Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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 post! I do these posts pretty infrequently but today seemed like a good TTT day so... here we are! I'm getting a little crazy today and I'm only listing five things (I KnOW I'm suCH a ReBeL.)

Today's topic is: 
"Top Ten Things that will make me instantly want to NOT read a book."

Without any further ado let's get into the list!



Reviewers are saying the book is problematic

This is my number one no no. I'm not someone who needs to "read and find out for myself." There are so many good books out there and I don't have time to read discriminatory or harmful writing just for the hell of it.


I get Déjà vu reading the synopsis

How unique a book sounds is super important to me when I'm adding books to my tbr. If the premise of the book is similar to something I've read before then I'm wayyyyyyyy less likely to pick it up.



The book's dystopian

Okay, okay, I'll admit. This isn't ALWAYS a turn-off for me. However, most dystopian's have similar premises (which isn't always my favorite thing in the world.)


I hear from a majority of people that the series finale is AWFUL

*cough* REQUIEM *cough*
How a series ends is huge for me and if a large majority are saying that they absolutely hated the series finale... well... bye bye books. 


The author of the book isn't someone worth supporting

I don't have anyone in particular in mind but how an author treats their readers will make me want to read (or not read) their book. If an author is a complete dirt-bag then that's a huge turn-off for me as a reader.



Do you agree with any of these?
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!



Sunday, April 23, 2017

ARC Review||| Blood Rose Rebellion by: Rosalyn Eves




*Thank you to the publisher/Netgalley for providing me with and ARC in exchange for my honest thoughts.

Good morning, lovelies! (or good afternoon depending on when you read this xD) I'm excited to talk about Blood Rose Rebellion with y'all because...
A) MAGIC
B) HUNGARY (!!!!)
and C) ... that's all I got ahaha sorry

Let's start out with some positives, shall we?

   I LOVED the fact that the majority of the book took place in Hungary. My family's Hungarian so it was wonderful to see Hungary be the setting of a YA novel. 
   The overall uniqueness of the story was another huge plus for me. Magic wielding being the main focus of a book isn't anything new. But Eves also incorporates different mythological stories into the book to create something entirely new. 

With that being said, let's get into some of the negatives. 

   Throughout the story I found myself... not caring. I didn't care about the characters or what may or may not happen to them. There were quite a few gruesome/sad scenes at the end of the novel and they didn't pull any emotion from me. (Which is saying a lot because I'm a big book cry baby xD) 
   I wasn't rooting for the romance because I didn't feel like the author really gave me a reason to. (If that makes sense.)
SPEAKING OF ROMANCE...
  The thing going on between Anna and Matyas was just TERRIBLE. Basically, Anna's attracted to Matyas. Nothing wrong with that, right? Except Matyas is HER COUSIN. There are 416 pages in this book and two of those pages contain Anna and Matyas making out. Which, if you ask me, is two pages too many. (I had to get that out of my system since no one else seemed to be talking about it.)

  The downfall of this book, for me, was the character relationships. The book never had me emotionally invested in any of the characters thus I didn't care what became of them. 

Overall, I thought the book was okay. It could have been amazing if the characters were written better. 


"People can be many things, not all of them expected."


Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Five Authors Who are Instagram GOALS


I'm a huge Instagram lover (except when it comes to the algorithm then I have a problem xD) 
.... and since I've spent so much much time on Instagram I've started to notice something. Author feeds are EVERYTHING. Don't know what I mean? Well, I'll just have to show you...




The first author that came to mind was E.J. Mellow. Her pictures are bright and aesthetically pleasing and JUST. SO. GORGEOUS.







I'd like to take a quick moment to tell you to read Wintersong!!! It's such a good book just do itttt. 
JJ's posts are beautiful and relatable. She also loves seals (!!!!) and she's an adorable human just in general.








Emily is another adorable human with a hella aesthetic feed.
*Whispers* Only a few more weeks until A Million Junes releases!!!





Sophia posts some gorgeous reposts of her books as well as some novel aesthetics. (Y'all know I'm always up for novel aesthetics!) I absolutely adore her warm-toned feed =D




I know you're probably tired of hearing "aesthetic" but OHMYGOODNESS JUST LOOK. Sarah's feed is SO. DANG. AESTHETIC.



I hope y'all aren't tired of my Instagram fangirling just yet xD

What are some of your favorite author Instagram's? 
(I'd also love it if you'd recommend me one of your favorite recent-reads in the comments!)

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bookcitement||| April ~Slay Me~ Releases


Who's pumped for this month's new releases?! 
........ I sure am!!!

I couldn't find a ton of YA releases to include in today's post... but that's fine! I'm trés excited for the ones that I'll be sharing with you today.





Toward a Secret Sky by: Heather Maclean

I haven't heard anyone talk about this book! It takes place in Scotland (YESSSSSSS) and it's a thriller...? I'm not really sure how to explain it but I recommend checking out the synopsis!
Plus the cover is GORGEOUS.


Defy the Stars  by: Claudia Gray

*Whispers* I love the cover of this one too...
Planets, robots, revolutions, OH MY. I'm not huge on sci-fi but this one looks interesting! 


Letters to the Lost by: Brigid Kemmerer

Okay, so I love all of the covers for this month's releases xD
Letters to the Lost looks super sad and I'm scared to look more into it. But at the same time...


.... Bring the feels. 

Side note: THIS GIF I'M CRYING


Perfect by: Cecelia Ahern

I read Flawed by: Cecelia Ahern last year and I'm excited to see what happens in the sequel. Things got INTENSE y'all...




Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by: Melissa De La Cruz

HELPLESSSS I LOOK INTO YOUR EYES AND THE SKIES THE LIMIT I AM HELPLESSSSSS ahaha I'll stop. (I'm also slightly offended if you didn't sing just then xD)
I'm excited to see Melissa's take on Alex and Eliza's story!


Given to the Sea by: Mindy McGinnis

The synopsis and the cover both intrigue me! Though, I was looking through reviews and I found a review from Nastassja where she shares a quote from the book...


.... I'm still cackling. It that bad? I feel like that's bad.... xD


Blacksouls by: Nicole Castroman

I'm SOOOO ready for this book. GUYS. READ. BLACKHEARTS. DO. IT. Then we can flail around about Blacksouls together.


The Upside of Unrequited by: Becky Albertalli


I'M....So.... EXciTED... I... CaN'T... asdfghjkl





... and that's a wrap! I'm excited for all of these books and I can't wait to hear what y'all think of them when you get your hands on them! Make sure to let me know if I missed any April releases you're excited for. (Y'all know I'm always struggling ahaha.)



Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!


Friday, March 31, 2017

March||| A Month in Review


Hello again friends!

Before I get into March things I'd like to quickly give y'all an update. You might be able to tell but.... I screwed my blog up xD  I thought I wanted to try a new template, and I liked the template at first, but I couldn't edit it or personalize it. 
.... and because I'm me I didn't save my previous template. Thus my blog looks different. But I've finally gotten Disqus back (THANK GOODNESS) and I sincerely apologize if you've commented in the past week and I haven't replied. Blogger got rid of your comment ☹
I'm striving to make my blog even better than it used to be and I thank you for your patience (since I'm on ThE sTrUGgle bUS lmao.)

Without any further ado... let's get into the struggle that was March 2017!



Soooo I only read 2 books this month; one I started in February. I had some finals along with a plethora of other tests this month and reading seemed like a chore. I feel like when reading becomes work you shouldn't be reading. :/


Ratings:

  • The Bone Witch: 4 Stars
  • Summer of Sloane: 3 Stars


I have full reviews of both of these books! Summer of Sloane Review ⇢ The Bone Witch Review






I actually got Milk & Honey last month buuut it's in the picture anyway haha.



The books pictured:


I was absolutely ecstatic to be contacted by a Bone Season Representative this month!  Thank you for the ARC Shae ♡




*I wasn't able to visit many blogs this month so I don't have a post of the month. I would love if you shared your favorite post in the comments!



My life this month? School. Buuut there were some good things that happened this month! I got an A on all of my finals (WHOOP! WHOOP!) 
I also just got back from seeing Beauty and the Beast! I adored the movie and I think all of the characters were cast perfectly. 
I also got my first order from The Melting Library this month! I've been eyeing bookish candles for the longest time and I'm so excited I finally got my hands on some!







If you want to check out these gorgeous candles then you can click here!


Speaking of exciting bookish candles... I got chosen as a rep this month! *INTERNAL SCREAMING*

The shop is Flattering Candles! Kelly is a lovely person and I highly recommend her candles ♡




*Whispers* My rep code is: Bookspiration10 for 10% off.


Thank you for reading my monthly ramblings and I hope you have an amazing April!
=D


Saturday, March 25, 2017

I'M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP: Book Edition


*WAVES*

It's been a while, my friends. But I'm back today to talk about one of my favorite things ever: Bookish Pictures. I've been super into taking pictures of les beaux livres lately; particularly title-page close ups. The picture's all look pretty similar (whoops xD) so I thought...
Why not share them on here AND recommend some diverse reads?
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE.
I'm also going to be recommending some Bookstagram accounts because, trust me, they're G O A L S.

Let's get into it!



City of Saints & Thieves by: Natalie C. Anderson is a murder mystery that takes place in Kenya; while I haven't picked it up yet I NEEEED to soon!








The Star-Touched Queen by: Roshani Chokshi is EVERYTHING. I'm so so so so so SO excited to read A Crown of Wishes!



The Hate U Give by: Angie Thomas is just... wow. It's a book for everyone and if you haven't picked it up then you must ASAP.



When the Moon was Ours by: Anna-Marie McLemore is another book I need to read asap. From what I can tell, it's going to be amazing. 

Now let's look at some Bookstagram's that are G O A L S.





Much like her candles, Raquel's pictures slay. I mean, are you seeing that Harry Potter picture?!?! OHmAGooDnESS.





Karina's feed is super aesthetically pleasing MY EYES CAN'T EVEN HANDLE.




I'm crying Ellie's feed is SO GORGEOUS. ASDFGHJKL.




*Whispers*

Anisha's feed is hella cute and I'M L I V I N G.


What are some of your favorite Bookstagram accounts?
Do you Bookstagram?
&
Have you read any of the books mentioned?


Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!


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 ...