Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Seasons Readings: Springing into Books

Summer shines, Spring blossoms, Winter glistens and Autumn crunches. Seasons affect our lives constantly. As part of Nori’s Book Blogger Creativity Project #BBCreativityProject, the Hot Pink Team are celebrating and honouring the seasons with some special book posts over the next month.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

When You Fall Out of Love

Love by Leanna Platts CC BY 2.0

This is not the post I thought I'd be writing today. I was going to have a book review or another discussion up but not this post. Why? Because writing this post, telling you all what this is about scares me. It's terrifying to think that writing these words will give one aspect to this issues I'm not sure I want: certainty. When I put words down, on a computer or paper, it's far too certain for me. And yet, here I am, typing up these words for the whole world to see. But let me back up a little and explain to you why I'm writing this post. And, I want to tell you a story.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleyas

           It Happened One Autmn by Lisa Kleyas
Series: Wallflowers #2
Release Date: September 27, 2005
Publisher: Avon 
Source: Borrowed from Library 
Four young ladies enter London society with one necessary goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So they band together, and a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

It happened at the ball...

Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren't entirely "the thing." And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London's most eligible aristocrat.

It happened in the garden...
When Marcus shockingly—and dangerously—swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn't even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed...thank goodness they weren't caught very nearly in the act!

It happened one autumn...
Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable...as his bride?
I can't remember the last series I fell in love with before I came across the Wallflowers Series. After reading each book, I have to get my hands on the next installment and at this point I have four more books in this series. Anyways, when I came across It Happened One Autumn, I was surprised and excited to see that Marcus Marsden was the love interest to Lillian Bowman. I loved him in the prequel and Lillian was the fiery, opinionated Wallflower I connected most to so seeing them come together was a pleasure!

Review: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

           Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
Series: Wallflowers #1
Release Date: October 13, 2009
Publisher: Avon Books
Source: Borrowed from Library 
Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle's most intriguing -- and persistent -- admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition ... but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon -- and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon's passionate embrace and tempting kisses ... and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all.
So after falling in love with Again the Magic, I was eager to start the Wallflowers series. Kelly and Alexis both loved the series and I was ready to find out what all of the hype was about. Secrets of a Summer Night is one of those books I love to read when I’m bored or in a bad mood: well written, romantic, and a fun read. But I didn’t expect the one things that made me fall in love with the Wallflowers: the friendship between the four women. Secrets of a Summer Night, while not my favorite of the series, is worth a read for anyone and everyone.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas

           Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas
Series: Wallflowers 0.5
Release Date: January 1, 2004
Publisher: Avon
Source: Library 
She gave him her innocence…

Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKenna, a servant on her father's estate. Their passionate transgression was unforgivable—John was sent away, and Aline was left to live in the countryside…an exile from London society.

…and he took her love.
Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned—more boldly handsome and more mesmerizing than before. His ruthless plan is to take revenge on the woman who shattered his dreams of love. But the magic between them burns as bright as ever. And now he must decide whether to let vengeance take its toll…or risk everything for his first, and only, love.
When it comes to prequels for adult romance novels, they tend to be about one hundred or so pages. So imagine my surprise when this prequel to Lisa Kleypas's Wallflowers was a full length novel at 391 pages! I'd had this series on my radar for years but it wasn't until I read Kelly's reviews of the series that I decided I'd finally check them out from the library and see how I felt about it. Needless to say, I loved Again the Night and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Summer of Siblings

Whenever I hear talk about things missing in young adult books, absent parents always comes up. Missing Parents in YA is a problem, yes, but so is the lack of siblings in young adult books. Whether the main character is an only child or has a sibling in the background there are far less books with siblings that are present in the lives of the main character(s). It’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a while this summer and when I decided to write more about my own relationship with my siblings, I thought I’d tie it into books (after all, the majority of this blog is about books).

Monday, August 10, 2015

Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

           Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Release Date: May 5, 2015 
Publisher: Viking Juvenile  
Source: Library
Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.
If y’all don't know, I love Sarah Dessen. I’ve reviewed two of my favorites from her on the blog recently and when I heard about Saint Anything, I had to get my hands on it. Billed as the darkest book Dessen’s written, Saint Anything should have become my new favorite Dessen. Instead, I wasn’t as impressed by Saint Anything as I wished I had been. While I loved some of the characters in this novel, I wasn’t as happy with the family relationships and the romance that was a part of this novel. Furthermore, the supporting cast of characters I’ve come to love from a Dessen novel bothered me to some degree.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Review: Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

           Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #2
Release Date: December 30, 2014  
Publisher: Avon
Source: Borrowed/Gift 
Your presence is requested at romantic Twill Castle for the wedding of Miss Clio Whitmore and . . . and . . . ?

After eight years of waiting for Piers Brandon, the wandering Marquess of Granville, to set a wedding date, Clio Whitmore has had enough. She's inherited a castle, scraped together some pride, and made plans to break her engagement.

Not if Rafe Brandon can help it. A ruthless prizefighter and notorious rake, Rafe is determined that Clio will marry his brother—even if he has to plan the dratted wedding himself.

So how does a hardened fighter cure a reluctant bride's cold feet?

● He starts with flowers. A wedding can't have too many flowers. Or harps. Or cakes.

● He lets her know she'll make a beautiful, desirable bride—and tries not to picture her as his.

● He doesn't kiss her.

● If he kisses her, he definitely doesn't kiss her again.

● When all else fails, he puts her in a stunning gown. And vows not to be nearby when the gown comes off.

● And no matter what—he doesn't fall in disastrous, hopeless love with the one woman he can never call his own.
This book was everything I was hoping it would be and more. I read this within hours of buying the book and had a huge book hangover afterwards. Romancing the Duke is still my favorite (hello, Ransom <3 <3 <3 <3) but Say Yes to the Marquess came pretty close. Unlike the first book where the castle represented an escape for the main character, the castle given to Clio was her independence. This castle was Clio's way of breaking away from all of the things that tied her down and her way of  finding love. It was also the way she put herself first.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Review: The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4) by Cinda Williams Chima

           The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
Series: Seven Realms #4
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion Book
Source: Library
A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed — Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love.

Now, once again, the queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible. Tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she’s falling in love.

Navigating the cutthroat world of blueblood politics has never been more dangerous, and former streetlord Han Alister seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it?

A simple, devastating truth concealed by a thousand-year-old lie at last comes to light in this stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series.
Everyone always talks about reviewing that one book. That one book where they have so many thoughts and emotions that words are just not enough. So hopefully gifs will help you all understand my thoughts (which this is my first review on the site, this was about my fifth time reading the book but the review will be based on the first time I read it):

Friday, July 31, 2015

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

           A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thrones and Roses #1
Release Date: May 5, 2015 
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's 
Source: Library 
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!
So this book. As I'm sitting here trying to write this review, I feel this sadness coming over me. Sadness, because unfortunalty, unlike the rest of the world, I didn't LOVELOVELOVELOVE A Court of Thorns and Roses. Frankly, I was bored through most of the book and the only reason I finished it was this childish "maybe it'll get better" mentality. Spoiler: it didn't. While the world and Feyre were my favorite part of this book, I wasn't a fan of the romance, the plot was disappointing for various reasons, and the pacing was SLOOOOOOW even though I loved the main character (and Lucien!) and the world was utterly fantastic!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Glimpse of India: Introduction

Still working on this graphic! 
Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful day! Today I want to introduce a new feature on my blog! I've been debating about doing this for a while and now that I really feel up to it, I'm excited to get started in sharing these posts with you guys!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Missing: Menstrual Cycle's In Books

*THIS POST WAS WRITTEN AT 2 AM. I TRIED TO BE AS COHERENT AS POSSIBLE BUT I MIGHT HAVE FAILED. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.*
Some of you are probably cringing or shaking your head or something from the title of this post but it's a topic I've been thinking for a long time about writing so now I'm talking about it. So, there. 

*ahem*

Friday, July 03, 2015

Movie Review: Jurassic World

Release Date: June 12, 2015 
Director: Colin Trevorrow 
Cast: 
Chris Pratt as Owen 
Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire 
Ty Simpkins as Gray
Nick Robinson as Zach 

Review

Honestly, I wasn't going to watch this movie in theaters. While I loved Jurassic Park and liked the next two sequels well enough, I wasn't as interested in seeing Jurassic World in theaters. Seeing it on DVD would have sufficed because Hollywood, in my opinion, is just making sequels left and right because they've got no new ideas BUT my younger brother wanted to see this movie and my parents didn't want him to go alone. So, I bought the popcorn (we all know that movie theater popcorn is the best EVER) and the drinks and sat down to be sorely disappointed. And now I'm here today to tell you guys that I actually enjoyed the movie!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Mini-Review: Just Like Heaven and The Husband Hunt

           Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn
Series: Smythe-Smith Quartet #1
Release Date: May 31, 2011 
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers 
Source: Library  
Honoria Smythe-Smith is:
A) a really bad violinist
B) still miffed at being nicknamed "Bug" as a child
C) not in love with her older brother's best friend
D) all of the above

Marcus Holroyd is:
A) the Earl of Chatteris
B) regrettably prone to sprained ankles
C) not in love with his best friend's younger sister
D) all of the above

Together they:
A) eat quite a bit of chocolate cake
B) survive a deadly fever and the world's worst musical performance
C) fall quite desperately in love

It's Julia Quinn at her best, so you know the answer is ...
D) all of the above
Okay, if there is one type of romance I LOVE it's when someone falls of their sibling's friend. Like, they've known each other since they were kids and there was no love between them until they meet when they're older and fall in love and it is the BEST THING EVER. So obviously I really enjoyed this novel! ALSO: in this novel Marcus ends up getting sick because of something Honoria did by accident and she has to nurse him back to health and  I really like it when that happens in romance novels.

But anyways! I loved Honoria. She's smart and kind and weird and also really sad. After her bother left, she and her family had to deal with the same and the lack of a male figure in a family. While I'm all about women empowerment, back in those times, it would be hard for women to do without at least a man around. This has also hurt Honoria's abilities to land herself a husband--that and for some reason, any man she gets involved with suddenly backs away--and that's where this novel begins. From the start, we know that Honoria's in love with Marcus and it's obvious that Marcus likes her too so its only a wonder as to why he won't act on it.

As I said above, I love that this novel has a plot line where Marcus gets sick and Honoria has--well, she wants to--take care of him and make him better. This is the part of the novel that made me so happy. They both start to realize they have feelings for each other and when everything seems perfect, a new revelation surfaces (but the readers know this revelation already; much of this story is told through dual point of view) that forces Honoria to rethink everything that happened between them. Frankly, I loved Marcus as much as I loved Honoria. He's loyal to boot to Daniel and has always looked after Daniel's family. They're both such wonderful characters that I honestly want to reread this book already.

This book is pretty great but it’s missing something that would make it extremely special. I might re-read this book, possibly more than once. I would recommend this book to lots of my friends and some of my colleagues.

There's something about this cover that I love. It might be the simplicity or the colors or something else entirely but I love it.

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           The Husband Hunt by Lynsay Sands
Series: Madison Sisters #3
Release Date: February 28, 2012 
Publisher: Avon 
Source: Library 
Let the hunt begin…

Lisa Madison wants a husband, and she has just the candidate in mind: Robert Langley. Trouble is, the infuriating man insists on seeing her as the impish girl she once was—even as every other gentleman in London has taken notice of her womanly…charms. When her beauty lands her in danger, it’s Robert who comes to the rescue…only to announce his affections are not of the romantic variety!

Robert saw enough sorrow in his parents’ union to know he wants nothing to do with marriage, which is exactly what he’ll be trapped into if he acts on his desire for the irksome siren. And then Lisa does what Robert least expects: gives up on him! As feigned indifference gives way, blistering passion burns at last. But just before the pair can give in to hard-won bliss, an enemy with unfinished business lurks threatening to destroy them both.
I was so hoping to like this book! It sounded so good from the description--being in love with a man who doesn't love you and when you try to find someone else, low and behold your unrequited love...loves you back! Honestly, this book had all of the most amazing aspects I love about a good romance but sadly, The Husband Hunt was a huge disappointment.

Instead of being charming, Lisa Madison was a spoiled, ridiculous, and annoying character who I didn't care for at all. As you can tell from the summary, she intends to make Robert Langley her husband but when it continues to rebuff her as he has for years, Lisa decides to find someone else for her. So then begins the husband hunt that the title refers to. And just when I think she's going to be smart and strong, Lisa gets herself into the worst situation possible because she was too stubborn to listen to her sisters; she's always right after all. Now, this situation could have gone terribly, terribly wrong but instead, Robert Langley comes to the rescue. Here Lisa forgets that she's going to move on from him and decides to spend the rest of the novel (about 80%) trying to seduce Robert. Basically, this entire novel was annoying. I read it within hours because I always hoped that something good would come from it.

However, I do plan on reading the first two books of this series because I feel as though Lisa's sisters will be a lot more level headed, stronger, and well, less annoying then her. Lynsay Sands writing was fun and light and I think if the characters were lovable, I would love her books. But the writing wasn't enough to say this book for me though.
Y'all I can't recommend this book to anyone. Nope, can't do it. I didn't have fun reading this one so I don't want anyone else to have to go through with the annoyingness that is Lisa.
If there's anything about romance covers is that they're basically all the same. So there's not much I can say about the cover. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading?

 
Hey y'all! I hope everyone is having a good day! In an attempt to become a little bit more organized and see what my reading habits look like, I'm going to be doing the "It's Monday! What Are You Reading?" recap posts hosted by Book Journey every Monday! 



I read these three before last week but I thought I'd feature them just the same! I have yet to review any of these novels but I'm excited to put my thoughts down.
This past week--and maybe this entire summer-has been a reread season! My younger brother isn't the biggest reader but he LOVE The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Chima Williams. He'd reread this series numerous times and when he began another read this past week, I decided to join in! I've read the first three books on my blog (click the images to read my reviews!)

 
I have slowly been making progress with Froi of the Exiles! I'm absolutely in love with this series and I'm so mad at myself for reading it so late in the Game. I'm finishing my reread of the Seven Realms tonight (I'm writing this post up on Sunday night) and even know I know the ending, I don't think I'm ready for it! I'm going to have my review up some time next week to finish off this series! 
 
These two are for my new Among the Shelves feature! 

Finishing off this series hopefully! And I'm too much of a mood-reader to make plans farther out than this! 
 
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