Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 of 2015 so far!

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Top Ten Tuesday

I have read 25 books so far this year, here are my top ten so far for 2015! Due to the fact that I just started my blog I only have reviews on one of these titles posted. I am hoping to post more reviews on these titles soon. :) 

I went ahead and made them into a collage, they are in no particular order. 

Listed in the order I read them...

1. Intuitive by Kat Fugate- I read Intuitive back in January, in fact it was one of my first reads of 2015. I absolutely LOVED this book, it's independently published and I highly recommend you get this! As a matter of fact it's free on Kindle! 

2. Alienated by Melissa Landers- The author Melissa had a launch party for the second book in the series Invaded that I attended back in February. This was my very first book signing, she is super nice! I loved Alienated, completely original idea of an alien exchange student. Really fun read! 

3. Until Midnight by Melissa Landers- This is a novella that is on Amazon for free. It takes place after Alienated but before Invaded. Very cute story of Cara & Aelyx! 

4. Invaded by Melissa Landers- Her sequel Invaded is just as good if not better than the first book in the series Alienated! Very fun series, I hope Disney/Hyperion goes ahead and lets her publish the third book in the series. 

5. The 5 Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson- So I absolutely love Rachel's writing and when I found out she was putting out a new book I knew I NEEDED to read it! The first book I read of her's was Reckless Magic which is YA. The 5 Stages book is an adult contempory, not usually my thing but I will read ANYTHING Rachel writes. I highly encourage you to read this, however hold on to your heart strings and have plenty of tissues handy! 

6. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard- So I read this book in March, I checked it out at my local library. It had a lot of hype, and boy did it live up to it! I will surely buying a hard cover of this baby soon, can't wait for Glass Sword to come out on February 2016! 

7. Uninvited by Sophie Jordan- I won this book in another author's bookclub on Goodreads. I hardly ever win anything so needless to say I very excited to read this! It's about a girl named Davy, her DNA brands her as a killer, she's on her way to Juillard to study music when her DNA test comes back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome. VERY VERY GOOD!! 

8. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover- This is my very first book that I have read by Colleen. I don't remember how I found out about her, I just knew she's ALL OVER THE INTERNET! I just love her writing, and the way she wrote Sydney & Ridge's story, made me feel so much! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

9. Velvet by Temple West- I think I picked up this book almost by accident. I was shopping at Kroger and happened to walk past the book section, of course I had to stop. ;) Well on the front cover there's a blurb that goes "First rule of dealing with vampire bodyguards? Don't fell in love." Well I'm a sucker for vampires, no pun intended! I have a review for this and will be adding the link here: Review for Velvet
The second book in The Velvet Trilogy is expected in 2016.

10. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund- I saved the best for last, this book blew me away! I actually picked this one up from Book Outlet for .49! It was published in 2009, my absolute favorite read so far in 2015! Here is part of the blurb: "Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they've been extinct for a hundred and fifty years. Or not." 
My review for Rampant. 
If you want to read about a kick ass female heroine then this book is for you! 

So, what are some of your favorites of the year so far?  

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review: Velvet by Temple West

First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don't fall in love.

After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart? This is where your text will go. This is where your text will go. This is where your text will go. This is where your text will go. This is where your text will go. This is where your text will go. This is where your text will go. This is where your text will go. This is where your text will go.

Series: Velvet Trilogy #1
Source: I purchased this book myself
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
Rating: 5 Stars
Publisher:Swoon Reads
Release Date:May 12th 2015

My Thoughts...

Let me start off by saying that the first line in the summary "First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards?" and "Don't fall in love" had me itching to read this! It has been a very long time since I read a really good vampire romance, to say the least I was VERY excited to dig into this book! 

I just could not get enough of Caitlyn & Adiran! Their chemistry was so HOT it was practically melting off of the pages! I also really enjoyed the banter between the two, my favorite scene in the book is a ice skating / sled riding scene. I don't want to give away too much but I just loved the way in which Adrian was such a gentleman at the end of their ice skating outing, if you want to know more details and swoon like I did you will have to pick up a copy of Velvet for yourself! 

Not only did Temple West write amazing main characters her secondary characters are pretty darn awesome as well! I loved the sense of family being important to both Caitlyn and Adrian, and it's nice that you get to know them as the book progresses. 

Is this book for you? Well if you LOVE romance, the kind that gives you butterflies just reading about, then this book is for you! 


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