WWW Wednesday #3 (April 22)

WWW Wednesday has come once again! (Press here for last week’s WWW Wednesday.) I’m going to have to make this a quick post, since I have a book I need to get to. 😉 Let’s get started!

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick.

Finale_bookcover

What did you recently finish reading?

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick, as well as Flash Point by Nancy Kress and Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout (reviews coming soon, hopefully!). Most recently (this afternoon, for that matter) I finished Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. (Check out teasers from Pride and Prejudice here!) 🙂

What do you think you’ll read next?

Well, I’m moving along with the books I’ve chosen for the 2015 Popsugar Challenge, and I’ve decided to read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (‘A book written by an author under 30’) and/or re-read The DUFF by Kody Keplinger (‘A book set in high school’), as well as Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (‘A funny book’). 🙂

What are your WWW answers? Be sure to comment your thoughts or link your post!

Happy Wednesday!

-A

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick | Book Review

(Hush Hush Saga #3)

Published: October 4th 2011

Synopsis:

WHEN SILENCE IS ALL THAT’S LEFT, CAN THE TRUTH FINALLY BE HEARD?

Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.


My Rating: 4.5 Stars 4.5/5 (Amazing)

Book Information

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genre(s): Young-adult Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 448

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 1442426640


Hey there everyone! I’m back with a review on Silence, the third book in the Hush Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick! (If you need a refresher on the previous books, check out my review on Hush Hush and Crescendo!) No need in delaying, so let’s get started.

I will commence by saying I enjoyed this novel more than the other two (which you can guess if you remember my previous ratings on the first two books was 4 stars). The plot was better in my opinion, stronger somehow, and the characters much improved. The writing style was amazing as usual, mysterious, romantic, fast-paced, all the necessary moods for each scene.

So, Silence starts off from where Crescendo ended, right in the middle of action. Nora finds herself in a cemetary, and has no recollection of how she got there or what happened to her. She can’t remember the past months of her life, and worse, she can’t remember Patch. Her friends and family are happy to have her home, but don’t contribute much to help her remember the past. Nora has to puts things back together, and as she does so throughout the book, she’s back in the middle of a dangerous world of fallen angels and Nephilim.

The plot, like I mentioned above, was better in this book. Everything was just as interesting as the previous two books, except this time there’s the added mystery that Nora has to face. And although we know about the paranormal world, we’re still pulled along as Nora pieces everything together herself. I wasn’t able to put down this book until Nora figured out the truth (everything unravels at the end, and it is amazing!). The only reason it took me longer than usual to read this was because I had previous commitments and homework to finish up. :/ Overall, the plot was awesome, filled with suspenseful questions, thrilling action, and a mix of a fast and slow-paced storyline (which kind of evened out everything nicely.)

As for characters, I have to say I enjoyed Nora much more in this book! In a way, the ‘amnesia’ she gets actually does some good here, since as a result, Nora shed her old skin to become stronger, and more smarter. Remember when I mentioned how the main thing that annoyed me about her was her stupid decisions? Well, there are a few moments that could qualify, but they were less annoying, and had a more justified reason behind it. I also appreciated how Nora’s jealousy was kept to a minimum. Unlike before, her jealousy didn’t control her, which is another show of how she became stronger in this book.

Patch is in this book (obviously, how could he not be?) and he’s just as hot and interesting as he was before. We see a more caring side of him as well, which literally just made my heart melt. ❤ His caring for Nora so much was just so sweet! While I may have doubted him in the other book, this time I was (mostly) sure what side he was on, but there were a couple of moments where Nora’s flashes of doubt hit me as well.

As for secondary characters, particularily Vee, I have to say I both liked and disliked her in this book. In the first book, I did not like her at all, in the second book I liked her, but now I’m at the middle. What really bothered me about her this time was how she didn’t really help Nora in her quest to remember. She omitted several things several times, and her aversion to Patch annoyed me, even though a part of me understands it, on some kind of level. Either way, she was okay, but I’d say my rating of her just went down, unfortunately.

Lastly, the writing style. Like in the previous books, the writing style varied depending on the mood of the story, and it always kept me anticipating the next move. Fitzpatrick did a great job of creating conflict, and while some parts were a bit predictable, I was still completely absorbed into the book.

Overall, Silence was an amazing read. The plot was improved, although you need to have a bit of patience since Nora spends a lot of time trying to overcome her missing memory obstacle. Afterwards, when she really starts getting warm and the book reaches its climax, it’s awesome. The characters, or more specifically, Nora, became much better, and the writing style was perfect for the mood of the story.

The book also ends on a cliffhanger that got me speeding to the next book, Finale, in a heartbeat. I recommend this to people who’ve read and enjoyed the first two books in the Hush, Hush series, obviously, as well as people who enjoy paranormal romance involving fallen angels and Nephilim. (In which case you should start with the first book in the series.)

Don’t forget to check out the book trailer for Silence below!

Stay tuned for the Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick meal, which hopefully will be coming soon after I finish it. 🙂

Stay Silent 😉 , and go eat!!

-A

Top 10 Tuesday #3 (April 21): Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

The time has come for another Top 10 Tuesday! This week’s theme is All-time favourite authors! This REALLY kills me and I just can’t decide so I’m going to narrow it down to authors in the Paranormal/Fantasy genre or Dystopia, mostly YA. (Press the images for a better, larger view of the pictures.)

As usual, in no particular order:

1. J.K. Rowling

Two words: Harry. Potter. ❤ There really isn’t much more to say other than that. Harry Potter was a thrilling ride that I loved, forever captivating me in the wizarding world.

2. Jennifer L. Armentrout

I love Jennifer Armebtrout’s writing! There’s always an awesome plot, with steamy romance and humorous charters which just makes me want to read her stuff more and more. These are only some of her works:

3. Cassandra Clare

She’s another author who’s writing I love. Her character are always alive and useful, and the world she’s created is amazing. Shadowhunters rule! I loved The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, can’t wait ’till The Dark Artifices trilogy comes out! ❤

4. Marie Lu

I’ve read only Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy (although I’m planning on reading Her book The Young Elites as well) but her books have captivated me enough to put her on this list. If you haven’t already, you should definitely read Legend!

5. Meg Cabot

You probably heard of this author through The Princess Diaries, but she has several other works that ultimately made Meg Cabot one of my favorite authors. I enjoyed The Princess Diaires series, however I prefer The Mediator series. I also really enjoyed her Airhead trilogy. Her Heather Wells series was quite enjoyable, as well as her stand-alone novels Pants on Fire and Teen Idol. I have yet to start her Queen of Babble trilogy. I’m looking forward to getting to it! 🙂

6. Suzanne Collins

How could I not put the author of The Hunger Games on this list? The Hunger Games was awesome and one of the few movie adaptations other than HP done well. 🙂

7. Rick Riordan

I loved Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, as well as The Heroes of Olympus series! I also enjoyed his Kane Chronicles trilogy as well! They were all fast-paced, adventurous, and best of all, involved mythology! I can’t wait for the first book in Riordan’s newest series, Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard, which is named The Sword of Summer. 🙂

8. Richelle Mead

I’ve read a lot of vampire-themed books, but Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy is the one most worth mentioning for this list. Richelle Mead’s writing is captivating, and I love her Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series (what I’ve read of Bloodlines series, anyway.) Looking forward to reading her other series! Check out my reviews on the first two books of the VA series HERE and HERE. Definitely one of my favorite authors!

9. Kiera Cass

I loved Kiera Cass’s Selection series! Made for a sweet, romance with touches of dystopia flavoring, and an awesome read. Her books were all very well-written. Looking forward to The Heir!

10. C.C Hunter

C.C Hunter is a wonderful author who I feel is quite unrecognized. I have read all the books released in her two series; Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark, and I loved both of them! I definitely recommend her works, one of my favorite authors!

There are so many other authors I would love to put on the list, but alas, I must stop there. A few honorable mentions go to: Jane Austen (even though she isn’t a YA fantasy, paranormal or dystopia author), John Green, Veronica Roth, Marissa Meyer, Colleen Houck and Becca Fitzpatrick. They are very good writers and definitely should be recognized.

Anyway, that concludes this list! I don’t know how I would ever have stopped if I did a list on all-time favorite authors! 🙂 So what are your Top 10 All-time favorite authors? Or if you’re like me, All-time favorite authors of YA fantasy, paranormal, etc.? Comment your thoughts below! Or if you participate in this meme, post your link so I can come check it out!

Happy listing!

-A

P.S. For some more Book Snacks Fun, check out this week’s Teaser Tuesday!

Help! (Part 2) Book Suggestions!

Hey there, this is just a quick post about the 2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge which I recently started. First of all, a huge thanks to the bloggers who cleared my confusion and contributed to having most of the spots on my list filled:

You guys helped a lot, and I hope you know that! ❤ If you already haven’t, check out the blogs of these amazing people! You won’t regret it.

Secondly, there are still a few spots that are still empty and are up for any of your suggestions! I posted a page with the list of books that you can check out HERE. Please check it out and comment your book suggestions thoughts either on that page or this post! I’d love to hear from you.

Oh, and a quick question: For ‘A book based entirely on its cover’ does that imply about how I chose to read it because its cover appealed to me? Or does it mean that we choose a book whose story is based on the cover, if there’s even such book like that (if anything it would be the cover based on the book…)?

Thank you! ❤

-A

Teaser Tuesday #2 (April 21): Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Hey everyone! The time has come for my second Teaser Tuesday up to date, a meme hosted by MizB @ A Daily Rhythm. It’s lots of fun so feel free to join in!

What to do:

Grab your current readPride and Prejudice_bookcover
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
Be careful not to include spoilers (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesdays participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I will soon start reading another book for the Popsugar challenge, but currently I’m reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (for ‘A Classic Romance’). I love this book, and I had it on my To Be Re-Read List anyway, so I’m glad this challenge sped up the process.

Anyway, here are my two teasers!

Teaser 1:

“Oh! I am not afraid of her dying. People do not die of little trifling colds. She will be taken good care of. As long as she styas there, it is all very well. I would go and see her if I could have the carriage.”

Elizabeth, feeling really anxious, was determined to go see her, though the carriage was not to be had; and as she was no horsewoman, walking was her only alternative. She declared her resolution.

“How can you be so silly,” cried her mother, “as to think of such a thing, in all this dirt! You will not be fit to be seen when you get there.”

“I shall be very fit to see Jane—which is all I want.”

-Chapter 7, Pride and Prejudice

Teaser 2:

“In Meryton they parted; the two youngest repaired to the lodgings of one of the officers’ wives, and Elizabeth continues her walk alone, crossing field after field at a quick pace, jumping over stiles and springing over puddles with impatient activity, and finding herself at last within view of the house, with weary ankles, dirty stockings, and a face glowing with the warmth of exercise.”

-Chapter 7, Pride and Prejudice

That’s it for this week’s Teaser Tuesday! Coming soon: Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Favorite Authors!

Happy eating!

-A

 

Book News | The Mortal Instruments TV Show + Jace Casting

I wasn’t planning on posting today, but this recent news I found out about compels me to. If you haven’t guessed from the title of this post, the recent news in question is about The Mortal Instruments TV show!

Yep, you heard me!

Cassandra Clare’s worldwide best-selling YA series The Mortal Instruments has been picked up by ABC Family to be turned into a TV show.

Totally me at this moment! 🙂

Since the City of Bones movie was a disappointment in comparison with the book, I am super excited to see how the producers will be filming the show (which is being named ‘Shadowhunters’). I mean, the movie was okay, but it didn’t do the book justice at all.

There has not been much casting information yet except for the male lead of Jace Wayland: it will be played by Dominic Sherwood, previously seen in the film production of Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters based on the book by Richelle Mead. Previous Mortal Instruments stars Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell-Bower do not seem to be returning for the TV show, presumedly because ‘Shadowhunters’ is to have a clean slate and distance itself a bit from the box-office flop movie released in 2013.

For more information about production, etc. press HERE.

I for one, am looking forward to seeing how the show will hit off! I really hope this time the producers will stick more to the books! I’m fine with a bit of tweaking here and there, but to change it up a lot results in a flop, and I do hope they realize that.

So, are you excited for this show, or do you think it’s not worth your time? What do you think about Dominic Sherwood playing Jace? Comment below! I’d love to hear from you. ❤

-A

Tiger’s Promise by Colleen Houck | Book Review

(Tiger’s Saga #0.5)

Published: June 1st 2014

Synopsis:

Before the curse, there was a promise. A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.

Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father’s threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she’s willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.


My rating: 5 stars 5/5 (Outstanding)Tiger's Promise_bookcover

Book Information

Publisher: CreateSpace

Genre(s): Young-adult Fantasy Romance

Page Count: 120

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 1499104987


 Used for the Popsugar challenge: A book set in a different country

My reading for the Popsugar Reading Challenge has begun! So, one of the requirements for the challenge is ‘A book set in a different country’. The book, or more accurately, the novella I’ve chosen for this one is Tiger’s Promise by Colleen Houck. Thanks to the wonderful bloggers who answered my questions surrounding novellas and re-reads! I wasn’t sure whether novellas or re-reads count, but I am now assured they do. 🙂 Read More »

Help! I have questions!

Hi everyone! I officially started the 2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge! Yay! 🙂

When it comes to these type of things, I like to have things ready in advanced, so I’ve been trying to come up with books that apply to the requirements. I’ll be soon posting my choices. But first, I need your help! (Yes, I know that sounded like Dora the Explorer :))

I have a few questions that I’m hoping you, my fellow bloggers, will be able to answer! They are the following:

1. If there’s a novella that fulfills a requirement, does that count? Or does it have to be an actual book?

2. Do the books I read for the challenge have to be books I’ve never read, or are re-reads eligible?

3. For ‘A book that takes place in your hometown’ does the word hometown in that context refer to the town you were born in, or the town you were raised in? I searched Google, but I’m still at confusion. 🙂

4. I just finished re-reading Stone Cold Touch today, which applies for ‘A book with a love triangle’. Would this book count, although I started it a couple of days before I officially decided to commence this challenge? (This also relates to the second question, as this is not the first time I read this book.)

5. For ‘A book that made you cry’ I need recommendations! I basically NEVER cry while reading books, no matter how sad the scene is! And it’s not because I’m a cruel or heartless person, I swear. I love books and the characters like almost nothing else, but I rarely ever cry. I’ll be feeling heartbroken and everything, but I’m just not able to cry. The one time I had a couple of tears was reading Tiger’s Destiny by Colleen Houck! So please, I really need recommendations!!!

If you have answers to these questions, please comment below! I would greatly appreciate it!

-A

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick | Book Review

(Hush, Hush #2)

Published: October 19th 2010

Synopsis:

Nora Grey’s life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn’t pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He’s more elusive than ever (if that’s possible) and what’s worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora’s archenemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn’t been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him – despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.

If that weren’t enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything – and everyone – she trusts.


My Rating: 4 stars 4/5 (Really Good)

Book Information

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre(s): Young-adult Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 427

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 1416989439


 

Hey there! I recently finished Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick, (like I mentioned Thursday) the second book to Hush, Hush and I just had to write a review. So here I go!

First off, I just want to say that even though I’m rating this the same as the first book, I enjoyed this one more, it was really good. So don’t be hesitating by my rating, because 4 stars is actually an awesome rating. (If you check out my Rating System, you’ll see that most of the books rated 4 stars achieve the ‘favorite’ status.) I would say I had reasonable expectations, considering my rating and reading experience of Hush Hush, and my expectations have definitely been met, and left me quite satisfied. (Although I was unhappy at first because of the killer cliffhanger! ;))Read More »

Exploring My Bookshelves #1 (April 17)

Hi, me again! (Duh, who else?) 🙂 Like I mentioned in my New Memes post, I will be starting 2 new memes here at Book Snacks, and one of them is Exploring My Bookshelves, hosted by Victoria @ Addlepates and Book Nerds every Friday (along with Friday Finds). Please check out her blog, ’cause it’s awesome! 😉

Let’s get started!

Rules:

1. Post a picture of our bookshelves (preferably literal, but e-book shelves work too)

2. Follow the theme/question about the books on our shelf that Victoria will have set out for us for that week. (Eg. favourite author, cover, etc.)

3. Include the cover and what we thought of it (if it’s read).

4. Link our post!


Like mentioned above, a picture of an actual bookshelf if preferred, however I will be posting my Kobo e-book shelves instead.

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This week’s requirement is Something set somewhere very different to where you live. 🙂

There are so many books I could choose for this (Harry Potter, anyone?), but I’ll go with the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. This was an amazing trilogy, and if you read my reviews on the first two novels, you know my thoughts on it. The Legend trilogy is a dystopia, set in a futuristic United States; the Republic. Everything is turned upside down when golden prodigy June Iparis and notorious criminal Day have to work together to save their country–and their people.

Legend trilogy by Marie Lu

So that’s it for this week’s Exploring My Bookshelves! If you participate in this meme, or even if you don’t, I’d love to read your answer for this week’s Exploring My Bookshelves! So please, link your post so I can check it out, or comment below! 🙂

Keep exploring!

-A

Recent Updates: New meme!

I know, I know. Another meme? Why? I have no idea. I already have tons! But just for some extra fun I decided I want to add more memes. I probably will abandon some anyway when my work starts piling really high, but for now, I’ll manage. 🙂

So one of them is a popular one I’ve noticed; Exploring My Bookshelves hosted by Victoria @ Addlepates & Book Nerds.

For this meme, we have to:

1. Post a picture of our bookshelves (preferably literal, but e-book shelves work too)

2. Follow the theme/question about the books on our shelf that Victoria will have set out for us for that week. (Eg. favorite author, cover, etc.)

3. Include the cover and what we thought of it (if it’s read).

4. Link our post!

So, the themes/questions set are:

17th April: something set somewhere very different to where you live

24th April: characters you want to bring to life

1st May: your most borrowed book

8th May: your least borrowed book (or one you couldn’t bear to trust others with)

This seemed lots of fun, so I decided to do it! Post coming soon!


So, that’s it for this time, Book Snackers! I’ll be posting my first Exploring My Bookshelves post soon, so keep an eye out for that! 😉

See you next time!

-A

Friday Finds #2 (April 17)

The time has come for another Friday Finds! Friday Finds is a meme hosted by MizB @ A Daily Rhythm, where we simply showcase recent books we’ve ‘found’, basically books we’ve recently added to our TBR list.

All book titles are linked to their Goodreads page.

There’s several more, but these are the first ones that came to mind. If I continued the list we’d be here a while, so I’ll leave it at this. What have you recently added to your TBR list? If you participate in this meme, I’d love to read your answers. Just link your most recent Friday Finds post in the comments below! If you don’t participate in this meme, I’d still love to hear from you, so please, comment your thoughts below.

Hope you have a wonderful day! (#TGIF)

-A

That’s What HE Said Thursday #2 (April 16)

Hey there, I’m back with another TWHST post (a meme hosted by Chapter Break)! Last week I featured a swoon-worthy quote by Roth from White Hot Kiss, and while I’d love to do another one by him (he’s just awesome, what can I say?) I’ve chosen another swoon-worthy quote, this time from Crescendo, the second book of Hush Hush which I recently finished. 🙂

“Being with you never felt wrong. It’s the one thing I did right.”

-Patch, Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Press image for full and clear view.

There are so many other romantic quotes I could put in, but I’ll go with this one. Simple, but totally swoon-worthy! ❤

So what do you think? Swoon-worthy? If you’ve read Hush, Hush or this book, be sure to comment your thoughts on Patch Cipriano, or the book in general. I’d love to hear from you! If you haven’t read this, and are interested, then go eat it now! I’ll be here when you get back. 😉

So that’s it for this week’s That’s What He Said Thursday! 🙂

Happy eating!

-A

WWW Wednesday #2 (April 15)

Hey there! The time has come for another WWW Wednesday! Let’s get started!

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading The Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin and Cinder by Marissa Meyer. (Check out teasers from these books HERE!)

What did you recently finish reading?

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick, the second installment in the Hush, Hush Saga. Its review will be coming soon, hopefully! I also finished Tiger’s Destiny (Tiger’s Curse #4). Read More »