Wednesday, February 29

TBR Pile Reading Challenge - February Wrap Up Post


This year I am taking part in the 2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge. I completely forgot to do my wrap-up post in January so I'm going to do my wrap up post for both months in this post.

January.


In January I only managed to read two books from my TBR Pile. Those were:
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February.

In February I managed to read a lot more of my TBR List than I did in January. I read:
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I don't know how many of my TBR List I'll get read in March if any as I am participating in the review cleanup challenge so March is going to be my month dedicated to getting my to-review list down.

The full February Wrap Up Post for all books I read this month will be posted tomorrow.

~ Kayleigh

Tuesday, February 28

Pure (Covenant #2) + Interview

Pure (Covenant #2)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Publication Date: April 3, 2012
Finished Date: January 16, 2012
Source: Review Copy on loan from Donna @Book Passion for Life
Format: Paperback
Pages: 329


From Goodreads:
There is need. And then there is Fate...

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her.

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.
Wow! All I can say is Wow. Pure was absolutely EPIC!
I finished this book weeks ago and I still can't put into words how amazing it was.

Alex is slowly coming to terms with being the Apollyon but with Seth, 'her other half' close by she struggles to dead with their supernatural connection, not to mention the complication he causes with her relationship with Aidne. But when Daimon's attack the Covenant, all three must work together with the other Sentinals to survive the attack and protect the Pure Bloods.

I seriously still do not know how to put my thoughts and feelings on this book in words. It left me completely breathless and speechless.
Alex was, as always, amazing and strong and no matter what happened to her she dealt with it. I loved that we saw a more vulnerable side to her in Pure and it really made me love her even more. A lot of time when heroines show their vulnerable side I find them quite annoying but I did not get this feeling with Alex at all, I just loved her more seeing her vulnerable side. I really loved that you saw she is only human and things affect her just like everyone else and it really made me admire her so much more when she puts on the brave front to everyone else.

Aiden, oh, Aiden. I just adore him. He is one of my favourite fictional guys ever. I think he is right behind Daemon, another of Jennifer's phenomenal characters. I definitely fell more and more in love with during Pure and I adored every scene he was in. Saying that he did break my heart as well. By the end of the book I was completely and utterly head-over-heels in love with him again.

Now on to Seth. At the end of Half-Blood I liked Seth but to me this wasn't a love triangle because next to Aiden there was no competition. Then I read Pure. One thing Jennifer is great at doing is making you love every single one of her characters so you cannot choose at all. The more of this book I read the more I fell in love with Seth. He is so sweet and caring and I just wanted to hug him. I adore both hum and Aiden.
I am still 100% Team Aiden but after Pure it's fair to say that whichever Alex chooses, I will have the other because I am just in love with both of them.

Jennifer is definitely sticking as my favourite author ever. Considering half-Blood was her debut novel and I have read only 5 books (yes I'm counting the prequels to both series) she has just completely blown me away with her work. I have never been so impressed with an author so quickly and I am obsessed with all of her books and cannot wait for the next one.
Pure what without a doubt the best sequel I have ever read and I cannot wait for Deity.

Phenomenal! Epic!


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And now I have a very special treat and I am so excited to share this with you. A short interview with the woman herself Jennifer L Armentrout. I was so excited when she agreed to answer a few questions to go with my review, after all it's not every day you get to interview your favourite author.

K-Books: Hi Jennifer, thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to be on K-Books Today.

Jennifer: Thanks for having me!

I absolutely love all of your books and I thought Pure was the best sequel I have ever read. How did you come up with the idea for the Covenant series?


Aw, thank you so much! When I started writing the Covenant Series in 2007/2008, there wasn’t much going on that was mythology based and I always had a huge fascination with Greek mythology and the Greek society around the time that gods were worshipped. I didn’t want to recreate a  famous myth, so I took the demigod mythology and twisted it into the half-blood and pure-blood world. The rest came after that. 


Who is your favourite character in the Covenant series to write and why?


My favorite is Alex, because she is so snarky, fun, and immature at times. It’s like my inner child gets to come and play—my inner, snarky child. Besides that, Alex is the character who goes through the most growth/change throughout the series. 


While reading Pure as as I swear I'm Team Aiden I could not help loving Seth, was it always your intention to make the reader fall for both guys?

Hehe. I have no control over what people think or feel. 

You have another series currently out, the Lux series, which I love by the way, which was the most challenging to write?

I think they’re both equally challenging for different reasons.  The Covenant Series is a much more complex world and has a lot more world building, I think. But the Lux Series has more difficult characters to shape and wrangle under control.  Not to mention, the looks one gets when you have to explain your book is about aliens… that’s challenging. 

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

Um, more books? Pure is about to release, then Onyx (sequel to Obsidian) in August, Cursed in September, Deity in November, and Opal in December of this year, plus my adult series under the pen name J. Lynn kicks off in October. The end of 2012 will be extremely busy, and beyond that, there is Don’t Look Back, the end of the Covenant Series, and a few other books. Wink. Wink. 

Thank you for being here on K-Books today.


Thank you for having me!


Okay you guys have no idea how excited I got when I read this through and read the "few other books" I will now be stalking her blog for news of these other books. She is without a doubt my favourite author and I will read everything she publishes. I don't even need to know what they are about.

Are you a fan of Jennifer's?
Are you on Goodreads?
If yes, why not join my group dedicated to Jennifer and her amazing books? It's a lot of fun and we have contests to win her books coming up and buddy reads of her awesome series.

Jennifer L Armentrout Lovers

Monday, February 27

Cover Reveal: Luminosity

Hey guys,

So I have another amazing cover reveal to share with you and it's another amazing title from Entangled Publishing. Entangled are fast coming one of my favourite Publishers and I am so happy that I am able to receive ARCs from them because their titles are just fantastic. I have yet to read a Entangled Title that I don't absolutely love.
So do you want to hear about another one?
Of course you do right, well I can tell you it's a Sci-Fi/Dystopian book called Luminosity and the cover is gorgeous?
Wanna see?

*Drumroll Please*


Isn't it absolutely gorgeous? Luminosity is due for release in November 2012. I cannot wait to read this. I want to read it just for the cover, I mean it's so beautiful and I was instantly drawn to it. I swear I'm like a magpie but instead of getting drawn to shiny things, I get drawn to pretty book covers.

So you wanna know what it's about? Well I can also share the blurb with you.



"My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was
immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At
the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings.
And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t
been the same since.
The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the
Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from
everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us
all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.
But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling
in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I
think I’ve already helped them win."

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It's Monday What Are You Reading (#23)




It's Monday... What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

Kayleigh's Books!

Currently Reading!


Putting Alice Back Together by Carol Marinelli (For Review)

Finished!


Moon Dwellers (Dwellers #1) by David Estes (Beta Read - No Cover Available)
Shadows (Lux #0.5) by Jennifer L Armentrout
True Connections by Clarissa Yip (For Review)
Table for One by Ros Clarke (For Review)
On One Condition by Diane Alberts (For Review)
Fever (Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano
Beauty in the Beast by Christine Danse (For Review)

Up Next!



Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2) by Jennifer Estep
Pandora's Key (Key Trilogy #1) by Nancy Richard Fischer (For Review)

Lolita's Books!


Currently Reading!




Blood Rites (Grey Wolves #2) by Quinn Loftis

Finished!



Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver
Article 5 (Article 5 #1) by Kristen Simmons
Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2) by EL James

Up Next!




Pandora's Key (Key Trilogy #1) by Nancy Richardson Fischer (For Review)
Just One Drop (Grey Wolves #3) by Quinn Loftis

What are you reading this week?

Sunday, February 26

Beauty in the Beast

Beauty in the Beast
Christine Danse

Publication Date: March 5, 2012
Finished Date: February 26, 2012
Source: Review Copy from Netgalley
Format: eBook


From Goodreads:
Journeying by steam-powered sled to London's Frost Fair to perform, Tara and three friends are trapped in a blizzard in the woods. A gruff, handsome stranger offers them shelter-and wants one thing in return. Stories.

The travellers are glad to oblige. Their host, Rolph, is especially captivated by Tara's story of an orphaned girl raised by the Fae in the world of the spirits. Equally intrigued by Rolph, and aware of an electric pull between them, Tara encourages him to share a story of his own. When Rolph weaves a tale of a man who is doomed by his own folly to turn into a wolf at the full moon, Tara suspects there is more than a grain of truth in his words.

When the veil between the mortal and spiritual worlds is parted, and danger threatens, will Tara make the ultimate sacrifice to save Rolph.
I really don't know what to say about this book. It was definitely not what I was expecting. It's a very great premise but for me I was expecting more and I'm left feeling a little disappointed.

Tara and her friends are travelling to the Frost Fair but when they get stuck because of a storm they find shelter with a mysterious stranger. Tara feels inexplicably drawn to Rolph and she is determined to find out why.  Things are not as they seem with Tara and she can sense that Rolph is keeping secrets. Will she be able to find them out and stay in Rolph's life when they only have one night?

When I saw this book on Netgalley I was instantly drawn to that beautiful cover and the title. I am a huge fan of the Beauty and the Beast story and I requested it without even reading the blurb. From the cover I was really expecting a dark mysterious story and I was looking forward to reading it. I was so happy when I got accepted for this title and had to dive into it straight away. I was very surprised when I realised that it was not a novel but a novella. I usually don't like novellas very much but in the past week I have read a few that I loved. Unfortunately this was not the case with Beauty in the Beast.

Beauty in the Beast has a great premise with a supernatural element further than just a man turning into the beast because of a sorceress. I really liked the storyline of this novella and I think Christine's writing was very good. I was definitely intrigued and hooked from the first chapter. I read the whole thing in one sitting and I did enjoy it. However I did feel like there was something missing. I didn't really enjoy the stories within the story at the beginning. I thought they were kinda weird and I felt my mind wandering a little and wanting to get back to the story. I definitely started enjoying this novella more once we were past the stories but there was still something missing for me. I was really expecting a good dark romance and I didn't really get that. I liked the flirtations between Rolph and Tara and when I read that I was happy to see a bit of romance starting. However I feel like it didn't really develop. I definitely wanted more romance.
I also feel like it ended way too soon. It left so much unanswered, did Tara stay with him? What happened to her other friends? To me there was no fluidity to the ending and it was very abrupt and I was left feeling like "That's it?" I think if we got to see the romance develop after the 'ending' then it would have been much better but to me, it was just very abrupt and lacked the romance I was looking for.

A really good premise and I loved the more supernatural aspect to the story but there was definitely something missing and I was left disappointed. I was definitely expecting more

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In My Mailbox (#32)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren

Kayleigh's Books



Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville #1) by Carrie Vaughn*
Kitty Goes to Washington (Kitty Norville #2) by Carrie Vaughn*
Kitty Takes a Holiday (Kitty Norville #3) by Carrie Vaughn*
Putting Alice Back Together by Carol Marinelli (For Review)**
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger***
Fever (Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano (Review Here)
Blood Warrior (Alexa Montgomery Saga #1) by HD Gordon (Review Here)****

E-Books



Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2) by Jennifer Estep
Shadows (Lux #0.5) by Jennifer L Armentrout (Review Here)
The Witches of Santa Anna Omnibus (Witches of Santa Anna #1 - 13) by Lauren Barnholdt & Aaron Gorvine



On One Condition by Diane Alberts (Review Here)*****
Table for One by Ros Clarke (Review Here)*****
True Connections by Clarissa Yip (Review Here)*****



Beauty in the Beast by Christine Danse (For Review)******
The Other Life (The Weepers #1) by Suzanne Winnacker (For Review)******

Kayleigh's Thanks.


*Emma @ Belle Books
**Mira Publishing
***Cassie @ Bailey's Dark Reviews
****Nicole & HD Gordon
*****Entangled Publishing
******Netgalley

Lolita's Books



Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver (Review Here)
Just One Drop (Grey Wolves #3) by Quinn Loftis

What's in your mailbox this week?

Fever (Chemical Garden #2)

Fever (Chemical Garden #2)
Lauren DeStefano

Publication Date: February 21, 2012
Finished Date: February 26, 2012
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 341


From Goodreads:
Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.
Wow, I really don't know what to think about this book right now. It was incredible. At first I really didn't think it was going to turn out as it did and I never expected to like this better than the first book, but I did.

Rhine has escaped the Mansion with Gabriel at her side. But now they must try to find their way back to her home town in search of her twin brother. But not everything is as easy as it seems and can she really find her brother when those back at the mansion will do anything to get her back?

I really loved this book and I was very surprised with the things that were happening. I definitely did not expect the events that happened and just felt so bad for Rhine and Gabriel for how everything just went so bad for them. For the first half of this book I really felt like Wither was a lot better and didn't really feel like Fever was meeting the expectations I had for it. However Lauren's writing is just so amazing it had me hooked and I just couldn't stop reading. I don't know when it happened but at some point around the half-way point in this book I just started loving the book so much I didn't want to put it down and I just had to find out what was going to happen.

Rhine is such a great character. I know some people say she has no personality but when you look at her behaviour in terms of the situations she is faced in could you really show some personality and upbeat-ness? No, you couldn't because the truth is she lives in the horrible world where nothing goes right and she's always stuck in these terrible situations and how she keeps on going and being strong is a mystery to me. So many things she goes through I think I would have just broken down and accepted that things were terrible and it wouldn't be better but she never gives up and she keeps on believing. I think she is such a strong character and I really love that about her.

Gabriel is just so sweet and I really felt for him for what he went through in this book. From going from the orphanage straight into servitude in the Mansion he had never seen what the 'real' world was like. Well he doesn't really see it as a positive things does he? From the moment they leave the mansion things just go terrible for them, especially Gabriel and I seriously just wanted to give him a hug and look after him and tell his things would be okay.

I think the brilliant thing about this book is that Lauren has created this incredible realistic terrible world and she writes it in such a fantastic way that it is completely believable and you could completely imagine being there and living through all of this. Her writing style is completely addictive and keeps you reading with bates breath wondering what twist she will throw as you next. She is an incredible author and even when this series is completed I will still be anxiously awaiting her next book to see what she comes up with next.

The thing I didn't like about this book is I missed Linden and Cecily a lot. At the end of Wither I can't say I was very happy with what had happened as I truly believed that Rhine could have stayed at the mansion and been perfectly happy. I truly believed that she was falling in love with Linden and if she'd just been honest with him he would have found a way to find Rowan. However, I do understand why she escaped and a lot of readers would be questioning what happened to Rowan if this hadn't happened. However I do love the relationship between Rhine and Linden and Rhine and Cecily and many times throughout the book I found myself wondering what was happening with them and what they were doing. I was really happy when they came into the book towards the end and I felt like shouting "Finally!"

Overall I think this was a brilliant middle book. Usually I feel like a middle book in a trilogy is just a stepping stone towards the conclusion of the series but I didn't feel like that at all with Fever. Fever just got stronger and stronger the more I read and it really stands on its own as a book and it brings up many questions. I have all these conspiracies going around in my head about what could happen and what certain things could mean for the next book.




*SPOILER ZONE*

I really wanted to add my initial thoughts after reading Fever and what it could mean for the next book and decided to include a spoiler section so do NOT read on if you have not finished Fever.

Fever really brought up so many questions and I am really looking forward to reading the next book and finding the answers. This is what I think.

I feel so bad for Linden, I cannot imagine how it would feel to believe in and trust your father so much for so long and then finding out all these horrible things he has been doing, including doing horrid experiments on one of your wives. It is just unthinkable. But at the same time I kinda wanna shake him and go are you stupid? How could you not have known these things were going on?

I truly believe that Linden's first child is still alive. I think Vaughn has kept him/her (I can't remember) in the basement alive to run experiments. All we know is that the child was malformed. It is hinted that Rhine could be to do with a cure for the virus and they have Heterochromia. Is this classed as a malformation? Most of the malformed children die or a killed. Could the malformations be something to do with a cure? What is the malformations are a way of fighting back the virus and nobody would know because they have been killed.

There have never been any more twins mentioned in the books. Are Rhine and Rowan the only twins? Does this have something to do with finding a cure as well. There is a moment in Fever where Rhine is remembering her parents and how they said something like "We should tell them. But they are only children." Both her parents were scientists looking for a cure, could they have discovered something but wanted to protect their childhood?

I really fear for Cecily and her baby. They have been left at the mansion with Vaughn but Vaughn now knows that she was down in the basement looking after Rhine. He could do horrid things to her because of it and I feel like the baby is going to become the new subject of Vaughn's experiments.

I really want to know what's happening with Gabriel. I feel like he does love Rhine and that he is going to try and get back to the mansion to find her. But I don't think he's going to be able to do it alone because he was heavily drugged when they were finding their way to Manhattan. I think that Silas is going to go with him. He was developing a friendship with Rhine and always cheering her up and asking if she was all right. Plus this could get him closer to finding Grace.

The last thing is what will happen to Rhine and Gabriel's relationship? I honestly don't believe that Rhine loves Gabriel. I feel like she likes him and cares about him but doesn't love him. I think she loves the idea of being free and loving who she wants to but not Gabriel himself, he was just the only one there for her when she was trapped at the mansion. If she truly loved Gabriel why would she call him Linden when she was in her half-conscious state and why would she be always thinking about Linden and missing him and Cecily. If she loved Gabriel she wouldn't be feeling like that she would be happy and relieved that she escaped but she kept thinking back to the mansion and missing the people there. Plus she refused to remove her wedding band. If she really hated the marriage she would have wanted to be rid of it but she wouldn't.

*END OF SPOILERS*

Fever definitely got me thinking about what these things could mean for the characters and where the story might go from here and I am really looking forward to reading the third and final book in the chemical garden trilogy and finding out what happens.
Fever was brilliant and I loved it.

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Friday, February 24

Article 5

Article 5 (Article 5 #1)
Kristen Simmons

Publication Date : Januray 31, 2012
Finish Date: February 24, 2012
Format: e-book

From Goodreads: New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow. That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.


I finished this book, but I struggled through it. When I first heard of this book and saw the cover I immediately decided I wanted to read it. It sounded very good, but well I was disapointed when I actually read it. It is not a bad book, I will even say it is a good book, it just isn't a book for me.

The first reason why I don't like this book is because it has a very bleak outlook, there is no hope and I want to see hope in a book. Further we get to read terrible gruwesome details, which I don't like to read. Just my opinion. It was harsh, very harsh and I don't like that in a book. Give me some violence and action, oké, but not too much details about how a dead person looked like. Another thing I didn't liked is all the running. The characters are running the entire time. I would like to see them have some peace sometimes, I just got tired only from reading it.

I think the characters deserve some more explanation. The lead characters are very strong, but somehow I just didn't like them. I couldn't connect with them. And the lead character Ember, I only felt like I knew a bit about her halfway through. The characters are strong and there is even see some character development, but I think they still lack depth.

Another big point why I didn't like this book was the world building. When I read a dystophia I love the world building, reading how different the society is and why. Here we get some hints, but at the end of the book I still have no idea what happenend to the US, I know there is a different and cruel government after some kind of war, but why, what is this war, what exactly happened? No anshwers, I felt like the author put too less attention to the world building and instead focussed and showing how two people survive in a very cruel and bleak world.

To conclude this is not a bad book, but it just isn't a book for me. I didn't like all the running and the bleak outlook. I couldn't connect with the characters and felt the world building lacked. I know many people actually love this book, so I would say try it for yourself.

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