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Sunday, August 14, 2016

#ReadThemAllThon Readathon Sign-Up & TBR


The Pokemon Indigo League Read-a-thon is hosted by Read At Midnight. Also, all of the graphics featured in this post are all made by Aentee from Read At Midnight. 


The When
This read-a-thon lasts from Aug. 14th to Sept. 4th - Yes! This is a 3 week readathon. (This makes me  pretty happy because I haven't done a long readathon before and I hope this gives me enough time to knock out a chunk of my tbr.)

The Challenges/Gyms
Finishing a challenge, or rather taking over a gym means that you earn the badge from that gym. For more information on how to earn CP points for your chosen Pokemon and any other questions you may have, check out the sign-up post

The Pokemon I have chosen is Ponyta. I have quite a bit of love for Ponyta, I only wish I could catch one in the Pokemon Go game. 


Here's my tentative tbr. I must admit that it is pretty tentative since I'm not sure what I'm going to be reading. I like to keep my options open, it usually helps me read a little more. Also, I'm participating in ARC August so a few of these are ARCs. 
For the first book in a series I am not sure what I'm going to read yet. I was thinking maybe Caraval, but I might choose something else. 

Tentatively..




This is one I'm having a bit of a tough time with, I don't really have any books that I want to read that might make me cry. This is another one I'm not sure of yet. (I'm sorry this is a rather boring start to my tbr!)


Thunderous hype leads to think of A Court of Mist & Fury. I'm hesitant, but I still want to read it. I hope I get to this one during the read-a-thon, since I've already put it off long enough.

Tentatively...


I'm thinking of reading When the Moon Was Ours for the Rainbow badge. I've heard some good things and it sounds like such a good read. 

Tentatively...



I really want to read The Heart of Betrayal and then The Beauty of Darkness. I'm not sure if there is an epic romance, though The Kiss of Deception did start a kindling for one. I'm totally ready and hoping for a great romance in the last two books of the series (As long as it's with Rafe ;) ) 

Tentatively...



I'm pretty sure I'm going to be reading And the Trees Crept In - and I am SO excited to dive into this one! I've heard some whispers of possible supernatural elements and I'm all for it. 

Tentatively...


I am cheating a little bit here, but I'd like to read The Secret Keepers. There is just a little bit of red on the cover, hopefully it still counts! :)

Tentatively...



I have no book idea for this one yet. I'm just going to go with the flow and see if I come upon one during the read-a-thon.

Are you joining in the #ReadThemAllThon? Who's your Pokemon or which one would you choose?

















Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review | Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


Book Info

Title: Nevernight
Author: Jay Kristoff
Pub Date: August 9th, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Source: ARC from the publisher -- Thank you!!
Series: Yes, this is the 1st book.



What it's about

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvette is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father's former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic - The Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and subtle arts, she'll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church's halls, the bloody secrets of Mia's past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge? 

-From Goodreads

My Thoughts

Quick note: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Nevernight has some fantastic things to offer to the mind of the reader. It's rich in a fantastical world, with characters filled with depth, and has an edge that you just can't stop looking over. I found myself, during the last half of the book especially, wanting to keep turning the page to see what happens next.

Starting out, I did have a bit of a rough time. The beginning of the book (about the first 100 pages or so) is filled with background of Mia, our main character, and the world that she has grown up in and currently resides in. It is necessary to the story and not just put in there to fill pages though. And part of me really enjoyed seeing this unique world. There are quite a few footnotes in the beginning of the book that dive deeper into the world. I often lose my place with footnotes, so I chose to forgo them and go back and read them later. Doing this I didn't feel like I missed any parts of the story. I feel like the footnotes are more of a bonus to the story and the world. A bonus I much appreciated.

Then we have Mia. The more I think about Mia, the more I like her. She develops so well throughout the story. She comes from being in this vengeful dark place to seeing more outside and around herself. There's a strong depth from Mia that suggests that there is so much more to see with her and I can't wait to find out in the next book.

Though there has been suggestion that there's some smutty bits in this book, I almost started to think that it was a main point of the book. It's not. BUT I wasn't disappointed. It was a part of the story, and it was swoony, but it wasn't a main point. It didn't consume the story, or Mia's life.

The world was so rich and unique, I loved it. I loved the magic. There was a unique language to this world, such as night being called nevernight that puts you right into the world. It feels like since you are speaking, or rather reading, the language that you're are a part of it. It was a cool experience, and one of my favorite parts.

If you're looking for a darker fantasy. One with some gore, but BA characters. One with rich detail. One with everything, a murder mystery, a romance, a school of assassins, I think this book has something for everyone.


My Rating

I don't think it will come as a surprise after this gushing review that I rated this one 
4 out of 5 stars

Have you read this one, if so what did you think of it? Do you think you could succeed in a school of assassins? 



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

TTT | Books I Loved but Didn't Write a Review For

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish

This week the topic is a rewind week! I love rewind weeks because there's so many topics to choose from (its hard to narrow it down). Also, because everyone's lists are usually so different with the range of topics to choose from.

The topic I chose is

Books I Loved but Didn't Write a Review For


One.

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

This is one of my favorite series of all time. I LOVE this series. so. much. I wanted to review it and share it so you, my friends, would see it and decide to pick it up. However, I couldn't form coherent thoughts on it. I loved it too much that I couldn't even express how much I loved it. I also knew that even if I somehow got the words out it would just be gushing over and over again about how great this book and series is.

Two.

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

This is one that I thought I reviewed but turns out that I never did. I love this book and remember having a lot to say about it - mostly all the things I loved about it - but I never actually reviewed it on the blog. I found this out after I recently read The Rose & The Dagger and wanted to review it but couldn't find my TWATD review. lol 
So since I didn't review it, here's a quick rundown of all the things I loved about it. Shazi. Khalid. the two of them together. the world. the richness of descriptions. the writing. everything.

Three.

The Lumetere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
Books: 
Finnikin of the Rock
Froi of the Exiles
Quintana of Charyn

This is pretty much in the same boat as The Winner's Kiss. I just couldn't form coherent thoughts after I finished reading this series. This series is so full of feels that it really packs a punch and left me gutted in the best way ever. I want to recommend this series to anyone and everyone. It's an all time favorite.

Four.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Books:
The Raven Boys
The Dream Thieves
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
The Raven King

I reviewed The Raven Boys years ago, when I first started blogging and I re-read it and loved it a lot more the second time. After re-reading I marathoned the rest of the series. And I loved it. I find these books so incredibly hard to review. It's hard to talk about anything without revealing any spoilers since I think this is one of those series to go into blindly. All you have to know is this: just give it a try and go for the ride it will take you on.

Five.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

I meant to review this and then never got around to it and by that time it had been a few months since I read it. This was such a great second book. I'm such a sucker for Schwab's books. She writes so wonderfully and has a way of completely sucking me into her stories. I have a few ships in this series that I'm dying to see sail away in the final book.

Six.

The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
Books:
Alanna: The First Adventure
In the Hand of the Goddess
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
Lioness Rampant

When I read this one late last year, I really wanted to review it. I wanted to talk about why I took so long to read it, how good it was and how much I loved it. But I felt that since it was an older series that everything that I had wanted to say would have been said in better ways by people that have already reviewed it. I can truly see why this series is a classic. It's so fantastic and I can't recommend it enough.

Seven.

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Let's see if I can even get some thoughts together on how much I loved this book. Taylor Jenkins Reid has completely taken me by surprise. I have fallen in love with each of her books that I have read, this one the most. This (and all her other books as well) is such a brilliant read. They are realistic in a way and really make you think about your own life and with this books, your choices as well. 

Eight.


The Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews
(it's still going, the ninth book comes out next month)
I've currently read the first four: 
Magic Bites
Magic Burns
Magic Strikes
Magic Bleeds

I've always been a little hesitant to pick up an urban fantasy. I didn't feel like I would like it. But this one came highly recommended by InkBonesBooks whose book taste I trust, so I checked it out. And I became completely addicted. I love this series. As far as why I didn't review...  this sounds so silly but I wasn't sure how to. I'm always hesitant to review series books because of spoilers so I usually do a mash up review. I thought about doing three at a time but now it's too late to do that. I'm not sure what I'm going to do but I hope to talk about this series on the blog at some point! 


Nine.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I devoured and absolutely loved this book. The romance, the world, the story, all of it. Right after I finished it, I even got a friend to read it right away. I read this one at a busy time of year, right around Christmas. I fully intended to review it, but I never got around to it. BUT, I still really love this book and highly recommend it!


Ten.

Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill

This book is different than the others on the list because I didn't completely love it. Though I didn't love it, I really appreciated it and the message it was delivering. I wanted to review it and talk about the themes and how everyone should read it but when it came down to it, but I never got around to it. So here I am telling you now that you should read this book. ;) 

Are there any books that you loved but never reviewed? Or any books you loved and wanted to talk about but never got to?





















Sunday, August 7, 2016

ARC August | First Week Update

I think I'm still in denial that it's August. but. I've been enjoying ARC August so far even if I'm behind where I think I should be. I like to think that there's always time to make up lost ground. 

Currently Reading


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Page Count
About 250

Finished
None yet 

Okay, okay. I know I haven't finished anything yet.. but I'm very close to finishing Furthermore. 

Up Next
I'm going to be finishing these two hopefully in the next two days. After that I will probably read Results May Vary by Bethany Chase.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Last Minute Joining with ARC August



ARC August is hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat


There’s nothing like joining in at the last minute, right?! I’ve been debating on joining ARC August because lately when I set myself to read something, I haven’t been following through (seriously.. no idea what is wrong with me). But I do have quite a few ARCs that I need to read and it’s always fun to join in and read similar things with other people. Here is what I plan to read during ARC August. 

GOAL: I would like to read at least 8 ARCs. I hope to read more. I have quite a few from ALA that I haven't gotten to yet and would love to make a dent in that tbr pile. Here's a few that I would like to get to. I'm trying to keep my tbr laid-back to encourage me to read more.


I'll be starting with the book that I'm currently reading which is an ARC:

(Which I'm absolutely LOVING)

Have you joined ARC August? What are you planning to read? Any books you see on this post that you think I should read first?





Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review | The Summer of Sloane

Book Info

Title: Summer of Sloane
Author: Erin L. Schneider
Pub Date: May 3rd, 2016
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Checked out from the library
Series: No



What it's about

Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy Beach Days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle. 

These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she'd be spending at her mom's home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.

Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there's no reason Sloane shouldn't enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn't always play by the rules, she knows he's the perfect distraction from everything that's so wrong back home.

But it turns out a measly ocean isn't nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from  her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane's carefree summer might not be as easy to find as she'd hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.
-From Goodreads

My Thoughts

I picked up this one looking for a great summer read. I had heard some good reviews and was looking forward to seeing what these glowing reviews were talking about. Little did I know, I was about to be blown away. 

The story packs a punch right in the beginning. (For those that have read it...you see what I did there;)) Right away I was drawn into Sloane's life. And I felt for her. Erin L. Schneider wrote in such a way that you feel for Sloane. You aren't told what to feel for her, either. You just feel for everything she's going through and wondering where she's going to go next.

I loved that Sloane is a such as strong character. She's a strong female in a many ways. She stands up for herself throughout the whole book and I admired this the most about her. She doesn't take much crap from anyone, though she isn't abrasive about it. She's dedicated and willing to help others. She was a breath of fresh air, and a really great character to follow.

The romance was fantastic. I loved watching the relationship grow at a wonderful pace. I loved getting to know Finn through Sloane's eyes and seeing where they go. The perfect balance of swoons and other relationship aspects.

I thoroughly appreciated the different relationship threading through the novel as well. There are family relationships; the ones between Sloane and her mother, her dad and her, her twin brother and her. There were also friendship dynamics between Sloane and her friends in Hawaii as well as Mick. The variety of relationships and the variety of relationship status's among her friends and family were not only realistic but also varied. To see different relationships grow, falter or just be was something very relatable to read about.

And the setting. I've never been to Hawaii, but I dream of going someday. I absolutely loved reading about the setting and the Hawaiian bits of the novel. I definitely want to read more books set in Hawaii! The Hawaiian setting really gave a beautiful summery feel to the story. 

This is the kind of contemporary that I love. The kind that makes you feel for the characters and what they're going through. The kind that is realistic. The kind that sticks with you. The kind that not only has romance, but has friendship and family relationships as well.

I've been recommending this book all summer and will continue to. It's such a great read for anytime of year. But should you be looking for a great summer read, please pick this one up. I have a feeling you'll enjoy it :)

My Rating

I don't think it will come as a surprise after this gushing review that I rated this one 
5 out of 5 stars

Have you read this one, if so what did you think of it? Have you ever been to Hawaii before or want to go? 


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

TTT | Facts (some weird) About Me


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish.

This week's topic is 

Top Ten Facts About Me


1. I am the mom of two boys. 

I don't talk too much about my kiddos on the blog. But I have two little boys, 3 years old and 9 months :)

2. I'm a stay-at-home mom. I also plan to homeschool.

I became a stay-at-home mom after having my first son as daycare is way too expensive around here. I actually started my blog so I could have something that's for me that I can work on. I will be teaching my son this fall since he's preschool age. I'm so excited to homeschool and I'm most looking forward to teaching him to read. 

3. I LOVE coloring. and crafting, too.

I've always loved coloring. I used to buy kids coloring books and always kept them on hand. I have been SO happy with the new adult coloring book trend and having so many coloring books to choose from. I switch about among crafts, currently I do a lot of paper crafting, bullet journaling and planner decorating. 

4. My current purse is actually a tote bag.

I bought this tote from Evie's store (her designs are AMAZING.) and it has served as my purse. I have never been a purse person. I just got bags that looked good and when I got tired of it, every 6 months to a year or so, then I would get a new bag. They were all cheap bags, ones I found on clearance or for a good price. And of course, they had to be big enough to carry one book, preferably two. With my tote now, I can easily carry two books :)

5. I visit my library every week on the same day.

It's started to become a bit of a tradition that I visit my library every Saturday morning. I love the library as I come out with books that I get to take home and haven't paid for. I'm lucky that my library is just a mile away and is pretty well stocked both with books and friendly people. 

6. I'll give just about any book a chance if it peaks my interest.

While I mostly read YA, and mostly fantasy, I'll read just about anything. I've mixed in some adult, some classics, some non-fiction. If it peaks my interest and I'm in the mood for it, I won't throw away that book's shot. 

7. We have three pets, all different kinds of animals.

We have Boo, our cat. Que, our parrot (he's a Meyer's parrot we adopted) He does talk, he often says "Hey Birdie" since that's what I say when I feed him and he's always looking for more food, lol. and Loki is our newest addition, a puppy we adopted back in April. 

And a few random, weird-ish facts about me...


8. Before opening a can with a pop top (like soda), I have to tap it six times and when opened, I turn the tab to the left. 

I started doing this in high school and have done it every time since then. I think it started when someone told me to tap the top to settle the can and I turned the tab to keep track of which can was mine. Even though I probably don't need to do it anymore, I have to do it anytime I open a can now. 

9. When turning the volume up/down, the number I leave it at has to end with a 3 or 6.

I know this is SO WEIRD. I don't even know where this came from. I just know that I would get annoyed if the number was not 3 or 6. I've settled before on 1, 7, or 8 but they are the only exceptions. I hope you don't find me strange for this >.< 

10. I have arachnophobia and also, emetophobia. 

Arachnophobia, as you probably know, is the fear of spiders. And emetophobia, is the fear of vomit. I'm scared of all spiders, even the littlest ones. And I can't kill them, because that means they're family will know and come after me... LOL. but seriously, I'm so scared of them I can't kill them. I've been trying to get better so that my kids don't have my same fear. My fear of vomit is a bit weird. I can handle spit up from babies just fine. But people vomiting, no thanks. Especially if it's from a sickness that's contagious. I don't know where this fear came from but I do wish it would go away.