Sunday, May 29, 2016

ARC Review||| Elementals 2: The Blood of Hydra by: Michelle Madow

The Blood of Hydra by: Michelle Madow

Series: Elementals #2

Page Count: --

Published: April 18th, 2016

Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing

Thank you to Netgalley/Dreamscape Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

"A demigod who can kill with a touch. It's an ability that must be kept secret, even from those trusted most.

Finding out that she was a witch was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. No one can know her secret -- not even Blake, who she's had undeniable chemistry with since first moving to town.

Now Nicole, Blake, and the three others with elemental powers must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. The creatures they face on this journey will be more dangerous than anything they've encountered yet. Will they all survive the quest? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in front of everyone, revealing the true darkness of her powers?

Find out in The Blood of the Hydra, and join the Elementals on their quest to save the world -- or die trying.

Something I've really enjoyed about this series so far is that the books are super easy reads. It takes me a little bit to get into Michelle's writing but once I'm into it the story goes super fast. (The Blood of Hydra was no exception.) 

The group of characters we all love joins us once again in another epic journey in book 2 of the series. For the most part, what I feel for the characters is pretty positive. Though I did have a few problems with Nicole. 
For most of the book she was apologizing for anything and everything. I wish I could have reached into the book just to give her a little shake and to tell her "IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT" I hope that as the series progresses she develops and becomes a little more unapologetic.

For the most part I was satisfied with the pacing of the romance. I liked that there wasn't anything official going on until after the Elementals had done what needed to be done. 
(Sometimes stories are just better when the romance isn't in your face 24/7.)

I was overall satisfied with the pacing of the story. As well as how the story concluded. I'm definitely interested to see the direction book 3 takes.

But why only 3.5 stars?

Well, there were some aspects of the story that I found to be... strange. I had a hard time believing that "the Head Elder of Greece" in all her glory would contact everyone using Skype. (I don't know why the use of Skype bothered me so much.. but it did xD)
The main reason why I marked the book down was that I wasn't entirely captivated throughout the story. Once I got to the 90% mark on my Kindle I was just kind of done with the story. (It held my interest for a pretty limited amount of time.)

Overall, if you enjoyed book 1 of the series I think you would find enjoyment in the sequel.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy Greek myths and light, easy fantasy/mythological reads

Read if you've enjoyed Percy Jackson and the Olympians

I also created a Pinterest board for the series recently! I'll be adding to it as I continue on with the series. View it here!

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!

Friday, May 27, 2016

ARC Review||| Flawed by: Cecilia Ahern

Flawed by: Cecilia Ahern

Series: (Flawed #1)

Page Count: 336

Published: April 5th, 2016

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Thank you to the Publisher and Netgalley for allowing me early access to this title in exchange for an honest review.

"You will be punished…

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything."

Flawed is a dystopian YA, which is partly why I was drawn to it. When I first started Flawed I hadn't read a dystopian since *shudders* Allegiant. But I have a lot of thoughts on Allegiant that we won't delve into. Anyways...
I've been trying to mix up the genres I'm reading and I don't usually read dystopian. So when I saw Flawed I thought, "Why not?!"
I ended up reading the book VERY slowly. Was it terrible? Absolutely not! I just didn't think that it was very... gripping. 
A positive was definitely that I did like how the book starts out by giving the reader very little information. There's only a few lines in chapter one but they make you want to keep reading, since they don't give you much info. (Shady introductions are my everything in books.)
My first impression of Celestine, our MC, was that she's stuck up. I couldn't really connect with her since we aren't similar at all and my overall opinions of her throughout the book never really changed. Later on she's supposed to be viewed as selfless, or at least that's what I was getting, but my view of her never really changed. There were parts where I felt absolutely horrible for her, though. People are extremely prejudiced against her.

They're prejudiced against her because she helped an old man sit down on the bus. A DYING OLD ELDERLY MAN. You'll have to read to book to fully understand the situation but can we just think about this for a moment. *sigh* Society.

Overall Celestine really wasn't my favorite character. But I'm hoping that in follow up books she develops as a character because I could see myself liking her more so in future books.

My main problem with the book was the story, not so much the characters. Not that much happened in the book. I didn't find myself yearning to read more and while reading I just kind of felt... meh. Though I do have to admit that it made me feel the feels. But I didn't even feel much of anything towards the characters and their personal struggles. I felt the feels because I was thinking on societal standards in the book and in our present day society. (Because that's what you do when reading dystopian obviously.)
It didn't feel very action packed, but then again maybe I just didn't read the book at the right time. 
Overall I did enjoy reading the book but it didn't feel like anything special.


"Everything has been given a soul in advertising. Yet the soul is being taken away from people. Humanizing objects, dehumanizing people."

I would recommend this book to people who really love dystopian OR to people who want to ponder on society's ideals.

Read if you've enjoyed dystopian books...?
(Yes read if you've enjoyed dystopian in the past.)

Pssst! I made a Pinterest board for the book! You can view it here!

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Pet Peeves of a Bookstagrammer

You know those things people do on Bookstagram that make you go... why?! Well, let's discuss them!

I asked fellow Bookstagrammers on Twitter what their biggest pet peeves were when it came to Bookstagram. There were a few things that were unanimous and other things that I hadn't even thought.

Without further ado let's get into it!

There was a pretty unanimous response when it came to "F4f" and "S4S." They're unwanted.

As you can see there was a TON of people who were against S4S and F4F. My personal thoughts?
I don't think F4F are horrible if you're just starting out. (And I mean JUST starting out.) If you decide to do F4F, though, try to only comment F4F on accounts who also comment F4F. 
Personally, if you comment F4f on my account it's guaranteed that I will not follow you. Just because I'm annoyed by the comment xD

I definitely agree with this one. When people ask questions that could have been answered by the caption it's a tell-tale sign that they didn't actually read the caption. (Which isn't good.)

Guys. Please don't comment one word comments. I know that most Bookstagrammers like to comment back and if you say ''nice" we can't really do that. Plus, it makes you look spam-y, like Ali said.

I will definitely think you're just a spam account if you do this. It's SUPER annoying and I feel like I need to read the word with the hashtag in front of it. #I like to read #books translates to: Hashtag I like to read hashtag books. You get my point?

Not having a constant editing routine is a big no-no in my book. It makes your feed look cluttered, dark, and unpleasant just in general. Though I do have to agree with Nova....

Your feed is what determines whether or not someone will follow you (usually.) If your pictures aren't exciting and they all look similar, then that can be a huge turn off. Make sure your changing up how you're taking the photo's, while editing all the pictures the same way of course.

People will often ask me if they should go out and buy props for their photos. My response? You really do not need to. Simplistic pictures can be just as fantastic as pictures with props. Photo's with a huge amount of props, in my opinion, aren't as appealing to look at.

What are some of your bookstagram pet peeves?

Thanks for reading and have a lovely 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...