April 30, 2015

Legend by Marie Lu Review

Legend #1
by Marie Lu
Published on November 29th 2011
Putnam Juvenile, 305 pages

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

- Goodreads.com description

Oh man, this reminds me again and again why I freaking love dystopia books so fucking much. Loved this book. Nothing but praise to God, or in this case, Marie Lu, cause holy shit this book is incredible. 

April 25, 2015

April 2015 24-hour Read-a-thon is here!

Hi there!

It's nice to see you all again. Working weekends sucks sometimes, so I will have to go to work in between, but I will be back as soon as I can. I always have a great time with you guys! This is gonna be tons of fun :) Twitter blast and all!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Edinburgh, Scotland!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
All lined up by Cora Carmack - considering I have to go to work too, one book will probably all I can manage. Thank god is not a competition! :D 

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Coffee. Lots of coffee. And chocolate chip cookies.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I come from Slovenia, but I live in Scotland. I am doing a Master in Psychology of Individual Differences. I am in my second year and submitted my last assignment last Thursday. I am only left with my dissertation to write now.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
Last readathon I had to study for an assignment, so instead of romance novels I was reading scientific articles about behavioural frontotemporal dementia. This time around should be more fun than that! ;)

You can find me on twitter@neabarabea
You can find me on Goodreads

Happy readathon people out there. I hope you are gonna have an incredible and unforgettable time. And good luck :)

April 23, 2015

Where does it hurt? Tell me cause I understand..

Pic found here.

Today I want to talk about parent-child relationship. What I've learnt and how I see it.

No, that is not exactly right. Let's talk about approval and things that our parents say (and think it does not matter in the long run) that hurt us deep inside for life.

You know, it is on days like this that I remember why I moved 2000 miles away from home. I love my parents, but I figured years ago that we are better with many miles away from each other. 

What I also figured out is.. I am never coming back in the long run. Little Nea was right after all. Fuck, there is something about the Slovenian national character that I just, ugh. Don't get me wrong I am still Slovenian to the core, but gee. Maybe living 2,5 years abroad changed me. I can see the characteristics more clearly when I am not actually part of it. And I must say it kinda bothered me. But all this for another time.

All I wanted was a nice, honest conversation with my mom. I am 26 now and, whether I like it or not, I am definitely an adult now. I wanted to talk about things. And the things I've heard.. it's wasn't nice. All I could think of was, shake it off. No, no I don't wanna hear it. And it's not because things got ugly, but because I sincerely didn't want to hear it. Like that song that keeps going through my mind during exams.. This is the part where I say I don't wanna!!

Apparently my dad came up with the thought that - a family friend who had a really demanding and weird upbringing for their kids - was probably right in the long run. And I was struck. What the hell?! What the hell is wrong with my sister and me?! We turned out quite ok, great even considering all the narcissist and self-centred asses around me. What is wrong with us? What is wrong with me?

She talked about how money doesn't fall of a tree. And I was like ... don't I know that? They thought me from the age of 7 what money is. I had money since I was 7 years old. Pocket money for the month, and when I used it, it was gone till next month. So I started being careful since young age about it. Gods, even when my bank account is huge (for me) I feel like I can't spend much, cause you never know what might happen tomorrow and it's always better to be prepared, just in case. How many clothes I did not buy.. Responsibility. I know about responsibility for god's sake. I've been living alone and abroad for the past 2,5 years and been fine.  I've paid my University fees all on my own for the most part. I survived. Gods, I did great, and I know it. I went through hell for it, in a job that I despised all along, but I endured it cause I had to, because it paid well, so I can be at Uni. I made it, when my parents didn't believe I would make it. But I did. I did great. 

But the thing that struck me the most was.. this guy that I went for 2 dates, texted me while we were on skype with dad, and he said that we just weren't right for each other and that we should stay friends. Which was great, cause I felt the same and I thought, omg finally someone honest that said it and not just disappeared. Apparently not. My parents started laughing and said (for another guy that I've met, who is being responsive and nice and I like him) that he obviously will loose interest soon. And I was like, what the flippin' fuck?! All my issues aside, how am I supposed to be confident and hopeful for my future marriage, if my parents think me and a guy is the biggest joke of the time? It might have felt like a joke, but after so many years of the same story, sorry, it does not feel like a joke at all. I mean, sure, why would someone love me the way I am, when even my parents apparently can't? If they can't imagine it, how can I?

Insightful week I must say. You know, you'd think it's gonna get easier through the years. Not so much. 

Until next time,

April 22, 2015

Hero by Samantha Young Review

by Samantha Young
Published on February 3rd 2015
NAL, 404 pages

Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that she and her mother weren't his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair.

Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they're on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again… 

- Goodreads.com description

Romance. Twists. Sex. Secrets. Betrayal. This book has it all. And I loved every second of it!

April 15, 2015

Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas Review

Blue-Eyed Devil 
Travis Family #2
by Lisa Kleypas
Published on March 25th 2008
St. Martin's Press, 328 pages

MEET THE BLUE-EYED DEVIL - His name is Hardy Cates. He's a self-made millionaire who comes from the wrong side of the tracks. He's made enemies in the rough-and-tumble ride to the top of Houston's oil industry. He's got hot blood in his veins. And vengeance on his mind.

MEET THE HEIRESS - She's Haven Travis. Despite her family's money, she refuses to set out on the path they've chosen for her. But when Haven marries a man her family disapproves of, her life is set on a new and dangerous course. Two years later, Haven comes home, determined to guard her heart. And Hardy Cates, a family enemy, is the last person she needs darkening her door or setting her soul on fire.

WATCH THE SPARKS FLY....Filled with Lisa Kleypas's trademark sensuality, filled with characters you love to hate and men you love to love, Blue-Eyed Devil will hold you captive in its storytelling power as the destiny of two people unfolds with every magical word.

- Goodreads.com description

Many great bloggers recommended me this book. I was also recommended to start at the beginning, but this time around I skipped the first book :P I will probably read it the year. But I was really intrigued by this one. So I couldn't wait. I went into this book expecting great romance and hot sex. Lol I know, but this is genuinely what I thought I was getting myself into. Wrong.

April 11, 2015

Wild by Sophie Jordan Review

The Ivy Chronicles #3
by Sophie Jordan
Published on November 18th 2014
Avon, 288 pages

A good girl goes fabulously bad in the final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sexy New Adult romance series, in which three Ivy League suite-mates seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he’s telling her to go home—“good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget—one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other.

- Goodreads.com description

As you probably know, I completely adored Foreplay! Tease was great as well. But I must say.. Wild was probably my favourite one. I re-read it a few times already this year.

April 08, 2015

The Deal by Ella Kennedy Review

The Deal
Off-Campus #1
by Ella Kennedy
Published on February 24th 2015
358 pages

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy... 

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice... even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date. 

...and it’s going to be oh so good. 

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn't take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn't going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

- Goodreads.com description
I never expected her. Sometimes people sneak up on you 
and suddenly you don't know you ever lived without them.” 

April 03, 2015

Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas Review

Scandal in Spring
Wallflowers #4
by Lisa Kleypas
Published on July 25th 2006
Avon, 374 pages

After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman's father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can't snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses—the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift.

Daisy is horrified. A Bowman never admits defeat, and she decides to do whatever it takes to marry someone . . . anyone . . . other than Matthew. But she doesn't count on Matthew's unexpected charm . . . or the blazing sensuality that soon flares beyond both their control. And Daisy discovers that the man she has always hated just might turn out to be the man of her dreams.

But right at the moment of sweet surrender, a scandalous secret is uncovered . . . one that could destroy both Matthew and a love more passionate and irresistible than Daisy's wildest fantasies. 

- Goodreads.com description

Daisy is the last wallflower left of the group. All her friends have found their love matches and she is the only one left. But with all the plotting and scheming, her father ruins everything. He decides that he is going to pick her husband. Daisy is horrified and Lillian is outrageous about it. They plan to avert their father's plan completely. But you know how it is with plans..

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