miércoles, 25 de marzo de 2015

:: Blog tour - review and givaway - Consolation by Corinne Michaels ::







Meet Liam and Natalie in Consolation!

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Synopsis

Liam wasn’t supposed to be my happily ever after.
He wasn’t even on my radar.
He was my husband’s best friend—forbidden.

But my husband is dead and I’m alone. I ache for him and I reach for Liam.

One night with Liam changed everything. Now I have to decide if I truly love him or if he’s just the consolation prize.

Review
**I received an ARC TRSOR in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s blog tour promotion**

First of all, this book is part of a duet but they are related to a previous duet by Corinne, named the Belonging Duet. It's ok to read Consolation without reading Beloved and Beholden BUT I think It's more enjoyable (maybe that's not the word but I can't fine the correct one) to read Consolation as the third book of the story.

This is a very emotional book from the beginning, well, actually this story starts in Beloved/Beholden when Natalie is mentioned as Aaron's pregnant wife. And then he goes overseas and bum! (exactly like that, in an explosion) he died. So she's a widow-single-mother to Aarabelle and is just 27 years old.

This book starts a few months after Aaron's death. Baby Aara is in the picture already. And finally, there's a service for Aaron since Natalie (or Lee) didn't want to do it while still pregnant.
Natalie's having a hard time and is just trying her best to keep it together for the baby's sake.
And then Liam makes his entrance. He's Aaron's best friend and he's come to town to work so he goes to see Lee and starts helping her with the littlest things. He spends lots and lots of time with Natalie and the baby and the thought of this SEAL though guy with a little kid on his arms and a beanie on his head just makes my ovaries melt.

Eventually the line from friendship to something else starts to blur and well, this two start something. Guilt from both parts is present but they decide to give it a try. And then this girl comes in the scene and makes Natalie doubt about her history with Aaron...



So, if you like books that rip your heart, then tear it to shreds and stamp it into the ground as you drown in a sea of tears and basked in eternal sorrow, I truly recommend this book to you =)

P.S.: There's a H U G E cliffhanger here. Can't say I didn't warn you. Part 2 comes out in may.

P.S. 2: I'm not sure I like the name of the book nor the part of the blurb where it's kinda explained. I don't think Liam is a consolation prize...





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About the author

Corinne Michaels is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.


Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha Navy SEALs are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

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sábado, 21 de marzo de 2015

Review: Beholden by Corinne Michaels

After the mini heart attack I had at the end of Beloved with that cliffhanger I started reading this one right away. Thank God and Corinne and time I didn't have to wait for Beholden to be published. 

This is Corinne's second book I read and I really like her writing. She puts so much emotion in the words, the characters have strong personalities and stick to them. It makes reading her work very pleasurable.

This book is a perfect continuance of the story. It starts explaining what happened after the cliffhanger and goes on telling how this two scared souls (Jackson and Catherine) try to make their relationship work.

Everyone has a past. Catherine's been open about it but Jackson hasn't. At some point the past catches the present and we get to see this two struggle (yes, even more).
Jackson's past is out in the open and my heart just broke. I almost hugged my kindle in order to give Jackson some confort....


I highly recommend it.


Review: The guard by Kiera Cass




Ugh, this was a painful read.
It's Aspen's story.

I usually like or don't like the characters. But this boy...I hated him. Still do. From beginning to end. From the trilogy to the prequel. This is one of the most selfish, self-centered, arrogant characters I've met, who says only cares about his family but in the end he wants to be everyone's hero even when he does everything wrong.

I read it because is part of the series and couldn't leave it unread. 


Review: The Prince by Kiera Cass





This is another tiny tiny book, just about 64 pages and is actually a prequel of The Selection but I rather read it after the trilogy.

This novella is about Maxon pre-selection. And is about Maxon and other girl, not America Singer, other girl like in a princess-kind-of-other-girl. There's also the transition from pre-selection to 35 girls living under the same roof with him and there's also his side of the story from when he met America for the fist time (which made me love him more btw).

This is Maxon telling the story. I love POVs (like I've mentioned before) and I love Maxon. So, I loved this book.

When I first read it was about another girl I thought this was going to be dangerous, heartbreaking and all drama...but there's nothing of that in this book. Yes, is a little sad (for the other girl anyway) but it's all good, all clear. It's safe to read =)


viernes, 20 de marzo de 2015

:: Release Blitz :: Consolation by Corinne Michaels



Meet Liam and Natalie in Consolation!

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Blurb

Liam wasn’t supposed to be my happily ever after.
He wasn’t even on my radar.
He was my husband’s best friend—forbidden.

But my husband is dead and I’m alone. I ache for him and I reach for Liam.

One night with Liam changed everything. Now I have to decide if I truly love him or if he’s just the consolation prize.


About the Author

Corinne Michaels is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.

Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha Navy SEALs are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

Contact Corinne

sábado, 14 de marzo de 2015

Review: Beloved by Corinne Michaels





Jackson Cole is officialy my new book-boyfriend...until I meet a new guy ;)

This book was free for a few days in Amazon.com so I took it and read it almost right away.

I loved Corinne's writing. The story is so fluent that I lost myself in time while reading it.

Catherine is sassy, sexy, hardworker, successful woman....that was engaged and found her beloved fiancé screwing her "friend" in the couch of his house the day she was going to show him the invitations for the wedding.

She works as a PR and got herself a new account to work on, a makeup company. And that's where she meets this sexy, hot, well packed and trained former soldier that happens to be the owner of the company and the guy she has to work for.

I enjoyed this book so much. There's steamy sex, romance, friendship and many more subjects I like much.


Heads up: there's a HUGE cliffhanger in the end. So be sure to have Beholden at hand when you finish reading this. Otherwise you will suffer very much.

Review: The Queen by Kiera Cass




Perfect!

I love POVs and this tiny book (72 pages) has everything I like on.

This book's about Queen Amberly's selection. How she did during it, how her relationship with King Clarkson began and how she became the princess.

Clarkson looks somewhat human in here though you can see the beginning of his mean king character. 
Prince Clarkson and King Clarkson look like two very different people. I had a hard time reading him here knowing how he behaved later.

This little precious is a prequel of the trilogy but I suggest reading it after The One.

Review: The One by Kiera Cass



Maxon saved this book. 

I hated America so much by the end of this book is almost funny. I know she's a teen but during The Selection she seemed to be mature and then I don't know when she flipped and went all the way south to full immature and selfish mode. I can't stand her.


Aspen finally did something sensible by the end of this book. I sort of like him now.

The ending of this no-more-trilogy was emotional. I really didn't like the king and the queen, especially the queen, fate. It was somehow obvious but I still like fairy tales with the happily ever after in the end.

Now, that's a wrap for this trilogy. Book 4 coming out in May 2015? Why? 

viernes, 13 de marzo de 2015

::Consolation by Corinne Michaels ~Excerpt reveal~::



I lift my head and press my lips against his. His hand cradles my cheek and he holds me as we kiss. I grab his neck and feel the weightlessness from letting a little part of myself go. He kisses me adoringly and cautiously, allowing me to lead but still commanding me. I lose myself a little more as I moan when his hand presses against the small of my back.“Let go,” he says against my mouth. “Let me take it for you.”Before I can say anything, his mouth is on mine again. Our tongues thrash against each other as the kiss becomes hungry. He pulls me close so there’s no space between us. The low sound resonates through his chest, sending shivers down my spine. It’s sexy, and before I know it, my hands are traveling to his chest. I pull his shirt out and my fingers trail up his chest. I want to feel his skin.Liam breaks the kiss. “Natalie,” my name is both a plea and a request.“Shhh,” I instruct him as I unbutton his shirt. “I want to feel your heart.”My hands glide up and he trembles beneath my touch. We stand here with my fingers resting on his chest, feeling his heart beat beneath me. He’s alive and here with me. His hands stay at his sides as he once again lets me decide where I’m going with this.“I want to touch you so bad,” he admits and his hand lifts then drops. “I’m fighting every muscle in my body right now.”“Stop fighting,” I say without thinking.



 Meet Liam in Consolation!

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About the Author


Corinne Michaels is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.

Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha Navy SEALs are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

Contact Corinne



miércoles, 11 de marzo de 2015

Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass





Aspen, I still hate you.

Maxon, I think I love you even more than before.
America, I want to smack some sense into you...even more than before.

After Maxon eliminations and the rebel attacks The Bachelor The Selection keeps going with just 6 girls.

America's been so selfish since book one that I almost gave up on this series. If it wasn't for the lovely covers...

When she's with Aspen she wants to be with him forever. When she's with Maxon, she wants to be with him forever. Maxon doen't really know who Aspen is so it doesn't really matters that he's living leaving with them. Aspen knows she's starting to feel something big for Maxon but he is too selfish to let her go (again). For Aspen is like that saying: you never know what you have till you lose it. I feel America is playing with both. She can't let Aspen go for good in case Maxon doesn't choose her. This book is so infuriating!

Leaving these three aside, since there are just 6 elites, we get to know a little more about the country, the queen, the king and the rebels from the north and south.

In this book America was, for me, way so much immature for my liking.


Thoughts after 6 months of blogging...

Well, next weeks is the 6 month anniversary of this blog.
Sometimes I wonder if it's worth it taking my time to write my thoughts about books in here and I never get to a definitely yes or no.
I also wonder if anybody reads me...sometimes I wish they didn't haha

Some thoughts I'm having right now:

  1. I feel is important to give my opinion of the books I read. For the authors, writing is their job. I'm sure they enjoy it and I'm sure they, like any other worker, need feedback so they can improve when they're doing something wrong and keep doing whatever they're doing right. Everybody likes to hear that people appreciate their work. Not many people likes to hear when they going the wrong way but in the end everybody understands (sooner or later) the help they received with that feedback.
  2. I know not all the authors read the reviews people give. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I say it's right and wrong. Some reviewers can be mean (like REALLY mean) and for a new author those mean reviews can create doubts about their talent to write. In the other hand, civilized reviews can show the author lots and lots of love and that can translate in inspiration for more stories to put in books.
  3. I'm one of those rare specimens that still buys books. So, if I'm paying for something I have every right in this world to give my honest -and respectful- opinion. 
  4. It doesn't really matter if my post are read by a thousand people or just 1 person. I enjoy writing my opinion and this blog is kind of a diary to me.
  5. When I do a review I try to express what I felt while reading the book. I rarely give spoilers and almost never use the synopsis as part of the review. 
  6. I write the reviews thinking in the author and other people. I try to give the author hints of when they did great (and when they didn't) and I also try to I don't know ¿convince? other people to read the book. Mmm no, convince is not the word..."persuade" them maybe. 
Am I doing good or not with this blog? I don't know. But so far I've loved it =)



martes, 10 de marzo de 2015

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass




Maxon, I love you.

Aspen, I hate you.
America, sometimes I want to smack some sense into you.

After that emotional intro, I have to say I decided to read this book when I saw the cover. I mean, look at it. It's gorgeous! The dress is beautiful, the colors get to you, it's easy to see its a young adult book (at least for me was easy to get that).

Lately I seem to enjoy more reading young adult. I have this thing that makes me like a genre for some months and then change my favorite genre to read...I had my time with erotica, then I moved to classics and I'm now with YA books. 

Honestly, I felt this was a weird mix of Big Brother, Divergent,  the hunger games and the bachelor. Somehow, it worked for me. I really enjoyed reading this.

Theres the monarchy and there are factions districts castes. When the prince gets to certain age, they have "the selection" which is basically every girl in every caste between some ages can have a chance to compete and finally get the price I mean, the prince. And here is where Big Brother and the Hunger Games come in...they pick 35 girls from all the applicants and take them to the palace to live with the king, queen and prince. They have a tv show with a man that's been hostening it for years. And prince Maxon has to to do some eliminations based on his likes and tates.
In case you're wondering why I say it's like the hunger games here well, they get 35 girls in the same floor of the same building trying to conquer the prince so they become his wife, that means a princess and eventually a queen. Need I say more?

The main character of this book is America Singer, caste 5. She has this hidden relationship with a boy caste 6 which means that's almost a sin for them to be together. This guy, named Aspen, is so full of pride being poor and everything, doesn't like America to help him with anything. So, he feels he's near to nothing and makes her go to the selection, even when she's doesn't want to, even when she wants to marry him and not the prince. And when she gets selected, she breaks up with her.
So, when she's in the selection mourning her relationship, she's anything but nice to the prince. She's the only one of the selected that does not kiss every brick Maxon steps in. And that what he likes about her...

I don't think this is a spoiler but anyway *spoiler alert*
At the end of this book just 6 girls remain. When the big group becomes this small they call them "The elites". And since book 2 is called "The elite" well, you can guess that book cointains the cointinuation of this book.

jueves, 5 de marzo de 2015

Review: Kiss Me in Silicon Valley (Princesses of Silicon Valley #2) by Anita Claire


** Received a free copy from the author in exchange of an honest review **


Truth be told, my first thought when I started this book was what was the name of this book again? I can see anything past that hot body on the cover *drooling* (who's the model? I feel like stalking him...).

This is book #2 of the Princesses of Silicon Valley and is a continuation of book #1 (same characters and same storyline). 

As I said previously, I relate with Juliette since my job is her job too...I don't work at Silicon Valley though. But every geek conversation with her dad and friends makes me feel good since I have that kind of conversations myself every single day. 
I laughed a lot with a paragraph where she says that after a lot of hours analyzing a code she wanted to stab her eyes and that whomever did the code wrote like 500 lines and she'd have needed just 5 lines to do the same. A week before I read that, I said something similar to my friends. So, yes, I enjoy the geek part of this series.

Back on the storyline, Juliette still has to choose from two hot guys that are pursuing her since book one. I thought I was team Zach but I'm having doubts and might need just a little push to change to team Nate.

Like book#1, it's a nice story, fun and easy read. It's written in a way where you are easily drown on the story and you feel the end comes too soon. Heads up: cliffhanger here.

PS: I didn't like Gray at all...

miércoles, 4 de marzo de 2015

Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman


I absolutely adored this book! I even loved this more than the first book.

This book is Adam's POV and it takes place 3 years after what we read in If I stay.

The sinopsis says it all: Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

It was an easy book to read though it seems wrong to put it that way. What I'm trying to say is that Adam's story is so emotional, it's pretty easy to dive into the book without really feeling the time pass.

This book is as intense as the first one but it might be even more emotional. We get to know what Adam felt during and after Mia's accident; what Mia and Adam have been doing ever since and how they feel about it all.

Chapter 16 was the hardest for me. It's the somewhat closure both Mia and Adam needed...and it was so sad, so hard, I did feel my heart break into little pieces.  This book did make me cry.

A must read.