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The Talking Bookworm February Give-A-Way

February Giveaway

Hey guys! So in honor of one of my favorite series, The Mediator Series, and authors, Meg Cabot, having published a new book in the series, Remembrance, I am going to give-a-way a copy of the book. Your choice, paperback or ebook. This give-a-way is international because The Book Depository does have the paperback version of Remembrance.

Remembrance (The Mediator, #7)

The give-a-way will run February 2 through February 14, 2016. I will announce the winner on Valentine’s Day. Good Luck!!

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Novella Review: Proposal by Meg Cabot

Proposal (The Mediator, #6.5)

GoodReads Summary:

The last place Suze Simon expects to find herself during Valentine’s Day is a cemetery. But that’s what happens when you’re a mediator – cursed with the “gift” of communicating with the dead.

That’s how Suze has ended up at the graves of a pair of NCDPs – Non-Compliant Deceased Persons – whose drama didn’t end with death. It’s Suze’s job to make sure they move on—for good.

But the NCDPs aren’t the only ones with problems. The reason Suze is spending her Valentine’s Day with the undead instead of her boyfriend, Jesse, is because he’s having so much trouble adjusting to life after death . . . not surprising, considering the fact that he used to be an NCDP himself, and now his girlfriend busts his former kind for a living, while he tries to cure his kind of what used to ail him.

Can Suze use her mediating skills to propose a mutual resolution, and bring all these young lovers together – including Jesse and herself – especially on the night Saint Valentine declared sacred to romance?

Or will she end up alone—and possibly undead—herself?

Review:

First of all, I am so so so so so excited not only for this novella, but the book that comes after this novella. I didn’t think we would EVER get another Mediator series book. The series seemed so finished, but I always hoped and dreamed that we would get something. And we did.

Meg Cabot’s Proposal is a spectacular way to dip you toes back into the The Mediator Series. It is full of the usual NCDPs and Suze’s own throw a punch first, ask her questions later mentality. Of course their is a ghost who needs her help and the only way to help him is to punch her way through. And by her side is the ever swoon worthy Jesse de Silva.

Before jumping back into Suze Simon and her mediator ways in Remembrance, check Proposal out first. You don’t want to miss what happens!!

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Book Review: Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Oblivion (Lux, #1.5)

GoodReads Summary:

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

Review:

So this book is a retelling of the first three books in The Lux Series: Obsidian, Onyx, and Opal from Daemon’s point of view, but only if you purchased eBook. The published paperback is only a retelling of Obsidian because it would’ve cost the publisher and the reader a lot more as the eBook is over 1,000 pages.

As I loved The Lux Series, it’s no surprise that I loved this retelling from Daemon’s point of view. When a book is told from one POV, I always wonder what the other characters are doing.  Clearly we can’t have every single character in every single scene. This retelling is helpful because in Origin and Opposition we do get to read from both Daemon and Katy’s POV.

It was nice to see a more well-rounded, fully formed Daemon. His attitude hasn’t changed- still the same narcissistic personality. But we do see the sweeter side of him. It is immensely helpful to finally understand where his brain is when he is making his decisions about Kat and his family.

Great add to The Lux Series.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Book Review: Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Written by: Liz Brooks

GoodReads Summary:

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

Review:

As with any Jennifer L. Armentrout book I read, and I’ve read almost all of her books, I loved every second of Wicked. I also loved the fact that the story takes place in New Orleans, so you get the mystery of the city- hauntings, great scenery descriptions, everything New Orleans is known for.

Ivy Morgan is an admirable character. She made me nostalgic for my college days- though I wasn’t trying to kick some faerie butt. She is fiercely independent which is what drew me to her. (Also her red hair is out of this world.) She just wants to be a normal college student but she can’t be. She belongs to a secret society called The Order, dedicated to taking out all faerie life because they basically eat humans and well… that isn’t good. And of course she has a tragic backstory which stunts her personal growth and relationships with other people.

That is until she meets Ren Owens.

Ren is mysterious and hot, hot, hot. And a bad-ass. The chemistry he has with Ivy is swoon worthy. It was definitely a lust at first sight relationship. Ren also has an intriguing backstory which compliments Ivy’s. Ren is sweet and patient. He really pushes Ivy and helps her overcome her past.

Tink is my favorite character. He is an Amazon addict. He eats too much sugar. And he says what’s on his mind.

I was able to predict the ending. This seems to happen a lot to me. Maybe I read too much into what the authors write or maybe I’ve read so much that foreshadowing just jumps out at me.

The next book in the Series is called Torn. No release date as of yet.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Book Review: Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined (Twilight #5) by Stephanie Meyer

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Goodreads Summary:

Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.

Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

Review:

You guys are probably thinking… Really Veronica? My answer is.. YES. I went there.

I remember the days when I was a senior in high school and I went crazy and was a huge Twilight fanatic. No one here knows that I even owned a Team Edward shirt I bought at Hot Topic. And I wore it often in public. Everyone at school knew I was a twilight fan. I re-read Twilight at least 3 times and the series as a while many times.

Anyways what I’m trying to point out with all of this is that even though my obsession might have not been heathy, Twilight opened up the podcast and blogging world to me. I didn’t know it was possible to have a blog and write reviews. I didn’t know readers had formed their own community online. I threw myself into this new world and I’ve never been the same since. I may not be a Twilight fanatic anymore, or own that Team Edward shirt (I threw it away a long time ago), but the series as a whole still holds a dear place in my life that I had to read the gender-swap reimagined story.

Reading this gender-swap version of Twilight made me see how CHEESY it really is. I cringed a lot at the beginning and noticed it got way too serious real fast. I also liked the ending to the reimagined story a lot more. It’s crazy how much sooner Twilight could have ended, but fan-service and telling other characters stories elongated it to four books. At the end of the day, I enjoyed Life and Death.

If you were once a Twilight fan or still are, I’m pretty sure you will like Life and Death. It made me nostalgic for the good old days, but I still kept in perspective the flaws the story has. Now… when are we getting Midnight Sun? Now that would be real fan service.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Book Review: Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead

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Goodreads Summary:

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

Review:

This book was perfect. PERFECTION. My feelings are still a bit crazy and I already slept on it. I knew I couldn’t write this review fresh of finishing it because my review would have started and ended at: ASDKJASRHGLKJHGKLAJGHAKDSJGH

You’re probably glad I slept on it as you should be. Okay, let’s start this. I promise I’ll try my best not to be super scatter-brained.

Silver Shadows was really hard for me to read. Especially at the beginning. Why? Because Adrian’s chapters in the beginning were killing me. They made me hurt. They pissed me off. I also saw some part of myself in him and I just couldn’t keep reading. It took me five months to start reading it again… and then I had to take another month-long break until I told myself one evening “YOU WILL FINISH THIS EVEN IF IT KILLS YOU.” I listened to myself and I am very glad at did because once I got past those initial heart-breaking chapters it was all action, action, and action. I wasn’t bored even once.

At first I was angry that Richelle had split SS into two point of views because SHE DIDNT DO THIS WITH VAMPIRE ACADEMY, and also because if a series or book doesn’t start of with me knowing this will be dual pov, I tend to hate the guy’s pov for some reason. All that explanation to say at first I kind of hated Adrian’s point of view. I was mad at Richelle Mead because how dare she do this to me, and I was mad at Adrian as well because he better not disappoint me or he would fall pretty fast from being my #1 fictional boyfriend to the bottom of my list. It was pretty tense for about 100 pages and then everything turned out to be alright. I adjusted and now I NEED Adrian’s point of view in my life.

I really don’t want to spoil much if you haven’t read it yet, but I do want to discuss Eddie Castile. He has gotten the short end of the stick not only in VA but BL as well. ITS NOT FAIR. Eddie Castile felt so guilty even though he knew Sydney purposely tricked him to keep him safe. Eddie’s life job is to protect others(moroi mostly), those who cannot protect themselves, and Sydney being taken from him and Eddie realizing too late that Sydney had tricked him hurt him badly. I was so happy to see that Jill used her princess authority (which she never has before) and ordered him to help Adrian get Sydney back, and that’s exactly what he needed. And if you read Silver Shadows then you know how things turn out. A happy Eddie is what we get,

I shall be cutting my review short and just say that Richelle Mead can do no wrong, and I can’t wait for the final installment of one of my favorite series in the entire world! I NEED THE RUBY CIRCLE IN MY LIFE NOW.

ADRIAN AND SYDNEY FOR LIFE.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Mini Book Reviews #1

I’m starting a new series on here which I’m calling Mini-Reviews. Clever name right? Yeah, I know. I’m a genius. (The sarcasm is so strong.) The reason I’m starting this new series is because there are some books that I’ve read that I have things to say about them, but not enough to dedicate an entire post on them. Each Mini Review post will have 3 mini reviews. Here we go!

Mini Book Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

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Kayla over at The Thousand Lives almost threw the book at me and said READ IT! I, like the good best friend that I am (see what I did there) did, and let me tell you I’m glad she said I had to read this book. I fell in love with summer again. The last time I was in love with summer was the year 2012. I truly cannot believe this is Emery Lord’s debut novel. The writing is impeccable and wonderful. I loved the main characters voice and the sass, oh my, I freaking loved the sass. Also, Matthew is the perfect boyfriend. Can he be real, please? If you are looking for a heart-clenching [in a good way] summer contemporary, then this is the book for you. 100% recommend this book to anyone.

Rating: 5/5

Mini Book Review: Coldest Girl in ColdTown by Holly Black

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Vampires + Holly Black = perfection. What amazes me about this book is that it is a stand alone. I had never read a book that can build a new world, has all of the background information, action, plot twists, and just everything that we crave that is normally given to us in trilogies and series, in ONE book. Yes, you read that correctly. Holly Black does it all with one book. The ending satisfied me. This book does vampires justice and makes me sigh happily. These vampires can beat the crap out of any sparkly vampire’s butt.

Rating: 5/5

Mini Book Review: Altered by Jennifer Rush

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I saw polandbananasbooks book talk of Altered a long time ago and have been wanting to read it since. I went over to Kayla’s one day and saw that she had it in her possession. I of course begged her to let me take it home with me and she did. This book was not what I was expecting, and boy it was wonderful. I screamed, I jumped, and it stressed the heck out of me. The twists, the action, the science fiction nerdy-ness of it, I loved it all!

Rating: 4/5