Thursday, January 28, 2016

Why I don't read the back of a book a.k.a the synopsis


You may have noticed that in a lot of my reviews I state that I haven't read the synopsis.

Just an example from my review of Truthwitch:


... and that's the truth

But some of you may be wondering why I don't read the synopsis of books... Okay probably no one has been wondering that but I'd at least like to give an explanation.

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Do you read the synopsis? Even a little bit?

Okay, yes, I can admit to taking a peek at a synopsis from time to time. But only if I'm completely confused on the plot line. Otherwise.... not really.


Ummm then how do you decide on what books to read?

 I'll admit to being someone who relies heavily on the cover... or from recommendations. If I'm browsing a bookstore and I see a book a ton of people have loved then I'm bound to reach for it.

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I don't read synopsis's of books for one main reason. That reason being spoilers. I'm someone who considers even the little things as spoilers (i.e character love interests, general direction of plot, etc.) I love going into books not knowing what's going to happen. Nothing is better, or worse, than crying your eyes out because "I didn't see that coming OMFG."
As I've said, I'm someone who likes that feeling. Sometimes the synopsis can kill the feeling because it's almost like an overview of what's to come in a book.



It's really just a personal preference, though. 

In conclusion, I'm basically just a big weirdo.... ?
Yep, basically.



Do you ever avoid reading the synopsis of a book?
(or am I completely alone....)

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie

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


This week is freebie week and I honestly had no idea what to do. Most topics are already on the planned/ have already been done list and I felt like I needed to do something unique, something I could write about from personal experience (nothing too deep where is this all coming from...?)
Anyways...
I decided to go with a topic near and dear to my heart, something I can all too easily admit to doing: Procrastinating.
Well, something that has to do with procrastination.

Top Ten Reasons Why I May Avoid Reading at Any Given Time
(I'm looking at you Tumblr)





1. Tumblr

I think we've all been down that hole where you're just casually browsing the internet and then it turns into browsing Tumblr and then you get lost in the aesthetic-ness of other people's lives.

Me: "What do you mean I'm not avoiding books! I'm so invested in books that I've been looking at pictures of them for a whole 5 hours now!"


2. Too ominous looking

I often find myself being intimidated at the thought of reading. It may sound ridiculous but when I have to do a thousand other things in the course of a few hours the last thing on my mind is forcing myself to read.


3. Netflix

We're all very familiar with Netflix aka the destroyer of my life. You may find yourself watching a show.
"I'll only watch an episode," you say.
2 days later....




4. ... but wait what about...

Basically: Procrastination plain and simple. I'll tell myself I need to do something more important when in reality... I don't. 


5. School (aka 7 1/2 hours of torture)

Everything about school is stressful for me. I try to avoid doing the HW for as long as humanly possible... but then later decide I make horrible life decisions and I probably should have started the work before, I don't know, 9 PM. I struggle with this on the daily and it kind of sucks... a lot. Reading just becomes a chore after I've spent time on an assignment.




6. The apocalypse is upon us

What? Maybe it could happen...


7. Twitter

I want to talk to all the other book peoples but then I forget how hard it is to talk to book people about books if I haven't read any books lately. Wow that's a lot of books.


8. Pinterest

I've been OBSESSED finding fantasy related pins to add to my WIP. (Okay there is no WIP but maybe in the future.) I'll also admit that I spent hours making a 12-picture Blackhearts pin board. But you know what... worth it.







Surprise! I only have 8 on the list today. 
(this is a good thing... I think.)

Do you procrastinate when it comes to reading?
Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!
=D



Saturday, January 23, 2016

Review||| Blackhearts by: Nicole Castroman


Blackhearts by: Nicole Castroman

Rating: 5/5

Series: Standalone (hopefully not)

Format: E-ARC

Page Count: 384 

Published: February 9th, 2016

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Thank you to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss for providing me with an early copy of Blackhearts in exchange for an honest review.

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"Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There's just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents' deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to CuraƧao—where her mother was born—when she's stuck in England? 

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay."


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I have to admit, it took me a little while to get my thoughts together after reading this book. I wanted to sound at least somewhat professional instead of how I sounded in my Goodreads review a few minutes after I finished the book.


Exhibit A:


As you can see I had some feelings for the book. Okay, I still have a lot of feelings for the book. But I feel like I'm more qualified to write a review now opposed to five days ago.

So without further ado lets get into things...

When I first started this book I was expecting loads of action. Merely because when I think of pirates I think of sword fights and intense battle sequences. However, there was very little action in Blackhearts. Did the lack of action ruin the book for me? Of course not! Where it lacked in the action department the book made up for it in the drama and character department.

...and there was definitely a lot of drama.

Teach wants to sail. He wants to be the captain of his fathers ship: The Deliverance. Of course, this isn't possible because his father is forcing him to marry into a family that will give them the opportunity of moving up in the social hierarchy.
I would say that this concept isn't completely new. Similar circumstances have shown up in other books, I would guess mostly historical fiction, whether it's a guy or a girl.
Even if it's a concept that's been used before Castroman wrote it... masterfully.
Just when you think you know what's really going on the story throws you for a loop.

The political aspects were written to perfection. I felt immersed in the game we call politics... or at least I felt immersed in 15th century politics. (Which I'm guessing was the goal.)

The characters...

 I simultaneously wanted to slap and hug these characters, including our protagonists. 
We have our side characters: Patience, Lord Lorimar, the Duke and Duchess, Teach's father, the household workers, and other political figures.
For the most part I didn't like anyone in the book who was taking actions only to benefit themselves. (Okay that was everyone but I'm more referring to the characters trying to boost themselves in the social hierarchy.)
I was nonstop irritated with pretty much all the side characters, excluding a select few.

I did, however, like our two main characters: Teach and Anne. 

Teach was definitely spoiled and outspoken though he could be kind when he wanted to. Anne was also slightly outspoken and wasn't afraid to do what needed to be done. Overall their personalities balanced each other out nicely.

The romance in this book was nicely paced as well. I almost want to say it was a slow-burn romance yet I feel like maybe that's not the right word(s) to use to describe what went down in this book. 
Anyway...
It was great that for once the female protagonist isn't falling at the guys feet by the end of the book. I know this does happen in more than a few YA books. If you want a very strong, very well developed female protag. (as well as a well developed relationship) then this is the book for you.

In conclusion,

I'd recommend this book to: people who enjoy YA historical fiction. I'd also recommend to people who've just finished Truthwitch by: Susan Dennard and are looking for something to get them out of a post-reading slump.

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Favorite Quote:

"The closest she would come to freedom at the moment was when she slept, for there were no rules while dreaming."
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P.s. I created a Pinterest board for the book you can view here! As well as an edit:




Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D



Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

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


Hello friends! I abandoned by every-day posting plan for Monday and Tuesday but I'm back here today to bring you guys another Waiting on Wednesday. As always, I struggled to choose a single book to feature (have you seen all the amazing releases this year?!) But, of course, I had to settle on one. What did I choose?
Well,









*drumroll*













*almost there*












"Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying."



This synopsis gives away very little but still enough to have me excited to find out what happens. The cover is gorgeous and I can't wait to have it on my shelf (!!) Plus, I love books that where there's a web of secrets and you don't know what's actually happening in the book... until you do *smirk, smirk*



What book(s) are you waiting for?

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



Sunday, January 17, 2016

Review||| Truthwitch by: Susan Dennard



Rating: 5/5

Series: (The Witchlands, #1)

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 416

Published: January 5th, 2016

Publisher: Tor Teen

"On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
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Before I even get into the review I just want to say that I had some worries about Truthwitch. There was a MAHOOSIVE amount of hype months before this book was even released. MONTHS. Being me, I didn't read reviews for the book (or even the synopsis...haha whoops.) But like the majority of people in the book community I was itching to get my hands on the book... or basically anything related to the book. 

After months and months of anticipating and waiting for the book I finally got my hands on it the day it came out. (Yes it took me awhile to finish since I'm a little bit of a slow reader.) BUT having just finished it yesterday I can assure anyone and everyone that I had nothing to be worried about in the first place.
This book was FANTASTIC.

I felt as if I was going on an epic adventure through the Witchlands right along with our badass main characters. 

The world building was extremely vivid. It's always daring for an author to create their own world completely from scratch but I think Susan did it well. 
I will admit that their was a plethora of information readers need to be able to pick up at the beginning but it was all worked into the storyline so it wasn't as much to take in. (Think of it as eating cinnamon on french toast opposed to eating cinnamon straight out of the container.)

The characters. Can we just talk about THE CHARACTERS.

Safi and Iseult are threadsisters (and honestly one of my favorite best friend pairings EVER.) We have Safi who's described of being that opposite of Iseult, as far as their looks. Safi is sassy and she knows what she wants. (Plus she can wield a weapon or two *wink, wink*)
Iseult, though more reserved, was definitely still a badass. She really knew how to get things done (and can we talk about her crescent blades of amazingness?!?!) 

Together they compliment each other so so well. Honestly, when I think of the two of them I think #friendshipgoals.

Merik and Kullen were also perfect threadbrothers. They had contrasting personalities, much like Safi and Iseult, but it worked in all the right ways. Merik more closely resembled Safi, as far as personality, while Kullen more closely resembled Iseult. 

Ryber who, simply put, is Kullens soul mate was great as well.  She seemed like that type of person that you automatically want to befriend just because of her loyalty and dedication.

Aeduan, I mean Baeduan, was killing it the entire book. He's fierce and he's out for blood. (*cough* and something else?)
I am personally wishing for some novellas following him because I'll take any story involving Baeduan.


Truthwitch is told from multiple POV's.
I'm not always keen on the switching POV's because they are often not done right. (i.e don't knows who's talking, or just bland overall.) But Susan took the changing POV concept and absolutely slayed it. 



Whereas in other books I usually grow tired of one POV, that never happened in Truthwitch! I was excited every chapter, no matter what POV's were included in that chapter. 



In Conclusion....


Susan Dennard is basically a wizard.





Okay, that's very true but...



Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, best friends, or badasses. (*whispers* or dangerously good-looking people.)




Favorite Quote(s):

"Sometimes justice was all about the small victories."


"Mhe Verujta"


"It wasn't freedom she wanted. It was belief in something-- a prize big enough to run for and to fight for and to keep on reaching toward no matter what."





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





Thursday, January 14, 2016

Blogger friends||| My Holiday blog-hop from centuries ago




Over Winter break, I made the decision to visit every single blog I follow on Bloglovin' (which is a good 360 people or so.) Obviously I didn't end up visiting that many blogs. (Sorry Bloglovin' friends maybe in the near future!) However, I did get to visit and comment on a good chunk of peoples' blogs.
Today I wanted to share with y'all the blogs I visited and commented on. I can tell you guys that all these blogs are 
A-MAZING so one of the lovely people on this list very well could be your new favorite blogger. Hopefully you can use this list for blog-hopping purposes =D

(P.s Thanks to everyone who sent me links! I apologize if there is anyone mentioned more than once on the list.)



Blog #1: Bookplates for Brunch

Blog #2: Du Livre

Blog #3:  The Novel Hermit

Blog #4: Polished Page Turners

Blog #5: Two Sisters Bloggin'

Blog #6: Mischievous Reads

Blog #7: Book Nerd Addict

Blog #8: J(en)' adore

Blog #9: The Midnight Garden

Blog #10: Emma Likes Books

Blog #11: IceyBooks

Blog #12: About to Read - A Bookish Lifestyle Blog

Blog #13: PenMarkings

Blog #14: BooksABlog

Blog #15: The Hiding Spot

Blog #16: Little Lillie Reads

Blog #17: My Addiction: Books

Blog #18: Reading Teen

Blog #19: Stacks and Shelves

Blog #20: P.s I love that book!

Blog #21: The Forest of Words and Pages

Blog #22: Otakutwins Reviews

Blog #23: Pure Imagination

Blog #24: Rosie Reads

Blog #25: Little Book Heaven

Blog #26: Alejandra's Musings

Blog #27: Kit's Books | Let the Pages Reign

Blog #28: Enchanted by YA

Blog #29: ***The Starry-Eyed Revenue***

Blog #30: A Day in Bookland

Blog #31: Tamaraniac

Blog #32: Piplup's Shadowy Bookshelf

Blog #33: Blame it on the Books

Blog #34: The Ultimate Fangirl

Blog #35: A Perfection Called Books

Blog #36: Oreos & Books

Blog #37: Brittany's Books Rambles

Blog #38: One Way Or An Author

Blog #39: Twirling Pages

Blog #40: Readwritelove28

Blog #41: Next Page Please!

Blog #42: Sorcery in the Bookshelves

Blog #43: FANGIRL confessions

Blog #44: The YA Book Traveler

Blog #45: S. Usher Evans

Blog #46: Dann Alexander

Blog #47: Recommends Book

Blog #48: Kerosene Lit

Blog #49: Paved with Books

Blog #50: Cover to Cover


Who did you decide to visit on the list?

Thanks for visiting and have a lovely day!
=D




Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (#I've stopped counting at this point)

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


I'm anticipating a gazillion and one books that are releasing this year. (Okay maybe not a gazillion... more like a million.) It was obviously hard to select today's WoW book because, honestly, I need all the 2016 releases right now *flails*

So without further ado I present to you...







the one.....





the only......








*drumroll*






"The only life seventeen-year-old Kol knows is hunting at the foot of the Great Ice with his brothers. But food is becoming scarce, and without another clan to align with, Kol, his family, and their entire group are facing an uncertain future.

Traveling from the south, Mya and her family arrive at Kol’s camp with a trail of hurt and loss behind them, and hope for a new beginning. When Kol meets Mya, her strength, independence, and beauty instantly captivate him, igniting a desire for much more than survival.

Then on a hunt, Kol makes a grave mistake that jeopardizes the relationship that he and Mya have only just started to build. Mya was guarded to begin with—and for good reason—but no apology or gesture is enough for her to forgive him. Soon after, another clan arrives on their shores. And when Mya spots Lo, a daughter of this new clan, her anger intensifies, adding to the already simmering tension between families. After befriending Lo, Kol learns of a dark history between Lo and Mya that is rooted in the tangle of their pasts.

When violence erupts, Kol is forced to choose between fighting alongside Mya or trusting Lo’s claims. And when things quickly turn deadly, it becomes clear that this was a war that one of them had been planning all along."

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Does that sound amazing or what? So much to love about this book (already!) 
1. The cover is GORGEOUS
2. The ice age vibe coming off of this book is amazing xD
(Ya know, except no sloth...?)
3. This book is really just the total package

(Plus, Julie is fabulous *insert heart emoji*)



What are you excited for?

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D


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 ...