Tag Archive | romance

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge | Day #1

So this is the first time I’ve been tagged to do anything, so let’s see how this goes. I want to thank Kelly for tagging me first of all, she’s such a sweet blogger and her posts are fire!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

I just finished reading High Voltage by Karen Marie Moning and this author writes so beautifully–she has a quote that I stick to every two pages. For this day I will start with a quote that called me to this book as soon as I started reading it and it goes:

“You don’t grieve love; you celebrate that you had it.”

I tag the lovelies, Larkin @ Winderfilled Reads, Taylor @ Forever Bound By Books, and finally Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

Thank you for reading! I’m out. XOXO

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “High Voltage,” by Karen M. Moning

5/5 Stars

Again, another masterpiece by the all-time great and wonderful Karen Marie Moning.

Champions don’t spring from happy childhoods

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Where to start? Every time I read one of her books I feel like I’m reading the Bible (not really, but you know what I mean?) What I mean is that she’s so wise. Every two pages I would find something that I could relate to. I promise you: there are more tabs and bookmarks in this book than actual words, LOL. I could just post a whole post about the quotes that I found interesting in this book and it would be very long.

I think that that’s one of the things I love the most about her writing, she’s sophisticated yet simple. She thrives on greatness and the perfect expression of the characters emotions. I also learned about 500 new words in this book–every chapter had a new big word that I didn’t know and at some point, I looked forward to finding them. I feel like an intellectual when I read her books and I love it. Not once in the story did I felt lost. Her point always comes across. The world-building was on point. The characters were well represented and each had a clear idea of what their purpose should be.

I do think that sometimes she includes things that are incredibly unnecessary and redundant. Like, she’s just trying to fill in space. This book is also shorter than it looks. It has roughly about 415 pages. That’s not counting the deleted scenes and the glossary at the end. That’s another thing that I appreciate about this author, if this is the first Fever book you’ve ever picked up, she provides you with an extensively detailed glossary of each character and place at the end of the book. It comes in very handy (trust me) and you wouldn’t have to read 9 other books to catch up–though I highly recommend that you do so.

In this one, the Fever Series #10, we follow the story of Dani O’Malley and the years after the song of making was sung. There are still terrors hunting the streets of Dublin, the song of making did repair their world from being absorbed by the black holes but it also brought many powerful and dangerous creatures that want to end the human race. We also discover that Dani has some sort of superpower–more than the ones she already has and we discover finally what she’s meant to be. She still shows levels of immaturity in the early chapters of the book, you know, she’s still growing. She misses Dancer very much and even though it’s been two years she still loves him.

Things start to get better in the picture when Ryodan comes back (he left to have her figure out her life). He grounds her. Makes her feel things about herself that she wouldn’t have seen otherwise. I love how raw and unapologetic he is. We don’t realize how much he loves her until this book–well, at least it is very clear to see how much he loves her. How long he’s been waiting for her and how patient he is. They fight most of the time because they are the same person and in a chapter of this book Dani explains it better than I ever will. There are quite literally two pages of her talking on how similar they are and that’s why they crash so much, but also, that’s why they love each other.

Love doesn’t build cages. It builds stairways to the stars.

Ryodan is so smart–I love this man. I think that his love for Dani is unconditional and he’s even more emotional and perceptive than Barron’s. It took us at least 9 books to clearly figure out how Barron’s felt about Mac. It only took us 3 to figure out how Ryodan felt about Dani. Together they discover a new evil that’s been hunting the streets of Dublin and together they stop it.

Dani–even though she shows immaturity at the beginning of the book–she also shows growth and passion. She’s very passionate about everyone she loves and everything she does. Ryodan is there every step of the way, helping her grow, watching her become the woman–the creature that she was supposed to be.  Something that’s worth mentioning is that we don’t see Mac at all in this book, which leads me to believe that we’ll have at least a couple more books to read in Dani’s perspective because there are still unresolved issues that need addressing.

I cannot wait to join Dani and Ryodan and Mac and Barrons in their new adventures. If you like paranormal romance, anything fae induced and two of the most obtuse people you’ve ever met, then this book is the best thing for you.

I would recommend for 18 year-olds and older.

March TBR Pile | 2018

I just went and looked at a couple of blogs and saw this trend floating around. I was honestly kind of depressed and jealous because many of these bloggers read about ten to fourteen books a month! I wish… I mean I used to read that many books a month, but working full-time and going to school full-time barely gives me time to breathe.  I really miss reading like that though. However, I’m going to try to push my limits this month and read at least 8 books, silently prays and these would be:

“High Voltage,” by Karen Marie Moning

I’m super excited about this book! Anyone that knows me knows that I would die for Karen Moning. She’s one of my favorite authors ever and I’ve been waiting for this book forever. I’m excited to see how Dani and Ryodan develop in this book. I cannot wait!

“Children of Blood and Bone,” by Tomi Adeyemi

I’m already reading this book, and it’s like your own personal bible. It is so big! But I’m loving it! I want to finish it today (though I doubt it because I have to go to work soon). But this book is full of action, love, mistrust, and lots of magic. I cannot wait for its release and for y’all to read it. I also love Tomi Adeyemi, so there’s that! I really am enjoying this book and cannot wait to finish it just to write a review on it.

“Hero at the Fall,” by Alwyn Hamilton

This book I’m super excited about! I absolutely loved the other two, and I sincerely can’t wait to see the adventures that Hamilton is going to bring us in this new book. I received an e-arc for it but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, and I want to read before Tuesday the 6th because High Voltage is coming out then and I’m not going to be reading anything else until I finish that one, LOL. Anyways, Traitor to the Throne left us with a huge cliffhanger and if I don’t get to read this before the end of this month, shoot me! (HAHA, see what I did there? No? Then you need to read this series).

“Restore Me,” Tahere Mafi

I don’t know what is there to say about this book/series that you guys don’t already know. I loved the first three book in the series and even the novella and when I heard that Mafi was coming out with a fourth book, I about died! Now, it is not on the top of my priorities because I was actually happy with the ending of the last book–like I would have been fine if she decided to end it there. However, we have been blessed by the Lord with a fourth book and I am no one to not the gifts that the Lord brings upon us, so Mafi: here I come!

“Obsidio,” by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I still haven’t finished Gemina yet, which is the second book on this series, but I plan to finish it at some point to tackle this bad boy. I enjoyed the other ones very much and the only I haven’t finished the second book is because I’m clearly stupid and very lazy. I love the visual stimulation that these books brings. They are most certainly a different format than anything I’ve ever read and I’m so excited to read the last one! (At least I think it’s the last one).

“Tiger’s Dream,” by Colleen Houck 

So, when I first started this series, I read the four books in five days. I remember making a big deal on snapchat about it (add me: deniamartinezz LOL). But anyways, I heard that she was coming with a fourth book as soon as I finished reading the series and that was a couple of years ago and the book never came. Now, I’m going to tackle this book to ground to finally get it on my hands and add it to my collection because I truly enjoyed the series.

“To Kill A Kingdom,” by Alexandra Christo

I just found this book while browsing on Goodreads and I found it pretty interesting. It also has kind of the same font as the Six of Crow does on the front cover, so that’s what called my attention to it. I read the description of the story and I’m kinda interested in it now, so why not give it a try.

 

For my last book, I like to keep it open. Since I work in a bookstore, there’s always a new book that catches my eye and then I’ll be like, “Oh! That seems interesting!” and I’ll give it a try. So yeah girls, this is all I have for this month, I hope I get to read them all and probably squeeze a few new adult romances as well as romance in general because I love that genre. I hope you girls can relate to any of these book and please let me know if you are as excited as I am to read any of them!

I’m Out! xoxo.

 

Non-Spoiler Book Review |”What I Need” by J. Daniels.

Okay, I’ve been waiting for this particular book to come out for a while now. It was a gr29328328eat book, a nice romance before I jump back out to my normal fluffy teen reads. This book follows the story of CJ and Riley. We know CJ from the previous book as one of the guy’s partners. Riley is Reed’s baby sister. In this story, CJ gets injured and Riley agrees to help him.
The only problem I had with this book was how disgustingly sweet it was. Between CJ or Riley, I don’t know which one was more cheesy. OMG, there was so much cheesiness in this book to drive me crazy–how many eye rolls I did while reading the book. But besides that, I feel like it was a great story. Riley frustrated me at some point because of her efforts of trying to keep their relationship a secret, which I understand because I had to keep secrets like this from my family before, but she was committed to her belief–I felt bad for CJ. J. Daniels writing style is amazing, I love her writing, 5 stars for that. I gave this whole book 4.5 stars and the only reason is because of too much sweetness between the characters. Don’t get me wrong, they were so cute, but it got overwhelming at some point.
I mean, I wish you could see their “ultimate fight,” I was like, “wait? that was it?” and it happened in the end, and she gave us such a prompt end too, I feel like she could’ve prolonged the conclusion a little bit more, or include an epilogue. But oh well, until the next one Daniels.
xoxo, Martinez.

Can’t Wait to Read! – May TBR!

Hello guys,

So, as I keep reading and reading, my TBR pile keeps growing and growing, and for this next upcoming month there’s no exception. May is a month that so many good books are about to come out–finally–after years of waiting, they get to be in my precious 17927395hands, and I am super excited about them:

  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas: This is the second book on the “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series, which came out last year in the month of May. So now, after exactly a year later, we finally get to continue this wonderful adventure with Feyre and Tamlin, an adventure that was long over due. I don’t like the cover on this particular book, I feel like ACOTAR’s cover was so much better design, but I won’t let that detail bring my hopes f the book down. She posted a picture on her instagram with a preview of the actual book, and I’m super excited because the book looks way much bigger than ACOTAR!  Can’t wait! It is out 5/3.
  • The Crown by Kiera Cass: This is the fifth and final book on “The Selection” series, and I jut hope Eadlyn get to solve many of her issues, because I w26074181as seriously disappointed with “The Heir.” I  loved the first 3 books on the series, I think that Kiera did an amazing job coming up with the stories, and plot of the book. The characters and guidelines for the book where very descriptive, and very well written. However, in this part of the story, Eadlyn is totally different from America. I hate to say it, but she’s a little bit of a brat and b*tch. I’m however excited to see with which suitor she ends up with–I am rooting for Kile! and  how this total mess unfolds. This one is supposed to come out 5/3.
  • Wh29328328at I Need by J. Daniels: This is a more adult-romance series, but I’m head over heels in love with it, I’ve been waiting for this 4th book in this series to come out since forever. “The Alabama Summer” series, is a really entertaining and very sexy series that I just can’t see, to get enough of–so much so, that I found myself re-reading the books every once in while. This story brings two characters together, characters that I’ve been dying to read of! Is supposed to come out May the 16th, I hope she doesn’t push the date.
  • The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout: I love JLA, I think she’s an amazing author, and the fact that she’s coming up with this new story has me all giddy. 26721568She usually writes strong new adult/ teen romance, however this one is more softy in terms of romance environment. Is based on a high school, and supposedly the main character in this book has been home-schooled all her life, but for her senior year she gets to go to a public high school, and apparently the first day she gets there, she sees this guy that she hasn’t seen in years, but that apparently used to be really close to. I am really excited to read this, and see this new perspective that JLA is bringing us from her world, and since I’d never read anything by her that was this sweet looking I think I would really like it. This one is coming out May 17.
  • The La16131489st Star by Rick Yancey: The last book on the “5TH Wave” series. I’m super excited to see the ending to this wonderful series. Granted–I haven’t read the second one yet, but I’m planning on doing it before the last one comes out. I really enjoyed the first book, I think that the actions scenes were really well developed, and well written. The author did a great job describing the character, and giving them different characteristics that made them unique from any other character that I’ve ever read. I’m dying to see how we put an end to the others. This one is supposed to come out the 24th of May.

So, that’s all for me. I wold probably read more than these books that month but those are my most anticipated ones, can’t wait to get my hands on them and actually jump into the adventures. Let me know what you think down in the comments, and if you find something in common with these short reviews I would love to talk about them with you. Thank you guys for reading! Have a day full of wonderful new reads.

Me Before You By Jojo Moyes

5/5 stars
I have no words to describe the feelings I have for this book. Scratch that, I have too many. I mean why? There are some books that come to you and you forget their story as soon as you finish reading it; but there are books that when you are in the first page you just can’t let go, and when you are done the story stays with you forever. Me Before You was the exact same thing for me. I wish I’d never read it, but at the same time I couldn’t read it sooner. This is the type of story that I wish I haven’t read, but that I still can’t understand how did I take to long to start it. I read in one night, literally started at 12 am, and by 5 am I was done. Imagine my boss’ face when I got to work all red eyed and with dark circles under my eyes–he thought someone died–if only he knew.

Jojo Moyes is another author that I’ll keep under the heartbreaking category, along side with John Green, Veronica Roth, Markus Zusak,C. J. Roberts, Colleen Hoover, etc.

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” -Jojo Moyes.

When I started this book, I’d never expected it to be like this. Heartbreaking, devastating story, with a beautiful message. Will Traynor, a really complicated man, with a past life full of life, and a devastating future, has been in a wheelchair for two years now, he needs assistance. That’s where Louisa Clark, she’s his care giver. The women is a rainbow of colors, literally. Her clothes, her life, her family–everything about her is just so bright. The story is just unbelievably amazing, it only took 5 hours to break my heart, the characters were so powerful, their emotions seem real, and they got to transfer the power of what they were feeling really well.

“I will never, ever regret the things I’ve done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to.” -Jojo Moyes.

I can’t pretend like this book didn’t break my heart, because it did, and I’m the type of person that will wear my heart on my sleeve, I can’t hide my emotions well enough. So I went to work the next day, people were worried. How could I tell them what really happened? I just told them a close friend of mine died. I had to come up with something.

In overall, this book will make you laugh, cry, mad, sad, joyful, and many emotions that I have no time to describe. Give it a try, you will not regret it.

 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Five Stars

This book has a beautiful story, the only problem is that there’s a lot to keep up with. If you are not an avid reader, I would recommend taking notes while you are reading.

Simon and Baz have a complicated relationship–at first you don’t know what to make of  it–but everything sorts out in the end. This book is written in the point of view of many characters, these are:

  • Penelope: She’s Simon best friend, and she’s super smart. With her, Simon and Baz get to solve the mystery of the humdrum and, well, she is really hard to ignore because once she get’s a hold of you, she woScreenshot_2016-03-06-20-56-57 (1)n’t let you go.
  • Agatha: she is and then later was Simon’s girlfriend. She is really afraid of the magic world. And well, she is not in love with Simon, so basically… (weird)
  • Lucy: is Simon’s mom, and I’m not sure sure what is her part in this book, but whatever–not my problem.
  • Mage: Then there’s Mage, he’s so complicated, and is just annoying to be honest. But then there’s–
  • Baz: Simon and him are roommates. They hate each other. Baz is abducted for six weeks. Simon spends all that time looking for him. He is kind of frustrating if you asked me. I really don’t know how the two of them survived around each other.
  • Simon: He’s the most powerful magician ever known and that terrifies him. He is also the one who has to put an end to the humdrum.

The story revolves around their intern school. Is a really great book, so if you are into magic, romance and Rainbow. This is the perfect book for you!