Saturday, March 1, 2014

Teasers: The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain


Release Date: March 11th 2014
Publisher: Egmont
528 Pages
Series: Into the Dark #1
Goodreads
My Review

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.


"I'd spent the bulk of class either ignoring her, contradicting her, or acting like a 'bad boy', which I gather meant showing off my muscles and leaning back in my chair after saying something sexually derogatory." 
"'But you are stalking her, aren't you?'
'Yes, but she's not supposed to know that.'"
"After Haden is gone, I pick up the list of things I know about him and add sometimes talks like Thor."
"'Why are you trying to be mean to her?'
'Because I'm trying to get her to like me, like you said I should.  This website said that girls like guys who are mean to them, so--'
'What?  Haden, I thought I told you not to ask the internet for dating advice!'"


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain


Release Date: March 11th 2014
Publisher: Egmont
528 Pages
Series: Into the Dark #1
Goodreads

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

I loved this book!  Not what I expected at all!  I was completely submerged in the world and I enjoyed every minute of it.  I love Bree Despain, and I loved The Dark Divine, but this book was very different.  It had beautiful world building and it was the perfect length for me.  I'm so psyched about the sequel, which now I need! It was kind of funny, too.

Haden was interesting.  I didn't like him at first, but he grew on me.  He was very secretive in his narrative and strange.  He was very emotional and temperamental in the beginning.  As he developed I saw new side of him and I thought he was really cute.  He was sweet and naive in a way, which made me like him a lot more.  I love his relationship with Dax, too.  The best part about Haden is that hes very flawed.  He's done some things in the past that he's ashamed of and he is changed by his customs vs. Earth customs.  He is one of my favorite characters and his narrative was great, too.

Daphne was another great female character.  She was cool and calm, and I respected her.  She was talented and nice, too. I liked how she wasn't swooning over Haden and she was smart.  She also wasn't a brat, even though her father was a big star.  She handled things pretty well and she felt real.  I definitely connected with her and I want her to succeed.

Joe was a good character.  He was a great archetype and though he wasn't the best dad to Daphne, he was a good guy and he did love her.  Simon was a jerk--enough said.  Garrick was also not what I had expected.  He was resentful towards Haden, rightfully so, and he was not afraid of him.  I loved Dax, though.  He was helpful and funny, with his own mysterious past.  Even Lexie was kind of funny, because she wasn't a stereotypical mean girl and I liked her.  The motive with the characters was fantastic, and they were written in a way that made them feel real.

The book is jam-packed with emotion.  Real, honest-to-God emotion from the characters, and I loved it.  I loved the writing and I liked that it made me feel and root for the characters.  The book did a phenomenal world-building job as well.  I never felt like there were huge information dumps and I was interested in the world.  The romance was awesome because it didn't take away from the book and it felt real because it happened over time.  The dual POV was a smart choice, the the book provided great plot complexity.  I absolutely loved this book and I would definitely tell you to pick it up!

Friday, October 4, 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.

Hugs,

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!
Goodreads
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
Goodreads

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
Goodreads

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
Goodreads

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
Goodreads

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
Goodreads

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
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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
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