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!