Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where each week you post your top ten best, worst, etc. This week's topic is top ten books I read in 2013.

This year, I read a total of 54 books! (Yay! *Claps myself on the back*). It's not a huge feat, compared to other readers, but for me it's quite an accomplishment, since I'm such a slow reader. I'm actually really proud of myself :-)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Review: Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

Title: Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall #1)
Author: Shannon Messenger
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Page Count: 404 pages
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: Yes.

Summary from Goodreads: "Vane Weston should have died in the category-five tornado that killed his parents. Instead, he woke up in a pile of rubble with no memories of his past - except one: a beautiful, dark-haired girl standing in the winds. She swept through his dreams ever since, and he clings to the hope that she's real.

Audra is real, but she isn't human. She's a sylph, an air elemental who can walk on the wind, translate its alluring songs, even twist it into a weapon. She's also a guardian - Vane's guardian - and has sworn an oath to protect him at all costs.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both their families, Audra has just days to help Vane unlock his memories. And as the storm winds gather, Audra and Vane start to realize that the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance growing between them.

(Review under the cut)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors of 2013

The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where each week you post your top ten best, worst, etc. This week's topic is top ten new authors that I've discovered in 2013 (authors that have already been writing/ are already popular, I believe?).

A new year comes new discoveries and that is always my favorite part. I love coming across a new book or series I've never heard of, new authors I have read from yet, either I heard from them or not. It's my favorite feeling when I come across a new book and author on my own and end up falling in love with them (*ahem* Marie Lu).

Monday, December 16, 2013

Writing Good Reviews vs. Writing Bad Reviews

Every time I finished a book, I get a huge urge to rant about it. All the things I loved and all the things I hated. The characters, the plot, certain moments, certain chapters - you get it. I don't have many friends who read books, so to rant to them about books would be equivalent to talking to a brick wall. Which is why I made this blog. This beautiful sanctuary of  blog. (Sure, almost no one reads my posts, but it's still good to have a place to rant).

When I write reviews, I often get stuck in my emotions. I usually have no idea what to say, don't know which words to use, which would fit best with what I'm feeling. And sometimes I feel as if I have too many words at my disposal and don't know which one I should use! This usually (and by "usually" I mean "always") happens when I write reviews.

When I'm writing a good review about a book that I loved, I feel stumped. All I can seem to think about is how the book was so amazing, how it was so good, that it's like I've hit a brick wall of feels and I can't seem to get past the state of holy-shit-this-book-was-so-damn-great. Basically I'm just like

But when I'm writing a review on a book I didn't like, I can't help but let my hatred seep out of my pores and spew onto my words. You know what I mean? I can't help but dissect every aspect of the book and just shout from the highest mountains why it was so bad. Like, once I start a bad book review, I can't stop myself until I've elaborated on each and every thing wrong with the book.

Am I the only one? Does anyone else get stuck writing a good book review but can't help but write a novel for your bad book reviews? Please, leave a comment below and let me know!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: July 19, 2013
Page Count: 338 pages
Rating: 2/5 stars 
Do I Recommend it?: No. Stick to Anna and the French Kiss and completely forget about this book.

Summary from Goodreads: "Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. 

When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door."

(Review under the cut)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book on My Winter TBR

The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where each week you post your top ten best, worst, etc. This week's topic is top ten books on my winter tbr list!

Winter is the best season to curl up on the couch with a warm cup of hot chocolate and a good book! (Something I've been dying to do once my final exams are over). I've complied a list of books I'm dying to read this winter, and they were chosen randomly.

1.  All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terril: I don't know much about this book but a good friend of mine recommended it to be and the premise does sound really good, not to mention time travel? Yeah, I'm in there.

2. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis: This book interests me so much. I mean, it's about a girl who gives in the middle of the forrest and guards her lake. What on earth could happen in this book? Answer: A lot of things and I'm excited to find out.

3. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: I started reading this book when it first came out, but I couldn't get invested in the characters so I had to put it down. Hopefully, soon, I'll pick it up again and like it more this time around and actually finish.

4. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein: A book written in a dog's point of view?? Absolutely! I'm a big dog person! Every time I look at my puppy's eyes, I always wonder what she's thinking and this book might be the best substiture.

5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: I have heard nothing but great things about this book and the premise sounds amazing.

6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein: I am completely obsessed with the Lord of the Rings movie and the Hobbit movie (The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug comes out this weekend! YAASSS!!) so of course, I am dying to read the books. I started The Hobbit a couple of years ago, but I had to put it down because school was too much. But I can't wait to read it!  (And seriously, how gorgeous are these new 75th anniversary edition covers?!)

7. Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple: A cute family story about a mother and daughter relationship is something I definitely want to try. Can you guys tell I'm easing my way into the Adult genre? :-)

8. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane: Again, another book I heard great things about. What caught my interest is the word "bookstore" in the title, since I'm obsessed with buying books and going to Barnes and Nobles - hell, even Amazon.com is my new home now.

9. 45 Pounds by K.A. Barson: Never enough stories with big boned women, in my opinion (or I just haven't come across a lot of them). I feel like I could really relate to this story, being a big boned woman myself, and I'm kind of excited.

10. Ruby Red by Kierstin Gier: Last but not least! Again, another book I've heard great things about, and it's a cute story about time travel! No, I haven't read any books on time travel, but it's something different, you know? I'm always excited to venture into new territories and try out new things!

What books are you looking forward to read this Winter? Please leave a comment below and let me know! And if you have any suggestions as to which book I should read first, please feel free to send them my way!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Review: Bloodlines & The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Title: Bloodlines
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Page Count: 421 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: Hell yeah

Summary from Goodreads: "Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning."

Title: The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2)
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: June 12, 212
Page Count: 418 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: Absolutely.

Summary from Goodreads: "Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.
But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.
When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.
Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?"

(Review under the cut)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Review: No Place Like Oz by Danielle Page

Title: No Place Like Oz (Dorothy Must Die 0.5)
Author: Danielle Paige
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Page Count: 196 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: If you're a fan of The Wizard of Oz (either the book or the movie), you'll definitely enjoy this novella.

Summary from Goodreads: "After returning to Kansas, Dorothy Gale has realized that the dreary fields of Kansas don’t compare to the vibrant landscapes of Oz. And although she’s happy to be reunited with Aunt Em, she misses her friends from the yellow brick road. 

But most of all, Dorothy misses the fame and the adventure. In Kansas she’s just another prairie girl, but in Oz she was a hero. So Dorothy is willing to do anything to get back, because there really is no place like Oz. But returning to the land she left comes at a price, and after Dorothy is through with it, Oz will never be the same."

(Review under the cut)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2014 Release I'm Dying To Read

I haven't uploaded on my blog in forever! I feel like I've abandoned my little home! Don't worry *pats computer* I'll update more soon! Christmas vacation is just around the corner and soon I'll have more free time to post more things!

The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where each week you post your top ten best, worst, etc. This week's topic is top ten 2014 releases I'm dying to read!!!

I know I'm not alone here when I say there are a ton of books I'm dying to read but have to wait until next year to get my hands on! (Actually it might be just a couple of books, but I feel so intensely towards them that it feels like a lot!)

So, here's my list!:

1. Cress by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #3): The Lunar Chronicles quickly became one of my favorite series after being highly recommended to me by a couple of friends and I'm so glad I listened to them! Cinder and Scarlet are two of my favorite books and I am dying for Cress! Why is February so far away!!

2. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #3): I was very reluctant with this series but once I started reading Unravel Me, I couldn't put it down! Ignite Me is a serious must have, which also doesn't come out until February!

3. The One by Kiera Cass (The Selection #3):  Maxon!!! Literally the one and only reason why I stuck around for this series and the only reason I am truly anticipating this novel! What an amazing character! So sweet and charismatic and just perfect. If America picks Aspen over precious Maxon, I have no idea what I'll do.

4. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy #3): Does this even need explaining? Shadow and Bone is nothing short of amazing and I need this book, like, right now.

5. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss #3): I still haven't Lola and the Boy Next Door, but I really loved Anna and the French Kiss so I'm super excited to get on with this series! Nothing but good things have been said about Lola and I know Isla will be even as, if not more, wonderful!

6. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy (The 5th Wave #2): Does this one even need explaining? Hell no.

7. Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #5): I'm currently reading The Golden Lily, the second book in the series, and I am loving this series! I know that as soon as I finish, I will be dying to get my hands on this sequel!

8. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus #5): House of Hades had me in a roller coaster of feelings and I can't wait for Blood of Olympus! Nico better get a POV! Or something! Don't leave us hanging, Riordan! And don't you dare try and hurt him, either! *sobs*

9. The Young Elites by Marie Lu: The Legend trilogy was truly amazing. I love Marie Lu so much and I know that her next series will be nothing but excellent.

10. Panic by Lauren Oliver: I'm gonna admit- I have no idea what this book is about lol. But Lauren Oliver is a great writer and I loved the Delirium trilogy (even though Requiem was a flop). The summary has be excited to see what the story is truly about and I can't wait to read it!

+ Bonus!

11. Landline by Rainbow Rowell: I know it's top ten but I had to include Landline! Rainbow Rowell has quickly become one of my favorite authors (and person - I mean, honestly, do you follow her on twitter?). I love her writing and her characters and even though I have yet to read Attachments, it's on my TBR list and Landline is a book I am very excited for!

What books are you most excited for next year? Maybe I missed one! Please leave a comment below and let me know! Thanks!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Review: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Title: Just One Year (Just One Day #2)
Author: Gayle Forman
Release Date: October 10, 2013
Page Count: 336 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: Maybe?

Summary from Goodreads: Before you find out how their story ends, remember how it began....

When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn't know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they aren't fated to be together. 

He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he’d thought. . . .

(Review under the cut)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Title: Just One Day
Author: Gayle Forman
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Page Count: 386 pages
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: Hell yes!

Summary from Goodreads: When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark.

After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. 

Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

(Review under the cut)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

National Novel Writing Month

It's almost here! NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing month, is right around the corner!

For those of you who don't know, every where during the month of November, every writer takes out their notebooks, pens, and thinking caps and brainstorm a novel to write during those thirty days. The goal is, from the beginning of the month to the end, you have to write up to the goal of 50,000 words! 

And this year I will be participating! I'm very excited to start! This is my first time doing NaNoWriMo and, I gotta say, I'm very nervous. I'm not very experienced with writing-I write as much as I can-so this is a new challenge for me. I hope I'm able to complete the challenge of 50,000 words and win! 

My book genre will be a fairy tale retelling. That's all I know, I'm still working out the details (and with only a day left. Procrastinator, much?). I don't divulge which fairytale, though. You'll find out once NaNoWriMo starts!

If you're also participating in NaNoWriMo, please, add me as a friend! You can do so by clicking here.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? If so, what's your story about? Have you participated before? Are you a newb, just like me? Are you excited, nervous, scared? Please, leave a comment down below and let me know!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine, where we spotlight upcoming and highly anticipated releases.

This week, my choice for "Waiting on" Wednesday is:

Title: Landline
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Expected Publication Date: July 8, 2014

Summary from Goodreads: Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Rainbow Rowell has quickly become one of my favorite authors every since I read Eleanor & Park and Fangirl! Rowell is such an amazing writer! I have yet to read Attachments but I know I'll love it as much as her other books, and I feel the same way towards Landline!

What book are you most excited to be released? Leave a comment down below and let me know!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Review: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Title: The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4)
Author: Rick Riordan
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Page Count: 583 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: Absolutely!
Summary from Goodreads: At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

(Review under the cut)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Page Count: 387 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: Absolutely!

Summary from Goodreads: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

(Review under the cut)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Review: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Title: The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
Author: Kody Keplinger
Release Date: September 7, 2010
Page Count: 280 pages
Rating: 1/5 stars
Do I Recommend?: No way

Summary from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.
But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him. Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

(Review under the cut)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top Ten Character Names I Love or Find Unusual

The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where each week you post your top ten best, worst, etc. This week's topic is top ten character names that I love/find unusual.

This list is in no particular order.

Female names:
  1. Katsa (Graceling Realm)
  2. Bitterblue (Graceling Realm)
  3. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles)
  4. Alina (The Grisha Trilogy)
  5. Genya (The Grisha Trilogy) (I pronounce it Gen-ya, not Jen-ya, sorry)
  6. Vasilisa (Vampire Academy Series)
  7. Annabeth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series)
  8. Hazel Grace (The Fault in our Stars)
  9. Primrose (The Hunger Games)
  10. Laurel (The Wings Series)
Male names
  1. Jonah (The Last Song)
  2. Maxon (The Selection)
  3. Aspen (The Selection)
  4. Balthazar (The Evernight Series)
  5. Po (Graceling Realm)
  6. Dimitri (The Vampire Academy Series)
  7. Crickett (Dear Life, You Suck)
  8. Kai/Kaito (The Lunar Chronicles)
  9. Peeta (The Hunger Games)
  10. Raffe (Dark Guardian Series)
I broke the rules and chose ten male and female names, lol. I couldn't choose! They're all my favorites.

So, what are your favorites? Leave a comment below and let me know! 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Review: Angellfall by Susan Ee

Title: Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee
Release Date: May 21, 2011
Page Count: 284 pages
Rating: 2/5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: Not really.

Summary from Goodreads: It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

(Review under the cut)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Top Ten Best Sequels Ever.

(I know this picture is hideous I know I'm so sorry, try not to look at it lol)

The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week's topic is top ten best squeals.

I haven't read every book series out there and there are many that I still have yet to read. This list is from my memory. These aren't the best books ever, nor are they my favorites (though some of them are), they're just sequels in book series that I remember really enjoying. These are in no order.

1. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #2): Out of the trilogy, Pandemonium was my favorite by far. It was fast paced, action packed, and there was never a dull moment. I loved how each chapter would revert from the past to the present, and it all caught up by the end. It was the most interesting our of the trilogy and the best by far.

2. Prodigy by Marie Lu (Legend #2):  I didn't enjoy Prodigy as much as I enjoyed Legend, but I thought the way Marie Lu executed the story was actually brilliant? The ending was nerve wrecking and I'm dying for Champion! November 5th, get here soon, please!!

3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #2): Um, can we say roller coaster?? This book was so extreme it made me so nervous! I was clutching the book like "oh my god, oh my god, oh my god what's gonna happen next?!" As the book progressed, I knew shit was gonna happen and I was in mortal fear for my favorite characters! (God damn you, Veronica Roth, for making me fall in love with a character and then killing him off in a matter of 5 pages!)

4. The Elite by Kiera Cass (The Selection #2): I can't begin to explain how much I enjoyed this book? It wasn't super amazing, but the fact that I finished this book in eight hours non-stop still amazes me (it's the first time I've ever read a book in one go so let me have this, please).

5. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy #2): Honestly, god bless Leigh Bardugo and her awesomeness. The Grisha Trilogy has been nothing short of amazing, and it gets better chapter after chapter after chapter. Siege and Storm literally cranked it up a notch with it's crazy ending and I loved it. I loved the whole book! I'm dying for Ruin and Rising to be released!

6. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (The Vampire Academy Series #3): The Vampire Academy series is one of my newest favorite series! I loved Shadow Kiss and it's my second favorite of the series.

7. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (TheVampire Academy #6): My absolute favorite book of the series! And not because it's the last one, but because it was absolutely amazing. It was never a dull moment and every moment was better than the last.

8. Dark of the Moon by Rachel Hawthorn (The Dark Guardian Series #3): I think this might guiltily be my favorite book ever? Actually, no, not guiltily! I've read this book so many times and it gets better and better every time! I love werewolve love stories and I'm not even sorry :-)

9. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers #3): It's been a long time since I read this book but I remember being enthralled by the last book of this trilogy. I would love to get my own copy of this series and reread it!

10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallowsk by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter #7): Do I even need to explain why is this one of the best sequels ever? ... Yeah, didn't think so. 

What are your top ten best sequels that you've read? Please fell free to comment below and let me know! (Lol ... That rhymed). 

Waiting on Wednesday: Champion by Marie Lu

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine, where we spotlight upcoming and highly anticipated (at least for me) releases.

 This week, my choice for "Waiting on" Wednesday is:

Title: Champion (Legend #3)
Author: Marie Lu
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Summary from Goodreads: He is a Legend. She is a Prodigy. Who will be Champion? June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. 
June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

Legend is one of my favorite book series! No book is better than the last book in series (although that does not apply to Requiem *cough*) and I cannot wait to see how Marie Lu ties everything in together! Especially with that damn cliffhanger she left us with at the end of Prodigy? I need Champion asap!

What book can't you wait to get your hands on? Please leave a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The One

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine, where we spotlight upcoming and highly anticipated (at least for me) releases.

This week, my choice for "Waiting on" Wednesday is:

Title: The One (The Selection #3)
Author: Kiera Cass
Expected Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Summary from Goodreads: The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers' hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey... Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

It's no secret that I'm in love with The Selection trilogy by Kiera cass (I'm especially in love with Prince Maxon!). When The Elite came out, the series got much better and then we got to learn more about the characters and see new sides to Maxon and it all made me love the series even more.

So I can't begin to tell you how excited I am for the third and final book in the series, The One, to come out! The cover was released only a couple of days ago, and look how beautiful it is! I honestly can't get over it. The only downside to this is that I have to wait until May of next year for the book to come out!

What upcoming books are you most looking forward to read? Please let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Top Ten Book Turn Off's.

Please excuse my lack of posting! I haven't been reading much lately and school has really been kicking my ass!

The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week's topic is top ten book turn off's.

You know when you're reading and there's just some things that you truly can't stand when you're reading? Like abusive relationships, or cheating, or a character acts/looks a certain type of way? Or when you're at a book store and there are some certain aspects of the book that make you not want to buy it? I certainly have a bunch of "book turn off's" and when I went to sit down and write down a list of my top ten, apparently it didn't take me long to complete it (lol)!

My book turn offs

1. Love Triangles: This is probably one of my biggest hell no's of the book turn off's. I hate love triangles with a passion! We all fall for the guy the main character falls for, but when there's two guys fighting for her and she chooses the guy you don't like? And you have to endure a whole book of her being with the guy you don't like and the poor guy you're rooting for is nowhere to be found. Uh, no thank you. (The only exception to this one is The Selection by Kiera Cass because, come on, as soon as you meet Maxon, how do you not want to continue with the series?).

2. Slow Beginnings: If a book doesn't pick up after 30-50 pages, I'll get restless and want to start another book. I need something to happen! Slow introductions bore me and I kinda don't want to be bored (duh).

3. E-Book Only: This one rattles me! Books that are e-book only isn't fair to those who don't own tablets. They're expensive and I'd rather own a hardback copy (I do have a nook, but still).

4. Little to no romance: If a book has no romance, I probably won't read it, or I won't like it at all and I'm not ashamed to say this. Most books don't really do much for me if there's barely any romance (except for Graceling by Kristin Cashore. That book was all sorts of amazing and the romance was so subtle, wasn't specific or anything. That's a rare book to come across. Oh, and The Book Theif!)

5. Ugly covers: Who doesn't judge a book by it's cover? Come on.

6. Annoying main characters: If the main character is a little brat who doesn't stupid and reckless things because someone told her/him not to (for his/her own benefit) and they decide to act out anyways, I will literally stop reading (*cough*TMI*cough* sorry guys).

7. Terrible writing: I sometimes wonder how some people actually get published when their writing is actually horrible? And I don't mean when the writer is trying to be artistic and trendy with their weird puns and metaphors and line breaks, I don't care about that. But when the writing is really awful? Like amateur writing? No thanks.

8. Poetry: I dislike poetry so much, mainly because I can't understand them. And when you incorporate them into the story line, or put it multiple times in the story, I will dislike your book more and more.

9. Takes place in history: History is another thing I don't like. Books set in WWI or anything like that never interested me when I read it for school and they definitely don't interest me now.

10. Classics: I was never good with classics. The writing is too hard for me to understand and I can't past the first two pages without getting confused. I really wish I was able to read classics, above all else.

Those are my ten book turn offs, what are yours? I'm interested to see if there are even more turn offs that I didn't think of! Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts with me :-)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Page Count: 435 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
Do I Recommend?: Abso-fucking-lutely

Summary: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

(Review under the cut)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: House of Hades

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekely meme (God, I love meme's) hosted by Breaking The Spine, where we spotlight upcoming and highly anticipated (at least for me) releases.

This week, my choice for "Waiting on" Wednesday is:

Title: House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
Summary from Goodreads: At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

If you've ever read any of Rick Riordan's novels, you know that he's an expert on giving us readers pain (Damn you Riordan!!). After I finished Mark of Athena, I cried for the longest time, and then seeing, on the last page "House of Hades, Fall 2013," made me cry even harder. The ending nearly killed me and I was dying for more!!

Finally, almost a year has passed and the newest installment of Heroes of Olympus is out soon! (Three more weeks in fact!).

And I'm mostly for certain that this book is going to hurt the most.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List

The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week's theme is top ten books on my Fall TBR list. (TBR = To Be Read).

For the Fall, I didn't decide on a specific genre (contemporary, dystopian, etc.), but instead on all the books I've been wanting to read as of lately.

Fall Releases:

1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Divergent #3): The final conclusion to the Divergent Triology and I can't begin to tell you how excited I am! Divergent is by far one of my favorite book series and is very dear to me. The fact that it's ending leaves me with a bittersweet feeling!

2. House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus #4): The ending to Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3) was so heart wrenching it left me wanting more, and I hated Rick Riordan for making me wait a whole year for the next one! Finally, this October, House of Hades is released and, if it's anything like Mark of Athena (or even more intense), I don't know how I'm going to survive.

3. Champion by Marie Lu (Legent #3): I remember when I first picked up Legend at my local Walmart, thinking it was might be an okay read. But as soon as I got into the book, I fell in love with it! Now, with Champion, I honestly can't wait to see how the story unfolds! Love, love, love this series!

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I fell in love with Rainbow Rowell and her writing when I read Eleanor & Park last month, and as soon as I heard about Fangirl, I knew I just had to read it! I love her quirky style and her wit and I can't wait to read more of her work! (Currently reading this book as on September 17)

5.  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: I'm going to be completely honest with you, the main reason I was drawn to this book was because of the cover! It's absolutely gorgeous and I'm so tempted to read books that have amazing covers! While I already started this book and gave up about 100+ pages in, I hope that when I get back into it, it starts to pick up more.

Already Released:

6. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Mara Dyer #1): This book series is one of those was raved by everyone I follow on Tumblr and I have to see what the hype was about! I have a gut feeling that I'm going to love it and I can't wait to start the loving! (That doesn't sound weird at all does it?)
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7. The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle: Another book I was drawn to because of it's gorgeous cover! Not to mention it's a YA Contemporary books about opposites attract? Yes, please! I'm in the mood for some good Contemporary this month and I hope this doesn't disappoint!

8. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss #3):  Another contemporary to add to the list! I had read Anna and the French Kiss earlier this year and I absolutely loved it! (St. Clair! *sighs*). As soon as I heard that there was a sequel to Anna & TFK, I knew I had to continue reading! Perkins didn't disappoint with Anna, so I'm sure she definitely won't with Lola!

9. Ruby Red by Kerstin Geir (Ruby Red Trilogy #1): Uhm, a book that had time traveling as a a genetic trait, instead of it being a physical thing like a vortex (or a Tardis, you choose)? That's kind of awesome! I've heard nothing but great things from this series and I can't wait to start!

10. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds #1): Last, but certainly not least! This is another book that is everyone's favorite, especially in the booktubing community and, from the description on goodreads, I'm actually really excited to read this? It gives me a Graceling meets Shadow and Bone vibes (and those are my two favorite books) so this might end very well!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Bookish Identity Tag!

God, these things look like so much fun! I've seen book tags being done all over YouTube, and since I don't have a YouTube channel, I decided why not do the tag on my book blog?

This tag was created by Benjaminoftomes on YouTube (here's the link to his original video) and the tag is questions he came up with about the different worlds in YA fiction books.

Let's get started!

Q: What dystopian/fantasy world would you like to live in?
A: This is such an easy question, I don't even have to think about it. Hogwarts, hands down. Who wouldn't want to live at Hogwarts to learn magic? To go to Hogsmeade and drink butter beer? Oh and not to mention be friends with The Golden Trio? Yeah, sign me up any day.

Q: Who would your partner be?
A: This question is very broad, so I'll answer this the two ways I can think of. A "boyfriend" kind of partner (if I can choose from any book), will be either Dimitri from the Vampire Academy series or Four from Divergent (Sorry Peeta. You still have a very special place in my heart). I choose them both because not only are they gorgeous (like oh. my. god. gorgeous), but they are also very compassionate and beautiful characters. Now partner as in "partner-in-crime," I think I'd choose maybe Alina Starkov from Shadow and Bone? Or Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy because she is bad ass and hilarious and just 100 percent awesome.

Q: Who would your godly mother/father be? (Percy Jackson Series)
A: Now, I don't know many of the Greek Gods, but I know I would love to have Zeus or Poseidon as my godly parent. I mean, how cool would it be to be able to control wind or water? Or be able to talk to animals?

Q: Would you rather be a Downworlder or a Nephilim? (The Mortal Instruments Series)
A: I don't read The Mortal Instrument series (I gave up on the third one because Clary pissed me off - and I'm not even sorry about it), but a Nephilim is a child of a human and a god (kind of like a demigod) and is also a giant? I'm not entirely sure what it is to be honest, so I'm gonna go with Downworlder. Maybe I'll be a kickass Shadowhunter.

Q: What House would you be in? (Harry Potter Series)
A: Hufflepuff, hands down. (Screw all of you who think Hufflepuff is a shit House. It's a great House!)

Q: What faction would you be in? (Divergent Series)
A: Honestly, I think I'd want to be in either Dauntless or Amity.

Q: What would be your daemon? (Northern Lights Series)
A: Lets just skip this question because I've never heard of this book series before and I can't find it for the life of me on Goodreads, or Google.

With tags, you're supposed to tag other people to do this tag, too, so I tag all of you! If you do decide to do this fun tag, please leave a comment below with a link to your tag and I'll check it out!

Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Author: Jesse Andrews
Release Date: May 12st, 2012
Page Count: 295 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: Hell yeah.

Summary: "Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight." (X)

(Review under the cut)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

August Wrap Up!

My first Wrap Up! How exciting!

For those of you who don't know, a Wrap Up is a list of books (or movies, shows, etc) that you have read in a month, and you make a list of what you've read! And it's done at the end of the month (hence the term "wrap up"). This is my August Wrap Up and I'm glad to say that I made excellent progress! I read eight books in August! EIGHT! That's a new record for me, since I'm such a slow reader.

Here's the list of my August Wrap Up:


1. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead (#5): The Vampire Academy has become one of my all time favorite series. I loved Spirit Bound, but it wasn't my favorite of the series. I think I struggled with this book because of Rose/Adrian, which I didn't like in the least (Please don't even get me started on Rose/Adrian).

2. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (#6): My absolutely favorite of the series! It was very fast pace and so interesting and so good! From start to finish had so many things happening (no dull moments thank you god), and I couldn't put it down.

3. The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise: I hate to say that this book was a huge disappointment. The writing was amateur, the events were illogical and the dialogue didn't go at all. Sise had such a good idea for a novel and she failed, big time. It was so bad, I couldn't even finish.


4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy #1): A new fantasy world with magic that's executed beautifully is my kind of book. Bardugo's world of Ravka and the Grisha's made me fall in love with fantasy all over again (A whole new world equals a map of the new world, which is included in the book! I'm sorry but I'm a sucker for maps inside of books [I'm not sorry]). With beautiful characters and a great plot, Bardugo had me hooked!

5.Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy #2): As soon as I finished Shadow and Bone, I just had to buy the next book! A+!! Even better than the first one and OMG, I am dying for Ruin and Rising! Why is 2014 so far away!!

6. The Elite by Kiera Cass (The Selection #2): I enjoyed this book much more than the first one. I'm a sucker for romance, and as much as I hate love triangles, I am in love with Prince Maxon so much that I'm enduring a love triangle just for him. I just recently made a review for it, which you can find here.


7. Reboot by Amy Tintera (Reboot #1): As with The Boyfriend App, I was disappointed with this one, too. It didn't live up to the hype and had me bored for most of it. I wrote a detailed book review here.

8. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: This book has become my new favorite contemporary!! This beautiful and amazingly tragic love story had me laughing and sobbing and my heart was being squeezed so hard I couldn't handle it. Easily one of my new favorite books! I wrote a book review on it, which you can see here!

August was such a successful month and I am super happy with my progress! Even though school has started for me in September, I hope to read as much as I did in August! (Will be posting a September TBR real soon!)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

In Kiera Cass's first novel, The Selection, we follow America Singer's story as she leaves her indignant life as a poor singer and ventures off to the Royal's mansion as she enters a worldwide contest against thirty-five other young women to become Prince Maxon's bride and the next heiress to the Illean throne.

(Warning: This contains spoilers. If you haven't read the first book in the trilogy, please do not read below this unless you want to be spoiled!)

In The Elite, we continue with America's story as she braves deeper into the competition that has been narrowed slimly from thirty-five women to six, whom are known as the "Elites." The competition is more brutal than ever as the girls try to prove that not only do they have what takes to be a good bride, but also a great Princess. And America, her heart torn over two guys that she both loves, has to decide which fate she is truly destined for.
(Cont. review under the cut)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Now, we're all familiar with the typical Zombie. They die. They rise back from the dead, their corpse rotten and, well, dead. They have no sense of humanity and all they crave is the taste of human flesh. But in Reboot, we get a whole new taste of Zombies. Instead of them rising back from the dead very sullen and gross, they become stronger. Faster.

They have an immaculate sense of healing, and can take down a group of 5 burly guys without taking a breath.

Amy Tintera had a great idea for a story, and she drove it into the ground. An idea this great should have an amazing story! But, unfortunately, it was a snooze fest from start to end, with only some interesting parts. This book did not live up to it's hype.

In the world of Reboot, when you die, there isn't a certain amount of time that you are dead until you are awake again, or in this case, rebooted. The number of minutes for which you're dead is the number you are identified with. And the higher your number, the more deadly you are. The higher your number (the longer you're dead), the less emotions you have, and the farther you are from your humanity.

(Cont. review under the cut)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Page Count: 328 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

Summary from Goodreads: "Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor and Park is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. 

When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under."

(Review under the cut)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Book Review: The Selection and The Prince by Kiera Cass

Love triangles is something I try to avoid completely, but this book was so captivating I couldn't put it down.

Think of "The Bachelor," except in the form of a Young Adult Fiction Novel, and with teenage girls, and that's what we got. In the fantasy country of Illea, set in the future after the United States has fallen, young Prince Maxon has finally come of age and is eligible to marry. As is per tradition, he holds a competition, The Selection, where 35 young women in the country from each province and caste are chosen to compete for his heart and the crown.

Here we follow the story of sixteen year old America Singer. In a country with a caste system, she is a Five, one of the lower rankings with One being the highest and Eight the lowest. Each level of the caste system as a different professional occupations, and Five's are performers. Five is also one of the poorer standings, so it is a difficult to find a good paying job. Even though America Singer has a beautiful voice, her family's meager looks make it difficult for families of higher status to hire them. And so when she gets a letter in the mail saying she is eligible to enter in The Selection, to the excitement of her family, she grudgingly agrees, for every member who is selected into the race will be compensated.

(Review cont. under the cut)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Review: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

When we first meet Warner in Tahereh Mafi's first novel of the Shatter Me trilogy ("Shatter Me"), we're automatically set on hating him. He is the antagonist of the story, he's the bad guy. He's going to selfishly abuse Juliette's power for his own personal gain. He seems cruel and cold-hearted and we all clapped frivolously when Juliette and Adam finally escaped his cruel ways.

But like every other Villian, Warner has a past.

To backtrack: Shatter Me is based on Juliette, a seventeen year old who has a destructive power: If you touch her, you die. Ever since her family discovered her power (or in their minds, her illness) due to an accident with a young boy, she has been lock up by the Reestablishment.

After a couple of years going to ward after ward, Juliette is rescused by Warner, the head of the Reestablishment in their Sector. But to her horror, Juliette discovers Warner only wants to use her power for evil, for destruction, and Juliette is itching to get her freedom.

(Review cont. under the cut)