Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Bookish Identity Tag


I was not tagged to do this but I saw The Innocent Smiley do this post and it looked like a lot of fun so I decided to do it as well because I can.

Which dystopian/fantastical world would you live in?
Hmm.. I would live in the world of Morganville from the series The Morganville Vampires. I would love to take Claire's spot and be in Shane's arms. *swoons* I would be glad to take her place. Plus I would kick some butt to some of the people in the book *cough cough* Monica *cough cough*. Even though there are many other places to be in, I would still choose this. I was tempted to choose The Lux series in West Virginia, but the whole alien thing going in on there, I would not like to be apart of that. 

Who would your partner be?
Hands down, Daemon. I absolutely love Daemon from the series Lux. Holy baby jesus please let me be with Daemon! Daemon is loving, snarky, sarcastic, hilarious and drop down gorgeous. I wish there were someone out there like Daemon *sighs* He would be the perfect partner, I know I can always count that he would do anything for me. If only it weren't for Katy being in the way.



Who would be your Godly mother/father (from Percy Jackson)? 
Obviously I would have Athena as my mother because she has been my absolute favorite goddess ever. I would love for her to be my Godly mother. 

Would you be a Downworlder or a Nephilim (from The Mortal Instruments)?
Psshhh, Nephilim duhhh! 



Which house would you be in (from Harry Potter)?
I would be in Gryffindor! These are very easy questions to answer, Gryffindor seems like such an obvious choice, but I would really love to be apart of that house. 

Which faction would you be in (from Divergent)?
Hmm, I want to say Dauntless but I am terribly a coward *puts head down in shame* So my next choice would be in Abnegation because I am completely selfless. 



 What would your daemon be (from The Northern Lights/Golden Compass)?
Ummm...I have no idea what this is.. O.O
*Edit* So I just looked it up, and I feel stupid *face palm* I want a tiger!Especially if it were Rajah from Aladdin. It'd be amazing to have one that is loyal to me but is vicious to everyone else *laughs wickedly*




Here are the bloggers I tag, and anyone else who wants to do it!
Ella @ Enchanted by YA
Izzy @ The Reading Izzy
Olivia @ Fictionally Obssessed

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter - Book Review


















Title: Lost Voices 
Author: Sarah Porter 
Publication: July 4, 2011
Series: Lost Voices #1 
Format: Ebook 
My Rating:  ♥♥

Summary:

What happens to the girls nobody sees—the ones who are ignored, mistreated, hidden away? The girls nobody hears when they cry for help?

Fourteen-year-old Luce is one of those lost girls. After her father vanishes in a storm at sea, she is stuck in a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village with her alcoholic uncle. When her uncle crosses an unspeakable line, Luce reaches the depths of despair. Abandoned on the cliffs near her home, she expects to die when she tumbles to the icy, churning waves below. Instead, she undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid.

A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in—all of them, like her, lost girls who surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives. The mermaids are beautiful, free, and ageless, and Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: they feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks.

Luce’s own talent at singing captures the attention of the tribe’s queen, the fierce and elegant Catarina, and Luce soon finds herself pressured to join in committing mass murder. Luce’s struggle to retain her inner humanity puts her at odds with her friends; even worse, Catarina seems to regard Luce as a potential rival. But the appearance of a devious new mermaid brings a real threat to Catarina’s leadership and endangers the very existence of the tribe.

Can Luce find the courage to challenge the newcomer, even at the risk of becoming rejected and alone once again? Lost Voices is a captivating and wildly original tale about finding a voice, the healing power of friendship, and the strength it takes to forgive.

My Review:

This was an alright book. There were many scenes that I disliked very much. I was expecting much more from this book that what was given. I didn't see where a lot of things were going and thought that the plot was not really great. I kind of 'judged a book by it's cover' here. I had no idea what this book was going to be about but no way did I think this is what was going to happen. 

- Luce
At first, I thought she was a 10 year old and I didn't really like that she was a 14 year old to begin with. Throughout the book though, she did seem maturer and took off as if she were much older than in the beginning. There was a growth in her that was pretty good. I didn't like how her uncle abused her and almost raped her, just that scene made me feel sick. To think that things like this are actually happening to people at this moment terrifies me. I wish our world were much more at peace and things like this never happened. I loved that Luce was her own person, but sometimes she acted like a coward. I wished I could put my hand through the book and slap every single one of these mermaids in this freaking book. 

I honestly do not feel of going over every single character, but here is a quick review of them all. They were so many betrayals from almost all mermaids that were just incredulous. I couldn't believe what I was reading, it honestly didn't feel real. I couldn't believe the book when everyone turned on people, and how this book started to where it is now. Anais annoyed the hell out of me. I can't begin to explain how much I wanted to slap this chick, along with Samantha. Ugh! There were just so many characters I loathed through this book. I did not like Catarina's character at all through this book, the only time she grew on me was on the last freaking chapter. This entire book in my opinion was okay, it was original but seriously. It was very annoying. I only kept it to 2 stars because there were some things I actually liked about the book. Seeing Luce's voice mature, was hands down my favorite part of the book. Mostly my only. 

Overall, this was an ok/horrid book. I only really liked the main character (and not a lot at times) but Dana and Marian were also my favorites. I wish I could give this book 5 stars and be excited for the next book but I am not. I will want to finish this series eventually but not anytime soon. I may pick the next one up if I have absolutely nothing to read. I am glad this was a fast read and got to the point at times, because if it wasn't a short read and took forever to get through, I would have given this book 1 star. I really tried loving this book but I just couldn't. I could see how this could be a favorite to some people but it was not my cup of tea.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Friday Finds [2]


Friday Finds showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).
I forgot to post this meme yesterday so here it goes! Better late than never. 
 


 The Archived by Victoria Schwab
 Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.  Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.  Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what she once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.  Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.  In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

Need by Carrie Jones 
 Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.  She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.  In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear. 

The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.  Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.  Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - Book Review



















Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas 
Publication: May 7, 2013
Series: Throne of Glass #1 
Format: Paperback 
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Summary:

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. 

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

My Review:

“No. I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material.”  

I thought this was a great book. It took a few chapters for me to get into the book but I was hooked. I was hoping for more battle scenes but this was a great read. It didn't reach my expectations, I didn't really like how they switched the multiple point of views but getting over that the book itself was unique and intriguing. 

- Celaena
First of all, I love her name. Celaena is an extraordinary heroine and can kick some butt. I wish this was in first person in her point of view because I loved her the most out of everybody in this book. There were so many damn good scenes with her. I understand now why everyone loves her, she is pretty amazing. 

- Dorian
Eh, I like Dorian but I think he is a little too flirtatious at times, which kind of annoyed me. I didn't love him but he was an alright character. It was obvious that he really did like her not loved. I take love really seriously and it seemed like he was getting close to loving but seriously? It seemed a little cliche and didn't feel right. 

- Chaol
Chaol, on the other hand, I loved him. He was able to control himself a little better. I was secretly hoping he would crack at times though. Chaol was my third favorite character (Nehemia has to be second favorite) through this book. There is no denying that he secretly wants Celaena even if he won't admit it to himself. I want to see how these characters grow in the next books in the series. I am excited to read more of Chaol, I really love him. 

- Nehemia
I had my doubts about her, but in the end she was awesome. I think she is the right kind of person that Celaena needs in her life right now. She is a great friend, even though I had this whole issue with her in the beginning, that soon passed. 

Overall, I thought this was just an extremely original and creative read. I would say I rated this 4 instead of 5 because of the lack of things that felt missing. I didn't like the vibe I got from Dorian, he is an amazing character to some but I just don't really like him. This didn't reach my expectations but it was still a great book I picked up and I would recommend a lot of people to read this book and see for themselves if this is a great book or not. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a new twist of things and is tired of the same books repeating. Let me know what you thought if you gave this book a shot!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout - Book Review


















Title: Origin 
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Publication: August 27, 2013
Series: Lux #4 
Format: Ebook 
My Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥

Summary:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.  

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure. 

All Katy can do is survive.  

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen? 

Together, they can face anything.  

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? 

And will they even be together?

My Review:

“I promise you that this isn't going to be our future, Kitten. I will give that to you—a normal life." 
Her eyes glistened. "I don’t expect a normal life. I just expect a life with you”  

I loved this book. I love this series. I love Daemon. Ugh this was so beautiful and amazing. I am so excited to see how this series ends. I want them to live happily ever after! Ugh that cliffhanger ruined me! This one wasn't my favorite of the series but I did love it nonetheless. This has been one of my all time favorite series this year. I cannot get over how amazing this is. 

- Katy
I still love Katy. I hated seeing her go through the stress tests, and I'm pretty sure Daemon would agree with me. This book took an unexpected turn with the Origins but that made it is so cool. Daemon and Katy are just the most adorable couple I have ever seen, it is beautiful seeing they would do absolutely anything to keep one another safe. 

- Daemon
God knows I love Daemon. I loved seeing his point of view through this book as well with Katy's. This is just what I needed to heighten how much I love him. He is very protective, hilarious, amazing, and so much more. I am shocked on how this book ended, I need to read the next one!

Overall, I loved all the characters in this book. The last few chapters were very shocking and very depressing. I am very interested into seeing how this book continues because the ending left hanging with my mouth open. I couldn't believe what happened between Dawson and Beth, how is that going to go? And that last freaking page my god. I need to read the next book soon. I loved this book and this series. Jennifer never seizes to amaze me.

Wishlist Wednesday [2]


Hosted by Pen to Paper
  Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves. 

This Wishlist Wednesday is dedicated to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin 
There has been so much talk about this book for such a long time and I am dying to read it! With the new release of The Retribution of Mara Dyer, I am having a hard time trying to get this one from the library. I want to get this book in my hands already, the synopsis looks so intriguing. This book looks like something I would really love and I hope I can get this book as soon as possible. If you have read the book, let me know what you thought about it in the comments!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout - Book Review



















Title: Opal
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication: December 11, 2012 
Series: Lux #3 
Format: Ebook 
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Summary:

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever. 

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

My Review:

“Oh, dear God and baby Jesus in the manger, my eyes!” Dee shrieked. “My eyes!” 
My own eyes snapped open. Daemon lifted his head, eyes luminous. Then I realized my hands were still up his shirt. I yanked them out. 
“Oh my God,” I whispered, mortified. 
Daemon said something that burned my ears. “Dee, you didn’t see anything.” And then he added much lower, “Because you have impeccable timing.” 
“You were on…her and your mouths were doing this.” I could just imagine her hand signals at that point. She went on. “And that’s more than I want to see. Like, ever.” 

I loved this book! There were so many great twists and plots and so many beautiful romantic scenes. I loved this book. I am glad this book started from where we left off in Onyx and I thought there was so much that had to go on and when the ending came and it was all in that one chapter I was on the edge of my seat. I seem to be blabbering s lot right now, but it is taking a lot to not type in what I'm feeling because right now I feel like this #@?!<#?@$*#!^&%?>?@$!?/!#@*!!. 

- Katy
I love Katy's character. There are lot of things to her and she is an amazing main character. She is by far my favorite main character in books, she needs to be able to look out for herself more though, she seems to walk in on a lot of things that can get her in danger. But she is amazing!

- Daemon
Oh, Daemon. I love Daemon so much. It pains me knowing guys like this are only in books and probably guys I would never meet in a lifetime. I love how much he cares for Katy and would do anything for her is just incredibly freaking sweet. He is such an amazing guy and hilarious. I love whenever he speaks; it is either funny, snarky, stupid or romantic and you can't help but love him. 

Overall, there were so many great characters in this book. I wish I could explain more how I felt towards this book but as I said words cannot describe #^&*>!/ I am excited to get onto book 4 and see how this series continues because this damn cliff hanger is bothering the hell out of me. I want more and I hear the next one is in Katy and Daemon's point of view!! You can already tell the next one is going to be great. The ending killed me, I cried on those last few pages. Believe me, the ending is going to break you and melt your heart!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Breathless by Lurlene McDaniel - Book Review



















Title: Breathless
Author: Lurlene McDaniel 
Publication: May 12, 2009
Series: None. 
Format: Ebook 
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Summary: 

What is the toughest request anyone can be asked to fulfill?  

Travis Morrison is a champion diver and one of the most popular kids at school. On the first day of summer vacation, while boating on the lake with his friends, Travis attempts a silly stunt dive that goes wrong. He fears he has broken his leg. Instead, his trip to the hospital reveals he has a rare form of cancer, and to save him, the doctors tell his parents they must amputate. In an instant, Travis’s life and the lives of everyone around him are forever changed.

Travis is determined that he and only he should decide the course of his life. He has a plan, but he can’t carry it out alone. Will he convince one of his friends to fulfill his most important request?

Lurlene McDaniel tackles a controversial subject, probing the issues of personal choice and quality of life.

My Review:

 *Please note that what is written in this review are my opinions, please do not take offense to it. If you may be offended by what I am writing please stop reading, if you do not agree with me then please just do not say anything at all because these are my thoughts on the book and I simply won't care if you decide to comment hurtful things*

“Foreknowledge is a burden, a weight I can hardly bear. Maybe that’s why God keeps the future hidden from us. If I knew I would have a terrible accident, would I live my life trying to avoid it? Would I lock myself inside a room being safe? Or would I go outside and live day to day”  

Wow. I thought this was an incredible book. I thought that the multiple point of views were perfect for this story, and I thought there was so much in between the little amount of pages that I thought were great. When I was reading this book, the first chapter already hinted that I was going to be crying through this book. I did cry at a few scenes but it's wasn't a sob fest for me like I thought it would. Don't get me wrong, it was an emotional book but I wasn't really in the mood to cry and let a few tears fall and left it at that. This book wasn't what I was expecting it to turn out to. I felt that many things were left unsaid and I hated that.

- Travis
I thought that it was very serious what Travis was planning to do, but I knew it was right. I don't have a special thing to do when I grow up, (diving, baseball, basketball, music, etc..) but I honestly have no idea how I would react if I was not able to do it anymore. I thought there was sense into what Travis wanted to do but I did not like how he was planning it. It was a lot to ask but he never, not once, considered the guilt that would wash over his best friend. It was all I could think about.

I thought all the characters were unique and great in their own ways. I do wish there was more to said to them all. Ugh, I have so many question running through my head with all the things left unsaid. This book was unique and I thought there was a lot of creativeness written through this book.

Overall, I was shocked a lot of them didn't understand what he was asking. I know it would be very difficult to even consider what he was proposing but it is his life and he has to make his own decisions. I wouldn't want to continue living if I knew I was going to die either way. I wouldn't want to continue life strapped with cords and having tubes everywhere, it would be misery and I would simply not want to live anymore. If I knew there was a chance I would get better I would fight but knowing there is no chance wouldn't it be better if you were able to say goodbye to your loved ones and be able to die in a way you wanted to? This may not go for everyone but this is how I saw this. I thought this book was beautifully written, the only reason why this book is rated 4 stars instead of 5 is because I thought many things were left unsaid.

WARNING: DO NOT GO ON UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK! SPOILER!!



My suspect for the ending:
Emily. I thought it would have been Cooper at first but something about the way it was written had me thinking it was Emily. I'm not sure if I'm correct but I believe it was her. She knew that he was living in hell and I think that the author made it her because a lot of us probably suspected it was Cooper. Let me know who you thought it was!

(Scratched off so you don't by accidentally read it :)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry - Book Review


















Title: Crossing the Line 
Author: Katie McGarry 
Publication: April 1, 2013
Series: Pushing the Limits #1.1 
Format: Ebook 
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Summary:

Katie McGarry captivated readers with her “riveting, emotional”* Young Adult debut, Pushing the Limits. In this gripping novella, she tells the story of Lila and Lincoln, who discover that sometimes it’s worth crossing the line for love…

Lila McCormick, Echo's best friend from Pushing the Limits, first met Lincoln Turner when tragedy struck both their lives. But she never expected their surprise encounter would lead to two years of exchanging letters—or that she’d fall for the boy she’s only seen once. Their relationship is a secret, but Lila feels closer to Lincoln than anyone else. Until she finds out that he lied to her about the one thing she depended on him for the most.

Hurting Lila is the last thing Lincoln wanted. For two years, her letters have been the only thing getting him through the day. Admitting his feelings would cross a line he’s never dared breach before. But Lincoln will do whatever it takes to fix his mistakes, earn Lila’s forgiveness—and finally win a chance to be with the girl he loves.

My Review:

“The entire sky erupted into hundreds of streaks of light. I never felt so alive. I wished that you were here with me or me with you. But I think you were. Call me crazy, but it was a moment, Lila, and I'm glad I shared it with you. Even if it was from a couple hundred miles away. ~Lincoln”

I loved this book! The only thing I can say I dislike the most was that it was so damn short. I craved for more, I loved the storyline between Lila and Lincoln (as I always do in this series) it ended way too fast for my liking.

- Lila
I feel like I have a lot in common with Lila. Things that were happening with her, her anxiety and all, I can relate to, I have horrible anxiety so I felt much more connected to Lila. I loved Lila's character and I just enjoyed this book so much.

- Lincoln
Lincoln was a sweetheart. I thought it was adorable how he was able to make Lila feel better about herself and was able to make her stronger. I thought that Lincoln was the most amazing thing. He is sweet, gorgeous and so much more. There are many layers to him and I loved seeing them all.

Overall, this was an amazing book. I really wanted this to be a full on book or an epilogue to see what happens next. I was looking forward to a rock-climbing scene! I was so in love this book. It was adorable, funny an amazing. I can't wait to get the next novella coming out for this series! I start over fangirling when I see a character from a previous book make a reappearance. I loved this book.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Swoon Worthy Saturday [2]


Hosted by Stay Bookish.
Saturday is a day for swooning. Swoon Worthy Saturday is a weekly meme where we present a fictional boy who has swept us off our feet, given us butterflies, made our heart do acrobatics and driven us absolutely crazy!

This week's Swoon Worthy Saturday is dedicated to Daemon from the series Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

I love Daemon, he is such an amazing guy and hilarious. I want more from him, I love whenever he speaks it is either funny, snarky, stupid or romantic and you can't help but love him.

“Remind me," he paused, drawing in a stuttered gasp, "to never piss you off again. Christ, are you secretly a ninja?”-Daemon Black *Obsidian: Book #1* 

“Daemon: I checked out your blog. Katy: Stalking me again, I see. Do I need to get a restraining order? Daemon: In your dreams, Kitten. Oh wait, I'm already starring in those, aren't I? Katy: Nightmares, Daemon. Nightmares.” -Daemon Black and Katy Swartz  *Obsidian: Book #1* 

“What?" he demanded. 
"Did you just...clean a dish?" Dee backed away slowly, blinking. She glanced at Daemon. "The world is going to end. And I’m still a vir—"  
"No!" both the brothers yelled in unison.  
Daemon looked like he was actually going to vomit. "Jesus, don’t ever finish that statement. Actually, don’t ever change that. Thank you."  
Her mouth dropped open."You expect me to never have—"  
"This isn’t a conversation I want to start my morning with." Dawson grabbed his book bag off the kitchen table. "I’m so leaving for school before this gets more detailed." -Daemon, Dawson, and Dee Black *Shadows: Book #0.5* 



Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thursday Quotables [1]


Share a favorite quote, line, or passage from your reading each week!


 “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

 “You have nice manners for a thief and a liar," said the dragon.”

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Teaser Tuesday [2]


Hosted by Should Be Reading. 
In this meme, you grab your current read, turn to a random page, and take (2) two sentences from anywhere on that page. But remember not to spoil anything.

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My Teaser is from the book:
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (Page 153)


"Bilbo wondered what is was, and whether it could be Beorn in enchanted shape, and if he would come in as a bear and kill them. He dived under the blankets and hid his head, and fell asleep again at last in spite of his fears."

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Stacking the Shelves [2]


Hosted by Tynga's Reviews
Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

This week I will be reading the books I have to buddy this week. I am excited to start all of these!


 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 
I have been wanting to start the hobbit for such a long time now. I love all the movies and I am also excited for the new one coming out. I want to understand it more though and I am just anxious to start this already. 

Allegiant by Veronica Roth
I loved the first two books in this series, I can't wait to end this series with this book. Sadly, I was spoiled for this book so I am not so thrilled of what's to come but I want to be able to enjoy this book without that bothering me.


Hourglass by Myra McEntire 
I have heard a lot from this book and am quite excited to start it. 

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr 
This seems like a cute book. I loved Sweethearts and I hope this is going to be another favorite from Sara Zarr. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Friday Finds [1]

 Friday Finds showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).





Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler  
Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances... a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been.  So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks into her life... and starts serving up some seriously mixed signals. She’s got a lot on her plate, and for a girl who’s been burned before, risking it all is easier said than done.  It’s time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it. Because in a place where opportunities are fleeting, she knows this chance may very well be her last...

Between the Lines by Tammara Webber 
Reid Alexander is used to getting what he wants – and what he wants next is his newest costar, Emma Pierce. The universe is lining up nicely to grant his wish, until he’s confronted with two unexpected obstacles on location: a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for Emma’s affections.  Emma Pierce just got her big break after years of filming commercials and made-for-TV movies. Winning the lead role in a wide-release film – opposite the very hot Reid Alexander – should be a dream come true. But Emma’s heart is hiding a secret fantasy: she wants to be a normal girl.

Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti 
At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school’s ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she? In Waiting For You, this third romantic novel from Susane Colasanti, Marisa learns how to “be in the Now” and realizes that the love she’s been waiting for has been right in front of her all along.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday [1]


Hosted by Pen to Paper 
 Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves. 


This Wishlist Wednesday is dedicated to Eragon by Christopher Paolini 
I have been wanting to read this book for such a number of years now. I remember trying to get it when I was about 8 years old but that book is 503 pages so it overwhelmed me at the time. I am still wondering why I haven't read it yet, I guess since it's so large I have been putting it off but I am planning on reading it very soon, so look out for a review on it. I have seen the movie and sadly I was very disappointed but I am hoping that the book is much better. I am quite excited to get to this book though. I love dragons, they are my absolute favorite mythical creature. I am expecting a lot from this book so fingers crossed I love it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins - Book Review



















Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publication: August 14, 2014 
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3
Format: Ebook 
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Summary:

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?  

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. 

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, √Čtienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

My Review:

“I smile up at him. "It's beautiful. But what comes next?" 
"The best part." And he pulls me back into his arms. "The happily ever after.”  

My rating for this book is 3 stars, at first I gave it 5 stars but that was because I had just finished reading the book and I was exaggerating with 5 stars. I was so ecstatic when I got this book from my library, the cover wasn't what I was expecting but it is still really nice. This one was sadly the least of my favorites from this series, Anna was the best, then it was Lola and now Isla. That would be the order I would have them in. I think my favorite part was near the ending but that isn't good because the part at the near end wasn't really focused on Isla, I was glad to see Anna and Lola and I loved seeing them all together. That was may favorite part but not because of Isla's role in that part but because of Anna and St. Clair but the ending was adorable nonetheless. 

- Isla
I found Isla annoying at times, overreacting to things in the worst way and seeing her just falling over this guy is a little depressing. I did like her character though, she was a nice mc but it was a little hard to concentrate because she did whine at many times and now that I look back at the book I am realizing all the flaws it had. I guess I was expecting so much I overlooked the bad parts and only focused on the good parts because Stephanie Perkin's is a great writer. Isla has to be my least favorite out of the three between her, Anna and Lola. She had high expectations for so many things that weren't just going to happen. 

- Josh
I have to admit that I loved Josh. I always love reading about artists but still, what did he expect when he gave her that book in the beginning of your ex? It was very predictable of what was going to happen after she read it but his shock was just too much. But all of his characteristics are just to die for. 

Overall, I thought the ending was amazing though, that was the cutest thing ever but the story dragged and was at such a slow pace. It felt as though nothing really happened through the book everything going on a short period of time. This was just unrealistic. Falling in "love" with someone over just a month? That is very unbelievable and honestly at least there was such realistic things going on in Anna and Lola's story, but where did it go? Things happened in the weirdest way. I am only really keeping this at 3 stars because I do believe it was adorable and it was a Stephanie Perkin's book so I finished the book pretty fast. I didn't like how this series ended, I really wish this book was a little better.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa - Book Review



















Title: The Iron Daughter 
Author: Julie Kagawa 
Publication: October 1, 2010 
Series: The Iron Fey #2 
Format: Ebook 
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Summary:

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. 

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

My Review:

I loved this book so much. I loved it so much more than the first one. I loved it, the ending was just amazing my god I am at a loss for words this was just simply amazing how else could I put it? This was so amazing, the characters, the plots, everything! I was on the edge of my seat throughout the book. 

- Meghan
I love Meghan's character, she is such a phenomenal female lead and her growth is just outstanding. She is incredibly brave and so amazing and doing what she does. There is a lot to say about Meghan but the first that pops into my head is heroic. She puts her family first and even though the whole winter world despises her, she still wanted to save them. I thought that Meghan had grown so much from The Iron King to this one. 

- Ash
Ah Ash. I love him so much. I can't get him out of my mind. I cried so much because of this jerk..I take that back I can't be mad at him because of the beginning and most of the middle, the ending recovered all that for me.

- Puck
I love Puck's humor. He is always making me grin in the stupidest way. There is so much to him that is just awesome but I still love Ash so much more. I think what I really like from Puck is his humor, he is gentle and very loving and guarded but he is sarcasticness is just too much where you just have to laugh.

- Grimmalkin
I love this cat. Even though he is really rude he is a really great companion and hilarious. I would love to have a cat as Grimmalkin, but more loving and less rude. 

- Ironhorse
Aw, I loved this man...horse? He is incredibly brave and just so loyal. I cried for a few minutes because of this horse (man?). 

Overall, the way this book ended just had me speechless, Ash had me speechless! I am so glad this is how it ended but what's going to come next in the series. I could not think of better characters for this addition to the series. Julie is such an amazing writer, I am glad I got onto this series and I will definitely be going to the third one as soon as possible.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Transfer by Veronica Roth - Book Review



















Title: The Transfer
Author: Veronica Roth 
Publication: September 3, 2013
Series: Divergent #0.1
Format: Ebook 
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Summary:

Complete your Divergent library with the Four stories! 

Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be captivated by "Four: The Transfer," the first of four stories, each between fifty and seventy-five pages long, set in the world of Divergent and told from Tobias's perspective. 

In "The Transfer," readers witness Tobias's aptitude test, Choosing Day, and the moment he is given the infamous nickname "Four."

My Review:

I loved that this was in Tobias's point of view. It was so sad to see how he lived before he went to dauntless and I love seeing how he got his name and the whole process of his beginning. I am so happy that there are more books in his point of view because I loved it. 

- Tobias
I love Tobias, he is just incredible. It's so sad seeing him in a weak form, how frightened he was growing up. I am glad he has changed from that because it was just terrible reading those scenes, they made me tear up really bad.

- Marcus
Ugh. I do not like Marcus. He is so abusive and horrible. I don't understand why he likes seeing his son in pain and always "teaching him a lesson". 

Overall, I loved the book and I am glad I gave this novella a try. I am excited to read the rest of them, they all look so good and I want to see Tobias's life before he met Tris.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dare You To by Katie McGarry - Book Review



















Title: Dare You To 
Author: Katie McGarry 
Publication: May 28. 2013
Series: Pushing the Limits #2 
Format: Ebook 
My Rating:

Summary:

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."  

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....  

"I dare you..."  

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does...

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him. 

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all...

My Review:

I loved this book! This was a great add on to the series. I did love Pushing the Limits much better but this was a great second. I cried toward one of the ending chapters and I thought the writing was amazing. I love Katie McGarry's writing style and I would love to start the next book as soon as possible. I also really like how Katie does the dual point of views, fantastic. 

- Beth
Remember Beth from Pushing the Limits? I did. I am glad this book was written about her and Ryan because I loved looking at both sides point of view. Beth was very aggravating throughout most scenes but I still loved her character. Even though it was stupid to believe her mother would ever change. From Pushing the Limits, I thought Beth was horrible, but we see much better sides of her through this book. 

- Ryan
I love Ryan. I love him, I love him, I love him. He is so sweet and so nice and so handsome. He had a great sense of humor and I wish I could write like him, it was beautiful. There is so much to Ryan, especially with his family, that he doesn't show to everyone. I was stunned with how his parents were, I am grateful my family would support me in anything I did. Ryan is an amazing guy and I am so glad Beth found him, or he found her. 

Overall, this was an amazing book. I laughed, cried a little, and was in love with this book. I am so excited to get to the next book, I want to read more of Katie's writing and the third book looks promising. I was close to giving this book 4 stars instead but only because of Beth's attitude. Obviously, I understand why she acts like that but it gets annoying after awhile, but I felt that the book overall deserved 5 stars.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington - Book Review



















Title: Embrace 
Author: Jessica Shirvington 
Publication: March 6, 2012
Series: The Violet Eden Chapters #1  
Format: Ebook 
My Rating:  ♥♥♥♥

Summary:

It starts with a whisper: "It's time for you to know who you are..."

On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. She will have to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, EMBRACE is a compelling novel of good and evil, seductive desires and impossible choices. A centuries old war between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity chooses a new fighter. It's a battle Violet doesn't want, but she lives her life by two rules: don't run and don't quit. If angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden.
LINCOLN: He's been Violet's one anchor, her running partner and kickboxing trainer. Only he never told her he's Grigori--part human, part angel--and that he was training her for an ancient battle between Angels and Exiles.
PHOENIX: No one knows where his loyalties lie, yet he's the only one there to pick up the pieces and protect her after Lincoln's lies. In a world of dark and light, he is all shades of gray.
Two sides: Angel or Exile.
Two guys: Lincoln or Phoenix.

The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity...



My Review:

“Did you ever think we would be anything other than unbelievable?” 

I really liked this book. There were really great scenes, I only really got this book because I loved the cover and didn't know what the book was about at all, but I enjoyed it. I thought this was a great book and the writing was great. I was annoyed with Violet many times but I forgive her only because of why she did it. I am excited to get onto the next book in this series.

- Violet
As I said, I didn't really like Violet but now I love her. She is an exceptional main character and is smart and amazing. I cannot wait to see her journey in the next books.

- Lincoln I absolutely love Linc~ He is an amazing character and I feel that he deserves much more than her but if she is better in the next books I might reconsider that but I still feel that the perfect girl for him is me. Haha, no. I don't know how many times he had apologized and I was just begging for him to stop. I still am in love with his character and I am curious to see how their partnership is going to go through in the next book.

- Phoenix I did not like Phoenix. I just did not like him at all. I always had an iffy feeling about him, I didn't like him. Please do not come in the next book! Please, please, please!!

Overall, the story captivated me. I think the main reason I only gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because Violet was bratty the entire book! It was at the last few chapters that I began to love her. I am glad with the way this book ended and as I said many times throughout this review, I am anxious to see how this series continues.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Beating Heart by A.M. Jenkins - Book Review



















Title: Beating Heart 
Author: A.M. Jenkins 
Publication: August 25, 2009 
Series: None. 
Format: Ebook
My Rating: 

Summary:

This house 

is mine 

and 

I am

its beating heart. 

She is a ghost: a figure glimpsed from the corner of your eye, a momentary chill, and a memory of secret kisses and hidden passion. He is 17 years old: Evan Calhoun, warm and alive, and ever since moving to this big abandoned house, he has dreamt of her. Ghost and boy fascinate each other–until her memories and his desire collide in a moment that changes them both. 

Combining verse fragments with chiseled prose, A. M. Jenkins captures the compelling voice of a long–dead ghost and the perspective of a modern teen, twining mystery and romance in this evocative, sensual, and unrelentingly engrossing novel.

My Review:

This book was not at all what I was expecting. I was utterly confused when the ghost would talk and I am just so confused. I did not like this book at all. I have no idea how to say how bored I was through this book and how annoying it was. I felt like I was reading two people do a role play instead of reading a novel. I was expecting so much from this book, mostly because I love ghost stories, but this was just horrible. After reading many reviews, I was also excited to start because most people rated it 5 or 4 stars so I thought it was going to be great, boy was I wrong. I can't even begin to explain how much this book annoyed me. 

- Evan
Evan is a very annoying character, I thought he was so stupid and I was just glad the book was over. I could not take anymore, I just did not like it all. I wish I could say something, anything good about this book but there is absolutely nothing. And he treated his little sister horrible, I did not like Evan's character. 

- Libby
I think the only good thing about this book. She is adorable, but I just didn't see where this book was going through the ending. 

Overall, this book ended very weirdly. Many things were left unsaid and didn't make any sense at all. Thank god this was a standalone and a short read because I could not take anymore. I was so glad it ended when it did. As you can see, I thought this book was horrendous.

August 2014 - Wrap Up

Here are all the books I read during the month of August 2014. I started off the month pretty good but went downhill from there because of school starting. I hope next month is much better! I read a total of 9 books. Not very proud of that, but it's better than nothing.


 
❀❀❀ Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar ❀❀❀
Oh please, don't even get me started. I was very disappointed by this book. I was hoping for something better but this was just horrible. All the characters were obnoxious and annoying. I can say that I gave this book 1 star but it deserved .5 of one. The show is enjoyable rather than the book. I won't be in a rush to be continuing this series anytime soon. 




 
❀❀❀ Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies by Erin Dionne ❀❀❀
 This was an enjoyable read. I thought it was a cute contemporary. I was really bored throughout the book though, but it was a very short and cute read. 








❀❀❀ The Distance Between Us by Kasie West ❀❀❀
Another book by Kasie West that I loved! I really enjoyed this book, I thought the romance was spectacular and I just loved every chapter through this book. I am a huge fan of Kasie West now. I didn't expect this book to go like that but the book was better than I imagined it would be. 





 
❀❀❀ Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout ❀❀❀
I loved this book. It was much better than the first and I have high expectations for the next book in the series. I have fell in love with this series and Daemon. I am stunned with how this book ended, why such a cliffhanger Jennifer? I was expecting as much but it still isn't nice. I am thrilled to get onto the next book as soon as possible. 


 

 
❀❀❀  Split Second by Kasie West ❀❀❀  
A great installment to the Pivot Point series. I loved how this continued from where we left off on Pivot Point. I love this series and I'm devastated that it has come to an end. I fell in love with Tucker, I want more from him. I loved every minute of this book. I also enjoyed the dual point of view between Addie and Laila. 



 
 ❀❀❀ The Fault in Our Stars by John Green ❀❀❀  
This was a devastating book, an emotional roller coaster. I watched the movie before reading the book so I have some idea of what was going to happen next but the ending still struck me the same way the movie did. I used an entire box of tissues because of this book. It was simply amazing. 






❀❀❀ Incarnate by Jodi Meadows ❀❀❀ 
This was a pretty great book. I went into the book without knowing anything that was going to happen and I was pleasantly surprised. The beginning was great, the chapter was not dull and continued to impress me. I gave the book 4 stars because some scenes were a bit dull and I did not like some things that happened but the book itself was great. I cannot wait to start the next book. 





 ❀❀❀ Insurgent by Veronica Roth ❀❀❀ 
 I was a little confused when I started the book because there were so many characters I had forgotten in the last book that were brought up again through this book and I was over here like, "Who are you again?" But Veronica did help me out with remembering everybody, there were just so many characters. I thought this was a great add on to the series and I am thrilled to start the last book in the series. Everyone says they cried, for a reason I shall soon find out.





❀❀❀ The Iron King by Julie Kagawa ❀❀❀
I loved this book! Throughout many books, there are always chapters that bore me but that did not happen at all through this book. I enjoyed every little page. I was very impressed with how much I enjoyed reading this, I can happily say I will definitely be continuing this series. Julie Kagawa's writing is phenomenal, this was my first book of hers and I was no disappointed. I was expecting a little from it but I am just astonished on how much I liked this book.




I think this was a pretty good month of reading. Not adding the total amount of books I read, but mostly through the ratings. The only books I did not really like this month are the first two I started through the month. I cannot wait to start next month!