Jul 23, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday #157: The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter!

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
         
 
  
The Queen of Zombie Hearts
(The White Rabbit Chronicles, #3)
by
Gena Showalter

 Publication date:
September 30th, 2014

 
I have a plan.

We'll either destroy them for good, or they'll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.
 

Alice 'Ali' Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She's ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers; until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters; and the worst has only begun. 

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing and turning Cole's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.
 



I adore Gena Showalter's books, and I especially adore this trilogy! The Queen of Zombie Hearts is the finale, so I can't wait to read it! I'm so excited, especially because I have no idea how the author will decide to wrap it up, though I'm crossing my fingers for an epic showdown ;)
  
 
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Jul 22, 2014

"The One Safe Place" by Tania Unsworth


Title: The One Safe Place

Author: Tania Unsworth

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Imprint: Algonquin Young Readers

Publication date: April 29th, 2014
 

My rating: 4 of 5


(Book read from July 2oth to July 22nd, 2014,  from the review copy received from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange of an honest review.)


Summary:



In this near-future dystopia with echoes of "The Giver" and "Among the Hidden," Tania Unsworth has created an unsettling page-turner fast-paced, smooth, filled with dread that's wholly satisfying and startlingly original.

Devin doesn't remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city. Once there, among the stark glass buildings, he finds scores of children, just like him, living alone on the streets. They tell him rumors of a place for abandoned children, with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family. But only the luckiest get there.

An act of kindness earns Devin an invitation to the home, but it s soon clear that it s no paradise. As Devin investigates the intimidating administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children, he discovers the home s horrific true mission. The only real hope is escape, but the place is as secure as a fortress.
     
Fans of dystopian fiction and spine-chilling adventure will devour "The One Safe Place"; its haunting themes will resonate long after readers have turned the final page.
 



My Thoughts on the Book:



The One Safe Place is a beautiful & haunting story. It's one of those bittersweet tales, that will manage to surprise you, and leave you kinda hopeful for the future, even though you might doubt it at the beginning.

I got interested in the story and Devin as a character from the beginning of the book. This book is set in the future, and I'd say it's a mix of post-apocalyptic & dystopian, with a touch of mystery and adventure.

Overall, I rather enjoyed the story, and before it ended, I almost loved it. I guess I loved the way it made me feel when it was over.

Despite the predictability of it (I realised quite early what's going on in the Home), I still enjoyed the characters' adventure of finding out what exactly was happening, why & trying to find a way to save themselves.

I found all the characters quite likable, and before this book ended I adored all the children, and was rooting for them. This book made me laugh, made me smile, made me cry, and broke my heart, but it also filled me with hope, that's why I'm saying it was bittersweet.

I rather enjoyed the writing style, it definitely brought to life the story, the world & the characters, and I'm interested in reading more by Tania Unsworth.

If you enjoy futuristic stories that are just a little bit different, I recommend The One Safe Place.
 
 

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Jul 21, 2014

High Summer Read-a-Thon: Start!


The High Summer Read-a-Thon is hosted by Michelle a.k.a The True Book Addict at her read-a-thon dedicated blog Seasons of Reading!

The read-a-thon started on Monday, July 21st at midnight CST and ends on Sunday, July 27th at 11:59 pm CST.

 

For more info & to join the read-a-thon, visit the post HERE.
   

For me & my time zone, as always, that means it starts on Monday, July 21st at 7 am & ends on Monday, July 28th at 6:59 am.
 

  
On Twitter we (read-a-thoners) will use the hashtag #HSreadathon.
 

What I'll be reading?


First I'm planning to finish these two previously started books:

 
...as for after, I'm hoping to read at least one more full-length novel, though I haven't decided which one. Whatever I'm in a mood for, though it just might be a romance - contemporary or historical.
I'll just update this post with my reading progress.
Also, I'm hoping to join the twitter chat, though it all depends if the time will work for me.
  
 
Happy reading everyone!

Jul 19, 2014

"Fanning the Flames" by Victoria Dahl


Title: Fanning the Flames

Author: Victoria Dahl

Series: Jackson: Girls' Night Out, #0.5)

Publisher: Harlequin HQN

Publication date: July 1st, 2014


My rating: 2 of 5


(Novella read on July 11th, 2014,  from the review copy received from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange of an honest review.)   
  

Summary:



Burning for you

Some men are off-limits. Close friends of your ex-husband, for instance. Or firefighters who work in the same building as you. Yet despite her best judgment, librarian Lauren Foster can't help noticing fire captain Jake Davis whenever he jogs by…shirtless. They've always been friends, but all it takes is one not-so-chance meeting at a local bar and one not-quite-innocent walk home to ignite a fierce, uncontrollable desire between them.
  
Widower Jake Davis has tried to ignore the spark he feels whenever Lauren's around, but once he sees her curves in a little black dress, there's no turning back. No matter how often she says she's all wrong for him, the sexy, outspoken divorcée is driving him wild in the best possible way. Maybe she's just blowing off steam. Or maybe he can convince her to fan these flames into something deeper, hotter and truer than they ever expected…
   
 


My Thoughts on the Novella:

 
 
I really wanted to enjoy Fanning the Flames, but I'm sorry to say that this story just didn't work for me. I usually enjoy stories when friends fall for each other, so I expected this to be the case. But, I just couldn't connect with the characters, or care about them at all. I didn't like or dislike them, I was just indifferent to them & the story itself, and I can't quite put my finger on why I felt that way.

It wasn't a bad story, but it wasn't good either. Sure, they had their friendship & chemistry going for them, but I just didn't care, so it wasn't a story for me. I always say that the connection or just fondness for the characters in a book plays a big part in the overall enjoyment of a story, and this novella for me was the perfect example of that.

That being said, I think I'll give the series another shot & read the first full-length novel.
 
 
 

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Jul 16, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday #156: One in a Million by Jill Shalvis!

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
       
 

One in a Million
(Lucky Harbor, #12)
by
Jill Shalvis

Publication date:
October 28th, 2014


As the brains behind wedding site TyingTheKnot.com, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles... to the tears. It's that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she's sworn off love...

Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past — and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he's still paying for his own mistakes? It's hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there's something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she — and his son — deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?
 
 
 


I read this month both upcoming It's in His Kiss & He's So Fine, and now I'm left wanting to read One in a Million, which will be Tanner & Callie's story. And if the first couple of chapters are any indication, this will be another fun read full of heart, and I can't wait to read it! This latest Lucky Harbor trilogy just might be my most favorite, and it will be hard saying goodbye...
 
 
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