I might have disliked- The novel and the writing was not lacking at all, I am just not used to contemporary. It is not my favourite genre, but I still really liked this novel so imagine that. At some points I thought the relationships had conversations missing, like fixing-the-relationship-in-order-to-tolerate-you conversations, between Leah and the boys, and between Leah and her best friend who acted weird through the novel.

This is my first try at a Jennifer Echols novel and I gotta say that I will read more work by her. It was interesting, and it rocked. Only thing missing from it was some impending doom, a British accent, or two, and some paranormal characters. But as far as contemporary goes, this one was a winner.

Friday 21 November 2014

So I started reading Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Published: July 10th 2012
"As the door was opening, I couldn't see them, but I recognised Alec's voice. "Do you think he's doing her?"
"Good God, no,"Jake said. 
"Of course he is," Grayson said. "Why else would that stingy bastard give away flying lessons for free?" 
The door swung all the way open and banged against the metal wall like a gunshot. All three of them jumped and then turned to stare at me/; Alec sprawled in a lawn chair, Jake leaning against the nose of the red Piper, Grayson with both hands in the engine.
I stood there for a moment more, processing, trying not to jump to conclusions. Maybe they hadn't meant what I thought they'd meant. Maybe they hadn't meant Mr. Hall. Maybe they hadn't meant me. 
Yes, they had. I saw in the next instant. Jake looked at the cement floor and shook his head like it was a damn shame I'd heard them, but he didn't really care. Alec, wide eyes on me, started to get up from his chair. Grayson kept staring at me across the airplane engine, gaze cold, daring me to deny it. 
I had not denied it. I'd turned away from the open door, never looking back even when I reached the airport office."
This read is more contemporary, less paranormal. Well, no paranormal, only contemporary. It's a change from my normal string of reads and I've heard good things about this author, so I will keep reading it. One thing that has bothered me though is the way the main character doesn't stand up for herself. If I heard someone talking about me that way? They would loose their teeth in the next second. But nevertheless I am hoping for some good character improvement, and how the main character overcomes her hard conditions are interesting to read about, so let's see how it ends.

Thursday 20 November 2014

Review: Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid #6) by Richelle Mead

Title: Succubus Revealed
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid
Book #: 6
Pages: 277
Reading Level: Adult
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 4.31
Published: August 30, 2011
In Georgina Kincaid, succubus and she-demon, #1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead has created one of her most enticing characters. But with a shot at love, and maybe even redemption, is the ultimate seductress finally going soft? Like hell she is. . .
Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina's boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can't just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she's being forced to transfer operations. . .to Las Vegas.
The City of Sin is a dream gig for a succubus, but Georgina's allies are suspicious. Why are the powers-that-be so eager to get her away from Seattle—and from Seth? Georgina is one of Hell's most valuable assets, but if there's any way out of the succubus business she plans to take it—no matter how much roadkill she leaves behind. She just hopes the casualties won't include the one man she's risking everything for. . .
Taschima's POV:
This is that kind of book that pulls at your heart strings. The kind of characters you root for to win at the end against the bad guys. Its the kind of book that makes the reader happy. Though the end is predictable (I know it is) it was still fulfilling, and seriously necessary. If the author had pulled a stunt of major horrible proportions I think mobs of angry as hell fans would have... Well, use your imagination, I would have been among those fans.
Everything builds up to this big climatic ending. Every question you could have possibly had is answered. Georgina and Seth mystery? Check. Contract mystery? Check. Erik dying mystery? Check. I felt completely satisfied after reading this book... Though I would most surely appreciate a spin-off series with some of the extra characters of the series.
It was just so good! How everything was resolved, how the book went down... I can't lie I truly loved it and I believe that it was a very fitting (though predictable) ending. I think the whole thing about being predictable it's just that that's how I wished the series to end, so that's why it was so wonderful. I don't even care that it was predictable.
This book seriously played with my emotions, and no matter how you think things are going to end up there is always that option that things may not end up how you want them to. It is the author's choice, and by the end of the book your happiness, and the happiness of your beloved characters, are ultimately in the author's hands.
I am just sad that it's over... I think I want to re read it again already. I was so into this world that it is just sad when a good series comes to an end. I will miss the characters, specially Georgina and her awesomeness.
What is truly wonderful about Richelle Mead's books is that no matter how crappy things get, no matter if it looks like no light can come out of the darkness, she always knows that her audience, at the end of the day, are just searching for a happily ever after. I needed a happily ever after.
Previous Books:
  1. Succubus Blues
  2. Succubus On Top
  3. Succubus Dreams
  4. Succubus Heat
  5. Succubus Shadows

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid #5) by Richelle Mead

Title: Succubus Shadows
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid
Book #: 5
Pages: 281
Reading Level: Adult
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 4.27
Published: March 30, 2010
Georgina Kincaid has formidable powers. Immortality, seduction, shape-shifting into any human form she desires, walking in heels that would cripple mere mortals -- all child's play to a succubus like her.
Helping to plan her ex-boyfriend's wedding is a different story. Georgina isn't sure which is worse -- that Seth is marrying another woman, or that Georgina has to run all over Seattle trying on bridesmaid dresses. Still, there are distractions. Georgina's roommate, Roman, is cluttering her apartment with sexual tension. Then there's Simone, the new succubus in town, who's intent on corrupting Seth.

But the real danger lies in the mysterious force that's visiting her thoughts, trying to draw her into a dark, otherworldly realm. Sooner or later, Georgina knows she'll be too weak to resist. And when that happens, she'll discover who she can trust, who she can't -- and that Hell is far from the worst place to spend eternity...

Taschima's POV:
Okay, so half this book was sort of a drag since it was dream after dream after dream after dream (yawn)... But the dreams did have a purpose. It help the reader know more about Georgina's past. It was nice, but not overly exciting. After the fact though, that's when the book got exciting and fun.
One thing that I found interesting about this book is how Georgina, and thus Richelle, picks up on the fact that Georgina's life is going round and round. Book after book she is involved in some supernatural fiasco, and, as Georgina asks herself, why her? I think it's pretty cool how the author lets her main character pick up on this, because that's how books like these drive the story right? Supernatural fiasco after the next, and no one ever asks "why am I involved in this again?" So I thought that was a nice touch. Hell seems very interested in Georgina's life, and contract. We get some questions answered in this installment, like who the man in the dream is, but we are still left with questions about Georgina's contract with hell... More questions by the very end that make you want that much more Succubus Revealed.
Georgina's romantic life is still in pieces. Seth, as you learned in the last book if you read it, is getting married to Maggie because of his guilt over sleeping with Georgina (something you also would know if you read the earlier book). Georgina is not taking this too well, but I think she is dealing with it as best as she can. Roman is back, and along with him all his sexyness. It seems Georgina is once again stuck between two men, the one who wants her and who is essentially the safe and good choice for her (Roman) and the one who is her world but who is the more dangerous relationship for her and himself (Seth). The way things end up in this book are a little WTF-ish, but let's see how the next book ends.

This is book #5 in the Georgina series. The next one is the last... I don't want it to end though! I like diving into Georgina's life and problems book after book, it will be weird when it is over. She is such a good character! I like her, with or without powers, she is just special and entertaining to read about. I will have to pick up Richelle's other series Dark Swan (I think that one has something to do with faeries) after I am finished with Succubus Revealed.
As always, do yourself a favor and pick up this series!

Saturday 15 November 2014

Review: Succubus Heat (Georgina Kincaid #4) by Richelle Mead

Title: Succubus Heat
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid
Book #: 4
Pages: 304
Reading Level: Adult
Book Rating: Photobucket.5
Goodreads Rating: 4.27
Published: June 1st 2009

Georgina Kincaid has been a bad, bad succubus...
…which should be a good thing. But lately, thanks to her foul mood over breaking up with bestselling writer Seth Mortensen, she’s been so wicked that Seattle’s ├╝ber-demon Jerome, decides to “outsource” Georgina to a rival—and have her spy for him in the process.
Being exiled to the frozen north—okay, Vancouver—and leaving Seth in the cozy clutches of his new girlfriend is unpleasant enough. Then Jerome is kidnapped, and all immortals under his control mysteriously lose their powers. One bright spot: with her life-sucking ability gone, there’s nothing to keep Georgina from getting down and dirty with Seth—nothing apart from his girlfriend that is. Now, as the supernatural population starts turning on itself, a newly mortal Georgina must rescue her boss and figure out who’s been playing them—or all hell will break loose…
Taschima's POV:
Another great installment in the series. Dare I say the best one yet? Yes, I think so.
In Succubus Heat Richelle turns the tables on our characters. It's so exciting! Jerome vanishes from the Earth and along with him goes the supernatural powers abilities of his underlings. Suddenly the vampires can enjoy the sun, and Georgina can't shapeshift or take the energy out of the people she nails. This leads to an array of things that make the novel very enjoyable and VERY steamy.
[spoiler] Georgina and Seth having sex was one of the BEST things EVER. Sure it was a bit tainted since Seth IS in a relationship with Maggie, and Maggie is such a sweetheart, but seriously we have all been waiting for this moment FOREVER. 4 freaking books. And they love each other, they really do. I wanted to hate Seth, but truth me told that little mother f grows on you, though I really love Roman too. Oh Roman, you are such a sweetheart.[/spoiler]
The characters... Oh Georgina. I love you girl and I seriously think you should have given Seth much more crap. These characters are so complex though. On one hand Georgina wants to bitch out Seth for what he did on the last book, on the other hand she loves him so much it isn't even an option to bitch him out. Seth, well he surprises us in this book. He grows some balls, but is it for the better? Or will this just screw him up? We'll see.
Oh and the freaking loophole thing is driving me crazy. I want to know what it is already!! I think I have a pretty good idea of what it is, but we'll see what happens in the next book.
I want to tell you how much this book is without giving any spoilers, but it's just a Georgina book. It's as good as the one before it and it helps you get to know your main characters even more, plus Roman is back and who doesn't love a bit of Roman? This whole series is just one fun read after the next. Fast paced, the books will go by in a matter of days if not hours. If you are looking for a lot of witty banter, steamy scenes, complex but enjoyable characters, you won't find any better.


Wednesday 12 November 2014

Review: Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid #3) by Richelle Mead

Title: Succubus Dreams
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid
Book #: 3
Pages: 296
Reading Level: Adult
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 4.20
Published: Aug. 30, 2008

Some days, a girl just can't catch a break. . .

. . .especially when the girl in question is Georgina Kincaid, a shape-shifting succubus who gets her energy from seducing men. First there's her relationship with gorgeous bestselling writer Seth Mortensen, which is unsatisfying on a number of levels. It's not just that they can't have sex in case Georgina inadvertently kills him (generally a turn-off for most guys). Lately, even spending time together is a challenge. Seth's obsessed with finishing his latest novel, and Georgina's under demonic orders to mentor the new (and surprisingly inept) succubus on the block.

Then there are the dreams. Someone, or something, is preying on Georgina at night, draining her energy, and supplying eerie visions of her future. Georgina seeks answers from Dante, a dream interpreter with ties to the underworld, but his flirtatious charm only leaves her more confused--especially as the situation with Seth reaches crisis point. Now Georgina faces a double challenge--rein in her out-of-control love life, and go toe-to-toe with an enemy capable of wreaking serious havoc among mankind. Otherwise, Georgina, and the entire mortal world, may never sleep easy again. . .

Taschima's POV:

Holy shit. Did that really just happen?

As always, once I get into Georgina's world there is nothing and no one that can keep me away. The instalments are utterly captivating, and I swear that they will keep you well entertained. Georgina is just the kind of woman we all secretly and not so secretly want to be, full of confidence and basically full of life, but she has her fucked up side as well. I can't really believe things went down the way they did, but by the end of the book I was so frustrated, my chin literary hit the floor- I mean, I guess it what happened was going to happen eventually, but you never think it will actually happen you know?

In these kinds of adult romantic books there is always a lot of different things going on -which is why I find them so compelling- between the relationship issues, and the demonic issues, and the inner dialogue of Georgina it all adds up for an incredible time of just you and about another 10 imaginary people.

Demonic issues: Interesting, but come on, not as interesting as the romantic issues. Georgina has a new evil to take care of, and also a squeaky new Succubus to mentor.

Oh Georgina... I feel ya girl. I am sorry, but even though she is by nature incredibly slutty I can't help but just want to be like here, a little. In this retrospect, I guess if I were going to be a character in the series my personality is more aligned with Maggie- Georgina's friend who is an introvert but who really tries to come out of her shell. Georgina is Serena in Gossip Girl combined with Buffy the Vampire Slayer combined with Hannah from Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Kick ass + the life of the party + expert in the sack= extra entertaining!

Now her relationship with Seth always seemed to me very sweet. They are in love in all, and I really like to see Georgina happy, but in this instalment Seth fucks up royally. After this book I don't know or think I can be team Seth again, but at the end of the day we always want what makes our main character most happy, and that I guess is Seth. It is a complicated thing, but I do think we could venture out of Seth territory, let's see with the next instalment [spoiler] Okay, serious discussion time, I know that Georgina cheats on Seth sexually all the time by nature, but she kind of has to do that, and he knows. It isn't like she fucks her friends or someone they both know and think of as being their acquaintance. But Seth? To go and have sex with Maggie? A girl Georgina adores and thinks of as her friend? That was just wrong. She told him he could go out and do his business if he needed, but not with close friends! That was inconsiderate and stupid and asshole-ly. Georgina is not perfect, but he just fucked up royally in my eyes, and I support Georgina's hellish spiral and acts of bitchiness afterwards.[/spoiler]

Now for the future of the series... I am excited. This whole potential "loophole" that might be in Georgina's contract is just... too good to be true? Maybe, am I still anxious to find out if it is actually real? Hell yes! Full steam ahead!! Time to read Succubus Heat!

Previous Books:

  1. Succubus Blues
  2. Succubus On Top

Monday 10 November 2014

Review: Succubus On Top by Richelle Mead

Succubus on Top (Georgina Kincaid, #2)
Title: Succubus on Top
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid
Book #: 2
Pages: 314
Reading Level: Adult
Book Rating: Photobucket
Published: Jan 1st, 2008
by Kensington 
Georgina Kincaid's job sucks. Literally.

Love hurts, and no one knows it better than Georgina Kincaid. If she so much as kisses Seth Mortensen, the shy, sexy, incredibly gifted Seattle writer she's been dating, she'll drain his life force. Georgina is a succubus-a demon who draws her power from other men's pleasure. Admittedly, the shapeshifting and immortality perks are terrific, and yes, Georgina did choose to join the ranks of hell centuries ago. But it seems completely unfair that a she-demon whose purpose is seduction can't get hot and heavy with the one mortal who knows and accepts her for who she is.
It's not just her personal life that's in chaos. Doug, Georgina's co-worker at a local bookstore, has been exhibiting bizarre behavior, and Georgina suspects that something far more demonic than double espressos is at work. She could use help finding out, but Bastien, an irresistibly charming incubus and her best immortal friend, is preoccupied with corrupting an ultra-conservative talk radio star-and giving Georgina some highly distracting come-hither vibes. Georgina is going to have to work solo on this one-and fast because soon, Doug's life won't be the only one on the line.
Taschima's POV:

The thing about these books is that you never expect to have such a good time. I picked up the first book because I wanted more books by Richelle (big fan of Vampire Academy) and I liked the first one very much, but after I put it down I quickly picked up another book. There was no thinking about it long after it ended, running to the library to get the second. So these are the kind of books you really enjoy while reading, but they do not join your top favorites. Well, I picked up the second books months after I read the first one, and I had forgotten just how much fun I could have while swimming in the flames of Georgina's world.

Georgina in this installment is still going out with Seth (though not sleeping with him because that could have dire consequences), working at her job, going out with her friends and sleeping with good guys so she can steal years from their lives and give points to the bad side of the force. Normal Succubus stuff. But then things start happening. An old friend comes back to her life and her co worker is acting pretty strange (maybe diabolically strange?). The things Georgina will have to overcome in this novel will give you the thrill of a lifetime.

So yeah, this is the second book in the series. It had some good and bad things. Good things is that is still as enjoyable as ever! The characters are great, the scenes are steamy (not for kids) and some new mythology is introduced. It's a very entertaining book all in all.

The bad thing is the plot created no urgency, the way the "bad" guy was taken care off so easily was laughable, and the plotlines in the book felt unrelated. It's like you have this thing happening over here, some other things happening over there, and oh my god did I not mention this plot line hidden right under the covers? This may certainly discourage some people with going through the novel. But not me (obviously). I mean, the way these stories are written it's not about the ultimate end between the war of good and evil, it's about the ultimate end of Georgina's soul. So we go through her life, we step into her shoes, we wear her skin. As you read the novel you feel very connected to the main character and well, you might even overlook the annoying small flaws (I did).

The introduction of the old friend is very refreshing. It gives you a taste of what Georgina's past life was like at times, plus this new character is so hot (bonus points). Seth is well Seth. The eternal doormat as it is. But, I mean, he has this quality to him, this quiet nerdy quality that you just have to love. There's a big obstacle in Seth and Georgina's relationship that wasn't there before in this book, an obstacle for which Georgina is responsible for and which I am not really happy with her for doing it, and you just have to see how it ends up.

Will be buying the third book very soon!

Friday 7 November 2014

What's with all the killings!!??!

(Daniel Radcliffe. Picture is just for your eye pleasure.)

Ugh, don't you hate when a favorite character dies? I'm watching Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and I am just at the end of it right now. You know who dies in this one. I don't wanna say names for those of you who don't know who it is, but I'm sad. I'm always sad when a favorite character dies. I remember the first time I read the book, I cried. It was dreadful.

I have read books this last couples of days who have characters dying, and I think I need a break. An emotional break. You can't make me love a character and then just take him/her away from me! It's not right, it's not fair *insert whining sound here*.

Anyways, yeah, characters dying is horrible, but not all characters can keep on living. It makes the story more powerful, gives it more depth and emotion. Blah, blah, I get all this, still, it would be nice to not have characters that you love die.

Well, the movie ended, I wonder what will I watch next...

Tuesday 4 November 2014

YA Review + Giveaway: A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray (!!!!)

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)
Title: A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird
Book #: 1
Pages: 368
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 4.11
Published: Nov. 4th, 2014

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

Taschima's POV:

Sometimes, all you can do is cry happy tears. I mean, look at that cover, it is incredible. All I wanted was for the story between the pages to be just as good, to live up not only to the awesome cover design but to the hype. And man, did it deliver.


I think A Thousand Pieces of You is definitely my favorite Claudia Gray book. It kind of reminds me of [book:All Our Yesterdays|13514612] and [book:Dissonance|17334538]. It is an intricate story that keeps you on your toes. Since the beginning of the story me and my friend Lexie were trying to guess the ending, the bad guy, and the romantic interest (I know, we are bad). While some things we got figured out pretty quickly others came as a surprise. Good Claudia Gray, you kept me guessing!
"I don't know if I'm the kind of person who can kill a man in cold blood. But I'm going to find out."
The beginning of the novel is fast, interesting, and it gets your blood pumping. First thing to come up: Murder. Revenge. Meg is out for blood. Paul's blood to be exact. She believes he killed her father and then ran off with her parent's prized experiment; a machine that can travel through dimensions. So Meg, with a little help from her friend Theo, is out to get Paul and make him pay.
"The universe is in fact a multiverse. Countless dimensions exist, all layered within one another.Each dimension represents one set of possibilities. Essentially, everything that can happen does happen... Every possibility, every time fate flips a coin, splits the dimensions yet again, creating yet more layer of reality. It goes on and on forever, to infinity."
Meg is the odd one out in her family, but that doesn't mean she is alone. Her entire family is creative of a sort, they just use different hemispheres of their brains to get the job done. Her parents and big sister are into science while Meg is into art. This makes her likable, being the odd man out. She is also ballsy. From pretty early on you get the picture she knows next about nothing regarding what exactly the device her parent's made to cross dimensions does but she still risks it in order to find her father's supposed murderer. All in all I really liked her. She is shown to be conflicted throughout the read and to really take to heart every single version of herself she falls into.

I can't talk much about specific things like the romance because it would just give too much away. All I can really say is that the romance aspect is a BIG part of A Thousand Pieces of You, and that is just dandy. It is a really juicy, edge of your seat kind of romance. There is one dimension that is set in Russia that is BOUND to hook readers. If you were a little "eh" when starting the read when you get to the Russian side of the story you will be hooked forevermore. It was my favorite part and completely brought the book to a whole new level.
[Spoiler] "I fell in love with one Paul. I fell in love with his unchanging soul. Does that mean I fell in love with every Paul, everywhere?" [/Spoiler]
A Thousand Pieces of You is a must read this year. The pretty cover does meet the expectations. If you liked the Evernight series by Claudia, then you will love this one. I liked Evernight, but I LOVED A Thousand Pieces of You and I can't wait for the sequel!


Monday 3 November 2014

I Want You To Vote.. For your Favorite 2014 Books! #Goodreads

It is that time of year again, the time to vote for your favorite 2014 reads. We readers unfortunately don't get a live TV show like the Oscars, but we get the next best thing. Goodreads is hosting its 2014 Choice Awards again this year and I must say the competition is FIERCE. I think every other year I have been able to quickly pin point which reads (from their selection) have been my absolute favorites but this year I found myself puzzled in one category: Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction. I mean come on, first off why did you have to group them together anyways? They should both have their individual ballots. A curse on all their houses!

The Goodreads Choice Awards have 20 categories. I personally only voted in ten of them, which include: Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Graphic Novels and Comics, Debut Goodreads Authors, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Middle Grade & Children's.

Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Fantasy Picks:

Landline by Rainbow Rowell The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

To be perfectly honest Landline was the only title in the Fiction category I had read... As to the Veronica Mars title, well, I am a very big Veronica Mars fan. I also figured the title wouldn't get many votes compared to the other more popular titles listed so I had to root for the underdog. My fantasy pick was a no-brainer; you put anything agaisnt Jeaniene Frost in front of me and it is going to lose, bad.

Romance, Science Fiction, Graphic Novels and Comics Picks:

The King by J.R. Ward Lock In by John Scalzi Avatar by Gene Luen Yang

Again, JR Ward is a no-brainer. She is a terrific author who is my second favorite adult romance writer, first being Jeaniene Frost. I have to give it to JR Ward, she has kept The Black Dagger Brotherhood series going strong for more than TEN titles, and that is not something to take lightly. She is facing some tough competition this year though since the self made Colleen Hoover has not one but TWO titles listed in the Romance section; Maybe Someday, Ugly Love. Lock In by John Scalzi is not just good sci-fi but GREAT sci-fi. I still find myself thinking about the world at times, it was just too good. EVERYBODY should give it a try! The Avatar comics are fantastically written, they all are so true to the TV series and its characters that the minute I saw it was nominee I instantly voted for it. I miss the TV show, but the comics really do deliver.

Debut Goodreads Authors, Young Adult Fiction,and Middle Grade & Children's Picks:

Red Rising by Pierce Brown I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani
Red Rising was nominated for the Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction section too, but since I already voted for it as the top Debut author of the year I figured I could vote for another one in the other section. Red Rising was ridiculously good, sci-fi/dystopian done the right way. The Young Adult Section was mostly full of YA contemporary titles, and me not being a very "contemporary" kind of girl I only had like two titles there I had actually read. I voted for Katie McGarry's Take Me On but then changed my mind and voted for I'll Give you The Sun because it was just spectacular and original and imaginative. The Middle Grade section has Rick Riordan dominating (probably) but I actually think School of Good and Evil is bad ass enough to give it a run for its money. 

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction:

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

 This was the HARDEST section. It had SO many good titles to choose from, I felt quite trapped. It annoyed me that they had to group YA fantasy and Sci-fi together, I feel like they both deserve their own separate sections.
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. ArmentroutThe Young Elites by Marie LuThe Kiss of Deception by Mary E. PearsonDreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
Silver Shadows by Richelle MeadThe Winner's Curse by Marie RutkoskiHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

If this section had been separated I would have voted for The Winner's Curse as well, or maybe Heir of Fire... In any way I decided to go with These Broken Stars because that one I just absolutely loved. Silver Shadows was very good, and I love me some Richelle Mead, but These Broken Stars was new and fresh (looove).

I will be doing my own "favorites of 2014" list by the end of the year. The titles listed in the Goodreads section are all good, but there were certain awesome titles that were left out (like Catalyst by SJ Kincaid). Which titles did you vote for?

2014 Goodreads Choice Awards

Cast your vote today!

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