Sunday, May 28, 2017

Most Anticipated Summer Releases 2017

Hello readers! Today I will be sharing with you my most anticipated releases this summer. I hope you are also excited to read some of these books. I am currently writing this with four days left till the release of Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I can tell you now I feel a long review coming you way. Two actually because I am currently reading ACOMAF by Sarah J. Maas when I am writing this. Let's just get into the releases.

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)The first book on this list is Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. I haven't read the first book which is This Savage Song yet but I plan to read it soon. (she says this about every book). This is the second book in the Monsters of Verity duology or series or trilogy. I honestly have no idea. If you don't know what it is about it takes place in a world where monsters are born when bad things happen. The worse it is the more powerful the monster. I believe we follow two character, a human and a monster, however the human wants to be a monster and the monster wants to be a human. I also heard this is a no Romance book and I am looking forward to that.

Release Date: June 13, 2017

Once and for AllThe next book on my list is Once and For ALL by Sarah Dessen. I only read two other Sarah Dessen books which are What Happened to Goodbye and Saint Anything and really enjoyed both of them. This book is about a wedding planner and it is all I really know about it to be honest. It sounds like the perfect summer read and I plan on reading it this summer.

Release Date: June 6, 2017

Lucky in LoveThis next book I have to share is Lucky in Love by Kasie West. I honestly find Kasie West's books to be okay but her books are cute fluffy reads that I need when I am in a reading slump. I highly recommend reading her books to get you out of a slump. Fun fact: I love reading contemporary in the summer so it is perfect timing. I don't know much about it but I know it has to do with a girl who won the lottery and I am excited to read it.

Release Date: July 25, 2017

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of VillainyI am pretty sure you have all heard something about the next book on my list which is Because You Love to Hate Me by many people I don't want to name because I don't know them all from the top of my head and am too lazy to google it. If you don't know this book is a collection of short stories that have to do with villains I think. A bunch of Booktubers and authors teamed up together to create it. The booktubers giving the authors prompts to write about. That is what I heard and am not sure if it is true or not. Anyway I am excited to see what they write and cannot wait for it. Sadly I will be on vacation when this is released and probably won't read it till August.

Release Date: July 11, 2017

Aug 29
The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2)The next book on my list is one I am surprised at myself to be anticipating. The Dazzling Heights by Katherine McGee. This is the second book in The Thousandth Floor (series? duology?). This series has a lot of drama and it is often compared to Gossip Girl though I can't compare the two because I never watched Gossip Girl. The first book is about a bunch of teenagers who live in a thousand floor building in New York where the richest live at the top and the lower you are the lower the class you are. The first book is one of my guilty pleasure reads and I do want to know what happens next obviously.

Release Date: August 29, 2017

Do you see any books on this list you are excited for? Let me know in the comments! Also comment any other anticipated releases you may have. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you in my next post!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Court of Thorns and Roses Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses 
Author: Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4/5 stars
Date Read: 5/15/17

I have finally read ACOTAR. I am marathoning the first three books.

I really enjoyed this book. It is not my favourite Sarah J. Maas book, but I did enjoy it. I found the beginning slow and quite boring to be honest. As the story progressed however, it got so much better and I ended up not being able to put it down.

I am not going to describe this book because honestly the goodreads summery does a really good job at describing it so if you want a summery click the title above.

The question I am sure that you have is team Tamlin or Rhysand. Honestly I am not going to lie I am not a huge fan of Tamlin. Everyone likes him in the first book but I only found him okay. I have also finally met the famous Rhysand and Rhysand was also okay. He wasn't the most amazing character I have ever read and I feel like I would like him more once I read ACOMAF. Right now at the moment I don't care who Feyre ends up with. I am leaning more towards Tamlin to be honest, but I HAVE ONLY READ THE FIRST BOOK AND MY OPINION MAY CHANGE.

I really enjoyed this book and I absolutely love the world that Sarah J. Maas has created. The way she develops the world is phenomenal and I need more of it. Thank god I don't have to wait to read ACOMAF.

I enjoyed the characters and as I said before I don't really care at the moment who Feyre ends up with at the moment. I thought Tamlin was okay in the beginning but towards the end of the story, I did not really like him but I don't hate him as much as others do. Rhysand was okay as well. I feel like he needs some more character development. Feyre was a strong female character and the story is told from her point of view. I really enjoyed her as a character.

My favourite character is Lucien. I don't know why to be honest, I just really enjoy him as a character and I can't wait to see him in the next book.

Overall I really enjoyed the book and I can't wait to continue on with this series!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Beat on Ruby's Street Review

The Beat on Ruby's StreetThe Beat on Ruby's Street by Jenna Zark
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
Date Read: 5/10/17

A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review

This is a solid read. I liked it but it didn't stand out to me.

This book is a historical fiction book that takes place in the 1950's and we follow the story from the point of view from Ruby. Ruby is an 11 year old and absolutely loves poetry. One thing I like about is that we see Ruby's hobby throughout the story. In some books they mention that a character likes something and will never acknowledge it again. In this story however the hobby is shown and it is very believable that Ruby does like poetry.

In the beginning of the book Ruby is accused of stealing fruit which leads to her adventure which is what the story is about.

One thing I wanted was more background to the characters. I wanted some flashbacks to see more of her past. I feel like that could of added to the story. Another thing too is the ending. I was like "that's it?" I wanted a little more of an explanation of what happens. I felt like the story just stopped and I wanted more of a conclusion.

I will say I loved the writing. It was very easy to read and should be easy for a young reader to understand. The Beat on Ruby's Street is told in first person and it is very easy for me to tell that a 11 year old, almost 12 is telling the story and I loved that. At times the way Ruby describes things is funny and it made the story more interesting.

This is a very short book I will admit and I feel like it could of been slightly longer. I would of liked a little more world building because I only knew it took place in the 1950's because the story said so and there was one line they said which I cannot find.

Overall I would recommend this book to 11 or 12 year olds. I
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cruel Beauty Review

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
My rating: 2/5 stars
Date Read: 5/6/17

I heard a lot of mixed reviews about Cruel Beauty and it has been sitting on my TBR shelf forever. I decided to pick it up and have my own opinion.

I loved the beginning. It had a strong and very solid beginning. As the story continued it slowly went downhill and I ended up forcing myself to finish this book and skimmed the last fourth of the book because I could not take it. Some parts are predictable and there was a love triangle that I absolutely hated. The love triangle could of worked if it was executed better.

This book is told in first person and we follow the point of view of Nyx. When Nyx was born she had been betrothed to a evil ruler because of her father's careless bargain he made with the ruler. Now she has become of age, she is to marry him and break the curse he has placed on the people of Arcadia. She finds herself unexpectedly falling for him.

If you couldn't tell this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. The key points in the original are shown and when reading it you could tell it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast which I really liked.

If you like Greek Mythology, there is also a Greek Mythology element to the story. However it is stories of gods or worshiping the gods. It is not a Percy Jackson type of story.

I thought the world building could of been better. I found myself very confused with the world and I didn't understand how the magic system worked or if there even was a magic system. That is how confused I am. I may be confused because I skimmed part of the book or wasn't totally invested in it that I missed important elements. To be honest that may of been the case.

Character development was meh. Some of the characters were decently developed and others had almost no development. I also wanted more background story of the characters.

Overall I wouldn't recommend it, but there are many people who like the story so if you are a fan of Beauty and the Beast, I recommend giving it a try.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bookstagram Tips 1.0

Hello everyone, today I will be sharing some of the bookstagram tips I learned over the last six months. I am so grateful to be in the bookstagram community. It is so fun to interact with other readers and to see what new books are out!

1) You do not need a high quality camera, a phone camera works just fine. I use my phone camera to take my photos and they come out just fine.

2) Instagram editing works just fine as well. You do not need to spend money on a photo editor. The tools I recommend using are Brightness, Contrast, Shadows, Highlight, and Warmth. Those are the 5 that I use the most.

3) Good lighting is key. Good lighting helps you photos become more clear. Natural sunlight is the best for lighting. Take your photos in a room with a window during the daytime. Make sure it is a sunny day.

4) Pretake some photos. Take some photos in advance in case you have a busy week unexpectedly or you have a big test to prepare for.

5) Write your hashtags in a word document so you can copy and paste them in your caption. This way you don't have to write the hashtags you use for every photo. It does save a lot a time. The hashtags I use are
#bookstagram #bookstagrammer #booknookstagram #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeature #bookish #bookishglee #read #reader #reading #booklover #booklove #bookloving #bookworm #booknerd #bookgeek #bookaddict #bibliophile #bookhoarder #instaread #(author of the book featured) # (Title of book featured) #(series featured)

6) Tag the author and publishing company in your photos. Sometimes the authors even see your photo and comment!

7) Be active. People tend to unfollow people who don't post a lot. Post daily or ever other day. I know it is a lot of photos but it helps your bookstagram grow. Don't stress if you miss a day or two.

8) Comment! Reply or like comments that people post on you photos and comment on other people's photos. Who knows you may even make a good friend.

9) Participate in challenges. I don't personally participate in challenges mainly because I find them stressful, but I know a lot of people like them. Try it out, it can be fun.

10) Don't worry about your follower count. I would rather have 10 active followers then 1,000 ghost followers. It also ruins the fun of bookstagram. We are here to meet new readers and talk about the books we love. It is not a competition to see who has more followers.

11) You can take photos of books you get from the library. Take a photo of the book the way you normally do. Go to your story, and use the drawing tool thing (you know what I am talking about) and draw the library bar-code. Then take a screenshot of it and use the screenshot as your photo. This will help protect you personal information.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope some of these tips help you out!
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Hate U Give Review

The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Date Read: 3/3/17

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is one of the most important books released this year and it is a must read. This book deals with important topics today. It has to do with shooting a shooting of an unarmed black man.

This book follows Starr Carter who witnessed her friend Khalil get shot by a white police officer when Khalil had no weapons. The book is told in first person and we follow the point of view of Starr. Starr is the only witness and knows that Khalil was actually murdered.

Starr lives two lives. One in Garden Heights where she lives and one at Williamson school. Garden Heights is a black community and Williamson school is a school that teaches mostly white students.

Starr is such a strong character. She has gone through so much and still stayed strong. I loved that about her. Starr felt like a real person and her emotions are realistic and very believable.

One of the characters Maya is from Taiwan. My mother is from Taiwan and her last name before she married is actually the same as Maya. I found it very cool and it was nice to be represented and Maya had a big significance to me when reading this book and I really appreciate having her in the story.

As you can tell this book is based on the Black Lives Matter movement and in very relative today. It is very informative and has very important messages.

Overall I did enjoy the story and I highly recommend it. Just remember every person is important and deserves to be treated with respect.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

The Iron King Review

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 2.5/5 stars
Date Read: 4/28/17

I am not going to lie I was disappointed by this book. I did not care for any of the character and I absolutely hated the love triangle. I wanted to love it but I just wasn't invested in the story.

This book follows a girl named Meghan Chase and has to do with Faeries. That is all you have to know going into this book. I don't want to say to much because knowing too much about it ruined some of my enjoyment for the book. Not the books fault on that part.

I did enjoy some parts of the book. It was interesting and had me hooked halfway through. After that point though it just kept going downhill. I just didn't like like the direction the story took. It was very predictable to me. All my predictions were right and I wish some of my predictions were wrong to make the story a bit more interesting.

The writing was not bad. It wasn't amazing but it did not bother me. It is told in first person and we follow the point of view of Meghan. Meghan was annoying at times. I honestly did not care much about any of the characters. I think all the characters can be developed better.

I love the world of Nevernever. The world development in my opinion is much better than the character development. I still think the world building could of been better but it was pretty good overall. I understood the world and the concepts of Nevernever easily.

I absolutely HATED the love triangle. I already sensed it in the beginning of the story when we were introduced to love interest number two. I don't ship the character with any of the guys. I just wish that the author kept it Romance free because I also felt like her relationship with one of them is rushed.

I will give book two a chance because I heard this series gets better. Overall I would recommend it if you like faeries in books. Just be aware that it is very predictable.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

A-Z Bookish Survey

Today I will be doing the A-Z bookish Survey. This survey was created by Jamie from Perpetual Page-Turner. Let's begin.

Author you’ve read the most books from:
Rick Riordan. I read 16 of his books. He is the author of the Percy Jackson series.

Best Sequel Ever:
I absolutely loved Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

Currently Reading:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Drink of Choice While Reading:
I love Snapple peach tea.

E-reader or Physical Book?
Physical duh. I love feeling the pages between my fingers. I do read E-Books when traveling though.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
I am currently in high school and would totally date Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I loved this book. I was never going to read it but now it is one of my favourite reads of the year. I need the sequel now.

Hidden Gem Book:
George by Alex Gino. I really enjoyed this book and I also think it is a very important book because the main character transgender and it is a middle grade novel.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:
When my good friend introduced me to Goodreads.

Just Finished:
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. I sadly wasn't a huge fan of it and gave it 2.5 stars.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
I usually don't read poetry.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
A Storm a Swords by George R.R. Martin (1,177 pages)

Major book hangover because of:
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes.

Number of Bookcases You Own:
4 one in my room and 2 in the living room and one in the office.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
All of the Harry Potter books.

Preferred Place To Read:
I love reading in my room.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” 

― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Reading Regret:
Not reading Cassandra Clare's books sooner.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:
The Shadowhunter World though I do not like the TV show and stopped watching it halfway through season 1.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I am dying to read it and needed it since last year.

Worst Bookish Habit: 
Placing paperbacks in my backpack because it can get crushed.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Your latest book purchase:
The last book I bought was Falling Kingdoms and Rebel Springs both by Morgan Rhodes.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I could not put that book down.

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Vampire Academy Review

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
Date Read: 4/17/17

This book is trash, but addictive trash. The perfect book if you are in a reading slump and need something that is not hard to follow and addictive.

I never read a book based on Vampires (unless TID, TMI, and TDA count). Yes, I haven't read Twilight yet and yes, I don't plan on reading it because I already know I will hate it.

Vasilissa, Lissa, is a Moroi, which is a type of vampire that is mortal, can tolerate some sunlight, and possesses some magic. She has a rare gift and has to be protected from the Strigoi, the immortal vampires who are more powerful. Rose Hathaway is a dhampir which means she has both human blood and vampire blood in her system. She can eat normal food and has no problems standing under the sun. If you are still confused, don't worry, the book explains what each one is very well.

This book is told in first person and we follow Rose Hathaway's point of view. Rose and Lissa ran away from the St. Vladimir's Academy and escaped for two years. Now they are caught and sent back to the academy. There are stuff that happens but I feel like if I tell you what it is it may ruin the enjoyment of the book so I am not going to tell you.

The writing style is easy to follow. It is easy to figure out what is happening making it easy to just dive into the story. I will say though that at times, I found the narrator a bit annoying mainly when she repeats herself on how attractive a guy is over and over.

My favourite character by far is Christian. I wished we saw him a bit more throughout the book. He is a student that is "invisible" at the academy meaning no one really notices his.

Rose and Lissa's friendship is amazing. A female friendship in a book, sign me up. I feel like we need to see more female friendships in books. Authors you can still have romance and strong female friendship! Both Lissa and Rose stand up for each other and try to do what is best for one another and I loved that aspect so much. I am the book focused a lot on the friendship.

I do recommend this book for reading slumps and overall did enjoy it. The main reason though why I gave 3.5 stars and not 4 is because it didn't really stand out to me.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stalking Jack the Ripper Review

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
My rating: 4/5 stars
Date Read: 4/15/17

Stalking Jack the Ripper is one of the books I went into with extremely low expectations. I've been hearing a lot of mixed reviews on it. To be honest I never thought I would pick it up. I am so glad I did though.

This is a Jack the Ripper retelling. If you don't know Jack the Ripper is a murderer in London in the past. He is one of the most famous yet know one knows who he really is.

The story is told in first person and we follow the point of view of Audrey Rose Wadsworth. Audrey Rose breaks societies exceptions. She often sneaks off to her Uncle's laboratory to study the human body. She studies the body's of the Ripper's victims trying to solve the murders and figure out why he is doing it and who it is.

When reading I had so much fun trying to solve the mystery myself. I kept changing my opinion on who the Ripper is. Did I get it right, no, but I won't tell you who I predicted was the Ripper.

Audrey Rose is a strong female character. I liked reading from her point of view. She is a character that does not like to be told what to do, but is also very curious and her actions made sense most of the time. She was such a good character.

Thomas is also a main character. He is one of my favourite characters and I shipped him and Audrey Rose together so hard. When I was reading I was like ship don't sink, ship don't sink. I won't tell you if it sunk or sailed. You have to read it to figure it out.

Note this book does contain pictures and some of them are not that pleasant.

The beginning was really slow and I wanted to DNF at first. As the book went on it gradually got better and better till I could not put it down. After the first half I was hooked. I felt like the beginning nothing really happened which is probably why I was bored in the beginning. I am so glad I gave it a chance. I need the sequel now!

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Stand Alone Recommendations 1.0

Today I will be sharing with you some of my favourite stand alone books. I like stand alone books because it does not require too much commitment.

Since You've Been GoneThe first book I will be recommending is Since You've been gone by Morgan Matson. This book follows a girl named Emily Hughs who is shy and likes to hide behind her outgoing BFF Sloane. One day Sloane disappears and no one knew where she went. The only thing she left behind for Emily was a to-do list. Some of the list has easy things like going apple picking at night. Other things are crazy like skinny dipping. Emily believes that if she completes the list she will find Sloane. Along the way she meets new friends. I love this book and I think it is more of a summery book since it takes place during summer. I really love the story line and characters.

Second Chance Summer I also have to mention another Morgan Matson book. This one is Second Chance Summer. This book is about a girl named Taylor and her father receives unexpected news. He decides to spend the summer in their beach house. Taylor hasn't been there since she was 12 and at 17 she now has to face everything she left behind including two of her past very good friends Lucy Marino and Henry Crosby. We do get flashbacks telling us what happened. I really enjoyed this book and I love the family element in it. It added so much more to the story. Again,  I highly recommend it. 

The Book Thief The next book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is a historical fiction novel following a girl named Liesel Meminger. She lives in Germany during Word War II. As you can tell from the title, she steals books. One thing interesting is that it is narrated by death. It makes the book very unique and interesting. Death sometimes spoils parts of the book but it still is so interesting. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it.

Salt to the Sea Another good book that takes place during World War II is Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This book follows four different characters point of view from four different countries. The story is very powerful. It is so hard to explain. It has to do with getting to safety. I did love the writing style and I found the story very informative as well.

The Night Circus The next book is the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. In this book, the circus comes to different places and towns without any warning. The circus only opens at night. I recommend going into this book without knowing much about it. The writing style is beautiful and it is so atmospherics. It does have similarities to Caraval by Stephanie Garber and I did like it better than Caraval so if you liked Caraval I think you will enjoy this book. I do not recommend reading this during a reading slump.

The Scorpio Races The final book I have to recommend is the Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvator. This book is told in first person by two different characters named Sean Kendrick and Kate "Puck" Connolly. They both live on an Island and every November their is a race called the Scorpio Races, where people race horses and Water Horses. Water horses eat meat and live in the water. Sean Kendrick is a returning champion and has his own reasons to win this particular race. Puck to never planned on entering the race but fate hasn't given her a choice. She is the first girl ever to enter the races.

Those were my standalone recommendations and I hope you check some of them out! Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

This Is What Happy Looks Like Review

This Is What Happy Looks Like (This is What Happy Looks Like, #1)This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
My rating: 3/5 stars
Date Read: 4/9/17

I recently got out of a reading slum and I can feel another one coming. I decided to pick up a cheesy quick read and this is the book I needed at the moment because I no longer feel the slump coming.

This Is What Happy Looks Like starts off when Graham Larkin accidentally sends an email about his pet pig Wilbur to the wrong person being Ellie O'Neil. They start talking through Email however, their names are never mentioned to the other person. Graham is a really famous actor and is playing a part that is being filmed in Maine where Ellie lives. Ellie however wants to avoid the cameras and the life of a star.

This was a really fast read and perfect for reading slumps so I will be reading the authors other books when I feel a slump coming. I will say though I did find some problem. I really liked the beginning of the book. It was interesting and I wanted to know what happens next. As the story progressed I started to loose a bit of interest. Ellie has a secret which we learn about really fast and when it was revealed it was like okay we knew it for awhile and it was not a surprise. I found the pacing a bit odd. This book takes place throughout one month. The first few days took up a huge chunk of the book and the last three days took up another huge chunk of the book and the middle of the month was shoved in the middle of the book, but I felt like it would of been okay if it was a bit more developed.

This book is written in first person. We follow the point of view of the two main characters, Ellie and Graham. I personally like Ellie's POV better. I feel like I liked Ellie better than Graham in general. I cannot pin point why. I just did.

Overall I do recommend this. It is cute and a quick read and again perfect for a reading slump.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Salt to the Sea Review

Salt to the SeaSalt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
My rating: 4/5 stars
Date Read: 4/4/17

I use to hate historical fictions. After reading a few of them I started to like them. Since I was in the mood for some historical fiction I decided to pick this one up. I loved it. It was very interesting while at the same time teaching me about the events that happened. This story takes place during world war II. If you love historical fiction I highly recommend Ruta Sepetys books.

Salt to the Sea follows four different characters. The book is told by all four of their point of views. The chapters are extremely short so it feels like you are reading very fast. One thing to note is that it changes perspectives every few pages. Sometimes even less than a page. If you don't like books told in multiple point of views Salt to the Sea may not be the book for you.

I found the beginning very confusing to be honest. The perspectives jumping every few pages made it hard for me to figure out what was going on at first. But eventually it all made sense and I fell in love with it.

This is not exactly a happy book. It takes place again in World War II. I only read one other book that takes place in World War II, the other being the Book Thief and I actually like this book better.

The book is told in first person and the narrators are teenagers. The characters names are Emilia, Florian, Joana, and Alfred. All the characters are from different countries. Florian from Prussia, Emilia Poland, Joana Lithuania, and Alfred I forgot or they never mentioned it. He was on the boat 99% of the book. In this book their is hardly any romance but there is still a little. The romance was not overdone which made the book better.

Overall it is one of my favourite historical fictions and I highly recommend it. It taught me a lot about the time period and about World War II. I

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Popular Series I haven't Started Yet.

Today I am talking about popular Series I haven't started yet. I am super excited to read all of these.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)The first sereis I have to talk about is Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I heard mixed reviews about it but I still really want to read it. I have absolutely no idea what this books is about. I know it has to do with vampires in a school and there is a character names Rose? I will be read it and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. No Spoilers.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)The next series is a very popular series. The A Court of Thorns and Roses Series By Sarah J. Maas. I haven't read it. I know. Shame on me. I plan on starting it soon. I am just waiting for the third book to come out because I feel I want to marathon the first three books. This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It follows a girl named Feyre and she kills a wolf and she is taken captive by the faerie king. Do not quote me. I honestly am not sure if I got the synopsis correct. I am super excited to start whenever I do start it!

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)The next one I will be talking about is The Darker Shade of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab. I have read her  Archives series and I did enjoy it and am anticipating the second book. A Darker Shade of Magic take place where there are different colour worlds? Something like that. I know that there is a Black London and a White London, something along those lines. The last book was recently released and I know so many people are loved it. My goodreads feed was literally all A Conjuring of Light when it was released.

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)The next one is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I really want to read this and the movie stars Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. Sold. I heard so many good things about it and I don't know much about it other that it is sad and that many people cried. This is a duology so I guess it counts as a series right? I do plan on reading this book this year.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)The next series I am going to talk about is another trilogy. The Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi. I heard mixed reviews about it. It is about a girl named Juliet and everything she touches breaks. Yes? I don't really know. I usually go into my books without knowing much about it. I know there is a love triangle in it. I remember seeing so much about this trilogy during the dystopian era and I haven't seen much about it lately but I still do want to read it.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)The next one is Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor. Like Shatter Me I heard a lot about it a couple years ago but the hype has now died down. I know this book is about monsters and that's it. Taylor's other book Strange the Dreamer has recently come out and it is motivating me more to read this book. And I really like the cover. the blue really stands out and it looks very pretty.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is another series I haven't started. I know it follows a girl named Mara Dyer that has no memory of an accident. I heard a lot about it and I know a lot of people like this trilogy but I lot of people are not a fan of it as well. However, I am excited to start it and I will hopefully, like all these other books, get to it soon.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)The last series I have to talk about is This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Like I mentioned before I only read her Archived series and I do recommend that series. I heard that this is not her best book but the concept is so unique and the cover is gorgeous. This book takes place in a world where monsters are born when bad things happen (something along those lines don't quote me on it.) One of our characters is a human and the other is a monster. The monster wants to be a human and the human wants to be a monster. Even though I heard it is not Schwab's best book, I still am really excited to read it.

Those are some of the popular series I haven't read. Have you read any of these? If you have please comment below your thoughts. No spoilers please. Also tell me which ones I should books up on my TBR. Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Anna and the French Kiss Review

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 3.5 or 4/5 stars still deciding
Date Read: 3/26/17

I feel like I am one of the only people who hasn't read Anna and the French Kiss yet. I did it. I finally read it. It was a really enjoyable and cute.

We follow a girl named Anna and her father sends her away to SOAP (School of America in Paris). Anna goes to Paris and she is not enthusiastic about it. In the beginning of the story she meets a group of people Meredith, Rishmi, Josh, and Etienne (St. Clair).

I thought this book was cute. It is a fluffy read and I would recommend it to people in a reading slump. However this book is not for all people. If you are not a fan of contemporary I am not sure if you will like this book. Just a fair warning.

Anna does make a HP reference in the beginning of the story and it made me fangirl.

My favourite character is probably not one of the popular characters. Rishmi. There is something about her that I love. I can't pin point what it is. She seems realistic and she is super smart. Etienne is a funny character I will admit. Unpopular opinion, he is not my favourite character. I started to find Etienne annoying at some parts of the book. Anna. Anna is a character I am not sure how I feel about. I really found her irritating at times to be honest. I found some of her actions making me cringe as well. Can't say too much due to spoilers.

This book does have its cheesy moments too.

If you don't know French Google Translate can be handy. They only say a few words in French but it helps with pronunciation.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and if you are a contemporary lover, you will LOVE this book. I do plan on finishing the series one day.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Second Chance Summer Review

Title: Second Chance Summer
Author: Morgan Matson
Date Read: 3/23/17
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Second Chance SummerI love this book! I think I am officially out of my reading slump. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson is my favourite book by hers I read by her. I almost cried. I felt tears in my eyes. I never cry during books and I very rarely have tears in my eyes when reading. This says a lot!

Second Chance Summer follows a girl name Taylor Edwards. She has and older brother Warren and a younger sister Gelsey. Something happens to her family and her father wants to spend the summer in their summer home located in Pennsylvania. Taylor hasn't been there since she was twelve. At the lake she sees people she thought she left behind, such as her former best friend, Lucy, and her first boyfriend Henry Crosby. She learns more about her family and she realizes that with her friends she has a second chance of befriending both of them.

This book is more than a romance story. Family plays a big part of the story. I feel like the family dynamic adds a lot to the story.

I really like Morgan Matson's writing style. This book is written in first person. The way Matson writes her characters makes me like all of them. Every single one of them. My favourite is probably Taylor and Lucy.

There is also flashbacks. I liked the flashbacks because they helped me understand more of Taylor's backstory. Sometimes however the flashbacks come when chapters leave on cliff hangers and I end up skimming them because wanted to go back to the present day.

The family dynamics are probably my favourite part of the story. Usually contemporary books only focus on the romance. It is a refresher to have a book that is not all about the romance.

If you are looking to start Matson's books I recommend reading them in publication order because sometimes you get a little inside on some of the characters from her other books.

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

20 Bookish Facts About Me Book Tag

Today I will tell you 20 bookish facts about me. 
1. My favourite genre is YA fantasy.
2. My favourite book when I was in elementary school is the Boxcar Children series created by Gertrude Chandler Warner. I remember reading them non stop. I still recommend this series. 
3. I hate when people write in books. It makes me cringe.
4. I am a Ravenclaw, Horned Serpent, and my patronus is a Hippogriff.
5. My favourite Harry Potter book is the goblet of fire. 
6. I tend to be good at keeping up with series. I usually never fall behind.
7. I hate DNFing books. This year though I've been DNFing more books than I usually do. I don't know why, I just could not push myself through them.
8. I hate audiobooks. Audiobooks ted to make me hate the book more. I am very picky about narrators and the only ones I only ever enjoyed 2 audiobooks. I prefer to actually read the book and not listen to it. 
9. I prefer reading physical books. When traveling I do prefer online books because I don't have to carry a book everywhere I go. 
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows took me 6 months to read the first time I ever read it. 
11. My longest reading slump lasted 2 years.
12. My favourite trilogy is The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.
13. I hate Rowan from the Throne of Glass series. I don't care who Celaena ends up with with as long as it is not Rowan. 
14. The Selection Series is my guilty pleasure read.
15. I hate to say this, but the cover has a big influence on if I read the book or not. If there is an ugly cover I tend not to read the book in public.
16. I get most of my books from the library. 
17. I love strong female lead characters.
18. I spend way too much time stalking Bookstagram. PS I am @andreasbookishthoughts
19. I prefer standalones over series.
20. I try constantly and fail, to get my non reader friends to read. 
I hope you learned more about me and I hope to see you in my next post. Thanks for reading. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Caraval Review

Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Date Read: 3/14/17
Rating: Rating 4/5 stars

"Remember it is only a game"

Caraval is probably one of my favourite reads of the year so far. I will warn you to go into it with low expectations due to the hype. that is what I did and I think that it made a big impact on how much I enjoyed it. If you go into this book with high expectations, this book may disappoint you. I read other reviews and 90% of the negative reviews come from people with too high expectations. I personally went in expecting to hate it.  

Caraval is often compared to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I see the similarities between each however both of them are different and they are not exactly the same. The similarity is basically the circus and the caraval are both travelers that only open at night. Everything that happens inside is different.

This book is about a girl named Scarlet. She lives with her father and sister Donatella known as Tella. Both of the sisters admired the The Caraval Master known as Legend and she and Tella always dreamed of going to Caraval. People participate in the performance, however if they get to invested in the game, they may not be able to tell reality from fiction. When Scarlet's father arranges her a marriage, Scarlet looses hope of ever attending Caraval.  One day Scarlet gets an invitation inviting her to Caraval. With the help from a sailor both of them escape to Caraval. However Legend has decided on kidnapping Tella for the game. Suddenly the game becomes more personal to Scarlet and she now has to find her sister.

I will say the beginning is slow. I found myself bored but honestly as I kept reading the book got better and better and I found myself invested in the story. I really liked the concept and I found some parts funny. I will say the author was a bit over descriptive at times and I think she used to many metaphors to describe things. I will also say I liked the ending but I wanted it to end differently at the same time. 

When I say there are a lot of metaphors, I mean A LOT. I felt like they were over used but I managed to look past them. 

I loved the plot and I found the story keeping at the edge of my feet. I kept having prediction after prediction and I really enjoyed it.

The ending though. I need the next book now!!!

Note Father does hit daughter in the face twice. She does bleed but is not seriously injured. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

If I Was Your Girl Review

Book: If I Was Your Girl
Author: Meredith Russo
Date Read: 3/10/17
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

If I was your girl is a very important book and I think that everyone should read it. I feel like it would be better off read by teens+ because of some things that happen and younger people may not understand. If you are younger try reading George by Alex Gino.

This book follows a trans girl named Amanda. She moved in with her dad after her transformation to pass her Senior year. She wants to hide and stay away from people, then she meets Grant. Amanda grows close to him and wants to tell him everything including her past. She however does not want to tell him that she was born a he.

I had a few problems with the pacing of the book at times. Some of it was rushed others was dragged out a bit. And the romance. I wasn't a fan of the romance. I know it is an important part of the book, but I just found it as insa-love.

Over all I really liked most of the characters. I loved the flashbacks and I really enjoying seeing Amanda's past. Everything that Amanda is going through seems realistic and believable. I highly recommend this book and hopefully this book will open up other peoples minds and teach them to accept trans people.

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Totally Should've Book Tag

Today I am doing the totally should've book tag. This tag was created by Emma over at emmabook and I will leave the original tag here.

1. Totally should've gotten a sequel
A book that totally should've gotten a sequel is Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. The ending was . . . I needed to know what happens next. I have so many unanswered questions that I feel like we need another book or at least a novella to answer some of them.
2. Totally should've had a spin off series
A series that totally should've had a spin off series is the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I want more from the world of Marissa Meyer. I love her writing and how she was able to create such a beautiful story. I really want a book about the past like how the Lunars came to be or maybe a future inside of the now relationship between Earth and the Moon.
3. An author who totally should write more books
When I read this question the first author that came in mind is Erin Morgenstern. I love her book the night circus. It was so atmospherics and so interesting that I swear to got needed more from here. I don't know if she had written any other book but is she has please let me know down in the comments. I just love her writing so much and I need another book from her.
4. A character who totally should've ended up with someone else
A character who totally should've of ended up with someone else is Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas. I know this series isn't yet complete, however I am not liking the direction the romance is going and I am not shipping her with the person she is leaning towards. I won't tell you who due to spoilers, but unpopular opinion, I don't like him.
5. Totally should've ended differently
I am probably going to go with Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I did not want certain things to happen that happened and I hated the ending so much but the book was so good. But that ending though.
6. Totally should've had a movie franchise
A movie franchise, to be honest I haven't watched that many book to movie adaptations that I loved that didn't have a franchise. I mean maybe the Maze Runner by James Dashner. I think I enjoyed the movie slightly more than the book, so that's the answer. Honestly though I am not a huge fan of the movie but I feel like it should get more views.
7. Totally should've had a TV show
To be honest I do not watch that many TV shows. I think books do better as movies if anything, but for this question I will have to say the nothing.
8. Totally should've had only one point of view
For this one I think I will have to go with Alligiant by Veronica Roth. I feel like it was weird having both Tris's and Fours POV. The other two only had Tris's POV so it did not make that much sense to me. I could not tell the difference between both prospective as well so I had to go back to the beginning of the chapters at times to figure out who's POV I am reading from. I actually am one of the people who wasn't a fan of Alligiant. 
9. Totally should have a cover change
For this question other than Vampire Academy, I think I will have to go with the Uglies series by Scott Westerfield. I did not finish the first book. I hated it and never finished it. However I will say that I think the cover is hideous. This book follows a girl named Tally and she lives in a society where the ugly people live on one side and the pretties on the other. Once they turn a certain age they get a plastic surgery to become pretty and move to the other side. I feel like the cover is just hideous and I think that the face plays a big role in it. All the books, not just the first one.
10. Totally should've kept the original covers
For this book I am going with the Across the Universe series by Beth Revis. I haven't read any of the books yet but that last cover though. UGH! Why could they of just kept the original covers and make everyone's life better.
11. Totally should've stopped at book one
A series that totally should've stopped at book one for me is probably the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth. I loved the first book, Divergent, I thought the Insurgent, the second book, was okay and I did not like the third one. I feel like.

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Most Anticipated Spring Releases 2017

Today I am talking about my most anticipated releases of spring 2017. These are in no particular order so I will jump right in.

1) Hunted by Meagan Spooner. -March 14
Hunted is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I don't know much about it but I am excited to read it. I also never read anything by Meagan Spooner before.

2) The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli- April 11
I read Albertalli's other book Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda and I loved it. I am so excited to read this. I heard that this is a very diverse book. I also heard that the main character is a lesbian. I love Albertalli's writing so I am super excited to pick this up.

3) Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz- April 11
Personally I am not a huge Hamilton geek, but I do still like it and found his story interesting. I am very interested to see how the author portrays this Romance and I never read historical novel that takes place during the American Revolution. I also really liked her other work Decedents.

4) A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas- May 2
I haven't read or started this series yet though I do plan on reading it this month, yet I am still super excited for it. I read up to the forth book of Maas' other series and I love each one so far. I was waiting for Empire of Storms so I could marathon the last two book. I guess I have to wait since It got pushed back a whole year. I know I will love this series and am excited to read it. I know it has Fae in it and there are courts. No spoilers please.

5) Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare- May 23
Yes I still love the Shadowhunter world. No I am not finishing the TV show if you were curious. I read Lady Midnight when it was released and loved every second of it. I never had to wait so long for a book to be released. I can't say much do to spoilers other than read her books in publication order.

6) Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh- May 16
I am super excited to get my had on this. I hear that it is a Mulan retelling and that got my attention. Renee Ahdieh is the Author of The Wrath and the Dawn Duology which is a One thousand and One nights retelling. I really enjoyed it and am excited for this one

7) When Dimple Meets Rishi by Sandhya Menon- May 30
I know most of my anticipated releases are released in May. This book is about two Indian teenagers named Dimple and Rishi and their parents arrange their marriage. Dimple has her life all planned out and Rishi is a Romantic. I am dying to read this one and if you have an arc you are lucky.

So those were my anticipated spring releases. Hopefully some of you are looking forward to these to. Let me know in the comments some of your most anticipated releases this spring. Sorry that this is a bit repetitive but I don't like knowing much about a book before I read it. Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The One Review

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Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Read: 2/25/17
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

The One by Kiera Cass is the third book in the Selection series and is the final book telling America Singer's story as the next two talk about her daughter.

If you don't know this book is a dystopian novel. It takes place in a world that every class is represented by a number. If you are poor your number ins a higher number. So the ones, twos, and threes, are wealthy and every other number is not good. The main character America Singer is a five. 

In The Selection the royal family is hosting a selection for their son Prince Maxon. America puts her name in the selection and to her surprise she is becomes one of the 35 contestant. It is sort of like the bachelor. 

I found the ending very predictable and I managed to figure it out in the first book. It was very obvious who America was going to end up with. Again I feel like the love triangle is forced and unrealistic. 

I still find the main character America Singer annoying again. I wanted to like her in at least one book, but it didn't really happen. I did not agree with most of the decisions that America made. I still was not a huge fan of Aspen, but I liked him more than the other two books. I started to like Maxon more as well but he is a very complicated character. 

I can't say much because it is a sequel so I will say this series is a guilty pleasure for me. I highly recommend you marathon the first three books at least. It is a perfect series to read if you are in a reading slump.  

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Elite Review

Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Date Read: 2/23/17
Rating: 3/5 stars

The Elite is the second book in the Selection. It continues where The Selection left off. We follow our main character America Singer. If you don't know this book is a dystopian novel. It takes place in a world that every class is represented by a number. If you are poor your number ins a higher number. So the ones, twos, and threes, are wealthy and every other number is not good. The main character America Singer is a five. 

In The Selection the royal family is hosting a selection for their son Prince Maxon. America puts her name in the selection and to her surprise she is becomes one of the 35 contestant. It is sort of like the bachelor. 

I still hate America and I hate the love triangle. This series however is super addicting and is now one of my guilty pleasure reads. 

The decisions some of the characters make I do not agree with and I feel like some of the book is honestly not believable. I can't say much because it is a sequel but I still feel like the love triangle is forced.

I will be honest that I liked this book less than the first one. I did enjoy it and I hope the last book is better than the first book. Also this series is a perfect book to binge read. 

The rest of the review will be spoilers so thank you for reading non spoiler people


First off the kissing between Celeste and Maxon. Quite to intense to be believable to be honest. It was hard for me to wrap my head around why he did.

Number two Marlee. I am so glad to see that Marlee is okay after the beating and is perfectly happy and living with Carter. I swear to god I was smiling. It was such a huge relief to see that Marlee was okay. 

Also lets talk about how much I hate Aspen. He sucks but I can predict that America is going to choose Maxon. 

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Reading Slump Recommendations- Top 5 Wednesdays

Hi and welcome to my first recommendations post. This topic is part of the Top 5 Wednesdays. Top 5 Wednesdays was created by Lainey over at gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam or at ThoughtsOnTomes.

1) The first book I have to recommend is a middle grade series which is the Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. All the books are extremely short and easy to get into and you will help you feel accomplished that you finished a book. The first book is the Seeing Stone. It follows a family that moves into their Aunt Lucinda's house. The family has three children, Mallory, and the twins Simon and Jared. None of them expect what the house it and it is full of surprised. I really enjoyed these books and it did help me get out of a slump. 

2) The next book I have recommend is a recent read for me. The Selection by Keira Cass. Again, this book is short. This book is so frustrating but so addicting. I wasn't a fan of the main character and found her annoying so if you don't like a frustrating book stear clear from this book. The Selection is about a girl named America Singer and she lives in a world where every class is distinguished by a number. A one meaning the Royal family and an eight meaning you were poor and struggling to survive. The Prince Maxon is hosting a selection (sort of like the Bachelor) and America puts her name in not expecting to be one of the 35 girls to be selected for the selection. If you like the Bachelor you probably would love this book. I am currently reading the second book, The Elite.

3) Okay this one is and Author. Kasie West. I read 2 of her books, On the Fence and The Fill in Boyfriend. Her books are cheesy romances but not sexy times romance. I feel like it is best to go into these cheesy books blind so I will leave this part here but it is cheesy and I haven't read any of her other books so I don't know if they are good. I believe I rated both of these 3/5 stars but cheesy books do help a lot in a reading slump.

4) The next one is also a middle grade series, which is The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan. The first book being the lightning thief. It is based on Greek mythology. Percy discovers that he is the son of Poseidon and leans that Zeus thinks he stole his lightning bolt. He goes on a quest to find the lightning bolt to return to him. I really enjoyed this book and it is funny so if you are looking for something easy to read and funny, this book and the entire series is perfect for you. As I mentioned before it is a middle grade novel so it should be a quick read.

5) The last book is of course the one and only The Harry Potter series. The first one being Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Do I have to explain what it is about? I am pretty sure all of you know what it is about. Just a warning though, it will pull you out of a slump and put you in one again.

Thank you for reading my first recommendations post and I will hopefully see you in my next post.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ever the Hunted Review

Title: Ever the Hunted
Author: Erin Summerill
Date Read: 2/20/17
Rating: DNF pg 91

Let's just start of by saying the cover is gorgeous. It is the main reason why I picked it up. I will be picking up Summerills other works in the future outside of this series. This book is just not for me. I am pretty sure other people will enjoy this book a lot.

Okay and this book is also blurbed my Sarah J. Maas. My expectations were pretty high because of it which may have an effect of how much I enjoyed the book. 

Ever the Hunted is about a girl named Britta. Her father was murdered and her mother was a traitor. She tries to survive. One day she is caught poaching on the kings land. Instead of being killed she has a choice of hunting down the murderer of her father, except the murderer is Cohen, her only friend and a person she has feelings for.  

I thought the plot like was a bit cheesy and some of the things that happen to me were not really realistic.

The characters. I did not care for any of them. Maybe it is just me, please tell me it is not just me. I did not like Britta one bit. Her decision around where I stopped were, in my opinion, stupid. I hated all of them basically.

I think the world building could be better, however I did stop at page 91 so I won't really judge it.

I enjoyed the writing so I will probably read her other books outside this series. This one is just not for me.

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post for those non spoiler people.


Lets begin with the part when she sees Cohen again. She believes him. The first thing she did was hug him?! Did I read it right. Please let me know in the comments. I just did not find that believable. Basically that is where I stopped. 

Thank you for reading this post and I will hopefully see you next time!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Selection Review

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Date Read: 2/19/17
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

First off lets just say I did not hate this book. I thought is was enjoyable however at the same time I did not like it. And yes, the main characters name is America Singer.

This book is a dystopian novel. It takes place in a world that every class is represented by a number. If you are poor your number ins a higher number. So the ones, twos, and threes, are wealthy and every other number is not good. The main character America Singer is a five. 

In this book the royal family is hosting a selection for their son Prince Maxon. America puts her name in the selection and to her surprise she is becomes one of the 35 contestant. It is sort of like the bachelor. 

Yes there is a love triangle although it doesn't effect the book too much. I predict that it would have a huge affect in the next book.

Lets talk about characters. America Singer is the main character. I thought she was an okay character but I wasn't exactly too happy about her decisions sometimes throughout the book. Another character is Prince Maxon. He is one of the love interests in the book out of the two. I kind of liked him as a character. Marlee is America's friend she meets at the airport. And Aspen. America's "boyfriend". Yeah. I hate Aspen that is all I am going to say. 

This book is short. I feel like if you are in a reading slump this book is perfect for you. I think I can predict the ending of the last book in the trilogy but I will also say that I am not liking the direction the book is taking. 

My first impression of the book was that it has a hideous cover. I did not take this book to school because of the cover. I know you aren't suppose to judge a book by its cover, but I feel like we all do this. 

Thank you for reading and goodbye non spoiler people. 


Okay I was enjoying the book until Aspen showed up as a guard. I swear to god I hate it now. I feel like the author is forcing a love triangle into the book and I am not sure how I feel about it. I will finish the series though. 

Anyway that is it for now. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you again in my next post!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Coffee Book Tag

Lets begin the firs ever tag I have ever done with The Coffee Book Tag. This tag was created by BangadyBangz. I'll leave the original tag here.

To be honest I really like coffee. I just don't drink it daily because I never have time to make it or buy it. Lets just jump right into the tag.

1. Black: Name a series that's tough to get into but has hardcore fans.
A series that's tough to get into but has hardcore fans is The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin otherwise known as Game of Thrones. I know this series is hard to get into mainly because it takes time for the story to begin with all of these character POV. Also the fact that the books are ginormous. I won't even attempt to write a summery for this book.

2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.
A book that gets popular throughout the winter months is probably the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. I haven't read the book yet so I actually have no idea what it is about. I just feel like I hear about it more often in the winter months.

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favorite children's book?
My favorite children's book is probably the Boxcar Children created by Gertrude Chandler Warren. I remember reading this series when I was in second grade and absolutely loving every moment of it. This book is about a four siblings and when their parents died they were suppose to live with their grandfather. However, they heard he was means so they ran away and found a boxcar to live in in the woods. If you are looking for a book for your child to read around second grade I highly recommend this series.

4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
A book that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish is Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. This book was so long but so good. I loved every minute of it. I highly recommend reading it after the Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices trilogy because Lady Midnight takes place after the events of the Mortal Instruments. I swear to god, this book could of kept me up all night and I had to force myself to go to bed.

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.
A book I see everywhere, well I am going to have to say the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I am pretty sure a lot of people said Harry Potter. I love all the books and I feel like it is that one franchise that is never going to die. I mean I see it everywhere and in almost every tag people say "Well other than Harry Potter". And they made an amusement park based on Harry Potter. I think this book is the winner.

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout.
I don't think I read a book by an Indie author before, so lets do debut Authors. A debut author that I think deserves a shoutout is Alwyn Hamilton, the author of the book Rebel of the Sands. I liked the book, I just thought that the plot could of been explained better. Overall I believe I will continue on with this series.

7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.
A book I was expecting more from is definitely Illuninae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I thought I was going to love it. There was so much hype surrounding it that I thought it was going to be amazing. I believe I ended up giving it 2/5 stars. It just did not live up to my expectations. First off, I hated Aiden and I don't understand why people love it so much. Second of all, I did not like the format at times. When we have the black pages with about a few lines on it (maybe more like a squiggly line) I hated reading those. Don't get me wrong, the book is beautiful. I guess Illuninae is not for me.

8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying. 
A series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying is The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I liked some of the books but hated a lot of them to. This book is about a girl named Clary Fray and she one day witnesses a murder which no one else can see. She later on learns about the Shadowhunter world. I recommend reading the Infernal Devices Trilogy before reading this series in order to avoid spoilers. The one book in this series I absolutely did not like was the fifth book which is City of Lost Souls. I found Clary to be a brat and I hated it so much. However I loved book three and book six and gave those two 5/5 stars. So over all it is pretty satisfying. I am sad to say that I did not really like the movie adaptation and the TV show that much. I only thought they were okay.

And that was the Coffee Book Tag. This tag is quite old so I won't be tagging anyone. I hope you enjoyed it and I will see you in my next blog post. Thanks for reading.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Lady Midnight Review

Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Rating: 5/5 stars

Okay, I have a lot to say about this book so I am going to have two parts. Part one is the non spoiler section and part 2 is the spoiler section and I will make sure you know clearly when the section changes.

***Part I (No spoilers)***
Lady Midnight is SO good and I absolutely love it. Heads up though, if you haven't read The Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices you probably should before you read this book because of spoilers. Just read the series in the order they are published in.

First off, I am so happy to be back into the shadowhunter world.

This book takes place in Los Angeles. We follow the main character Emma Carstairs as well as other character throughout the book. I love all the characters however so I really didn't care who we were following at the moment.

My only complaint about Cassandra Clare's books is that the chapters are freaking long and sometimes I end up only reading half a chapter before having to go somewhere.

Keep in mind that this book is long. It is so good however I kind of just want more Cassandra Clare book right now. (Thank god I haven't read the Bane Chronicles yet.)

For some reason too, I found some parts quite funny which I would go into more detail in the spoiler section.

Also I never had to wait so LONG for a sequel before!

***Part II (SPOILERS)***

 So continuing along the route of funny things, I found it hilarious for some reason when Emma calls Diego "Perfect Diego" all the time.

Speaking of funny moments, this book also has its sad moments. At the end when we learn that Malcolm Fade was the betrayer and then we learn Dru left Tavvy with Malcolm, I was like crap is going to happen.

In the epilogue when it said Annabel woke up, the first thing I thought was that Helen was dead. Blackthorn blood, it made sense. I don't know what to think and I want the next book soon.

Okay and for those of you who do not know, Jem Carstairs is one of my all time favorite characters. When he talked to Emma about the whole thing, everything just made sense about Julian's rune and more.

Overall I highly recommend this book!