Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Book Bangin Intro Post!

When I heard about this I KNEW I had to do this! I have a super long Book Boyfriend list. So long me and my actual boyfriend have had that "Is this considered cheating?" conversation too many times to count! So,  here's my list!

Here are my Top 5 Fave Book Boyfriends:

Kyler from Frigid by J. Lynn
He's new to the list seeing as I'm just about to finish this book, but you guys, he is like the HOLY GRAIL of hottness. And he's super sweet too! Granted he did a lot of foolish things at first, but he fell in love and cleaned up his act. Of course that makes me fall for him all the more. And he wants to be a vet... Like how is that not sweet?!

Aiden from The Convenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Yet another JLA boy to add to my list. I mean let's be real. That one chapter in Deity... Yeah I still go back and read that sometimes lol He's super sweet, strong, has grey eyes, and he is not afraid to fight for what he loves. Yeah he's definitely a fave of mine. 

Noah Shaw from the Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin
He's super sarcastic and he has an accent. Plus on top of that he has special powers. He's super amazing and you'd have no chice but to fall for him! 

Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
You guys, if you don't know who he is, you should hurry up and find out. He is one of the sweetest boys ever! He has an accent and he is super cute!

Adam from If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman
He plays an instrument and he is so in love with me err Mia and its so obvious! He is so amazing guys and I'm so happy that they got their HEA! 

There are so many I want to add, but since I posted this so late I can't add all the ones I'm missing..... So, here's 3 honorable mentions:

1. Noah from Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry: He accepts Echo for who she is and he will obviously do anything for her. 
2. Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: He's a street fighter and super strong. And he's super hot. 
3. Alex Fuentes from Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles: He started it all. He was a bad ass before he found Brittany, but once he found her, she changed his whole world. He is super sweet and I LOVE his bad boy ways! 

So, who are your Top Bookish Boyfriends?!

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

Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2013

I decided to start doing this because I know I had a lot of posts this month with the Book Blogger Challenge and everything, so here is a wrap-up of all I did this month!

Books Reviewed: 11
  1. WonderLight: Unicorns of the Mist by R.R. Russell [3 Stars]
  2. Born of Illusion by Teri Brown [1 Star DNF]
  3. Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker [4 Stars]
  4. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith [4 Stars]
  5. Left Drowning by Jessica Park [1 Star DNF]
  6. The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan [4 Stars]
  7. Indelible by Dawn Metcalf [3 Stars] 
  8. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West [4 Stars]
  9. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson [5 Stars]
  10. Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor [3 Stars]
  11. The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce [4 Stars]
Book Blogger Challenge (Hosted by Good Books, Good Wine)
Here's the Links to all 15 Days!

Day 5: Tear-Jerkers
Day 14: Deal-breakers

My Newest Feature:
Beyond the Book
(Posts are on Mondays!)

  • 7/15/13: Intro and Unbreak my Heart by Melissa C. Walker
  • 7/22/13: This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
  • 7/29/13: Golden by Jessi Kirby

Top Ten Tuesday Posts
(Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)
Waiting on Wednesday Posts
(Hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine)
  • 7/3/13: The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney
  • 7/10/13: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
  • 7/17/13: Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler
  • 7/24/13: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • 7/31/13: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Follow Fridays 
(Hosted by ParaJunkee)

Stacking the Shelves 
Hosted by Tynga's Reviews
  • #45: (Includes The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan and This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith)
  • #46: (Includes The Distance Between Us by Kasie West, Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, & The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan.)
  • #47: (Includes Frigid by J. Lynn, Shine by Lauren Myracle, & The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.)
  • #48: (Includes Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay)
So, here's my month of July in a list! 
What did you do in the month of July?!

Waiting on Wednesday: 7/31/13

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!

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

     One choice will define you.
     What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

     The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Expected Release Date: October 22, 2013
Published by: HarperCollin's Children's Books

Why I'm Waiting: Let's be real... Its the ending of the Divergent series. There was so much going on in Insurgent that this HAS to be good. Plus we just got news that it will be told from both Tris AND Four's POV. It will definitely be a treat to get inside his head! (And let me be completely honest.... This cover is GORGEOUS!!!)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

TTT: Favorite Beginnings or Endings!

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 Favorite Beginnings or Endings of Books
*These are in no particular order.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)Eleanor and ParkThousand Words
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling: The war scene was epic. King's Cross was epic. Everything was just epic. And the epilogue was just what I needed. I had to see what happened later on in their life. 
2. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: Although the ending was heartbreaking, it was still so good. My heart literally broke for them. 
3. Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown: Ashleigh had so much going on with her throughout the entire story. I felt so bad for her. In the end she received her HEA and I was extremely glad for her. 
Shade (Shade, #1)The Distance Between UsSecond Chance Summer
4. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready: The beginning of this was sooooo sad, but it sparked the beginning of a great series. I must admit losing him was hard, but I err Aura was able to work through it just fine lol 
5. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West: I HATED that there were so many people fighting against them. I was happy they got their HEA and stopped listening to what everyone else said. 
6. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson: I boo-hooed at the end. Those notes touched me like nothing else ever did. That is all there is to say. That and I basically loved every bit of this book. 

 Tiger LilyThe Fault in Our StarsCatching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
7. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: The letter to Peter from Tink at the end of this one is phenomenal!
8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Enough said. I cried and cried and cried but still loved it so much. 
9. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: OMG I was literally looking bug eyed when I read that ending. I knew something big was going to happen, but I didn't think it would be THAT big! I still haven't read Mockingjay because I need to mentally prepare myself for it. 
Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon, #1)
10. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks: The cliff hanger at the ending of this one had me flipping the pages at the end looking for more of the story. I was a little upset that Banks would do that to us lol 

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce

ARC, 318 pages
 Release Date: August 6, 2013
Published by: Strange Chemistry
Series, #1
Source: Sent from Publisher
For fans of Ghosts, Mysteries, Mythology, Action, Paranormal Romance, YA

Sixteen year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them – letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn’t make it in time? The Darkness will come for her… She spends her life trying to avoid ghosts, make it through school where she’s bullied by popular Justin and his cronies, keep her one remaining friend, and persuade her father that this is real and that she’s not going crazy. But then Justin is murdered and everything gets a whole lot worse. Justin doesn’t know who killed him, so there’s no obvious person for Taylor to go after. The clues she has lead her to the V Club, a vicious secret society at her school where no one is allowed to leave… and where Justin was dared to do the stunt which led to his death. Can she find out who was responsible for his murder before the Darkness comes for her? Can she put aside her hatred for her former bully to truly help him? And what happens if she starts to fall for him?

     I haven't read a book surrounding ghosts in a very long time. (I think the last one I read was Shine smh)The reason behind that... I wasn't just that interested in ghosts. *shrugs* But this one got me. And it was all because of the mythology aspect.
     This book features Egyptian mythology. I haven't read anything else with Egyptian mythology so I was super excited to read this. I knew it would be different from anything I've ever read before. And I was right. The story surrounds the myth of Anubis, the Greek name for mummification and afterlife in Egyptian religion.Because of this cool connection, the plot was very interesting. Although it did start to drag in some places, once the action picked back up I was hooked.
    The coolest part about this book was actually the most dangerous part. The V-Club. They did some totally off the wall things, but it was such a cool concept to have it span over generations. Had things not gotten as out of hand as they did, I probably would have enjoyed hearing more about what they did.
     As far as the characters, I loved the main characters but the secondary ones were a bit much for me. Like they were extremely clingy. Doing everything to try and get closer with Taylor. It all just seemed extra for me. As for Taylor, I liked her because throughout the whole story she created a reaction out of me. There were so many things I wanted to beat her for, but in the end when they worked I liked her again lol No doubt I thought she was crazy, but I still liked her.
     I also loved the romance. It wasn't the biggest thing in the book, but it was still evident and it even ended up being such a big part in the end. This helped me like it even more. I liked that it wasn't there to begin with at all, but as they grew, so did what they had between them. It was nice to not have that inst-love.
     This book surprised me in so many ways. I wasn't expecting the mythology part to be included, but I counted it as just an added bonus. I knew once I saw the cover and read the synopsis that this was something I would love, and Pearce did not disappoint.
Overall, I give this 

*A huge thank you to Strange Chemistry for sending me an advanced reader copy of this book. Receiving this galley from them in no way swayed my opinion about the book. 


Beyond the Book: Golden by Jessi Kirby

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. This will pop up on Mondays! Be on the look out for which books caught my eye and made me go "beyond" just reading it!  

This Beyond the Book post is dedicated to Golden by Jessi Kirby!

      In this book, the main character Parker is a student assistant to her English teacher. This particular teacher gives his senior students the same assignment every year. He writes one quote on the board and they have to write in their journals their responses. They have the entire year to do this and at the end of the year he collects them, seals them, and keeps them for ten years. He then mails them out to where ever the student is now staying so they can see if they are doing exactly what they said or if their plans changed. So, I felt like I should share the quote that inspired this post!
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?” 
     This book made me think about my life soooo much. It made me realize that I'm almost 25 and I have only accomplished a fraction of the things I want to do with my life.  Like graduate from college, start my master's program, and find the love of my life. It also made me realize that tomorrow is NOT promised and that I don't have any reason to be waiting on anything. So, here are my plans for the rest of "my one wild and precious life."
     When I was just a 4 year old I somehow taught myself to read. As I got older, I kept my head in a book. I blame it solely on my mother because she read to me every night before I went to sleep as well as whenever I just wanted to be near her. 
One day she had a conversation with me asking me what it is I wanted to be when I grew up. I told her I wanted to be the first female President (yeah right lol) and a Librarian. One thing I can say is that I've made it my life's goal to become one of those.
    I believe I was six when I said that and now here it is almost 19 years later and I'm doing exactly what I said I'd be doing. All with thanks to the woman who put reading into my life in the first place. Because of her I am living out my dreams and I thank God for her each day.  That she never stopped believing in me. And never said "I don't want to hear about your bookish problems or library school problems today." She always took them with a grain of salt, helped me through them, and then asked me about what book I was currently reading or waiting on. 
     So, with that being said, I plan to be a Children's/Young Adult Librarian. One of the best that's ever been known lol I want to be to a child/teen what my mom was to me as a child.
Someone that they can share reading with and learn to love it when everyone else around them is calling it dumb or stupid. I want them to know that its ok to love the written word. It sets them apart from everyone else. 
     The one thing that I mostly want to do with "my one wild and precious life" is to help the falling literacy rate in the US. I want to be that person that gets reading back to being classified as "cool." It hurts my heart when I see people struggling to read, no matter how old they are. I feel in becoming a Children's/YA Librarian I can help to instill the importance of reading in them at a young age and help their love for it mature as they do. 
     With me only being 24, I feel like I'm right on time with everything. I've made amazing choices like: joining a sorority, finishing my first round of college, beginning my journey in secondary college, and finding the man of my dreams. The only thing I'm waiting on is the finishing touches to my journey: finding a job in my career field, making a humongous difference in said career, marriage, and kids. Kids whom I can share my love of reading and books with like my mother did with me!  
     In my review for Golden, I said "life is short so what do you plan on doing with yours NOW" and I am still standing firmly behind that statement. As another one of my favorite quotes goes, "there is no time like the present."
So, what do YOU plan on doing with your one, wild, and precious life?
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! 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #48 & 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.

Only got a few books this week, but if you've seen my last few stacking the Shelves posts, this is a good thing lol 

Of Beast and Beauty

What did you get this week?

Weekly Wrap-Up

Monday 7/22/13:  This day was busy. I posted my 4 star review for The Distance Between Us by Kasie West, my Beyond the Book post for This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith, & my last Book Blogger Challenge post, #15
Tuesday 7/23/13: My Top Ten Tuesday post about what will make me NOT pick up a book 
Wednesday 7/24/13: My WoW pick of the week with Jenny Han's upcoming release "To All the Boys I've Loved Before." 
Thursday 7/25/13: My 5 Star Review of the gut wrenching Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Friday 7/26/13: My Follow Friday post about where my books go
Saturday 7/27/13: My 3 Star review of Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

e-ARC, 274 pages
 Release Date: July 30, 2013
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Prep School Confidential, #1
Source: Netgalley (This was given to me in exchange for a just and honest review.)
For fans of: Mysteries, Thrillers, Contemporary, Boarding School, LOL

In this breathtaking debut that reads like Gossip Girl crossed with Twin Peaks, a Queen Bee at a blue-blooded New England prep school stumbles into a murder mystery. Anne Dowling practically runs her exclusive academy on New York’s Upper East Side—that is, until she accidentally burns part of it down and gets sent to a prestigious boarding school outside of Boston. Determined to make it back to New York, Anne couldn't care less about making friends at the preppy Wheatley School. That is, until her roommate Isabella’s body is found in the woods behind the school. When everyone else is oddly silent, Anne becomes determined to uncover the truth no matter how many rules she has to break to do it. With the help of Isabella’s twin brother Anthony, and a cute classmate named Brent, Anne discovers that Isabella wasn’t quite the innocent nerdy girl she pretended to be. But someone will do anything to stop Anne’s snooping in this fast-paced, unputdownable read—even if it means framing her for Isabella’s murder.

     If there's one thing I like every now and then, its a good mystery. And this one definitely served its purpose. I like to challenge myself and see if I can come up with "whodunit" and if I can't it means that its the best of the best. I figured out who the culprit was in this one, but I still really liked it.
     The writing in this was one of my favorite parts. I had a bit of a heavy read last time where I was crying and upset and everything, but this one pulled me out of it. The humor in it made me laugh from the beginning to the end. Because I needed this comic relief, I enjoyed it that much more.
     I also liked the mystery in it. It was a little hard to decide who I thought did it because as normal, there were so many different things saying someone else did it, but I used my "CSI" and "Criminal Minds" investigative skills and I decided from there. And they all worked.
     The only thing I didn't like was the juvenile feel of it. It grated on my nerves the entire time. For her to be 16 she seemed as if she were 12. It kind of felt more like MG vs YA. Honestly, I would've liked it more if it was. Then I wouldn't have had to write this part of the review. :(
     But, overall, I liked this. It was a really great start to a new mystery series. I can't wait to continue on and see the next things that gets in Anne in trouble.
Overall, I give this

Friday, July 26, 2013

Follow Friday: Where do your books go?!

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: What do you do with your books after you are done reading them
*Shrugs* they just go on the shelf. Unless its something I really really loved... Then I mail it home to my mom. Sometimes I might have a blogger friend that wants to borrow it and I might send it to them instead. Then if its time for me to move, I find myself donating a lot to my library. 

Where do all your books go?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

e-Book, 322 pages
 Release Date: May 8, 2012
Published by: Simon and Schuster's Children's Publishing
Source: Library
For fans of Chicklit, Contemporary Romance, YA, Sparkly Covers, Summer Lovin, Realistic Fiction, Tearjerkers

     From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak.
Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.
Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.
     This story brought back so many memories. The reason being: its the most raw, most realistic, most fact based story I've ever read. For this to be my first book by Morgan Matson, I am very pleased with it. It surely will not be my last. 
     My aunt just passed away from breast cancer and I found out about 3 months ago that my grandmother has Stage IV Ovarian cancer, so this book really hit home for me. As I read it I noticed all the things that I noticed while watching my grandmother (who is now in the care of hospice) and my aunt. It really felt like Matson was going on personal experience because everything was there. Even the smallest of details. This is actually what I liked the most. (Even though it made me cry like non stop!) I really feel like this was the first "real" realistic fiction book I've ever read. 
     I also really liked the characters. Although Taylor had her faults, someone helped her understand and come to terms with them. I also liked Henry. (I mean he works in a bakery! What's not to like?!) It was obvious that he genuinely loved Taylor and would do anything for her. With Lucy, I really liked her, but I really thought their little feud was stupid. At 17, none of that should've been as important to them as it was. As far as all the supporting characters, Davey was my favorite. I thought he was adorable. 
     Lastly, I loved that the writing style was so easy to read. For such a tough subject, Matson's writing style made it easy to read and easy to understand. She will bring out "your best and your worst" emotions at the same time and leave you wanting more. Honestly, last night when I finished I had already thought of when I would take the time to re-read this. 
     Matson is an amazing author and I'm upset that I waited until now to read something by her. I know that I've absolutely loved something when I can relate it to my own personal experiences as well as completely getting "taken away" with the author's words and that's exactly what this one did for me. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: 7/24/13

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!

To All the Boys I've Loved Before
     To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters…

Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 22, 2014

Why I'm Waiting: I put myself in this situation. What would I do if every boy I've ever had a crush on came to me and asked why I was just now sending those letters?! Yeah I would be scared out of my mind! I can only imagine all the drama that will go on in this book! I cannot wait. And it will be my first Jenny Han book (if I don't read her Summer series first) and she comes highly recommended from all my blogger friends. 

What are you waiting on this week?!
Leave a link, I'll be sure to visit! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

TTT: Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book!

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 Words/Topics that will make you NOT pick up a book!
*These are in no particular order.

1. Fairies: Guys, I'm just not a fan of them. I don't know why I don't like them, but I just don't. Unless they're in the Mortal Instruments series (And that's only because there are a variety of different paranormal creatures in it.) or if its by an author I've read and loved before. 

2. Vampires: After Twilight came out, EVERYTHING was all about vampires. I just got burnt out on them. (But I DO want to read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black... Because let's face it... the cover is gorgeous.) 

3. Werewolves: Same reason as above. I just don't want to keep reading about the same thing. (But I DO want to give Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock a try. I've heard some great things about it!)

4. If I've Seen in reviews that its like a Twilight rip-off: Guys I HATE this. I read Twilight already. Multiple times. I do NOT need to read it again with a different name. 

5. Ugly covers: Call me shallow, but its the truth. If your book cover is ugly, I will NOT read it. I know its a bad habit because I almost missed out on Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles because I hated the cover, but I gave it a try and I LOVED it!

6. Very little to no romance: Ok, I don't care what kind of genre it is, I love ALL genres. But I do need some romance in it to stomach some. Just to make it believable  Every girl and/or boy thinks about the being with someone. It's just human nature. 

7. Sci-fi: This may seem weird seeing as how my favorite series is The Lunar Chronicles, but I was even shocked I've liked that. I'm trying to expand my horizons by reading Alienated by Melissa Landers since I was so surprised by Marissa Meyer. 

8. Realistic historical fiction: Ok, don't all shoot me at once. I just don't like history. And if it is based on anything like that, I probably won't read it. Like Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz. I will read The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak though. I'm actually trying to get emotionally prepared for it. I've heard so many people say they've cried buckets that I'm a little nervous. 

9. Audio-books: If I haven't read the book before, I will not listen to it. My attention span is ridiculously short and I don't want to tune it out and miss anything. If I have read it, I can listen to the book and tune it out as I like. 

10. Dystopias: Ok, I like them a little, but only as long as its not just your average dystopia. It even took me two tries to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins because at first I didn't like it. The only Dystopia I've really read and just LOVED the first time through was the Divergent series by Veronica Roth! Maybe because it has that hint of romance that I need. 

What makes you NOT want to read a book?!