Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Monthly Recap March Edition

How can it possibly be April tomorrow? Like, yesterday it was still January! April means my birthday and I am so not ready to be 19 yet, I don't even feel 18. I'm not sure what 18 is supposed to feel like, but I don't feel it!

This is going to be a short monthly update as I'm lazy and forgot about it until the last minute.

Challenges:

For the TBR Pile Challenge: I read Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List so I'm still on track with 3 out of 12

For the 2015 Discussion Challenge: I talked all about stress and discussion posts. So I am now at 4 out of 12 posts.

For Flights Of Fantasy: I'm still at 7 out of 50...

So, this month was kind of up and down blog-wise, it started off okay and then I got super stressed, then I got better but my brother was in the hospital for a week after his mouth surgery, and then we found out that we are going to be moving next and oh my god is this a run on sentence or what? All is good again heading into April though. My brother is home and doing fine though his mouth is still wired shut. My other brother and I have taken over moving responsibilities and that's still kind of stressing because we haven't yet found a house but still. Also, Camp NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow and I can't not be excited for that!

Blog wise for April...there will be posts. Including Top Ten Tuesdays which I've been failing at, and my first Sunday Street Team post which I'm excited for just because I loved the review book I got through it and I'm really excited for Sunday Street Team stuff. Besides that...we'll see?

Top 2 Reads Of January:
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Top 1 Disappointment Of February:
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(it wasn't that disappointing I just didn't read a ton this month!)

Any fun plans for April!? Blogging and otherwise?? Also, what was your favorite book you read this month?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Review: Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Song Of The Moment- November by Sleeping With Sirens

23230Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Release date: August 2007
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads / Amazon
Description -
The quintessential Girl-Likes-Boy-Who-Likes-Boys, from the New York Times bestselling authors of NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST!

Naomi and Ely are best friends. Naomi loves and is in love with Ely, and Ely loves Naomi, but prefers to be in love with boys. So they create their "No Kiss List" of people neither of them is allowed to kiss. And this works fine…until Bruce. 

Bruce is Naomi's boyfriend, so there's no reason to put him on the List. But when Ely kisses Bruce, the result is a rift of universal proportions. Can these best friends come back together again? Or will this be the end of Naomi and Ely: the institution? 

Told in alternating voices using an array of emoticons and symbols by co-authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, co-author of WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON with John Green (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS), NAOMI AND ELY’S NO KISS LIST is the ultimate offbeat love—and in love—story.

My Rating:

2 Stars - it was meh

Review:
I have mixed feelings on this book...

So, Naomi and Ely have been best friends forever, Naomi loves Ely, Ely loves boys. They have a very unique relationship and I was never quite sure whether Ely had always known Naomi loved him or not. So, the No Kiss List is a list they have of boys neither of them is allowed to kiss in case it might ruin their friendship and cause them to break up. Bruce #2, Naomi's boyfriend, was not on the list and Ely kissed him, leading to the big blow up that this book is.

My biggest problem with this book is I didn't like the characters all that much. I liked Ely more than Naomi, and he really grew on me as the book progressed, but I hated Naomi. Naomi is selfish and just mean, everything was her fault and she acted like it was the end of the world and all Ely's fault when she literally caused all the problems! She used people, mainly Bruce #1, and never really cared even when it was pointed out to her. My biggest problem with her is even though it was supposed to be that she has this big revelation towards the end and she's grown oh so much, I never felt like she grew or changed at all. Ely went through a lot of character growth and change throughout the book and it felt so much more real.

Side character wise, I feel like the book would have been so much better with more Bruce #1 and #2 chapters along with more Robin(male and female) chapters. The side characters were the best. You have Bruce #1 who's been in love with Naomi forever even though she's clearly not worth it. Bruce #2 who was dating Naomi but was never in love with her and is falling in love for the first time with another boy when he'd never before thought even for a second that he might be gay(or bi). Robin, the girl, and her relationship with Robin, the boy, was even more interesting than reading about poor Naomi this and poor Naomi that. Basically, the side characters were so much more interesting than the main. But even though I loved these characters the POV switches were kind of weird, I wanted more Robins and less Naomi, more Bruce #2 and less Ely. But all of them together and seemingly put in random spots? That got kind of boring at parts and confusing..

The plot(if that's what you can call it). So the whole book is based on the No Kiss List and the big fight that goes down once Ely kisses Bruce #2, and the problem I had with it was that the fight was too...weird. It was just a bunch of overreacting that never made even a little bit of sense. Yes, when it comes to fighting and relationships there's a lot of overreacting, but this never felt real at all, just like a stupid fight between five-year-olds.

The writing was really great though.

“I know I should just leave. Just go. Because there's a point where a mistake turns into a big mistake, and I should probably come to my senses before I get there.” 

“Please may this not be a game. Please may this not be a game. Because if it’s a game, I know I’m going to lose.” 

“If we actually thought about every decision we made, we'd be paralyzed ... You have to decide which decisions you're actually going to make, and then you have to let the rest of them go.” 

“I would have always been the captain. But now you're in charge.”

Overall: This was a fun enough book with some epic writing and brilliant side characters but my hate for Naomi and the vague stupidity of the overall plot(I.e. the fight and break up of the friendship) tainted my enjoyment. What mostly saved this book was Bruce #2, he was my favorite and I think it could have been so much better if he played a bigger part.

Would I Recommend This? I wouldn't NOT recommend it...
Whom To? People...
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yes! I still love both of these authors.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Camp NaNoWriMo 2015! What The Frick Am I Going To Write???



NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month.


NaNoWrioMo takes place every November and it's where you commit yourself to writing and try to write a 50,000-word novel in just one month! Camp NaNo takes place in April and July with a few key differences. First of all, you get to custom set your goal, you don't have write novel, you don't have to write 50,000 words, you can write more, you can write less, you can edit, you can basically do whatever you want. There's also virtual cabins! Where you can choose to be paired up with other writers either by age group or people writing similar things as you and so on and so forth.

Okay. So, I've done two regular NaNoWriMo sessions and I did Camp last July, and I've never lost so let me brag for a second...I am awesome...okay I'm good. This year I've mostly been working on editing and revising, like a lot. But, I am going to be writing something new for Camp NaNo! Yay!


I don't tend to talk much about my writing here since I started a writing blog with my friend but I figured, may as well talk about NaNoWriMo, right?


As usual I found myself unable to chose what I wanted to write. I have ideas, quite a few, but I have commitment issues... I briefly mentioned(I think?) in the post where I try to convince all the people to join me at Camp NaNo that I haven't picked a book to write. Now, I handed most decision making over to my brother, also known as my number one critique partner and the person that makes all my decisions that I can't make for myself because I am an indecisive person. Basically, I made quick little pro and con sheets for each of the four ideas I was considering with a rating of how much I've outlined/developed the idea and he read through and picked one out. Without further ado, I present my Camp NaNo 2015 project!

Title: Narcolepsy
Genre: YA Suspense/Horror

Description:
Ainsley Stone has known about her narcolepsy since freshmen year. She's come to terms with the fact that she's going to spend most of her life in complete exhaustion. That she'll never be normal, that it will be nearly impossible to find a good job when she spends 13 or more hours a day sleeping, unable to make herself move.

She prefers not to even think about the waking dreams and Cataplexy; where she essentially faints only she's still awake. Sure, all this has lead to a major fear of social situations where an episode may occur, endless whispers behind her back and anxiety attacks, but she's gotten this far. Senior year of high school, so close to leaving her small whisper filled town far behind. Maybe she's never been kissed, maybe she's completely friendless and in love with a boy who can barely look at her anymore, but Ainsley knows that none of this will matter once she's graduated.

The way she sees it, at least things can't get worse. But she's wrong.

It starts at the beginning of senior year when the boy she's been dreaming about appears in front of her, flesh and blood. Kellin isn't effected in the littlest bit by the whispers that follow Ainsley or her random disappearances to sleep for hours and hours in the middle of the day in her favorite abandoned classroom. He even seems to be flirting with her.

Then her worst nightmare: an episode in the middle of class leading to the bloody hand prints on her bedroom door. Discovering the body of a girl in her class, brutally murdered but she can't prove it was real. And the masked man that follows her both in her dreams and out.

What happens when Ainsley can no longer tell the difference between Awake and Asleep?

I'm really excited for this one because, even before I was actually serious about being a writer, since I was like 8, I've always wanted to write a horror, or "scary" as my 8-year-old-self would say, book. I'm also, just in general, excited to try a new genre. I love stuff about dreams and I love stuff about how f-ed up in the head dreams can make you and I love my characters names... Plus there's this whole subplot about an underground comic and basically I'm just really excited for this which in my mind proves it's the right choice to be writing right now.


Goal wise. I was going to set my goal for 100,000 words, it's challenging and I've done it twice and I was planning on going for my second 50k week and everything and then... I'm moving next month.
=( So, my goal is actually 30,000 but I'm hoping to have enough time to hit 50. We shall see!

Now, I've pretty much stopped doing Sunday wrap up posts and it's kind of just gonna be random ones from now on, in April however they will be writing related! Because I'm going to be obsessed with writing... =)


Writing related or not, do you have anything fun planned for next month? Besides Camp NaNo and moving, my birthday is next month which mostly means new tattoos(as is my tradition)!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

Song Of The Moment- Go Go Go by Sleeping With Sirens

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story
22736613by David Levithan
Release date: March 17, 2014
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads / Amazon
Description -
It’s Tiny Cooper’s turn in the spotlight in this companion novel to New York Times bestseller Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

Jazz hands at the ready! Tiny Cooper (“the world’s largest person who is also really, really gay”) stole readers’ hearts when he was introduced to the world in the New York Times bestselling book Will Grayson, Will Grayson, co-authored by John Green and David Levithan. Now Tiny finally gets to tell his story—from his fabulous birth and childhood to his quest for true love and his infamous parade of ex-boyfriends—the way he always intended: as a musical! Filled with honesty, humor, and “big, lively, belty” musical numbers, the novel is told through the full script of the musical first introduced in Will Grayson, Will Grayson. 

My Rating:
5 Stars.

Initial Reaction:




Review:

So, if you've read Will Grayson, Will Grayson than you know that Tiny Cooper is one of the best characters ever. He's funny and sweet, he knows who he is and isn't afraid to show it, and he wrote a play about his life... So, In Will Grayson, Will Grayson Tiny Cooper's play is constantly mentioned, it's a huge part of the plot and it's so much fun to read about in that book and then you have this musical play/book hybrid that's actually Tiny Cooper's play! Basically, this book is just a lot of fun and anyone who read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, whether you liked the book or not, if you liked Tiny Cooper you must read his story.

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

- The references! Seriously, all over the place. References to Harry Potter(in song form), High School Musical, Blink-182(I don't remember what exactly I loved about this one but it made me very excited), and more.

- The songs. They were so outrageously funny yet meaningful at the same time.

- Tiny Cooper. He just has a strong, brilliantly funny, voice.

- The whole thing is basically a musical...it doesn't get better than that.

- Tiny Cooper's real name! It's in the end of the book and it took me an embarrassing long time to figure out that's what it was. But...excitement!


Overall: Um...so, I kind of loved this. I read this book in under two hours while sitting in a waiting room and I got so many weird looks because, even though I tried to contain my laughter and stop smiling quite so widely, it never seemed to work. Basically, if you read Will Grayson Will Grayson, and no matter what you're feelings on the book were as long as you loved Tiny Cooper, read this.

Would I Recommend This? Yup.
Whom To? People looking for a fun read whether you've read Will Grayson, Will Grayson or not.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yup.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Join Me And Together We Will Rule The Writing Galaxy

Please excuse the post title, I'm in a Star Wars mood at the moment.



So, CAMP NANO IS COMING! Please see the next paragraph if you have no idea what I am talking about.

NaNoWrioMo takes place every November and it's where you commit yourself to writing and try to write a 50,000-word novel in just one month! Camp NaNo takes place in April and July with a few key differences. First of all, you get to costume set your goal, you don't have write novel, you don't have to write 50,000 words, you can write more, you can write less, you can edit, you can basically do whatever you want. There's also virtual cabins! Where you can choose to be paired up with other writers either by age group or if you're writing similar things and so on and so forth.


Obviously, I am going to be doing Camp NaNo in April, let the excitement commence!


 Back in October, I tried to convince all the people to join NaNoWriMo and I have not given up! Let me explain to you why Camp NaNo is your ideal choice when first starting your writing journey. Now, I've done two regular sessions of November NaNo, and one of July Camp NaNo, I even went to the Night Of Writing Dangerously NaNo event in November, so I do kind of know what I'm talking about by now. ;)


1. It's fun! NaNo, in general, is fun but Camp even more so! You get to join a cabin which is basically just like a massive message thread you can view on the website where you're linked with other writers who are your cabin mates. It's very similar to Twitter messaging actually. And beyond cabins there's a huge Twitter community, writing sprints and virtual write-ins! Let me tell you now, if you're not going to take advantage of the community then it's not fun(well it's fun but not nearly as much) so if you're considering this remember to take full advantage of it! I was nervous about joining a cabin last year cause I'm super shy but its so much fun!

2. Customizable goals! Are you new to writing? Trying to see if you have what it takes to write a novel? This is prefect for you! You can set your goal at only 10,000 words(or less) and when you reach 10k? You get that epic winners screen and loads of bragging rights! If you are a more seasoned writer then up that word count goal, challenge yourself again, or just work on revisions!

3. Because you've always wanted to go to summer camp from home.

4. Because I'm too tired to come up with another reason and that's good enough?

Bring it.

Expect another post later this week about my goals for NaNo! I still haven't decided what I'm writing yet because I'm like the best procrastinator ever... =)

I do hope you'll decide to join in, it's loads of fun, but remember Camp comes twice a year and will be back in July(I think) so if you need more time to make a commitment...keep that in mind!

Happy NaNo-ing!



Click here to check out how I outline for NaNo
Or HERE to see my most from October where I try and convince you all to NaNo
This will take you to the Camp website and here will take you to my profile if you're interested!

Do you write/have you ever considered writing or do you just love love love reading?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Read This If You Want To Have A Chocolate Craving(Chocolate Book Tag!)

I wasn't tagged for this, but I saw Cynthia @ Binging On Books do it and...chocolate. I mean, it mixes two of my favorite things, chocolate and chocolate...er, and books.


Dark Chocolate (A book that covers a dark topic)
16151178The Sea Of Tranquility: The "dark topic" in this I don't believe is revealed right away so I won't mention it, but I will say this is a phenomenal book that definitely has that darker edge.






White Chocolate (A light and humorous read)
22736613 Hold Me Closer The Tiny Cooper Story: I just read this a couple days ago and absolutely loved it. It's one of the funniest most enjoyable books I've read and it's told in the form of a play which makes it even better in my opinion.






Milk Chocolate (A book with a lot of hype that you're dying to read)
19547856 Okay, so it's not out yet but I've seen a lot of reviews for it and I am already looking forward to it and, it does have quite a bit of hype already! Also, side note, milk chocolate is my favorite.






Carmel-Filled Chocolate (A book that makes you feel all gooey inside) 
12000020 No explanation. That's all.










Wafer-less Kit-Kat (A book that surprised you)
2282133 Frostbite(Vampire Academy #2): I liked the first but I was not expecting to love this one as much as I did, and something that happened at the end really shocked me. Mostly I was just surprised by how much I loved this one and how much I'm enjoying the series.





Snickers (A book you're going nuts about!)
12558285 Let's go with this because it is what I am reading currently.







Hot Chocolate with marshmallows (The book you turn to for comfort)
28187The whole Percy Jackson series, they were my first favorites and it's what I turn to for comfort. They're like an old friend, you know?







A Box of Chocolates (A series you feel has something for everyone)
6342491The Seven Realms series: It has magic, action, romance, awesome characters. And it's the first one that popped into my head that wasn't Harry Potter!











Let the chocolaty goodness continue!
I Tag:

Petra @ Petrasbookblog
Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight
Jillian @ Jillian's Books
Val @ The Innocent Smiley

P.s. What's your favorite kind of chocolate? I prefer milk or white.

Lots Of Stuff Happening = No Posts: An Update

Where to start?

You remember when I talked about stress? First of all, after, catching up and finishing my writing stuff I wanted to do, I've felt a lot better about all of that(all the encouraging comments and all the people who are going or have been through the same thing really really helps so thanks for that!). So, yeah, even though I haven't posted much and am still behind on comments I'm feeling better about all of that.


However....

I mentioned in that post that after the 18th which was my self-appointed deadline for what I was working on I should be relaxing and get back to posting more frequently.... That was kind of a lie. I am more relaxed, but I have even less time for posting and at the moment I really don't know when that's going to change. There are two reasons for this which I will explain real quick.

Reason #1. Family things. So, my brother had surgery Wednesday, I might have mentioned this once of twice a couple months ago and I mentioned it a few times back in like July, so, anyway. This wasn't a surprise, we've known for almost a year now that he was going to be having this surgery, it was oral surgery and, without going into too many details, it entailed his surgeon breaking his jaw which then had to have metal plates inserted to keep it together and then wired shut so that nothing happens to it. Yeah. Lots of "fun" stuff for him. Originally they were hoping they wouldn't have to wire it shut but they did, and we were hoping he'd only be in the hospital for a night or two but his doctor wants to make sure that his pain is under control and he knows his limits with his mouth wired shut and everything, so he's still at the hospital. We're a close family and he's on a lot of pain so one or more of us is constantly at the hospital with him.

Now, this is not a huge deal, I mean there's no serious health risks or anything. But we still worry because he's in pain and uncomfortable and everything. When he gets home we'll still have to help him a lot and he won't be able to eat for a minimum of 4 weeks, but still, there are worse things. And since it's my middle brother(older than me, younger than our other brother) and he has the worst luck ever it's not his first surgery, most painful? Yes. But not first.

Reason #2: We're moving next month. So, we've been thinking about moving for a while because the house we're renting is basically falling apart around us, we weren't really planning on moving so soon but it's kind of out of our control. So, we've moving in April which means packing, and cleaning, and finding a place to move, not to mention the actual moving. All while my brother is recovering.

So, yeah. Besides that everything's good! I've been reading quite a bit so I will have reviews whenever I get around to it. I'm going to try and do some other posts still when I can, I had some Camp NaNoWriMo related posts planned but at the moment I'm not even sure if I'm going to be doing NaNo next month so we shall see. I just wanted to do a quick update(that turned out longer than intended) to let you know why I might not be posting and visiting and commenting as much. I'm hoping I'll have plenty of time to do all that once my bro gets home from the hospital, but it's hard to say.

In the meantime, I've been reading a lot of fluffy contemporary(YA of course) because it's easier to read something that I don't have to have full concentration on while at the hospital with him so any recommendations are much appreciated!

How has your week been!? Hopefully a step up from mine!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spotlight On: Chasing Bristol by Shane Morgan

What do you do when your freedom and privacy is threatened?
chasingbristolcover
About the Book:
Bristol is trying to move on from a cheating ex. The last thing she wants are roses, gifts, and suggestive notes popping up at her apartment and at work.
When Bristol meets Mason—a charming and sweet guy who wants a chance with her—she’s convinced that he is the mystery guy trying to capture her heart. The thought fizzles when what appeared to be harmless turns into something much more terrifying, and Bristol realizes that Mason isn’t capable of such things. Not in his position. Bristol’s secret admirer is determined on having her for himself, no matter what. Will she have the courage to fight when control and privacy is being taken from her?
PRE-ORDER LINKS: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon FR | Amazon AU
Author Bio:
Shane Morgan is a Amazon Bestselling author of contemporary romance, suspense, and urban fantasy. She lives in Rhode Island with her amazing husband, who doesn't mind being surrounded by so many books or inspiring the male characters in her stories. Aside from writing, Shane enjoys blogging, helping other authors, reading, listening to music and watching movies.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #51 Spring TBR

Song Of The Moment - Just Like You by Falling In Reverse
Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish



"Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List"

The One That's Been Here Since Last Spring:
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The One That's Been Here Three Seasons In A Row:
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The One That Came Out Today:
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The One I Need Right Now Or I Will Go Insane:
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The One I Can't Believe I Haven't Read:
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The One I Needed Yesterday:
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The One That's A Trilogy:
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The One That Has An Epic Cover:
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The One That Might Technically Be For My Summer TBR:
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The One That's The Last One On This List:
Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)

Am I the only one who never seems to read many books off these lists? I think the most I did was read four off my Summer TBR last year!

Don't forget to leave your links in the comments below!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

ARC Review: Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Song Of The Moment- I Knew I Loved You by Savage Garden

17571215Things We Know By Heart
by Jessi Kirby
Release date: April 21st, 2015
How I got it - Review copy from publisher through Edelweiss
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link
Description -
When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all. 

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn't want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they're connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.

I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss to review honestly

My Rating:

3 Stars - Meh.
Review:

I'm conflicted. It seems I've been saying that a lot recently in my reviews, but that's how a feel. Sadly this is one of those books that is just kind of meh, it's good, not great, I like it and don't hate it, it also happens to be the hardest kind of book to review.

I had fairly high expectations of this book, I read In Honor by this author a few years ago and loved it. Besides that, the premise of this book is so promising. It sounds kind of heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time, I just don't think the characters and plot were developed enough for it to make a bigger impact.

This book follows Quinn whose boyfriend, Trent, died just over a year ago. When he died his organs were donated and now Quinn feels like if she can just meet the recipients then she'll finally be able to move on. However, the last recipient never replies, the recipient of his heart. So Quinn takes it upon herself to track him down planning on just seeing him, not meeting, not talking, however things happen and she does meet him and everything explodes after that.

I really loved the beginning of this book, it was a perfect set up for what I was excepting to be a slightly heartbreaking story of loss and learning to love again but, as I've seen a few other reviewers mention, it focused too much on the romance. You have both Quinn and Colton(the heart recipient) who've had some bad things happen to them but that was all pushed aside and forgotten for the most part.

Let's Discuss:

Characters - I feel like the characters never met their full potential. Quinn was an awesome, clumsy and hurting character and I wanted to see her being strong and overcoming her loss, but instead she kind of just replaced Trent and it just never felt like she really got over him or maybe it was too sudden that she was suddenly over him? And Colton too, could have been so much more. I loved him, he was a great character but he could have been an epic character with a little more development.

Side characters - The side characters were definitely the best. I loved Quinn's grandmother she was hilarious, but I still wanted to see a little more or her because she was kind of the best character. I also loved Ryan(Quinn's sister) but again, I would have liked to see more of her.

Plot - The book was really fast paced and it just didn't feel like there was a ton of plot. It never felt like anything much happened, you get flashbacks of Quinn and Trent, you get these moments of Quinn and Colton getting to know each other, and then these moments of Quinn falling apart, but it never comes together quite enough.

Overall: It just never felt like not much happened in this book, like all the way up to the end I was waiting for it to get to the interesting moments, the wow and dang moments, for the story to pick up and things to actually happen. Yes, I know this is contemporary not fantasy, but mostly I was waiting for the real emotions to come and they never did. This was a good quick read, but it leans more towards the fluffy side of the spectrum than the serious side. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book I just don't think it lived quite up to it's potential.


Would I Recommend This? Yes.
Who To? Anyone looking for a quick contemporary read.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yes, I still love this author.

Are underdeveloped characters ever a deal-breaker for you? They can be for me.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Stress: A Six Letter Word


So, one thing I mentioned quite a few times at the beginning of the year when everyone was talking about goals and resolutions - it was kind of my main goal for the year - was not stressing myself out. I hadn't realized it much before, but I have a tendency to put a lot of unneeded stress and pressure on myself. Basically, it's self-inflicted.


Now, this topic has a little to do with blogging but mostly just real life stuff. Basically, I just wanted to talk about stress in general and once more assess the ways I'm trying to eliminate it. I was actually doing really good about it until recently, I'd cut down on blog posts, from 5 to 7 a week to 3 to 5, I was balancing my reading and my writing and my blogging and it was fabulous.


I'm not sure what's changed but I lost that balance and now everything is just mounting up and overly stressful again. I think part of it has to do with goals I set myself in my writing, I try to set reasonable goals that won't cause stress and I think I'm overdoing it this month. The thing is, I'm not in school and I don't have a job, writing is my job and I treat it like it is, I work on my books for 6 to 8 hours a day, sometimes more, and it can be exhausting. Beyond that I don't have a ton of responsibilities but I still have to find time to do everything else. And writing, in general, can be stressing because beyond writing and rewriting and editing and doing the absolute best you can, you don't have much control over things. You can do your absolute best but when it comes to querying to try and get an agent, you basically have no say over anything. This causes even more stress!


I love writing, of course, and I don't hate or regret how much time I have to spend on it, I set these goals for myself, but when I'm so overly focused and don't have time to do other things it makes me stressed.

When I get stressed, I get so wound up that I don't want to read. It's kind of a downhill slope that can lead to lots of self-doubt and then it's into depression territory. So then I fall behind in reading which stresses me out if only because reading is the thing that makes me relax and when I take that away I don't have that relaxing part of the day.


Now, blogging. When I get stressed I tend to get so focused on one thing, writing usually, and it's all I can think of and focus on, so even though I still love making posts and it's so much fun, I fall behind. And it's not just posts but what I hate even more is falling behind on comments and visiting other blogs because without that blogging's not as fun.


So, how am I going to de-stress my life again? No idea. Well, yes an idea but not a great one and one that won't really take effect until after the 18th. After the 18th, I'll have finished what I'm currently working on and have time to take a short break before Camp NaNoWriMo in April. Reading is harder, because it doesn't stress me I'm just having a hard time finding time for it recently. As for blogging, I've already cut out my Sunday Weekly wrap-up posts and I'm just trying to do posts when I can and not worry about it, I'm really counting on being able to chill out and focus again on other things after the 18th. With blogging, it's like when I fall behind on comments then I start stressing out and I don't want to do more posts and I don't want to visit other blogs until I've caught up, so I kind of have to get over that.


I'm also trying out a new sleeping schedule to capitalize on my most productive hours of the day( I kind of get obsessed sometimes...). I'm used to staying up til 2 or 3 in the morning and then sleeping til 10. I usually eat and then start working which always leads to me feeling like I need crash again around 4, I just work through the slump I get there, but I tend to do less for a few hours around there. Now, I'm sleeping 1 to 7(more often 2 to 8) in the morning and then 4 to 7 in the afternoon, eliminating my least productive parts of the day and ensuring that I am more awake during my most productive parts.



So, I know this wasn't exactly a normal discussion post but if you're stressed or have any other icky type feelings(whether about blogging or not) share them below(it's almost like free therapy!). =)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #26

Song Of The Moment - Speaking In Tongues by Young Guns

Hosted by Breaking The Spine


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by Melissa Grey
Expected Pub. Date: April 28, 2015
Description(from Goodreads) -

For readers of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

Why I Can't Wait: This one sounds like it could just completely unique and awesome. Also, I'm in love with that cover!


What are you waiting for this Wednesday? 


Sunday, March 8, 2015

ARC Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver


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by Lauren Oliver
Release date: March 10, 2015
How I got it - Review copy from Edelweiss
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link
Description -
New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.


I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss to review honestly

My Rating:

3 stars: I liked it, it was just missing that WOW factor for me.
 Review:

This is a hard review for me to write for two reasons: because I love Lauren Oliver and because I'm really not sure at all how I felt about this book. I know I didn't hate or dislike it, but I also know that I didn't really love it. But honestly? I'm having issues coming up with reasons why I didn't love it. Also, that ending? It just threw all my feelings out of wack!

This book follows Nick and Dara, sisters who have always been close while both secretly resenting the other. After they got into a car accident that left Nick without a scratch but Dara scarred, they stopped talking. Nick is desperate to get her sister back and to remember everything that lead to the accident and just what happened.

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

- Nick and Dara. I loved both characters, as always with Lauren Oliver, they are both such unique and vivid characters. They both have their faults and flaws and problems, but they're also both strong in their own ways and no matter what they're tied by their bond as sisters. They were probably my favorite thing about the book and had I not liked and appreciated them as characters I probably would have hated the book.

- Plot. It definitely has a very intriguing plot that keeps you on your toes until the end. It's very fast paced, and at moments it felt like nothing much was happening, but I never wanted to put it down.

- The writing. Again, in usual Lauren Oliver style the writing was amazing.

- The ending and the twists. The ending was something I wasn't expecting and I loved it, however, at the same time it was just so sudden(which was great because it meant I didn't see it coming) that I kind of felt like it was just thrown at me and it left me feeling like it was just something totally random, it didn't feel...complete.

A Few Of My Not So Favorite Things:

- Lack Of Suspense. With the intriguing plot, all the secrets, and unknown things that you're just waiting find out, I'd expect a lot of suspense. I didn't feel it though. Yes, I was intrigued and hooked enough to want to know all the answers, but I thought there was a big lack of suspense when it came the biggest twist of the story.

- The "romance" and relationships. There was basically no romance, which was good because this story is about sisters first and everything else second, but I didn't connect at all with the romance that was there. Again, that's fine because it means the romance doesn't take away from the more important parts of the plot. But, I didn't like or connect to any of the relationships. Dara and Nick, Nick and Parker, Dara and Parker, all three of them. Honestly, my favorite relationship was Dara and Ariana(her old best friend) a relationship that was barely part of the story.

Overall: I guess my biggest problem with the book is that it didn't feel like it came together all the way in the end. I mean, yeah, everything tied together but I just felt like I was still waiting to fall in love with the story, with the plot and characters. I just didn't connect to any part of this story. In the end, I enjoyed it, it was a fast read, I just didn't love it. It ended up being one of those books that falls flat, I don't hate it, I don't love it, basically it didn't inspire any real feelings beyond impatience to know what was going on.


Would I Recommend This? Yeah.
To Whom? Lauren Oliver fans?
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Of course. I haven't had the best of luck with her contemporaries but I still love this author.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Song Of The Moment- Cold As Ice by Foreigner
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by Richelle Mead
Release date: 2008
Series: Vampire Academy #2
Genre: YA Paranormal
Goodreads Link
Description -
Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose... 

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks... This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory. 

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price..


My Rating:

4.5 Stars - I loved it!
Review:

Ugh... How to explain my feelings and thoughts on this book? Basically, I loved it. These aren't the best books in the world and I know vampires tend to have a kind of no-fly zone around them, meaning a lot of people avoid vampire books, I'm normally one of them, but these books are just so much fun. They're quick paced, with fast flowing writing, kickass characters, and intriguing plots. They're the kind of books that make you smile the whole time, and that you don't want to put down because you're having so much fun with it. There's romance to root for and characters that drive you crazy but not too crazy, there's also some pretty cool vampires(they have MAGIC, and some are dead and some are not really dead), and yeah, I have no other way to describe them than that they are fun.

Are these books that are going to leave you thinking long after you've closed them? Probably not. But they're books you're most likely not going to want to put down and you're going to want to just fly through the series(if you're like me) and...you'll just have fun and reading is supposed to be fun.

Okay, I guess I should get into some spefics now, besides that the book is lots of fun to read... I definitely liked it more than the first(my review here) and I'm more convinced than ever that the main reason I didn't love the first was that I'd seen the movie and therefore knew where it was going.

In this one you see some changes in the main characters, Rose isn't so tough, as in she's drowning a bit in her feels. She has a lot going on and Lissa is kind of not on purpose ignoring her, plus then you have everything going on with Dimitri(who I'm still not sure whether I like or not) and her mom's back in town, and no matter how hard she tries to be responsible she can't seem to stop making mistakes. I still love Rose, she's still badass and snarky and she knows when she's made a mistake and she generally tries to do better. She also doesn't let romance dictate her life, which is something I appreciate in YA. I didn't like Lissa as much in this book, in the first you really felt I think that they would both do anything for each other and I felt like Lissa was kind of falling down on the job in this book. I appreciated in the first that she didn't just let Rose do everything but she doesn't really try that hard to do anything in this one.

Plot-wise, it got interesting in this one. There was more Strigoi, which I loved, and more magic, which I loved, and slightly more action, which I loved. It was just all around an awesome book.

Overall: I loved this one and it's proving my theory that this is one of those series that get better and better by the book. It still feels a bit as if it's still working on setting up the bigger plot but this one already steps up the action.

Would I Recommend This? Yes!
To Whom? Anyone looking for a fun series to marathon read. 
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Definitely.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Let's Talk: Discussion Posts


So, today I thought we'd discuss discussion posts themselves, okay? Because they can be stressful!


I know a lot of bloggers(including myself) are participating in Shannon and Nicole's discussion post challenge and, personally, I love that they're giving little ideas every month for discussion posts because it can be so stressful to come up with ideas!

For me, it's a lot like writing in general, sometimes I get a ton of ideas all at once and sometimes... Nothing. I got nothing.


And it's not just coming up with ideas for posts but the worry that it's something that's already been done a billion times. Sure, everyone has their own opinion and I love seeing multiple bloggers talking about the same subject so you can see different sides and everything, but at the same time, I feel like everyone wants to be original too.

Then there's the stage(if you're an overthinking freak like me(I mean that in the best way possible)) where you're constantly debating with yourself over actually posting it. Beyond the originality part, there's, the occasional, what if everybody hates this? phase. This mostly happens to me when the post isn't necessarily book related but about something else. Then you have the this is stupid moment...which is hard to get over.

I also worry about how long my posts are, I feel sometimes like people are more likely to read shorter posts and reviews than really long detailed ones. I don't know why I think this, I like reading long posts! But, yeah there's that.

The thing is, you can't let this stuff stop you from posting, most the time there's going to be at least one other person whose written about what you want to discuss, but that doesn't mean it can't still be discussed! As long as you have your own opinion, and especially if it's something you feel strongly about, no two people think alike so the chances are no one will even notice someone else has done a similar post! Of course, don't straight across copy, that's bad.

And, who cares if not everyone likes the subject of your discussion, they just won't read it! That shouldn't stop you! (I feel like I'm giving myself a pep talk right now...)


Basically, my question for you is: do you ever not post something because you feel like it's not original enough? Do you think something can be discussed TOO much by TOO many bloggers?

I definitely don't think something can be discussed too much, but I definitely do worry about posts being original.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cover Reveal: F#@! Bomb by Naomi Rabinowitz

Check out the cover for Naomi Rabinowitz upcoming New Adult Contemporary Novel, designed and hosted by Shane @ Itching for Books, and enter the international giveaway.


Release date: March 16th 2015
Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Fatty. Freak. Friendless. Failure. Sadie Abramowitz is used to being alone. The morbidly obese college freshman literally doesn't fit in anywhere and was constantly the butt of jokes in high school. 

So far, life at Cunningham University isn't much better. Her roommate only communicates in grunts while Sadie’s “dream job” at the school paper has her interviewing her fellow students with questions that practically invite them to insult her.

Things change when she’s assigned a story on Griffin Greenberg, the freshman track star who was one of Sadie’s high school bullies. At first, she’s reluctant to work with the gorgeous Griffin, but soon discovers that he’s not such a bad guy. Plus, he’s been keeping a secret: he’s gay. 

As their friendship grows, Griffin challenges Sadie to do something she never thought possible: train for a marathon. Meanwhile, she supports him as he slowly comes to terms with his sexuality. Together, they help each other survive their first year of college – and also learn how to stand strong on their own.


About the Author
Naomi Rabinowitz received a B.A. in English from Binghamton University and an M.A. in magazine journalism from Syracuse University. From 1998-2012, she worked as a reporter/editor for national TV magazine Soap Opera Digest. She lives in Queens, NY with her husband, Jonathan, and their cat, Maya.
naomirabinowitzauthor.blogspot.com  
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #50 The Hardest One Ever!

Song Of The Moment -
Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish


"Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years (you can extend it to 5 if you need to)."


Nope. I can't so it. It's too hard!!!!!!!!!!

Ones I Just Really Love:
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Ones I Can't Live Without:
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Because It Was Love At First Page:
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Because I Love Them So Much I Can't Breathe:
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New Favorites:
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So, I cheated... A lot. It had to happen...

Leave me links to your TTTs and let me know if any of these made your list this week!