Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"Waiting on" Wednesday: Sweet Reckoning

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which showcases books we can’t wait to get our hands on.
What I'm waiting on this week...

Sweet Recking (Sweet Evil #3) by Wendy Higgins 
Publication Date: April 29, 2014

It’s time. 

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.

Can we just take a moment to reflect on how beautiful that male on the cover is? By far the best cover of the series. BY FAR. And I just loved the previous books so much, I don't know how I'm going to be able to handle waiting for this one for the next couple of months!

By the way, I found out a little while ago that the author lives like... twenty minutes away from my house. AWESOME RIGHT? Not that I'm going to start stalking her or anything, but I might actually.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #8



Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga's Reviews! This meme showcases the books received, bought, or checked out from the library over the past week.


I have a problem. When I see books on discount, I can't help but buy them. These are the ones I got over the past few weeks since my last update. I swear, my TBR is getting a little unmanageable at this point. I rarely ever add ebooks to this also, so this isn't even accounting for those.

My library had a book sale yesterday, so naturally, I had to go and buy some of it. I spent $4 on two popular paperbacks and the rest were Amazon, B&N, or were ARCs I was sent. I spent a lot of money on this stuff. I'm actually starting to worry. Though I doubt any efforts to restrain myself will work. Ever.

Bought:

  • Take Me There by Carolee Dean
  • Spark by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Hereafter by Tara Hudson
  • Crave by Melissa Darnell
  • World After by Susan Ee (AHHHH!)
  • Pushed by Corrine Jackson
  • Tandem by Anna Jarzab
  • Eve by Anna Carey
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy
Gift (well, sort of):
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfield
  • Room by Emma Donoghue 
  • Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
ARC:
  • The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler
  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Friday, December 6, 2013

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth
526 pages
Rating: 2.5/5
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. 

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. 

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan
322 pages
Rating: 4.5/5

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #7


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga's Reviews! This meme showcases the books received, bought, or checked out from the library over the past week.

So, since I haven't really been on my blog at all this month, I just have a whole bunch of books here. Granted, I know it's not nearly as much as many others who get E-arcs and buy ebooks and buy physical books and win giveaways left and right, BUT this is still an awesome haul for me. I'm one of those people who will constantly be looking for a good deal, and I can actually say that every single one of these was sold to me for a discounted price. I got Easy for $3 at BAM! YES! And if you're wondering, yes, I did preorder Allegiant and I've had it for a while, but I haven't been updating my STS so it's just been sitting around. BUT OMG GUYS I TOTALLY SPOILED MYSELF FOR THE ENDING AND IT BROKE MY HEART.

Bought:

  • The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
  • Easy by Tammara Webber
  • Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
  • Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Gift:
  • Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee

Angelfall by Susan Ee
283 pages of perfection and sexiness
Rating: 4/5
It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Recommended for ages 16 and up.

Can I just first say how wary I was to start this book? And now that I have, I don't think I could ever look at another dystopian book without comparing it to this one. I mean, there are so many stories in the dystopian fiction genre, but very, very few of them are this EPICALLY AWESOME-AMAZING.

The action was so suspenseful, but in a way that I've rarely felt for books. See, I'm not all that into action, but the way she writes it just sucks me in like no tomorrow. I swear, once you start on this book, there's no going back. You're going to sit in that chair/bed/where-ever-you-may-read and finish it all in one sitting. It'll seem like there isn't another option but to find out what happens next. The idea alone is amazing. Angels trying to take down mankind? YES PLEASE.

Penryn was one of the most badass main characters I've EVER READ ABOUT. You know how Katniss (The Hunger Games, I know) is always portrayed as this really tough warrior chick? Well, I don't think she holds a flame to Penryn. It's because Penryn is relatable, kind of funny, charming, can make hard decisions and sacrifices. OHGOSH. There aren't words.

And then Raffe! My heart is actually exploding just thinking about him. Top five sexiest fictional men of the year in my mind. Maybe even top four. Just imagining the way he looks like when he's mildly amused makes my heart pound so hard, people would probably be able to hear it in Yemen. And when he's worried about Penryn, I just...
So, if you're looking for action, you'll get some. If you're looking for romance, Raffe will make you feel like you have to refer to the gif above. If you're looking for something creepy, Susan Ee has got you covered. So just check it out if you haven't already! I'm sure you'll love it as much as I did!

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #6


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga's Reviews! This meme showcases the books received, bought, or checked out from the library over the past week. 


My local used book store is a place of mystical and fantastic wonders. There's a bin right next to the front door chockfull of free books for anyone's taking, and I was able to find a copy of Anna and the French Kiss and Lock and Key in hard cover. Granted, Anna didn't have a cover slip and I own it already in paperback, and I don't really like Sarah Dessen, but THEY WERE FREE GUYS. I really hit the jack pot. Also, the other three hardcovers I got were only $5 each, and they were in almost perfect condition! I'm in love with that bookstore.

Bought:
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti
  • Jane by April Lindner 
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Found in a bin of free books:
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Friday, October 25, 2013

Excuses, Excuses.

Sorry I haven't been posting as often. I was just so busy with school work this week. I also had a concert for my orchestra and that meant after school rehearsals. I understand why though, because we sounded kind of terrible. This is the face I was trying to suppress when I heard us play early in the week:
And this was after the rehearsals: 


Improvement? Almost imperceptible, but still there!

Also, I just want to add that I school has really been killing me lately. I've been trying really hard to juggle everything, but I don't have enough hours in the day to finish everything as it is, so... Just look at the math:
And next month might be even worse because it's NaNoWriMo, and it's kind of tradition for me to participate. Writing a whole novel in a month is not easy, and I REALLY want to win again. I love the feeling of accomplishment after finishing your first book. But who knows, maybe the writing spirit will fill me and I'll be the world's best blogger in November!

Umm... This was a boring update on my life. Thanks for wasting your time reading it.

Permanent Shadows (The Punishment Sequence #2) by C.E. Wilson

Permanent Shadows by C.E. Wilson
Can you say feels?
Rating: 4/5
When a friend from Teague’s old life comes to visit, it sets in motion a sequence of events that will rock the Pixi world and force Cailin to question everything she thought she knew.

She knows that her father has been keeping secrets, but it’s only now that she begins to realize just how little she knows. Now she is trying to figure out what Owen’s relationship is with her father and if Owen and Teague are really what she thought they were. Learning the truth comes at a price, and Cailin is left wondering who she can trust.


Permanent Shadows is the second book in the YA Paranormal Romance series, The Punishment Sequence.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #5



Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga's Reviews! This meme showcases the books received, bought, or checked out from the library over the past week. 


Sorry I haven't posted much! I was in Florida all last week, so I didn't really get the opportunity to do much blogging, as internet was LITERALLY slower than anything I've ever experienced in the hotel we were at. My cousins were getting married in Orlando, and to celebrate they got everyone tickets to THE MAGIC KINGDOM. So we were all just enjoying our time in Disney World, taking pictures with Mickey and Cinderella's Castle. They were doing this Halloween special there too, so all the people in the park were supposed to dress up in costumes. (Anyone liking the Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen I met?)
As I stand awkwardly, not knowing where my hands should go...
And what did that have to do with books? Nothing. I just felt like sharing. 

Back to business. *clasps hands together and puts on serious face*

Bought:
  • The Duff by Kody Keplinger
  • Indelible by Dawn Metcalf
  • House of Hades by Rick Riordan
For Review:
  • Endless by Amanda Gray (not pictured because I couldn't be bothered)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
360 pages of creepyyyyyyyy
Rating: 3.5/5
You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. 

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery... who makes you want to kiss back. 

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.


Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #4

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga's Reviews! This meme showcases the books received, bought, or checked out from the library over the past week. 

I know, I know. I'm spending way too much money all the books that I'm buying. I have a new STS all the time, and I'm alway buying like crazy. But I have a good reason for this one! Well, not exactly a good reason per se, but good enough for me, anyway. It's story time, guys.

School started about a month ago, and in all that time, I have done so bad in physics that I don't think there are truly words to explain the level of suckage that I've landed myself in. Like, usually I'm a straight A student, but as I told one of my friends earlier, my A's and I have said our goodbyes and parted ways. The only way for me to get over this loss is to go on Amazon and buy the books that I've been wanting for a while. Okay, so that's not the only way, but it's the one that makes me happiest.

Bought:

  • Angelfall by Susan Ee 
  • Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Half-blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Let's be real - I always get a new book by her. She's just too perfect.)
  • A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
  • Everneath by Brodi Ashton 
  • All you Desire by Kirsten Miller
Won:
  • Love, Life, and Lemons by Magan Vernon (not pictured)
For Review:
  • Permanent Shadows by C.E. Wilson (not pictured, but look forward to the review!)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Liebster Award!

Well, it looks like I've been nominated for the Liebster Award thanks to Tanya at A Book Paradise! This is so exciting and I'm so honored that someone took the time to consider my blog. I'm only a few months into blogging, and I know I'm not active all the time, but this still means a lot to me, anyway.

The Liebster Award is basically a way for bloggers with less than 200 followers to get more attention to their blogs, recruit new followers, and connect with more people.

The Rules:

  • Link back to the person who nominated you and answer the questions that they've asked
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers
  • As your nominees 10 questions for them to answer
  • Let your nominees know about their award
The Questions:

1) If you had to be one of your favorite characters for a day, who would you be?
I would want to be Anna Whitt from Sweet Evil (because of Kaidan). I would want to be Katy Swartz from Obsidian (because of Daemon). I would want to be Hermione Granger from Harry Potter (because I'd make Draco + Hermione a real thing). I can't choose. It's too hard!

2) Is there a book you thought you would hate, but you loved?
I don't really like reading about the World Wars (unless it's the Holocaust) and I'm not into biographies, but Unbroken is both and I loved it more than most YA books I've read this year. It's in the top 10 for 2013. I recommend it to EVERYONE. It's one of the most inspiring stories I've ever come across.

3) What is the next book you will read?
Maybe The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer? I have a huge TBR pile, and I decide what to read mostly based on how much time I have, what day of the week it is, and what phase of the moon we're in. No, but really, there are a lot of factors. I could easily decide to read Grave Mercy or The Selection instead. 

4) Who are your all time favorite female and male protagonists?
For female, I'd have to say Tris from Divergent or Katy from Obsidian. For male, Will Herondale from TID. There are actually many choices for male, but I just picked one at random from the names because I can't make a decision. I LOVE THEM EQUALLY.

5) What is your favorite book that you have read this year?
My favorite discovery for this year is the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, and Divergent by Veronica Roth, and Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins. I know that's more than one. DEAL WITH IT. 

6) Would you like to write a book someday and what would it be about?
I write a book every year for NaNoWriMo. The first one was about Stockholm Syndrome and the second was sort of a paranormal-ish story about a girl who had to move to this house and take care of this guy in order for him to stay alive. It's better than I'm making it sound (at least I hope so!)

7) Who are your least favorite authors or genres?
  • James Patterson, because I don't like the way he formats his books. I can't concentrate when the next chapter comes three pages later after the last one. 
  • Sarah Dessen, because all her books are the same to me. It's about a girl with issues in her life that are totally cliche and she mopes about it until the last page.
  • Abbi Glines, but I feel conflicted about her. I partially hate her work, but I partially love it also. It depends on the day. This chick has some good male characters though, very swoon-worthy.
  • Alyson Noel, because have you read her books? They're just not good. The protagonist is always whiny and the love interests suck.
8) Why do you love blogging?
When I blog, I can express my love for books much clearer than I can in person. I can't say as much as I'd like, but since most of my friends don't talk about books much anyway, it's more fun to share with other bloggers who are just as passionate as me. 

9) Do you get into reading slumps? If so, how often and do you have any tips to get out of them?
I actually don't really get into reading slumps often, but when I do, I just play guitar and feel sad for myself. And then, I go on Goodreads and Amazon and buy more books that have awesome reviews and everything is better. Buying is my tip, but it's a bad one, so don't follow it. 

10) What is the largest amount of books that you've read in a month and name that month in which you read that many books?
I don't really keep track for more than a year, but this year, the most was fifteen books in May. Also, I created my blog in that month, so that may have been why I marathon-read.

The Nominees:
1) What was your favorite series of the past year?
2) Who is your favorite minor character in all the books that you've read?
3) Have you quit a book recently? If so, what was it's name and why'd you quit it?
4) What is the largest amount of books that you've bought at one time?
5) Why did you start blogging?
6) What are some books that you love, but most others don't?
7) Have you ever been ashamed to read a certain book in public? Which one?
8) What are your favorite reading spots? 
9) How do you organize your bookshelf?
10) What author would you love to meet? Why?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Origin (The Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
366 pages of ACTUAL perfection
Rating: 4/5
Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.
All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?
Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? 
And will they even be together?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Meeting Veronica Roth!

I MET VERONICA ROTH AT THE NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL! I almost can't believe it, even though I have pictures and everything. My friend and I waited in line from 11:30-2:00ish which was about when she arrived for the signing. It probably sounds really boring, just sitting on the grass, waiting for her to get to the signing tent, but everyone in line seemed to be able to keep themselves sufficiently entertained. Either that, or they were to busy fangirling to bother feeling anything but that I'M ABOUT TO EXPLODE sort of tingling in their chest. And then people saw this sign and I'm pretty sure I heard at least everyone squeal.

The never-ending line
I was lucky to be so close up to the front considering the fact that there was probably 23,915,604,870 people in the line in total. Anyway, the people around me were awesome. The girl in front of me, this chick named Alexa, was book-talking with me and my friend the entire time to stave off boredom and heat (She also has a blog, guys! Writing the Universe). It was awesome, and I got a whole bunch more book recommendations, although I will admit that that's probably a bad thing. My TBR pile is actually getting too big to handle now. The books may actually topple from the stack any second. ANYWAY, the people behind us were friendly also, and we were listening to their old-style Taylor Swift music (I secretly love those songs. Shhhh... it's a secret.) from their iPods. We also temporary tattooed ourselves as Dauntless, even though I know for a fact that I'm probably Erudite. I CAN PRETEND.

AND THEN, after waiting forever, THIS HAPPENED and my life became complete. Until the authors for next year are announced, anyway.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #3


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga's Reviews! This meme showcases the books received, bought, or checked out from the library over the past week. 


I made use of a VERY wonderful Target card the other day and I think I'm in love with the new books I got. Usually, I don't read much contemporary, but I'm just too pleased right now to even care that I'm out of my main genre!

ALSO, I'm meeting Veronica Roth (author of Divergent) today so EVERYTHING IS BETTER THAN USUAL. If there were words to describe how excited I am. I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but last year when I went to the National Book Festival, I started crying a river when I met John Green. Granted, I was WAY more excited last year, but this is still AMAZING.
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I won a few books and have them for review and whatever, but I can't be bothered to put them up, so... yeah.


Bought:
  • Everyday by David Levithan
  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • Alice and Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Friday, September 13, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #2





Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by both Alison Can Read & Parakunkee’s View. The point of Feature & Follow Friday is to gain blog followers for book bloggers.

Each week there's a new activity! This week:
It is up to you to do a Kickstarter campaign for your favorite book!!! Who are you casting for the main characters?


Sweet Evil

I actually have a lot of favorite books, so I just glanced at my Shelf of Favorites and chose the first series that I saw. It's a good one though. Actually, it's a supermegafoxyawesomehot one.

Okay, so I always have issues casting people because I'm just not very good at doing it. I don't know enough actors and actresses to find the perfect matches, so I'm basing this partially off other dream casts that I've seen for them and partially off what I imagine.

Anna Whitt
Pulpit rock

I just feel like she'd make a really fantastic Anna. Her face is kind of perfect for the job, because she has a lot of Anna's features, but not only that, she's a great actress as well!






Kaidan Rowe
Pulpit rock

This is the guy that's always portrayed as Kaidan, and I must say, they got it REALLY, beautifully, sexily accurate. Look at his face! His name is Wade Poezyn if any of ya'll want to fangirl or something after looking at his undeniable beauty.









So, there are my two leads. Who would you cast for your favorite book? Leave a link in the comments so I can visit you!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Liberator (Dante Walker #2) by Victoria Scott

Bad boy, meet bad girl.
The Liberator (Dante Walker, #2)
The Liberator by Victoria Scott
331 pages of snarky wonderfulness
Rating: 3.5/5
Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn't like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.

When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard. 

With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #2

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga's Reviews! This meme showcases the books received, bought, or checked out from the library over the past week. 

My will to not buy books is slowly disintegrating the more and more I step into the blogging universe. I think I'm literally unable to control my urges anymore. Can't. Stop. BUYING. Ohgosh. If I stop, I have strong suspicions that I'll fall into serious withdrawal. But I'm okay with that, because look at all my new lovelies! I assume many of you have rad at least one of these, but I can't help being slow. I have an ENORMOUS TBR pile at this point, so I'm going to be slow in finishing them.


Also, as a heads up, I won't be able to do book reviews as frequently (not that I post many of them, anyway) because school has started and the teachers have already proceeded to treat me like a kindergartener and give me homework like a college student. One of them actually wants me to do that fingers crossed thing as a sign that I want to go to the bathroom. I haven't done that since SECOND GRADE.


Bought:
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
  • The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
  • Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout (aka the Goddess herself)
  • His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #1




Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by both Alison Can Read & Parakunkee’s View. The point of Feature & Follow Friday is to gain blog followers for book bloggers.

Each week there's a new activity! This week: 
Bookshelf Tour!




Okay, so you'll have to forgive how messy everything looks in my room. Usually, I'm pretty OCD about my book areas, but since school started, there's not much time for anything anymore. I've even had to cut back on what little blogging I actually participated in! Anyway, enjoy the tour!


This is my shelf of absolute favorites! I LITERALLY CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT THEM.   There are actually a couple of my other favorites lying about (Lux, Divergent, etc.) on another shelf, but I can't help how disorganized I am right now. I'll fix it all later.








A couple of my favorite books when I was younger and a few classics are on here. Also my reference/non-fiction books are there as well. I accidentally added my Tom Felton print in the picture, but let's be real. Is anyone complaining?

And I know a lot of people like to sort there books by color or genre or author, and I do that to an extent, but mostly, I generally just sort them by how awesome I think they are. It's a system that only makes sense to me, I guess. Most others just think they're placed around randomly.






The top shelf has all the contemporary that I like (especially Anna and the French Kiss!). This is also something like a continuation of my favorite books shelf (aka the short one) because I started running out of space.





Saturday, August 31, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #1 (Birthday Edition!)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga's Reviews! This meme showcases the books received, bought, or checked out from the library over the past week. 

I recently celebrated my birthday and since I know that my family is always very unlikely to buy me actual presents (in my family, money is always the way - not that I'm complaining), I went out and got my own presents via Books-A-Million and Amazon because they're amazing. My last haul was horrifically minuscule (ONLY THREE BOOKS!), so I'm making up for it in my August Haul.

Also, I'm writing all this whole post on my new, and lovely, and gorgeous, and splendiferous MACBOOK AIR. I had to practically tie down my hands every time I went to the bookstore so I wouldn't buy out the whole YA section when I was saving up for this vision of beauty that is MY NEW LAPTOP! And all that torturous self control was worth it in the end! Even though I'm still buying a whole lot of books!

Bought:

  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  • Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep
  • Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Won:
  • The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
Gift:
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky 
  • No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row by Susan Kuklin
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand




Movie Review: The Mortal Instruments


Rating: 7/10

I've been reading and rereading and rereading the Mortal Instruments for several years now. I have fallen in love with Jace repeatedly and I'll admit that I wrote my fair share of fan fiction for the Clary/Jace ship. Okay, maybe a little more than my fair share... Does that make my opinion slightly bias? Maybe, but you're just going to have to deal with it.

Sometimes when I watch book to movie adaptions, I just sit there and complain to my neighbors about how inaccurate everything is. I might very well be the worst movie buddy ever when it comes to things like this. ANYWAY, I spent the whole time in the theater giggling under my breath at either funny lines or really cheesy scenes. Regardless, I was having issues keeping myself quiet.
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