This was a tag created by Alaina over at aninfinitebookworld. When I saw this tag, I knew I absolutely had to do it. I also tag anyone who has read the Lux series to do this tag! :)
1. What was your first impression of Daemon Black?
I think my first impression of Daemon was probably similar to Katy’s. I thought he was definitely rude to Katy but obviously I also thought he was super hot. :)
2. What is your favorite feature of his?
His eyes. I absolutely love his eyes.
3. What do you like most about his personality?
I love how protective and ultimately kind hearted he is.
4. What was your favorite Daemon scene?
Can I say all of them? If i had to choose, I think it would be… actually I can’t choose. I honestly can’t choose.
5. What is your favorite Daemon quote?
Just like the previous question, I truly can’t choose.
6. What book was Daemon your favorite in?
Opal because in Opal we kind of get to see the sweet side of Daemon.
7. What Lux cover (featuring Daemon) is your favorite?
Hm… Oblivion maybe?
8. Who would you cast as Daemon for a movie adaptation?
Pepe Toth. He is the model on the Lux covers and I think he would be the perfect Daemon.
9. How long have you been a Daemon lover?
Since I read Lux in the Summer of 2016.
10. If Daemon was a real person (Luxen and all), would you date him?
Title: Incriminating Dating
Author: Rebekah L. Purdy
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Ayla Hawkins is ready to stand up for change in her high school. But winning the election for class president against popular Jenna Lee will be impossible without a miracle. When she stumbles upon Mr. Perfect Luke Pressler defacing public property and catches it on camera: cue miracle. Ayla’s got the dirt she needs to get Luke on Team Ayla—in the form of her new fake boyfriend.
One mistake. All Luke wanted was a night to goof off, to blow off steam. The pressure of maintaining the perfect facade when his reality was crumbling around him had become too much, and next thing he knew, he was pretending to date Ayla Hawkins. But his little blackmailer turns out to be kind. Honorable. Opinionated. And just the breath of fresh air he didn’t even realize he was suffocating for. But Luke and Ayla come from different worlds, and once the election is over, their fauxmance will be, too.
This book was fantastic. I read this book in one day because I could not put it down.It was a perfect little package of romance and a classic contemporary novel. I loved the plot although I will admit it was a little bit cliche.
Simply put, Incriminating Dating was about Ayla Hawkins and Luke Pressler. They are in the fake boyfriend and girlfriend situation. As the story progresses, they start to get to actually know each other and the rest is history.
I loved Ayla. She was such a good character. She was complex, sassy, stood up for what she believed in, and more. She also has an awesome name. Now onto Luke, he is the epitome of a swoon worthy guy. He will definitely be on my book boyfriend list! :)
I think this is a standalone, but I would love to have a sequel. Overall, this was a phenomenal book with great characters and I highly recommend it!
About the Author:
Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. She’s lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California. Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids), she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights. When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.
1. What is the inspiration behind incriminating dating?
I actually got the idea for the book a long time ago (like 4 years ago), but didn’t have time to write it. I kept having this scene with a not so popular girl catching a popular boy committing a crime and deciding to blackmail him rolling through my head. I’d set the idea aside and when my editor asked if I’d write another book for her, I instantly thought this one might actually fit. And some of the parts about Ayla working for the school paper and being censored actually came from some things that happened to me when I wrote for my school paper.
2. What is your favorite book (if you can pick one!)?
OMG, my list is endless (LOL). But I think the couple that come to mind that I’ve read several times are: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, How I live Now by Meg Rosoff, The Secret Circle series by L.J. Smith, and The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.
3. What is your favorite candy?
EEP, another toss up (hahaha). I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Reese’s Pieces…(although I wouldn’t pass up chocolate in general).
4. What is the best part about writing?
Being able to share my stories with readers and having them connect with them. And I LOVE hearing from readers.
5. What is the toughest part about writing?
Deadlines. LOL. Because I have a full time day job and kids, it’s hard to sometimes balance everything.
6. What is your favorite scene in incriminating dating?
OMG, I love a lot of them. But I’d have to say either the scene where Luke and Ayla are on a hayride together, or they’re in the photo booth together. Partially because we get some “swoony” moments (hahaha).
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Title: Lose Me.
Author: M.C. Frank
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: M.C. Frank
Date Published: April 11, 2017 (today!)
Ari Demos starts every day with this thought. Fresh out of high school, she's landed a coveted role as a stunt double in a new Pride and Prejudice adaptation starring the Hollywood phenomenon Weston Spencer. But this job isn't going to be easy: Ari will be performing complicated water stunts and driving fast cars along the narrow cliffs of Corfu. One false step and she could lose not only her job, but her life.
And then Wes Spencer, Mr Darcy himself, arrives in Greece. He's got dirty blonde hair, a mile-long yacht and a bored look on that gorgeous face. Ari wants nothing to do with the rich actor boy, but on the day she meets him, she has an accident. One that almost claims her life. And now she can't hide from the truth any longer:
She might be much closer to losing everything than she thought. She might be dying. And the British actor is the last person she'd expect to save her life.
She's a hard-working island girl. He's adored by millions. Falling in love was never supposed to be a part of the job. Staying alive was never supposed to be a part of growing up.
Was this story ever meant for a happily ever after?
A message from M.C. Frank:
“LOSE ME. is the NA (new adult) story of a British actor and a stunt girl. They meet while filming a modern Pride and Prejudice adaptation on the island of Corfu, and fall in hate at first sight! Things aren't as they seem, however, and soon enough sparks begin to fly. What they don't know is that a dark, heartbreaking secret is threatening to tear them apart. I am so excited to share this story with you guys, all of you have been so supportive through the entire publishing process, I have never felt less alone in my life! This book is so close to my heart, because it deals with a lot of issues I myself have had to deal with. One of them is extremely serious and I haven't read or seen any book that deals with it, and so it is even more important to me to raise awareness about it. A very special person in my life has had to deal with it, and my book is dedicated to him. Actually, I think that's the main reason inspiration took me to this story; it was because I needed to tell my story as well as his, and to put it out there in the world, so that more people can know that they are understood and that they are not alone in their struggle.”
Who is your modern day Mr. Darcy? Take this quiz to find out:
1. What inspired you to write this book?
A number of things, including my love for the island of Corfu, and Pride and Prejudice. But most of all, this book is so close to my heart, because it deals with a lot of issues I myself have had to deal with: fear, anxiety, failure (and acting, but that’s another story). One of these issues, which I won’t name, because it’s a spoiler, is extremely serious and I haven't read or seen any book that deals with it, and so it is even more important to me to raise awareness about it. A very special person in my life has gone through a similar situation, and my book is dedicated to him. Actually, I think that's the main inspiration behind this story; I wrote it because I needed to tell my story as well as his, and to put it out there in the world, so that more people can realize that they are understood and that they are not alone in their struggle.
2. What is the hardest part of writing?
Editing. Luckily, I love reading my stories over and over again (at least for the first hundred times, after that it becomes kinda boring), because that’s the main reason I write: I write because I want to read that particular story. That said, when I edit I do find a few cringe-worthy mistakes, but with a little perseverance (or a lot), everything gets fixed by the end.
3. What is the best part of writing?
Everything. The part I love most is the very beginning of a new story, when it’s all new, I’m coming up with ideas right and left until I think my brain will explode, and my hands can’t type down stuff fast enough. So the brainstorming and outlining parts are really fun, but I also love it when the story begins to take shape. And, of course, let’s not forget that amazing feeling when lovely readers fall in love with your characters for the first time! Just thinking about it gives me a rush. But the very best part of writing is escape. It’s even better than reading, for me, because I am the one creating the world and the story, and thus in control.
4. What's your favorite book (if you can pick!)?
Now, that’s an evil question. (I’m kidding). How to choose? I love Jane Eyre, and I think it’s a pure work of genius. But I also love everything by Dickens and Shakespeare. From more modern writers, Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man is my all time favorite, and from YA/NA I would definitely pick Daughter of Smoke and Bone (only the first book) and Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. Wait, how many books did you ask me to pick? Ooops.
5. What is your favorite color?
6. What is your favorite part of Lose Me?
That’s so hard, but I’ll try to pick just one (at least this once). Oh, I know. The “say something” scene. It tore at my heartstrings.
Connect with M.C. Frank:
1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
2. The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins
3. The Covenant series (re-read)
4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
This week's theme is Top Ten Fandoms. Some of the fandoms I will be listing may not be official fandoms but I felt it was important to include them! :) (These are in no particular order)
1. Riverdale (TV show)
2. The Vampire Diaries (TV show)
3. Jennifer L. Armentrout (Author)
5. The Lux series (books)
6. The Covenant/ Titan series (books)
7. Shadowhunters (TV show and books)
8. Sweet Evil series (books)
9. Star Wars (Movies)
10. Cats (Yes, the animals)
Hello and happy Monday! Today I am reading The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins. It's very interesting so far. I am also reading The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I am loving this series and I am looking forward to finishing The Power.
Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And she’s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far he’s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson. In a land where traditionalists dread change, the Lochlan throne must contend with mysterious foes and traitors, while attempting to keep revolt at bay. As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerity’s hands. It's time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people. One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continue. In this sequel to The Great Hunt from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, political intrigue and romance intensify in another thrilling fantasy. Princess Aerity embraces a quest for identity and passion before making the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom.
With any great change, there is always strife, and the Covenant University has become the frontline between pure-bloods who want the Breed Order reinstated and the half-bloods who want the right to control their own destinies. Fate has other plans. The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Hyperion may be out of commission, but Josie and Seth know they have only earned a reprieve. Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do. But the gods are sensing a greater threat. Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Seth’s style. The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future. Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back. And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation.
I recieved this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Author: M.C. Frank
Series: Regency Retold, #1
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Retellings
Date Published: July 1, 2015
The duke of Ashton sits at the Opera at Vauxhall Gardens, bored out of his mind, and plans murder.
He curses the day that brought the little governess, destitute and sad, at his door eight months ago, to upset his careless if a bit meaningless existence.
How could he have guessed the terrible, evil secrets she was hiding? And now that he knows all, the truth appears wilder, even more despicable than even he could have imagined. He hadn’t counted on losing his heart to her, of course, but he did.
What he doesn’t know is that a tendril of the shadows of madness and sin that followed Beatrice to his door is still out there, looking for something to devour.
The only one who can save him from the darkness is the girl herself, but he knows he’ll never see her again. He who once prided himself on his indifference to other human beings, feels his chest constrict with pain every time he even thinks of her.
Beatrice, smart, gentle, kind-hearted, lovely.
A perfect blend of darkness and light, this Regency reverse retelling of Jane Eyre will break your heart as well as uplift it.
I really enjoyed reading this. I would have loved to read it in a few days, but some things came up and it took me a few weeks to read it. In a way, I am happy about this because it gave me the ability to really think about the plot and the characters. That actually made it so much easier to write this review.
First, I want to mention the way that Ruined was written. It's a little hard to explain, but the writing really set the tone for the entire book. The writing style was fantastic. It really took you back into the time period and it was awesome!
I also loved the complexity of the characters. If you know anything about me, you know that one of my favorite things is backstories with characters. I definitely got this in Ruined, which put this book over the top for me.
I recieved this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Horse's Arse
Author: Laura Gascoigne
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Date Published: April 4, 2017
Patrick Phelan is an ageing artist who has never made it big but who somehow manages to live on air in a North London suburb.
When not running art classes for amateurs, Patrick wrestles in the shed at the bottom of his garden with his life's work: a series of visionary canvases of The Seven Seals.
When his wheeler-dealer son Marty turns up with a commission from a rich client for some copies of paintings by modern masters, Phelan reluctantly agrees; it means money for his ex-wife Moira. However the deal with Marty is, typically, not what it seems.
What follows is a complex chain of events involving fakery, fraud, kidnapping, murder, the Russian Mafia and a cast of dubious art world characters. A contemporary spin on Joyce Cary's classic satire The Horse's Mouth, The Horse's Arse by Laura Gascoigne is a crime thriller-cum-comic-fable that poses the serious question: where does art go from here?
I am going to start this review by saying I did not love this book. It was interesting to read but, I didn’t love it. I was really confused most of the book. I was not familiar with the wording that Laura Gascoigne used in this book. I was unable to comprehend exactly what was going on, so I just had to give my best guess as to what was going on.
I wasn’t a fan of the plot either. I felt like the plot was all over the place and very confusing. That said, I did like the concept of the book. It’s not everyday that you read something about a struggling artist. Overall, this was an intriguing concept but not executed the best. I think that it is worth a read if you are interested in the topic.
Interview with Laura Gascoigne:
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Finding the time to sit down and do it. Doing the research is fun, dreaming up plots is fun, inventing characters is fun. Even the first draft can be a party, when you’re sailing along on a stream of consciousness. But when you read through what you’ve written the hard bit starts. When you start to look at your writing through the eye of a reader, you start to get critical and think about what works and what doesn’t. Can you really say that? Is that a cliché? Does that sound pretentious? Is that too much/too little information? Are people going to get bored? Good writing is a process of editing, of keeping the good stuff and throwing out the bad. But you also need to know when to stop the editing, decide that it’s good enough and let it go. It’ll never be perfect. If it was, it might be quite boring.
What’s the best part about writing?
Partly it’s being in control: being able to set the world to rights by making the things you want to happen happen. Partly it’s being out of control: letting the characters take charge of the story and seeing what transpires. Just like reading, it’s pure escapism: a way of transporting yourself out of the here and now.
What’s your favourite book?
That’s a tough one. I used to say The Confessions of Zeno by Italo Svevo, but I haven’t read it for a while and my tastes might have changed. One of my favourite books is certainly The Horse’s Mouth by Joyce Cary, which was an inspiration for The Horse’s Arse.
What’s your favourite candy?
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate all the way – though I do have a soft spot for marshmallows.
When did you start writing?
I started writing doggerel verses at school inspired by Hilaire Belloc and Ogden Nash, but I didn’t start writing fiction until my 30s. I began my first novel (still unpublished) when I had my first child, Spike. I’d send him to a childminder for a couple of hours in the morning and go off into an imaginary world. It was a good way of keeping my sanity. Before I had children I’d never have found the time to write a novel, but having children teaches you organisation.
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But, like love, fire didn't last.
Title: The Bane Chronicles
Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
Series: The Bane Chronicles, #1-11
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Date Published: November 11, 2014
Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.
This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.
Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.
The Bane Chronicles will quite literally have you laughing out loud. I can practically guarantee it. This novel consists of 11 short stories. In my copy, at the beginning of every story, there was a comic with a scene from that story. The comics were my favorite part. It gave a sneak peak into what was going to happen in that story- but not so much that it spoiled the entire chapter.
It gave glimpses into Magnus’ past. I think my favorite would have to be Saving Raphael Santiago. If you've read it, what is your favorite?
This is such a great addition to The Mortal Instruments and it is super entertaining!
Empire of Storms
by Sarah J. Maas
Goodreads 2017: 46/100
JLA all books: 23/47
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