Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Review - Wicked Lovely






Details


Title: Wicked Lovely
Author: Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely #1
Published: 6/12/2007
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 328
Format: Hardback








Description


 Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.



My Review


*SPOILERS AHEAD*

I remember reading this when it first came out, it was everything I was looking for in a book, great plot, girl finding her own strength, and hot alternative guys. I fell in love with this dark world, the fairies and the power struggle. I recently reread this book and it still gets me, it's just so wonderfully written and the characters seem so real.

It's wonderful and entertaining. Though, it is slightly rushed in some areas. The ending would've been better if it had, well, more. The final showdown with The Winter Queen seemed far too easy, too quick. It should've been harder than that.

I still love Seth so much! That will never change. If he was a real person I'd run away with him. He's one of my ultimate favorite fictional guys.

Donia happened to be my favorite character this time around while before it was Aislinn. The later was a bit too whiney for me. If I got the chance to live forever and be a fairy queen I'd be happy, yes it would suck to have all your friends and family die but you'd get to be with all generations of your family.

Overall, I'd recommend it to anyone who loves fairies or urban fantasy. It's a quick read that you'll enjoy immensely.



Favorite Quotes

1) “She stood in his kitchen, watching him toy with the ring in his lip. It wasn't quite that he was biting it, but sucking it into his mouth. He did that when he was concentrating. It isn't sexy. He's not sexy. But he was, and she was staring at him like a fool. "wow" she whispered (.....)"Wow, huh?" His voice was low, husky. His chair creaked as he stood. His footsteps seemed strangely loud as he closed the couple yards between them. Then he was beside her. "I can work with wow”

2) “Keenan was staring at her, too intently for comfort. "I don't know why certain people shine for others. I don't know why you and not someone else." He gently pulled her forward and whispered, "But it's you I think of when I wake each morning. It's your face in my dreams."
Aislinn swallowed. That would seem odd even if he were normal. And he wasn't. What he was- unfortunately -was completely serious.” 

3) “He looked good, like sin in a suit.” 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekly Reading (3)

I'm planning on reading these books this week! Let's get right to it!

1) Enter the Realm of Flesh

 "The blade seemed to cut the air itself apart. Before he could stop, he had created a strange, ineffable crack in the air. Then, an arm reached through ... and shortly afterwards, a body followed."

Michael Phoenix is just your ordinary misfit teenager. He lives in a New England small town, his father ran off a year ago, and he falls asleep in school every now and then. However, one night, Michael accidentally opens a portal to another world, and an alien creature invades his home. All he thought he knew about the world is shattered when he is plunged into a world of darkness, a world that's strange and alien—a world that once was home to him.

Michael embarks on a journey to the darkest corners of the Earth in search for purpose, home, and vengeance. He is ready to do all it takes, even if he must go to the source of his nightmares—even if he must enter the Realm of Flesh. Along the way, he gains supernatural abilities and learns to cope with loss.

A horror journey that ramps up towards a climactic showdown in the end. There's gore, twists, and violent action galore in this dark coming-of-age story. By the end of the day, each of the three main characters will have shed their fair share of blood and learned their lesson—if they live to see the end of the day.        


2) The Iron King

 Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.              





3) Unhinged 

Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Interview With Author Ellery A. Kane!

Hello buttercups! I recently had the amazing opportunity to ask the author (Ellery A. Kane) of the amazing indie trilogy Legacy a few questions. These books are set in a dystopian future where a drug can control how you feel. There is romance and some killer action. If you have not read these books get ahold of them now! They need to be at the top of your to-read list. You don't know what you're missing! There are currently two books out right now:



Book 1
Book 2



                                                                                                                           



1) Do you have any strange writing rituals/routines?
I require absolute silence—no competition for the voice in my head. I usually talk to myself when I write. Speaking the words aloud helps me figure out when something’s not working or just doesn’t sound right. That, and lots of Diet Peach Snapple. 

2) Who is your favorite character to write?
My favorite character in the series is Quin McAllister. Even though Lex is the heroine of the story and we see the world through her eyes, Quin and his transformation embody the inspiration of the book: learning to accept your past without allowing it to define you. Plus, he is the perfectly irresistible combination of handsome and mysterious.  

3) Where did the inspiration for the Legacy trilogy come from? It wouldn't have anything to do with your job now would it? (For those that don't know Kane is a forensic psychologist). What does one do as a forensic psychologist? 
My "real" job definitely inspired Legacy. As a forensic psychologist, I meet a lot of people--not in the "Hi, how are you?" kind of way--more like, tell me the deepest, darkest things about yourself. Right now, my primary job responsibility is evaluating prison inmates, most of whom have committed murder and are coming up for parole. Through my work, I've learned that everybody has secrets; everybody has a past. Some struggle to get over it; some learn from it; some are changed by it; some are haunted. It was that idea, what we do with our pasts, that inspired Legacy.

4) How important are names to you in your books? Did you choose the names because they sounded cool or is there some hidden meaning?
I think naming characters is important, and I spend a lot of time considering different names for each of my characters. I want the name I select to help build the character’s identity and to sound consistent with who they are in the world. No hidden meaning, but lots of thought. 

5) If you could cast your characters in a movie, who would play them? 
Walking the red carpet for Legacy would be: Theo James as Quin McAllister; Chloë Grace Moretz as Lex Knightley; Ashley Greene as Elana Hamilton; Josh Hutcherson as Maximillian Powers; William Moseley as Edison Van Sant; Morgan Freeman as Augustus Porter; and Susan Sarandon as Dr. Victoria Knightley.

6) I saw on your Goodreads Author Profile that you wrote short stories when you were younger but only recently got back into writing, what made you want to start again? What was it like not writing for so long? I know that I would go crazy not writing for so long.
My love for reading and writing began as a child, but I never seriously considered “writing” as a career. It was always just something fun to do. I wrote short stories, shared them with my English class, and entered various writing competitions. When I pursued a career as a forensic psychologist, I stopped writing for fun. Ironically, as a psychologist, most of my job is writing—a very different kind of writing, analytical and logical. So, I suppose, I never really stopped being a writer. But, in the back of my mind, I always knew I’d return to creative writing. Then, last March, I just decided—now is the time. When I first started up again—after a ten or so year hiatus--it was painfully slow, and I remember thinking: This is why it takes people years to write a book! But, after a while, something clicked, and I just couldn’t stop writing. I finished Legacy in about six weeks.

7) How did you come up with sexy Quin? Is he inspired by anyone? What about Lex, how did you create her?
Quin is that guy that every girl falls for at least once. A misunderstood rebel with a soft heart under his tough exterior. No one person inspired any of my characters, but I stole little bits here and there. There were certain things that I knew about Lex right away. I knew she would be insatiably curious about the world around her and the people in it. I knew she would have a complex relationship with her mother. And I knew she would be, at her core, capable of great empathy and understanding, which is one of the reasons Quin is drawn to her. 

8)  If you were only allowed to read three books for the rest of your life, which three would you choose and why?
Such a tough question! That sounds like a cruel dystopian world. If I had to read these books for the rest of my life, I’d probably pick at least one that I haven’t read…something super challenging and fascinating like Stephen Hawking. I also enjoy lyrical and literary writing, so I’d throw in something like Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye or maybe a book of short stories by Joyce Carol Oates. On the flip side, I revel in a good mystery or thriller, so maybe a little Stephen King. And like my main character, Lex, I am a huge fan of Mary Oliver’s poetry. Oh boy, I think I’m already over my limit, and I haven’t even mentioned my young-adult favorites, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent, The Sea of Tranquility…obviously, I would not last long in this world you’ve created! 

9) What was the hardest scene to write for Prophecy?
To be honest, the whole book was difficult to write…much harder than Legacy. Writing a sequel comes with a unique set of challenges. There’s the fear that it won’t be as good as the first, that you’ll disappoint readers…but I’ve been motivated by my love for writing and my desire to tell the rest of Lex and Quin’s story. 

10) Can you give us any spoilers for Revelation? (the final book in this exciting trilogy)
Revelation is defined as a surprising and previously unknown fact, especially one that is made known in a dramatic way. Let’s just say there are a few of these in store in the third and final book. I’m hoping that Revelation will be released by early winter 2015. 


There you go folks, a peek into Kane's writing, the world of Legacy, and Kane herself! Buy your copies of Legacy and Prophecy today from these sellers listed below. You need to be caught up for when Revelation comes out hopefully on the end of the year!



1) Amazon
2) Barnes & Noble 
3) Books-A-Million











Saturday, June 27, 2015

Review - Prophecy (Legacy #2)





Details

Title: Prophecy
Author: Ellery A Kane
Page Count: 316
Formet: Paperback
Published: 5/29/2015
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing 









Description 

Over a year has passed since Lex Knightley journeyed alone into desolate San Francisco. The Guardian Force is disbanded, emotion-altering drugs banned, and citizens allowed to return to the seemingly resurrected city. 

For Lex, life is almost normal, but normal is precarious. Normal has a way of falling apart. 

One rainy night changes everything. Out on parole, Quin McAllister’s father is arrested for the brutal murder of his new wife. As the Resistance resurges, claiming a conspiracy, Lex doesn’t know what—or who—to believe. When old enemies resurface in new disguises and trusted friends start keeping secrets, normal splits right down the middle, leaving Lex and Quin on opposite sides. 

Prophecy—the second novel of Ellery Kane’s Legacy trilogy—continues the story of Lex and Quin, testing the strength of friendship, forgiveness, and love. 




My Thoughts/Review

This book wastes no time before jumping right into the plot and action.  It's been a year after the events in Legacy when Quin's father is sent back to prison because it looks like he killed his wife. It's left Quin trying to prove his innocence. Lex meanwhile has to deal with trying to decide if he's really guilty or not. A wild ride then begins for our characters, with emotional ups and downs. The book kind of ends sadly and I'm hoping that everything goes well in Revelation.

The characters grow as the story goes on and I love that, because when you go through trying and hards times, it will change you, hopefully for the better. Quin is such a perfect bad boy. I just love him. Though I love most bad boys, what does that say about me? I've no idea.

The chapters in this book are short but stuff like that just doesn't bother me, if anything it helps me get through it faster, telling myself 'just one more chapter' with this book is easy and I've found I read more than I planned at a single setting.

Anyone who hasn't read these books needs to pick them up, they are quick reads that will totally entertain and get you engrossed so deeply, you'll forget about the real world.



Favorite Quotes 

1) "Well, you're not alone. You're an honorary member of the Knightly family.
With a fragile smile, Max replied, 'I'm not sure how your dad feels about that.'
'He'll just have to get used to it.'"

2) "Hi, Sexy Lexi -- Thanks for opening the window--- and forgiving me. I love you."

3) "'My point is she's not smart. She's not nice. And most importantly, she's not you. If Quin can't see that, then he doesn't deserve you.' He put his arm around my shoulder. 'Although, they both have tattoos, which apparently makes them soul mates.'"

Friday, June 26, 2015

Review - Legacy




Details


Title: Legacy (Legacy #1)
Author: Ellery A. Kane
Page Count: 254
Format: Paperback
Published: 09/05/2014
Publisher: Balboa Press



I received this book in exchange for an honest* review.












Description


How do you want to feel today?

In 2041, the choice is yours. 

San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs—thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.

Legacy is the first in a trilogy but can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone. - From Goodreads






My Thoughts/Review



I received this book last year from the author in exchange for an honest review. I posted this review on Goodreads a long time ago but recently the very sweet Ellery A. Kane asked me if I wanted to review the second in the series and I jumped on the chance. Then I got to thinking that I needed to add the review to my blog and after rereading the this book I wanted to make my review better, longer. So here we go!

This book sounded so good just from the description (we could control our emotions?! Heck yeah sign me up!) and sometimes I'm let down by that. This wasn't one of those times. This book was fantastic, the characters seemed tangible and the plot was really flushed out well. 

This story follows the young Alexandra nicknamed Lex, it's set in the future; 2041. The society we know is long gone, replaced by pharmaceutical companies who produce drugs that control how you feel. Lex just happens to be the daughter of the forensic psychiatrist who invented the drug. Things get going quickly and soon Lex finds herself helping the group: The Resistance, to show everyone the drugs aren't a good thing and hopefully take down the military group known as the Guardians.


This is an amazing debut novel, it's so good it doesn't even feel like a debut. The writing is simple and easy to follow, the characters are wonderfully written and the plot is pretty awesome.

I enjoyed Lex as the main character she is strong and very likable. Even though she is so scared to embark of this rebellion with the Resistance she goes ahead, knowing it could save lives. If that's not a good person I don't know what is.

There is some sweet romance in this book that I really enjoyed. I really like that Kane made Quin real, he wasn't perfect by any means but he was still so freaking wonderful that you can't help but fall for him.  

I also really enjoyed the rest of the cast, in some books, I feel the side characters are just there to be there and they don't feel real at all. Not the case here, they all of their own realness about them.

This book does have very short chapters but I actually liked that. I'm the kind of person who tells myself that I will stop after one more chapter, but when they are this short I just keeping reading thinking to myself just one more and before I knew it, the book was over.



Favorite Quotes



1) “Quin put his hand on my knee, sending a flutter through me as if he had softly blown on the dandelion pieces of my heart.” 

2) “Is he always like this?” 
“If by this, you mean moody, but strikingly handsome, then yes. Unfortunately, he is.” 

3) "The first time that I killed someone, it wasn't at all like I had imagined. It was a quick and as effortless as snipping a string. I squeezed the trigger, and the man fell back."






*All my reviews are my own thoughts and feelings.

Feature & Follow Friday (1)




Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

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This Week's Question
Is there a book that you were required to read in school that you actually loved? - Suggested by Natalie Hearts Books


Answer
The Giver, my 5/6th grade teacher handed my the book and told me to do a report on it, I was leery with such a strange cover but the book blew me away. It made me think, made me wonder what next? Could our society ever become that way? I ended up reading it twice before doing the book review.

What about you Sunflowers? Was there a book for you? 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My Top 3 Book Covers of 2014





                                                   1) The One                             2) Unhinged


3) Wings




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Review - Evermore




Details


Title: Evermore
Series: The Immortals 
Author: Alyson Noel
Page Count: 301
Format: Paperback
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date: February 3rd 2009








Description 



The first book in Alyson Noël's extraordinary new Immortals series. Enter an enchanting new world, where true love never dies...

After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people's auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone's entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact to suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school — but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.

Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He's the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head - wielding a magic so intense, it's as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she's left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is - or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she's falling deeply and helplessly in love with him. - From Goodreads




My Thoughts


*SPOILER ALERT* 


This book.... I'm not sure what to think about it. It had a good idea for a plot but I felt it was rushed, the whole book seemed kind of rushed to me actually. Bits and pieces (Skyrim...), just thrown together to make a quick novel. This is a very easy quick read. I could've finished it all in one day.

Now, the characters, I'm not sure how I feel about Ever, to me seemed like she never grew any throughout this book, I don't like that. When someone goes through massive events, you're going to change like it or not. Maybe where she was a cheerleader before... that's why she seemed a little shallow coming from that kind of lifestyle. Anyway, I don't like her really.

Miles was my favorite character, too bad he wasn't in there more. He was funny, a good friend, and actually seemed like a likable guy.

I don't think I'll be continuing with this series.



Favorite Quotes 



1) “You never know what you have till you've lost it.” 

2) “I guess by now I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone-you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.” 

3) “Today's worries are yesterday's fears and tomorrow's stories.” 

4) “I was a beautiful vampire princess loved, worshiped and admired by all. I lived in a luxurious gothic castle and I have no idea how I ended up at this fiberglass table with you losers.”

5) “She's kind of a, well, you know, a B with an itch.” 

6) “undying love.....” 

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Book Blogger TMI Tag

How old are you?
Older than I look but feel younger than I am.


What book are you reading?
As I answer these questions I'm rereading City of Bones (so I can review the series), Unhinged, and Evermore.


What are you wearing?
Ripped skinny jeans, a black Game of Thrones shirt with punk fingerless gloves.


OTP? (One True Pairing)
Goddess... I have too many. Roth and Layla totally.


Blogger or WordPress?
This is fitting since I tried not long ago to open a Wordpress and hated it. I like Blogger and will stay here happily.


Going outside being active or staying in and reading a book?
Depends... on how I feel and what the weather is. Where I live now it's so freaking hot that all I do outside is swim in our pool or garden in the early morning and late evening. Most of the time though, I'd rather just read.


What is the last book you read?
A Court of Thorns and Roses.


What is the book you’re going to read next?
City of Ashes.


Ebooks – yes or no?
Nope, never.

Where do you prefer to read?
In my bathtub, it's a garden tub with the little jets and it's very relaxing.


Who is the last person you tweeted?
I don't really use social media much as it somehow always gets out of hand and just blah... just I tweeted to a fan site for the TV Reign.


Whose blog did you look at last?
Breaking the Spine.... I had to get the picture for my own Waiting on Wednesday.


Who is your favorite blogger?
The Four Queens.


Who is your favorite book-tuber?
I don't follow any... haven't found one I like yet...


What do you do when someone tells you reading is boring?
I just keep quiet, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, even if they are very wrong.


Who is the last person you texted?
My boyfriend.


Who is your all-time favorite book character?
I can't...


UKYA or USYA?
USYA.... I haven't read many UKYA but the ones I did I really enjoyed.


What is your preferred drink whilst reading?
Chocolate milk or some kind of tea.


If you hated reading, what would you be doing instead?
Playing video games.


How many bookshelves / bookcases do you have?
I used to have three that were full, I've had to down size and therefore I own none.


If you had the choice to meet all of your favorite book bloggers or all of your favorite authors, which would you pick? You can only pick one.
My favorite authors, hands down.


Insta-love: yes or no?
No.


Favorite author?
Jennifer L Armentrout


What is the number-one book on your wishlist?
I don't know... maybe Every Last Breath.


Do you prefer books with female or male protagonists?
Female, I relate better to them lol.

Which is your favourite book-to-film adaption?
Catching Fire, Goddess they did great.


What is the last song you listened to?
Silver Wings, the Nightcore version.


Which do you enjoy reading more – negative reviews or positive reviews?
Negative, I don't know why though.

Who are you going to tag?
Anyone who wants to do this tag.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Weekly Reading (2)

So I did one of these weekly reading so freaking long ago and I thought why not bring it back full time? Let all you lovely people see what I'm reading. So here goes....



1) Prophecy (Legacy #2)

2) Deity (Covenant #3)

And then if all goes well and I get both of those finished, *fingers crossed*

3) City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)




That will be enough for the week, I usually read quickly but my little girl is teething and hasn't been feeling well. I feel so bad for toddlers, so much is going on for them and then they have to go through the pain of cutting teeth?
















Saturday, June 20, 2015

Liebster Award!



I'd like to say thank you to Jessica from barbiebooks for the nomination.

Rules

1) thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

2) display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

3) answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

4) provide 11 random facts about yourself.

5) nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. 

6. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

7) list these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

8) Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.


So here the questions!

1) Have you had your first kiss yet? Yes... 

2) Are you old enough to drive? Yes

3) What is your favorite book of all time? I can't answer this, I don't have one favorite book, I've got ten or more.

4) Do you eat Spanish food? Yes

5) Do you have a crush on someone right now? My boyfriend?

6) Where would you live if you could live anywhere? Singapore, Paris, UK, Japan, or Korea

7) E-Book or Paper? Paperback!!! 

8) Have you ever rode a roller coaster? Many! A lot in Singapore and a few here the USA.

9) Sex in your books or none? I like my books to at least give the barest of details.

10) Peanut butter or bananas? Bananas?

11) Jace Wayland Yes or No? YES!

11 facts... I've already done a bunch of these... There is 6 on my google+ profile and 7 from my Beautiful Blogger Award... so that's more than 11.

So here's the question to you guys!

1) What is your favorite book series?

2) Favorite TV series?

3) If you could only read books by one author for the rest of your life, who would that author be?

4) Vampires or werewolves?

5) What was the last song you listened to?

6) Do you like Hello Kitty?

7) Do you read manga?

8) Who is your book boyfriend right now?

9) Do you write?

10) Are you afraid of bugs?

11) What is your favorite season?


My Nominees 






I will probably add more as I come across them.

Vampire Knight Volume 1 - Review



Details


Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Published: January 9th 2007 
Publisher: VIZ Media (English Adaptation)

Blurb

Yuki Cross has no memory of her past prior to the moment she was saved from a vampire attack ten years ago. She was adopted by the headmaster of Cross Academy, and now works alongside Zero to guard the Academy's secret. Cross Adademy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires! - From Goodreads

My Thoughts

*SPOILER ALERT*

This first volume serves as more of a prelude, giving the reader a glimpse of all the characters, showing that Zero is a vampire; turned by a Pureblood who killed the rest of his family. We also get to see just how much Yuuki already loves Kaname and how he cares for her very dear to his heart also. It tells you that Kaname is a Pureblood (not the same one that turned Zero), the most powerful vampire out there. Pureblood's have more abilities than Aristocrats. You see just how loyal all the students are to their Pureblood dorm president, Kaname. No real plot follows this volume, but it sets up more when the action and romance really take off in volume two.

The art is amazing, some of the very best I've seen in manga, it's honestly my favorite. Matsuri Hino puts so much detail into evertyhing, even the backgrounds. I've seen plenty of manga artists who skimp of the fine details of such things.


Something I really love is her take on vampires, they are still fierce and powerful without being too far out there. They still have fangs (sexy....) and red eyes. They aren't killed by sunlight but it weakens them and makes them tired. I also thought a good touch was only Purebloods can turn a human into a vampire, makes it seem more realistic to me. Overall, this is an awesome way to start a fantastic series.




This series as an anime! It's totally awesome-sauce, check it out!











Friday, June 19, 2015

The Friday 56 (2)






















A weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice

"Why did he call you a hypocrite?" My voice sounded condemning.
Sitting on the edge of the sofa, Quin patted the spot next to him.
I rolled my eyes, annoyed, but joined him there anyway.



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Book Haul (1)

So, I went to Half Price Books a few days ago and I got a ton of really awesome stuff and just had to share, I got the selection series (first three only, I will never pay for The Heir), I got Misguided Angel from the Blue Blood series, Eclipse, and the really really cool stuff.



It's the UK version, to me the cover isn't as cool as the US cover but I like having stuff from other countries.


 I also got the UK version of City of Ashes. So it's really cool. I like it because the giant quote from Meyer isn't on there. I just think it's awesome. 

Do you guys have editions from other counties other than your own?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday (14)



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine

Expected publication: February 23rd 2016



Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.




Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Review - City of Bones







Details

Title: City of Bones
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 485
Published: 03/27/2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books 
Author: Cassandra Clare








Description 

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know... 

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.



My Thoughts

*Spoiler Alert*

I first read this series years ago before the third one had even come out and I loved them! They were so fresh and exciting and just wow. I decided to reread them because I got a request wanting me to do a review for the series. Reading them now, being older and all, I still think they are pretty dang cool. But they're not quite as good as I remember. They are dark and gritty and fun with tons of adventure.

Reading it before I would give it 5 stars... reading it now it gets 4. Also after rereading it, the movie wasn't as bad as I first thought. It hits a lot of the important key points... the acting was pretty awful though and Jace was very underwhelming in the looks department but still... I'm very excited for the TV show, anyone else with me?

I did see some of the actors and actresses they got and I don't know... I'm just going to have to wait and see I guess.

I'm very excited the Shadowhunter world is still around and more books are going to be released. I do like the author's writing style, I always have. It's very simple and flows nicely. I'm not even going to tell you guys to read this book because pretty much everyone already has because they are freaking awesome sauce.

So tell me your guys thoughts, are you happy to see the world continue or would you like to see something new from this author?



Favorite Quotes


1) “Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?'
Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself."
..."At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland."
"Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”

2) “Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?"
"If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.” 

3) “Do you remember back at the hotel when you promised that if we lived, you’d get dressed up in a nurse’s outfit and give me a sponge bath?" asked Jace.
"It was Simon who promised you the sponge bath."
"As soon as I’m back on my feet, handsome," said Simon.
"I knew we should have left you a rat.” 

4) “The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he'd learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.” 

5) “Out of the corner of her eye she thought she saw Jace shoot her a look of white rage - but when she glanced at him, he looked as he always did: easy, confident, slightly bored.
"In future, Clarissa," he said, "it might be wise to mention that you already have a man in your bed, to avoid such tedious situations."
"You invited him into bed?" Simon demanded, looking shaken.
"Ridiculous, isn't it?" said Jace. "We would never have all fit."
"I didn't invite him into bed," Clary snapped. "We were just kissing."
"Just kissing?" Jace's tone mocked her with its false hurt. "How swiftly you dismiss our love.” 

6) “Even in half demon hunter clothes, Clary thought, he looked like the kind of boy who'd come over your house to pick you up for a date and be polite to your parents and nice to your pets.
Jace on the other hand, looked like the kind of boy who'd come over your house and burn it down just for kicks.” 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Beautiful Bloggers Award


I've got some exciting news! I've been nominated for the Beautiful Bloggers Award by Haley Riley, from Paperback Heaven & Denise from Confessions of a Book Addict Thank you so much Haley and Denise for nominating me. It's really cool. Also, I think your blogs are pretty dang cool. I hope we can become good friends.


Rules: 
1) Link to the blogger who nominated you.
2) List seven random facts about you.
3) Nominate seven creative, beautiful bloggers, and notify them.


Seven Random Facts About Me:
1) I am the Queen of Random
2) I'm actually very shy
3) I love the gothic style
4) I like K-Pop
5) I'm completely obsessed with vampires and have been since I was 14.
6) I collect anything with Hello Kitty on it
7)  I have these slight yellow flecks to my eyes and whatever color eyeshadow I wear the yellow turns into it.


My Nominees: 
1) Barbara from Banosaur
2) Ana from Book Addict
3) Ashley from Bookish Realm Reviews
4) Amanda from The Darling Bookworm
5) Sinead from Less Reality More Books
6) Denise from I Am Shelfless
7) Veronika from  Reading is Dreaming with Open Eyes

I don't know all you guys but your blogs are awesome, I love stalking them hehe. I'd love to get to know you guys.

Ultimate Book Tag

I saw this on The Book Babe's Reads and thought it looked fun, it must be an old tag has she posted it in January of 2013 but I didn't have a blog then so I'm going to do it now. Also, if you're like me and want to do this tag, just consider yourself tagged by me and have fun.

Questions:

1)  Do you get sick while reading in the car?
I didn't used to as a kid, but I do now. It makes me nauseous. Which sucks...


2) Which author's writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Jennifer L Armentrout: I can't really say why as I'm not sure myself but I could pick her writing out of random pile easily.

3) Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
My boyfriend would kill me if he knew what my answer is, but since he doesn't read my blog I'm free to speak my mind lol. Twilight.
1) I love romance, a lot. From what my boyfriend has told me of HP and I've seen the movies and plus my bf kind of hates romance... yeah Twilight has tons of romance and HP doesn't.
2) I love vampires. I've always wanted to be one since I was in 7th grade.
3) I love how much detail went into even the side characters.

4)  Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books...)?
Nope. I carry a diaper bag...

5) Do you smell your books?
Yes, I love the new book smell. I wish I could buy it as an air fresher lol. I don't really like how most old books smell because they just smell musty where they've sat so long.

6) Books with or without little illustrations?
I prefer my books w/out them, if I want to look at pictures them I'll grab a manga or graphic novel.

7) What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn't quality writing? (Ex. I read Twilight before I read HP and thought the writing was amazing but read HP and now think Twilight is a little bit of a joke.)
Um... I don't know. Seriously. Sorry.

8) Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
Not really from my childhood but I got one from 9th grade. I went to a boarding school at the time and the whole school was having some kind of baseball game. I hate baseball, (playing or watching), so I decided not hide so no one would make me play. I sat under a tree and read a Daughters of the Moon book. I ended up forgetting the book when the teacher blew the whistle and had to run back to my dorm. It rained that night and when I went back the next day, the book sat under the tree dry...

9) What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Elixir by Jennifer L Armentrout. It's only 74 pages.

10)  What is the thickest book on your shelf?
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin. It's 1177 pages.

11) Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
Yes, I'm currently writing a new adult paranormal trilogy, I may end up posting a few chapters on my blog if you guys want.

12)  When did you get into reading?
5/6th grade

13)  What is your favorite classic book?
I can't name one so I'll give you three:
1) The Scarlet Letter
2) Wuthering Heights
3)  A Midsummer Night's Dream

14)  In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
I loved English, I always made high marks in AP English. But Somehow even though I'm not really the biggest fan of math, I always made better marks...

15) If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated...what would you do?
Take it to Half Price Books and trade it in to get a book I did like.

16)  What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
I don't know... sorry.

17) What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
I tend to get sidetracked and before I know it I'm watching some book trailer on youtube or something lol.

18) What is your favorite word?
I don't really have one... but I know the word I'm always saying is 'sorry'.

19) Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
I consider myself a nerd but everyone who has met me says I'm either the preppy or the alternative girl.

20) Vampires or Fairies? Why?
I can't even answer this question... I can't choose. Sorry. I love them both way too much.

21) Shape-shifters or Angels? Why?
Shape-shifters, they are more badass, I guess.

22)  Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Spirits, easy. Werewolves are kind of gross to me.

23)  Zombies or Vampires?
Hard one to choose...... but..... Vampires. They are sexy and powerful.

24) Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Can't choose... both are totally awesome.

25) AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Both but I will lean a little more towards full on romance.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Top Three Let Downs of 2015 (so far)

Everyone has heard of the them, we wait impatiently to get our hands on a copy to read, and then the worst happens... we are completely left screaming at the book on the last page, or crying. Or maybe just thinking, 'what the fuck just happened?'

Well, this has happened to me three times already, I've read reviews on the books and they have been singing their praise, makes me wonder if maybe I'm reading a different book from the rest... But without further ado, here is much three let downs of 2015 (so far):


THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.

1)
       Lots of reviews for this book were 4-5 stars on Goodreads but I only gave it three stars and even then I was being kind. It just felt rushed to me. There was a lack of detail and world building, I mean it was there but it could've been kicked up a notch and made to be superb. It just felt like the author mixed a few young-adult dystopian series together and you get Red Queen.

Description

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers. To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win? - From Goodreads 


2) 
Let me start off by saying that I LOVE the first three in this series. I devoured them each book in one sitting. Even now, I still go back and reread parts of them all the time. They are such a guilty pleasure. They aren't perfect but they had a heroine I cheered for even though she was very wishy washy when it came to the young man she wanted. I still liked her, she was a good person. 

Next comes her daughter, Eadyln.... good Goddess, she is a spoiled little bitch and I wanted a kill her. As my mum would say, 'she thinks her shit don't stink'. Well, it does and I'm so angry at America and Maxon for raising their daughter this way. America grew up so freaking poor she should have taught her daughter much better. I gave this book two stars only because at the end she does get a WEE BIT better.

Description 

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought. 

3) 
This still is one of my favorite series but I'm still upset how the author ended it. I enjoy love triangles, I always have and always will. I know some people really hate them and well, to each their own. What I HATE about them is when the author makes them all get together... yeah... I'd rather the guy I want to win lose then make them all share the girl. It's degrading to the guys and to me it makes them look like pansies not to make the girl choose or to just leave her and find someone else. 


Description 

After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She's determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world--a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that's gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?





What about you guys? Do you have any let downs so far this year? Let me know in the comments. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Review - A Court of Thorns and Roses





Details


Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 416
Release Date: 05/05/2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury 











Description 


A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down! - From Goodreads





My Thoughts

*SPOILER ALERT*


I want to start out by saying that I've never read the other series by this author. The Throne of Glass series... The books always sounded good to me, but my little sister read them and said they sucked.

So this having been my first taste of Sarah's writing, I love it. Everything flows well, sounds nice and has a kind of special way... I don't really know where I'm going with this but I like the way she writes.

Also for the story, it was amazing! I loved everything about it and wouldn't change a single thing. This book is a wild ride of passion and love. But more importantly, it's about a girl who really grows into herself. She is set free from the vow she made to her mother and after that Feyre is actually allowed to be a person and not just spend all her time caring for what at first seems like ungrateful people.

I usually don't feel something for every character in a novel but not this one, I hate and love each one strongly. This author made them feel so real, none of them are perfect and I love that. They have good traits and bad ones, just like everyone else, like us.

I can't say enough how much I freaking love this book, I already went out and bought my own copy after getting halfway through with the copy I borrowed, it was that good.

My only down side to this novel is that it does start out slowly, building the world and characters and such, but once it takes off, it never stops. Also, Tamlin is so hot and strong. How could anyone not fall in love with him? But Rhysand..... I mean... sexy stuff right there. A lot of people have said that it could end up in a love triangle and I am perfectly okay with that! So, if you haven't read this book yet, do it now. You'll love it. For those who have read it, what did you think?


Favorite Quotes

1) “Don't feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.” 

2) “He brought his lips to my ear. "I would have been gentle with you, though." I shuddered as I closed my eyes. Every inch of my body went taut as his words echoed through me. "I would have had you moaning my name throughout it all. And I would have taken a very, very long time, Feyre.” 

3) “Do you ever stop being so serious and dull?"
"Do you ever stop being such a prick?" I snapped back.
Dead--really, truly, I should have been dead for that.
But Lucien grinned at me. "Much better.”

4) “I love you', I said, and stabbed him.”

5) “When you healed my arm...You didn't need to bargain with me. You could have demanded every single week of the year." My brows knit together as he turned, already half-consumed by the dark. "Every single week, and I would have said yes." It wasn't entirely a question, but I needed the answer.
A half smile appeared on his sensuous lips. "I know," he said, and vanished.”

6) “What happened to Tomas Mandray?" I asked, the words strangled.
"I realized he wouldn't have gone with me to save you from Prythian.”