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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Monthly Wrap Up | July 2014

Rory Gilmore said "I live in two worlds. One is a world of books." I love my world of books too. This month I read some books that I was living in - the worlds were so wonderful, I was so involved with the stories and the characters. Let's get to the 9 books I read this month.

Books I Read in July

1. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. So I was a bit unsure of this book at first, but halfway through I was sucked in. Check out my review to see why this book had me raving.

2. Now & Forever by Susane Colasanti. Rating 1.5 out of 5 stars. This book was so hard to get through. I don't know why I kept on going, I should have DNF'd this one but I thought maybe it just might get better. Anyway, a full review to come on this one.

3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Rating 5 out of 5 stars. I'm so happy I have finally read this book. It didn't disappoint. I LOVED THIS ONE.

4. Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan. Rating 5 out of 5 stars. I've been hearing non-stop raving about this graphic novel series and I finally picked it up...and loved it.

5. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. Rating 5 out of 5 stars. I wanted to get into a fantasy series, and holy shit this series is amazing. This the first book in the series and it was SO GOOD.

6. The Arrival by Shaun Tan. Rating 4 out of 5 stars. This book was a graphic novel with no words, just pictures. The artwork in this is beautiful - just stunning. The story was really cool too, but those pictures were so amazing.

7. Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta. Rating 5 out of 5 stars. If I thought I loved the first book, this one was even better and made me fall in love with the series. It was SO AMAZING.

8. Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern. Rating 5 out of 5 stars. This has been made into a movie with Sam Claflin (Finnick from Catching Fire) and Lily Collins. After I saw the trailer I HAD to read this book. And I loved it - I'm stoked for the movie.

9. Wait for You by J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout). Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I just finished this one today and I was surprised by how much I liked this one. It's a quick read, and I really enjoyed it. 

Best Moment of July

I went to Warped Tour this month! I haven't been in years and was worried about being a little too old for it, but the bands I got to see made the sunburn and dehydration completely worth it. Best part, I got to meet one of my favorite all time bands, Anberlin. Check them out if you haven't heard of them before, they're music is amazing. 

Music Shout-Out

At Warped Tour, I happened to hear two bands, Echosmith and Air Dubai, that sounded pretty awesome when they were performing. I bought their cds there and have been addicted to their music since that day. I've also been listening to a lot of Anberlin last month, all of their music, especially their new cd, titled Lowborn, that came out this month. 
What music caught your ears in July?

Movie/TV Show Shout-Out

So my sister stayed with us for a week last month and she started streaming this tv show called Witches of East End. I saw one episode and got addicted. This show is like a soap, it's addicting. I know it's a series by Melissa De La Cruz and usually I have to read the the book(s) before seeing it, but we were both so hooked in that we watched the whole first season in two days. 
What movies/shows caught your eye in July?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Book Review | Every Day

Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Publication: August 28th, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought it

Rating: 5 out 5 stars

Synopsis: Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There's never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It's all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with - day in, day out, day after day.

Review: This is one beautiful piece of literature. I was completely set-back by how much this book opened me up and made me feel such strong feelings for this book and the topics it covers. It's hard to discuss all the different feels this book gave me, but I'm going to try :)

A is one of my all time favorite characters because of the way he/she is so pure and innocent. When A loves, he/she loves. A doesn't judge, ever. A is put into all different types of lives, in all different types of situations and he/she never, ever thinks a bad thing about another person (unless they're not a good person for some reason and even then, he handles it in such a mature, sophisticated way). I loved watching him fall in love.

Rhiannon was someone that was rather endearing to me. She was frustrating at times, but her reasoning was incredibly realistic. She was acting how just about everyone else might act should they be put in her situation. That being said, there were moments when I wanted to make her see what was right in front of her and the value of it, but she was blinded by herself (sorry to be so vague, I want to avoid spoilers!) 

I would recommend this book to ANYONE AND EVERYONE. Seriously, this book is some damn good literature that I feel like everyone should read. There are so many pieces of this book that make it incredibly valuable and meaningful. 

Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? What did you think about the A and his philosophies on life? What's a great piece of literature that  you've read lately?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Book Review | The Archived

Title: The Archived
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publication: January 22nd, 2013
Publisher: Hyperion
Source: Bought it

Rating: 4 out 5 stars

Synopsis: Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what she once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often - violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous - it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da's death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac stars to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

Review: Ms. Schwab knows how to write a beautiful book, friends. She brings beauty to books that I have never encountered before. I will read anything she writes.

Needless to say, this is a beautifully written book. The writing is STUNNING. I couldn't get enough of the writing. The way the story is crafted brings such beauty to the whole story, characters, and everything in it. I could rave about the writing until my keyboard wears out. All you need to know is that this is a beautifully written book.

All that being said, I had to say the writing really influenced the way I felt about the book. The characters seemed so beautiful to me - maybe because I was seeing them through the writing, maybe because I was seeing them as they were meant to be seen. They were young, mature, and the relationship between Mac and Mr. Guyliner(!!!)(a lovely guy) was one of my favorite parts of the book.

There were parts of the book however that I was confused about. I couldn't figure out who Da was exactly. And I had some confusion trying to work out how the world worked - the job that Mac had as well as the jobs that the people she's interacting with had. There was also some jumping around between past and present that jumbled me up a bit. These minor discrepancies are the reason I only gave this book four stars.

This book is dark, but in a beautiful way. It's unlike anything I have ever read. The world is unique, the characters are wonderful, the story is dark and intriguing and everything (I can't tell you enough) is so beautifully written that you won't want the story to end. 

Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? What did you think about the writing, about Mac and Mr. Guyliner, and the world? Have you read The Unbound yet? What's a beautifully written book that you've read lately?

Friday, July 25, 2014

I miss reading.

Let's face it. We all have commitments. Distractions. Things to do other than read.

We all have...lives.

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 For me, lately I've barely had enough time to read...and I've been rather sad about it. 

Reading is so much more than something I enjoy to do. It's a way to relax. A way to journey to a different world. A way to learn. A way of adventure. I find that when I go more than two days without reading, I start to feel myself go a little crazy.

Then, when I do get back to reading on a regular basis, sometimes it's hard to get back into the groove. I miss reading. BUT not being able to read is only short-term. I have to remind myself that my read will still be there waiting. In the meantime, I should embrace life, read what I can (even if it's only ten pages) and keep moving forward, one day at a time.  

Am I the only one or do you ever miss reading when life happens and things get busy? What do you jump back into reading when life settles again--whatever you were currently reading or something new? 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Book Review (New Adult) | The Edge of Never

Title: The Edge of Never
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Publication: November 15th, 2012
Publisher: Createspace
Source: Bought it

Rating: 3 out 5 stars

Synopsis: Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she's ever know, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she'd do. He shows her what it's really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew's dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

Review: This cover is beautiful. I'll admit it, it's what initially drew me into the book. And this book had a great start, I just felt it started to go way down hill as the story went on. I'm not sure on my rating, I think 3 stars might be a little generous.

I love the premise of this book, it's so promising; a girl just up and leaves with no destination in mind, she just goes. I often times would think about doing this myself, before I became a mom, I never did it. But I wanted to read this mostly because I wanted to read the story of someone who did. 

The book starts off in Camryn's life before she leaves, she isn't in the best place and part of me was so annoyed with her attitude. I just found part of her to be so annoying. It felt that she was complaining about everything and having a pity party for herself about how bad things could be for her. But on the other hand, I liked her because she knows how to make a decision and she for the most part, stands up for herself (mostly after she leaves). 

Then we meet Andrew. He was more annoying than Camryn. I just couldn't get used to his voice. It was mostly about how sexy Camryn looked and how she makes him want to jump her bones. It got annoying and old really fast. His point-of-view always seemed so shallow to me, I just couldn't get into his side of the story, not even a little bit of interest lingered there. 

They're relationship was a little weird for me. I just didn't see how it worked, he seemed so shallow and immature when she was mature, independent and much deeper than him. The relationship didn't seem real to me, just superficial and attraction, but no depth. 

There were parts of this book that I liked, and was interested in and then there were parts of this book that I was skipping because it was so slow. I don't really want to continue on to the next book, but my friend and I read this one together and she wants to read the next one, so I suppose I'll try to get through that one. Have you read it, does it get any better?

Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? Have you read any books where the MC just takes off to a different town, please let me know if you recommend it! I'm still trying to find a great new adult novel (not having too much luck), let me know what you recommend, pretty please :)  

Monday, July 21, 2014

BookTubeAThon Wrap-Up.

The BookTubeAThon has ended :( and I didn't do as well as I planned to do. Which is a bummer, but life happened and I had some wonderful experiences in turn (more to come on that). Because this is a BookTubeAThon wrap up, so here's how my BookTubeAThon went.

Here's what I wanted to read:

What I ended up reading:

Finnikin of the Rock 
Saga Vol. 1
366 pages of Froi of the Exiles
129 pages of This Star Won't Go Out

Challenges I completed:
Only 2 :/
Read a book with pictures.
Read a book with red on the cover. 

So I didn't do very well in the end, but I had a great week of life and no regrets. Here's to the next readathon :D This week is the under-hyped readathon. So I'm planning to do some reading with that as well, but I'm keep my tbr completely open because I'm not sure what I want to read yet. But I know I'll finish up Froi of the Exiles. Are you guys participating in the UnderHyped Readathon?

Friday, July 18, 2014

BookTubeAThon Update.

Happy BookTubeAThon weekend :) Here's an update on how I'm doing. How are you guys doing with your reading this week?

Here's to a good weekend of reading. HAPPY READING! :D

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Review | It's Not Summer Without You (The Summer I Turned Pretty, #2)

Title: It's Not Summer Without You (The Summer I Turned Pretty, #2)
Author: Jenny Han
Publication: April 27th, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Borrowed it from one of my sisters

Rating: 5 out 5 stars

Synopsis: May contain spoilers from the 1st book in the series: The Summer I Turned Pretty. 
Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back as Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.

But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started--at Cousins Beach.

Review: If you haven't seen it, check out my review for Book #1, The Summer I Turned PrettyHoly crap, this book whopped me upside the head. I wasn't sure where this series was going to go, but I didn't see anything coming. This review is going to be rather short and sweet because I want to avoid spoilers and because most of my feels involve spoilers.

This book started out on a much different note than the past book and grew so much more depth throughout this story. I was expecting something light and fluffy and I got so much more - and I loved every single minute of it. 

Belly's growth and change throughout the book was not what I was expecting to encounter and I was a bit frustrated by her decisions at times. Same with Conrad and Jeremiah. I was expecting much more out of one of them and much less out of the other. I'm sorry to be vague here, but you know, spoilers would ruin my review and your reading experience.

BUT I hadn't encountered a book I was so involved and couldn't put down in such a long time. I literally couldn't put this book down! I stayed up so late reading it and then I literally dived right into the next book after I had finished the last sentence because the cliff hanger in this book is CRAZY. 

I don't know what took me so long to read this series. If you're holding off like I did, I hope you get to /want to read this series soon. It's worth the late hours and lack of sleep I got to find out what happens.

Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? What did you think of the further development of Belly, Conrad and Jeremiah as well as their story? What are some great Jenny Han books you've read?  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Book Review | 17 First Kisses

Title: 17 First Kisses
Author: Rachael Allen
Publication: June 17th, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Bought it

Rating: 4 out 5 stars

Synopsis: No matter how many boys Claire kisses, she can't seem to find a decent boyfriend. Someone who wouldn't rather date her gorgeous best friend, Megan. Someone who won't freak out when he learns about the tragedy her family still hasn't recovered from. Someone whose kisses can carry her away from her backwoods town for one fleeting moment. 

Until Claire meets Luke.

But Megan is falling for Luke, too, and if there's one thing Claire knows for sure, it's that Megan's pretty much irresistible. 

With true love and best friendship on the line, Claire suddenly has everything to lose. And what she learns - about her crush, her friends, and most of all herself - makes the choices even harder.

Review: After some raving about this book from Blythe over at Finding Bliss in Books, I went out bought this one and started reading it. This book really blew me away with the depth that came out of it. It was so much more than what it looks. 

Every aspect of this story was incredibly realistic. Is it uncomfortable? Yes. Because real-life is uncomfortable at times. Were the characters flawed? Yes. Because people in real-life have flaws. This is one of the most realistic YA contemporaries I have ever read. The issues that are conquered in this book could be quite controversial, from slut-shaming to cheating relationships. I found it uncomfortable at times, but that's how realistic this book is. 

The depth of this book is incredible. There is so much more to this story than a romance. As mentioned above there are deeper issues that this story takes on, but there are deeper relationships as well. There is a large and worthwhile emphasis on friend and family relationships, perhaps even more so than romantic relationships. I loved the variety of relationships, the real and complicated aspects of all the relationships. Especially the relationship between Claire and Megan. 

Throughout the book you find out how/with who Claire had her 17 kisses in pastime chapters that are interspersed throughout the current story chapters. I see the value in the telling of these stories as instances that not only gave background on Claire's life but also tell an important part of her life. However, I was a bit put off by them. I'd be so involved in the story and then it would get broken up by a pastime story of how she got on of her kisses. While it mostly tied into what was happening, I just found these to make it a tad disjointed at times in the book. 

The ending was one of my favorite parts of the book. I don't want to go into any details, well because, spoilers, but the ending, to me, was perfect and real. 

PS I apologize for my lack to describe this book as few things other than realistic. But seriously, this is it. Please read this one if you love contemporary and can deal with some rather controversial issues, I think you'll like this one. 

Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? Did you find it as realistic as I did? What are some great contemporaries you've read lately?  

Monday, July 14, 2014

#AYearAThon Wrap-Up

This month's theme was CLASSICS. I spent this past entire week reading one classic. It's a classic that I've been wanting to read for ages and I'm glad I finally picked it up. So what book did I spend all week reading?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I'm so happy that I have finally read this book. I LOVED IT SO MUCH.  I took my time reading it all week and I feel that I gave it the full love that it deserves. I didn't want to rush my reading experience - though I really wanted to get another classic this week, I'm okay that I didn't. 

So what did I think of the book?

It was so wonderful. It was beautifully written. The story was lovely. Jane is such a great role model for young women. Her independence and whole personality is real and true. I've heard so much about Mr. Rochester. He lived quite up to the expectations that I had set for him. Their romance is epic. 

Here's a few favorite quotes I found while reading:

"It is far better to endure patiently a smart which nobody feels but yourself, than to commit a hasty action whose evil consequences will extend to all connected with you."

"It is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear."

"Know, that in the course of your future life you will often find yourself elected the involuntary confidant of your acquaintances' secrets: people will instinctively find out, as I have done, that is not your forte to talk of yourself, but to listen while others talk of themselves; they will feel, too, that you listen with no malevolent scorn of their indiscretion, but with a kind of innate sympathy; not the less comforting and encouraging because it is very unobtrusive in it's manifestations."

"I would always rather be happy than dignified."

Sunday, July 13, 2014

BookTubeAThon TBR

The BookTubeAThon is a readathon starting July 14th and ending July 20th. It's hosted by some wonderful booktubers - Ariel sets it all up and some other wonderful people are hosting during the week. Check out the official YouTube channel, BookTubeAThon or the official BookTubeAThon Twitter for more information. I love readathons so I'm going to be jumping in on this one!

There are 7 reading challenges and I'm ambitiously attempting to complete them all.

1. Read a book with pictures.
For this one I have chosen:

Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
I want to read this one sooo bad! I know I'll get to this one - I might even read the second and third volumes depending on how things go. 

2. Start and FINISH a complete series.
For this one I choose:

The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
Finnikin of the Rock
Froi of the Exiles
Quintana of Charyn

OKAY THIS IS WAY AMBITIOUS. Because these books have a pretty packin' page count. BUT I really want to read this series and I thought why not give it a go. I think I'm going to love it and that will help me devour it over the week, *crosses fingers. 

3. Read a book with red on the cover.
For this one, Finnikin of the Rock (shown above) counts because it has red on the cover and you can double up challenges!

4. Read a book someone else picks out for you.
For this one I gave my husband a stack of books and he choose this one:

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I'm really excited he picked this one. I've been dying to read this one and other books keep coming ahead of it, so I am really hoping to fit this one in the week. BUT, I can also read one of the following books that will fulfill this challenge. 

5. Read a book from the genre you've read the least of this year.
For this one I choose something Nonfiction.

This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl.

This book is another I've been wanting to read. It has loads of pictures in it, so it will be a nice break from all the words I'll hopefully be consuming in the week. Bring on the feels.

6. Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation.
For this one, the hubs helped me pick out:
Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

This book is on my list of ones to read this summer and what better time to read and watch the movie than during this read-a-thon. I had 3 different books to choose from for this one, and I couldn't decide so I went to my husband and this is the one he picked, therefore this book could also work for challenge #4 (Read a book someone else picks out for you).

7. Read a total of 7 books and/or an average of 300 pages per day.

TBR Recap:
Saga (160 pages)
Finnikin of the Rock (399 pages)
Froi of the Exiles (593 pages)
Quintana of Charyn (516 pages)
Stardust (248 pages)
This Star Won't Go Out (431 pages)
What I Thought Was True (407 pages)

If all these are read:
7 books
2,755 pages

Happy Reading! Let me know if you guys are participating, I'd love to hear what you're reading!

Friday, July 11, 2014


I always love seeing what other people are currently reading! So I thought I'd do a fun post today about what I'm reading this weekend. I'm planning on participating in the BookTubeAThon next week (so excited!) so I'll have my TBR post for that going up either tomorrow or the next day...I just need to make a decision on what books I want to read. Back to what I'm reading this weekend! So far, I'm right in the middle of two books. One I have been reading for far to long and the other I picked up for the #AYearAThon that's taking place this week.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I've been reading this one all week for the #AYearAThon. The theme is classics and this is one book that I've always wanted to read and was determined to read this summer, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to pick it up. It is a hunker of a book though so it's been taking me a few days to get through it! I will finish it this weekend though.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. It's quite embarrassing to admit that I've been reading this book for a few weeks. Other books just keep getting in the way and I'm a bit intimidated by the size. I haven't been able to sit down and read a big chuck of pages and I think that's weighing me down a bit. I'm nearly 250 in and still have 400+ pages to go. BUT I REALLY want to finish this one and hopefully I will just in time for the readathon next week.

What are you guys planning to read or currently-reading this weekend?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Book Review | Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Landline
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publication: July 8th, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Received a BEA ARC from Rachel! (Thank you, Rachel!!!)

Rating: 5 out 5 stars

Synopsis: Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it's been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply - but that almost seems besides the point now. Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they're supposed to visit Neal's family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can't go. She's a TV writer, and something's come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her - Neal is always a little upset with Georgie - but she doesn't expect for him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she's finally done it. If she's ruined everything.That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It's not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she's been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts...

Is that what she's supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Review: Rainbow didn't disappoint with this one, friends. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and even loved it. A lot. I picked this book up and struggled with the fact that if I kept reading it as fast as I wanted to it was going to end sooner. I took my time with this book, both because I didn't want it to end and because I loved it so much. 

I loved Georgie. I found her to be incredibly relatable. I know that I have definitely fallen into the trap of not appreciating someone as much as they deserve, or should be appreciated. Not only does Georgie face her reality of not appreciating the things that she has, but she also faces the decisions of what really matters to her in life. I found her choices, and thoughts to be realistic and downright honest. This has made her one of my favorite contemporary characters I have ever read before. 

The relationships were also incredibly realistic to me. Georgie's relationship with her husband, Neal, and their struggles were real marital struggles. There problems felt real to me - as if my friends were telling me their problems. It brought me to thinking about my own marriage (and trying to get my non-reader husband to read this book!) 

Now....Seth. Hm. I had some issues with this guy. He kind of drove me a little crazy. I liked him and disliked him at the same time and I just wanted to have a talk with him about his attitude for nearly the whole book. I commend Georgie for standing up for her heart. Neal on the other hand, also drove me a tiny bit of crazy, but that was more in his efforts for their marriage. But that's what made this book so lovely, the realistic flaws of the characters and their relationships. 

If you're a fan of Rainbow Rowell's other works, this one won't bring disappointment. Such a beautiful story of two people trying to rekindle their love for each other. One of my favorites that has me already wanting to re-read it. 

Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? Did you find any of the characters to be relatable? What is your favorite Rainbow Rowell book?  

Monday, July 7, 2014

Book Review | The Kiss of Deception

Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publication: July 8th, 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt 
Source: Received from Publisher (Thanks Macmillan!)

Rating: 4.5 out 5 stars

Synopsis: In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia's life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight - but she doesn't - and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom - to a prince she has never met. 

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive - and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets - even as she finds herself falling in love. 

Review: Disclaimer: This is an honest review. This book has been pretty hyped up and I always get a bit hesitant about hyped-up books. When I started reading this one, I couldn't figure out what all the hype was about. While the story was interesting, I just couldn't stick with the story, it'd be interesting and then it'd fall flat for me. I almost put this one down, but I wanted to push through because I had to know what was going to happen and despite my frustrations, I was invested in the characters and their stories. Then I was hit with a brilliant twist. Seriously. This is one of the best twists in a book I have ever read. I didn't see it coming. I was stunned. I was excited. I plowed through the rest of the book. 

I read the big twist in the middle of the night and HAD to talk to someone about it. I woke up my hubs and freaked out told him about the whole story and what just happened. He was such a good sport, listening to what I had to say.... then rolling over to go back to sleep while I sat in complete stunned, wide-eyed, jaw-slacked silence because I couldn't believe what just happened in this story. After a few moments, I picked it right back up and kept reading because now I really had to know what was going to happen next.  

Lia was a rather uninteresting character to be in the beginning of the book. There was nothing outstanding about her in the first half, but things start happening and it was a joy to watch her grow and change throughout the story. By the end of the book, I was not only on her side, I was seeing her in a whole different light - as a strong and able young woman. 

New book boyfriend alert with this read. Be prepared to swoon. I did some swooning over Rafe.  Such a lovely love interest. There were some hints of a love triangle in this book and I reallllly hope that it doesn't become something of substance in the following books. *crosses fingers. The romance  was so well-done, in my opinion. It wasn't the only focus of the book, but it seemed to happen rather naturally as it should, there is no insta-love!

If you pick this book up and are having a hard time with it, please push through, I promise that it's worth it. This book is filled with adventure, action, deception, and a bit of romance. I think this is one of my favorite books of the year. 

Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? Let's keep the spoilers out of the comments for the sake of other readers, but if you need someone to talk about the book with, please tweet me @aloveofbooks or email me at thebooksphere6 {at} Seriously I would LOVE to talk about this book with you guys!!!   

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Vacation Reads!

Happy 4th of July! I know I'm a little early, but I'll be heading out of town tonight. I always love seeing what books everyone brings with them on vacation, so I thought I would share the books that I'm taking with me. I'll be heading up to the cabin on the lake so I hope to get some good reading done up there - especially since I don't have the internet to distract me!

Books in my vacation bag:

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Wait For Me by J. Lynn
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Hope you all are having or plan to have a good 4th of July day - and weekend!
What books will you be reading?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Monthly Wrap Up | June 2014

Jane Austen said "If a book is well written, I always find it too short." I felt this way about a couple of books I read this month. Let's talk about the 8 books I read in June.

Books I Read in June

1. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty - Rated this one 4 out of 5 stars. This is an adult book that was pretty good. I enjoyed the plot twists and I never was able to guess what was coming next. See my review for more details on adult page-turner of a book. 

2. Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour - Rated this one 5 out of 5 stars. Such a fantastic book! This one really surprised me with how much I ended up loving it. One of those books I didn't want to end. Check out my review for more love of this book. 

3. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson - Rated this one 4.5 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed this book. It's a perfect summer read. Check out my review for more of my thoughts on this book. 

4. Landline by Rainbow Rowell - Rated this one 5 out of 5 stars. Wonderful, wonderful book. Rainbow Rowell does not disappoint. This was another book I didn't want to end and took some time reading it so I could truly enjoy every word written. Review to come soon on this one. 

5. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu - Rated this one 4 out of 5 stars. This book also surprised me with how much I enjoyed it. Great topics addressed in this book. Check out my review to see what I liked about this one.

6. It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han - Rated this one 5 out of 5 stars. I DEVOURED this book. I couldn't get enough. After turning the last page, I went ahead and jumped into the next and final book in this series, which was... 

7. We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han - Rated this one 5 out of 5 stars. This book had me all kinds of nervousness throughout the whole thing. There were points where I wanted to chuck the book. I haven't had a book get such a rise out of me in awhile! LOVE this series. I haven't stopped thinking about it since I finished this book. Another one I didn't want to end. 

8. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - Rated this one 5 out of 5 stars. I wanted more Jenny Han and this is what I found. I was not disappointed, not in the least. Such a great read. I only wish the next book was coming out sooner because I'm dying to know what is going to happen!

Best Moment of June

How about an embarrassing Mom moment? I went to a couples wedding shower a few weeks ago. While they were opening up our gift, the bride-to-be pulled out one of my son's toys! I was stunned! She kinda looked at it trying to figure out what it was and I quickly had to announce across the room that it was my son's toy! It was hilarious but so embarrassing at the same time!

Music Shout-Out

I've had Light Up the Sky by Yellowcard on repeat for the past few days. Such a GREAT song.
What music caught your ears in June?

Movie Shout-Out

LONE SURVIVOR is such a FANTASTIC movie. I normally am not very fond of war movies or movies focused on a war, but this one is so good. One of my newest favorite movies of all time. Please, please check this one out!
What movies/shows caught your eye in June?