Sassy and Sexy Romance Blog Party

Hello everyone! Today, I am very excited to tell you all about the Sassy and Sexy Blog Party hosted by Crystal Perkins and Tera Lynn Childs. Together they are celebrating the release of Creating a Love and Trying Texas, the third book in their series’ (the sexy Griffin Brothers and the sassy City Chicks). There is a blog party hosted on Facebook, guest hosts, giveaways, and excerpts from the books! All the information will be down below, so be sure to check out! There’s going to be loads of fun on the interwebs tomorrow! Don’t miss out!

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Author: Crystal Perkins

Release date: September 2, 2014

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SYNOPSIS

Taking a chance on love…

Photographer Candi Marcus never wanted more than a casual hookup or one night stand. Until she met artist Owen Griffin. For the past two years, she’s only been with him. But it’s still just sex, or at least that’s what she’s told her friends. When he says he wants more, she can finally admit that she loves him.

Facing the past…

Protecting Owen from the illegal street art he did as a teen has already hurt two people he cares about. Now another woman from his past has come to collect her own debt. She needs a fake fiancé in order to get her inheritance and she’s not taking no for an answer. Candi knows the other woman’s in love with her real fiancé, so she convinces Owen to go along with everything, not realizing what it may cost her.

The right choice may cost them everything…

While the fake engagement isn’t easy on either of them, Candi and Owen know that their love is strong enough to handle whatever’s thrown in their path. Or is it? When Owen makes the only choice he can, he risks losing Candi for real. And as friends and family take sides, theirs may not be the only relationship to fall apart. Can an Art Boy prove to the woman he loves that she’s truly the one who owns his heart or will it be too late for her to listen to the reason behind his betrayal?

Creating their love was easy, but fighting for it is the hardest thing they’ve ever done.

EXCERPT from Creating a Love

Candi sighs, and finally moves to sit on the couch. “I was embarrassed about how much of a mess I am over everything. The talk of Mara’s photo on the building, and then Mr. Evans offering me the job photographing your engagement party—which I’m guessing you know about already?” I nod. “It’s just a lot. It hurt a lot. I want to be the one who people are considering putting on the building. And I-I want…dammit…I want to be the one who has an engagement party with you one day.”

She drops her head into her hands. I sit down next to her, and pull her onto my lap. Her face drops onto my shoulder as I rub her back. I let her stay that way for a few minutes before pushing her back a little, and lifting her chin so that she’ll look at me.

“First off, I never want you to feel embarrassed around me. About anything. I mean it. I don’t care how big or small you think something is. If you’re bothered or upset, I want to know. Whether it has to do with me, or work, or God forbid, some other guy you decide is better than me, I’ll always be here for you.”

“I told you before. There’s no one better than you for me, Owen.”

“I wholeheartedly agree. Now let me continue.” That gets me a smile, so I know I’m doing this right. “There’s no one and I mean, no one, other than you who I can imagine ever having their face on the Chicago building or anywhere else that has to do with me. Ever. Do you understand that and believe me?” She nods. “Good. As for the engagement party, I don’t know how I can get out of it. But I want you to think of it as just another party. To me and you, as well as my brothers, my niece, and our close friends, it’s not in any way, shape, or form my engagement party. I hope that we’ll one day have an engagement party for the two of us, too. That will be the real one, the one that matters.”

“I love you so much, Owen.”

“I love you, too.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crystal Perkins has always been a big reader, but she never thought she would write her own book, until she did. She lives in Las Vegas, where you can find her running author events and selling books at conventions when she isn’t reading, buying too many Sherlock t-shirts online or finding a place to put all of her Pop! figurines. A mac and cheese connoisseur, she travels the country looking for the perfect version, while attending book conventions and signings as a cover for her research. The first book in The Griffin Brothers series, GAMING FOR LOVE, is an international best-seller.

PLACES TO STALK CRYSTAL

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Author: Tera Lynn Childs

Release date: September 2, 2014

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SYNOPSIS

Every girl deserves a wild ride…

New Yorker Cassie Bishop has one goal: produce the pilot episode of Try It On to get back in her boss’s good graces. She can handle a month of the dusty Texas outback, filming the social train wreck as a trust fund diva learns how to play cowgirl, if it means salvaging her career. But when the spoiled rich girl bails at the last minute, Cassie has only one option—take her place. Can anyone say yee-haw?

The only hitch is Ty Haywood, the real life, living breathing cowboy who is supposed to train her. He’s smart, funny, and makes a western shirt look tastier than a bag of hot candied cashews. Too bad he’s so deeply rooted in his Texas home.

As the film rolls, Cassie finds herself falling for the hunky cowboy, the raw beauty of the country, and the rhythm of small town life where city pressures—and ulcer medicine— are distant memories. When the month is up and the shoot wraps, will the city girl return home? Or will love and friendships convince her to give country life a try?

EXCERPT from Trying Texas

The pounding woke me.

I lurched up in the tub and my heart raced in my chest.

More pounding. Well, knocking actually.

“Cassie, you in there?” Ty asked through the door.

“Yeah, I—“ My hands went instinctively over my chest, even though the door was still closed, all too aware of what I wasn’t wearing beneath the layer of foamy bubbles. “Is something wrong?”

“Sorry to intrude,” he said. “Gen’s out collecting from the chickens.”

“What?”

“I mean, I wouldn’t normally—“ He stopped and started again. “Gen should be the one to—“ Another hesitation. “You have a call on the house phone.”

“Oh,” I said. “Okay. Thanks. I’ll be right down.”

It had to be Bud, calling to check up on me. No one else had the Haywoods’ number.

Twisting myself up, I pulled the rubber plug from the tub drain and then grabbed the light blue towel I had set on the stool next to the bath. As the coconut lime bathwater swirled down the drain, I quickly dried off and wrapped the towel around my chest.

When I first followed Genevieve into the bathroom, I hadn’t planned on going back downstairs. I hadn’t thought to have clothes waiting—I had been single-mindedly focused on sinking into a day-erasing bath. And, I realized as I crossed to the door, the magic bath had worked. My leg muscles weren’t nearly as angry anymore.

Now all I had to do was to sneak down the hall to my room and pull on my pajamas before—

“Aaack!”

My feet slipped out from under me as I reached for the door handle. Instinct took over, and somehow I managed to stay upright and keep my towel in place.

“Cassie?” Ty threw open the door. “Are you okay?”

“Yeah, I—“ I made a fluttering gesture with my free hand. “I slipped on the wet tile is all. I’m fine.”

“You’re sure?” he asked, as if not quite trusting my insistence. His bright blue eyes scanned over my thankfully-still-towel-covered body.

Every inch of my skin tingled.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever and Just For Fins, and a kick-butt trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa that includes Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, and Sweet Legacy. She has published two e-novellas, Goddess In Time and Pretty In Pearls, and self-published her City Chicks sweet chick lit series, which includes Eye Candy, Straight Stalk, and her newest release Trying Texas. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

PLACES TO STALK TERA

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The Sassy and Sexy Romance Party will take place on Facebook Tuesday night, from 4pm to 8pm Pacific Time. As mentioned above, there will be tons of great guests and prizes, so you should definitely check it out!

Lastly, there is a Rafflecopter giveaway with a ton of copies of both Crystal and Tera’s books as prizes!

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Hope to see you guys at the party! :)

xx

Emma

Book Review: Forever Kinda Love by Clara Stone

Author: Clara Stone

Release date: August 15, 2014

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Format: ebook, 246 pages

SYNOPSIS

Life’s. Little. Surprises.

The last thing seven-year-old Carrigan “Ace” Casper foresaw was an eight-year-old Heath Lovelly walking into her life the day her mother died. From that moment on, Heath sticks by her side, slowly becoming her strength, her confidant, and her entire world. What she doesn’t know is, she’s his saving grace, too.

Ten years later, Ace is handed another crippling challenge that threatens everything in her almost perfect life. Only, this time, she doesn’t turn to Heath, hiding the truth instead. But Heath knows Ace too well and won’t back down easily. He’s ready to do whatever it takes and will stay by her side until she accepts that their love is the kinda love worth fighting for.

Will he be her forever triumph or her unexpected downfall?

Two lives.

One story.

And an unexpected journey to falling in love. — Goodreads

SPOILERS MAY LIE AHEAD. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. YOU’RE WELCOME!

I received an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

I am in love with sweet and heart warming romances and Forever Kinda Love fits that love perfectly!

First, I really adore the cover! The typography is beautiful and the picture itself captures the romance between the leading protagonists, Ace and Heath. I applaud the designer – kudos to you, my friend! :)

I really loved Ace’s characterization. She is strong, independent, and lovable. I couldn’t help but like Ace and silently be her stand-in ghost friend, telling her to just kiss Heath! It was maddening! But those are the kinds of books that I like. The kind of books that make me emotionally invested into a relationship just like Clara managed to do so.

Then, their is sweet and loyal Heath. Could I have him? Please? Like really. My boyfriend has some definite competition here. For some reason, I love loyal male characters like Heath. The kind of boys who are there through thick and thin just to make sure that you’re okay. Those are the kind of boys that melt my heart.

Of course, there is more than Ace and Heath’s relationship. The are the various conflicting issues that surround each of them. I liked how the story unfolded slowly and how it made me feel like I was watching it all happen, step by step. It took a while to reach the point to where Ace and Heath had to make the decision of whether to risk being together or let their feelings go unknown. I found this quality in the story to be authentic. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been there. I’ve been the girl who was afraid to risk everything for love and at times regretting it.

But if this book taught me anything – it was to give love a chance no matter the consequences.

I enjoyed every minute of this sweet love story. It put a lot of things in perspective for me. And at the same time, it tugged at my heart strings. I can’t tell you how many times I smiled because I was so giddily happy! This was a wonderful and full-filling read by the beautiful Clare Stone. I cannot wait to read more of this series and hope it may become a companion series featuring some of the beloved supporting characters!

Filled with so many passionate and sweet moments, Forever Kinda Love rightfully gets 5 cupcakes!

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Simply Sunday #10

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Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is from an unknown author:

If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die.

Words are immortal. A writer puts their heart and soul into writing, and it’s no secret that sometimes, writer’s use the people in their life as a template for their words. I find this quote simple, true, and lovely. I relate to it very much as I have been guilty of this very thing.

Have your own Simply Sunday? Leave the link down in the comments below! Or if you don’t have a post, tell me about it!

Happy Sunday!

xo

Emma

Simply Sunday #9

I know this is supposed to be posted on Sunday (yesterday) but it’s technically still the wee hours of the morning on this beautiful Monday morning. I’ve been waiting all week to share my favorite simple thing so I am posting this! Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is a quote from R.M. Drake:

There was a flower in her heart, it just needed more room to bloom. And when she let it free, she showed the world that sometimes the most beautiful things can grow in the darkest of places without the need of light.

Why I Chose It

Strength is an incredible thing; to me, it is even admirable. To me, this quote shows strength and beauty in the most uncertain of places.

Thoughts? I’d love to hear them!

Got your own Simply Sunday? Leave a link down below! Or if you don’t, let me know what was your favorite simple thing this week!

Emma

Book Review: On The Fence by Kasie West

Author: Kasie West

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release date: July1, 2014

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SYNOPSIS

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds,

aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high. — Goodreads

TREAD ON FELLOW BOOK LOVERS. MINIMUM TO NO SPOILERS LIE AHEAD.

A light and enticing summer read, On The Fence will tug at your heart strings and fill you with an incredible amount of joy and a dash of sadness. But fret not, it is mostly – if not entirely – wonderfully giddy.

I honest-to-goodness enjoyed this sweet and light contemporary. I loved it and found myself laughing out loud at how utterly ridiculous and realistic the relationship between Charlie and her brothers (Jerome, Nathan, and Gage). Also, I cannot forget Braden, Charlie’s long-time neighbor and honorary fourth brother. My favorite scenes in the story were the hilarious situations Charlie found herself in, like getting dumped in bodies of water.

Then, there is this thing (because Charlie doesn’t know what it is) going on between her and Braden. They’ve found solitude in one another during late night conversations by the fence that divides their backyard. But during the day, it’s like those late night conversations never happened. They live in this alternate universe where they pretend that they’ve delved into each others lives. And with Charlie, that’s all right with her.

I loved the romance, even though there was a little of it (and I seriously wanted more!), I loved it nonetheless. I totally ship who she ends up with. It’s beautiful and oh, so sweet!

Meanwhile, she is struggling to understand who she is and where she fits in. She’s never known how to be a girl; the world of fashion and makeup completely foreign to her. It isn’t until she starts to work at Bazzar that she begins to question herself. She also wonders about her late-mother, who she doesn’t remember much about.

The thing that I loved about this book was how easy it was to read through. The chapters were sweet and short, leaving me wanting more. Thus, keeping me fully engaged and immersed in Charlie’s story. West tends to say so much in the simplest of manners. One look, one word – they can mean so much.

I also really loved the relationships in this book. Like I mentioned before, I loved the relationship between Charlie and her brothers. They are hilarious, over-protective, and sweet. They could be such pesks in the best way possible. The dialogue between the brothers and Charlie was seriously the best thing I have ever read. It’s just so ASDFGJKL. I have a brother and I can definitely relate.

Charlie’s father was also another greatly written character. As a single father, he struggled to raise Charlie because she was a girl. He didn’t know how to treat her as such and it isn’t a mystery why Charlie turned out to be a tomboy. Yet, he was still protective of her and did not give her any special treatment just because she was a girl. If he did, she would never have had to get a job to learn her lesson in consequences. Even though his presence was scarce, I really liked how he was developed. He’s a caring and loving father who works to have his kids have a good life.

Lastly, there is Braden who is just completely sweet and endearing. He has his own troubles that he keeps inside, letting Charlie know of them slowly throughout the story. I like that he fits right in with her family and he is treated as such. And I also love the thing ^^ that goes on with them.

Towards the end of the book, I might have teared up because it’s just…you wouldn’t guess that there is an air of mystery in this story. What happened to Charlie’s mother isn’t all that it appears to be. But I like how it was sprinkled throughout the novel. It wasn’t the main focus, but it definitely was part of a secondary plot line.

A light and enticing summer read, On The Fence will tug at your heart strings and fill you with an incredible amount of joy and a dash of sadness. But fret not, it is mostly – if not entirely – wonderfully giddy. I absolutely loved the glimpse of Caymen and Skye from The Distance Between Us. Nicely done Kasie, cookies for you!

I would say this is a companion novel to the setting that Kasie West builds in TDBU. It is it’s own novel full of new characters and differing experiences that is sure to melt your heart with sweetness.

It’ receives and outstanding…5 cupcakes!

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Simply Sunday #8

simply sundaySimply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is from City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare:

We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.

Why I Chose It

I believe these words are beautiful in a time of loss. This inspires hope and love when death is often filled with mourning and painstaking guilt. But as long as we remember the good times with the recently deceased, there truly is no loss. They will always be there in your heart.

Thoughts? I’d love to hear them!

Got your own Simply Sunday? Leave a link down below! Or if you don’t, let me know what was your favorite simple thing this week! :)

Emma

Mid-Year Book Freakout

I first stumbled upon this survey from Chiara over at Books For a Delicate Eternity. I read it and it’s such an amazing idea from Cami and Ely  over at A Book So Fathomless. The Mid-Year Book Freakout is a time where you can be a complete fangirl over the books you’ve read so far in the year. Fun, right?

So, without further ado…here is me fangirling…

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2014.

I think I will have to go with Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead. I read it entirely in one sitting. It was AH-MAZING!

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2014.

Insurgent. No doubt.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

Four by Veronica Roth. I love him and I need to read more about him so I can love him even MORE.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

THE RETRIBUTION OF MARA DYER. IT’S BEEN TWO YEARS MICHELLE. I NEED THIS. I NEED IT NOW.

5. Biggest disappointment.

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang. I thought I would love this. Friends who received an ARC said they loved it…and I just…I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. It made me angry most of all.

6. Biggest surprise.

Silver Shadows. Most definitely. I mean, have you guys read it?! *runs into a wall* #DEAD

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Aimee Carter. I really enjoyed Pawn. Makes me want to read more of her work!

8. Newest fictional crush.

Adrian. Seriously. I loved him in Silver Shadows. I just…he’s giving Dimitri a run for his money. *sigh*

9. Newest favourite character.

Aria from the Under The Never Sky series. She’s a trooper! She’s courageous and brave and I admire her so much for it.

10. Book that made you cry.

City of Heavenly Fire. It’s the only book that has made me cry this year. I cried in front of my boyfriend for heaven’s sakes. He didn’t know what to do with me.

11. Book that made you happy.

It’s a tie between City of Heavenly Fire and Silver Shadows.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year. 

The Fault in Our Stars. No competition.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.

I’m really proud of this one.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Wildwood by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis. It’s a middle grade beautiful illustrative piece.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I need to read The Retribution of Mara Dyer, Trial by Fire, and Infinite Sea by the end of this year. Or I might just die of utter shame.

Emma

Goodbye July, Hello August

 

Hello my dears! Another month gone as summer slowly dwindles to nothing more than a dream. I feel like such a failure because I have not accomplished much during my summer break. I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like, though I have been writing every day. I’ve also been trying to learn Russian, but that isn’t going very well. I may try to learn German and reinforce my Spanish knowledge. I’ve also been having my own small adventures. Last weekend I went to Utah and scaled the mountains of Zion. Kevin and I conquered the hardest trail which is Angel’s Landing (more like Hell’s Landing, if you ask me). It was really nice to just get away from the city and enjoy nature.

Anyways, before I ramble way too much, to welcome the new month I will share my favorites from the previous month (July). My favorites include books, music, shows, movies, ect. July was a pretty busy month and it was the most memorable so far this summer.

FAVORITE BOOK

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. The conclusion to The Mortal Instrument series left me blissfully happy. Tears were shed from both happiness and heartbreak. But mostly happiness. I loved every minute of my adventure reading this final book. It was beautifully written as well as near perfection. I cannot wait to read more of Cassandra Clare in the years to come! She is definitely one of my top 10 favorite authors. I hope to write an in depth review of this book soon because I still have so many feels buried within my soul.

FAVORITE MUSIC

I think Ed Sheeran is the bane of my existence. He is just…incredible. One of these days I want to see him perform live.

FAVORITE MOVIE

First, I would like to say that I have never seen a Planet of the Apes movie, not even the one with James Franco. I have been wanting to watch the adaption with Franco in it but never had the chance. So, I sat in the theater with an open mind, not really knowing what it will be about, nor the previous plot line.

With that in mind I really liked the film. I found it realistic (to a point). I found it intriguing and scientifically correct to how the apes communicated with one another using sign language. My theory (and I don’t know if this was mentioned in the film or is a known fact) is that Cesar is the one who taught the apes sign language as he was taught as a baby.

There was a point in the film where I got annoyed though because an event occurred, which caused something else to happen…and I just found it extremely illogical. I understand that it spurred the movie forward, but….*le sigh*

Overall, I found it great though. And if my prediction is correct, there will be another adaptation in the future. It seems like there will be war.

Dun. Dun. Dunnnnn.

FAVORITE APP

Vinted

I’ve turned my obsession from buying books to buying clothes off of Vinted. It’s an app where you can upload new or used clothes and sell them. So far, I”ve made about 5 purchases within the last two months and have had a great experience with the seller’s as well as with the Vinted community. What I also really enjoy about the app is that I can heart what I like or will potentially want to buy in the future.

The pay option is also easy to navigate and makes life a 100% easier. It’s great for first time buyers who are not sure how to use the app (like myself in the beginning).

Lastly, I love that you can be a person’s follower. If they are a seller, I love being able to know what they have uploaded. And if I like it and have money I will readily buy it right then and there!

This app is amazing! If you like thrift shopping, you’ll love this app! Some of the items are even new items that are bought and never worn. Most items are in great mint condition. Whoever invented this app is a genius. It’s just great and I love it!

FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCT

White Nail Polish

It doesn’t matter from what brand the White Nail Polish comes from, but I have worn the color more often this month than any other time this year. I love how simplistic it looks. It’s the perfect color for summer. And there are so many patterns (or not, if you want to keep it simple) that you can do with it.

I’m not that creative, so I keep it simply white with a dash of pink glitter coated on top. Isn’t that isn’t summery, then I don’t know what is!

FAVORITE PLACE

Zion National Park

In the middle of July, Kevin and I took a trip up to Utah, spending the weekend there. It was absolutely beautiful! I’ve never been to Utah and my mind was completely enthralled by all the lovely forestry. Our mission was to climb the rigorous trails of MT. Zion. And boy, did we climb!

Some of the trails were excruciating. And leave it to my boyfriend to pick the hardest one of all called Angel’s Landing. The view…it was all worth it just for the beautiful view that overlooked the cavern.

I want to do it all over again. Soon.

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What were some of your favorites during the month of July? Let me know in the comments below! Or if you’ve blogged about it, don’t be shy; leave a link behind! :)

August is promising to be a good month! So far, I have already finished three books! That’s already more than I have ever done in a month this year. (I know, it’s severely lacking). The bad thing is that I am now behind on my book reviews! But I must not fret. I will post them. I have to, to feel accomplished. Plus, I miss writing a well, honest-to-goodness review.

Hope your August goes well lovelies!

Signing off for now,

Emma

Simply Sunday #7

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Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is from Emily Bronte, one of my all-time favorite classic authors.

He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.

Why I Chose It

This resonates of love. When you find that person you want to spend the rest of your life with, it’s because they essentially are the missing half of you. They are calm, where you are frantic. They are free-spirited when you are quiet but daring. Of course, there are similarities that are binding and comforting; qualities and likes that bring people together, forming a foundation to love.

And when that person loves you, they know you. Truly. Deeply.

I may have gotten what the quote’s true interpretation wrong. What do you think? Let me know down in the comments!

Got your own Simply Sunday? Leave a link down below! Or if you don’t, let me know what was your favorite simple thing this week :)

Emma

Book Review: Pawn (The Blackcoats Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter

Author: Aimee Carter

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release date: November 26, 2013

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SYNOPSIS

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand. — Goodreads

GO FORTH LOVELIES. THERE ARE NO SPOILERS TO BE WARY OF. YOUR WELCOME.

An e-galley was provided from the publisher through Netgalley for an honest review.

First, I’d like to comment on the cover. It is beautiful! I love it’s simplicity and the detail depicting Kitty Doe’s initial III and the pawn piece on the right-hand corner. I also love the semblance of Kitty’s eye within the intricate circle disk. Kudos to the designer of the cover.

I read Pawn within a span of a few months because 1. I read my kindle whenever I am running errands and 2. I lost (misplaced?) my kindle. I recently found it last Sunday and picked up reading where I left off.

I found Pawn interesting with it’s dystopian world. In Kitty Doe’s world, when you reach the age of sixteen you are given a test that ultimately decides your role in society. Only those who are of intellect have a decent life, while the Hart’s are the only ones who are deemed at VII – elite status and the governing force for America. Those who earn a III or lower are cast off in society with low wage, trivial jobs or sent Elsewhere to be hunted like animals and slaughtered. But in the shadows, there is a rebellion to overthrow the Hart’s and their power.

What I really liked about Pawn was the never ending lies and deceit. Mystery was laced in every chapter and as the reader, we discover those truths along with Kitty. I never seemed to be ahead of the game. I absolutely love that!

Because of the edge of mystery, the story moved along smoothly. The chapters were short and full of cliffhangers. So, it is only natural that I wanted to keep on reading. I wanted – nay – needed to know what would happen to these characters.

As for the protagonist – I liked Kitty. I like that she sacrificed her own will in order to save those she loves. She was also strong mentally. There were things that happened, things that she saw, but she always kept her head up. That is an admirable quality. Then there is sweet, loyal Benjy and mysterious, passionate Knox. When it comes to secrets, there is no better candidate than Knox.

I was afraid of a love triangle, but Carter has not shown an interest in that trope. Hopefully, it does not come to pass! Between Benjy and Knox, I don’t know who’d I pick. But I loved them both. Maybe I loved Knox a little more because he appeared in the book more than Benjy. If Carter does not introduce a love triangle between the three of them (Kitty, Benjy, Knox) then I will be happy. A girl and a boy could be friends without having the possibility of a romance. Am I right?

Speaking about love, there was actually a lack of it. There were a few sweet moments between Benjy and Kitty, but that was not a main focus. The absence of love was also seen between the Hart family, which despised one another. Augusta, who is the Prime Minister’s mother, was ruthless and cold. Then, there is Celia who sought revenge for the death of her family, and whose role in the rebellion was more than anyone could have guessed. And then, let’s not forget the Prime Minister himself, who has a few secrets of his own. Lastly, there is Greyson who wants nothing to do with the sick game his family plays. He is the only character who is loved in the family. But they sure do have a funny way of showing it. *hint hint*

Overall, I really liked the aspect of this book.  I found the world interesting and sad all at the same time, yet cast societies do exist in the world today. Even in America based on my sociology and anthropology studies.  – I have never read anything by Aimee Carter and had a good experience with her work. The writing and world was solid, while keeping me engaged the entire time; flipping the pages like a maniac. But it left me…indifferent. I don’t know how to explain it. It was good and I would read the second installment, but…there was just something about it that leaves me blank.

Please do not take my word as holy. It was a good dystopian and I liked it. I recommend it to those who like the genre in YA. Like I said, it was a pretty fast-paced read that kept me wanting more, which deems it 3 cupcakes!

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