Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tag Thursday - #chapterone

Hello everyone!

I am back with another tag, #chapterone.



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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TBR Tuesday - Fractured Suns by Theresa Kay

Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday! If you are new to TBR Tuesday, essentially I share the book I am currently reading, and the book I am planning on picking up next!


I am currently reading an e-ARC of Fractured Suns by Theresa Kay. I was lucky enough to be contacted by the author to read and review this book, which is the sequel to Broken Skies, which I read and enjoyed in March. You can read that review here - I highly recommend this series if you liked the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, as it is a paranormal with a little bit of romance.

Once I finish this book, I'm not sure what I will pick up next. I'm thinking either Crash by Eve Silver or The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Reviews - Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Hello everyone!

I am sorry this blog post is up a little bit later than usual, I am currently on a family vacation and I didn't have the time to write todays post. Hopefully you will still enjoy it, despite the timing.

This week, I am reviewing a book I read a couple days ago, Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge.


Ok, so first things first, this book does start off a little bit slow. It took me a couple chapters to get into it, and I had to put it down for a little bit, but once this story got rolling, I enjoyed it.

Character-wise, I felt a lot of similarities between the main character of Crimson Bound, Rachelle and the main character in Throne of Glass, Celaena. They were both fierce female leads who had to protect someone they didn't like. They weren't really classically trained, they were kind of thrown into their new lives and told to survive. This similar childhood experience shaped both of the characters as strong, very independent lead characters.

Plot wise, this book was good, but not spectacular. I found sometimes I didn't really see why finding the sword was so important, and a lot of the story was folklore. There were fragments of the fairy tale in between chapters and woven throughout the story of Rachelle and Armand. Some of the fairy tale was hard to follow, I wasn't really familiar with the story, but it was interesting.
While this book is set in the same world as Cruel Beauty, I think it's hard to compare this book to that one because that book so much more closely follows Beauty and the Beast, while this story is a more loose retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. I got halfway through the story and forgot what the fairytale was supposed to be based off of.

Overall, this book was good, but not great. I felt a little confused at times, with some of the fantastical elements and the fairytale was hard to follow, but for the most part it was good. I enjoyed it and gave it a 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tag Thursday - #bookishdedication

Hello everyone!

 I am back with another tag, this week, #bookishdedication!


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

TBR Tuesday - Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday! If you are new to TBR Tuesday, essentially I share the book I am currently reading, and the book I am planning on picking up next!



Today, I am reading Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge. I'm currently only 3 chapters in, and I will admit, it is slow. There are a lot of details to go over, but it is still good!

I will say that while I enjoyed Rosamund's other book Cruel Beauty, both of these were mostly cover buys!

What are you currently reading?



Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday Reviews - Alive by Scott Sigler

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing Alive by Scott Sigler. Thanks so much to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy of this book to review. All opinions however, are my own.


Wow!

Ok so this review isn't going to be super long, because I really think it is best going into it with little knowledge about this book as possible, so I can't talk about too much, but I will say a few things.

I really don't know what to say that isn't a spoiler. I will say that this book was super fast paced, I read it in two sittings in half a day, and I really enjoyed it! I was engaged the whole time, the writing was great, though some of the chapter beginnings were a little bit repetitive, but I almost think that was part of the writing style and the storyline itself was brilliant. 

Some of the main topics of this book reminded me a little of The Maze Runner by James Dashner meets Lord of the Flies by William Golding, with a hint of The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse. There were secrets and confusion on where they were and why they were there.

At the end of this book, Scott has a little note from the author to the reader, asking to not spoil this book. In most cases, this kind of FYI isn't really necessary, if you spoil something in most books, its not the end the world (unless that book is Allegiant). However, I truly feel like this book is so fantastic that you don't need to, or want to know much to love it and that this anti-spoiler message is important for readers to understand. 

On that note, I will say no more, for I fear I have already said too much already.

Overall, I highly, highly recommend this book and I can't wait to continue the trilogy!

Also, for those of you who like to listen to your books as opposed to read them, you can listen to the audio book from Audible! Here is a preview of the first chapter, for your listening pleasure!




Friday, July 17, 2015

Monday Reviews (on a Friday!) - Sinners and Saints by Chelsea Ballinger

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews (on a Friday!). This week, I am reviewing Sinners and Saints by Chelsea Ballinger. I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.


I wasn't really a fan of this book. And I feel bad saying that. I look at the other reviews on Goodreads and wonder if we even read the same book. I don't know, maybe the story just wasn't for me.

This book was definitely different. I've never seen such a poisonous and twisted person. Scarlett is the epitome of a sociopath. She has no real feelings, just an immense hate for everyone who crosses her. I found her character the most interesting, even if I did think she was a thorn in this book's side. I still don't know what happened to make her so cruel.

For the most part I tolerated this book. I felt like there wasn't much plot to move it forward in probably the first 3/4 of the book. It was all character driven and after that first prologue-intro chapter, I kept feeling like I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop. The last little bit build things up for a sequel, which was good, and things got interesting, but there was just so little plot development in the beginning, I was beginning to lose interest from the halfway mark on. I don't know, maybe I prefer a more plot driven book, as opposed to character driven, when you are just waiting for the main event of the story. For this book, I felt like it was just a little bit too late coming.

It was interesting to see alternating perspectives, usually it was just Juliet and Hugo but there was also Poppy, Jordana, Cody, Patrick, and Scarlett POV's as well, which added a little extra to the story. There was usually one chapter about the person everyone else was talking about and then they would go back to Juliet or Hugo. I felt like the first person perspective helped me get into the story, but I found that between Hugo and Juliet's chapters, I had to go back and see who was talking, once Hugo's characters softened, and Juliet's hardened, I felt like their voices sounded very similar.

Overall, good but nothing spectacular. I don't have plans to read the next book, I know the ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, but not a good enough one to make me want to read another character driven novel.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tag Thursday - #booksandbreakfast

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Tag Thursday! This week, the #booksandbreakfast tag!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Top 5 Wednesdays - Anticipated Pre-Orders for the Year!

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Top 5 Wednesday! If you want to check it out, you can go to the Goodreads group and read more about it.

This week's topic is top 5 books I am anticipating! Let's get started!

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Released: August 4, 2015

Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they'd never, ever do in high school. 

Some of the rules have been easy to follow, but Dave has a secret: he's broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It's either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember.  Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they've actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Released: September 1, 2015

Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume. Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world. 

I won't say too much more about this book, because it is the fourth book in the series, and I don't want to spoil anything, but if you haven't read these books, get on it!



Winter by Marissa Meyer

Released: November 10, 2015

Again, another sequel book, this is the finale of The Lunar Chronicles series! I don't want to spoil anything here either but I think a lot of other people are also highly anticipating this book as well, so if you haven't read the previous books up to this 824 page finale you need to get on that!





November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Released: November 10, 2015

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. 

Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist. 



Here is a brief teaser!:

This is a love story between a guy (me) and a girl (Fallon). I think. Can it even be considered a love story if it doesn't end with love? Mysteries end when the mystery is solved. Biographies end when the life story has been told. Love stories should end with love, right? Maybe I’m wrong, then. Maybe this isn't a love story. If you ask me…I’d say this might even be considered a tragedy. Whatever it is—however it ends—I promised I would tell it. So without further ado. 

Once upon a time… I met a girl.  
The girl.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Released: September 29, 2015

Set in the Grisha world, Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.
 


So! There you have it! See you next week!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

TBR Tuesday - A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday! If you are new to TBR Tuesday, essentially I share the book I am currently reading, and the book I am planning on picking up next!



So I finally finished Insignia by S.J. Kincaid last night, after reading it on and off for almost 2 1/2 weeks. It was good, nothing amazing though.

Up next, I am starting me re-read of A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I read this book back in September of last year, and I really enjoyed it. I am going away on vacation in a couple weeks, and I bought the first four books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series so I wanted to jog my memory of what happens in the first book.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday Reviews - Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting.

Wow! This book was so much more than I was expecting.

Most times, New Adult is just about the romance and steamy scenes. I was pleasantly surprised with Clipped Wings, because it did have the romance and physical connection between the character, but they are also so broken and it really gave depth to the story. 

I won't get into too many details, because they are major spoilers but you can really connect with Hayden and Tenley, they both have overcome difficult pasts, leaving them both physically and emotionally scarred. 

This book does touch briefly on mental illness, enough so that I wanted to talk about it a little bit in the review. Hayden deals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, brought on by a horrific childhood experience, and Tenley struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, from an event in her past that she cannot forget.

Together, Hayden and Tenley try to help mend each other and move on emotionally.

There were quite a few mini sub-plot stories that weren't really cleared up in this book, I'm hoping we will get some answers in the next book, and just a forewarning, there is a bit of a cliffhanger ending, so I would maybe pick up the second book before starting this one.

Overall, I loved this book. It was deep, meaningful and intriguing. Once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down!



Monday, July 6, 2015

Monday Reviews - Something Real by Heather Demetrios

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing a book that I recently picked up from Book Outlet, Something Real by Heather Demetrios. 

You may remember a few months ago I posted my review for Heather's third book, I'll Meet You There. You can check out that review here, I highly recommend the book!

Anyways, let's get started with the synopsis of Something Real:


Seventeen-year-old Bonnie™ Baker has grown up on TV--she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker's Dozen

Since the show's cancellation, Bonnie™ has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight. But it's about to fall apart . . . because Baker's Dozen is going back on the air. 

Bonnie™'s mom and the show's producers won't let her quit and soon the life that she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. 

Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own--even if it means being more exposed than ever before.








This book made me realize how good I have it. And you might be thinking, it's a book about a reality TV family, how bad can it be?

Well, short answer, pretty bad.

The Baker family was the star of a hit reality TV show for years because they had a bakers dozen, think Jon and Kate Plus 8 (err Kate Plus 8) meets 19 Kids and Counting

After a messy affair and subsequent divorce, the show comes off the air for four years. However, once the eldest children are 17 (there are three of them, no, not triplets...), and with a new stepfather in tow does the TV show start back up again.

The writing in this book was so amazing. You just felt like you were in Bonnie's shoes. I really felt horrible for those kids. A lot of the time, we watch these shows and don't think about the impact it has on the kids, in this case, aged 7 to 17. 

Bonnie, the main character has been trying to live her life without the cameras. She created Chloe Baker, dyed her hair and didn't tell anyone about her past - a dark one - which thanks to the cameras, can be rewatched over and over again.

These kids weren't spoiled brats. They were confused, angry and not always looked after properly. I felt especially bad for Chloe, she couldn't talk to her mom about anything because the cameras were rolling 24/7 and she would do anything to bump up ratings, including reading her daughters journal and forcing her some to come out as gay on live TV.

There were some good parts of Chloe/Bonnie's life. The relationship between Chloe and Patrick was just so sweet, it was what every girl dreams of.

Although this was a jokey-kind of book, a reality TV series, this book also dealt with issues such as attempted suicide, depression, divorce and loss.

Overall, I think this is a great book. It shines a new light on reality TV and it boasts a great romance. Definitely recommend! I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Monday Reviews (on a Friday!) - Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews on a Friday! This week, I am reviewing Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel. I was sent an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley for review, however all opinions are my own.

Ok, so as always, let's start with the synopsis!


In Paris, family and friends gather to mourn the tragic passing of Charlie Price—young, handsome, charming, a world-traveler—who is presumed dead after an explosion. Authorities find only a bloodied jacket, ID’d as Charlie’s. 

At the funeral, two teens who are perfect strangers, Lena Whitney and Aubrey Boroughs, make another shocking discovery: they have both been dating Charlie, both think Charlie loved them and them alone, and there is a lot they didn’t know about their boyfriend. 

Over the next week, a mind-bending trip unfolds: first in London—then in Mumbai, Kerala, and Bangkok, the girls go in search of Charlie. Is he still alive? What did their love for him even mean? The truth is out there, but soon it becomes clear that the girls are harboring secrets of their own. 

No one knows whom to trust in this thrilling tale of suspense and deception.




I loved this book! I know that there have been a lot of mixed reviews on Goodreads, so I had fairly low expectations for this book. The average rating is 3.23/5, I wasn't expecting to be blown away. But I was! Maybe that's what made it so good! I wasn't expecting anything amazing, but I loved it!

can't think of enough adjectives to describe this book, it was beautiful, spectacular and a little bit creepy. It was just so intense - I couldn't put it down, I flew through it!

The story is told from three perspectives, Aubrey, Lena and Charlie. Each of these perspectives gives a different look at the story. Charlie's were by far the creepiest, its written in second person, and throughout all the perspectives, you go back and forth with thinking Charlie is actually dead or still alive.

It was fast paced and exhilarating! And that ending! I cannot believe that was the ending! It got super intense, and I turned the page on my iPad (of course you can't easily see how much of the book is left with ebooks) and I couldn't believe that was the end! I need more... But as far as I know, this is a standalone.

If you are looking for a crazy, psychological thriller, that isn't too scary (I'm a total scaredy cat and I was fine, just a little creeped out) I highly highly recommend this book!

I gave this book a full 5/5 stars on Goodreads, and I am planning on buying myself a copy!