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Thursday, May 25, 2017

{ARC Review} The Hearts We Sold

The Hearts We Sold
Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

I feel as though The Hearts We Sold is totally going to be made into a CW TV show. It has that action-romance-demon formula that just works for TV shows, ya know?

This novel had a SUPER interesting concept that intrigued me straightaway. In the book you can sell a piece of yourself for a wish. Yes, you read that correctly. Want a million dollars? Artistic talents? Mad cooking skills? All it's going to cost you is, oh, just your left leg...or your eyeballs, or both arms—whatever the demon you’re dealing with deems necessary for the trade. CRAZY RIGHT?!

In addition to the demons, there were also these scary, nasty, giant, mismatched body part monster things that *shudders* were a lot to take in, yet totally cool!?

As for the main character, Dee, I actually really enjoyed her point of view. She was funny, she was shy, she was thoughtful and tough--everything I like in a main character.

So, why the low rating you ask? The world building wasn't as detailed as I would've liked. The storyline dragged in certain places. All the other characters fell flat. And, the romance element of the story felt off to me. Dee and James (her "love interest") had no spark. Their relationship seemed forced**

A-double-plus for the STUNNING COVER and fascinating concept. D-double-minus for the less than ideal execution. (ouch-wow-rude.)

**please google "now kiss, meme."

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine! And this week i am waiting on:

YASSSS! I'm already completely in love with this book. HA! I adored the first installment (RIDEN *SUH-WOON*) so I canNOT wait for the sequel! 

What are YOU waiting on this week? Link up below!  

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Traitor's Kiss Blog Tour: INTERVIEW WITH SAGE +Giveaway

Welcome back to The Traitor's Kiss blog tour! Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you get to know Sage a little better after reading her interview! Be sure to scroll to the end for the secret message!

The Traitor's Kiss (Traitor's Trilogy, #1)

About the book

Title: The Traitor's Kiss
Author: Erin Beaty
Pub. Date: May 9th
Publisher: Imprint
An obstinate girl who will not be married. 
A soldier desperate to prove himself. 
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

Interview Time

Hi Sage! Thank you for talking with me. So, what do you enjoy most about the matchmaking process? (If anything, that is!)
Sage: I actually like figuring people out. If you can discover why people act the way they do, you get a better sense of how they will act in the future. I’ve also learned that what people want is not the same as what they need, and the former has to be handled delicately in order to make a match work. My experience is pretty limited – I’ve only apprenticed with the matchmaker about six months – but I’ve seen a couple matches come to fruition and watched each person blossom under it. 
Sage, you know I HAVE to ask, how is it having all of those hunky military men around?
 Sage: I envy them and their sense of purpose. They’re part of something so much bigger than themselves, and they don’t waste time on silly matters. They make history, not just read about it.

Wait. You’re asking about their looks and flirting? Um. They don’t really pay attention to us, though I love watching Jacqueline and her followers bat their eyes and sway their hips without getting a reaction.

As for “hunky,” they’re just men. The world is half full of them. Ash Carter is better than most, though, and he has that swarthy Aristelan look that stands out on this side of the mountains. 

If you had to choose your code name, what would it be and why?
Sage: Just about everything I think of sounds either pretentious or obvious. Teacher? My friendship with Ash started with me teaching him to read (the how and why being way too long of a story to get into right now), so that seems appropriate. All the soldiers would probably know who it meant even if they weren’t told. Sounds kind of boring, though. I like birds – how about Sparrow? Small, unobtrusive, easily ignored, but all the while snatching up the crumbs you drop. Sparrow’s good.
If you were stranded in a foreign Kingdown, what 3 things would you hope to have with you?
Sage: My sling, a good knife, and a sewing kit to mend or adjust any clothes I had to steal or make into useful items.

 Relaxing Evening or Daytime Adventure?
Sage: Daytime Adventure, but I’m up for Evening Adventure, too. Not that kind – I’m not a harlot.

Sweet or Savory?

Sage: Savory. 

Reading or Teaching?

Sage: Yes. 

The Secret Message is:

 "Brownish hair, simpler styling but messy "


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine! And this week i am waiting on:

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces
Bad girls get it done.

Sasha’s all-time favorite person is her best friend Xavier. He’s smart, funny, and strange. He’s not just nice but kind. He’s endlessly forgiving, even when maybe he shouldn’t be.

So when Xavier lets his ex, Ivy, slither her way back into his life, Sasha knows she needs to protect him. And not just because she can’t stop thinking about the night she and Xavier almost shared a rum-soaked kiss. No, it’s because Ivy is poisonous. The last time they were together, Ivy cheated on Xavier and he just barely survived.

Sasha has a plan: pose online as a guy to seduce Ivy, proving that cheaters never change. But she soon learns to be careful who you pretend to be—because you can never truly know the darkness inside of someone. Including yourself.

Told in multiple points of view.~Goodreads


What are YOU waiting on this week!?