2015 First-Reads Reading Challenge - Amateur Level

While during 2014 I didn't really participate in any Reading Challenges, nor did I read too many books, two days away from 2015 I've decided that that's not going to be the case for the new year!
I was invited through Goodreads to participate in a very interesting challenge. Here's its badge!

The Challenge's details can be found here.

Through this challenge, I'm aiming to find books from new authors, or authors I've never read before! This sounds amazing and very intriguing, as I'm going to have the chance to discover new writing styles I could love.

I decided to choose the Amateur level: read 1 - 25 New Authors

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1) by Ally Carter

Okay, so where do I start from?
There are so many things I could actually say about this book, that I practically have absolutely no idea where to start my review from!

Well, I guess I'll start with the basics!
I decided to start reading this book, after having read, and enjoyed so much, Ally Carter's Heist Society. It was a fun read, and I liked the whole good-thief-in-a-mission plot very much. But, with the first book of Gallagher Girls? Well, what can I say? I simply loved it! The author's style of writing, her humor, the evolution of the plot, the characters, the main heroine.

Actually, this book would have been in my "Favorites" shelf, especially for its start and end. I have to admit, that I honestly thought I had so so much time to read something so good, before reaching up the point of the new love interest! I don't know why, but after that I thought Cam was just a 15 year old girl, and not the awesome spy I'd liked so much from the beginning of the book. To be honest, I also cheated a bit, by going to the book's page on Goodreads and reading other people's reviews! And, I got a little surprised finding out that some people actually thought the plot got better after Josh's appearance. But, oh well, we all have different tastes.

From the reviews of the next books in these series, I've come to the understanding that these series become better and better with each book, so I'm totally planning on keep reading! I have a feeling that it will soon be in my "Favorites" shelf!

Until then, I recommend this book, and generally, all the books and series by Ally Carter I've read, to everyone that wants a somewhat light read, about teenage spies, spiked with a bit drama, that make you giggle on your own at some times, and at others even get a little sad. (Or, a lot... Or, it could just be hormones kicking in. I guess I'll have to keep reading to find out.)

Heist Society (Heist Society #1) by Ally Carter - First Book & Review of 2014

I haven't decided yet if there is a spot for this book on my "Favorites" shelf. Its heroine certainly deserves a spot on my "Favorite Heroines" one! The other characters weren't bad either!

Ally Carter has done an amazing book with this book. I've never before read a book of hers, but this book alone was enough of a push to read more of this author. The storyline was narrated very carefully and interestingly enough to hold the attention to the facts the author wanted us to.

The pages were actually flowing, too! I could have ended this book very easily in the same day, if I hadn't started it around midnight! Even that way, I had only almost 5 chapters out of 37, or so, to read today!

As for the heroes? Well, so many things can be said, and they would still be too little to actually do justice to the creativity of the author. Every person in this book had a role, with the mastermind, Katarina Bishop, being the most awesome thief. A thief with honor, teenage but so wise beyond her age. I guess this comes naturally, if you grow up in a family like that.

Generally, the whole book, was like watching one of my favorite movies of all time "The Italian Job", with the whole planning before stealing, with the mastermind, with every person having a part they serve, that suits their personality.
I loved it, just as much as I love that movie! Would probably read the book again sometime, which says a lot about just how much I enjoyed reading it.

Overall, this book gets from me 5 stars, with a possibility of them becoming 5+ in the future!

Reading Challenges 2013 - Reviewed

My 2013's resolutions included achieving my goal to read 100 books. Every year, I participate in Challenges, but sadly, I can never achieve them. In 2012 it was a busy semster, indeed. But this year? This year I was just lazy. And, there was a point where I was so bored of reading the same things again and again, I was constantly looking for new books and new authors! I found some, not many, and I liked even less.

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Cat has read 54 books toward her goal of 70 books.

Nevertheless, I achieved reading 54 books towards my Goodreads goal of 70! Of course, I've read much much more this year, considering all these projects I have for university, demanding from me to read scientific articles of 100 pages and more! But, of course, I can't have all these articles, essays, and even some of those books, listed on Goodreads. This would take too much time, which I'd rather spend otherwise.

I also, participated in Book Chick City's 100 Books In A Year Challenge 2013. Of course, according to this challenge, I had to read 100 fictional books in a year, something I didn't really achieve! But, well, there is always next year!

Fictional Books I read during 2013:

1. A Cajun Werewolf Christmas (Stormy Weather #6) by Selena Blake
2. The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead
3. Witches 101: A Witches of East end Primer (The Beauchamp Family) by Melissa de la Cruz
4. Storm Born (Dark Swan #1) by Richelle Mead
5. Kidnapping the Laird by Terri Brisbin
6. Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3) by Patricia Briggs
7. Rogue (Shifters #2) by Rachel Vincent
8. The Gauntlet (Cassandra Palmer #0.5) by Karen Chance
9. The Queen's Witch (Cassandra Palmer #0.6) by Karen Chance
10. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
11. Matched (Matched, #1) by Ally Condie
12.The Hot Girl's Friend by Lisa Scott
13. Dirty Little Secrets (J.J. Graves Mystery #1) by Liliana Hart

One Howl 2013 - Challenge Reviewed

 With 2014 just around the corner, a review of the Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance books I read all year, is much needed!

This year, I participated in Book Chick City's Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Reading Challenge for 2013.

My initial plan was to achieve Three Howls by reading 36 books of that kind. Sadly, I did not achieve this goal, as I read less. But, I did manage to achieve One Howl, reading from start to end 12 books, plus one more!

Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Books I read during 2013:

 1. A Cajun Werewolf Christmas (Stormy Weather #6) by Selena Blake
2. The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead
3. Witches 101: A Witches of East end Primer (The Beauchamp Family) by Melissa de la Cruz
4. Storm Born (Dark Swan #1) by Richelle Mead
5. Kidnapping the Laird by Terri Brisbin
6. Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3) by Patricia Briggs
7. Rogue (Shifters #2) by Rachel Vincent
8. The Gauntlet (Cassandra Palmer #0.5) by Karen Chance
9. The Queen's Witch (Cassandra Palmer #0.6) by Karen Chance
10. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
11. Matched (Matched, #1) by Ally Condie
12.The Hot Girl's Friend by Lisa Scott

- One Howl 2013, achieved

13. Dirty Little Secrets (J.J. Graves Mystery #1) by Liliana Hart

BCC's Zombie Reading Challenge 2013 - Reviewed

With 2013 coming to a closure, and soon giving its turn to 2014, it's time for a review of the books I read this year.

My goal for 2013 was to complete the minimum of the Book Chick City's Zombie Reading Challenge for 2013, which meant I had to read at least 6 books about Zombies.

Sadly, I did not achieve that One Chomp. In fact, I must regrtfully admit that I did not read a single book about Zombies the whole year. I'm really sad about that, because I wanted to get my hands on one and read it. I've seen many movies and series about Zombies, but never read a book, and I'd really like to see what they are like.

Anyway, I hope 2014 gives me the chance to read at least one Zombie Book.

My 100th Review on Goodreads: Dirty Little Secrets (J.J. Graves Mystery #1) by Liliana Hart

Two days ago I finished reading a book I particularly enjoyed. I found it by chance in an app of a site I've been a member of, for more than 4 years. And, I started reading it completely by chance, too. I had no idea it was a published book that was there only for advertising reasons. I had the impression it was just another book a self-published author decided to upload on Wattpad.
Imagine my surprise when it proved to be a quite awesome read. It was exactly what I needed after  long month of no reading at all! Not to mention my recent love for criminology and stuff. So, it all blended quite nicely.
I absolutely recommend that book to anyone. There are murders, but not gruesomely described or anything, so it will provide a nice read even to people that aren't particular fans of the mystery/crime genre.
Take a taste below.

Dirty Little Secrets (J.J. Graves Mystery #1)

My Review on GR:

One of the best books I've read lately, found completely by chance on Wattpad. For quite some time I've been interested in such matters and reading this book made me even more enthusiastic. The author completely achieved making me relate to the heroine and the passions in her life. Everything was well-written and progressed smoothly. There were many surprises, which was expected and accepted, seeing as it was a mystery novel. [(Spoiler Alert - Do not keep reading past that point, because of potential spoiler ahead) My only comment would be for the actual culprit, not to be so indifferent in the rest of the story. I would like it very much if there were many suspects and one of them was the actual murderer. That doesn't mean there weren't quite a few suspects already, though. For some of them I was even sure for the most of the novel, until they became the victims. (hide spoiler) (End of potential spoiler - Keep reading after that point)] There was quite much suspence and intense cliffhangers between the chapters. All in all, I loved the novel and I'm glad there more novels about J.J. Graves and her lives.

Non-Spoiler Tweets of "The Fiery Heart" by Richelle Mead

Chapter 1
Don’t start reading The Fiery Heart while drinking/eating. First sentence will cause you to spit-up! Pg 1
Gah, being in your head Adrian is a total swoon-fest! Pg 3
Phone fun times! Pg 6
Everyone’s favorite callistana: Hopper! Pg 8
The relationship between Adrian and Jill = best ever! Pg 11
Well that’s once way to behave Zoe Pg 13
Yeah Zoe, Sydney’s awesome- better recognise Pg 19  
And BOOM! End of Chapter 1 and we’ve got a bombshell already. Pg 20

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Chapter 2
Ms T takes Sydney to the best places Pg 21
Sydney Sage speaks the absolute truth. Pg 22
Wonder if that gift is returnable Sydney? Pg 26
The Sage women are all strong and powerful in their own way. Pg 30
Sydney, can we hug you now? Always caught in the middle Pg 32

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Chapter 3

And we’re dream walking - in a place pretty damn special to anyone who read Indigo Spell. pg 34
Ugh Adrian, so spirit burdened. Can we give you a hug too? pg 37
Rowena Clark has said two sentences and we already LOVE her! pg 38
College student Adrian = sexy!  pg 40
Oh no, Adrian - don’t do that. pg 40
We’ve reached the first point in the book where we want to literally reach in and comfort/shake this person. pg 46

EPIC LEVEL Sydrian feels. pg 49

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Chapter 4

No Sydney, don’t cry! Pg 52
Zoe, Sydney is super important, so you know, just back off! Pg 54
Actual visual teaser: Adrian, leaning against a wall, holding two cups of coffee. Pg 57
It’s the truth that Richelle Mead excels at introducing new people who you automatically love or hate. Pg 59
Super resourceful Sydney! And we’re impressed you can do this in a skirt! Pg 63
Food/Drink spit-up warning for pg 65. Sydney Sage we applaud you. Pg 65
Brains can be just as powerful as fists and our girl, Sydney is a shining example of this. Reasons 7,489 why we love her! Pg 70

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Chapter 5

Adrian, you are so dreamy! Especially right now. Pg 73
Sydney just told Adrian something rendered him speechless. Adrian Ivashkov, speechless. Pg 77
Sydney Katherine Sage, well researched women around the world applaud you! Pg 78
Rose needs to call Jill right now. Pg 80
Best non-bromance ever. Double bonus, Adrian teasing. Pg 83
Adrian the matchmaker, is there nothing he won’t do for those he cares about?! Pg 85
Jill Dragomir is basically the biggest Sydrian shipper ever. Pg 87

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Chapter 6

Welcome back you! That tan, certainly looks nice. Pg 91
It’s totally possible because Sydney’s just that awesome. Doubters going to doubt! Pg 91
The most awkward/hilarious first meeting ever! Pg 98
It’s magic time and Sydney is still working it like a boss. Pg 101
Have you ever heard of knocking Zoe!?! Pg 102
She’s trying so hard to chip away and it’s bringing back memories. PG 107

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Chapter 7

Artwork alert, Ivashkov is at the easel again! pg 108
Oooooh phone call from the past pg 109
It’s a drop everything please take a road trip, kinda phone call. pg 111
Adrian gives the most astute examination of the Sydrian relationship pg 114
Awwwwh Adrian and Sydney, you guys are too cute! pg 116
Hello Rose Hathaway and all those that you bring with you. pg 117
This conversation between these two is killing us! And that’s all we can say. pg 119
Hey you, don’t believe this about them, it’s different now. pg 121
Adrian Ivashkov, you are going to kick some ass and we’re right behind you! pg 124

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Chapter 8

We’re as amused as Ms T about Angeline’s conversation with Sydney. pg 127
Trey and Angeline conversation with Sydney listening - hilarious! pg 130
Sydney has just so many people to juggle and secrets to keep. pg 132
Awwh Sydney, such a rule abiding citizen. No texting and driving - Sydney Sage says so. pg 134
We see what you did there Richelle Mead with Sydney and Clarence’s quick conversation. A VERY meta Bloodlines moment. pg 136
Sydney, you’re not alone in your jaw dropping shock. Wow that this is happening. pg 139

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Chapter 9

Adrian’s taking charge and it’s pretty impressive (and yes, very sexy!) pg 142
Adrian’s got a new admirer, we think. Especially after this display. pg 145
Oh Rose, nice try but it ain’t going to happen. pg 151
HOT DAMN Sydney Sage, that is some steamy right there! pg 152
Adrian, noooooo - it’s all going to be okay pg 156
DON’T DO THIS Adrian, seriously. pg 162

The Fiery Heart Chapter 9 Non-Spoiler Recap in GIFS

Chapter 10

Hehehehehe Jill scaring Zoe pg 164
Nooooooo Adrian! And this is the first time we cried in - spoiler it’s not the last. pg 170
Why does everything have to be so HARD!?! pg 173
Sydney is totally owning this book. Her determination and belief in others is legit awesome. pg177

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Chapter 11

Listen to Jill, Adrian. She speaks the truth. pg 180
The Sisters Sage really do like their automobiles. pg 183
Adrian, we’re proud of you. So very proud of you. pg 186
Really and truly, people who dismiss VA/Bloodlines as just teen vampires are missing out. Important life stuff here. pg 191

The Fiery Heart Chapter 11 Non-Spoiler Recap in GIFS

Chapter 12

Oooohhh, this person’s return can not be good pg 192
Jill and Angeline, there is no need to fight about it. pg 195
Damn, that’s a steamy Sydrian moment right there! Visual teaser: same couch and sitting position as the Indigo Spell blackout. pg 198
You can’t even stand to greet people - damn that’s cold. pg 202
You DID NOT JUST SAY THAT! Sydney fangirls will burn you to the ground for that comment. pg 204
Uggghhh, Zoe! You are not doing yourself any favours here. pg 207
That is a sad dark place to be, for this character. pg 211
Oh Trey, you gotta make a decision dude! pg 216

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Chapter 13

We love that Adrian gets to call Ms T, Jackie. It’s just a nice little touch that makes us smile. pg 220
Well this is an interesting development for Adrian and we’re so torn about how we feel. pg 223
HA! Both Adrian and Trey’s reactions are hilarious here. pg 227
There is a repeating idea throughout the book that’s funny, sad, sweet and wistful. Awwhhh. pg 235
This phone conversation has just launched Road Trip 2: The Further Away, More Exciting Sequel. pg 239
And BOOM! Major bombshell moment that will alter quite a few things. pg 241

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Chapter 14

Giggles at Zoe’s completely unfounded fears. pg 242
Who knew airline travel could be so full of steamy longing glances!?! pg 245
Sydney just described our non-spoiler tweets and also a current scene. ‘It was agonizing…and exquisite. pg 247
A roomful of people and there are some definite VA favs here. Hooray! pg 250
AWH YEAH! This person can’t resist a spectacular entrance. pg 253
OH DEAR LORD! Pg 260 - 261 is just…sooooo……damn…….hot!!! Read this sitting down, you will fall over.

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Chapter 15

All of Adrian's thoughts on pg 262 are glorious!
Awwh, it's just beautiful #SydrianFeels pg 264
Adrian, that is possibly the best plan you've ever come up with. pg 266
It's the past in the present and it ain't pretty. Sigh! pg 269
No, no, no, no, no, no - Rose stop talking! pg 274
Honesty is great but why does it have to hurt so bad?! pg 275

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Chapter 16

It hurts so bad, the pain. People make mistakes! pg 277
This man just has unlimited resources - we'd put him on our speed dial. pg 282
So wise! And also worryingly foreshadowing. pg 286
Major reveal - BOOM! That should show a few people. pg 289
OH HELL NO! You get your hands off her, SCUM! pg 293
AWWWH YAY! Team Sydrian double team. pg 295
Forgiveness is everything. Then a big YESSSSSSS and then a bigger NOOOOOOO!!! pg 298

The Fiery Heart Chapter 16 Non-Spoiler Recap in GIFS

Chapter 17

We never thought we'd say this, but ignore the Queen, Adrian - IGNORE HER! pg 300
In the span of two pages, fans will reach the height of elation and then be raging against everyone! pg 300-302
Oh thank God, that could have been much worse. Phew pg 303
Sydney Sage, you are super resourceful and practical and we LOVE IT! pg 305
It's almost too much. The SydrianFeels are EPIC! pg 310
Chapter 17 is EVERYTHING and we feel no pain pg 314

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Chapter 18

Best road trip ever had to end at some point pg 316
See Zoe, it's not that hard to move past your issues pg 319
Never let it be said that Sydney's academic efforts aren't important - this girl knows that study helps! pg 321
Trey, we'd be a bit nervous too pg 323
Sydney Sage you are so SMART! And people appreciate this pg 326
It's just...we can't...it's genius. The best gift ever. pg 329
Awwwwh Eddie no, the memories. The Mason tinged memories. *sniffle* pg 332
This is a good plan and it's got some good ideas, but seriously when @RichelleMead's world do plans ever go smoothly. pg 334

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Chapter 19

True story: Rowena continues to be awesome. pg 337
Pretty perceptive Angeline! pg 343
You guys, Sydney's just like us! Midnight mayhem pg 346
Just...wow! The steam factor has broken the charts, just flat out smashed it. pg 350
It's heartbreakingly beautiful and we almost can't take it. Almost pg 352

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Chapter 20

We hope it's enough too, Sydney pg 353
It is selfish Sydney, but we understand why pg 354
Can Eddie give us his best steely gaze as well? pg 357
Ugghhhh seriously - give her a break! She's trying to make it work pg 358
Oh that's not good. If someone finds that...oh dear! pg 361
Eddie Castile remains one mega badass! pg 364
Boom! More people are joining Team Badass. This is INTENSE pg 367
Jill taking charge! We love you! pg 368
The last line of this chapter may just leave you smiling for DAYS! pg 372

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Chapter 21

That's a big step to be even thinking about Adrian. pg 375
It's our dream come true as well Adrian! pg 379
You stay strong Ivashkov, Sydney and fan girls everywhere believe in you pg 380
Oh wow! That's a call back to VA days for sure. And it's IMPORTANT pg 381
This conversation will send a very specific non-canon group of fan girls CRAZY pg 382
Major decision looming - this could change everything pg 385
We're really nervous now, it's tense times! pg 388
Eddie....what....NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! pg 390

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Chapter 22

Trey we'd always knew you'd figure it out pg 393
This is not right, Sydney, it's not right! pg 396
Eddie is just the best guy ever: compassionate, caring and willing to go the extra mile pg 399
YOU!!! We can't believe you'd do this!!!! pg 403
And you too! You better shut your mouth! pg 407
You've never EVER wanted to stand more and applaud what this person just says - even in their darkest hour! pg 409

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Chapter 23

WHAT?! That fast - that's ice cold! pg 411
No, Adrian, that's NOT TRUE! pg 413
We don't know you and we automatically hate you. pg 417
Our heart just HURTS! pg 423
We hate this plan! ADRIAN NOOOOOO!!!!!! We are broken pg 426

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Chapter 24

This is WAY worse than we thought. It's just all bad. pg 428
Exactly!! We don't need ANYTHING from you. pg 429
Here of all places...this...it's too much! Sydney we can't even. pg 431
THE PAIN! That ending, is truly going to leave people literally on the FLOOR! @RichelleMead you're a genius! pg 433

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