Before Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn
Author: Pintip Dunn
Title: Before Tomorrow
Release Date: October 31, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Synopsis: Prequel to the New York Times bestselling and award-winning novel, FORGET TOMORROW!
In a world where all seventeen-year- olds receive a memory from their future selves, Logan Russell's vision is exactly as he expects -- and exactly not. He sees himself achieving his greatest wish of becoming a gold-star swimmer, but strangely enough, the vision also shows him locking eyes with a girl from his past, Callie Stone, and experiencing an overwhelming sense of love and belonging.
Logan’s not sure what the memory means, but soon enough, he learns that his old friend Callie is in trouble. She's received an atypical memory, one where she commits a crime in the future. According to the law, she must be imprisoned, even though she's done nothing wrong. Now, Logan must decide if he'll give up his future as a gold-star swimmer and rescue the literal girl of his dreams. All he'll have to do is defy Fate.
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When her first-grade teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, Pintip replied, “An author.” Although she has pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.
Pintip graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL.
Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist.
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It's Monday! What are you Reading?
It took me an hour this morning to decide what to read. I finished Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick last night and sat in front of my bookcase, trying to decide what to read next... Oh, the struggle.
Anyways :)... currently I am reading Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick and Tourment by Lauren Kate. Happy Reading!
After waking up in a cemetery with no memory of the last few months, let alone the last five minutes, Nora Grey discovers that she has been missing for weeks. As she struggles to put the pieces together and resume her daily life- hanging out with her best friend, Vee; going to school; and avoiding her mother's creepy new boyfriend- she gets the feeling that everyone knows more about her disappearance than she does.
When she meets a mysterious stranger whom she is simultaneously drawn to and afraid of, the pieces of the puzzle start to come together. As he begins to shed light on the events that led to her memory loss, Nora discovers that not only is she about to embark on the fight of her life, wedged between ancient enemies she can barely comprehend, she's also falling in love. But even with all these strange new occurences happening around her, she can't help feeling she has done this all before.
This book gave me the chills, I don't really get that affected by books, but this one... wow... that's all I can say without spoiling the entire book.
Okay, I know I have mentioned in other reviews that I love prefaces in books, but this one was exceptionally amazing. It gave you much needed information about the cause of Nora's memory loss. This is hands down one of the best prefaces I've seen in a while.
The amnesia throughout the book was so in-depth and flawlessly executed. It was clear that it was not simply from trauma, but from something far, far more. It did give me the creeps though, when no one seemed to remember Rixon. Like how can you forget something like that? Anyways... when Nora gets home and finds a note on her bed that says "Just because you're home doesn't mean you're safe" I literally dropped the book. Honestly, that really freaked me out. I did enjoy how Becca Fitzpatrick added in that eerie element more way more in this book than she did in the first two.
One of my favorite characters returns, which I was obviously super happy about. For a while I did want to slap Nora though because she doesn't make the connection between Jev and Patch. Ugh that was really frustrating. And Jev kept hinting at it, but she couldn't take a hint. Arghh okay, it isn't until toward the end when we get to see those adorable moments between Patch and Nora that we all love.
There is one scene in the book that rocked me to the core. It reminded me so so much of Katy and Will from Lux it gave me the shivers because I knew exactly how it was going to end.
I said before that it felt like Hush, Hush and Crescendo were repeats of each other, but that was so not the case with this book. It was completely new and had plot twist after plot twist. This was a great book and I look forward to reading the final one in the series.
White Hot Kiss Review
Title: White Hot Kiss
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements #1
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Date Published: February 25, 2014
Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal- fit in at school, and go out on a real date with the gorgeous Zayne, whom she's crushed on since forever. Trouble is, Zayne treats Layla like a sister- and Layla is anything but normal. She's half demon, half gargoyle, with abilities no one else possesses. And even though Zayne is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe, Layla's kiss will kill anything with a soul- including him.
Then she meets Roth- a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know her secrets. Though Layla knows she should stay away, it's tough when that whole no-kissing rule isn't an issue. Trusting Roth could ruin her chances with Zayne- and brand her a traitor to the Warden family that raised her. But as Layla discovers she's the sole reason for a violent demon uprising, kissing the enemy suddenly pales in comparison to the looming end of the world.
The book starts out with Layla hanging out at McDonald's with her friends, Stacey and Sam. She spots what she believes to be a Poser demon. Stacey and Sam leave, but Layla is forced to stay and do her job- tag the demon so the Wardens can send it back to Hell. Oh, boy Stacey is so cringey. She's very blunt and is definitely boy-crazed. Stacey and Sam have no idea what Layla is, all they know is that she was adopted by Wardens. As usual, Layla goes after the Poser. After a few minutes of following her, it turns out it's not a poser at all. It's a higher level, more dangerous demon. A Seeker. She has no choice but to fight her, but the Seeker isn't going to go easy on her... Layla's losing the fight. Out of nowhere, an Upper Level Demon appears, and along with his snake, Bambi, saves Layla.
The next day at school, an unexpected guest appears. Roth. The Upper Level Demon. Soon, all of the secrets of Layla's last and who she really is, are revealed to her, by none other than Roth. They go to get something to eat after Roth promises to tell Layla more about her heritage. This is when one of my favorite scenes happens. "He moved unbelievably fast. I didn't even have a chance to react. One second he was standing a good three feet away from me and the next his hands were gentler clasping my cheeks. There was an instant when I wondered how something strong and deadly could hold something so carefully, but then he tilted my head back and lowered his own. My heart rate kicked into hyperdrive. He wasn't going to kiss me. No way- Roth kissed me." YES YES YES! Loth or Rayla? Either way, ooohhhh Roth is so swoonworthy!!!!
The high level Wardens, the Alphas, come which forces Layla to hide. She chooses to hide in Zayne's childhood treehouse. After a long time, someone finds her, and he's not friendly. Petr shows up, intent on killing Layla. In an effort to defend herself, she presses her lips to his and sucks out his soul. Roth and Bambi show up and finish off the job. She is taken to Roth's loft before returning home in the morning, in his clothes. Abbot, her adopted father makes me super suspicious when he smiles and notices Layla isn't wearing her own clothes.
A new character we get introduced to, Tony, reminds me so much of Luc from the Lux series. While we are talking about parallels to other books, we find out that Roth is short for Astaroth. Sound like Sweet Evil? Duke Astaroth? Ginger? Marna?
Together, Layla and Roth find the Lesser Key of Solomon. Unfortunately for them, the Wardens catch them. Layla is ground... for life. Layla and Zayne go for ice cream and spot a Hellion. Layla is forced to run, and she runs straight into Paimon, a demon out to kill her and unleash the Lillin. She and Zayne escape but Roth goes back to Hell.
"I lost myself the moment I found you." Oh my god! All the feels...
Going to Roth's apartment, she has a feeling Roth is still on Earth. Having no one else, Bambi attaches herself to Layla. Okay, am I the only one that thinks of Bambi as a person sometimes?
The only things I didn't like about this book was how there are so many demon names: Seeker, Upper Level, Poser, Fiend, etc. it gets really confusing. Overall, I loved this book and can't wait to read the next one in the series.
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"I put my head down and lunge forward, cycling my legs as fast as I can, trying to suck air into my lungs, which feel like they've shrunk to the size of a pea, fighting the screaming in my muscles. Blackness eats the edges of my vision..."
-Page 56, Delirium by Lauren Oliver
"Sometimes beautiful things come into lives out of nowhere. We can't always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith."
-Torment by Lauren Kate
What am I currently reading?
I am currently reading Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick (it's amazing!)
What am I reading next?
I am planning on reading Torment (Fallen #2) by Lauren Kate next.
What have I just finished?
I just finished Fallen by Lauren Kate.
"I couldn't escape him, now or ever. He'd always be there, consuming my every thought, my heart locked in his hands. I was drawn to him by forces I couldn't control, let alone escape."
-Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
It's Monday! What are you Reading?
I am currently reading Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick. FYI it is amazing! :)
I just finished Fallen by Lauren Kate. Keep your eye out for a review on that... ;)
Next, I will be reading Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick.
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Goodreads 2021: 3/20