Sunday, October 18, 2015

Changed Email!

Good evening, everyone!

I just wanted to inform you all that I've changed my email to b00khav3nblog@gmail.com for those of you who would like to contact me by email :)

The reason for this is because, honestly, I've wanted to change it for a while. It's easier for people to remember and it just matches everything else. My old email was kind of random, now that I've changed the blog name from The Books and Beyond to Book Haven.

I'm working on notifying all of my social media places so most people know :)

Alright, well I have a big day tomorrow! I'll be back with a review for The Revolution of Ivy ;)

Good night! 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wonderwall by M H Soars

*The author gave me an e-ARC of this book for an honest review*
Rating:
3.7

Synopsis:
   There is something magical when best friends fall in love. Live and Sebastian used to be inseparable until circumstances beyond their control destroyed their fairytale romance to dust.  
   Live hasn't seen Sebastian since he walked out of her life five years ago. When she accepted her internship in London, she never dreamed their paths would cross again. Not when Sebastian is a celebrity, a singer in one of the most popular boy bands of all times. Living in the same city, their worlds couldn't be farther apart. But when two people are destined to be together, they can't outrun fate. 

Links to Buy:
Amazon

Review:
   I am so happy to be typing up this review. I haven't been able to type any book related stuff (my stories, the plots for my stories... etc.) in what feels like forever! So being able to type about anything book related sends me some serotonin in my body. Haha not a lot of you will get that, but I'm taking AP Psych right now and I'm trying to incorporate things I learned in class into life so I can better understand Psychology... it's tough, man... I'm such a nerd.
   Anyway, this is actually a special post. Maybe not really, but it is to me. M. H. Soars reached out to me and asked me to review her book. I told her I could, but because of how busy I was, I said the review probably wouldn't be done until the release date (October 24). She said that that was fine, and sent me an e-ARC of the book.
   Well one day, as I was graciously procrastinating on homework, I opened my Kindle to Wonderwall. Thinking that I'd just read a few pages to get a feel of the book, I started to read. As it turns out, I ended up finishing the book in just a couple of days xD I actually finished reading this book a week ago, but haven't been able to type up my review until now. I'm just pleased to say that I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it.
   With contemporary romance novels, I'm very picky with how much story line there is. Some book I've read and all it consisted of was sex, or thoughts of sex. And though the writing was great, I needed more of a story line. I'm so glad that while reading this book, it had a story line! A huge, great, heart-throbbing storyline. I loved how Michelle put in both Liv's and Sebastian's POV's in there so I had a glimpse of what both of them were thinking. In this book, I thought it was crucial to know both sides, or else you wouldn't have understood anything at all.
   Liv is a girl with a broken heart. She fell in love, thought she fell out of love, but realized she's loved her best friend the whole time. With Liv, you can see her desperately trying to do the right thing, but her love overcomes everything else. In some cases, it was good and sweet. Other times it tended to be annoying and I didn't agree with some of her methods. I don't know, I like Liv and how conservative or questioning she can be, because it reminds me of me in some ways. But her rush to risk her job or life for the sake of love felt a little overwhelming. I've never been in love, but I can't see myself doing that. Therefore, I didn't really connect with her at times.
   Sebastian also has a broken heart, though his runs deeper than just his love for a girl. Something tragic happened in his life, causing him to make some unwise decisions. One of the many things I loved about Sebastian is how hurt and broken we was. Not that it brought be joy, but I got to see and understand him. I knew that that's the reason why he is where he is in life. With him, his mistakes, while not justified, felt less critical than Liv's. His emotional and heart-wrentching background made me feel more empathy for him than for Liv, and for that, I enjoyed reading his POV better... also because it's interesting to read how guys are so tough on the outside but they're marshmallows on the inside for the people they love xD
   Surprisingly enough, I didn't come across any part of the book that made me want to throw my phone across the room... as I normally do with contemporary romance. I enjoyed how the book was more story than sex, and even though they both thought of each other constantly, they weren't super-glued together throughout the book. Also, the fights they had weren't just fluff, but they both had good reasons to be mad and annoyed at the other. Whereas other books have just one story line, this one actually had many other ones too. Liv's friends had mini stories that gave you a break from Liv's relationship and got you interested in other people other than the two main characters. It made the book more realistic because as much as some people love to believe it, not everything revolves around a sole person. I loved the realistic part of the book, if you couldn't tell already ;) It made reading more riveting and just an easier read overall.
   Sebastian's choices through the book were the only things I didn't appreciate in this novel. Though I did say that his actions were more understandable because of the situation he was in, it still doesn't take away moral respect for other people. Breaking promises, breaking hearts, breaking noses. Sebastian had a bratty side to him that he didn't have as an adolescent, but something he probably acquired after the incident. Whenever it was, his need for love was so strong that he didn't properly see the whole picture, which is how everything just hit the fan all the time.
   Overall, I was thoroughly satisfied with almost everything about the Wonderwall. When I got to the end, I was SO HAPPY to learn that Sebastian's best friend, Oliver, and Liv's best friend, Saylor, are going to have their own novel! The little excerpt Michelle leaves you at the end of the book is filled with so much hotness and chemistry between the two, I already know Wreck of the Day will be just as amazing as this one, if not more than.
   So happy that I got to read and review this book early! I cannot wait to read more of Soars' books :D

Thursday, October 8, 2015

BAZEN BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY



   I'm back everyone! I have been DYING to post this review!!! As you can see, the formatting of my post is way different. Today we’re celebrating the release of BRAZEN by Christina Farley! Brazen is the third and final book in the Gilded series about a sixteen-year old girl who must use her martial art skills and wits to save her family, friends, and country from an evil Korean god.

   To learn more about this series, visit the Gilded Series websiteWatch GILDED's book trailer here!

   Be sure to pick up the letter for this stop at the end of this post to earn extra points in the Kindle Fire or $50 Amazon gift card giveaway! Collect all the letters during the blog tour to spell out the secret message to earn more points.


About the Book:


Find it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads | Indie



My Review:

*The author gave me an ARC of this book for an honest review*

   As I said, my formatting of this review is different. This is my very first blog tour and I'm so happy to be a part of it! Christina has been super nice and helpful during my struggles to understand the blog tour concept, haha. So without further a do, let's begin!
   Brazen was honestly my favorite book out of the three. The first two dealt with Korean myths and stories and how they came true. Don't get me wrong, that was really interesting to learn about. I honestly haven't thought about different culture's myths, but the Gilded series really enraptured me in the Korean myths.
   The last book, Brazen, is a continuous of the second book, which left us off at a huge cliff-hanger. I enjoyed this book more than the others just because it has so much more action in it, and the chemistry between Jae Hwa and Marc was just so much more defined, in my opinion.
   Unlike the others, this one held a lot more action and a lot less story line. Maybe I'm wrong, but every page was filled with plotting against Kud, trying to get Marc back, or fighting in her badass ninja way. Each page was filled with so many lively events or conversations that I couldn't put the book down. So, I highly suggest you go grab this book if you guys love enthralling storylines.
   Christina Farley did such a better job at capturing Jae and Marc's love in this book. They might have been apart for a good chunk of the book, but in the previous books, Jae became somewhat annoying every time she thought of him or got annoyed with his protective nature. Though on the other hand, Marc was vexing when he became too overprotective. This differs from Brazen, where I understood Jae's longing for love, not just with Marc, but for her father and best friend, too. And I also liked Marc's obvious war within himself between protecting the girl he loves and doing what's required of him.
   Marc and Jae's love conflict is SO ON POINT. The deal with me is, in books, the more realistic it is, the better. I don't like when everything is too perfect, or they both get mad over the littlest things. Being a writer myself, I understand the struggle it is to capture a realistic scene on a page of black and white. So if they're both separated, one good and one 'evil', they shouldn't be all "la de da, I know they're good inside". I feel as if they should do exactly what Christina did in Brazen! So thank you, Christina, for capturing that great friction of love.
    Brazen, had me intrigued through the whole series. Truly. Okay honestly, I didn't know if Christina was going to pull a huge plot twist and change the outcome of who Jae actually falls for. My heart was with the right one, but I'm not going to lie, I was intrigued to think about how it would be like if somehow, she picked...the other ;)
   Besides the obvious curiosity of the outcome, I was also intrigued by the different faces of Kud, the antagonist of the story. Not literally, since he does have many faces... but the little messages he sent out that made you feel like maybe all he wanted (besides ultimate power) was love. Man, I normally hate the antagonist, but for some reason, he just made me want to read more about him. Which shows as to how good Christina was at making her characters very dynamic instead of just having one personality.
   Overall, I was really fond of this book. It's not everyday I read a book about Korean myths, and I'm so grateful to be reviewing this book. The story pulls you in, and doesn't let you go until you're on the last page, sighing because of that awesome ending <3
   I want to thank Christina again for allowing me to read her book and be a part of this awesome- and my first ever- blog tour! It's been a blast to see everyone's review :D
   Now to all of my readers, be sure to pick up a copy of Brazen! Links are above! If you haven't started the series yet, you really need to! I found myself pleasantly surprised how emotional I got in some parts of the book xD
   That's my review for today! But don't forget, we also have a giveaway below!!! You guys do NOT want to pass this one up!



About the Author:

CHRISTINA FARLEY is the author of the Gilded series, a YA contemporary fantasy series set in Korea. GILDED was nominated for Korea's 2014 Morning Calm, Ohio's 2015 Buckeye award, and the Tome’s It List. As a child, she loved to explore, which later inspired her to jump on a plane and travel the world. Christina's adventures sparked her to write stories, infusing the real world with fantasy. Currently she writes from home in Clermont, FL with her husband and two sons—that is until the travel itch whisks her off to a new unknown.

Find Christina Here:


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To celebrate the release of BRAZEN, Christina is giving away a Kindle Fire (US only) and a $50 Amazon gift card (international). The letter for this stop is ACollect all the letters from the blog tour to earn more points!


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Illuminate by Tracy Clark

*The publishing company gave me an e-copy of this book for an honest review*
Rating:
4

Synopsis:
   Can one girl be the light in a world spiraling towards darkness? 
   Haunted by the loss of her loved ones, Cora Sandoval, one of the remaining few of an extraordinary raced known as the Scintilla, holds the key to disentangling the biggest conspiracy in human history... and its link to the fate of the human race. As Cora follows a trail of entries-old clues and secrets, she collides with the truth not only shocking, but dangerous. 
   With enemies known and unknown hot on her trail, Cora must locate each of the ancient clues hidden in the art, religions, and mythology of humankind. And through it all, she must keep her heart from being torn apart by the two boys she loves most. One is Scintilla. One is Arrazi.
   Save herself. Save Scintilla. Save the world. 
   Or die trying...

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

Review:
   Wow... It has seriously been a LONG time since I've written a review! This is so exciting, it's like my first time all over again! Soon I'll have BRAZEN's review up for Christina's blog tour and then Queen of Shadows' book review. Haha so much, this is awesome. So since it's been a while... about a month or two, I apologize in advance if I'm a little rusty ;)
   Okay, so this series honestly got me on the wrong foot. I requested to review this book, unwisely not looking into it, and thought that it was a stand-a-lone or the first book in the series. When I opened it, I realized I knew nothing of what they were saying. I finally looked it up, realizing I have three books I need to read before writing my review!
   It was a struggle, not going to lie. But I'm actually really appreciative that I requested to review this book.
   What I like about all three books overall was the concept of the story. The idea that there are auras, the good and bad, takers and givers of the world, etc., is all so fascinating. It's always intriguing to open a book and read about the author's take on life and death, good and evil. Whether it's realistic fiction or fantasy, it's there somewhere.
   Illuminate is the third- and last- book in the series, and it's the only book out of the three that made me feel some sort of emotion. I felt that Cora's connection to the two men in her life and her drive to find answers wasn't as annoying as the previous books. Before, everything she did felt ill-judged and she didn't think things through before she did anything. In this book, she was the same way, but Tracy Clark had a way of blending that into something good.
   Another aspect I liked about Cora was her strength, both mentally and physically. Throughout the book, hurt and torn, she pushes both Finn and Giovanni away. It was a pleasant surprise that I felt, on account that I felt her connection with Finn felt too obsessive. In most books these days, the girl spends her time kissing or yelling at her love interest right in the middle of a life or death situation. Cora, on the other hand, did a marvelous job at keeping them both at bay. Of course, she always had them on her mind, but she stayed on track, just like she needed to.
    Her connection to Giovanni was more pronounced in Illuminate, making me extremely happy, since I'm totally Team Giovanni. I felt that Cora's love for Finn didn't consume her as much as the previous books. It made me feel a deeper connection between the two, especially with Giovanni's POV.
   Though I now understand Cora and Finn's attraction to each other, I still felt as if their relationship was too excessive too fast. I know now why, but it's a reason why something didn't sit right with Finn for me. Their love was sweet and scorching, but at the same time, annoying every time I'm reading one of their POV's and I have to listen to them talk about their never-ending love. Which is why I longed to read Giovanni's POV. Though his did have a lot of Cora in it, I didn't feel the obsession I felt with Finn.
   As for the story in general, I did love all of the plot-twists it held. It surprised me when I anticipated one thing and it didn't happen. I wish I can divulge the awesomeness, but I CAN'T YOU HAVE TO READ THE BOOK.
   The entire time I was reading the book, I was thinking "Damn, Tracy really knows how to put the pieces together." This book was just filled with puzzle pieces that Ms. Clark would only give one at a time, probably smiling evilly while at it, waiting for us to finally get the whole picture.
   There were a few things I had to read over a few times because I was confused with what was going on, but overall, it was a very enjoyable ride.
   I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read this book, thank you Entangled!!! And I cannot wait to read more from Tracy. If you guys like a book that really get's your brain thinking, this would be the perfect book for you ;)
   Alright, everyone, that's all for tonight! I'll see you Thursday! :D