Review: The Bachelor Auction

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Title: The Bachelor Auction [The Bachelors of Arizona #1]
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Genres: New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis:

Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.

Jane isn’t entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn’t she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and . . . yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes—or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire—maybe do exist.

Except Brock Wellington isn’t anyone’s dream guy. Hell, a prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk—even if it was just a façade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it’s karmic retribution that he’s tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can’t have. But while they can’t have a fairy-tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy

Sometimes, I just want to write a review like, “This book. It was good. Good book.” But that’s not very helpful to you or me (well, it would save me some time…).

When I think back to reading this book, I think light, fluffy, funny, great read. Then the rest of the story comes floating back into my head like a train wreck. Not that the book itself was a train wreck, but there was some heavy emotional healing in here. I loved the development of the characters as a whole, but I think the Brock’s brothers stole the show for me. I looked forward to their scenes and their entertaining quips. They helped lighten the mood and gave readers a well needed break from the brooding mains. Also, he ending was pretty great, and it really got me excited for the next books.

Side note: I’m crazy excited for the sequel coming out in August: The Playboy Bachelor! The MC is Bentley and I loved his character in this book!

The being said, Jane and Brock fit well together. I really liked how their character grew into themselves. I loved the memories they had of their families especially – there were some cute memories/flashbacks.

Oh. My. Goodness. Jane’s sisters made me want to tear my hair out. I know they were supposed to drive me bananas, but how did they manage to become so freaking spoiled??? I just don’t get it.

As a whole, I really enjoyed this book, but I can’t say it wowed me. It was well written and well executed, but I think I’m just a little tired of the Cinderella story.

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4.5/5
World Building: 4.5/5
Writing: 5/5
Pacing: 4/5
Overall: 4.5/5
GoodReads Rating: 3.9/5

eARC obtained via Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley.

Cover Reveal and Excerpt: Cress

OMFG GUYZ GUYZ have you seen the cover for Cress yet?? The third installment to Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles is looking absolutely BEAUTIFUL ~

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Title: Cress [Lunar Chronicles #3]
Author: Marissa Meyer

Synopsis:

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair – or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker – unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

I CAN’T WAIT~! -frolics-

USA also did a Q&A session with Meyer and an excerpt was released as well~ Check that out here !

Cress will be in stores February 4, 2014 /ahh… it’s so far/

Review: Enchanted

Title: Enchanted
Author: Alethea Kontis

Synopsis:

It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past – and hers?

This novel… It was like the regurgitation of every other fairytale known to man. When I read the synopsis, I thought:

Yeah… I got that… but I also got…

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And a lot of these:

Basically, this author thought that one fairytale wasn’t enough, no. Instead, she just stuck a bunch together and made ’em pop up randomly throughout the book.

Another thing I didn’t love about the book was the insta-love. After spending like one hour with said frog prince, she falls in love with him, instantly assumes he’s human in some way, and finds that he’s like her new bestest friend ever. And it’s just like … no.

There’s also a lot of evil fairy, nice fairy, surprise fairy, and all that, and it’s just like … no.

Think all of those fairytales above mixed with a large amount of YA fey mythological stuff all kind of rolled up and forced to fit together.

The characters were interesting (they’d have been a lot more interesting if there wasn’t a million of them… I mean, they’re the seventh daughter of the seventh daughter, or whatever, but on top of that there’s like three brothers, and a royal palace of people….). I liked one character, and everyone thought she was insane… The prince’s name bugged me, but I could live with it… and I liked Trix, Velius, and Erik (i.e. the three main supporting characters) more than the main ones…

Speaking of this main character, she left nothing to mystery. Instead, within, like, the first 20 pages, you know the name of every single one of her family members, what they do, what their specialty is, what she does, why her family hates the royal family, some stuff about fairies and how they work, the king, someone’s father, and this frog who’s her new best friend. TA-DA.

Honestly, this book would be so much better if the author stuck to one fairytale and expanded and worked at it to make it something amazing.

Plot: 2/5
Characters: 3/5
World Building: 2.5/5
Cover: 4.5/5
Overall: 2/5
GoodReads Rating: 3.70/5

Quotes:
“Your fey cousin here has the miraculous ability to hold his liquor–and mine, and yours, and the king’s, and half the country’s, I expect.”

“No,” Wednesday agreed. “You have tortured with silence. You let her grieve for a soul she did not lose, mourn a heart that should not have broken, and berate herself for betraying the man she loves…with the man she loves. It can’t be ‘true’ love without the truth, Rumbold.”

“May we all be doomed to a happy life.”

Review: Cinder

Title: Cinder [The Lunar Chronicles #1]
Author: Marissa Meyer

Synopsis:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

My first reaction, honestly, was:

CYBORGS! /PicturesThis.
“When there’s trouble you know what to do, CALL CYBORG!
He can shoot a rocket from his shoe, ‘CAUSE HE’S CYBORG!
Do, do, do, do, something like that, OH YEAH!
Na, na, na, na, big fluffy cat, THAT’S RIGHT!”

Yes, yes, call me a loser but this was seriously my first thought when I saw this book and its description. My second thought was Cinderella. Unfortunately, I got more princess than shoe rockets.

Cinder is a cyborg within a world of humans and androids. In this society, being a cyborg was like having the plague (something that was a growing concern throughout the novel). However, because she was a cyborg, it gave her the ability and the knowledge to  become the best mechanic in New Beijing. Working the market one day, Prince Kai, dressed like a normal citizen (very, Princess Jasmine -like, male version), goes to her in need of reparations of an old android, claiming it was “a matter of national security”, but Cinder, equipped with a lie detector in her retinal interface, knows there something more to it. However, her work is hindered (basically put to a halt) when her ‘adoptive’ mother (even though it was said mother’s husband who had adopted her) volunteers her as a Plague research subject, basically shoving her into death’s hands. When the tests were run, though, Dr. Erland discovers something, well someone, he’d been waiting for, for a very long time.

This concept is quite imaginative, and the world Meyer created is interesting at most. As much as I loved this story, because it really was well done, I wish Meyer would have added more of the new world into the novel. This is year 126 T.E.. For one, I don’t really know what T.E. stands for… I may have missed it, or it could’ve been left out, I don’t know, but in this time, unknown to any of us, I’d have liked to see more of the world, more of the newfangled gadgets in that time, more of the altered food, the machinery, the people, the fashions, if anything the changed Chinese culture (I mean it’s in China…). When you think of The Hunger Games, you get a vivid picture in your head of Panem, even before the movie. Cinder’s world lacked this realistic feeling.

However, setting aside, you still got a basic idea of the new world, the trouble its under. The thing I loved most about this concept of Meyer’s was the Lunar people. Yup, people living on the moon. That was definitely something different, and unexpected in this warped retelling of the classic Cinderella. Cinder is the heroine of the story: confident, defiant at all twists and turns, spunky, and every now and then spouts witty remarks and offhand comments that really add to her character. The evil stepsisters ended up being the evil stepsister for more reasons than one. Adri, the horrid mother, was definitely horrid, and a well done character. Nothing says witchy more than sending off your adoptive daughter, the one your husband work so hard to bring home, to die. Prince Kai was a cute character. Inexperienced in governmental issues, and conflicted on a thousand levels, Kai has a lot to deal with, but he still got a few humorous lines that made me grin like an idiot for a moment.

So although the world hadn’t been fully created in my opinion, the characters were strong and definitely something to remember. Although there weren’t any cyborg weapon fits, or rockets shooting out from Cinders shoots, or detaching from her fingers, it was definitely a great, totally engrossing read that kept me captivated from beginning to end.

I also think that there definitely will be a cyborg fight eventually, I’m just saying.

In Scarlet, the second novel of the Lunar Chronicles, Meyer will be creating Red Riding Hood’s world, but don’t worry, Cinder and Kai are in there too! As per usual, I am totally excited for the next book~! (Though it won’t be out until February 2013..)

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
World Building: 3.5/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall: 5/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.06/5

Quotes:
Kai tucked his hands into his pockets, seemingly satisfied. “Right. In that case, I’ll leave you be and hope to see a report cross my desk any day now.”
“That could be difficult, Your Highness, considering you do not have a desk.”
-Kai and Dr. Erland

“She wants to come here? Now? It hasn’t even been fifteen minutes!”
-Kai

“I-I don’t know. I mean, no. No, I’m sorry, I’m not going to the ball.”
Kai drew back, confused. “Oh. Well… but… maybe you would change your mind? Because I am, you know.”
“The prince.”
“Not bragging,” he said quickly. “Just a fact.”
-Cinder and Kai

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