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Thursday, May 28, 2015

OwlCrate - May Box (Parallel Worlds)

Hii, you darlings! I received my first monthly book subscription box a few days ago and I thought I'd share with you some photos and my thoughts! :D I had mentioned in a Week in the Nest post that I signed up for OwlCrate, a monthly YA book subscription service, and that it appealed to me because each month was focused on a theme. These monthly boxes will contain a highly anticipated new YA release and 3-5 bookish goodies. Every once in a while they will ship an adult novel that's been embraced by the YA community. The May box theme was Parallel Worlds and was said to contain an Urban Fantasy YA novel.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: CINDER by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles #1
Publication Date: January 1, 2012
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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.
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"She was a cyborg, and she would never go to the ball."

I have an undying love for fairy tales and this was my first retellings book. Needless to say, I la-la-LOVED all the Cinderella parallels. It blew my expectations right out the water to be honest. I didn't expect such a complex story or an equally complex yet wonderful group of characters. Cinder quickly became one of my top fave heroines of all time! She's sarcastic, intelligent and brave. She's a take-action kind of character that I always love to read about. She's just so bad-ass and awesome :D

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Review: COMPULSIVE by Lia Fairchild

Title: Compulsive
Authors: Lia Fairchild
Liar #1
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
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Lies hurt.

Lies destroy.

But some lies protect...and heal. At least that's what Gray Donovan had hoped for. She's a compulsive liar using it as a defense mechanism to survive life and her shattered past.

When she starts seeing therapist Daniel Harrison, she can no longer deny the truths that have haunted her for so many years. She must now stand and face the,.

Opening up to Daniel leaves her exposed and vulnerable. When her soul is bared to him, she can't contain the attraction or the feelings he elicits.

Daniel feels drawn to his new patient, but knows he will have to fight it in order to resurrect Gray from her demons. His will and his judgement are tested when he must overcome his own doubts and face his own secrets.
**Content Warning: Due to language and sexual situations, this book is intended for 18+ only**

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"I want to know that when I speak, my words are genuine...and from my heart."

I haven't read many "forbidden love"-esque novels but the moment I read the blurb for Compuslive, I was intrigued! This was the first time that I've come across a romance between a therapist and their patient, so a big check mark for being unique. The story was touching and I really liked how the relationship between the heroine and hero developed. It didn't feel forced or rushed even if it did play out in a span of a few days. And although the blurb hints at Daniel's secrets, they weren't really touched on. This book was very much focused on Gray and her growth.