Wednesday, December 31, 2014

5th Annual End of Year Book Survey – 2014 Edition!

Every year Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner does this super cool end of the year survey and it's always so fun! Last year's was really fun, so I HAD to do this one too! Can't wait to see everyone's answers this year! So, let's get started!


Number Of Books You Read: 
90
Number of Re-Reads: 
4 [I BELIEVE that's true.... I'm not 100% sure because I didn't save the reread dates on Goodreads :( ]
Genre You Read The Most From: 
Contemporary Romance


1. Best Book You Read In 2014?: 
Fantasy: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Contemporary Romance: [Woo this was hard....] Something Real by Heather Demetrios
Thriller: Blackbird by Anna Carey

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Wicked by Jennifer Armentrout
(Don't all yell at me at once!)

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 
Panic by Lauren Oliver. I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did since I'm not a super huge fan girl like everyone else seems to be. But I really got into this one. I remember flying through it! 

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
Series Started: Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas 
Sequel: This was really hard. I'll go with Cress by Marissa Meyer that was released this year and The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan that was released in a different year but I still loved it! 
Series Ender: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins 

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
You want me to pick just one? Pssshhhh 
Here's two:
Heather Demetrios & Amanda Maciel.  


7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Assassin's Blade and now Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas! I can't wait to get to the actual series! 

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. I took that book EVERYWHERE with me because I never wanted to be without it! 

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Not sure that this counts because this doesn't really come out until next year, but still....
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. I read  an ARC of it and immediately pre-ordered it afterwards.  

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Josh from Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.
I wish I could see his work in real life! 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
The Last Time We Say Good-bye by Cynthia Hand.
I know it's cheating a little because it isn't released until next year, but still...... (That just means PRE-ORDER IT NOW!)

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
My Heart and Other Black Holes. I read this one around Thanksgiving when all that I was thankful for was heavy on my mind. This book was about two teens that make a suicide pact, so it made me think a lot harder about what I was thankful for. 

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 
The Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. But in my defense, I only read it because the movie was coming out tho. I got a spoiler a long time ago and it was the biggest plot twist in the book. (If you've read it, you know what I mean.) It made me not want to read it. 

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
"So it looks as though the same groups of people find each other over and over. Not invariably, but far more than mere chance would suggest."
-From A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
 Longest: Cress by Marissa Meyer
Shortest: Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick
*Side note*: I did not include the novellas or middle grade novels I read... 

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Released this year or before this year: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan... The ending made me IMMEDIATELY request House of Hades from the library... I'm so glad I waited and did not have to wait an entire year like the rest of the world! 
Released Next Year: The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutoksi. THAT. ENDING. 

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Josh and Isla from Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. I mean... They were PERFECT. 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Zoe and Olivia. Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor.  I loved them so much I had to write a post about my own favorite real life womances! Another friendship I liked was Reagan and Dee from Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. (The only reason they didn't get my vote was because Regan wasn't really my favorite person throughout the whole book...) 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor. Thanks to Princess Bookie! And I LOVED it! 

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Jax from Stay With Me by J.Lynn!
NUFF. SAID. 

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
A toss up between Tease by Amanda Maciel and Something Real by Heather Demetrios.
One was told from a villain's POV and the other had a plot that I had never read anything like before. 

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Sahara and the Moon from Cress by Marissa Meyer. That's my favorite part of that series, the setting! 

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn. This book had me LAUGHING OUT LOUD.... Like LITERALLY! 

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens. I boo-hooed on this one! 

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White. It was historical fiction and fantasy. A mix of two genres I'm not really big on. But in the end I still liked it!  

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor. I almost added this one to the cry one, but I changed it to use for here when I got to this question. Yes this was a sad story, but geez what happens in it is so sad. I cried for sooooo long after reading this my eyes were puffy for the rest of the night smh 

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
Inspire by Cora Carmack.
It featured a mythological NA! I LOVED it and I'm already looking forward to the second book in this series! 

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
*SPOILER* The One by Kiera Cass. I wanted her to surprise us all and choose Aspen (even though I was Team Maxon) buttttt yeah we can see how that turned out. Now we get to see how things will happen in The Heir. 



1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? 
Pivot Book Reviews! She's funny and her totes are "TOTES" amazing! Y'all should check her out!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? 
It's not out until next year so you'll have to read it then.... Or you can visit here on my Goodreads to read it before it gets to my site!

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
In my Beyond the Book post about how me and Charlie from On the Fence were the same, I got a little personal about my tomboyish ways. Check it out of you have time! 


4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I went to Montgomery County Book Festival at the beginning of the year and I had SO MUCH FUN! I met Marissa freakin Meyer and got my entire series signed by her along with a paperback where she signed Thank You next to my blog! I believe I was star struck for awhile lol 

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
The biggest/best thing that happened to me bookish wise this year was being accepted to University of North Texas as a Library Science student. Now that the semester is over, I am ONE STEP CLOSER TO MY DREAMS. I never thought I'd actually be a librarian one day, but now that I have my foot in the door, you can bet NOTHING will stop me now! I just registered for my classes for next semester, and I'm taking Public Libraries, Literature for Youth, and Information and Knowledge Professions. I am OVERJOYED and can't wait to start! 

6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
That would be my Beyond the Book for All Lined Up by Cora Carmack! It was for females and gave them help to learn football before the season started so they could watch it with their significant other!
Views: 176


7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Any review. I know as book reviewers, most of the time we just skim them or go straight for the ratings and don't really read them all the way through, but it would be nice to see what someone actually thought about it. 

8. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Out of Print clothing. I LOVE a certain library card tote they have and as soon as I am caught up after the holidays, THE PRECIOUS WILL BE MINE! 

9.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I challenged myself to read two fantasy, two historical fiction, and two dystopians. I completed all of them except the historical fiction... I just can't make myself read them :/



1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
Hahahaha you want me to pick ONE?! I only read 90 books this year, not nearly as many as alot of other bloggers lol So, here's a couple I'm making a priority for 2015:
Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1)They All Fall Down




2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
Again with the picking one... what is wrong with you people?!
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)The Cage (The Cage, #1)


3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
More Happy Than Not
I love the author of this one and his Twitter! I can't wait to see what his book is all about! I've been stalking Soho for a glimpse of any ARC's because I. NEEDS. IT. 

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
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Winter by Marissa Meyer. Because let's be honest, Fairest will be good and all, but I doubt it will tell me what happened with Scarlet..............

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
Request more ARC's. Now this is not what my blogging life is about, but it is nice to have something come surprise me in the mail every so often. Also, after finishing my second semester of graduate school, I want to start looking for a career job instead of just having my regular job now. Sure I enjoy it, but I'd much rather be in a place surrounded by books all day... (Meaning besides my house lol) Lastly, I want to read more for fun books. I know I just basically said I wanted to make my schedule a little tighter, but ehh it is what it is. I'm sure I'll be able to squeeze in some "me" books every so often. (See question #1 from this section.....)

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
My Heart and Other Black Holes
How many of you just KNEW this would be my answer? lol I clearly loved this book and I can't wait for everyone else to read and enjoy it. It's released on February 10th, but go out and pre-order it now! If you love heavy hitting contemps, this one will be as perfect for you as it was for me! 

Well, that's it for me! I really don't feel like I read that many new releases this year, but that's ok. I've been catching up on books I've wanted to read since I started blogging. Please, leave some comments and your links in the comment section, I'd love to come and see what it is you guys chose for your questions! 



Waiting on Wednesday: 12/31/14

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!

Every year on the last Wednesday of the year I put my most anticipated (Well one with a cover) read as my Waiting on Wednesday... Just in case you guys see it and want to play book fairy for me lol But seriously, I'm using this as a time to show you guys what I'm most excited about in 2015!

The Cage (The Cage, #1)
     The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman's Daughter trilogy.
     When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.
     Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.
     As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

Published by: Balzer + Bray
Expected Publication: May 26, 2015

Why I'm Waiting: I LOVED The Madman's Daughter and I refuse to read the second book before the third one comes out because the wait would've been torture. But those were re-tellings. I can't wait to see what Shepherd does with her own creativity. And by the sounds of this synopsis, it seems pretty bad ass. It sounds a bit creepy, but most of her books are. I can't wait to see what this one is all about! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 -- bookish, blogging or otherwise!

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

This week's topic is:
 Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2015!

This is going to be a mix of bookish and blogger things! 

1. Request more physical ARC's: I have been doing this for about three years, but I have only requested about three physical ARC's during that entire time. I am TERRIFIED that they will tell me I'm doing it wrong and just NO so I just did everything through Netgalley and Edelweiss. (Ok maybe it won't be that bad, but you get what I'm saying here lol) In 2015 I'm going to stop being so scary!

2. Shoot for making more amazing grades: This past semester was reallly crazy. I devoted so much time to schooling but I still only managed two A's and one B. My schedule this year is more interesting to me this year, so I might just make it. (If you're wondering I'm taking Public Libraries, Literature for Youth, and Information and Knowledge Professions.)

3. Read FOUR historical fiction books: Last year I decided to read two fantasy, two dystopian, and two historical fiction. I completed them all except the historical fiction. So I decided that in 2015 I will have to read four historical fiction. I want to break into that genre, but I just can't do it :/ (I'm looking for books along the lines of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein)

4. Stop buying books based on the cover: I do this ALL THE TIME and for the most part I'm usually disappointed. I really need to stop that and figure out a way to not be so shallow and buy based on the content, not the cover. 

5. Catch up on ALLLLLLLLL the series: I am so behind on most of them. (Except my favorites.) I really need to stop reading just the first books and actually get around to the second one. (Or in some cases, the LAST one!)

6. Read more books featuring diversity: This day and age has so much opportunity to have books that can be so unique. This is something near and dear to me and I will do all I can to help support the diverse community. I wan to read at least 12!

7. Read more Middle Grade: With this new class I'm starting, I'm sure it won't be too hard, but still, I think this will be fun. 2014 turned my blog from MG/YA/NA to just YA/NA. I want to get back to reading some good ol MG. 

8. Reading at LEAST 10 titles I should've read a long time ago: For instance- Jellicoe Road, the last three books from the Soul Screamers series, Hate List, and others. 

9. Talk to more people in the book community: I did better at this one this year since I met so many bookish people through my classes, but I'd much rather have those bookish friends I can e-mail back and forth and talk to all the time on Twitter. Authors are included in this one as well!

10. Get better about cross posting: I used to be sooooooo good about this, but then school happened, and I got so behind on everything. I haven't even added all my reviews to my own archives smdh 

What are your bookish resolutions for 2015?!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Challenges of 2014!

     
      This year was really weird... I challenged myself to only about 90 books but I only made it to about 86 and not many of them were new releases. But I ALMOST beat something that I've been trying to beat for a while.... I opened myself up to other genres. So, I went to read some genres that I'm not a huge fan of or that I'm not really familiar with! So, here's the ones I beat and the one I didn't :( 

     I challenged myself to read two historical fiction, two fantasy, and two dystopian books. I ended up reading three fantasy (ones that included swords and the whole nine), two dystopian (if the Selection series counts), and unfortunately I didn't really read any historical fiction. I read  Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White, but since it featured some paranormal happenings, I wasn't sure if I wanted to count that one. I was thinking more along the lines of books like Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Here's my results:

Fantasy

a. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutoski
b. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutoski
c. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
d. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
e. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (I'm currently reading this one.)

Dystopian

a. The Elite by Kiera Cass
b. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Historical Fiction

a. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

So here's what I read this year from these categories! Does anyone else have any other reccomendations for me? I've been reading non-stop contemps and although I love them, it's time to expand my horizons! 

What genres should I shoot for next year?
Should I shoot for more of each genre?
What are some of your favorites of  these genres that I absolutely need to make time for in 2015?

     I also saw that EpicReads had a super cool idea of reading across the United States. I mean it went hand in hand with what my blog was named, so it made sense. So, here are the states I "made it" to! (I didn't realize how many stories were set in the same spot until I started doing this!) Since I started doing this after half the year was over, I'm going to do keep going with this one after the year has started! Here's what I have so far!: 

AlabamaRebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Alaska-
Arizona-
Arkansas-
CaliforniaSomething Real by Heather Demetrios
Colorado-
ConnecticutSince You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Delaware-
FloridaWicked Games by Sean Olin
Georgia-
Hawaii- Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
Idaho-
Illinois-
Indiana-
Iowa- Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
KansasDorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Kentucky- Wild by Alex Mallory
Louisiana-
Maine-
Maryland-
Massachusetts-
Michigan-
Minnesota-
Mississippi-
Missouri-
Montana-
Nebraska- The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
NevadaThe Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
New Hampshire-
New JerseyThe Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel
New Mexico-
New YorkGreat by Sara Benincasa
North Carolina-
North Dakota-
Ohio-
Oklahoma-
Oregon-
PennsylvaniaDon't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rhode Island-
South Carolina-
South Dakota-
TennesseeOpen Road Summer by Emery Lord
TexasAll Lined Up by Cora Carmack
Utah-
Vermont-
Virginia-
WashingtonThe Taking by Kimberly Derting
West Virginia-
Wisconsin-
Wyoming- Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Currently 17/50 
Other countries:
Italy- Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
Paris- Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
I only made it to about 17 states and two other countries so far, but I will definitely be keeping track until I finish all 50 states! 
What states did you read about that I missed?
What books were they and should I add them to my TBR pile?

1. Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
2. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
3. Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
4. Me Since You by Laura Weiss
5. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
6. Fan Art by Sarah Tregay
7. Great by Sarah Benincasa
8. Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
9. Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
10. The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel
11.Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
12. The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
13. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
14. Boomerang by Noelle August
15. No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown

     This is the only one that was super easy! I'm a huge fan of contemps, so this was almost too easy for me! I started with 10 and I read like 7 in the first four months. It was getting a little ridiculous lol So I upped it to 15! 


Debut Author Challenge!
Debuts that I've read:

1. Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
2. No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
3. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
4. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
5. Something Real by Heather Demetrios
6. Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
7. The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel
8. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
9. Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
10. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
11. Tease by Amanda Maciel
12. Boomerang by Noelle August
13. No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown
14. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
15.
Currently: 11/15

     This is another one where I started with 10 and read 7 within the first couple months of 2014! Towards the second half when school started tho I was basically getting started with school so I wasn't really looking for debuts, I was more looking for anything that had an audiobook out at the library lol So that's why I'm one short now! 

What debuts did you read this year? 
Any that I just HAVE to read for next year? 

So. here's how I did overall! What challenges did you do? Any that I should look for next year? 


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #108

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

Bought myself these for Christmas:

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Tease
Inspire (The Muse, #1)Until Midnight (Alienated, #1.5)
(I clearly thought I was getting the newer version, but when I got this one in, it was signed... Now Idk what to do about it... Keep it and order another one, or return it and get the other one? 
I already read and loved this one, but when I was shopping on Amazon, I saw that this hardcover copy was only $4.15! I had to snag a copy! 
Again I already read and loved this one, but if you like YA and haven't given this a try, you NEED TO FIX THAT! This book is soooooo good!
I wasn't a fan of the firsst book in the series, but I willl read this one anyways. One because it was free, and two because I know what to expect from the series now. 

From my #TBTBSanta:
In Honor by Jessi Kirby 
Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

To get a full view of all that my #TBTBSanta Lori got me, you can see my Beyond the Book post where I showed everything I got


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Inspire by Cora Carmack

Kindle e-Book, 284 pages
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Published by: Self Pubbed
The Muse, #1
Source: Bought
For fans of: Romance, Music, New Adult, Fantasy, Mythology


     Kalliope lives with one purpose.
     To inspire.
     As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.
     Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.
     Her presence may inspire genius.
     But it breeds madness, too.
 

*MY THOUGHTS*

     As soon as I saw Carmack had another book coming out, I added it in a heartbeat. And then when I saw what it was about, I went ahead and pre-ordered it. And when it finally came out, I read it in two days. Basically, what I'm saying is... This book was amazing. 
"'Eternity has never quite felt as long as it feels right now."
5%
     Kalli is a muse and spends her life bouncing from artist to artist helping them come up with anything she can in their realm of creativity. But as the years go on, she's tired of them always using her to get what they want. She wants something real. Enter Wilder who is just a regular person and is sweet as can be. He finds Kalli and they instantly hit it off. But things start to unravel just as they get comfortable around each other.
"'Creation and Destruction. These are the things I inspire."
7%
     The mythology in this book was incredible. Of all the mythology books I've read, I've never read anything about a muse before. I thought that was 100% creative. I'd like to see what Carmack uses as HER muse! lol I also loved that it wasn't just that part of the myth that was included in the story. It got deeper as the story went on. It made the story read like a contemporary romance for most of the time, but by the end of the story, you definitely knew it was all about mythology. 
"'A gifted sculptor once told me that the brilliance of art lives in its flaws."
13%
     My favorite part of the entire story was Wilder the romance. He was  They were amazing. I was a little hurt when things went south for them, but when they finally fixed everything, it was dynamite. And let me tell you... They kinda started off strong to be all over each other at 22% (yes that happens) but I PROMISE you there is a reason for that! I've seen many people DNF it because of that, but trust me, there is a big plot twist that makes all those pieces come together. I'd hate for anyone ti miss it because they were turned off from the romance. 
"'Art is already an intimate thing, and staring at someone long enough to capture her likeness amplifies that."
60%
     Also, the writing style was the classic Carmack style: GOOOOOOODDDDD. During the cutesy scenes with Gwen I could picture them laughing and having a good time. And then where there were times with Kalli and Wilder re: the car scene and another scene towards the end of the book) where I had to fan myself or even take a break and do something else for a while because HOLY. HOTNESS. 
"'It's the easiest thing I've ever done. Loving you. Stop worrying about how this is going yo play out down the road. It's this moment that matters. Love me right now. Love me tomorrow. And the next day. The future isn't written in stone. We decide it. Choose to love me every second. We'll choose that together. The rest will fall into place."
68%
     But, I was a little angry with Carmack at the end. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE WITH THAT CLIFFHANGER?! Omg some real crazy things go on at the end and I was screaming WTF at my book for a long while. I think I remember putting my hands on my head and like shaking my head from 92% until the end. I can't wait to see how things pan out in the end!
"'If it's addiction you're worried about, too late. I already can't live without you."
92%
     Inspire was such a crazy fun ride and I loved every moment of it. This is definitely one to add to a Christmas wish-list because you don't want to miss out on it!!!!
Overall, I give this


Friday, December 26, 2014

Follow Friday: Bookish Gift Giving!

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 books did you give other people this holiday season?
    I gave my 3 month old nephew a Fisher Price book that lights up and makes noise. Everyone laughed because of course I would be the one to buy him his first ever book lol I also bought my #TBTBSanta person these: 
A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
     Both of which were some of my favorite reads! I was so happy I got to share these with her! I hope she loves them as much as I do!

What books/bookish items did you give away?