Review: Infraction by Rachel Van Dyken

Title: Infraction (Players Game #2)

Author: Rachel Van Dyken

Rating: ★★★★

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Ten Best Books I’ve Read in 2017

I challenged myself to read 90 books when 2017 came. I thought I was able to complete it early, but when I started my first semester of med school, I struggled to even read a single novel because I was so piled up with schoolwork and I didn’t have much time to do leisurely reading as I would have preferred to spend my free time to review my lessons. But luckily, I also go my very own Kindle Fire, so I had it everywhere with me and I’ve been able to read when I have some dull time. It helped me so much!

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Throne of Glass Book Tag

I was tagged by Claire from @bookscoffeeandrepeat to do this tag! And to think I love Throne of Glass, so I’m definitely doing this!

This book tag was created by Hannah from soobsessedwith and Alexa from alexalovesbooks.

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Review: Damaged Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Title: Damaged Like us (Like Us #1)
Author: Krista and Becca Ritchie
Release Date and Publisher: June 27, 2017, self-published(ebook)

Date Finished: June 29, 2017

Star Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis:

Don’t date your bodyguard.
It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet.

Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.

He is certified American royalty.

When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff’s sexual fantasies.

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.

Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.


My Review:

“We’re like lightning and thunder, inherently different but alike enough to share the same sky.”

This book has been one of my anticipated reads of 2017, and I quickly devoured it as soon as I got a copy. And boy oh boy are my eyes super tired from all those sleepless nights.

I was pretty emotional during this entire book, because we’ve all watched how Maximoff and his siblings and cousins all be born and grow up until Some Kind of Perfect. I still see them as little babies wandering around their houses and their parents protecting them fiercely from the awful people around them and the harsh media. So, when Moffy’s first chapter came, I was really shocked at the way he speaks (how he says a lot of bad words like ‘fuck’ and ‘asshole’ – which is clearly a sign of Loren and Ryke’s influence) and then I suddenly imagine him again being a little baby and sleeping in his Batmobile bed when he was a toddler *sniffles*. This also happened to the other Addicted babies who made apperances so I was both gushing and crying whenever they appear. *sniffles like Lily*

The new side characters were exciting! I always predicted that their bodyguards, apart from Farrow, will have a huge part in the story – and I was right! They weren’t just bodyguards to them, but also their closest friends (and possible love interests in the future). Since they are working 24/7 for all the Cobalts, Hales, and Meadows, their working relationship would definitely blossom into something more. I love how we also got Farrow’s POV because it gave us an insight on the lives of the bodyguards and how they think of their clients. And the diversity of the bodyguards! I really love how most of them is a mix of different nationalities with different personalities. I enjoyed reading all the playful banter they have in their comms, and I really hope to see more of it when the next book comes out.

Also, hands down to the twins for finally showcasing a really diverse cast in terms of sexuality. I always defended in Tumblr on asks that I get about there isn’t enough diversity in the Like Us series, since we didn’t get much of it in the Addicted series. I adored that Moffy’s bisexual, and that Krista and Becca Ritchie made his love interest a male. They could have had given him a female interest, but they did so much more and provided us with sexy Farrow. I haven’t read a lot of MM romance aside from a few in YA books, so I was shocked and amused with all the sexy times between Moffy and Farrow. And it was H-O-T AF! I need to put my ereader down for a few times during the sexy scenes because it was really hot. I know how good the twins are in writing sexy scenes, but doing it on their first MM book? Two thumbs up!

I love the dynamic between Moffy and Farrow. It was so cute that Moffy had a crush on him when he was a teenager, and how he became all flustered around him when they saw each other again. I loved how Moffy was able to fully trust him without any doubt, and that he was able to let his guard down with him, because he’s been carrying a heavy burden on his shoulders since he was young, and Farrow changed that! I liked also how Moffy’s the one who used to do one-night stands and Farrow’s the one who’s into commitment and monogamy, because I actually thought it was going to be vice-versa. Both of them are so stubborn and dominating, but in each other, they turn soft. *ships Marrow so hard*

Now for that awful plot twist. I’m actually a bit disappointed at that part of the book, especially on what the Addicted gang did to them. THEY DOUBT JANE AND MOFFY! Jane and Moffy who were already attached to the hip since they were born! There was obviously no incest happening between them because they’re best friends and their family taught them to love each other! That love is the most important thing in the world! The hugs and kisses they share are because they’re really close and they treat each other more like siblings than cousins. They, of all people, should know how it must feel like to be not able to let others hear them out when people doubted on them and told they were liars. For the first time since I got into the Addicted world, I was so disappointed in them, and I cried so hard and wanted to punch each one of them for saying all those things to Jane and Moffy. How can you do this to us, KB?!?

But aside from that, I really enjoyed this book! It exceeded my expectations! There were both cute and funny and devastating moments, so it was one hell of a ride. I can’t wait for this story to continue in the next book!

Damaged Like Us Birthday and Giveaway

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Title: Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1)

Authors: Krista and Becca Ritchie

Release Date: June 27, 2017

 

Don’t date your bodyguard.
It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet.

Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.

He is certified American royalty.

When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff’s sexual fantasies.

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.

Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.


If you’ve been following my posts on Tumblr frequently, you guys would know that aside from The Shadowhunter Chronicles, ACOTAR and Throne of Glass, and Six of Crows, I post a lot – and it’s really a lot – of the Addicted Series by Krista and Becca Ritchie! I would assume that most of you don’t know this series yet, since the authors are self-published, and I discovered this series around 2 years ago through a friend on Tumblr.

The Addicted Series is an New Adult contemporary series composed of 2 sets of books that follows a really long timeline. It’s actually 10 really amazing books in all! The story is about Lily Calloway and Loren Hale struggling to get through their addictions together, and how their family and the people they encountered in their life shape them and help them through those addictions. It’s a really great series that tackles different kinds of addictions, different social problems, and family problems. I’m so so in love with this series, and I’m always recommending it to anyone who keeps asking me for book recommendations!

Now we would move to Damaged Like Us! The Like Us series is a spin-off of the Addicted Series, so you don’t need to read the prequel books yet if you want to dive into Damaged Like Us immediately. If you’re into a New Adult contemporary book full of tattooed bodyguards, celebrity children, really funny and unique characters, and DIVERSITY – both in skin color, culture, and sexual preferences – then this book is for you! This is actually the authors’ first time to write an MM Romance novel, and for us fans, it makes us even more excited!

Currently, the Fizzle Force is having a pre-release party at the Fizzle Force Facebook Group, and I’m hosting a giveaway of Addicted and like Us Series character bookmarks! You can join the fun here and participate in other giveaways and games other Fizzle Force members are hosting.

You can now get a copy of Damaged Like Us on Amazon, Kindle, Apple, and other devices!

April Wrap-Up & May TBR

April has been a tough month for me to read, knowing that May is coming and two of my most anticipated books of 2017 are coming out on my birthday month *coughs* ACOWAR and Lord of Shadows *cough* But nevertheless, I’ve manage to squeeze in a few books!

Physical Copy:

  • Frost like Night by Sara Raasch – 5/5

Ebooks:

Now let’s move on to my May TBR! Like I said in a previous post, I don’t do TBRs, but since May is a very special month to me, I have a specific TBR list in my mind and which I promise to do before the month ends.

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  1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

This is my #1 anticipated book of 2017, and with good reason! If you are following my Tumblr blog, I’m sure you all know that I’m a huge huge fan of the series, especially ACOMAF. With the way how ACOMAF ended, it was a very torturous wait until ACOWAR. I need to know what happens next to my babies, especially Rhysand and Feyre and the other members of the Inner Circle! I’m just freaking excited that it’s coming out on May 2nd, and I don’t have to wait too long to grab a copy.

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2. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

This beauty comes out on my birthday, May 23rd! This is the second book of The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare, and I’m a huge fan of the Shadowhunter Chronicles since I was in high school. I’ve loved the first book a lot, especially the very witty and diverse characters, and I want to know immediately what happens next after Lady Midnight finished off. I am also in love with all the Blackthorns, and they’re the best Shadowhunter family (apart from the Herondales).

Other books that I want to read next month would be:

  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
  • Flame in the Mist by Renee Adhieh
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Ruthoski
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

 

How about you guys? What’s your best read book in April? What’s your anticipated reads for May?

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Review: Guarded by Kayla White

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Title: Guarded
Author: Kayla White
Release Date and Publisher: April 2017, Self-Published

Date Finished: April 16, 2017

Star Rating: ★★★.5

Synopsis:

Watching over some crazy rich chick seems like a good stop gap from the army. She has no desire to do anything other than get wasted enough to forget.
Parker

Is she for real?

I cannot deal with her bullshit.

This woman has no idea what real life is, it is time for a reality check. Not all of us can have everything paid for. Some of us have to work.

I would much rather be back in the army. She’s impossible to deal with.

But not when she steps closer to me, right into my personal space. I can feel her breath tickling my cheek as she speaks.

My heart is thundering, my body shuddering and trembling, there is a stirring inside my underwear that I really need to ignore if I have any hope of getting through this with any intact dignity.
Hannah

I hate this guy. Why can’t he go? Why does my dad think I need a guard?

Hot blood boils around by body, my temper is burning from the top of my head to my little toes.

How dare my dad do this to me?

If I am going to win this, I would have to throw all images of his body right out of my brain. I will focus on his horrible personality instead.

This wouldn’t be too difficult, would it?
Guards don’t hook up with rich chicks.
But not Parker – he finds himself tumbling into an abyss.
Once he’s in, there might not be a way out again.



My Review:

[I received an ARC ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review]

[Review of this is also posted on my Goodreads

Guarded is about a grief-stricken female lead named Hannah and the bodyguard that her father assigned to look after her, Parker. Because of her mother’s death and her father’s hectic schedule, Parker was hired to look after Hannah since she’s the girl who partied hard and gets in serious trouble after every night. The two basically had a hate-first-love-last relatioship throughout the book.

I’m giving this book a 3.5 star rating instead of a 4 star rating. Here are the reasons why.

CONS
1. Hannah irritated me to death! I usually don’t hate a character, especially the lead ones at the beginning of the book, but I’m making an exception for Hannah. Sure, she had her reasons for acting out like that throughout the whole book, but some scenes were just pretty pathetic and stupid of her. The major of the time I really wanted to strangle her and shake her out of her funk. She had a few redeeming qualities, like how she finally pulled her head out of a very bad relationship, but mostly the bad qualities outweighted my opinion of her.

2. The flow of the plot was a bit too fast and not fluid enough. I didn’t notice it at first until I reached around the middle. I was reading one whole chapter where they were really hating each other, and then suddenly they tease each other, and then another chapter was when they were being friends. I really got confused and had to skip back a few pages to make sure I read everything right.

3. The love story between Hannah and Parker was just too fast and too shallow for me. One moment they hated each other, and then a few chapters later, they are already admitting that they are in love with each other. I don’t know if it’s their sexual chemistry or the time that passed between them that made them fall in love, but I just did not get it at all, and I’m not a huge fan (so sorry!)

but those are the only reasons why I didn’t like or hated the book!

PROS
1. I love love love Parker. He’s not the typical alpha-male I was used to, especially since he’s in the military, and I’ve read a lot of NA novels that have an ex-military alpha male in them. He was both hardcore but soft, persistent but constant. I definitely enjoyed Parker’s POVs more than Hannah’s. He was the sole sounding voice in the whole book, which made me enjoy it.

2. The sexy scenes are really sexy. I don’t need to elaborate on this further.

3. The writing is great! The plot may not be the greatest thing about it, but I loved the way the author described everything in detail, leaving nothing out, and words just turned into pictures in my head. I also love how the characters’ personalities were written to the T. It’s a short novel, but a greatly written one. Just needs some improvements on the plot.

Over-all, I may not be loving or hating it, but it was an enjoyable read.

I’m excited to read what else Kayla White has in store!