Book Subscription Box - Uppercase Box (November 2015) #subscriptionbox

I received my second Uppercase Box in the mail a few days ago and here is what I got.

The first thing I noticed was this awesome print which says "With freedom, books, flowers and the Moon who could not be happy?" 

An Uppercase exclusive keychain! Okay so I'm not a fan of cats but I love books and since this cat is sitting on a bunch of books I love it also :) The keychain says "Certified  Book 
Addict" Also there was a matching pin for the book that came in this months box...before scrolling down can you guess what book it is?.

Yes totally fangirling here!!!  I have heard amazing things about this book and it has a high 4.2 rating on goodreads also which is saying something. I can't wait to dive into it. Here is the blurb for anyone interested.
Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City.
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball.
Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year's only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin's brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael's every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

Also the book came with a signed bookplate.

And here is everything together.


Review: Joyride by Anna Banks

Joyride by Anna Banks

A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh. 
First Line: "Mr. Shackleford shuffles in the front door of the Breeze Mart, jingling the bells tied to a velvet string on the handle."

Review: Joyride was such a refreshing read in the Young Adult Contemporary genre, it had diversity, a sweet fun romance and it also dealt with issues you don't see much of such as immigrants, their struggles, and racism.

I connected with both Carly and Arden instantly. Carly likes to be unnoticed she doesn't want to be "seen" so she does everything to stay under the radar but when Arden Moss comes crashing into her life and "sees" her I mean really sees her for who she is, not the girl she portrays at school he can't help but want to be her friend and ask her to be his sidekick in his late night pranks.

I loved Arden instantly, how can you not. Yeah, he was your typical rich kid who got all the girls but he was so much more than that and so broken. He lost his sister and blames his dad for it all (which he has every right to, if you want to talk about an uncaring image concerned racist asshole Sherriff Moss is your man) Arden hasn't truly healed after what happened to his sister, he has a lot of anger and regret that he is dealing with. Carly, on the other hand, is the complete opposite of what she shows the world, the girl is ballsy, strong and determined. She is trying to raise enough money to bring her parents and siblings into the country so she works endless hours, I'm talking about two jobs which include a graveyard shift just to help her brother Julio save up so they can pay someone to bring her parents into the country illegally after they were deported.

Arden is just going through the motions and Carly is working herself into the grave.  Plain and simple both Carly and Arden are not living.

The romance between the two took awhile, Carly hated Arden right off the bat because of how they officially met and it took Arden a good minute to convince her to at least be his friend and after that it was just a matter of time until they realized how amazing the other one is. Arden was awesome in the romance department he wasn't an ass to her or going hot and cold, he was genuinely a sweet guy. There was so many laugh out loud moments between the two I loved it. Things obviously don't stay uncomplicated between them, about the 60% mark Banks really dives into the other half of the story which had to do with illegal immigrants and the racism and stereotypes that go along with it.

There was a point in the book where I officially did not like Julio or Carly's parents. I really felt that there is no reason a sixteen-year-old should have to work the hours she works and constantly be told to not worry about school and just work, work, work to raise the thousands of dollars they need to bring her family over. She is the child, her parents should have never asked this of her. The amount of pressure they put on her was not okay and I'm glad Carly started to realize that as well with the help of Arden.

I wanted to give the book five stars, but I felt the ending was wrapped up a little too neatly for a book like this, but that's just me. Overall an awesome read with two loveable characters. I actually want more of the two, I just wasn't ready to leave Arden and Carly when I was finished with Joyride which I read in one sitting.

Memorable Quotes

"Carly, you pulled a gun on me the first time I met you. I don't think 'normal' is in the cards for us." - Arden

"I'm not worried about heaven or hell really. I am worried about jail though. Jail doesn't delight me." - Carly


Review: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…

Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…

Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.

And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known, Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series. 
First Line: "Katerina races across the meadow, scanning for any roots or rocks in her way."

Review: Legacy of Kings was incredible. It was the perfect blend of historical and fantasy with some seriously addicting characters. Now I am always a little nervous going into books with multiple points of views since there have been times when I find a character boring or pointless and it brings down the book for me but even with all seven...yes that's right seven points of views I enjoyed every minute of it. Every point of view drew me in, I cared about each one of them even the villains were more than just the "evil guys" they had complexity to their characters.

I found Legacy of Kings to be fast paced from page one. If I had to pick, Alex and Kat were equally my favorites they both have a lot on their plates and their friendship was just all sorts of awesome. I kind of guessed the big reveal about the two mid-way with all the hints throughout the chapters and if you guys could see the ten pages of notes I took while reading this book you would see how excited I was the whole time with all the numerous exclamation marks in my notes trying to guess then second guessing myself on the two because even though I thought I knew I wasn't a hundred percent sure.

Heph was another favorite, he is best friends with Alex and I seriously hope there are more point of views from him in the upcoming books, this guy has seriously won my heart with the few chapters there were of him. 

I also found Zo's journey very intriguing, she is betrothed to Alex but in Legacy of Kings their paths haven't crossed yet, Zo is going through her own trials right now, meeting some very interesting people, some good, some bad, and some in between like Ochus, I'm not sure what to make of him yet. Zo is not happy with her fate and  she is desperately trying to find the Spirit Eaters who have been said can change a person's fate.

Another character worth mentioning is Jacob, best friends with Kat. I had a little bit of a love-hate relationship with Jacob and I want to dive in on exactly why but it might be considered spoilerish so I'm just going to say he made some not so good choices and I wanted to slap some sense into him. There were a couple of times I found him to be a bit selfish...actually very selfish! Anyhow even though towards the end of the book he was not my favorite person because of his actions I still loved reading his point of view and am very interested to see how his character progresses.

As far as the romance goes, I was at first feeling the whole Jacob and Kat thing to a point. I just felt their romance was too convenient, as in they are all they have known and usually I'm all for the best friends to lovers thing but not with these two. I know Jacob cares deeply for Kat, but he is going about it very wrong. As for Kat I feel she loves Jacob but not "in love" he was too convenient for her, always been there reliable Jacob. Okay yes, I might be a bit biased because even though much hasn't happened I am rooting for Heph and Kat. There was a spark of something between the two, more so from Heph's side of things than Kats but there is chemistry and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the two. Besides did I mention how much I adored Heph.

One thing I am curious about and hope to see explored more in the next book are the gods and why they are now non-existent. 

Overall Legacy of Kings is definitely one of my favorites of 2015 and I recommend this to anyone who loves a well-written history-fantasy mash up with some unforgettable characters. 

Memorable Quotes:

~"We are all caged and wounded in our own way"-Kat

~Weakness, he has learned, isn't in the leg or arm or back. Weakness is in the mind."-Alex

~"And though Kat has been everything from distracting to infuriating to mysterious to the enticing, maddening figure in his dreams, he believes her to be good." - Heph


Review: The Finn Factor by Rachel Bailey

The Finn Factor by Rachel Bailey

  • Pub. Date: September 28, 2015
  • Publisher: Entangled Embrace
  • Pages:286
  • Rating:2.5/5 
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Sometimes all a girl needs is a little practice...

It's been twelve months, three days, and eleven hours since accounting student Scarlett Logan made it past a second date. A pitcher of mojitos in hand, she employs her supreme graphing skills to narrow things down to one horrifying explanation. Kissing. Clearly someone needs to teach her how to kiss properly. Like, say, her best friend and roomie, Finn Mackenzie. He's safe, he's convenient, and yeah, maybe just a little gorgeous.

Finn knows exactly why Scarlett's boyfriends are disappearing quickly. Him. Not a single guy she's brought home is nearly good enough. And he'll be damned if he lets some loser give her "kissing lessons." No. He'll do the honors, thank you very much. The moment their lips touch, though, everything turns upside down. But Scarlett deserves the one thing Finn can't give her. And if he doesn't put an end to the sexy little shenanigans, he'll teach Scarlett the hardest lesson of all...heartbreak. 
First Line: "He hadn't kissed me."

Review: I'll jump at the chance at reading a friend to lovers trope which is what The Finn Factor is, but I wasn't really feeling the characters or their story much and actually found myself a bit bored for the most part.

Scarlet and Finn are best friends and have been living together for a few years. There has never been any sexual tension etc between them but one day they kiss due to the fact that Scarlett has been having bad luck in guys sticking around and she thinks it has something to do with her kissing so Finn jumps in and says she can practice kissing with him next thing you know the two can't stop thinking about it each other and the rest of the book is about them sorting their feelings out and moving from friends to lovers.

Even though the two have been friends and have been living together for so long I just wasn't feeling the chemistry between the two, it seemed more like lust than anything else. Also there was two point of views which I'm always a fan of but I just didn't connect with either one of the main characters, Finn was still very heavily guarded and Scarlett just came across a little too immature for my likes.

I did find myself caring a bit more about what happened between the two towards the end which is why I'll say this was an okay read for me.

Memorable Quotes:

~"We played with fire."
"And we both got burned."

~"The right person is worth the possibility of being hurt, because being with them is everything."


Review: Finding Perfect by Kendra C. Highley

Finding Perfect by Kendra C. Highley

  • Pub. Date: September 14, 2015
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Pages:199
  • Rating:3.5/5 
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For “Perfect Paige” Westfield, today is “D” Day. As in, she just got one on her calculus test. With her dreams of Stanford, her reputation, and her parents’ expectations at stake, Paige needs to find a way to save face before everything she’s worked for goes up in flames.

Ben Franklin (yes, he’s related) is from the wrong side of town, with the wrong clothes and the wrong kind of life. He also knows an opportunity when he sees one, and he’ll be happy to tutor Paige—if she makes him into the kind of guy her best friend, the hottest girl in school, will date.

It’s the perfect arrangement. And Paige is determined not even the inconvenient—and utterly imperfect—attraction simmering between her and Ben will ruin it…
First Line: "All in all," Mr. Granger said, "the scores on the midterm were pretty good, so I didn't feel the need to grade on a curve."

Review: What made me want to read Finding Perfect was the whole make-over of the guy for a change. All too often we see the girl changing her outward appearance etc. to get attention, in Finding Perfect it was the guy which made it a bit more interesting.

Ben and Paige are both incredibly smart students, but Paige has been struggling with one of her classes so Ben agrees to help her out under one condition that Paige helps him get the girl of his dream, her best friend. Of course you already know how books like these go, eventually Ben realizes that Paige is more his type and falls for her hard and it was just all so cute, the romance was innocent and sweet and it was fun seeing the two eventually figure things out.

Besides the romance, there was Paige having to deal with figuring out what she wanted to do vs what others wanted her to do. She was trying to follow in her father's footsteps of becoming a neurologist to make him proud but deep down she knew it wasn't something she wanted so there was a little bit of drama with her parents. I was rooting for her the whole time even with how short of a book Finding Perfect is Highley did a great job developing the characters to where I connected with them both very easily.

Overall Finding Perfect is great if you're looking for a light adorable romance, maybe as an in-between book after an intense read.

Memorable Quotes:

~"Love that's too easy isn't worth much. It's better when there's some work involved."

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