Thursday, March 31, 2016

Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2016!


Total Number of Posts: 1560
(This does not include those that aren't published!) 
Total Number of Followers396
(DAMN YOU GFC!!!!)
Total Number of Pageviews: 108, 098

Books Reviewed: 7
Movies Reviewed: 1

Books Read and Reviewed:
  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (DNF
  • The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks (4 Stars)
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (4 Stars)
  • City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (4 stars)
  • Some of the Parts by Hannah Barnaby (3 Stars
  • City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (3 Stars)
  • Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke (4 Stars) 
  • Allegiant: Book to Screen Review (3 Stars
  • Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry (4 Stars)

There were a couple more books that I read this month, but as they're ADULT books I didn't review them here lol 




  • #166:  Featuring titles like My Lady Jane and The Marked Girl
  • #167: Featuring titles like Queen of Hearts and Night Speed 
  • #168: Featuring titles like Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  • #169: Featuring titles like The Long Game








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Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

ARC, 428 pages
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Thunder Road, #2
Source: From a wonderful friend Jen!
For fans of: Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction, YA, Hot Literary Guys


     One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.
     Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life.
     Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules.
     And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     As a huge fan of the Pushing the Limits series, I was super excited that McGarry was making another contemporary romance series. I loved the first book Nowhere But Here, so I just KNEW I needed to get my hands on this one! 
"Life means something to me and I don't plan on stealing it from someone else."
pg. 229
     Razor is part of the club that everyone fears. Breanna is the smart girl who's brain that everyone fears. The two of them together should be scary, but they equal more of a team. And they begin to once someone begins to blackmail Breanna over a compromising picture that involves Razor. With Razor already being in a position to disobey the club, he follows Breanna to make sure she stays ok. Until the inevitable happens... His past comes back to haunt him and Breanna's future approaches faster than she thought.
"I've spent my life hating rumors, but I've no problem listening to them."
pg. 245
     I loved Razor. I thought he was badass but still such a freaking sweetheart. And to top it off, he was not what everyone put him out to be. I hate stereotypes and I love when people break them down. It made me happy that he didn't try to conform to what everyone made him to be. Through it all, he was still his own person. Tortured, but still his own person. And then there was Breanna. I had a bit of a problem with her. Reason being... She had so much to say about rumors and yet she LIVED by them. I rolled my eyes so many times because she kept saying what other people were saying and I was done with it. She was a walking example of how people were saying things that weren't true about people. It was like she didn't learn anything. I also felt really bad for her. She wanted to fit in so bad, where as my mantra has always been to be your own person and screw who doesn't like it. Butttt I know that wasn't how she felt. It hurt to see that she cared so much about everyone else. 
"What if I said I don't know what love is? [...] I'd say I don't know what it is either. But if I had to guess, it would be like when I'm with you."
pg. 278
     The only real problem I had with this book was the length. Don't get me wrong, it was good, but it seemed fluff filled. Looking at my actual book, my sticky tabs don't even start until page 200 something. I just think the first hundred or so pages could've been thinned out. I do love fluff and details, but sometimes, too much is too much. Especially in a contemp romance, it just seemed like this was a bit too long. 
"Someone's love can only hold together broken pieces for so long."
pg. 339
     As for the romance, I really liked seeing them together. They had a lot of things in common even though they didn't want to admit it. And as far as the ending, I can honestly say it was a realistic ending. it wasn't what I was expecting, but I can definitely see that happening in real life. 
"Home is supposed to be safe. Home is supposed to be the one place you can go and know that the horrible things people say won't be said to you there. It should be that place that forms a protective shield and it's okay to be quirky and ... and... accepted."
pg. 356
     I really love McGarry's writing style and I can't wait to see what else comes up in this series. I did my best to not read the chapter from the next book, but I saw who it was about and it made me fall for it even more. I can't wait until McGarry's next book!
Overeall, I give this

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Roseblood by A.G. Howard


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!

RoseBlood


     In this modern day spinoff of Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. 
     Hoping creative direction will help, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn -- an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks.
     As the two discover an otherworldly connection, a soul-deep romance blossoms. But when Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light, he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known. Slated to launch January 2017.

Expected Publication: January 10, 2017
Published by: Abrams

Why I'm Waiting: This is the first Phantom re-telling I've ever really seen in YA and I think that's really awesome. I love the uniqueness that YA is bringing to the table lately. (Well as much can be done in a retelling lol) Also I LOVE A.G. Howard!Her writing and last retelling was good, but I'm expcting this one to be even better! And the words about the romance make me NEED this right now! And lastly, if all that doesn't make you want to read it, JUST LOOK AT THAT EFFING COVER OMGGG.

Will you be waiting on this with me?
What are you waiting on this week?


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

TTT: Top 10 of my Most Recent 5 Star Reads!

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 10 of my Most Recent 5 Star Reads! 
These are my most recent 5 Stars! 

The Long Game (The Fixer, #2)When We Collided

1. The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: This series is completely unbelievable! I LOVE it and I can't wait for everyone to read this one. ANother case of nothing is as it seems! Also, please read with caution, as it will cause your heart to speed up and you to hold your chest and gasp lol 

2. When we Collided by Emery Lord: I have someone in my family that identifys all too well with the disorder that Vivi has and I can honestly say (from what I've seen) it was done right. I recognized some of the same things my family noticed in my older sister. This is why I decided to give it five stars, the raw and realness of it all. 

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)The Season of You & Me

3. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine: There was absolutely nothing bad I could say about this book. I loved it so much! All the magic and the re-tellings and the villain! Everything was just really good to me and I loved it so much! 

4. The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine: I LOVE light and fluffy romances and this is exactly what I got. Add on the bonus that it was set in the summer on a boardwalk with a beach and waves crashing to the shore? I loved it and can't wait for everyone else to love it too! 

This Is Where It EndsThe Anatomical Shape of a Heart

5. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp: Wow so this was a debut for real? I still don't believe that because really, this book was freaking amazing. It seemed as if Nijkamp has been doing this forever. I can't wait to read anything else she writes because man, if it's like this, I will LOVE it. 

6. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett: Realistic fiction: CHECK. Super weird/unique plot: CHECK. Super hot romance: CHECK! All the reasons why I love books like this. I need more Bennett in my life! Like yesterday!

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)First & Then

7. Winter by Marissa Meyer: This book was 800+ pages and I loved every page. I'm so glad it turned out to be everything I hoped for and more. I can't wait to read anything and everything else Marissa Meyer writes!

8. First & Then by Emma Mills: Football and romance. What else could a girl ask for? I also really like the humor that the MC had. So many moments when I found myself laughing out loud. Definitely reminded me of myself lol 


GeorgeEverything, Everything
9. George by Alex Gino: Let's be honest, I talk about this on last week's TTT. I NEED to be sure that everyone has read and loved this book because honestly.... This book needs to be read. It's helping children find out who they really are, and I couldn't respect that more!  

10. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: This book caught me completely off guard and I loved that about it. Of course the cover being gorgeous and the MC was a POC helped immensely as well, but still.... I loved this one and I hope everyone else does too! 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Allegiant: Book to Screen Review



PG-13, 120 minutes
Release Date: March 18, 2016

   After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago, to finally discover the shocking truth of the world around them.  . (From IMDb)

*MY THOUGHTS*

     Honestly, it was a lot better than I was expecting. I was a little worried about the way it would be different from the book, but it wasn't really that bad. 
     When I say that, I mean it lightly. All the concepts from the book were there, but there were some big differences as well. For instance, there's the whole thing about where they are in the book. They MEET at the airport, but in the movie, they're stuck there. I just thought that sucked because it really changed what I thought the world outside the wall looked like in my head. Add on to that, the rest of the outside world does not look at ALL what I pictured and I can honestly say I was not impressed. It just looked like a weird other planet. (Speaking of which, the outside world was so bad I had even someone who's never read them come to me and say: "If they have all that technology both outside and inside the world, why the hell did they not clean up the planet first?"EXACTLY.) There's other huge differences, but I won't go into detail for spoilers. But this is the main reason why I wasn't really a fan. There were just too many differences.
     Another reason I didn't like it..... If every big thing that happened in that book happened in this movie, WTH is part 2 going to be about? Are they going to make it up as they go along? Are they going to make the movie 30 minutes? Are they going to incorporate some of the stories from Four? Because if memory serves correctly, there wasn't much else that happens in the book besides the "big thing." I looked around on-line for some answers, but everyone is thinking the same things I am. With me being such a stickler for book to movie details and seeing the similarities, I don't really know how to feel about this. 
     But in all actuality, Allegiant wasn't my favorite book of the series anyways so I didn't really expect much from this movie. But I at least expected them to TRY to make it better for us book fans. Or at least give it a real reason as to why there needed to be two movies. Because as of right now, I'm not sure I support this decision. 
Overall, I give this
(Real rating 2.5, but I rounded up!)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter from Take Me Away!!!

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     Happy Easter everyone! Hoping everyone is having a great day spending time with this family on this wonderful day! And if not, I hope I hope you are still enjoying time with your family anyway. Have a wonderful Easter you all! 

From, 
THE SHAWS




(Wow that's the first time I've used my new last name on here and it coldn't feel more right! So crazy!)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #169 & 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: 
Slated (Slated, #1)Between

Went to the Dollar Tree near my house for more Easter decorations.... Soon as I walked in the door these two beauties ended up in my basket. I've heard some good things about both of them. And even if they aren't amazing, they were only a freaking dollar lmao

The Power (Titan, #2)

This New Adult addition came out a couple weeks ago, but I just got paid so it was the first thing I bought! Can't wait to see what else Seth gets into!


From ATWAT:
The Long Game (The Fixer, #2)

I finished reading this one last night. I went slow through the first 120 pages or so, but devoursed the rest las because I couldn't put it down. I even had to order in dinner for the fiance because I was NOT cooking lol I can't wait for this release so everyone can love it! 

For Review: 

I accidentally deleted the original picture of this one, so I used the one I posted to my Instagram! I received this book from Random House Kids! As y'all know I am a Wonder Woman enthusiast and anything and everything Wonder Woman wise will excite me! So of course when one of the publicists approached me via email to ask if I'd like to be on the blog tour for this, I immediately said YES! I was so excited I had to send her two e-mails because I sent the first one too early. Look out for my stop on the tour April 27th! 

What did you get this week?!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Update on me: I went out of town last weekend so I didn't have time to read and as soon as I got back, I got sick. Normally me being sick would mean me reading and having a lot of reviews, but unfortunately, this time I had a scratch on my cornea (eye). It hurt to even open my eye for the first two days, so reading unless I was audiobooking it was out of the question. Thanks for being patient with me!  There'll definitely be some reviews up next week starting Monday! 


Wednesday 03/23/16: WoW featuring Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories Edited by Stephanie Perkins
Friday 03/25/16: Follow Friday:  Short Stories and Novellas!


What went on at your blog this week?!


Friday, March 25, 2016

Follow Friday: Short Stories and Novellas!

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!

short stories (as companions to to a series): what do you love or hate about them?  
          Depends on when in the series they come up. Like the ones for The Wrath and the Dagger that just came out, I purchased them, but I haven't read them yet. Reason being, as I've said before, I don't like spoilers, excerpts, chapter reveals, none of that, so  if it's too far from the next in the series, I won't read it. I don't want to run into detail or something I want to know more about and have to wait for it lol The only time I might cave is if it's a story I really want to read. Like the short stories from the Lunar Chronicles series. (Obviously I break the rules ALOT for this series lmao)

What about you? 
Do you like short Stories and Novellas?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

READy to Talk: Reviewing Books you Love Vs. Reviewing Books you Didn't Care For!

READy to Talk is a new discussion meme that will come up few and far between, just when I have something bookish on my mind. Something that I want to get y'alls opinion on! 

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     Last few times I wrote a READy to Talk post they were more focused on just readers featuring things like being the Black Sheep or Chapter Reveals, Spoilers, or Excerpts. But today's is mainly focused on reviewers. Today I'm talking about reviewing the books you love versus reviewing the books you don't care for. This topic came up because a fellow blogger Andi from Andi ABC's brought up on her Twitter the other day. I'd never thought about it until then, but once I did, I realized I was the opposite of most everyone out there. 

Here's what Andi said on Twitter: 


     I almost replied "IKR" but then I thought about it. I'm the opposite. I find it harder to write about things I DIDN'T like versus things I did like. 

     I write so much about those I DID like because I want people to know all the things about the book. Anything that can help show people that I loved this book and they will too. I want to write about EVERYTHING in it that I loved and convince people that even if they don't like the genre or author or whatever, they may still like this one. But on the other hand I've heard that others don't want to appear rambly... That's what I like about it haha I like to go on and on about things I love. I need people to understand my crazy over a book. In my family, I only share reading YA with my mom, so sharing with you all is where I can talk about all the things all the time. [Example of a review of a book I loved: The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine.) 

     On the other hand, I find it so hard to write a review about a book I didn't like. Reason being, I DNF alot. Like ALOT, ALOT. lol I don't like to write about things I don't really know, but at the same time I still want the world to know exactly why it didn't work for me in the small part that I DID. Also I always put at the end that "just because it didn't work for me, it might for someone else" so I don't completely deter them from reading. But in the case that I only like it a little bit (2 stars), I find it hard to write about it too. I just don't care to keep talking about it. Plus, I don't want to write something that can offend anyone. (I'm 100% pro freedom of speech, but I get anxious over confrontation.) So, I end up just writing a little bit to get something down and then letting it go. [Example of one of my DNF reviews: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis)


(Admission: Some of my earlier reviews may reflect something different than what I've written here, but at that time, ALL my reviews were short so I'm not sure that counts lol) 

So, what about you? 
Do you find it harder to write about books that you love or books you dislike? 
Why is that? 
Let me know in the comments!


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Summer Days and Summer Nights Twelve Love Stories Edited by Stephanie Perkins


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!

Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories


     Maybe it's the long, lazy days, or maybe it's the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.
     Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.

Expected Publication: May 17, 2016
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin

Why I'm Waiting: Fun fact about Nikki.... I LOVE romances set in the summer? Why? Because my favorite season is summer and I love to picture myself in the sun and sand when I'm reading. Especially if I'm reading it duing the winter or something. ANYWAYS, because of this, I cannot wait to get my hands on this one. I loved the Holiday collection (that's another amazing time to fall in love!) so I can only imagine how great this one will be! Add on to the fact that there's some amazing authors like Leigh Bardugo and Jennifer E. Smith and I can't wait for this super fun, super sweet summer collection. 

P.S. Have they released the cover for the UK edition yet? Because um if it looks like the holiday one (light blue cover, pink edged pages, and an attached pink ribbon bookmark) I KNOW I'll be ordering that one too!!!

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me?!