domingo, 21 de diciembre de 2014

Closed for the holidays

I'm away for the holidays. I took a 3 week holiday and made it a European trip :) I thought I'd have easy access to the Internet but so far I've been wrong. So, I'm officially pausing my blogging for the next few days.  I'll be back the first week of January.

Merry Christmas,  happy holidays,  happy Hanukkah...

Take care.

Blyssful lies(The Blyss Trilogy #2) by J.C. Cliff

** Got an ARC from the author and this is an honest review  **

This book starts exactly where we left in Blyss (book 1) so yeah, you have to read the previous book to really get into this one. If you liked Blyss you'll love Blyssful lies.

My review in one sentence: it's freaking amazing.

As I said with Blyss, this is nothing like I've read before. Some people might feel uncomfortable with this story but I loved it. It's so dark,  so romantic in a creepy way, so romantic in an enigmatic way, involving drugs and human trafficking... I just couldn't put it down. I love each character,  the way they are written made it easy to me to get to their feelings.

Nick's the kind of man who has a hard time taking no for an answer. That's a very precise way to describe him.

Travis knows what he wants an he knows how to give it...and I want some of that!

And Julianna,  the poor thing is really screwed in this book.

I can't wait for book 3!

lunes, 8 de diciembre de 2014

Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

This one is actually 3.5 stars (note to self: make image for half stars)

**ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review!**

This book is about a girl and her mother who are both always in the run, trying to stay away from Edie's abusive father. They've been moving around Canada but then everything goes from bad to worse they move to London...and Edie's mom disappears.
Edie has to go on survival mode and eventually decides she has to start searching for her mother.

The plot was nice but I just couldn't like Edie. I know this is YA and I know Edie's 15 years old but she just acts so, so, like a teenager that I wanted to smack some sense in her a lot while reading. I mean, her mother was missing, she was alone in a country she didn't know, she didn't know anybody and instead of being preoccupied for her situation she worried if she was looking good enough when Jermaine was around.

If Edie wasn't so Edie I think I'd like this book; plus I knew how this was going to end from the beginning. Way too predictable. Not sure about recommending it.

miércoles, 3 de diciembre de 2014

Before I Go by Colleen Oakley

**ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review!**

This is one of the most heartbreaking stories I've read in my life; I mean it's about a woman with cancer, do I have to say more?

None of my family members nor friends have had cancer. The illness hasn't affected me personally so I had the impression this book wasn't going to affect me. I was wrong.

This book is about Daisy, Jack's 27-years-old wife, who's been cancer free for 3 years. In that "cancerversary" followup test she's diagnosed with cancer again. But this time is all over her body and the prognosis is, well, a few months more in this world.

Daisy is the one telling the story. She has this OCD kind of behavior, making lists of everything she needs to do to her house and one day she just comes with the idea of looking for a new wife to Jack.

Every chapter was more heartbreaking than the last one. You can see her grieving, getting angrier, pushing him away, trying to find her replacement, getting jelous when someone comes in the picture...and getting sicker and dying a bit more every page.

I cried when she cried, cried when she got angry because I understood her feelings even when I'm not in her position and never have been before. I cried when she was pushing Jack away and also cried when she was trying to pull him back.

And when my heart was so broke, it was broken in a million pieces, then the last chapter came; and it was Jack talking, not Daisy. Every single one of those million pieces broke into more little pieces. I cried like I haven't cried in years. I finished the book, crying, turned off my Kindle, crying, took a deep breath and started to cry harder than before. 
I know it was fiction but the truth is it happens. Stories like this happen to real people. 

No one should go through all that. Cancer shouldn't exist, not even as a fiction illness.

martes, 2 de diciembre de 2014

Captivated by You (Crossfire #4) by Sylvia Day

I met Gideon Cross in July 2013; book 3 had hit the stores a few months back. A friend told me about the "trilogy" she was reading and I decided to read it too so we could discuss it later. We were both beginning our reading addiction, we didn't know who Sylvia Day was, we didn't know it was no longer a trilogy...
If we had known the the trilogy was a series was incomplete I'm sure we wouldn't have read it back then.

I was so pissed last year when they changed the publish date and I got even angrier when I read book 4 and 5 were already written but the publisher was holding them. I almost promised myself I wouldn't read Sylvia anymore. Almost.

When she announced Captivated by you was going to be published on Nov. 18 I didn't jump out of happiness. I waited for that date to see if it was true. I'm not a fan of her publisher if you haven't noticed.

And then Nov. 18 came, I got the book. And was disappointed. Very, very much.

Was it a good story? Mmmm yes, you can say that.
Was it worth the waiting? Absolutely not.

I gave 3 stars because if you read the 4 books, one after the other, not waiting almost two years to continue the story, yes, is a nice way to spend some time reading.
But honestly, this book isn't worth it. It's just fillers and sex and then more sex and then some more. Overall this book was just flat,repetitive, and sometimes even boring, nothing sustancial happened in this book.
As I read a few days ago (I can't remember where, I think it was GoodReads), this series just lost its momentum. I don't feel connected to this story anymore.

Devoted to Him (Davison & Allegra #2) by Sofia Tate

**ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review!**

This book starts two months after what happened at the end of book 1. But as it starts with Davison doing a resume of what happened in that time we really don't have any breaks in the story. Chapter one connects smoothly the end of book one with this book.

It's on double POV format (yeii!!) so we get to see the story through the eyes and feelings of Allegra AND Davison's.
The personalities and the relationship of this two keeps evolving on this book. Allegra's more confident with each passing day even though sometimes she struggles with it. Davison keeps melting the ice around him, becoming more open and caring...even happy thanks to Allegra.

The one thing I loved the most about this book is that I got to know Davison better; this book is his. I had this image of him I've made up during Breathless for him and he proved me right and showed some more. I got to see a sexy, romantic, caring, possessive, overprotective, and perfect boyfriend material that's called Davison. I was already in love with him and this book made me love him more. Allegra's part was very nice but Davison owned this book.

About the sex part...there was a lot involved. They were like little rabbits. I'm not complaining! I loved each escene. They're so well described that I got the chills every now and then and could almost feel him nibbling my earlobe, tasting my flesh on his tongue...ok, I have to stop this line of thoughts.

At the end of Breathless for him I said there was no need of book 2, the story seemed to have had its closure. Sofia proved me wrong. There was enough material on Davison part to create this wonderful book 2. *Clap clap clap* *hands down* for Sofia Tate.

lunes, 1 de diciembre de 2014

Rating system

Just to claryfy, here's my rating system:

I try to write reviews that draw upon my particular opinion and a semi-professional viewpoint. I mean, my reviews are according to my personal preference and my ratings (stars in goodreads and amazon) are based more on things like grammar, writing fluency and clarity, character complexity, narrative structure,  etc.

My reviews are honest and entirely my opinion. When I decide to read a book is because one of this:

  • I have read previous books from the author and I've loved them. If this is the case then that book will be top priority to read.
  • I saw the cover and liked it a lot and then read the synopsis and liked it too.
  • I've read in twitter or goodreads nice opinions about the book.
If I'm requesting an ARC then the first two reasons apply too. And if the ARC is given to me without requesting it, well, those two first points apply too.

I believe in supporting financially authors who had given me a very wonderful time while reading them. A couple of times a year I buy paperback versions of the ebooks I've loved the most (the ones with 5 stars).

I LOVED the book. I would buy this book, re-read this book more than once and then again, stalk all my friends and make everyone I know read it. 

I really liked this book but there was something missing. It may had a few flaws, but that       didn’t stop me from enjoying it. Not so sure about buying it. 

There's a fine line between liking and hating a book and this one is right there. It could be a hit or miss for others. Not even consider recommend it.

It was “meh.” This book was not for me. It's nothing special.

I HATED this book. Bad story, bad writing, bad everything. I regret reading it. I'm surprised it was publised. 

Breathless for Him (Davison & Allegra #1) by Sofia Tate

Then he moves in closer to me. His lush mouth opens to say something, his thumb still moving again and again over my hand.
 "Do you think I could make you come just by doing this?"
 "What?" I manage barely above a whisper.
 "Answer the question," he commands huskily.

From that line on I was his. Seriously. And those lines are on chapter one.

This book is about Allegra a opera singer/student who works at the coat-check room of a fancy restaurant called Le Bistro and Davison, a gazillionaire that I don't really care where he makes his money on.

Davison's an alpha, son of a very cold as ice man and very nice woman. Allegra is the daughter of a butcher, her mother died when she was five and doesn't talk about that.

They have their ups and downs but the chemistry between them is amazing, and I'm not talking just about the sex. They don't jump into bed in the first chapter, Davison courts her for a few days and it's kind of cute.

Allegra has a dark past, not because she did something or wanted to have a past, she tries to keep it hidden but is haunting her. Parts of her story are told between the pages...and then the past catches the present. That was a little heartbreaking.
Was was heartbreaking and more was the scene of Allegra talking to her mom's grave. I spilled some tears with that part. Loved it! Loved every word of that scene.

I believe the story is wrapped up and I think this could be a single novella...but when I got to the end of the book I found out there's book 2. Not that I'm complaining =) I'd love to see more of Davison and Allegra.
There was a chapter of book 2 but I didn't read it. But I saw that, at least chapter 1, is like a double POV! I love POV's so that made me really happy.

I loved the plot, I loved how it's written, I loved the opera being part of a novella (when music is involved in a book they tend to use country or rock or a more common genre) and I loved the sex. This is a must read.

I can't wait to read book 2 (I received and ARC!!).

The only thing I didn't like and almost hated was the beginning of the synopsis: For fans of New York Times bestselling authors Samantha Young, Sylvia Day, and E. L. James...
Please, please don't start with phrases like this. I hate comparisons.
Just let the story and the characters do their job.