Top Ten Scariest Looking Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

I hate scary books. I can honestly say that I will not be reading any of these books ever because of the scary covers and the promised nightmares that will most likely follow.

In no particular order...

1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

While I have had so many friends that loved this book, I can't even dream about picking it up because of the promised horror inside. Plus, the cover creeps me out a ton. The blood tripping everywhere and the creepy house with the fogginess! Recipe for Lili never to sleep again!


2. Ten by Gretchen McNeil 

One word to describe this cover: ominous. Yeah. I'm in no hurry to pick it up. Just looking at it makes me want to take a step back and breathe deeply.

3. Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

I've gotta admit that I actually want to read this series, but the wimp in me has not gotten around to doing so yet. However, the cover of book two is totally atmospheric. Look at it! Girl walking into the woods while the trees close in on her. In other words, something I will never do!

4. The End Games by T. Michael Martin

Oh my gosh, I can't even! Look at it! All the creepiness and the figures looking down on them and all the red which is the color of blood. I just can't!

5. Insomnia by J.R. Johansson

This cover freaks me out so much, okay? I don't know if it's the cracks coming out of the eye or what, but it just freaks me out!

6. Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Do I even have to describe why this one is creepy? Just look at the girl, and the creepiness, and the border, and the font. It's just one creep-tastic cover that sends chills down my spine.

7. Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Call this one atmospheric, but I do not want to look at it often. The lone girl in a lit up doorway just leads to bad, bad things! Never a good sign, people! 

8. Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry

This entire series is admittedly creepy as hell, but I hate this book the most because the girl seems to be screaming out of fair or pain or a combination of both. No bueno!

9. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

It's like you want me to see this face every time I close my eyes! Just look at it. I get freaked out within seconds!

10. Envy by Gregg Olsen

I don't know about you, but this looks like a girl lying dead in a bathtub to me.

Link me to your top ten creepiest covers for Halloween! <3

Review: The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #0.4
Publication Date: July 20, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 94 (eBook)
Source: Loaned from Gillian
Celaena Sardothien is the assassin with everything: a place to call her own, the love of handsome Sam, and, best of all, freedom. Yet, she won’t be truly free until she is far away from her old master, Arobynn Hamel; Celaena must take one last daring assignment that will liberate her forever. But having it all, means you have a lot to lose . . .

This fourth fantastic e-novella gives readers an inside look at the characters who appear in the full-length novel Throne of Glass. Don’t miss out!
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

My favorite novella by far. This novella made me feel and actually made me cry and gasp out loud in shock. The emotions that it brought in me were so intense, I can't help but call this little masterpiece perfection. But really, the emotions that appeared in this one was a combination of all four novellas because, in reality, the novellas are like a short, 300+ page story of their own. A prequel, really. They should be combined together. While certain novellas are weaker than the others, this one was an amazing ending. Even if it tore my heart in two.

Obviously, if you've read THRONE OF GLASS already, it's clear that this novella, specifically, will depict the events that led up to Celaena finding herself enslaved in the mines. They're rather shocking events. But knowing now that Celaena came out of all this and was able to act the way she did in THRONE OF GLASS shows how strong of a person she is and I applaud Maas for finding a way to depict that so powerfully.

There's nothing else to really say about this one without giving anything away. As the synopsis suggests, Celaena and Sam want to get away from Arobynn Hamel for good, so they must accept perhaps their most daring and insane assignment to date and it could mean life or death. The stakes are high, and you can only guess what must have happened to evoke such strong emotions in me.

In the end, I wouldn't have asked for a better series of novellas. They gave me a lot of background and they truly were powerful. But they are a prequel to the first novel in this beloved series, and they need to be paired together with better transitions so that this beauty can sit on shelves.

You have to be prepared to have your heart ripped out if you read this series of novellas. You have to be in a certain mood. While I don't think they're essential to reading and understanding THRONE OF GLASS, it gives you a lot of background and makes you feel for Celaena even more. I have to admit that Maas was brilliant for coming up with these even if my heart got ripped out in the process.

4.5 stars

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Review: The Assassin and the Underworld by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #0.3
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 102 (eBook)
Source: Loaned from Gillian
When the King of the Assassins gives Celaena Sardothien a special assignment that will help fight slavery in the kingdom, she jumps at the chance to strike a blow against an evil practice. The misson is a dark and deadly affair which takes Celaena from the rooftops of the city to the bottom of the sewer—and she doesn’t like what she finds there.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

Can I start this review off by saying that one of these novellas finally has proper editing?! Halleluljah! There may be some hope!

This novella picks up where the previous one leaves off, right after Celaena makes a month long journey back home after spending a month with the Silent Assassins in the Red Desert. Surprisingly, Arobynn is remorseful about what he did to her prior to leaving. You know, beating her so much that she becomes nearly unconscious. He continues to shower Celaena with gifts to show how sorry he is, waiting for her to forgive him. This leads the way for ultimatums to be questions because Arobynn is not a likable and kindhearted character. I was immediately suspicious of his motives, and Maas's ability to make us almost like him is astounding.

Arobynn gives Celaena an assignment almost immediately upon her return. This assignment could stop a potential slave ring created to make a forgotten nation prosper. Of course, Celaena takes this opportunity. It comes as no surprise after reading novella number one. However, this mission isn't as simple as it sounds. Celaena finds herself doing all sorts of odd things, even finding herself in a sewer at one point, and she has to question many peoples motives.

There was also Sam. I'm so happy Sam is back. The tension is ten times worse than it ever was before, but their attraction is palpable. It's hard to avoid letting the sparks fly with these two...even if things may occur in the most unexpected of places at the most unexpected of times. It was great to watch Celaena's heart make yet another appearance in regards to Sam and his forced and ever-mounting debt with Arobynn. This girl has a heart, buried way deep.

I think this is perhaps my most favorite of the novellas thus far. It has Celaena doing what she was trained to do, a bit of romance, and evil schemes that I should have seen coming, but didn't. While some things were predictable, others weren't. Props to you, Maas!

I can't wait to see what the final novella holds for us now.

4 stars

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Stacking the Shelves #47

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

It's very nice to even have the ability to do one of these again!

Pawn by Aimee Carter
Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen
SCARLET was one of my favorite books last year, so I'm so excited to read LADY THIEF!

Borrowed from Gaby
 For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Free Novella
Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

What did you add to your shelves?

Review: The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #0.2
Publication Date: March 30, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 103 (eBook)
Source: Loaned from Gillian
The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the desert alive.

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

Novella number two takes place right after number one. Celaena ends up getting punished for freeing the slaves by being beaten and then being forced to train with the famous Silent Assassins in the heart of the desert, only to return with a letter of approval from the Master. So, this book pretty much took place in a unique, new landscape that I enjoyed, though I have a feeling that this may not be revisited. I hope it is because I very much enjoyed the solitude of the desert, as well as the attitudes of the people and the kindness in the Master. Plus, there's a certain scene with a vendor and a promise is made over rare and expensive Spidersilk that I hope will be cashed in in CROWN OF MIDNIGHT or one of the future books because it can make for an awesome battle.

What I enjoyed a lot about this book was the fact that Maas's unique writing shown through in this one. She communicated through silent characters only through described, written gestures and added a flare of comedy in it as well. Here's a small excerpt that put a smile on my face during a celebration...
He offered his hand.
Celaena's face instantly warmed and she shook her head, trying her best to convey a sense of not knowing these dances.
Ilias shrugged, his eyes bright. His hand remained extended.
She bit her lip and glanced pointedly at his feet. Ilias shrugged again, this time as if to suggest that his toes weren't all that valuable, anyway.
However, with that in mind, I found this book to be littered with slight cliches. Ilias, for example. He's the Master's son and he's pretty much untouchable because of that. His training is his life, his father is his only family, and he does not pay attention to women. Yet the first time he sees Celaena he is immediately smitten and is constantly smiling at her. It's like a love at first sight thing, slightly frustrating and incredibly cliche.

And, of course, the slight effects of a love triangle emerge in this one because while she has the beautifully quiet, mysterious, yet understanding and passionate Ilias pursuing her in his own, unique way, all she can think about is Sam back home. Sam, who went along with her plan to free the slaves and had to be restrained when she was being punished because the Assassin King knew he could not see her heart. It's obvious there's a lot going on between the two of them that will most likely be revealed in novella three since she is journeying back home.

The ending of this book is what blew me away. Again, Celaena's heart shown and her morals emerged under surprising circumstances. I truly am enjoying this slow reveal of her buried heart. It's rather brilliant, really. But the very last page is what blew me away. I won't give anything away, but I have infinite respect for the desert people because of it. It's one of those things that hits home and strikes your heart.

Lastly, I have to point out that this lacked proper editing as well. It wasn't as bad as the first one, I only spotted one grammatical error, but Maas actually spelled one of her own character's names wrong. Ansel is a huge character in this novella because she's Celaena's roommate and her first real female friend. Really, she's her closest ally there. In a world where most people are silent, Ansel couldn't shut up. But at one point her name was spelled Ansell. Really? I mean, a main character's name can't even be corrected? These are novellas for a huge series! Where is the editing?! How did nobody catch that?!

The lack of editing in these novellas will be the death of me.

3.5 stars

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Review: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #0.1
Publication Date: January 13, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 70 (eBook)
Source: Loaned from Gillian
A Throne of Glass novella.

On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes—and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

The book begins with Celaena being the badass we all know she is when she goes to retrieve the body of a fallen fellow assassin when none of the other assassin's in the guild were brave enough to do so. Shortly after she finds herself sailing towards The King of Pirates to make a deal, only to discover that she had been mislead and she was actually preparing to bring slaves back to Arobynn, the King of Assassins and the man who nearly raised her. She is forced to do this with Sam, a devilishly handsome yet infuriating assassin who despises the fact that she is the assassin heir instead of him. Either way, his banter with Celeana is very entertaining.

Despite the fact that Celeana is the tender age of sixteen, her skills are still prominent. The action sequences in this are great, as usual, but she never actually kills anyone. She claims she's an assassin and not a murderer, so she simply knocked out all her enemies. But she's an assassin! I can't believe I'm saying this, but couldn't she slit a throat or two to get away instead of repeatedly hitting people in the head with the hilt of her sword.

I also enjoyed Celaena's struggle with morals because, despite her profession, she has a heart. She does not support slavery and the fact that these innocent people are getting punished. Her victims die because they deserve it, and at least they die quick. This slaves don't deserve to be enslaved, and they often suffer for eternity. There was a great little moral compass thing going on because of this.

However, I wish the editing was better. I found a few grammatical errors and it seemed as if Maas could not decide on whether to name something Shipbreaker or Ship-Breaker. Rather sad that the editing is lacking in the first novella of such a beloved series.

All in all, not my favorite novella out there, but I'm certainly curious to see what happens next. On to novella number two!

3 stars


Review: Never Too Far by Abbi Glines

Series: Too Far #2
Publication Date: February 25, 2013
Reading Level: New Adult, 18+
Pages: 200 (eBook)
Source: Borrowed from a friend
He had held a secret that destroyed her world.

Everything she had known was no longer true.

Blaire couldn’t stop loving him but she knew she could never forgive him.
Now, she was back home and learning to live again. Moving on with life… until something happened to send her world spinning once again.
What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately?

You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

So, if you haven't read my review of book one, you should. You can find it here. To put it simply, I really really hated it. But I wanted to continue to see if Glines could redeem herself at all in my eyes. While this one was slightly better than book one, I can't say it blew me away at all and I was, again, left incredibly disappointed. Please do not read this review if you haven't read book one because it will contain many spoilers. I normally avoid spoilers in reviews, but aspects of this series bother me so much that I have to use them. All quotes below were taken directly from my eBook.

The writing in this one wasn't as bad as book one, but it still needed some work. While the grammar wasn't the best, spelling was much better. But the biggest issue I found was that all the dialogue seemed forced. Apparently, contractions can't exist in dialogue in this book so all the characters speak awkwardly and it's not at all fluid. Instead, open heart to hearts seemed really unemotional and melodramatic because the lack of emotional connection and solid writing made everything seem, well, bland. Here's an example:
Cain, stop this. You're my friend. What we had died a long time ago. I walked in on you doing things to another girl you shouldn't have been. That night everything changed. I love you but I am not in love with you and I never will be again. I need to pack and I need to move on with my life.
Robotic and not at all dramatic, huh? Sounds like she was trying to be dramatic, though.

Blaire, you're still really annoying. She's putting up her fake "I want to do things alone" act only to fall into Rush incredibly fast once again. She kept saying how she could never be with him over and over again. She sounded like an annoying broken record with a country twang.
I've forgiven him, Grant. I just can't forget. What we were or what we were headed toward is over. It will never be again. I can't let it. My heart won't allow me to. But I'll always listen to him. I care about him. 
That was a quote spoken by Blaire from 28% into my eBook. Some variation of that same line was said practically every chapter. And not only that, the writing was awkward and in short sentences. Very annoying and entirely inescapable and made worse by the fact that Blaire would take Rush back, then push him away, then take him back, then push him away. Make up your mind, girl! And while you're at it, stop being jealous if you're the one who keeps pushing him away.

I thought that it would be slightly redeeming to see Rush a lot in this book since there were actually alternating POV chapters between the two, but I think his mind actually hurt the book more than it did help it. Every chapter was some variation of him going:
No. One. Comes. Before. You.
Exact quote and all. He has to stress is so much it's like he's grounding it out through his teeth. And it's said every single chapter because Blaire can't believe him and he does a bad job convincing her of it. I like his sudden turnaround, but the bad boy he was in book one completely disappeared to be replaced by a boy who is so desperate he often begs and pleads for things. His jealousy issues are just as bad as Blaire's now as well. All his confidence, gone, to be replaced by, well, a weenie-like little kid.

Rush also repeatedly explained in his inner monologues that he wanted his relationship with her to be better. He didn't want it all to be about sex. But it was. Again. Because they can't not have sex. That's their relationship: sex. If sex was not an option these two would not be together because their relationship had no real emotional bond whatsoever. I really want that emotional bond, but instead Glines used Blaire's pregnancy hormones as an excuse for them to have sex a million and one times a day. If I had to hear about her chest growing one more time, so help me. And, piece of advice Rush, yelling out "ARRRRRGHHHHH" while you're having sex just makes me think you're a pirate. Stop. Clearly, this book contains a lot of detailed sex scenes and I highly recommend following the 18+ aged reader suggestion.

And Cain takes a rather big part in this one because he, like Rush and Blaire, repeats himself constantly. Every character in this novel suffers from broken record syndrome. Stop with the repetitiveness! Every scene involving Cain, there was something along these lines:
You don't have to go with him. I told you that I could fix this. You have me, B. You've always had me.
First of all, it's really ugly when guys beg like children. Secondly, she's never had you because when she did, you cheated on her. Thirdly, you say you're there for her but you still go and hook up with Callie. A lot. While you're trying to convince her that your heart belongs to hear. Way to think with the wrong head, buddy.

Only one guy in this damn book has a brain and that is Woods. Woods, I love you. That's all there is to it. I'd really love a book with you because you're not only a good boss, but a good friend. You help out, you consider someone's feelings, and you want what's best for them without being selfish. Every other male in this novel could learn from you. Jace and Bethy as always were awesome. Bethy, you're a kick-ass friend, but you switched your feelings in regards to Rush just as fast as you could change your clothes. Make up your mind, girl.

Nan was still terrible. I can't even bring myself to talk about this girl who lives in an alternate reality and actually cries and tries to guilt her family into siding with her because "they're taking someone else's side." Little Princess must always get what Little Princess wants. Cry me a river.

But perhaps the biggest issue that I had with this book was the big secret. You remember my mention of the secret in book one that was revealed at the end, right? Well, in this one, it's all blown to heck and back. Lies, lies, lies. Why would you lie about a secret that could ruin someone's life, allow it to ruin someone's life, and then grow a heart? No, just no. Rush's Mom and Nan and Blaire's Dad, Abe, all need to grow this wonderfully awesome organ called a heart. If they were honest from the beginning so much unnecessary drama that just ruined the plot instead of adding to it could have been avoided and then this book would have actually been likable!

The insta-love continues with a marriage proposal within two and a half months of their initial encounter, probably within a month and a half of their getting together. Not to mention a 19 year old is now pregnant and engaged to a rich guy who can do everything for her. But she someone keeps her dignity by insisting on working. For two weeks. And letting him buy her everything else.

I have nothing left to say.

The one redeeming aspect of this book was Woods. Woods, you get an extra half star for actually being a character with a good head on their shoulders.

Will I continue to book three? If I don't have to pay for it. My curiosity is piqued enough. It's true what the quote in book one said: this series is like a train wreck. You can't look away no matter how much you want to.

1.5 stars


Top Ten Books I Was "Forced" To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

This week's topic is the top ten books I was "forced" to read either in school or by overenthusiastic friends.

In no particular order...

1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

I was forced to read this book for an online young adult literature and cultural exchanges course during my junior year of high school. I had previously been avoiding it because I knew it would make me bawl. Well, it did make me bawl, but it also gave me one of my all time favorite books ever.

2. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Gillian forced me to read this book. Hell, she forced a lot of people to read it. It's one of her ultimate favorites because it was so important to her throughout her childhood. Plus, after reading it, I totally understand why!

3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

My first ever favorite classic book! Really, my favorite legitimate classic ever. I was forced to read it in my junior years honors English course, and I finished a reading meant to last an entire month in a single night.

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

It just so happens that in October of 2008, my teacher gave us this huge book survey about what we like in reading. I made a huge point about how I hated fighting and death. She then gave us our first book report project which was to read a book of her choosing taken off of a list of books that were released in the last 3 months (so that there was no way we could cheat) that is outside of our comfort zone. She found this one on an Amazon list and assigned it to me. I bought it the next day and immediately fell in love with it. <3

5. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

A while ago, Gillian and I did an event called March Fantasy Month. For that month, all we could read were fantasy books that we chose for each other. She assigned me Jessica Day George, and I'm so thankful she did because this is one of my favorite re-tellings ever.

6. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

This was general peer pressure from my friends and other bloggers, but I read this mainly because my one friend, Sam, threatened to disown me unless I read it. She's a huge John Green fan due to both his writing and his vlogging and because I had nothing to do with either prior to reading this book, she was completely appalled. 

My friend, Fay, actually forced me to read this book. I hadn't read a book prior to this one in several months and she was mad about that. She was determined to change that and the rest is history.

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Believe it or not, my Gramma forced me to read this book about seven months after it came out. I completely fell in love with it and it became an ultimate favorite. Then, hilariously, I was forced to re-read it for my young adult literature and cultural exchanges course that I took as a junior in high school, and it just further cemented my love for this story.


9. Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Krista at Nawanda Files wanted me to read this book so bad that she bought me a copy to make sure I read it. It got onto this list because it was a solid story that didn't suffer from sequel syndrome in the slightest.

My AP World History teacher wanted to lessen the workload a bit so we did a book and movie tie-in for an important part of history. I knew that this book would be tough despite it's short length so I would not have ever read it if not for this class. And let me just say I am thankful for being forced to read it because it is so much better than the movie!

Stacking the Shelves #46

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Hourglass by Myra McEntire (Thank you, Christy!)

Special Edition Harry Potter Boxed Set by J.K. Rowling

I want to thank Gillian for sending me this. This girl has been here for me for every single step of the way while I have adjusted to being a college student. She's been here for all the good, the bad, and the ugly. And she's literally the best friend I could ever ask for. This boxed set was completely unexpected but entirely loved and adored. I legitimately cried when I opened my unknown package that contained it. Agh, I can't even put into words how thankful I am for this. <3

Don't forget to link me to your STS posts!

15 Day Book Blogging Challenge: Day 10

The 15 day Book Blogger Challenge can be found here.
Christina from A Reader of Fictions, Mickey from I'm a Book Snark, Jessie from Ageless Page Reviews, and myself have decided to do this over the course of 15 weeks. One post will go up every Friday in order to teach you a little about ourselves.
Today's do you choose what book to read next?
This is actually a really simple answer for me...I read based on my mood, so I pick my book depending on what mood I am in. You can only read a contemporary or sci-fi or paranormal when the mood strikes, you know? Just as you can only read a dark book when the mood strikes or a cancer book when you're prepared for the inevitable tears. It's not like you can simply pick up THE FAULT IN OUR STARS whenever you want to. You have to be prepared for it!
However, I do keep review books in mind. I always tend to put those above everything else since they were given to me by the author/publisher for a reason and I obviously don't want to take advantage of connections.
How do YOU choose what book you will read next?

Review: Faking it by Cora Carmack

Series: Losing It #2
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Reading Level: New Adult, 18+
Pages: 323 (Paperback)
Source: BEA 2013
Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

I've been in Hell when it comes to the new adult genre recently. I haven't found any tolerable ones. And then I finally picked up FAKING IT and my love of new adult was re-instilled. This is everything a new adult novel should be and more.

Cade and Max are two of my favorite characters ever. They're both putting up a front because of terrible pasts that have shaped them to be who they are. So Mr. Perfect may not be so perfect after all, and Angry Girl may be more than just pissed at the world. It's a great dynamic that I wanted more and more of. It was absolutely wonderful to watch their growth throughout the book.

The romance...holy cow, the romance and chemistry are completely off the charts. They're so completely opposite yet so much alike emotionally. They are perfect and imperfect and everything a true romance should be. They're not soul mates, they're getting together doesn't make the stars align, but it makes them both happy for seemingly the first time ever in their 22 years of living on this Earth. They're being together is perfect for them and this is one romance that I really, really loved. It was slow going but powerful and passionate--the way any romance really should be. It's scary beautiful.

And Cade! Don't even get me started on how much I love Golden Boy, okay? Golden Boy may not be so golden after all. He's got some darker tendencies if you can guess what I mean, and it just makes him all the more addicting. It was really nice to see him and hear from his perspective because of the alternating POV's in this book since he was a secondary character in book one. It was terrible to see his heart thrown in a blender in this story and, in truth, he invoked stronger feelings in me than Garrick or Bliss was able to do. 

The same goes for Max. She was a firecracker that seemingly loved to slap Cade if she wasn't kissing him, but she was absolutely amazing. She was struggling to do what she wanted when her parents voiced that they don't really support her dream. She was putting on a facade and it was Cade's job to break down her walls and show her that the world isn't the complete shitty place she deemed it to be. I loved her and her tattoos and her piercings and her dyed hair so much. She wasn't trying to make a statement, she was trying to be herself. In her own way, Max was a complete work of art.

As always, Carmack's writing was amazing and it easily invoked powerful emotions in me. I stayed up until 1 in the morning to finish the book. Watching emotional characters was amazing. Max, the more emotional of the two, was more likely to spin off the handle. Her perspective was really interesting which contrasts with Cade's. While he was interesting, he was more reserved and controlled except for the few times he simply couldn't help himself. He was a passionate person that often had emotions stirring inside him that he tried not to truly leak to the outside. Carmack managed to write both perfectly while keeping her ever loved humor present. Let's just say my new favorite word is catastrofuck and one day, I really want to use this saying:
My personal bubble popped like a frat boy's collar.
While the title is clearly Faking It, their actual getting together is something straight out of a book. They're faking it within minutes of meeting each other and it's just not the way reality works. And then there's Milo...It seems that all the secondary characters were in the story as Max's friends. Cade really had no one besides Bliss and Garrick who rarely made appearances (twice I think) and then the Mexican that liked to salsa at ten in the morning that lived across the hall: Milo. Milo really only seemed to be present when necessary and useful, and that bugged me. Carmack didn't explore many relationships on Cade's side, really only Max's. Max had her band, her boyfriend, her co-workers, her evil parents, her sister-in-law that should drive off a cliff, and her older brother. Cade had one to two time mentions of people. That was it, and it bugged me a lot.

My other complaint, as Gillian put it, chapter 27 should have been never-ending.

This series is a must read for all new adult fans. It's perfect, and I couldn't stress how much I love it. Carmack is a favorite author of mine. But, really, this book is meant for those who can handle mature content. There's sex, mentions of drugs, drinking, violence, and cussing. 

4.5 stars


Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation in return for this positive review.  

Top Ten Best and Worst Series Endings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

So, before I begin, I just want to say that I have an aversion to finishing series. It was very rare for this to happen prior to me book blogging. Now that I book blog this is a different story, but there's still only so many series I have finished because sometimes there's just so much time between books! It's so sad!

In no particular order...

~*~Best Endings~*~

1. The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson, last book in the Fire and Thorns trilogy

This is the way an ending should be. It not only summed up all plot points and had some serious carnage, but it made you both happy and sad. It was serious yet constantly had me laughing and it summed up so many character arcs beautifully. Truly, this will not disappoint.

2. Rogue by Gina Damico, last book in the Croak trilogy

This book promises hilarity because that is what Damico is known for, but this is the perfect way to satisfactorily end a series while being heartbreaking. And, while heartbreaking, it leaves you with a bit of hope. Couldn't have asked for a better ending!

3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling, last book in the Harry Potter series

The perfect way to end a beloved series. Just goes to show that a little bit of cheesiness can go a long way when done properly!

~*~Worst Endings~*~

1. Destined by Aprilynne Pike, last book in the Wings series

This just shows that a lot of cheese doesn't always work out. I enjoyed it the first time I read it, prior to being a blogger, but now that my interests are more finely tuned, I just can't.

2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, last book in the Hunger Games trilogy

This book made me so mad! Don't go back on something that drove the entire series to begin. I also found this one hard to get through. It was a trudge compared to book one and book two. Speaking of which, book two still wasn't as great as book one, but it was better than this!

3. Outside In by Maria V. Snyder, last book in the Insiders duology

By no means is this one of the worst series enders ever, but this just goes to show that you'll get a bad taste in your mouth when the second book in a duology is not as great as the first.

4. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer, last book in the Twilight series

Too much cheesiness and a lack of amazing writing does not leave a good taste in your mouth.

5. Immortal Hearts by Ellen Schreiber, last book in the Vampire Kisses series

I really have nothing to say about this and I cringe at the fact that I enjoyed these when I was younger.

6. The City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, last book in The Mortal Instruments series 

I still think that this series should have remained a trilogy, so I don't think this book is at all necessary.

Only 9, but I think it's a solid enough list. Link me to your TTT posts!