Saturday, January 31, 2015

2015 Monthly Recap Janurary Edition / Sunday Post #18

Wow. We're already one month into 2015? That was fast...

So, I thought this year I would do a monthly recap spotlighting some of my favorite posts and books from the month plus checking in on my Challenges! This week this will be combined with my Sunday Post!

Challenges:

For the TBR Pile Challenge, I read 1/12 so that's a good start! For this I read The Last Dragonslayer which was, unfortunately, a bit disappointing.

For the 2015 Discussion Challenge I did two discussion posts! Which is one more than I was planning and I actually have a couple more ready that I haven't gotten around to posting so that's good! That's 2/12, as at the moment my goal remains at 12 for the year.

For Flights Of Fantasy I've read 4/50

Upcoming Next Month: Well, I revamped Ships I Don't Ship which will be a monthly feature and probably be posted around the same time next month. While next week I'm starting my OTP posts otherwise known as Ships I DO Ship. Thirdly, I'm starting another monthly feature that is going to be called Bookish Mind Control...yeah. I'm really excited for all of that.

Lastly,  I'm going to be revealing my real name and getting rid of Nobody, which will include an awesome post and a giveaway! For this though I am looking for anyone who wants to contribute to the post! All you'd have to do is email me, you can use the contact me gadget on the side of the blog OR comment below, and pick a name(it can be yours or just one you really like) and a cool fact about the name, either by looking it up or like if it's a favorite character/authors name then a quote! So, a name and something cool to go with it, email me(of comment) that and I will put it into the post along with your name and blog link! Anyone is welcome to do this even if you hardly never check out the blog! Also, anyone that contributes will get 3 extra entries for the Giveaway as a thank you!

Top 2 Reads Of January:
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Top 1 Disappointment Of January:
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The Sunday Post


Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

This is a meme where every Sunday you can share what's been going this week in your life and on your blog! It's also good for bragging about all your new lovely books!




Real Life
Not much happened this week besides when I almost killed myself by eating 3 dessert egg rolls after a huge dinner! And I cut about 8 inches of hair off!



Besides that it's been a lot of work on my book and being disappointed somewhat by Fairest... =(
But, I did revamp my Ships I Don't Ship Posts and it featured a couple from Harry Potter!

New Books
I didn't request any more books! yay!

Bought:
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This Week On The Blog
I talked about Changing My Name and Over Thought Everything, then I asked for Help for my Name Reveal Post, I Reviewed To All The Boys I've Loved Before, and talked about a Ship I Don't Ship!

On my writing blog Grace&Steele(I'm Steele!) I talked about my Writing Quirks and some projects I'm currently working on! I also did a monthly update post with my co-blogger Grace!


So, that's it! Happy February! I have no idea what I'll be doing next week but I probably won't have a post up until Tuesday. Tell me, how was your week? Reading any good books!?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Call For Help!

So, Monday I talked about changing my name from Nobody to my real name and I am going to that, hopefully really soon, thanks to all the input from some of my favorite blogging friends. However, Shannon mentioned doing a whole big/awesome reveal post which, I love that idea! And, I'm really excited about it and since it's all about changing my name I thought it would be cool to get some input from other bloggers.

Here's what I'm thinking if you're interested.

Pick a name, it can be your name, your friends name, your moms name, your kids name, or just a name you really like, or the name of your favorite character or a favorite author. Anything. Just pick one you like.

Then do some research on it! A quick search turns up any number of websites about the origin of names and find something cool about it! Or, if it's your name or someone you knows name and there's a cool story behind it, that works! If it's a favorite character of yours then one of your favorite quotes of theirs works! Really anything!

So yeah, pick a name and pick something cool that goes along with that name and then either comment below with it or email me ( fangirlsarepeopletoo @ gmail.com )and I will make a ~hopefuly~ awesome post with them all and link it back to your blogs and whatnot!

I hope you think this is cool and I'd love for anyone who wants to to make a contribution with a name, doesn't matter if we talk all the time or your one of those people who looks but never comments I will put any and all in as long as they aren't gross(that goes without saying right?)!

This post looks boring, let's add a gif!



P.s. I will be doing a giveaway with the reveal and anyone who contributes to the post will get 3 extra entries as a thank you!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ships I Don't Ship #4: The Revamp

Okay, as you may know for awhile I was doing these posts, I've done three so far, two about book couples and one about Tv shows...the thing is I wanted to revamp it(I skipped it last month) and change it up. Previously, I've done at least five couples at once and first of all, I'm quickly running out of ships I don't ship but I really like this feature, and second of all I've never really given concrete reasons about why I don't like the ships. So, I'm going to start featuring only one ship a month and do a full on list of reasons because....lists! I'm really excited about this and I hope you guys enjoy these posts! Though, because of this I may be(read: will definitely) be featuring some ships I've mentioned in previous posts.

Shipping: The act of wanting, nay needing, two characters to be together. Believing with every inch of your heart and soul that two characters belong together, whether it's that way in the book/tv show/movie or not.
Example: I ship Katniss and Peeta so hard, they just belong together!

Harry and Ginny
(A Ship I Don't Ship)

From: Harry Potter
Spoilers? Minor but yes.

My History With This Ship:

Don't get me wrong when I first read these books back before I knew what "shipping" even was, I totally shipped them. In book six when they kiss and even before that when Harry finally realizes that he likes her? I shipped that hard. But then I reread the books...

Why I Don't Think They Belong Together:

It's not so much that I don't think they belong together as I just don't think it's a ship worthy relationship(I really hope that makes sense).

- They have no chemistry! This is pretty much the only reason, but I really feel like it's true. I mean, one thing I love about Harry Potter is that the romance is barely there, Harry don't got time for that! But still, Hermione and Ron had chemistry, they had all these little hints from the very beginning that they liked each other, Harry and Ginny? Not so much.

- I know we're not talking about the movies, but again in the movies absolutely no chemistry. Seriously those kisses? The things of nightmares! Sorry for the exaggeration.


- Ginny is badass, there is no denying it, way more so in the books than the movies but badass nonetheless. Which is why it's almost...sad that she just basically waited and waited for Harry. Sure she dated other guys but she never even made Harry work for it! I mean sure, that was just part of her character and there's nothing wrong with it, but it doesn't make for a good ship, okay?

- I don't hate them together I just think they had a boring relationship. There, I said it.

Who I Think They Do Belong With:


- Harry and Luna (what? with a little development I think that could have been epic!)
- Ginny and Neville (though I'm also fond of the Neville/Luna ship)

Overall: While I wouldn't have wanted any romance to take over more of the plot with Harry Potter I just never felt like Harry and Ginny were really that great together. I loved seeing Ron and Hermione's relationship grow throughout the books, so subtle that sometimes you don't even realize it, but Harry and Ginny are kind of a boring ship in my opinion. It's not so much that I don't think they belong together as it's just not a ship I'm overly fond of.


Please do feel free to contradict me in the comments below, I'd love to hear your opinion on this ship and tell, what's a ship you don't ship? (Also does anyone here ship Harry/Draco? Because I could get behind that!)

Stay tuned next week for my first OTP post which is basically the opposite of this where I'll be featuring one of my One True Pairings aka Ships I Do Ship!

Monday, January 26, 2015

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Song Of The Moment- Fourth Of July by Fall Out Boy

15749186To All The Boys I've Loved Before
by Jenny Han
Release date: April 2014
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link
Description -
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.


My Rating:

5 Stars 
(1 for pure fluffiness, 1 for epic writing, 1 for swoon-worthy moments, and 2 for Lara Jean)

Review:
I read this book in a manner of hours and I just loved. It was way more than I thought it was going to be, I don't know how to explain it. It's like it is a light and fluffy contemporary book yet it's also more without crossing into "tragic" territory.

I honestly have no idea why I didn't read this sooner because the idea behind this, the premise of the love letters Lara Jean writes to a boy every time she's been in love and decided she's done with them, it's like my favorite thing ever. I just love the premise so so much!

I loved Lara Jean, I just kept thinking how she's my kind of person. I wasn't expecting this to be the kind of story where it's kind of a slow building romance where you completely fall for the characters as they fall for each other, but it is! And that's basically my favorite thing ever.

This is my first Jenny Han book and I found myself really loving her writing style.

I also enjoyed the family relationships especially between Lara Jean and Kitty, I think mostly because I'm the youngest in my family so I loved seeing Lara Jean trying so hard with her little sister. Also this book is surprisingly light on the drama. Of course, there is drama, there's has to be in contemporary, but it wasn't overwhelming and constant which is always a good point in my book.

Overall this is a really fun book and probably one of my favorite contemporaries I've read. Seriously I need the sequel now! I want to know what happens next because I think Lara Jean might be my fictional best friend.

Would I Recommend This? Yes! Highly, I mean, I'd scream it from rooftops...
To Whom? All the people? But mostly anyone who loves contemporary(and mostly to Jillian @ Jillian's Books)
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Um, yes. I'm already struggling with myself control over wanting to buy the whole Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy!

Have you ever given/got a love letter? I haven't but to me love letters are one of the most romantic things(what? I'm a romantic at heart!) the only thing above them being mixed tapes, I don't care if that died out years ago!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Changes? In Which I Overthink Everything!

Okay, so I've seen quite a few blog posts about pen names and just general discussion of why you use a fake name and how much in general you share about your real life when blogging, but I want to discuss something a little different that I've been considering for a while now.


Aka:

I can't make these kinds of decisions by myself!


As I'm sure you know(or if you don't because you're new to here it's fairly easy to figure out) I obviously don't use my real name or even a good fake name. I would hope that everyone knows Nobody is not my real name. I'm sure people can come up with a hundred or more reasons that you would think someone uses that name and I'll explain my reasons in a minute, but the reason for this post is... Since I created my writing blog in which I use a different pen name, I've been thinking of changing my name here. I was thinking of changing it to be the same name I use on that blog which is Alex Steele(my awesome spy name), but now I'm thinking my real name....


Okay, so some people use a pen name because they don't want to use their real name for one reason or another, maybe for privacy purposes or because they don't want to be stalked by authors, this isn't why I use a fake name. The thought never crossed my mind. People might use the name Nobody because they feel like a nobody...also not the reason I use the name. It actually started a long time before I started blogging and it was for my writing. I was like 13 and I thought it was very mysterious, and that it would be awesome to have a book by Nobody. I'm reluctant to give this name up(not only because by now I use it for lots and lots of things) but because it was actually a really big part of who I am and was.

Basically, by using this name I could separate myself from my writing and it kind of became my alter ego when I first started writing, and it helped to write in many ways(again I was 13 and this is the way my brain worked then!). It kind of helped me separate myself from my writing and kind of made it less...scary?

So, when I started this blog it was just natural to use the name however now...sadly...I feel like I've outgrown the name. I don't think I'd ever use it if I published a book and more than that I kind of want my followers to know my real name!


The problem being...how do you change your name? I mean obviously it's actually very easy but....it's also kind of confusing for readers, right? Because all my links for like Top Ten Tuesday and such would no longer be Nobody @ The Story Goes... and my Twitter would no longer be Nobody @TheStoryGoes_ and my Goodreads would no longer be Nobody(The Story Goes...) and anytime I comment it would no longer say Nobody. Of course, people change their blogs name all the time and no one really gets confused so I suppose this isn't as big a deal...right?

Basically, this isn't so much a discussion as something I really want a second and third and ninetieth opinion on... If I did change it it would just be my first name and I wouldn't change anything else really... I'm just conflicted. Once I have a better idea of whether people think it would be confusing then I can decide if I'm ready to get rid of this name that I've kind of held on to maybe a bit too long.

So, please tell me your opinions because I am bad at making decisions of any kind! Do you think it would confuse people or am I just thinking too much?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sunday Post #17: Music Obsessed

Song Of The Moment - Fall Out Boy

The Sunday Post
Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

This is a meme where every Sunday you can share what's been going this week in your life and on your blog! It's also good for bragging about all your new lovely books!









Real Life
This week has been fairly normal, I've been feeling a lot better and done a nice amount of work on my book. Didn't get quite as much reading done but I was expecting that. And.... The new Fall Out Boy album came out!!! I've been listening to it obsessively this week and I love it so much! My favorite songs off it are probably Favorite Record, Fourth Of July. and Jet Pack Blues...not necessarily in that order. =)

This week I read: To All The Boys I've Loved Before which, why did I wait so long to read this!?! I'm nearly finished with my reread of Harry Potter seven which I'd been putting off because then it's over...all over again! I'm writing this at like 6pm on Saturday and therefore plan on finishing Ask Again Later tonight.

New Books
Um...will someone please stop me from requesting books?
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Purchased:


This Week On The Blog
I discussed being Scared By Hype, shared my Top Ten Gifs, Reviewed Last Dragonslayer and answered some Mustache related questions!

On my writing blog(where I'm Steele!) I talked about Writing What You Know? And shared some songs I like to listen to while revising!

Coming Soon(on the blog next week!)
   Monday I will be discussing a change that I've been debating over for some time, I will also review To All The Boys I've Loved Before and hopefully be debuting at least one of three new features I'm working on! One of which will be my revamped Ships I Don't Ship.... I'm pretty excited!

How was your week!? Anything interesting happen?



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

Song Of The Moment- All The Small Things by Blink 182

13316328The Last Dragonslayer
by Jasper Fforde
Release date: Oct. 2012
Genre: YA/MG Fantasy
Goodreads Link
Description -
In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.

My Rating:

3 Stars: Meh. Liked it but didn't love it.

Review:

This sounds like a whimsical quirky adventure novel, maybe a little bit weird but the good funny kind of weird. It is that, but also it kind of just fell flat for me.

Jennifer Strange is a foundling who has recently taken over running Kazam where she's basically the manager of a bunch of wizards, finding them jobs and then making sure they don't get out of control or fall into total ruin. Magic is disappearing in the Ununited Kingdoms and Jennifer seems to be the only one that cares.

This is a really good book, but it just wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. It's fairly short and fast paced yet still seemed a little boring and slow at points. I was expecting laugh out loud moments and didn't even encounter any silent laughter moments. There's really nothing wrong with it, I mean I didn't find any flaws, it's a fun, fast-paced, book with interesting, wholesome characters and a very unique story/world.

I've never felt this way before, but I honestly think I'm just a little too old for this book? I can enjoy middle grade anytime and maybe it's just I picked a bad time to read this, I was sick and not in a funny mood, but I do think I would have found it more entertaining when I was younger.

Overall: A solid read just maybe not for me.

Would I Recommend This? Yeah.
Who To? People in need of a lighthearted easy fantasy read!
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Maybe...?

In other news, this is the first of my TBR Pile Challenge picks so yay! One down eleven to go!

Have you ever read a book that you thought you were just too old for? Or maybe you just weren't in the right mood to read?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I Mustache You Some Questions?



So, I was tagged by the awesome Val @ The Innocent Smiley for this tag and, no, I was not wearing my fake mustache while writing this post... pfft.

Four names that people call me (other than my real name):
1. Nobody(haha got you there. Though really I started this...and not many people actually call me it..)
2. Monkey - What? My brother calls me it!
3. Punk butt - Again I have two older brothers....pity me
4. Super Awesome Person - I hope?

Four jobs I have had: (Well, this is embarrassing...I'm starting to feel like a failure here. Basically, I'm 18 and in a very in between spot in life...okay?)

1. Unpaid writer
2. My boss is me (writer)
3. This is a real job (writer)
4. I really want to this forever and even though it means I have no money my only job is being a writer.

Four movies I would/have watched more than once:

1. Basically any and all Marvel movies
2. Harry Potter(all of them!)
3. Frozen (I have no shame!)
4. Tangled(it's the best and most under-appreciated Disney movie!)

Four books I’d recommend: (All the books isn't an answer, is it?)
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3. every Rick Riordan book ever.

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Four places I have lived:(again with the questions I fail at)

1. Hogwarts
2. Narnia
3. The Capital
4. Zadaa

What?! I wanted to sound interesting, but I've only ever lived in Reno and Sparks which you literally don't even notice when you've crossed from one into the other!


Four places I have been:

1. California(multiple times to multiple cities)
2. Penslyvania
3. Tennessee (plus about twelve other states)
4. Comic-Con (what? I like to brag that I've been to Comic-Con!)

Four places I’d rather be right now:

1. Comic-Con
2. Disney World
3. Narnia
4. Hogwarts


Four things I don’t eat:

1. Cooked tomatoes (this also goes for any kind of tomato sauce)
2. Carrots
3. Pecans
4. Unicorn meat (sorry! my mind went blank when I got to this question!)

Four of my favorite foods:

1. Chinese food
2. Pizza(extra light on the sauce!)
3. Nachos
4. Pie

Four TV shows that I watch:

1. The Flash
2. Arrow
3. Big Bang Theory
4. New Girl

Four things I am looking forward to this year:

1. Sleeping
2. Writing
3. Reading
4. Cutting my hair

Yep, it's shaping up to be a good year!


Four things I am always saying:

1. Dude. I say this way more often than necessary, I think it's my regular greeting actually...I blame it on growing up with two older brothers.

2 Seriously. Seriously, I say this a lot!

3. Guess what? I say it all the time yet I never give anyone a chance to answer it...

4. Yeah. Yeah. My friend pointed this out once and it's something both my brothers and I do and we'd never noticed it before. We'll say 'yeah' to something and then seconds later when we've actually processed what the other person said we say "yeah" again. So every time it's like: yeah...yeah.

Four people I tag:

Petra @ Petrasbokblogg
Jillian @ Jillian's Books
Molly @ Woven Magic Books
Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger

This is a really fun tag so if you haven't been tagged yet I tag you to and please answer at least one of these questions in the comments!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #46: I have to make decisions? How about gifs instead?

Song Of The Moment - It's Over When It's Over by Falling In Reverse

This week was hard! It's a freebie which means you can do whatever you want, pick an old one, maybe do your own thing, that's too much responsibility! I'm not good at making decisions! Plus, I waited until the last minute!

Around 10 Favorite Gifs To Use In Reviews


For when you get hit in the feels:

When you just got to let it go:

When your mind is blown:

When you just can't:

All the feels:


The Ships:


Because...batman:


Flailing:


When it get's scary:


For when swooning:



Do leave me links in the comments, and happy Tuesday!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Let's Talk: Scared By Hype?

I admit sometimes if I see a book getting a lot of hype it makes me not want to read it as much...



So, I think it's safe to say that hype is a two sided dagger(I really hope this metaphor makes sense). Yes, it can make more people aware of the book and make you oh so excited to get your grubby paws on it but also....well it can make things disappointing and also scare you away from something. Maybe it's just me, but when I see tons and tons of people loving something it makes me think 'well maybe I won't love it, maybe I'll be the blacksheep, maybe it's great but not my thing,' and no one wants to be disappointed! Right?


I will admit, I might be a little hipster too in that I want to love something before other people, and like I want to be the minority(yes, I'm quoting Green Day). Now, this? This is something I just have to get over 'cause it's kind of stupid. But, there are other reasons I'm not as willing to jump into something that I see getting all the attention.


First of all, I don't trust a book that's getting all good reviews, it just shouldn't be possible! There's always going to be one person who just doesn't like the same things, or that this super super great character highly annoys. I am way more likely to read a book that has mixed reviews, that's just the way I am!

Why Is Hype Bad?


Because you can always be disappointed! I kind of love going into a book having heard next to nothing about it, maybe a few of my closest blogging friends have loved it and recommended it to me, but the whole world isn't blowing up over how it's the best thing ever! Then I go in thinking "okay, this could be a pretty awesome book". But, when the whole world is blowing up about it I spend more time trying to see what it is everyone loves about it then enjoying it. Or I go in thinking, "Okay this book is going to wow me, it's going to break me, and I'll never be the same again". Not to mention with some books you think you're just obligated to like it, think Fault In Our Stars, now I really do love that book but I think I would have enjoyed it more the first time I read it had I been oblivious to the fact that the whole world loves it.

If you're like me then you get to second guessing yourself; do I really love this book or do I only think I'm supposed to love it and therefore convince myself that I really do?

After experiences with Fault In Our Stars and If I Stay to name a couple, I've gotten really weary of hype. Obviously, there's nothing inherently wrong with hype, there are books that lots and lots of people love and that shouldn't effect whether I read it or not, but it does. I find myself reluctant to read a book I was super excited about when I see my Twitter blowing up with how this is the best book ever! Granted I shouldn't let that get to me, but it does! It's too much pressure! Not for me to love it but for the book to live up to it.


Okay, I'm going to end this post before I start repeating myself over and over again and descend into madness, but please do let know if hype ever scares you? And/or your overall opinion on overhyped books, does it make you more likely to read something, less, or does it make absolutely no difference to you?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sunday Post #16: A Lazy Week

Song Of The Moment - Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy

The Sunday Post



Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

This is a meme where every Sunday you can share what's been going this week in your life and on your blog! It's also good for bragging about all your new lovely books!





Real Life
I don't know whether to consider this week hectic or lazy... basically last Sunday I came down with an annoying head cold(sore throat, stuffy nose, ect.), was pretty much over that by Tuesday and feeling pretty good and then I got a severe sinus infection that pretty much defined the rest of my week as between the bouts of dizziness and headaches I pretty much stayed in bed for three days! So, suffice to say I'm behind on comments and posts, didn't get hardly any work done on my book and yeah...watched a lot of Friends on Netflix though!

So, while it sucked being sick it was kind of nice not to have to do anything, so I can't complain too much! And I did manage to get quite a bit of reading done when I was feeling better throughout the week!

So, I finished reading The Kiss Of Deception, which I loved. Then had my heart broken by All The Bright Places (still haven't recovered). I then read Don't Ever Change and thought it kind of meh. I also read and thought meh about The Last Dragonslayer which was one of my TBR Pile Challenge books, so yay for that!


This Week On The Blog

Coming Soon(on the blog next week!)
   There will be posts! Probably 4 of them! I want to revamp my Ships I Don't Ship feature but I want it to be better and haven't decided what I'm doing with it yet so there may or may not be one of those posts! =D

So, how was your week? Please do share awesome posts and any great reads down below!



Friday, January 16, 2015

Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Song Of The Moment- So Far Away by Red

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by Jennifer Niven
Release date: January 6th, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link
Description -
The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

My Rating:

4.5 Stars: I really really loved it/it made me bawl like a baby


Review:
First, I have to say is that this book is one of the best contemporaries I've ever read, not only does it have great writing and characters but the story is just told so well and I don't think it's one I'll ever forget.

This story is obviously tragic, but it's also funny, and hopefully, and yeah, it's probably going to break your heart but only after it's convinced you that nothing in the world can be as great as Violet and Finch. This book is going to teach you things, important things, and things you didn't know you wanted to know, it's going to make you laugh, and cry, and everything in between.

I fell for Theodore Finch, basically from page one and I loved him and I hated him and basically I felt everything for him that Violet did. I loved Violet too, not as much as I loved Finch, but she's still a really good three-dimensional character. And mostly, I loved them together. They're widely different and both kind of crazy and broken, which makes it all the more great and heart breaking.

I'm not going to say it's perfect...I'm sorry....please don't throw rotten fruit at me! I had a few *minor* problems with it. First, I hated Finch's parents...I get they have to be this way and this is just the way they are and it's not even "classic absence of parents in YA", but I hated them. I really really hate them. Also, and I admit this could totally be me being dense or dumb or just plain missing something, but I was very confused by the whole "Asleep" thing. Finch is constantly talking about staying "Awake" and how the last time he was "Asleep" it was for over a month...am I missing something here? Was it explained and I didn't see it? Because I'm still confused about it...

Overall, this is an amazing, sad, heartbreakingly beautiful book that I highly suggest everyone read. It deals with everything from death to mental illness to truly being Awake and living. Though, if you're prone to crying from heartbreak, do have tissues handy!

This book leaves you like:

Would I Recommend This? Yes.
Who To? People who like having their hearts ripped out of their chests and then needing massive amounts of chocolate if they every wish to be okay again!
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Duh.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Let's Play Tag: The Reader Problems Tags

Yay, another tag! I don't think I've done a tag yet this year...so Yay first tag of the year! The awesome Jillian @ Jillian's Books tagged for this and this is a really cool tag because they're all hypothetical questions!


Get it? We're going on an adventure? =)

1. You have 20K books in your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next? I'm very much a mood reader so whatever I see that catches my eye! Sometimes I'll be in the mood for fantasy or contemporary and so seek that out but again, mood reader.

2. You're halfway through a book and you're just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed? Depends on the reason I'm not loving it...if I can't stand the characters but the plot is amazing then no I don't quit. If I can't stand the characters and the plot is boring me, then yes, I quit.

3. The end of the year is coming, and you're so close but so far away from your Goodreads reading challenge? Do you try to catch up and how? Again depends. If I can realistically catch up then I try if I'm like 20+ books behind then I just read like normal. How? By reading books I know I will love and devour fast like. =)

4. The covers of the series you love do not match. How do you cope? By crying tears of rage.

5. Everyone and their mothers love a book you really don't like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings? My cats. They always agree with me.

6. You're reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal with it? I bite my lip really hard. Seriously. Though this isn't a big problem for me something has to be really really sad to make me cry.

7. A sequel of a book you love just came out, but you've forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip to the sequel? Try to find a synopsis in Goodreads? Cry in frustration?! Depends. I used to always reread when it was one of my favorites but now I have so much to read! If it's really really high in my favorites then I'll reread the first one if not I'll hope I can catch up by jumping into the new one!

8. You do not want anyone borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask? Not really a problem for me...

9. Reading ADD. You've picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump? Usually, I try to pick up a fun easy read, some fluffy contemporary, or I reread an old favorite.

10. There are so many books coming out that you're dying to read! How many books do you buy? 2 a month! That's my goal for the year only buying two books a month...so far I'm failing.

11. After you've bought the new books you can't wait to get to, how long do they sit in your shelf before you get to them? Depends. Some I jump into right away, other sit for a week or two, others for a year or more... =)

I shall tag people now! Sorry, if you've already been tagged/don't do tags...I won't hold it against you to ignore the tag!


And....done. Four's enough, right?

Feel free to answer any of these questions in the comments below! For instance, are you a mood reader or do you have a schedule and stick to it?


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review: The Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Song Of The Moment- Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy

16429619The Kiss Of Deception
by  Mary E. Pearson
Release date: July 8th, 2014
How I got it - bought it
Genre: YA Fantasy
Goodreads Link
Description -
A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love. 


My Rating:

5 Stars

Review:
Um, I kind of loved this book....that's all. End of review..... No?

Basically, this book is everything it promises, the Kiss Of Deception is the perfect name and I just really really love it, okay? And I don't know how to review it!

A Synopsis: This book follows Princess Lia who, as a first daughter of the king, is being forced to marry a prince to solidify a alliance between their kingdoms, at the last moment Lia decides to run away forging a new life in a more peaceful town. The prince however is not happy with this and takes it upon himself to track her down, not to mention the assassin sent from a faraway land to kill her, The deception? You don't know who's the prince and who's the assassin!

Obviously this is going to be a really lame review on my part, I hate writing reviews of books I loved, so let's just get it over with!

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

Lia: I loved Lia, she's such a strong and awesome main character, she'd badass and headstrong and in no way a weak character, really she's my favorite kind of main character to have in fantasy novels. She's compassionate and kickass and not selfish in the least(well maybe a tiny), which are all things I find awesome in main characters. A lot of the time the awesome badass and headstrong female character can turn into a slight wimp as soon as she falls in love, but that never really happens with Lia, which I greatly appreciate.

The deception(love interests): First of all it's the best kind of love triangle, one that makes sense. Secondly, it's beautiful torture! It's not as confusing as it might seem really I confused myself because I knew which one out of the prince and assassin I wanted to be the one she was falling for and so I kept trying to convince myself it was that one and basically just trying to figure it out and that's when it gets confusing. I really loved how the author did it though, you get to know both Kaden and Rafe without knowing who is who and even when you find out she still does an amazing job of developing their characters and their relationships with Lia. Most the time I didn't even know who I shipped her with, which was kind of awesome!

The world/plot/story/everything else: I thought the world was awesome, I could have used a few more explanations of everything and there really wasn't a ton of action but I never felt like I was getting weighted down with an info dump or bored, despite the lack of action. I loved the world and the mystery of the "gift' that first daughters have, I would have liked a little more explanation, but it didn't bother me that much. What really struck me in this book was the characters and the relationships they were they best part and so well done.

Overall: I'm really really anxious for the next one because I want to know more about the world and I need more Lia and Kaden and Rafe and just everything! I think this is a great fantasy read especially for people who love a good romance with their fantasy!

A random note: I'm really conflicted on who I ship because I picked between the assassin and the prince long before I knew who was who and then I just kept hoping my favorite was who I wanted them to be and then....I don't even know anymore! You know?

Would I Recommend This? Yes!
Who To? Any and all YA fantasy lovers.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Definitely.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #45: 2014 Releases I Can't Believe I Haven't Read

Song Of The Moment -Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy

What book did you most want to get to last year but didn't? Don't forget to leave links in the comments so I can visit your TTT posts!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sunday Post #15: All The Things

Song Of The Moment -  Irresistible by Fall Out Boy
The Sunday Post



Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

This is a meme where every Sunday you can share what's been going this week in your life and on your blog! It's also good for bragging about all your new lovely books!




Real Life
This week has been slightly hectic. I've been working a lot on revising my book, and haven't read much at all, sadly. I still have a ways to go with my editing but, hopefully, soon I'll be ready to send it to some beta readers which I need to find some more of...

Then, Wednesday I went bargain hunting with my brothers, we went to some thrift stores and my favorite used bookstore, so that was lots of fun! I've actually been keeping up with comments this week which is always a good thing! Though I still don't have any posts scheduled!

I read The Improbable Theory Of Ana and Zak which....I had very mixed feelings on it! It doesn't come out till May so my review won't be up for a while though! Besides that, I'm almost done with The Kiss Of Deception and am loving it!

New Books
From Bookoutlet:

The Dark Hunters vol 1(graphic novel) / The Winners Curse / City Of A Thousand Dolls / Broken Hearts Fences, and Other Things To Mend / Some Thing Real / You Look Different In Real Life


From bargain shopping:

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower / Dangerous Girls

Preorder:
 All The Bright Places
(Sorry it's upsidedown!)

Won from a Giveaway:
Now this is ridiculous, upside down and sideways!

Sorry, I'm feeling lazy and didn't link any of the books... =)

This Week On The Blog

I discussed whether it's always necessary to read the book before seeing the movie, listed out my top debuts for 2015, and reviewed Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I also did a post called #BookNerdProblems because I was kind of bored and realized I used that hashtag a lot!

On My Writing Blog Grace&Steele(I'm Steele!)
I talked about emotions in books, shared more inspiring writing quotes, and shared an excerpt from the novel I'm currently working on! We also did the Beautiful People meme!


Coming Soon(on the blog next week!)
   Um...I have ideas...

How was your week!? Anything interesting happen?
Also, quick question, if I put up a wanted post for beta readers do you think you or anyone in general might be interested? I'm really conflicted on whether to do this or not!