Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

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


        Hello, lovelies! How has everyone been? I haven't been feeling that good today so I've been lounging and considering what book I should feature in today's post. The book I've decided on I'm super happy to talk about because the authors super sweet and the cover is GORGEOUS. What is this book? Well, it's:








"Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.
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This book sounds SO FREAKING GOOD. I am legitimately counting down the days until March 2016 because I just can't... I'm always a sucker for a book that even mentions assassins and special powers. I can't wait to see how Kathryn Purdie brings this world to life. Did I mention that this is one of my most anticipated reads? Just saying...




Are you excited for Burning Glass?
Thank you for reading and have a great day!




Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review||| Everything, Everything by: Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by: Nicola Yoon

Rating: 4/5 stars

Series: Standalone

Genre: YA contemporary

Format: Arc, E-book

Published: September 1st, 2015

Page count: 320

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.

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"This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster."

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I was almost a little afraid to start Everything, Everything if I'm being completely honest. This book already has SO much hype surrounding it and it hasn't even been released yet. Now I'm not saying that hype is bad but sometimes when there's a lot of hype you expect so much that you are let down. Well that wasn't the case with Everything, Everything. 

This book was incredibly written (and illustrated.) Nicola Yoon makes you feel all the feels on this emotional roller coaster of a book. You begin to fall in love with the characters as if you've known them your entire life. You actually CARE about what happens to them. I felt as if I was with Maddy and Olly every step of their relationship.

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 I obviously adored Olly and Maddy. They both definitely had an internal struggle going on during the course of this book. While Olly struggled with his abusive father, Maddy struggled with wanting to be alive and wanting to actually live. Somehow, despite all the crap in their lives, they managed to let go and live a little when they were around each other.

Moving away front the romance aspect....

I loved how relatable Maddy was. She read books, she loved to be online, and she dreamed about her first kiss. She was literally the picture of "normal teenage girl." You know, minus the being sick part.

I also want to quickly mention Maddy's mom. I would love to know more about her character. Though she wasn't the most likable she was definitely one of the most complex people featured in this story. 

The overall storyline was super unique. I mean, I've never 
come across another book that features a girl who is so sick that she can't go outside. Especially one that features pictures that I absolutely ADORE.
Pictures aren't very common in YA novels and even if a book does feature them they may not be enjoyable. However the pictures in Everything, Everything were lovely and they made the book twice as much fun to read.

Despite all the lovely, positive things this book has to offer there were a few negative things.
I personally am not a huge contemporary fan so this book was a little bit harder for me to get through. There was also a "love at first sight" romance which I'm not a huge fan of, though I think it wasn't "badly" done in this novel.

Don't let the few negative things sway your decision though! I highly recommend Everything, Everything to everyone (see what I did there) Though I would say that contemporary lovers might get more of a kick out of it.



Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!
:D



Thursday, August 20, 2015

Review||| Vengeance Road by: Erin Bowman

Vengeance Road by: Erin Bowman

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Genre: YA, Western, Action/Adventure

Format: Arc, paperback

Published: September 1st, 2015

Publisher: HMH

Page Count: 318

Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishing company and Netgalley for providing me with Arc(s) in exchange for an honest review.

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"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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As soon as I saw Vengeance Road I knew I had to get my hands on it. I had yet to read a YA novel set in the "wild west" and I thought "Why not give it a shot?"  As soon as I started VR I knew I was going to love it. This book started out full speed ahead. I mean, the first page is Kate talking about the murder of her father. Yep, I was in for a wild ride.

...And the murder was only the beginning.

Throughout the rest of the book Erin Bowman takes you on a wild adventure filled with saloons, shoot-outs, and, you guessed it, bloody revenge. 

 I LOVED Kate's character. She was just a kick-butt girl that slowly transformed into a kick-butt woman during the course of the book. She wanted revenge so that's what she would have. The revenge aspect of the story was fantastic. There wasn't any "well, I guess I'll go kill him... someday" No. It was more "The Rose Riders are going down and you can't stop me from killing all of them." I definitely admired her for her enthusiasm toward getting revenge. I also liked how she wasn't one of those main female characters that immediately falls in love with the first guy that talks to her. She was set on avenging her father and she wasn't about to let a guy or her feelings toward a guy get in the way of accomplishing her goal.

Speaking of guys....

The romance was very nicely paced. Definitely no insta-love or bad love-triangles here. The romance wasn't very prominent in the story, in fact it wasn't even truly "there" until about half way through the book, which was great.  As the characters slowly realized that they had feelings for each other I slowly realized that #Kesse would become my new otp. Jesse and Kate had very different personalities and I think that was one of the many reasons that they made a good pair. When one was on the brink of insanity, the other was there to bring them back from the brink. Just an overall great couple if you ask me.

I also enjoyed how drastically different the side-characters' personalities were. You have Will, who can be full of himself but is still protective of his family,  Liluye, who is headstrong and follows her spirit guide, and, though he was the antagonist, Waylan Rose, who is just a cruel man that kills to get what he wants. Well, at least as far as we know.
It was these characters that added a little something extra that made this story even better.

The different bits of the Lost Dutchman legend that were weaved into the writing were extremely well done. I felt as if I was just reading another legend that people actually told during this time period.

In conclusion...

This book transported me back to the old west and I loved every second of it. If your looking for a gritty, action-packed YA with a little bit of roman added in then I highly suggest giving Vengeance Road a try. Maybe it will even make it on your 2015 favorites list as it did mine.


Quotes that I can't not add:

"But the hurt fades with time. You always feel it, but it becomes a duller sting, 'stead of sharp. Course, that's assuming you don't ride the road of vengeance."

"Life don't care 'bout sorry's." Will says. "Bad things happen, and you can't let 'em harden you."

"I don't think I could finish something that thick without dying of boredom."
                 "Then you ain't found the right book yet."

"But I got some coin and a vengeance strong enough to cut any throat that tries to cross me right now."



Thank you for reading!
Have a great day and remember to pick up Vengeance Road 
when it hits stores September 1st!




Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

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


I'm the type of person who's TBR pile is constantly growing (and don't we know it.) But I had to check Goodreads today to find a book to feature in today's post. But as soon as I got on Goodreads and looked at the "soon to release" list I had a few thoughts that went like this: "HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOT" and "EEEPPPP" 
Today I am presenting y'all with a 2016 release that a LOT of people are super excited about.
What is it? You ask. Well, its none other than...




"Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn't even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.

Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies--the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web.

Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light -- threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home... forever."
 

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        I haven't read The Darkest Minds by: Alexandra Bracken (though I do own it) but I trust that her writing is great, based off of what people have said. Plus, the synopsis just sounds like straight up awesomeness. I mean, come on, Time Travel?!?!? There aren't very many YA books out about time travel, besides the Ruby Red trilogy, so I am super excited to see where Alexandra goes with the story. 


Completely off topic but have you guys seen Alexandra's puppy. If you haven't then you must because CUTEST THING EVER.




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





Top Ten Tuesday

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

credit: me

I have not done a TTT in FOREVER. I've just been getting side-tracked with other posts and reading so I haven't really felt like doing this post. But here I am today! Hopefully I can start doing these posts regularly again because there super fun to do. So without further ado here is my list of:
Top Ten Auto-buy authors

Note: I am not listing the authors in any specific order.
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1. Susan Dennard

    Pretty much any list that I make about authors (that is positive, of course) will have Sooz in it. I'm kinda in love with everything she posts, writes, or talks about. Let's be honest. I'm at a point where I would read her grocery list.... and I did when she posted it. *laughs nervously* 
Before I'm done talking about Susan, let's just mention how excited I am for Truthwitch. I'M SO EXCITED FOR TRUTHWITCH. Ok I think I'm done now. *cough* Truthwitch *cough* Now I'm done. :)

2. Sarah J Maas

Just last night I was re-reading a few chapters from ACOTAR. I'm obsessed with Sarah's characters. I'm obsessed with her worlds. I'm obsessed with her romances. I ADORE everything about her books. I will buy anything she writes blindly. Plus, Sarah's just a wonderful person and I try to help support her in anyway possible.

3. Cassandra Clare

This woman created my ultimate book boyfriend. Will Herondale. Her stories are pure kick-butt awesomeness and I can't wait for The Last Hours.
Side Note: Cassie. Can you stop "not spoiling" The Last Hours. Your "subtle hints" are not subtle whatsoever.

4. Laini Taylor

Laini writes unbelievably amazing worlds. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies of all time. It's just so good! The story and characters are well-flushed out. Can we just talk about Zuzana for a moment? I mean, will you be my friend Zuzana?!?!?! Anyways, I'm waiting for a new book from Laini because ugh! Did I mention they're fantastic?

5. Amy Poehler

I know. I know! Amy doesn't write books for a living but I recently read Yes, Please and I loved it! It may have been a memoir but it was HILARIOUS. I'm sure that any other books that she chooses to publish in the future will be just as hilarious and wonderful.

6. Jennifer L. Armentrout

I debated on adding JLA to this list but in the end, I decided to. I am a huge fan of  JLA's writing. Her books are great for reading slumps. There just easy romances that make you feel the feels without scarring you for life. However, I haven't picked up any of her new adult, except for Wicked,  mostly because I haven't felt the need to. But maybe I will soon. :)

7. Kiera Cass

As annoying as her characters are, talking to you America and Eadlyn, I still love her stories. They're usually pretty cutesy besides the occasional drama and they're are quick and easy reads.... and Kiera Cass is adorable. Just wanted to point that out.

8. Marie Lu

The Legend trilogy shattered my heart and The Young Elite's blew my socks off. Marie Lu's writing is just... interesting. Her characters and story lines have never failed to infatuate me. Waiting for The Rose Society to release. :)

9. Mindy Kaling

Back again with the comedy. Like Amy Poehler's book, I recently read (well, more like listened to) Is Everyone Hanging Out Without me? (And Other Concerns) and I loved it! Once again it was a memoir but it was still absolutely HILARIOUS. This book made me want to instantly become best friends with Mindy. (How awesome would that be?)  :):):):):):):):):):)

10. Rae Carson

I first read a Rae Carson book in 2013? Maybe? Anyways, it was the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy and I thought it was fantastic. Raw is coming out with a new book this fall: Walk on Earth a Stranger. Of course I will try to read it as soon as possible because... Rae Carson!




What are your auto-buy authors?
Thank you so much for reading!

HAPPY TRUTHWITCH TUESDAY




Monday, August 17, 2015

Adventures of a book girl: Wild Rumpus Books

New blog series?
               New blog series.

Intro:

So this past week I have been away visiting family out West. On my way back I was able to visit one of my new favorite bookstores: Wild Rumpus Books. After I had left the bookstore I got an idea: What if I started a blog series where I tell you, my amazing readers, about all the bookish things I am lucky enough to experience. Whether it be a new bookstore, a signing, or just some random little bookish thing that I would love to share with y'all. This wouldn't particularly be a "regular" feature on my blog considering that I'm not always lucky enough to have a new bookish experience every other day, week, or even month. ... But when I do ....    TA DA
Anyways, let's get on with my first Adventures of a Book Girl post ever!
Warning: Many pictures ahead

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These past few days I have been in South Dakota visiting my wonderful, amazing aunt. Since the drive from my house to SD was a little over 12 1/2 hours I had to stay in a hotel. (Because who wants to be in the car for that long?) While at the hotel I decided to look up the Top Ten Bookstores in the U.S.A. { Click here for the list! } Since I was heading west I thought that I could find a bookstore to visit in my "path." As soon as I saw "Wild Rumpus Books" on the list I knew I absolutely had to visit it. So on my way back I stopped in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

First off I wanna say that I am IN LOVE with the front window display.

#loveatfirstsight

I mean, look at those frames and mirrors! Look at all the books! It's just an overall gorgeous set-up.


When I first walked inside I was in love... (all over again.) Maybe it's because the store was absolutely adorable or maybe it's because I saw a cat just walking around. 

No.

The fun most definitely doesn't end with the cat. 

Not only was there a cat walking around but also a chicken. Yes. A live chicken just cruisin' around the store. RIGHT THERE!

You can't forget the ferrets and the chinchillas... and parakeets and the tarantula.

You may wonder:
Is this a zoo or a bookstore?

How freaking cool does this sound?!?!?!

Did you get that you should definitely try and visit it?

Nonetheless, here are some of my pictures that I took while there.
                            ........and I took a lot of those.





Thomas Jefferson the Tarantula
I don't like spiders but I have to admit that Thomas Jefferson was kinda cute.
Ya know. Being behind glass in a bookstore and all.




The Chinchilla Hides!
 Look at his little ears! Isn't he the cutest thing ever!!!



Parakeets
The parakeets were located in more than one place, I believe. In this picture they were located above the discount bookshelf.


Look at all those amazing series!!!!!!!
I spy TMI, TID and The Girl of Fire and Thorns!!!





I was just trying to capture everything so I took a picture of this display...
So many amazing books displayed!


Gorgeous book escape
 This was an absolutely stunning book display. 
I mean, it looks like a tree house made of books!


I spy The Murder Complex

Do you see Harry Potter? Huh HUH?!?!
So perty :)


Did you spot any of your favorite books?

Thank you so much for reading!
I Hope everyones been having a good summer. 
*cough* I've been super lazy this summer *cough*



Saturday, August 8, 2015

Review||| Heir of Fire by: Sarah J Maas

Heir of Fire by: Sarah J Maas

Rating:

Genre: YA

Page Count: 562

Format: Hardcover

Published: September 2nd, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA children

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" She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth...a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king's assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestsellingCrown of Midnight.
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(Note: Heir of Fire is book #3 in the Throne of Glass series by: Sarah J Maas. If you haven't read the first two then WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?!?! Also, because this is the third book there are spoilers ahead so please don't spoil yourselves. There is also a lot of CAPITALIZATION because that's me screaming.)


I finished HoF about 20 minutes ago. Why did I wait that long until I wrote a review? Because 20 minutes is about how long it took me to stop screaming. This book DESTROYED me. Sarah J Maas is one of the best writers I have ever come across...EVER. 

I'm not particularly sure why I waited this long to read HoF considering I went to one of Sarah's signings a few days after it's release in September of last year. I thoroughly enjoyed Crown of Midnight and I couldn't wait to see what happened in the continuation of the series. Maybe it's because the size was intimidating or maybe it's because I was just too lazy to go out and get it from the library. However I am grateful that I waited until the month before QoS releases to read HoF. I don't think I could have waited another year to find out what happens to Aelin, Rowan, Aedion, Dorian *cries hysterically*, and I guess Chaol.
 So much happened in the final chapters of this book it was hard to take it all in.

Let me just talk about the ending first because I need to let my thoughts and feelings roam free. 
THE KING MUST GO. That ending scene where he brings Sorscha, Dorian, Chaol, and Aedion to his council room. UGGGGGG. It was so obviously a trap yet every single one of them fell for it. I was whisper-screaming, "Shut up! It's a flipping obvious trap so stop giving him all your information!!!" the entire scene. I was mad at Aedion for blowing his cover, I was mad at Chaol for attempting to stand up to the king because it obviously failed horribly, and I was screaming by the time Dorian USED HIS MAGIC. 

Me: THAT'S WHAT HE WANTS!!!
Dorian: *CONTINUES TO USE MAGIC*
Me: *UGGGG*
Dorian: *Gets over-powered by king*
King: *Pulls out something black and shiny*
Me: Wait. What are you doing?
King: *Holds Dorian down and reveals evil neck thing*
Me: DON'T YOU DARE PUT THAT ON MY BABY!!!!
King: *Continues to try and put collar on Dorian*
Dorian: *Screaming*
Me: DON'T DO IT!!!!
King: *Puts collar on Dorian*
Me: *SCREAMS HYSTERICALLY*
Me: SARAH I DON'T UNDERSTAND. WHY?!?!?!?


After that traumatizing scene the POV switches back to Chaol. Of course Chaol gets out of things JUST FINE. I'll admit that I'm a little irked that things have gone pretty good for Chaol, at least compared to everyone else. Dorian, Aedion, and Sorscha sacrificed themselves yet he's still walking around unharmed. 

I am definitely not Chaol's biggest fan. I never shipped him and Celaena, sorry Chaolaena shippers, and I couldn't really get into his chapters. I honestly have no idea where the disinterest in his character comes from but I can't help but feel this way.

You know who I do have an interest in, though? Rowan.
My love for Rowans character in never-ending. It was interesting getting to see him and Celaena interacting. Mostly because Celaena didn't know how to handle her Fae form and Rowan was there to "help." Yes. He was a douche at first but that's because he's broken inside and he doesn't know how to handle his feelings. Is that an excuse? No. But I also think he was scared of getting attached to anyone because he had already lost so much. Ok now I'm just making up excuses.

Anyways...

There was definitely some major character develop in a lot of characters.
Aelin specifically developed MAJORLY. Think of major character development then think bigger.
It was stunning to watch Aelin overcome some of her greatest demons so she could eventually rise victorious. Like a phoenix from the ashes.

Though it wasn't as much as a spectacle as Aelin's was, Rowan definitely went through some character development. It wasn't particularly shown but he just had an almost renewed feeling to him at one point in the story. Like he hadn't quite given up yet.

Though we didn't see much of him, Dorian also went through some character development. I think that part of it was definitely thanks to Sorscha. She brought out the best in him even when the worst was trying to rear it's ugly head.

Now moving away from character development let's discuss the Iron-Teeth clans.

I had a blast reading about the Iron-Teeth clans. They were dark and violent but inexplicably intriguing.

It was interesting to see how the clans interacted as if they were a pack of animals:

 One is dominant and the rest listen, obey, and don't question anything if they know what's good for them.

I was kind of getting a "How to Train your Dragon" vibe from the whole Wyvern training situation except with a lot more death and violence. I could not for the life of me tell you what a Wyvern is. Is it a dragon? Is it a bull with wings? I don't know.
 Towards the ending when the clans were competing to see who would be wing-leader I kind of had a flash-back to Harry Potter when the four competitors have to get the egg from the dragon. Just saying...

I couldn't say I was surprised when Manon and Abroxas saved the Blueblood heir. I think that somewhere deep inside, Manon secretly has a little bit of good in her. It seems as if she sometimes has to remind herself that she is ruthless and that she doesn't have a heart. But maybe somewhere...

The food. What is wrong with the food that was being served to the clans? I have a feeling that it was some type of poison that allows the king to dispose of them once they've fought his battles. Maybe in a future book all the other clans will drop-dead and the king will have a nice surprise waiting for him once he finds out that the Blackbeak clan is still living.

Back to the king again...

I was not surprised one bit when it was revealed that the king was behind the murder of Aelin's family. He constantly slaughters people for one or more of the following reasons:

They angered him
For fun
He doesn't actually like people
For his own evil purposes

As much as I hate the king, I would love to read about his upbringing. Why is he so evil? Did he have an extremely traumatizing child hood? Did his parents drop him on his head a few times? Has he always been this way? HOW LONG HAS HE BEEN PLANNING HIS DESTRUCTION OF THE WORLD?!?! 

In conclusion,

I probably haven't even covered my thoughts on half of this book but you know what? That's okay. I still don't think I've fully recovered from finishing this book because it's so AMAZING. This is one of those books that's so amazing you can't even come up with words to explain all your feels.


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




P.S Rowaelin forever ;)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

My (late) July wrap-up

  I debated whether or not I was even going to post a July wrap-up but then I thought:


   In the month of July I read a total of 7 books, which I am extremely happy with. So let's get to the sharing portion.



Hyperbole and a Half: 5/5
Review: http://faithsbookspiration.blogspot.com/2015/07/review-hyperbole-and-half-by-allie-brosh.html

Burned: 5/5
Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1330642042

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: 4/5

Coraline: 4/5
Review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1967070.Coraline

I Hate MySelfie: 4/5
Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1333348824

Downcast: 4.5/5
Review: http://faithsbookspiration.blogspot.com/2015/07/review-downcast-by-cait-reynolds.html

A Magic Dark and Bright: 4/5
Review: http://faithsbookspiration.blogspot.com/2015/07/review-magic-dark-and-bright-by-jenny.html



What did you read in July?
Thank you for reading and have a great day!
:)




Waiting on Wednesday

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


      It's Wednesday and you know what that means. A new Waiting on Wednesday post! 
Ok, so I didn't really have a pre-planned book that I wanted to talk about today so I had to visit Goodreads and scroll through their fall releases. Then I saw a book that I could not even believe I had not already featured on WOW. What is this book? Well, it's...





   "Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. 

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. 

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first."
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  You've probably heard about Six of Crows a billion times by now. People with arcs are loving it and it's probably on {almost} everybody's most anticipated 2015 reads. I have to admit that I have not yet picked up anything written by Leigh Bardugo but I think it's about time that I do. The synopsis definitely has me intrigued. I mean "Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist." COUNT ME IN.
September 29th will be a wonderful day. :D




What are you waiting for this Wednesday?
Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!
:)



Sunday, August 2, 2015

Review||| The Witch Hunter by: Virginia Boecker

The Witch Hunter by: Virginia Boecker

Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: YA Fantasy-Adventure

Page count: 360

Format: Hardcover

Published: June 2nd, 2015

Publisher: Little, Brown books for Young Readers
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"Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.
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       I'll admit. I was a little hesitant to start reading at first because of the mixed reviews it was getting but once I started there were no regrets. The Witch Hunter was filled with action, adventure, and even a little bit of romance. 

      I highly enjoyed the story line. I could really tell that the author is passionate about what she is writing. There was no cliche "broomsticks and spell books" aspect that swallowed up the unique story line. You could almost say that Virginia Boecker created a whole nother world of "Witchcraft and Wizardry." See what I did there?  

I was not Elizabeth Grey's biggest fan. I felt like I was on a roller coaster of emotions when it came to her character. She was a wee bit annoying during the first chapter and then I slowly warmed up to her. Then towards the end she did the whole "I can obviously only save my friends in this situation and I'm gonna die" thing. Do characters not understand that they can save not only their friends but also themselves? This is not heroic it's stupid. 
Her feelings toward the wizard community definitely developed but I didn't feel as if Elizabeth herself really developed. Throughout the entire book she was stuck in an emotional rut and I don't think she's out yet.

The side characters are a different story though. I had so much fun reading about them. George sounded like one of those characters that would wear a shirt that says "I'm not small I'm fun sized." He had a light, fun personality that brightened up the darker aspects of the story. I absolutely despised Fifer when the story started but her character definitely went through some development. Not much to say about John but I liked him too. :) 

As much as I disliked Blackwell I would actually love to read more about his characters' back story because there is quit a lot to be explored. I would also love to read more about Caleb and Elizabeths childhood.

For the first half of the book the romance made me uncomfortable. Why? You may ask. Well, I didn't like the deception that was involved. Elizabeth was not truthful with John and it bothered me because John didn't deserve to be lied to. *Sigh*

I was fairly satisfied with the ending and I was definitely left wanting more. 

Favorite character quote:

"Naturally!" Peter booms, walking around the table and throwing himself into the chair opposite mine. "Where else do you think the boy got his good looks?" He waves his hand in John's direction. "A specimen that fine can only come from the loins of a pirate!"

-Peter
The Witch Hunter


If you're looking for a good witch read I highly recommend. 
They can be hard to find so why not give this one a chance?



Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!
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#YADeepCalling Blog Tour ||| Day 3

Hello fellow book lover's! The day is finally here!
 Today is my post for the #YADeepCalling blog tour.



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Now. On to the fun part.

I decided to ask J.M Lavallee some questions that I thought would have interesting answers. This is a fun, hilarious, but yet informative video and I hope everyone enjoys!



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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…
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J. M. Lavallee grew up along the Lower North Shore, Quebec, in the small community of Chevery. Experiencing childhood by the Atlantic resulted in a kindred interest in Celtic Folklore, as well as the English and Irish traditions inherited by East Coast Canadians.

 Devoted to literature, J.M spends much of her time reading, writing, and imagining, while working as a Preschool Instructor and Kindergarten assistant in Grovedale, Alberta. J.M’s most precious work, however, is shared with her husband through the raising of their two handsome sons. Deep Calling is J.M. Lavallee’s second novel. 

Connect with J.M. via http://jmlavallee.blogspot.ca, Facebook.com/authorJMLavallee, @authorJMLava, or through IG @j.m.lavallee.


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Thank you to J.M Lavallee for allowing me to participate in this wonderful tour and providing me with these images I shared today. 

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Top Five Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want to (toss a book across the room and never look at it again aka) NOT read a book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovelies over at  The Broke and the Bookish Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday ...