At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey

Okay, I’ve also had this on my Kindle for a while. I’m currently on summer break from college and have very little to do. It’s why I’m posting more often now.  These authors get you hooked on their series by offering the first books free, almost like a teaser. But for what you really came for, let’s begin.

Synopsis

Achievement Unlocked: Geek Virgin

When Mia Strong, proud geek-girl and popular gaming blogger, auctions off her virginity online, she knows she’ll make waves. But what she will not be making is a love connection. Her rules are set in stone: One night. No further contact.

It’s a desperate step, but it’s the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother’s mounting hospital bills.

Difficulty Level: Millionaire CEO 

Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first million at seventeen. Now, in his mid-twenties, he’s sexy, driven and–as CEO of his own gaming company–he’s used to making the rules. Before Mia knows what’s happening, he’s found the loophole in the rules of her auction. Every stipulation she’s made to protect her heart gets tossed by the wayside.

She can’t tell if he’s playing her…or if he’s playing for keeps.

This New Adult book is intended for readers over the age of 18 due to adult language, sexual content and adult situations.

via Goodreads

Review

I’m not kidding when I say it’s almost like these authors and their publishers offer their series’ first book for free. It’s why I’ve started getting into this genre, if I’m being honest here. It’s smart; very, very smart. But anyway onto the story.

I get that there are people that do what Mia did, but I find it a little odd. Not judging her or anyone who actually does this. The only reason I also categorized it as a friendship type novel is because her best friend really does a lot for her. He may not agree, and let’s her know… repeatedly, but ultimately helps her with her plan.

While in my lifetime, very short lifetime it may be, I’ve read my fair share of frustrating character and situations, but these characters… damn. No seriously, like how is she supposed to deal with his seemingly not wanting to go through with their deal.

Honestly, it’s been awhile since I read this. Plus I was also reading the Steel Brothers Saga along with this. Anyway, I shall try my best.

Exotic trips, because obviously their deal can’t take place in the States, who am I to argue?

The plot twists near the end, that’s what kept me attached to this series, because you guys know by now that I live for plot twists. But that ending with her mom was the best thing, honesty. And to find out that he’s the one who’s been helping her behind the scenes and other secrets, well that was just my favorite part.


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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

You should probably know that one of the main reasons I read this book is because it is being made into a movie. I can now honestly say that I am really excited for the film adaptation. So let’s get to it.

Synopsis

With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today’s foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others.

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

Named to numerous state reading lists, this novel was also recognized as a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by Fox 2000 Pictures. (via Goodreads)

Review

As you can guess, the story follows 17 or 18-year-old Samantha “Sam” Kingston. I’m not entirely sure her age is actually stated. (This is mostly because I was still emotional over the ending of a different book I finished a week before. Also, I read Hard Rules a couple of days later and you can read my review for that as well.)

Like I mentioned, the book follows Sam on the last day of her life. I really didn’t get that it was seven times until I observed that there were only 7 chapters, plus a prologue and an epilogue. It was an interesting concept that Ms Oliver attempted with this book. Personally, I think it worked.

While I have read If I Stay by Gayle Forman, this particular novel made me questions if there is something we could do after our deaths to change the outcome or ask forgiveness for the things we did. It also reminded me of the fact that we never know when our last day on this earth is, so we should learn to value the things we have that we don’t really think about.

Sam was an interesting character. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where the character developed so much in such a short period of time. Quite honestly, it was a bittersweet moment reading about the day she spent with her family or when she finally realized what Kent meant to her. I almost lost it when Kent told her about the accident and who died on her sixth day reliving the day of her death. And by lost it, I do mean I almost started bawling my eyes out. I did cry, who wouldn’t? It’s such a heart-breaking moment because you realize that that was how she died.

Honestly, it was such a beautiful book. I’m actually having a hard time not crying right now as I type this. Sure the whole topic of death and suicide, yes there was a suicide in this book as well, is kind of morbid, but there were some moments where I couldn’t help but laugh.

I’m going to stop here because I know that if I continue, I’m going to spoil something. So I really hope you do decide to read this book, before you watch the movie. It was a sad story, but it did have some fun moments and it had such great character development. I highly recommend this book and hope you enjoy it.

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The Other Countess by Eve Edwards

This has become one of my favorite books, and series. I read a lot so for me to classify this as a favorite, it’s definitely one of the better ones I’ve read. Bear with me though, because it has been a while since I last read thing. Okay so let’s get started.

Description

England, 1582

ELLIE – Lady Eleanor Rodriguez of San Jaime – is in possession of a gold-seeking father, a worthless title and a feisty spirit that captivates the elite of the Queen’s court, and none other than the handsome new Earl of Dorset . . .

WILLIAM LACEY has inherited his father’s title and his financial ruin. Now the Earl must seek a wealthy heiress and restore his family’s fortune.

But Will’s head has been turned by the gorgeous Ellie, yet their union can never be. Will is destined to marry a worthy Lady so the only question is – which one . . . ? (via Goodreads)

Review

Historical fiction is a little difficult to work with, but oh-so-easy to create love stories thanks to a thing called chivalry.

Since this novel isn’t told in first-person, it was easier to follow Ellie, Will, Jane, and several other characters. Between a feuding family, a crazy father, and other wacky characters, it’s not hard to imagine the world Edwards has created.

So basically, Will, whom is 16-years-old, has to marry a girl from a wealthy family, dowery and everything, because his father died leaving the family in financial ruin, thanks to none other than Ellie’s father because he is obsessed with Alchemy. In comes Jane, and here insane family. A girl who wants to marry an older man for wealth, inherit his fortune and then marry for love. Doesn’t really work out for her very well, seeing as how she becomes engaged to a young earl.

Ellie, on the other hand, doesn’t really think about marriage, she just wants her father to stop with his obsession. Especially after all the trouble it cased with the Lacey’s way-back-when. Her friendship with Jane complicates things, as well as her father’s actions.

It’s one of those stories where the line between love and hate is very, very thin. Especially when you throw in a player, a crazy father, and the need for money. Actually now that I’m remembering, there was so much tragedy in Ellie’s life. Let’s just say, in terms of insanity, her father was the sane one compared to his brother.

There are so many love triangles and twists and turns all elegantly entwined that this story is seriously why I believe there is such a thing as True Love. Not only is there romance and drama going on, there were some funny moments that just helps make this such a great novel. It was actually such an amazing story that I convinced a classmate of mine to read it and she loved it.

It’s such a simply read and while it’s not exactly Old English, the wording is slightly odd. I really truly recommend this novel and series, especially for those of you that are hopeless romantics.

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The One by Kiera Cass

When this was first published, it was meant to end the series. Thank goodness for me, there were two more published after. But for now let’s just focus on this novel.

Synopsis

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

Review

I love this series so much. Sure it’s predictable, but seriously what young adult novel isn’t. It wasn’t totally predictable, there were plenty of twists and turns.

Finally, America is trying! And not for Aspen either. And well King Clarkson is still being a pain. But America trying is seriously the funniest thing to happen. Oh my gosh, finally a formal introduction to some important characters.

The fact that in this book Kiera Cass was still able to shock us is pretty great. After all, things were a little more than frustrating thanks to America not making up her mind. And I think the biggest shocker in The Elite was the whole Marlee thing. There was not one, not two, but THREE huge events that truly shocked me.

I have to say, out of all the endings where there is a war (because it’s dystopian), this was pretty mild. But at least the main characters weren’t killed off…I’m looking at you Divergent. And by the time I got my hands on this series, there was a new book going to be published. So more Maxerica yay!

But seriously, this was such a quick read. There was some intrigue, a couple of betrayals, a battle of sorts, and a happy ending. What else is there to ask for? Well besides a peak into their future.

I hope you enjoy this novel and continue on with the rest of the series.

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The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

This is the sequel to Bloodlines. And it continues the story of Sydney Sage. Any more info you need, just click the link. Without further ado, let’s get started.

Synopsis

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formorly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and her sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Braydon, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?

-Via Goodreads

Review

I absolutely love, love, LOVE Sydney. She is absolutely hilarious, and so relatable. And I love that Richelle Mead decided to include some of the fan favorites from the original series. Meanwhile, there are some new, interesting characters.

What I love most about this series is the hilarious characters and all their intertwined relationship. Seriously, Angelique is one of my favorite characters. She’s like a wild Rose. Trey is just the funniest. First he thinks Sydney is out to destroy him, academically that is, then he tries to set her up with one of his friends, then he’s involved with the whole Sonya situation. I can’t keep up with everything.

Dimitri and Adrian at odds, not surprising since Rose is involved. Eddie is avoiding Angelique because… um things are just awkward with them. Jill and Micah are at an odd place. So are Sydney and Adrian. But Adrian is seriously the best. I mean really he does several things just to spend time with Sydney. Sure he’s being manipulative as hell, but that is the only time he actually gets to spend with her. My absolute favorite scene in the entire book, which is also a sad scene, is when Sydney and Adrian are at his apartment and the lights go out due to the storm.

So Trey setting up Sydney…. hilariously awkward. Sure the dude kept up with her intellectually, but in matters of the heart, not so much. And can someone please applaud Adrian for calling Sydney out on her almost sort of eating disorder.

Okay, I’ve been avoiding talking about the whole Sonya issue. Basically she was kidnapped by a group of crazies who at one time or another were connected to the Alchemists. Dimitri and Eddie save the day and Sydney uses her “magic” Ms. Terwilliger keeps bugging her about. If you want to know more, pick up a copy at your local Barnes and Noble or from the links below.

I have such a fun time every time I read this series. The characters are wacky and they somehow end up in random situations. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

This series is the spin-off to one of my favorite series, one that i’ve now re-read about 4 times, Vampire Academy. I’ve reviewed the first two books in that series, Vampire Academy and Frostbite. I do have to point out that I am seriously a huge fan of Richelle Mead. I’ve read all of her young adult series and novels: Vampire Academy, Bloodlines, Glittering Court and Soundless. I have also recently started to read her adult series. Anyway, let’s get started.

Synopsis

I wasn’t free of my past, not yet.

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

(Via Goodreads)

Review

Okay my friends, for those of you who have read the entire Vampire Academy series and haven’t heard of this series, or don’t really know what this is about, this is set in the exact same world with some of the characters from the original series as well as some new ones. Who doesn’t love that?!

As you can already tell, the story is going to focus on Sydney and her struggles with the Alchemists after what happened with Rose back in Russia in one of the Vampire Academy novels. And quite honestly, I feel like this novel was such a great introduction to the new plotlines introduced in this novel as well as the ones that were left unresolved in Last Sacrifice.

And the best part of this novel? Adrian, of course! You guys know exactly who I’m referring to. Also, I can’t forget the Rose and Abe cameos. One of my absolute favorites of the new characters is Ms. Terwilliger. She’s absolutely hilarious. And with every series there has to be at least one villain in each book. In this particular book, it’s another alchemist. How shocking, NOT!

Anyway, it’s different reading Sydney’s point of view, just because she’s so socially inept. But she is seriously one of the most relatable female characters out there.  I totally recommend this novel because it is so much fun to read, there are so many plot twists, and some of the characters are absolutely hilarious. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, if not more.

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Frostbite (VA #2) by Richelle Mead

I really can’t with this book. A lot happens and it’s kind of hard to process all the feels but I’ll try. Be aware, there may be SPOILERS. It’s bound to happen when I’m talking anything Vampire Academy.

Description

WHEN LOVE AND JEALOUSY COLLIDE ON THE SLOPES, WINTER BREAK TURNS DEADLY…

 

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

 

Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose – and her heart – are in more danger than she ever could have imagined… (Via GoodReads)

Review

Wow, okay…seriously. What doesn’t happen in this book?

Several love triangles occur, Rose’s mom is involved, a few Strigoi attacks, a kidnapping, and the killing of two Strigoi. Like I said, a lot happens. All this in a span of 327 pages. Along with all this, we are introduced to several new character, i.e. many fan favorites like: Janine Hathaway, Adrian Ivashkov; and fan not-so-favorites like: Tasha Ozera. But let’s get into what we really care about: THE DRAMA.

Rason happens, but then Mia gets all up in there, along with Rose’s feelings for Dimitri, and ends up ruining that ship. Guess that was bound to happen after all of their drama in the first novel, Vampire Academy,which I happen to have reviewed as well. While there is still Mia drama going on, we kind of start to feel bad for Mia, after what happened to her mom. I say kind of because while she’s hurting, emotionally, she’s also screwing with other people, i.e. Rose, Mason, Adrian.

Speaking of which, this is the book we get to meet Adrian Ivashkov. A Moroi with a lot of association with bad news. We find out that his partying habits have something to do with his powers. If you’ve read the series, you know what I’m talking about. And it’s ironic that Janine thinks that Adrian is going to be Rose’s downfall. He is the one with a crush on Rose, so really Janine – and Dimitri – have nothing to worry about. Stinking Mia who’s causing trouble between Rason because of Adrian.

Speaking of Janine, I wasn’t a huge fan of hers when she is first introduced and other moments that follow, mostly because of how Rose described her and how she behaved, but by the end, there was a change of heart in both Rose and myself. P.S. I didn’t think Janine was as bad as Rose made her out to be, but I still wasn’t her number one fan.

In case you haven’t read my Vampire Academy review, you should probably know that I ship Romitri, A.K.A Rose & Dimitri. So now that you are aware, you can understand my dislike for Tasha Ozera, Christian’s batsh*t crazy aunt. She’s a part of one of the aforementioned love triangles. Or in the Romitri case, a love pentagon. Told you there was drama.

Fortunately, Dimitri and Rose both accept that they’re more than attracted to each other and are going to try to make their relationship work. But the cost was too high :'(.

And the plot thickens when Rason breaks up, causing Mason to do something idiotic. This leads to Rose doing something equally as crazy and the group ends up getting kidnapped. For how long, I can’t say for sure, but it’s because of Rose’s quick thinking in the end that most of that group escaped. I can’t talk about it or I will start bawling my eyes out.

While this book had a bittersweet ending, it is still one of my favorites. If you do decide you want to read this novel, you might want to read the series in order because some of the conflicts in one book appear in two or three books later. I highly recommend this series and this book. While some people enjoy reading series out of order, if you read this one before Vampire Academy, you won’t be completely lost, you just won’t know much of the backstories. Other than that I hope you enjoy it almost as much as I did, if not more.

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