Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

  Its Tuesday again and that means its time for Top Ten Tuesday! This feature is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish!  This weeks topic is top ten books with fall or autumn vibes! So either a cover or just the vibe of the book that feel like Fall! I'm gonna separate the list two!

Fall Vibes

1.The Beast Is An Animal by Peternalle van Arsdale.
I really wish I would have waited for October to read this book because it gives the perfect spooky fall vibes that I'm desperately searching for right now! Its perfect for this season actually!

2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievfvater.
I have only read this first book in the cycle so I cant 100% say anything for the other books, but The Raven Boys has a great fall spooky vibe to it! Its eerie and warm all at the same time! I'm actually reading The Dream Thieves now and hope to have the whole series done by the end of the month!

3. Raised by wolves trilogy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
Its a werewolf trilogy. I'd say it falls perfectly in place here.

moving on...

Fall Covers

4.  Pandemonium (Delirium, #2) pretty orange and brown colors on the front!

  5. Fire (Graceling Realm, #2) I like the mix of orange and red!  

6. Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)  something about it just gives fall vibes to me!

7. Ruin and Rising (Shadow and Bone, #3)  The new covers for the grisha trilogy are gorgeous and this one gives autumn vibes!

8. The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)   The leaves and sun shining through on the book give me crisp morning fall feels.

9. Walk on Earth a Stranger  (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)  That gold and that fire on the front though...

10. Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)  just beautiful...

Ok that's my list! What covers or books give you fall vibes!?

Thursday, October 5, 2017

September Wrap Up 2017

Hello! I'm actually putting up my September wrap up on time (unlike my August one..). So September was actually an awesome reading month! I read a total of 6 books! I usually average about 4 and even that it pretty good for me! Anyway, the books read this month are...

(all links lead back to Goodreads)

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
This book was so good! I honestly don't know why I avoided it for so long! I love Maggie's writing and her Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy is one of my favorites of all time! But I'm kinda glad I read this book now instead of when it first came out cause now I get to marathon read the series this month and don't have to wait for any of the books to come out! But seriously, this book is so good! Its a very character driven book, so if you're not into that then maybe you wont like this book. I usually need a good mix of plot and characters to really enjoy a book but the characters are so well written in this one that I didn't even really care for the plot as much as I usually do! Also, its quite spooky! I think its a perfect October book! I intend to read the whole series this month!
4.5 stars!

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)

Cruel Beauty by Rosemund Hodge
I went in to this book really expecting to like it and sadly I didn't really care for it as much as I hoped! It wasn't awful or anything but it just was missing what I wanted. I had some issues with the main character to start with. And there was a little bit of insta-love too, so that's no good. I did really like the ending though! I didn't expect it at all and was pleasantly surprised!
3 stars!

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Now this one was a big dissapontment... Maybe I shouldn't have gone into it with such high expectations. That was my fault. But I had just heard so many great things about this book! Every one on booktube raves about it! Everything I was told to expect just didn't happen! The characters were bland. I hated Lila Bard. The Villains were lackluster. The world was somewhat interesting, I guess. Oh, and everything I guessed would happen in the second book did ( I haven't read the second book but I spoiled it for myself because I have no intention to read it). This just wasn't what I had hoped it would be. Its by no means terrible. the writing is good and the plot was intriguing enough for me to keep reading. Just not for me.  I might do a review on this one so that I can properly explain.
2.5 stars

The Rebel of Clan Kincaid (Highland Warrior #2)

The Rebel Of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood
This is a sequel to Lily's first book The Beast of Clan Kincaid, which I loved, and this one was honestly just as swoon worthy! The romance is just as good as in the first one. If you're looking for a good historical romance book full of forbidden love, lust,and happy endings, then this ones really good!
4 stars.

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2)

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
This book... was everything I needed it to be! I had waited a year for this one to come out! I had very high expectations with how good the first one was, and it did not disappoint! The book dives right in the plot this time around and it does not stop till the very last page! I need the next book... now! I'm gonna have to do a full review on this one cause I have way too many things to say about it and I don't want this post to be mega long!
5 Stars!

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous MagicThe Language Of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
I don't even really know how to put all my feelings into words... Leigh Bardugo is just sooo good! I adore her writing and I adore the messages she puts into every single one of her stories! This book is made up of six short stories and every single one reads like a dark, twisted fairytale. Every single story is beautifully written and has such wonderful turns and twist that you just don't see coming! Its beautiful, really! I highly recommend it to everyone! P.S. My favorite character makes a cameo and it made the rest of my year...
5+ stars!!!

So that's my wrap up! I started out good and ended the month with two 5 star books so I'm pretty happy! How was your reading last month? Did we read any of the same books?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Hello! Its time again for Top Ten Tuesday! This feature is hosted every Tuesday over at The Broke and The Bookish  and yes I know its Wednesday but I ran out of time to post it yesterday! Better late than never, right? This weeks topic is top ten fictional boyfriends... so expect this list to be a big mess! I'm gonna start this list from 10 down to 1 to emphasize importance!

10. Edward Cullen from The Twilight saga.
Now that I'm older, I understand that he was actually really creepy and had some issues, ok. But 17 year old me didn't see any of that and I held him as my top book boyfriend back then. And even though I don't necessarily see him as one anymore, this list wouldn't really be complete without him!

9. Jacob Black from The Twilight Saga.
Again, 17 year old me loved him and carried a tote that said team Jacob on it. I was a hot mess ok? and same as Edward, I no longer feel as passionately as I did for him (I see now that he was actually kind of annoying), but this list had to include him.

8. Devon from the Raised By Wolves trilogy.
I loved Devon, he was my favorite male character in this  series! And he was such a good friend and he was loyal! Oh, and he was a werewolf so...

7. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games.
Peeta was such a sweet boy and the way he selflessly loved Katniss destroyed me. He was just so pure and good and the last book broke my heart for him!

6. Richard Gansey III from The Raven Boys.
I have only read the first book in the cycle and I can already tell you that I am head over heels my friends. His personality is just top notch. He's so funny and I love the way he loves and cares for his boys. The fact that I have 3 more books to read with him in them makes my heart swell!

5. Finnick Odair from Catching Fire.
I loved Finnick so much. He was my second favorite character in that trilogy and I will never forget him!

4. Nikolai Lanstov from The Grisha Trilogy.
Nikolai is such wonderfully complex character. He is funny and yet calculating and clever but above all, he is just a really good man who cares about his country more than anything. I love him dearly!

3. Kaz Brekker from The Six of Crows Duology.
I was not all that crazy for him in the first book, he was just okay... but then in the second book he does something that absolutely destroyed me. I cried like an idiot! I think its the fact that he shows his love in actions more than he can physically that gets to me! Its just so pure and beautiful!

2.Sam Roth from the Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy.
Sam was the first character that I ever declared my soulmate. I loved him more than I can say. He was such a sweetheart and he was so kind! When I think of a overall good guy, he fits perfectly. And he wrote indie love songs... 16 year old me was a goner!

1. The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy.
The Darkling is officially my favorite book character of all time. My love for him is infinite. Everything about him speaks to me on a level that would take to long to explain. His power, his ambition, his calculating mind, his vulnerability due to loneliness... so complex and wonderful. He is flawed. Very flawed. And I don't condone his actions. But I still love him.

And there we go! That's my mess of a list for you! Who did you choose as your top fictional boyfriends?! Do we have any in common?!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

August Wrap Up 2017

Hello! First, let me just start by saying that I know that its the end of September. I had planned on doing this earlier this month but failed to do so because I suck! I still really wanted to post it though! Second, I have never done a wrap up on my blog before, this is my first! I have actually decided to start doing these every month now! Doing a review for every single book I read each month is just too time consuming and not exactly fun to me anymore! I have decided to only do reviews for books that I either really liked or disliked! No more 3 star book reviews basically!

Anyway, on to the wrap up! All Links lead to Goodreads if you'd like to know more about each book!

I read a total of 4 books in August! So it was a pretty normal reading month for me.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)The first two books were a duology and that was Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom! I will be doing a review and discussion on these two books! I absolutely loved them! When It comes to hyped books, I always end up feeling slightly let down. They don't always live up to my expectations created by the buzz they carry. However these two far exceeded those expectations! I can now officially say Leigh Bardugo is my favorite author, there is no more doubt in my mind! I gave them 4.5 stars and 5 stars!

A Little Something Different

The third book was A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. This was a very nice, fluffy book to read after having your heart crushed (so dramatic)! Its told from 14 (?) different perspectives who all "ship" this boy and girl and want them to be together and that's basically the whole plot. It was cute and I enjoyed it just fine! 3 Stars!

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)

And the last book that I read was The Young Elites by Marie Lu! I really liked this book! It started out a bit slow at first and even was a little predictable at times! However, towards the end I was so invested in the main characters story and that ending just destroyed me! I just have so many feels about this book and I cant wait to read the second book in the trilogy! 4 Stars!

So that's my wrap up! A very nice reading month! I will be doing September's wrap up here in a few days! What  books did you read in August!?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Rapid Fire Book Tag!

Hello! Today I thought I'd do something a little different than what I usually post on here (which is literally just reviews and top ten Tuesday...) and post a book tag! I thought it would be a fun way for you all to get to know me a little better! The book tag I'm gonna be doing is The Rapid Fire Book tag! The tag was created by GirlReading on youtube so if you'd like to check out the original video, please do!

Questions! :

  1. e-Book or physical book?   Definitely physical book! Never actually read a e-book!
  2. Paperback or hardback?   I love both!
  3. Online or in-store book shopping?   I love in-store but online is sooo much cheaper!
  4. Trilogies or series?   Trilogies
  5. Heroes or villains?   Villains but only if they're well done!
  6. A book you want everyone to read?   Whatever is my fav book of the moment! It changes!
  7. Recommend an underrated book?   Hunted by Meagan Spooner because its beautiful!
  8. The last book you finished?   The Rebel Of Clan Kincaid...
  9. The last book you bought?   Vicious by V.E. Schwab 
  10. Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?   a toothpick.... 
  11. Used books: yes or no?   I love used books! about 1/2 of mine are!
  12. Top three favourite genres?   Fantasy, Historical fiction, and Historical Romance!
  13. Borrow or buy?   I buy all my books! I'm a book collector, dammit! (really just a hoarder...)
  14. Characters or plot?   I need a good mix of both!
  15. Long or short books?   Medium books! Unless I love the series... then long please!
  16. Long or short chapters?   Short! 
  17. Name the first three books you think of…    Shadow and Bone, Six of Crows and Uprooted
  18. Books that makes you laugh or cry?   I love it when a book makes me cry... (masochist) 
  19. Our world or fictional worlds?   Fictional all the way... 
  20. Audiobooks: yes or no?   I've never listened to an audiobook...
  21. Do you ever judge a book by its cover?   Oh yes, absolutely!
  22. Book-to-movie or book-to-TV adaptations?   Movie cause I love that cinematic feel!
  23. A movie or TV show you preferred to its book?   Thirteen reasons why
  24. Series or standalones?   I love both! depends on my mood!
And that finishes the tag! I love answering questions about books! I am definitely gonna be doing more soon! If you decide to do this tag or have done it, please leave a link and I'd love to check it out!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday!

Hello! Its Tuesday again and that means its time for Top Ten Tuesday! This feature is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish! This weeks topic is simply your Fall TBR! I don't tend to make TBRs simply because I never stick to them but there are some books that I 100% plan to read this Fall!

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2)

1. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake.
I have been anticipating this one all year! And it finally came out today and yes, I have already started it! Literally cleared my reading schedule for it! I loved the first book and if you'd know more about that, my review is here!

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic2. The Language Of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.
This is my second most anticipated book of the year! I mean its based in the Grisha world and Leigh keeps teasing that a character from the first trilogy makes a cameo... I cant even!! One more Week!

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

3, 4, and 5. The rest of the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.
I adored the first book, The Raven Boys and I can't wait to finish the series! I plan to marathon read the other three books in October cause they give just that perfect amount of spookiness that I'll be craving!

The Night Circus6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
This book I'm not to sure about yet! I wanna try and read it this Fall but i'm not sure yet! If not, maybe during winter!

7. At least one Sarah J. Maas book!
I've never read one of her books and I'd like to give it a try! Theres a lot of hype so we'll see how it goes!

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

8. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente.
I have been curious about this one for some time! I hear its a hard read but I'd still really like to give it a go!

Vicious (Villains, #1)9. Vicious by V.E. Schwab.
I read A Darker Shade of Magic by Schwab last week and honestly wasn't impressed. I have heard that more people find this book better so I hope I like it! I mean, its about villains so it should be right up my alley!

10. I wanna re-read a book!
I haven't re-read any books this year (more like the last couple years) and I'd really like too! I haven't decided which one yet! I just know its gonna be a favorite!

So that is my list and here's to hoping that I stick with it! What books are on your fall TBRs!!?

Monday, September 4, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Hello! I'm back this week for TTT! I missed last week's but am ready for this one! Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and you can check out there blog for upcoming topics! This weeks topic is Books that you had a hard time getting into! I'm gonna cut my list in have and first list the ones I ended up not liking and the other half as the ones I ended up loving!

Did not like. 

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

1. City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. It took me forever to get into this book and I actually don't even remember if I ended up finishing it... I remember some of what happens but most of it is a blur.

Looking for Alaska

2. Looking for Alaska by John Green.
It took me about two months to finally get through this book! And at the end, I was left so unsatisfied and just disappointed!

Eleanor & Park3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.
Another one that took me over two months to finish! It was so slow and underwhelming!

Tell Me Lies

4. Tell Me Lies by Jennifer Cruise. 
I loved the first book I read by her but this one was incredibly boring and the main character started making bad choices that I just couldn't understand! I actually ended up DNFing it!

We Were Liars

5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
I wrote a review on this one here... I cant even remember how long it took me push through this one. I just remember it being a long time...

Ended Up Loving

Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves, #1)

6. Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
I  adore this series but the first book was a little hard to get into! 

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)7. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater.
I actually just finished this book and I loved it! However when I first started it, I did have a little trouble wanting to read it! I might have been in a book slump though!

The Beast Is an Animal

8. The Beast Is An Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale.
This book in general is kind of slow and didn't have much action to it so that might have been why it took me so long to get into but I ended up loving it in the end!

Wintersong (Wintersong, #1)

9. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones.
Another book that had a slow pace but again, by the time I finished it, I loved it!

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

10. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
Believe it or not, I struggled a bit when I first began reading this beauty! It might have been that I was hesistant to start it in the first place because of my love for The Grisha Trilogy! It took me a little longer than I expected but oh boy, did I love it when it was done!

And that's my list! What are some books that gave you all a hard time!?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

And its time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This feature is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and this weeks topic is back to school freebie! I chose to be nostalgic and think back to my top ten favorite books I read while I was in high school!

Twilight (Twilight, #1)1. Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer.
Lets just get the obvious out of the way. I think we can agree that about 90% of high school girls in 2008 were obsessed with twilight! And I was on of them and I'm anything but ashamed! I was obsessed!

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

2. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.
I loved this book with all my heart! I think I reread it about 4 times in freshman year!

Low Red Moon

3. Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin.
I remember this being such an enjoyable book! and the cover is so pretty and shiny...

The Silmarillion

4. and 5. The Hobbit and The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien.
My love for Lord of The Rings has always been strong!

Unwind (Unwind, #1)

6. Unwind by Neal Shusterman.
I did a book report on this one as a senior and it was the first time I was actually excited to do my homework.


7. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
It was one of favorites while I was in high school!

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)

8. Graceling by Kristin Cashore.
My first fantasy book and its really what started my love for the genre!

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor

9. Stolen by Lucy Christopher.
This one really made an impact in me when I was a teen. I remember all of my friends and I passed it around and discussed it for months.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This was and still is one of my most treasured trilogies! I read this for the first time in junior year and I couldn't believe how amazing it was! This was the first series I was ever really obsessed with! It made me think about things that I'd never really pondered and I loved that!

So that's my list! I enjoyed going down memory lane and I kinda wanna reread some! So what list did you come up with?!

Review: Siege and Storm

Siege and Storm (Shadow and Bone, #2)
Siege and Storm
Leigh Bardugo

Hardcover, 435 pages

Published June 4th 2013 by Henry Holt and Company

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. 

Oh lord, I don't know how to properly write this review. Basically, just prepare for a mess!

Plot: The pace of this book starts out really fast! I honestly thought that we'd have to wait a bit for some action but we were thrown into it pretty quickly! However, the middle is a bit slow. I enjoyed it cause I just love being in the grisha world so I'd take anything really! I honestly enjoyed this book so much! I, once again, didn't see any of the plot twists coming and I just loved that!

Characters: We had a couple new characters introduced in this book and I really enjoyed them! I knew we were gonna be introduced to Nikolai in this one and I can now understand why everyone loves him! He really grew on me and I loved his epic one liners! I especially loved it when he would piss off Mal! I lived for those moments!  And I really liked that some of the characters from the first book came more into there own in this one, like Zoya and David! And I enjoyed Alina's struggle with power. She had some pretty bad ass moments and mass respect to her for them!

At its best:  The Darkling came back a bigger bad ass than before and I still swooned! He's still my favorite part of this trilogy! Nothing beats him! I really wish there had been more of him this book! I missed him...

At its worst: The only problem I had with this book was all the Alina/Mal drama. If I didn't hate Mal before, he sure took care of that in this book! He was so whiny and selfish! And the way he would bring Alina down drove me insane! It was bad enough that I even started hating Alina because of him! Really though, there were moments when I rolled my eyes so hard I went dizzy! They were an absolute menace!

Read again: Oh hell yeah

Continue series: Series=Done

Final thoughts: My heart could not handle this book! I think I actually shed tears at the end from the adrenaline! I was that shook! Seriously, that ending is what makes the whole book! After reading this one, I knew that the next and final book was gonna destroy me! I can't stop obsessing! I just can't!

Rating:5/5 Stars!