31 December 2013

Book Review: Shut Out by Kody Kepliner

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Format: Audiobook
Publishers: Brilliance Audio
Published: 24th August 2011
Pages: N/A
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Lissa, Cash
Date Listened: 17th December - 22nd December 2013
Rating Given:
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Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part, Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy's car gas been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention.

Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: she and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don't count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming.

Inspired by Aristophanes' play Lysistrata, critically acclaimed author of The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) Kody Keplinger adds her own trademark humor in this fresh take on modern teenage romance, rivalry and sexuality.

I have been after this book for ages and never been able to get it so when I did a free trial for a audiobook from Audioble and found it I jumped at the chance to get it.
I kind of like this cover as its very much in keeping with the story which is always a plus for me. It was also what got me interested in the book.
This was a new kind of book for me which I did find that at the beginning I wasn't sure I was going to like it as there was a few annoying things that happened but once I got over those I found that I was addicted to the story and couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. What I would say is that this book would be more for the older YA as there is a lot of sex talk and a bit of swearing but (I didn't mind this as I am past the YA) but I found the different girls take on sex very interesting. I loved the girls verses boys and I did find myself rooting for the girls although there was a time when I was on the boys side especially towards the end. I never knew that this was a retelling until I read the blurb recently but I haven't read or even heard of Lysistrata until I listened to this book. There was quite a lot of times that this had me laughing out loud as some of the tales and the situations was hilarious. By the end of this book I was very much invested with the story and the characters.
Quite a lot of these characters I found where very childish but for most of them they really did seem to grow up throughout the book. Lissa changed a lot throughout this book some in a good way but then others not so good but by the end I really felt for her and wanted everything to work out for her. I never really liked Randy especially after he does something unforgiveable which I hadn't even expected him to do. Cash I loved throughout the book he seemed to be the most grown up out of all of the characters. I really liked most of the side characters as they where funny especially Chloe.
Overall it was hard to get into but once I did get into it I loved it and now I need to read more from this author! 

Review Pile Reading Challenge 2014

So this year I have decided to join Review Pile Reading Challenge hosted by Fiktshun and Phantasmic Reads.
My Goal is: 11-20 Journeyman
  • The 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2014
  • Sign-ups will remain open until December 31st, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • Grab one of the buttons to show off your participation! Parajunkee did a great job with them!
  • You DO NOT have to have a blog to join this challenge. You just need to have some books received for review and a place online to review them
  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below. If you do not have a blog, you can link up to your Goodreads profile that shows your 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge shelf
  • Please link back to the hosts in your sign-up posts
  • This challenge is to help clear up books you’ve received for review. Any format, or any length, as long as you received the book specifically for review, is allowed
  • There will be a kick-off post on January 1, 2014 at both Fiktshun and Phantasmic Reads where you’ll be able to leave your links for any January reviews. (No 2013 reviews.) At the beginning of every month, starting in February, these posts will alternate between both blogs. (See schedule below)
  • If you forgot to leave your review link in the challenge month in which you reviewed the book or the linky list closed before you had a chance to leave it, you can leave it in a future month. (No duplicates.)
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  • Levels:
    1-10 – Apprentice
    11-20 – Journeyman
    21-30 – Master
    31-40 – Grand Master
    40+ – Adept

    2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

    I completely failed this in 2013 so I thought I would join Bookish and try again in 2014 with a more reachable target. I will try and go over my goal but no promises.
     For all the information about this challenge click on the button at the top of this page.
    My goal this year is: 11-20 - A Friendly Hug
    Here is what I plan on reading (Subject to change):
    1. Splintered by A.G. Howard
    2. Breathe by Abbi Glines
    3. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
    4. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
    5. Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    6. Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
    7. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
    8.Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
    9. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
    10. Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
    11. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
    Good luck everyone!

    29 December 2013

    Showcase Sunday #70

    Showcase Sunday is a weekly Meme that I am taking part of. This weekly meme is hosted by Vicky over at Book, Biscuits and Tea and for more info click on the SS image which will take you straight to the blog. Click images to take you to Goodreads.

    Physical Book

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13148139-every-other-day  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1752611.Son_of_a_Witch
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16175040-endless-knight?ac=1 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16248043-for-darkness-shows-the-stars https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19443715-horizon
    All books but Horizon was gifts for Christmas, I also received a £30 Amazon Gift Card which I am yet to spend so more books to come in the next couple of weeks. I also received other stuff for Christmas but not book related so I'm not going list everything.
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18189342-song-of-the-fireflies?ac=1 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19172402-knowing-jack?ac=1 

    27 December 2013

    Top 10 of 2013: Day 5

    So this is my first time doing one of these but I have wanted to join one for ages and although I'm a day late I thought I would join in anyways. This is hosted by Two Chicks On Books click on the above button to heard over to their blog.
    Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2014
    This is another hard list to make as there are always new books that I find being released in 2014 and they all seem fabulous.
    Broken (Avena #2) by Marianne Curley
    Release Date: 4th November 2014
    Looking forward to see what happens next as the first one was very interesting.
    White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    Release Date: 25th February 2014
    New book from Jennifer which I can't wait to read really should get the prequel before I start this one.
    Unhinged (Splintered #2) by A.G. Howard
    Release Date: 7th January 2014
    Even though I am yet to read Splintered I'm still looking forward to this one.
    Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
    Release Date: 18th March 2014
    This one sounds really interesting and I have heard so many great things about Colleen Hoover, I really should read her books.
    Lady Thief (Scarlet #2) by A.C. Gaughen
    Release Date: 11th February 2014
    I loved Scarlet and now I can't wait to see what Scarlet gets up to next.
    Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead
    Release Date: 29th July 2014
    I already can't wait for this one even though I'm still reading The Fiery Heart.
    Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige
    Release Date: 1st April 2014
    I always love a retelling and at the moment Wizard of Oz so I can't wait for this different take on Dorothy.
    Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins
    Release Date: 13th March 2014
    Loved Anna and the French Kiss so I can imagine how good this one will be.
    Release Date: 5th August 2014
    (No cover for this book yet)
    Can't wait to find out how this will all ends although I'm sad that it's coming to an end.
    (Not actual cover)
    City of Heavenly Fire (The Immortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
    Release Date: 27th May 2014 (This could change as I think its moved back since the beginning of the year)
    Another series coming to an end in 2014 and am really sad that my favourite series is coming to an end. I'm also very worried about that top line Who Will Survive!

    26 December 2013

    Top 10 of 2013: Day 4

    So this is my first time doing one of these but I have wanted to join one for ages and although I'm a day late I thought I would join in anyways. This is hosted by Two Chicks On Books click on the above button to heard over to their blog.

    Best Book Boyfriends of 2013 (MUST be from a book released in 2013 and from a book you've READ in 2013)

    This was such a hard one for me as in every book I read I fall for the guy but it was kind of made easier by focusing on books that was out this year. This list could be different if it was from all the books I have read this year as a lot of the books I read was published in different years!
    Captain James Hook (Hook's Pan by Marie Hall) - I never thought I would see the day that I would fall for Hook but in this story it's hard not to.
    Jackson O'Neil (Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan) - Not quite finished this just yet but I will have finished it before the end of this week. Jackson is such a great character that has me smiling away and also we get to hear from his point of view as well.
    Denver Beck (Grave Matters by Jana Oliver) - I love Beck he is such a great character and we got to a lot more to him in this novella than we ever have done!
    Henry Knightly (Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London) - Who wouldn't love a modern take on Mr. Darcy?
    Isaiah (Crash Into You by Katie McGarry) - Love Isaiah he acts like he's a bad boy but acts and looks can be deceiving.
    Nick Johnson (A Christmas for Carrie by Alison Packard) - Nick seems like my kind of guy and he loves Christmas!
    Will Herondale (Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare) - I love Will always have and always will.
    Adrian (The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead) - When reading Vampire Academy I really liked Adrian but now reading this series I absolutely love him.
    Beau (The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines) - (I haven't cheated here as the UK uncut version came out in 2013 which was hwat I have read) Beau is such a great character and I just love everything about him he is adorable!
    Daemon (Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout) - Whats not to love about Daemon he is one of the best guy characters out there and I love him the most.

    25 December 2013

    Top 10 of 2013: Day 3

    So this is my first time doing one of these but I have wanted to join one for ages and although I'm a day late I thought I would join in anyways. This is hosted by Two Chicks On Books click on the above button to heard over to their blog.
    Best Couples Of 2013

    ***May Contain Spoilers!***
    Sawyer & Lana (The Vincent Borthers by Abbi Glines) - Love these two together!

    Ryan & Beth (Dare You To by Katie McGarry) - I never thought I would want to see Beth with anyone else but these two together made complete sense.

    Holly & Luke (Holly & Ivey by Megan Kelly) - This book may not have been 5/5 rating but these two together was 5 star.

    Nick & Lucy (Blood Prophecy by Alyxandra Harvey) - This book is actually full of cute couples but Nick and Lucy was the cutest.

    Carrie & Nick (A Christmas for Carrie by Alison Packard) - So cute together.

    Rachel & Isaiah (Crash Into You by Katie McGarry) - I thought Isaiah was meant to be with Beth but once Rachel was introduced to the story we got to see a softer side to him which was great to see.

    Spring & Henry (Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London) - Of course I was going to love this couple they are a modern retelling of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth.

    Beck & Riley (Grave Matters by Jana Oliver) - I always wanted these two together and now we got see them together even more!

    Beau & Ashton (The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines) - These two together are perfect you can feel the chemistry sizzling of the page!

    Daemon & Katy (Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout) - I have loved these two from the very first book and now they are even stronger together they seem to have an epic romance!

    Merry Christmas Everyone!!

    24 December 2013

    Top 10 of 2013: Day 2

    So this is my first time doing one of these but I have wanted to join one for ages and although I'm a day late I thought I would join in anyways. This is hosted by Two Chicks On Books click on the above button to heard over to their blog.
    Best Book Covers of 2013
    This was a hard one as most books that I read this year wasn't brought out this year so what I have done is add covers that I have on my shelf as well as a few of ones I have read.
    Hidden by Marianne Curley - I love the feathers on this cover as well as the colours it all blends really well and kind of ties in with the story.
    Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout - This series covers are one of my favourite ever as they are all dramatic. This one isn't as dramatic but it still stands out, I love it!
    Tidal by Amanda Hocking - I have always been a fan of every single one of Amanda Hocking's covers they are always stunning and this one is no exception!
    Shudder by Samantha Durante - I still prefer the first one in this series but still this is one stunning cover.
    Teardrop by Lauren Kate - As soon as I saw this cover I loved it even the arc copy that I received was gorgeous but the final version is loads better.
    Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black - I actually read this in 2012 but before anyone says anything that was an arc copy and it wasn't realeased until February 2013! I have been a fan of this cover for a long time it is simply beautiful.
    Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare - Another series of covers that I am a huge fan of. There is always something new to see in this cover.
    Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London - I never thought I would love a contemporary cover as usually they are not as stunning as the paranormal covers but this one in the acception as its beautiful.
    Kinetic by S.K. Anthony - I must admit the cover was what made me want to read this book although it never lived up to the cover I still adore this cover.
    Splintered by A.G. Howard - I think that this cover may feature in everyone's top 10 cover list as it is stunning. One of the best covers I have ever seen.