Only the Good Die Young | Review

Afraid to disappoint her mother, Rebecca tells a terrible lie that can possibly ruin the life of another. So how will it all end? Will she go through with the lie for her own selfish reasons, or will she tell the truth in sake of another person's freedom. Read more below to hear my thoughts on Only the Good Die Young.

I Pledge, Do You?

Thanks to Jessy Poo over at A Cup of Tea & A Big Book, I was able to find out about "Bloggers Commenting Back." (what is with me & giving people nicknames?) This group consists of bloggers who vow to go out of their way to respond to all comments on their blogs, as well as others. Jess and I were just talking about conversating with more book bloggers and she stumbles across this! Thanks girl! Lucky for me, this is something I already partake in. I love to chat, so when people comment on my blog, I make sure to always follow up. Nine times out of ten, when you comment on my blog but I haven't come across your just yet, I always go, read a few posts, follow, and comment on the ones that interest me the most. I'm glad someone has come up with another great idea to get us bloggers connecting. Here's Alise's blog post if you want to get more information on what the group is all about, and instructions on how to add your blog to the list. Hope to see you guys there!
I pledge, do you?

Confession Time (1) | Hidden Gems

Hey readers, in today's first edition of Confession Time, (#CYOT) I decided to kick this meme off with a big list of Hidden Gems! Books that I've come across, read and enjoyed, but haven't seen them get the love  they deserve here in the book community. Below I have 8 titles, both YA and Adult that I believe you guys will be interested in. Read more to find out what they are!

#CYOT (Confession Time) | Meme Created by Yours Truly . Me :D

So earlier today I was feeling creative and a bit festive after all the fun I had while participating in the Liebster Awards, that I decided to create my very own meme (or tag, whatever you want to call it) here at fANGIRLconfessions. So Ta Daaaaa ! Stay tuned after the jump break to read more of what #CYOT actually is, and the details of how to participate!
 (For those that keep asking me why I say read more, or stay tuned, I have a jump break I created to shorten my posts that says "continue reading". I don't think it's shows on bloglovin, so that's probably where the confusion comes in. Sorry!)

Waiting On Wednesday (1)

Hey readers, it's Tika here with my very first tag on fANGIRLconfessions . . . Waiting on Wednesday! WWW is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we're most excited for. I kept it short and sweet with just 3 titles that release dates are in September. Read more below to find out what they are!

I've been nominated!

Ooooohhh isn't it just purrtttyyyyyyy!
First and foremost, (this sounds like the beginning of a Grammy speech right?) I want to give a special thanks and big shoutout to Erin, Jenniee, Blessie  and Talina for the nominations!
Stay tuned after the break to read my Q&A, and find out what new awesome bloggers I'm nominating.

Throne of Glass | Review

With the release Heir of Fire right around the corner, Mallory, Jennie, and I decided to hop the TOG train to see if the author had indeed delivered. Well congratulations Sarah J. Maas, you've won me over, I'm officially a fan.

Read-a-long | Throne of Glass

This fan art found over at, has me super excited for the Throne of Glass read-a-long I put together with Mal at Mallorybooks, and Jen at Jennieelouisee.  For this entire week, (August.12th - August 16th,) we'll finally be starting this series to see what all the hype is about!

The Kiss of Deception | Review

The Kiss Of Deception | Mary E. Pearson
Pages: 492
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: July 8th 2014 | Henry Holt
Format: E-Copy
Source: Purchased

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

First of all, I want to start out by saying, that this book was everything I could have wanted PLUS more. It exceeded my expectations, and was the perfect material to help transition myself back into the Fantasy genre.

The Kiss of Deception follows Lia, a princess fed up with her overbearing mother, her distant father, and an arranged marriage to a prince she hasn't met. In an act of rebellion, Lia grabs Pauline, her bestfriend and royal maid, and off they flee to a small village by name of Terravin. Determined to blend in and settle into a new life, Lia shreds her royal image by becoming a waitress at the inn where they've found shelter . . .

" The truths of the world wish to be known, but they won't force themselves on you the way lies will. They'll court you, whisper to you, play behind your eyelids, slip inside and warm your blood, dance along our spine and caress your neck until your flesh rises in bumps. "

Can we please just take a moment and admire this quote from the story? The writing in this novel is impeccable. The metaphors weren't shoved down your throat as " different" or "unique". It was simplicity at best, describing feelings, thoughts, people, places, as they should be . . . realistically.

To my surprise, this wasn't the type of fantasy novel I was expecting. When I think about this genre, I imagine three headed dragons, ogres, and flying pigs maybe, but what I received was the pace and emotion of a well written contemporary. When reading contemp, we often come across some books that have what I call "Insta Love,"and maybe some love triangles here and there right? Well, in The Kiss of Deception, these two common themes are done extremely well.

First of all, one of the things I really enjoyed was that the relationships between Lia and the two other boys Didn't. Just. Happen. I will admit their was a spark between the three from the moment they met, sort of like an instant attraction, but the connections made actually happened over a course of time. No "Insta Love" here folks! Also, the love triangle isn't exactly what you'd expect either. It was far from the typical: "Girl meets boy, then meets another, ends up falling for both, breaks their hearts, or gets her heart broken trying to make a decision." Nope, not even close to what happens here. Lia had indeed found them both attractive, but only pursued one . . .Which one is the question. While reading this book, about half of your time will be spent trying to figure out which of the two boys is actually,

The prince she was supposed to marry.

 The assassin sent to kill her. 

This twist was a complete game changer for me. I can't tell you how many times I switched my perspective on who the boys were, and to make matters worst . . . I was wrong ! After the mystery was finally solved, I found myself kind of disappointed in a way. With such an original concept, I thought that the big reveal was a bit mediocre. Not in the way everything came to light, but rather their identities. Seemed like such a typical choice for her to fall for . . .

Ha! You really thought you were going to get the tea from me huh? Not!

Being that I don't want to spoil your reading experience for this book, I won't go into great detail about the characters. Well, I won't go into very much detail at all. Just know that our main protagonist Lia, is fierce honey! She's a smart girl, with a sharp-tongue to match. She was far from the snooty, uppity princess I assumed her to be. Instead she was down to earth, a bit frustrating at times, but I was definitely impressed with her character progression towards the end of the book. Oh, and the boys are definitely swoon worthy ladies don't fret!

With all that said, I truly enjoyed this book. It took me 4 days to complete because I didn't want to devour it. This is one of those books where you read extremely slow just to savor the chapters, to take everything in. With the story being a bit slow paced, it was easy to let all the details simmer. I was able to see the world building unfold before my eyes, able to grow to love the main characters because they all had a chance to tell their stories. The alternating POV's gave us a glimpse of what they were thinking and feeling at certain moments. It even gave us a bit of a backstory between the main characters, allowing us access to a few secrets they've hidden away.

The Kiss of Deception is a gripping tale that will have you on edge to the very end. With it's slow but intense pace, loveable characters, creative plot, and descriptive world building, how can I not put this on my list of favs for 2014!

The People's Choice

So it's decided, The Kiss of Deception will be my first read for the month of August! My birthday is on the 17th, so I plan on doing alot of reading, and hopefully a book haul will be in the near future!

Add me on Goodreads and Twitter to keep up with my updates for this book. Have a great day guys!

Hey Readers!

  Every couple of weeks on my blog and other social media sites, I'll be posting the above question, "What's My Next Read?" The post will consist of 5 books that I haven't read yet. Some will be titles that I've been anticipating , and others will be books that I would never pick up myself. I'm doing this not only to connect and interact with other readers, but to step out of my comfort zone and broaden my horizons when it comes to certain genres. Read more for this weeks list.

The Birth of a Phoenix (Phoenix Chronicles #1) | Review

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or content of my review.

Dystopian Establishment . Romance . Kick ass protagonist . 
These are all the ingredients needed to create a great dystopian book, yes? Correct! Yet, Candice Snow has taken The Birth of a Phoenix to a whole new level in YA literature.
Read more of my thoughts after the break below.