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February 26, 2013

Book Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Author: Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe #2
Release Date: January 10th 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Age: Young Adult
Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos. It’s been three months. In that time, Amy has learned to hide who she is. Elder is trying to be the leader he’s always wanted to be. But as the ship gets more and more out of control, only one thing is certain: They have to get off the ship.
Why did I wait so long to read A Million Suns!? It was on my bookshelf for months, and one day I was out of electricity for a few hours and decided to pick a book.

Wow! If I liked Across the Universe, I absolutely loved A Million Suns. It starts right at the middle of the mess, the people is getting crazy, revolution, lies, murder, and Amy and Elder trying to discover what's really wrong with Godspeed.

Desperation! That's the feeling of the book. I just wanted to punch a lot of the characters, even Elder sometimes. Amy seemed to be the only one sane, but of course she's a freak from the Earth, what does she knows?!

The amazing about this book is that I think people acted exactly like they would do in this situation. People tend to turn situations worse because of fear, instead of trying to think for a solution. Nobody was really into finding a way to get somewhere, only Amy and Elder. I enjoyed to see them working together and discovering the huge secrets from Godspeed.

Overall, if you are looking for an interesting and original series, Across the Universe if you for. And if you read Across the Universe and liked it, don't wait like me, read A Million Suns ASAP. And have Shades of Earth ready at your nightstand  because the end if a major cliffhanger!! I can't wait to read it but it will take me some time to get it from USA... ;(

February 23, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #19

tacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where people like me can showcase our new books of the week and make you jealous!

For review:

What did you get this week?

February 22, 2013

Book Review: A Lascivious Lady (Wedded Women Quartet #3) by Jillian Eaton

Author: Jillian Eaton
Series: Wedded Women Quartet #3
Published August 11th 2012
Can a realist fall in love with a dreamer?

Josephine never wanted to marry Traverson. In love with a Duke, she had dreams of grandeur… until a lowly Earl stole them away from her. Unable to forgive Traverson for what he took, she has exacted her revenge in the most unforgivable of ways.

Traverson fell in love with the bright eyed, fair haired country girl the moment he first saw her. Entranced before he even learned her name, he used everything in his power to make her his, realizing too late love is something that cannot be bought.

Brought together by a mutual acquaintance, Josephine and Traverson must finally face the feelings they have been avoiding. Can Josephine overcome her tawdry past? Or is it too late to love a man who may have finally given up on her?
Josephine hates her husband, Traverson, because he stole her dreams of being in love and possibly marry a Duke. She can't forgive him, so she sleeps with other men.

Traverson fell in love with her since the moment he saw her, but now he knows it was a mistake to marry her and expect love. He knows what she does with other men, but can they still be together?

I didn't know what to expect from this couple. I'm not in favor of cheating, I think it's horrible and  very difficult to forgive and keep loving after that, so I wasn't sure I was going to like Josephine. She isn't my favorite character, she could have handled it better, but I still liked that she always had a soft side for Traverson.

Traverson in one of a kind. He still loves her after all this time!! And is ready to forgive her but still gets mad when he thinks about what she have done with all the other men. But he is't an idiot, he definitely has a rough side, maybe that's why I liked him.

Their romance was very different from others, it was more about forgiving and giving themselves a chance, and I really liked it.

Again, Wedded Women Quartet series surprises me with emotional characters and a good romance story in just a few pages. Recommended if you want to read a different love story.

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon.

February 20, 2013

Book Review: A Brooding Beauty by Jillian Eaton

Series: Wedded Women Quartet #1
Author: Jillian Eaton
Published February 14th 2012
What happens after happily ever after?

The marriage of Lady Catherine Nettle and Marcus Windfair, the 7th Duke of Kensington, was declared the affair of the Season. They seemed perfect for each other… until they weren’t.

Now after three years of separation Catherine wants a divorce. She can no longer remain married to a man who does not return her love and is willing to do whatever it takes – including following Marcus to the secluded cottage in the highlands where they spent their honeymoon – to get what she wants.

Marcus can no longer trust his wife after what happened three years ago, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love her. Refusing her ridiculous request for a divorce, he escapes to Woodsgate, confidant his wife will not follow him into the wilds of Scotland. Unfortunately for the Duke, this is one bet he is bound to lose.

Forced together, husband and wife reach an unusual compromise: Catherine agrees to sleep with her husband for two months, after which time Marcus will grant her a divorce. It is the perfect solution for two people who claim to no longer love each other… or is it?
I remember reading a book from this author, A Ravishing Redhead, and liking, but I didn't it more thought until I found A Brooding Beauty free many weeks ago and decided to give it a shot. What a great choice!

Jillian Eaton writes with emotion!! Even when it's a short romance novella, the characters, Catherine and Marcus, are full of emotions! (and passion). After being separated, Catherine wants a divorce, and she's going to get it even if she has to find him in his secluded cottage. Marcus left because he can't trust her, but he wasn't expecting Catherine to follow him and keep asking for a ridiculous divorce!

Both of them still love each other but they don't know. But their passion in there, and after an arrangement of sleeping together for two months before the divorce, will they be able to keep their hands of each other? No, of course not!

I can't say more without giving spoilers but I can recommend you to read the Wedded Women Quartet series. It has real and emotional characters, full of passion ready to explore!

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon.

February 19, 2013

Book Review: The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts

The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts
Author: Nora Roberts
Series: Inn BoonsBoro #3
Published November 6th 2012 by Berkeley
Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out—with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except apparently Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro…

As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be—except for in her love life. Her only interaction with the opposite sex has been sparring with the infuriating Ryder, who always seems to get under her skin. Still, no one can deny the electricity that crackles between them…a spark that ignited with a New Year’s Eve kiss.

While the Inn is running smoothly, thanks to Hope’s experience and unerring instincts, her big-city past is about to make an unwelcome—and embarrassing—appearance. Seeing Hope vulnerable stirs up Ryder’s emotions and makes him realize that while Hope may not be perfect, she just might be perfect for him…
The Perfect Hope is the final book of the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy. This time it's Ryder and Hope's love story, although I can't say it was the most romantic.

Hope is kinds of perfect. She does her work, likes it and wants to give the best of her. But for some reason Ryder never liked her. Since the day she arrived, he was rude and sometimes mean. But there is a spark between them.

I liked Hope. I could relate to her because she wants to do everything right, and people like Ryder thinks she's perfect. She's not, but she's a great manager. Ryder is tough and surly, he just don't do well people. But he likes Hope and apparently the Inn's ghost think they should give themselves a chance.

What I didn't like was that their relationship seemed so planned. They were slow and overthought everything, even a little kiss!! It wasn't a -I cant help but fall in love- romance, it was very 'responsible' and every detail was thought in advance. That's why I didn't love them, because I think love can't be planned, you don't usually say I'm falling in love because when you realize it, you are already in love! Well, that's what I think...

The family was always around and watching too. Don't get me wrong, I love the Montgomery but maybe they should have give them some space, not everyone needed to know they were having sex!

Overall, I still liked The Perfect Hope. As the other books in the series, I liked the family feeling and the characters, but I thought Ryder and Hope could have been more passionate. Still, I recommend the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy, it's great for those days when you just want to read something light and sweet.

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon, The Book Depository.

February 17, 2013

Harry Potter New Cover

When I heard Scholastic decided to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter with new shiny covers (source), I wasn't convinced. But I have to admit I really like this new cover of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by the artist Kazu Kibuishi.

What do you think? Love it or hate it?

Book Review: Lord's Fall by Thea Harrison

Title: Lord's Fall
Author: Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #5
Published November 6th 2012 by Penguin Publishing
Age: Adult
In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two mates find themselves on different paths, torn between their duty to the Wyr and the passion that binds them…
Before she met Dragos, half-human/half-Wyr Pia Giovanni was alone and on the run. Now she’s mated, pregnant and heading south to repair the Wyrs’ frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but for the good of the Wyr demesne they need to figure out how to be partners—in more places than just the bedroom.

In New York to preside over the Sentinel Games, Dragos is worried about his mate, but knows that finding two replacement sentinels is essential to show the rest of the Elder Races just how strong and brutal the Wyr demesne can be. But as the Games heat up, Pia’s negotiations with the Elves take a turn for the dangerous, straining her bond with Dragos and threatening everything they hold dear…
The Elder Races series has become one of my favorites, and Lord's Fall didn't disappointed me. I will admit I was a little bit scared about the title, but I was glad about the direction of the story and I think it was a great idea to write about Dragos and Pia again!

They have become my favorite couple of the series. Even when I didn't love their first book, I can't resist a sexy and powerful dragon, and Pia is really an interesting Wyr. I can't give spoilers, but I'm sure fans of this series will be happy to read Lord's Fall. There are several characters back, and a new very powerful enemy which was defeated quicker than I thought. But I was happy to meet new characters, maybe they will have their own stories soon?

Overall, you can't miss Lord's Fall. And if you like paranormal romance, you should definitely start this series with the first book, Dragon Bound.

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon, The Book Depository.

February 16, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #18

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where people like me can showcase our new books of the week and make you jealous!

I haven't bought or won any book these weeks :( But I remembered I won a couple of weeks ago and forgot to add it on my last Stacking the Shelves post:

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

I've heard it's a great YA book. Have you read it? What did you get this week?

February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day
I already celebrate a little yesterday with a delicious sushi dinner (since today we are both busy :/), but I'll probably curl later with a nice romantic novel. Are you going to celebrate? Have a wonderful day!

February 7, 2013

Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon! #WWReadathon

The Wicked Valentine’s Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of February 7-14 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!

Sounds fun right? I don't think I'll be able to participate much until the weekend, and luckily I have next monday-tuesday free (Carnaval!).

Anyway, my goals:
That's it! Pretty simple, but difficult if I don't have enough time :/ Wish me luck!