Friday, December 30, 2016

MUST.. COMPLETE... READING... GOAL: A compilation of novella reviews


I've read 10 books so far this month and 4 of those books were novellas. Yes, yes, I know I didn't plan very well with my reading challenge again shhhh but I did get the chance to read some fabulous short stories this month! I even completed my reading challenge after lowering it three times since I fail at humaning.  
But anyways...

I thought today I would share with y'all the novellas I read in the month of December! (I'm not including The Crown and the Arrow in my review list since it was so short. BUT I did really enjoy it and I need to read The Wrath and the Dawn ASAP!)






I've only read short stories from Leigh Bardugo thus far. But from what I can tell her writing is amazing! The Witch of Duva was creepy, magical, and absolutely enthralling. (I also unashamedly read this on Christmas Eve because nothing says "the holiday's" more than a creepy witch in the woods xD)







I don't think I had read anything written by Marie Rutkoski before I read The Bridge of Snow. I'll definitely have to pick up The Winner's Curse soon, though, since I really enjoyed this story! Like Leigh's novella, it was a little on the darker side. There's some death and some creepiness to it without being too overwhelming.  









I couldn't fit the second half of the synopsis onto my graphic so I'll just summarize it for you here! Basically.....
Dez returns 3 years later but WTF HE'S SMOKING HOT. Jas doesn't want to trust him (for good reason) so she makes up some conditions and if Dez completes all her tasks in 7 days then maybe they could be together 4 ever. 


Obviously this novella was a little cliche. It reminded me of all the other relationships that go on during the course of this series. But I'm also not going to lie to y'all by saying that I hated it. (Dang it why do I have to be a sucker for cliche romances?!)





If you're on the struggle bus, like myself, when it comes to your Goodreads challenge then I recommend reading one of these novellas! I haven't read Shadow and Bone or The Winner's Curse and I was still able to enjoy the companion novellas with little to no confusion. 



Do you have any novella recommendations?

Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!
=D



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Because you need more books in your life... here's FIVE 2017 reads that we all need (SO MUCH EXCITEMENT)


Hello, friends!


I think we can all agree that 2016 has been... a dumpster fire of a year. So I don't know about you but I'm ready for 2017 to arrive. (I'm actually surprised at how fast the year went by! Can you believe that the new year is in a few days?!) 

Anyways... I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce to you some books that I'm really excited for! I'm going to try and mix super hyped books with some not-as-talked-about books as well! (I'm not including ACOTAR 3 on my list because that's a given xD)




A Mulan based story from Renee?!?! Ummm yes please. I need this one ASAP. Plus that cover *all the heart eyes*
(Find out more about Flame in the Mist here.)



I read Rebel of the Sands back in March and I absolutely loved it! It was action packed and magical and UGH so good. So of course I'm excited to read this one when it releases next year! (I'm a little bitter about the cover change but I'll push my bitterness to the side since I need to know what happens) But really...






The Star-Touched Queen is my current read and I have no doubt in my mind that I'll need ACOW when I finish! Roshani's writing is simply beautiful. I'll always need more of her stunning stories.



I found out about this one more recently and damn. It sounds SO. FREAKING. GOOD. It's pitched as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl" so I'm expecting it to be reallyyy intense. Plus, the setting is super unique! I'm not sure if I can stand the wait for this one!




HOLD UP. 

LGBTQIA TEENS ON THE MOON? FIGHTING GARGOYLES? I can't believe this doesn't release until October of next year! The synopsis is giving me so much life ohmagosh. 




What books are you looking forward to reading next year? Are you looking forward to any of the ones listed above?

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a lovely day!
=D



Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Holiday's & an Exciting Giveaway! *SQUEALS* [CLOSED]



Hello, friends!


I'm so so so so (did I mention so?) excited to be bringing y'all a Giveaway today! I think while we can all agree that it's nice to receive gifts, we can also agree that giving gifts gives you such an amazing feeling! 


Before we get any further into this post I just want to have a little bit of a heart to heart with y'all. 

The book/blogging community, while not perfect, has brought so much joy into my life this past year and a half. I'm infinitely grateful for anyone and everyone who comments/follows the blog/interacts with me on Twitter and Instagram/is just plain amazing (*cough* I'm looking at you lovely reader)
Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.



Anyways....


Let's get to the giveaway, shall we?


Since it's the Holiday season I wanted to give back to you guys. I've decided to host a giveaway where you can win (ONLY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:)
A tote/15 oz mug/notebook from my all time FAVORITE S6 design creator: Evieseo. If you haven't checked her out you kind find her shop here. Evie is extremely talented and I think everyone should own at least one of her designs!
Update: If Society6 ships to your country then you can enter!




a Rafflecopter giveaway





I hope that everyone has had a lovely holiday!

Thank you 100000 times over for visiting!
=D


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Adventures of a Book Girl|| Meeting Marissa Meyer on her Heartless tour!



I'm back to do another installment in my "Adventures of a Book girl" series! I haven't done one of these posts in 5 EVER and I'm excited to fangirl once again with y'all =D

(I have two posts thus far in my AOABG series! You can find the first two posts here!)


Without further ado...


LET'S FANGIRL


When I traveled to Chicago to meet Rae Carson and Sarah Prineas, last year, I took one of my bestest friends. So of course I had to take my friend on another bookish adventure! (Especially since Marissa is our queen.)
Plus, book events are always much more fun when you have a friend!



We set off for Chicago around 11:00 in the morning and we ended up getting there around 1:30 (with a one hour time-zone difference.) 

Let me just say.... my friend had never listened to Hamilton. Since my Hamilton obsessed brain couldn't handle this news, I made her listen to the entire Hamilton soundtrack on our way there.

Whoopsies....



Now she's Hamilton obsessed *evil laughter*



Anyways.....

*Skip a few hours ahead to the event*


If you went to a Heartless tour stop then you may know that Marissa plays a series of games with the crowd. I honestly loved the crowd of people that came to that tour stop! They made the games so much more interesting.


One of the games was where she had cards and you had to go up there, pull a card, and the card would be your occupation. (The person that got "opera singer" honestly gave me life ahaha.)


She also eventually did a Q&A! I asked her, "What would the Lunar Chronicles characters be if they were desserts?" which got me many weird looks. BUT if I have to get weird looks in order to confirm that Thorne is indeed a Tuxedo cake, then everything is worth it.


SPEAKING OF DESSERTS... I almost forgot to mention, but, before the games started there was a tea/cookie bar and I LOOOOVE cookies and tea... and food in general. so that was a HUGE win for me, honestly. xD
I took very few pictures at this event (because I failed epically haha) so to give you a visual of what I envisioned when looking at the cookie table I'll use a GIF:



... Yep pretty much.

Must.... eat... cookies...




*skip ahead another 2 hours*


It took a century to get to the front of the line but it was definitely worth it. Marissa Meyer is such a sweet heart and I 10000% recommend that you meet her if you can! 
(Plus her outfit was KILLING IT. It was fantabulous and amazing and UGH it was the best!)








Overall I had an amazing time! Book signings/author events are super fun for me to attend and I can't wait to meet many more amazing authors in the future!




What's the best book event you've been to?
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!
=D


Thursday, December 8, 2016

A life update thingy||| Where I've been & LE BOOKS & A Month in Review (November Edition!)



Hello book humans!!! *all the huggles*


*Warning: This post is going to be ginormous*


You may or may not have noticed but throughout the fall I've been pretty nonexistent in the blogosphere. There's a few reasons for that including....





Marching band 
Okay so the season ended, for me, on the first weekend of November (so a little while ago.) But that was kind of why I literally stopped blogging in October. If you've ever been in marching band (or any sport for that matter) then you'll know that it can be time consuming... very time consuming.



School
I think we can all agree that homework sucks xD
Unlike queen Rachel from A Perfection Called Books or the fabulous Nori from ReadWriteLove28 I suck at managing my time. (ESPECIALLY when it comes to school.)



Lack of inspiration
I'm not someone who likes to only post TTT's or WoW's. Don't get me wrong they can be hella fun to write up. But they aren't the most unique posts out there and I'm big on reading/putting out more unique content. I don't feel like I've been doing that for a few months now so I'm hoping to get some unique posts out, soon :)



What have I been doing while I haven't been blogging?

Well, I've been doing homework and I've been reading a lot more! I'm super behind on my Goodreads challenge, 18 books behind, but I'm hopeful haha.

Without having the pressure of posting I've been able to indulge in reading a lot more (and it's been amazing!!!)




I read a total of *checks Goodreads* four books last month. I'm on the reading struggle bus this year ahaha. But all the books I read were, at least, four star books!































Reviews:

Wintersong 

The Lovely Reckless



(I don't have any posts to compile since I only posted once in November xD)





I didn't really read any blog posts this month *cries* BUT Brittany from Brittany's Book Rambles updated her website not too long ago and I LIVE for the design. 

(But seriously if you haven't seen the design yet you need to see it's gorgeousness!!!!)



I'm not sure how interesting this post was (haha) but if you made it all the way through *HANDS ALL THE COOKIES*







What have you been reading lately?
Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!
=D



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Top Ten Fantabulous New Author Humans That I Discovered This Year

TTT is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.


 Hello, friends! 

As you may have noticed, I changed my image for TTT posts to accommodate the Holiday Season. (Fun Fact: I LOVEEEEE the Holiday season.)


Today doesn't have a specifically holiday-ish topic BUT I'm still very excited to talk about some fantabulous author humans.

So without further ado let's get started! 



The lovely Shannon M Parker was a 2016 debut author! Her book, The Girl Who Fell, covers the subject of abusive relationships. I'm not generally someone who reads contemporary, or intense stories such as this one, but I ended up really enjoying the book. Shannon's writing was compelling and this book put me on one heck of an emotional roller coaster.




I was lucky enough to read S. Jae-Jones' debut(?) novel, Wintersong, this year. GUYS. THIS. BOOK. It consumed my life while I was reading it. It was SO. ADDICTING. *Calms self* Needless to say, I'll be looking out for anything she writes in the future.




I read Rebel of the Sands earlier this year and it was AMAZING. If you haven't read it yet... then what are you doing?! Also, Alwyn is sassy and fabulous and her tweets give me lifeeee.



There are some mixed reviews for Traci's book, The Reader, but I personally loved it! The book was strange but the good kind of strange. You know? I'm also a huge fan of books with pictures/ unique qualities and The Reader was SUPER unique. I definitely recommend =D




I've never been interested in The Beautiful Creatures series, Co-written by Kami Garcia. I've heard to0 many mixed things and I have piles upon piles of other books to read. #Thebooknerdstruggle amiright? But I did recently read The Lovely Reckless and OH. MY. GOODNESS. I devoured most of the book in one sitting because it was so addicting! If Kami keeps writing stories as delicious as TLR then I'll keep reading.

*Keeps talking about books like they're cupcakes because they basically are*




Soooooo I read my first Colleen Hoover book this year...
I read Confess and I really, really, really enjoyed it! Also Confess has a BEAUTIFUL cover! So that was definitely a bonus :) I'll be reading more from the fabulous Coho from now on...




I didn't get through too many books this year so I haven't discovered a TON of new fantabulous authors. (Which is why this list is only 6 people long.) BUT I'm definitely open to allllll the author/book suggestions. I love finding new books to fall in love with!





What have been some of the best books/authors you've read from this year?

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D

Friday, November 11, 2016

Review||| The Lovely Reckless by: Kami Garcia




I apologize for not posting in FOREVER. I miss the blogging community and I'm happy that I'm back to posting!

But while I was gone I got to read the book we'll be talking about today aka The Lovely Reckless.



So if you've been on Bookstagram within the past month then you'll know that The Lovely Reckless was advertised LIKE. CRAZY. (I didn't mind it, though. The cover is so so pretty!)


Anyways....


A week or two back I caved and checked it out from my school library. I started it but wasn't really invested. Then IT happened.

I was bored and I decided to read. 


... and then I got invested.


Like, I read the remaining 300 pages in one sitting, invested.


I think what pushed me away from the story in the beginning was the addition of a dysfunctional family. Bad parents in YA so the main character(s) can do whatever they want is so annoyingly common. I definitely don't think the opening scene made the best impression on me, personally.


But once I got farther in I was definitely into the story. 


The romance is insanely addictive. INSANELY.

The tension between Marco and Frankie was extremely palpable and I was living for it. (I don't think I've been this excited about a couple since I read ACOMAF in May ahaha.)



I don't think I particularly connected with Frankie but I did really like her as a character. She definitely had some personal growth throughout the story. She learns to fight for herself, which I can definitely appreciate. 

I wasn't particularly a fan of Frankie's interactions with her parents.(Which were very limited.) They were all pretty negative. I hate when parents are just straight up bad people. I did, however, end up appreciating Frankie's mom just slightly towards the ending of the book but besides that her mom, dad, and step-dad didn't really seem to have many remaining qualities. 



I don't know about you but I'm someone who appreciates sassy, strong, badass side characters *cough* who I wish I was friends with.



Cruz was definitely one of those people. She knows how to take care of herself, she's a badass car racer AND she's loyal to her friends. What more can you ask for in a bestie?!?! Overall I just really enjoyed her as a character.



Two words.


Marco. Leone.

*fans self*

Y'all why can't Marco be real? He was the perfect mix of sexy bad boy and caring family guy. The infinite love he had for his little sis had me loving him even more because AWEEEEE. 



Now I don't want to say much about the story line because that's for you to discover on your own. BUT I can say that the ending messed. me. up.




The last 60 pages went by super quickly since I NEEDED to know what was going to go down. (If you've read it you knowwww.)



Overall I enjoyed the story as a whole. There was an underlying concept of family that I loved as well as the entire concept of street racing. Street racing definitely isn't a typical thing to base a YA novel off of and I loved seeing something different!





Quote

"'Fear is like a ten-cent magician. If you watch the trick a couple of times, you see the flaws and you know how the magician is doing it. But the first time, that same trick looks good. When we're scared we don't always think things through. We react. It's human nature. Fear can make the wrong decision feel right.'"



I would recommend this book to contemporary lovers who enjoy fast-paced stories.





Have you read TLR? What are your thoughts?
Thanks for reading and I hope you have an amazing day!
=D




Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Bookstagrammers you MUST follow ft. Glorious book pictures *sigh*



Bonjour, friends! 

So I've been more active on Instagram lately than I've been in a long while, which I'm happy about, which also means I've been seeing more peoples photo's. 

There are often times when I find myself wondering why someone doesn't have more followers. I think that people who work hard to take their pictures should receive a little more attention, basically.
(Though I blame Instagram for people's photo's not being seen *glares at Instagram*)


Anyways...


Here are some lovely people who have less than 3k followers that have fabulous bookish pictures.




Hannele's pictures are warm and perfect for fall. (Also I am living for those gold antlers...)




Katelyn's pictures are ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. They're super high quality and creative and just go follow her already xD 




Hannah's pictures are clean and I love it! The white background goes perfectly with the flowers, and the books of course.




Bunny's account is a little on the darker side, but still, all the photo's look A-MAZING together. You don't want to miss out on her account.




But really, how does Rachel not have more followers? The layout of her photos is pure perfection!



So that was just a few of the many smaller Bookstagrammers I adore. I highly, highly suggest you go look them up and follow them!



Who are your favorite small Bookstagram accounts?


Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D


Friday, October 7, 2016

Review||| Daughter of Smoke and Bone by: Laini Taylor





I discovered Daughter of Smoke in my school library back in... 2013 I think. (Wow it's been a while.) 

I thought, yeah I'm not reading that the mask is hella creepy. (Yes this used to be my thought process.) 

Despite my previous thoughts I ended up getting it from the library and reading it that year. Not going to lie, the entire book confused the heck out of me. But I just kind of went with what other people were saying and I rated it five stars and said: WOW that was AMAZING!

(This was before the creation of my blog.)

Then I decided it was time for a re-read. I finished my re-read of DOSAB this year and let me just tell you, it's so much better the second time! I may not have been surprised by the ending but it's so much more enjoyable when you aren't confused out of your mind.


It was great getting to re-visit Karou, Akiva, Mik (?) and Zuzana. Guys, Zuzana is MY FAVORITE. She's sassy, she loves cake, and she's an all around amazing friend. (Why can't Zuzana be my bestie?!) There's some amazing characters in the DOSAB trilogy but Zuzana may just be my absolute favorite. 

Since I wasn't confuzzled this time around I was able to focus on the amazing world Laini has created. Laini does an outstanding job when it comes to creating and atmosphere. I shudder at just the thought of Eretz. With its monsters, angels, and constant war. 


You may get confused while reading DOSAB, I know I did. But that's because of the intricate story line. There's so many details, so many pieces of the puzzle, that all come together to ultimately form a shocking finale. And, you know what, I can appreciate that. Laini put so much thought into the story and, it's very evident. Her writing is lyrical, almost, which is something else I love about this book. 

This isn't going to be as long as some of my other reviews but that's okay. I'm going to wrap this post up by saying: I don't think this trilogy is for everyone but if you love high fantasy and you like the little things in stories then give DOSAB a go! 



Quote:

"'Peace is more than the absence of war. Peace is accord. Harmony.'"



I would recommend this book to lovers of high fantasy.

Read if you've enjoyed ... I literally have nothing I can compare DOSAB to. It's pretty... unique.



I created a Pinterest board for this fabulous book that you can view here! 



Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D




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...