Confessions of a Book Addict

Scroll to Info & Navigation

Upcoming/Already Released Young Adult Reviews!

image

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Release Date: September 9, 2014

Source: Edelweiss

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Mystery, Military, Realistic Fiction

Rating: image

I have this habit of jumping into books without really knowing what I’m getting myself into. Honestly? It’s worked out for the better about 8/10 times. Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley is one of those books and I am so happy I went in blind.

This novel is phenomenal because it tries something different, brings light to a real issue in the very gender-biased world of the military, and introduces us to a female protagonist who isn’t tough because she’s survived a post-apocalyptic war, or because she’s a girl and if she’s not tough she’s not a good character—she’s simply tough because that was her upbringing and she is still very much flawed, as any real character will be.  

Sam, the protagonist, is a strong character who faces multiple challenges set to bring her down. As the novel progresses, Sam becomes increasingly paranoid, and as a result, so does the reader. Since we are seeing the world from Sam’s perspective, we get an all-access pass to the horrors that she faces as one of the first girls to ever enter this particular military school. 

Hensley is gifted at making the reader either hate or love certain characters. She shows us the struggle that some people may go through just in order to survive. The lines of what is wrong and what is right can be blurred while we try to find ourselves in a world that begs for our failure. Since this novel was riddled with potentially untrustworthy people, we might find ourselves questioning everyone’s motive and if they really are who they say they are. 

Though the conclusion is unconventional and unexpected, I’m actually happy to see that Hensley respected the school rules that she herself introduced. Rather than giving Sam special treatment, just so we could have an ideal and expected conclusion, she remains true to the fact that there aren’t any special individuals in the school, but instead a family and a team. 

I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good realistic fiction novel that has a bit of an edge to it. If you like to see female characters fighting their way through sexism and  a “man’s world”, then you might also enjoy this. Also, the romance isn’t half bad!

____

image

Feral by Holly Schindler

Release Date: August 26, 2014

Source: Edelweiss

Genres: Paranormal, Mystery, Horror, Cats, Thriller

Rating: image

Feral by Holly Schindler was one of those reads that left you wondering what the hell you just read. While I somewhat enjoyed this one, I was still a bit overwhelmed with the whole premise and wasn’t too surprised by the conclusion. 

Claire, the protagonist, is a girl who recently survived a brutal attack back in Chicago, prompting a move that will not only change her life, but start the weird events that will haunt the novel. Peculiar, Missouri is not only a very small place with a very weird name, but it is also a place overrun by feral cats. From the moment those cats are mentioned, the story takes on a very creepy tone. 

The prose of the novel is beautiful, but the story itself is so weird and random that I found myself struggling to hang on. I gave Feral a three out of five because of this prose and because of the way everything wraps up at the end, but it doesn’t mean that I wasn’t constantly thinking about this book’s strangeness.

One of the things that Schindler did right was making the story as overwhelming for the reader as it was for Claire. We got to see what she went through, while her world started to blend with the world of the dead that she was surrounding herself with.

Though the novel was a bit long-winded and more than a bit strange, I still did enjoy it. Feral is definitely a different kind of book that will challenge you to see what is real and what is imagined. Plus, the cats. Man, if you weren’t freaked out by cats before, this novel might just do it for you. 

I recommend Feral to readers who enjoy a bit of a psychological thriller. Also, to readers who find fun in weird books full of weird instances. Also, if you like or hate cats, this might appeal to you!

____

image

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Release Date: October 4, 2011

Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance, Paranormal

Rating: image

Beware, a semi-colon addict resides within the pages of this novel.

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon had so much potential. It started of strongly with a bland female character who’d just moved to a pretty cool place and was set to live in a small town, where a mysterious hottie suddenly takes a liking to her and—whoa, wait. This sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Other than the fact that this doesn’t have vampires and that Megan, the protagonist, actually cares about her friends, does this not sound like the story of a certain bland girl and a certain sparkly vamp? 

Yeah, exactly. 

Not only is Carrier of the Mark a victim of a semi-colon addict, but it is full of insta-romance, sappiness, and overly complicated (and sometimes confusing and contradicting) explanations of the powers that these characters possess. Overall, the story was one convoluted and predictable mess. 

Carrier of the Mark is indeed a very fast read and it is also set in a gorgeous town in Ireland, but it is also cliche. It feels like it tried too hard to be this romantic novel following these characters that shouldn’t be together. I really wanted to like this one because I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time, but I was so disappointed. How can a story that has such a strong beginning, turn out so flat? 

I would recommend this to sappy romance lovers, but honestly, I don’t even know who I would recommend this for. 

____

Happy reading!

When you have a large collection of books:

1:
Get ready for the most popular question: "Will you even read them all?"

2:
I hope you like book buying bans, because you will make them, then promptly break them multiple times a year...okay, maybe multiple times a month.

3:
If you dig through your shelves, you'll probably encounter a book you had no idea you owned.

4:
Book cataloguing is probably the best thing ever. Before you order those books online, make sure you don't already own them!

5:
A favourite phrase: "I own that book, but it's still on my tbr list."

6:
And, "Welcome to my library!"

7:
One last one, "Oh, I'm sorry, you said you had a lot of books...yeah, wait until you see my collection."

8:
Hm, how to make more room.

9:
More options for creative book pictures are at your finger tips.

10:
The struggle of finding something to read in a room full of books is real.

11:
It's scary how good you're getting at finding ways to get into your room with your new books without being spotted.

12:
It's even scarier how you're becoming an expert with justifying your huge book purchases.

13:
Ah, nothing like the smell of hundreds/thousands of books in the morning.

14:
Three words that will terrify any book collector: house fire, mold.

15:
Those books will be read one day, and if not, you'll pass them on to your kids!

16:
Who needs wall space, anyway?

17:
Make sure you take some Advil or Tylenol before you organize those shelves.

18:
Admit it, you love hearing a new friend's gasp of surprise when they see your collection.

19:
You know you already own a book that's suddenly popular...now, if only you could find it...

20:
For every five books you read, you'll probably by twice as many new books.

21:
Book borrowers beware: We might have a lot of books, but we know when you still haven't returned the one you borrowed.

ariellewritesstuff:

RELEASE DAY! RELEASE DAY! RELEASE DAY!!!!!!!!
Synopsis:
Meet Kayla Sharp - whip smart with nerves of steel, she’s a no-nonsense New Yorker who’s built herself the (almost) perfect life. The only problem? Kayla’s twenty-fifth birthday is on the horizon and she’s never had sex. Never. Not once. Well…fantasies don’t count, right? Men love Kayla…as a friend. They love working with her and talking with her and hanging with her. But when she’s looking to get down and dirty, the guys are looking for introductions to Kayla’s cuter friends. A business trip to sinful Las Vegas presents her with the opportunity she’s been waiting for. With characteristic verve, Kayla orders herself a gorgeous male escort to get her over this little hump and on the track to her ideal life. But when there’s a mix up and Fitz bangs on her door instead, Kayla realizes she might be getting way more than she bargained for…It doesn’t take more than a few moments with confident, compelling Kayla before Fitz starts spinning plans of his own. Plans of an extremely sexual nature. But when Kayla and Fitz get tangled up outside the sheets, what was meant to be a one-off night might become an affair to remember. Sexy to the point of explicit and funny to the point of hysterical, The Cherry on Top is the story of an ugly duckling who realizes she doesn’t need a transformation to be the most desirable woman in the room.
Find The Cherry on Top on the web. 
Currently, The Cherry on Top is available in paperback from CREATESPACE. It will be able for print at amazon in a few days and other outlets in a week or two. Stay tuned! 
Goodreads|Amazon||Barnes & Noble||
Smashwords
For epub, pdf, rtf,lrf,pdb,txt,or read online formats.

ariellewritesstuff:

RELEASE DAY! RELEASE DAY! RELEASE DAY!!!!!!!!image

Synopsis:

Meet Kayla Sharp - whip smart with nerves of steel, she’s a no-nonsense New Yorker who’s built herself the (almost) perfect life. The only problem? Kayla’s twenty-fifth birthday is on the horizon and she’s never had sex. Never. Not once. Well…fantasies don’t count, right?

Men love Kayla…as a friend. They love working with her and talking with her and hanging with her. But when she’s looking to get down and dirty, the guys are looking for introductions to Kayla’s cuter friends.

A business trip to sinful Las Vegas presents her with the opportunity she’s been waiting for. With characteristic verve, Kayla orders herself a gorgeous male escort to get her over this little hump and on the track to her ideal life. But when there’s a mix up and Fitz bangs on her door instead, Kayla realizes she might be getting way more than she bargained for…

It doesn’t take more than a few moments with confident, compelling Kayla before Fitz starts spinning plans of his own. Plans of an extremely sexual nature. But when Kayla and Fitz get tangled up outside the sheets, what was meant to be a one-off night might become an affair to remember.

Sexy to the point of explicit and funny to the point of hysterical, The Cherry on Top is the story of an ugly duckling who realizes she doesn’t need a transformation to be the most desirable woman in the room.

Find The Cherry on Top on the web.

Currently, The Cherry on Top is available in paperback from CREATESPACE. It will be able for print at amazon in a few days and other outlets in a week or two. Stay tuned!

Goodreads|Amazon||Barnes & Noble||

Smashwords

For epub, pdf, rtf,lrf,pdb,txt,or read online formats.

(via bookgeekconfessions)

I bought these books today because I needed to keep my mind off the crap going on in my life right now. I know, I’m a shopaholic, but look, look, look! I finally found a tote that has one of my favourite book phrases of all time!!

I bought these books today because I needed to keep my mind off the crap going on in my life right now. I know, I’m a shopaholic, but look, look, look! I finally found a tote that has one of my favourite book phrases of all time!!

An amazing book I just read was called "The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows Of Ava Lavender" it's my new favourite!!

Asked by
coloursoutofkey

I have that one and I’ve heard great things as well!

Happy reading!

Favorite book I read this month was state of the onion. I really interesting read about chefs in the White House. You should check it out!

Asked by
butterflybooks

Awesome, thanks for the recommendation!

Happy reading!

Upcoming New Adult/Adult Book Reviews!

Wild by Sophie Jordan

Release Date: November 18, 2014

Source: Edelweiss

Genres: Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 

Wild is the third novel in the The Ivy Chronicles, which is a series following three best friends in college who find love in unexpected ways and places. Sophie Jordan is probably one of the only authors I actually follow in regards to her new adult books, simply because they’re fun and entertaining. This addition to the series did not disappoint and while it wasn’t perfect, it was still the perfect beach or poolside read (even though it comes out in November!)

Georgia, the protagonist, is one of those jaded characters who’s had a pretty bad streak of love interests, but then she finds herself being attracted to someone that is unconventional for her. This complication makes the story dramatic, sexy, and slightly thrilling because to some, it’s a bit taboo. 

Wild is a very quick read that easily pulls you in and keeps you entertained. I found myself falling for the male character, Logan, since we’ve never seen him from this perspective before. Georgia, however, took a bit for me to like. I wasn’t a fan of her constant insecurities about her possibly awesome relationship and the way she simply disregards Logan, as if forgetting that he has emotions, too. 

I recommend this series to fans of J.Lynn’s Wait for You series, since they both explore the complex world of dating in college. If you love romance, a little less drama, and sexy situations, then you might enjoy this one!

____

 

Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks

Release Date: October 7, 2014

Source: Edelweiss

Genres: Romance, contemporary, mystery, paranormal

Rating:

Keep Me Safe is the first Maya Banks novel I’ve ever read and I’m thinking that if her other novels are like this one, then I’m probably not going to read anything else by her. While the idea of the novel is pretty cool and promising, the characters are predictable, annoying, and way too dramatic, the romance is forced, obsessive, and too instant, and the storyline was rushed and full of plot holes. 

Banks’s novel is told from two perspectives: Caleb and Ramie. I had so many issues with these two characters because it was like Banks just needed to write a last minute story with two characters that fell completely flat. Caleb literally falls for a girl he forces to do something horrendous for him. Then, he spends a year pining for this mysterious girl, who holds no grudges against him. And even though she helped find someone Caleb loves, his family still hates her. 

Seriously. 

Ramie, on the other hand, is one of those characters who the author tries very hard to make an example of. She’s supposed to be tough, independent, and brave. What I saw, however, was a girl who thought someone she’d seen a year before could be her saviour. She’s the type of girl who, though she knows she’s going to just end up hurting herself, does whatever she can to both a) appear heroic and brave and b) move the storyline along. She was infuriating. There are characters who are written as weak as one of their character traits, and then there are characters, like Ramie, who are weak because they are written weakly. 

The overbearing “I must protect you at all costs because you’re a fragile creature” act was made worse by Ramie allowing Caleb to not only continue his smothering of her, but enabling him by acting like a damsel in distress, when she’s the one who got herself into certain situations in the first place. 

The dialogue was overdramatic, the constant use of the descriptive phrase “bruise the skin” (or along those lines), and the translucent skin covering the final twist, made this such a blah book. I got through it because it was a quick read, but I was seriously disappointed. 

Maybe if you like Maya Banks you’ll enjoy this one, but this wasn’t for me.

____

Rowdy by Jay Crownover

Release Date: October 21, 2014

Source: Edelweiss

Genres: Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 

Rowdy is the latest novel in Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series, which follows a group of guys who work at a tattoo shop and their adventures in love. Crownover is another author that I’ve been following somewhat religiously (I’ve read all of the books so far in this series) and while I’ve enjoyed some installments, others have just been meh. This one, however, was one of my favourite installments so far. 

Like in all of her books, Crownover introduces two different narratives. Rowdy had a less than stellar childhood that was made even worse when his childhood best friend, Salem Cruz, left and when her younger sister told him that him and her would never happen. I loved Rowdy’s character because he was no-nonsense and though he had reason to doubt, he figured his issues out instead of making it a huge dramatic factor of the storyline. 

While Salem had issues of her own as well, she also worked through them, instead of letting them fester and ruin the storyline with unnecessary drama. I liked Salem because she was sassy and could back up her sass, while still having weaknesses and being human. She was independent and strong, but still let someone into her life. Unlike other female characters, she doesn’t wait for the male character to come save her when she can easily save herself. 

What I liked most about Rowdy, however, is how intricate the storyline is. Crownover is awesome at introducing possible future couplings by hinting at them throughout her books, and showing us opportunities in which characters could potentially end up connecting romantically. Also, I love that Crownover shows us major issues in her books that deal with more than just the romance and drama of a particular couple. She’s created a world for us to indulge in and connect with, so I like the intricate layers she uses in her books.

I would recommend this one to any reader who enjoys new adult(ish) books that deal with tattoos, bad boys, and kick-butt women!

____

Happy reading! 

Loading tweets...

What I like

More liked posts