Friday, July 31, 2015

Happy Birthday Harry!... and J.K Rowling, of course

So if you haven't already heard it about a million other times today, IT'S HARRY POTTER AND J.K ROWLINGS' BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

So of course I felt the need to mention it briefly here on the blog. :)

In this post I'll be showing some Harry related things such as the many, MANY different covers. {Book covers that is.} ...And some other random things I decide to add while listening to The Sorcerers Stone movie soundtrack.

First off I want give a brief history of me and Harry Potter:

I was given The Sorcerer's Stone and The Chamber of Secrets when I was in 2nd grade. {Read and gently used by my cousin} To this day I still own them which I take pride in because they are the original copies.

I was in third grade when I actually started the magical series, though. As soon as I read The Sorcerer's Stone my little third-grade mind was entranced. I read the first book in about three days and soon after moved onto the second. I became a reading machine of sorts and was finished with the fourth book before I even knew what hit me. By the fourth grade I had finished four of the books in the series.

After a few weeks of battling with my mom I was able to attain book #5 {The Order of the Phoenix.} Obviously I started it (almost) immediately. I was reading it slowly, unlike how I had read the other books, and I was getting side-tracked from reading. Before I knew it it was time to go to camp. Of course I brought it with me and read some of it.

When I got home I read about a page and then put it down.

I picked it back up after about a year and by then it was too late. I didn't remember what I had read and I couldn't get back into the story.

....And I haven't attempted to since then.

Although, I've really been feeling in a HP mood so maybe I'll re-read and finish the series soon. :)

Cover Things...

As you may already know there are about a million different editions of HP and I legitimately want to own all of them. I will now share with you some of the different editions so you can also yearn to see them on your shelves, feel them under your fingertips, smell the pages.... I'll stop now.
(Not including the original US editions)




































I really like the French editions, too. Maybe I'll learn how to read French so I can have a good reason for buying these editions. {You know besides the pretty cover.}


















If you want to listen to the HP soundtrack's for free then I recommend Spotify... Just saying. :)
And yes, I have been listening to the Hp Soundtrack's the entire time I've been typing this. I can't get over the score. WHY IS IT SO UNNATURALLY AMAZING?!?!?!?



Thanks for having a mini HP and J.K Rowling celebration with me!
Have a wonderful day. 
:)





Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.


          Okay, so I literally haven't posted a Waiting on Wednesday in FOREVER but I thought it was about time I did. I also created this banner for my Waiting on Wednesday posts and I am IN LOVE with it. So today I'm Waiting on Wednesday for a book with a gorgeous cover. {At least I think so}



When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious 
journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

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Okay, so I've been seeing quite a few people talking about this book and I can see why. I'm extremely intrigued based off of the synopsis. I mean when was the last time you read a story about a girl who disguises herself as a boy in a wild west setting? Never. {At least for me :)} 
When I can get my hands on this one, I'm expecting to see some action, maybe a little bit of romance, and a kick-butt female protagonist A.K.A one of my favorite story combinations EVER. Can not wait for this to be released!



What are you Waiting on Wednesday for?
Thank You for reading and have a wonderful day!
:)




Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blog Tour||| Deep Calling by: J.M Lavallee

Hi internet peoples!

I'm back today to notify you that I will be taking place in a blog tour for:
Deep Calling by: J.M Lavallee

Synopsis:

"A quick death within Manannan’s hot embrace would be far easier to endure than a bitter life away from the sea, but Melanie is not the giving-in kind.

At seventeen, the ocean currents and weather patterns of Hailey’s Round, Quebec, are embedded deep within Melanie’s core. Awakened by her supernatural link with the ocean, the Tuatha De Danann’s beautiful Sea King, Manannan, is drawn to Melanie and hungers for her soul. A voice in the wind lures her to the water, and once there, the Sea King begins the process of taking her life.
Hailey’s Round is no longer a safe haven for the teen. Forced to stay away from her beloved ocean, Melanie has nowhere to turn. Her odd mother hasn’t been a part of her life in years, her boyfriend doesn’t believe in the Tuatha De, and the grandfather who raised her is dying.
Yielding to the call of the deep sea and refusing to be marooned, Melanie defies Manannan’s hunger and the obsessive goddess, Rhiannon. Threatened by both deities to keep away from the sea, Melanie has never been more determined to revisit it…"

Sound interesting? Go add it on Goodreads Here.



The schedule for the tour is included below:


I am scheduled to post on day three. The wonderful J.M Lavallee will be answering some of my questions in a video format. I've already seen the video and let's just say it was hilarious and amazing and I think every one of you is going to love it! :)

Some information you may want to have...

In my blog tour post I will include a coupon code for 20% off at Morning Rain Publishing on behalf of the release of Deep Calling. Not only will there be many fun posts from many amazing bloggers but also a Giveaway. 

A GIVEAWAY!!!!

Come on. Can you really resist the temptation of a free book?
The giveaway will be ran using Rafflecopter.

Back to the actual bloggers participating...

I won't tell you who has which day but I will give you a list of everyone who is participating.
(I apologize in advance if I miss anyone.)

A.M Bradley from Hungover Fiction Lover
Mairead from Irish American Mom
Nori from ReadWriteLove28
Jennifer Bogart from Jennifer Bogart- Author
Kimi, Beryl, and Audrey from The Geeky Chiquitas
Lisette Lombard from http://llombard.weebly.com
Morning Rain Publishing from http://morningrainpublishing.com/blog
Jessica Lavallee from http://jmlavallee.blogspot.ca

It's almost time for the tour! EEEPPPPP


Thanks for reading and have a great day!
:)






Friday, July 24, 2015

Review||| Downcast by: Cait Reynolds

Downcast by: Cait Reynolds

Rating: 4.5/5

Published: May 28th, 2015

Publisher: Booktrope

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC for review purposes. :)

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"What would you do when faced with an impossible truth? Written with heart and passion, Downcast by Cait Reynolds is ripe with twists you never saw coming and love that defies the odds in this intense new Paranormal Romance retelling one of mythology’s greatest love stories.

It’s the start of Stephanie Starr’s senior year of high school, but sadly, this is no life of the prom queen. Stuck at the bottom of the high school social totem pole, Stephanie is forced by her domineering mother to wear lumpy linen dresses and eat organic tofu for lunch in a world of mini-skirts and pizza.

What Stephanie doesn’t anticipate is gorgeous and cocky Haley Smith who breaks social convention and pursues her with a determination that is both terrifying and flattering. Afraid that Haley is simply trying to set her up for massive humiliation, Stephanie does her best to push him away. But the more attention he pays to her, the more she runs, and the more everyone else begins to notice.

Instead of a loving family to support her as the mean girls make their play, Stephanie’s mother begins to unravel mentally, her possessiveness of Stephanie spiraling to new and frightening extremes. Stephanie is forced to grow up, find herself, and learn the truth about her past in order to save her mother, her friends, and her town. When the truth is revealed, nothing can prepare her for the outrageous reality of her existence…and nothing can save her from her fate.

Except Haley
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I wanna start out by saying I absolutely adored this book! I have read two other YA Hades/Persephone retelling's and none have them have even come close to Downcast. There were many different aspects that made this specific retelling unique and intriguing. The action, the romance, the humor, it was all there and I loved it.

I just wanna mention that the names were just a bit cheesy. I mean this in the best possible way, though. I had a moment of hysterical laughter  when I put two and two together.
(Note: The following contains a minor spoiler)

Stephanie- Persephone
Haley- Hades
Deborah - Demeter 
Zack- Zeus

See what I'm saying? They either rhyme or start with the same letter as their god/goddess name.
*cue laughter*

Anyways....

I wasn't exactly sold on Stephanie's character in the beginning. I mean, the very beginning of the book starts out with her talking about how she loves to take out the trash. Then she gets all googly-eyed for a "handsome stranger" that she literally just laid eyes on. (Ok, I realize that it's a Hades/Persephone retelling and they've been soulmates since the beginning of time, etc.But still...) When he literally starts "stalking" her during school hours and she's still all "WOW he's HOT!!!!" I thought that all hope was lost. However, this was not the case at all. I started to further immerse myself in the story and I came to terms with the storyline, I guess you could say.
 There was definitely some character development for Stephanie's character. She starts out as a member of "the Snub Club" meaning she was considered a "geek" in her high school social ladder. Stephanie had very little self-confidence and she always tried to blend into the background. Not only does she become more confident, she also comes to terms with her true self and really blossoms overall.

As far as the romance goes I can't really say it was nicely paced, because it really depends on how you look at it. In a sense, the romance was fast, fast, FAST-paced. I mean, this book takes place over the course of a week. A WEEK! But in another sense, Hades and Persephone have known each other for thousands of years so I'm making an exception. I loved how I could legitimately feel the pure love between Stephanie and Haley. I smiled, I laughed, and I felt the emotions of their re-connection. Earlier I mentioned that Stephanie blossomed. Haley was a huge part of this process. He was supportive and loving. Though he had a dark, bad boy persona I found myself growing to love his character (and not because he was a "bad boy.")

I just want to praise this book for the sex scene. The actual sex was literally only five words but the aftermath took up half a page. It was not romanticized and Stephanie's thoughts and feelings were extremely realistic, This can be hard to find in YA these days and I just really appreciated how it was handled in this book.

The side characters were AMAZING. I had a lot of fun reading about Helen, Zack, Morris, and you can't forget Cerberus. (The not so three-headed dog)

The story was fast-paced and I (almost) read the entire book in one sitting. If you are looking for a Hades/Persephone retelling or even just a Greek mythology book then pick this one up!


I will absolutely be picking up the second book but until then....

My emotions...literally



Thank You for reading!
Have a wonderful day  :)





Thursday, July 16, 2015

#CRAMATHON wrap-up

      So this past weekend I participated in the Cram-a-thon (hosted by Whitney from Whittynovels on Booktube) I was pretty satisfied with the amount of books I've read, considering I've been obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer lately, anyways... During this particular read-a-thon I accomplished a total of 3 book. Though it may not sound like a lot I'm still happy with this amount.
So let's get to it!

I read:




>>>I gave this book 5 stars! If you want to see my full, mini review then you can Click Here! :)









    >>>  I gave this book 4 stars. If you want to view my full, mini review then Click Here!






>>> I gave this book 4 stars.
If you want to view my full, mini review then Click Here!














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Not one of my most exciting posts but thank you for reading!
Have a great day/evening. :)





Friday, July 10, 2015

A (Late) Cram-a-thon TBR

So a few days ago I decided to participate in Cram-a-thon, a read-a-thon being hosted by WhittyNovels on Youtube. I have already starred my first book for the read-a-thon because it started at midnight last night. But I still thought I should post what I'll be reading. So without further ado...

There are seven challenges that you can choose to complete during the read-a-thon:

1. Read a children's book
2. Read a hardback
3. Read 2 books in 24 hours
4. Read a graphic novel
5. Read a book written in verse
6. Read a novella
7. Read 5 books total


I have chosen books based off of these challenges.

For read a children's book I chose:

I used to be OBSESSED with these book when I was in 5th grade. {They are what got me into historical fiction} So I decided to read one for the read-a-thon. I'm super excited for this one. Here comes the nostalgia!












For read a Hardback I chose:


I got two books written in verse so I just chose this one because I needed to use a hardback. I chose this book out of Lisa Schroueder's other books because it appealed to me the most. I don' t really like to read about harder topics because they can bum me out but I think that either way this book will be good.











Graphic novel:


I was originally going to choose LumberJanes (because Jesse was also going to read it) but I was unable to acquire it before the read-a-thon so as I was browsing my local library I came across Coraline. I thought to myself "why not?" and here we are right now...












Book Written in verse:


As I said before, I got two books written in verse. Burned is the other one. It's also my current read. {I'm enjoying it so far and I'm really hoping that everything works out for the main character.} I picked Burned over Ellen Hopkins' other books because Raeleen rated it 5 stars on Goodreads... I think, maybe...













I don't want to make myself read books I don't want to read so I may not complete all the challenges. However, I do have "back-up books" that I would like to try and get through. 

Including:




















In conclusion:


Ok. Maybe My tbr is too large for a three day read-a-thon. But you know what!


.......Oh Scooby Doo.....


Thanks a million times for reading!
{I'll stop procrastinating now}
If your participating Good luck!
Have a wonderful day!
:)





Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Review||| A Magic Dark and Bright by: Jenny Adams Perinovic

A Magic Dark and Bright

Published: April 28th 2015

Publisher: Bookish Girl Press

Series: The Asylum Saga #1

Rating: 4/5 ****

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She meant to help a ghost...not unleash a curse.

Amelia Dupree hasn’t seen the Woman in White since the night her brother died. 

The ghost seems to have disappeared from the woods surrounding Asylum, Pennsylvania—that is, until Charlie Blue moves into the creepy old MacAllister House next door. Amelia can’t help liking him, even though she spent her childhood thinking his grandmother was a witch. And she definitely can’t ignore the connection between his arrival and the Woman in White’s return. 

Then Amelia learns that the Woman in White is a prisoner, trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead. Devastated by the idea that her brother could be suffering a similar fate, Amelia decides to do whatever it takes to help the Woman in White find peace--and Charlie agrees to help her.

But when Amelia’s classmates start to drown in the Susquehanna River, one right after another, rumors swirl as people begin to connect the timing of Charlie’s arrival with the unexplained deaths. As Charlie and Amelia uncover the dark history of Asylum, they realize they may have unleashed an unspeakable evil. One they have to stop before everything they love is destroyed.
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I just read the synopsis for the first time and wow does it sound cheesy! However, the book was not cheesy (let's get that clear right now.) This book was actually a little eerie, even creepy, but definitely not scary per say.

I think the moment when I knew I would enjoy AMDAB was the first page when Amelia said: "A women haunted the woods behind my house." Just this first sentence did a lot for the story: It drew me in. A few pages later Amelia also says something like: "But that was before. I hadn't seen her in six months, not since the night she'd watched Mark die." 
Ok. If the whole bit about the woods being haunted didn't peak my interest, then the death of her brother definitely did. 

The setting of the story is Asylum, Pennsylvania which is (or at least was) a real place. As far as "world building" Jenny did a pretty good job. Since the "world" isn't fake, I guess you could say, there wasn't exactly much world building needed. With that being said, there was enough observations from the characters so that you got all the setting information you needed while still focusing on the story's main conflicts. 

As the story progressed, there was a feeling of eeriness and nothing that was going on felt right. This story made me think that I knew the "secrets" / twists it was hiding. Well, I actually did guess a few but there was a pretty good percentage of twists that caught me completely off guard. {Which you'll have to read to see what they are :)} The ending caught me off guard A LOT and I definitely am looking forward to continuing this series.

There really weren't a lot of flaws with the story line. So why did I only give this book only 4 stars? It was a more of a character related thing. Hint: It was Amelia. 

Now I think that Amelia is a smart girl (she wasn't constantly making stupid decisions.) But wow was she annoying at points. I don't know how many times she brought up the whole "I killed my brother" thing when she so obviously DID NOT KILL HER BROTHER. She also did things like go to a vandalized store that someone had just broken into without telling anyone. Who does this?!?!?!?!?! I also found that she got rescued more than a few times by a male lead. This is a huge character turn off for me because it tells me that she's not strong enough to take care of herself, let alone make good decisions. Why Amelia, Why?!?!?

Charlie is a different situation. Charlie reminded me that bad boys are douche canoes and that there can be nice boys that are just as freaking awesome in Young Adult literature. Bad Boy's have taken over the genre and Charlie was a breath of fresh air. He was gentlemanly, he held Amelia when she was crying, he saved her from a few of her stupid decisions. But something this good is not without turn-offs. Charlie also made a few bad decisions that resorted in others deaths'. He also had a bit of a temper tantrum for a small bit. 

Leah, Amelia's bestie, was awesome and I loved her A LOT. She was blindsided and I feel for her but this did not take away from how awesome of a side character she was. I almost wish that we would have seen more of her.

Overall I would recommend reading this book if your into eerie books, or books that involve paranormal things like ghosts'.

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{Thank You to Net Galley for giving me an e-arc for review, sorry I took forever.}
 

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Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!
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Monday, July 6, 2015

Review||| Hyperbole and a Half by: Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half

Published: October 29th 2013 by Touchstone

Genre: Humor

Original source: http://hyperboleandahalfbook.blogspot.com/

Rating: 5/5 stars

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This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative--like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it--but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:

Pictures
Words
Stories about things that happened to me
Stories about things that happened to other people because of me
Eight billion dollars*
Stories about dogs
The secret to eternal happiness*

*These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!
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In all honesty, the only reason I didn't pick this book up sooner was because I didn't have the money to. But recently I purchased the book from Barnes and Noble and I couldn't help but pick it up (almost) immediately. Let me just say once I started it was hard to stop. Allie is freaking HILARIOUS! Her writing is funny and relatable but I think what really topped the cake was the drawings. The drawings had me laughing out loud. 
Here were some of my favorite stories from the book:

"A lingering fear of mine was confirmed last night:  My dog might be slightly retarded. 

I've wondered about her intelligence ever since I adopted her and subsequently discovered that she was unable to figure out how stairs worked."

And....


"I had tasted cake and there was no going back.  My tiny body had morphed into a writhing mass of pure tenacity encased in a layer of desperation.  I would eat all of the cake or I would evaporate from the sheer power of my desire to eat it."




Allie also provided a touching story about what it was like to go through depression. (Throughout the entire story the comedy was still sustained even though of the topic) I thought it was interesting to hear her experience with depression (considering I have never been depressed personally) 

She also made me question if my own dog was related to the Simple Dog. Is it bad that there are so many similarities?

Overall I think Allie is a talented writer. She has the ability to craft her life experiences into the most bizarre, comedic, wonderful stories I have read in a long time. :)

My personal favorites were any story that involved the Helper dog or the Simple dog. 

{Please Note: Any pictures or quotes I used are from Allies blog, Hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com, I do not claim ownership to any drawings or quotes used.}

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What were your favorite stories from the book?
Thank you for reading and have a great day! :)



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...