May 26, 2012

Review: Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins

Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins
Genre: Contemporary romance.
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Synopsis from goodreads
Being one of the guys isn't all it's cracked up to be...

So when journalist Chastity O'Neill returns to her hometown, she decides it's time to start working on some of those feminine wiles. Two tiny problems: #1--she's five feet eleven inches of rock-solid girl power, and #2--she's cursed with four alpha male older brothers.

While doing a story on local heroes, she meets a hunky doctor and things start to look up. Now there's only one problem: Trevor Meade, her first love and the one man she's never quite gotten over--although he seems to have gotten over her just fine.

Yet the more time she spends with Dr. Perfect, the better Trevor looks. But even with the in-your-face competition, the irresistible Trevor just can't seem to see Chastity as anything more than just one of the guys....
My thoughts

After reading All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins, way back when.. I promised myself I would read more from this author. When I picked up my copy of Just One Of The Guys, and after reading it's synopsis I was sure this would be another WIN. But sadly it wasn't.

I have mixed feelings towards this book really. The setting in a small town, independent girl Chasity bordering on her thirties, looking forward to settle down with someone she loves and a half hound-dog, half bull mastiff named Buttercup. BIG family, always an A+ in my book. Specially when she is the little sister of the clan. I know me and my siblings are very protective of our little brother :) So as I was saying BIG family with lots of nieces and nephews, great career and the only thing Chasity is missing right now is a husband and four kids.

Yeah absolutely perfect for a contemporary romance theme. And so far I am in love with the entire thing. Now we come to  the love life. In one side we have the fireman she had always loved since Chasity could understand the meaning of the word love. But he practically lives with his family sooo he was sortta like another son to her parents. And she doesn't want him to feel weird so they keep their distance but I swear there is something there. I am sure of it, and then in the other side we have the New York Times doctor with perfect cheekbones who just happens to waltz in Chasity's life. So who is the perfect suitor? Should be pretty clear right? WRONG! And I am still okay.

Now is the time everything gets outta hand. Till almost end of the book everything seems to go somewhat smoothly with one of these 'suitors', and it was fine and dandy too, until ....until there was this triangle limbo. I like reading about a healthy love triangle like any other reader, but this was just twisted. I had no freaking clue who was suppose to be it for Chasity and it was just not that great like I hoped it would be.

At the end I just have to say Just One Of The Guys was really disappointing, not comparing to Higgins' other work, but the triangle just put me off big time. Miss Higgins has written lots of great books, in fact  All I Ever Wanted  was one of my cupcake worthy books.

About The Author

Kristan Higgins lives in a small Connecticut town with her two children and husband. She is a contemporary romance writer, she loves to write books about relationships, since the search for love and security is one of the driving forces of life.

Find out more about Kristan Higgins from her goodreads/website/blog

May 23, 2012

Audiobook Review: Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill

Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill
Narrator Cynthia Holloway
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #2
 Genre: Urban fantasy, Mystery
Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
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Synopsis from goodreads
Vampires in Chicago!You'd think headlines like that would have provoked the fine citizens of the Windy City to take up arms against us bloodsucking fiends. Instead, ten months later, we're enjoying a celebrity status reserved for the Hollywood elite-fending off paparazzi only slightly less dangerous than cross- and stake-wielding slayers. Don't get me wrong. Joe Public isn't exactly thrilled to be living side-by-side with the undead, but at least they haven't stormed the castle...yet.All that will change once they learn about the Raves-mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle and drink themselves silly. Most civilized vampires frown on this behavior-but that doesn't make good copy for a first-time reporter looking to impress his high-society family.So now my "master"-the centuries-old yet gorgeously well-preserved Ethan Sullivan-wants me to reconnect with my own upper-class family and act as liaison between humans and vampires...and keep the more unsavory aspects of our existence out of the media. But someone doesn't want people and vamps to play nicey-nice-someone with an ancient grudge.
My Thoughts 

Okie I am a bit late in posting reviews these days, but here we go. After the month long Some Girls Bite read-along back in January I was pretty much in love with all the characters. I am still intrigued by them and definitely want to know if they will ever get their head out of their asses.

Merit, still has issues so does Ethan ... actually there is not a single character without some major WTF moments. I had random moments of 'stop it you..'. I can still relate to Merit's situation. Ethan still in denial about his feelings and I do believe he is the biggest jerk there is. I am serious Ethan, own up to your feelings dude! Sigh. But still I love the slow build up even though the sexual frustration between them is palpable.   

Cather and Mallory, a little less lust-at-first-sight in this book but lust nonetheless. And I repeat, they are great character individually, I just don't feel the love. 

I am still getting into the audiobook thing, I like reading my book rather than listening to it. 

So at the end I must say I am going to see through this series even though Merit thinks what she does is right, Ethan finds making out is effective rather than taking her out on a date, Cather and Mallory needs to find something other than bareback in the kitchen, not enough JEFF. Cause lets face it, I'm too involve with the story to give up even though it frustrate me to no end.

I give this
About the author
Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite series.
She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest–just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia’s to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’s adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)
Chloe Neill in her Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

May 16, 2012

Cover Revel and #boutofbooks progress day #3

Protecting Truth - (The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy #2) by Michelle Warren

You can check out more about the series from the authors website/ twitter / facebook / goodreads

Wander Dust (The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy #1) by Michelle Warren is available in Amazon and Barnes & Noble throughout the month for 99 ¢ 

As for the #boutofbooks read-a-thon progress here is how I am doing.

I finished my first book Friday Night Bites sometime this morning. 

Currently reading Just One Of The Guys by Kristan Higgins. My kindle tells me I have read   7% of this book so far. 

May 15, 2012

#BoutOfBooks Day 2 challenge and progress

I missed my day 1 #boutofbooks challenge eep. But you know there is always other challenges and this one looked like fun. This challenge is The Book Confession challenge hosted by Celine at the Nyx Book Reviews. The challenge is divided in two parts and I am doing part two.

Physical book or eBook?
 Both. What don't you?
Paperback or Hardcover?
Agh. BOTH!!
Paperbacks are lighter than hardcover easy to maneuver but Hardcover is just it's feeling kindda thing and I love the feel of the book and the weight.  
Reality or Make-believe?
Adult or Young-Adult?
I like my adult and YA fill. I can't just choose one. 
Dog ears or Bookmarks?
BOOKMARKS!!Dog ears shoo shoo. No one dog ears my book even if it's a text book I'll find a bookmark to use bu NO dog ears. Just no.
Breaking the spine or Barely open the book?
Breaking the spine most definitely.
Tea or Coffee?
Coffee - morning and afternoon.
Chai tea - evening.
Yeah with this much caffeine I barely sleep at nights.
Reading in bed or On the couch?
Series or Standalone?
I like going through a series but the standalone are easy and don't have to wait a whole year for the next installment to come out, yeah so both. 
Original or TV Adaptation?
 Original. And maybe sometime TV adaptation!!
Defy motion sickness or Audiobooks?
Author crushes or Who-was-that-guy-again?
 Umm. Say what?
Interview or Guest post?
I love having guest posts as well but in interview I get to ask the questions that's  fun for me.

My #boutofbooks read-a-thon progress 

 Now here is how I am doing with the reading. 

I started my first day with an audiobook. Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neil. Day 2 I am still listening to it. And keep getting distracted by shiny internet and tweetdeck and tumblr and oooo new pin on pinterest. **face palm**

May 11, 2012

Bout Of Books read-a-thon goals

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

I signed up for Bout Of Books read-a-thon for next week so I can catch up to some of the readings I have missed out. New semester starts within two weeks and in this time I intent to get some reading done.

So my goal for the read-a-thon is at least 4 books. Fingers crossed, hopefully I'll have this done.

May 10, 2012

Review: Demons at Deadnight by Alyssa and Eileen Kirk

Demons at Deadnight by A&E Kirk
Series: Divinicus Nex Chronicles #1
Genre: YA, Paranormal. Fluffies
My copy: Provided by the awesome authors A&E Kirk
Release Date: January 5th 2012
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For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle.

Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it’s just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti.

The Hex Boys—mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction—have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.

The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway.
My thoughts

First, I can NOT believe I waited this long to read this book!

There are demons, secret society of demon hunters and hexly knights in shining armor riding on their trustie steed driving awesome cars to save the girl. So in a nutshell, absolutely awesome!

The hex boys are anything but your average teenage boys. They fight demons, control elements, own cool cars provided by their parent by their parents, goes to school, has their own guardian fairy?! Yup, not your average teenage boy. All the six boys are just so amazing each in their own way that I couldn't help but fall in love with them. I am still trying to decide which one I liked the most. But really I can not decide!  

Aurora is not you kick ass heroine that's been practicing to fight demons all her life. She is somewhat normal compared to the hex boys other that the fact she sees DEMONS! Aurora might not have all the kick ass martial arts training like the boys but she has a cunning ability to throw you off the rocker. She uses her feminine charms like sobbing, hugs, and flattery to get her way. Now let me tell you what I loved about Aurora Lahey. The Lahey family, hands down. I have a huge family, we are all very tight and A&E Kirk's detailed description about the Lahey family reminded me allot about my own.

Aurora's power is still somewhat mystery for me and why they moved also who was THAT in her last vision. And hopefully we will be getting all the answers in the next Divinicus Nex book or at least few of them anyways.

So recommended to anyone who loves reading paranormal YA. 

About the authors 

A&E Kirk is the mother-daughter writing duo of Alyssa and Eileen Kirk. We write YA paranormal fiction and also review YA on the Teens Read and Write blog!

Demons at Deadnight is their debut novel, and currently they’re eating bon bons and watching TV diligently working on the next epic Divinicus Nex adventure.

Website/blog/goodreads/twitter alyssakirk & eileenkirk

May 5, 2012

Weekend Books, Music and Movies

*waves* So I am just putting up another post telling everyone what I am reading, listening and watching.

Books I am reading

Demons at Deadnight (Divinicus Nex Chronicles #1) by A&E Kirk

Music I'm listening to

It was sortta oldies and remix stuff for my ipod.

Movies and Series I am watching 

I am movie and series freak. So this might drag on a bit longer ... hopefully not too much.


May 4, 2012

Review: Devil's Luck by Carolyn Crane

Devil's Luck by Carolyn Crane
Series:The Disillusionists
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Mystery
My copy: from the author, Carolyn Crane
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Synopsis from goodreads
No wager is too outrageous for Simon Fitzgerald, the most reckless of the Disillusionists. His dark secrets drive him to take increasingly extreme risks, but he’s never lived so quite so dangerously as when he hooks up with Midcity’s most powerful prognosticator. 
Fawna Brady is tormented by the destinies she sees for those around her. To Fawna, knowledge of the future is a cage she’d do anything to escape. She’s stunned to discover a taste of the freedom for which she yearns at the side of Simon, the one person in the world who despises everything she is, everything she stands for. 
Simon’s defiant attitude toward destiny captivates Fawna, but will her love destroy him? And will Simon rush headlong into the delicious doom she offers?
My thoughts

If you are a Disillusionist series fan, like me Simon is not a stranger to you. For me Simon Fitzgerald's flamboyant attitude has always been attractive. I was dying to read more about him ever since Miss Crane first introduced him in her books. 

In this novella, Devil's Luck we find out more about Simon and Fawna. Simon, who has no care in the world attitude has a depth that I never imagined. He pretty much doesn't give a shit about whatever is in his future. He is more determined to change his fate more than anything. Fawna in other hand has hard time giving up seeing everyone's fate. Even though she doesn't want them to happen, there is no going around it. So when Simon's denial to accept his future infuriates her, it also makes her curious. Maybe there is a loop hole and there is hope. 

Even though it's like 30k or something, I loved reading this short bits of Simon and Fawna's life. Before reading this book you must read The Disillusionists series first.

The Disillusionists #1
The Disillusionists #2
The Disillusionists #3
The Disillusionists #3.5 
Devil's Luck 
 About The Author

Carolyn Crane is an urban fantasy author with Bantam/Spectra. She has written three books for The Disillusionists series, (Mind Games, Double Cross and Head Rush) along with a short story for the seies Kitten-tiger & the Monk published in the novella Wild & Steamy.

Carolyn lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two daring cats, and enjoys running and animals and taking baths and eating Mexican food. And in her day job, she is a marketing writer. 
Find out more about Carolyn Crane from her website/ Blog/ twitter/ goodreads/ facebook

May 2, 2012

My Book Boyfriend: Manuel Manello

My Book Boyfriend is an weekly meme hosted by Missie at The Unread  Reader
My Book Boyfriend for this week is Dr Manuel Manello also known as Manny from J.R Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood Series Lover Unleashed.

Dr. Manuel "Manny" Manello is Chief of Surgery at St. Francis and was Jane Whitcomb's old boss and arguably her closest friend until her ‘death’. In Lover Unleashed after suffering a paralyzing injury while sparring with Wrath, Payne’s life (as well as her mobility) is in jeopardy. When Doc Jane realizes the damage is too great for her to repair, she goes looking for Manny, as he is a world renowned orthopedic Surgeon.

“A kiss.” He held up his hands. “Doesn’t have to be all hot and heavy. Just … a kiss.”
When she didn’t reply, he wanted to kick his own ass. And thought seriously of turning himself
in to that brother of hers for the beating he deserved.
“Show me how?” she whispered.

It finally happened, he thought as he burrowed under his shirt and took hold of his heavy cross. All his life he’d wondered why he’d never fallen in love, and now he knew: He’d been waiting for this moment, this woman, this time. The female is mine, he thought.

I went on a Manny hunt but sadly the picks readers recommended just didn't fit for me but when I saw Missie's MBB post for Manny played by Jo Weil. I said, YESS THAT'S THE ONE!!

My other BDB boyfriends
Wrath the blind king
Butch O'Neal

May 1, 2012

Me and My Box: Wrap Up March & April

I forgot to post up my wrap up post for March so here are both March and April.
For March
It was my birthday on March so WOOT caaaake...

I signed up for Kiss Me I'm Irish read-along for Hounded

Chapter 1-5
Chapter 6-10
Chapter 11-15

March was also a month for some awesome releases. One of them Elizabeth Hunter's Elemental Mysteries third installment The Force Of Wind
Blog tour
My review 

Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward
Intangible by J. Meyers

For April

A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Grave Mercy  by R.L. LaFevers

The Genius and the Muse by Elizabeth Hunter
Random post on the Desert Rouges series by Susan Mallery

I have had only TWO boyfriends in the past month :(
Rehvenge and John Matthew