Saturday, September 23, 2017

Geekerella Review

GeekerellaTitle: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Date Read: 8/22/17

I liked this book I lot. If you couldn't tell this is a modern day Cinderella retelling but with fandoms. The main character Elle lives with her stepmom and two stepsisters. She also works in a food truck called the Magic Pumpkin. Already see the Cinderella references? Any way she is obsessed with the show Starfield which is sort of like Star Wars I think. I will admit I never watched Star Wars. Before her father died he founded ExcelsiCon and when she hears there is a cosplay contest she knows she has to enter. Starfield is becoming a movie and the actor Darien Freeman is to play Carmindor. Darien also loves Starfield but is also dealing with a lot of hate from fans of the show who think he is taking the role for the money including Elle. He is also afraid of messing up the role of Carmindor because there are so many fans of the show already.

I really enjoyed this book is is very short but super cute. It is a perfect book for fangirls and boys and it is perfect for a reading slump and super easy to follow.

I loved the Cinderella references throughout the book and it is very obvious that this is a Cinderella retelling.

In this book we do follow both Elle and Darien's point of view. I honestly preferred reading Elle's POV. I think it is because I found her POV more interesting than Darien's. I do still like Darien as a character though. I actually liked most of the characters.

Sage is probably my favourite character in the book which may also be why I prefer Elle's POV. She is sort of like the fairy godmother of the story. She works at the Magic Pumpkin as well.

Overall I do recommend this book!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

When Dimple Met Rishi Review

When Dimple Met RishiTitle: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
My rating: 3/5 stars
Date Read: 8/19/17

This is one of those books where I enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second.

When Dimple Met Rishi follows the characters Dimple and Rishi obviously. Both of them are Indian. Dimple has her life all planned out. She wants to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers, her mom is obsessed with her finding the Ideal Indian Husband. Rishi is a romantic. Rishi hears from his parents that his future wife is going to the same summer program as he is he is ready to meet her.

I really enjoyed the first half of the book. I would rate it 4 stars. I started to lose interest around the time the romance was introduced. I guess the romance ruined the second half? I honestly have no idea. I ended up forcing myself to finish the book towards the end.

I didn't really like both Dimple and Rishi together. I wished they became best friends instead of boyfriend and girlfriend. I honestly think that would of been a more interesting story.

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One thing I found very unrealistic is the talent show. What is the point is my question. I mean this is a program for aspiring web developers not how talented you are at singing and dancing. That part just made no sense to me. They are there to design an app. 

Overall meh. I mean I loved the first half. Second half I wanted to DNF it.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

A List of Cages Review

A List of CagesTitle: A List of Cages
Author: Robin Roe
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
Date Read: 8/16/17

I have a feeling I am going to think about this book for awhile. It is such a powerful read.

This story is about two boys Adam and Julian. Adam is helping the school's physiologist as his senior years elective. The doctor asks Adam to make sure a boy gets to his appointments as he keeps missing them. Adam learns that this boy is Julian. He is the foster brother Adam hasn't seen for 5 years. Adam is reunited with him but soon figures out that Julian is hiding something from him.

This book is told in first person and we follow both Julian and Adam's point of view. I loved both of their POVs and I honestly didn't prefer one over the other which is not common when I read.

I loved both characters. I liked the friendship between Adam and Julian and it is obvious that Adam does care for Julian.

This is definitely an emotional book. I rarely cry or even tear up while reading. I did tear up once during this book for emotional readers will probably be sobbing. I am also warning you this is not a cute fluffy contemporary book.

Adam has ADHD and it is constantly mentioned throughout the book. Julian, when he was younger had dyslexia.

I think this is her debut novel and if it is it is one of the best debut novels I have ever read. Overall it is such a powerful and emotional read.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

One of Us Is Lying Review

One of Us Is LyingTitle: One of Us Is Lying
Author: Karen M. McManus
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Date Read: 8/14/17

It wasn't bad but I had problems with it.

My first thought is that if there is some sort of app that could potentially hurt students and affect their mental health in a negative way that a student in the school created shouldn't the school do something about it? Now they may of tried to talk to him or tried to take it down but I don't remember reading anything about that. If you read the book let me know if you had similar thoughts or noticed that the staff did attempt to take it down at some point.

One of Us is Lying is about 5 students in detention. Only 4 of them make it out though. Simon died during detention and apparently it was not an accidents. The remaining 4 students are now the main suspects of the murder. Bronwyn, who is an over achiever. Addy, who was homecoming queen. Cooper who is an all star baseball pitcher. And Nate. Who is on probation.

Honestly this book was addicting. I was not attached to any of the character and honestly liked the side characters more. I really liked Maeve who is Bronwyn's sister and Ashton, Addy's sister more than all four of the main characters. Addy though had the most character development out of all the characters in my opinion.

I don't think this is a spoiler but here is a warning just in case.
I didn't like the twist. I kind of knew it was coming but I don't like the twist and don't agree with it.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

A Darker Shade of Magic Review

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)Title: A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V.E. Schwab
My rating: 5 / 5 stars
Date Read: 8/11/17

This book is going to be in my top ten reads of 2017 and it also made it into my all time favourite books list. I will admit that I was a bit confused in the beginning of the story but it didn't take me long to figure out how the word and magic system worked.

In A Darker Shade of Magic there are parallel worlds. We have Grey London, White London, Red London, and Black London. The main character Kell is an Antari which means he is able to travel between parallel worlds.

I really like the characters in this book. We have two main character is A Darker Shade of Magic. Kell the antari and Delilah or Lila. This book is told in first person and we follow both of their point of views. A few other minor point of views are also scattered in the story.

Lila is such a strong character and always speaks her mind. My favourite character though is Kell.

The writing was amazing. Everything flowed nicely and there is something about V.E. Schwabs writing that makes the story even more addicting.

I ever read a book like this before so if you are looking for a unique book I highly recommend this!
Maybe a full detailed review will come later because right now I am still trying to gather my thoughts.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Unexpected Everything Review

The Unexpected EverythingTitle: The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
My rating: 4.5/ 5 stars
Date Read: 8/5/17

Morgan Matson book favourite list
1) Second Chance Summer
2) Since You've Been Gone
3) The Unexpected Everything
4) Amy and Roger's Epic Detour (only one I didn't like)

The Unexpected Everything follows a girl named Alexandra (Andie) and she had her whole summer planned out. Things changed though. Her father is a politician an is now under investigation and her plans to go somewhere cancel. Andie is now spending the summer walking dogs and of course hanging out with her friends.

Andie's friend group consists of Toby, Bri, Palmer, and Palmer's boyfriend Tom and eventually one more. One thing I like about this book is that the friendship between the characters were a big part of it. I feel like most contemporary are more focused on the Romance but this one focused on both and it made the story so much better.

Let's talk about Andie's summer job. A dog walker! One of my dream jobs. I mean dogs are just so adorable.

Back to characters. I thought all the characters had good character development. Toby was my favourite character till the end of the book. I started to like Clark more.

I predicted something that happened (can't say without spoiling but if you read it you probably know.) I will admit though contemporaries tend to be more predictable than fantasy books.

I love that we saw some characters from Since You've Been Gone. I fangirled a little (okay a lot) while reading this scene. I will recommend reading Matson's books in order of publication because sometimes she mentions some characters from her other books and it is always fun to see some of your favourite characters again.

Overall I highly recommend reading this book and it is a perfect summer read. I will say though that this book is long.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Distance Between Us review

The Distance Between UsTitle: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Date Read: 7/29/17

I really really liked this book and it is definitely my favourite Kasie West book I have read so far. It is cute and very easy to get through and it has an important family dynamic in the story as well.

We follow a girl named Caymen Meyers, a seventeen year old who helps her mom run a doll store. SHe studies the rich that come into her moms doll store and watches them spend money on useless things. Then a young boy (17 years old not that young) named Xander Spence picks up a doll for his grandmother and at first glance Caymen can tell he is pretty rich. The two of them eventually become friends. Very predictable plot but addicting.

I liked how the story wasn't to instalovey but it was still a bit instalovey but not like I just met you and I am going to kiss you the day I met you inta love. The relationship took time to develop and they started off as friends.

I liked both characters. Caymen is a believable character and I liked how much she cared about her mom and that she helps her with the store a lot. Xander, I expected him to be a jerk but he was really sweet and I enjoyed him as a character.

Small love triangle in the beginning as well but nothing huge. It did not interfere with the story at all in my opinion and the triangle went away very quickly so it is not to bad. As a person who usually hates love triangles, I wasn't bothered with it at all.

I felt like the ending was very open ended and I wanted to know more and a sequel or a short story telling us what happened would be nice.

I would recommend reading this book between fantasy reads or giant books because you can read these really fast. Yes the book is cheesy at times. Overall I really enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Flame in the Mist Review

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)Tittle: Flame in the Mist
Author: Renee Ahdieh
My rating: 3/5 stars
Series: Flame in the Mist book #1
Date Read: 6/16/17

I really enjoyed this book and I do recommend it. Do not go into this book thinking it will be very fast paced because it isn't. Also do not judge the book by the first half of the story. The first half was so boring that I considered DNFing it. After reading some reviews people said that it picked up and it did and I ended up enjoying the book more than I thought I would.

Do not go into this book thinking it is going to be a Mulan retelling because it really isn't. The only thing that is similar to Mulan is that Mariko, the main character, dresses up as a boy. It takes place in Japan.

If you don't know this book follows a girl named Mariko and she journeys to the imperial palace to meet her future husband but on the way there there was an attacked by the Black Clan and they were trying to kill Mariko before she reached the palace. Mariko survives and dresses up as a boy to infiltrate the Black Clan and get revenge.

I won't lie there is a romance in this book. I won't say with who but I will say that I ship it even though I hate it at the same time. Do you know what I mean.

I never read a book set in Japan before and it was honestly a refreshing new setting. I enjoyed the world although I thought it could of been developed a little more. I also wish the characters were developed more as well.

I honestly am still confused a bit by this book since I don't remember much of what happened in the beginning because I skimmed it so try not to skim the beginning if you plan on reading the book and it is hard but try. It may allow you to enjoy the second half more than I did.

I do recommend this book but if you are in a reading slump do not read it because the beginning is again, very boring and it will probably push you in a farther into the slump. I will also say that if you love fast paced books, this may not be for you.

I have heard mixed reviews about this book so I cannot promise you will like it.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

To All the Boys I've Loved Before Review

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)Title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before book #1
My rating: 3.5/ 5 stars
Date Read: 6/21/17

I never heard anyone say that reading this book is sort of stressful in the beginning and other parts but most of it is extremely cute.

This book is told in first person and we follow Lara Jean's point of view. I will admit Lara Jeans narration sound a bit younger than her actual age. There was something in the writing style which I cannot pin point that makes her narration seem younger.

If you don't know this book is very well about Lara Jean and every time she has a crush she will write a letter to them pouring all her thoughts into the letter and address it and everything but never send it. Instead she puts it in the hat box that her mother gave her. There are five letters in total. One day someone sends them out and she has no idea who and now they all find out how she felt about them.

Now this is the part that stressed the crap out of me. I knew the letters are going to be sent out. It says it in the synopsis. I just kept waiting and waiting and waiting and it is stressful knowing something bad is going to happen the main character and you have to keep waiting. After that happened though the majority of the book was really cute and I found myself smiling at the computer. (ebook)

#teampeter because I honestly found Josh annoying throughout most of the book. I actually liked Peter and that is all I am going to say due to spoilers.

When Lara Jean figures out that the people got the letters, the way she does is kind of funny.

Overall I do recommend this book. For the most part it is cute and fluffy.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Along for the Ride Reveiw

Along for the RideTitle: Along for the Ride
Author: Sarah Dessen
My rating: 4 /5 stars
Date Read: 7/2/17

I really enjoyed this book and this is probably my second favourite Sarah Dessen book unread so far.

This book takes place during summer and we follow the main character Auden as she spends her summer with her father and stepdaughter in a town called Colby. Auden is a straight A student and lives either her mother. Her mom works at a university. Auden's life is very academic based.

I loved the family aspect of the book and how well I thought it played a bigger part of the book than the romance which was a nice change. I really liked Auden's brother Hollis though. Even though he is a minor character he may be my favourite.

The character development I guess was pretty good. I felt like some of the changes the characters went through were realistic.

The world building in my opinion was good. I could visualize Colby clearly in my head. Colby is a town by the beach. A great place to spend the summer in my opinion.

I honestly did not ship the main character with the love interest. In fact I ship none of the characters with any characters except for Maggie and Adam.

Overall I do recommend this book!

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mid Year Freak Out book tag (2017)

I've been seeing a lot of people do the Mid Year Freak Out book tag and it seems like fun. I have absolutely no idea who created this tag so if you know comment down below so I can add it. I know its late but better late than never!
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.
Lord of Shadows for sure! I love this book so much. Other favourites include Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson and ACOMAF by Sarah J. Maas.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.
Still going with Lord of Shadows. Other than LoS probably ACOMAF!
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
ACOWAR by Sarah J. Maas! I promise I will get to it soon!
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Warcross by Marie Lu! I am so jealous because so many people have arcs. 
5. Biggest disappointment.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I ended up DNFing it. I was just so bored and could not stand the writing style. I tried to ignore it and push though but I gave up. 
6. Biggest surprise.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. 
7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you).
Richelle Mead! I am currently making my way through her Vampire Academy series for the first time. 
8. Newest fictional crush.
Cassian from ACOMAF!
9. Newest favourite character.
Rhysand from you know what book!
10. Book that made you cry.
Other than LoS, Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. 
11. Book that made you happy
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Both were super cure and I loved them both. I smiled like and idiot while reading it 

Well most of the answers were LoS but I am shadowhunter book trash. Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Unfiltered Review

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.Title: Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.
Author: Lily Collins
Narrator: Lily Collins
My rating: 4/5 stars

This is me trying to type a full review on my phone. I apologise in advance for typos.

This book is written by Lily Collins who is an actress and she did play Clary in the City of Bones movie.

I listened to the audio book and enjoyed it! It is narrated by Lily Collins and the story feels more real like she is there telling you the things that happened in her life. She is though since she is the narrator. I usually do not like audio books but since Collins was telling her own story helped me enjoy the book and listening to the audio so much more enjoyable.

Unfiltered shows tells the story of Lily' s life and tells people a very positive message. Love yourself. It is a very important message in my opinion.

I rarely read (listen to) non fiction books so it was a good change. I highly recommend the audio book and I do recommend this.

And the reason why it took me so long to read is that I borrowed it from my library and it auto returned so I had to rerequest it.

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Every Last Word Review

Every Last WordTitle: Every Last Word
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
My rating: 4.5/ 5 stars
Date Read: 6/30/17

I really enjoyed this book and it probably one of my favourite books of the year. I honestly was never going to read this book bit after hearing Emma over at emmabooks talk about this many times and I saw it available on overdrive I just had to pick it up.

This is a mental health book and follows Samantha who has OCD. She is part of the Crazy 8s which is the schools popular group. She is afraid they will discover her illness. One day she meets a girl named Caroline and is introduced to Poet's Corner and it changes her.

Now I honestly don't know how well OCD was represented in this book but it seemed realistic to me.

I loved how the main character had more than one hobby the other being swimming because people have more than one hobby. I also liked how swimming kept appearing in the book.

Something I won't say what actually reminded me a bit of We Were Liars. I won't say what but if you read both you may be able to figure it out.

I really enjoyed the characters and the messages it shares. Over all I do recommend this!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Shadow Kiss Review

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)Title: Shadow Kiss
AuthorRichelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy book #3
My rating: 3.5 or 4/ 5 stars
Date Read: 6/17/17

Shadow Kiss is the third book in the Vampire Academy series and it is defiantly my favourite book so far. This series is a guilty pleasure read. I hate the books so much yet I love them at the same time and they are very addictive.

I will say that the beginning in my opinion was a tad slow but it picked up rather quickly. I read this book in almost one sitting because I borrowed it from the library on e book and had about 1 day to read it before it automatically returned by itself.

In this book we continue to follow the point of view of Rose Hathaway and it is told in first person. Rose is a very strong character and I like that we see a kick but character.

Now I will admit that I don't agree with everything that Rose does and I think one of her choices, I won't say which but if you read the book you may know, is very very stupid and just can't say much due to spoilers but I feel as if (view spoiler)

The ending was absolutely insane. I did not expect that and didn't predict it until well that part then I was like crap why are you doing this Mead. Sequels are so hard to review without spoiling the book!

I really like all the characters and my favourite is still Christian. No questions asked.

I will admit that I wasn't the biggest fan of Dimitri when the book series but as the books continued I am now starting to like him more as a character. I am not sure how I am going to feel about him in the next book though.

Adrian. I wasn't the biggest fan of Adrian and found him somewhat annoying in the last book. I actually liked him and I felt like he developed a bit more in this book.

The world is so easy to understand and the writing is very easy to follow so if you are in a reading slump I highly recommend this series.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Darkest Magic Review

The Darkest Magic (Spirits and Thieves, #2)Title: The Darkest Magic
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: A Book of Spirits and Thieves book #2
My rating: 4/ 5 stars
Date Read: 6/13/17

The Darkest Magic is the second book in the the Spirits and Thieves series. (I think it is a series I am not sure) You do not have to read Morgan Rhodes other series Falling Kingdoms before reading this series. I do recommend the other series and I do like it better than this one.

The beginning in my opinion was a very slow start. I didn't really cared what happened and I wasn't really invested in the story. As the book went one, I did enjoy it more. It feel like I didn't remember everything important that happened in the first book. Some things caught me by surprise. I eventually did remember what happens.

I really love the world of Mytica. I enjoyed being back in the world. I thought the world development is very good and the magic system is very easy to understand.

This book continues where the first book left off. It is told in third person and we follow the POV of four different characters Crystal, Becca, Farrell, and Maddox. My favourite POV has to be Farrell. I do enjoy reading from Crystal's point of view. I didn't really care much about Becca or Maddox's point of view. Towards the end of the book I did enjoy Maddox's point of view a bit more.

The ending, I need the next book now! I feel like I say that to every sequel I read.

Overall all I do recommend this series. I do not recommend reading this in a reading slump because it does take a lot of focus when reading. I do also recommend reading books in between each book to help prevent you from getting in a reading slump.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

That Summer Review

That SummerTitle: That Summer
Author: Sarah Dessen
My rating: 2.5/5 stars
Date Read: 6/4/17

This is definitely my least favourite Sarah Dessen book. I this book is or is one of her first books she has written so obviously she improved as a writer. This book is almost 200 pages long so if you are looking for a quick contemporary book I do recommend this.

This book is told in first person and we follow the main character Haven. Haven's father and mother are divorced and her father is remarrying. He works as a news sports person (you know what I am talking about) and is getting married to Lorna Queen who is the weather person or as they call her "Weather Pet" Her sister Ashley is getting married as well to a guy named Lewis Warsher and Haven finds him very boring.

This book is centered around weddings and you can tell by the summery I wrote above. If you haven't heard Sarah Dessen is coming out with a new book called Once and For All which also centers around weddings.

I found this book short. Like really short. Again only 200 pages.

Haven is the main character of this book and she feels very insecure about her height. She is 5'11" and is taller than most people in her town. If you are looking for a book with a very tall main character I do recommend this book.

There is a lot of family drama in this book. Well at least it seemed like a lot to me. They argued quite a lot but as a family I can still tell from reading that they loved and they all cared for each other.

Overall I thought this book was just Okay.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer Reader Book Tag

Hello, today I will be doing the summer reader book tag. This tag was created by  islandOFdri Since summer is here or coming, depends on when I post it, I feel like it is time to start doing some summery posts. Let's begin
Lemonade: pick a book that started off bitter but got better.
For this one I will have to go with Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I wasn't a huge fan of the first half and honestly wanted to DNF it. As the story continued though it got so much better. If you didn't catch on yet, this is a Jack the Ripper retelling.

Golden Sun: pick a book that made you smile beyond compare.
A book that made me smile will have to be Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson. It is such a fun and cute contemporary novel. I found myself smiling when reading it. It is a perfect summer read so I do highly recommend it.

Tropical Flowers: pick a book set in a foreign country.
For this question I am going with Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare or all the Infernal Devices books because they all take place in London which works for this question because I live in the U.S. I absolutely love this trilogy more than TMI and it maybe more the TDA. I really like TDA as well so it is hard to choose! Anyway I do recommend this trilogy and it makes me want to travel to London.

Tree Shade: pick a book in which a mysterious or shady character was first introduced. 
For this one I am going with Sebastian Verlac for City of Glass Cassandra. I felt like he was hiding something I just could not tell what.

Beach Sand: pick a book that was grainy, and the plot barely developed.
I have to choose Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I did enjoy the book, it just took me a long time to figure out what the plot was and still after finishing the book I am not sure what the plot is. I can guess but I am not sure if it is right. The characters were really good though so I did end up giving it three stars even though it lacked plot a lot.

Green Grass: pick a character(s) that were full of life, making you smile.
Without a doubt I am choosing Harry Potter and his squad for this question. I absolutely love the Harry Potter series and currently am watching the Chamber of Secrets while typing this. I smile every time I reread the books and see my favourite characters. They are just so happy and full of life.

Watermelon: pick a book that had some juicy secrets.
I am going with Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Yes I am choosing another Cassie Clare book and am currently reading Lord of Shadows at the moment which is probably having a big influence on what I am choosing. All the characters have so many secrets it's insane and I won't say what the secrets are but they have secrets.

Sun Hat: pick a book that had a vast, big universe/setting.
The world of Mytica from the Falling Kingdoms series is huge. This is written my Morgan Rhodes. In the first book the universe seems small but as the books go on we start to explore more of the world and it is huge and I can't wait to see more of it in the future books.

BBQ: pick a book in which a character was portrayed as a hunk.
LOL honestly I am not a huge fan of those characters. I guess Rowan from TOG series by Sarah J. Maas. I hate him but I guess he work for this question. I just don't like him but I know a lot of people do.

Summer Fun: pass the tag on.
This tag is old so I tag you if you want to do it!

So that was the Summer Reader Book Tag! What books do you plan on reading this summer ? Let me know in the comments. Thank you for reading and I will hopefully see you in my next post!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Frostbite Review

Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)Title: Frostbite 
Author:Richelle Mead
My rating: 3/5 stars
Date Read: 6/2/17

I picked this book up because the first book was one of the books that helped me get out of my reading slump. I just finished Lord of Shadows and can already feel another one coming. I did enjoy this book but not as much as the first one. I series is one of my new guilty pleasures.

Frostbite is the second book in the Vampire Academy series. It continues where the first book left off. This book is still told in first person and Rose is still our narrator.

I highly recommend this book if you are in a reading slump. The writing is very easy to follow and read and not annoying at the same time. The story is so addicting as well. I find myself hating the characters sometimes and also sometimes hating the direction the book is taking but it is still so addictive and makes me want to know what happens next. I will say these books are really short so it can easily be finished in a short period of time.

I did not see that much character development in this book however I did see some. Rose is still a strong main character and we do see her learn some new lessons that are really important.

Christian is still my favourtie character. There is just something about him that I really like and I cannot put my finger on it.

Mia is another character I learned to like a little in this book. I still am not her biggest fan but I no longer hate her. I won't be saying why due to spoilers.

I felt like we hardly saw Lissa in this book. We see her occasionally but she honestly felt more like a secondary character than a main character.

We meet Adrian at last. Honestly at the moment I hate him. I found him creepy and I think I like Mia more?! There is something about him that makes me not trust him as well. I feel like he will play a major role in the future books.

The world building is stronger than the character development in my opinion. This is a world that is very easy to understand. Everything is clearly explained and I really that.

Overall it was a solid read and I do recommend this series.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

A Court of Mist and Fury Review

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Date Read: 5/22/17

4.5/5 Stars

I loved this so much better than the first book! I am desperate for the next book but I will be reading it later because
a) I don't want the series (Feyre's story) to end.
b) Lord of Shadows comes out tomorrow and I don't want to rush through ACOWAR

Team Feysand!

Okay here is the full review that you've all been waiting for. (Probably not because you're reading Lord of Shadows too!)

I enjoyed this book so much better than the first one.

I have joined the side of people who hate Tamlin. He is a jerk. What he did was wrong and I am glad Feyre is noticing it and standing up for herself. I don't think I ever changed ships before. Like ever.

Rhysand. Rhys is a character I wasn't the biggest fan of in ACOTAR. I honestly did not care much about him. Now I love him. His character is a lot more developed and we learned more about his past which is probably one of my favourite things about the book.

Feyre is becoming stronger and more independent. Her character is developing in a good way. I really enjoy her as a character more than the first book.

In ACOMAF we finally meet the inner Circle. I really like Cassian. Honestly maybe a little more than Rhysand! But both are amazing. Cassian is such nice person and I really like him as a character and can't wait to see what happens to him in the next book. Azriel is another member of the inner circle which I don't have much to say about. Same as Amren though I did like both of them as characters and do want to know what happens to them in the next book. Mor though. Mor is such a nice person and if she dies in the next book, I will probably throw it across the room.

I love the world of Prythian. Maas does such a great job of world building and I absolutly loved the world of the fae. I did get spoiled on some things in this book like cauldron, people, if you read it hopefully you know what scene I am talking about.

I will say this book has a lot of heavy, and when I say heavy I mean heavy romance. I honestly am not the biggest fan of heavy romance scenes and ended up skimming them.

Overall I do recommend this book but just note that it is not for everyone. If you don't like heavy romance (sex scenes) I warn you there are two or three in this book (I don't know the actual number).

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lord of Shadows Review

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)Title: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Rating: 5/5 stars
Date Read: 5/28/17

I love this book and it is my favourite read of the year. Sorry ACOMAF I love this book more. If you don't know this is the second book in Cassandra Clare's The Dark Artifices series. The order of which to read Cassandra Clare's books before anyone asks yes you do need to read Cassandra Clare's other books before reading this series in order to avoid spoilers. Also this may be my second or third favourite book in the Shadow world.

The rest of the review is going to be spoilery so read at your own risk.


This review is going to be all over the place because I have so much to say. It will probably not be in order.

One of my thoughts after finishing the book and getting over the ending was where is Simon and Izzy. We did not see them at all throughout the book and I was very disappointed since Izzy is my favourite TMI character. We did see Magnus and Alec though and their kids. I swear every time Max and Rafe were mentioned I was smiling. I am so glad that we got to see their children.

In the beginning we follow Kit and he is talking to Jace and Jace finds out he is stealing weapons from the institute. And there was the talk between Emma and Clary and we finally figure out my Clary said no to Jace when he asked her to marry him. I see why and I understand.

I am surprised though that we did not see both Jace and Clary for the rest off the book. I expected to see them at the big meeting at the end.

A question you may have is who do I ship Mark with. Answer I don't know at the moment. I sometimes will ship him with Christina and then I will switch to Keiren. It keeps changing. I am not on a solid ship yet but I will hopefully join a side in the next book.

Also I should mention that I am so glad that we get Dru's point of view. I don't ever remember reading from Dru's prospective in Lady Midnight and I feel like Dru had so much character development in this book and I appreciate her so much more as a character. I really hope though that we do see Tavvy's POV in the future because I am curious to see what he is thinking.

Back to Dru. I love that she played a bigger part in this story and I really liked how she was the one who kept Jamie a secret from the others. When she touched the thing in Jamie's bag (yes I was suppose to take notes but failed because I didn't want to stop reading) she saw a faerie with GREEN eyes and WHITE BLONDE hair. So if you don't know Christine over at Polandbananasbooks has a theory that Sebastian and the Seelie Queen had a baby. Is that the baby. I know the faerie is about thirteen and the events happened 5 years ago but still. Time is different in faerie and I wonder if that is the baby!

Of course we know that Malcolm isn't dead and I wasn't surprised by it. I had a feeling when the centurions and the Blackthorns plus Diana and Emma were fighting the sea demons that Malcolm was going to come mainly because his body was in the ocean. What surprised me was the Arthur sacrificed himself to save the children. He should be remembered. Also another thing that surprised me what that Annabel was the one to kill Malcolm. I thought she was going to be happy to see him but clearly she wasn't

Lets talk about the Centurions. I hate Zara. She reminds me of Gildroy Lockhart because she takes credit for what others had done. At the end when she is caught lying I have a feeling she is going to want revenge.

No lets talk about Diego. Diego is, was, I don't know at this point, engaged to Zara. What the frick was what my first reaction was. Why? He was cheating on Christina and he already broke her heart once and she gave you another chance and you blow it!? I do have to say though the explaination was logical.

Okay time to talk about that trip in faerie. We meet the Unseelie King for the first time and when Mark, Christina, Julian and Emma are rescuing Keiren and when Emma fights a faerie and the king orders her to take of the helmet it was her father?! I was like what the hell is happening. It wasn't her father though. I was also shocked to see that seraph blades and runes did not work in the Unseelie lands. I knew from the moment they mentioned that something was up with the Unseelie king.

We also meet Mark and Helen's faerie aunt, Nene. I really hope we get to see some more of the faerie family.

In the faerie lands Julian meets the Seelie Queen and she makes a deal with him to give her the black book and they will side with the shadowhunters end the cold peace and destroy the Unseelie King. Of course she mentions that she found a way to break Emma and Julian's parabatai bond and that is to destory all parabatai relationships. No. Why? They had hope and now they have no hope again.

Let's talk about Ty, Livvy and Kit before the ending. Kit and Ty are literally best friends and I am pretty sure are either going to date or become parabatai. I love how Ty was the one to give Kit his first rune I feel like Kit trusts Ty from the very beginning which is something big since he tried to run away and steal things in the very first chapter. When Livvy and Kit kiss I was like WHAT and WHY? I did not see that coming but Livvy did say they should just be friends when they were about to kiss again. And they did not kiss again. But still. I loved the side adventures they had with the shadowmarket and when Magnus rescues them from the Market. I was like MAGNUS IS BACK Livvy is going to be fine. (not really you know what happens at the end)

I haven't talked about Julian and Emma at all throughout this review so let's talk about them. When they were in Malcolm's house and they expressed their feelings for each other I was so happy. They finally are sharing their honest thoughts! Also the moment when Julian sees Annabel for the first time. Holy. I was surprised she showed her face. She talks to him and refuses to give him the black book.

I need to talk about Cortana before I reach the character limit. Cortana stabbed one of the Unseelies imortal 7 riders. I forgot what they are called and cannot find the name in the book. Cortana is the blade that killed a immortal rider and no rider was ever killed before. I was like wow. And at the end when Emma uses Cortana to break the Mortal Sword. What!? I was so surprised I read that section twice just to make sure I was reading it right. I am pretty sure Cortana is going to be very important in the next book.

Now I need to talk about the ending before my fingers fall of from typing this extremely long review. When the Blackthorns see Helen again I almost cried. It was like the happy family reunion I was waiting for. Of course it is ruined when Annabel takes the the mortal sword and stabs LIVVY?! It took me so long to process it. I was shocked even though I saw it about 5 seconds before it happened I was still shocked. Livvy risked herself throwing Julian her blade and she had to die. Why? I need to know what happens next and I know that Julian is going to be over protective of the younger Blackthorn's now.

Annabel also kills Robert Lightwood. He was going to take the sword from her and she kills him?! I swear she is working for the Unseelie King since we saw the half crown before Annabel vanishes. I think Annabel is working for the Unseelie King.Robert was also the person Magnus recommend that Emma and Julian tell their problems to. And he was going to help them. Why did he have to die. He was the one person who had the power to help them.

I love the diversity in this book and it adds a lot to the story. Diana is transgender and I love how it shows that it is okay to be you. I personally wasn't the biggest fan of Diana in the first book and she seemed a little shady and I knew she was hiding something. I did not expect this. I really loved her story and I appreciate her so much more as a character.

I have so much more to say and this is the longest review I have ever written.

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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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