Tuesday, 28 October 2014

REVIEW: Made by J.M. Darhower

Made (Forever #0.4)

Written by J.M. Darhower

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Purchase: Amazon / B&N


Corrado Moretti.

The world knows the notorious Kevlar Killer, but few have ever seen what lies beneath his armor. The abused child. The neglected teenager. The broken man. He always did whatever he had to do in order to survive.

It's kill or be killed.

Throughout his life, he has been there in the shadows, a witness to everything from beginning to end. Bound by loyalty and honor, there's only one thing he would sacrifice it all for: family.

Never get close. Never get attached. It's a lesson that has been brutally pounded into him since childhood, but they're words the DeMarcos make it difficult for him to follow. Through them he finds love and grieves loss, realizing the world isn't quite as black and white as it's made out to be.


* 5 STARS * Review:

"Everyone was good at something. Some people painted. Others played music. Corrado just happened to be good at murder. He accepted that. Embraced it. That was who he was."

What events shaped Corrado Moretti's life and created this singular individual and dedicated husband he is in the present? How one becomes the best hitman and fearful member of powerful La Cosa Nostra? MADE is prosaic biography of Corrado Moretti and it will give you all the answers that fans of Forever series have been waiting for.
"It's not easy to hurt when you hardly feel anything anymore."
Corrado's upbringing was a harsh one. No love, no understanding. Just cold and cruel reality of dysfunctional mafia family. All he ever knew was world where emotions and attachments have no place. "Kill or be killed" was the main motto he learnt to follow as he grew older. However, Corrado never pitted himself and I love that about him. I love how he always found the way to cope no matter what he encountered. And most of all, I love that author never romanticized Corrado. She showed us his true self, his deepest darkest thoughts but let readers to form their own opinion. But let me tell you something. If loving Corrado Moretti is wrong than I never want to be right.
"Your light is the only thing in this world not tainted by my darkness."
My favorite part of this book was probably Corrado's teenage years. His beginnings in La Cosa Nostra, his attempts to live "outside the box" that he so strictly created for himself and falling in love with Boss's daughter. MADE is fascinating, captivating and overall very addictive read. The best mafia story I have ever read. I know I said the same thing about Sempre duet but all three books are spectacular in their own way. It is hard to compare them because while Forever series is emotional suspenseful family saga, MADE is memoir of true mafia member whose story you won't be able to put down once you start reading it.
"No one would take what belonged to him."
I'm not afraid to go as far as saying that this is J.M. Darhower at her best. No matter how much I love Sempre duet, Corrado Moretti will always be my favorite and I'm glad to say that in my eyes, Mrs. Darhower did his story a justice.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

The To-Be-Read Tag!

I have been tagged by lovely Megan from Reading Books Like a Boss blog to share some info about my TBR list. I had a lot of fun filling out all the questions and I hope you will enjoy reading this post :)
Note: by clicking on picture, you will be directed to respective Goodreads page

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I try to keep it simple. I use only Goodreads shelves which help me to keep all the books I would like to read in some sort of order. I have all my books shelved by the month and year of their release. Also, I keep a shelf with all ARCs I accept so I know which books I should read first. Here is the link to my Goodreads TBR lists if anyone wants to give it a look.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-books?

I read most of the books on my kindle, so majority of my TBR is in e-book version. Only when I love book very much, I purchase printed version so I have it within reach whenever a mood for re-read strikes me :)

A book that has been on your TBR list the longest.

On my TBR list since April 2012.
Not sure when or if I am going to read it...

A book you’ve recently added to your TBR

All these have been added to my TBR based on great reviews by my friends.


 A Book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover


A book on your TBR that you never planned on reading

Actually, I am not sure why this book is still on my TBR list. I hated first book and I never plan on finishing this series. As a matter of fact, I am going to delete it from my TBR.

An unpublished book in your TBR that you’re excited about

These books have been on my radar for a long time. I can't wait until they are released!


A book that everyone’s read but you

I think that would be The Hunger Games trilogy.
I have all paperbacks on my bookself, but I never felt like reading it.
Maybe some day...

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you

The Bronze Horseman. I already have it on my kindle.
And I plan to read it in the near future.

A book on your TBR that you’re DYING to read

I am in love with first book -  Red Rising.
The best book I have read this year.
I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel.

The number of books on my Goodreads TBR shelf

It is "only" 827 at the moment. I try to keep it at sort of reasonable number,
adding only books I am really interested in reading in the near future.

I would like to tag my friends to do TBR Challenge:

(if you want to)

Erin at Lit Slave blog
Brenna and Stephanie at  No BS Book Reviews blog
Annmarie at Books and Fandom blog
Laura at Little Read Riding Hood blog

Thursday, 23 October 2014

GUEST REVIEW: Delinquents by The Elizabeths

Long awaited sequel to Innocents (Dusty #1) has been released today. 
Here is Marta's spectacular review.

Delinquents (Dusty #2)

Written by The Elizabeths

Release date: October 23rd

Purchase: Amazon / B&N


The innocent girl with a delinquent heart has to live with her bad choices. Secret hope and hurt feel like falling while she learns how to breathe again, but there's still freedom in trouble. 
The runaway with blacked-out eyes is losing his grip. Crushing two hearts in one fist, his addiction bends rules and breaks deals, but the boy born for bliss isn't going anywhere without a fight. 
Love is knowing they should stay away, but love is illogical at best. 
She's afraid to let go. 
He won't let her. 
This is how silliness and foolishness grow up. 
Here, forever is a lie.

Marta's * 5 STARS * Review:

I lift my own hood from the sweater love gave me years ago. The cotton is worn thin, and Castor is faded on the back, but it doesn’t mean any less to me. And when I’m in bed and Thomas is out doing whatever it is that he does, it’s all I have to remind myself that he wasn’t always this way. There was a time when we were innocent and genuine, and young, stupid in love.
I know I have made many people jealous by getting to read this ARC and I’m happy to tell you that the wait is almost over. Just a few more days and you’ll get to experience heartache, pain, hurt and regret too. Lucia reviewed Innocents for you guys, and here I am with its sequel. Lucia and I complement each other like that. My favorite part of this story has always been the second half, because it killed me a million times over, and when something hurts so deep and so real, I cannot give it anything less than 5 stars.

I’m going to start off by saying that reviewing a book that was co-written is very hard. Co-writing requires compromises and I didn’t like some of them. Some of the writing really confused me. It’s sentences like “All my heart wants finds my eyes for a single, unsubstantial second.” that had me rereading it three times until I got what it was saying that threw me off. And “Black bikini-bottomed and hot pink-topped, suntanned and platinum blond leaves her clothes and everything else behind as she makes her way to the one with bare eyes”. Sometimes less is more and I don’t think the overuse of words and descriptions helps the story flow. Also, to avoid any confusion, I feel like I need to address this to all of you who haven’t read the fanfiction: chapter 55 is from Bliss’s heart’s point of view. In case you were wondering. It isn’t marked, so you’ll probably be spending the entire chapter wondering who the hell is talking. I’m here to tell you it’s her heart. I wasn’t a fan of that chapter either, I had a really hard time trying to relate to a heart and translating its thoughts in what it means for Dusty and Bliss.

Despite the things I mentioned above, I still love this book. I’ve loved it as a fanfiction and I still love it. The authors seem to have cut out a lot from the beginning of the fanfiction, so Innocents was heavily edited, but I think the fanfiction readers will be happy to hear that the second half (Delinquents) has been preserved for the most part. Which is a good thing, because it was the most raw and painful part. In order to get the best experience, I think it's best to read both books in a row. I feel like the impact will be bigger that way, so if you have already read Innocents I'd recommend rereading. By the end of Innocents, we know that Dusty started doing coke, but it isn’t until you’re reading Delinquents that you realize just how deep in he actually is.

Delinquents is all of their bad choices, their mistakes, their lies and their hurt. Delinquents is all of the pain, the hopelessness and longing.
Love’s sheltered here, but she’s my shelter, and knowing you’d die without someone isn’t romantic. But I would.
Delinquents is keeping a secret, because the truth is too ugly to tell.
The truth is not easy. My truth: I love a lost cause. I love a failure, and I lost myself in him when I was nine years old.
But the truth is all you have and you’ll bleed and die for it.
I place my hands on the sides of his cool face and whisper, “Tell me a secret.” His body relaxes.“I don’t want to be a secret anymore, baby.”This is the part where I should tell him, “It’s too late. We’re too wrong.” Instead, I say softly, “Do you really wish you could hate me?”
Delinquents is loving a drug addict and knowing you shouldn’t, but knowing you can’t stop.
I love a boy who can’t get his shit together, but without him I can’t breathe.
I bet you never thought you’d miss the old days where their biggest problem was Bliss overhearing bathroom conversations. I bet you never thought it could get worse than that. But while reading Delinquents I found myself crying just reminiscing about those days.
I miss cream soda floats and snow boots that saved the world. I miss being on the phone with her talking about nothing at all. I miss the times when she melted over my touches simply because she loved me – only because she loved me.
Because somewhere along the line, innocence was lost and so were they. Bliss and Dusty never really had a good foundation. Their love has always hurt in some way or another, but there was a time when the good overruled the bad, and now I’m just not sure that it does anymore.
You want me to hold your hand while you kill us both? What the fuck am I supposed to do, Thomas?
Bliss was just a baby, too small to carry Dusty’s weight, but it didn’t stop him from stacking it on her shoulders. And as the years passed, Bliss grew stronger out of necessity and more bitter too. But Dusty is all she knows and Bliss is all he can feel.
I've been lit through each I love you, spun through each touch, and drunk-wasted through each don't ever leave me. All the affection I've ever shown this girl has been habit-stained and guilty. She never had a chance against a monster like me.
I’ve cried, because this love is a struggle and it’s never-ending. I’ve cried, because the hopelessness of this situation choked me. I’ve cried, because this is just so raw and so real. It’s kids growing up, following the wrong path and crashing face first to the ground. It’s thinking youth lasts forever and nothing matters but you and I. It's I don't give a fuck and desperately needing to keep not giving a fuck. It’s needing coke to be able to handle what you really need. It’s loving someone so much that you sacrifice yourself for that love. And it’s knowing you will hold his hand while he kills you both, because that’s your deal.
I’m just a girl with a broken heart, half-alive. Without him, that’s my deal.