Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West

11988046From Goodreads:

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

Review:

There is not a book by Kasie West that I’ve read and haven’t immediately fallen in love with. Pivot Point is no different.

This book has a very interesting premise: a place called The Compound where everyone has special powers. Addie has the power of divergence; she can see into the future and live out both sides of a decision. When her dad gives her the choice to live in the normal human world with him, she decides to see what would happen if she stays or if she goes.

This book was wonderfully written, weaving both sides of Addie’s life between each chapter. Addie is highly relatable and down to earth. It wasn’t difficult to get invested into the story because her voice is very distinctive and easy to follow.

It was interesting seeing how both of her lives played out and seeing how one choice could alter so much in the long run.

Addie has two lives, and consequently, two romances. Seeing how Addie interacted with each boy was interesting because she was different with both of them. Trevor was sweet and charming, but she had to keep her secret from him, while Duke was the star quarterback and he knew everything about her. Each romance seemed genuine, yet obviously one stood higher than the other. (TEAM TREVOR! <3)

It was interesting seeing the paranormal concept even if it wasn’t all that well explained. There was also an interesting mystery going on that Kasie West interestingly put together alongside Addie’s story.

I’ve got to say that her power was both a blessing and a curse. Having the foreknowledge of a decision you did and didn’t make is definitely very stressful. If I were in Addison’s position I would have no idea which path I’d take. In each path Addison has a certain life and she’d be giving up something different in each one. Not to mention that there’s an impressive cast of side characters and they each contribute something amazing to each side of the story.

“It was hard when I knew I was about to be flooded with memories of a life I hadn’t lived yet. Really, two lives I hadn’t lived yet.”

Overall, Pivot Point is another amazing book by Kasie West that’ll have you captivated from start to finish. The ending will leave you breathless and with the biggest hangover ever.

4stars addtogoodreads

LoveMarianne

 

What’s On Your Book Wish List?

Carmel over at Rabid Reads  had a great Weekly Question this week, and I thought I would ask one similar. For those that celebrate Christmas, what’s on your book wish list this season? For those that don’t celebrate, if you were going to buy or receive books anytime soon, what would be on your wish list?

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I love getting books as gifts, but unless I give specifics, it’s hard for my husband to get me book gifts. So, he’ll either give me a gift card or just let me pick out my books myself. So, this year I picked out an autographed copy of Maggie Stiefvater’s Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Boys #3) and The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. I have them already, and told my hubby not to worry with wrapping them (we don’t usually do much Christmas gift exchanging between ourselves, it’s mostly for our kids anyway). I was hoping to read them by now, but things have been so crazy!!!

(On a side note, aren’t both these covers gorgeous?!?!)

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Anyway, that’s all that was on my wish list, at least for purchasing myself (LOL!). There’s tons of other books I’d love to have, read, or re-read, but I’m restraining myself. I have soooo many books on my physical shelves & my Kindle shelves that I REALLY need to read before I buy any more books. I keep telling myself that, but more books keep catching my interest. So, we’ll see, LOL.

So, what’s on your book wish list?

Merry Christmas (to those that celebrate) & Happy Reading to everyone!! :-)

LoveTricia

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

these broken starsFrom goodreads:

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

A timeless love story, These Broken Stars sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

Review…

As with most books, I read them knowing very little and sometimes I don’t even read the entire blurb, sometimes it’s just the first line and that’s it.  What I look for are: what genre or sub-genre does it fall in to on Amazon and the average rating.

These Broken Stars had an average of 3.97 stars on goodreads which is really good and on Amazon it falls under Science Fiction and Fantasy.  In my book it’s all one big WIN.

However…

It started off slow and had a hard time connecting with Lilac and Tarver.  Not to mention, the beginning felt a bit insta-lovey which is a complete turn off to me and sometimes it’s difficult for me to overlook.  And when I say insta-lovey, I mean that they have this attraction to each other immediately but they don’t act on it because of politics. *sigh of relief* Thank goodness.  Also, it’s light on the element of sci-fi.

But on the flip-side…I really loved this book.

Let me explain.

Think Titanic meets Castaway meets 2001: A Space Odyssey because once I became engaged in this story, that’s how it played out in my head.

One of the best parts of the book is being stranded on an alien planet!  Both Tarver and Lilac became unlikely partners because they had to flee the unsinkable Icarus. They didn’t want to but ultimately they had to rely on each for their survival.  It’s that very journey of survival that I absolutely enjoyed.

And lastly, I loved the bit about the whisperers.  That gave me anxiety and kept me on the edge of my seat every time they made their presence known. *shudders*

“For a moment the image before us is frozen: our world, our lives, reduced to a handful broken stars half lost in uncharted space. Then it’s gone, the view swallowed by the hyperspace winds streaming past, blue-green auroras wiping the after-images away.
Until all that’s left is us.”

At the end of TBS there’s a preview of This Shattered World (Starbound, #2) and OHMAGAWD it’s gonna be good. Quite possibly even way better than this one! ;)

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How Are Bookworms Treated in Your Household?

It feels good to be back. I am {finally} done with the semester and therefore can finally get back to doing what i love most: blogging. 

I WAS going to post a boring review today, but I decided to ask something very important: 

Does your family understand you?

Before you start calling me an angsty teen, I just mean do they understand that you’re a bookworm? 

In my case, they do… but they don’t. I’ll explain. 

Whenever I get a new book in the mail, my mother exclaims “ANOTHER book? Don’t you get tired of reading?” while my grandfather says “you should just open a library”. It’s awkward when asked what I want for Christmas or Birthdays because as a bookworm, my first choice will be books. My mom doesn’t like that. She says I have “too many”. She literally frowns at me when I buy more books.

It’s not that my family is ignorant, it just that they were never raised in a time where reading was anything other than a small hobby. 

At the end of the day, my family respects my love for books regardless. I still have to justify hoarding buying so many books, and I still struggle to ask for books as presents (hint: ask for a gift card and use THAT to buy books ;)), but they know how important it is to me so they respect it. (I still get into debates with my mom about why you don’t just get rid of the books you’ve already read. Haha. )

And hey, at least I can go to a bookstore and my mom will feel charitable enough to buy me a book (and letting me buy that stack of books I’m carrying, t00).

I’d really love to know how your family reacts to your bookish obsession. Let me know in the comments below! 

LoveMarianne

Do You Read Holiday Books?

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For most of us, it’s time for the holidays. Yay!! Does this time of the year put you in the mood for holiday books? I love holiday movies (have to watch Christmas Vacation at least once before Christmas!!) and some holiday music helps me get in the spirit. But, I’m not big on reading holiday books.

It’s not that I don’t like them or don’t read them at all. I will read some occasionally. It’s not a must though. If one of my favorite authors has a holiday book out, I’ll read it (especially if it’s part of a series) – but I’d probably read it anyway even if it wasn’t during the holidays!

“Oooooh it’s time for the holidays, I must read some holiday books!”

That’s not me. *shrugs*

I read whatever I want whenever I want, LOL! It’s the same for other holidays, like Valentine’s Day doesn’t make me want to read more romance (I read enough as it is *snickers*), and Halloween doesn’t make me want to read more scary books (I’m not a reader of horror anyway). My TBR list would be even more out of control if I started adding a bunch of holiday books to it! Plus, I find I have less and less time to read this time of year anyway, so I just read whatever I can when I can. If it happens to be a holiday book, that’s great – if it happens to be something else, that’s great too!

What about you – do you read holiday books during the holidays? If so, does it help you get in the right mood for the holidays? Or does the holidays put you in the mood for holiday reading? Hope everyone has a great week and finds some reading time!!

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LoveTricia

Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

puddlejumpingFrom goodreads:

When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional.

Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special.

Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating.

Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out.

When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls.

Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.

Review…

This is the best contemporary YA romance I have read in a long while and I don’t make statements like that very often.

It’s a beautiful and engaging story about loving someone in the purest form possible and it was incredibly inspiring.  Aaaaaand I read it in one day. Yes. ONE. DAY. *shrugs*

“It begins with a boy and it ends with a boy, but what story doesn’t?”

The writing alone is fantastic.  Puddle Jumping is written in such a way that I felt as though I was reading Lilly’s diary or as if she were in my kitchen and telling me about her relationship with Colton over a cup of coffee.  It felt personal, intimate and genuine.

Contemporary  YA romance can sometimes feel forced and not always real but this book is how these stories should be written.  It’s an honest look at what we perceive to be traditional or a conventional kind of love and it was refreshing.

“It really is a shame more movies aren’t like real life. Maybe then we wouldn’t have such high expectations and feel let down by our own existence so much.”

Lilly Grace is a fabulous heroine because she loves Colton for who he is despite all the challenges and that was the best part of this story.  It’s hopeful.  And Colton, he’s just wonderful.  There’s an innocence about Colton that it’s easy to see why Lilly fell fast and hard for him.  I know I did. *wink*

“This emptiness inside of me here,” he placed my hand on his chest, “means I love you. When you’re not here, I can’t focus. It’s too loud . . . But my heartbeat does this when you’re close.”

It’s not a very long book at all, roughly 100+ pages or so but HO BOY does it pack a little punch and I just couldn’t get enough.  Add it to you TBR and you can thank me later. ;)

4halfstars

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The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

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From goodreads:

If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all…a love story.

Review…

Man. This may be one of the hardest book I’ve ever reviewed. I didn’t hate it but.. I didn’t like it that much either. I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW WHAT MY EMOTIONS ARE DOING. Amy Harmon’s writing is still lovely, that is one thing I’ll forever say when you say Amy Harmon. Lovely, lyrical and seep-through-your-bones kind of writing. That’s Amy Harmon for you.

Okay, confession. When an author I love releases a new book, I can’t help but compare it to his/her previous work. AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO DOES THAT? AM I BAD PERSON for doing that???

Because that’s totally what I did and maybe that’s one of the reasons I didn’t love the book that much.  The love of Moses and Georgia isn’t that believable to me. The whole time I am trying to control my temper towards Georgia because I’m sorry but I’m not a fan of martyr and girls-who-wants-to-save-the-guy kind of heroine. She’s so.. so… so naïve. And I can’t take that she’s so smart but totally goes brainless when it comes to Moses.

The guy has issues. He’s pushing people away. OH MY GOD WHERE DID I MEET THIS GUY??? Oh yeah, in every new adult book.

But you know what, despite of that, I did my best to ignore the cliché-ness of this character. I wanna love Moses. I really do. But this guy is a robot. Emotionless. And what’s worse is.. he didn’t even developed as a character through out the book. You know what this proves? That Georgia IS kind of dumb. Because, you see, Moses did something to her in the past and FAST FORWARD TO 7 YEARS, the guy still hasn’t changed.

And Georgia was all “I’M A STRONG WOMAN. I AM CHANGED BECAUSE OF PAIN. BLAH BLAH BLAH”

Then Moses looks at her.

I think we all know what happened next.

This is the reason I did not buy the love story.. because I did not like the characters AT ALL. No connection or anything like that. Such a shame.

And lastly.. It is unfair and kind of wrong to sell a book without telling the readers what the book is actually about, right? I mean, it wasn’t even mentioned in the blurb. I love surprises and plot twist just as much as the next book nerd does but, if it’s a MAJOR part of the plot.. I WANNA KNOW.

You’ll understand this once you read the book, it’s not exactly a spoiler, but I don’t want to risk anything. If you really want to know, ASK ME :D

3stars

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The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

the winners curseFrom goodreads:

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

Review…

I love this book.

I might be obsessed.

While I was disappointed in the lack of fantasy, the writing and the story itself make up for it tenfold.  Seriously.

You’ve read the blurb.

You have an idea what this is about.

Yes, two countries at war and I mean that in the past and present tense.  Enter: the Valorians and the Herrani.

“Happiness depends on being free, Kestrel’s father often said, and freedom depends on being courageous.”

Kestrel who happens to be the General’s daughter and Valorian, becomes friends with Arin, a Herrani slave after she aquired him at the auction. Becoming friends might be a strong statement to make but that’s what it evolves to, eventually.

Our fearless heroine is probably one of my favorites that I’ve encountered so far.  She’s all about embracing her feminine side but her strength is being a strategist and HO BOY does that talent ever come in handy during war time.

“Arin smiled. It was a true smile, which let her know that all the others he had given her were not.”

Arin is just brilliant.  He keeps his eye on the prize even though it feels like a betrayal, it isn’t.  At least that’s not the way I perceived it to be.  There’s more to Arin than being a slave and slowly but surely those details are revealed.

This is how a forbidden romance should be written.  There’s no insta-love and it all started over a game of cards. There’s not even a mention of how handsome he is or how stunning she is, nothing.  Feelings are developed over time and through secrets that are shared.  And that, boys and girls felt incredibly genuine.

Marie  Rutkoski has delivered a beautifully written story about a Valorian and Herrani that despite all odds, fall in love. *dreamy sigh*

Oh and I should mention, the ending is gut-wrenching.

“I agree,” Arin said, “under one condition. You mentioned emissaries. There will be one emissary from the empire. It will be you.”

You might want to hold out reading this book until The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy, #2) is released on 3/5/2015.  Just sayin’.  ;)
 
4halfstars

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How Long Have You Gone Without Reading?

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My family hosted Thanksgiving this year, and we’re getting ready for a quick/mini-vacation; so I’ve been really busy. I haven’t had much time to read. After seeing Carmel’s (over at Rabid Reads) Weekly Question, (What would you do if you were not allowed to read for a WHOLE week?) I realized that it has been at least a WHOLE week since I read a book!!!!! Seriously!! No wonder I’m starting to get a little cranky and impatient – I’m having withdrawals!!

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Reading keeps me sane, and it’s my escape. It’s also my entertainment, my hobby, etc. So, not reading for a WHOLE week gives me withdrawals. I can’t imagine going any longer than that without reading. Also, I can’t remember the longest I’ve ever gone without reading since becoming a busy bookworm in the last few years. I did a quick skim over my Goodreads progress for this year, and it seems a week is my longest. A few years back, I didn’t read as much, but I didn’t have as much time either since I had toddlers. So, I’m sure I went longer between reads but reading wasn’t as important as it is now.

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 For my recent years of being a busy bookworm, a week is my longest gap between reads. What about you – how long have you gone without reading and why?

LoveTricia

Hear Me by Viv Daniels

hear meFrom goodreads:

Listen… the bells have stopped ringing.

Once upon a time, Ivy belonged to Archer, body, heart, and soul. They spent long summer days exploring the forest, and long summer nights exploring each other. But that was before dark magic grew in the depths of the wilderness, and the people of Ivy’s town raised an enchanted barrier of bells to protect themselves from the threat, even though it meant cutting off the forest people—and the forest boy Ivy loved—forever.

And there’s a naked man lying in the snow.

Three years later, Ivy keeps her head down, working alone in her tea shop on the edge of town and trying to imagine a new future for herself, away from the forest and the wretched bells, and the memory of her single, perfect love. But in the icy heart of winter, a terrifying magic blooms—one that can reunite Ivy and Archer, or consume their very souls.

*Not meant for readers under 18.*

Review…

Hear Me was a quick and addictive read, I seriously couldn’t put it down.   Sometimes with a steamy read, you get writing that borders on mediocrity and but not with this book.  Viv Daniel’s writing is brilliant!

“Maybe there was a place where the people were safe, where Archer and his kin had carved out a place free from danger. Or maybe the dark magic her father had feared had consumed them all, and turned the only boy she’d ever loved into a monster beyond reckoning.”

And what I loved about this story was the fantasy element of the forest!! *throws confetti in the air*

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Archer, came from the forest and fell in love with Ivy, a townie.  But as life would have it, they were separated and so begins all the drama of being reunited.

There’s a certain darkness when it came to Archer that I thoroughly enjoyed and I wished that could have been explored more.  Also, when Ivy and Archer gave in to their carnal desires *snickers* (don’t mind me…I crack myself up) it was quick and unexpected which felt jarring, the tension would have lasted longer.

The pacing was quick, almost too quick and had it been a full length novel vs. a novella, I don’t think I would have had issues with that or even with Archer and Ivy’s intimate moments.  Actually, the more I think about it the more I know that this book had no business being a short story. *sigh*

I’m not one to re-tell a story because I’m incredibly lazy *shrugs* but the less you know, the better off you are.  Who doesn’t love being pleasantly surprised? *wink*

“She just had to be careful and clever and brave. She could be Puss in Boots; she could be Jack the Giant-Killer. She knew all the rules. Her father had taught her when she was just a girl, and her father knew everything about the forest.”

Reading Hear Me is like being in a dream because the imagery is creepy and beautiful which was the best thing about the book!  Despite the its flaws, I still highly recommend it!  :)

*Note: Viv Daniels is the pen name for Diana Peterfreund*

4stars

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