Showing posts from February, 2016

Clockwork Prince Review

Yep, this series still holds strong. It only gets better with each book.
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a cl…

February Book Haul

I was doing well about not buying any new books and focusing on the ones on my bookshelf, but then I went to the bookstore... SO HERE’S MY FEBRUARY BOOK HAUL!

After hearing nothing but amazing things about this book, I finally caved and bought it. I loved the movie so I have high expectations and think I will love it!

I was planning on putting this one off until later but a certain person’s review on Instagram just made me pick it up. Victoria Schwab is my favorite author and I have loved all of her novels so I have high expectations for A Gathering of Shadows.

Grant Goodman contacted me about reading this for a review and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity (Ninjas and Special Agents— I mean come on!). But I also feel that I don’t read many middle grade novels anymore so this will be fun to branch out of my usual genre of YA.
Have you read any of the books mentioned above? What did you think of them?
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Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett book tour! If you scroll down you’ll see information about the book, or you can click here to find the other amazing hosts!

Goodreads Summary: A girl with a past she tries to forget, and a future she can’t even imagine.
Leonie Woodville wants to live an unremarkable life. She wants routine, she wants repetition, she wants predictability. So when she explodes in a blaze of light one morning on the way to her college, it’s enough to put a real crimp in her day. And things only get weirder… Leonie learns from her father that she is last of the Pulsar, a phenomenally powerful member of a magical species called the Chosen. It will be her sole duty to protect the Imperium, a governing hierarchy, from all enemies, and to exceed the reputation of the Pulsar before her. So – no pressure there, then. Leonie is swept away from her rigorous normality and taken to a world of magic. There, she is forced into a ceremony to join…

Through the Dark Review

Recently I have been reading Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken, the bind up of the three novellas from The Darkest Minds series, and it has been amazing! I had already read the first two novellas (In Time and Sparks Rise) prior to this and done reviews on both so I got thinking about what blog post I could do for Through the Dark, and so this post came into creation!

For anyone curious you can find information about The Darkest MindsHERE It is a dystopian YA trilogy that is now complete and is one of my all-time favorites. Anyone wondering what order to read the books in (including novellas), Alexandra Bracken says at the beginning of Through the Dark, “The Darkest Minds, In Time, Never Fade, Sparks Rise, In The Afterlight, Beyond the Night. Or you could simply read all of the novellas after you’ve finished the novels”.
Hope you enjoy this fun post!
In Time
Gabe's life has been devastated in the wake of the economic crash. The only option left for someone like him to escape his tr…

The Importance of Strong and Memorable Characters

Over the past month, I have found myself reading more character based novels and all of these character rich novels have been getting me thinking about the importance of memorable and strong characters. By ‘strong’ I don’t mean a character that can fight off an army with their bare hands— no, I mean a character who has morals, beliefs, and flaws, but they grow and learn from these flaws and mistakes. You understand why they do what they do and why they make the mistakes they make and it immerses the reader further into the story, since the reader actually believes the main character is acting in a rational way and it makes characters feel real!
This is important because, like I said, it makes the characters more real and thus makes the reader care more about them. I feel like a lot of recent Young Adult novels are missing these realistic characters meaning that they miss a potential connection with the reader. There haven’t been many memorable characters in recent novels that I’ve read…

This Week's Releases! 15th-21st

Hello readers and welcome to this week’s releases! Where once a week I talk about all the new books coming out that week! This week I’m covering the books that have been released from February 15th until February 21st!
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen. In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lore…

The Nightingale Review

Hello readers! I have spent the past month reading The Nightingale for a book club that my mom started. It was really out of my comfort zone since I am not used to historical fiction but I really enjoyed it as a onetime read!
In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are. FRANCE, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.
Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all …

Bookstagram February 2016

Hello! If you don’t use Instagram then you might not be familiar with the term bookstagram, but it is basically a community on Instagram where people post pictures of and discuss books (much like the booktube community). This community will be the topic of a new monthly feature on here where I show off pictures from other accounts that I love, some of my favorite bookstagramers, and recent pictures from my account.
Pictures I Love

Here are a few of my favorite recent pictures from the Bookstagram community!
Accounts featured: BookishnessAndCoffee ReadSleepFangirl BookishQueen AllGreatBooks

Favorite Bookstagramers
BookAddictEmily This account is run by an amazing admin who is super nice and takes brilliant pictures! My favorite thing about her account is the fact that even though she has 8,000 followers, she always finds a way to respond to comments and DMs!
RavenSharks This admin was one of my first Instagram friends from when I joined forever ago! She takes beautiful pictures and recommends…

Top 5 Wednesday... 2/10

Hey guys, welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! If you don’t know what Top 5 Wednesday is then click HERE, if not, stay! This week’s topic is top 5 books that we had spoiled for us! Don’t worry there won’t be any spoilers in this post!

I used to have a tradition of reading the last words of books first and, unsurprisingly, this is how I got the majority of books spoiled for me. It wasn’t until I got really invested in the mystery of the Mara Dyer trilogy that I started to not like spoilers, up until that point I had just shrugged off spoilers and not let them affect me. That was a series where I felt that the reading experience was truly altered by having it spoiled and if I could go back and read one book for the first time again, it would be The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.
What books have you had spoiled? Have you spoiled any books for yourself then regretted it?
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Unfinished Series Part 2

Hello! A while ago I did a post about some of my unfinished series. Since I am a terrible reader and the list of unfinished series has only grown, I’ve decided to give you an update on that list!

I read Rebel Belle back when it first came out and LOVED it! It really is a quick and fun read that still has some amazing characters. Sadly I haven’t had the chance to read any of the other books in the series yet, but I really want to continue the series in April when book three comes out!

When Blue Lily Lily Blue came out and I decided to wait to pick it up. When I finally picked it up in May of last year I was already getting into a reading slump that I just recently got out of. I might wait until The Raven King comes out then binge the whole series over again in order to catch up.

I was late to the party with this series considering I didn’t start reading Cinder until last May, but I really enjoyed it! Then I moved onto Scarlet in the fall, but of course the dreaded reading slump hit and, d…

Favorite Series Covers

Hello fellow readers! We’ve all know the saying, don’t judge a book by its cover, and we all know that we break this rule. These are some of favorite series covers (the quality of the book has nothing to do with this list).

These covers go brilliantly on your shelf and the covers look beautiful together!

While I am not a fan of The Mortal Instruments covers, these are much better capturing the beauty and elegance of the era while keeping the main trio the center of the covers. I am specifically talking about the original covers but I love the new ones too.

I was actually not a fan of these covers to begin with but wow they have grown on me! All three of these covers are simple, beautiful, and elegant.

These are how you do people covers well! Each cover is a different striking color making them look great together on the shelf. I am talking about the US covers since I much prefer those to the UK covers.

All three of these covers are extremely memorable having symbolism from the series front…

EBooks VS Real Books

Hey guys today I’m here to talk about a feud that has been going on for a little while now, EBooks Vs Real books… *Dun Dun Dun!*
Before we start, I want to say that I have used lots of different generations of kindles so this is coming from someone who has had experience with both EBooks and real books. Sadly I have not had much experience with Nooks or any other EReader devices. Now to start this I’m gonna list the pros and cons of each… EBooksPros·Easy and light to carry around ·EReaders Can fit kindles into small bags ·EReaders can do more than only read ·EReaders can hold tons of books on one device ·It saves your page automatically ·You can always have your favorite books with you on your device ·EBooks are usually cheaper ·It stays open for you ·People can’t see what your reading Cons·It’s dangerous to read near water ·Screen can break ·Device can break if you drop it