Wednesday, December 31, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday (WoW, #23)

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly awaiting!

This week's selection is: 

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1) Frostfire
Author(s): Amanda Hocking
Series:The Kanin Chronicles, #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication: January 6, 2015

Pre-Order Now!: Book Depository

 Goodreads Blurb:

Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

What books are you "Waiting On" this week? 

2014 Book Challenges

I have decided to go for 2 challenges this year! Throughout the year I will update my progress here and will also link reviews to the books I have read along the way to this page as well. What challenges are you participating in this year? Let me know about them in the comment section below! And to all Happy Reading!

2014 Book Bingo Challenge

  This challenge is hosted by Kristlyn from Reading in Winter and Anne from Creativity’s Corner.
This is the scorecard for those who would like to participate, although I will personally be adjusting the challenge to something a little bit more condensed and smaller for me.
BINGO Challenge 2014-01
 My Goal:
     Books from TBR Pile
  •   Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe- Benjamin Alire Saenz
  •  Easy - Tammara Webber (Contours of the Heart, #1)
  •  The Vincent Brothers - Abbi Glines (The Vincent Boys, #2)
  •  White Cat - Holly Black (The Curse Workers, #1)
     Books that are Part of a Series

  •   Uninvited - Sophie Jordan (Uninvited, #1)
Books Everyone But You Has Read

2014 Goodreads Challenge: 27 books 

2014 Reading Challenge
 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20

21  22  23  24  25  26  27

Books Read in 2015


January 2015: 6 Books Read

The Crown of Embers- Rae Carson
Rebel Belle - Rachel Hawkins
Paranormalcy - Kiersten White
Inhuman - Kat Falls
Since You've Been Gone - Payne
The Vincent Boys - Abbi Glines

February 2015: 1 Book Read

Starcrossed - Josephine Angelini

June 2015: 3 Books Read

The Ring and the Crown - Melissa de la Cruz
Can You Keep A Secret? - Sophie Kinsella
All Fall Down - Ally Carter

July 2015: 3 Books Read

Half Bad - Sally Green
The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh
The Nanny Diaries - Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Books Read in 2014


January 2014: 1 Book Read

Embrace- Jessica Shirvington

February 2014: 2 Books Read

Shatter Me- Tahareh Mafi
Angelfall- Susan Ee

March 2014: 0 Books Read


April 2014: 1 Book Read

Allegiant- Veronica Roth

May 2014: 4 Books Read

Dead Until Dark- Charlaine Harris
In Honor- Jessi Kirby
Clockwork Angel- Cassandra Clare
Unbreakable- Kami Garcia

June 2014: 4 Books Read

Miss Match- Erynn Mangum
Gated- Amy Christine Parker
Frozen- Melissa de la Cruz
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe- Benjamin A. Saenz

July 2014: 2 Books Read

The Testing- Joelle Charbonneau
The Girl of Fire and Thorns- Rae Carson

August 2014: 0 Books Read


September 2014: 0 Books Read


October 2014: 4 Books Read

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde- Robert Louis Stevenson
Frankenstein- Mary Shelley
Obsidian- Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Vincent Brothers- Abbi Glines

November 2014: 2 Books Read

Easy- Tammara Webber
Immortal Beloved- Cate Tiernan

December 2014: 6 Books Read

Ruby Red- Kerstin Gier
Prophecy of the Sisters- Michelle Zink
Winger- Andrew Smith
White Cat- Holly Black
City of Ashes- Cassandra Clare
The Truth About Alice- Jennifer Mathieu

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT, #22)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's post is:

Top 10 Bookish Resolutions/Goals for 2015

In no particular order...

 1. Read 50 Books
Despite what my Goodreads says..... I have yet to complete a reading challenge fully and honestly lol..... I tend to make some exceptions with my book challenge list that should...or should not be excepted. ;)

2. Read More Contemporary
This is something that I have been trying to get better at. I tend to automatically put contemporaries into a box and never attempt to try them out.... But here's the kicker.... when I actually read contemporaries, I almost always enjoy them and give 5 stars. So this is something doable that I could try to do in 2015.

3. Make More Time for Reading!
I would really like to get back to reading everyday if possible! Since I have recently started college, schoolwork has taken a VERY large part of my time but when I find time and could be reading a good book, Netflix never fails at distracting me for hours on end!

4. Post More to My Blog
 I haven't posted as much as I would have liked to my blog this year. I really enjoy updating my blog and posting my reviews and participating in memes. I really have no excuse to be honest lol. I'll have a full week of drafts to post and then never get around to posting them on their days. So hopefully I can do more posting in 2015!

5. Be More Consistent
I've noticed that when I actually post, I'm not consistent at ALL! Story of my life!

6. Finish Some Series That I've Started
Sooooo...... Yeah this is a bit of a problem. I tend to start tons of series and never continue on with the series. :( It's crazy how many series I've started but have only read the first book and ALL the books in the series have been released for a LONG time lol. And I actually want to finish them, but I keep getting distracted by other books!

7. Review ALL the Books I Read
I started this blog to help document the books I've read and remember what I thought about them. I constantly get asked by friends for a good book, but sometimes I literally can't remember why I liked that certain book. Reviewing all my books I read as soon as I finish them would obviously help with this tremendously.

8. Finish Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Vampire Academy
 This is self explanatory. I feel that these need to be completed, and 2015 will be that year!

9. Attempt to Actually Complete Challenges This Year!
The fact is all the challenges I make for myself are actually doable..... I just don't complete them. I'm afraid laziness is the culprit. :)

10. Don't Stress About Reading or Blog!
In 2015, I need to not stress about not meeting my reading goal or reading challenges. I want to get back to reading more for fun than to meet a certain goal. If I meet a goal or complete a challenge that's great!.... But also if I don't that definitely okay too!

What Are Some of Your Resolutions for 2015?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

New Releases #3

This post will highlight new book releases for the upcoming week of

December 28- January 3, 2014
Both of these come out on December 30.

 HiddenAfter Us (Before & After, #2)Love and Other Theories


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday (WoW, #22)

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly awaiting!

This week's selection is: 

Love and Other Theories Love and Other Theories
Author(s): Alexis Bass
Series: none
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication: December 31, 2014 

Pre-Order Now!: Book Depository

 Goodreads Blurb:

If you want more, you have to give less.

That’s the secret to dating in high school. By giving as little as they expect to get in return, seventeen-year-old Aubrey Housing and her three best friends have made it to the second semester of their senior year heartbreak-free. And it’s all thanks to a few simple rules: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart.

So when smoking-hot Nathan Diggs transfers to Lincoln High, it shouldn’t be a big deal. At least that’s what Aubrey tells herself. But Nathan’s new-boy charm, his kindness, and his disarming honesty throw Aubrey off her game and put her in danger of breaking the most important rule of all: Don’t fall in love.

What books are you "Waiting On" this week? 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT, #21)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's post is:

Top 10 Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing This Year

In no particular order...
Starring all the 1st books to all the series I really want to finally start in 2015!

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)The Selection (The Selection, #1)Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

What Are Your Picks?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

New Releases #2

This post will highlight new book releases for the upcoming week of

December 21-27, 2014
Both of these come out on December 23.

 Transcendent (Starling, #3)Firefight (Reckoners, #2)


Transcendent (Starling, #3) by Lesley Livingston
Firefight (Reckoners, #2) by Brandon Sanderson

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday (WoW, #21)

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly awaiting!

This week's selection is: 
Although it came out yesterday.....

No Place to Fall No Place to Fall 
Author(s): Jaye Robin Brown
Series: none
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication: December 9, 2014 

Pre-Order Now!: Amazon - Book Depository

 Goodreads Blurb:

Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.

When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.

Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.

What books are you "Waiting On" this week? 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT, #20)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's post is:

Top 10 New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

In no particular order...

 1. Tammara Webber (Easy)
This author was one of those authors whose book I wanted to read for a very long time. The hype for this book when it came out was enormous and rightfully so, I really enjoyed this book as well as Tammara's writing style!

2. Rae Carson (The Girl of Fire and Thorns)
This was definitely a book and author I was not sure that I would like. With me being a cover whore, I based my liking on what I saw from the front cover.... lesson learned don't ever do that.... I was surprised by this book and its plot! I will definitely read more from this author in the future.

3. Charlaine Harris (Dead Until Dawn)
I would really like to get the next book in the Sookie Stackhouse series! I am a fan of this author now, I flew through this book and cannot wait to read more from her soon.

4. Jennifer L. Armentrout (Obsidian)
 I have only read Obsidian so far and I LOVED it! I just found out recently that this first book was on Amazon for free so I figured what the hell let's try it out. I need to buy the rest of her books ASAP, I now see why people will read anything she puts out.

5. Abbi Glines (The Vincent Boys)
As I ventured into reading New Adult, I started with this book and author. I can say that I really like her writing style and really enjoyed this book. On to the next book now!

6. Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me)
Ummm.... Tahereh Mafi..... You are now in my Top 5 Favorite Author, I loved her books! I have never read a book as fast as this one. My attention was hooked immediately and I loved every second of reading her books!

7. Jessica Shirvington (Embrace)
I read this author early on in the year and can remember that I liked her a lot. I have not continued with this trilogy yet but I am looking forward to it.

8. Kerstin Gier (Ruby Red)
 So this is the most recent author that I have read this year. I had her books sitting on my shelves for some years now and finally got around to reading her first book last month. I am very much interested in her writing and storyline and hope to get to her others soon.

9. Susan Ee (Angelfall) 
Since I read this book, I have been wanting to read more of Susan Ee. I really like the plot and how the story ended, it left me wanting more of her writing. I look forward to reading more from her next year.

10. Sophie Jordan (Uninvited) 
This author surprised me, I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. I really liked the concept of having a killing gene and like where she took the story. I have yet to read more from her, but next year will definitely have to be the year of sequels!

What Are Some of Your New-to-You Authors That You Read in 2014?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

New Releases (#1)

This post will highlight new book releases for the upcoming week of

December 7-13, 2014
All of these coincidentally come out on December 9.

 For RealNow That You're HerePrincess of Thorns
No Place to FallTop Ten Clues You're CluelessGathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms, #3)Zodiac (Zodiac, #1) 


For Real by Alison Cherry
Now That You're Here by Amy K. Nichols
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown
Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas
Gathering Darkness (#3) by Morgan Rhodes
Zodiac (#1) by Romina Russell

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday (WoW, #20)

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly awaiting!

This week's selection is:

Princess of Thorns Princess of Thorns
Author(s):Stacey Jay
Series: none
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication: December 9, 2014 

Pre-Order Now!: Amazon - Book Depository

 Goodreads Blurb:

Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

What books are you "Waiting On" this week? 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday (WoW, #19)

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly awaiting!

This week's selection is:

Stolen (Heart of Dread, #2) Stolen
Author(s):Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Heart of Dread, #2
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication: November 18, 2014 

Pre-Order Now!: Amazon - Book Depository

 Goodreads Blurb:

Who is Eliza Wesson?

Months after Nat and Wes said good-bye on the shores of the Blue, Nat is learning how to control and use her new power. She and her drakon are the last of their kind—and she’s risked her life for their reunion. When she receives a mysterious distress call, she races to help, soliciting the guidance of her new friend, the beautiful and aloof Faix Lazaved of the Blue.

Still heartbroken over losing Nat, Wes is racing cars on a New Vegas racetrack while his team is scattered and lost. When he finds out that his sister, Eliza, is being held in the golden domes of El Dorado, he does what he’s best at—running to her side—and gambles on luck to see him through one more time.

Magic, romance, and danger collide as Nat and Wes become entangled in a dark new adventure that leads right to the heart of the mystery of their frozen, broken world. They soon discover that the answer to both their quests lies in the same question: Who is Eliza Wesson—what is she capable of, and why was she stolen from her family so long ago?

What books are you "Waiting On" this week? 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT, #19)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's post is:

Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their Own Book
Now my choices are very scattered because these are some of the first people to pop into my head. ALSO.... I have not finished a lot... mostly any.... of these series so some things I say may not be relevant considering that I haven't yet finished the series yet to know if these characters situations are better explained in future, further books. Just a heads up!

In no particular order...
And DISCLAIMER:: spoiler in the comments below (Divergent) as a warning!

 1. Lucas (Easy)
With more questions and concerns about Lucas's past and his parents, I would really like to know more about the event that happened and hear it from his POV. I think it would be interesting to have his character tell us what exactly went down and how life was before and after the incident.

2. Reyn (Immortal Beloved)
This was the most recent book that I finished reading so I naturally have questions about the characters with me having read just the first book so far. Reyn's character in particular has an interesting past that I would like to see from his point of view.

3. Dante (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe)
I would really like to see this story either told from Dante's POV or have him get his own book about his life. I really liked the characters in this book and wouldn't mind learning more about Dante's character!

4. Dawson (Obsidian)
 I have only read Obsidian so far and I LOVED it! I just found out recently that Dawson actually has his own novella of sorts (Shadows, (#0.5 Lux)) so I'll have to read more about his story soon since there is more to find out about his mysterious story.

5. Caleb (Divergent Trilogy)
Now although while reading the trilogy I really didn't like Caleb.... But.... I would also like to know all that happened after he chose Erudite in the first book. I think a more in depth look into all that the events he experienced on his own as well as with the characters we know in the books would be interesting.

6. Kanin (Immortal Rules)
This pick literally popped into my head as I brainstormed characters to pick... but nonetheless, although I haven't read the Immortal Rules in almost 2 years I can remember his character being really mysterious and secretive.

7. Wolf (Scarlet)
I really think it would be interesting to know how Wolf grew up and more about his past.

8. Gale (Hunger Games Trilogy)
 So this one also randomly popped into my head, I guess I would like to know how he dealt with life in District 12 after Katniss left for the games as well as more on how he was involved with the events that happened at the end of the Quarter Quell.

9. Raffe (Angelfall) 
Since I read this book, I have always wondered what went through this character's mind. I think I could be cool to see him with his own book. I have yet to read Worldafter so I could get more insight there but until then... he gets his own book for now!

With this one I obviously cheated, I couldn't think of any more book characters so I'm stopping there! What were your pics?

What Are Some Characters That You Think Deserve Their Own Book?

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

 The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

 Author: Rae Carson
Series: Fire and Thorns, #1
Pages: 423
Challenge: Goodreads Challenge 2014, 2014 Book Bingo Challenge
Genre: Fantasy
Acquired: Library
Rating: ★★


Goodreads Summary:

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.


 My Thoughts:

Elisa's fate was chosen the moment they found out she was the chosen one. She is soon secretly wed to a king, whose country is heading towards great destruction. With Elisa being the chosen one, she is the only one who can save the people.

At first I found Elisa INCREDIBLY annoying! She constantly put herself down and thought less of herself and wished that she wasn't the chosen one. It was like a never ending whining party!.... I just wanted to forcefully shake her and tell her to have some self-respect and accept her situation. She fortunately gets off of her rain cloud...hallelujah!... and actually realizes her worth and impotance during the remainder of the book.

I absolutely loved the plot, for me it was new and different and I really needed that from the YA that I was reading. This novel explored so many elements and topics like deceit, relationships, self-worth and self-esteem, loyalty, suspense and more. I also found the supporting characters intriguing and necessary to the plot's twists and its progression.  

My favorite scene was the ending fight scene and its intensity. I loved just about any scene with Humberto in it, he was such an sweet character to read about. So as far as what I liked and disliked.... I liked Humberto as well as Elisa and her captors' journeys. Throughout the story their journeys made the plot that much more interesting and worth the read. It was definitely a major part of the story as well as the effect of Elisa being the chosen one.

Now as I have already mentioned... Elisa's problems with accepting herself ruffled me as well as the actual descriptions of Elisa's character in the novel. She was described as being overweight and loving to eat, and she didn't feel that she was as pretty as her older sister who was thinner. I didn't like that she seemed to dwell on the fact that she wasn't like her sister, who seemed to be their family's golden child. I feel that the author may have tried to incorporate real life issues into this fantasy plot to better connect with the readers, but honesty I felt that it was unnecessary within this plot. I felt Elisa used it as more of a handicap and excuse to some of the things that she did or went through. Maybe in a different novel or plot, this concept could have had a real meaningful impact but within this story I felt that it was just too much.

Okay lol.... done with my mini rant....

Now as far as other problems with the story I found the pacing to be a bit off. So hopefully this makes sense and you see what I mean....For some events that happened, they were brushed off and briefly mentioned or explained when at some times they could have been developed and further elaborated on to avoid ambiguity within the storyline. Vice versa, some events were explained to thoroughly and dragged out, when I felt that they could have been explained concisely and briefly since their relevance wasn't as significant as say some of the other plot events.

The ending was very interesting, it ended in a way that made me want to know what happened afterwards. I do really want to know how the story will progress in the other novels in the trilogy. Although there could have been better character development, I did really enjoy this book. It took me a minute to read this... like a week... but that could be in part due to the pacing issues I mentioned, if I got bored with an event or the chapter I was reading I would often put it down and come back about a day or so later. Overall I gave it 4/5 stars and I would recommend to those who like to read fantasy or those who are looking for a new and interesting plot.

If you have read this book, let me know your thoughts below!!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday (WoW, #18)

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly awaiting!

This week's selection is:

Atlantia Atlantia
Author(s): Ally Condie
Series: standalone
Publisher: Dutton Children's
Publication: October 28, 2014 

Pre-Order Now!: Amazon - Book Depository

 Goodreads Blurb:
Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

What books are you "Waiting On" this week? 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT, #18)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's post is:

Top Ten New Series I Want To Start

These are some series that I have still not yet started but would really like to start this year and next year! I have heard soooo many great things about these series that I can hardly wait to get my hands on them and hopefully enjoy them as well!!

Top Ten: ( in no particular order)

Which series do you want to start? 
Comment and let me know!!