I’m going on a vacation!

Hello my fellow bookish friends! I just wanted to let you guys all know that I’m going to be going on a family trip to Mont Tremblant and then Quebec this coming week! I’ll be leaving this Sunday (August 2nd), and am planned to be back next Saturday (August 8th). So what does this mean for the blog? Well, I’ll be bringing along my laptop with me (I think) and whenever I get the chance I’ll be doing my best to post! I do have my Top Ten Tuesday scheduled, but other than that, I can’t predict whether I’ll be able to do weekly memes. Sorry!

As for reviews, I will be trying my best to write up a couple, but I can’t guarantee anything much, other than a few blog tour reviews. However, I will be doing lots of reading (I will have a lot of time in the car!) while on the trip, so afterwards I will be having several reviews up. If I’m not too tired to write them up, that is. Here’s hoping!

Also, I will (hopefully) not disappear from the blogosphere; luckily I will have free Wifi in the hotel we’re staying at (Oh Wifi, how shall I ever live without thou!) and I will do my best to check out other blogs whenever I get the chance. But I might not be able to do so frequently, so do not be alarmed if you get a bunch of comments from me the following week instead. XD

So that’s it, folks! I hope you are all enjoying your summer! (Unless it’s winter or something for you, in which case, I hope you’re enjoying your current season.)

Analee 10

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2015 July Book Haul

Hello my bookish friends! On this lovely last day of July, I bring you my book haul for the month! I haven’t bought as many books this month, but I suppose I’m pretty happy with what I have; I bought 17 books, if I’m not missing any. And here they are.

Physical books (You may have seen some of these on my TTT list):

I also happen to have received a set of ARCs and finished copies from the lovely Lola. (Thank you so much!) You may have also seen some of these on one of my Friday Finds posts:

ebooks

I can’t remember the ebooks I bought this month, to be honest. I know I have these three:

But I can’t remember what other books I got and I can’t seem to bring myself to go see. Sorry. XD

Review Copies

Netgalley


So that’s all for my July haul! What books have you accumulated this month? Let me know in the comments below or link your haul post if you have one!

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Friday Finds #17 (July 31)

Hello! It’s time for another Friday Finds! This meme is hosted by A Daily Rhythm, where you feature the books you recently found and added to your TBR.

My finds for this week:

Free Agent_bookcover  The Girl From Everywhere_bookcover  Chameleon_bookcover

Free Agent                               The Girl From Everywhere     Chameleon
by J.C. Nelson                         by Heidi Heilig                          by K.T. Hanna

Lark Rising_bookcover  For Darkness Shows the Stars_bookcover  First and Then_bookcover

Lark Rising                            For Darkness Shows the Stars     First & Then
by Sandra Waugh                 by Diana Peterfreund                      by Emma Mills


What do you think of these finds? What books have you recently added to your TBR? Let me know in the comments below or link your post! Happy Friday, everyone!

Analee 10

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia | Book Review

(Stand-Alone)

Published: May 19th 2015

Synopsis:

Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook, and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.


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My Rating: 5 stars 5/5 (Outstanding)

Book Information

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, Young-Adult

Page Count: 448

Format: Hardcover


Hello! Today I have for you a review on Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. I absolutely fell in love with this book and the author, it was simply fantastic. The plot was full of unpredictable twists and throughout it all had such a cute romance! Not to mention the mental illness that the story revolved around. This is one of the few times I read a book with an unreliable narrator, and Francesca Zappia absolutely nailed it. I loved Alex, and Miles!! They were both so wonderful. No, actually, all the characters were great, and the writing style was wonderful. ❤ The praise is endless!

Quick Summary

Alex is schizophrenic. She hears things. Hallucinates. Every day she struggles to know what is real and what is made up. She’s determined to prove to her family and doctors that she’ll be able pass high school and get into college, and most of the time, it seems like she’s succeeding. But when you enter Miles into the picture, and a whole bunch of confusion between what’s real and what’s not, things get difficult. Alex was never normal. But is she ready to be?Read More »

2015 July Wrap-Up

Hello! July is rapidly coming to an end, can you believe it? It honestly felt like it passed in a blink of an eye. Here’s how this month has been for me!

Books I’ve read this month (Link to Goodreads): 

Books I’ve reviewed this month: 

Tags I did this month:

Book Blitzes:

Blog Tours

Award Posts:

Book News:

Top Ten Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

WWW Wednesday 

That’s What He Said Thursday

  • #12: July 2nd (Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier)
  • #13: July 9th (Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover)

Friday Finds

Exploring My Bookshelves

Other Posts I did:


So that’s how my July month went! It was pretty productive as far as my reading is concerned. How did your month go? (Bookish or otherwise.) Let me know in the comments below, or link your wrap-up post, if you have one. 🙂

Analee 10

Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid | Book Review

(Pretty Dark Nothing #1)

Published: April 23rd 2013

Synopsis:

It’s been twenty three days since Quinn has slept for more than minutes at a time. Demons have invaded her dreams, stalking her, and whispering of her death. The lack of sleep and crippling fear are ruining her life. Energy drinks and caffeine pills don’t make a dent. When Quinn dozes off in the school hallway, Aaron, an amnesiac with a psychic ability, accidentally enters her nightmare. The demons are determined to keep them apart, and Aaron from discovering the secret locked away in his memory. Together, they could banish the darkness back to the underworld for good. That is, unless the demons kill them first.


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My Rating: 3.5 stars 3.5/5 (Liked it)

Book Information

Publisher: Month9Books

Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Young-Adult

Page Count:

Format: ebook


Note: I received a free digital copy of this book for review purposes. This does not at all affect my opinion or review.

Hello! Today I have a review on Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid, an interesting YA paranormal romance. This book had several cliché elements, but I really liked the storyline of this book. The main character, while not likeable to everyone, is still a good character, albeit flawed.

Plot

“A creeping cold inched its way across her exposed skin, dotting her flesh with goose bumps. Something dark and sinister played against the dead weight of her sleeping body from the other side of the headboard. The wood shuddered and groaned as something evil reached out, searching for the portal that would open with a deep sleep. Quinn’s breath quickened with the thought of what was coming, but it was too late. She was helpless, already suspended in a state of horror between waking and dreaming and no energy left to fight.”

I really liked the whole idea of the plot. It was creative and unique and put a different spin on demons that I enjoyed. I wasn’t a huge fan of the love drama Quinn goes through in the midst of it all, but I did like the paranormal aspect of it. I mean, I have read other books with demons and it, and this book portrayed them with a ‘feeding on negativity‘ thing that I don’t see often in other books.

Characters

So starting off with Quinn, the main protagonist. I will admit, she isn’t a character I usually care for. I found her to be weak and annoying several times throughout the story, which may be even more intensified for some of you, if you really can’t stand these kind of characters. However, I did actually like her. Well, the word like might be too strong of a word, but I at least sympathized with her, and while I did not completely approve of her choices, I understood them. You see, if you looked at the story from a distance, Quinn seems needy, clingy, and obsessed with her ex, Jeff. In fact, these were my initial thoughts about her, but at a closer inspection, I understood her reluctance to let go, her need for someone to be there for her because no one else is. I understood why she did the things she did; it was out of her control and in the end, I couldn’t exactly blame her for that. She was flawed, but I didn’t find her to be bad because of those flaws, instead, they helped add depth to her character.

We also get the POV of the love interest, Aaron. While the addition of Jeff in the story technically makes him a second love interest, Jeff never really was a true love interest. Quinn thought she loved him (for a good chunk of the book, admittedly) but she realized afterwards she didn’t. Anyway, Aaron, I really liked; he was sweet and nice and definitely didn’t deserve what Quinn put him through. His dedication to Quinn despite it all is heartwarming, although kind of frustrating at times. But ultimately, I ship them.

Writing Style

“Within seconds, she hit the cold, hard earth, knocking the wind out of her. She gasped. The familiar smell of damp and decay warned of where the darkness had taken her.”

The writing style was interesting too. I especially looked forward the parts where the author was describing the scenes with the demons, because I liked the descriptions and the mood she created; mysterious and dark. It was often very suspenseful, and that’s what I think was the best part of the writing.

Overall…

I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a book with an interesting take on demons. There is a love triangle in this one, but it’s a more different kind of one, less prominent, I would say. Although the main character might be an issue for some, I really liked Quinn’s character, although she’s can be very uncertain and comes off as needy at times, there are other factors that add depth to her character. The writing style is great, very suspenseful and intriguing. If you’re a fan of paranormal romance, this is something you shouldn’t pass up!

Want a taste? It’s pretty dark, but it’s definitely not nothing! (Lol. [Bad] pun intended.)

Analee 10

WWW Wednesday #17 (July 29th)

Hello! It’s time for WWW Wednesday, a meme formerly hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading and now hosted by Sam @Taking on a World of Words. To play along, answer the three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

I am currently reading 2 books; (a record low for me these days) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes & Hide and Seek by Sara Shepard.

Recently Finished

I finished 6 books this past week:

So far I only have a review on Simon vs, [which you can check out here] but I will be posting a review on Made You Up later this week, along with a review on What You Left Behind. Hopefully. I’m still trying to sort out my thoughts on Yes, Please, so I can’t really guarantee a review on it yet. In any case, I did enjoy the majority of these, especially Simon vs., Made You Up and What You Left Behind.

Read Next

Wow, I can’t believe the number of contemporaries I’ve been reading lately! I must really get to some fantasy and paranormal reads, I’m missing out on so many of them! Lol.
I can’t wait to read The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, I read so many great reviews on it (like Summer’s one) and I really want to read it, along with Finding Audrey, I’ve heard great things about that one too. I’ve also heard good things about Your Voice is All I Hear and Until We Meet Again, and I got approved for them on Netgalley so I can’t wait to start them both! The last two books are books I will be reading as part of August read-alongs, I’m so excited to start them, especially readalong for The Wrath and the Dawn, which is being hosted by Bibliophile Gathering  .


So that’s it for this week’s WWW Wednesday! What have you been reading now, then and next? Let me know in the comments below or link your post! Happy Wednesday!

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Teaser Tuesday #16 (July 28th): Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Hello fellow bookworms! It’s Tuesday, so it’s time for another Teaser Tuesday! This meme is hosted by A Daily Rhythm. All you have to do to join in is:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) (I’m doing one) “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 TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


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This week I have for you a teaser from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, a touching story I’m really enjoying so far! I’ve actually been kind of neglecting the other book I’m currently reading, now that I think about it! Oh well.

“I hadn’t realized that music could unlock things in you, could transport you to somewhere even the composer hadn’t predicted. It left an imprint in the air around you, as if you carried its remnants with you when you went.”

-Me Before You (43%)

What do you think of this teaser? Have you read this book? Are you planning on reading this book? Let me know in the comments below!

Analee 10

Top Ten Tuesday #16 (July 28): Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

Hello bookworms! It’s time for a Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I absolutely love this week’s topic: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.)! Can you make a question any more perfect than this? Let’s get started!

1. Hermione from Harry Potter by J.K. RowlingHarry Potter series

“Books! And cleverness! There are more important things—friendship and bravery.”

This list would not be a list without Miss Hermione Granger! A smart witch and bookworm, Hermione is the perfect description of a book lover!

Fangirl_bookcover2. Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

“So you haven’t read the books.”
“I’m not really a book person.”
“That might be the most idiotic thing you ever said to me.”

Cath is an absolute fangirl about Simon Snow books and writes fanfiction! Definitely a total book nerd. One of the reasons I absolutely loved this book!

3. Katy from Lux series by Jennifer L. ArmentroutLux-Series

“I was always able to lose myself in reading. Books were a necessary escape I always gladly jumped into headfirst.”

I get you, Katy. I get you. Katy loves books—and blogs about them too! Hm, where does that seem familiar?

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4. Tessa & Will from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

“Only the very weak minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”

Yes, I know I’m cheating by putting both Will and Tessa, but they are a couple and all, and they both love books! I couldn’t separate the two of them. 😉

5. Celaena and Dorian from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass_bookcover

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

I absolutely loved how while Celaena is a kick-ass assassin, she’s also a total bookworm! And Dorian also loves books—he has a whole library of them with books that he offers to Celaena! So jealous. This list wouldn’t be complete without them!

Shatter Me series6.  Juliette & Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

“…and one wall is made up of nothing but bookshelves. Loaded with books. Bursting with books. Old books and new books and books with spines falling off.”

Juliette’s inner bookworm isn’t that obvious, but she did turn to words and writing in Shatter Me, in the asylum. They were her only escape. And Warner, loves to read! The litte teaser above is Juliette describing his office, seems like Warner is a bookworm! What do you make of that? 😉

7. Violet from All the Bright Places by Jennifer NivenAll the Bright Places_bookcover

“Writing is what I did best. Better than being a daughter or girlfriend or sister. Writing was me.”

Violet is a blogger passionate about writing! She definitely needs to be on the list!

Inkheart_bookcover8. Maggie from Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

“Books have to be heavy because the whole world’s inside them.”

Both Maggie and her father love books! Her father can bring characters out of a book by reading aloud, can you believe it?! I so want that power!! Can you imagine how perfect life would be if I could bring characters like Hermione and Cath and Simon to life? Or make all my book boyfriends come alive? Wait, on second thought, maybe not all of them… I wouldn’t want any deaths on my hands!

9. Matilda from Matilda by Roald DahlMatilda_bookcover

“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”

Matilda is one of the first bookworms I’ve come across in books, and she has definitely not been forgotten! Ever since I learned of her, I admired her courage and her unwavering love for books.

The Fault in Our Stars_bookcover10. Hazel & Gus from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

Both Hazel and Gus go total fangirl/fanboy on An Imperial Affliction, even going to Amsterdam to meet the author to know what happens to the characters. If that doesn’t qualify as booklover, I don’t know what does!


Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without some honourable mentions; Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Park from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, Alaska from Looking For Alaska by John Green, Klaus from The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket and Meira from Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch and Sydney Sage from the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead.

What do you say? Agree with this list? Disagree? Do we have any in common? Feel free to link your post, I’d love to see your lists! Let me know in the comments below! 

Analee 10

Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Release Week Blitz & Giveaway

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Book Details:

Title: Every Last Breath

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series Status: Dark Elements #3

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date: July 28th 2015

Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult


Synopsis:

Some loves will last ‘til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

“Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!”

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

“Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.”

–#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss

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And don’t miss the first titles in the Dark Elements Series!

BITTER SWEET LOVE

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | BAM | Kobo

WHITE HOT KISS

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | BAM | iBooks | IndieBound | Kobo

STONE COLD TOUCH

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 The Epic Finale in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s

Dark Elements Series…Who Will She Choose?

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Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Don’t miss the conclusion to this stunning Young Adult Paranormal series filled with danger and romance published by HarlequinTEEN.

Grab your copy today!

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | IndieBound | Kobo | BAM


EVERY LAST BREATH Excerpt

Roth cleared his throat. “Shortie, look…look at your hand.”

Look at my hand? Why in the world would he be asking me to do that in the midst of all the cray?

“Do it,” he said quietly and too gently.

The dread exploded in my gut like buckshot, and my gaze dropped to my left hand. I expected to see the weird marbling of black and gray, a mixture of the demon and Warden that existed inside of me and a combination I’d become almost familiar with by now. My nails had lengthened and sharpened, and I could tell they were hard enough to cut through steel, as hard as my skin, but my skin…it was still pink. Really pink.

“What the…?” My gaze traveled to my other hand. It was the same. Just pink. My wings twitched, reminding me that I had shifted.

Zayne swallowed. “Your…your wings…”

“What about my wings?” I almost screeched, reaching be‑ hind me. “Are they broken? Did they not come out—” The tips of my fingers came into contact with something as soft as silk. My hand jerked back. “What…”

Stacey’s watery eyes had doubled in size. “Um, Layla, there’s a mirror above the fireplace. I think you need to look in it.”

I met Roth’s gaze for a second before I spun around and all but ran to the fireplace I was sure Stacey’s mom had never used. Clutching the white mantel, I stared at my reflection.

I looked normal, like I did before I shifted…like I was going to class or something. My eyes were the palest shade of gray, a watered-down blue. My hair was so blond it was almost white, and a mess of waves that went in every direction like usual. I looked like a colorless china doll, which was nothing new, except for the two fangs jutting out of my mouth. I wouldn’t show them off at school, but that wasn’t what caught my attention and held it.

It was my wings.

They were large, not as massive as Zayne’s or Roth’s, and normally they were almost leathery in texture, but now they were black…black and feathered. Like legit feathered. That soft, silky thing I’d felt? It had been tiny feathers.

Feathers.

“Oh my God,” I whispered at my reflection. “I have feathers.”

“Those are definitely feathered wings,” Roth commented.

I whipped around, knocking over a lamp with my feathered right wing. “I have feathers on my wings!”

Roth cocked his head to the side. “Yeah, you do.”

He was absolutely no help, so I turned to Zayne. “Why do I have feathers on my wings?”

Zayne shook his head slowly. “I don’t know, Layla. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

“Liar,” hissed Roth, shooting him a dark look. “You’ve seen that before. So have I.”

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 About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

JLA_Author-photo#1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Novel Goodreads | Goodreads


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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | Book Review

(Stand-Alone)

Published: April 7th 2015

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


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My Rating: 5 stars 5/5 (Outstanding)

Book Information

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance (LGBTQ), Young-Adult

Page Count: 303

Formats I Own: Hardcover, ebook


Hello! Today I have a review on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, a fantastic book that you all must absolutely read! There has been so much hype around this book, and I’m so happy to say it’s worth it. This book was heartwarming, sweet and will simply keep you up until you finish it!

Quick Summary

From a distance, Simon Spier is a pretty normal teenager, except for a little detail; he’s a closet gay. And except for his secret email correspondant, Blue, no one knows it. Until another person (a guy named Martin) finds out, and screenshots Simon’s emails to Blue to use as blackmail. Now Simon has to help Martin get closer to the girl he likes, Abby, or Martin will expose the emails on the internet. Not only that, Simon faces several other obstacles, which in turn makes Simon’s world completely upside down.Read More »

The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak | ARC Book Review

(The Heartbreaker Chronicles #1)

Expected Publication: August 4th 2015

Synopsis:

Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.

Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?

But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?

Ali Novak wrote her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was just 15 years old, and has since penned her next book, The Heartbreakers. First a hit on the online community Wattpad, her second novel has over 38 million reads and is loved by readers around the world.


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My Rating: 4 stars 4/5 (Really Good)

Book Information

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Young-Adult

Page Count: 336

Format: ebook


Note: I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hello! Today I have for you a review on The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak. This book was amazing! I had to stay up late to finish this, it was that good. And I’m glad I did! This book is the perfect summer read, great to simply have fun, relax, and just get caught up in a cute romance.

Quick Summary

Stella would do anything for her sister, Cara, who is dying from cancer. Even standing in line for a signing from a world-famous band whose music Stella hates, The Heartbreakers, since her sister’s a die-hard fan. Stella had no idea when she met a cute guy in Starbucks that he was Oliver Perry, the lead singer of The Heartbreakers, and he had no idea that she was one of the only people who hated his music. As they get the chance to get to know eachother, Stella finds he’s not a bad guy. But how could Stella think of dating and spending time with Oliver when her sister is dying?Read More »

Summertime Madness Book Tag!

Hi there! I was tagged to do this tag by the lovely ladies @ Bibliophile Gathering, Taylor & Stephanie. I saw this tag around, and with the summer-y season here in Canada, this is perfect! Let’s get started!

Summertime Madness Book Tag

1. Show a book with a summery cover!

There are so many to choose for this one! But I’m going to go with:

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

This cover is totally summery! Just look at it! I happen to have also read this book (I loved it), if you want you can check it out here.

2.Pick one fictional place that would be the perfect destination for a summer vacation!

Huh! This one’s a hard one! But I think I’m going to have to go with what another blogger, Ashley, chose:

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

The Spring Court in Prythian would be a great summer vacation destination! It would be great to just relax and have fun there. Preferably with Feyre, Lucien and the rest of the ACOTAR crew. 😉

3.You’re about to go on a flight to your summer vacation. But you want to read a book that lasts for the whole flight, what novella do you choose?

I don’t know, to be honest. I don’t read many novellas. I suppose I’d probably go with a full-length novel like:

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 Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

I recently finished this book and it was amazing!! And it would be perfect for a plane trip. (Review coming soon!)

4. You have a case of summertime sadness what happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?

Ooh, this one is an easy one!

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This book immediately comes to mind (probably because it was a very recent read)! This book was just so amazing and this is perfect for making a smile appear! (I’ll be posting a review on it tomorrow, keep an eye out for that!)

5.You’re sitting at the beach all alone…which fictional character would be your beach babe?

Hmm… I’m going to try and pick someone from a book I haven’t used yet (sorry, Lucien & Rhysand!) so I suppose…any of the characters from my (if I do say so myself) awesome list of book boyfriends I made for the Secret Life of a Book Blogger tag. XD Fine, fine, specifics, specifics.
I suppose I might choose Leo, or Percy, both from the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, or Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, mostly because they’re all super funny and I think they would be great to have around on a beach to have fun!

6. To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional side kick do you pick?

Arg, this one’s a hard one! I think I’m going to choose…

Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan

7. Share the Summertime Happiness! Who do you TAG?

I don’t usually tag so many people in book tags, but I’m feeling the summery mood today, so… happy tagging! ❤

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Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley | Book Review

(Magonia #1)

Published: April 28th 2015

Synopsis:

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?


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My Rating: 3.5 stars 3.5/5 (Liked it)

Book Information

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre(s): Fantasy, Young-adult

Page Count: 320

Format I Own: Hardcover & ebook


Hello! Today I have a review on Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley. I finally read this book, as part of a Goodreads read-along (hosted by The Book Club of Opinionated Hufflepuffs). I finished this book pretty quickly, considering it was 320 pages, which I translate to: addictive! After reading it, I will admit that I was quite conflicted, but I’ve finally sorted out my thoughts to say that I liked it. In the end I would say this book deserves a solid 3.5 stars. And I’m so happy about that! This book seemed like such a book, and although it wasn’t quite what I expected, it was still enjoyable and I’m interested in seeing what the second book will be like.

Quick Summary

Aza was always going to die. She’s literally choking on thin air, and the doctors all predicted she would die. When Aza sees a ship in the sky, calling out to her, everyone thinks it’s simply a hallucination, except her best friend Jason. But then one day Aza wakes up, stronger than ever to find that she’s crucial to the survival of a whole new world—Magonia. Will Aza be able to let go of the people she loves on Earth to do what she need to do?Read More »

Intro | Book Snacks Babbles

Hello my fellow bookworms! I have for you an exciting announcement and intro (well, exciting for me, anyway) of a new blog series/feature I will be doing here on my blog: Book Snacks Babbles!

Where did this come from?

After reading Summer’s post about blogging for yourself and her intro to her new blog series, Summer Says, I really felt inspired to do something on my blog that will bring out the more creative side of me (even though I hardly consider myself creative). And so I decided to do a discussion feature, which I shall be naming, Book Snacks Babbles. Because that’s basically how all my opinions start out as; senseless babbles that I later on think more about. I think it really suits the blog and the whole point of the feature; to ‘babble’ or, discuss bookish topics. I had been thinking of doing a discussion feature for a while now, especially after Poulami’s Daydreaming Discussions monthly feature, & Josie’s Discussions Thursday mostly-weekly feature.

When?

Now, I’m still not sure when I’ll do these posts. I’m thinking I might follow Poulami and make this a monthly thing, or I might make this more of a random, sporadic, anytime-post kind of thing. Or would you rather this be a bi-weekly feature? I’d love to know your thoughts on this, because I honestly don’t know when I should do this feature. I guess I might judge after seeing if people enjoy it. 🙂

What will I be discussing?

Moving on to what exactly these discussions will be about. Generally speaking, these discussions will be about everything and anything bookish. Specifically, well, not much I can say, because that’s really all it is; anything bookish! Whether that may be genre talk, favorite books, book boyfriends, or even a discussion of a specific book. I may also do discussions about book blogging; what makes a good review, blogging habits, etc.

Your Thoughts?

So what do you think of this new feature? I’d love to know your thoughts. And please, let me know your ideas for some discussion posts you’d like to see! I’m always open to suggestions!

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