9/13/20

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman


Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.


Do you change genres or do you always read the same?
I tend to mix it up a bit, I've been reading quite a lot High Fantasy lately and I needed something to cleanse.

So I picked up some fluffy romantic comedy that I had on my tbr for quite a while and it didn't disappoint

The hating game is the kind of book I would pick to go to the beach. It was fun and fresh.
Lucy and Josh are hilarious. Those comebacks and the "I want you but I hate you" vibe had me glued to the book from the first chapter.

Lucy is a dorky psycho. Which is cute cause she's chihuahua size. Josh is a sexy giant with zero social skills.

There's great chemistry it's sexy and I loved it. It was exactly what I needed right now.


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Sally Thorne is the USA Today bestselling author of the office rom-com The Hating Game (2016). It is her debut novel that has sold in over twenty-five countries and is being made into a major motion picture, to be directed by Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion and The Simpsons Movie director David Mirkin. It was named in the top 20 romance novels of 2016 by the Washington Post and was a top ten finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards romance category. The Hating Game has been cited as a book that has reinvigorated the romantic comedy genre.

Sally’s much anticipated second novel, 99 Percent Mine, was released on 29 January 2019 by William Morrow Books and debuted at #37 on the USA Today Bestseller List.

Sally is writing two more books for William Morrow, and is currently drafting her third book.

Sally lives in Canberra, Australia, with her husband Roland- plus a pug called Delia and a horse called Louie.

9/12/20

Grishaverse Series Review

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
 
Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
This is the best series I read so far this year. I got lost between the pages.

The characters are amazing, I was drawn to them. Even The Darkling took a piece of my heart.

I loved Alina and her growth as the books progressed was amazing. She came into herself. She's not perfect but has drive and hope. The weight of loss and how she fights to overcome every obstacle thrown her way.

Mal I liked a lot, was he my favorite? No, but I'm deeply satisfied with how it all ended. A full beautiful circle of life, loss, fear and happiness. That's life for everyone even in books.

My favorite character was Nicolai he is amazing, witty, strong, fierce and loyal. A man after my heart. He fights for what he believes in, for the good of his country, his people and the few close to his heart.

Zoya, Misha, Tamar, Tolya, Genya, David. I could name all the characters in this series and find unique qualities to them all.

The world building was fantastic, the cities, the culture, tradition and faith it all plays an integral part of the story.

I ugly cried more than a few times reading this books.

This is a series that breaks your heart and puts it back together. But like with every good book the scars remain.

Aleksander I mourned for you too.


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Siege and Storm


Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars--with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for Leigh's newsletter: 
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9/11/20

Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies.

Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen….
 

I had a very hard time writing this review. It's not that I didn't loved the book, I did. But I wasn't really sure how I felt about the ending.
The book was action packed, Ren and Ivy where great as always. But Tink takes the cake he's the best, the greatest. He's hilarious and saves the day in the weirdest ways.

The human fae interactions where interesting, I see new bonds forming and maybe a hint of a new relationship there shhhh šŸ¤« no spoilers.

My problem with the ending is that I feel they tried so effing hard and at the end they kinda won but kinda didn't. I guess this leaves a door with open for the author if she wants to revisit this world.

All in all it was an amazing ending for the series and a beautiful ending for Ren and Ivy.


“Look at me.”
Slowly, his gaze lifted to me. “I’m looking at you, Sweetness. Always am, even when my eyes aren’t on you.”


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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES, # 1 International, and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia. She also writes under the name J. Lynn. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel and her hyper Border Jack Apollo, and a slew of farm animals that include alpacas, goats, and sheep.


9/10/20

Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.
 

Publisher: Jennifer L. Armentrout (17 Julio 2016)

This book is a perfect sequel to Wicked, it picks up exactly where wicked left of. We get to see the road to acceptance that Ivy has to travel. Now that she knows the truth, her dynamics change.

No one can find out Ivy´s secret, her life depends on it but having to lie to the one person she cares about isn´t exactly easy and at the same time she is being hunted by a fae prince who wants nothing more than to get some one on one time with her.

This book destroys you and builds you up, it´s beautifully written, the plot is amazing; be prepared to experience every range of emotion there is out there. From ugly crying to fuzzy warm feelings we go through it all.

The beginning of the book is kinda slow but seen as it´s a continuation of the scene where we left off on book one it makes perfect sense.

Tink is and will always be my favorite character ever, I live for his antics and the things we learn about him on this book... there are no words. He is full of secrets and full of flair, if you liked him before you are going to love him now.

Ren and Ivy are magnificent, they are both brave and fearless but at the same time they are both loving and tender. I loved all their interaction. The Prince is just a creep with powers and I truly hope he gets what’s coming to him.

I got to be honest at the end of the book I had a foretelling moment and I hope I’m wrong because if something happens to Ivy I’ll riot, for sure.

“I loved him more than I loved pralines and beignets, and that was hardcore, because my love of sugary, sweet things rivaled the most epic love stories known to man.”


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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel and her hyper Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent her time writing short stories. Therefore explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes Young Adult Contemporary, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and Romance. She writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J.Lynn.

9/9/20

Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

Publisher: Jennifer L. Armentrout; Unabridged EdiciĆ³n (4 Noviembre 2014)


Have you ever stayed up all night because you couldn't put a book down? Which book was it? This happened to me with this book.

I just have one word for this book... WOW.

Wicked is amazing it has the perfect amount of action, romance, angst. I absolutely love it.

The main characters are perfect. Ivy has personality, she's a badass but just like anyone she has fears and regrets in her life that color the way she see things.

Ren is hawt, there's no humble bone in his body and he can fight like there's no tomorrow.

The world building is freaking fantastic. I could practically see myself strolling through New Orleans. The backstory and the build up is great too.

I absolutely loved this book. I'm starting the next one ASAP. 

“You gave Tink a scarf. Tink is free!" 
He flew out into the hallway like a little cracked-out fairy,

 screeching, "Tink is freeeeee!”


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# 1 New York Times and International Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also has written under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.