Monday, August 31, 2015

Indulgence Flash Sale + Giveaway!

   Good evening fellow readers! Today, I received an email telling me some really surprising news! Entangled Publishing is doing a flash giveaway for all of the Indulgence books! Some of them will also have new, and more importantly AMAZING, covers! From August 31st through September 6th, Entangled Publishing is pricing the Indulgence titles at only $.99!
   And to make everything even better, they are also doing a giveaway so you readers get a chance to win eARCs of their September Indulgence releases! On September 3rd at 9pm EST, they are doing an Entangled Movie Night where they are live tweeting about one of their favorite romantic movies and giving away more awesome prizes! I don't know about you, but I will be there. ;)
   This is my first time posting a giveaway on this blog so bare with me on this, haha. But I'm super excited to be doing it and hope to host more! I hope you guys enjoy. I know I will, especially with the new covers. ;)
   Good luck to you all! And good night. :)



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Friday, August 28, 2015

Stay

*My own edited photo coming soon*

Currently: Work In Progress


Synopsis:

**A songfic inspired by Florida Georgia Line**

Jason has beed keeping dark secrets from his wife. When Emily finds out, she's less than thrilled. So furious that she left to go live with her mother half an hour away.
Jason doesn't know what to do. He's called, texted, visited. No matter what, she refused to confront him. He loves her to death, would do anything to get her back. Anything. But is that enough for her? 
Emily can't believe she's fallen for his tricks again. But for some reason, she still has thoughts of him, has a need to be with him. She's tired of pushing her feelings away, but she can't stand to hear his voice on the phone without bursting to tears. She's stuck between a rock and a hard place, desperate to leave the sob-fest and make a decision. Most importantly, the right one. 


Link: Wattpad

Friday, August 21, 2015

Sins of Her Father by Kathleen Mix

*The publisher gave me an e-ARC of this book through NetGalley for an honest review*
Rating:
3.5

Synopsis:
   Faith Rochambeau is horrified to learned she was conceived during rape. She's determined to make her biological father, Victor Telemann, pay for his crimes. Using her computer skills to dig into his life, she searches for the powerful man's Achilles' Heel and a way to extract retribution. She'll do whatever it takes to get a conviction, even if it means infiltrating his Fortune 500 company. 
   She fails to plan on falling in love with her father's smooth-talking stepson, Kent Telemann, who suspects she is a corporate spy. Faith is drawn to Kent, even though she's not sure she can trust him. If her heart is wrong, he can put her life in danger. 
   Meanwhile, her father is playing a lethal game he's determined to win. 

Review:
   Two reviews in one day? Surprising for me, I know ;)
   First, can I say how awesome this cover is? I mean the girl isn't a ninja in this book (which would be so cool) but it's so cool! Totally describes this book metaphorically.
   I really enjoyed reading this book. The anger Faith feels towards her father is so real, I totally understood her. Her reasoning for vengeance may have been... intense, but in her situation, I don't think I could sit around and not do anything. I'd probably at least confront him where it's safe so he won't hurt me the same.
   What I really loved about this book is how Faith and Kent both have their own POV in the book. I loved reading his side and what he was thinking, while at the same time knowing what Faith was doing. And I enjoyed knowing that both of them had something to hide. They are both hiding behind a fake identity and it was so cool to watch them fake it to each other.
   Faith is determined to get the truth out of her father. Hating him for what he did to her mother. Even more hating the fact that he's rich now. But though she's determined, she fails to hide her emotions from everyone around her. Which is awesome, because a character like her isn't used to hiding emotions from people. Her not able to hide her emotions was a disadvantage for her, but made the book more interesting, since both Kent and her father are more wary of her.
   Kent. Sorry when I first read this name, I thought of the Kent Barbie doll. It sucked because when reading, all I saw was what he looked like xD Anyway, Kent is undercover trying to see if she's a corporate spy. He also sleeps around. But suddenly, after meeting her... he stops *wink wink*. He promises not to fall for her tricks but he can't help but get sucked into this woman who is so different than any other girl he's been with. Eventually, he stops spying on her and starts being genuinely interested in her. I love Kent. Aside from his name, he's awesome and kind and just downright hot.
   As the story progresses, it gets harder and harder for the both of them to keep their secrets from one another. But it's something that has to be done.
   Towards the end though, they kept missing each other which meant they didn't have time to come clean or apologize. And that annoyed me. I didn't care that they kept missing each other, but it carried out much longer than necessary, dragged on, and I got tired of it.
   And the ending felt too quick, rushed. Everything happened so quickly, when that I didn't really feel any emotion towards their happiness. I feel like if the writing carried out the ending a little more, I'd love it.
   Another thing is that the formatting that I received was very... bad. There weren't any paragraphs, but instead, every sentence was it's own paragraph. Some sentences were cut off and put into the next paragraph and made reading really confusing. I know it's probably because it's an e-ARC (is that a thing? An e-copy of an ARC?), but the format took my attention away from the story. I hope that when the book releases, it'll be all fixed up to the rest of you readers.
   Other than those few things, the book was really amazing. I had a fun time reading it and loving how the story always had something going on. Not everything was about love and sex, but also about getting this sick, evil person to jail. And I really loved that about this book.
   Thank you NetGalley and Kathleen Mix for letting me review this awesome book! I cannot wait for this book to release :) I'll upload my review when it's available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble :) 

If I Stay Movie

   I'm back! So I had my school orientation yesterday. Basically, what we do there is to go in, get our schedules, meet our teachers, and hang out at a cook-out kinda thing. Well, it was raining yesterday, so it was indoors... Anyway, I met my teachers. Most of them seem pretty decent for their first impression. I really like my history and AP Psych teachers; they seem really cool. My guy friend wasn't in any of my classes :/ Which sucks because we just started talking this summer. My best friend was out of state and couldn't make it so I don't know if I have classes with her. Hopefully we do because we never have any classes. Literally. The world hates us.
   Anyway, on to this review. I watched this last night and my eyes are still puffy from crying... *sigh*.
   I did read the book a while ago... probably in January or something. It's been a while so I don't remember enough to nitpick at everything they changed. I do know that they changed some stuff, though. But whatever that they changed that I could see, didn't take away from the whole plot, which is really good. I read this book and it didn't really grab me as much as others. I guess all the hype made me put If I Stay on a high pedestal and it didn't reach my expectations. I don't know, I just didn't really feel the emotion in the book.
   But this movie really made me cry from, like, halfway through. I felt her pain and everyone else's more through this movie than in the book. I understood more how she felt in each scene. Don't get me wrong, Gayle Foreman's writing was awesome. I just couldn't connect with it for some reason.
   The transitions of this movie was awesome. You understood when it was transitioning so it wasn't so confusing. And every time it switched, I'd forget about the other scene entirely, always enraptured by what was currently showing on the screen. In books, when there's different POV's or change in time, sometimes you'd want to skip through one person's POV or skim through whatever time period it changed to because you like a certain story line better. But this movie made me love both equally.
   What I do want to say, though, the format of the movie was a lot like The Fault In Our Stars movie. I think If I Stay was released after TFIOS, but if I'm wrong, well I saw TFIOS first, so that's the order I'm going in. Like Mia talking as a narrator felt the same as Hazel Grace talking. Though, Mia talked more, it still felt the same. And both of the love interests in the book had the same personality and charisma. I felt like it was a John Green adaptation, when obviously it's a Gayle Forman adaptation.
   I felt the similarity of them more than when I read the book. When I read If I Stay, I didn't notice it. Maybe it's just me, or the cast just happened to be alike. I don't know, but it felt kind of weird.
   I still hated the ending, though. Like, really? Ugh. The book ended it very abruptly and left me annoyed. The movie ended it both abruptly, and like they didn't try as hard with the editing or whatever they need to do to transition it in. Her eyes opened too fast and felt so fake, I didn't feel any relief in her waking up, but annoyance because it didn't look at all realistic.
   The rest of the movie before that scene was really good, since my eyes are still puffy haha. Good job to the directors, producers, script-writers, actors, and everyone who took part in the movie!
   A lot of book lovers would say that the book is always better than the movie, but honestly, not when you didn't particularly like the book. So in this case, yes, I liked the movie better. So good job movie people! You guys did a good job being able to cut out some scenes or change things around, while still keeping it loyal to the book. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Yellow Winged Stranger by Imran Usman

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book for an honest review*
Rating:
2

Synopsis:
   In a recent murder, a man is indicted. His Modus Operandi or Method of Operation is the signature of an infamous notorious serial killer named 'The Black Smith', known for inflicting grave torture prior to putting his victims to death. The Black Smith's killing spree spanned over a period of 20 years. Due to the varied victimology, it made it utterly impossible for the Law Enforcements, including the Federal Investigating Unit to profile him until very recently; 83 victims had his insignia. during the early years, when he started, he was referred to as 'the copy cat', copying the MO of a serial killer, 'Full Moon Butcher' of the 80's to the very exact detail- who went dormant almost suddenly. The indicted man is shifted to a high security prison, where he unusually comes across a series of writings on the cell wall. These writings contain unusual depictions about an undiscovered life, of a supposed 'Yellow Winged Stranger', the Master of the Ordinary; an ex-prisoner trapped in the compulsion of his own making. And he has a message for the convict. 

Links to buy:
Amazon
Books-A-Million

Review:
   So I went to the doctor's office the other day, just for check up. And they always check your weight, temperature, and height, right? Well I went in expecting to be 5'3" because I could've sworn that's what they said last time. Apparently I'm only 5'2" and that's what I was last time, too. Ugh. That's so disappointing!
   Anyway, onto this review. Obviously since my rating was pretty low, there were a few things that I didn't necessarily like about this book, but I'm going to start off with the good stuff :) Like they say, dessert first.
   One of my favorite things about this book is the uniqueness of it. Imran Usman had a very great and interesting idea of the whole story line. The Yellow Winged Stranger is so different than other story lines these days and I really liked that.
   I also liked the different quotes written throughout the story. They were all very deep and really made me think about the quote and how it related not just to the character's life, but mine as well. The vast amount's of vocabulary also made the book more interesting. It gave it a more educated feel and had more depth than when you have just the basic vocabulary.
   But, though I did really enjoy some parts, there were other's that made me lose interest. I liked reading about the court case and the murder. But when it came to Emily and Jack and all the other different characters, I always asked myself, what's the point of this story? Because it had nothing to do with the court case or murders.  At the end, you finally understand why it was needed, but the story should be consistent and make it intriguing throughout the whole story.
   Some metaphors or examples were so long, it felt like the person talking was getting off track as to what it was they were talking about. I would finish reading what they were saying and then forget what the point of it all was. When one character gave a lengthy speech or whatnot, I had to reread it because it carried out so long that I forgot what they were even talking about. If Imran just shortened the examples and dialogue, the story would flow more smoothly and make sure that I'm still understanding everything.
   In the beginning and towards the end, I got really confused with the different POV's. At first, every chapter was a new POV. In the middle of the book, it stayed to just one POV, but at the end, it seemed to change again. I know those parts of the book with different POV's were in third person, but if it was more organized, the reading would've been a lot easier. Like having the chapter be the character's name or something to let the reader know that you've changed people. Sometimes when writing in third person, Imran would focus on one person, and then totally change it and I would be confused as to who the book was focusing on. If the book was more consistent with the change in POV's or if there was some indication that it's changed, then the whole book would have been a lot less confusing to me.
   The last thing I have to say about this book is the grammatical errors. At first, I thought it was just me and my format I had, but reading other reviews on Goodreads, I know it's not just me. There were a lot of grammatical mistakes. Commas were the main ones I found. The overuse of commas got really confusing when reading. It made sentences so long that it just didn't make sense anymore. When the author was explaining places or people especially, was when it got really confusing. Some sentences were as long as what a paragraph should be. Other times where there should be a comma, there weren't. If the author shortened some of the sentences, the story would run more smoothly. There were a lot more other grammatical errors throughout the book, but those were just to name a few. Reading with so many errors made reading less than enjoyable. I always felt the need to correct it and it would take away from the storyline. I'm sure if Imran had an editor by his side, than the story would be much more enjoyable for the readers.
   Imran Usman had a really unique idea for this book, but there were just so many errors that it was hard to enjoy it. I'm sure if he edits his story more, whether by himself or with an editor, Imran's books would be amazing. I really hope to read more of his books and see his stories progress as the years go on. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Bad to the Bone by Wendy Byrne

*The publisher gave me an e-ARC of this book through NetGalley for an honest review*
Rating:
4

Synopsis:
   When her Uncle Jack is arrested on drug charges, Sammie Murphy hops the first plane to Key West. Being rescued isn't on her uncle's to-do list, though. When he admits guilt and instructs her to go home, Sammie knows with 100% certainty something is seriously wrong.
   Veteran DEA agent Enrique Santos knows when a bust is solid. So why is he allowing Jack Murphy's niece to mess with his head? He's been set-up and nearly killed by a woman like her before, and he's not about to make that mistake again. 
   But then things at Murphy's bar take a turn for the dangerous, leaving Sammie entangled in Enrique's dark past. Forced to second-guess his convictions, Enrique has no choice but to kidnap the one woman who could destroy everyone... including his heart.

Review:
   That is so weird. I can't seem to find this book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Books-A-Million. I can only find it on Goodreads...? Anyway, if you want to check it out on Goodreads, click here.
   Okay, so I finished this book is less than 24 hours, so I'd say that I liked this story. I'm honestly not that big in the romance department, but Bad to the Bone was so much more than that.
   Wendy Byrne did an amazing job to keep the book interesting, with both love and mystery in each page.
   Sammie comes down to Florida, hoping to clear her uncle's name and get him out of jail. But that's until Enrique comes into the picture. Both of them immediately have an attraction to each other, whether they like it or not. But it's hard to like each other, especially when one is trying to free her uncle and the other is an undercover cop.
   Sammie, the female protagonist, is a strong woman. And that's mentally and physically. She knows how to kick some ass, so when something bad goes down at the bar, she knows how to handle herself. She's also the kind of girl who likes the bad boys. And I mean bad, as in their background might not be as clean as it should. So when the definition of 'bad boy' walks into her bar, she knows she shouldn't get involved. What I really didn't like about her is how stubborn she is. I see myself in her stubborn side, not stopping until I get what I want. Whether it's to prove someone innocent or to calm down a bar fight. I like that in female characters. I like when they do whatever it is they need to do to be at the top, to prove to everyone that they aren't going to cower down... #girlpower haha.
   But Enrique is just as stubborn. He needs to find out if she's involved in drugs, too. Enrique's job is to make sure he catches all of the drug traffickers, and he's not going to get distracted. He's more of the man who let's his past get to him. Close-minded so the pain won't come back like it did years before. His kind of stubbornness is different than Sammie's. With her, she needs to prove that her father is innocent. She's doing it to help out family. Enrique, it feels like, is doing it to make sure he's right. He's always right, no matter what it may seem. And yes, his past and job makes him think like that. Guilty until proven innocent. But it's kind of cool to see the difference between the two.
   I really enjoyed the mystery behind all of the drama. Having family be the main focus behind why Sammie stays in Florida. She did have a tough life with her parents, but it just shows that having a person like Uncle Jack just makes their bond stronger. One thing that everyone, or everyone that knows me, knows about me is that I'm huge on family. I mean, obviously there's a limit to that, like a bad adolescent life with family. But what I mean is the people who love you, besides the ones that are 'in love' with you, are the ones I consider family. Like in the Fast and Furious series, you mess me, fine. But you mess with my family, that's a whole new ball park.
   So yeah, haha, I like really loved that about the book.
   There is just one thing I didn't like that made me give this book a 4/5 stars. There were format and  grammatical errors. I don't know if it was just the copy I got, but the formatting was weird. Every time it switched POV's the first letter in the paragraph was separated from the paragraph. I wish it was just my copy, because if that was part of the actual book, than that just makes reading really confusing.
   Another thing was the spelling and punctuation. I noticed a few misspelled words that should have been spotted during the editing part. For example, homonyms. There were a few cases where it needed to be 'their' instead of 'there' or whatnot. I understand to editors that you can't catch all of the mistakes. I totally get that, but it just caught my attention a few times.
   But other than that, the book was a very interesting and enjoyable read! Thank you NetGalley, Engtanged Publishing, and the author, Wendy Byrne, for letting me review this book! It's my first one from Entangled and NetGalley, and I'm so glad to review this one :) 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

For Authors

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Review Policy

Genres:
I do accept books from authors and write honest reviews for each book. I am usually a Young Adult reader, but I can also accept New Adult or Middle Grade books, as well! My most preferred genres are:
-Mystery/ Thriller
-Contemporary
-Dystopian
-Science Fiction
-Historical Fiction
-Fantasy
-Action/Adventure
*Not in ranking order

The only genre I prefer not to read is Erotica. If your genre isn't listed above, I'd still love to look into it. If your book is Non-Fiction, I will read it and comment about the technical errors, but as for review, I'm afraid I do not read enough Non-Fiction to review them.


Format:
Unfortunately, I do not have enough money to buy every single book an author wants me to review, so if you could send your book in e-copy format or paperback in the mail, it'd be much appreciated. If you are a self-published author and I have enjoyed your book, I'd be more than willing to help out and buy a paperback or hardcover format of your book. If you aren't self-published, but I liked the book and you ask, I'd love to buy yours too! All you have to do is ask :)


Deadlines:
I will normally finish a book between one to two weeks. Depending on my school or if I have other review deadlines I need to do, I'll let you know in an email. If you have a specific deadline you would like me to review the book in, just let me know and I'll see if I can do it :)


Reviews:
In my reviews, I do mention that you have given me the book for free for an honest review. I include a picture of the cover of the book, a rating with 1 being bad and 5 being the best, a synopsis that I've taken from Amazon or Goodreads, and I have links for people to click if they'd like to purchase the book on Amazon, Books-A-Million, and/or Barnes&Noble if they have a copy.
I talk about the writing style, any grammatical errors, and how the story flows. I format my reviews differently depending on the book and what would be best. I would most likely either do the good and then bad things I liked about the book, or pick a couple of main characters and talk about them and how they worked into the story. If your book is in a past time period, I will talk about that and how the writing style flows with that or if it didn't grab my attention.
The review will be spoiler free, but if there is something I really want to talk about to the readers that've read it- or you, the author- then I will include a spoilers section at the end.
*Sometimes, in the beginning of a review, I will put in some personal matters that I wish to share with my readers. If you do not want to me share that on your review, just let me know :)

Other:
I am more than willing to put up my review in other places if I have the account to do so. Just let me know and I'll see what I can do :) 

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Uninvited by Cat Winters

Rating:
4.5

Synopsis:
   Twenty-five-year-old Ivy Rowan rises from her sickbed after being struck by the flu, only to discover that the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.
   But Ivy's lifelong gift- or curse- remains. For she sees he uninvited ones- ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked for and unwelcome, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918, Ivy sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother's chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have hilled a young German our of retaliation for the death in the Great War of Ivy's older brother Billy.
   Horrified, she leaves home and soon realizes that the flu has caused utter panic and the rules governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, where people live for today, because they could be stricken by nightfall. But as her 'uninvited guests' begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once again, and Ivy has no inkling of the otherworldly revelations about to unfold. 

Link to buy:
Amazon
Books-A-Million
Barnes & Noble

Review:
   Trying out a new format for my reviews! Instead of just Amazon, I included links for both Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million. I don't know if BAM is a big book store company, but I have a lot where I live and it's the nearest bookstore near me- B&N is about an hour away- so I go to BAM a lot. They don't release new releases right away unless it's a huge book like Harry Potter or to Kill A Mockingbird, but they do have a lot of deals all the time, so I like it.
   Onto this review, I really enjoyed reading this book. I received this book for free because I won a giveaway on Twitter. The Uninvited is a book that is both historical fiction and paranormal. It has a strong setting and plot of the World War 1, but also has ghosts. This is the first book I've read that has a strong ghost plot, and I'm pleased to say that it was fantastic.
   In the beginning, I have to admit that the only thing that grabbed me was the way Cat described how this huge flu epidemic changed people's lives. I love learning and reading about the World Wars. It's so interesting to read, the darkness each word carries, and to see how we've survived since then.
   I didn't really see as many ghosts as I thought I would, only a couple flashes here and there. The synopsis really gives you the impression that there would be a stronger ghost theme. And towards the end, you really see that this book was a huge ghost story. Totally not what I was expecting. I loved it even more.
   You travel along with Ivy during the story, learning about these girls that run around in an ambulance to help the sick, visit a young German man that isn't at all what people make him out to be: cruel, drunk, and always in need of sex, and you learn more and more about these ghosts and the past life. What they're doing here, why they're stuck in that horrible place.
   What I really thought was nice and original was how Cat Winters involved jazz. In The Uninvited, people used jazz as a way to come together and forget all of their troubles. No matter what race or where you lived, you were welcome to dance and party or play an instrument with the others. It was a really nice way to show that in the hardest times, there is always something good that comes out of it. And that was that there was a place to escape. Where everyone shares their love for life and music.
   Daniel. Daniel is the young German man that Ivy meets and is strangely compelled to. He's mysterious and hides his emotions well... except when Ivy gets near him and she can hear his heart beating hard in his chest. When Ivy and Daniel collide, they fit and work in sync. But as she uncovers more and more about his past, Ivy pushes him away, scared and wishing for the sanctuary of her home.
   Both Daniel and Ivy have secrets that they aren't ready to share. They both aren't ready to make what they have- whatever they have- a serious, intimate thing. Both too scared to move on, to have a happy life. Daniel and Ivy's tragically beautiful love story really changed how I felt about this book, going from not so sure about it to my heart pounding at the very last page.
   The only bad thing I have to say is that I didn't get as many emotions as I thought I would. I don't know, but I didn't have as many feels. I don't know if it was just me, but when I learned the truth about the ghosts, I didn't feel... anything except for the surprise over the huge plot twist. The only thing I really felt was Daniel and Ivy's love, which I think is good enough, since they were together... a lot haha. And the enjoyment of a good story. But the sadness and anger?... not really.
   Overall, I really enjoyed this book. 4.5 stars! I'm so glad I got a chance to read this and experience my first ghost book that was truly awesome. I hope you guys pick this book up and enjoy the twists and turns as much as I did.
   I'm surprisingly more busy than I thought I'd be today, so I had to cut this review short. Sorry! But yes, get this book! It's awesome. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

   Man, I can't even start off my review with a little personal rant like I normally do. I honestly don't know where to start. Many times I've crossed paths with this book on the shelf. Every time, I would pick it up, admire it's beauty, read the synopsis and think "Wow, this sounds really cool". And just as I'm about to put it in my pile of books to read, I think "I really don't have enough money... and I really need these other books". So I'd put it back down, saddened that I can't buy all of the books I want. 
   Until one day, when I went into the bookstore, this time not with the intention to buy anything, but to merely look around. And again, I stopped at this book. And I thought of the reviews this book has gotten, the love I've seen for it on Instagram and Twitter, the amazing pictures people take with this book. And I said to myself "Why the hell not?" And picked it up. I didn't look at any other book, for fear I might put this one back down again. I stared straight again and purchase this book, not realizing this book will be part of my undoing. 
   So here I am, two days later from when I bought the book, still drying my tears from that tragically beautiful story. 
   The Wrath and the Dawn will grip you from page one, capture you like the Mountain of Adamant. Every word written had a definite purpose: to make sure you keep reading. Either by the gripping love, the vast amount of humor, the curious feeling you get when clues are revealed about their secrets, or the way you fall off the edge of your seat because you're so enraptured by the story. 
   This story ripped my heart out, stepped on it, tore it apart, and carefully put the pieces back just for it to take a lighter and melt my heart in a bittersweet love. 
   I was frightened that this book had too many amazing reviews that I would set it on a high stool and it would end up not meeting my high expectations. But no, I was gladly proved wrong, for this book met my expectations and surpassed it all. I got so wrapped up in the story I was totally lost to this world, captured by this great love affair. 
   Khalid is made out to be this stone cold murderer, set out to kill a daughter of a family with each passing day. And he is, in part. Cold and calculating to everyone. Smart, watching every move. Unforgiving. Angry. Aloof. Dejected. Lonely. Heartbroken. Tired. It's not until Shazi comes into the picture when you see the fire igniting in him like a proper teenager should have. The way his guard falls around her, the love so plainly seen through the pages. With every page you turn, you find out a little piece of Khalid that makes him more... vulnerable. Always a face of stone, but you start to see the lonely teenage boy that other people tend to look past. 
   Shahrzad, also known as Shazi, is the next queen. But unlike the other girls, she isn't ready to meet the light at the end of the road. Not yet. Her intentions are to avenge her best friend's death. Shazi hides her fear by using her wit and her quick thinking. But the longer she stays, the more she sees the truth behind the killings. That the king may not be as bad as everyone thinks. Her struggles between her heart and head are palpable through the pages. Avenge her best friend or fall for the not-so-cold king? 
   Both Khalid and Shazi are wary of each other, not really knowing what the tension is between them... until they do. But like real love stories, there are countless things that stand in the way between them. Starting with his secret, and her need to stand up for Shiva and all the other women who had a slow, terrible death. 
   As they grow more attached to each other, it's hard to hold their secrets dear to them. Hard to plan a kill, hard to hide why he truly killed the girls. The end of the book truly killed my heart. The way it was written, the relief and pain and love felt all in one last page. One last note. 
   It took my a while to get through the ending. I had to stop from time to time to lessen the strong emotion building up, knowing the end was near. I am so glad there was an excerpt for The Rose and the Dagger at the end of the book. But even that made me hurt, cry, love the story even more. 
   Overall, I truly loved this book. There wasn't anything that I didn't like. I loved the way you can see Shazi struggle. The way Shazi and Khalid struggled with each other until they slowly grew closer together. I loved the writing. Almost how it was written in calligraphy, the beauty of each word on each page. Poised and strong, ready to hit you with emotion. 
   I highly highly recommend this book to everyone who likes a good, unexpected story. Filled with action and love, equally perfect.

   Now, I could go on for days talking about this book and how perfect it is, but I must go before my compute dies. Goodbye! Renée, I'll be waiting for The Rose and the Dagger! <3

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dream Catcher Update- Chapter 6: Confrontation

   Hello everyone! Just wanted to let you all know that Dream Catcher, the book I've been working on on Wattpad is live! I have just updated Chapter 6: Confrontation. I hope you guys like it. Please be sure to let me know how you like it and anything I can work on! Your input means more than you know, to me.
   If you'd like to read my story, click here.
   Thank you again! Love you all <3

Monday, August 3, 2015

Scattered


Currently: Work In Progress


Synopsis:

After being in the hospital for three days, Nikita doesn't know where she is or any of the people around her. A warm, middle aged woman is saying she's her mom, that she has an older brother that loves her something fierce, and that, three days ago, she was in a car accident. The last thing Nik remembers is kicking someone's ass in a forest. But life doesn't give her a chance to sink everything in before someone tries to kill her. 
Ryan is worried about her, but dating her for three years taught him that he can't make her do anything she doesn't want to do. And he sure as hell won't let her do anything by herself. After the car accident that caused her to lose her memory, he's also determined to remind her why they're meant to be. Now, Nikita and Ryan have to uncover the truth of Nikita's secret, before all hell breaks loose. 


Link: Not available

My Books

Dream Catcher


Currently: Work In Progress


Synopsis:

Jen's dreams come true. Literally. From slipping on a puddle to her mom killed in a car crash; so saying it's 'cool' is a huge overstatement. This summer, Jen's life is turned upside-down when a man who's responsible for a kidnapping crisis in her small town is possibly after her and a family member she's never met somehow knows about her powers. Not only that, he can help her control it. On top of that, a hot guy she meets suddenly barges into her life. As she uncovers the truth behind her powers, she starts to doubt where the loyalty lies with the people around her. Who can she trust, if any? 


Link: Wattpad

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Story of the Changed Blog Name...

   Good evening everyone and good day to those on the other side of the world :)
   As you may or may not have noticed, the name of this blog is different! I was once The Books And Beyond, but now, I'm Book Haven :)
   Why? Well, someone I know looked at the name of my blog and said that it just didn't fit me. That it wasn't a bad name, but it really didn't fit me. I thought it did, until I just kept thinking about it and... it really doesn't. Honestly? I hate to say this, but when I first started, I needed a blog name, and quick.
   I wanted to be To The Books And Back. Like the moon and back, but books... anyway, some technical difficulty thing happened and I had to change it. I changed it to The Books And Beyond because these books are beyond... this world. They aren't just books... They're way more than just books (That's my motto if you didn't know ;) ). They're our life, how we escape reality and live in someone else's. How we connect with each other around the world, sharing our thoughts and love for these people that can make us cry and laugh in just a few pages of ink.
   But the name... gosh, the name. It didn't sound right. So for the past few weeks, I've been thinking about a name. Really thinking. And I got Book Haven. It might have a little to do with the fact that I watched Safe Haven a few days ago... Haha. But really, this world is a haven to me. A place were everyone's nice, caring, and shares the same interest in me: books. Yes, I know not all people are good, but the ones I've met so far? They're pretty spectacular ;)
   So this is my haven, my book haven, that I'm more than willing to share with you all. I hope you like it.