Tuesday, October 28, 2014

5 Reasons I love The Addicted Series

I didn't sign up for the Addicted After All promo tour cause I'm a noob who was swarmed in school work. But I had been thinking about this post for a while now, and with the release date for Addicted After All incredibly close, I thought I should share the reasons I love these books so much.

1. Lily Calloway
I haven't read any books with a female protagonist who's a sex addict before. Lily is a quiet and reserved person who's very shy so even there, she's not the stereotypical portrayal of a "sex addict" female we've come to expect. She's addicted to the high that comes with sex and the power she's associated with it. Lily's journey is no walk in the park -a realistic portrayal to dealing with any kind of addiction, which is why I still appreciate this series. She didn't just wake up one day and "get better". But without any spoilers, let's just say I'm incredibly proud of where she has ended up now.
A female sex addict also brings up great topics of debate like slut shaming and themes of feminism which are all portrayed wonderfully across the series in my opinion.

2. Krista & Becca
Krista and Becca recently just graduated from college themselves and so they're writing these characters as how real life early 20s adults actually are. I appreciate that Krista and Becca choose to challenge their characters and they showcase that these are flawed human beings who do have redeeming qualities -just like in real life! I really do think of them as super twins. As Hazel Grace says, frankly I'd even read their grocery lists at this point.
Stalking them on twitter and tumblr have become second nature to me at this point. Not to mention their pinterest.

3. The "TV Show" like feel
If dreams really do come true, then one of my biggest wishes would be to see this series as a television series. Each book really plays out like a season or an arc would on TV.
The Addicted Series can be compared to shows like Gossip Girl but tbh, that show became such a mess later. However, the elite world and clash with pop culture really does warrant the comparison.

Okay, so there's three different romantic couples and story lines in the whole series if you do read the spin-offs (which you should!).
Lily and Lo's love story is emotional, raw and heart-(breaking/warming). They've enabled each others' respective addictions their whole life so the turn around is quite the rough journey. I cry just thinking about them.
Connor and Rose are side characters within Lily & Lo's books but they take center stage in Kiss the Sky and I'm sorry but I can't talk about them cause they're like THE OTP. Just know that they're both king and queen of my heart and the whole world tbh.
Ryke and Daisy are so dear to my heart because you see their relationship develop of the years and they don't actually become a couple until Hothouse Flower so I'd say A+ to KB for the development on this. Plus, they're just the horniest cutest ever.

5. The Characters
I just can't begin to describe how much I love these characters. At this point, I feel like they're so real that I almost look for Fizz products when I'm at the grocery store. 

The Calloway sisters are female characters that I love to read about and as a feminist, I endorse them wholeheartedly. They stick up for one another and they definitely understand that family always comes before everything else. Lily and Rose especially, have come so far in their relation. Daisy, even despite being the youngest, is loved by her sisters so much. 
I love the relation between Ryke and Lo. Ryke's patience when it comes to him and his love... just make me cry why don't you.
Then there's Connor Cobalt. I won't say much cause I did a whole freaking character spotlight on him. Aside from his brilliance and charm, his relation with all the gang makes me cry too. 
     His love for Rose. #Coballoway4life
     His bromance with Lo.
     His banter with Ryke. (Sometimes not so playful)
     His patience and caring attitude towards Lily.
Go catch up before Addicted After All releases in like 2-ish days!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Review: Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

Title: Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons #1)
Author: Christina Lauren
Published: May 13th, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
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Synopsis: Mia Holland just graduated from college and is leaving for business school in the fall much to her father's pleasure but her despair. Her best friends, Lola & Harlow convince her to have fun for one weekend in Las Vegas.
Ansel Guillaume, a gorgeous French attorney, is also in Las Vegas with his friends, Finn & Oliver.
Ansel and Mia lose themselves in each other for one night, but their vegas hook up ends up in Mia making the wildest decision of  her life: she follows Ansel -her sweet, filthy fling -to France for the summer.

“I want to love all of my life as much as I love this night.”

I pretty much thought this book was close to perfect from start to finish. The only thing I might have been unhappy about was how I wanted more, more, and more about Mia & Ansel even after the end. Sweet, Filthy Boy starts off like several contemporary romances, with a hook-up in Vegas and a night that's kinda hard to recall because the character's were so drunk. Don't worry! It gets way way better! What happens in Vegas does not end up staying in Vegas because Mia ends up in France with Ansel for the summer!
Mia and Ansel are amazing together and reading about their journey as they tried to fit into each other's lives (set in the romantic backdrop of Paris!) made me so giddy. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Book Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Title: Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Published: January 1st 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
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Synopsis: In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. Centuries long hard-won peace between the three kingdoms; Limeros, Paelsia and Auronos is disturbed. The contrasting lives of four young individuals -Cleo, Jonas, Magnus and Lucia -gives us three different stories which intertwine to form one.
Falling Kingdoms is the first book in a six-part series.

My Rating on Goodreads: 5/5 for amazing plot, complex characters and nail-biting moments.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Series Review: Spirals of Bliss by Nina Lane

Title: Spiral of Bliss Series
Book 1: Arouse [Amazon, Kobo] Still FREE on both platforms! 
Book 2: Allure [Amazon, Kobo]
Book 3: Awaken [Amazon, Kobo]

Character Spotlight: Connor Cobalt

This feature was inspired by Jennifer's blog The Fluttering Heart Book Nest.
She features one male and female protagonist per month and basically fangirls over them. I couldn't resist joining in the fun. All credits to her for coming up with this post idea.

Today, I've chosen to spotlight the brilliant & charming Connor Cobalt 
(Quote from Kiss the Sky by Krista & Becca Ritchie)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Review: The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan

Title: The Hook Up (Game On #1)
Author: Kristen Callihan
Published: September 8th, 2014
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Synopsis: The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love.
Anna Jones and Drew Baylor meet in their history of philosophy class. She has no interest in football; he's the star quarterback. And despite their attraction to each other, Anna uses their differences to keep them apart. Until the hook up. 

Ugh, I know what you're thinking. That cover.... Yes, I hate it too. But it is the only thing I do hate about this book. Take away the cover, and you have a perfect, swoon-worthy, addictive read. 
If you enjoy college setting New Adult books without the overly tragic backstory trope, you'll love this!