Sunday, July 20, 2014

Review: Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief, #1)Title: The Midnight Thief 
Author: Livia Blackburne
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publishing Date:  July 8th 2014

Pages:  368
Genre:  YA High Fantasy 
Series:  Midnight Thief #1
Source:  ARC 


Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.

I love a well written high fantasy and its hard for me to find those. This one was a pretty darn good one. I didn't love it as I hoped I would, but I did enjoy the read. The story if full of big characters, crazy enemies, but of wildness, and a whole lot of fantasy. The only thing that held me back just a tad was the pacing. The book did lag a bit for me at times but still enjoyable. 

This story is about Kyra, Tristam, James, and some really big scary cats. Krya grew up an orphan, she survives by being a thief. Tristam is a knight, works for the palace, protecting it from danger. That danger at the moment is James and some evil cats. James is the leader of the assassin's guild and is currently looking to take down the palace and all they stand for. The big scary evil cats are just that. Huge wild cats who eat people. This is the story about how all their lives intertwine.  

I absolutely loved the story behind all that happens in this book. I love how there are 3 different stories happening but they all come together to become one story.  This was a great fantasy story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing was good, not as complex as most High Fantasies and it worked well for the story. The pacing was off for me at times, like I said. There were a few times throughout the book I found myself just skimming, then there were times that I couldn't stop reading for even a second. I like my books to be more evenly paced. So that was an issue for me but I made it through the read and with a smile on my face. 

The characters were well developed. I especially like Kyra. I felt her struggles throughout and understood her quite well. She was a real survivor and would do just about anything to help those she loved. Which is what led her to the assassin's guild. She would do just about anything but kill. She is also a very lost character. She tries her best to understand herself but without a past she doesn't know who she truly is. I felt her pains, I felt her love, I felt her desperation and I felt her loyalty. I really liked her. Tristam was another pretty awesome character. A little harder to get to know and little less complicated but he was a loyal friend, brave, cunning, and a true hero when it came down to it. I fell a little for him.  James was a jerk but smooth, I hated him from the start, but only because his part was written so well. 

There is a bit of romance, slow and in the background. It was sweet and so not overwhelming. The story was truly about Kyra and finding herself through a bunch of ruckus, pain, and secrets. It was about the past and the present, two worlds combining, and about friendship. I really did enjoy the story. 

I liked it a bunch and I will be waiting to read the next book. 

Livia Blackburne
Email: liviablackburne [at] gmail [dot] com

Twitter: @lkblackburne


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Alienated (Alienated, #1)Title: Alienated
Author: Melissa Landers
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publishing Date: February 4th 2014
Pages: 344
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Romance
Series: Alienated #1
Source: Audio


Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. 

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. 

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

I've had this book on my TBR list for quite a while and kept putting it off for some reason.I finally pulled the audio out of my library and dug in. I know there were many raving about this book and I was really afraid I would be disappointed so I didn't set my expectations high. I have to say I was quite surprised but this book instead. It was wonderful, it was sweet, sad, anger inducing, humorous, and fun. I loved it from beginning to end and I can't wait to get my hands on the second book.

The book is set in the future.... not sure how far off in the future.... and the student exchange program has advanced from country exchanges to planet exchanges. Cara has been chosen to participate in this program which means bringing an alien  into her home and her life. This is not something that is approved by all humans. There are some that accept it for what it is... Cara and her family... then there are those that are fanatics, crazy and obsessed then those that are hateful, extremist who believe aliens and humans should remain on their own planets. Cara must decide where she stands in it all.

Loved it Loved it Loved. This book was everything I look for in a great read. The story was light and fun full of romance and a few steamy scenes but had some underlying serious issues too. Some drama, some mystery, some secrets. It had it all including some very wonderful characters. 

The characters were of course my favorite part. I love well developed characters especially when they have great interactions with other wonderful characters. Cara and Aelyx  were just awesome. There is Cara, the sensible, safe, steady student kind of girl. Her life recently was turned upside down when her mother got sick with cancer. In the middle of all the crappiness she fell for a friend, grew closer to her best friend, kept up her grades, and tried to get through it all. Now life seems a bit back on track and she is asked to bring an alien into her home. Aelyx who is rude, arrogant, blunt, and very very good looking. What I liked about meeting the characters is that even though the point of view was 3rd person, it was written from both Cara and Aelyx's point of views. So I was able to connect easily with them both. 

I liked both of these characters. Cara had her moments of stupidity but really not many. She was a pretty steady character. Reliable. I knew her responses and thoughts before she did. She was very predictable but in a good way. Nothing was hidden, she was every bit of the person she portrayed. Aelyx was actually the opposite. He was very unpredictable, he had secrets from the veryobeginning. It was clear he was up to something but it was unclear until later on. It was hard to gage his true feelings. He was arrogant but also very modest. He didn't have great confidence in humans but he did in Car. He was very inter sting and even though he had a few faults he was very lovable, kind, and caring... just a little slow to the caring part. 

Lots of romance, slow, sweet, and steamy. Not too many steamy scenes but enough to make the book juicy in parts. Most of the time the romance stayed on the innocent side. Tolerance, intrigue, friendship, then love. Just how I like it. But yes there was passion and the hot scale ran high for me. 

So yes great characters, great story. Age old story of different races being violent and angry and with a few that were accepting and understanding. I really enjoyed how many of today's issues were brought in but with a touch of future. I like that the story was funny and light in some parts but then quite serious and intense in just a moment later. The writing was great for me, comfortable, just as I like it. Enough meat to carry me through without boredom to lose me. Pacing was awesome. I never felt rushed but I just flew right through the pages. A definite page turner for sure. 

Loved it, recommend it. Just read it.

Melissa Landers

Melissa Landers writes light, romantic sci-fi for teens and the young at heart. ALIENATED is now available from Disney Hyperion, and the sequel, INVADED, will release February 3, 2015.

Waiting on Wednesday #116

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I Can't wait for:

Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #2)
Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion #2)

For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

I loved the first book and can't wait to read more. Love the cover too. Its awesome and fits well with the first book. I am so very excited for this one. If you haven't read Pawn yet and you like dystopians, thrillers, and betrayal.... this is an awesome read that gives you all three.

What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #112 and Top Ten Tuesday #102

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Bloggers choose two
sentences out of our current read to peak others' curiosity.

Welcome to the Dark House
Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faira Stolarz


What’s your worst nightmare?

For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.

And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group—the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.

By the time Ivy and Parker realize what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run.

it's nighttime, there's a storm outside, and an unsuspecting couple falls victim to the classic stranded-car-by-the-side-of-the-road routine. "The Dark House" 

Top Ten is an original feature/weekly meme created here at
The Broke and the Bookish that features a great bookish top ten every week.

This weeks topic is top ten classics. I am horrible have not read many classics. Not even in high school so these are the classics I would like to read someday.. and the ones I have read and loved. 

Top Ten Favorite Shows : 

This changes for me but right now they are: 

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Genre Definition and Recommendation #70

Genre Definition and Recommendation is a feature where I will define a genre and a sub-genre definition and the make some recommendations.  

 Realistic Fiction- Definition found on Wikipedia

Realistic fiction, although untrue, could actually happen. Some events, the people, and the places may even be real. 

My Recommendations: 

TeaseTease by  Amanda Maciel 

From debut author Amanda Maciel comes a provocative and unforgettable novel, inspired by real-life incidents, about a teenage girl who faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide.

Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault. At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. In the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her own role in an undeniable tragedy. And she'll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.

With its powerful narrative, unconventional point of view, and strong anti-bullying theme, this coming-of-age story offers smart, insightful, and nuanced views on high school society, toxic friendships, and family relationships.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

The Beginning of Everything
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider


Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.

No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.

But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes? 

Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.

What Do you Recommend? 
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