Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review: Fire in You by J. Lynn

Book: Fire in You
Author: J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
Series: Wait for You #6 (final)
Genre: NA romance 
Pages: 390
Release: November 28th, 2016




From the # 1 New York Times and International bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J.Lynn, comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…

Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.

She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.

Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the past sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.




Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review: The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Book: The Sun Is Also A Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA contemporary
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 348
Release: November 1st 2016



Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?





Friday, March 3, 2017

Review: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Book: A Torch Against the Night
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #2 (ongoing)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 452
Release: August 30th 2016



Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.





Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: Kindling by Skye Malone

Book: Kindling
Author: Skye Malone
Series: Kindling Trilogy #1
Publisher: Wildflower Isle

Pages: 386

Source: author (e-copy)

Release: February 7th 2013


Never leave the farm. Never talk about the past. Never bring up the night your mother died or the years you can’t recall.

Remember only that you’re safe.

On her farm in rural Montana, Ashley believes she has a normal life. Sure, her father is gone a lot on business and her childhood is a mystery. But life is good.

Until one night changes everything.

Masked men with inhuman abilities attack her home, burning everything and killing all in their path. A strange boy named Cole comes out of nowhere on a frantic mission to save her life. She’s thrust into a world she never knew existed—a world of dangerous secrets, gun-wielding saviors, and magically adept villains who look just like everyone else.

But the threat doesn’t end there. The people who burned her home are hunting her for a dark and deadly reason, one that goes deep into the past she’s never been able to remember. One that means they will stop at nothing to find her.

One that means Ashley is far more than she appears.




Thursday, February 2, 2017

Update: I'm Alive + Vote!

Happy February! 


You're all thinking: "Is it just me, or did Erika disappear again? Didn't she say she'd be back in full action come January?"

Guilty as charged. *hangs head in shame* January was not my month. I have not picked up nor finished an actual book since 2017 began (though I did read Black Beauty for one of my classes, but that doesn't count because I had to stress over a very large presentation on it the following week, so I didn't enjoy it very much. Plus it's not really the kind of genre I like to read). I shamefully have 3 e-arcs I still haven't read through. I've had to renew the library books I've taken out, because the three weeks that I normally 100% could finish them in have whizzed by.

Ugh. As a normally, quite extensively heavy reader, I feel like I've been deprived water or something.

BUT, I have not forgotten about you guys. Quite the opposite. I miss you guys. I miss our talks. I miss fangirling. I miss BOOKS. Gods, I miss books. I miss peace and quiet and books and reading so I can gush over everything to you guys. But I am (more or less) back(ish)! Though it will be more of a gradual transition thing, as there are still a few loose ends I need to tie up. But I am coming back to my normal presence, with this haphazard post as proof!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bookish Musings and Ponderings: Goodreads Challenge

Welcome to the second segment to my Musing and Ponderings instalments: discussion-based posts on book-related topics!




Today's topic of discussion: the Goodreads Challenge!



Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!


Welcome, 2017! May you bring much happiness and joy to everyone :) I have a few New Year's resolutions, which I figured I might as well share the book/blogging related ones with you!