December 30, 2014

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins (The Sweet Trilogy #3)

Original title: Sweet Reckoning
Year published: 2014
Published by: Harper Collins
Number of pages: 385
First sentence: “Not a soul in the Vegas cocktail lounge had any idea demons were in their midst”

Plot: The time has come for Anna to face her destiny. But will she give up the one she loves most to save everyone else, herself even? Anna is not alone in the war against evil, her Neph friends stand with her even though they have problems of their own to deal with. Will faith prevail?

My thoughts: I’m sure by now you all know the love I have for the woman who wrote this series. I mean wow! This series have been one hell of a roller coaster ride. Starting with shock, me being mad at Kai, fear, me being mad at Kai, nervousness, me being mad at Kai, blushing, me being mad at Kai’s dad and finally happiness. So yes, mostly it’s just been me and most people being mad at Kai. But also falling in love with Kai. Yes, I think I speak for most people in saying that. I can’t wait for ‘Sweet Temptation’ when we finally get to read everything from his point of view, can it be September already!?

Anyway, this book was great. The best thing about this book was that there was no more of this “you can’t be together” crap, at least not when it came to Anna and Kai, I was psyched about that. There was a lot of love in this book, a loooot of love, if you know what I mean ;) There were some parts where I blushed, before the real stuff even started!  There were a lot of Kai looking angry, which I totally love cause angry, smoldering Kai is one sexy beast, and the accent helps, believe you me. Of course Anna and Kai’s relationship wasn’t the only one to evolve but I’m not going to spoil that. I don’t think that talking about Kai and Anna’s relationship is really spoiling since it’s always been pretty obvious that they were going to get together, so to speak.

There was a lot of creepiness in this book, I mean jeesh, Duke of Lust get your shit together, respectfully, sir. Seriously, Pharzuph’s behavior totally grossed me out, major goose bump time.

I cried in the end. Tears of joy, mind you. Like I’ve said before that doesn’t happen that often so it says a lot about the feelings during those last few pages. I mean wow, if I wasn’t already in love with Kaidan Rowe, I most certainly am now.

Buy, read and weep! Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril and Sweet Reckoning are the names of the book. Sweet Temptation, which is a book from Kai’s point of view is scheduled to be released in September of 2015. 

December 29, 2014

My books

Hi guys. Hope you've all had a great holiday! I thought I'd share a picture of all of my books with you. I finally thought I'd gotten all of my books together but apparently some are still on the loose. Anyway.

Crappy pic 'cause I took it with my crappy iPhone. Anyhow, as you can see I've got the Twilight saga in both the white and the original editions. In here are also some books in Swedish, blah! There are 76 books in this pile and of those 5 are on loan from Bella (yeah you know that other blogger I'm always mentioning) and my little sister. There are 28 unread books just lying there waiting for me. I've no idea which book to read next. I did not include my IKEA bag of books I read years ago in this pile. Hardly seemed necessary as I can't remember half of the books I read before the age of 15 haha. 

I did start (and finish) reading 'Sweet Reckoning' by Wendy Higgins today so I expect a review to be up before New Year's Eve! Speaking of which; what are your plans? I'm spending the night with my wifey Erika (who's blog I sure hope you've read by now) and for my New Year's kiss I'll have to see which cat is available haha.

Anyway I'm done ranting. Have a lovely night/day wherever in the world you may be!

Lots of love, Kayla

December 27, 2014

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare ( The Infernal Devices #1)

Original title: Clockwork Angel
Year published: 2011
Published by: Walker Books Ltd
Number of pages: 488
First sentence: “The demon exploded in a shower of ichor and guts”

Plot: Tessa Gray arrives in London after being summoned there by her brother Nate. However, everything is not as it seems and Tessa soon learns that not only is she different but that there are people looking to use her for purposes unknown. Drawn into a world she never knew existed she finds allies in the most unlikely people and uncovers secrets that would perhaps have been better kept secret. Tessa is beginning to realize that her life changed as soon as she stepped of that boat.

My thoughts: I have to admit that I was a bit put off in the beginning, because of my experiences with Clare’s other books, namely one, I never actually got past that one. The particular book was “City of Bones” the first in her Mortal Instruments series. But I’ve realized that there wasn’t actually anything wrong with the book, I didn’t like it because somehow it was spoiled for me. Anyway back to the book at hand. I absolutely loved this book. I loved being transported back to a 19th century London and all that it entails. I love the characters, especially Tessa, even though I don’t care much for how she thinks that women shouldn’t fight. The character of Will Herondale is disturbingly alike the character of Jace Wayland/Morganstern/Herondale or whatever the hell his name is these days. I have a love/hate relationship towards both characters although I don’t believe I was ever this enraged with Jace. The last scene between Tessa and Will had me screaming, literally. I was so mad at Will that I got mad at myself for actually being mad at a fictional character, it was rather confusing. 

Moving on to a character that is much more lovable, Jem. Oh god, I thought I wouldn’t like Jem, but I did. Where Will is obviously sarcastic Jem is more subtle in his sarcasm and he is much more gentlemen like. His appearance confused me a bit but I think that maybe that was the idea. I can’t get a picture of Jem in my mind like I can with most of the other characters and that’s sad because I really would have wanted to. I do however like the way his voice sounds in my head, all calm and collected.

There were of course many other characters in the book but I won’t go in to detail on those. All I’m going to say is that they all complemented each other well.

I have a feeling that we’re in for a love triangle with next book. I’m not sure if I like that or not. I tend steer clear of love triangles, “Twilight” has forever scarred me. But I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. I will read the next book because I really want to learn more about Tessa and her past and the reason why she is the way she is. I also want to see the relationship between her and Jem evolve, I’m not saying it will be but I’m hoping. Right now I just want her to forget about Will because I hate him so much. But I’m sure I’ll change my mind and be back to loving him soon enough.

Do I recommend this book? God yes! Please read it! 

December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Hi guys. I just wanted to hop in and wish you all a Merry Christmas! I celebrated yesterday with my boyfriend's family and today we are going away for a second Christmas. In Sweden we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve.

I've ordered some books, which serve as a Christmas present from my dad. I'll let you know which books when they've arrived safely, haha.

Last night I started reading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare so there will probably be a review up in the next couple of days.

Some photos from yesterday :) 

Merry Christmas to all of you!

xx Kayla

December 17, 2014

Married for Christmas by Noelle Adams

Original title: Married for Christmas
Year published: 2013
Published by: Kindle
Number of pages: 236
First sentence: “Jessica Cameron had to propose marriage in a couple of hour, and she was a little nervous about it.”

Plot: Jessica and Daniel grew up together in a small town but it wasn’t until after Daniel’s wife Lila died that they became close friends. As a solution to both their problems they decide to get married, both agreeing that it’s never going to be a traditional marriage. But it doesn’t take long for one of them to start having feelings for the other.

My thoughts: I didn’t think I was going to like it. I only read it because it was free in the Kindle store and I’d decided to give Kindle a try. But I did like it. The story was a good one and I really enjoyed the characters of Jessica and Daniel, they complemented each other well. The book deals with a lot of emotions and a lot of difficult choices and weird conversations. Reading other reviews and the author’s note in the beginning of the book I’d expected there to be a lot of religion and that only added to my feeling that I wasn’t going to like it (I’m not a religious person, never have been and probably never will be) but there wasn’t actually a lot of that which I thought was a bit weird since Daniel was a pastor, nonetheless I was happily surprised.
I don’t usually cry when reading books, it happens more often when I’m watching a movie or a TV show, but reading this book I actually cried, I’d like to blame it on the fact that the last few weeks have been tough but I actually think it had more to do with the emotional rollercoaster going on in the book. I’m not sure I liked that emotional rollercoaster; it kept being one step forward to steps back in Jessica in Daniel's relationship and that annoyed the hell out of me. I more than once yelled (yes out loud) at Daniel for being such an ass. But it all ended very well so overall I liked this book.

Of Triton by Anna Banks (The Syrena Legacy #2)

Original title: Of Triton
Year published: 2013
Published by: Fiewel and friends
Number of pages: 246
First sentence: “My eyes won’t open”

Plot: After Emma finds out that her mom is actually a lost Syrena Princess things really get interesting. Everything she thought she knew about her parent’s relationship is wrong. And as if that wasn’t enough she finds out that the future of the Syrena monarchy lies in her hands, or rather her abilities.

My thoughts: W-O-W-E-E. This book was almost better than the first one and I just wish I had the third book at home so I could continue reading about Emma and Galen. As always Anna Banks adds humor to a book that is actually quite sad and upsetting and I’m thankful for that. Without the humor I think it would have been too much at times.
I love that you get to see more of the Syrena world in this book, both with the tribunal and the introduction of King Antonis. It almost felt as if I was floating next to Galen during the tribunal, it was great. I love how Emma handled the whole “my mother is also Syrena” thing, her constantly reminding herself to stop acting like a little kid was hilarious. Emma and Galen’s relationship also evolves during the course of this book and I can’t wait to see what’s next in line for them.
Cudos to you Anna Banks, I can’t wait to read of Neptune!

Kindle, yay or nay?

Hello again. I’ve been very busy lately with school and everything. Christmas is only a week away today (we celebrate on the 24th in Sweden) and I’ve got an exam on the 22nd (linguistics, fun right?) so I’m a tad stressed at the moment. I’m upset that I haven’t really been able to read a lot these past few weeks but I’ve got at least one review coming your way.

On another note, I’ve got a question for you guys. E-books, what do you think about those? I used to be very against reading on my iPad or computer, I usually only read short stuff, like fanfics on the the PC or iPad, anything longer and I felt like I was cheating on my books haha. But last night I decided to give it another shot, I set up a Kindle account and downloaded some free books and I gotta say I liked it. I read a 235 page book last night and was happily surprised by the fact that I managed to keep my eyes on the iPad for that long, I usually get headaches fairly soon after the reading starts. I’m never going to give up on physical books because there’s just something special about holding an actual book you know. But when it comes to downloading some free books and reading on the iPad, yes! Two thumbs up for Kindle!

I’m going to start writing reviews now. Will talk to you later!

xx Kayla

P.S I thought I'd share my Christmas playlist with you!
I'm using my brother's account because he has a Premium one ;)

December 15, 2014

Joyride teaser

Hello! I'm excited today. As if it wasn't enough that I got to read the first three chapters (which were amazing by the way) of Anna Banks' book 'Joyride', these arrived for me today, just in time for Christmas!

So pretty, and signed, yay! I'm seriously fangirling so hard right now! I was thinking that I'll give away two of these to two of you if there's any interest (Sweden only)! Let me know please. 

That's all for now!

xx Kayla

December 5, 2014

Ascend by Amanda Hocking (Trylle #3)

Original title: Ascend
Year published: 2012
Published by: Tor/ St Martin’s press
Number of pages: 326 pages
First sentence: “I had my back to the room as I stared out the window”

Plot: Wendy is once again faced with one hard decision after another. In the choice between her own life and the lives of her people, can she find a way to save herself and the rest of the Trylle? And what about love? Wendy is starting to realize that maybe life with Tove isn’t going to be enough for her.

My thoughts: Oh my god. For those who thought there wasn’t enough action in the last book. Here you go! This book has got action, friendship, family and some love scenes that are to die for. Even though I got this book spoiled for me earlier I enjoyed reading it and I’m very happy with how it all turned out. Wendy evolves more during this book and she finally comes to terms with the fact that just because Finn was her first “love” it doesn’t mean that he has to be her only love. We also get to see Wendy’s mother Elora finally letting go of her regal ways, she finally lets her guard down and she and Wendy start some kind of mother/daughter relationship.

The only bad thing I have to say about this book is that I hate that every single book ends with marriage and babies. Why is that necessary? Fifty Shades, Twilight and now this. I mean I love happy endings but it just feels so ”been there done that”. Other than that I loved the book and the entire series. I’m looking forward to reading some more of Amanda’s books. I think the next one will be “Wake” but before that I have a lot of other books that needs reading.