ARC Review: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

ARC Review: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Dystopia
Release Date:  September 1st 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
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The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

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Another example of wasted potential, The Jewel could have been the next big thing for many other readers–if not for that shitty, awful romance. That’s pretty bad, considering I almost NEVER say something is awful–I call a lot of things shitty, but awful. That is a hundred times worse than shitty in the Language of Aimee.

Oh, and noticed how I said “many other readers”? Yes, because even without said shitty, awful romance, this book is just not for me. It was a bit similar to The Hunger Games (they had rings around the city and the larger rings are for the poorer sectors) and The Selection (the atmosphere and writing), but there were really just some stupid things I couldn’t understand about this one. *grabs notes* Let’s get started, friends.

“I have absolutely no idea what it must be like to be pregnant.”

What. The. Hell? Weren’t these girls brought up to be surrogates in the future? Why does it seem like Violet seem to have zero idea about pregnancy? Throughout the novel, she was basically ignorant and constantly confused–just SNAP OUT OF IT AND GET A GRIP ON YOURSELF, OKAY?

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Faye Reads 50 Shades of Grey ~ Chapter 2 ~

Faye Reads 50 Shades of Grey ~ Chapter 2 ~

Hello, guys! It’s me again! This time with the second chapter of my reading 50 Shades of Grey. Can I get some applause here? It was hard work, y’know!

If you think the first chapter shooed me away, think again. This time I trudged through the next one like it was a birthday cake (I am not sure if that makes any sense). I have a lot more reactions in this installment compared to the last, hence the whooping length. Make sure to watch through it all, especially from 6:20 up because that’s where some of my violent reactions are. 

Observations:

1.) Still too many emphasis on the unnecessary details. Pages talking about your mom’s ex-husbands?! Is that really necessary?!
2.) Too many adjectives for my bloody life.
3.) Basically my problems in chapter 1 in a nutshell.

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What do you think? Did you enjoy the second chapter? Have you read the book? Did you like it? NO SPOILERS!

Special thanks to:

HappyCrab for the music “Alternative”

 

ARC Review: Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco + Asian Horror Recommendations

ARC Review: Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco + Asian Horror Recommendations

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Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Supernatural
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Sourcefire
Number of pages: 272
Source: eARC from Netgalley
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A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret – one that would just kill to get out. 

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Since I was young, I’ve always loved Asian horror films. I’m a fan of horror in general (who agrees with me that getting goosebumps is AWESOME?! No? No…? Okay…), but there’s a certain quality in the Asian counterparts that I don’t really see in Western works. For one, they incorporate their mythology in their films and literature, and these are deep, complex, and old folklore that are very ancient to the point that they sound fucking creepy and mysterious. Second, they usually concern the supernatural, so combine a violent death and an urban legend with some mythology to the mix and you pretty much have something that will set your fears to the edge. Result? Something that’s bloody scary and psychologically thrilling.

That was why I wanted to read this so much – for my love of Asian horror, and the fact that it highlights a bit of Japanese folklore and ancient traditions. It’s not something that you encounter every day in the Young Adult market, and I was interested in seeing how it would turn out. And besides, a Japanese ghost as a narrator? Who wouldn’t want to read something like that? Turn the lights off, give me my blankets, let the winds howl in the dead of the night – I’m reading that shit.

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ARC Review + PH Giveaway: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

ARC Review + PH Giveaway: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls Abigail HaasGenres: Young Adult, Psychological, Thriller
Release Date: August 14, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Number of pages: 328
Source: ARC from publisher and author
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Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder?

Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…

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Upon finishing this book, I begged for mercy.

Why mercy, you ask? Because Dangerous Boys made me uneasy and scared. It made me anticipate, and dread, and look forward to what else will happen to our cast of complex characters. It would build up the momentum, tease me, let go, and then tease me again. It was intoxicating, addicting, and riveting in every sense of the word. Needless to say, it nearly drove me crazy with the well-placed suspense and well-built characterization, and all I could say was, “Have mercy, woman!”

Long story short: it blew me away. You need no other explanation than that.

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ARC Review: One Kick by Chelsea Cain

ARC Review: One Kick by Chelsea Cain

One KickSeries: Kick Lannigan #1
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Adult
Release Date: August 19th, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source:  eARC from Edelweiss
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Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick’s experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…

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Before I say anything else, I feel the need to point out that if you’re interested  in this book because it sounds ‘fun’, you might want to reconsider because it is anything but.

This is a book I was looking very forward to reading after having heard wonderful things about the author’s Gretchen Lowell series (to which I own the first book) and I wasn’t let down in the least. This book is very emotional, and at times even hard to read, because you become so overwhelmed. That’s not really surprising once you realize that this book deals with serious issues like pedophilia and child pornography.
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Random Things in Motion #7: Would you be selfish… in a post-apocalyptic situation?

Random Things in Motion #7: Would you be selfish… in a post-apocalyptic situation?

I’m sure the post-apocalyptic or dystopic junkies can very well relate with me with regards to this subject. Imagine it’s the end of the world. The sky is painted dark red, the color of war tainting the horizon, and our MC and his band of friends are down to their very last resources: a loaf of bread, a couple of beef jerkies, and a 1.5 liter of warm soda. It’s enough to last them one more week before they need to go scavenging again, and the houses have been found to be emptier and emptier by the day. As they walk along the roads, they see a dying man curled up on the street, on the brink of emminent death. The MC has two options:

1.) Don’t spare a glance to the dying man. Keep your hard-earned resources to yourself; or
2.) Give him your loaf of bread and help him live another day.

Now, if you ask me what I would do in such a situation, it’s actually hard to say. When it’s the end of the world as we know it, it means that social structure has fallen and you’re on your own. There’s no law to protect you, no farmer or fisherman to provide you your dose of protein, and it’s likely there’s no authority whatsoever to tell you what to do. In short: it’s a race of survival. 

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ARC Review: The Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell – “Holy smokes, this is AWESOME!”

ARC Review: The Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell – “Holy smokes, this is AWESOME!”

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Genres: Adult, Epic Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Number of pages: 384
Source: eARC from Edelweiss (Thanks!)
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Falcio is the first Cantor of the Greatcoats. Trained in the fighting arts and the laws of Tristia, the Greatcoats are travelling Magisters upholding King’s Law. They are heroes. Or at least they were, until they stood aside while the Dukes took the kingdom, and impaled their King’s head on a spike.

Now Tristia is on the verge of collapse and the barbarians are sniffing at the borders. The Dukes bring chaos to the land, while the Greatcoats are scattered far and wide, reviled as traitors, their legendary coats in tatters.

All they have left are the promises they made to King Paelis, to carry out one final mission. But if they have any hope of fulfilling the King’s dream, the divided Greatcoats must reunite, or they will also have to stand aside as they watch their world burn…

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“Holy cow!” was pretty much what I said upon finishing this book.

And that phrase is very self-explanatory.

This, my friends, is one fantasy that you need to watch out for. It has the kind of hero that I love, the narration that I adore reading, the humor that I want in my books, and the action scenes that are just to die for. I was absolutely blown away by this beauty. I mean, yes, there were some stuff here and there that I didn’t really like, but overall? Man, I loved it so much. I can just perfectly picture how everyone will be scrambling for the sequel because you just have to know what happens next. And it doesn’t even end in a cliffhanger! Imagine that.

Okay, let me tell you something: I’ve read a lot of fantasies recently, but many of them are usually the kind where the atmosphere is quite… serious. And why wouldn’t it be? There’s a formidable power somewhere, people are dying, a hero needs to stand up, so it wouldn’t be surprising if it’s more somber (and come on, can you imagine Game of Thrones as anything else? That series makes me so depressed, it’s ridiculous). But Traitor’s Blade? Good lord, this book tickled my funny bone to kingdom come. It’s insanely fun.

A FUN FANTASY. A. FUN. FANTASY.

And man, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Review: Boomerang by Noelle August

Review: Boomerang by Noelle August

Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Release Date:  June 10th 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen, with no-fuss, no-commitment matchups and where the action on the job is steamier than any random hookup

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post-hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower, courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against coworkers dating. And second, they’re now competing for the same job opening in the fall.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?

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“If you want to get somewhere, you accept it. Successful people live their lives in a damn hurry.”

After seeing all the positive reviews for this one on my various feeds, I just had to try it out for myself. Now that I’m done reading it… I can see what all the fuss is about, but personally, it wasn’t my cup of tea. Fans of the new adult genre (and maybe even cheesy romantic films) will clearly enjoy this one more than I did, since I’m not a fan of either.

If there was one thing I appreciated about this book, it was the fact that both Mia and Ethan acted and talked the way people their age would. There are so many immature characters (and even characters who are too mature!) who we bookworms rant about, but these two had real and raw voices.

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ARC Review: Magnolia by Kristi Cook

ARC Review: Magnolia by Kristi Cook

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source:  Edelweiss
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In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.

Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.

But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.

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When I first heard about Magnolia, I was sold. Tornados? SURVIVING one? Love/hate relationships? What else could I want? Nothing. This book lived up to every single one of my expectations and then some. Okay, I was lying. I wanted more. SO MUCH MORE. This book was just not long enough and I was heartbroken when it came to an end.

This story is kind of like Romeo and Juliet in reverse, where the families are “like this” and the kids hate each other… or do they?

This is the kind of book you hate reviewing, because there are so many things you have to say, yet every time you try to think of those things, you end up drawing a blank. In other words, I loved this book.

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