Monday, August 29, 2016

Let's talk||| The balancing act + a reading update (JLA is my queen edition)



Hello, friends!

So it's been a while...

I believe the last time I posted was either the first or second week of August. Now I'm here and it's almost the end of August and I'm going back to school in less than two weeks *cringes*

I have more of a fun post coming up soon but right now I just wanted to sit down and... talk.

Part of the title of this post is "The balancing act" aka something I suck at. There are some bloggers that can take five AP classes and schedule blog posts for everyday of the week for the next month. Spoiler alert: I'm not one of those people. I'm a huge procrastinator, but I'm working on stopping my procrastinator ways.

Anyways, I got side-tracked.

So where have I been?

Well, I've been at band camp. (No it's not an overnight thing it just sucked the life out of me and I couldn't bring myself to post xD.) 

If you've ever gone to band camp, or really if you play any sport that requires you to train before school starts, you know how tiring it can be.

Hours upon hours of physical exertion isn't really my thing. But to be honest, I didn't hate it. I love the whole atmosphere that comes with being part of the marching band. And band camp got me outside... yes I really wasn't going outside that often because I struggle but that's besides the point.

Looking back I wouldn't have spent my last two weeks any differently =D


Also, I've definitely gotten hooked on Hamilton.... again. I've been re-listening to the soundtrack on Spotify. I think that my favorite song from the album is Satisfied at the moment but I also really like Burn because HER VOICE. I think it's just so lyrically beautiful and there's so much heart in the song ... I JUST CAN'T.




Reading update:

So I was really hooked on Every Last Breath by: Jennifer L. Armentrout at the beginning of the month (as in I got over half way through it in one sitting.) But now it's almost September and I haven't picked it up in a while and I've kind of lost interest :\ 
JLA really is my queen but this series just... isn't my cup of tea.

However, I am also reading Torn by: Jennifer L. Armentrout and I'm really enjoying it. It's a little bit on the steamier side (since it's part NA romance) but I'm enjoying it nonetheless.

I'm also trying to make my way through The Reader by: Traci Chee! GUYS the set-up for this book is just the coolest. I highly suggest getting it when it releases next month!


(Pssst there's also words by the page numbers that form a sentence!!!)

Today I'm heading off to Pennsylvania to go caving. Which, fun fact, is something I LOVE to do. 

(I'm also going to pretend that I'm "going under the mountain" when I go into the cave... because I can xD 
Maybe I'll find Rhysand *looks into distance longingly*.)

*sees bat*

Me: "Rhysand. RHYSAND IS THAT YOU." 


(Sorry you had to witness my outburst of ACOMAF fangirling.)





I hope the rest of your summer is absolutely fabulous!

Thanks for reading and have a great day!
=D



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review(s)||| Sanctum & Catacomb by: Madeleine Roux (Asylum books 2&3)


Sanctum and Catacomb are the final two books in Madeleine Roux's Asylum trilogy. 
Before we get into the individual reviews I want to clarify a few things...

1. Even though these aren't the first books in the trilogy, the reviews will be spoiler free. Think of these reviews as a kind of... help. They may help you decide whether you want to continue the trilogy/start the trilogy.

2. I'm only giving y'all mini-reviews. I tend to like to write longer reviews but I've decided to shorten the reviews for these books up.

3. Just kidding there is no #3. Let's get into le' reviews, shall we?









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I originally believed this trilogy was made up of companion novels, but it isn't. So... Sanctum was a continuation of the first book, Asylum (P.s if you want to read my spoiler free review of Asylum you can click here!)
I wasn't the biggest fan of Asylum. I really just though it was an okay book. BUT something I really loved about it was the creepy pictures. The creepy pictures were also what I really loved about Sanctum. I didn't find the story to be scary, or even remotely creepy, but the pictures definitely creeped me out.


I'm sorry but an image of a masked face staring through a window creeps me out. Yes, I'm scared fairly easily if you were wondering haha.

Sadly, the story just didn't do much for me. That doesn't mean that you won't enjoy it, though!










                         
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I think Catacomb was either my favorite or second favorite out of the three books. There was a road trip aspect, which I'm generally always down for. I also liked how in this one the pictures were more... a part of the story line. Not that they weren't before. But in Catacomb there were pictures that the characters themselves were "taking"/experiencing. 
Something about it just felt more interactive, to me.

Though, towards the end the plot kind of went up into the air.  It just kind of felt like the story went strange places. There were also issues from the previous books that weren't resolved or touched upon in the conclusion. (And not in a creepy, let the reader make up what ended up happening, sort of way.) Which was kind of strange.





Overall the series was just kind of... odd. I was never scared when I was reading, but maybe a little creeped out. 
I'd still recommend the series to horror chickens, such as myself, that want to dip their toe into the genre but are too afraid to.
By all means, the book weren't horrible. I don't regret reading them at all. They were fun, quick reads, and if you have any interest in the series whatsoever then just go for it!




Have you read this series? If so, what did you think?
Have a lovely day and thanks for reading!
=D

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday... So it's been a little while

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine!


Hello, everyone! It's been quite a while since I've participated in this meme but I'm happy to be back. There's many, many, many books that I'm excited to read that are releasing this fall. BUT I'm only going to share one with you guys today.

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~Why am I excited?~

First off, though I'm not sure this book is considered to be historical fiction, I love books set in different time periods. Second of all, I've never read a book based off the Ripper murders so this should be interesting...
Also, let's take a moment to admire the cover.



There's also the fact that Kerri is a fabulously amazing human. (I Promise you want to follow her on all the things.)
Stalking Jack the Ripper releases September 20th of this year! But if you're REALLY excited for it, like myself, PhantomRin did some glorious fan art for the book that may hold you over until release date ;) 
View it here!



Are you excited for Stalking Jack the Ripper?

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

TTT ||| Ten Books You'd get IMMEDIATELY if a magical being gave you a fully loaded Gift Card

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.



Could it be? Is this a.... TTT post?!?!

Why, yes. Yes it is my friends.

I haven't done a TTT post in a little while. Well, more like a few months. But I'm back today because the topic was just too good to pass up.

Just think.

What if some magical human came up to you on the street and offered you a Gift Card that had ALL THE MONEY. Money that could be spent on books. Alllll the books.

(Okay a stranger offering you what may or may not be a gift card is kind of shady, but just go with it, alright?)

So you get said gift card and you immediately go to the internet, because the bookish people know best. You take to  Twitter and you conduct a poll because who can make their own book buying decisions?!?!

After 24 hours the poll is done, and your bookish fate has been decided. 





You go to Amazon/book depository/book website and you find your book (So exciting!!!) 

Then it's time to:


BUT WAIT.

You can get 10 books. TEN BOOKS.

If I was in this situation my cart would probably look like this:





~This Savage Song by: Victoria Schwab
~Poison Study by: Maria V. Snyder
~Empire of Storms by: Sarah J Maas
~Strange the Dreamer by: Laini Taylor
~Windwitch by: Susan Dennard
~The Raven King by: Maggie Stiefvater
~Blue Lily, Lily Blue by: Maggie Stiefvater
~The Dream Thieves by: Maggie Stiefvater
~The Raven Boys by: Maggie Stiefvater
~Nevernight by: Jay Kristoff


I tell myself that I don't need UK edition books because they aren't the right size and I usually have to convert euros. BUT somehow they always show up in my cart. Whoops..?


Yes. If I had all the money I would buy all these books. But I don't by any means so... the library it is. (I also have a ton of books that I do own that I haven't read so I guess I should probably focus on those xD)



What books do you want ASAP?

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D


Monday, August 1, 2016

July||| A month in review


{Ignore the fact that I got carried away with the fonts.}

I've never done one of these monthly wrap- up thingies before. So I figured that maybe I should start...?

These posts will allow me to put my monthly book haul and wrap-up in a single post. They will also allow me to share what I did during the month.

So without further ado let's get into July's monthly review!

>>>I participated in the Biannual Bibliothon towards the beginning of the month and I was able to get four books read. FOUR. I also participated in the Booktubeathon, which was a few weeks ago, but I didn't read much. I, sadly, wasn't feeling as enthusiastic about the booktubeathon this year as I have in past years. Despite this I still was able to read two books.
This month I read a grand total of books!!!

I haven't been the best at reading this year, so getting nine books read feels AMAZING. I'm almost through all of my ARCs *cheers*

What books did I read, you may ask?

Not pictured: Tell the wind and Fire/// The Scorpio Races


~It Get's Worse by: Shane dawson {4/5}
~Catacomb by: Madeleine Roux {3.5/5}
~Sanctum by: Madeleine Roux {3/5}
~The Darkest Minds by: Alexandra Bracken {4.5/5}
~Whisper to Me by: Nick Lake {4/5}
~The Assassin's Blade by: Sarah J Mass {5/5}
~The Museum of Heartbreak by: Meg Leder {4/5}
~Tell the Wind and Fire by: Sarah Rees Brennan {3.5/5}
~The Scorpio Races by: Maggie Stiefvater {4/5}

I'll have my thoughts on the readathon books up soon, hopefully. (I don't want to spam everyone with reviews so there will be some reviews combined to form one post.)
Overall I'd say my reading month has been pretty successful!




This month I got a grand total of 7 books. {For under $40, too!} 
I went to Half Price Books for the first time EVER and got six out of the seven books. My experience was AMAZING and I'll hopefully be able to go back soon. (If only there was a HPB in my state.)  *le sigh*

I got:
{I also ordered a few books but they aren't here yet}

I've already read It Gets Worse and I really enjoyed it! 
On the right side of the picture are the books I got from Half Price Books. Burn for Burn and Die For Me were both 3 dollars (how can I pass that up?!?!) All the other books were under 10 dollars. Once I started putting books in my basket I couldn't stop. I... I went a little book crazy.






In the month of July I didn't post... that much. I believe I only got four posts in *cringes* The majority of my posts were reviews.






I'd also like to start sharing my favorite post(s) from the month. I read and ended up really loving this post from Jess of Princessica of Books.

The post is titled: "What Matters Most: # of books, pages, or quality?" and you can view it here! I 10/10 recommend checking it out!

Like I mentioned before, I participated in the Booktubeathon. Which means that I also participated in a few of the Instagram challenges. My favorite picture that I did had to be this one, though.





I think that's about all for this post! I didn't do much this month but I'm hoping to get tons of stuff done before I go back to school.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D


Sunday, July 31, 2016

ARC Review|| Tell the Wind and Fire by: Sarah Rees Brennan





{A huge thank you to the publisher for providing me with and ARC of Tell the Wind and Fire!}


For those who don't know, Tell the Wind and Fire is based off a Tale of Two Cities by: Charles Dickens. Since I haven't read A Tale of Two Cities I couldn't compare the two books but if you have read ATOFC then you may notice similarities.
With that being said...

I really enjoyed the book! 
I found the world to be... enchanting. The story mainly takes place in New York, except it's New York with a twist. 
The world was what really sold me on the story, if I'm being completely honest. I thought the magic system was well flushed out and I loved the different settings in which the story took place.

After thinking about it for a while I realized that the characters weren't something I particularly liked about the story. Yes, the female lead is strong and there was a romance of sorts. However, I never really connected with any of the characters. When the tragic finale of the story came I found myself not being THAT sad. (Okay I was a little sad but I got over it quickly.)

Going back...

The story begins on a train, and since I don't want to say anything about the story I'll be as vague as humanly possible.
Two of the main characters are in a wee bit of a pickle so a seemingly random person... helps them out. 
I found it to be annoying when the girl lead keeps talking about said person that helped her and the male lead out. I get that it was a kind thing to do, but you barely know this person and you're obsessing over them.

Anyways, I loved the sass coming from one of our main characters, Carwyn. He's overly sarcastic and I LOVE IT.
He has lines like:

"'What are you doing here?"
"I thought we covered that," Carwyn said. "Mommy and Daddy loved each other very much, so they did a dark ritual...?'"

Everyone else was serious, for obvious reasons. So I'm glad Carwyn brought the comedy to the table.

Without going into much detail, let's just say the ending had me like:

*That moment when you realize the conflict isn't actually resolved*


While the ending wasn't ideal for the characters I can tell you that the story was wrapped up nicely.


I would recommend this book to people who like worlds filled with magic and political conflict.


Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D


Friday, July 15, 2016

Review||| The Museum of Heartbreak by: Meg Leder


The Museum of Heartbreak by: Meg Leder


Series: Standalone

Page Count: 279

Published: June 7th, 2016

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a finished copy in exchange for my honest review!

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"In this ode to all the things we gain and lose and gain again, seventeen-year-old Penelope Marx curates her own mini-museum to deal with all the heartbreaks of love, friendship, and growing up.

Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak.

Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak.

Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect for her. There’s possibly the worst person in the world, Cherisse, whose mission in life is to make Penelope miserable. There’s Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend Audrey. And then there’s Penelope’s other best friend, the equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing Eph, who has been all kinds of confusing lately.

But sometimes the biggest heartbreak of all is learning to let go of that wondrous time before you ever knew things could be broken."

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{Minor side-character personality spoilers}

I've mentioned before that I don't tend to gravitate toward contemporaries. Not that I've read a horrifically bad contemporary to make me feel this way, it's just that I'm more of a fantasy reader.
But I do have to say that I enjoyed The Museum of Heartbreak.

I could definitely relate to the main character, in more ways than one, and the pacing of the story was good.
Being me, I got distracted while reading so it took me longer to get through. However I would definitely classify the book as a short and easy read. 

Though at times I found myself getting frustrated with the characters. Penelope, our MC, stays with a guy that is obviously king of douche land for the majority of the book. Yes, their relationship paves the path for the ultimately cute ending but their relationship also made me want to pull my hair out. (Not really but kind of.) Listening to some sexist snob manipulate a decent girl was not fun. At. All.

He couldn't of been that bad....

Let's look at some quotes. Shall we?

"'Eh, lady writers, not really my thing."

"'You're totally mad, aren't you?'"

(Okay that quote doesn't sound terrible but he says that 3 times every chapter and he's using it as a form of manipulation.)

"He clicked on his computer, and the Flaming Lips started filtering through the room like a subtle headache, one that won't leave. I told him I hated this band."

Though I think what really made me hate him was when he turned down a piece of birthday cake because "Artificial coloring." He turned down cake. Cake!!!!

It was great to see how Penelope and her friendship with Audrey and Eph developed throughout the story. I can definitely relate to the feeling of not wanting your friend group to change. I'm not the biggest fan of change so I felt that I could relate to Penelope in that aspect of my life.

Like I said the ending was ultimately cute and I was happy with how things turned out. I'm definitely happy I ended up picking up this story.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy contemporaries following high-schoolers. As well as a few cliche's thrown in here and there.



Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D