Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TTT #12: Books that were Hard for Me to Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish where people share their top ten things according to the topic of that week.
These books dealt with more mature topics and had some very emotional parts.
Making FacesSomething Like Normal
Left DrowningDreamland
Making Faces by Amy Harmon
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
Left Drowning by Jessica Park
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Back when I started reading, I was just browsing for things to read and found this series. It gave me some major headaches. Every character was so frustrating! I felt like the story could've been way shorter too because it definitely dragged on. I did manage to finish the whole series but only because I really don't like to DNF.
EvermoreBlue MoonShadowland
Dark FlameNight StarEverlasting
The Immortals series by Alyson Noel
What books were hard for you to read?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: Making Faces by Amy Harmon

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Making Faces
by Amy Harmon
October 12, 2013
405 pages

Goodreads Summary:

Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She'd been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have...until he wasn't beautiful anymore.

 Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl's love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior's love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #12

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that lets us share what we've added to our shelves.

I'm on vacation so I didn't get any books this week but I realized I forgot to haul this ebook I got last week which I've already devoured ;)

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The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

What did you guys add to your shelves this week?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Feature & Follow #11: Book Characters You’d like to see with their own Twitter Page

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Feature & Follow is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where each host will have their own Feature blog to show off more new blogs!

City of Bones cover  Rebel Belle cover

My picks are Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and Harper Price from the Rebel Belle series by Rachel Hawkins. I really want to see Jace making tweets full of his dry humour and sarcasm! Harper would probably be making really hilarious girly tweets!

Which characters would you want to see with their own Twitter page and thanks for visiting!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

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Such a Rush
by Jennifer Echols
July 10, 2012
325 pages

Goodreads Summary:
A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers. When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true... but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WoW #12: Compulsion (The Heirs of Watson Island #1) by Martina Boone

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted every week by Breaking the Spine which lets us showcase an upcoming release we are excited about!
Compulsion coverCompulsion
(The Heirs of Watson Island #1)
by Martina Boone
October 28, 2014
448 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Beautiful Creatures meets The Body Finder in this spellbinding new trilogy.

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

Beautiful cover, intriguing story, what more can you ask for?!? I need this book now!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

TTT #11: Books on My Fall To-Be-Read List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish where people share their top ten things according to the topic of that week.

This is a super easy one cause there are so many books I'm looking forward to getting my hands on (in no particular order)!
Rites of Passage coverForever Summer cover
Black Ice coverCompulsion cover
The Young Elites coverTalon coverMortal Heart cover
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Talon (Talon #1) by Julie Kagawa
I've been waiting patiently for this series to be complete to read it and now it's almost time!
The Darkest Minds coverNever Fade coverIn the Afterlight cover
Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken
What books are on your Fall TBR?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Review: Take Me On (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry

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Take Me On
(Pushing the Limits #4)
by Katie McGarry
May 27, 2014
544 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

Bonus novella included: Crossing the Line.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Review: Right Kind of Wrong (Finding Fate #3) by Chelsea Fine

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Right Kind of Wrong
(Finding Fate #3)
by Chelsea Fine
September 2, 2014
336 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Sometimes wrong can feel oh so right . . .

Jenna Lacombe needs complete control, whether it’s in the streets . . . or between the sheets. So when she sets out on a solo road trip to visit her family in New Orleans, she’s beyond annoyed that the infuriatingly sexy Jack Oliver wants to hitch a ride with her. Ever since they shared a wild night together last year, he’s been trying to strip away her defenses one by one. He claims he’s just coming along to keep her safe-but what’s not safe for her is prolonged exposure to the tattooed hottie.

Jack can’t get Jenna out from under his skin. She makes him feel alive again after his old life nearly destroyed him-and losing her is not an option. Now Jack’s troubles are catching up to him, and he’s forced to return to his hometown in Louisiana. But when his secrets put them both in harm’s way, Jenna will have to figure out how far she’s willing to let love in . . . and how much she already has.

It's Vacation Time!

For the next 3 weeks I'll be away on vacation! I do have posts scheduled so make sure you still come by and check them out! Since I'll have limited internet access I won't be able to reply to comments right away but I will definitely try to get to them whenever I can. My cat and I really appreciate the time you spend on visiting our blog and reading our posts! Thank you for stopping by!

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Here he is blogging ;)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #11

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that lets us share what we've added to our shelves.

My fiancĂ© was at the bookstore and he surprised me with this one! I can't believe he remembered the wish list I showed him months ago. I can read The Assassin and the Healer now!
The Assassin's Blade with Ripple
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Right after I finished Angelfall I just had to get this one so I know I can read it whenever I want! I'll probably be reading it closer to the release date of the third book!
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World After by Susan Ee

I've heard so many praises about this book and just look at that gorgeous cover! So I finally caved and got it.
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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

What did you guys add to your shelves this week?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Feature & Follow #10: I'm a Featured Blogger!!

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Feature & Follow is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where each host will have their own Feature blog to show off more new blogs! 

I'm super excited to be the featured blogger this week on Parajunkee! Thank you so much!

When did you start blogging? 
I just started this July.

What is your favorite part of book blogging?

The blogging community! I've been receiving some very overwhelming support from other bloggers and readers. Everyone is just so welcoming and friendly!

What type of books do you mainly blog about? 
Young Adult and New Adult are my main interest so they're what I blog the most about.

What is your favorite book(s)? 
There are so many but I'm going to have to pick The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare because they were the books that introduced me to YA and got me back into reading. I used to read when I was younger but somehow I just stopped. Then I picked up City of Bones one day because I'd seen some recs online and I haven't stopped reading since!!

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?

Besides meeting other really awesome book bloggers I would say it's that I got to interact with authors!! They're like the celebrities in the book world so everytime I get a retweet, favour or a reply on Twitter from an author, I squeal and do a happy dance inside :D

This week's question:

Blogger pet peeves? Suggested by Take Me Away… 

I have so many I don't even know where to start haha. I will just name two so this post doesn't get super long ;)

1. Everything needs to match! For example, all my TTT and WoW posts need to be formatted the same way. If I see anything, no matter how minor, that doesn't match, I need to edit the post. Am I just being too picky?

2. If a book is part of a series, I need to specify which series and book number it is. I realize I only did it for one of my stacking the shelves posts and it's killing me not to go back and change the rest of my posts.

What are some of your blogger pet peeves and thanks for visiting!

Book Tour, Review & Giveaway: Shadow Fire (The Light Chronicles #1) by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

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Shadow Fire (The Light Chronicles #1)
by Kimber Leigh Wheaton
February 24, 2014
310 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.

Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.

Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.
All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.

Shadow Fire - adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal

As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Blog Button and Social Media Icons!!

I just wanted to make a quick announcement to say that I now have a blog button and social media icons!! Thanks so much to Emma @ Chicklit vs Fantasy for designing and making them!

This is my new blog button! I will be leaving a link with it on the sidebar so please feel free to grab it! I would be really honoured to see it on your blog :) 

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And these are my new social media icons! As you can probably already see, they're on the sidebar too so please feel free to add me on these social networks!!


WoW #11: In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra Bracken

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted every week by Breaking the Spine which lets us showcase an upcoming release we are excited about! 

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In the Afterlight
(The Darkest Minds #3)
by Alexandra Bracken
October 28, 2014
496 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IANN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

I need this last book to be out so I can finally get this series and marathon the books!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

TTT #10: Authors I've Only Read One Book from but NEED to Read More

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish where people share their top ten things according to the topic of that week.

This topic was a little hard for me because I have a habit of binge-reading an author's books. If I'm reading my first book by an author and I end up really liking his/her work, I will look up his/her other books and just jump right into them. Hooray that I managed to find ten authors for this topic! They're mostly authors who write contemporary standalones ;)

1. John Green - This must be shocking for a lot of people but yep I've only read TFiOS. I do own all of his other books, I just haven't gotten around to them yet.

2. Amy Harmon - Making Faces was beautiful, I need to get on her other books.

3. Trish Doller - I really enjoyed Something Like Normal so I'm looking forward to reading her other books.

4. Emery Lord - Open Road Summer was so much fun I absolutely cannot wait for The Start of Me and You.

5. Liz Czukas - Ask Again Later was pretty cute so Top Ten Clues You're Clueless is definitely on my list of books to read. 

6. Jenny Han - I'm not that interested in her Summer trilogy but I'm eagerly anticipating To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2.

7. Holly Black - The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is one of my favourite reads this year so yes please more Holly Black please.

8. Sherry D. Ficklin - Queen of Someday really surprised me and now I'm just drooling after Queen of Tomorrow.

9. Danielle L. Jensen - I read Stolen Songbird earlier this year and I so need to get my hands on Hidden Huntress asap!

10. Susan Ee - I recently finished Angelfall and loved it! I'm going to wait a little to dive into World After so I don't have to wait too long for book #3.

Which authors do you need to read more?
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