Poppy: Revealed by Riana Lucas

I absolutely adore this series.  I tore through this book and I’m still pining for more.  I cannot believe the emotion and love that I have for these books and the talent the girls have that write this series!!  I haven’t disliked as single book in this series yet!

Title: Poppy: Revealed (The Deadly Flower Series #3)

Author: Riana Lucas

Publisher: Self-Published

Summary (by Goodreads):

Poppy: Revealed begins with Poppy and her friends locked in battle with the Unseelie Court who have stormed the Seelie Castle interrupting Poppy’s Coronation Ceremony. After Damien’s attack, Poppy finds herself fully entrenched in planning for war with the Unseelie Court. While out for a walk, Poppy is encountered by a mysterious Golden Fae who is also Unclaimed. Interestingly enough, the Golden Fae is capable of tamping down the violence of the disease. Meanwhile, Reed asks Poppy to take him back to the Human World to visit his mother forcing her to fulfill her promise to him.

Will Reed decide to stay in the Human World? What does this dangerous Golden Fae want with Poppy and the Seelie Court? How will Poppy plan, train for, and execute a war with the Unseelie Court?

First Sentences:

“Release me at once!”  I demand, in a voice that would usually be met with immediate compliance.  Except that it is my mother whom I am speaking to and she just shakes her head disapprovingly at me before turning away.  I storm over to the wall or whatever it is and look out at my people and my friends preparing for a battle for their lives, a battle that I should be preparing to be a part of.

My take:

Disclaimers and such: I received this book from Riana Lucas!  (Which I just recently realized is two best friends writing together!) They sent me the first 2 books in this series for me to read and review and were AWESOME to send me the third!!  So although, I received this book for free in exchange for a review, all thoughts are my own.

These characters make me lose sleep and make me bite my nails.  I swear.  They break my heart one moment and make me cheer them on the next.  The villain makes me want to hurl spoons at the wall and a death of a friend makes me sniffle back tears.  I do not want this series to end, but for the health and safety of my job, my husband, and myself…..  seriously, I don’t want it to end…ever.

Poppy: Revealed picks up RIGHT where Poppy: Awake leaves us hanging.  Crazy cliffhangers…these girls…the death of me.  I know I mentioned it in my last review, but I LOVE it when authors pick right up where it left off.  It’s not like I fell asleep for a couple of hours, it’s like I blinked and we’re still in the same room, same situation, same breath… 

Poppy is trying to learn to trust and is allowing herself to slowly open up to her mother about her fears and her feelings.  She’s not quite like this:

But at least she’s not:

At the same time, Reed and Poppy are finding themselves meeting and talking to each other in their dreams.  It soon escalates and it leaves Poppy and Reed trying to figure out what it all means and what is happening between them.

Reed soon admits that he misses his mom and would like to be able to take a trip back to the human world to see her.  When she takes Reed back to visit, Poppy finds that things are not as they should seem and that what may be best for Reed is to stay with his mom.  It starts the biggest “DTR” that I’ve ever read.  Mom, I know you’re probably reading this going, “DTR??”, means “define the relationship”.  🙂

So girls….ummm…..

We are going to get a smooch in the next book right?  Because you know I’ve been DYING for one and I was SO sure we’d get some lip locking in this one.  I feel like I’m Sebastian from the Little Mermaid yelling at Eric “Go on! Kiss her, you IDIOT!” 🙂  The slow kindling romance in these books are so good though, so I can’t complain too much.  But too much more build up and I’m going to explode.  Haha!

If you’re not reading this series, you are missing out on a great story, an adventure, and some amazing friendships.  Get addicted to the series!  🙂  Poppy  ;  Poppy: Awake  ; Poppy: Revealed

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The Olympics…need I say more?

Tomorrow the Olympics officially start!  I am SO excited!

I LOVE the Olympics.  I seriously am addicted.  It’s very ironic though.  While these athletes pour sweat, blood and tears into battling and winning titles and medals…I sit on my couch the entire time and watch.  I’ll probably be eating a ton of high calorie items as well.

These humans from every country of the world, every religion, every race…they all go to compete to be the best.  Yes, they may be the best, but the country they represent gets to boast about it for 4 years, until the title goes back up for grabs.  But for those 4 years…they’re on the Wheaties boxes, they’re doing commercials, they’re our mini superhuman gods that we get to boast about and are placed high on our shoulders.

As for the Olympians that got banned from playing, how much would it suck to tell everyone you couldn’t play because of a tweet?  Grandkids will ask her years later what the heck tweets are and how was it that birds caused her to get banned from playing in the Olympics?  And the other girl, this was her second ban for doping!  How stupid could you be to not learn your lesson the first time and then get caught again…RIGHT before the Olympics??

For the next 2 weeks…fast food dinners and cereal is on the menu.  I feel sorry for my DVR, it may or may not overheat by the time the Olympics is over…it’s going to work so hard making sure it records everything I tell it to.  I kinda think the electric companies should cut everyone a liiiiiiittle bit of a break on their bills…be patriotic and show their support.  🙂

Anyways, I’m biased and would love to see the U.S. weigh their carry-on bags down with gold medals back to the U.S.  Overall though, I wish everyone the best of luck and may the best Olympians win!  And as every race can understand:

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Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books

Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books”

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun way to spice up Tuesdays (because everyone hates Mondays, Wednesdays are the halfway point, Thursdays are “little Fridays”, and everyone knows about Fridays… :)) and it’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

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Across the Universe

I love the setting in this book!  Being set on a space ship that HUGE, with crops growing in it, a colony of people, animals, warehouse of people frozen…it’s just so big and it’s hard to wrap your mind around.  LOVE it.

Eragon

The world in this book is so big.  It has countries and you’re flying from place to place on the back of a dragon.  It’s just so amazing! Plus the story is one of my favorites!

Hunger Games

When I first read this book, I couldn’t believe the world feeling of it.  I want to say this was really my first dystopian novel that didn’t include zombies or vampires….I seriously loved the world building.

Harry Potter

Of course the world itself is the actual world, but Hogwarts is just so magical.  There’s no place like it with moving staircases, the room of requirement, bathrooms with moaning Myrtle, the whomping willow…I could go on and on…including the talking portraits, the ceiling in the dining room…

Angelfall

A world in which the bad guys are angels and it’s every man for himself, Penryn is forced to try to keep her mom sane while looking for her sister since she had been kidnapped by an angel.  It’s just such a different story with a little bit of romance and some awesome one-liners.

Forest of Hands and Teeth

Zombies.  Zombies.  Zombies.  They’re the good scary kind too.  The world setting in this one is a little different since people are “holed” up within a fence in the middle of the forest and have no idea what has happened to the rest of the world.

Poppy

Two faerie courts and a warrior who travels from the Fae world to the real world on a mission.  The magic is so tangible and so amazing! It’s a beautiful world wrapped with an adventure!

Divergent

I love the factions.  I love the people.  I love the way everyone knows who they are, what they stand for is clearly seen, and there is a tangible feeling of disconnect between everyone.  The world setting is so different and so amazing!

Seraphina

Dragons, as a big flying animal and as people, are living in this amazing world with this huge white tower in the middle of the city.  The world includes magical creatures and a world of souls reborn over and over…it’s a completely new story.

The Pledge

This world was so different with the classes seperated by languages.  I wouldn’t necessarily say the world is “vivid”, but it’s so real that it made for an interesting take on the world we live.

Branded by Keary Taylor

I started the first few sentences thinking I’d just read a little bit to see what it was about…before I knew it, I had read it in a day. I absolutely fell in love with this series. These angels are downright scary!!

Title: Branded (Fall of Angels #1)

Author: Keary Taylor

Publisher: Createspace

Summary (by Goodreads):

Jessica’s had the nightmares for as long as she can remember. Nightmares of being judged for people who have died, of being branded by the angels. Her friends and family think she’s a crazy because of it all. Yet she carries the mark of the condemned, seared into the back of her neck, and hides it and herself away from the world.

But when two men she can’t ignore enter her life everything changes, including the nightmares. The two of them couldn’t be more different. She will do anything to be with one of them. Even tell him the truth about angels, why she never sleeps, and the scar on the back of her neck. But one of the two has set events into motion what will pull her toward her own judgment and turn her into the object of her greatest fear.

First Sentences:

When you go 108 hours, four and a half days without sleep, your body starts to do strange things.

Mine was panicking and shutting down at the same time.

My heart pounded despite the fatigue that consumed me. The ringing in my ears was so loud I couldn’t even hear the breeze as it blew through the towering trees that surrounded me. My eyes ached so horribly I wanted to throw up. If I looked in a mirror I knew they would be bloodshot and swollen. I felt delusional and jumped at every shadow that danced on the black lake’s surface, sure it was a demon come to carry me away.

I was so tired.

Don’t fall asleep.

My take:

I’m in the middle of the second book right now and I can’t believe that 48 hours ago I hadn’t even opened this book that I had bought back in February! The take that this author is doing on angels is amazing and crazy!

Jessica started having horrific nightmares when she was a child. In her dream, she would stand in the judgement room for people who had died, listening to all the good deeds and bad deeds read aloud, in front of a panel of 5 “righteous” angels and 5 “condemned” angels. They would decide “up” or “down” to decide the eternal fate of the person. When judgement is passed there is either a “welcoming up” to the pearly gates or a “branding and dragging” down to hell. Each time Jessica falls asleep, she endures a trial and more often than not endures being painfully branded time and time again. Only thing is…her branding follows her back into the real world so when she wakes up, scars adorn her back where wings will sprout or a brand will be burned at the back of her neck.

When Jessica tries to explain her dreams to her mom and dad, they soon get her therapy and when the dreams don’t fade…her mom tries to have Jessica committed. What a Mommy dearest.

Jessica runs away and soon meets Alex. Whom I like to think of as a Chace Crawford cute kinda guy….

Jessica finds herself opening up to him and she explains her nightmares. As hard as it is to believe, Alex opens up to believing and the new friendship blossoms into a relationship. But someone else moves in the neighborhood and Jessica starts being romantically pursued by not just Alex, but Cole. At the same time her nightmares are changing/evolving and Jessica meets someone that may have gone through the nightmares themselves…just like she has.

With Cole and Alex fighting each other for her…

Let me interject that I wouldn’t I wouldn’t mind the cast of True Blood fighting over me….especially Eric.

…and Jessica’s nightmares changing, she is slowly deteriorating mentally and physically. It’s a matter of time before something gives and Jessica finds herself making a decision that decides not just the fate of her family and new friends…but her soul as well.

I can’t rave enough about this book. I LOVE it. Here’s Branded and here’s the Complete Trilogy!!

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WoW – Earth Girl

“Waiting on” Wednesday is an event created and hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  That’s putting it nicely!  This is going to be a book I’m drooling over, waiting for it to be released.

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Title: Earth Girl

Author: Janet Edwards

Publication date: August 16th

Summary (by Goodreads):

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

Jarra invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.

A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter.

Why I can’t wait:

This just sounds SO different than what I’ve been reading lately and it’s set in 2788!  Talk about an imagination! I really cannot wait to see this one come out next month!!!

What book are you counting down the days for?

Kindle Deal! City of Bones

Always wanted to read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and never really had a chance?  I don’t know for how long, but on Amazon.com for your Kindle (or kindle app), it’s only $.99 instead of $10.99!

It’s the first in The Mortal Instruments series and they are turning it into a movie!  🙂

So get it HERE while it’s only $.99!!!

If you want an idea of what it’s about…you can read my review HERE!

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

I was so disappointed in this book.  I could not get myself into it.  It was not at all what I was expecting and maybe that’s why I didn’t find myself swooning over it.  I’m so crushed!!

Title: Tiger Lily

Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books

Summary (by Goodreads):

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn’t grow up.

First Sentences:

Let me tell you something straight off.  This is a love story, but not like any you’ve heard.  The boy and the girl are far from innocent.  Dear lives are lost.  And good doesn’t win.  In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings.  In Neverland, that is not the case.

My take:

Disclaimers and such: I received this book from Around The World ARC Tours!  Thank you for letting me read and review this ARC and thank you to Harper Collins Children’s House as well!  So although, I received this book for free in exchange for a review, all thoughts are my own.  This book was released on July 3rd!

I really was crushed.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book and as I sat there reading, I felt like I was forcing myself to read it.  I could not believe it!  I put it down and came back the next day thinking I was in some weird funk, but I just couldn’t get myself to invest in the story!  …and I’m never in a funk…

First of all…I had grand dreams of being swept off to Neverland…

I knew the story centered around Tiger Lily, but after reading the first sentences of the book (see above), I steeled myself for something different.

Ok…maybe not that bad…

The story starts with Tinkerbell explaining who Tiger Lily is and trying to explain the world they’re in.  From the beginning, it feels so…normal, but not.  It’s this original world with seemingly no magic except that everyone lives infinitely but at different ages.  The author tried to explain the age differences, such as having elders in the group versus having teenagers…it came across as a “the body just decides when to quit aging, and that’s that.”

Tiger Lily in the beginning is this moody/broody girl and no one can understand why she does certain things.  She had been found by a man in the village …who by the way, likes to wear women’s clothes… and takes her in as his own.  When she goes and saves the Englishman who got swept on their shores, after the tribal council has decided to let him die on his own, things go from bad to worse for her.

I’ll be completely honest and say that I couldn’t make it to the middle of the book.  Everything just felt off.  The writing seemed dry.  Captain Hook wasn’t a really bad guy.  And he needed to be horrible, to help the story.  The lost boys were great; they seemed to be the only redeeming quality in the book.  But it still wasn’t enough for me to trudge through the rest of the book.

I think I wanted it to be from Tiger Lily’s point of view and since Tinkerbell was the one narrating, I didn’t feel the emotional connection to Tiger Lily.  Tink would talk about how small she is, what bugs she would eat, how she would hang on to Tiger Lily’s dress…*sigh.  If I wanted to know about Tinkberbell, I would have read a book on Tinkerbell.  I wanted the emotional stricken Tiger Lily who was going to get royally pissed off at Wendy for wrecking her happily ever after.  It was a cool concept to make Tink the storyteller, but it didn’t do it for me.

So shame on you Tink for trying to steal the spotlight…

I’m sorry kids!  Hopefully I can get you a good review next time to make up for this one.

If you’ve readTiger Lily and liked it/loved it…let me know.  I would love to see if I just approached it wrong and maybe need to re-visit it in a few months.

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