Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The 7 Stages Of Procrastinating

The 7 stages of
procrastinating*


Why yes I did make this post when I should've been writing.

1. The beginning. Aka: The f*ck yeah, I got this phase.


2.The "it's loading may as well check Twitter" Stage





3. Let's do this!


This is the stage where you convince yourself you have this. You go and write a couple hundred words then..

4. Oh. I forgot to get coffee stage.

5. THE "I should probably finish that blog post" Stage(other options include the I should check my email phase or the I should check Twitter again phase)

6. The "Okay, back to work" Stage.

During this stage you proceed to sit at your desk and stare at the blank screen.

Stage 7 can go two ways:



1. The Actually F*cking Write stage. Where you finally(after repeating the other stages a few times) WRITE and it's EPIC and THE BEST WORDS YOU'VE EVER WRITTEN.


OR



2. I should just read/watch a movie/spend countless hours on Netflix stage. Wherein you admit defeat for the day while telling yourself you'll just write twice as many words tomorrow.

Let it goooooooo!

This post brought to by a person who should really be writing.

*this post can be applicable to anything but is focused on the stages of procrastinating writing. =)

Monday, April 27, 2015

ARC Review: Trouble From The Start by Rachel Hawthorne

Song Of The Moment- Something's Gotta Give by All Time Low

22864473Trouble From The Start
by Rachel Hawthorne
Release date: April 28, 2015
How I got it - Review copy from Edelweiss
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link
Description -
Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Lauren Barnholdt, and Susane Colasanti, Trouble from the Start is a sweet and romantic read about a good girl who falls for a bad boy.

Avery knows better than to fall for Fletcher, the local bad boy who can't seem to outrun his reputation. Fletcher knows he shouldn't bother with college-bound, daughter-of-a-cop Avery. But when their paths cross, neither can deny the spark. Are they willing to go against everything and let their hearts lead the way? Or are they just flirting with disaster?

A companion novel to Rachel Hawthorne's paperback original The Boyfriend Project, this title is perfect for fans of summer beach reads and sweet treats.

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

My Rating:

4/5 stars

Review:

I admit, I procrastinated reviewing this... When that happens I have a heard time reviewing things so this will be short and to the point.

This book follows Avery, who is the good girl: good grades, good plan, good friends. And Fletcher who is basically the opposite but, of course, not everything is always what it seems. After she gets drunk at a party a week before graduation Fletcher ends up giving Avery ride a home and it's basically the first time Avery has noticed Fletcher. Every summer Avery's family invites a troubled kid into their house to live with them, usually someone young who hasn't had the best life, this year it's Fletcher.

I liked both Fletcher and Avery, in fact, Fletcher quickly earned a space in my top five book boyfriends. Because he's nowhere near as bad as he first seems and he's sweet and just...swoon. He's a very real character, flawed and full of real feelings and I basically loved him. Avery is awesome too but towards the end of the book I started to dislike her just a tad, she spends most the book trying to convince Fletcher to give them a shot and then she does stupid things. Obviously this book is mostly a love story, and I loved the romance, it wasn't rushed at all and it wasn't overly frustrating with both characters acting super stupid.

Trouble From The Start was a fairly fast-paced book with duel POVs, I did feel like Fletchers chapters were thrown in just because the author couldn't find a better way to show more about him. There weren't nearly as many Fletcher chapters as Avery, and they were always super short. Not exactly pointless but not quite needed either. I really enjoyed them, but it seemed mostly like a plot device to make sure you knew Fletcher was more than he seemed.

This book is also very much a coming of age story, you have Avery, who has always done whatever she can to make her parents proud without even realizing that sometimes that doesn't make her happy. I loved that Avery loved to learn and teach, she wasn't just a good girl because she thought her parents wanted her to be but because she generally likes learning and is just that way. Fletcher has some major family issues and his main thing is he doesn't think he deserves better, doesn't think he deserves to go to college and to have a good life. They help each other out and help each other grow even while spending a big part of the book ignoring each other.

The biggest downside, for me, was the side characters. I didn't really like the side characters. Marc and the girls Avery works with are probably the best and they're barely in it. Avery's best friend Kendall is kind of just a judgemental jerk and Jackson, her boyfriend, is apparently just perfect... Early on it's mentioned that the three of them were friends before Jackson and Kendall started dating and I would have liked to see Jackson and Avery's friendship more, I feel like it would've been more interesting. Kendall was just way too judgemental for me, I didn't like her at all and because of that I probably won't be reading the companion novel that's all about her.

Overall: This review was longer than I was planning... I really enjoyed this one, it's fun and fast. The perfect balance of fluffy and serious, which I love. Avery and Fletcher were both really great characters and there was a fair amount of swooning involved in my reading of this.

Would I Recommend This? Yes.
To Whom? Fans of fun, fluffy/serious YA contemporary.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Maybe.

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Story Goes... An Origin Story

This is a tag created by Jillian @ Jillian's Books. She wrote a post about how she started her blog and what made her start her blog and then decided to turn it into a tag! I'm not sure if the tag has an official name but Jillian called her post: The Story Of The Blog. It's really cool and the only rules are that you must tell your story and you must draw your story (unless you can't draw and then gifs are fine). Personally I can't draw anything but dead trees and demented stick figures so....I'm going with gifs!

Once upon a time...

I dreamed of fairies and they told me: if you build it, they will come..,. Obviously they meant a book blog.


No. Actually this started as a random blog full of random things, highlights include all my very poorly put together Comic Con posts from when I went to Comic Con and an Ode To Watermelon(please don't go through the archive to find these!). It had the oh so original name of The Blog Of The Teenage Nobody, which I thought was SO CLEVER because I used Nobody as my author name.


So yes, I had that for over two years I believe and I talked about everything I love so there were some book-related posts, some reviews. I reviewed Fault In Our Stars with it and my ARC of Cress that's pretty much it. Then - THEN I got the genius idea to make a second blog for book reviews called something along the lines of: Nobody's Book Reviews. I did that for four months probably, but I hated the pressure! I didn't know there was a whole community of book bloggers, I was beyond a newbie, and I hated feeling like I had to be thinking and analyzing a book the whole time I'm reading. So..I quit.


So, THEN. A year passed after I tried that review blog, the second year of blogging random things and I stumbled across Top Ten Tuesday and that's how I found the community! Then I slowly started transitioning into this being ALLL ABOUT BOOKS. Backtracking a tad...


Before I transitioned, for four months or so this was basically all about writing. I did my first NaNoWriMo in November 2013 and was posting every other day or so for that and basically it was all about writing when I was still kind of a newbie at that. That's when I changed the name of the blog!


I was brainstorming and I wanted it to be something to do with writing and stories and everything I love. I had a different idea originally, just different wording, but it wasn't available so I went with The Story Goes... Anyways, I changed it, found the book blogging community and it wasn't long after that that I converted to a full book blog!


So thanks Jillian for making an awesome tag and tagging me! I tag:

Petra @ Petra's Book Blogg
Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight
Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger
Axie @ Books Are Bread

Thursday, April 23, 2015

19 Songs For 19 Years (It's My Birthday!)



So, you may have guessed...today's my birthday! Yay, I love birthdays(yes I am still a little kid at heart)!

I was trying to come up with something fun to share for my birthday and this is what I got. Every year since I was like fifteen I've made myself birthday playlists, it has the same number of songs as the age I am turning, and I always select the songs very carefully. This year I did 19 songs for my 18th year, meaning songs I was obsessed with this last year or that somehow go along with things I did this year and because I couldn't come up with a better idea here is that playlist.


 #1 & #2. Absolutely (Story Of A Girl) by Nine Days & Accidentally In Love by Counting Crows. These two songs make the list because, if I was forced to chose a favorite song it would be these two. Why? They are the only two songs(that I can ever think of) that I've loved since I was like 10 or 11 and still love now when I'm 19. Don't ask me why I love these songs I have no idea but I do!

#3. & #4. & #5. Centuries & Favorite Record & Dance, Dance by Fall Out Boy. Fall Out Boy gets a special place on my playlist because I got super into them this year, like I basically hated them before and then I got obsessive. Fall Out Boy basically inspired my novel This World In Gray and I also went to a Fall Out Boy concert in December. So, big part!

#6. Numb by Linkin Park. Because I love Linkin Park and my 18th birthday present was concert tickets to see them in Concord last September and that was one of my top three favorite things I did this last year. I chose Numb because it was one of my favorites to see live.

#7. Where'd You Go by Fort Minor. This song greatly influenced my book This World In Gray, it's basically the only song I listened to when outlining and developing the book and the book was a huge part of my life when I was 18(weird, I can officially say when I was 18, like I'm not anymore, because I'm not).

#8. Miss Murder by AFIBecuase, I listened to it a lot when I wrote Hunters Of Artemis last July and it's the only song I could think of when trying to pick one for each other the books I wrote. Also, I did see them in concert because they opened for Linkin Park.

#9. Since You've Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson. I don't know how or why but this ended up as the theme song to Friendzone which I wrote in September and was my first contemporary book!

#10. Take Me To Church by Hozier. Because I am seriously obsessed with this song right now.

#11.  Remember The Name by Fort Minor. For my brothers, because we went on a road trip when we went to the Linkin Park concert and it was awesome because it was the first time just the three of us did something like that and this is the song we sang the whole 8 hour drive home.

#12. Angels Fall by Breaking Benjamin. Two reasons, 1. BRAKING BENJAMIN IS BACK AND I'M SO HAPPY. 2. This song just speaks to me and I don't know why.

#13. Scene Two - Roger Rabbit by Sleeping With Sirens because I've gone through a weird phase in my musical journey, the phase where I listen to a lot of bands like Fall Out Boy. This is another band I got super into this year.

#14.  Famous Last Words by My Chemical Romance. For Grace, the dead character in my book. I chose this song for This World In Gray which, through my character Grace, made me try a lot of new music this year.

#15. Telescope by Cage The Elephant. Because they saved the Fall Out Boy show when Fall Out Boy's drummer couldn't make it and they were awesome and it was an awesome night.

#16.  Haven't Had Enough by Marianas Trench. Because this was on basically all of my writing playlists when I was 18 and it's a really fun song.

#17.  Afire Love by Ed Sheeran. Becuase, it's Ed Sheeran

#18. The Last Goodbye by Billy Boyd. Because Hobbit pt 3 killed me, it KILLED ME.

#19. Go The Distance(from Hercules) by Roger Bart Becuase, I'm an optimist and this is the perfect song for my 19th year.


Now, I was thinking 18 books, one for each year but that's a bit excessive. So instead I narrowed it down to 5 books that I would use for my life in the form of a book-ish timeline.

The Statistical Probability
Of Love At First Sight
Delirium
  
The Demon King                         The Hunger Games
Percy Jackson

SO! Right now I am probably out at the movies, or eating an epic dinner with my family as is tradition. Originally I was going to go get my new tattoo yesterday but we're still in the middle of moving which is basically the worst time to get a new tattoo that's going to take at least a week to heal. I will be getting it next month though which is actually ironic because every year since I turned 17 I've gotten a new tattoo for my birthday and both years it's been pushed back to May for one reason or another. Still, I will share pics when that happens!

Since it's my birthday I must ask something of you and that's, if you are over the age of 19 please do tell me something awesome, or cringe-worthy or anything at all that you did in your 19th year. Also, let me know when your birthdays are, I feel like I only know like two of my blogging friends birthdays! Which reminds, happy early or late birthday to the bloggers who share my birth month(I'm pretty sure that's Nori and Petra?)! =)

P.S. Special shout-out and thank you to Nori (@Readwritelove28) for the very thoughtful and awesome birthday present pictured below. Now I can FINALLY read Golden Compass and not feel like such a fantasy failure. ;)

P.P.S. Here's a picture of my birthday crown because...why not?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Song Of The Moment- Runaways by All Time Low

15863832Angelfall
by Susan Ee
Release date: 2012
How I got it - Review copy from Netgalley
Genre: YA Dystopian/Fantasy/Parenormal/I'm not really sure how this is classified
Goodreads Link
Description -
It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain. 

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. 

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back...

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

My Rating:

 3.5 stars


Review:

I wouldn't say I'm the black sheep when it comes to this book but maybe just a little...?

Okay, this will be a quick review because everyone has reviewed or at least it feels like it and by now you've probably already read it or at least ten reviews on it. Basically, angels have invaded and killed lots and lots of humans, and Penryn is a girl who is just trying to protect her family. When trying to get out of town and find a better place to hide out and live, Penryn, her mother, and her sister Paige who is in a wheelchair because of an incident with their crazy mom where she may or may not have crippled Paige, come across an angel fight. Wherein they see an angel(Raffe) getting his wings cut off. Stuff happens, Paige gets taken by the angels and Penryn ends up rescuing Raffe to use him to lead her to the angels so she can find Paige.

This book starts off really good, even before there's action(which isn't a long wait at all) I was hooked. Right away, it was interesting and just great. Penryn is an awesome main character who can kick some ass and has an awesome name. She'll do anything to protect her family, she hates the angels, she's also very smart and determined, she won't let anything distract her from her goal of saving Paige. That's probably what I liked most about her, there's no romance getting in her way, even when she finds a cause that she knows is worth helping she chooses Paige above it all. Raffe was pretty awesome too but I didn't...love him. I didn't dislike him either, mainly my feelings centered around neutral.

The writing is just as great, I loved the short chapters and the quick pace. The side characters were all great and altogether I didn't want to put this book down even though I had to multiple times. Which brings me to the end, now I will freely admit this might just be me and it might have to do with the fact that I could basically only read a chapter at a time(of like maximum 7 page chapters) so you know, I wasn't as IN to the story as I would have been had I read straight through, which I think hindered my enjoyment of the end. Basically, I just didn't feel invested in the ending, I felt like it should've been this huge thing, so much stuff is happening, there's twists and turns, and it should be awesome but....for me it didn't feel awesome.

Overall: I did really like this book. I think most my problems with it came from the ending and it was because I didn't read it all together so just when I'd get into it I'd stop reading and that's no fault of the books! There were some things that I just found weird and confusing, ie. basically everything that happened in the end. I'm still looking forward to the next one which I already have and hope to read in one go instead of the constant stopping.


Would I Recommend This? Yes.
Who To? The 3 people who haven't read it yet.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yes.

Monday, April 20, 2015

ARC Review: Every Last Promise by Kristen Halbrook

Song Of The Moment- Alone by From Thin Air

22836562Every Last Promise
by Kristin Halbrook
Release date: April 21, 2015
How I got it - Review copy from Edelweiss
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link
Description -
Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and Gayle Forman, Every Last Promise is a provocative and emotional novel about a girl who must decide between keeping quiet and speaking up after witnessing a classmate's sexual assault.

Kayla saw something at the party that she wasn't supposed to. But she hasn't told anyone. No one knows the real story about what happened that night—about why Kayla was driving the car that ran into a ditch after the party, about what she saw in the hours leading up to the accident, and about the promise she made to her friend Bean before she left for the summer.

Now Kayla's coming home for her senior year. If Kayla keeps quiet, she might be able to get her old life back. If she tells the truth, she risks losing everything—and everyone—she ever cared about.

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

My Rating:

4 stars

Review:

I don't know how to feel about this book, how I feel about this book. Don't know how to review it, how to rate it, basically it's complicated. Because this is one of those books about one of those topics, subjects, real life cruelties, that has to be written about and has to be read but..you can't really love the book, you can't enjoy it. Maybe becuase it's too real? Maybe because it happens too often in real life and books are an escape? I don't know.

I don't know if I can call this a good book, was it well written? Yes. Was it very realistic and slightly annoying because people make stupid decisions in real life and how can you blame characters for making those same decisions? Yes. But to me when I call a book good it's because I enjoyed it, and whether it was fun or completely devastating I still loved reading it. I can't really say that about this book. Taking my own feelings out of the equation it is a good book, about a hard topic that was very well written, with a main character I kind of hated but couldn't completely hate because if she acted how I wanted her to act she wouldn't have been so real.

This is a book about a very hard subject, rape, and a girl who wants to protect her friends but also wants to protect her own beliefs. Kayla's grown up in this small town that she loves and while everyone else has been counting down days until they can finally leave, she wants to stay here for the rest of her life. Then she witnesses something she can't unsee, does something she can't undo but doesn't really regret, and she grows up without wanting to admit it to herself. She's a very flawed character, a very real character who loves her life and knows that by telling the truth she could be ruining her life, her family's lives, and her friends. There's nothing easy about this book, even the slight romance, and even though towards the end I was getting so tired of the same old same old with Kayla, just when she starts to make progress she goes back on everything, I think she's probably the most realistic character I've ever read, not my favorite but the most real.

I kind of wanted more from it though. I wanted more of the friendship between Kayla, Jen, Bean, and Selena. I wanted more...emotion I guess. The whole book is about Kayla wanting her life and her beliefs back, which I get and I loved and I liked that so much of it was about this town she loves. But I wanted more emotion at the same time, through the whole book Kayla is very self-involved and very high strung and real but at the same time I wanted to see more of her relationships and how this was effecting them.

Overall: Even after writing this review, that's admittedly kind of lame, I don't know how I feel about this book. I don't know how to describe it or if I recommend it. The book just is what it is, it's very short and full of very hard things, and I both hate and respect it.


Do you have a method for when you can't figure out what to say in a review? DO you just not review that book? I want to know!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

ARC Review: Finding Paris by Joy Preble

Song Of The Moment- Basket Case by Green Day
18530518Finding Paris
by Joy Preble
Expected Release date: April 21, 2015
How I got it - Review copy from Edelwiess
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link
Description -
A page-turning, evocative novel for fans of THIRTEEN REASONS WHY and SPEAK, about a girl who must follow a trail of mysterious clues to discover what happened to her sister.

Sisters Leo and Paris Hollings have only ever had each other to rely on. They can’t trust their mother, who hops from city to city and from guy to guy, or their gambler stepfather, who’s moved them all to Las Vegas. It’s just the two of them: Paris, who’s always been the dreamer, and Leo, who has a real future in mind—going to Stanford, becoming a doctor, falling in love.

But Leo isn’t going anywhere yet… until Paris ditches her at the Heartbreak Hotel Diner, where moments before they had been talking with physics student Max Sullivan. Outside, Leo finds a cryptic note from Paris—a clue. Is it some kind of game? Where is Paris, and why has she disappeared?

When Leo reluctantly accepts Max’s offer of help, the two find themselves following a string of clues through Vegas and beyond. But the search for the truth is a not a straight line. And neither is the path to secrets Leo and Max hold tightly.

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

My Rating:
4.5/5 Stars


Initial Reaction:


Review:
So, I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting from this book but either way it blew those expectations out of the water. This was just such a good book and I don't know how to review it because I don't want to give away anything because I feel like going in not expecting much out of it is part of why I loved it so much; it wowed me.

So, the book starts off with Leo and her sister Paris going to the Heartbreak Hotel Diner after Paris breaks up with her boyfriend. Paris dares Leo to go over and talk to the cute boy a couple tables over(Max Sullivan) Leo brings him pie and they all get to talking. That's when Paris goes outside and never comes back setting the stage for her scavenger hunt of sorts. Leaving clues all over Vegas for Leo telling her to come and find her.

I really don't know where to start with this review so let's just jump in.

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

Leo - Not only do I love her name, but I loved her character and her voice. She's kind of cynical but kind of not, she wants so much from the world but isn't sure she deserves it. She is a really complex character and that comes out beautifully through the writing.

The romance - I'm sure we all know how tricky romance can be in a book that takes place over only a few nights, but this book doesn't even verge on insta love. It's all very slow and almost awkward, very reserved, but there just enough for the reader to fall for it.

The mystery aspect - I wasn't expecting this to feel so much like a mystery book, but it did. You never quite know what's going on, you have guesses, and still it manages to be at least a little shocking at the end, even when you've figured it out.

Deeper issues - Without going into details this book does handle some darker things, it's not all just a road trip and scavenger hunt, it's definitely darker than it may first appear.

Road trip - It does have a road trip aspect which I always love, while at the same time it's not a happy go lucky road trip book.

A Few Of My Mot So Favorite Things:

Paris - Don't get me wrong I loved Paris, I just wish she'd been in the book a little more. I think she was one of the best characters, but we only get to see her in a few parts and in Leo's memories. Especially towards the end as everything gets more frantic and then kind of slows down, I wanted to see more of Paris. In a way, this book is all about sisters but in a way that's kind of pushed off to the side too.

Max - Max was a very interesting character, a few times he kind of flip-flopped, acting completely different from how he did through the rest of the book which was kind of confusing and off-putting. I also didn't completely understand his secret stuff, I mean I understood it but it just felt awkward and almost unneeded, it didn't make the impact it was supposed I think.

A lack of emotion - Throughout most the book there is kind of a lack of emotion. I didn't even notice it until I finished the book and once everything is revealed it makes sense, but I like to FEEL all the characters emotions and there was a definite lack of that.

Overall: I thought this was a really really good book that hits you right in the feels. It's very fast paced to which adds to the feeling of urgency that makes up the book. I do wish there'd been more with Paris, and the very end, after the climax, was a tad disappointing, I think it could have made a bigger impact, but I still really liked the book. It's full of very complex characters, pretty badass writing, and a very intriguing plot.

Would I Recommend This? Yes.
To Whom? Let's say fans of Lauren Oliver's Vanishing Girls and E. Lockhart's We Were Liars
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Probably.

What's the last book you read that surprised you, whether you thought you'd love it and hated it or the opposite?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #53: Inspiring Quotes!

Song Of The Moment - Missing You by All Time Low
Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

"Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books"

Umm. I love collecting quotes inspirational and otherwise but I will try to limit myself. =) Also, I'm counting quotes that might not be in books but are from authors. Also, what counts as inspiring? Most my picks are just quotes I love that inspire me to write equally epic books... Eh. Good enough for me!


“Words were different when they lived inside of you.”
― Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe


But if I'm it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I'm going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity's last war, then I am the battlefield.”
― Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

“Take down the walls.
That is, after all, the whole point.
You do not know what will happen if you take down the walls; you cannot see through to the other side, don't know whether it will bring freedom or ruin, resolution or chaos. It might be paradise or destruction.
Take down the walls.
Otherwise you must live closely, in fear, building barricades against the unknown, saying prayers against the darkness, speaking verse of terror and tightness.
Otherwise you may never know hell; but you will not find heaven, either. You will not know fresh air and flying.
All of you, wherever you are: in your spiny cities, or your one bump towns. Find it, the hard stuff, the links of metal and chink, the fragments of stone filling your stomach.
And pull, and pull, and pull.
I will make a pact with you: I will do it if you will do it, always and forever.
Take down the walls.”
― Lauren Oliver, Requiem

“Just... isn't giving up allowed sometimes? Isn't it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?”
“It sets a dangerous precedent.”
“For avoiding pain?”
“For avoiding life.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl
(This one speaks to my soul)

"It doesn’t matter what other people think. The only opinion that really matters is yours. We are all the writers of our lives. We can make our stories comedies or tragedies. Tales of horror, or of inspiration. Your attitude and your fortitude and courage are what determine your destiny, Nick.… Life is hard and it sucks for all. Every person you meet is waging his or her own war against a callous universe that is plotting against them. And we are all battle-weary. But in the midst of our hell, there is always something we can hold on to, whether it’s a dream of the future or a memory of the past, or a warm hand that soothes us. We just have to take a moment during the fight to remember that we’re not alone, and that we’re not just fighting for ourselves. We’re fighting for the people we love.”

― Sherrilyn Kenyon, Inferno
(I aspire to be Sherrilyn Kenyon because she write epic badass stories with zombies and demons and all kinds of other supernatural creatures and then she throws in stuff like this and the next quote.)

“You've been my teachers, clergy, my fellow students, coworkers, bosses, principals, sometimes you were a former friend or even family I once trusted. You've taken things I told you in utter confidence, and twisted them into lies to be used against me. Without cause, you have told lies against me. You have refused to see me as a human being. You have kicked me when I was up and you have kicked me when I was down. But today, you will kick me no more, I will no longer be your verbal or physical punching bag. Today, I discovered the secret that will never allow you or your friends, who will one day turn on you too, to hurt me again. Today as I lay broken and bleeding in that dark place I crawl into when I think I can't take it anymore, I found something extraordinary. My humanity. As my soul screamed in bleeding agony and I wanted to die rather than live one more day in a world where you exist, I realized that my tears and ability to feel pain without lashing out to return that hurt to someone else makes me human.”
― Sherrilyn Kenyon, Inferno

“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
(This book makes me sob...)

“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds... Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.”
― Neil Gaiman
(Still speaking to my soul.)

"Writing stories is a kind of magic, too.”
― Cornelia Funke, Inkheart

“We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
(Sirius!)

Bonus: House Of Hades round(AKA, my favorite book from my favorite series):

“Tell the sun and stars hello for me.” 
― Rick Riordan, The House of Hades
(Bob!)

“But magic is neither good nor evil. It is a tool, like a knife. Is a knife evil? Only if the wielder is evil.” 
― Rick Riordan, The House of Hades
(When I wield a knife my brothers call me evil...)

“I figure the world is basically a machine. I don't know who made it, if it was the Fates, or the gods, or the capital-G god or whatever. But it chugs along the way it's supposed to most of the time. Sure, little pieces break off and stuff goes haywire once in a while, but mostly... things happen for a reason.” 
― Rick Riordan, The House of Hades
(Dang Leo, you deep.)

“Nico, I've seen a lot of brave things. But what you just did? That was maybe the bravest.” 
― Rick Riordan, The House of Hades
(Nico has my undying love as does Rick Riordan.)

Okay...I could go on, but I won't.


Are you the kind of person who likes to collect quotes? I've been known to stop in the middle of reading to write down quotes that I really like. =)


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Book Blitz: Chasing Bristol by Shane Morgan: Teaser, Trailer, Excerpt, and Giveaway!


Check out the promo event for Chasing Bristol, a clean New Adult Suspense.

22393590Release date: April 20th 2015
Publisher: TSW Books
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:

What if your freedom was threatened?

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 to have her for himself, no matter what. Will she have the courage to fight when control and privacy is being taken from her?



EXCERPT

Shocked, I peered around at the hundreds of pictures pasted all over the walls. I could make out every single one in the radiant sunlight shown through the window. Vincent had pictures of me walking along the bay, hanging out with my friends, going to work, at the cafe, with my parents, and even shots of me…naked in the shower. 

I felt like a fish out of water. I couldn't breathe. The layout of the room looked similar too. It reminded me of the spare bedroom in my apartment. 

“Bristol! You lied to me!” His voice echoed from the bottom of the stairs. 

Getting over the frightening scene, I hurried to lock the door I’d just come through, buying myself some time. Then I sprinted to the other door, unlocking it to scurry outside. I froze as I stumbled into the living room, glimpsing pictures of Mr. Farris and his wife on the table by the tan sofa. 

This was my landlord’s apartment on the first floor. Vincent lived with Mr. Farris. How were they connected? How did he get away with having pictures of me covering his bedroom wall without Mr. Farris knowing? 

I jumped at the sound of a door bashing in. “Liar!” Vincent’s voice bellowed from the room. “You’re just like Savannah!” I dashed for the front door just as he ran out of the room. 

“No!” I screamed, trying to unfasten the chain in time. Vincent grabbed me and tossed me away from the door. I bustled into the kitchen and yanked out a knife from the cutlery block, pointing it at him. 

Vincent came up to the island, laughing at me. “You naughty girl. You really had me fooled there for a second.” 

“Don’t come closer or I’ll—” 

“Or you’ll what?” He smirked. Sliding his hand behind his back, he pulled out a gun on me. “Now, put that down before you hurt yourself.”



About the Author
Shane Morgan is a bestselling author of contemporary romance, suspense, and urban fantasy. She lives in the beautiful town of Narragansett, Rhode Island with her amazing husband, who doesn’t mind being surrounded by books or inspiring the male characters in her stories. Aside from writing, Shane also enjoys blogging, reading, listening to music and watching movies.


Different stories... One Suspenseful Series


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Street Team: Second Position by Katherine Locke Review

Song Of The Moment- November by Sleeping With Sirens




22663595Second Position
by Katherine Locke
Release date: April 13, 2015
How I got it - Review copy
Genre: NA
Goodreads Link
Description -
Four years ago, a car accident ended Zedekiah Harrow’s ballet career and sent Philadelphia Ballet principal dancer Alyona Miller spinning toward the breakdown that suspended her own. What they lost on the side of the road that day can never be replaced, and grief is always harshest under a spotlight...

Now twenty-three, Zed teaches music and theatre at a private school in Washington, D.C. and regularly attends AA meetings to keep the pain at bay. Aly has returned to D.C. to live with her mother while trying to recover from the mental and physical breakdown that forced her to take a leave of absence from the ballet world, and her adoring fans.

When Zed and Aly run into each other in a coffee shop, it’s as if no time has passed at all. But without the buffer and escape of dance—and with so much lust, anger and heartbreak hanging between them—their renewed connection will either allow them to build the together they never had... or destroy the fragile recoveries they've only started to make. 

Book One of the District Ballet Company


I received this book from the author through Netgalley and Sunday Street Team to review honestly

My Rating:
4 Stars



Review:
Full disclosure this is probably only the second or third New Adult book I've read. It's not my normal genre and age range but I'm a sucker for any kind of artsy storyline, including dancing, so as soon as it came through for Sunday Street Team I had to sign up for it. And I am so glad I did because I genuinely enjoyed this one.

The book follows Zed and Aly, two dancers and old best friends, four years after they stopped talking to each other. They used to be best friends and maybe something more, growing up dancing together, and then a car crash ruined it all. Leaving Zed minus a leg and Aly just as wounded in ways that can't easily be seen.

This book, first and foremost, is a love story. A story about second chances and giving yourself permission to love and be loved when you're not sure you deserve it. It's a story of passions and those passions being taken away; grief, loss, and dancing.

The love story is obviously between Zed and Aly, who both have their own demons to deal with and aren't really sure how to act around each other anymore. Everything is so familiar yet so very different because it's been four years and everything has changed. I liked both characters probably Aly most of all, and I loved that it was dual POVs so that we get to see both their sides and lives.

There is a lot of character development here, especially when it comes to Aly. I kind of hated her at first, but she grows up so much and she has so much stuff she's dealing with, but she never hides the fact that she's falling apart and she learns to be strong again in her own way, always holding on to dance even if that's what hurt her in the first place. I did love Zed too, but at points he felt the opposite, not like he was growing but...reverting. And he was a straight up asshat at parts and just made me so angry.

They have a slightly tragic love story and the author does a really good job of keeping you rooting for them because it's just SO OBVIOUS THAT THEY BELONG TOGETHER. Another thing I loved about this book is that there is some seriously good writing in it, very quotable and I would quote some of it but, you know, it's an ARC and I'm lazy. But at the same time, while there's epic quotable writing, sometimes it gets too wordy and some of the meaning gets a little lost.

All the stuff about dancing was probably the best, it made me wish I was a dancer so badly and you could really tell that the author knows what she's talking about. I loved Aly's love for dance and how it was the only thing she knew was true about herself: that she's a dancer.

Overall: I really enjoyed this book. Yes it's New Adult but it's not all about sex and drugs like some of the previous ones I've read, it's very much just about finding yourself, saving yourself and learning to move on after a tragedy you never expected to face. With stellar writing and pretty amazing characters, I'd definitely recommend it to any New Adult readers.

Would I Recommend This? Yes.
To Whom? New Adult fans
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Probably.

Author links: Goodreads / Twitter / Website
Buy the book: Amazon / B&N


Don’t forget! You can check out the prequel novella TURNING POINTE at Carina Press right here.
See Zed when he danced, how they got together, and what happened years before SECOND POSITION starts!

About the Author: Katherine Locke lives and writes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she’s ruled by her feline overlords and her addiction to chai lattes. Her dayjobs always vary, but in the past she’s worked in nuclear weapons abolition activism, lead poisoning prevention and education, and food safety programs at a mushroom farm. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, and when she’s not reading, she’s tweeting about reading and writing. She likes her heroes boyish and her heroines with dirty mouths. She secretly believes most books are fairytales in disguise. Her debut novel, SECOND POSITION, arrives in April 2015 from Carina Press.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Song Of The Moment- Sattelite by All Time Low

19547856Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
Release date: April 7th, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link
Description -
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

My Rating:
4 stars

Review:

Sooo...I've been looking forward to this book for a while, I try to stay away from hype heavy reviews but I heard some about this still and it just sounded really good and perfect for me in general. I wanted to love this book and I really did but it's...complicated and I don't really know why.

Simon Spier is gay, he's also not out yet. Simon's been emailing back and forth with another not so openly gay kid from his class for a few months now and he really thinks he might be falling for him. Then Simon leaves his email account open on the school computer and Martin sees it and decides to blackmail him into helping Martin get a date with Simon's friend Abby. Chaos and drama ensue.

I really liked this book, I loved the sort of mystery surrounding who Blue is. I had multiple guesses and had guessed the real one early on, but I still kept doubting it. I loved that Simon didn't want to make a big deal out of coming out, and his insistence that everyone should have to come out, there should be no default. You get to know Blue through emails alone which I thought was very well done, but he's not revealed until the very end and I wanted a bit more of him in real life.

I loved the side characters but sadly I think it was one of those cases where the side characters weren't present enough despite how awesome they were. I loved Simon's friendships, especially with Leah but that just made me hate him a bit when he started treating her like crap, which he did and I hated. Simon's sisters and family were also great characters, his parents were actually present throughout the book. I wanted more Nora(Simon's younger sister), I think mostly because I'm pretty sure she was me in book form. Still, despite wanting more from the side characters they were all really well written and each clearly had their own personalities.

The writing was sadly nothing spectacular, there's a few really quotable lines but the writing overall was kind of annoying. I'm all for different writing styles and using different sentence structure to show character, but the constant never ending sentence fragments were hard to get used to and very distracting, for me at least.

Simon has a small lack of personality, in my opinion. He's in drama, he's in the school play, he has lots of friends, friends who are soccer players, and cheerleaders, and the really awesome girl who's kind of a loner, he loves music but... These are all just facts I know about him. I never even knew why he was in play, does he love drama? Has he done it before? I don't know. Sometimes he was stupid, which is fine, real people are stupid sometimes too! But also he was just mean and unlikable at times. I did connect to him though, him and his "Simion logic" that sounds extremely similar to my own logic, and all the times he did or said stupid things he immediately regretted, I can connect with that. I was rooting for him the whole time, but I can't say I loved his character and I'm still not completely sure why.

Overall: Simon Vs. the really long title was a really good book with great characters that I just don't think were explored as much as they could've been. However, the underlying message, which includes that being gay shouldn't be a big deal, that everyone should have to come out and there should never be a default - for sexuality or race or anything - kind of overrides everything and just makes me happy to read all about it.

Would I Recommend This? Yes.
To Whom? Someone looking for a fun easy YA contemporary. Also, to fans of One Man Guy by Micheal Barakiva.
Will I read more from this author? Probably.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

New Blog Design!

Um...so... I changed my blog design again... =D

So, one day I was just scrolling through checking out my favorite blogs, reading some posts, when I see that Sarah @ OneCurvyBlogger makes custom headers. Not only that but some that she makes just for fun but doesn't end up using for her own, she sells them for only $10. I saw the one she labeled Comic Nuts and I just loved it so much, so I bought it. And then I redid my blog to match it...and I kind of love it? Yeah. I definitely love it. I mean it combines two of my loves, books and comics!

So, that's the story of my new blog design. Sarah also did my new blog button over on the side of the blog and she's super awesome and nice and you should at the very least check her blog out because she's also a really cool blogger.

When's the last time you changed your blogs design(I do mine way too often)?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #52

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

Top Ten NINE Characters I'd Like To Check In With 

84901129. Karou (Daughter Of Smoke and Bone) What happens next? And by that I mean, what happens next to every single character in the book! That's all I want to know.





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8. Cath (Fangirl) I just want to see what she's up to, how her writings going and so on.







173473897. Ronan and Adam (Raven Boys) This is me cheating because I want the next book right now! And I mostly want to read more about them.







157491866. Lara Jean (To All The Boys I've Loved Before) Again with the cheating over here. I just want to be reading about Lara Jean again, and Peter, and I need to know if everything works out!






116147185. Hana (Delirium Trilogy) I want to know more about where all the characters in this trilogy ended up but Hana most of all. I feel like she was a huge mystery in the last book and I just want to know what happened to her next.






120000204. Ari and Dante (Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe) Because I love them and I want to see how they're doing... That's all.

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3. Basically everyone from Harry Potter.

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I don't feel like this needs an explanation.






2. Park (Eleanor & Park) I want to see where he is now and know what happened next.









121278101. Nico Di Angelo (Percy Jackson/Heroes Of Olympus) for the simple fact that he's basically my favorite character ever.










So, who's you all time favorite character(I'm expecting a lot of Harry Potter characters here)? And don't forget to leave links to your TTT posts!