Showcase Sunday (28)

Showcase Sunday (28):

Hosted by the lovely Books, Biscuits and Tea, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books bought in bookstores, borrowed from the library, or ‘stole’ from a friend!

~The Collector (Dante Walker #1) by: Victoria Scott – Oooooh so good. Read my review here!
~The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1) by: J.A. Redmerski – This week was kinda a NA week, clearly, but this one was my favorite!
~Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) by: Jamie McGuire – So many mixed feelings about this one. What do y'all think?
For Review:
How was your week in books? Comment and let me know! Oh and happy Easter! :)

Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott

The Collector by: Victoria Scott

He makes good girls...bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal-opportunity collector and doesn't want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within ten days.

Dante doesn't know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector…and uncover emotions deeply buried.

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2013, and I was so stoked when it released early! Pretty much the greatest surprise ever when I had a hard math test that day. It was so refreshing reading from a boy’s point of view, especially Dante!

Dante is the greatest collector for the Boss Man and he knows it. The Boss Man has been wary of Dante’s skills lately, I mean which is completely bogus. As such, he assigns Dante to collect Charlie Cooper’s soul. C’mon, how hard can it be since he’s the best? What he doesn’t expect is the train wreck that is Charlie. Socially awkward, on the wrong side of puberty, Charlie is also the sweetest girl to ever exist. Can Charlie manage to change Dante for the better before his time is up?

Oh my Dante. Hands down a new favorite book boyfriend. At first, Dante is all about looks and a bit shallow. He is freakin’ hilarious, and I can just tell he has a heart of gold, even in the beginning. He is protective and kind, and I just wanna hug him so hard. Many times. And kiss. Many times. Ahem. *clears throat* :) But really, he was pretty perfect. There is no one else like Dante Walker.

Charlie was such a different heroine than every single heroine I’ve ever encountered. She is really kind of tragic in the looks department. She has bad skin, a limp, clumsy social skills, and lanky hair. To say the least, she is not a looker. But seriously, this is chick is a complete sweetheart. She loves with all her heart and is the best best friend a person could have. I most definitely want her as mine!

The supporting cast was also superb. I loved Charlie and Dante’s friends, Max, Annabelle, and Blue. They were all loyal and adorable. Blue was quiet and reserved, but oh gosh I could tell how much he cared for Charlie. By far, he was my favorite. I heart Charlie’s grandmother so much. She is most definitely not your typical grandmother in any way.

The plot was so wonderful. It was completely unique, and I loved every second of it. I have never read a book about soul collectors, and I was so pleasantly surprised. I was engrossed the whole time, and I even found myself reading it during class. I physically couldn’t stop. The writing was one of the best parts of this book. I love a great male POV, and this was an exemplary example of that. Dante was a breath of fresh air, and I really am already craving more. As much as I loved the characters and the writing, the romance was hands down the best part of book. Dante is an amazing guy, even though he really didn’t show it at first. But Charlie saw through his fa├žade right from the beginning. They are most definitely a perfect match.

Possibly the greatest news ever is that The Liberator is releasing later this year so I don’t have to wait so long. I really can’t wait for some more of Dante. Oh, and one more thing, Dante is mine! #VMafia forever!

Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: I grab her thighs and hoist her up, and she wraps her legs around me. Fumbling toward a tree, I press her back against it and push toward her, my hips locking against hers. An animalistic groan escapes my throat as I kiss her harder, deeper. I trail my lips down her neck and along her collarbone, and Charlie softly moans. Then I bury my head against her chest and take her in – her smell, her chest rising and falling. The wild thumping of her heart.
The Collector (Dante Walker, #1)
Rating: 5/5 Tar Heels!

Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Through the Ever Night by: Veronica Rossi

It's been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

I absolutely fell in love with Under the Never Sky, reading it in less than one day. Her world was unique and addicting, and I craved the sophomore book. The non-stop action and the perfect romance exceeded the expectations I had for this installment! Side note: who else loves the titles for this series? I think they’re wonderful.

After Aria and Perry parted ways months ago, they finally meet again, but everything has changed. Perry is finally Blood Lord of the Tides and Aria has been trying to accomplish a seemingly unattainable undertaking. When they come back together, Perry takes Aria to the Tides. She is clearly not welcomed with open arms by everyone in the Tides, and that is a pathway for much conflict. Aria tries to do what is best for Perry, but will it mean the end for everything they have together?

Aria is continually the strong heroine from the previous book. She grew so much from being a Dweller to using her gifts to her advantage. She is really sweet and kind, but above all else, she’s a great friend. She’s loyal and just loves with all her heart. She had to keep resilient while at the Tides since she was under a ton of scrutiny. She does so with grace and class. I definitely look up to her!

I was so happy to have my Perry back in this book! He’s still the same sexy, rugged man as before, but he has grown considerably. He understands his responsibility as Blood Lord above all else. But he doesn’t lose himself with his newly acquired title. He has an instinctual protective trait, whether it be protecting Aria or anyone else in his tribe.

Roar, I shed many, many tears for you. He is one of the greatest secondary characters I’ve ever read about. He is so loveable and charming, and I totally love the very platonic relationship between Aria and him. They have each other’s back completely, and Roar is hilarious and definitely knows how to lighten any situation. I was really glad that I got to meet Liv. I definitely couldn’t see what Roar saw in her at first, but then I realized her reasoning behind her actions and I liked her so much more. I loved the motely crew that is the Tides. I love Reef and Perry’s other followers; they were super loyal despite their gruffness.

While reading, I basically couldn’t stop. It was completely addicting. I found myself screaming at the pages, all while crying and laughing at certain times. I was on a rollercoaster of emotions! The writing is flawless and beautiful. I love how it is in dual POV, especially since they spend some time apart. I wish that Perry and Aria could have had more time together and would have communicated a bit more. Despite this, their romance had everything that I loved about their budding romance of the first book. They cherish all the time they have together and clearly love each other very much. They have their steamy moments too, and I can't wait for more! :)

While the ending is not a cliffhanger, I am still dying for Into the Still Blue. Again, totally amazing title! I’ve also never read Roar and Liv, the prequel novella. Any thoughts whether I should read it? Let me know!

Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: He sank against it, bringing himself closer to her height, kissing her with a sudden urgency. With a hunger that she matched. His lips moved to her neck and trailed up to her ear, and the world fell away. She gasped and dug her fingers into his shoulders, pulling him closer – His shoulder. She remembered, and her hands relaxed. “Which shoulder was it, Perry?” A grin spread over his lips. “Right now I have no idea.”
Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)
Rating: 4.5/5 Tar Heels!