Thursday, December 19, 2013

Review: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

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Title: Pushing The Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing The Limits #1
Version Reviewed: ARC, eBook.

GoodReads Summary:
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with freaky scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.
But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.
I had seen this book circling around the blogosphere quite a lot so when I saw it on NetGalley, I had to request it.

As soon as I began reading it I was sucked in. I had to figure out what happened to Echo and desperately needed to learn more about Noah. (I've come to the conclusion that if a character is named Noah, I almost always love them). This book pulled me into it's pages and didn't let go until I was finished. I literally read it in one day.

The storyline and characters were amazing and easy to fall in love with, very realistic and had me almost tearing up in a few spots. I knew right away that I was going to love this book and I was not wrong.

This is a book that I wouldn't hesitate to read again. I absolutely loved it.

Favorite Character: Noah.
Rating: 4 Stars.
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*This book was provided for free by the publishers for review.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Review: Doctor Who Season One

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Title: Doctor Who Season 1
Year: 2006
Main Cast: Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper
Version Reviewed: Netflix Streaming.

Amazon Summary:
Christopher Eccleston's Doctor is wise and funny, cheeky and brave. An alien and a loner, his detached logic gives him a vital edge when the world's in danger. But when it comes to human relationships, he can be found wanting. That's why he needs Rose. From the moment they meet, the Doctor and Rose understand and complement each other. As they travel together through time, encountering new adversaries, the Doctor shows her things beyond imagination.

Okay, so I admit that I never even wanted to watch Doctor Who.  The whole "scifi" genre really isn't my thing and I've always seen Doctor Who as sci-fi.  While in high school, one of my friends and her family were really into the show and I had seen bits and pieces, though I never really paid it any attention.

This past February/March, my husband decided that, since he'd heard good things about the show, he'd give it a try.  It was something he would usually like, so why not.  He tried everything in his power to get me to watch it with him and I always refused, "knowing" that I wouldn't like it and telling him that it just wasn't my thing. I can't deny that I occasionally got sucked into it.  I would be on my computer or doing whatever and it was almost impossible for me to keep my eyes away from the TV.

No joke, this is my lockscreen.  I also
have a Doctor Who ringtone.
Long after my husband got up to date on all the current episodes, I finally admitted to him that I had liked what I had seen of the show.  I couldn't deny it any longer.  After watching the 50th Anniversary Special and The Day of The Doctor, it began driving me insane because I felt so out of the loop and I wanted to know everything that had happened up to that point.  So I decided to finally sit down and really watch the

This season for me was really good.  There were a lot of sci-fi-ish things in it but I found that, unlike other shows and movies, these don't really bother me because I'm so wrapped up in the storyline, the Doctor, Rose and everything that's going on between them.  The show has a lot of things to keep a person interested and is full of action, emotion and humor.

I think the only thing that really annoyed me was how often Rose was the cause of the Doctor's problems.  I mean, Father's Day.  It was a great episode, but jeesh.  Every single thing was her fault.  And she just had to touch the lone Dalek, regenerating it.  I probably would have chucked her out of the TARDIS ages ago.

Overall, I'm really enjoying the show and I hate the I rejected my husband's pleas so many times.  I feel bad that I'm now watching by myself and made him watch it on his own without my company.  But at least now I can share in his enthusiasm and we can talk about Doctor Who together.  :)

Favorite Episode:   The Empty Child.
Favorite Quote:
 "I have to keep you safe... my Doctor."

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Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

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Title: Nightshade
Author: Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #1
Version Reviewed: Finished, eBook.

GoodReads Summary:
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?
Nightshade was one of those books that had been on my to read list for quite a while. I've seen so many reviews for it everywhere, most of which rated it highly, and it seemed like everyone was reading it, including my own little sister. When one of my friends got it, I had to borrow it.

When I first started reading it, I couldn't get into it at all. I mean, the characters and the story were really good, I just couldn't find that "wow factor" that everyone else had found. However, after finishing the book, I have to admit that it was pretty darn good. In my personal opinion, it wasn't as swoon worthy as everyone else thinks, but I can see why everyone feels that way. It's very well written and I even caught myself tearing up at one point. Oh, my favorite thing about this book? Ren Laroche. Yum.

Favorite Character: Ren.
Rating: 4 Stars.
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*This book was borrowed from a friend.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Harder I Fall by Jessica Gibson

Title: The Harder I Fall
Author: Jessica Gibson
Becca Langer was not a normal girl, she didn't have normal girl problems. For most of her life, she’s had to take care of herself, her younger brother Chad, and her drunk mother. She’s lived under the shadow of what her father did when she was ten years old. Forever branded by his actions.
College was her escape, she could get away and finally live. Her dream was to make it in the New York Ballet Company one day. That for her meant a long road full of hard work and dedication. She didn't have time for distractions, and Levi Klein was definitely a distraction.
Will Levi be able to crack through her tough exterior and really see the wounded soul underneath? Becca needs to be loved, but the question is, will she let Levi love her? 

About The Author

Jessica Gibson is a recovering bookaholic, she's down from four books a week to a more reasonable one. It was that love of words and creativity that made her dream about writing her first book. That dream was hidden for years, always put on the back burner, filed away in the "someday" section, until her husband Matt gave her the kick in the pants she needed to actually get off her butt and write.

Jessica and Matt live in Southern California and have a serious addiction to reality tv shows like Pawn Stars and American Restoration. They have one son and hope to add to the family in the near future.

Aside from writing, she runs an online event planning business called the Release Day Diva. In addition to novels, Jessica writes and maintains the blog Book on the Bright Side. Keep up with Jessica and her latest releases and events on her blog.