Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday time! This feature is hosted over at The broke and the bookish and this week the topic is top ten series I've been meaning to start but haven't yet! If I listed off all the series that I have meant to start but haven't yet, it would crazy long! So instead I'm gonna go only with the series I haven't started that are on my bookshelves. This is gonna be embarrassing and hopefully a WAKE UP call for me!

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

1.  Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard.
I own the first book and bought it a long time ago, probably when it frist came out! I must of bought it during my awful reading slump! (that's gonna be my excuse anyway). I need to start it this year!

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

2. The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare.
I know, I know! But in my defense, I blame it on the fact that I couldn't finish City Of Ashes! I just couldn't get through it! But everyone says this series is way better so I still am gonna give it a try!

The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)

3. The Seven Realms series by Cinda Willi
I've had it forever! I even have the second novel! Another one That I swear I'm gonna start it this year!

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

4. The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood
I also bought this book forever ago and just haven't picked it up! And I love that cover so much! I heard they've changed them and that they aren't as pretty as this one... :(

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

5.  Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis
Another book I bought long, long ago! I don't even remember what the synopsis says! I should be ashamed of myself!

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)

6.  The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
I cant even come up with an excuse for this one...

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

7. The Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin
No more excuses left in me...

And That's all of them I think... Wow. I'm a mess. And I cant even begin to count all the series I've started but haven't finished...

Well now that I've shamed myself, hopefully I'll hold myself accountable! Also I need to work on my impulsive buying habits!  Let me know what series you haven't started yet but have been wanting to!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Flash Back Friday!

Flash Back Friday is a new thing I'm going to be doing on my blog every Friday (or at least I'm gonna try every Friday). Its basically where I post about a book or something that I loved that I haven't really  talked about for a while and feel like reminiscing about. So......

This Friday I flash back to when I read the Raised By Wolves series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes! I have been thinking about this series all week!

Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves, #1)   Trial by Fire (Raised by Wolves, #2) Taken by Storm (Raised by Wolves, #3)

I remember the first book not being my favorite but still deciding to stick it out and keep going with the series! And boy am I glad that I did! it was so freaking good! I could not believe how amazing the second book was! It literally blew my mind! and the third book was the same as the second! so so good! I'm serious! If your looking for an awesome werewolf series, this is it!

P.S. I saw on goodreads that there was another book in this series published in 2015 and i had no idea! I need to check it out ASAP!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: We Were Liars By E. Lockhart

We Were LiarsWe Were Liars
E. Lockhart
242 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Delacorte Press

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

There was a lot of hype when this book was released and maybe that was what made me feel disappointed when I finished it. I just expected it to be , I don't know, Better? I guess? I just expected more than what I was given.

Plot: tbh there wasn't much of a plot. The whole book is spent by following Cadence, the main protagonist, through her summer on her rich, white family's island and her trying to remember some accident that happened to her that no one wants to remind her about. Nothing really happens. Not till the end at least. It was incredibly boring.

Characters: No characters really stood out in a positive or negative way. They were all boring and I didn't get attached to any of them. And reading through Cadence's view was honestly a drag.

Setting: Forgettable. No, seriously. I cant remember anything about the island.

At its best: The best part of the book is when they talk about the golden retrievers...

At its worst: So boring! It took me like 3 weeks to finish it because I just didn't wanna read it. The only reason I did finish it was because I had already wasted too much of my time with it to not find out what the big mystery was.

Read again: No...

Final thoughts: I found the ending stupid and cheap. I just didn't care for it. I never understood the meaning behind why Cadence and her cousins called themselves "liars". I just didn't get this book...

Rating: 4/10

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Time for Top Ten Tuesday! This feature is hosted over at The broke and the bookish and this week the topic is Top Ten Books From X Genre That You've Added To Your TBR! I choose Fantasy as my genre because its my favorite and the one that grabs my attention the most!

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
1.  Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
Everyone and they're mom talks about this series! I'm obviously missing out on something! Good or bad, I wanna find out!

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)2. The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Another one that everyone claims to be amazing! And its sounds pretty amazing!

The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)3. The seven realms series by Cinda Williams Chima
I actually bought the first book a while ago and, of course, didn't read it! I saw a review on the series on youtube a couple weeks ago and I'm intrigued again!

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I just finished Shadow and Bone by Bardugo and I freaking loved it! And I have heard that this series is even better than the Grisha series! I cant wait to read it!

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)5. The Raven Boys Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
I LOVE Maggie Stiefvater and her writing! I still don't understand how I haven't read this series yet! I had forget about these books and a friend raved about them last weekend and again, back on the TBR list!

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)6. A Court of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Another Maas book! With the third book of this series having been released last month, I could not escape the hype! I actually went out and bought the first book so that I could finally start the series and it was included my May haul!

And I'm actually gonna finish the list at 6 because if you count all the books in each series that would be way over 10! So I'm actually not leaving the list short even though I am... Anyway... What genre did you pick and what books were added to your TBR?!

Friday, June 2, 2017

May Book Haul

I went a little crazy last month with the book buying. Per Usual. So I might as well share what I bought right? I bought a couple first books in some series and some stand alones. I cant wait to read these! I've heard great things about them!

 Okay, so here is what I purchased in May...

The Beast Is an Animal
The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale.
This book looks right up my Alley!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Already finished it! Review up soon!

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)
A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Heard good things so far!

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)
Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Hear great things!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)
So many readers on booktube have raved about this book that I had to check it out!

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)
The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen
So excited to finally read this one!

Tell Me Lies 
Tell Me Lies By Jennifer Cruise
Started this one and it might go in the DNF pile. See I do this thing now where if a book doesn't completely engross me past the 100 page mark then I just stop reading it. ( I use to force myself to finish books no matter what because I wasn't a "quitter" ) who knows, maybe Ill come back to it one day...

Image result for beauty and the beast by gabrielle
Its like a 3D illustrated book and its beautiful so I had to buy it to display on my bookshelf!

And that's it! hopefully these hold me over for the next couple months because I NEED to save money for vacations in the very near future! But lets be real...

What books did you all buy in May? link your hauls in the comments! I'd love to check them out!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Its Top Ten Tuesday again! I didn't participate in the mothers day freebie one because I could not come up with anything for that topic! But I'm back this week and the topic is a summer reads freebie! I'm also not coming up with anything creative for this topic cause my head just keeps going blank. So instead I'm just gonna list off the top books i'd like to read this summer/ that are on my TBR list!

(p.s. some of these books have been sitting on my shelves forever and I'm planning on finally getting to them this summer. Fingers crossed!)

1.  Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

2. The Beast Is an Animal The Beast Is an Animal by

Monday, May 15, 2017

review: A Cinderella Deal

The Cinderella Deal

The Cinderella Deal
Jennifer Cruise 
240 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Bantam Books

Daisy Flattery is a free spirit with a soft spot for strays and a weakness for a good story. Why else would she agree to the outrageous charade offered by her buttoned-down workaholic neighbor, Linc Blaise? The history professor needs a makeshift fiancée to secure his dream job, and Daisy needs a short-term gig to support her painting career. And so the Cinderella Deal is born: Daisy will transform herself into Linc’s prim-and-proper fiancée, and at the stroke of midnight they will part ways, no glass slippers attached. But something funny happens on their way to make-believe bliss, as a fake engagement unexpectedly spirals into an actual wedding. Now, with Linc and Daisy married and under one roof, what started as a game begins to feel real—and the people who seem so wrong for each other realize they may truly be just right.

Plot: I found the plot of the story entertaining! It wasn't original and I obviously knew what was gonna happen at the end of the book. still, I enjoyed it!

Characters: Most of the characters were decent. They were written realistically enough that I found myself being reminded of people who Ive met or worked with. this made the story feel more relatable. and I also appreciated that the characters grew and became better people through out the story. and I'm glad Chickie left her creep husband and became an independent woman! She deserved better!

Setting: written decently enough. i had to problem picturing the small town of Prescott. nothing spectacular but not bad.

At its best: Funny. I definitely "Lol" during some parts. And i liked the pace of the romance. it didn't feel rushed or unrealistic. or at least not unrealistic for the what the situation was... Also, i loved that the book wasn't long! it was a short read and that was refreshing!

At its worst: nothing for me to complain about really. (shocking...)

Read again: maybe one day sure!

Final thoughts: a light fun read! If you're looking for something quick, funny, and entertaining then id definitely give it a go!

Rating: 6/10

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Yay! Time for Top Ten Tuesday! I missed out last Tuesday but I'm back this week! This feature is hosted over at The broke and the bookish and this week the topic is top ten things you wish to see more of in books!

  1. Stand alone books. Lately Ive been really enjoying books with no sequels, prequels, etc.
  2. Male protagonist. Well done male protagonist.
  3. siblings. books about siblings or just with some siblings in it.
  4. Parents. why are they never all over the place like mine are???
  5. Villains POV. That would be so interesting!
  6. Strong Friendships. No romance for once, just a beautiful, pure friendship!
  7. Diversity.
  8. Books about Marie Antoinette. I love her and want more books about her.
  9. Realistic romances. Something that I could see actually happening in my life.

What are some things you'd like to see more of in literature? leave me your lists!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Hunted  Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves
Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests,
Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

First off, the cover is the first thing that caught my attention. Its so pretty! And then when I read what it was about and saw that it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I was sold! And it didn't  disappoint! I loved it! It was so enchanting and captivating! I read it in 2 days and I haven't read a book that fast in years!

I loved everything about this book! The characters were great! I loved Yeva and her strong willed personality. She was a strong female character that didn't feel to stereotypical or overly done! The way the original story was changed in the book was well done and it didn't feel as predictable as I expected it to be. I had read that some readers thought the book was slow paced and that it lacked action. However I enjoyed the pace of the book and thought the story flowed smoothly with out the need of action or nerve wrecking suspense. Honestly, it was perfect!

Now... lets talk about the Beast. I'm gonna start of by saying right away that I'm trash for the Beast. Always have been, always will be! There was no exception here! I loved him. I cried for him! I lived for the moments where we got to see glimpses of who his personality. I just ... I just loved him!

Overall, this book was amazing and I absolutely loved, loved, loved it! I cried multiple times through out this book and that's usually a good sign for me! Its officially on my favorites list! I cant wait to see what else Meagan Spooner comes out with and I hope its along the lines of this! If you haven't read it and love Beauty and the Beast, definitely do so!

Rating: 10\10


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

This feature is hosted over at The broke and the bookish and this week the topic is the opposite of last weeks! Things that make you NOT want to read a book! Those things that make you say "nope" and put the book back on the shelf  (no matter how pretty the cover is...)

1. Love triangles. 
I've had about enough of love triangles. I'm done with them.

2. Whiny characters.
And sadly this one you usually don't find out about until you're already 2 or 3 chapters in!

3. Books where character obsesses over boy who dumped them.

4. Bad boys. 
Sometimes okay. Other times annoying.

5. Sports.
I suck at them and don't really get them and don't really wanna read about them... sorry.

6. Love at first sight.
It's not love, it's lust! 

7. Naked people on the cover.
I like to take my books wherever I go and don't want people coming up to me to ask me if what I'm reading has sex in it. (When obviously it does...)

8. Contemporary YA.
I just don't really relate to it anymore. Some of it's still good but most plots are to high school for me.

9. Boring characters. 
I can't stand boring characters with no sense of humor or no friends. 

10. Characters being hung up on their love interest.
I hate reading about these characters that basically dump their friends for their new fling. Shitty!

Some of these might/ probably are similar but I was just trying to get to 10! What are some of your book turn offs?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review : Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

I wanted to do a fun book for my first review back and what better book that a Harry Potter book. I finally got around to reading the Harry Potter series while I was away and I fell in love! I can't believe it took me so long to read such an incredible series! Since finishing the series years ago, I had missing the wizarding world and when I heard that a new book was being released I got excited and skeptical. Especially when I saw that it was gonna be in play format and that two other writers had teamed up with J.k. Rowling. But I decided to not let that influence my thoughts going in to read the book. And honestly, it was a really good read! It was fun and quick and I loved seeing what all my favorite characters were up to now that they'd grown up! And surprisingly, it was a lot darker than I had expected! I was a little depressed with to see a certain relationship be so tense and troubled. But that honestly was what kept me hooked! I wanted to see how it was all gonna turn out at the end!

This book isn't like the other Harry Potter books. Being in play format, its not as detailed and a lot quicker to read than the other books. But if you already read the other books than you don't really need that for this story. This is basically just that! A story. And it was honestly very good and well done! If you're like I was and are skeptical, don't be! I genuinely enjoyed reading it! Going back to that world was strange yet perfect and I thank Rowling, Tiffany, and Thorne for taking me back again!

Rating: 7/10

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

So to get back into the swing of things I decided for my first post to be a favorite feature of mine! 
This feature is hosted by The broke and the bookish !  

This weeks topic is things that make us instantly want to read a book! 

1. The cover. 
I know you're not suppose to judge a book by its cover but I can't help it! Some of the covers are so pretty that it instantly makes me put it on my tbr list!

2. Fairytale retellings. 
Who doesn't love a good fairytale retelling!

3. Sisters.
If it involves sisters, I'm interested!

4. Historical romance.
I'm gonna be honest... it's my favorite type of romance!

5. Dystopian settings.
I love a rebellion. And you know dystopian books always have some type of rebellion about to happen!

6. Werewolves 
I'm a sucker for werewolves. 

7. Big thick books. 
I love big books and I cannot lie

8. Love/hate romance. 
This is my favorite way for main characters to fall in love. It's so sweet and fun! 

9. Authors I've read before.
I love finding books from authors I've read before! Especially if I loved their last book!

10. Titles.
Clever or unique titles are the best!

Let's try this again...

So... if by any chance you read my last blog post ( you know, from like 4 years ago!) you'll see that I had the intention of working on my blog more. Well for a bunch of little reasons i just never did! Life gets in the way of your goals sometimes! But I can now say with certainty that I am back! I have missed my blog so much and missed the book community even more! I'll be posting reviews and participating in features as soon as I can! And if by some chance you still follow me, I love you and thank you so much for not unfollowing me!