December 10, 2013

The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski (The Edge of Never #2)

  • Title: The Edge of Always
  • Author: J.A. Redmerski
  • My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
  • Format: Ebook

 


Arc provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This review may include spoilers from The Edge of Never.

 I'll be honest...I don't even know where to begin with this review. I saw The Edge of Always on Netgalley and I was beyond excited. I have been waiting so long for this to come out and I totally started fangirling when my request to read this got accepted. Also, can I just say that I could stare at this cover all day?

Anyway, The Edge of Always picks up a few months after where The Edge of Never left off. Camryn and Andrew are expecting a child and they couldn't be more excited. Everything is going really good for them and they're ready to spend the rest of their lives together. Then tragedy strikes and their relationship is put to the test.

Camryn is having so much trouble dealing with all of the tragic events happening (this is really hard for me not to spoil it :p) that she ends up breaking down without really realizing it. Andrew sees what's happening and is determined to get their life back to the way it was.  He decides it's time for another road-trip. On the road, Camryn and Andrew find new adventures, face new challenges, and ultimately make their relationship stronger than ever.

Now, where to start...first off, I really enjoyed reading this book. Camryn and Andrew are one of my favorite fictional couples. Their story is very unique and original and I think that's what really pulled me in. The whole road-trip and music aspect totally got me hooked because taking a road-trip like they did is one of my dreams and music is a passion of mine.

The adventures that Camryn and Andrew had in this book were incredible. They had some hardships, but their relationship became so much stronger because of them. I mentioned Camryn and Andrew's banter in my review of The Edge of Never, and I was so, so happy to see that it was still there in this book. I was actually afraid that neither of them would really get back to their old selves after all of the things that happened, but I was really happy when they did.

You do meet a few new characters in this book, but I'm not too sure how I feel about them because we don't see much of them. I know there were some that I didn't like, but no worries because I know I don't have to hear about them again. There is going to be a book about two of the characters that we meet in this book and I'm really excited to learn about them!

I gave The Edge of Always 4.5/5 stars because I really, really liked it. I couldn't bring myself to give it 5/5 stars because there were some things that I didn't like about it, but I also couldn't justify giving it only 4 stars because I loved it so much. Camryn and Andrew's story is definitely one I'll remember.

Favorite quote: "Our story is over, yes, but our journey isn't, because we'll always live on the edge until the day we die."
(I honestly had a lot more favorite quotes, but I decided on this one.)

Do I recommend this book? 100% YES. I loved it and I thought it was a great ending to Camryn and Andrew's story. :)

November 11, 2013

Escape In You by Rachel Schurig

  • Title: Escape In You
  • Author: Rachel Schurig
  • My Rating: 4/5 Stars
  • Format: Ebook
 

 ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I saw Escape In You as I was browsing the New Adult titles available on Netgalley. I'll be honest, this cover really drew me in. I don't know what it is about the cover, I just think it's cool! I had never heard of this book before seeing it on Netgalley, but I knew as soon as I read the synopsis that I would probably enjoy it.

Escape In You is about Zoe Janes and Jet Taylor. Jet is your typical party boy and womanizer. He has girls longing for him constantly. Zoe is a girl who's just trying to live life day by day. She doesn't have the best home life so she's always going out to try to escape her troubles. Zoe meets Jet at a party and she realizes that he would be the perfect distraction from all the crappy things in her life.

Jet sort of has hopes of things becoming more than 'just fun' with Zoe, but he knows that she's already decided that whatever happens between them is just for fun. That is until Jet starts to get under her skin and makes her feel things that she never intended to.

For starters, I just want to say how weird it was to write that little summary using the name 'Jet' because in the book, Zoe refers to him as Taylor, so that's what I'm used to. Anyways, I loved this book from the beginning. When I read a book that deals with things such as mental issues, it's usually the main character(s) that are dealing with the issue. Escape In You was a bit different because it wasn't the main characters dealing with their own issues; they were dealing with their parents' issues. It definitely puts a different spin on the story, but it was very well done.

I really loved the characters in this book. Zoe and Taylor are perfect for each other. While they both have their faults, they never judge one another, they just accept it and move on. Their friends were great, too. Zoe and Taylor both have a friend that is super supportive and it doesn't matter what happens, that friend will be there to help no matter what. (I forgot their names and I'm too lazy too look them up. Oops!)

This book isn't too heavy on the emotions, but there are some times that make you feel a little sad. For the most part though, it's not very heavy and seeing the characters change and develop throughout the book will make you happy and proud. Oh, and there are some pretty steamy parts as well. ;)

I gave this book 4/5 stars because I enjoyed it, a lot. I wish there was more to Zoe and Taylor's story, but it left off in a good place so I guess I'll just have to be satisfied with that! I think most people who enjoy New Adult books will enjoy this one. It's very entertaining and leaves you wanting more!

Favorite quote: "But with Zoe, none of it feels ordinary. Every minute with her is something bigger, something special."

Do I recommend this book? Yes! If you're into New Adult novels, you should definitely pick this one up!

October 23, 2013

WWW Wednesdays! (October 23rd)




WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

To play along, simply answer the following 3 questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?
What are you currently reading?
I'm reading Escape In You by Rachel Schurig. I received a copy of it from Netgalley. I just started it last night and I think it's going to be really good! I'm also reading The Luxe by Anna Godberson. It's taking me a while to get through it, but I'm getting there!







What did you recently finish reading?
The only book I've finished recently is Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen. You can see my review of it here. I've been in a reading slump for a while now, so I haven't been able to read too much lately.









What do you think you'll read next?
I honestly have no clue what I'm going to read next. Maybe Allegiant by Veronica Roth since it just came out! Of course I'll have to go buy it first, though.

October 21, 2013

Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen (Nova #1)

  • Title: Breaking Nova
  • Author: Jessica Sorensen
  • My Rating: 4/5 Stars
  • Format: Ebook
 

 I first heard of Breaking Nova through GoodReads. I had read a couple books from Jessica Sorensen before, so I was just checking out other books by her. I found this one and immediately the cover drew me in. I read the synopsis and though that it would be a good book. From some of the reviews I read, it seemed like most people enjoyed it, so I thought I would too!

Breaking Nova is about a girl, Nova Reed, and a boy, Quinton Carter. Nova is broken inside. So many tragic events have happened to her and she just doesn't know how to handle it all. Quinton is in the same boat as her. He feels like he has nothing to live for. He should've died that night, and even though he didn't, he wishes he had.

Nova is just trying to get by as best she can. Then she meets Quinton. She notices the sadness in him and all she wants to do is try to help him and understand why he's like that. Quinton swore that he would never be happy again...until he meets Nova. He doesn't know why, but Nova makes him smile and he doesn't like it. Quinton doesn't want to feel anything; he thinks he doesn't deserve to. However, Nova is determined to try to get him to open up, even just a little, about his past, but she never tries to push him too far.

Nova and Quinton both has obstacles that they have to overcome before either one of them can truly be happy. Breaking Nova is about their journey of trying to overcome these obstacles.

 When I first started this book, it was pretty depressing. I was immediately on the verge of tears when I started. It's a very sad, depressing book, but it's totally worth the read. Jessica Sorensen's writing is phenomenal. Period. I seriously think that if it hadn't been for her writing style, I might've put this book down because it was making me so sad.

The characters in this book were great. They were extremely realistic and relatable. I can't say that I, personally, could relate to them because I've never been in their situation, but I'm sure others who have gone through similar situations wouldn't have a hard time relating to them. I loved how each character was different from one another. They all had different personalities that either made you love or hate them. Also, the development of the characters was incredible. Even though some didn't change very much, Nova definitely did and I was proud to see that.

The emotions in this book are intense. One second your heart is breaking and the next you're rooting for the characters' happiness. There are some scenes where I was like "Yay! This is finally happening!" but then I thought about it and was like "No, wait. This shouldn't happen like this!" Basically, it was an emotional roller coaster.

I gave this book 4/5 stars because I really, really enjoyed it, but almost the entire book is pretty depressing. There weren't enough happy moments to balance it out, so when I was reading this I was always feeling sad for the characters. But don't let that discourage you! It really is a wonderful, realistic story and I think most people will enjoy it. I will tell you, if you're looking for a happy, fairytale ending, you won't find it in this book. Not that the ending doesn't make you happy because in a sense it does, but it's not the happy ending that I thought was going to happen. Does that make sense?

Favorite quote: "For an instant, I have something to hold on to again, a reason to keep breathing, to live."

Do I recommend this book? Yes! Don't let the fact that it's not a super happy book discourage you. It's a great story and the writing is wonderful.

October 5, 2013

Liebster Award Nomination

I've been nominated for the Liebster Award! I was nominated by Angelica @ Life is Reading! Basically, the Liebster Award is a way to help the blogs you like with less than 200 followers gain a bigger audience.

Rules:
  • Link back the blogger that tagged you
  • Nominate 5-10 others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you
  • Ask 10 questions for the bloggers you nominate
  • Let your nominees know of their award
Angelica's questions for me:

What is your favorite part of blogging?
My favorite part is being able to write and express my opinion about things that I love...books. I also love when one of my reviews convinces someone else to read that book!

What would your dream job be?
I've actually given this question a lot of thought and, to be honest, I really don't know. Since I was little I've wanted to be a veterinarian so I guess I'll go with that!

Do you find blogging to be challenging at times?
Yes, sometimes. It's hard for me to find the time to sit down and actually gather my thoughts for what I want to write. I get distracted very easily, so whenever I'm trying to write I'll start doing something else.

Do you have any weird reading habits? 
I don't think so.

Hardcovers, Paperbacks, Audiobooks, or E-Readers?
It's kind of back and forth for me. Sometimes I like hardcovers, other times I like paperbacks. I do like having a physical copy of the book, but I have quite a few Ebooks on my iPod.

Book you would love to see on the big screen? 
Well, the book that I'm going to say is already going to be a movie...it just hasn't come out yet. Definitely Divergent by Veronica Roth.

If you could have an ability, what would it be?
I would absolutely love to be able to fly. I always have these weird dreams about being able to fly and it's awesome.

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I wanted to express my opinion about books that I've read and just talk about books in general with other book-lovers.

Do you prefer series or stand-alones?
I think I prefer series just because I like the feeling of knowing that there's more to the story and it doesn't just end with one book.

What are some of your favorite series/stand-alone books? 
Series: 
Delirium series by Lauren Oliver
Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Coincidence series by Jessica Sorensen
Divergent series by Veronica Roth

Stand-alones:
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Paper Towns by John Green
Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
Easy by Tammara Webber

My nominees!
Mo_Books
Listful Booking
BohoBookLover♥
Vampire (and Other Paranormal Things) Queen
Ini's Ravishing Reads
Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl

My questions for you:
1. What is your all time favorite book and/or series?
2. What do you love most about blogging?
3. What was your favorite book as a little kid?
4. How many books have you read so far this year?
5. How did you come up with the name for your blog?
6. If you could be friends with any character from any book, who would it be and why?
7. What's your favorite genre?
8. Who are your top 3 book boyfriends?
9. Who's your favorite author?
10. Do you prefer to have a physical copy of a book or do you like Ebooks better?

September 25, 2013

WWW Wednesdays! (September 25th)




WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

To play along, simply answer the following 3 questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?
What are you currently reading?

I just started reading Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen. I didn't get very far into it yet because I started it in the middle of the night. It seems like it's going to be pretty good though!









What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Saved By You by Kelly Harper yesterday, I think. I really enjoyed it and hopefully I'll have a review up soon!









What do you think you'll read next?

I think I might read The Luxe by Anna Godbersen. I'm not sure yet.

August 19, 2013

Monday Update #3

So I think today is going to be a pretty boring, average day. When I woke up, I felt terrible. Not like sick or anything, but that feeling you get when you either didn't get enough sleep at all or you slept way too long. I think I had a bit of both, though, because I woke up several times last night and looked at the clock and I had only slept for about 30 minutes each time. Also, I didn't really wake up until around 12:30...which is pretty late so I just feel pretty groggy today.

The past week wasn't anything special. It was just an average week of doing basically the same stuff everyday. This week will probably be pretty routine as well. I never have any plans for the week because, well, I can't drive yet so I can't go anywhere. I actually drove twice the other day on some roads that I've never driven on before and I think I might be driving some later today if I can convince someone to go with me. I love driving. Especially in my car because it's small so it's a lot easier to drive. I tried to drive my mom's minivan home one day and it was extremely hard to get used to. Anyways, I can't wait to get my license and be able to go places all the time!

Remember how I said last week that I was in a bit of a reading slump? Yeah, that's still going on. I just can't get myself in the mood to sit down and read! It's really bothering me because I'm reading a book that I've really been enjoying, but every time I go to read it, I convince myself to do something else. I really don't know what to do to get back into reading.

So there's this little like reality TV show that I found on YouTube the other day and I've been obsessing over it. It's called Summer Break and it's so horrible that it's good! It's one of those things where you hate yourself for liking it. It basically just follows these teens around during their summer break. It's pretty much a show that you would find on MTV, which is weird that I like it because I don't even watch MTV. I'll admit that it's super addicting, though.
Oh my gosh I just realized that one week from tomorrow I'll be at the Parachute concert! I'm so excited! You would think by my level of excitement that this is my first concert, but it's not. My very first concert was in 5th grade and I went with my friend to see The Cheetah Girls. Hahaha, funny right? Also, a couple years ago I went to a concert that had a band called Oh No Fiasco, Shontelle, Owl City, We The Kings, and Train! I only went for WTK and Train, though.


I've also been on the hunt for a job. This will be my very first job, so I'm really nervous. I haven't applied anywhere yet, but I've found a few places I plan on applying. I don't want to work in fast food at all. I really want a retail job. If you're reading this and you've worked in retail or currently work in retail, what's it like?

Anyways, that's all for today's Monday Update! I apologize if it was boring...I seem to have a pretty boring life right now. Anyways, I hope everyone has a wonderful day and an even more wonderful week! :)

August 14, 2013

WWW Wednesdays! (August 14th)



WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

To play along, simply answer the following 3 questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?
 What are you currently reading?
I just started reading Near and Far by Nicole Williams. I'm not far into it at all, but I can already tell it's going to be good! I'm also still reading Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann. I don't know why it's taking me so long to get through a shorter book, but I had to put it down for a few days because it just wasn't really grabbing my attention.






What did you recently finish reading?
I finally finished The Promise by C.E. Wilson. I posted a review of it- you can see that here. 










What do you think you'll read next?
I'm thinking maybe Eve by Anna Carey. Or perhaps I'll read Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

August 13, 2013

The Promise by C.E. Wilson

  • Title: The Promise
  • Author: C.E. Wilson
  • My Rating: 3/5 Stars
  • Format: Ebook
 

 I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
 I had never heard of this book until the author contacted me about it. After reading the synopsis, I wasn't too sure how I felt about it. It definitely seemed like something different from what I normally read, but I thought I'd give it a chance.

 The Promise is about a woman, Lily, who is diagnosed with an extremely rare disease. Lily is shrinking and no one seems to know why. Every single day Lily seems to shrink even more and her husband feels helpless because he doesn't know what to do to help her. When they visit their doctor, he doesn't know what to do to stop it. It seems as though no one has heard of a person shrinking before. Lily feels like she is losing everything and that she'll eventually shrink into nothing. All Lily and her husband can do is hope for the best at this point.

I enjoyed reading about Lily and the struggles that she faced even when trying to do normal, everyday things. I loved that Lily's husband's love for her was unconditional. He was there for her through everything, no matter what. He didn't care how small she was; he still loved her through it all.

I have to admit that Lily did get on my nerves sometimes. I understand that she wanted to be independent, but you have to let people help you sometimes. I didn't like how stubborn she was to admit that she needed help, even when her husband was extremely willing to help. Overall though, I did like Lily. She was a strong character and pretty likeable. I wish there would've been more depth to the characters, though.

The ending kind of shocked me, to be honest. I didn't expect things to end like that, but I can't say that I'm not happy about it. I liked the way it ended, but I think I would've liked it better if things went a different way. I'm a sucker for happily ever afters.

 I gave this book 3/5 stars because I enjoyed it, but there were some things that I felt were missing. I thought some parts of the story were repetitive and I wished the characters were more developed.

Favorite quote: "'That's my heart,' Erik replied. 'I want you to remember it. My heart beats for you, Lily, and no matter what happens...it always will.'"

Do I recommend this book? Sure! If it sounds interesting to you, go ahead and give it a chance! It's a fairly short read and I think you might enjoy it.

August 12, 2013

The Redemption of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen (The Coincidence #2)

  • Title: The Redemption of Callie & Kayden
  • Author: Jessica Sorensen
  • My Rating: 5/5 Stars
  • Format: Ebook

I heard of The Redemption of Callie & Kayden through the first book in the series- The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden (click here for my review). I have been patiently waiting for this book since I finished the first one. The first book ends in such a huge cliffhanger that I basically didn't know what to do with myself when I finished. There might be spoilers from the first book in this review, so beware.

The Redemption of Callie & Kayden picks up right were The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden left off. Kayden is in the hospital recovering from the tragic event that occurs at the end of the first book. Kayden is sent to a mental hospital because the doctors think that Kayden wounds were self-inflicted. He isn't allowed any visitors, besides family. Kayden has had huge problems with his father in the past, and his mother overlooks them. He feels like he has nothing left. He thinks that because of what happened, no one, including Callie, is going to talk to him ever again. That's where he's wrong.

Callie, her best friend Seth, and Kayden's best friend Luke all want to get Kayden out of that hospital and take him somewhere to get away from his problems for a while. When the three of them find out that Kayden is being released, they rush down to the hospital to surprise him with a road trip. Shockingly, Kayden basically ignores them and refuses to go on the trip with them.

Later in the book, they finally convince Kayden to go with them. They decide to head to the beach to have some fun. While they're there, they do have fun, but Callie and Kayden also open up to each other about their problems that they've been facing for years. They both help each other to deal with their issues and get better. Callie and Kayden decide that it's time to head back home to open up to others about the things that they've kept bottled up inside for a long time.

This book is filled with raw emotion, pain, friendship, love, and hope. It's one of those books that you can't stop thinking about, especially when you finish it. This is definitely a darker book because it deals with things that everyday people don't typically have to deal with, and that's one of the things that make this book so wonderful.

From start to finish this book had me sucked in. I absolutely love Callie and Kayden's relationship. They're always there for one another and they never give up on each other. The characters in The Redemption of Callie & Kayden were magnificent. They're still the same characters from the first book, but they're still just as awesome. Callie's best friend, Seth, always had me laughing. He's so funny that you wish for him to appear in almost every scene. Kayden's best friend, Luke, is awesome too. Even though he doesn't really say much, he's supportive of everyone and doesn't judge anyone. Luke has his own problems that he's trying to deal with, and I can't wait to read the book that's about him.

I think that The Redemption of Callie & Kayden deserves way more that 5 stars, to be honest. It's just a wonderful book and I can't stop gushing about it! I'm glad that Jessica Sorensen is writing The Resolution of Callie & Kayden, because I wasn't exactly happy with how this book ended. There has to be more to the story, and I'm glad that there is. I literally cannot praise this series enough. It might possibly be my favorite.

It was really hard to pick just one favorite quote from this book because there were so many, so I'll give you two!

Favorite quote (1): "Maybe if I try hard enough, we'll fall into each other and become one single person and we can share our pain instead of carrying it by ourselves."

Favorite quote (2): "'...Just tell me what you need to make you happy.' She looks me in the eye with tears streaming down her cheeks. 'You.'"

Do I recommend this book? 100%. It's an amazing book and the series is incredible. Definitely give it a chance. Even if you don't like romance books, still give it a chance because it is so much more than that.

Monday Update #2

To be completely honest, I haven't been up to much since last week and I don't really think there's much going on this week either. I've literally been doing nothing except school, reading, watching TV/movies, and playing video games.

I started school back up last Monday because I had taken a week off for vacation with my parents. It wasn't too hard to get back in the groove of things since it was only a week of not doing it. I have been slacking, though. I'm so bored with my economics class that I've been doing as little as possible every day, just to say that I did some school for the day. :P

I believe I'm in a reading slump again. I don't know why they're happening so often. Usually when I read a good book, it pulls me out of it but I guess that didn't happen this time. When I finished The Redemption of Callie & Kayden, I thought that I was for sure going to be wanting to read all the time because that was such a great book. However, I picked up a new book and only got to page 16 before I put it down and started doing something else. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to figure out some new methods of getting out of my reading slump.

I haven't been watching too much TV, but I have been watching some. My dad and I always record Burn Notice and Graceland and watch those shows on Fridays. They're such good shows and if you haven't watched them, you definitely should. My mom and I also watch Pretty Little Liars on Tuesdays- another good show! I actually haven't seen the very first season, but whatever...I know what going on. :P

 






My family usually watches at least one movie every Sunday. So, yesterday, we watched a movie called Firewall. It came out in 2006, but it was still a cool movie. And oh my gosh, you may think I'm weird for being overly excited about this, but I found The Breakfast Club on Netflix instant the other day! I've been keeping my eye out for when they finally decided to put it on there, and I was so excited when they did! I also found Titanic on Netflix instant. I feel super late to the party because I have never seen Titanic, but I'm going to watch it soon!

As for playing video games, there's only one that I've been playing and I'm obsessed with it. It's called Mafia II. I've already beat it once, probably about a year ago, but it's honestly such a good game that I could just play it over and over. It does have a lot of swearing, but what can you expect for a game about the mafia, right?


Oh, and where I live, school started back today. It feels so weird not to be going back, but it feels so great too. I feel like I have so much more freedom doing online school than I have in public school. I guess it's kind of bittersweet.

Anyways, I hope everyone had a great weekend and here's too an ever greater week! :)

August 7, 2013

WWW Wednesdays! (August 7th)



WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

To play along, simply answer the following 3 questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?
What are you currently reading?
I just started reading Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann, but I'm only a few pages into it. I'm also still reading The Promise by C.E. Wilson. Hopefully I'll have it finished by the end of the week.








What did you recently finish reading?
 I finished The Redemption of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen last night. I'm so sad that it's over! :( I also finally finished Bloodlines by Richelle Mead a few days ago. You can see my review here. 








What do you think you'll read next?
I'll probably read Near and Far by Nicole Williams. Either that, or Never Too Far by Abbi Glines.

 

August 6, 2013

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #1)

  • Title: Bloodlines
  • Author: Richelle Mead
  • My Rating: 5/5 Stars
  • Format: Hardcover

I honestly don't even remember where or how I first heard about Bloodlines. I'm sure it was probably somewhere on GoodReads, since that seems to be where I find out about most books. I do remember wanting it so badly when I found out about it, though. I can't believe I kept putting off reading this because it was incredible. If you haven't read the Vampire Academy series, I don't think you should continue reading this review because I'm afraid I might spoil some things from that series.

Bloodlines is the first book in the Vampire Academy spin off series. If you've read the Vampire Academy books, then you've met the main character in this series. Her name is Sydney Sage and she's an Alchemist. Alchemists are the people who protect humans from the knowledge of vampires.

In Bloodlines, Sydney is woken up and told to get dressed for a meeting. The meeting is about being assigned a very important mission- to protect Jill Dragomir, the sister of the Moroi Queen. Sydney knows that this is her one chance to prove to the other Alchemists that she really is loyal to them, despite her past behaviors. Sydney is finally assigned to the mission and heads to Palm Springs, California to meet up with Jill and everyone else who decided to go with Jill.

While in Palm Springs, Jill, Sydney, and Eddie (Jill's guardian), pretend to be students at a private school to further protect Jill's identity. Tons of drama happens in and outside of the school. There are some mysterious things happening with the students that attend the school whenever they get these crazy tattoos, and Sydney is going to get to the bottom of it. Also, some other weird things are going on with Sydney's partner, Keith, and she intends to get to the bottom of that, too.

I loved this book from beginning to end. Although I really, really missed Rose's POV, I eventually got used to reading through Sydney's POV. I thought Sydney was pretty cool in the Vampire Academy series, but I loved her so much more in this. I loved that we got to see into her head and really understand her fear of vampires.

The characters in this book were great. Adrian Ivashkov is in Bloodlines, which just makes it even better. You definitely grow to love some of the new characters in this book, but watch out because some of them may not be who they say they are!

I actually think my favorite character might've been Micah, though. At first I was extremely skeptical of his intentions, but really he's just a genuinely nice guy.

I gave Bloodlines 5/5 stars because as I said before, I loved it from beginning to end. I would've finished it much sooner than I did if I hadn't been so busy with other things. Oh, I almost forgot to mention the ending of this book! I wouldn't really consider it a huge cliffhanger or anything, but the person who shows up in the end definitely has me excited for the next book! ;)

Favorite quote: "I decided the Alchemists needed an entire department devoted to handling Adrian Ivashkov."

Do I recommend this book? Definitely! But be sure to read the VA series first because you'll probably end up a little confused while reading this one if you don't.

August 5, 2013

Monday Update #1

I've been wanting to do an update post for the last few days, but wasn't really sure if anyone would be interested or not. Oh well, though. I'm gonna do it because I like to share exciting things that are happening in my life. I'm going to try my best to do these every Monday just to kind of update you guys on what I've been up to for the past week or so!

So, this past week I was on vacation with my parents. We didn't do anything extravagant; we just hung out around the house and went shopping, really. I got a few books, which I hauled yesterday. You can see that post here.

Also, my birthday was last Tuesday! I turned 17! Oh, and a few weeks ago, I got a car! I don't have my license yet, but I'm hoping to get it in October. I have been driving quite a bit lately. It's so much fun and I can't wait to be able to drive on my own. I have to get a job before I can get my license, though, because I have to pay for insurance. So basically, I have to get a job within the next two months. I'm not too thrilled about that, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do, right?

Getting a car is a pretty exciting thing, but would it be crazy if I said I'm more excited to go to a concert this month? Well, call me crazy because I am so pumped to go to that concert. The band playing is called Parachute. You should definitely check them out because they're actually really good and I was shocked to find out they were coming to my city! There are two other bands playing as well, but I'm not too familiar with them. Anyways, I'm super excited and I can't wait! :)

 Here's a picture of them, if you were curious:

 For many people, school is starting back soon. I would be going back to school in like the next week or so (I think), but I started online school back before summer started. So technically, I was never out on summer break. I've been doing school (almost) every day of this summer, and I'm so close to graduating. I believe I've only got a few classes left to take, then I'm finished! For those of you who are starting school soon, good luck and make this year the best!

I'm sorry if this seems a bit rambly (is that even a word?), but keep in mind that this is just an update post and I was just typing as my thoughts came. Please give feedback on whether or not I should keep these posts up because if I feel like no one wants to see them, then I might as well not post them, right? If you want, you can tell me some stuff that has been going on in your life in the comments! I'm super nosy, so I like to hear about other people. Anyways, I enjoyed writing this and I hope you enjoyed reading it! :)

August 4, 2013

Book Haul #2!

This is my second book haul! Yay!
 Over the past week, I've bought these books:
 
 
 
  • The 1st book is Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann. I'm super excited to read this book because it sounds really interesting. Plus, I got it on sale for only $3.00 at Books A Million!
  • The 2nd book is Eve by Anna Carey. I've heard great things about this book so I decided to get it. It was also on sale at Books A Million for only $3.97!
  • The 3rd book is Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. I've been wanting this one for a while, and I finally got it for $4.97 at Books A Million!
  • The 4th book is The Luxe by Anna Godbersen. I saw this one in someone's bookshelf tour on YouTube, but I didn't really think anything of it. Then, I saw it on the bargain shelf at Books A Million for only $3.97 so I decided to get it! I'm actually really excited to read it.
  • Now we have the last book, The Redemption of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen. I got it as an ebook from Barnes & Noble. I'm currently reading this one now, and I love it so much already. I have to admit that it's already made me tear up and I'm not even half way done with it. You can check out my review of the first book, The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden, here.
Let me know if you've read any of these and what you think of them! Also, if you know of any books you think I might like, tell me! :)



July 31, 2013

WWW Wednesdays! (July 31st)



WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

To play along, simply answer the following 3 questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?

What are you currently reading?
I'm reading The Promise by C.E. Wilson. It seems pretty good so far and I'm enjoying it. I'm also still reading Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. I'm really enjoying it! I would be finished with it by now, but I've been busy since I've been on vacation this week.








What did you recently finish reading?
Sadly, I haven't finished anything. Like I stated above, I would be finished with Bloodlines by now, but I've been too busy!

What do you think you'll read next?
I don't even know. I haven't really thought about it. I'm thinking maybe Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann, but maybe I'll download a sequel to one of the books I've already read. I've got a few that I need to get the sequels.

July 29, 2013

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey #1)

  • Title: The Iron King
  • Author: Julie Kagawa
  • My Rating: 3/5 Stars
  • Format: Paperback
 
I heard about The Iron King through GoodReads. I had noticed that it was added/read by many of my friends, so I figured it would probably be pretty good. When I read the synopsis, I was definitely interested in it, but I didn't get the feeling of 'Oh my gosh I need this now!' I didn't really know for sure if I was going to enjoy this book because of all the fantasy aspects. Don't get me wrong, I do love fantasy, I'm just not big on reading about it.
 
The Iron King is about a girl named Meghan Chase, who lives a pretty normal life up until the day her little brother gets kidnapped. Meghan doesn't realize all the things living around her until she is finally exposed to the truth of who she really is. She is a half-human and half-summer faery. When Meghan realizes all the things going on around her, it certainly takes her by surprise. She finds out that her brother was replaced by an evil creature, called a changeling, and she knows she must do whatever it takes to get him back. She also finds out that her best friend, Robbie, is actually a famous creature named Puck.
 
Puck agrees to take Meghan to the Nevernever, the place where her brother has been taken. When they get to the Nevernever, they have been followed so Puck creates a diversion and throws Meghan up into a tree. There she meets a cat, named Grimalkin, who agrees to help her find Puck for a favor in return. Grimalkin leads Meghan to the Summer Court where she meets her real father, the king of the Summer Court.
 
When Elysium, an event where the Summer and Winter Courts come together, arrives, Meghan meets the Winter Prince, Ash. When a crazy monster crashes the party, chaos breaks loose. That's when Meghan decides to make a run for it to head to the Winter Court in search for her brother. On her journey, she runs into Puck and also Ash. Puck and Ash despise each other for reasons Meghan can't seem to figure out.
 
While Ash and Puck are attempting to kill each other, some strange creatures come along and take Meghan away. Ash and Puck are stunned and they join forces to get Meghan free. Then, they find out that there is someone named Machina, the Iron King, who took her brother. Ash and Meghan make a deal for him to go with her to find the Iron King. They go on their search for Machina and while obstacles get in their way, Meghan eventually arrives at Machina's court to get her brother back.
 
I feel like that was a really long summary, but I wanted to be a little more detailed so it would make more sense. Anyway, for me, this book was very boring in the beginning. I didn't really get into it at all and I felt like I was always forcing myself to read it. Like I said before, I really do love fantasy, but I don't think I enjoy reading about it as much. The only time I really got into this book was towards the end, when all the action was happening.
 
I'd say the characters in this book were decent. None of them really got on my nerves, but they weren't the most interesting characters I've ever read about, either. I think my favorite character might have been Grimalkin, just because I found him pretty funny. Also, there is a bit of a love triangle in this book, and so far I believe I'm team Ash. I think most people really loved Puck, but I just don't see what's so great about him besides his sense of humor.
 
Once you start getting to the more interesting part of The Iron King, I think most people will enjoy it. On GoodReads, it has a average of almost 4 stars, so obviously a lot of people have enjoyed it. I guess it just wasn't my cup of tea, but it was entertaining. I think I'll continue on with the series, but I'm in no rush to get my hands on the other books. I gave The Iron King 3/5 stars because while I did think it was extremely boring at first, it does pick up towards the middle and end. Also, can I just say that it really reminded me of Alice in Wonderland? Especially Grimalkin...he definitely reminded me of the Cheshire Cat.
 
Favorite quote: "Time to switch to decaf, princess. If you're going to shriek at every bogey that jumps out and says 'boo', you'll be exhausted before we reach the edge of the woods."
 
Do I recommend this book? Sure, especially if you're into fantasy. If you enjoy reading about faeries and magical creatures, this is definitely a book for you.

July 24, 2013

WWW Wednesdays! (July 24th)



WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

To play along, simply answer the following 3 questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?
What are you currently reading?
I'm reading Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. I've only read 2 chapters so far, but I'm really liking it!











What did you recently finish reading?
I finally finished The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. I had a rough time getting through this one, but I got really into it when it started picking up towards the end!









What do you think you'll read next?
I never know what I'm going to read next. Maybe I'll read Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. I'm not sure yet.