Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2013

Books Reviewed: 11

Books Read and Reviewed! 



Beyond the Book

Top Ten Tuesday! 

Waiting on Wednesday

Swoon Thursdays


Follow Friday! 





Stacking the Shelves!
  • #65: Features THE TAKING BY KIMBERLY DERTING! 
  • #66: Features a series I've been waiting to start FOREVER!
  • #67: Featuring the book I've wanted since my bday in November! I even did a little dance when I got it!  
  • #68: Featuring CRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh yeah I got it!!!
Other Posts: 

Book Bangin in December: Hot Paranormal Guys!

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


     Yay another topic that I can actually contribute to!!!!! Hot PARANORMAL guys! Seeing as I've been wanting to do this one FOREVER, I'm really excited and I've been thinking of this post since I found out what it was! So, without further ado, meet my fave paranormal guys! 



Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)

River from Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea...

     He's really mysterious. I would tell you his power, but that would no doubt ruin the book. Just put it this way, its something different and it's really cool. I loved him so much because he's not like everyone else. He is unique just like his name. 

The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed, #1)

Luc from The Beautiful and the Cursed...

     He's. A. Gargoyle. He's there just to protect her. That in itself is hot. He's super strong and their love is forbidden. That makes it so much better. I mean the fact that he's willing to fight for what he loves, *swoon* it's so amazingly sweet. 

Time Between Us (Time Between Us, #1)

Bennett from Time Between Us...

He's a time traveler and if you've read the series you know how passionate he is about Anna. And seeing that just melts me. It means that even with the huge difference they have (She's from 1995 and he's from 2012) he's willing to do whatever it takes to be with her. Gah he's so swoony! If you haven't met him, GO DO IT NOW! 

And, one that I could never forget about....
New Moon (Twilight, #2)

Jacob Black from New Moon...

     Say what you want, but I still liked this series. And part of that reason was because of Jacob. I liked him before he was Taylor Lautner lol Just the thought of all those muscles and transforming into something that doesn't sparkle was kind of hot to me. Still is. Edward was a pansy, but Jacob was definitley hot. Literally. And it just hurt my heart that we never saw Jacob happy. He was the only one without a HEA and I hated it. I made up so many different situations in my head where he ended up with me lol 

Of all the books I've read this month, the Hottie of the Month is...
Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements, #0.5)
Dez from Bitter Sweet Love by JLA
(I didn't include this one in the original post because it was a novella...) 

Even after leaving for so long he still managed to make Jasmine feel so loved! I need a love like that! 
*sighs*

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

End of 2013 Book Survey!


1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Contemporary- Golden by Jessi Kirby (YA) and Foreplay by Sophie Jordan (NA)
Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic – Pawn by Aimee Carter 
Historical Fiction – N/A I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction. I guess I should
make that how I branch out of my normal genres for 2014!
Fantasy — Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

 The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? 

Altered by Jennifer Rush

 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

     My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi. You will enjoy it and you will learn something as well! 

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

     The Something Strange and Deadly series by Susan Dennard. I wasn't a huge fan of Zombies, but I LOVE this series! 

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

     Victoria Schwab! (Her book The Archived was the first one I read by her and I immediately added ALL her other books to my TBR pile!)

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

     Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. I don't normally pick up books about same sex romances, but OH MY GOD this book you guys. It's so freakin good! Read it, the writing style is amazing! 

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

 All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

 9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

     This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. It was absolutely perfect and fairly short, so I plan to read it again soon! 

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

Splintered (Splintered, #1)

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

     Isaiah and Rachel from Crash Into You by Katie McGarry. I was in love with Isaiah before he even had his own book. And it only solidified that when he got his own book in CIY. And Rachel is such a strong person. She went through SO MUCH. Especially with her family who is supposed to ALWAYS have your back. I loved them both. 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. HANDS. DOWN. 

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013? 

     Golden by Jessi Kirby and This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith! Golden made me think about how my life is going right now and This is What Happy Looks Like made me think of what REALLY made me happy

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read? 

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson! (And I BAWLED my eyes out!)

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

Golden
“But what I realize, here, now, is that it's not actually making the choice that takes courage. It's facing it afterward. Owning up to it, whether it's good or bad.”
― Jessi KirbyGolden

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Shortest Losing It by Cora Carmack (204 pages)
LongestCrash Into You by Katie McGarry with 474. (It might've been Clockwork Princess because the hardcover is 490 pages, but my Nook Book was only 412 o_O)

 17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

     The ending of Allegiant by Veronica Roth..... Ok, guys we ALL know what the WTF moment I'm talking about was. I wanted to throw the book. Ugh. (I was one of the "lucky ones" who stayed away from the spoiler when it got leaked!!!) 

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Romance – Kyler and Sydney from Frigid by J. Lynn. I loved their relationship because they were best friends first. Any relationship that goes from bffs to lovers is a win for me!
Friendship – Rory and Savannah from Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
Familial — Jude and her dad in The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Frigid by J. Lynn
(Not counting a series)

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

 Unbreak my Heart by Melissa C. Walker
(Thanks Jess from Lovin Los Libros!)

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Contemporary Romance YA

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
He told Cather to READ TO HIM!

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

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

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. That was a no brainer. There's a reason why it was my favorite book this year!

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! I related to it so much I began to see myself as Cath! 

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

Easy. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. 

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

     A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin! I saw a lot of people adding it to their TBR piles, but not to many actually reading it! It was an awesome read though! 

 

(optional)


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013? 

     Book Rock Betty! She's HILARIOUS and her husband is as well! He puts up with her bookish habit and I love seeing the videos she makes him be in! She's an awesome blogger and she reads and reviews the most awesome books! (I'm pretty sure I sound like a creeper lol) 

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013? 

     The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan. Mrs. Morgan even commented on it via Twitter and I was pretty proud of myself. 

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

     They weren't so much as discussions, but more some things that were on my mind as I read certain books. Here's a few:

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

     Book Rock Betty's Rating Books that Aren't Your Favorite Genre! When I first started reviewing I rated every dystopian and fantasy a 3 or less. I guess because I wasn't used to the world. After reading this post it came to my attention and I went back and stopped letting my own mind get in the way of me enjoying the book!

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

     HOUSTON BOOK RAVE! My very first bookish event and author signing EVER that actually happened on my birthday November 2! I had an amazing time and met some of my favorite authors: Jennifer L. Armentrout (!!!), Sophie Jordan, and Rachel Vincent!

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

     Meeting JLA on my birthday and her giving me Aiden as a bday surprise! (That's right, he's mine folks, HANDS OFF!) I was also the feature of Follow Friday and a Spring Ambuzzador

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

     One that wasn't a giveaway... (*side eyes everyone lol) It was ironically a TTT post with the topic Books I Wished Were Taught in Schools!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

     Any reviews. I went through and looked at all my stats and ironically most people always by-pass the reviews for the memes. Also, my Beyond the Book posts! I'd love to see what you guys think about them! 

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

     I just received a Kindle this year, so I've finally discovered the "Buy With One Click." This is an amazing yet very PRICEY feature lol 

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

     The only one I really completed was my reading goal. With a few books more as well. But I got pretty close to completing my others. You can see which ones I did in the tab above!  I'll keep that tab up for a while until I decide on what challenges I'm doing for 2014! 


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

     Spellcaster by Claudia Gray! I've heard good things about this author and I REALLY want to read a witch book! 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

     OMG there's way too many to name! Here's a list of sequels I'm looking forward to and other books I'm looking forward to

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

     The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings! I've been following her since before she had a synopsis! I saw she was a Texas author and I will always support my home state!!!! Congrats on everything Lindsay!!!

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

     THE RETRIBUTION OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hokdin! Let's hope it doesn't get pushed back again! 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

     I read 79 books this year... I want to add at least 5 more to that. Even with my busy schedule and future MIT training starting, I hope to get a lot more reading done! Also, I want to get more organized. I want to start reading any review books I have the month before. For example, if it comes out June 2014 I want to read it in May so I can have it scheduled and ready to go.

I really tried not to do any repeats, but with this being mostly about my favorites, it was pretty hard! Give me some of your favorites that you think I would enjoy based on this list! 

Thanks to Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner for the survey! She always has the best ideas! 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Ashes to Ashes by Melissa Walker

Kindle e-Book, 336 pages
Release Date: December 23, 2013
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Ashes, #1
Source: Own
For fans of: Paranormal, Romance, Ghosts, Sparkly Covers, YA

     A timeless and romantic ghost story that will haunt readers long after the last page is turned.
When Callie's life is cut short by a tragic accident in her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, her spirit travels to another dimension called the Prism. Here she meets a striking and mysterious ghost named Thatcher, who guides her as she learns how to bring peace to those she left behind.      But Callie soon uncovers a dark secret about the spirit world: Some of the souls in it are angry, and they desperately want revenge. These souls are willing to do whatever it takes to stay on Earth, threatening the existence of everyone she ever cared about.
     This thoughtful and suspenseful novel is perfect for fans of Gayle Forman's If I Stay and Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall.
 

*MY THOUGHTS*

     After seeing in another synopsis that this would be reminiscent of Ghost (the movie), I was really excited for this one. And upon further reading of that same synopsis, I saw that it was "perfect for fans of If I Stay by Gayle Forman" and I became really, REALLY excited for it. But unfortunately when I started reading it, I just couldn't get into it. This one was just a big disappoint for me.
     One reason I didn't like it was it just seemed to be way too young to be YA. I understand that she was dead, but really, your snarkiness just made it seem stupid. I quit laughing at what you were saying and just started rolling my eyes in the first 10%. It's really unfortunate because I don't remember her other novel being like that.
     But then there is the plot. I was really upset because I was looking for something completely different and this is not what I got. It was basically all about how she was so in love with her boyfriend from 1-7%, then how she died at 8%, and then 8-40% was just about the good and evil in the Prism. And it got boring rather quickly. I stopped at 40% and just skimmed the rest of the way. I just needed to know what it was that her boyfriend was keeping from her to see if my suspicions were correct, but that's all that I really cared about lol
     I think I'm most disappointed because I loved her first novel and I was expecting this to be more like the movie and book that I loved. I guess that's why you never trust anything that says "based on,' or "for fans of," or "like ______ meets _____." You're more than likely always going to end up disappointed smh
Overall, I give this

Best of 2013! (A Giveaway of my fave reads in 2013!)


     This year I didn't really have that many 5 stars, but those that I did have, I'd love for someone else to read them as well! So, here's a list of all my 5 star reads from 2013!!!


The Archived (The Archived, #1)Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)Splintered (Splintered, #1)
My Life After NowHow My Summer Went Up in FlamesThe Book of Broken Hearts
Thousand WordsGoldenTwo Boys Kissing
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)A Really Awesome MessFrigid (Frigid, #1)
Second Chance SummerTime After Time (Time Between Us, #2)This Song Will Save Your Life
Where the Stars Still Shine

So, out of 78 books, I've ended up having only 16, 5 stars! The winner has their choice of 1 (one) book from these! I love sharing the books that I love! 


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #68 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!

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


Bought: 
The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)Proxy (Avalon, #0.5)Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Proxy by Mindee Arnett
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (This is my first book by Hoover! And it was free on Amazon!)

Received as gifts:
With All My Soul (Soul Screamers, #7)
With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent
(A huge thank you to Jess @ Lovin Los Libros! Thank you so much for the ChristmaBirthday gift lmao)
Recieved for Review:
Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend (Broken Hearts & Revenge, #1)And We Stay
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

AND DRUM ROLL PLEASE...................................

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)
YES THIS IS HAPPENING!
Cress by Marissa Meyer!

An enormous thanks to Around the World ARC Tours! Because of them I am able to read my most anticipated read of 2014! Thank you so much for allowing me to participate in this tour!!!!!


Weekly Wrap-Up

Sunday 12/22/13:  Stacking the Shelves #67 & the Weekly Wrap-up
Monday 12/23/13: My 5 Star review for This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales and  my Beyond the Book featuring Rule by Jay Crownover and my bookish tattoo!
Tuesday 12/24/13: My Top 10 Books I'd Love for Santa to bring me.... From the last book listed above, he's CLEARLY working overtime! 
Wednesday 12/25/13:  Merry Christmas from me and my Waiting on Wednesday post for the day! 
Thursday 12/26/13:  My 2 Star review of Control by Lydia Kang and my Swoon Thursday, Rule Breaker edition
Friday 12/27/13:  Christmas Book haul where I share SOME of the books I got for Christmas! 
Saturday 12/28/13: My 5 Star Review of Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller! 

What went on at your blog this week?

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Nook e-Book, 210 pages
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Stand-alone
Source: Own
For fans of: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult, Sparkly Covers, Realistic Fiction

     Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.
     Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.
 

*MY THOUGHTS*

     Family by one of its definition means, all the descendants of a common ancestor. But when you think of your mother and father and everyone else that makes up your family, it means so much more than that. And this novel makes you cherish the family that you have.
"'...Evil had a way of finding you even when you think you're protected..."
2% (Nook Book)
     Callie is a seventeen year old girl that has been on the run with her mother for more than ten years. Her life has never been anything to remember, but something happens that lands her mother in police custody and her sent back to her father in Florida. When she gets there she's distant from her family members while everyone is so excited to see her after all that time. And I respect that. She didn't know them. But sometimes, enough is enough.
"'You have the power to write your own fortune."
51% (Nook Book)
     I can't really say that I was mad at Callie for doing the things she did because I've never been in that type of situation. But at the same time, sometimes enough is enough. But I'm a firm believer of "tough love." She wasn't doing anything but hurting Callie and everyone that she was associated with. She was only concerned with herself. I wanted Callie to know that she was selfish. But at the same time it was her mother. I know she always wanted to look past any wrong she had done. But then there was Callie's dad's side of the family. I loved them. They never hesitated to let her back in. They may have forgotten that she wasn't the same little girl, but they still wanted to get to know her. They still wanted to love her like she was.
"'You may go off on your own to work through your thoughts, but the difference is -and this is important- you come back"
54% (Nook Book)
     As for the romance, I wasn't exactly sold on it. I understand that she was going through some really rough things (like sexual abuse, family troubles, mental abuse, neglect, and various others) and her comfort was found in other people, mainly men, but for the man to fall for her like he did... I'm not exactly sure how I felt about that. Maybe because he was older, but I just felt like it was a little insta-lovey. But that's just me. I felt like he could've grown to a little more to her. Especially with all the drama she had going on. Granted he didn't realize who she was, but when he did, I just think he would've been like....ummmm.
"You're like your father in that regard-[...]- "I suspect that you're not running away so much as you are running to something or someone'"
54% (Nook Book)
     In this sophomore novel from Doller, you see all kinds of different issues that most people won't think twice about in a fictional novel. It is so much different from all other YA novels out there. I appreciate her dare to be different. It has only convinced me that everything she writes, I will buy.
Overall, I give this

Friday, December 27, 2013

Follow Friday: Christmas Book Haul!


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!

Q: Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! What books did Santa stuff your stocking with this holiday season? Do a holiday book haul for us! If you don’t celebrate just show off your books that you got this week. Pictures!!!

A: As I just got back into town yesterday, I will more than likely be getting more in the mail since I held it for a few days... You may do better looking at my haul on Sunday! But here's what I've gotten so far....

*EDIT*
     Well my apartments didn't listen to me when I asked them to put my package in my house while I was gone, so I may have to wait until later today to show you all what my blogger friend gave me :\ The best I can do now is tell you about the things I was already given. Sorry, but there will be no pictures. But, for Christmas I  was given a giftcard to Wal-Mart and of course I spent it on some pre-orders (Unhinged and Cress) and then I got an email from Amazon saying that The Bone Season was only $1.99, so I decided to give it a try..... So, I gave myself that and Proxy (which was only .99 as it was a novella)!
Proxy (Avalon, #0.5)The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)
Proxy by Mindee Arnett
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

What did you all get?!