Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cover Reveal for: Library Jumpers by: Brenda Drake

Library Jumpers by: Brenda Drake

Big Thank you to Entangled Teen for letting me help reveal this cover!

I'm gonna be completely honest. I judge books by their covers and I always have so, for me at least, a cover can make or break my first impression. The cover for Library Jumpers is definitely not what I was expecting.... but in a good way.



Library Jumpers
Release Date: January 2016
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.
Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.




About the Author
Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at schooluntil her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of hereccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. so it was only fitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda's not writing or doing the social media thing, she's haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment). 


Author Links:
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #6

                    Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine :)


This Wednesday I'm waiting for:


TruthWitch by: Susan Dennard


     Okay if I'm being completely honest Truthwitch doesn't come out until early 2016 but that won't stop me from getting excited... okay, like really, really, really excited. Susan Dennard is one of the sweetest people I've ever met and I honestly will try to support her in any way possible. Besides the whole being amazing AMAZEBEANS part, she also comes up with some pretty kick-a** amazing stories. 
   Plus "witchery" is used in the synopsis so count me in any day!

Synopsis:
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On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
 

Does this not sound amazing?!?! 

Give some love and support to Susan by following her on:
 Twitter: @stdennard




Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Brooke and the Bookish


Hi, everyone! I haven't been super blogger lately (and I apologize) but now I'm back and I'll definitely be posting a lot more often. :) I'm excited for this Top Ten Tuesday because I absolutely LOVE summer and one of my favorite summer-time activities is taking a nice trip to the beach!
When I think of summer reads I usually think of contemporaries so they might be popping up quite a bit ;)
So without further ado....

This week's theme for TTT is:
Top Ten books that I plan to have in my beach bag

1. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by: Morgan Matson

When people talk about their all-time favorite contemporary books Morgan Matson usually pops up in there somewhere. I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book and I can't wait to get into it. Plus it looks like the perfect summertime read.
(I actually just got it yesterday so yay!)
I'm so excited I can't even :)













2. To All the Boy's I've loved before by: Jenny Han

I've heard soooooo many people say nothing but amazing things about this one either! Jenny Han seems like such an amazing writer and I definitely can't wait to get into this one either. 
(And the sequel just came out so I need to get crackin')
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3. Broken Hearts, Fences, and other things to mend by: Katie Finn (a.k.a Morgan Matson)

I already own this book, except with the old cover, and I'm definitely ready to get to it! Once again, this seems like a good summery read, that's not completely light but also not completely dark/dramatic. Once again this book is written by Morgan Matson and from what I've heard Morgan Matson = Amazebeans.














4. The Secret Diamond Sisters by: Michelle Madow

I got The Secret Diamond Sisters not that long ago on Amazon and I haven't been able to pick it up yet. Hopefully, since 
summer = more free time, I'll finally be able to pick it up. The plot sounds super interesting and I'm hoping there's going to be some good sister moments :)














5. All the Bright Places by: Jennifer Niven

Literally EVERYONE was talking about All the Bright Places when it first came out earlier this year. I need to find out what all the Theodore Finch rage is about. Hopefully I'll get all the feels and fall in love with the characters (even if theres some crying involved :)













6. Don't look Back by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Since I plan to read a lot of lighter contemporaries, I also plan on reading Don't Look Back....and I plan on loving it. Jennifer L. Armentrout has never disappointed and I don't suspect she will in this book either ;) 
(Plus I'm loving this super creepy GIF)














7. Forbidden by: Tabitha Suzuma

This book focuses on a pretty serious subject but I'm interested to see how the author handles the situation. Incest is not something something I read about everyday because... that's not good. But everyone who has given this a chance has usually found it interesting or they've really loved how brave the author was for writing the story....or they've just really enjoyed the book. 
We'll see with this one...












8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by: J.K Rowling

I'm ashamed to say it but I never got past the halfway point in The Order of the Phoenix..... and that was 2 years ago. Maybe this will be the summer when I finally re-read books 1-4, finish book 5, and read books 6 and 7. Hopefully this will be the summer when I can finally say I understand all the Harry Potter references :)














9. Kissed by: Cameron Dokey


No one ever talks about this book but it's been sitting on my shelf for forever and I think it's about time to give it a try. Plus I love fairytale retellings so I think I'll enjoy it. :)















10 . The Book of Ivy by: Amy Engel

I purchased The Book of Ivy fairly recently and it's been getting good reviews so I can't wait to get into it. Plus, the main female lead sounds pretty kick-a** and that's always a plus, right?


















What are your Top Ten books that YOU plan to bring to the beach this summer?
(Summertime reads :)


Hope everyone's having a great day and thanks for stopping by!





Monday, May 25, 2015

Review ||| Red Queen by: Victoria Aveyard


Red Queen by: Victoria Aveyard

Publication: February 10th, 2015 by Harper Teen

Series: Red Queen #1

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Synopsis:
"MARE BARROW'S 
WORLD IS DIVIDED 
BY BLOOD----

those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own-- an ability she didn't know she had. Except... her blood is Red.
  To hide this impossibility, the king forces her onto the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard-the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince--and Mare against her own heart."


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Red Queen is Victoria Aveyard's debut novel and I honestly had sky-high expectations for it. Sadly, those expectations were not really met. There was a TON of hype surrounding this book so that may have been part of the reason I was let down. The story was interesting but it wasn't anything special.

If The Selection, The Darkest Minds, and The Hunger Games had a baby, the result would be Red Queen. The idea that people are separated by blood and that Silvers have special powers and Reds don't is a unique concept that I was originally excited to read about but as the story progressed I found it to be something that has already been done.

But I don't have only negative things to say about Red Queen.

I really enjoyed Mare's character! She was strong and she knew what she wanted. She didn't rely on others and that was important in this world. Plus, she was pretty kick-a**. Mare has the power to control lightning, which, in my opinion, is one of the best powers out of all the other Silver powers. I love when you don't have to stress over characters because you know they can take care of themselves. Mare was definitely one of those characters which made her a thousand times more likable to me.

The two male leads, Cal and Maven, played very different roles and you never knew what to expect from either of them. They were both interesting characters but even at the beginning of the story I preferred Cal to Maven. While Maven "was more shy" Cal could be strong, independent, and he made his own decisions.

Though she isn't the focus the story, I definitely liked Evangeline's character. She wasn't particularly a good or bad guy she was just... a character that got caught up in the middle of things. I thought her powers were kick-a** because who wouldn't want to control metal? She was also a strong female character that I enjoyed having in the story (though she was at times a horrible person.)

The queen was absolutely horrible and I wanted to punch her repeatedly basically the entire story. I never quit got what her power was but from what I could tell she could read peoples minds/ go through their memories. Even though I strongly disliked her, she was definitely well-written because her character made me feel strong emotions.

Moving on from characters....

At some points I had a hard time picturing the world. There was some world building but not enough for me to get a good picture. I could imagine the Red village and the outside of a Silver town but I couldn't picture the castle, the stadium where the Silvers are showing off their powers, or smaller details like what Mare's room looked like or the Scarlet Guard underground tunnels. I would have definitely liked more world building towards the beginning of the book or more detailed observations from Mare's perspective.

While the story wasn't slow paced, it definitely wasn't fast paced either. There wasn't a whole lot of things that happened until about the last 50 pages when the story picked up the pace... a lot. I knew there was a plot twist but I definitely didn't expect it to be what it was. It took me by surprise and I loved it! (The plot twist definitely bumped up my rating.)


Though I didn't LOVE Red Queen I'm definitely still excited to see what happens next!

I would recommend Red Queen to anyone who enjoys the Darkest Minds or The Hunger Games.


What were your feelings on Red Queen? Did you hate it? Love It?

Let me know and thanks for reading :)




Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday {Freebie}

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the The Brooke and the Bookish


The theme of this TTT is... nothing particular.... as in its a Freebie!
Since I missed last weeks post that's what I'll be doing today!
FREEBIE theme:
Ten authors I REALLY want to meet.
(In no particular order...)

Laini seems like such a cool person! She has awesome pink hair and she seems like an overall interesting person to talk to. I would love to sit and talk about books with her :)

Who wouldn't wan't to talk to Cassie? I would love to meet the women that created Will Herondale because... SHE CREATED WILL HERONDALE... and Tessa, and Jem, and, Clary, and Jace, Izzy, Magnus, Alec, etc.....

Kiera Cass just seems like an overall lovable person. She is absolutely adorable in every video she films and I think she would be fun to talk to.

The Legend trilogy was emotional (and amazing), The Young Elites made me fell A LOT of emotions (and it was amazing) I would love to tell her how amazing she is in person! Plus she seems fun and interesting :)

Ok, fine, I admit I've already me Susan but I really want to again. Since then I've read more of her stories and I've come to love her more as an author and a person. She was/is super sweet, and funny, and amazing and I need to tell her all that in person :)

I've read Wicked and The Lux series and I've loved both of them. I would love to meet her so we could have a conversation about books (her books) and how she came up with all her amazing ideas. :)

The Lunar chronicles is BRILLIANTLY AMAZING so I would love to talk to the brilliantly amazing author of the books. (Plus: my friend is completely obsessed with the books so it would be amazing to talk to Marissa for her :)

Francesca seems super quirky and awesome. I bet she would be a lot of fun to talk to about books and super fangirly book nerd things :)

Victoria comes up with the coolest story lines and concepts. She seems like an interesting person to talk to and I think she would have some good writing tips ;)

J.K Rowling is such an inspirational writer! I would over to sit down and just talk to her about her journey through the writing of Harry Potter, how she got the idea, what the publishing process was like, basically anything! :)


What are some authors you would REALLY love to meet?




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #5

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

This Wednesday I'm waiting for:

The Cage by: Megan Shepherd


Publishing date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Harper Collins

   A Human zoo? Count me in! I have yet to read The Madman's Daughter trilogy (also by Megan Shepherd) but I already know I will enjoy this book. The entire plot line sounds intriguing and I can't wait to see how the whole human zoo thing plays out in this book. There have been a lot of 5 star reviews for this book (from people who have received ARCs) so I'm getting super pumped. Plus that cover though! :)


What books are you waiting for?
Thanks for reading! :)




Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May TBR + Tbr Jar Challenge pick of the month

May Tbr:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by: Sarah J Maas

Must...avoid...spoilers...
Everbound by: Ashton Brodi

Yep...still reading it

TBR Jar challenge;

Book to movie/TV adaption

Still haven't read it even though it was released 16 years ago...

I don't want to limit myself to any books in particular so these are the only three I plan on reading. (I've already finished two books this month) I'm definitely most excited for ACOTAR by: Sarah J Maas! Because come on, it's Sarah J Maas...


What do you plan on reading in May?
(Link your TBR and I'll check it out :)





Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Brooke and the Bookish


Today's topic for Top Ten Tuesday is:

Top Ten books I'll probably never read

1. Looking For Alaska: I have heard some people say they love it and other's say that they hate it with a fiery passion but the things being said about it only play a small part in my decision.The plot doesn't interest me one bit. I'm not really into the whole "Smoking so I can die" thing. I'll definitely watch the movie though :)

2. The Maze Runner trilogy: These books have mediocre reviews and a lot of people I trust didn't like these books that much. Once again, I'll watch the movies instead.

3. Les Miserables: It's insane to think I wanted to read this book in the first place. (Because it's over 1200 pages!) I've decided that I probably will not make it past the first 50 pages.

4. Renegade: I bought this book from Book Outlet when I first discovered the website. If I actually end up reading this I would be extremely surprised.

5. Crossed (Matched #2): I started reading Matched because I was super pumped for it...and I never made it over half way through. So many people dislike Crossed that I have no intention of reading the rest of the series. (Even if I do finish Matched.)

6. The sisterhood of the Traveling pants: I was excited to read these books forever ago but I have no intention of reading them now. Just no longer interested.

7. Beautiful Creatures: I've heard so many bad things about this series it's definitely not worth my reading time.

8. The DUFF: A lot of people I trust have said this is an OK book. The main character also doesn't sound like someone I would like.

9. the Wither trilogy: Like before, I've heard ok things about these books and I've lost any interest that I may have previously had.

10. Anything by Alyson Noel: I completely trust Christine (PolandbananasBOOKS) when she says reading Alyson's books was a waste of her time. Definitely never happening.



What books will you probably never read?
Thanks for reading! :)


Monday, May 4, 2015

Review||| The Archived by: Victoria Schwab

The Archived by: Victoria Schwab 

Rating: 4/5
Published: 2013
Publisher: Hyperion

Synopsis:
"Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is called the Archive.
    Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows feat for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
      Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da's death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself may crumble and fall."

    I was going back and forth between a 3.5 star rating for this book and a 4.0 star rating. I ended up choosing the 4.0 star rating. Why was I questioning a higher rating? Well, The Archived wasn't slow but it definitely wasn't a fast paced read for me. Also, I completely guessed the ending. Meaning, I guessed who was waking the Histories up. (person on the outside, the librarian helping, etc.) I thought the ending was a little too predictable and that the main character was being, in a way, naive.

   In the end I couldn't mark the book down that much because I still really enjoyed it. (Despite the two things mentioned above.) The plot was unique. I honestly have never heard of storing the dead in a library or that the dead are basically their own personal book/story. (Or I'm just really out of the loop :)
 The characters were enjoyable, too. I loved how strong Mackenzie was! She was confident being who she was. Even though she felt down a couple of times she picked herself right up again and continued to be a super strong female protagonist.
   Can I just talk about Wesley for a moment. I loved Mackenzie for being strong and I honestly loved Wesley for that too. But where Mackenzie was bada** most of the time Wesley was super sweet and overall a lovable person. (Plus he wears Guy-liner so...) Together they were the perfect duo and I wish I would have gotten to see more of them during the course of the book.

Overall I would definitely recommend this book!
It kind of reminded me of The Summer of Moonlight Secrets by Danette Haworth. Though I'm pretty sure it's because both books take place at an old apartment/hotel...


What are your thoughts on The Archived? 
Favorite V.E Schwab book?





Sunday, May 3, 2015

April Wrap-up (2015)

Well this is embarrassing...

In the month of April I read a grand total of......

                                                   3 Books

Yes, I know, it's embarrassing but I just did't have the motivation to read. (I don't know why)

In April I read:
   
                      Graceling by: Kristen Cashore

And...

               Volition by: Lily Paradis

And...

         The Graveyard book Vol. 2 by: Neil Gaiman 


I will definitely be reading more in May!
What did you read in April?








Review|| A Court of Wings and Ruin (and lot's of cringe) by: Sarah J Maas

I don't usually like to review sequels because then the review can't truly be spoiler free (which is a huge bummer). BUT I ha...