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text 2014-07-02 14:18
July 2014 Goals
Harder - Robin York
Marked by Midnight - Lara Adrian
Daylight Again (Hell or High Water) - SE Jakes
The Siren - Tiffany Reisz
Back To You - Leighton Rose
Need You Now (1001 Dark Nights) - Lisa Renee Jones
The Vampire Shrink - Lynda Hilburn
Fatal Shadows - Josh Lanyon

This month I have quite  a blend of books to read.

 

Harder (Caroline & West #2) 

by Robin York

This is the second (and last) book in the series, the first been Deeper which I absolutely LOVED! no surprise there! I loved everything Robin wrote in the pan name Ruthie Knox, so naturally I utterly fell in love with this one as well. Yeah, it's going to break my heart but I can't help myself, I really can't..

 

Marked by Midnight (Midnight Breed #11.5)

by Lara Adrian

Another short novella in a series I really enjoy. Can't wait for the full novel though so this one is a fair teaser ;)

 

Daylight Again (Hell or High Water #3)

by SE Jakes

I planned on reading this book in the previous month with two other novels in the world of Hell or High Water but didn't find the time. Hope it'll be as good as "Free Falling" which was really a pleasure to read!

 

The Siren (The Original Sinners #1)

The Angel (The Original Sinners #2)

The Prince (The Original Sinners #3)

The Mistress (The Original Sinners #4)

by Tiffany Reisz

I got a really good recommendation for this one and I postponed it FOREVER since I wasn't sure how I would feel about it, but after reading Beyond and loving it (though I though I wouldn't :P) I really want to give it a (fair!) chance.

 

Back to You

by Leighton Rose

Another one which came with an amazing recommendation! 

 

Need You Now (1001 Dark Nights)

by Lisa Renee Jones

Though I was disappointed with "Inside out" series I DID enjoy Lisa's other short stories. 

 

The Vampire Shrink (Kismet Knight, Ph.D., Vampire Psychologist #1)

by Lynda Hilburn

I read a great review of this one and really felt like giving it a go! Just recently I've realized it's actually a series... so we'll see how it goes.. 

 

Fatal Shadows (Adrian English #1)

A Dangerous Thing (Adrian English #2)

by Josh Lanyon

I've heard this one is a good MM series so I'm giving it a go. Didn't plan for the next books in the series since I have SO MUCH books to read so I'll see what I'll do with the rest of them if they're as great as I've heard. 

 

This month I think the "better" greetings will be - GOOD LUCK :)

 

 January Goals / January Recap

February Goals / February Recap

March Goals / March Recap

April Goals / April Recap

May Goals / May Recap

June Goals / June Recap

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text 2014-03-12 17:23
Reading progress update: I've read 213 out of 391 pages.
Deeper - Robin York
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text 2014-03-01 21:02
February 2014 Recap
Deeper - Robin York
Before You Break - Christina Lee
Up From the Grave - Jeaniene Frost
Hopeless - Colleen Hoover
The Backup Boyfriend - River Jaymes

Both January and February have been a surprise to me on the amount of books I read. On both months I actually read more than I thought I would so instead of the 140 books I planned to read on 2014, I updated my yearly goal to 200. 

 

I started re-listening to the Black Dagger Brotherhood this month to prepare myself to the 12th book in the series which will be out on about a month. I didn't realize it's going to be a problem but as it seems I can't really monitor re-reads in a good way here. On GoodReads I just added a different addition (I read the ebook, not I'm listening to the audio book version) so it's like separate books. But here if I mark a read book as to read when I finish it I"m left with the exact same number of books read as before.. I can't wait for BL to change the book database. No matter how much I LOVE BL platform I always look for review and series on GR making it impossible to leave GR and just be here which I hope I will be able to.. right now, I'm dealing with the mess of updating everything both here and there. 

 

Though I had 14 books (some of them short novellas) to read on February Goals I ended up reading 5 more! (see what I mean about raising the bar to 200 books a year?):

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) - J.R. Ward (Audio Book)
Southern Winterland (By Degrees #0.5) - Taylor V. Donovan
The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
The Backup Boyfriend (The Boyfriend Chronicles, #1) - River Jaymes
Rescue Me - Serena Bell (a free novella for valentine's day)

 

I thought it would be nice. like last month, doing a recap of the highlights of the previous month:

 

 

Author of the month: (Deeper) Robin York (Ruthie Knox):

I'll start by saying Ruthie is probably my favorite author so it was no surprise I loved her also by the pen name Robin York (for New Adult books). I have my issues with Young Adult books as you may already know, so I'm glad that the "New Adult" section was sort of re-invented. I guess it was always there, just not with this label. I'm loving this genre! and since we are talking about Robin in particular - I loved this book and the issue it addressed - revenge porn. This topic has a lot of heads lately and I didn't hear of any book relating to this subject. As I wrote in the review, I loved how real it felt, how the characters felt genuine. It's not a surprise, that's the magic work of Robin being able to write characters you feel you might stumble across in real life. They are never perfect, they are just so true. and that's exactly how both Caroline and West felt like. I HIGHLY recommend this book - and you should keep in mind that the second (and last) book in the series - Harder - will be out on 1st July. I also recommend everything by Ruthie Knox. Right now "About Last Night" is 0.99 $ on Amazon which is one of my absolute favorites books!  

 

Favorite book of the month: Before You Break (Between Breaths #2) by Christina Lee:

Where to begin... Here we have another author I'm in love with. After reading "All of You" I was hocked! I knew I'll reading anything by Christina. So when I heard 2 more coming in the series I was jumping up and down. Second one in the series is this one and the third one - Whisper to Me - will be out on the 20th of May. I loved both Ella and Quinn. Both of them went through their own personal hell and each coped differently. They both keep their sadness to themselves, both in a way put people in a length away because of what they have been through and it was utterly beautiful seeing them come together. Why do girls love to hear the guys broken and teary eyed? I really don't know. but Quinn being shattered speaking to Ella on the suicide hot line made him even more lovable for me. I'm not the sucker for the tough douche, I rather read of these types of guys, introverts who have a dark past. I feel as though Quinn was made especially for me.  READ IT! even if you haven't read "All of You", both of them can be read as a stand alone. 

 

Disappointment of the month: Up From the Grave (Night Huntress #7) - Jeaniene Frost:

You know what is really really sad? from the 19 books I read this month I actually have 3 books that felt like utter disappointment for me. and I really had a hard time choosing between them. I settled with this one since I loved this series so much, getting the last one to be so heart breaking (in it's disappointment not in the plot itself) made it THE disappointment of the month. Reading one book and being disappointed, yeah, that happens, but being utterly inlove with a series then having it crushed in front of your eyes is something different entirely. I don't want to write it all again, you can read it in my review. I just felt that the overly cheerful note this book got was exaggerated and felt wrong, not to mention I felt the book was predictable and well, unoriginal. This book won't discourage me from reading anything and everything by Jeanine since she is (also) one of my favorite authors. I can't wait for her new series and naturally can't wait for the next Night Huntress World book as well as the third and last in the Night Prince which is my absolute favorite series. 

 

Discovery of the month: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover:

If you've read my review of the Slammed series or if you just read my January Recap you know that after all the recommendations I got to Colleen Hoover's book I was SO disappointed with those books. The first I kinda liked but after that.. I was mainly pissed off. But for some reason I was determined to read this one - Hopeless - as well as the next ones in the series. and boy oh boy am I happy I did THAT. this book is simply a master piece. I feel bad writing how much I enjoyed it thinking of all the heart break that went for Sky throughout the book. I'll summarize it by saying it was heart breakingly beautiful. Again we are in the New Adult genre, probably on the lower age - about 17 - but all the characters felt so mature. I loved Holder, I don't think any woman in her right mind wouldn't. He is simply irresistible with how amazing he is. In a way I loved his book - Losing Her - even more. Yet again, Hopeless IS a master piece and Losing Her was mostly the cherry on top of the cream. Read it. It's really a must! But notice Slammed is totally different in right about everything from this one. I loved how Colleen changed from her first books to these ones. 

 

Fun Break of the month: The Backup Boyfriend (The Boyfriend Chronicles, #1) - River Jaymes

I almost feel like a cheat ;) I added this section only for this particular book :) I knew I HAVE TO mention this one and wasn't sure where exactly since I really wanted to give the podium for the others as well. But this one, well, it was just a book I added, and just decided to read it outside the schedule for no real reason, I just felt like reading MM after not reading the genre for a while. Well, I guess I read SE Jakes recently and actually I was sure I'm going to read 2 of her books but then I just decided on this one. So you get how random this one have been. and HO BOY what a joy this one have been! most of the book is just FUN. no real angst and no real heart shattering moments just two guys you utterly fall inlove with, together as a couple and alone as they are crush worthy men. The story was great, written in a smart and funny way. I loved that even the "bad guy" isn't a really bad guy, and that even the dark places the book went (and they were dark) just made you appreciate the fun parts even more. I loved the ending. I was overly content with the last chapter then there was the epilogue who gave people who are "mushier" that me what they wanted.  Alec is so sweet and Dylan is mouth watering and not just because he is sexy as hell but because for me he was an interesting person with a lot of hidden paths. HIGHLY recommended and i can't wait for the next in the series. I feel like crying I don't even know when it's going to happen. This author only released this title and another short novella. I feel like I "have no choice" but to delve in it as well until Taylor's book is out.  

 

Well, That's it for my February Recap. 

I feel like adding up more since I really had good books on my menu this month even though I had my disappointments. 

Hope you enjoyed! 

March Goals are in a bit! :)

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review 2014-02-01 18:04
Deeper (Caroline and West #1) - Robin York (Ruthie Knox)
Deeper - Robin York

There are so many emotions clouding my mind right now which is always a bad thing. Honestly I'm don't know any person who is bad, as bad as I am, with emotions. I had to teach myself how to spot them, separate them one from the other while trying to figure them out. So trying to tell you what I feel right now - feels almost impossible. 

 

I'll start with the end, I mean, the ending, it kinda snack up on me, I thought I had more time, I thought we had more time, I thought there's at least 20 more minutes in this book so on the last page I was feeling this heavy load but no tears were forming (granted I suck at that as well.. see, tears are a form of emotion, figures I'll be bad at it..) then it was the end and I was overwhelmed, maybe even angry, confused, betrayed and pissed at myself for not checking up with my friend who read it (are you reading this?? there's a rant in your near future!) why there is a "part two" called "Harder" maybe because even if Deeper is difficult you know that Harder means exactly that. That it's not a happy ending where you close the book with a smile, it heart clenching painful and I'm not sure if the snippet of "Harder" made it better or worse - Harder, wayyyy harder to wait for the next one. July is far away, too far away for me to even consider, I actually don't know what July would even look like (that's my personal life here speaking up since I'm on a verge of a huge change).

 

BUT

 

I"m so glad I read this one, I loved it beyond words, but I'm still crushed that it ended how and when. I'm so proud of Ruthie, I mean Robin for writing this book, for writing Caroline and West. I wouldn't expect anything less of her. She made Caroline exactly the person who's life would be crushed by the revenge porn issued by her ex, but more importantly she made her STRONG. Yeah, she feels like her life is crumbling down, Yeah she acts like it at times, but she doesn't give up, she builds herself up again, like a phoenix she rises - rises stronger and smarter. 

 

Revenge Porn can happen to right about anyone, one minute our guard is down, one time we trust someone we shouldn't and here it is at our door, and Caroline is just like me and you, she was young and trusting, trusting the wrong guy, offending the wrong guy (by breaking up with him) and she got hit. Exactly because it could happen to "right about anyone" when I read a book about it, that makes me think of the situation that, maybe someone who went through something like it, or knows someone who did - then reading about a strong woman like Caroline and how she handled it can help US to be stronger. Yeah, she made mistakes, yeah, not every decision was right at that point, but she believed in herself, and we see how she got affected by it but also how she healed herself, even if the law isn't on her side - when it's not against the law to publish photos of your partner having sex or just naked on the net if they are adults.. I'm really proud that in my country it's against the law now and I do hope that more countries would forbid it. 

 

There is also another thing that I think should be addressed that makes this book so important to me and to anyone - if we got hurt in the past but even if we didn't and especially if we know of someone that was - the victim isn't to blame. The victim is a victim (it doesn't matter what crime made that person a victim). There is nothing wrong with what Caroline did, she was a grownup having sex with her boyfriend (who took photos of them) - But after the photos are out it's her reputation that is ruined and no one thinks about her, about the fact that she really did nothing wrong besides trusting the wrong person, which we do a lot in life but we are not always stung that way, it's usually a private pain. I know most victims feel responsible for what the went through they tell themselves that if they wouldn't have trusted that guy, if they wouldn't have done this or that then it wouldn't have happened to them - thus, they are to blame. I know that it's the most difficult thing for a victim to accept but it's also one of the most important things that they do. and Caroline, again, makes us see that she doesn't think she is to blame and should be blamed for someone else's actions - hurtful actions. So again, I thank Robin for making a point and saying it out loud a few times across this book - the victim is the one suffering, he or she isn't the one to blame. 

 

I feel like after writing all that the only thing, or should I say, the only one (!) I failed to mention is West. As all Ruthie's heroes, and I should know, I read everything she published, West is not a real hero, he isn't perfect, he isn't noble to the point you want to vomit, no, he is a guy, far from perfect, but that's who he is, he is actually selfish and he is more concerned about what he wants to make in life than to really give Caroline a chance. he is willing to NOT be her friend, and NOT be her boyfriend, and NOT really help her out. He is just there, and she leans on him even if he seems to move a way (letting her crush to the floor). She is the mistake he wouldn't allow himself to make, loving her is what he DOESN'T need and WOULD'T do. It's too bad he fall for her practically first time he laid eyes on her. For him, keeping away is a struggle but also staying with her is something he is having a hard time committing to. 

 

He has a bad temper, he doesn't have any problem striking a guy in the face (especially if it's Caroline's douche ex), he works 10 different jobs including selling pot, he doesn't talk about anything, never opening up to Caroline, never talking about his past, or even his present back home 2000 miles away. How a good girl like Caroline can handle him? I think most of the time she thinks she can't especially with all the mixed signals he sprays around. I'd love to say that he makes the right choices as does she, but most of the time they both don't. Their love story is beautiful and heartbreaking and I can't wait to be heartbroken again on July though maybe I won't have to be heartbroken then, since I'm already broken to pieces now.. 

 

Recommended beyond words!

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