Saturday, August 30, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (3)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and ebooks!

This week's books:

Edelweiss:
  
Compulsion by Martina Boone
The Bargaining by Carly Anne West
Remember by Eileen Cook

Book Tours:
   
The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard
Stone of Destiny by Laura Howard
Violet Storm by Anna Soliveres
Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Review Copies:
  
Not Yet by Laura Ward
Challenging Destiny by Cherie Colyer
Undertow by K.R. Conway

Monday, August 18, 2014

ARC Review: Shameless by Nina Lemay

Series: N/A
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Book Length: 227 pages
Publication Date: August 18, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Goodreads
Girls like me don’t get happy endings.

I know what I am. At worst a cliché, at best a cautionary tale. I put an international border between me and my past, only to wind up working in a low-end titty bar. Even my excuse is as lame as it gets: I’m paying for college, getting my art degree from Montreal’s most prestigious school. Although some days it becomes confusing: am I just a student who moonlights as a stripper, or a stripper who masquerades as a student?

But the inevitable happens and my two lives collide. And now there’s one other person who knows both the quiet, antisocial Hannah and the sensual, shameless Alicia. One person who keeps my secret.

He’s beautiful, he’s sophisticated. He comes from the other side of life, the one where I’m not wanted or accepted. But he calls me la petite Américaine, and his hot, hot hands on my skin promise me things I long ago gave up on.

The problem? He teaches my Classic Photography class.

Review

When I first heard about this book, I was really excited to read it because its cover was gorgeous to me and because it was from the point of view of a stripper, and I thought that the book seemed really unique. And it was! Before now, I don't think I've ever read a book like this!

The characters of the book were amazing and really well developed! The main character, Hannah wasn't one of those predictable narrators that make the whole book so boring. In the beginning of the book Hannah was really suspicious of guys and she basically thought that all guys had evil intentions behind their actions. That made me become REALLY curious about why she like that. She had to make a lot of decisions in this book, and I was really impressed by her at certain points of the book. Her teacher and love interest, Emmanuel, is also unpredictable and he's so…sweet… :) And Emmanuel and Hannah together? They are awesome! I feel like they are almost perfect for each other! He understands how she feels when no one else does, and is he really stands up for her when no one else does. Throughout the book, I saw a lot of character development. Hannah learned to accept who she was and not to let what other people thought about her to affect her. Emmanuel learned that he could trust Hannah because she wasn't like a stereotypical stripper. 

There was a lot of romance in this book and there were some scenes between Hannah and Emmanuel that I found so sweet. I was surprised that there were some scenes in the book that make me go:



This book had a lot of dark thoughts and intentions. It was a bit unsettling at first and it made me a bit uncomfortable, but after I got used to it, I really got to enjoy the book. One problem I had with this book was that I was really curious about Hannah's past, but the only thing that was mentioned about her past throughout the book was Hannah's mother and there was just a little mention of something else from her past in the end, but it wasn't really detailed. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to people.



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (2)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and ebooks! 

This week's books:

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy, #3)Clarity (Clarity, #1)Perception (Clarity, #2)


2014 ARC August


ARC August is a yearly challenge hosted by Octavia of Read. Sleep. Repeat. that encourages readers to read some of their ARCs that are piling up. This is such a great idea, and hopefully this will motivate me to finish all my ARCs that are piling up! :) This is my first year doing ARC August and I'm a bit late, but I'm really excited about this!!

I plan on finishing these books this month:

Upside Down (Off the Map, #1)ShamelessRecklessChannel 20Something (20Something, #1)Since You've Been GoneHow We Fall

Hopefully I will be able to finish all of them! Thank you to Octavia for organizing this challenging that is helping me finish my ARCs!!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (1): Books I'd Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Paranormal Romance


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where they post lists on bookish things. 

This week I'm going to do:

BOOKS I'D GIVE TO READERS WHO HAVE NEVER READ PARANORMAL ROMANCE:

1. Shadow Falls by C. C. Hunter - This series has vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, and basically most of the creatures that you would associate with supernatural stuff and this is one of my all-time favorites in the paranormal genre. 
2. Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout - This series is about aliens, but not ugly slimy aliens and stuff that you normally think about when you think of aliens…this has hot aliens ;)
3. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick - This series is about fallen angels and Nephilim. It has a romance and it's a great intro for people who are just starting to read about fallen angels. 
4. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand - I just finished this series recently and I LOVED it! This is another series about angels and fallen angels and it is one of my new favorite books! :D I would definitely recommend it to someone. 
5. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - This is  book has a lot of vampires (obviously) and it has a lot of romance ;)
6. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead - This is the spin off of Vampire Academy and, in my opinion, it was better than it! I would definitely recommend it! :D
7. Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout - This series has a lot of mythology and TON of sexual tension. ;)
8. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare - This series has a great plot, some awesome characters and a lot of romance!
9. Twilight by Stephanie Meyers - This is one of the more widely known vampire novels, and about half the people who read it, hated it and the other half, loved it. I thought it was a nice read and you might think so you too if you tried and read it!
10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - This series was incredibly awesome in my opinion!! There is a lot of romance and special powers and a love triangle that I couldn't choose a side on at first! ;)