Saturday, November 30, 2013

November 2013 Monthly Wrap-up

Books Reviewed: 6
Movies Reviewed: 1

Books Read & Reviewed!




Beyond the Book 

Top Ten Tuesday




Waiting on Wednesday
  • 11/06 Features: Spoils by Tamar Stein (It has a family that wins the lottery in it!)
  • 11/13 Features: The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt (Set in Vegas at a wedding chapel!!!)
  • 11/20 Features: Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel (A Peter Pan retelling!)
  • 11/27 Features: #Sandal by Sarah Ockler. (Something that can be useful to teach teens something in this digital age!)
Swoon Thursday

Follow Friday!



Stacking the Shelves
  • #61: Features all the books I got from Houston Book Rave and some that I got from Harlequin Teen for my bday! 
  • #62: Features a NA book I had went on!
  • #63: Features NO PLACE LIKE OZ! 
  • #64: Features a very cute MG!
Other Posts

Book Bangin in November: Contemporary Romance!

Book Bangin' is a feature hosted by Kelly @ Belle of the Literati where, once a month, we talk about hot boys in books!

     This month's topic is FINALLY something I'm really into... CONTEMPORARIES! I've read so many of these and I'm super excited to get to this topic! I've read so many contemps that I'm going to break it up into two categories. Just by NA and YA so you can decide on what you'd like to read based on the hottness meter! 

YA:
Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3)
Noah, Ryan and Isaiah from the Katie McGarry series. If you haven't read these books and met these boys, you are definitely missing out!!!

Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry, #2)Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry, #3)
This is an older series, but Alex, Carlos, and Luis are still some of my fave book boys EVER. They're the sweetest brothers ever (and all of them have a wild side) and they all take care of their girls! 

This Is What Happy Looks Like
Clearly Graham is the most humble movie star you'll ever meet! He doesn't mind people who don't have as much as him and I love that!

The Distance Between Us
Xander is another one that doesn't mind people who have less than him. Being humble is sexy!!!

NA:
Reece is all about business and will do anything to protect his girl! He's so sweet and low and behold, HE'S NOT A MAN WHORE!!!

Frigid (Frigid, #1)
Kyler is super hot and he's in love with his best friend! I'm not sure about you, but that just screams adorable to me! 

Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)
Cam Hamilton is another JLA boy that I just LOVE. He's absolutely amazing and he has a pet turtle! How cute is that?!

Of all the books I've read this month, the Hottie of the Month is...

Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles, #1)
Reece from Foreplay by Sophie Jordan! 
He's super sweet and incredibly sexy!!!!!

Whst contemp boys are you crushing on?!


For those of you that did not participate this month, check out Kelly’s blog and get yourself ready for next month!!




Pawn by Aimee Carter

ARC, 296 pages
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Published by: Harlequin Teen
The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1
Source: Publisher
For fans of: Action, Dystopians, Romance, YA


YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING. 
For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.
If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.
There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.
Previously titled Masked.
 

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I have to admit, I wasn't the biggest fan of her Goddess Test series, which made me kind of iffy about reading this one. See, I'm not a huge fan of dystopians either. But then I saw so many people talking about how much they loved this one and that it wasn't their typical dystopian, I knew I wanted to give it a try. And I have to say, I rather enjoyed this one.
     The plot in this one feels like your typical dystopian, but I haven't read that many to actually be like, "Oh I'm so tired of the same thing." It had a fresh twist with the Masking thing and all the twists and turns made the read go by fast. And by twists and turns, I mean some that will leave you with your mouth hanging open.
     My problem with The Goddess Test was I wasn't really feeling the writing style. (In my defense, it was before I started blogging...) But this one was the complete opposite. It flowed nicely and never once left me confused or thinking, "What?"
     What I didn't like about it though, was the fact that there was 100% no world building. I'm a huge fan of world building because I like to let the author's words help me make up a picture of their world in my head. Especially in a dystopian when the world is completely up to the author. I was very unimpressed with this dystopian's world, because we aren't even informed how the world got that way. Just around what time it happened. I'm sorry, I like to know back story.
     As for the characters, they were ok..... Kitty Doe wasn't the kick ass heroine I expected when reading a dystopian. She was very un-trusting but it made her really awkward. And as for the "love triangle," I knew the point of it was the drive the plot, but I didn't really care for either one of them. Both boys were just meh. Neither one of them just gave me enough "umph" to care about them.
     In short, I enjoyed this more than I thought. I'm not sure that it lived up to all of it's hype, but it did end up at least being an enjoyable read.
Overall, I give this

*No quotes in this one! Only because I felt it would have given too much away!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Follow Friday: Favorite Holiday Dish!


Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    
The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!


What’s your favorite Thanksgiving Day food? If you’re not American or Canadian, what is your favorite holiday food?

Any long term follower of the blog knows my favorite thing around the holidays is the desserts. My favorite one is the Devil's Food Cake that my mom always bakes.... SOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD! 

What about you?!




Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!


     To all my followers that celebrate it, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I hope you use this time to spend with your family and friends and eat lots, and Lots, and LOTS of food!

     I recently did a list of all the bookish things I'm thankful for, so that I could save this list for today! There's so many things, but these are just a few:

  • God- Without Him, all that I do wouldn't be possible. I give all praise and honor to Him.
  • My family- They've always given me the support behind any and everything I've ever done. Even when I was super scared to do it, you stood beside me and assured me I was making the right decision. And a huge thanks to my mommy, who is mostly my best friend lol even though everytime I tell her that her response is always, "I'm not your best friend, I'm your mom." smh lol
  • Friends- I love all my friends! From ones that don't read, to bookish ones, to blogger ones, to bookish blogger ones, to gamer ones! I can count on any and all of you to help me out with laughs about anything! 
  • The Boyfriend- The past three years have been some work, but what relationship isn't? It wouldn't be a great one if we weren't both putting in some effort. Thank you so much for supporting my "weird" bookish habit and understanding me more than most other people. And most of all, thank you for allowing me to "cheat" with all the many, MANY book boyfriends I have. Because without your permission.... Ok never mind, I'd still have them anyways haha
  • My Health- Having two family members (one on both sides of my family)  die from cancer this year has left me so scared.I'm more than thankful that I am healthy.
  • Employment- It may not be in a field my degree is in, but it pays the bills and sometimes I even have money left over lol I also have amazing managers that want to see me move up in the company and I'm so incredibly thankful that they see something that bright in my future. 
  • A roof over my  head: I may hate the small town we stay in, but I have furniture and working electricity, and a big enough apartment where we can be comfortable. (And by that I mean when the boyfriend gets on my nerves, he can go in his man cave. That's very comfortable! lol)
  • All service men and women- Having so many members in my family that are in the Army and Navy, Veterans, a police officer, a missionary, and nurses I can't help but be thankful for them. They take on huge responsibilities each and every time they go out and work and I thank them for taking on such huge jobs. Not everyone can protect and serve, but I'm thankful they do.
So, what all are you thankful for?!

Swoon Thursday: Just a piece in the game....

Swoon Thursday is a weekly event hosted by YA Bound.

 
Here's what you do:
From the book you're currently reading, or one you just finished, tell me what made you swoon. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. Shout it out on twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments or grab the button above and share it on your blog.

"'If I were a I, we probably never would've met in the first place."
"Doesn't matter," he murmured, running his fingers through my hair. "I would know something was missing. I would know my life was pointless, even if I never understood why. Even if we'd never met, even if yu never existed, I would still love yu beyond all reason for the rest of my life."'
pg. 15-16
(ARC)

What made you swoon this week?!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: 11/27/13

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

#scandal
     Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up.     And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.
     When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.
     By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation. 
     Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.
     There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love...

Expected Publication: June 14, 2014
Published by: Simon Pulse

Why I'm Waiting: In this day and age cyber bullying is all too real. This book will be completely relevant to today's society and I'm interested on how Ockler will play it out. Also, I've read two books by her, both of which have been amazing and I just KNOW this one will be too!

What are you waiting on this week?!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Top 10 BOOKISH things I'm thankful for!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.   

This week's topic is:
Top 10  BOOKISH things I'm thankful for!
*These are in no particular order.

1. Great series enders: After reading one I wasn't so fond of, I'm thankful for those that wrap up everything and leave no questions unanswered.

2. All of JLA's book boys: Especially Aiden, Cam, and Kyler...
Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)Frigid (Frigid, #1)

3. Good movies based on books: Especially The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.

4. For cool, creative, pretty covers. 
FangirlThese Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

5. For Nooks and Kindles, and all their apps: Having the ability to have dozens of books at all times makes me and any other book worm extremely happy!

6. For fiction books that can teach me something!
My Life After Now

7. For  meeting other book lovers and authors at bookish events. Because let's face it... "Authors are our Rock-stars!"

8. For great romances in books... Because that's my favorite part lol 

9. For fresh interesting ideas!
The Beautiful and the Cursed

10. For all the bookish friends I've made and grown to love!

What bookish things are you thankful for?!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Beyond the Book: A Midsummer Night's Dream


This bookish feature is an original by me! I had the epiphany for this the other day when I was writing out my 15 bookish confessions. (See #7) A lot of times I like to go "beyond the book" and do something that will connect me with the book and characters a little more. It will pop up on Mondays! Be on the look out for which books caught my eye and made me go beyond just reading it! 

A Midsummer Night's Dream
“Though she be but little, she is fierce!” 
― William ShakespeareA Midsummer Night's Dream

     A Midsummer Night's Dream made the blog today because the theater in my community was putting it on as a play! I haven't read this play or any adaptations since college, so I decided I wanted to see it. Especially since my fraternity brother was playing Duke Theseus. Let's just say, I enjoyed seeing the play wayyyy more than reading it lol It became a lot more fun and so much more funnier that I had trouble believing that it was the same play. 

     One thing I like about this play, is the way it tells the love story. It makes fun of lovers and the way love can turn you into a fool. Or in this case... An ass. (Ten points if you know why!) It was a lot of fun watching the play and laughing, so I decided that I want to go back and maybe read some adaptations of it. Definitely not the actual play, I read for enjoyment lol Shakespeare always made my head hurt. (And that's saying something because I was an English minor lol) So, if you know of any really good adaptations of A Midsummer Night's Dream, let me know what they are. Especially if it really is funny!

Have you ever had such a connection with a book that you had to go beyond just reading it? 
Join me on Mondays with Beyond the Book! 

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

ARC, 474 pages
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Pushing the Limits, #3
Source: Houston Book Rave
For fans of: Chick-lit, Contemporary Romance, Sparkly Covers, Hot Literary Guys, Realistic Fiction, YA

     From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane.
     The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.
     Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.
     But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     Finally I get Isaiah's story. It's what I've been waiting on since book one, Pushing the Limits. And then when Dare You To came out I thought I was getting it and I didn't, I knew I needed it even more. Isaiah was a broken boy and I wanted nothing but to help him find comfort. 
"'Image means nothing." What people project to the world never shows what's lurking on the inside."
pg. 125 (ARC)
     Isaiah, it seems, has the worst luck. He lost almost everyone and everything he cared about. No matter what he tried to do to go in the right direction, he always had someone pushing him further back the wrong way. This is why I connected with him so much. I was so tired of him always getting nothing, I wanted something to good to happen to him for a change. So, when I found out this story was FINALLY about him, I freaked. I was so happy at the thought of him finally getting his HEA.
"'God you're cranky. What does she see in you? I have no idea. "She likes my tats."
pg. 186 (ARC)
     When I finally was able to crack open the book, I was a little weary of the person that would finally make him happy. With him being still being broken over Beth, I knew it would be hard for him to let someone else in. I knew it would take a strong person to be able to break his shell. And then I met Rachel. I thought she was broken as well. With her family all being jack asses and no one ever listening to what she wanted, I was a little nervous. I thought it would result in them not being together. But Rachel was strong. Even with her severe illness. Her strength and her love for cars made her the perfect match for Isaiah.
"'Each tattoo represents the only happy memories I've had. And you Rachel, you're the happiest."
pg. 288 (ARC)
     But, I did have a few issues.... To put it plainly, their love felt a bit rushed. They met and next thing you know, we're in love. Like it just didn't feel real in the beginning. Don't get me wrong, I fell in love with the both of them as the story went on, but at the beginning I just wasn't feeling it.
"'Rachel is a future kind of girl, and I'm going to have to work hard to give her a world worth living."
pg. 331 (ARC)
     Lastly, that ending?! You guys, I freaked out. I'm so glad I chose to stay up and finish it when the boyfriend was out of town, because I was loud, ugly crying. Like sobbing. I wanted to DM Katie McGarry and ask her how she could do this to him yet again. I have to admit I was a little upset at her for a little bit lol Thank goodness I said I would finish it before I said anything. Because on further reading I got an even more wonderful surprise. I was so proud of the both of them.
"'I can't give you the world Rachel, but I'll give you all I got."
pg. 331 (ARC)
     I'm not going to lie, I was a little worried about this one. Isaiah is a complex character after being so hurt for so long. But McGarry did an amazing job with writing all her new characters and expressing their love to each other. She will take you on a wild ride (LITERALLY) and will leave you wanting more and more.
Overall, I give this


      

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #64

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

For review: 
The Dirt Diary
The Dirt Diary by Anna Staniszewski
(A huge thanks to NetGalley and  Sourcebooks Jabberwocky)

A small haul this week, but I'm falling DEATHLY behind. Hoping I can catch up over Thanksgiving break!!!

What did you get this week?!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Catching Fire (The Movie)


Release Date: Friday, November 22, 2013

*MY THOUGHTS*

     Normally when a movie based off a book come out I get nervous. I hate to see a movie that has butchered a book to hell and back. But with Catching Fire, that wasn't the case. I watched and LOVED The Hunger Games, and I just knew this one would be just as good. As I was 100% right.
     
     In case you haven't read it, be prepared... Catching Fire is filled with emotion. And trust me, watching it on the big screen was no different. I cried literally five times. I knew there would be TWO scenes I would, but I wasn't expecting the rest of them. Which to me means the director did all that he could to make sure it stayed close to the book. Just seeing it instead of reading it brought out even more emotion than I thought. 


     I also loved that they stuck so close to the book. I listened to the audio before I went to watch the midnight showing, so it was extremely fresh on my mind. There were only a few parts that were different, but at the same time, those things weren't extremely crucial. For me to complain about them actually not having it would be overly nit picking. It was so good that people who haven't read the book were able to know what was going on and not be lost. So, overall, it was about 95% accurate. 
     Lastly, every actor played their character well. But for me, Finnick wasn't as pretty as I pictured him in my head. He was still pretty, but he wasn't MY Finnick. But Prim, Katniss, Peeta, and Gale all did an amazing job. I can't lie, as soon as i saw it, I wanted to see it all over again. The entire thing was excellent. 
Overall, I give this