Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Wrap-Up!

Let's wrap the month up, Shall we?


In the month of June I read a total of:

4 books


Ok, I know that's barely any better than what I've been reading for the past six months but... I'm lazy *Shrugs shoulders*

I also went to a performing arts camp last week and it was basically 7 hours of non-stop physical activity. So yes, I was kind of tired. I was also planning on partaking in the Biannual Bibliothon this past week but it only worked out for the first two days, then I failed epically. Anyways...

I read:

The Storybook of Legends:                                                     A Court of Thorns and Roses:
{Biannual Bibliothon read}                                                      {For my review Click Here!}

                    



















The Heir:                                                                        Don't Look Back:
{For my review Click here!}                                             {Maybe I should write my review soon...}
                                  




















Well, that's what I read in June.
What did you read?
Thanks for reading! :)

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

I'm back! ... and I've been nominated for the Liebster award...


Thank you to Caroline (aka Sunny) from Stardust and Words, Nicola from Nicola Reads YA, and A.M Bradley from Hungover Fiction Lover for nominating me. (I've been reading and loving all of your blogs lately. :)

Rules
  • Link back to the person that nominated you
  • Give 10 random facts about yourself               
  • Answer 10 questions from your nominator
  • Nominate 10 new and obscure bloggers
  • Come up with 10 questions for them to answer
  • Inform your nominees


I only saw the ten random facts on Nicola's blog but I like telling you guys that type stuff so here goes....

Ten Random Facts About Me:

  • I have a dog named Scooby-Doo (Yes, it's a girl and no it's not a Great Dane)
  • I have played the Viola since 4th grade 
  • My favorite color is Turquoise
  • My absolute favorite singer EVER is Florence + The Machine (HER MUSIC IS LIFE)
  • I actually really like rainy days and thunderstorms (though I wouldn't want to live in an area like Washington state.)
  • My first food was Avocado 
  • My taste in books changes lightening quick... and drastically (EX. A few months ago all I wanted were YA Fantasy books in hardcover. Now all I want is YA contemporary books in paperback)
  • I just bought my first POP yesterday (Dancing Groot :)
  • I SUCK at math (at least I think I do)
  • I legitimately can't wait for Truthwitch to be released in 2016 

Ten Questions: (I chose a few from each nominator)

From A.M Bradley:

Question 1:
If you could date one character, who would it be? : Probably Will Herondale... or Tamlin... or Rhysand.... or maybe Akiva. I can't choose!

Question 2:
Do you prefer chain or indie bookstores? : I love indie bookstores but the nearest one that actually has books I'm interested in is probably 1 1/2 hours away. Chain bookstores are A LOT more convenient.

Question 3:
What are your top three favorite books of all time? Why? : Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: It made me cry loads, I fell in love with the characters, I still think about it, I loved the writing, etc. Day of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor: The writing was absolutely exquisite, unique, amazing, all around awesomeness. The characters were also kick butt but still quirky and funny and amazing. I'm saving my third spot for a special book. :)

From Nicola:

Question 4:
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be? : I would love to travel to Venice, Italy or  Scotland, France, England, Ireland, like half of the U.K....

Question 5:
What was the last book you bought? : The last book I bought was Why We Broke Up by: Daniel Handler... I think :)

Question 6:
What book are you currently reading? : The Perks of Being a Wallflower {For the first time ever!}

From Caroline (a.k.a Sunny):

Question 7:
What is the number one thing on your bucket list? : Ghost town adventures..... It's a thing
{If you wanna see my full bucket list Click here!}

Question 8:
If you were a writer, what kind of books would you want to write? : Definitely fiction. I already write a tiny little bit. My writing so far includes horror, dystopian, something really random about an apocalypse....

Question 9:
What genre have you just not been able to get into? : Contemporary has always been a struggle to me. I definitely struggle to get into non-fiction stories {not always memoirs but more informational writing} 

Question 10: 
Last book that made you laugh? Last book that made you cry?
Laugh: ACOTAR by: Sarah J Maas {It was probably more of a hysterical laugh :)}  
Cry: Volition by: Lily Paradis {I didn't cry, I hysterically sobbed for a few minutes}


My Ten Questions are:
1. Why did you begin book blogging?
2. What's your biggest turn-off in characters?
3. Preferred reading format? (paperbacks, hardbacks, e-books, etc.)
4. Favorite place to read?
5. If you were stuck on a deserted island and you could only bring one book, which book would it be?
6. How many books have you read so far this year?
7. Favorite female antagonist? Favorite male antagonist?
8. Favorite fictional creature?
9. If you could live in any book world for a day, which one would you choose?
10. What author's do you REALLY want to meet?



I'm nominating the following:

1. Nanna: Overflowing Shelf 
2. Kaylie, Christina, Soumya, Alyssa: When the Words End
3. Danna: A Reading Habit
4. Tanya: A Book Paradise
5. Barbara: Banosaur
7. Kassidy: Kassidy Voinche
8. Mariah: Vibin With Books
9. Karleigh: Karleigh Reads
10. Kevin: Tomebound

{Sorry if the people I nominated are not new or obscure enough but I'm trying to nominate people who haven't already been nominated}

Thank you for reading and have a great day! :)


Friday, June 12, 2015

Tamouran inspired fashion+book info and rating|||| The Young Elites by:Marie Lu

The Young Elites by: Marie Lu

Genre:
Young Adult, fantasy

Published: October 7th, 2014

Page count: 368

Series: A Young Elites novel (book 1)

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Synopsis from Amazon:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series 

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

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I waited a pretty long time before thinking about writing a review for this book. (I actually typed one up) But I felt that my review wasn't doing the book justice. So today I would like to share some Tamouran inspired fashion along with some other info about The Young Elites.

Rating:
I gave TheYoung Elites a 4/5 star rating. This is because while I enjoyed just about everything in this story there were still some small problems I had with the book. (Including: the world building was slightly slow at first, and I couldn't picture Enzo's character)


Tamouran inpired fashion:





















Interpreting the fashion:
The Tamouran style is a lovely fashion that involves headpieces (which range from bold to more on the subtle side) with clothing that often drapes in an elegant way. Hair is put up often, if not always.

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More info on the book and author:


Haven't seen the book trailer yet? Watch it here!

















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Marie Lu


"Marie Lu (www.marielu.org) is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Legend, Prodigy, and Champion, as well as The Young Elites. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin's Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis."












 What were your thoughts on The Young Elites?
Thanks for reading! :)




Saturday, June 6, 2015

My (Very late) May Wrap-Up and June TBR

May Wrap-Up

Last month I was constantly taking exams and testing and I'm gonna admit it was slightly stressful. 
However, I managed to read a total of 4 books which doesn't seem like much but I'm actually quite satisfied with. 

Those four books included:




June TBR



I've already finished two books this month so yay! But I need to read A LOT of net galley arcs (Everything except for ACOTAR) I get off of school on the 10th so after that I'll have PLENTY of time to read books.


What did you read in May? What do you plan to read in June?
Thanks for stopping by :)




Friday, June 5, 2015

Recommendation Friday #4

Recommendation Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Taylor and Stephanie over at: 


I haven't been doing Recommendation Friday for the past couple of weeks, sadly. The reason for that is I want to be able to recommend books that aren't usually talked about or very well known. This week I finally have another book to recommend so lets get into it!

This week Im recommending:

Born of Illusion by: Teri Brown


I've seen a couple of people haul this in Book Outlet hauls but no one ever talks about it much besides those hauls. This book follows a gifted Illusionist named Anna who assists her mother with stage shows and seances during the 1920's. Though, her mother is a complete hoax, Anna has actual powers. She has the ability to sense people's feelings and foretell the future. But she soon begins having visions of her mother in danger which leads her to discover more about her powers. There is some romance but it doesn't overshadow the story. The setting was interesting and while the story wasn't scary, I finished Born Of Illusion late at night and felt slightly uneasy. 
I would recommend born of Illusion to anyone who enjoys reading stories that take place during the 1920's or to anyone who likes books with a supernatural twist and a slight creepiness.

Have you read born of Illusion yet?
What are some of your book recommendations?


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

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


Happy Tuesday!
Today's topic for TTT is book's that I'd love to see as movies/TV shows. So let's get into it!

1. The Legend Trilogy by: Marie Lu
I think that this could be a really great movie series. (More movie than TV series because I'm not sure  the individual episodes would be particularly interesting...I don't know just me.) If Day and June were casted right and the set was amazingly epic.... :)

2. The Young Elites by: Marie Lu
I believe this has already gotten a movie deal but it probably won't be a "thing" for quite a while. I would love to see the characters come to life (considering I had trouble picturing Enzo, maybe an actor will give me a better picture.)

3. The archived by: Victoria Schwab could be a good movie. It's not particularly "complicated" so I could picture the movie being detailed and amazing.

4. Fall Out Girl by: L. Duarte
This would be an extremely emotional movie and I'm sure I would love every second of it. (Once again the story isn't particularly "complicated" so I bet a movie would be nicely detailed.)

5. Grave Mercy by: Robin LaFevers
This story was quite long and dragged at some points but I bet a Mini-series would do the book justice. I love the concept so much and I was bummed the story didn't live up to my expectations. Assemble the kick-a** assassin nuns!

6. Through the Woods by: Emily Carroll
I would love to see the creepy drawings/ stories come to life on the big screen. :)

7. Tiger Lily: by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Peter Pan retellings are legitimately THE BOMB. I would love to see Tiger Lily come to life, I bet it could be something Magical ;)

8. We Were Liars by: E. Lockhart 
This is one of the shortest books on the list but I think it could be an AMAZING TV series/mini-series. The TV show could consist of life on the private island and make the plot twist less noticeable. ;)

9. The Selection by: Kiera Cass
I don't need to say much about why this would be an awesome TV show. (Yes, I know there was a pilot and it failed horribly, but maybe, just maybe, it will get another chance.) I would Love to see the books be a successful TV series.

10. My True Love Gave to Me by: Stephanie Perkins 
These stories could be a great movie. It would be like an adorable, romantic, funny, amazing version of Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (first thing that came to mind :) That's the format I see the movie being in, by the way.... (Hehe this makes no sense)


What are some books you'd love to see as movies/TV shows?
Thanks for stopping by! :)




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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...