3 Days, 3 Quotes Book Tag (The Quote Challenge): Day 3

Hello! It is the last and final day of the 3 days, 3 quotes challenge (of which I was tagged to do by Books Over People & Raven @ Dreamy Addictions), for which I have a quote from The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. You can check out my quotes for Day 1 and Day 2 here and here.

   THE THREE RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

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The Truth About Forever Quote


So that concludes this book tag! It was a lot of fun to do, especially when I got to make the graphics for the quotes I picked. 🙂

So for the last three people, I tag:

Have fun!

Analee 10

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Deception So Dark by Clara Kensie | Book Review

(Run to You #2)

Published: May 1st 2015

Synopsis:

Originally published as the Run to You serial parts 4-6— Fourth Shadow, Fifth Touch, and Sixth Sense.

Deception So Dark is the complete second novel in the Run to You series, a riveting thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past, and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

With no more secrets to keep them apart, Tessa and Tristan embark upon a desperate search to find her missing brother and sister. But not even Tristan can keep Tessa safe from the hostile classmates at her new school…or from the nightmare that haunts her even while she’s awake. As Tessa’s nightmare becomes all too real, her hope of getting her family back together feels ever more out of reach. When a psychic warns her that leaving town may mean her death, Tessa still cannot stay when she uncovers a potential lead to her brother and sister. Not even if she must go alone and risk losing it all: Tristan, her family, and even her life.

Run to You is Tessa and Tristan’s story—two full-length books about psychic gifts, secret lives and dangerous loves. Danger. Deception. Betrayal. It must be true love.


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My Rating: 4.5 Stars 4.5/5 (Amazing)

Book Information

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre(s): Young-adult, romantic thriller

Page Count: 325

Format: E-book


 Note: I received a free digital copy of this book thanks to YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Run to You Series Review

Hello fellow bookworms! I have for you now the review on the sequel to Deception So Deadly, Deception So Dark. (You can check out the review to Deception So Deadly here.) This book, was even more mind-blowing than its predecessor, if that’s even possible. Although there are a few things I liked better in the first book, this book took me on an unforgettable roller coaster and I really enjoyed it. (I’ll be skipping the quick summary this time, by the way.)

Plot

The plot, the plot. It picks up from where the first one ended, and at the start, I will admit I wasn’t convinced that this book would be able to impress me. But I shouldn’t have doubted it, because this book instead brought a organized mashup of plot twists, interesting ideas and cliffhangers. I say organized mashup because while it was all sorts of things mixed together, it was done in a calculated and organized manner, which means the plot twists and cliffhangers weren’t all over the place or anything, just like the first book. Everything was done, I felt, to a certain purpose, and it was really well delivered.

Characters

In the first book I really got attached to the characters, and reading this book was great because I didn’t have to go through the trouble of getting to know them and worrying about whether I like them or not. Tessa, our heroine, made a lot more mistakes in this book than in Deception So Deadly (which seems to be a common theme in YA books, I think) but luckily I still managed to really like her. I suppose it was because I understood her needs and why she did what she did, and a part of me approved of her decision, and admired her for it, no matter how risky and unintelligent it was. No character is perfect, right? As far as flaws go, Tessa’s weren’t bad, and didn’t get in the way of my enjoyment of her character.

As for where Tristan is concerned, I still really liked him! I loved seeing how much he truly, sincerely loved Tessa, it was beautiful. What bothered me about him was mostly because he was a bit too obsessed with keeping Tessa safe, and had a bruised ego when he couldn’t. I guess I admire his love for Tessa, but it got on my nerves a bit afterwards. However, in essence, I wasn’t truly upset with him, especially after all he does for Tessa. All in all, the characters were fantastic.

Writing Style

The writing style didn’t change much as far as I could see from the first book, luckily, since it was gripping, engaging and easy to read! I really enjoyed the writing style, it made my reading experience better than it already was by being simple, but gripping and interesting from the very first page.

Overall…

I enjoyed this book so much! Even more than the first book, which I didn’t think would be possible. The plot was a lot more suspenseful in this one, although I think the first book is more fast-paced. I completely fell in love with the characters all over again, and really admired Tessa, sympathizing with her as well. I also really loved the romance in this book; it was sweet, strong and true, I loved how no matter what, Tessa and Tristan’s love stayed sincere and prevailed. The writing was great, just as gripping and interesting as it was in the first book. All in all, this book is one I would recommend you don’t miss if you’re interested in reading a YA romantic thriller!

Analee 10

Deception So Deadly by Clara Kensie | Book Review

(Run to You #1)

Published: May 1st 2015

Synopsis:

Originally published as the Run to You serial parts 1-3: First Sight, Second Glance, and Third Charm.

Deception So Deadly is the complete first novel in the two-book Run to You series, a riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Sarah Spencer has a secret: her real name is Tessa Carson, and to stay alive, she can tell no one the truth about her psychically gifted family and the danger they are running from. As the new girl in the latest of countless schools, she also runs from her attraction to Tristan Walker—after all, she can’t even tell him her real name. But Tristan won’t be put off by a few secrets. Not even dangerous ones that might rip Tessa from his arms before they even kiss…

Run to You is Tessa and Tristan’s story—two full-length books about psychic gifts, secret lives and dangerous loves. Danger. Deception. Betrayal. It must be true love.


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My Rating: 4.5 Stars 4.5/5 (Amazing)

Book Information

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre(s): Young-adult, romantic thriller

Page Count: 325

Format: E-book


Note: I received a free digital copy of this book thanks to YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Run to You Series Review

This book was so good! Full of romance and mystery, this book is one you don’t want to miss. In a nutshell, I really loved the thriller aspect of this and the plot twists were great!

Quick Summary

Tessa Carson’s psychically gifted family has been on the run ever since a man named Dennis Connelly burst into their house and tried to kill them. Now they keep moving from place to place, keeping their identities secret. They can’t even ask anyone for help either, because when they do, those people mysteriously die, presumedly because of Dennis Connelly.
In their new town, Tessa meets Tristan, but doesn’t want to get too involved with him—he’s not even allowed to know what’s her true identity, so what’s the point? But Tristan is determined to know more, and Tessa can’t help but fall for him…

Plot

The plot was just great! I admit, I wasn’t that into it at first, but once I kept reading, I got really into it. I loved the idea of having psychic powers (first of all, who wouldn’t want those kind of powers? and secondly, they make all stories so much cooler!) and I really liked the whole idea of the book; a family on the run and all. Everything was set up very well, the plot wasn’t all over the place or anything, and there were plenty of plot twists and cliffhangers to keep readers on the edge of their seats! Of course, some of the plot twists can be considered predictable, I guess the only reason they weren’t for me was because I didn’t want to believe what I already saw coming. 😛 Nonetheless, this book was full of suspense and mystery, and I really enjoyed the romance too.

Characters

I just loved the characters; Tessa was just such a sweetheart! Being the only one in her family without a psychic gift, Tessa never fit in, not even in her own family. While her siblings thrive at school, wherever they go, Tessa struggles to keep up. This feeling of isolation, this feeling of being different, I sympathized with, and that made it quite easy for me to connect with her and like her. I really loved Tessa’s character; she may be considered naive by some, but I found her to be realistic. I didn’t approve of all her decisions, but I loved reading about them all the same. By the end of the novel (when all hell breaks loose) I was really hurting for Tessa, I had grown so attached to her that I felt her pain, and my emotions were all over the place.

The love interest, Tristan, was great too. I absolutely loved seeing his relationship with Tessa grow, and how natural it seemed. I could genuinely believe in the romance, and totally rooted for it too. He was simply so sweet and understanding, his interactions with Tessa was something I looked forward to the most.

Clara Kensie did a great job of having me emotionally invested in the characters, which made tragic and shocking events in the story have a greater impact, as I cared so much for the characters. It was great!

Writing Style

The writing style was gripping, I couldn’t stop reading it, and I really enjoyed it. Written in the perspective of Tessa in the first person, the writing style allowed me to clearly see Tessa’s feelings, which in turn allowed me to strongly sympathize with her. The writing style was very subtle, I was able to picture everything without having to be told what everything was like. All in all, the writing was great and simply added to my overall reading experience.

Overall…

This book was a great read, you’d never be able to tell from the cover or the beginning of the story how great it really is, but it really is. This book honestly had my heart clenched in a fist or something. The plot was hooking, and I especially enjoyed the psychic part of the whole family-being-on-the-run. I really loved the characters; I sympathized with them, and really connected with them, even though in essence I have nothing in common with them. They (or more specifically, Tessa) was simply likeable. The writing style was gripping, I couldn’t stop reading the book and the writing style made the experience quite memorable! I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for an addictive, fast-paced romantic thriller, filled with plot twists and unique ideas. 

What do you think of this book? Interesting or no? Let me know in the comments below! 

A meal of Deception and So Deadly, coming right up! You can take it to go.

Analee 10

Friday Finds #15 (July 16)

Hola, mi book-loving amigos! (Don’t ask.) ‘Tis Vendredi, or Friday, and what means it is time for a Friday Finds! This is a meme hosted by A Daily Rhythm, where you share the books you recently found and added to your TBR. Here are my finds for this week (press cover to go to Goodreads and hover for synopsis):

Black-Eyed Susans_bookcover   I Am Her Revenge_bookcover   Bookishly Ever After_bookcover

Black-Eyed Susans                    I Am Her Revenge                     Bookishly Ever After
by Julia Heaberlin                     by Meredith Moore                   by Isabel Bandeira

White Lines_bookcover   Whistling Past the Graveyard_bookcover   My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece_bookcover

White Lines                               Whistling Past the Graveyard        My Sister Lives on the Mantel-
by Jennifer Banash                   by Susan Crandall                            piece by Annabel Pitcher


That’s it for this week’s Friday Finds! What books have you recently added to your TBR? What do you think of my finds? Let me know in the comment below and/or link your FF post! I’ll be sure to check it out.

Oh, and just a little blog update: I have decided that I will no longer participate in That’s What He Said Thursday. I haven’t been enjoying it as much, and I don’t want to continue something I’m not enjoying. Thank you to those bloggers who’ve helped me out in making that decision! It’s getting to be a bit too much like work for me and plus, I’ve been slacking on my reviews, and I think getting rid of the meme might help me balance things out a bit. So you can look forward to more reviews in the next few weeks! I’m trying to get through a lot of my pending reviews.

Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend. 🙂

Analee 10

The Blogger Recognition Award

Hello my fellow bookworms! I was nominated by several lovely bloggers for the Blogger Recognition Award! I’d like to thank the following lovely bloggers/blogs for nominating me for this award:

Thank you all so much! ❤ If you haven’t already checked out their blogs, do so immediately because they are all fantastic. The bloggers themselves are so nice and I’m so happy I’m able to call them all my friends. ❤

Blogger Recognition Award
This award was created by Eve @ Edge of Night. Press the award to be taken to the original post!

The Rules:

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
    • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

Book Snacks: How it all began…

My blog story is pretty boring, to be honest. You can skip it if you want, I won’t be offended. But here’s how it goes.

I got the idea to create this blog after remembering how much I enjoyed blogging (as an English writing assignment) back in middle school. Back then the blog wasn’t only about books, it was on a variety of topics and I shared it with several other students. I used to write really long reviews and had lots of fun doing so, I might add, and so for several years I contemplated the idea of creating a book blog for writing reviews.

Then out-of-the-blue, sometime in February this year, I decided to create this blog. I don’t know how a blogging assignment from back, in, like Grade 7, managed to get into my head while in high school, but it did, and so that’s how Book Snacks was born! I only started posting things near the end of March though.

As for where the name came from, there’s not much to it other than the fact that I liked how it sounded… LOL. I was just brainstorming names one day, after reading a book, and I just happened to have thought of it. I had coincidentally also been eating a snack too, so I guess it was fate for my book blog to be named Book Snacks!

I can’t imagine ever stopping blogging, if I had to, I might post less frequently, but I definitely don’t plan on ever stopping. Blogging is a huge part of my life, definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. I honestly feel so close to all of you bloggers out there! You know, one time, I finished a book, and I was like, oh my god, so and so blogger would love this! As if that was a friend I saw everyday. And I guess, in some ways, it’s true. I mean, I don’t see any of you guys in person, but I do communicate and chat with a lot of you often, and I definitely consider you guys my friends. 🙂 It has been such a great time for me making new friends and fangirling over books with all of you many bloggers!


My Advice

Now, keep in mind I’m still technically a newbie blogger, considering how I’ve only been blogging for a little bit. But here’s some advice I would offer:

  • Blog for yourself. One of the most important piece of advice anyone could ever give you! It doesn’t matter what others are saying, how many followers you have, or whatever, just as long as you blog what you want to blog about, and enjoy it.
  • Don’t care about the numbers. It’s hard not to get down when we have no views, or very few likes and followers, but that’s not important. Just keep blogging, everything else will follow, bit by bit.
  • Interact with other blogs/bloggers. Comment, like and follow other blogs! Not only does that bring other to your blog in return, it keeps you connected to the blogging community and helps to make friends too!
  • Participate in memes. You may have noticed I participate in weekly bookish memes, like Top Ten Tuesday. Participating in memes can take you to other blogs with the same interests as you, as well as bring other bloggers to your blog. Not to mention they’re lots of fun!
  • Write what you’re passionate about. If you don’t enjoy whatever you write about, then you’re not going to write your best, and that’s not going to make anyone happy. If you like books, write about books. If you like anime, write about anime. If you like both, write about both. There’s always going to be someone who feels the same way as you and will enjoy your work. Just as long as you put the effort to write about something you enjoy.
  • Explore your creative side. Whether that’s found in your blog posts, your blog design, or in the pictures you use and graphics you create. Blogging is great for finding your sense of creativity, something we all have deep inside.
  • Follow and read other blogs. Often you’ll find great posts, and some ideas for your own posts as well!
  • Don’t be afraid to play around with your blog’s look. If you’re unsatisfied with your blog theme and visuals, or want to change it up, feel free to do so! Do what feels right for you.
  • Most of all, have fun. Blogging isn’t supposed to be work. It can be, though, and that’s what you want to avoid. If ever you’re feeling depressed or pressured because of blogging, take a break! Relax. And once you’re good with everything, come back and simply enjoy yourself.

The Nominees

As always, I apologize if you’ve already done this award! I wouldn’t be surprised if you did, because it seems like this award is rapidly making its rounds everywhere. 🙂 If you have already done the award, simply link your post below if it’s not too much trouble.


Thank you once again to AmandaThe Girl Who Reads, Catia, Ashley, JosieAliciaCristinaLiaRavenAnaPaperback DiscoveryCharleyEve, & CK for all nominating me for this award! It means so much to me. ❤

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