Saturday, June 28, 2014

Caught my arrow #35

Caught my Arrow is a meme similar to In my mailbox and  Stalking the Shelves featuring books that were purchased, borrowed or received that week.

It's Sports Week at BookCupid's house!! I'm counting the hours until the FiFa games take over again. Until then, I can always pass the time with some reading. 


Catching Jordan

Received from Publisher

Riley Mae and the  Rock Shocker Trek

What are you reading this week?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday: Shopping Ideas

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Q: Post a photo of your favorite coffee mug (or mugs if you can't choose just one)

Tea aficionado with no artistic coffee mug?!? I'm in serious need of help. Keep seeing these around Chapters lately. The resemblance they share with Harry Potter's owl is appealing.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Review: Her Dark Curiosity

The past always comes back to haunt us.

Although, Juliet's heart still yearns for Montgomery and her body aches for the medicine that maintains her animal urges under control -- Juliet wants to rebuild her live. Creating a cure is her only hope, then she can forget everything. Forget Moreau Island. Unfortunately for her, someone something followed her off the island making sure the horrific secret that happened there is out. Will she be able to cure herself before her Dad's friends decide to keep her as an experiment?

Once again, Megan Shepherd used the retell pattern, basing the story on Jekyll and Hyde. The effect wasn't as moving as The Madman's Daughter but only because Dr. Moreau was an evil genius badass and is a tough act to follow. The love triangle remained with a steamy hot sex scene worth rereading. All in all, the book is a nice follow-up to the first, even if, one can't help but ask themselves ''Where is this all leading to?''

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review: Not Exactly a Love Story

Vinnie's mom is tired of being the sole provider for the family. Her solution: divorce -- marrying Vinnie's gym teacher and moving him across the city. One can't blame his rebellion when he picks up the phone, calls his pretty new neighbor and tells her obscenities. Or can we? Will Vinnie learn to control his impulses before he ruins his chance with the only girl who understands him?

Audrey Couloumbis author of Love me Tender gives us another story that deals with parental separation. Vinnie is so composed with his family's rupture, that we sort of expect him to fall apart sooner or later. As always the parents where very well written. Both mother and father played their role in the end of the relationship, making the story quite believable.

A short yet interesting read taking place in the late 70s.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Sun gone shine



With school behind me, I can fully concentrate on my passion -- books and FIFA 2014. Lots of sports themed books made my list this year.

Justina Chen
Romance, sports and Machu Pichu!! Can't wait to dive into this one. 

Lisa Schroeder
Secrets and sports again. The cover just screams summer to me. 

Megan Miranda
Been looking forward to reading this sequel the entire winter. Sadly, exams got in the way. 

7-Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen
I always try to read a classic as often as possible. This is my summer pick. 

Miranda Kenneally
Starting this sports novel next week. Comes highly recommended.

5-The Indigo Spell
Richelle Mead
Need to catch up on this series. 

Amanda Grace
Love triangle plot -- including twins!! How awkwardly entertaining.

Kate Brian
The end of the series. 

2- Wish You Were Italian
Kristin Rae
Best example of reading to escape -- the country that is. Wishing I was in Italy right now.

1-Only Everything
Kieran Scott
Ahh!! A book about Cupid. How could this not top my list. 

Which book made your list?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Review: Shift

Sometimes a relationship ends not by choice, but because someone dies. 

Logan overdosed on his birthday, and now, everyone born after the shift, including his girlfriend Aura can see him until he decides to cross over. In this sequel to Shade, Aura thought she'd lost Logan forever, but it turns out he's still around with plans to start a band made out of post-shifters. Unfortunately, his presence still means turmoil for Aura's current boyfriend, Zachary. How will they get through this again?

Although Shade had an intense amount of romance and tension, Shift was too explanatory. Why are ghosts visible in the first place? What role does Aura play in it all? This time around, Aura was harder to connect with. Guys are not toys -- and playing with other people's feelings just because one is confused doesn't make it right.

Hope she redeems herself in the third installment.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday: Paris, je t'aime

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Q: Armchair travel! Tell us about your favorite book in a setting you'd like to visit.

J'aime Paris -- and yet I've never been. It's the idea of it. Imagine the late night walks in the city of lights. The Moulin Rouge. The culinary experience. Imagine Versailles.

A book that sells France quite well is Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. A great romance/contemporary story worth the read.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Film Review: The Fault in our Stars

John Green's bestseller The Fault in our Stars premiered last thursday -- shocking the film industry with a $48.2M gross so far.

Whether it was John Green's presence on set, or the cast incredible performance, the film remained true to the novel. I can't think of one scene that was altered.

Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort shared a raw chemistry on screen, and Nat Wolff taking over the role of best friend Isaac, kept us smiling regardless of the tears impossible to contain.

Just when I had run out of tissues, a woman in the front row let out a loud sob, and bang, the whole theater exploded in tears.

Make sure you bring lots of kleenex.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Review: We Were Liars

An ambiguous plot that will leave you guessing until the very end. 

Summers hold the best memories for Cadence -- and all because she gets to spend them with the Liars, a group of relatives and friends. Laughter. Swimming. Romance. This pose goes through everything together. Until one summer everything changes. Now, Cadence is being left out. If only she could remember what happened the night that scared them all away.

Lockhart's writing seems unusual compared to her Ruby Oliver series. Lots of fragmented sentences, short chapters, and a pace that will make you want to tear your hair out along with Cadence.

Thankfully, the gratification comes at the last chapter. Can you guess the ending? Read and find out!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Savers



Summer is around the corner. Just a few more weeks of school, and I will be sipping sangria by the pool with as many books as I can handle. Here is my list for best summer reads: 

E. Lockhart
Summer is the best time to feel mysterious. Pick this one up on a hot night when you want to live a little, and unravel this crazy vacation plot. 

James Dashner
The film will be out in September 2014. There's still time to read it before the premiere. Not sure the book is up your alley, watch the movie trailer.

Kat Falls
Summer is the perfect time to start a new series. The best part about Inhuman is that you won't have to wait long for the sequel. It comes out in the fall!!

4-Twenty Boy Summer
Sarah Ockler
Inspiring, heartbreaking story that takes places during a summer getaway.

5-Keeping the Moon
Sarah Dessen
Summer job story about friendship and self-esteem problems.

Gretchen McNeil
Getaway weekend on an island that turns deadly!! Need I say more.

Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Is this the last summer before you start college? Then this could be the book for you. 

8-Queen of Babble
Meg Cabot
Escape to France for the summer through this funny YA chick-lit read.

9-Perfect Chemistry
Simone Elkeles
This series has some of the sexiest covers out there. This one in particular has an embarrassing beach scene that makes it impossible to put the book down. 

Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
Want to experiment this summer? Chopsticks is told through a recollection of IM's, photographs, drawings... a trip down a character's memory lane.

Which book made your list?

Monday, June 2, 2014

Review: Desires of the Dead

She can see sense dead people. 

Although Violet is used to sensing the dead, keeping it hushed has always been a priority. The problem is what do you do after you find the body. Let's face it, what harm could come of placing an anonymous call to the cops -- it's not like it might get the FBI on your trail?

This sequel to The Body Finder is much more emotional than the first, dealing with domestic abuse and the rollercoaster ride of considering sex with that special someone. Derting introduces new characters such as Mike and Megan, charming siblings that will stir up lots of troubles for the happy couple.

Bring on book three.