Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: In the Shadow of the Dragon King

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for!

Title: In the Shadow of the Dragon King

Author: J. Keller Ford 
Release Date: May 31, 2016

Seventeen-year-old, Eric, is a kick-butt squire to the most revered knight in Fallhollow. Well he would be if Sir Trogsdill allowed him to do anything even remotely awesome. Determined to prove his worth, Eric sets out to find the mythical paladin summoned to protect the realm from the evil lurking nearby.

Sixteen-year-old, David, spends his days collecting school honors, winning archery tournaments, and trying not to fall in love with his scrappy best friend, Charlotte.

Right when things start to get interesting, he is whisked away to the magical realm of Fallhollow where everyone thinks he's some sort of paladin destined to fulfill a two-hundred-year-old prophecy. He's supposed to help kill a dragon with some sort of magic key. The same key that happens to adorn the neck of an annoying squire who's too wrapped up in proving himself to be much help to anyone.

With egos as big as the dragon they need to destroy, Eric and David must get over themselves, or watch everything they know and love, burn. (taken from

Why I Need It: 

This totally sounds up my alley. As a little kid, I was fascinated by dragons, and that fascination really hasn't gone away for over a decade. BRING ON THE DRAGONS!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Title: Hopeless  
Series: Hopeless Series #1 
Author: Colleen Hoover 
Publisher: Colleen Hoover 
Publication Date: December 19, 2012
Format: Kindle  

Page Count: 410 


Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever. (taken from

Everyone, I am happy to announce that I have found yet another binge-worthy book! I started this one at about midnight one day, and I ended up reading until 4:00 AM. I just didn't want to stop. It's been a while since I became that addicted to a book, so Hopeless definitely gets some points for that. 

Honestly, I was expecting Hopeless to be another bad-boy meets good-girl cliche. After hearing from others about how swoon-worthy Holder was and how the romance would blow me away, my expectations for the plot kind of plummeted. Thankfully, I was quickly surprised by Hoover's story. I knew she'd made a name for herself in the world of YA, and now, I can see why. Beneath the passionate make out sessions and general lustiness of the novel, there is an authentic and intriguing story. I was definitely surprised by some of the plot twists, so bravo, Hoover. 

I love Sky's character. Usually, with a book like this one, I'm too busy swooning over the heroine's hunky love interest to really pay much attention to her. This time, I couldn't stop thinking about how realistic and enjoyable her character is. Of course, she strikes me as more of a 21 year-old than a 17 year-old, but that's true for countless young adult heroines. Sky is sarcastic, witty, a lover of reading and baking, and most importantly, she's not a total pushover. Unlike with Anastasia in Fifty Shades of Grey, I never felt the urge to strange Sky when she ran back into the arms of her lover after a fight. 

Not going to lie, I mostly picked this one up in hopes of discovering a fantastic love story. I was desperately in need of some shiver-inducing, intense, all-encompassing romance. Thankfully, I found it with Holder and Sky. Sure, parts of it are a little stretched as with most romances, but so much of their relationship was inspiring. Despite Holder's reputation as a bad boy and the struggles Sky faces, the two characters show what it means to be truly dedicated to someone through thick and thin. 
"Sky, if you're wondering if I have commitment issues, the answer is no. Someday in the far, far, far away future... like post-college future... when I propose to you... which I will be doing one day because you aren't getting rid of me... I won't be marrying you with the hope that our marriage will work out. When you become mine, it'll be a forever thing. I've told you before that the only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers, and I mean that." 
I won't spoil anything for you guys, but Hopeless tackles some really heavy issues. From explicit sexual content to the darkness of hidden memories, Sky and Holder's story doesn't shy away from intense topics. It was interesting to see how Hoover approached them, and in the end, I think she did a poignant yet tactful job. Still, I shuddered at some of the gruesome details. It's definitely not a story for the faint of heart. 

Do yourself a favor. Pick up a pint of Ben and Jerry's (trust me, you'll need it for various reasons), and go curl up with Hopeless. It's a fantastically written romance that break your heart, have you swooning, and make you giggle with joy. 

I've basically spent the past few days trying to convince every single one of my girlfriends to read this steamy novel. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Ivory and Bone

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for!

Title: Ivory and Bone 

Author: Julie Eshbaugh 
Release Date: June 7, 2016

A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along. (taken from

Why I Need It: 

Okay, see that first sentence? That is why I need this book. I'm a huge fan of Jane Austen, and Pride and Prejudice is my absolute favorite.

Also, I've never really seen a book with a premise like this one. Props for originality. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Title: The Infinite Sea 
Series: The 5th Wave #2
Author: Rick Yancey 
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books 
Publication Date: 
September 16, 2014
Format: Kindle 

Page Count: 320


How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate. (taken from

So I pretty much picked The Infinite Sea up the minute I finished The 5th Wave. With the first novel's dramatic ending, I couldn't help but immediately reach for a sequel. 

I was surprised to see that this sequel is about half of the length of its prequel, and in some ways, I do feel that the story was lacking. The first book had incredible depth and took its sweet time building suspense and developing its characters. Although the characters in the sequel are still deep, the plot is not quite as developed. I found parts of it quite confusing, and honestly, I was hoping for a bit more as I turned the last page. I'm not sure if the third book will be shorter like this one, but I'm really hoping it won't be. Maybe The Infinite Sea is just a bridge between the first and the last book in some ways? The second book in a series often bears that burden, so maybe the third book will hold some of The 5th Wave's level of development. 

I loved Cassie and her plot line in the first novel, as well as Ben and Evan. For some reason, we barely see them in this second novel. Not only is the story shorter, but the majority of its pages are dedicated to the character Ringer. We met Ringer in the first novel, and although she did interest me, I was sad to see that Cassie and some of the other characters got pushed to the back. 

Having said that, Yancey still wrote an impressive followup. The action and intensity of the first novel continues, and the plot becomes even darker. We learn more about the Others and why they have come, and we even meet some new characters. 

There are more than a few striking passages in The Infinite Sea. Yancey is dang talented, and his words have a way of hitting you right in the heart. You root for his fearsome rebels, and you watch with horror as they are struck down again and again. 

Overall, I did enjoy The Infinite Sea. It builds on the original story I grew to love, and I was so happy to see all of the characters again. However, I cannot say that I liked it as much as I liked the prior novel. As I mentioned before, I still have high hopes for the third novel, which comes out on May 24th. 

Yancey is going a little George R.R. Martin on us. Seriously, you never know if a character is going to make it to the next chapter or not...

 Not only was I stressed out while reading such an intense story, but I'm also hoping and praying that the series doesn't take a bad turn. Fingers crossed for an amazing follow up in The Last Star