Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mini Reviews: Pottermore Presents by: J.K. Rowling

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Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies

This was a fun little collection of stories that gave me a bit more background on characters I love. I particularly loved getting some more information on Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. I love both of those characters so much and it was nice to learn a bit more about them. I also really enjoyed Silvaneus Ketylburns story. This is a character we never really meet, but I feel like I would have liked him. I particularly enjoyed the bit about him throwing flobberworms at Death Eaters.


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Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists

This was a fun look at some of the books more notorious or morally ambiguous characters. It was definitely interesting learning the truth about Dolores Umbridge. That woman is evil. And it was also interesting to get a full background on Slughorn. He was always one of those characters I was never quite sure of. But most of all I loved the little bit on Peeves. I adored what he brought to the books and I was forever sad he didn’t make it into the movies.

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Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide

This was a real treat because I love learning more about Hogwarts. Going back to Hogwarts is like going home, so I will always want to know every little thing I can when it comes to that wonderful castle. I particularly liked the piece on the Chamber of Secrets. That has always been something I’ve wondered about and this just answered some of those weird questions I’ve had. I also liked learning more about Nearly Headless Nick because I love the ghosts and everything they add to the story. Oh and of course the Marauders Map! That is one of my favorite aspects of the Wizarding World, so I loved learning more about it.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #239: The Cruel Prince by: Holly Black

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

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"Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself." 

This book sounds so so so amazing! Holly Black writes amazing faeries.

The Cruel Prince will be released on January 2, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems In The Paranormal Genre

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

I will forever love my paranormal reads and here are some hidden gems!


Monday, August 28, 2017

Guest Review: They Both Die At The End by: Adam Silvera

Today my sister Samantha has dropped by to review They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
Release Date: September 5, 2017
from Harper Teen
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Source: Received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day."

Sam's Review:

So before I begin the review, I just have to say how happy I am to have gotten a chance to read this book early. So a special thanks to my sister Teresa for giving me this opportunity. This past Christmas she bought me a large pile of books that I wanted from Barnes and Nobles. In this pile was Adam Silvera’s  first Novel More Happy Than Not. I remember reading it and never being able to put it down. It’s very easily my favorite book. So much so I want a quote from it tattooed when I’m older. A few months later he came out with History Is All You Left Me, and I was just as hooked as I was when I read his first book. I was so excited for this novel and the fact that I got to read it early means so much to me.

So I have to begin this review by saying that Adam got me FUCKED UP. AGAIN. I started this book knowing the obvious. That they both die at the end. However, I figured that I could keep myself detached from Mateo and Rufus and not care about their fate when it finally happens. I should have known from my experience History Is All You Left Me that this would be a failed endeavor. I cried, a lot. This book is an emotional rollercoaster. If the happy scenes don’t have you crying already, then you’ll definitely cry during the sad moments of this novel. Back to my failed attempt to keep detached though, because these characters are so perfect. Mateo is so good and pure and needs to be protected, which he did all too well himself. He protected himself so much he forgot to live at all. He needed someone like Rufus to drag him out and teach him how to live on his last day. Rufus had so many walls built up around him and he never let himself really feel much. Mateo helped him feel alive again. They needed each other. It was 100% fate that they met and taught each other these things. Aside from the two main characters though, the characters were amazing. I loved them all and their relationships with each other. (Except Peck. Fuck Peck.) I also enjoyed how all the deckers were connected in some way or another. That they had effects on each other on their last days.

If there’s one thing an Adam Silvera book will teach me it’s to stop worrying so much about the past, or the future. That you need to live in the now or you miss opportunities to really live your life. This book more so than the rest drilled this message in for me. This book was literally about two people about to die, that were so focused on  living longer, or living in the past, that they couldn’t let themselves live. It made me realize that if I worry about every little thing, I’m going to have so many regrets because I wouldn’t have let myself do things I wanted to do because I was afraid. His books also give me hope that no matter how dark things are, there’s light in things. Hell, Mateo and Rufus were literally about to die and they found light in it. Because due to them dying, they found each other.

So I guess if Adam were to read this review, I’d have to say a few things. One is that you’re an amazing author. Your books make me happy, and sad, and angry, and just make me feel so many things and I never want you to stop writing and stop giving me new things to look forward to. Two is thanks for giving me these things to look forward to, and writing books that make me feel things as much as your books do.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

On My Shelf: The Girl Who Never Was by: Skylar Dorset

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.


The gorgeous cover pulled me in here! And then I saw it was about faeries and I needed it. Of course it has now sat on my shelf unread because so many books and so little time. I am definitely still intrigued by this one though and I am on a real fantasy/faerie kick right now so hopefully I can get to this one soon.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Mini Review: Reunion by: London Hale

Release Date: August 24, 2017
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"We're heading back to Temperance Falls for a second chance at love...

She’s ready to move on
High school reunions are supposed to be fun. Unfortunately, mine starts with a storm that traps me in a house with my newly ex-boyfriend...and his hot-as-sin stepbrother. Luke kept in touch with me over the years, but not like this. Not with his hands, his fingers...his mouth. If my ex finds out, it’s more than just a friendship on the line. I could destroy a family.

He’s done holding back
Hannah’s been off-limits for twelve long years, ever since my stepbrother swooped in and claimed her before I could. As if coveting from afar isn’t bad enough, now I have to suffer through our ten-year reunion watching them together. But things aren’t as perfect in paradise as it would seem. One overheard conversation between them, and I’m ready to throw caution to the wind. If my stepbrother can’t make her scream, I’m more than happy to get the job done."

My Thoughts:

Guyyyys London Hale just always delivers and I think this is my new favorite London Hale read. I just loved loved loved Luke so much! And Hannah was so great too! Their chemistry was insane and I loved the friends to lovers aspect of it. I also loved the whole in love with my stepbrothers girl thing because it’s just forbidden enough to make it extra intense. Plus Barry is a true asshole, so you really don’t feel bad for him. Like seriously, he is the biggest tool in the box. London Hale always delivers a book with great chemistry and so of course this one delivered. The book is just the perfect blend of sweet and sexy and it makes it easy to devour.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #238: The Beautiful Now by: M. Leighton

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.
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"Dane James worked my stepfather’s fields. He was the boy next door. 

Strong. 
Hardworking. 
Forbidden.

From the moment we met, we were star-crossed lovers—always wanting, never having. We loved each other for most of our lives, but right from the beginning Destiny had other plans. She knew we would fall in love. She knew we would fall apart. Over and over again, like the curse of a recurring nightmare. Or the hope of a familiar dream. 

Our past was tumultuous. Our future was bleak. But the one thing we always had was the beautiful now.

Until that was taken from us, too." 

It's M. Leighton.... of course I need this one!

The Beautiful Now will be released on September 26, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Recent Reads: Reunions and Regrets


Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookout app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of reunions and regrets.



Monday, August 21, 2017

Book Review: If There's No Tomorrow by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: September 5, 2017
from Harlequin Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's
ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends' entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?"

My Thoughts:

It should be no surprise I loved this one because it is JLA and she never lets me down. If There’s No Tomorrow is a heartbreaking read and I had to read it in small bursts because it hurts but it’s also an important read with an important message.

Lena is so relatable and that is what made me love her. She is a genuinely good person who makes a terrible mistake. And I’d bet it’s a mistake many of us have made but we may have gotten lucky. Honestly, I know I have. Lena deals with everything realistically and maturely and I loved her all the more for that. She is just a likable character and that makes reading about everything even harder.

Sebastian is also a great character. He is the kind of boy you hope you find in high school but so rarely do. He and Lena have been best friends since they were kids and I loved the friends to more aspect of the story. I also loved how supportive he was of Lena and that he wouldn’t let her push him away but also didn’t push her. Like I said, he is just a good guy.

If There’s No Tomorrow also fleshes out a good cast of secondary characters. It really rounded out the story. I really loved her sister Lori. Being the oldest sister in my family I just got Lori. Some of the things she said I could see myself saying. She wasn’t the most prominent secondary character, but she really stuck with me. I also really loved Dary and just thought she was a great friend.

If There’s No Tomorrow is one of JLA’s more intense reads and it’s not always an easy read but that also makes it special in some ways. This book hits you in the heart while still delivering the wit and romance JLA is known for. It’s a hard balance to strike, but she struck it well. YA contemporary fans will not be disappointed with this one.

Friday, August 18, 2017

On My Shelf: Sneaking Candy by: Lisa Burstein

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.


This cover is so adorable and the synopsis is super cute! A secret author alter ego is just so fun. This sounds like simply a fun read and one to pick up when I need something light. Of course it has been sitting on my kindle for years now.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Review: Long May She Reign by: Rhiannon Thomas

Release Date: February 21, 2017
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone
about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown."

My Thoughts:

This book surprised me in that I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. The premise here is so cool and the execution is not lacking. I love how this book blended fantasy with science and I LOVED how smart our heroine was.

Freya is a fantastic heroine. She is immediately likable and easy to root for. She is also incredibly smart, like genius smart. Freya is a scientist and that is how she approaches everything in life. She dreams of creating an invention that will enable her to get away from court life. But those dreams go up in smoke when the majority of the court is murdered and twenty-third in line Freya becomes Queen. This is nothing she ever planned for and she isn’t good at playing court life so she approaches this with her analytical mind and I loved that. I don’t think I’ve ever read about a Queen who was so methodical in her approach. And naturally she puts that mind of hers towards finding the murderer.

This book kept me guessing and I didn’t know who the murderer was until right before Freya did. The author did a fantastic job at keeping the reader guessing and questioning everyone’s motives. I won’t even discuss any secondary characters because I don’t want to give anything away. But I will say it has a great secondary cast of characters. Also, I loved Freya’s kitty.

The only tiny complaint is that I wish the romance had a tad bit more closure BUT I also get it. This book isn’t about the romance and it shouldn’t be about the romance. We get a pretty clear picture where things will go, but I just would have liked to seeeeee that. But that’s just the romantic in me.

Long May She Reign was a great read and I loved how it blended fantasy with a murder mystery and science. So far I’ve truly enjoyed everything from this author and I look forward to more.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Recent Reads: Queens and Action and Hollywood


Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookout app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of queens, action, and hollywood.

 

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