Liebster Award!

Hey.
Thank you so much to Angelique from whyicantstopreading.wordpress.com for nominating us.
The rules for the Liebster are to thank the person who nominated you, answer the 11 question they have asked you, nominate 11 other people and ask them 11 questions in return. According to the guidelines the Liebster award should be sent to bloggers with less than 200 followers.

These are our answers:
1. What was the first thing you thought when you received this nomination?
“Holy shit, what just happened? We just won an award? -calls Antonia- Is this real life?”
-Amanda
“Wait… what?”
-Antonia

2. What are your biggest fears?
Spiders, I hate them. Oh, and the unknown.
-Amanda
Spiders. And bees. And pretty much all insects.
-Antonia

3. Why did you start a blog?
Basically, I read Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout and the main character ran one. I asked Antonia if she wanted to run one with me because I thought it’d be fun, and we both have more books than friends. So I figured, why not?
-Amanda
Exactly what she said. Except with a lot more giggling and “Is this really going to happen?”
-Antonia

4. If you could have anything in the whole world right now, what would it be?
To not have to go to class tonight so I can finish the series I’m in the middle of.
-Amanda
Same as Amanda. Oh, and a cookie.
-Antonia

5. When you get that pay check / allowance each month what is the first thing you do with it?
Buy candy. Then any super important books that have come out recently.
-Amanda
Get gas, food, and books. Not necessarily in that order.
-Antonia

6. If your inner child could talk to you, what would it say?
“Stop worrying so much, and stop doubting yourself.”
-Amanda
It’d probably tell me the package of candy bars sitting five feet away from me should be eaten. In its entirety. Right now.
-Antonia

7. What is your dream job?
I’d love to own my own book store some day.
-Amanda and Antonia

8. Everyone has an addiction, what is yours?
REALLY trashy romance novels.
-Amanda
Video games. Especially Diablo
-Antonia

9. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Check my phone.
-Amanda
Caffeine.
-Antonia

10. I am stealing this question from Harmony77uk: What is your favourite cartoon character and why?
Lewis from Meet the Robinsons. It’s my all time favorite movie. I love Lewis because he goes on this crazy unbelievable journey all just to see that he needs to have faith in himself. He never believes in himself until the end of the movie when he realizes that all of his dreams come true. He gets an amazing family, becomes a fantastic inventor; he ends up with a wonderful life. I just thought this movie was adorable and sent the right messages.
-Amanda
Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon. He’s adorable and I love him.
-Antonia

11. What is the motto you live by?
“Keep moving forward.” -Meet the Robinsons.
-Amanda
“Courage is grace under pressure.” -Ernest Hemingway. I actually have this quote as a tattoo.
-Antonia

Our nominees are (alphabetically):
1. BrokenxBookworm: brokenxbookworm.wordpress.com
2. Camille at camsyramos.wordpress.com
3. Christine at bitchlitblog.wordpress.com
4. Danielle at whatdanielledidnext.wordpress.com
5. Holyoke Library Readers Advisory: holyokelibrary.wordpress.com
6. Librarians of Southbury at sbyteenreviews.wordpress.com
7. Meg and Maddi at megamad4books.com
8. Nicole at wingedcreaturewrites.wordpress.com
9. R.G. Dole at dolewrites.wordpress.com
10. Vyki at whatsontheshelf.wordpress.com
11. Zoe at abookwormsopinion.wordpress.com

And these are our questions:
1. Choose one place for your dream vacation and one thing you would love to do there.
2. What are two things you can’t live without?
3. If your life was a movie, who would you cast to play you?
4. What’s your favorite kind of weather?
5. If you were one of the seven deadly sins, what would you be?
6. What was your favorite game when you were a child?
7. What’s one language you’d like to learn?
8. If you could meet any three people (alive, dead or fictional) who would it be?
9. What is one talent you wish you had?
10. If you could live at any point in time, when would it be?
11. What is your favorite post on your blog?

Thanks so much for the nomination!
-Amanda and Antonia

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Characters

This is my first time trying Top Ten Tuesday, started by The Broke and The Bookish. When I saw posts for Top Ten Tuesday, I was really excited about it. There’s nothing I like to talk about more than books. So I sat down to start it, and stopped. What genre was I supposed to pick? I changed my mind at least thirty times before deciding I would just list all my favorite characters, separated into genres, and pick whichever one had ten first. Well, then I had another problem: How was I supposed to choose? I didn’t want to just pick characters because I loved the book. We all know loving a book and loving the characters don’t always coincide. I can love a story but be aggravated by the main character. Or love a character and hate the plotline. I didn’t want to base this list on my favorite books. I really just wanted to think about the individual characters and what I like about them personally. I think I managed it. So without further ado, here it is (in no particular order):
ONE: Kyle Kingsbury from Beastly by Alex Flinn. His growth throughout this book was extraordinary, but realistic at the same time. His transformation gets to me every, single time.
TWO: Colin Singleton from An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. Colin is the type of character I don’t read about often. He’s a child prodigy. Intelligent to the point that I tend to find irritating in a character. But Green manages to make him quirky and funny.
THREE: Fire from Fire by Kristin Cashore. Fire is, for all intents and purposes, a monster. She is hated and feared on sight. However, she is such a strong character that she never lets it change who she is. She’s a good, kind person. She knows right from wrong. I love that she always stays true to herself.
FOUR: Hanson Alister from the Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima. Han is a thief, a bit of a womanizer, and doesn’t even pretend to be a pacifist. However, his circumstances forced him into things he wouldn’t otherwise have done. He wants to be a good person and never stops trying. I loved how he developed throughout this series.
FIVE: Raisa ana’Marianna from the Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima. At first, Raisa is a little bit spoiled and I really didn’t like her for most of the first book. She really grew into herself and became the type of queen I really didn’t think she’d become. I seriously enjoyed having her prove me wrong.
SIX: Adrian Ivashkov from the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. He’s on this list because he’s currently my number one male character who I wish was a real person and asking me on a date.
SEVEN: Sydney Sage from the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. I really, really love how Sydney has broken away from the beliefs she’s had her entire life. As soon as she realizes some of those beliefs are wrong, she does what she knows is the right thing.
EIGHT: Wanderer from The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Wanda is definitely one of my favorite female characters of all time. She’s lived in so many different worlds and here on Earth she’s almost like a baby. She’s still learning everything about humans and her opinions of some things are seriously adorable.
NINE: Ian O’Shea from The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Ian is an asshole. I adore him. I really couldn’t get over the way he fell in love with Wanda. He fought it the entire time but in the end, he really couldn’t help himself.
TEN: Total from the Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson. Total is a talking, flying dog. He isn’t even one of the main characters. But some of the things he said had me literally laughing out loud. The comic relief he brought to the book was absolutely fantastic.
Well, feel free to agree or disagree. I love hearing other people’s opinions.
-Antonia

Spells – Aprilynne Pike

Summary:
“I can’t just storm in and proclaim my intentions. I can’t ‘steal’ you away. I just have to wait and hope that, someday, you’ll ask,” Tamani said.
“And if I don’t?” Laurel said, her voice barely above a whisper.
“Then I guess I’ll be waiting forever”
Although Laurel has come to accept her true identity as a faerie, she refuses to turn her back on her human life-and especially her boyfriend, David-to return to the faerie world.
But when she’s summoned to Avalon, Laurel’s feelings for the charismatic faerie sentry Tamani are undeniable. She is forced to make a choice-a choice that could break her heart.

Review:
The second book in the Wings series, Spells, starts six months after the first ends. It opens with Laurel being thrown into the faerie world. She’s been summoned to Avalon to attend the Academy to basically learn how to be a fall faerie. Spells was definitely less silly than Wings was. It had a slightly more serious tone, and was more focused on how important it was for Laurel to learn the faerie ways. It’s also very descriptive, almost too much so, but not quite.
While at the Academy, Laurel meets many people that remember her from before she left for the human world. Laurel, having had her memory erased, doesn’t remember any of them. This causes a large amount of awkwardness and a slight bit of drama. She handles the whole situation very well. She doesn’t let any of that distract her from her studies, which she is significantly behind on. She stays focused on why she’s there and doesn’t let it bring her down. Laurel does take some time to explore Avalon with Tamani as her tour guide. This time that the two spend together definitely brings them closer together and gives her a taste of what she could have if she was to choose to be with Tamani.
In Avalon things work much differently than in the human world. Laurel sometimes has a bit of difficulty with this. Being a Fall faerie, she is in a more respected position than Tamani, which is something she adamantly opposes. She has a hard time adjusting to the rules of this new world and fights them every chance she gets. But the summer ends quickly and she has to return to her human life.
After she returns home, she keeps her focus on improving her faerie skills. And even though she seems to fail miserably, she doesn’t give up. I liked this about Laurel very much. Despite still having to go to regular school and make time for David and her friends she does not let that interfere with her fae studies.
Her relationship with David is going well, even though she can’t stop thinking about Tamani. Which I didn’t mind because I totally want her to choose him over David. But her indecisiveness between the two, even though David is her boyfriend, kind of aggravated me. If she’s dating David then focus on him and if she can’t stop thinking about Tamani then break up with David and be with him! Any time she sees Tamani after she’s home she definitely acts more friendly with him than David would approve. She ends up getting herself in pretty big trouble with the two of them by telling lies that brought along more trouble than was necessary, almost causing the loss of both guys. In the end, Laurel does the right thing and tells Tamani that she’s choosing David and she isn’t going to come see him anymore. I think her doing this made me like her a bit more. She did the right thing and chose to stop hurting both of them.
As much as Laurel does stay focused on what’s important, she makes the mistake of letting her guard down and going to a party. The day is saved by some mysterious woman, Klea, that David is fascinated by, but Laurel doesn’t quite trust. If I were Laurel, I would not have trusted Klea either. After this night, she goes back to being one hundred percent focused on practicing and studying. I didn’t think any less of her for loosing focus. I thought it made the whole “I’m a teenage girl” facade more believable.
Throughout the whole book Laurel never stops thinking about her loved ones first. And she never stops trying to put them first. There are some issues with her mom that I think she handled very well, for the most part. It definitely shows that Laurel has learned a significant amount from everything she’s been through.
Now onto the ending of the book. Pike clearly knows a thing or two about cliffhangers because THE BOOK JUST FUCKING ENDS. IT JUST ENDS, AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF. Sorry, I don’t do well with cliffhangers. If you had a bit of a hard time getting through Wings and aren’t sure whether or not to continue the series I strongly suggest that you do. Because Spells, in my opinion, was without a doubt better than Wings. Overall, I like this series so far, but if you disagree or have any opinions you’d like to voice, you’re more than welcome to do so.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Wings – Aprilynne Pike

Summary:
Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful-too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They almost looked like wings.
In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

Review:
This book has received many different reviews. Many did not like it, and compared reading Wings to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, but there were also some positive reviews. My opinion falls around the middle of this scale. I didn’t hate it, but was definitely a little bit silly. The main character, Laurel, is like any normal teenage girl, except for the fact that one day she found flowers sprouting from her back. This is the silly part. I couldn’t help but giggle a little picturing a girl freaking out because she had flower petals growing right out of the skin on her back. Pike did a pretty good job keeping everything in the book pretty realistic, except of course for the girl growing flowers and all of the rest of the fairy parts.
Despite the ridiculousness of some aspects of the book, I was sucked in very quickly. I read this book in a day and immediately started the second. I couldn’t put it down until I knew what was going to happen next, I wanted to know it all. Which brings me to something else I liked, I had no idea what was going to happen next, I was kept in suspense the whole book.
I liked Laurel as a character overall. She has so much love for her family and newly made friends. But this love sometimes leads her to not so smart choices. Laurel is very brave throughout all of Wings, to the point where it’s almost more stupidity or ignorance rather than bravery. She gets herself into situations that she can’t always get out of by herself, but other than her misguided bravery, everything she does is to protect the ones she loves.
There are some things that I don’t particularly like about Laurel. First off, as I said, she’s like any normal teenage girl so she obviously finds a boy that she constantly thinks about. This is where David comes in. When things start getting crazy for Laurel, she seems to want to focus more on what’s happening between her and David, rather than trying to figure out the life changing events happening to her. Her boy craziness doesn’t get much better when Tamani comes into the picture. So now we have the typical “which boy should I be with” dilemma. Of course, it doesn’t help that David is part of her human life and Tamani is part of her fairy life. Personally, I want her to love Tamani. I don’t have anything against David, and I do like him too, but i like Tamani better and I think Laurel should too.
Something else that frustrated me was that any time Laurel went to see Tamani for answers about everything happening with her, he never actually answered most of her questions. He mostly said he couldn’t tell her, or gave her an answer that didn’t actually help with anything. I’d imagine that this was done on purpose, to keep up the suspense.
Toward the end of Wings, Laurel starts to smarten up. This is where the love for her family and friends come in. She makes the smart decision to stay with them and try to protect them, rather than abandon them for the fantastic new world she’s found. You can definitely see how much Laurel has matured at the end on the book. Well, as much as any sixteen year old girl who just found out she’s a fairy can mature.
Overall, I thought this book was pretty good. Pike put a new and unique spin on fae, and kept me guessing the whole time. I would definitely suggest this book to the younger age group of supernatural readers, or if you like fairy themed books. And if any of my fellow readers have read this series, let me know if you agree or disagree, or any thoughts you have on these books.

Keep reading lovelys, Amanda.

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Summary: Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets-and human lives. In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next. Forging her own way is harder than Sydney ever dreamed. Maybe by turning off her brain-and following her heart-she’ll be able to finally figure out where she belongs.

Oh. My. God…
Well, hello, dears.
But seriously, I think I’m dying right now. I just finished reading The Indigo Spell, which is the third book in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. All I can say is wow…
I honestly can’t contain my feelings about this book. Amanda’s been with me the entire time I’ve been reading it and I lost count of how many dirty looks she gave me because I was laughing too loud, or crying too loud or just overall being wicked loud. I’ve been waiting for Indigo Spell to come out since I read the Golden Lily (Book 2) and I was waiting for the Golden Lily to come out since I’d read Bloodlines (Book 1). This is a series that will literally keep you up at night because either you want to read the ones you have, or you’re waiting for the ones you don’t have. I just most of an hour going through Richelle Mead’s website and blog trying to find information about the fourth book. It’s called the Fiery Heart and comes out November 19th! Can you say, birthday present to me? I can.
Anyway. Sorry. So, I obviously haven’t written a review on the first two books but, knowing me, I’ll probably include little bits about them in here. Which means: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS HAVING TO DO WITH BLOODLINES AND THE GOLDEN LILY! If you haven’t read the first two books, then you should probably stop reading this.
First off, if you’ve read Mead’s Vampire Academy Series (which chronologically takes place first), then you already know who Sydney Sage is. Well, actually, you know who Adrian, Jill, Eddie, and bunch of the other characters are too. In result of Sydney’s actions in the previous series, she’s given the assignment of protecting Moroi Princess, Jill Mastrano Dragomir, while she’s in hiding. Alchemists hate all vampires. Their main target is Strigoi, and they work with the Moroi and Dhampir out of necessity but Alchemists still believe they are all inherently evil. After working with Rose, (read the Vampire Academy books if you’re confused) Sydney’s view of the Moroi and Dhampir changes. She realizes they’re not necessarily bad and she gains a respect for them that does not fit into what the Alchemists believe. She keeps these feelings to herself, since to do otherwise would subject her to the Alchemists’ obnoxiously strict rules and punishments.
During the Bloodlines books, Sydney has to work in close proximity to Jill and Adrian, both Moroi, and Eddie and Angeline, both Dhampir. In a short amount of time, Sydney starts caring about all of them and, in Adrian’s case, a lot more than caring. I absolutely loved seeing Sydney push aside the fears and prejudices that the Alchemists had drilled into her since birth. She feels like she’s betraying them for thinking and feeling the things she does, but it doesn’t take long for her to realize that some of the Alchemist teachings are wrong. For pretty much the first time in her life, Sydney stops blindly following the Alchemists and listens to what her brain and heart are telling her. It’s a HUGE transition for her and getting to experience that with her is enlightening.
She also begins to discover secrets that the Alchemists want to remain hidden to an alarming degree. She digs into these secrets a lot more in The Indigo Spell than in the first two books. She lies, she goes behind her superiors backs, is involved romantically with a vampire, breaks into a top-secret facility to steal secure files, works with an ex-alchemist traitor, and practices magic (another taboo for Alchemists). As Sydney gets deeper and deeper into these secrets, she’s more at risk to be caught. For Alchemists, this means “re-education”. The best way I can define this is: oh, we’re going to torture you until you believe our beliefs again. Despite the fact that Sydney’s been raised and trained her entire life to believe what the Alchemists teach, she knows a lot of what they do is wrong and she doesn’t hesitate (well, not very much) to try to fix things.
Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Angeline are hiding at a prep-school in southern California and probably the funniest twist, and, for Sydney, the most surprising, is when she finds out her history teacher is a witch. And, even better: Sydney’s a witch, too. This goes against everything the Alchemists taught her and Sydney tries to escape any involvement. Unfortunately for Sydney, and hilariously for us, her teacher, Ms. Terwilliger, is persistent. She tricks and coerces Sydney into learning magic and, finally, at some point during Indigo Spell, Sydney accepts that she has magic and that she’s good at it. I also really enjoyed this transition for her because she tries so hard not to be a part of it, but her insatiable curiosity gets the better of her and she’s drawn in.
And, FUCKING FINALLY. Now, I’m going to talk about my absolute favorite part of these books. Ready for it? Drum roll, please.
Adrian Ivashkov. Cue swooning. Yes, it’s necessary. I’m really not usually the swooning type. I make exceptions for certain male characters in books. And Adrian, without question, is one of those exceptions. He’s a Moroi spirit user which means he’s heading towards going insane. Yes, I know that doesn’t sound terribly attractive. Each spirit user has different ways of dealing with the effects that spirit has on them. Adrian’s vices are drinking and smoking. Sydney helps him get away from those a little bit by encouraging him to instead take art classes, something he’s passionate about. Adrian falls in love with Sydney and, although her feelings toward him are anything but platonic, she denies them because everyone, Alchemists and vampires alike, frown upon human-vampire relationships. Now, in this most recent book, Sydney FINALLY accepts her feelings. I am beyond ecstatic. Sydney and Adrian are perfect for each other. He helps her to be more outgoing and rethink many of the narrow-minded ideas she’s always had and she helps him to be more serious and rethink the frivolous way he’s lived his life. They balance each other so well and I love watching them interact and challenge each other.
Okay, I think I’m going to wrap this up because Word is telling me this is over a thousand words long… It was unintentional, I promise. I like these books more than the Vampire Academy books. That’s not to say they weren’t phenomenal, though. If you haven’t read this series, I recommend it more than probably anything else I’ve written about. They’re funny and sweet and heartbreaking and there’s nothing about them that I don’t love. I hope you all fall in love with them as well.
-Antonia.

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The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

Summary:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has brought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Review:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is easily one of my favorite books. I reread it last night for the third or fourth time for this review and balled my eyes out as if it was my first time reading it. What I loved most about this book was how easy John Green made it to fall in love with the characters. As I read, I felt myself falling in love with Augustus right along with Hazel. I really enjoyed Hazel and Augustus’ relationship because they were both fighting the same disease. They both knew the struggle the other was going through. Their relationship was so innocent at first. Hazel didn’t want to kiss Augustus or anything like that. She just liked being around him, until it was more than that. She was all of a sudden in love with him. I think that is the one thing I didn’t like about this book. Hazel wasn’t in love with him one day, then was the next, just like that. And that isn’t realistic, it doesn’t happen like that in the real world. And I know, this is fiction, and they both are sick kids and maybe it does happen like that for someone who already knows and has accepted that she’s going to die, like Hazel had.
I really liked that when Augustus and Hazel were in Amsterdam to meet Peter Van Houten, and things definitely did not go as planned, Hazel stuck up for what she believed in. She didn’t play the sickly, cancer girl. She was passionate, and full of love and life in almost every situation she was in. This book opened my eyes to something I’d never really had any experience with (cancer), and again, I know it’s just a book, but it still got me thinking about how many people go through things like this.
The Fault in Our Stars made me laugh so much, and brought tears to my eyes in several spots, and a book that can affect me this much will be one that I read over and over again. As well as having a place on my list of favorite books.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Heaven – Alexandra Adornetto

Summary:
The angel Bethany and her mortal love, Xavier, have already pushed the boundaries of Heaven with their relationship. In this conclusion to the Halo trilogy, the two take their love to the next, forbidden, step: They marry.
At the time when they believe nothing will come between them again, they are faced with the most daunting challenge yet: the Sevens, a military order of angels designed to maintain the balance in the universe. These soldiers won’t stop until their job is done-capture the wayward angel and send her home.
Secrets, exile, and unexpected allies flavor the rest of this intense love story and adventure.
Beth discovers there is only one way back to Earth, but the cost is higher thank she-and readers-ever imagined. If she can survive, she can prove to Heaven and Earth that there is nothing stronger than the power of love.
Review:
I’ve had a difficult time trying to write a review for this book because so much happens so this review might not be my best. Just bear with me, please! This book starts off right where the second, Hades, ended. Which I enjoyed. The theme of this book, in my opinion, is love and sacrifice. Heaven, like the first two, kept me on my toes and wouldn’t let me stop reading until I was finished. My favorite part about this book is how pure and innocent Beth and Xavier’s love is. All the couple wants is to be together. Because they’re “not supposed to be together” the Seven, basically Heaven’s military gone rogue, chases them down, and does a lot of damage on Earth. Things are very chaotic in this book, but hey, isn’t that what keeps it exciting? Another thing I seriously loved about this book is how much Gabriel shows his feelings. He shows how much he really cares about Beth by sacrificing the two things that mean the most to him. Ivy also makes a huge sacrifice for Beth and Xavier’s love. By the end of Heaven, you can very clearly see the depth of the characters love for one another.
This trilogy was amazing. I read all three in under a week. And once I started each book, I couldn’t put them down until I was finished. I definitely plan on reading these again in the future. And I suggest that you, yes you reader, go out and buy them, or go to the library and borrow them so that you can fall in love with these three books as well.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Goodreads Summary: The most anticipated story in the blockbuster Dark-Hunter series. The never-before-revealed story of the Dark-Hunter leader, Acheron. He was made human in order to escape death, but in death he was reborn a god. . .
Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. However, his human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Then, brought back against his will, Acheron became the sole defender of mankind.
Only it was never that simple. For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he’ll do anything to keep concealed. Until a lone woman who refuses to be intimidated by him threatens his very existence.
Now his survival, and ours, hinges on hers and old enemies reawaken and unite to kill them both.
War has never been more deadly… or more fun.

Hi, Dears,
So I’m going to talk about Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It’s the fourteenth book in the Dark-Hunters series. Or the twelfth if you don’t count the Dream-Hunters books. I personally do because there are connections between them. And, no, you don’t have to read all the other books in the series before you read Acheron. The previous books include some background and various events leading up to things that happen in Acheron, but you won’t be lost if you choose to skip ahead. I would advise reading the other ones because they’re fantastic books and each one is wonderful. Also, Acheron (or Ash, I’ll call him both) takes a part in almost every one of the other books. You come to love him throughout the series and when you finally get to read his story, it’s so much better when you already care about him.
I’ve read Acheron more than once and every time it’s exactly the same: I cry, and cry. And then I cry some more. Then I laugh, and laugh, and laugh some more. The book is split into two parts: Ash’s human life, and Ash’s life after he’s killed and becomes a god. Ash’s human life was, to put it nicely, absolutely fucking terrible. I really don’t have any words to describe it. Basically, every bad thing that could ever, even remotely possibly, happen to him, fucking does. I can’t even tell you how many times I cried during the first half of the book.
But don’t worry. The second half makes it all worth it. And Kenyon didn’t write the first part to be depressing. She wrote it because it’s essential to know what happened to Ash to be able to understand who he is as a character.
I’m going to try not to talk too much about the first half now, because much as I think it’s an important part of the story, it is pretty damn sad.
The second half is wonderful. Soteria(Tory) is a great character. She’s ambitious, caring and funny. She and Ash are perfect together. They are one of my favorite couples I’ve ever read about. Everything that happened to Ash as a human weighs so heavily on him, even eleven thousand years later. (Yes, that’s 11,000 years later. What’d you expect? He’s a god.) Tory helps him to get past it, and see that nothing he did or didn’t do could have prevented what happened. It wasn’t his fault, it was other people being assholes because they’re assholes. Not because he deserved it.
If you’ve read any of the Dark-Hunter books, you know there’s a lot of action, a lot of sex, and ridiculous amounts of humor. These books make me laugh so fucking much. I highly recommend all of them, but most especially Acheron. He still remains my favorite character of the series, which Kenyon is still writing more of. So, go to your local library or book store and get it, (or all of them) so you can love it too.
-Antonia

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Hades – Alexandra Adornetto

Summary:
Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier’s love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can’t keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth’s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well.
The story that Alexandra Adornetto built in her New York Times-bestselling debut, Halo, comes alive in action packed and unexpected ways, as angels battle demons, and the power of love is put to the test.
Review:
In the second book of the Halo Trilogy so much happens. The book starts six months after where the first ends. Beth and Xavier are trying to have a normal relationship, or as normal as it gets in a human/angel relationship. Things are going perfectly fine until Beth’s friend Molly, which as I mentioned in my review of Halo is a fucking moron, decides that they should perform a seance on Halloween. Because she’s an idiot. Molly basically guilts Beth into doing this with them, and Beth plays along because she wants to make her friend happy. Which leads to the villain, Jake Thorn, who Gabriel and Ivy defeated in the last book, to be set loose among the population again. Jake uses Beth’s unselfish caring for those that she cares about, one of the many traits I love about her, to lure Beth to Hell. Beth continues to be the character I fell in love with in the first book. While she’s in Hell, being held against her will, all she does is think of a way to get back to her friends and family, Xavier too of course. Even in Hell, she stays the selfless, caring, slightly ignorant angel she’s always been. I love that about her, no matter what situation she’s in, she doesn’t let her values change. And while she’s trying to find a way home, her loved ones are also doing everything they can to get her back. Gabriel is doing everything he can with the big man upstairs with Ivy right at his side and Xavier never leaves the pair, trying to help them in any way he can. When the book starts, I really REALLY hate Jake, but as it progresses I kind of want to love him. But he just keeps showing that he’s an asshole, so I start to hate him all over again. The way Adornetto writes about her characters just makes me want to love all of them, even if I actually hate them a lot.
This book, like the first, kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happens next. The way it’s written makes it easy to love all the characters, as I mentioned, and when the book ends you’re left wanting so much more. I’ll mention, as I did in my review of Halo, Hades is a little heavy on the religion end of things. But I mean, the main characters ARE angels, so you should expect at least a little bit of that stuff and junk. But regardless of that, Hades was still a fantastic book that I couldn’t put down until I was done. If this review makes you want to read this book then you should probably go look at my review for Halo and start there.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Beastly by Alex Flinn

Goodreads Summary: A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright–a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.
You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever–ruined–unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.


If I had to choose ONE book as my favorite. Just one. Yes, I know. An impossible task. Especially for me because I rarely dislike a book. I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve read that I actually hated. And I’ve read a lot of books. But if I had to choose one, it would be Beastly by Alex Flinn. I’m not sure of half the reasons why I love this book so much. I think most of it stems from my love of Beauty and the Beast. It’s my favorite fairytale and Flinn does a wonderful job of portraying a modern version of it.
What I love most is watching the main character Kyle/Adrian grow as a character. At the beginning, Kyle is, quite frankly, a spoiled fucking brat. He is so ridiculously annoying. He feels entitled because his father has money, he treats girls like shit because he’s attractive, and he uses stereotypes to bully anyone who doesnt fit into his idea of how people should think, look, and act. I absolutely hated him for the first part of the book. However, his curse, his father’s inattention, and Lindy’s fantastic personality all force him to reevaluate how he views himself and everyone else. The thing I love most about this book is watching, step by step, as Hunter becomes a better person. And I think the progression of his feelings is fairly realistic as well.
I also love the modern adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Flinn does a really good job of mixing the original fairytales with modern ideas. (If you haven’t read her other fairytale books, you really should. They’re all great.)
And lastly, I absolutely fucking adore Kyle and Lindy’s relationship. I think they really complement each other and they help each other to grow and be better people just by being together. It’s one of my favorite love stories.
I 100% recommend this book. I can’t even count how many times I’ve read it. If you haven’t and enjoy fairytales or YA paranormal (Slightly. There’s some magic. And a witch. But that’s it.) then definitely put it on the to-read list. At the top. Better yet, just get off your computer and go get it right now.

As a side note, I have seen the movie. I didn’t particularly like or dislike it. I didn’t think it followed the book very well and if I hadn’t read it I think I would have liked it more. If you saw the movie, whatever your opinion about it, it’s very different from the book so please don’t base wanting to read it on the movie. Golden rule: Never judge a book by its fucking movie.
-Antonia

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Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts

Hi Dears,
In this post I’m going to do the Bride Quartet series by Nora Roberts. Though the four books go together, each one follows a specific character so I’m going to go over each one.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts cordially invites you to meet childhood friends Parker, Emma, Laurel, and Mac—the founders of Vows, one of Connecticut’s premier wedding planning companies.

Vision in White (Book One)
Goodreads Summary: Wedding photographer Mackensie “Mac” Elliot is most at home behind the camera, but her focus is shattered moments before an important wedding rehearsal when she bumps into the bride-to-be’s brother…an encounter that has them both seeing stars.
A stable, safe English teacher, Carter Maguire is definitely not Mac’s type. But a casual fling might be just what she needs to take her mind off bridezillas. Of course, casual flings can turn into something more when you least expect it. And Mac will have to turn to her three best friends-and business partners-to see her way to her own happy ending.

What I loved about this book was the fact that Mac doesn’t want to fall in love and Carter does. A lot of romance novels follow the sterotype that the man doesn’t want to commit and the woman does but this one is the opposite. It’s refreshing to see a male character who knows what he wants, says exactly what he’s thinking and feels, and isn’t insecure about it. Carter grew up in a loving family, has a good job, a nice house and when he meets Mac and falls in love with her, he’s not afraid of it. He doesn’t see any reason to play games or lie about it. He tells her and doesn’t expect or want her to make promises she doesn’t mean.
What I didn’t like (something I probably won’t say often because I love everything about my books in an obnoxious way) is just the fact that Mac annoys the shit out of me. Her character just thinks a lot differently than I do. Which is great except for the fact that I’m sitting here reading it like, “oh my fucking god, Mac. Don’t do that.” or “Why didn’t you fucking do that?” So it’s not really anything specific to the book that I don’t like, Mac just irritates me personally.

Bed of Roses (Book Two)
Goodreads Summary: In Bed of Roses, florist Emma Grant is finding career success with her friends at Vows wedding planning company, and her love life appears to be thriving. Though men swarm around her, she still hasn’t found Mr. Right. And the last place she’s looking is right under her nose.
But that’s just where Jack Cooke is. He’s so close to the women of Vows that he’s practically family, but the architect has begun to admit to himself that his feelings for Emma have developed into much more than friendship. When Emma returns his passion—kiss for blistering kiss—they must trust in their history…and in their hearts.

Emma and Jack’s story was my second favorite of the series. Emma, Mac, Laurel, Parker, Parker’s brother Delaney, and Delaney’s best friend have been close for years. They’ve been like a family for years. When Emma and Jack shifted their relationship from friends to romantic, Nora Roberts did a great job of showing how the group of six changed also.
I really enjoy the range of emotions and traits that Roberts gives her characters. Emma’s a born romantic and often views relationships through rose colored glasses. But when Jack stubbornly doesn’t want to become too serious, she doesn’t let him treat her that way.

Savor the Moment (Book Three)
Goodreads Summary: Laurel McBane has always relied on her friends for support, especially when her dream of attending culinary school was almost ruined by her parents’ financial problems. Now Laurel is repaying the kindness of her friends by creating extravagantly luscious tiers of cakes and other confectionary delights that add the perfect touch to their clients’ weddings. As for romance, Laurel believes in it — in theory. But she’s too low-key to appreciate all the luxuries that other women seem to long for. What she does appreciate is a strong, intelligent man, a man just like Parker’s older brother, Delaney Brown, on whom Laurel has had a mega crush since childhood. But some infatuations last longer than others, and Laurel is convinced that the Ivy League lawyer is still out of her reach. Plus, Del is too protective of Laurel to ever cross the line with her, or so she thinks. When Laurel’s quick- silver moods get the better of her — leading to an angry, hot, altogether mind-blowing kiss with Del — she’ll have to quiet the doubts in her mind to turn a moment of passion into forever…
Laurel has been in love with Parker’s brother for most of her life but never said anything because Delaney always considered her an honorary sister. (Men are fucking idiots.) When Laurel loses her temper and forces Del to rethink the way he thinks of her, their relationship changes in sometimes awkward, often hilarious, sickeningly sweet, and occasionally infuriating ways. What I like most about Laurel and Del’s relationship is the easy comraderie between them. Since they grew up together they already know everything about each other and in a lot of ways that made it easier for them to slide from frienship to romance.
Laurel and Del made me laugh constantly which is something I seriously love in a book. But both of them were so stubborn it was frustrating at times.

Happy Ever After (Book Four)
Goodreads Summary: Parker Brown turned the quartet’s childhood game of Wedding Day into their dream jobs. And now she’s the face of Vows—the one who meets every bride’s demands; keeps every event on schedule; and brings Emma’s romantic flowers, Laurel’s delicious treats, and Mac’s stunning photgraphy together in one glorious package. She knows how to make dreams come true…
Mechanic Malcom Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker Brown—with her mile-long legs—is no exception. But as a good friend to Parker’s brother, Mal knows that moving from minor flirtation to major hookup is a serious step.
No man has rattled Parker in a long time, but the motorcycle-riding, raven-haired Mal seems to have a knack for it. His passionate kisses always catch her of guard, much like her growing feelings for him. Parker’s business risks have always paid off, but now she’ll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart.

This was my favorite book in the series. I want Malcom to magically jump out of the book and I will love him forever. I think my favorite thing about the book is how similar Parker is to me. Malcom confuses, rattles, and catches her off her guard, which are things that hardly ever happen to her. We see Parker a lot throughout the other books and finally seeing her out of her element was entertainging to say the least. Parker and Malcom are a lot different and it was cool to see them interact and mesh their personalities so they balanced each other instead of constantly butting heads.

Even though the four books each follow one specific couple, we see all of them throughout the books and it’s hard not to get attached to them. It was great to be able to watch all of them and see every aspect of each characters lives. This was the second or third time I’ve read this series. It’s one of my favorites. I personally think they’re four books that you can read over and over again and love every time. I highly recomend them.
-Antonia

Halo – Alexandra Adornetto

Summary:
Three angels-Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human- are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments.
Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong.
The angels’ mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?
Review:
Oh. My. God. I don’t care what anyone else says about this book, it was fantastic. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. Bethany is the main character of the book, and it’s her first time traveling to Earth and being in a human body. The fact that she’s so young definitely shows. She’s ignorant of almost all things 21st century. So ignorant that it might annoy you as you read. Personally, I thought it was funny and that Alexandra Adornetto got the point of Beth’s youth across very well. She’s just like any normal teenage girl, except that she’s an angel. She knows that she can’t stay on Earth, and once she’s fallen in love with Xavier it becomes a huge internal dilemma. I liked Beth because throughout the trilogy she was always a very honest character and was almost always more concerned about those she loves more than herself. This book kept me on my toes, I didn’t know what to expect next. Although, I’ll admit there were a few things that I saw coming a mile away. The way the Adornetto wrote had me fall in love with all the characters almost immediately. Another big thing about this book was the religious aspect of it. Gabriel, Ivy, and Bethany are angels sent to Earth to defeat the evil that’s happening all over town. And to do this the trio needs to make the town have faith in God again. There is a lot of God talk and things along that line. I’m not a terribly religious person and I’m not one to get offended about religion unless someone is pushing it on me. This book isn’t like that. It isn’t pushed onto the reader, it’s just mentioned, frequently. So if religion talk bothers you this book may not be for you. I think the only thing I didn’t like about this book was the girl that took Beth under her wing, Molly. I hated her more and more as I kept reading. She was just the stupidest, most air-headed girl and it seriously irritated me. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys the supernatural young adult types of books.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Maximum Ride by James Patterson

Goodreads summary:Six unforgettable kids—with no families, no homes—are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that’s just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don’t know where they come from, who’s hunting them, why they are different from all other humans… and if they’re meant to save mankind—or destroy it.
Dearest Readers,
So, since we just started our blog, we figured we’d do a few reviews of some of the series’ we’ve read recently. Ready… Set… GO!
For my first post, I want to talk about a series that I ABSOLUTELY fucking loved. The Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. There’s eight books: The Angel Experiment, School’s Out Forever, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, The Final Warning, Max, Fang, Angel, and Nevermore.
These books are amazing. I read the entire series in about a week. I got the first three from the library and went through them like fucking water, then proceeded to harass Amanda for most of a day until she gave me the rest of them. (She took much longer than I thought was necessary.)
My favorite thing about these books was how the six main characters were raised in a science lab as experiments and after they escaped, they lived by themselves, learning about the world through TV, internet, and books. I think Patterson did a fantastic job of showing how awkward and out of place the characters feel around other people. As the series progresses, you see them grow and learn about other people and the world in general but they always have that sense that they don’t belong. I also think he did a good job of showing how even though the six children (ages 7-14) are trying to save the world, they’re still very young and in a lot of respects want and think the same things other children their ages want and think.
I also loved the familial relationship between them. Only two of the kids are actually related, but they’ve all spent their entire lives together. They’ve grown up together, fought together, almost died together. And although they disagree and fight as siblings tend to do, you never lose the feeling that they’re a family and take care of each other. These books are funny, bad-ass, suspenseful, fucking infuriating, and a little bit romantic. I definitely consider it one of my new favorite series and strongly advise whoever’s reading this to go get these books as quickly as physically possible.
-Antonia