Blog Tour: Residue by Laury Falter {Review}

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Welcome to my stop of Residue Blog Tour! This Blog Tour is hosted by AToMR Tours. 

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When Jocelyn Weatherford is whisked away from a preparatory academy in upstate New York to live with her extended family in New Orleans, she is unprepared to encounter the dangers awaiting her. Yet even as she is thrust into an unfamiliar world of witches and voodoo magic, the greatest threat of all may be the boy she has fallen for.

While handsome and charming, he is also a Caldwell… a member of the family the Weatherford’s have been feuding with for centuries. As their forbidden love grows it becomes the volatile spark that forever changes their world and everyone in it.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Release Date: 13th April 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo 

Review:

I still can’t believe that this book would be good. After three chapters in, I suddenly thought “this is a Romeo and Juliet retelling”. I was, I admit, disappointed when I come into that conclusion. Let me explain as to WHY. 

First, I am NOT a fan of Romeo and Juliet love story. Second, their families are so RIDICULOUS. Third, the way they die is so ABSURD. I hate it. >:( Ugh. BUT, after reading this Residue book, I came to like it. Although at some point, I just want to smack the Weatherfords and Caldwells myself for being so unreasonable and stupid too. Oh yeah, I get this instinct, that it’s not really their fault. The families I mean. Well. The answer about… *zips mouth* it’s for me to know and you to find out. 

The writing style of Falter, is pretty good. She keep me going. Keep me reading the book until the end. She proved to my mind that there’s something else. Something bigger than the feud between the families. There is something MORE to the story. That’s why I came to like it. Her characters are great too even though it’s insta-love. I’ve been searching for another kind of love story because these days I get bored with the way the love story was told. But here, it’s not that great, not that bad, so in between that two. That’s STILL saying something in my opinion. 

It still stirred something in me. I didn’t get bored though sure I wish they see the bigger picture already. I think that this is better than that of the original Romeo and Juliet. In terms of the story, characters, conflict, climax. Hmmm… I’m not saying Shakespeare is a bad author. >.< He’s just not a favorite. Also because he let ALL OF HIS characters DIE. I don’t like tragic stories. 

Overall, liked the book and I recommend it to all Young Adult readers out there! :)

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Author PhotoLaury Falter is the author of the bestselling Guardian Trilogy. She 

writes young adult paranormal romances and urban fantasy when she’s not taking 

her stray dogs for a walk or enjoying a date night with her husband.

 

 

Laury has released two series, the Guardian Trilogy and the Residue Series (a 

spinoff of the Guardian Trilogy books), and is currently releasing her third series, 

the Apocalypse Chronicles.

 

To learn more about Laury and her novels, visit her at:

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook

 

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Read: Demonic Dora by Claire Chilton {ARC}

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SHE’S FINALLY MANAGED TO SUMMON HER FIRST DEMON…

Dora Carridine is trying to summon a demon, but she’s not very good at Latin and nothing ever works out the way she plans.

Her life is fraught with weekly exorcisms and having to watch her father’s fire and brimstone TV show every Sunday. So, when Dora finally succeeds in summoning an incompetent demon lord, she’s absolutely delighted when all hell breaks loose.

She thought summoning a sexy demon lord would be the answer to all of her problems, but her problems are only just beginning when her zealot parents try to burn her at the stake, and Dora is left with only one option—to escape and follow her demon straight into Hell.

Ratings: 2 stars

Release Date: 30th June 2013

Where to Buy: Not yet available

Review Copy: NetGalley

Review:

Eeek. It was okay. Hmm… I’m being generous with 2 star. More like 1.5 stars and I just rounded it up. I don’t know why the reviews I saw and the ratings are all 4 to 5 stars. :O

I am disappointed to say the least. I was expecting something more. And what’s up with the use of poo, crap, shit, manure and whatnot as a means of saving or retaliating with other people or I should say demons. WTF. It’s just so wrong. Every time there’s something going on, you bet your arse there’ll be shit in there. *rolls eyes* Why choose SHIT?! WHY?!?! Can’t you use, some other things? Uh, like those birds pecking them instead of shitting on them. Because that is just so fucking GROSS.

And since I mention the word ‘FUCKING’… I do believe this is YA, right? I mean there’s no age mentioned… BUT I liked to think it is Young Adult. Okay. So I know Young Adults nowadays, curse all the time. But that does not mean it’s okay to use FUCKING in a book. NO. It’s not a good promotion for kids/teens. Does that mean it’s okay for kids today to say Fucking for every word they say?! Sorry, but it’s not appropriate language. They should have Warning on the summary.

WARNING: Explicit language content or something.

And from the start I was hoping to know why she do the things she do, I mean you’re a daughter of a priest (this is a bit weird for me since to my knowledge, priests doesn’t marry and have a kid. :O maybe like a preacher of sorts?), so okay, they push you to do stuffs you don’t want to do… But why summon a demon? Why THAT kind of mindset? Cause you’re dark emo? I just don’t get as to WHY she was inclined to do those. She could do drugs or something but why SUMMON A DEMON? WHY is that? Well, whatever, it’s the author’s privilege to do whatever she wants with the story. I just wished it was fully explained.

Kieron… Is something I wished to be a badass. But nooooo… he’s a bit wimpy of sorts. I mean, grow a backbone! You cannot let Dora or anyone else dictate what you need to do. Even Dora got that right. And they don’t have chemistry. Dora and Kieron that is. Well, okay maybe a bit. But not that much as I would have like.

I think the only character I like or rather likable is… Pooey. LMAO. :P He got ninja skills. LOL. I round it up to two stars cause there are some parts that I laugh or smirk. That’s it. And oh, the writing style is a bit normal, uh, simple.

Read: Slated by Teri Terry {01.24.13}

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Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

Ratings: 3/5 stars

Release Date: 24th January 2013

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD

Review:

I’m starting it today.

BOTD: 01.24.13

Wow. After ONE whole week… I finally finish this book. And I don’t know what to rate it. First part is so boring I didn’t bother to read it fast and just take my sweet time. Hmmm… the last part is good.

But honestly, some of the things written here are better off without it. I just didn’t get some of it in the first 1/3 of the book. And oh! I don’t like her Mom when she first met her. But she gradually became my favorite character. I started to like her Mom a lot. :)

And I do have lots of questions that I want to be answered but obviously I had to read the second book for me to get some answers if Terry is giving any anyway. In any case, this is a good book but yeah. got bored with the first part. Second part is okay and the last one is good.

So 3 stars for Slated.

Read: The Prey by Andrew Fukuda {Jan 31st}

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For Gene and the remaining humans—or hepers—death is just a heartbeat away. On the run and hunted by society, they must find a way to survive in The Vast… and avoid the hungry predators tracking them in the dark. But they’re not the only things following Gene. He’s haunted by the girl he left behind and his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side.

When they discover a refuge of exiled humans living high in the mountains, Gene and his friends think they’re finally safe. Led by a group of intensely secretive elders, the civilisation begins to raise more questions than answers. A strict code of behaviour is the rule, harsh punishments are meted out, young men are nowhere to be found—and Gene begins to wonder if the world they’ve entered is just as evil as the one they left behind. As life at the refuge grows more perilous, he and Sissy only grow closer. In an increasingly violent world, all they have is each other… if they can only stay alive.

Ratings: 4/5 stars

Release Date: 29th January 2013

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD

Review:

I know! I am so weird. Cause I like the book. It really is a bit fascinating reading a different kind of vampires. Where they are not sparkly and totally ran out of humanity. Incapable of love and reason.

What I don’t like was that it was not based on the first book The Hunt. Where they are in a Dome and all that crap. Well of course, from the last page of first book we know that Gene managed to escape the Heper Institute. But one might think it’ll be lead back in that Institute. That’s what I keep thinking. That he’ll come back for Ashley June.

The second book revolves on how and what happened to Gene and the rest of the Dome people (Sissy, Epap, David, Jacob, Ben) try to survive. And finally some bit of the truth. The history. Finally. But still got some questions going on.

Remember the Amazing Spiderman movie last year? Where there is this evil guy who experimented on himself? It reminds me of the story someone told in this book. LOL. :P

Regardless of that, I am looking forward for the last book of this series and excited to know what is the real deal. I wonder how it will all be explained to us by Fukuda. It is a good read. Although… the ending is like “how many months do I have to wait for the last book?” thing. It’s not the violent reaction though. :p

The Prey by Andrew Fukuda

Are you guys excited for the second installment of The Hunt Series by Andrew Fukuda like me?! Thank God it’ll be January 29th soon. :) I love the book and I hope you all could get some time to read it. :)

I wanted to post a widget in here but since wordpress is not really hosting javascript kind of codes… I posted it in my other blog, Lexie Reads… It’s a widget for The Prey by Andrew Fukuda. :)

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For Gene and the remaining humans—or hepers—death is just a heartbeat away. On the run and hunted by society, they must find a way to survive in The Vast… and avoid the hungry predators tracking them in the dark. But they’re not the only things following Gene. He’s haunted by the girl he left behind and his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side.

When they discover a refuge of exiled humans living high in the mountains, Gene and his friends think they’re finally safe. Led by a group of intensely secretive elders, the civilisation begins to raise more questions than answers. A strict code of behaviour is the rule, harsh punishments are meted out, young men are nowhere to be found—and Gene begins to wonder if the world they’ve entered is just as evil as the one they left behind. As life at the refuge grows more perilous, he and Sissy only grow closer. In an increasingly violent world, all they have is each other… if they can only stay alive.

Release Date: 29th January 2013

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD

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Read: Hooked by Liz Fichera {ARC}

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When Native American Fredricka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done.

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile…

GET HOOKED ON A GIRL NAMED FRED.

Ratings: 3.5/5 stars

Release Date: 29tht January 2013

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&NKobo | TBD

Review Copy: NetGalley

Review:

Uh, I don’t really like watching golf since I don’t understand it. I mean the rules. I do understand you need to swing the club and hit the ball. Lol. But it’s like educational ride for me.

I didn’t even know that golf could be a team kind of game. Anyway, Hooked is not really something new. I mean, sure the golf is new but the story, not so well. Already read it somewhere else.

It is also a bit predictable in some parts. Like that thing between the two bestfriends. I already know how they would end up when I read they are best friends and that the other hates the race of the partner. :/

Although I have to admit that I didn’t expect the ending with the best friends be like that. It’s good that it ends like that. Oh, I don’t really like Ryan that much since he can’t man up. :/ It takes him like a long time to man it up.

I don’t really like the subject of racism, so I don’t like the way the kids treat the Indian kids. Anyway, it is fun and cute read. :)

Review: Eve by Anna Carey {2013 TBR Pile RC}

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The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust…and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

Ratings: 3/5 stars

Release Date: 4th October 2011

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD

Review:

Damn. I finally finished it. It took me six days to read it since I don’t read it continuously. And I don’t know what to think yet.

I don’t really like the way or the reason for the Schools. I find it repulsive but then again, I guess if it’s how the world would be, it’s acceptable. For the story I mean. I don’t really find it acceptable now. Or in the next days. It just isn’t right even if the purpose is for greater good.

What I like about this book is the main character herself, Eve. I like her for not being a whiny female protagonist, I like how she pick up herself and try to tend herself on her own. I like how she taught them to read. How she care about her friends.

I read in a review that why do the author have to build up the story about the school. Why educate the girls and all that stuffs they do in the school if the girls would be like THAT. (view spoiler)

I get it now. The School is trying to gain the girls’ trusts. They need that in order to do whatever the hell they want without too many complications. It’s more easy to educate them, try to gain their trusts, give them medicines, ‘care’ for them.

Sooo anyway, that’s how I see it and I did enjoy some parts of the book. It is good. :)

For people like me who loved Play With Me by Piper Shelly. An exclusive excerpt from the first chapter of Tony’s story. :) Yay!!!

Love Stories

I feel like I should say something. Something like… All of you, who read PLAY WITH ME, loved it, posted a review on Goodreads and Amazon, and keep sending me messages, yeah, all you guys rock!

I never expected this hype about the book to happen, but 12,000 people have read the book in less than two months. And seriously, if you imagine that number of people in one place, you could fill a concert hall with them. This is amazing. Thank you very much!

As a little “give-back-to-you”, I thought some of you might like to get a glimpse at the story as it continues. Tony’s book is already in progress, and here’s an exclusive excerpt from the first chapter.

Happy reading!

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Read: Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz

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Schuyler Van Alen is running out of time. The Dark Prince of Hell is storming the Gates of Paradise, intent on winning the heavenly throne for good. This time he has his greatest angels by his side, Abbadon and Azrael—Jack and Mimi Force, as they are known in the Coven.

Or so he thinks. Even as Lucifer assigns Jack and Mimi the tasks of killing their true loves, the Force twins secretly vow to defeat the Dark Prince once and for all. But how far will Mimi and Jack go to conceal their real loyalties?

Meanwhile, former vampire Bliss Llewellyn has joined forces with Lawson, the greatest wolf of the underworld, to free his people from their imprisonment in Hell. As they struggle against impossible odds, an ancient message, woven into the very fabric of time, reveals just how much depends on the success of their mission.

Lucifer seeks the key to the Gate of Promise, and when Schuyler is taken captive and delivered straight to Hell, she must make an unthinkable choice—the same one the archangel Michael was forced to make during the Crisis in Rome. Will Schuyler find the strength to do what he could not?

The epic, heartbreaking Blue Bloods series comes to a close with this final novel about staggering courage, unbearable sacrifice, and the immortality of true love.

Ratings: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 15th January 2013

Where to Buy:  B&N | TBD

Review:

Can’t believe that after this book, it’s over now. :(
But I’m gonna read this one and put off my other CR for now.

OMG! I finished it! It’s really really sad that this is the last book. :( I love this series that much. Don’t really care about what others would say. The battle is not that epic but really, it’s memorable. It’s just right.

I was a bit afraid that there’ll be no battle like what happened in Rapture (Fallen series), but thank heavens, that it didn’t end like that. And the secret is not that surprising since I think we all know that that would be her true… uh, yeah. Not saying anything. *zips mouth*

At first, I kinda forgot what happened in the sixth or even in the fifth book and I should really refresh my mind before reading it but oh, well. What’s done is done. Anyway, I do suggest that you read Wolf Pact though. But you’ll survive even if you don’t. Like what I did. ;)

And I freakin’ cried. :( I really liked the ending. And oh, that last chapter, makes me think that he should have his own series. LOL. It’s surprising he’ll be the new Regent. And that conduit… *zipping mouth tighter*

Anyway, love it! Even Jack, I mean, I always love Jack but of course, he’s great at acting like he don’t care, that I don’t like him that much sometimes. :P