Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

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

    I'm back, internet! I wish school would just go away but on the bright side summer vacation is only... 9 months away *cringes*
Todays topic is one that I've seen going around on the interwebs and that is:

If you like this book...
Then you'll like this book...

(Note: I mostly read books that are already popular so
these comparisons may not be popular to not popular.)

If you like ...

then you may like...

If you like...


then you may like...


If you like...

then you may like...


If you like...
(or Ellen Hopkins in general)

then you may like...

FOG is New Adult while burned is more mature YA

I don't have ten for this post, because I'm a lazy potato, but I hope that you pick up the ones I did recommend! (I gave all recommended book 4+ stars)

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Review||| Selp-Help by: Miranda Sings

Selp-Helf by: Miranda Sings

Rating: 4/5 stars

Format: Library Hardback

Page Count: 240

Published: July 21st, 2015

Publisher: Gallery Books

"Over six million social media fans can’t be wrong: Miranda Sings is one of the funniest faces on YouTube. As a bumbling, ironically talentless, self-absorbed personality (a young Gilda Radner, if you will), she offers up a vlog of helpful advice every week on her widely popular YouTube channel. For the first time ever, Miranda is putting her advice to paper in this easy-to-follow guide, illustrated by Miranda herself. In it, you’ll find instructions on everything: how to get a boyfriend (wear all black and carry a fishing net), to dressing for a date (sequins and an orange tutu), to performing magic (“Magic is Lying”), and much, much more! Miranda-isms abound in these self-declared lifesaving pages, and if you don’t like it…well, as Miranda would say…“Haters, back off!”

I'm going to be honest. I seriously debated whether or not I should even write a review on this book because what is there to talk about? Actually A LOT but that's not the point. I don't even know what I read. This was 110% a Miranda book. ALL THE WAY. It was random, pointless, yet hilarious. I read the entire book in Miranda Sings' voice, though not out loud because the general public probably already thinks I'm kind of weird... or a lot weird.

The pages were super fun to read because they weren't so much pages as they were art projects. Very interesting, hairy art projects.

Don't pick this book up if:

-You can't stand words being spelled wrong. 
Colleen wrote the book like Miranda would say it which means a TON of grammatical errors. 

-You have absolutely no idea who Miranda Sings is.
I find this hard to believe, because she's super popular, but you may just open this book up and go: "What the actual fudge-brownie-hairy popsicle" whether you have or haven't heard of her.

-(This seems like a duh moment but) You don't like Miranda.
This book will in no way convince you to like her more. It literally IS a Miranda video in book form.

Pick this book up if:

-You're a Miranda Sings fan.
Do you like Miranda? READ THE BOOK! You'll definitely learn some... interesting stuff.

This was an overall fun read and it was a good book to break up all the more intense books that I've been reading lately.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

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

    Hello internet peoples! I just had some coffee and pineapple, aka my aftternoon snack, and I'm ready to blog and do some reading. I'm currently reading The Assassins Blade by Sarah J Maas (and) Selp-Helf by: Miranda Sings if ya were wondering. :)
Without further ado here's what I'm waiting for today!

Outlander for teens? Um YES. I first heard about this book through Twitter and I've kind of been obsessed with getting my hands on it ever since. The cover is lovely and the synopsis is right up my alley. Did I already mention OUTLANDER FOR TEENS?!?!

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Walk on Earth a Stranger release day Blitz

I am so excited that WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful new series by Rae Carson, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a set of the GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS series (in paperback format). US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:

Title: Walk on Earth a Stranger
Author: Rae Carson

Pub. Date:
September 22, 2015

Greenwillow Books

Pages: 448

Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksGoodreads

The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Rae
Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold
must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold
Rush–era America.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins
deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest
floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is
ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises
herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered
in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find
safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy,
dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar
fantasy tropes.
Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae
Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a
slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical

Read chapter 1 of WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER annotated by Rae Carson HERE!

About Rae:
Rae Carson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the
acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. Her next book, Walk On Earth A
Stranger, will be available September 22, 2015. She lives in Arizona with her

Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Giveaway Details:
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format). US Only.
Ends on September 30th at Midnight EST!

Top Ten Tuesday

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

      So I've decided that I'm going to be more responsible and I'm going to pre-type a bunch of posts so I always have a new post up everyday. School has been consuming all of my time and my energy so I haven't been active lately. I figure that the best time to type is during the weekend so here I am coming to you from the past... or the present? I'm not sure but lets get into todays topic.

Top Ten books on my fall TBR

You may notice that basically all of these books were/are/will be popular. The chances that you've read most of them? 100%
However, since I'm behind on the books I still need to read all of these. This list will definitely change because I can never stick to a plan but I'll try!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Review||| Wake by: Amanda Hocking

Wake by: Amanda Hocking

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Series: Watersong (book #1)

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 309

Published: August 7th, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin's Press


"Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone's attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets."

I bought Wake spontaneously off of Book Outlet a little over a year ago and I've been meaning to pick it up since then. I was going to read it during the summer time because mermaids = summer, at least in my head, but since it's September that obviously didn't happen. I finally decided to pick it up while I was reading the Assassins Blade because MY HEART CAN ONLY TAKE SO MUCH *COUGH* SARAH *COUGH* Anyways...

The prologue really drew me in because I'm a sucker for a good old fashioned book murder. The rest of the book... did not?
I was really confused with how I felt after I finished this book. I didn't know if I should rate it higher because I wasn't "understanding" the story, or if I should rate it lower because I felt bleh about it. You can proabably tell which one I chose.

I was expecting a story full of mermaids, mystery, murder, and romance, but what I got was... I love you, right back at you, stop yelling at me, I don't like you any way. And a murder mystery?

I think that this book was supposed to be creepy and suspenseful yet I could see the ending coming from a mile away before it was even close. It was obvious who the murderers were and it was also obvious what Pen, Thea, and Lexi were as soon as they showed their perfect little faces.

 As far as my feelings on the characters, well, there isn't much to say. I didn't care about any of them. I felt extremely detached until Gemma and Harper mentioned their HC mother.... Then I went back to feeling detached. I hated how rude Harper was to Daniel just because she has personal issues. JUST DEAL WITH THEM BY YOURSELF WOMAN. I didn't like Gemma because she was "perfect" and the only thing we had in common was we are both mermaids... *shhhhh* I didn't say that.

I don't want to make this entire review negative so here is a few things that I did enjoy:

-The mention of Greek Mythology aka my not-so-secret love.

-Bernie, the cute little old man. *sigh* Maybe if Bernie would have shown up more often...

-The cover. You can't tell by the picture but it's nice and shiny.

-There was a library. I like libraries.

-The death. Morbid, I know, but it gave the story a little boost.

-The Water. I like water a lot. *mentions love for water way too often*

This book wasn't for me but it doesn't mean it's not for you! Plenty of my bookish friends highly enjoy Amanda Hocking so don't let me scare you off. If this looks like something you would like then definitely consider picking it up.

Thank You for reading and have a wonderful day!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

How to start and run a (Successful) Bookstagram: tips from a clueless girl

DO I have the best Bookstagram account out there? No.
Am I a professional photographer? Nope.
Do I have any qualification whatsoever to make this post? You guessed it. No.
Am I going to try and help you, reader? You bet your fuzzy kittens I am.

     I have been a part of the bookstagram community for a little over a year now and it's been fun! I've gotten the chance to interact with many different wonderful people that I would not have even known existed without my account. Every time I've received a kind comment it just brightens up my day. But it didn't start out this way.
    I started out as a girl who saw a book cover with a quote and decided I wanted to make another Instagram because "Why not?". Did I know what I was doing? nope.
So today I would like to share with you some tips on how to start/run a successful bookstagram.

What will you name your account?

Come up with a good name and make sure to stick to it! 
Your username is how people will identify you so if you continuously change it then people may get confused. If you can't think of a name then here are a few bookish names that are currently available: (maybe)

1. @lightreads
2. @candybooks
3. @fictionalbookgirl
4. @fictionalfangirl
5. @fictionalfanboy

..... That's all I got 

What is the theme of your account? How will you edit your photos?

In this case the theme would be books. However, you still have to decide how you will edit your photos. I edit my photos using the Pixlr app (which is what I recommend.) Pixlr is easy to use and you can do a variety of things with your pictures. If I want to put a font into my pictures (such as the picture shown above) then I prefer to use Font Candy. Make sure you don't go too overboard with editing. The edits should enhance the picture not make it look like you took it on mars. Though going to Mars would be cool...

Tips on taking your pictures:

-Make sure to take your pictures in a lighted place. {Natural lighting usually looks the best.}

-Hold your camera still. Blurry photos are usually not as nice/clean looking.

Posting your pictures: 

-I always recommend not using the standard Instagram filters because if you edit with a different app you can do a variety of more things with the picture.

-We all know that it can be fun to hashtag it up, yes this is a thing now, but don't go too crazy. Limit yourself when putting hashtags into your description because people, at least me, would much rather see your personality shine through in your comments than ####

Gaining followers:

-You wont immediately gain 10000 followers as soon as you join the community, unless you're a magical unicorn wizard, which means that you'll have to start from square one.

-Don't get discouraged! If you're not gaining followers as fast as you'd like to then try some of these tips out for size:

-follow other people that have similar interests.

-Comment! Comment! Comment! Start a conversation with other booklovers.

-I know I just told you guys not to put too many hashtags but they are still great things to use in moderation. I suggest using the tags:

#book, #books, #bookstagram

Of course you can add more but these are the main, most used book tags.

-Visit the tags mentioned above and start liking like a dino that's had 15 cups of coffee

Keeping followers:

It never feels good when someone unfollows you, at least I don't think so, so how do you avoid this? Well friends, I'll see if I can help you out.

If you haven't posted for 9 weeks then people will most likely unfollow you. You don't need to post twice a day, once a day, or even more than 3 times a week, but just be active.

-This is part of being active but comment back and be interactive with your followers. Sometimes I'll have people comment on my pictures and I won't have a response to whatever they said so I'll go like a few of their pictures. This is my way of showing that I saw their comment and that I appreciated it.

-Don't say things that could possibly be mean or offensive to someone else. If you're doing nothing but bashing a book and its author then people are most likely going to react. The odds of this reaction being positive is not good.

Think first!
What you may not find offensive/mean someone else might. So try to be positive. The bookstagram community is extremely welcoming (and not to mention a good time.)

Now you're ready to go!
Run free little dragon and enjoy your time in the Bookstagram community!

Also reference: Bookstagramming 2.0

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!

Friday, September 18, 2015

{Original} The Badlands book tag

    So as some of you may know Halsey's album {Badlands} came out a few weeks ago and can I just say that I'm completely obsessed. If you haven't heard the album then go listen because it's amazing. My favorites from the album include: Castle, Control, Colors, New Americana, and Haunting. But my  ultimate favorite right now is Gasoline. But they're all freaking amazing songs.
The resemblance these songs have to Aelin from ToG is almost scary. Listen and you'll see what I mean. ;)

Today I'm bringing you: "The Badlands book tag" *insert jazz hands*  This is inspired by the 1989 book tag created by Charnell @ Reviews from a Bookworm.

{Side note: I started this post a little over a week and a half ago and Alexandra had not yet posted her "Ode to Badlands" post. If you haven't checked out her blog yet you should because it's gorgeous and she's wonderful!}

1. Castle

"Sick of all these people talking, sick of all this noise."

Choose a book that has hype surrounding it that you wish you didn't have to hear about.

I recently discovered that I don't really enjoy John Green that much. TFIOS was published back in 2012 and the movie premiered in 2014 yet people still talk about it like crazy! I'm over TFIOS and all its tumblr worthy quotes. *pushes away*

"I'm headed straight for the castle.
 They wanna make me their queen."

Choose a 2016 release that you think will be "the next big thing."

For me that would be The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye. There isn't a cover yet, though I'm legitimately dying over here waiting for it. The book is described as "The Crown’s Game is a YA fantasy in which star-crossed lovers battle in a lush, magical version of Imperial Russia."
How freaking amazing does that sound?!?! Plus Evelyn Skye is amazing, just saying. 

2. Hold Me Down

"Throw me in the deep end watch me drown."

What's a book that made you drown in the feels?

Volition has many mixed reviews but for me it was a home run. I broke down and started sobbing at the end of this book because I finally got the deeper meaning. It's definitely not for everyone but it was up my alley.
Read my review here!

3. New Americana

"But he could never love somebody's daughter."

Choose a favorite LGBT character.

So I'm kind of cheating on this one by using a movie character but I couldn't not choose Damien
aka one of my favorite fictional characters EVER.

"We know very well who we are, 
so we hold it down when summer starts."

Choose a character who is deceptive about their identity.

Of course I have to choose one of my recent favorites! Kate is originally deceptive about being a boy, so people will think it's less weird that she's traveling by herself, and it surprisingly holds out for a fairly long time. I highly recommend this book so go check it out! ..... I'll give you cookies! (Cookies not included in purchase)

4. Drive

"All we do is think about the feelings that we hide."

Choose a character that tries to push away their feelings in an attempt to protect themselves or others.

WILL HERONDALE IS LOVE, WILL HERONDALE IS LIFE. But yes. Throughout this entire trilogy Will Herondale keeps everyone distant because he's afraid of hurting them/being hurt by them. Note: I really need to re-read this trilogy because it's AMAZING.

"...would it really kill you if we kissed."

Choose a fictional character that you would kiss if they showed up at your doorstep.

I'm trying not to use repeats but obviously Will Herondale. I guess I could settle for Daemon (from The Lux) or Tamlin or Rhysand after he goes through character development.

5. Hurricane

"And there's a storm you're starting now."

Choose a book/series that grabbed you from the get-go.

This book starts off with our MC bloody and injured on an abandoned road and she has no idea what happened to her. Of course it grabbed me. Plus it's written by JLA so that's a bonus...

"Don't belong to no city don't belong to no man."

Choose one of your favorite strong female leads.

I couldn't give this title to anyone but Celeana. She's one of my all time favorite female leads and I can't even handle all of her badassery. I still need to read QoS though... *sigh* (Priorities Faith! Priorities)

6. Roman Holiday

"We'll be lacing the same shoes that we've worn through."

Choose a concept that has been used many times. (Good or bad)

I'm going to have to go with a classic: Crazy Governments aka the plot line for every dystopian ever. Some are good and some are bad. (Ex. Divergent, Legend, Hunger Games, etc.)

"Keep close, stand tall"

Choose a fandom that you will always stand by despite the hate.

The Shadowhunters fandom for sure. With the TV show and all the press that TMI is currently receiving there has to be some hate. I just block it out and focus on my love for the characters and the world. :)

7. Ghost

"I'm searching for something that I can't reach."

Choose a book/series that missed the mark for you.

I in no way hated Red Queen however it was pretty meh for me. It may have been because of the hype but it also may have been because it didn't seem that original to me. I'm still eagerly anticipating Glass Sword though because how can you not? I'll definitely buy it too because THE COVERS THOUGH.

8. Colors

"You ripped at every edge but you're a masterpiece"

Choose a book/series that ripped your heart into a million pieces
but you still love it because it's a literal masterpiece.

This book. I can go back and read the prologue and I will start sobbing like a lunatic. It's been a year since I finished this book and I'm still not over it. I can't read Will or Tessa anywhere or else I'll start tearing up. I may or may not be tearing up right now.

{I absolutely adore Colors part 2 but it doesn't have a lot of words so just go listen to it!}

9. Strange Love

"That's the beauty of a secret, 
you know you're supposed to keep it."

A book/series that you got spoiled for.

Didn't we all?

(Not my favorite book ever but it still hurt at first.)

10. Coming Down

"I'm such a fool to pay this price"

Choose a book that you bought but as soon as you started reading it you regretted the purchase. 

I couldn't even finish this book. What was happening? I'm still not sure.If you like sci-fi then read something else.

11. Haunting 

"...I've been cold since you left."

Choose a book/series that made you numb once you finished it. 

I didn't know what to think after I finished this book. 

Numb? Very.

12. Gasoline

"...saying that you shouldn't waste your pretty face like me."

Choose a book that has a gorgeous cover but you disliked the actual content.

Eadlyn was such a brat! The story would have been 10000 times better if she would've gotten over her "issues."

13. Control

"And all the kids cried out,
"Please stop you're scaring me,"

Choose a book that scared you. (or if you're a wimp and you don't read scary books like yours truly, then choose a book that creeped you out.)

It's been a good two years since I've read this book but I remember the ending creeping me out. Something about being kidnapped in a cemetery? I'm not sure but I'll be picking up the sequel, which I just found out about, soon.

14. Young God

"And I've been sitting at the bottom of the swimming pool
 for a while now"

Choose a book/series that you think needs more recognition.

I will continue to push this series on you guys until you give in and read it. Just do it! Ya know you want to....

15. I Walk the Line

"You've got a way to keep me on your side"

An author that keeps you coming back for more.

Sarah J Maas, Cassandra Clare, and Jennifer L. Armentrout. All are amazing :)

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful 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...