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 Do not quote me.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.