Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Review: The Twelve-Fingered Boy by John Hornor Jacobs +Playlist

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Title: The Twelve Fingered Boy
Author: John Hornor Jacobs
Series: The Incarcerado Trilogy
Release Date: Feb. 2013
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Description-
Fifteen-year-old fast-talking Shreve doesn’t mind juvie. He’s good at dealing contraband candy, and three meals a day is more than his drunk mother provided. In juvie, the rules never change and everyone is the same. In juvie, Shreve has life figured out.

So when he’s assigned a strangely silent and vulnerable new cellmate, Jack, Shreve takes the younger boy under his wing. But all Shreve’s plans and schemes unravel when he discovers Jack is different. For one thing, Jack has six fingers per hand. For another thing, he just might have superpowers.

Soon Jack has drawn the attention of the cellblock bullies as well as the mysterious and chilling Mr. Quincrux—who claims to be from the Department of Health and Human Services. But when Shreve feels Quincrux invade his mind and shuffle through his darkest memories, he knows Quincrux’s interest in Jack is far more sinister. Mr. Quincrux means to take Jack away. For what purposes, no one knows.

But Shreve has another plan: escape.


My Rating: 5 Stars

Review:
I must admit this isn't usually what I would call my cup of tea, if my brother hadn't found it at the bookstore and picked it up for me because he thought it sounded interesting I probably never would have heard of it let alone actually bought and read it. But my brother picked it out for me and it sounded interesting and I decided not to have another book I would probably never read sitting on my shelf forever, so I read it and of course I kinda loved it.
 I do not know how to describe or explain this book or my feelings for it which makes it kind of hard to review but it was just so unique and while it sounds cliche and it's not very helpful or descriptive all I can think to say is that it's like nothing I've ever read before. See, cliche and that doesn't tell you much about the book or if you should read it but it is what it is. I will say I don't think it's a book for everyone, I don't think it's the best book I have ever read, it's not even really one of my favorites I've read this year it just is. It's unique and intriguing and griping and heart wrenching, it's also a little boring at times but it's really good. If I had to chose three words to describe this book they would be as follows: Unique, interesting, gripping. I just feel like it's one of those books that you will never find one like it and it will stick with for a long time if only because your still trying to figure out what it is about this book that was so good.

Likes -
  Characters/relationships - I loved Shreve and Jack so much and their relationship, I just love that this book is all about friendship and brotherly love. Shreve protects Jack like he is his younger brother and that's what they become, brothers. I loved that that was the main relationship and focus of this book. Not romance but family.
  Plot: While I am still highly confused on what it is that this book is about, you know we haven't gotten the run down on why certain characters can do certain things, it is just so unique. I feel like I am over using that word but it is so true.
  Setting: I admit the main thing that would have originally turned me off of this book was the fact that it is apparently set in a juvenile detention center, not really something I want or care to read about but at the same time it's something I have never read about and not the whole book is set there and it turned out that those parts were some of my favorites.
   Incarcerado - I love this, I guess you would call it metaphor, it encompasses the whole book. It's not just about being locked up in juvie but about being stuck in your own body, in your own head, in your own life. I just really loved that.
  The Writing: Just so good.
  X-Men : In a way it has a kinda x-men mutant thing going on and it totally pulls it off while being extremely original, that's always a plus in my book!

Dislikes:
- It feels untruthful when I can't think up any dislikes but I really can't with this book, I'm sorry! Except maybe I wanted a little more info on what exactly was going on.

Overall - I really liked this book. It takes some time to get into and figure things out and understand some of the words and the way the character talks but once you get into it you wont stop reading. It's not necessarily a book that will keep you up all night but at the same time it's like it will be in the back of your mind urging you to finish it, haunting your dreams until you do....Cue eerie music.

Would I Recommend This? Yes but I honestly have no idea who to. I like to compare the book I am reviewing to other books but I got nothing for this one. I will say that it is more adult not for relationship stuff but for more mental stuff and there is some things about rape, so it's for a more mature audience, I think.

Will I read the next in the series? Yes but not yet. I feel like I kinda have to work up to it, mentally, and kind of get over this one before starting the next.

Playlist:

Theme Song For This Book: Turn The Page by Metallica (originally by Bob Seger)

Blog Tour: The Rising King by Shea Berkley: Spotlight!

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Displaying the rising king.jpgTitle: The Rising King
Series: Keepers Of Life
Author: Shea Berkley
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The summer before Dylan Kennedy’s senior year in high school is turning out to be anything but boring. Ridiculously hot girlfriend? Check. Killing evil Dark Souls who suddenly have aspirations of taking over the magical realm of Teag because its protective spell is gone? Check. Not even Teag’s King, Dylan’s father, Baun, can stop them. People are dying, and a dark magic that his girlfriend, Kera, received from Baun is growing stronger. Dylan wants to believe Kera is suppressing the darkness that’s in her, but every day he sees that control slip just a little more.

Baun sends Dylan to find a powerful magic that stop the Dark Souls, a magic so strong that Baun hid it so no one else could use it. When Dylan doesn’t expect to find along with it, are consequences that could end the lives of those closest to him.


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #12

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18599748Guy In Real Life  
by Steve Brezenoff
Pub. Date - May 27th
Description(from Goodreads) -

From the acclaimed author of Brooklyn, Burning comes Guy in Real Life, an achingly real and profoundly moving love story in the vein of Rainbow Rowell and John Green, about two Minnesota teens whose lives become intertwined through school, role-playing games, and a chance two-a.m. bike accident.

It is Labor Day weekend in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and boy and girl collide on a dark street at two thirty in the morning: Lesh, who wears black, listens to metal, and plays MMOs; Svetlana, who embroiders her skirts, listens to Björk and Berlioz, and dungeon masters her own RPG. They should pick themselves up, continue on their way, and never talk to each other again.

But they don't.

This is a story of two people who do not belong in each other's lives, who find each other at a time when they desperately need someone who doesn't belong in their lives. A story of those moments when we act like people we aren't in order to figure out who we are. A story of the roles we all play-at school, at home, with our friends, and without our friends-and the one person who might show us what lies underneath it all.

Why I Can't Wait - It just sounds awesome and I love the cover. Seriously it just sounds like a really good contemporary and I am a sucker for contemporaries. 

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Blog Tour: Enternal Mixture by Shevaun Delucia:Review+Playlist+Giveaway

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Title: Eternal Mixture
18757744Author: Shevaun Delucia
Release Date: November 1st 2013
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Description:
If you had the chance to start your life over, would you take it? If you were told you would live for eternity, would you embrace it? If a stranger told you he was your soul mate, would you believe it?

Raina Richmond has played it safe her entire life. She has never broken the rules. That is, until Brent Alexander walked straight into her life, causing havoc. Turning her world upside down. 

Brent is the new kid in town. He is every girl’s fantasy: adorable, charming, chiseled, and the typical boy Raina usually steers clear of. But there is just something about him she can’t seem to resist. Safe is no longer an option for her. For him, she breaks all the rules.

What she doesn’t realize is that he holds the key to her past, present, and future. Once he reveals the reasons behind their irrevocable connection, she will unlock the answers to all of her questions, and her life as she knows it will never be the same again.

About the author:
Shevaun DeLucia lives in upstate New York with her husband, four children, and two dogs. As a stay-at-home mom while her children were young, she fell in love with reading. She indulged in the small moments that took her away from the reality of her loud, overly rambunctious household, bringing her into a world of fantasy. When reading wasn’t enough to satisfy her, she turned to writing, determined to create the perfect ending of her own.

Review:
Firstly you need to know that this is a love story, it's all about the romance and the love and whatnot. Having said that while it wasn't quiet what I thought that it was going to be it was still really good. It starts off kinda slow but it's definitely interesting enough to keep you hooked throughout the whole book. I have mixed feelings towards the main characters but that's because I am really picky and they kinda turned me off in the beginning. It stars off where this new kid in school is basically stalking Raina and she kinda just goes along with it and we don't really know what he sees in her or vise versa besides the fact that he's ridiculously hot and she feels butterflies and the more adult version of butterflies when he's near her, and it made me roll my eyes all over the place. But I stuck it out and it was worth it. The only other problem I had in the beginning of this book was the apparently "subtle" hints at the whole plot and what not and in my mind I pictured the main character turning to the camera and whispering "hint, hint. Nudge. nudge." Which in itself was amusing.
In conclusion if you love a good love story that takes front and center over the kinda sy-fy paranormal whatnot than give this a try, it's a good in.

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As for that first song, what? It had to be done!


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Top Ten Tuesday #13: Top Ten Books If You Like Music

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This weeks topic is -Top Ten Books If You Like X (so and so tv show, movie, comic, anything) and so I picked Top Ten Books If You Like Music. Books and music are my two favorite things and in a way they go hand in hand, they're both about telling stories, they both allow for an escape from reality, and personally I love when books and music overlap, on soundtracks for a book turned movie and more importantly when music plays a major part in a book, it can be just that the main character loves music or simply that the chapter names are lyrics, or where the main character actually plays or sings, my favorite though are where the character write music especially when the lyrics are included in the book. Either way here are my Top Ten books with a musical theme that I think any music/YA fan would love.

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  1. Guitar Notes
  2. Get Happy
  3. The Enchanter Heir - Blues man, the blues.
  4. This Song Will Save Your Life
  5. Amy and Rogers Epic Detour - This counts because my favorite thing about this book was the playlists!
  6. Reunited 
  7. Being Friends With Boys
  8. Just Sing
  9. Lemonade Mouth 
  10. Exiled (Okay so I haven't read this book yet but I have high hopes for it!)
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Definitely tell me if I have missed any very obvious books, or not so obvious ones, because if they have music I must read them! Also leave links in the comments to your TTT posts and I shall stop by!

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Title - The Bellum Prophecy
Author - L. Marie Horton
Release Date - Dec. 12th. 2013
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Description:
Two Wars, One Destiny. Seventeen-year-old Edyn Vella always knew that her strange dreams of the future made her unique, but she never knew what they meant. However, when she fails to stop her aunt's murder by an ominous vampiric creature, Edyn learns that her prophetic visions aren't the only superhuman ability she possesses. Following her late aunt's clues, Edyn finds herself in New York City attempting to save her last surviving relative, the powerful and reclusive billionaire, Ethan Roux. Edyn not only discovers Ethan isn't exactly human, but that she is at the center of an ancient prophecy and could determine the outcome of an impending war. As Ethan's Omega, his only human descendant, she's thrust into an enigmatic world full of new supernatural creatures where both good and evil vampires and warlocks have waged a centuries-long battle for the fate of humanity. Just as her relationship with the mysterious and handsome Brendan begins to blossom, Edyn's complicated new life quickly spirals out of control when ancient evil becomes determined on making her one of them. Edyn must discover her inner strength while making the choice between a long life without love and a potentially short life full of it. The Bellum Prophecy is a dark, suspenseful new novel that explores the loss of innocence while coming of age in the midst of a battle between good and evil. Combining the best elements of vampire legend, the supernatural, and even magic, L. Marie Horton uses exciting action and a cutting-edge story to craft a refreshing new take on young adult fiction.

About The Author:
L. Marie Horton is an attorney practicing law in Fresno, California. After completing her degrees, she gave the left side of her brain a rest and became devoted to writing fiction. L. Marie is also a photographer, avid speed-reader, and an obsessive fan of movie soundtracks. She has a supportive husband and two fur children, Scottie a.k.a. Daba D and Gunnar a.k.a. da Gun Gun’s.
L. Marie writes YA paranormal romance and fantasy fiction focusing on strong characters trying to overcome extraordinary obstacles in their life. Writing is an extreme passion of hers and she relishes in sharing that passion with her readers.


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Monday, April 28, 2014

Blog Tour: Justice Buried by Hilary Thompson - Spotlight+ My Personal Favorite Quotes+ Giveaway!

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Title - Justice Buried
Author - Hilary Thompson
Series: Starbright #1
Release date: January 15th 2014
Purchase: Amazon
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The people need Justice, but she's not listening. One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to return and save them from their Fates. 

Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior - too bad for them she isn't a believer. Trea fights against her false destiny: she rebels against her family and friends, then refuses her arranged marriage to the charming but deceitful Lexan. Learning her life is in danger, Trea is forced to trust Lexan - until she discovers a power she never knew she had, and one he already knew he did. 

As betrayal closes every door, Trea decides she must submit to her stars and accept her fate. Then a handsome stranger offers her an unexpected escape and the chance to create her own destiny.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR Hilary Thompson is an independently-published author who released her debut Young Adult novel, Justice Buried, in January, 2014. Justice Buried is the first in a dystopian fantasy series incorporating mythology and astrology, with the second full-length title due later in 2014. She also teaches high school English, which gives her some insight into her target audience, and helps her maintain a thick skin. Blog | Twitter | Facebook


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Review: Justice Buried by Hilary Thompson - 3.5 Stars


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Title - Justice Buried
Author - Hilary Thompson
Series: Starbright #1
Release date: January 15th 2014
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Description -
The people need Justice, but she's not listening. One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to return and save them from their Fates. 

Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior - too bad for them she isn't a believer. Trea fights against her false destiny: she rebels against her family and friends, then refuses her arranged marriage to the charming but deceitful Lexan. Learning her life is in danger, Trea is forced to trust Lexan - until she discovers a power she never knew she had, and one he already knew he did. 

As betrayal closes every door, Trea decides she must submit to her stars and accept her fate. Then a handsome stranger offers her an unexpected escape and the chance to create her own destiny.

My Rating: 3.5 - I'm Conflicted!

Review - Seriously, conflicted. This was a really good book and I could have loved it except for a couple big things. This book has a lot going for it, it's dystopian-ish, it has some great mythology and astrology which I found very interesting and kinda awesome because it's not something I see a lot in books. I loved the plot and the world building, which reminded me in parts of Divergent not just the setting underground in a cave system that reminded me of Dauntless, but of the main character, she's feisty and makes some stupid reckless decisions in a true Tris way, yet she wasn't a total rip off of Tris at the same time.
In this book a massive disease of some kind destroyed and killed most of the world separating it into three cities, Tartarus, Asphodel, and Elysium, one thing that I thought was interesting was the names of these cities but I was a little disappointed that that didn't play a bigger part in the story. It's generations after this disease ruined the world that the story takes place, Astrea lives in Asphodel and is destined to become the next leader and lead them back to the surface, and she hates it because she has no choices and the current leader wants to kill her so she can keep her potion and the story kinda progresses from there. Let's talk likes and dislikes, shall we?

Likes -
  - Lexan - Lexan has his own destiny, he has to marry(partner with) Astrea who has never given him a chance, and help her lead Asphodel and there's this whole thing with his family and some kind of promise he made, it's all very interesting. I loved Lexan, he was my favorite character and I hated how Astrea treated him. He's kind and protective and sweet and nothing like she thinks he is, he does nothing to deserve the way she treats him. I just loved him and I wanted him to end up with Astrea even when she doesn't deserve him and I want to know more about what is going on with him and I just want him to be happy!
  - The World Building - While I would have liked a little more info on the other cities I assume that will be covered in the next book and I just loved the world in this book. It was interesting and original.
  -The Astrology - In Asphodel they base everything off of what sign you were born under, it dictates who you can marry, your job, even your personality. And I thought it was awesome. I have always been big into astrology and I just loved how it tied into these characters and the story, it was highly original and just awesome.
Undetermined -
   - Astrea - I loved her in the beginning, I loved her all the way up to the part where Stian came into it. She is a hard character to like, she's a little b****y and she tries to rebel because she doesn't want all these choices made for her and she does it in a very immature and infuriating way and then she's surprised when bad things happen because of it, despite this I actually managed to like her, I started to love her when she started to accept Lexan and then in came Stian, who was...I don't know but I didn't like it. First not only does this start a very confusing love triangle, confusing because at times it seems as if she had no feelings at all for Lexan and he says that he just hoped something could be born between them and then at times she says and does things that make you think that she does like him, but then she doesn't? Maybe? But it also has a horrible case of insta-love made worse by the fact that personally I don't think Stian is a very likable character, their "love" is too fast and sloppy for it to feel even a little bit real and it made me hate both characters. For instance at one point over basically nothing Astrea decides she can't trust Lexan and then Stian does something really bad and she basically shrugs it off because part of trust is just being there for the person and knowing they will just lay with you when you can't get out of bed or something like that but that person isn't Stian it's Lexan! I just want to slap her, I swear!
Dislikes -
   -Stian - I just hated him. He is a bland and fairly pointless character, I mean there is a reason for him but he doesn't do it well. He's the outsider and what not and needed but he needed to be a better character. There is no reason for Astrea to "love" him he is not lovable. In the end I know nothing about him, I don't understand him at all, he is nothing more than his purpose, he is nothing! Even Astrea admits more than once that she might only like him because he's new and different and a new way to rebel and oh my god I did not like him. It's not a case of I chose sides in the love triangle but of he is not a good character, he is not developed enough to make a good impact on the story. I didn't feel that he liked her or why either of them would like each other, he's very territorial, "oh me big scary man, you leave my girl, who I have known for all of five pages and kissed once, alone even though you've known her longer, she likes you more, oh and you know there's that whole you're going to marry her thing." I just did not like the way he's character was done.
  - The Love Triangle - I hate love triangles in general, just like insta love, but this triangle wasn't even done well, first of all I don't understand why either of the guys likes her, or why she likes Stian and she is constantly acting like she likes Lexan but it's like she doesn't even realize that's what she's doing. She seeks Lexan for comfort and when anything is wrong and it seems like all she wants Stian for is kisses though honestly she seems to like Lexans more!

Overall - I did like the book don't get me wrong it's just I couldn't get over the problems because they were big ones. I have to like a main character and some people will probably love Astrea and they might love Stian too but I hated them and honestly I think the only reason I finished this book was because of Lexan and because I wanted to like Astrea but I couldn't like her when she was with Stian because I didn't feel that there was anything between those two characters. I will probably read the next book just to see where it goes and out of the hope that Astrea becomes a better person and of course for Lexan.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. If it sounds interesting to you I urge you to pick it up it's worth the read and I think that a lot of people will love it.


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Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Number 18 And Big Moments

So, Wednesday was my 18th birthday! What did I do, you ask? Well obviously I got drunk and smoked things..... kidding.
No, seriously I just hung out with my family saw a couple movies(Captain America: Winter Solider and Lego movie) had some sushi and that was about it. Oh wait, wasn't there something kinda huge and important that I did, something that could maybe possibly change my life? Oh right, there was! Now you may not think this such a huge deal but it is to me, okay? Okay. So as you may recall I kinda spend a lot of my time writing, I may have mentioned once or twice that I want to be a published author one day, hopefully soon, and that I had been working on a query letter and what not to get ready to query some agents, which is where you send an agent a query letter telling them a little about yourself and your book with usually around the first five to ten pages of your book and if they like it they request more and so forth and so on, I'm not really sure on what happens next, but anyways on the 23rd of April, my 18th birthday, I sent out my query letters! Now yes it is very possible, likely even, that I will be rejected by all of the seven agents I queried and it could be years and years before I ever even get an agent and maybe I completely suck but this is the first real step, because while it could end in disappointment it could also end the way I want it to, in complete awesomeness.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fangirls Spotlight: Ashes and Ice Playlist! +Giveaway

So this months' Fangirls Spotlight is Rochelle Maya Callen's Ashes and Ice series and so this is a playlist I made inspired by the books! For more information on Fangirls Spotlight click here.



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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Blog Tour: The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi - Guest Post!

So, you may remember about a month ago when I reviewed The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi, which I loved by the way, well I was lucky enough to get to talk with her and she wrote this awesome guest post for the blog! It's all about the relationship between books and music which you may know is something I talk about quite frequently! Without further ado here it is!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #11

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8755785City Of Heavenly Fire - 
by Cassandra Clare
Pub. date - May 27th

Description (from Goodreads) -

ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID. 

I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. In the long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Dark Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris — but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee — even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned . . .

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the world in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments


Why I Can't Wait - You Know.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #12: Characters Who Piss Me Off

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This weeks topic is -Top Ten Characters Who X (you fill in the blank -- examples: piss me off, are the popular kids, are bookish, would be my bff, that stole my heart, etc. etc.)

Top 5 Characters That Piss Me Off
  1. Kelsey from Tiger Saga
  2. Ren from Tiger Saga
  3. Kishan from Tiger Saga
  4. Gale from Hunger Games
  5. Peter Pan from Tiger Lily
Top 5 Characters/Couples That Made Me Swoon
  1. Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles
  2. Dash from Dash and Lily's Book Of Dares
  3. Zuzana and Mik from Daughter Of Smoke and Bone
  4. Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood from Mortal Instruments
  5. Aristotle and Dante from Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe

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Review: The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnik +Playlist

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Title - The Trouble With Flirting
Author - Claire LeZebnik
Release Date - Feb 26th 2013
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Description -
Franny's supposed to be working this summer, not flirting. But you can't blame her when guys like Alex and Harry are around. . . .

Franny Pearson never dreamed she'd be attending the prestigious Mansfield Summer Theater Program. And she's not, exactly. She's working for her aunt, the resident costume designer. But sewing her fingers to the bone does give her an opportunity to spend time with her crush, Alex Braverman. If only he were as taken with the girl hemming his trousers as he is with his new leading lady.

When Harry Cartwright, a notorious flirt, shows more than a friendly interest in Franny, she figures it can't hurt to have a little fun. But as their breezy romance grows more complicated, can Franny keep pretending that Harry is just a carefree fling? And why is Alex suddenly giving her those deep, meaningful looks? In this charming tale of mixed messages and romantic near-misses, one thing is clear: Flirting might be more trouble than Franny ever expected.



My Rating: 4.5 stars

Review-
So, I read and loved Epic Fail a few months ago and then I bought this one on my Kindle when it was on sale and had it just sitting around for awhile now and I found out that this author has a new book coming out tomorrow so I figured time to read it and I am so glad I did. I started it at like 1 am and finished at about 4 this morning which lead to a massive head ache this morning but again so worth it. I loved this book, it's fun and cute and exactly what I want in a contemporary.

Likes -
  - Harry - I loved Harry, he's funny and cute and I really loved his relationships not only with Franny but with Isabella who has been his best friend forever. I loved that it had that aspect of a boy and girl who are only best friends nothing more and their relationship was probably my favorite in this book. I also did really enjoy Harry and Franny's relationship even when she was a total jerk to him. He is my favorite type of male love interest, funny and goofy and never taken seriously even when he's sincere and you know just a total flirt.
  - Isabella - I loved her and only wish she had been a bigger part other than Franny being jealous of her.
  - Vanessa and Laurence - They might have been my favorite characters, I love love loved Franny and Laurence their scenes were my favorite.
  - The theater/acting - After music my favorite theme in a contemporary book is theater and acting and while I do wish it had played a bigger part in this book I still loved it.
Dislikes -
  - Franny - If there is one thing that I almost hated and that made me give this book 4.5 stars it's Franny. I didn't hate her but I didn't love her either. She was a little bit selfish and kind of a b*tch at some points. I didn't really like the way she treated her aunt or Harry for part of it, I hated when she was so caught up on Alex even though I liked him at first. She was funny and entertaining but still, I couldn't love her, at her funny moments I almost loved her but then she'd be stupid and bye bye warm feelings for her.
  - Franny's aunt - I felt like towards the end there was supposed to be this kinda big revelation that her aunt actually loved and enjoyed having her or something and that's what I wanted but it wasn't really there, it was kinda implied but it was too late. Like I don't even know why her aunt would have enjoyed her, she took her for granted and walked all over her, it wasn't pretty.

Overall - I really enjoyed this book and it's more than worth the read it's just that the main character can be annoying at some points. But it's one of those books that you enjoy so much when reading it you don't even realize that your annoyed until you try and sit down and review it, it's just fun. =)

Recommended for - Contemporary fans. Jenifer E. Smith fans. Fans of Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Review: Boys Like You by Juliana Stone

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Title: Boys Like You
Author: Juliana Stone
Expected Release Date: May 6th
I received an advance copy from the 
publisher through Netgally for an honest review
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Description -
One mistake.

And everything changes.

For Monroe Blackwell, one small mistake has torn her family apart –leaving her empty and broken. There’s a hole in her heart that nothing can fill. That no one can fill. And a summer in Louisiana with her Grandma isn’t going to change that…

Nathan Everets knows heartache first-hand when a car accident leaves his best friend in a coma. And it’s his fault. He should be the one lying in the hospital. The one who will never play guitar again. He doesn’t deserve forgiveness, and a court-appointed job at the Blackwell B&B isn’t going to change that…

Captivating and hopeful, this achingly poignant novel brings together two lost souls struggling with grief and guilt – looking for acceptance, so they can find forgiveness.


My Rating: 3 Stars

Review:
What to say? I am seriously conflicted when it comes to this book. I wanted to love it, it sounded perfect, but in all honesty it fell a bit short for me. We have the two main characters Monroe and Nathan, both broken seemingly beyond repair. Monroe's little brother died on her watch and she blames herself, shutting out the world and falling so far that she attempts to end her life, she's sent to spend the summer with her grandmother to try and recover and what not. Then we have Nathan who got into a drunken car accident that left his best friend in a coma and him without a scratch. The thing is it's supposed to be these two acts that bring them together and kinda unites them against the world, you know? They save each other and while these two acts that brought them together aren't blown over and ignored I still wanted more. I don't know, maybe I'm wrong to want to see these characters suffer more than they all ready have but it's the truth. Even though these two things are in the background and acknowledged constantly, never forgotten, I still didn't feel like it was there enough, they have these big moments when they learn to live again and all this but we don't exactly SEE this, it's like we're told it and are just supposed to believe it like we're supposed to believe they are in love. I didn't hate it, it is still a good book but not quiet great.

Dislikes -
The Wording - While their was nothing wrong with the writing some of the words that the author chooses to describe things made me cringe and roll my eyes a lot, everything was hot or sexy or tight and cringe worthy in my mind. This didn't make me hate the book or anything it was just a small annoyance and it probably wont even bother most people but it did me.
Monroe and Nathans relationship - I don't know what exactly I didn't like about it but the romance side felt a little fake and rushed and I don't know. I didn't swoon for them, you know?

Likes -
The Relationships - Between Monroe and her gram mainly, I loved it and only wish  there had been more moments between them.
Secondary characters - Their were some great secondary characters, Monroes Gram and Nathans friend Brent I loved them both. Even Rachel, Nathans ex, was a pretty interesting character.
Trevor - I loved hearing about him but I feel he was a bit overlooked, like you mainly hear about Nathans guilt not enough about the actual guy.
The Deep Stuff - Obviously these main characters have some problems they're both going through things and these are the parts that made me feel the most, I loved watching them work through everything and learn to forgive themselves.
Their Friendship - There were parts I loved about their relationship, the moments when they confide in each other and catch each other, I really did love those parts.

Overall - It's a good book, worth the read but not amazing and stunning and gut wrenching like I wanted it to be. I mean we have a nice heavy subject here, these two characters are broken because of these horrible mistakes they made and I feel like I should have felt more than I did for them and the situation.

Would I recommend it? Yeah. Not highly but if it sounds like something you would like then read it. It's not horrible and I am sure that many people will love it, just not me.



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Friday, April 18, 2014

Baking On Friday - Pumpkin Banana Mini Muffins

I know I missed last week but that was because I was still perfecting this recipe and then my brother ate my bananas and it's a long story, okay?
I have been trying to pair these with a book but I don't have any idea what book to pair with this and it's already late enough, so, yeah.

Muffins - (original recipe here)
Ingredients -
  - 2 eggs - beaten
  - 3 tablespoons vanilla
  - 1/2 cup milk
  - 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  - 1 1/2 teaspoon unflavored liquid stevia
  - 3 Bananas - mashed
  - 2 cups flour
  - 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  - 1/2 teaspoon salt
  - 1 teaspoon baking powder
  - 1 teaspoon baking soda
  - 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  -  3 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  - 1/2 stick butter
  - 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
Directions -
  -Preheat oven to 350%
  - In a stand mixer - Mix eggs, vanilla, milk, applesauce, and stevia until combined
  - Add bananas
  - In separate bowl - mix dry ingredients - Flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, flaxseed, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice
  - Slowly add dry ingredients to wet, mix well
  - Add softened butter and pumpkin puree

  - Cook for 15-20 mins for mini muffins



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Fangirls Spotlight: Review: Fire & Shadows by Rochelle Maya Callen +Giveaway!

So this months' Fangirls Spotlight is Rochelle Maya Callen's Ashes and Ice series and so this is my review of the second book in the series Fire and Shadows. For more information on Fangirls Spotlight click here.

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Secrets. Silence. Sacrifice.

Jade is only beginning to unravel her own secrets. Facing fate, a murky past and a brutal inner battle, Jade must become what she fears without giving into the darkness. 

If she doesn't, the world will be devoured by Fire and Shadows.


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Spoiler Alert! Spoilers from book 1 Ashes and Ice are in abundance in this review!

My Rating - 5 stars

Review -

What to say of this book? First let me point out that I was in a cold medicine influenced daze while reading this book, so take what you will from that. I really really enjoyed this book though, what I can remember of it. Still I loved it almost as much as I loved the first one. This book picks up a couple weeks after the end of the first one, we have Conner basically back from the dead, Jade half way around the world god knows where with Giovanni an angel who we quickly find out is in love with Jade though she can't remember him and so obviously he hates Conner and yeah, I was really worried this was going to transform into a love triangle but it didn't, because throughout it all Jade stays true to Conner which just made me love her more. So while Jade and Giovanni are searching for the entrance to Hell to save Lynx Conner is stuck back at home under suicide watch and willing to do anything to find Jade.

Dislikes -
  -The one thing that I will say kinda bad about these books is that they definitely can't stand alone, they're quick and fun and I love the story but you definitely get the feeling that this is only part of the story with it, it's not very filling. I love it anyways and that's really the only bad thing I have to say about it but it is true.
  - Giovanni - I just hate him so much, oh poor me I love Jade and she doesn't remember me, oh I know I'll be jackass to her and pretend I feel nothing! Also lots of grunting and sulking and Conner hating. He was a well written character I just hate him!
  -The ending - It was a good ending but that cliff hanger!

Likes -
  - Conner- I still love him and this book sees him stepping up a little which I really loved.
  - Jade - Again I still love her and the fact that she wasn't at all interested in Giovanni made me love her even more.
  - The writing as with book 1 beautiful and compelling.
  -Everything? It's fast paced and easy to read and we get more plot and character development and I just loved it.
  -Giovanni - while I do hate him a little I must admit that I felt for the guy.

In conclusion - See above.
P.S. More please?

Recommendations- If you love good books read this. Especially if you love Daughter Of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: The Geography Of You And Me by Jennifer E. Smith + Playlist

About: The Geography Of You And Me
18295852by Jennifer E. Smith
Pub. Date: April 15th
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Description:
Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.




My Rating: 5+ stars

Review: What to say? I am a huge fan of this author, I would even go so far as to say that she is my favorite contemporary author and I just loved and adored this book just as much as I did her others and cannot wait for more from her.
This book centers around two characters, Owen and Lucy, who after meeting one night in an elevator in the middle of a city wide black out move hundreds of miles away from each other, they both felt something that night but before they have a chance to understand what they are separated by vast distances. The book is told between the two characters POVs as they each go on their own adventures still somehow connected and defined by that one night that they spent looking at the stars. While they make half hearted attempts to keep in touch each one is afraid that the night meant nothing to the other and is afraid of being rejected and so they live their own lives and yet somehow they always come back to that one night, to the boy and girl stuck in an elevator. That night they asked each other the question if they could go anywhere in the world where would it be? For Owen it's everywhere and for Lucy somewhere, and that's what they do, traveling further and further apart and still always drawn to each other and that is how the story goes.
I felt that this book was fairly realistic, I don't thins it was so much about a long distance relationship as kinda the absence of one. There was post cards and unanswered emails, but no promises to each other and for the most part no communication at all, it was more about how that one night changed them and stuck with them through everything. How one chance encounter in the middle of a blackout affected their lives, how even though they didn't talk for months and even though they really only knew each other for a handful of hours they still dreamed that something could come from this and it still changed their lives.

Likes -
   The characters - I love Lucy and Owen so much not just together but apart too. Lucy is a bookworm and a loner, she loves her family but is used to her parents leaving her alone for days while they travel and her brothers are away at college and her story is allot about her reclaiming her family, mainly her mom, and learning that being with people can be just as good if not better than being alone. With Owen his mom just died and his dad and him are trying, basically, to outrun their grief, leaving their home behind and eventually just hitting the road and driving until they find somewhere to stop for a little while before moving on once more, I loved their relationship how they had to take care of each other and how for the most part they were all they had. Of course overall the most important thing is Owen and Lucy's relationship, if you can call it that, besides a few postcards and emails and one reunion that ends badly, they don't talk to each other throughout most of the book, it's about how they are without each other and realizing it's not crazy to feel this way after only one night of talking. It's about them finding their way back to New York and the possibility of that night and it's just so good.
   The traveling - I am a sucker for contemporaries with road trips and any kind of traveling and I liked that this book had so much of that. I loved the part about point zero the center of Paris the most and how they made their own point zero and it's just really good, okay?
   The writing - I love Jennifer's writing, it's beautiful and light hearted and I don't know..quotable? Seriously I highlighted like half of the book which I mean I do that allot but still!

Dislikes -
   -I would have liked it if Lucy's brothers had actually been in the book, but that is really a small unimportant thing.
   -I wanted more postcards. I get the point was kinda not having the postcards and trying to move on and everything but still I loved the postcard thing and I wanted more!
   -That it ended?

Overall - I love this book just as much as I love all of her others books that I have every read. If you loved Statistical Probability and/or Happy than I do believe you will love this one too. I know some people were disappointed in it but I honestly do not know why. In the end I really have no complaints about this book. It's fun and lighthearted, it's not something to read if you want to discover the secrets of the universe or have a good cry feast but to me it is the best kind of contemporary. It's a fairytale of sorts where you know there is not chance of it not ending in some kind of happily ever after and it was everything I wanted it to be and more. Characters I could love and root for, travel and adventure and family and love notes in the form of postcards, and I just completely loved it.

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