Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Photograph by Kristen Otte Review:

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

*Note: I recieved a copy of this book from the author on a R2R basis*

This story was pretty fast paced and got to the more important details fast. I don't know if I was a giant fan of that aspect. Though, the characters all seemed well developed and well organized. 

I wasn't a giant fan of the main character, Rachel. She was ify. Some times she was too cautious, other times not cautious enough. Some times she cared too much, other times she didn't care enough. It's like she couldn't make up her mind which way to go was best. 

I liked how Rachel's boyfriend, Brent, stuck with her through it all. Even when she didn't know she loved him. He seemed pretty loyal and caring. 

Though, my favorite character in this book would have to be Aunt Kate. She was the sweetest and nicest and coolest person in this book. 

In conclusion, this story was well thought out and would be a perfect, sweet mystery/romance for all those contemporary readers out there. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #4!

This weeks Top 10 Tuesday category is.... My Top 10 Most Anticipated YA Debuts of 2015!






5. (no cover available yet) Tracked by Jenny Martin

4. (no cover available yet) The Body Institute by Carol Riggs




Bout Of Books 11.0!

I will be participating in Bout Of Books 11.0! This is my first time participating in this Read-A-Thon, so don't have any high expectations of me during this challenge. 

The Bout Of Books 11.0 Button is located on the right side of this blog, above the Heir Of Fire count down widget. 

Please check back soon for my official TBR list and more details!

Here is the official blurb: The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Are you participating in Bout Of Books 11.0? If so 

please comment below!

Reviews Coming Soon!

I recieved The Photograph from the author on a R2R basis. My review of this book will be posted by tomorrow night (wednesday night), stay tuned.

                                                                     I recieved E from the author on a R2R basis. My review of this book will be posted by the end of  this Thursday night, stay tuned.

I recieved Out Of This World from NetGalley on a R2R basis. My review of this book will be posted by the end of this Friday night, stay tuned.

                                                       I recieved Carnelian from the author on a R2R basis. My review of this book will be posted by this Saturday night, stay tuned.

I recieved Different from the author on a R2R basis. My review of this book will be posted by this Sunday night, stay tuned.

                                             I recieved Broken Elements from the author on a R2R basis. My review of this book will be posted by next Monday night, stay tuned.

I recieved Beginnings from the author on a R2R basis. My review of this book will be posted by next Tuesday night, stay tuned.

                                                I recieved Shadow Borne from the author on a R2R basis. My review of this book will be posted by next Wednesday night, stay tuned.

If you are an author who'd like more reviews on your book(s) please email me at (that's my primary email address). I am accepting all requests to review books as of now, this may change. Thank you for your time!

I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak Review:

Book: I Am The Messenger
Author: Markus Zusak
Description: By the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book Thief, this is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That's when the first ace arrives in the mail. That's when Ed becomes the Messenger. Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who's behind Ed's mission? 

Click To Buy: Barnes & NobleAmazonBook DepositoryBooks-A-Million

My Thoughts:

*Note: First Let Me Tell You That I Listened To The Audiobook Version Of This Book*

The narrator? You may ask. How was he? Did he portray Ed Kennedy spot on? Was he just as brilliant a narrator as the narrator of The Book Thief? My answer to all those questions are.. The narrator, Marc Aden Gray (I'm just going to call him Mr. Gray) was phenomenal! He brought a sense of feeling and passion, a sense of character and livelihood, a sense of real life, and that in it of itself made me (the reader) bond with the characters of this book and altogether the story. Mr. Gray deserves a million bucks for his performance with this book.

Now onto the story, the idea, and the message.

Let me flat out establish that I am not, and I repeat AM NOT someone who reads books within this genre. Distinctly, I hate this genre. But, there's something about the way Mr. Zusak writes and the way he grips his readers that I simply can not hate nor dislike and not even like his stories but love them with the same fervor as a child during story time. 

If you've already read The Book Thief, then you already know that Mr. Zusak's writing is completely and utterly unique and delivers underlying messages around every page. Most would even say that Mr. Zusak is an artist with words and a poet who does not stop once the page does. 

Just like The Book Thief, this book is beautifully written and powerfully ended. In complete honesty, I will recommend this book to you, yes you reading my review of this book right now, I challenge you, no dare you to read this book and tell me what you thought of it. Was it just as good as I'm describing it now? Was it a master piece worth every second of your time? I bet it was.

I feel like all you need to know going into this book is that there is a man, some cards, a message, and a question. 

There's not much else I can say that I haven't already. I can say that every single character in this book was perfectly written. I can say that I didn't want this book to end. I can say that every single message Ed Kennedy gave was beautiful and heart-capturing. I can say a lot of things, but it's best that I stop and let you read this book for yourself and know the greatness that is I Am The Messenger.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Official Teaser Trailer [HD]

Is this really happening?!!?!?!?! Can December be here already??!! I need this movie in my life now!!! OH MY GOD!! NOOOOOOOO!

"Our Leader the Mockingjay" – Official Teaser Trailer

Oh my god!!! I am currently fangirling and squealing and I've got goose bumps all over.. There needs to be more! I need to see more than 1 minute of a trailer for this amazing movie! So freaking excited for November, you have no idea... well maybe you do have an idea.. haha.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #1!

W.O.W. was started by Breaking The Spine and it is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

So, my W.O.W. pick is..  

Title: Gates Of Thread And Stone 
Author: Lori M. Lee
Release Date: August 5th 2014
Pre-Order It: AmazonBarnes & NobleThe Book DepositoryAbe Books

Description: In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret- she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her "brother" has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn't know where her ability comes from- or where she comes from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai's only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper's son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her. 

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she's ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #3!

This weeks Top 10 Tuesday category is.... Top 10 Most Embarrassing TBR Books!


The Sweet Evil Trilogy by Wendy Higgins
I've been recommended this trilogy a lot, and it seems like it's really good, but I've never gotten around to buying it yet.
Description (from Goodreads): Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

9. The Starcrossed Trilogy by Josephine Angelini
I've seen a lot of peoples reviews for this trilogy and most people love it. I've also seen the first book go on sale on plenty of times, but never got it. 

Description (from Goodreads): How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

 8. The Graceling Trilogy by Kristin Cashore
I've seen this book around a lot and have been really dying to read this trilogy, but when it comes time to buy new books, I either buy all sequels to series I already own or new releases and this trilogy never makes it into the cart. 
Description (from Goodreads): Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight - she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...

7. The Dark Elements series/trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Everyone has been raving about this book and the author, but I just never picked this book up. I really hope one day I can see what all the rage is about this book and the author.                                               Description (from Goodreads): One kiss could be the last. 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. 

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

 6. The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

To be honest, I haven't read a thing by this author yet and I know that she is a popular author. She's even quoted my favorite author's (Jeaniene Frost) new book The Beautiful Ashes. 
Description (from Goodreads): Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something... unexpected happens. 

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 

If I don't kill him first, that is.

 5. The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass
I own the first book in this trilogy, but keep putting it off on my TBR list each month, I just really want to buy the last two books then marathon this trilogy before I start it.
Description (from Goodreads): For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

 4. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I've never read a fairytale retelling before, but I've heard that this series of retellings is the one to read.
Description (from Goodreads): Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

 3. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo 
I own the first book and want to buy the last two books before I
start this trilogy so I can marathon it. Plus, it seems everybody has already read and adored this trilogy.
Description (from Goodreads): The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

2. The Daughters Of Smoke & Bone Trilogy by Laini TaylorI've heard that this trilogy has been opted for film, plus everybody's read this trilogy. Description (from Goodreads): Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hairactually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

1. The Throne Of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
Everybody has read this trilogy and everyone seems to love it. I've heard that this series is going to be a six book series, so got to see how this all turns out.
Description (from Goodreads): After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. 

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. 

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. 

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Daily Booktube-A-Thon Update #'s 5 To 7!

Well, Unfortunately, I only read two of the books I planned to read during Booktube-A-Thon. I feel pretty bad about it, but not really. During Booktube-A-Thon, I got to read and finish a lot of other books (mostly Read & Reviews). 

So, for Booktube-A-Thon, I read Eye Of The World Graphic Novel Vol., #1 by Robert Jordan, which was my book containing pictures pick. And Firelight (Firelight, #1) by Sophie Jordan, which was my red on the cover pick and series pick. Hopefully, by the end of July, I'll have read the whole Firelight trilogy. 

Anyways, I am really happy to say that I am one book shy of making my 55 books read in 2014, so excited! Maybe I really can make it to 100 books this year, who knows. 

So in concluding, Booktube-A-Thon really wasn't as big of a success for me as I was hoping it to be, but maybe during next years Booktube-A-Thon I'll be able to read more and maybe even do some of the challenges. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fan Featured Friday (A New Meme Started by Moi!)

                                           (This image was made possible by

As the title states, Fan Featured Friday is a new meme that I came up with (if by any chance, you or someone you know has already come up with something like this or exactly like this, then please tell me! I don't want to make anyone think I copied their idea, cause that's not my intention at all) So anyways, Fan Featured Friday is basically where you choose a book to feature each Friday that piqued your interest or feel like more people should know about. 

So my featured book of Friday is.. (drum roll please!) 

Title: Lokte
Author: K.J. Bryen
Release Date: September 12th 2014
Where To Purchase: (Will post when available!)
Additional notes.. K.J. Bryen has graciously decided to help a charity benefit from her sales of this book! Proceeds of this book will help The A 21 Campaign, to learn more click HERE
Description:(From Goodreads) Marianne Garcia is a struggling actress in New York City. With a dead career and her mother dying of cancer, she begins to lose faith in a better life.
That is, until Logan Lokte shows up.
The mysterious Logan offers her everything she has dreamed of, promising that he can not only make her a famous actress, but can stop the cancer spreading in her mother's body. All Marianne has to do is sign a contract.
Marianne doesn't believe in magic, and she has lost all faith in miracles. But why does she find herself strangely drawn to him? Who is Logan Lokte? And if she were to sign his contract . . . what would the consequences be?

In this tale of passion, murder, and deceit, Marianne's decision thrusts them both into a spiral where choices are crucial, and evil comes from within.
But they also must learn that, in life, not every door is locked.

My review: 4 out of 5 stars: I quite enjoyed Lokte, it was a thrilling new idea that kept me interested all the way to the very last page. I went into this book thinking it was just going to be another 3 star read that bored me to death, but it didn't. I thought the characters were fresh and relateable, not too faky and filled with drama. I also enjoyed the writing style, not too fast paced but also descriptive enough to give the reader a sense of the story not being rushed. Overall I really liked this book and hope to read something new from this author again soon!

About the Author: Follow K.J. Bryen on.. TwitterBlogAuthor SiteGoodreads

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Daily Booktube-A-Thon Update #'s 3 & 4!

Well I'm almost done with Firelight by Sophie Jordan, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak, and a few read to reviews that authors have sent me via email. Anyways, Booktube-A-Thon is blowing by really fast and I can't seem to catch up with my reading stats.. ugh. I'm just not as fast a reader as I thought I was. 

Also, I've started reading Alienated by Melissa Landers and The Selection by Keira Cass, I've heard that both these books are really good, hope that these books live up to that. 

How are you guys doing so far? Is time an issue for you? Any tips, maybe? Thanks for reading!

The Circuit: Executor Rising by Rhett C. Bruno Review:

*Note: I recieved a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I loved this book! I loved the characters, I loved the setting, I loved the idea. I loved everything! I didn't want this book to end, but sadly it did. Anyways, I'm a major dystopian fan and, this being dystopian, I couldn't of been happier to recieve a copy of this book. Although, I may confess that I was slightly confused at parts while I was reading this book, but as the book went on, things cleared up. Overall, I highly recommend this book! I'm even thinking about re-reading this book some time soon :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Daily Booktube-A-Thon Update #2!

I finished my book with pictures in it early this morning (Eye Of The World Graphic Novel Vol., 1 by Robert Jordan)! Yay me, I've made some progress, lol! Now onto Firelight by Sophie Jordan (my red on the cover pick and series pick). Since this book seems relatively short, I should have it finished in no time. 

How is everyone else doing so far during Booktube-A-Thon? What progress have you guys made? Please comment below!

Top Ten Tuesday #2!

My Top 10 Tuesday category for this week is... My Top 10 Most Anticipated Releases!

Blackbird by Anna Carey
Expected Publication: September 16th 2014

Blackbird is the first book in a new duology and is said to be perfect for The Maze Runner fans, The Darkest Minds fans, and the Legend fans. Just from the cover, this book looks like it's going to be dark and scary, and I am not a horror fan, but I adore this cover. Since I am a Darkest Minds fan, hopefully this story will appeal to me, if not then it's another beautiful cover added to my book shelves.
            9.) The Young Elites by Marie Lu
 Expected Publication: October 7th 2014

I wasn't a giant fan of Legend by Marie Lu, but I love this cover and after reading the synopsis of this book, I am utterly intrigued to see how this book plays out. 

8.) Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Expected Publication: October 14th 2014

This book has been pitched as Game of Thrones meets Graceling, and although I haven't read or seen either I know that they are great books, so this one has to be too... right? Either way, the plot seems interesting and this cover is freaking gorgeous, so I have to buy it.

7.) Gates Of Thread And Stone by Lori M. Lee
Expected Publication: August 5th 2014

So I've heard this books about a secret time traveler... hmmm (*strokes fake beard*)  Hahaha, anyways, yes this book is about a secret time traveler and that very fact is a major factor in why I want this book. But, of course the real reason is that this cover may very well be one of the best covers ever designed, like ever.

6.) An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Expected Publication: April 28th 2015

I am a giant lover of anything and everything Roman and/or Greek. And the fact of this book being set in a Rome-like world makes this book a definite to-be-bought book. Also, yet again, this cover is amazing!


5.) In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
Expected Publication: October 28th 2014

And of course the highly anticipated final installment in the Darkest Minds trilogy. I don't think I need a reason for wanting this book.. No wait, I am positive that I don't need an explanation for wanting, craving, dying for, and pulling my hair out for this book.

4.) Bound By Flames by Jeaniene Frost
Expected Publication: January 27th 2015

First, let me just say that anything Mrs. Frost publishes, I will buy, no matter what. Also, I mean c'mon, how can anyone stay away from Vlad Tepesh? Hot, I mean  smoldering, I mean sexy, I mean perfect, I mean.. oh dear. Sorry guys, can't help myself! Anyways, this is the final installment in the Night Prince trilogy and I can't wait to see what happens!

         3.) Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Expected Publication: September 2nd 2014

I must admit, I haven't read any of the Throne Of Glass books yet, but I already know I will love them. Also, this whole series is basically cover buys for me anyway, lol. They do have gorgeous covers. 

  2.) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Expected Publication: February 10th 2015

To be honest, I don't exactly know why I have this book as #2 most anticipated books, but it is. I could just squeal with how much I love this cover! Also, the caption on the cover states "Power is a dangerous game" and doesn't that sound like the perfect story? Yes, I think it does.

     1.) Tiger's Dream by Colleen Houck
Expected Publication: 2015

This is the final installment in the Tiger Saga (FYI, The Tiger Saga is my favorite series of all time). Although, I felt like Tiger's Destiny had a hard, solid ending, Mrs. Houck has more to say, and I can't wait to dive into this book. Tiger's Promise (prequel novella) came out earlier this year and in the back of that novella was an excerpt from Tiger's Dream, and I almost literally died of pure untainted excitement when I read it. Kishan is making a return!!!! There isn't a cover yet for this book, but with how all the other Tiger's Saga book covers turned out, it's a safe bet that this cover will be just as gorgeous, maybe even more so. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Daily Booktube-A-Thon Update #1!

So, I've started my Booktube-A-Thon TBR with Eye Of The World Graphic Novel Vol, 1 by Robert Jordan (which was my 'book with pictures' pick) and I am a quarter of the way through it. I haven't read The Eye Of The World by Robert Jordan yet, but since its graphic novel is quite interesting and gorgeous, I will be diving into The Eye Of The World quite soon. I've heard such great things about The Wheel Of Time series, my mom has been basically begging me to check out this series for years and I've recently found out that the first book (The Eye Of The World) has been optioned for film. So with all that in mind, I will be starting this series within this month. Can't wait!

I've also started reading The Testing by Joelle  Charbonneau, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, A Job From Hell by Jayde Scott, and Control by Lydia Kang. I am so super behind on my reading schedule it isn't even funny! Hopefully I can finish all these books soon so they don't interfere with my Booktube-A-Thon TBR. 

I've also recieved another book to read and review by the author, adding to my slowly stacking pile of R2R's. But, it seems pretty interesting so I should be able to have my review of it up soon!

Also, I've decided to post reviews of my Booktube-A-Thon reads. I was debating on whether it was practical to take my time and write reviews of the books as I finish them when I'm on a timed schedule, but I've decided to make the time work. 

After I finish Eye Of The World graphic novel, I plan to move on to Firelight by Sophie Jordan (My series pick and Red on the cover pick). 

Please comment below what you are currently reading and what your progress is so far for Booktube-A-Thon, I would love to know how everyone else is doing! Thank you for reading :)

Friday, July 11, 2014

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Book-Tube-A-Thon TBR 2014

So, I've decided to participate in Book-Tube-A-Thon this year! And, what's a bonus, my sister is participating as well. 

If you don't know what Book-Tube-A-Thon is, here is a link to Ariel Bissett's video on what it's all about (She's also the founder of this Read-A-Thon!) Book-Tube-A-Thon Details

Anyways, here is a photo of the books I will be reading during Book-Tube-A-Thon...

  • For a book with pictures in it, I will be reading The Eye Of The World Graphic Novel Vol, 1 by Robert Jordan 
  • For a book in a genre I haven't read much this year is The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
  • For a book that's been made into a movie, and then watch its movie adaptation right after book is City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare
  • For start a series and finish it I picked the Firelight trilogy by Sophie Jordan
  • For a book with red on the cover I chose Firelight by Sophie Jordan (I doubled up this book with 2 of the challenges)
  • For a book that someone else picked out for me (I was actually chosen 2 books), my brother picked The Ward by Jordana Frankel and my sister chose Stardust by Neil Gaiman

I am really excited to see what I can finish during this Read-A-Thon and what all of you will finish during this Read-A-Thon! 

I am planning to post daily updates on my Book-Tube-A-Thon status, but we'll see what I'll be able to do. I am also thinking about joining in on some twitter sprints, but again, we'll see :) Good luck to everyone who is participating!

Awaken (A Blood Angel, #1) by Nina Soden Review:

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

*I recieved a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This book is a quick read that has a nice flow to it. I enjoyed the idea, witches and vampires, though I've read books with this idea before.

I didn't like how fast this book was, it didn't have a lot of details where there should be and was to fast-paced. It just felt too rushed to me, more so at the beggining. Also, I didn't like how the characters weren't that well described, so I didn't get attached or really like any of the characters that much.

I did like how this book has multiple points of views during the story.

I also love this cover, reminds me of the fall and caramel or honey covered apples.. I don't know why though haha.

I hope the next book will be better detailed and am eager to find out what happens next.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I was on a camping trip for the fourth of July and decided to just grab a handful of books off of my TBR pile and bring them with me, this book is one of two books that I read out of all the books I brought with me.

I knew before going into this book that it's a gothic horror novel with a Stephen King feel to it.

Note: I hate horror and  have a hard time dealing with it.

This book follows a girl named Violet who lives in small-town, nothing-interesting-ever-happens Echo. Violet's parents disappeared one day to go to Europe and never came back, leaving her and her brother to watch over their mansion of a house all alone. As money begins to get tight and bills aren't getting paid, Violet decides to rent out their guest house to pull in some cash. Little does Violet know that she has set the tables turning and horror crashing into her boring old town, Echo. River West, the boy who rents out the guest house is not at all what he seems and he brings a torrent of evil along with him, making people question whether or not the Devil is actually real.

This story didn't scare the shit out of me like I thought it would, but it sure was dark and creepy. The characters were well told and enjoyable. But, the thing I loved the most about this story is that it's really mysterious and it surprises you with every flip of the page.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Top 10 Tuesday!

Alrighty, So I've seen this going around for some time now and decided I should get in on the action haha. Top 10 Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish , just click on their name and you can find out more!

So my Top 10 Tuesday theme is... (dun dun dunnn!) Top 10 Most Memorable Endings!

10.) Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. This is only the first book in a trilogy but I've only read this book. I remember reading it over and over, it's such a great book. I've also heard this book is being turned into a movie!

 9.) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I listened to the audibook version of this book, and just fell in love with the way this story was told. The narrator was just brilliant and inspirational. But, of course the story itself is just as fantastic! I saw the movie adaptation and had to own it, I've watched it dozens of times.

 8.) Bloodrose (Nightshade, #3) by Andrea Cremer. The ending of this trilogy was depressing to say the least. A lot of great characters died in this book in not very decent ways. I read this a long while ago, but it's hard

 7.) The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I know it's only the first book in its trilogy but it is such a moving book. I own book 2, Never Fade and have yet to read it. I love the way this book was written, it has a Nazi death camp feel mixed with x-men. Both dark and fascinating. The ending of this book left me in despair and longing.  

6.) Taken By Storm (Raised By Wolves, #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I love love love this trilogy. In this last installment in the Raised By Wolves trilogy, I found myself in shock, ruin, and heart break. This was the first book I read that contained a tear jerker ending, killing off characters I loved. 

                            5.) Tiger's Destiny (Tiger's Saga, #4) by Colleen Houck. Although, this isn't the final installment in this Saga (it felt like it was, plus it was a surprise there is going to be a book 5). Some may say it was a happy-ish ending, but I beg to differ. I mourned the loss of two great characters that were lost and the love story (trust me this isn't really a spoiler) that never was able to bloom. 
    4.) Afterglow (Wildefire, #3) by Karsten Knight. Now this ending to this trilogy wasn't exactly sad, it was just fantastic. I just adored how Mr. Knight tied the first book into the last book so that you could basically go in a circle over and over, from start to finish and it would all blend perfectly.                         
                          3.) The Vanishing Season (aka The Moment Collector) by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I just recently read this book and the ending was a very powerful blow. I loved and hated how this book ended, all I can really say is I cried a lot and needed a break from life after I closed the book. 
2.) Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) by Suzanne Collins. Now, it isn't a surprise that this book is on this list, lets be honest. Everyone can pretty much guess why. I cried during the ending of this book (obviously!). I disliked who Mrs. Collins decided to kill off. That was just cold.. anyways, I am still haunted by the last few pages of this book and can't stop thinking about how the producers and screenwriters are going to play out Mockingjay pt 2. 

                         1.) Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth. This isn't a surprise either, I would suspect. Everyone and I mean everyone (may or may not be completely true..) Cried during the last chapters of this book. It was just a major stab in the heart. I mean, c'mon Mrs. Roth, why do you have to crush people happiness, why???? Ugh.. 

A final note to authors: "Stop killing off our favorite characters!!!!!!" Thanks :)