Monday, May 23, 2016

Have No Fear, I'm Still Here!!! ♥

Hey All!

I know it's been a minute, (okay, maybe like 3 months), but I promise I'm still here! This semester was my student teaching semester for college and so that has been my main focus. However, graduation has come and gone and so I'm switching my focus! Here are a few things I hope to accomplish this summer:

    1. Push out at least two reviews a week. 
      1. I mean it when I say I've been reading some awesome stuff and as you all know, I always have an opinion to give. ;)
    2. Promote the new Young Adult blog Shelly has started. 
      1. Because Shelly and I are both going to be teachers, we wanted to create a resource that would be beneficial to both our followers and our students. So, a YA blog is in the works!
    3. Keep a monthly update on both Shelly and I's progress!
      1. I know I've been absent and it's time to fix that! 

Again, we love to hear from our readers and keep up-to-date with everyone! Please feel free to hit either Shelly or I up on social media or here on the page. And of course as always, keep reading! ♥

Victoria ♥

New Release Review | Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning

Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (January 19, 2016)

Author's Website | Goodreads | Buy The Book On Amazon

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In Karen Marie Moning’s latest installment of the epic #1 New York Times bestselling Fever series, the stakes have never been higher and the chemistry has never been hotter. Hurtling us into a realm of labyrinthine intrigue and consummate seduction, FEVERBORN is a riveting tale of ancient evil, lust, betrayal, forgiveness and the redemptive power of love.

When the immortal race of the Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making—a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of all life itself—can save the planet.

But those who seek the mythic Song—Mac, Barrons, Ryodan and Jada—must contend with old wounds and new enemies, passions that burn hot and hunger for vengeance that runs deep. The challenges are many: The Keltar at war with nine immortals who’ve secretly ruled Dublin for eons, Mac and Jada hunted by the masses, the Seelie queen nowhere to be found, and the most powerful Unseelie prince in all creation determined to rule both Fae and Man. Now the task of solving the ancient riddle of the Song of Making falls to a band of deadly warriors divided among—and within—themselves.

Once a normal city possessing a touch of ancient magic, Dublin is now a treacherously magical city with only a touch of normal. And in those war-torn streets, Mac will come face to face with her most savage enemy yet: herself.
What I Thought...
I must say, my expectations of this novel were much higher than what was actually produced. I’ll make this quick, because I wasn’t impressed with Feverborn and even more disappointed in Moning. I feel like Moning could have taken the novel in multiple directions, rather than the one she chose. Needless to say, I wasn't impressed.

Since this was the 8th novel of the series, I knew there would be some repetition. However, I think Moning’s largest mistake was making Feverborn a stand alone novel. Because of this, there is an abundance of repetition.  Yet, for how long the book is, there is little accomplished between the characters and the story-line. Alina is “brought back from the dead”, but yet we aren’t told HOW. I was extremely annoyed with that because that’s a very significant situation. Instead, there is mindless chatter about unimportant topics.  In my opinion, the story doesn’t progress enough to be worth the read and that’s very disheartening.

Also, I can’t STAND Jada! Her character and story-line is all sorts of messed up. Moning depicts her as a hard-ass, but yet at the end of the novel, we see Dani come through… I hated it. However, my BIGGEST issue with Feverborn was how out of sync Barrons and Mac were with each other. The very few times they came together, or were together, weren’t very encouraging. He’s a jerk, more so than normal, to her throughout most of the novel, except for when they are being intimate, which again, is jerkish. What I loved about the series before was how close, yet so far away, Barrons and Mac were at any given moment. They always had each other’s back and had that sappy love story mix, without losing their self-respect. Yet, in Feverborn, I just saw rudeness. It kindaaaaa broke my heart.

Overall, I hope the next book of the series is better, because this one is getting a solid 3.5 stars. Better luck next time, Moning.

Victoria ♥ 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Review | DARE TO TAKE by Carly Phillips

Published by CP Publishing
May 3, 2016
Adult Romance

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She was off limits, 
But he couldn't resist. 

There are just some guys you don't touch--even someone as innocent and inexperienced as Ella Shaw knows that. But when her brother's best friend is up for grabs and willing, she can't resist. After all, she's wanted him for years... 

On leave from the army, Tyler Dare is just looking for a little fun, but his best friend's sister is off limits. Yet unable to deny how sexy and alluring she is, he finds it all too easy to succumb to a night of passion and heat that ends the next morning in the worst way possible. 

Now, Ella is stranded on a tropical island with a hurricane bearing down, and only Tyler can save her. It's his chance to make amends for the past and show the woman he's never forgotten that he's coming after her . . . in more ways than one.
My thoughts... 
I read this book and didn't realize it was part of a series until I went to Goodreads to update that I finished it!  So it can obviously be read as a stand alone, but I feel like I would have connected even more with the characters had I read all the other books in the series.  There are a lot of other characters in the story that were main characters in the previous books.  Tyler is part of a large family and they play a decent role in this book and each of his siblings have their own books.  I gave the book a 3 star rating on Goodreads, but that's a full 3.5 for sure....I really wish they gave 1/2 star options on there.  I just didn't feel up to giving it a full 4 stars.  This is a pretty short book, I read it in a couple of hours throughout the course of a day when I had free time between classes at school.  

I feel like the summary is a bit misleading.  Ella is on a tropical island and there is the threat of a hurricane, but this is all just the set up for the story and is literally only
 the first few chapters.  The rest of the entire book takes place when they get back home.  

Ella is a very insecure woman, but all of this stems from the one drunken night she spent with Tyler 9 years ago.  This one night has affected every relationship that she's had since then and try as she may she can't seem to get Tyler Dare out of her head.  It doesn't help that he's her best friends brother.  The only thing that's kept her sane all these years is that he's been in the military.

Tyler is no longer in the military, but he still knows that Ella is off limits even though he can't seem to leave her or that night in the past.  When his sister calls on him for help he knows he should say no, but he just can't seem to trust Ella's safety to anyone else.  I really likes Tyler's character more so than Ella's.  He was definitely more mature and who doesn't like a rich, hot, ex-military man?!!

I enjoyed this story and the Dare family enough that in time I will probably try to pick up the rest of the series.  She did a great job with character development, but I have a feeling if I had read all the books it would have been even better since she started this during the first book of the series I'm sure.  If you like series like Kristen Proby's With Me in Seattle series, you will probably like this one.  It's not quite as good, but definitely has potential.


*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.* 

Friday, May 13, 2016

The start of something new...

I am one short year of having my own classroom and Victoria will have hers this coming August. We thought it would be a good time to start a Young Adult Review blog.  We have been reviewing YA books for some time now, but feel that now is the time to separate those from the other books that we review.  This assures that our future students have access to a blog that only contains books that are relevant to them.

If you are interested in following out YA reviews you can follow us here at All The Books.  The blog is still a work in progress so how it looks will probably be changing until we find just the right look. In the meantime I am going to move some of the YA reviews from this blog over, but be on the lookout for new reviews coming soon!


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