1.13.2013

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

We all want to feel something, 
we want to be someone to one another.

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Publishing Date: February 16, 2012
Publisher: Dutton
# of pages: 307
Genre: Contemporary

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Colby & Bev have a long-standing pact: Graduate, hit the road with Bev's band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: She's abandoning their plans--and Colby--to go her own way in the fall.
But the show must go on, and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie Colby struggles to deal with Bev's already growing distance and the most important question of all: What's next?
Less is far, far more, hence the small review. 

This book is so honest it almost hurts. Didn't like it as much as her other book, Hold Still, but still just as beautiful, just as breaking, and just as real.

And that's about it, because if there's one thing Nina LaCour does well, it's leaving you in a state of awestruck and breathless.

1.08.2013

Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

By blood, by word, by magic. . . 

Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent
Publishing Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
# of pages: 463
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Romance
Series: Unbound, #1

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Most can't touch the power. But Liv Warren is special -- a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood.
Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one.
But when her friend's daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl. Thanks to a childhood oath, Liv can't rest until the child is home safe. But that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.
Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma, and danger lurk around every corner... every touch...every kiss.

And more blood will be spilled before it's over....
I've read this book maybe five times already? Some passages I've read at least a hundred. And yes, this is not YA.

Every time I read it, it becomes an obsession for awhile because Vincent's world-building is that good. It sucks you in, anchors you, and refuses to let you go until you find something else to obsess about. (In my case, Mass Effect.) Intricacy and fragility carries each power in the Unbound world. Nothing is without some sort of price or catching the attention of some dangerous syndicate leader. The plot is just one giant, tangled mess -- but in the best way possible. For every part of the crime that Liv & Cam solve, there's about fifty more directions they have to follow to solve the big picture. There are just so many pieces thrown about everywhere that when it finally all comes together, Vincent does what she does best: completely blows your mind. I can't imagine the insanity she feels when putting her plots together because it all really is so intricately tied together in a way you can't realize until she decides to tell you. Plotting queen, this woman is. It's funny because in the novel when Live and her motley crew realize how everything came together at the working of one person, I sympathize with them entirely because Vincent does that over and over again.

Liv has the Vincent trademark as a main lead: she's bad-ass, has no problems kicking your ass, and suffers hero complex. She's definitely a lot grittier than Vincent's other leads but that's pretty much where the differences end. No problem though because the literary world can always use more bad-ass females like Vincent's. Between you and me, I'm really sick of the nerdy/loner/spineless/quiet MC trope that is just plaguing the market. I'll take bad-ass lead over ~girl-whose-special-but-doesn't-know-it~ any day.

The book moves between two points: Cam and Liv's. Personally, I think we could definitely use more books from a male's perspective so Cam's chapters were nice but were riddled with continuous thoughts about Liv. Don't get me wrong, I completely understand why but at some point it does become too much and Cam just begins to sound kinda like a teenage girl. Liv and Cam's chemistry is incredibly hot and so easy to get lost in. OTP alert, anyone?

I mean, what else is there to say? If you love urban fantasy as much as I do, this is a must. And if you love Rachel Vincent as much as I do, then this is an absolute must. Rachel Vincent has crafted a world and a cast of characters guaranteed to suck you in and never let you go, just like anything else she writes.

1.06.2013

30 Day Book Meme

Saw this floating around and thought it'd be a good way to get back into blogging regularly. Feel free to participate if you want, just leave your url in the comments. If enough people want to join in I'll put up a link widget.

Side note: the alignment of the texts bother me but technically it's aligned but it doesn't look like it and I don't know how to fix it so it looks like it does to me and wow why did I pick that color. /head-desk.

30 days is a lot. I don't want to clutter things up by only having meme posts so these will be up every other day interrupted by reviews. I just cleaned up my goodsreads shelves and am eager to do the same here.

Day 1 will be up tomorrow. Don't forget to leave your links if participating as well.