Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I moved, I broke Hiatus...I'm just a Rebel. Blue.

I couldn't come up with a better title.  It's blunt and to the point; I moved to a new site, I posted and therefore broke hiatus and I reviewed Goodbye Rebel Blue.

SO, my new site is called Loving Lit.  Get it?  Lit..like it...it was a midnight epiphany thing.  Not to be confused with Loving YA Lit or I'm Loving Lit.  (Disclaimer, I only found out about these blogs AFTER I got the new site)

ANYWHO, it's Lovinglit.com.  Here's the Rebel Blue review.  If you're subscribed by email, I've transferred the RSS to Loving Lit, so no worries.  :) AND I'm in the process of moving my Bloglovin' to Loving Lit.  I still have the same Twitter account (@sophiareads) BUT I will have a different email!  Things are pretty hectic now, but I'm really excited to have the new site and thank you!  You guys are amazing!  Thanks for sticking with me!  :D  I'm sorry to say goodbye to Between the Lines, but Loving Lit is going to be great.  It's still a work in progress, but it's getting there, and I'm so excited.


Monday, September 16, 2013

work, school and The Hiatus

So. *laces fingers together and rests chin on fingers* What's up with you guys?

Uh huh.  Huh.  Ooooh.  WELL.

What's up with me, you ask?  If you have noticed, or not noticed, I haven't been posting a lot.  If you don't follow me on Twitter (or maybe you do and you just haven't heard?) I'm moving.  To Wordpress.  And getting a domain!

It's not going to be yabetweenthelines.com, though.  I'm still working on setting up the site--re-formatting reviews and everything--so it's been very time consuming.  I'm still reading a lot and drafting reviews, but I've decided to take a small hiatus.

I don't know how long I'll be gone (not for long) and I will update you guys with the progress on the new site.  I'm going to widen my horizons, so to speak, because I've started reading a LOT of contemporary.

So, yeah.  Happy reading....and um....I hope to "see" you all soon.  *hugs*

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

Fangirling so much right now. 

*This was an ARC given to me by the publishers in exchanged for an honest review*

Release Date: October 15
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
512 Pages
Sequel to The Darkest Minds.  Spoilers from the first book!
Read the first chapter from this book.

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

I NEED MY HEART.  Obviously Alexandra Bracken doesn’t know this because she broke my heart into a million tiny pieces and glued it back together.  The book undid me completely; I felt a huge range of emotions and I’m in high emotional distress.  But Alexandra Bracken knows how to write, how to keep a reader on the edge of her seat.  I have so much respect for her right now, because she wrote a kick-a sequel.  It captivated me and I’m so glad I got this book; I probably couldn’t have waited for it.  I read this and the first book in one night.  The book has new characters, old characters and more layers of complexity to the plot.  Now I have to wait for the third book…

Ruby is still an amazing character.  I love her, care about her and want what’s best for her.  In the last book, she made a decision that killed me.  Killed me.  And I still respect and love her for it.  She lets you jump right into the action and I loved how she wasn’t all angsty.  There wasn’t a lot of “my life sucks I want…blah”, but more of “how do I fix this”.  She was “Team Reality” and I loved her (and Chubs) for it.  But I really want to talk about the new characters, now.  Vida was awesome.  It was so interesting to see her perspective because she loved the League and Cate, and she’s very defensive.  Vida is awesome because she’s mean in a funny, blunt way.  I initially hated her, but she’s just too funny.  I love the relationship she has with Chubs!  It’s not romantic, not even friendship, but they annoy the heck out of each other.  Jude is an adorable little kid, too.  He’s very innocent and friendly, and he’s a good friend to Ruby.  I like the diversity he adds to the group.  I also like that, despite the circumstance, he’s still hopeful.  And Cole!  *gush* He's so pretty and funny.  I love him. Ruby can have Liam, but I want Cole.  I thought he was going to be boring and uptight, but he's a sweetheart.

The plot!  I was so immersed in the book, in the world, that I forgot everything else.  The story was gripping and it was a definite page turner.  I care about the characters and I want them to have their happy endings.  I was really surprised that this book measured up to the first one, that they're equally amazing!  I love the writing and narrative, and unlike many first person books, I didn't feel the POV was restricting.  I highly recommend the book and I don't want to wait for the third one.  I could have just read them all in one day.  Alexandra Bracken is very talented and I love her work!  I cannot rave enough about her and I hope you enjoy the book as well.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Mythos Academy Series

I read these books in quick succession.  It took me three days to finish them all, and I didn't have time to write reviews in between, so...I'm reviewing them all together.  I'll try to keep it as spoiler-free as possible.  I may do full reviews later, but for right now I thought it was the easiest way to review them all quickly and simply.  A lot of aspects--character development, plot, pacing, writing--are going to be the same, and writing a bunch of reviews for that would be very repetitive.  I did write separate reviews for Spartan Frost and Midnight Frost.

Touch of Frost
Release Date: August 1st 2011
Publisher: K-Teen
350 Pages
Series: Mythos Academy #1

My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy; a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why; especially since I should have been the one who died...

Good book, but not the best in the series.  The plot was kind of slow and while the world building was good, I felt like the whole book was world building.  It was just one big information dump.  I liked the characters and I liked how they were introduced, but I think there is so much more in store for these characters.  The book was very exciting at the end, though.  I think Gwen was a good main character and she will be strong, but I was wary of her relationship with Logan.  That might cloud her judgement in the future.  I do, however, love Daphne.  I love her role in the book and how she wasn't a classic mean girl.  I would consider this more of a prequel, though, to the rest of the series.  If you didn't like it, I recommend trying to read the sequel. The action and adventure picks up there.

Kiss of Frost
Release Date: November 29th 2011
Publisher: K-Teen
337 Pages
Series: Mythos Academy #2

I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Academy, and I have no idea how I’m going to survive the rest of the semester. One day, I’m getting schooled in swordplay by the guy who broke my heart—the drop-dead gorgeous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invisible archer in the Library of Antiquities decides to use me for target practice. And now, I find out that someone at the academy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword—with Logan’s help—I just might die by the sword...

I enjoyed Kiss of Frost a lot, but I didn't agree with a lot of the romance.  Logan didn't really break Gwen's heart; they weren't in love.  She barely knew him.  I didn't really like Logan anyway, especially since he seems like he's trying to make Gwen jealous.  There was more action in this one and the plot and pacing were much better; I read this in one sitting.  It was the perfect length and I think tat the writing holds a certain unique quality not found in many authors.  I don't know what to call the quality yet, but Jennifer L. Armentrout has it.  I liked how the series was going at this point and I was interested, invested, in the characters.  The somewhat predictable ending was a disappointment, though.  The "twist" wasn't all that surprising, and I wasn't not sure how I feel about Logan and Gwen's relationship at this point.  Overall I did enjoy the book, and I think it was better than the first one.

Dark Frost
Release Date: May 29th 2012
Publisher: K-Teen
336 Pages
Series: Mythos Academy #3

I've seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I'm supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I'm just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me--again.

Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects--and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I'm also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me? It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can't use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me--and I'm in for the fight of my life.

I liked that this book focused more on Gwen and her journey.  The book did a good job of balancing Gwen and her character development with action and romance.  I decided that I didn't like Logan and Gwen's...whatever they are.  Logan doesn't help Gwen as much as cause her heartache and stall her mission because of her feelings.  Gwen isn't a strong character with Logan and I do want them to be together, but I want Gwen to defeat the reapers first.  I also don't like how Logan has a dark past.  It was very annoying that he was so broody and self-hating.  Gwen and Logan's relationship is so on and off, I don't know where they stand.

Gwen's hunt for the dagger is interesting.  It was a little too convenient but it kept me interested.  I think this book was good, though, and the series is getting better.

Crimson Frost
Release Date: December 24th 2012
Publisher: K-Teen
354 Pages
Series: Mythos Academy #4

For a moment, a face flashed before my eyes—the most hideous face I’d ever seen. No matter how hard I tried to forget what had happened, I saw him everywhere I went. It was Loki—the evil god that I’d helped set free against my will.

I should have known that my first official date with Logan Quinn was destined to end in disaster. If we’d gotten into a swordfight, or been ambushed by Reapers, I’d have been more prepared. But getting arrested mid-sip at the local coffee hangout? I didn’t see that one coming.

I’ve been accused of purposely helping the Reapers free Loki from his prison—and the person leading the charge against me is Linus Quinn, Logan’s dad. The worst part is that pretty much everyone at Mythos Academy thinks I’m guilty. If I’m going to get out of this mess alive, I’ll have to do it myself…

The book was frustrating, and that's what made it good.  Crimson Frost fully invested me in the world and characters because I really wanted Gwen to win.  I wanted her to be revealed as Nike's champion, and I wanted Loki's champion to win.  The annoying thing about the book was that Loki's champion always managed to get away!  Ugh.  I thought Gwen would have gotten her once.  Gwen was brave in the book, but also stupid at the end.  I was right about Logan clouding her judgement.  But now he has another excuse to brood.  Goodness, he needs to get over it and move on, otherwise everyone else will move on without him.  I hated Logan's dad, too, because he was so oblivious to the facts that redeemed Gwen.  The twist wasn't too good in this book, but the ending left me reeling.  Thankfully Spartan Frost held me over.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Heavenly Hell by Aria Williams (TOUR)

Release Date: April 24th 2013
161 Pages
Series: Heavenly Hell #1

You'd think being stuck in the body of a beautiful seventeen year old girl forever would be a gift. But when you are fallen, it is more like a curse.

Indiana was a beautiful angel, enjoying the perks of Heaven, until she was tricked by a demon to fall in love with him. She was forced to fall from Heaven and remain in her seventeen year old form, banished to Earth, for all of eternity. 

Now, unable to cope with her banishment, she is a seemingly normal seventeen year old girl by day, while she spends her nights punishing men for the wrongs they have committed against women. 

Although Indiana has lived on Earth for thousands of years, she recently settled into a small town, where she has finally been able to make some lasting friendships. When a handsome, mysterious boy comes to town, Indiana knows something is not right. He might end up her ally, or she might end up in the fight of her life.

This book was surprising, in a good way.  The basic premise is pretty simple and the story line is easy to follow.  So the book is about Indy--an angel who fell from Heaven--who pretty much was screwed over by a demon.  So she lives a normal life by day, and goes out hunting men at night.  The men are abusive to women, though, not just random guys.  Anyway, a guy named Nate comes to town to hunt Indy because the thinks she's a demon.  They fall in love, la dee da.

I love Indy.  She's headstrong and kick-a.  She doesn't need help from others, really, and she knows what she's doing.  She also has a cause and great motives and characterization; I connected and cared about her.  Nate was okay, but I loved him with Indy.  They were so perfect together.  He was kind of naive though, and I didn't like him at first because he was a blind follower.  As he developed more as a character I grew to like him.  The chemistry between Nate and Indy was great though.  And the split narrative was fantastic.

The story was compelling.  I really enjoyed it and I loved the easy, flowing writing.  The relationships in this book really made the book better~they were steady, healthy relationships and they were intriguing.  I'm ready for the next book.  This book was a perfect length, too; it kept me reading without dragging on scenes.  I also thought that the world building was great; not terrible information dumps. I highly recommend this!  Great read!

About the Author
I am an author with Limitless Publishing who loves to write YA and paranormal romance.
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September 2:
Mom With A Kindle - Character Profile: Connor
Paulette's Papers - Character Profile: Nate
Chapter Break - Excerpt

September 3:
Book briefs - http://bookbriefs.blogspot.com - Review
Leisure Reads - http://www.leisurereads.com - Character Profile: Indiana
Pink Fluffy Hearts: Diary of a Coffee Addict – www.pinkfluffyhearts.blogspot.com – Excerpt
A Dream Within A Dream - http://adreamwithindream.blogspot.com – Review
Gabic Reads – www.gabicreads.blogspot.com – Excerpt
V's Reads - http://vsreads.com - Excerpt
Bella's Shelf - http://www.bellasshelf.com - Review
[YA] Between the Lines - www.yabetweenthelines.blogspot.com - Review*
Meredith's Musings - http://www.meredithraemusings.blogspot.com/ - Review*

September 4:
Reader Girls - http://www.readergirlsblog.com - Character Interview: Indiana
Becca Anne's Book Reviews - http://beccaannesbookreviews.blogspot.com/ - Review
NightlyReading - http://www.nightlyreading.wordpress.com – Review
Becca Anne's Book Reviews - http://beccaannesbookreviews.blogspot.com/ - Review
Reads and Thoughts - http://karlaamaemaglaoy.wordpress.com/ - Review
Andi's Young Adult Books - http://andisyoungadult.blogspot.com - Excerpt

September 5:
Heather's Book Chatter - http://authorheather.com - Review
My Library in the Making - http://mylibraryinthemaking.blogspot.com/ - Review
Turning Pages - www.turningpages2011.blogspot.com – Review
Justified Lunacy - Http://justifiedlunacy.blogspot.com – Review
Turning Pages - www.turningpages94.blogspot.com - Excerpt
Vailia's Page Turner - http://vailiapageturner.blogspot.com/ - Review
Jany's Book Blog - http://janysbookblog.wordpress.com/ - Review
The YA Book Fever - www.yabookfever.wordpress.com - Review*

September 6:
Rotten Apple Reads - http://www.rottenapplereads.com/ - Review
A Bookish Escape - http://www.abookishescape.com - Review
Part of that World  - http://skizzles22hu.blogspot.com/ - Review
Spiced Latte Reads - http://spicedlatte.blogspot.com/ - Review
Margay Leah Justice - http://margayleahjustice.blogspot.com – Review
Paranormal book club  - www.paranormal-bookclub.com - Excerpt
Happy Indulgence - http://www.happyindulgencebooks.com - Review

September 7:
Curling Up With A Good Book - http://curling-up-with-a-good-book.blogspot.com/ - Excerpt
Kassie's Book Thoughts - http://www.kassiesthoughts30.blogspot.com/ - Excerpt
Jessabella Reads - http://www.jessabellareads.com - This or That
Mousehead & Tales - Http://www.mouseheadandtales@weebly.com - Review
My Books, My Shelves and I - http://thepageturner-blog.blogspot.com/ - Review

Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick

Release Date:  August 27th 2013
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
304 Pages
Series: ...

Caroline is at a crossroads. Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the rest of her family, Caroline's been at Gram's bedside since her stroke. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape--both her family and the reality of Gram's failing health. So when Caroline's best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: stay by Gram's side, or go to the party and live her life.

The consequence of this one decision will split Caroline's fate into two separate paths--and she's about to live them both.

Friendships are tested and family drama hits an all-new high as Caroline attempts to rebuild old relationships, and even make a few new ones. If she stays, her longtime crush, Joel, might finally notice her, but if she goes, Chris, the charming college boy, might prove to be everything she's ever wanted.

Though there are two distinct ways for her fate to unfold, there is only one happy ending...

So, this is pretty much a bad version of Pivot Point.  I was really disappointed in this book; not only was it uninteresting, but it was one of those books that was trying too hard to be sad.  I loved Cat Patrick's Forgotten, but this wasn't like that at all. And it was co-written, so the chapters were obviously written by two different people.  I also felt like the chapters were uneven, in the sense that everything went wrong in the GO chapters and everything was sort of okay in the STAY chapters.  It also wasn't a great transition from BEFORE to STAY and GO.

The basic premise of the book is Caroline--the main character--making a decision to leave her dying grandmother or stay with her on her deathbed.  Blah, blah, family issues, friend issues, romance, blah.  The normal contemporary stuff.  It was so predictable though; there was no originality.  The chapters alternate between the choices, STAY or GO, and in the beginning, BEFORE.  Much like Pivot Point, I thought that Caroline was going to have some special power to let her see into the future, but she didn't.  The STAY and GO wasn't well explained at all, and while I liked the concept, I hated the execution.

The GO chapters were so depressing.  There was so much guilt and loss, but they were more interesting than the STAY chapters.  At least Caroline got some good old character development.  Still, I didn't like her, or even the concept of the choice.  It just seemed unrealistic that Caroline, who loved her grandmother so much, would choose to go.  It didn't really fit in with her characterization.  The STAY chapters were boring~too much angst.

I didn't like Caroline.  She was irresponsible, unreliable, and she complained about mistakes she could have fixed.  She needed to move on, and she was cowardly when she left.  Her family needed her and she just...left them for someone she hardly knew.  Her relationships were interesting, but far too dramatic.  She hates her sister, she loved her grandmother...she was just too extreme.  There was no depth in those relationships, especially in the STAY chapters.  In the STAY chapters, Caroline and her sister Natalie make up in a chapter after years of hatred.  I didn't get it, and it was unrealistic because it wasn't gradual.  Another thing with the characters; they are so different in STAY and GO.  I know that they had to be, and they were all affected by the grandmother's death, but they were all too different.  Simone, Caroline's friend, for example.  She was a great friend in one chapter, and a terrible friend in the next.

The plot wasn't intriguing and I didn't care about the characters.  The book was poorly written, and it was just kind of patched together with no good flow or transition between chapters.  I wouldn't recommend it, and I was just overall disappointed.  I liked the concept, but the overall delivery lacked, as did the end.  The end was unsatisfying and unclear.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Afterglow by Karsten Knight

*I received this ARC for an honest review*
Release Date: November 12th 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
336 Pages
Series: Wildefire #3

The action thrills and the passion burns in this red-hot conclusion to the Wildefire trilogy.

Teenage volcano goddess Ashline Wilde discovers that her former love, Colt Halliday, has an evil plan to kill the Cloak, the benevolent beings that oversee the gods. And that’s not all—he also wants to merge Ash and her two sisters back into a single, too-powerful goddess, Pele. Ash must stop her trickster-god ex-boyfriend once and for all…and to do it, she’s going to have to feed a few flames.

My feelings....oh.  This book was amazing.  I love Karsten Knight, and the conclusion to the series was epic.  I love the characters and I even like Colt...as a "villain", that is.  The ending was perfect and I felt the end was satisfying, as well. The last sentence drew the series together.  I was such a fangirl over this book, and I hope you guys enjoy it, too.

Let's talk about Colt first.  Oh, Colt.  I loved him so much throughout the series, because he wasn't a vanilla antagonist.  Yes, not villain, antagonist.  He was trying to do what he thought was best.  Colt was very three dimensional and I couldn't help but love him.  Ashline was kick-butt as always.  I rooted for her and connected with her throughout the series. She's funny and interesting, and she feels real to me.  Okay, relatively real.  But wait.  Wes.  *Fangirl squeal* Okay, I love Wes.  He's adorable and I ship him and Ash so hard.  He's so perfect for her and they are adorable together.  I also like that he's not one of those guys that's all: "I am man.  Must protect woman.  *grunt*"  He and Ash just have chemistry and I love the dynamic of their relationship.  It's not cheesy or gag-worthy...it just is, you know?

Writing.  Karsten Knight is a really good writer.  He's descriptive but he gets to the point, and he writes awesome fight scenes.  The book flows nicely, good pacing, and the book is just gripping.  The plot and characters kept me invested, but the writing had a WOW factor.  I liked how the ends were all wrapped up nicely and how the ending wasn't too "ride off into the sunset".  There were losses and not everything was convenient for Ashline...nothing was, actually.  I loved the external and internal struggles of the characters and I can't wait to see what Karsten Knight comes up with next.