ARC Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – “A Bit of Rants, a Bit of Fangirling~”

ARC Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – “A Bit of Rants, a Bit of Fangirling~”

Heir of FireGenres: Young Adult, Action, Fantasy
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Number of pages: 565
Sources: ARC from Netgalley
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Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love

WARNING: THIS REVIEW HAS SPOILERS. YOU CAN GO TO THE SUMMARIZED LAST PARAGRAPH OR NOT READ THE REVIEW AT ALL IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED.

Ah…Heir of Fire. I really don’t know what to do with you. I loved you, then I hated you, felt teased, then cheated, then wanted more. Seriously, my mind is torn and conflicted what to feel about you in general.

Please don’t get me wrong here. I love this series. Well, to make that crystal clear, I loved it after Crown of Midnight, so I anticipated this one so, so much that I expected a 5-star read. Plus, if you scoop around the world wide web, bloggers left and right are saying it’s the best thing since sliced bread (and sliced bread is pretty damn awesome if you ask me). So I was absolutely bewildered why I wasn’t loving it as much as I expected to. Yes, I did enjoy it as a whole – there were many good aspects, but I didn’t feel satisfied… especially not if the first thing I thought of when I turned the last page was, “Well, that was a hundred or so pages longer than it should have been…”

I have a lot of positive and negative points, so I’ll write them in a “list form”.

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Random Things in Motion #9: Bad Boys

Random Things in Motion #9: Bad Boys

If you know me, you’ll also know that I am not a fan of bad boys. Particularly in YA. Especially those kind of bad boys who have sad back stories that’s supposed to be a justification as to why they act like assholes and also the kind of bad boys who usually have their heads stuck up their asses. But I’ve been thinking: to what extent is this true? Do I feel like this about every bad boy or are there exceptions? What really got the wheels in my head turning was finishing Untold. Of course, I won’t spoil anything, but if you’re read Unspoken, you’ll know that Jared is kind of a bad boy. He’s not popular by any means, and most people would rather avoid him, but he definitely has the bad boy vibes. He’s got the background sob story; he can be a huge jerk too; but at the heart of it all, he’s also a huge softie. Sound like an annoying character? Yeah, I’d definitely think so. Am I annoyed by him? Nope. In fact, I love him. To bits and pieces. So I wonder, is there a way to get bad boys right? Is there a way that won’t make you roll their eyes and will instead make you take them seriously?

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ARC Mini Reviews: Egmont Edition

ARC Mini Reviews: Egmont Edition

AmityGenres: Horror, Paranormal, Young Adult
Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Publisher EgmontUSA
Source:  eARC from Edelweiss
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Connor’s family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen’s family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she’s recovered from a psychotic break.

But something is not right about this secluded house. Connor’s nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Dreams he kind of likes. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren’t there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her?

Amity isn’t just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she’s done before. As she’ll do again.

Alternating between parallel narratives, Amity is a tense and terrifying tale suggested by true-crime events that will satisfy even the most demanding horror fan.

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I am not sure I can say with any authority whether this book was a good horror novel, but it damn well scared the hell out of me.

Now I don’t really read horror; in fact, I usually avoid it and I don’t watch a whole lot of horror movies either, because I am kind of a scaredy-cat but reading this book was definitely a scary/thrilling experience for me.

My heart was consistently pounding and I would have literally been on my toes had I not been laying comfortably in my blanket (it was cold).
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Potato Strip #1: Blog Name

Potato Strip #1: Blog Name

Hi, guys! Welcome to another awesome feature here on The Social Potato! This time we will be featuring weekly “comic strips”, drawn and told by yours truly. Right now, I’ve decided to draw about how The Social Potato came to be, right from the very beginning! This is something I decided on a whim, also to practice my drawing skills since I’m terribly rusty for years of nonexistent use. Once this “volume” finishes, we’ll try out different other stories! In any case, I really hope you like it!

Potato Strip #1: BLOG NAME

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Believe or not, I really, really had a hard time thinking of a good blog name. I wanted it to unique, to stand out, to be something someone can overhear and they go, “Hey! Isn’t that that awesome book blog?!” (Hahahaha… TSP have not achieved this level of fame, just for your information. I CAN DREAM, THOUGH!) I was toying with the possibilities but since there were so many blogs with the words “book”, “novel”, “reading”, “reader” in them, I wanted to use something else. So I searched out a couple of movie names, and one of them was The Social Network and just decided to replace the last word with Potato.

Because potatoes rock.

What about you? How did you come up with your blog name? Did you have a hard time deciding?

Mini Review: Addicted for Now by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Mini Review: Addicted for Now by Krista & Becca Ritchie

22296819Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: November 29th 2013
Publisher: K.B. Ritchie 
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He’s addicted to booze. She’s addicted to sex…staying sober is only half the battle.

No. More. Sex.

Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.

Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.

They will torment Lily until Lo breaks.

And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words.

No. More. Us.

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I RARELY give ratings above three stars to new adult books, but Krista and Becca Ritchie seem to get under my skin every single time. Usually, NA books give me feelings of frustration and anger, but books by these twins? They give me raw emotion.

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Random Things in Motion #8: Why I’m OK with Major Characters Dying

Random Things in Motion #8: Why I’m OK with Major Characters Dying

Imagine this: you’re reading a really good book. You love the story, you love the setting, you love the main characters, and you love the secondary characters. Then something happens. A twist. A fight erupts. A sword swings from out of nowhere, and your beloved, favorite character dies in the arms of the MC.

What would be your reaction?

I would feel sad, of course. That person was my one of my favorites, an individual whose role in the story I thoroughly enjoyed, and an individual I was able to relate to so much in a deeper level. Nobody would want to go through the pain of seeing them get killed so unfairly and so untimely, especially since they bring so much life to the story.

But I’d be okay with it. In fact, I welcome it.

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Potato Prints #4: Flipped, Crescendo

Potato Prints #4: Flipped, Crescendo

Hi guys! How are you liking our awesome new blog design? Anyway, this time around, I’ll be presenting the wallpapers and bookmarks we have for you guys! Fans of Wendelin Van Draanen (FLIPPED), Becca Fitzpatrick (HUSH, HUSH/CRESCENDO) will definitely want to download and print these!

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ARC Review: I Want it That Way by Ann Aguirre

ARC Review: I Want it That Way by Ann Aguirre

Series: 2B Trilogy #1
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Source:  ARC from Author
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Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true—for her parents’ sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B…. 

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can’t risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia’s and Ty’s paths cross, and soon they can’t stay away from each other. 

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can’t know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

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It’s so hard to describe this book because, while it isn’t particularly special and will probably not blow your mind away, it’s also a fantastic read and something that combines youthfulness, young love and the difficulties one faces when you have to grow up, and it is done in such a fresh manner. There is something great when a book manages to merge those elements together–and I Want it That Way is that kind of great.

The new adult demographic has become known for tons of sex and not having enough character development but a lot of the NA books coming out lately are starting to change how we see them and are starting to really explore the potential this demographic holds. I Want it That Way is one of those books. It’s why I ended up adoring this book in spite of the handful of problems I had.
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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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