Wednesday, December 31, 2014

review: TAKING IT ALL by Maya Banks

TAKING IT ALL by Maya Banks
Series: Surrender Trilogy #3
Penguin: Berkley Trade
Released: August 5, 2014
Source: Library
Page Count: 320

Rating: It was okay

Chessy and Tate have been married for several years. In the beginning, their relationship was everything she wanted. Passionate. All consuming. She offered her submission freely and Tate cherished her gift with a tenderness that made her feel safe. Content. Wanted. and loved beyond all measure. but as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his business the success it has become, and Chessy has taken a back seat to his business obligations. Growing unhappier with the status of their once blissful marriage, Chessy knows that something has to give. Or they stand to lose it all.

Tate loves his wife. Has always loved her. Providing for her has always been his number one priority. But lately she's seemed unhappy, and he's worried. Worried enough that he arranges for a night together that he hopes will reignite the fire that once burned like an inferno between them.

But a business call at the wrong time threatens everything. Chessy's safety, his concentration, his wife's faith in him as her husband, a man sworn to love and protect her above all else. Gutted with the realization that he's going to lose her - has already lost her - he readies for the fight of his life. Whatever it takes, he'll get her back. And prove to her that nothing is more important than her love. And that if she'll allow him to prove himself one more time, he'll take it all. Everything. But he'll give far more back. Himself. His undying love.

My Thoughts

I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't work for me the way the rest of the trilogy did. Chessy was never my favorite character to begin with, and the combination of her being too afraid to speak up about the state of her marriage and Tate's obliviousness to everything was just annoying.

The biggest difference between this book and the rest of the series is that this one is about a marriage that failed and now has to be rebuilt. These are tough for me to read sometimes because quite often it's hard to justify the characters wanting to rebuild their relationship after everything that has gone wrong. It has to be done well. Banks even manages it in the first book in the KGI series. But again, this one just didn't work for me. Tate majorly screws up in his attempt at reconciliation, then magically fixes everything by making one little change. No relationship counseling. No help from the friends whose relationship he previously meddled in. Nothing that would have resulted in real change in the real world. It was disappointing.


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating! Today's selection will release on June 30, 2015.

by Daniel Jose Older

Cassandra Clare meets Carribean legend in Shadowshaper, an action-packed urban fantasy from a bold new talent.

Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra's near-comatose abuelo begins to say "No importa" over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep . . . well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order's secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick's supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities,a and save her family's past, present, and future.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


It's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful ladies of The Broke and the Bookish! This week's topic: Top Ten Goals / Resolutions for 2015

1 Don't fall into as many reading slumps.
2 Try to read every day.
3 Catch up on unread audiobooks.
4 Read more off-the-shelf titles.
5 Keep up with reviews.
6 Continue editing bookshelves.
7 Make hubster read more.
8 Lend more books to my friends.
9 Go to more book events.
10 Make it to BEA this year!

Sunday, December 28, 2014


Stacking the Shelves is an alternative to In My Mailbox hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

I grabbed this from Audible:

This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating! Today's selections will release on June 23, 2015.

A Girl Called Fearless #2
by Catherine Linka

On the run with deadly government secrets, Avie must decide if she can live up to her name and truly become fearless for the cause or if it's better to just give in.

The sequel and explosive conclusion to A Girl Called Fearless.

Having survive a violent confrontation with the US government, Avie is not out of danger. Both she and the young man she loves, Yates, have been declared terrorists, and Yates is hospitalized in critical condition, leaving Avie with the perilous task of carrying information that can bring down the Paternalist party, if she can get it into the right hands.

Forced on the run with handsome, enigmatic woodsman Luke, Avie struggles when every turn becomes a choice between keeping the two of them alive or completing their mission. With her face on every news channel and a quarter million dollar reward from the man who still owns her marriage Contract, Avie's worst fears are about to come true.

Equal parts thrilling and romantic, A Girl Undone is sure to keep your heart racing right until the very end.

The Feuds #2
by Avery Hastings

In an America split into the genetically superior and inferior, a fiercely ambitious ballerina and a boy from the wrong side of the tracks must stop a deadly virus that is spreading quickly.

Determined to escape from TOR-N, a corrupt Narxis research center, Davis meets another recovered patient, Mercer, whose sweet smile and quirky sense of humor give her hope in humanity again - and a way out. As they make a perilous journey seeking clues that could lead to a cure, Davis and Mercer's friendship begins to evolve into something more . . . but she's still struggling to let go of her feelings for Cole, whom she believes is dead.

Meanwhile, Cold has plans to change his identity in order to compete in the Olympiads - where Imps have now been invited to compete against Priors. He begins training with Mari, the intense and rebellious daughter of a retired fighter, but through trials and tests that are both exhausting and exhilarating, he finds himself in over his head - literally.

Will both Davis and Cole have the strength to resist temptation? Will they have the courage to face the answers they're seeking? Will their love survive across the divide?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


It's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful ladies of The Broke and the Bookish! This week's topic: Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing This Year

Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School, #3)Zodiac (Zodiac, #1)Princess of ThornsUniversal Alien (Katherine "Kitty" Katt, #10)This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (Love at Stake, #16)The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles)Blindsided (Transparent, #2)Avalon (Avalon, #1)The Worlds We Make (Fallen World, #3)

Sunday, December 21, 2014


Stacking the Shelves is an alternative to In My Mailbox hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

I may have gone a bit overboard... Book Outlet was having a 30% off everything sale for Black Friday. Two big boxes arrived at my door this week!

Sweet Legacy (Medusa Girls, #3)Thornhill (Hemlock, #2)Merry Christmas, SplatTempest (Tempest, #1)
Stolen Nights (Vampire Queen, #2)This is Not a Test (This is Not a Test #1)Altered (Crewel World, #2)Unforgotten (Unremembered, #2)A Ball for DaisyWho Needs Magic? (Magic, #2)Hearts and Swords: Four Original Stories of CeltaHeart Secret (Celta's Heartmates, #11)Heart Fortune (Celta's Heartmates, #12)Break of Dawn (Vampire Babylon, #3)The Path of Razors (Vampire Babylon, #5)ElmerThe Stars Down Under (The Outback Stars #2)The Stars Blue Yonder (The Outback Stars #3)Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?Alphabet Under ConstructionElecopterHow to Wash a Woolly MammothOverride (Glitch, #2)Shutdown (Glitch, #3)MonstergartenIf You Want to See a WhaleThe Hunt (Dark Touch, #2)

I also grabbed this from Audible:

Shadows (Ashes Trilogy, #2)