November 8, 2015

Whats Your Reviewing Style?

I don't have a set reviewing style &  I'm still working on fine tuning my reviewing skills. I'm a FAIRLY new blogger (I mean...I haven't been here for a year yet so I'm considering myself fairly new) so I hope as I continue to blog my reviews will improve!

I definitely find it hard to write reviews. I know for most people it probably comes naturally, but when I read I usually get so dragged into the book I don't analyze the characters or critique the plot while reading. This makes writing reviews so much harder because after I finish I'm usually just left with a single strong feeling (loved it, hated it, blown away, shocked, ect.) Now, as a blogger I have to try and slow myself down while reading to take note of character traits and other significant aspects of the book I want to discuss in my review. When I finally sit down to write the first draft of my review it takes hours, and by the end I'm usually left with a short, choppy, awkward, piece of work.(I am not good at putting my thoughts into words and I have read tons of those "How to write Book Reviews" posts which have really done nothing to help me as a reviewer.) After my first draft I try to make the review flow more (which somehow usually ends up with me making it sound worse). It's okay though because I still have quite some time to refine my reviewing skills.

I also (obviously) read lots of other bloggers reviews. Everyone honestly writes such eloquent reviews and I guess I hope by reading tons of other peoples reviews I will somehow absorb some of their skill (which clearly hasn't happened yet LOL).

I like to start writing my review as soon as I finish reading because I feel that the book, characters, and plot are fresh in my mind and I'm less likely to forget anything super important that stood out to me. If I wait to review a book my review goes even more downhill. It's even harder for me to review a book if I read multiple books after it and then review those first. My thoughts get jumbled and next thing I know I'm writing about how I loved a character who I actually hated. (Yes, this has actually happened and after I read back the paragraph I was befuddled.)

I try to review everything I read now. In the past I would only review books I loved, but now I (obviously) have to review ARCs, and I've discovered I really enjoy reviewing everything I read. (Also practice makes perfect!) I find it fun to share my thoughts after I  finish a book. Plus, I love discussing with other people and reading comments on reviews from others who've read the book (and from people who haven't)  because I like to hear everyones opinions! I will most likely have to stop reviewing everything I read once school picks up because I won't have enough time, but next summer (thats so far away omg....) I will hopefully continue reviewing everything!

Thats it! Thanks for reading this discussion post, but now:
I want to know about your reviewing styles! 

-Do you take notes while reading for reviewing?
-Do you feel that the longer you wait to review a book the more you forget the book?
-Do you review everything you read? Why or why not?
Also, if anyone has written or knows of any good posts with advice for writing reviews I would love to read them!

November 4, 2015

Tropes in YA

A trope, as defined by Google: a significant or recurrent theme; a motif.

Today, I'm going to be discussing some popular tropes in YA!

October 28, 2015

Review: Alive by Scott Sigler

Scott Sigler
368 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Del Rey
Young Adult | Science Fiction | Dystopia | Thriller | Mystery
Amazon | Goodreads
4.5/5 stars

From New York Times bestselling author Scott Sigler comes something utterly new: a gripping sci-fi adventure trilogy in the vein of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner. A group of young adults awake in a mysterious enclosed space with no knowledge of who they are or how they got there…and an indomitable young woman must lead them not only to answers but to survival.

A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth.

October 22, 2015

Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door 
Huntley Fitzpatrick
394 pages
Published June 14th 2012 by Dial Books For Young Readers
Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance
Goodreads | Amazon
5/5 Stars
"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

October 21, 2015

Hiatus Time!

I was really hoping I wouldn't have to do this but sadly I do. I really don't have much to say here other than that I have absolutely no time to read let alone blog so theres literally no choice but for me to go on a hiatus. 
Sooo basically last year I was in 9th grade and in all honors and advanced classes and I did competition dance and track and I never had to study for my tests because everything was just so easy for me and I didn't have much homework. I had tons of free time to do whatever I wanted, even with my activities and workload. WELL, this year I'm in 10th grade, and its an entirely different story. I am in all honors and advanced classes and I'm now in science research. My school district has one of the most rigorous Science Research programs in our county so that class alone is so much work. All my other classes this year are not exactly hard but they require lots of homework and studying. On top of that I do two programs to work with the Special ed kids at my school which take place after school. On top of that I have dance for about 3 hours every night. Then I peer respond which requires me giving up my lunch period to help younger kids who are struggling in school. FINALLY, I have to get over 8 hours of sleep every night because I have a headache condition. SO, learning how to balance this all out has been extremely, extremely hard. There is not one second in my schedule that leaves room for me to blog. The only time I can check Twitter is as I walk from class to class. Thats about all the contact I've had with the book world lately. So yeah, thats whats going on. 
It's just way too much for me to try and balance all of that with blogging and reading. (Which I miss so much :() That is why I'll be taking this hiatus. I'll probably be gone until I have a school holiday.
I will still be blogging on Her Book Thoughts though!
If anyone wants to keep up with me when I'm gone, find me on insta, twitter, and TUMBLR! I love all my amazing followers (even though there aren't alot of you!) and thanks so much for reading!  

October 19, 2015

Review: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

This is Not a Test
Courtney Summers
336 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
Young Adult | Zombies
Goodreads | Amazon
5/5 Stars
It's the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won't stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn't sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she's failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she's forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group's fate is determined less and less by what's happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life--and death--inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

October 14, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Wink Poppy Midnight

Wink Poppy Midnight
by April Genevieve Tucholke
Expected publication: March 22nd 2016 by Dial Books
The intrigue of The Virgin Suicides and the "supernatural or not" question of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer coalesce in this young adult mystery, where nothing is quite as it seems, no one is quite who you think, and everything can change on a dime.

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

For fans of Holly Black, We Were Liars, and The Raven Boys, this mysterious tale full of intrigue, dread, beauty, and a whiff of something strange will leave you utterly entranced.

The cover. The synopsis. Everything. I need this book in my life, like now. March 2016 COME QUICKLY PLEASE.

Whats everyone waiting on this week!? Let me know and link me to your posts!

October 9, 2015

Review: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
Morgan Matson
344 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance | Road Trip
Gift from the amazing Brynn's Bookshelf
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
5/5 Stars
Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it's Amy's responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn't ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip - and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar - especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory - but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

My Thoughts


(I apologize for the pretty bad mini synopsis I’m about to give) After the accident where her father died Amy cut off everyone, literally everyone. She has no close friends anymore or people who try to coax her out of her state of sadness and silence. Now her family is moving across the country, from California to Connecticut, and her mom is making Amy take their car. Amy refuses to drive after the accident, so an old family friend, Roger, joins Amy to drive the car across the country because he’s going to visit his dad in Philadelphia. On their way to Connecticut they decide to deviate from the route and reservations Amy’s mom has planned for them and make a pretty epic detour. (See what I did there ;)

Amy’s mom actually really annoyed me. She seemed so harsh and not at all willing to try and understand her daughter or cut her some slack. This was about the 3rd book in a row I read with a bad parent, so I was getting a tad pissed off with all the mean parents. Seeing parents who shut out their kid after a life altering loss is so sad and frustrating to read. I wanted to jump into this book and shake some sense into Amy’s mom.

Amy’s dad was amazing. I loved the way the story flashed back for full chapters, and never revealed what happened in the accident until the very end. Getting to know Amy’s dad, and what a great guy he was, and how much he meant to Amy, in all the chapters where he was alive made the book so much more heartbreaking to read.

Now onto Amy and Roger! I felt horribly bad for Amy but seeing her take the first steps in her healing process after the accident during the road trip was so nice.Amy and Rogers epic detour!! Matson does such a good job at potraying the suffering and silent hurt and pain that amy is going through after her fathers death (I feel like when I’ve read books where a family member passes away the character doesn't start to heal until the very end.)  One of my favorite scenes of the book was when Amy and Roger stopped at Rogers college and Amy met Rogers friends. Rogers friends were so genuinely nice. Roger was also a genuinely nice guy, but that's really all he was. Just another typical, cute, sweet guy. I had nothing against him though.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and now I'm longing to go on a roadtrip! If you've read this I'd love to know what you thought! Or if you have a review for it I would love to read it!

October 6, 2015

Do I Sound Stupid? Discussion posts and reviews.

Have you ever stopped yourself from writing a post because you didn’t think it was good enough?

I have stopped myself from writing certain discussion posts because I thought people might find them stupid. But the more I reflected on this the more I felt I had to write a discussion post about my reluctance to write discussion posts.

I’m not the most creative person (or the most confident, for that matter), and there are so many people in the book community who are extremely creative, with graphics, fanart, blog titles, blog posts, review styles, features, and so much more. Therefore, when I come up with ideas for my own discussion posts I can't help but compare how bland they might seem in comparison to others who are writing about thought provoking topics, such as diversity.

This has kept me from publishing, and even writing, some of the posts I’ve thought up. The more I think about this, the more I realize I’m the only one holding myself back. I’m not going to do that anymore. SO WHAT if my discussion posts aren't the most eloquent or I’m not talking about the hottest or most controversial topics. I’m here because I love books and I want to talk about them. It’s okay if I do a feature called Bookish Food where its only purpose is to post pictures of food. I like food! I want to post pictures of food featured in books! I’m aware its not the most exciting or captivating feature but I enjoy it, so I’ll keep doing it. I know my reviews aren't the best and can sound very awkward, but I'm working on it! I hope one day my reviews will sound much more eloquent. It's not like anyone is giving me negative feedback, I'm the only person who's made myself feel like my posts are bad.

This also brings up the topic of truly sounding stupid. There is a line between pointless, fun posts and stupidity and ignorance. That is a line that people have crossed. Remember that YA READERS WANT THREESOMES! THREESOMES ARE IN ALMOST ALL YA NOVELS THESE DAYS! article? Yeah. That, in my opinion, crosses the line into stupidity and ignorance.

Have you ever stopped yourself from writing a post because you didn’t think it was good enough? How do you make your book reviews flow? What's the best way to get your writing to sound more eloquent? Help me out! 

October 3, 2015

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin’s Blade
Sarah J. Maas
448 pages
Published March 13th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens
5/5 Stars
Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins' Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.

Arobynn's enemies stretch far and wide - from Adarlan's rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate - and cut her heart in two forever...

Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.
"My name is Celeana Sardothien" she whispered. "And I will not be afraid.”

The Assassin’s Blade is composed of 5 prequel novellas to Throne of Glass that follow the later part of Caeleana’s life as an assassin.

Celaena Sardothien is more then just an (excuse my language) badass bitch, she is a strong, fearless, smart, innovative, talented, amazing female character. And I will continue to gush about her forever. Moreover, we get to meet the magnificently crafted characters of Sam, Ansel, and Arobynn.

For me, the novellas also enhanced the series. Since we got to know more about Celaena’s backstory I felt like I could understand her more. Plus, we got to know Sam (can you hear me crying) and learn more about Celeana and Sam’s relationship which I totally ate up.

Complete with amazing characters, fabulous writing and a great plot I recommend this to all Throne of Glass fans if you haven't read it already! And if you haven't read Throne of Glass yet I urge you to read those first and then this.

October 1, 2015


So, a while back I joined this really awesome program called the Book Blogger Creativity Program founded by Nori! Basically, you get put into a group and then you come up with a feature for your blogs!
My team is the fabulous Team Lilac and we have comprised a bucket lists of sorts and called our feature "When We Aren't Lazy" (For me, this is more like WHEN IM NOT SWAMPED WITH 3 HOURS OF SCHOOL WORK AND DANCE EVERY NIGHT, but you get the point. ;)
The objective of this project is to create an ultimate bucket list - which has been created and compiled by all of the team members, which will motivate us all to blog more efficiently and achieve our blogging goals

Bloggers in the team can set their own variations and limits to the list. As we complete each task, we strike it off from their list, we'll be discussing and sharing our progress throughout the month of October! We’ve also planned to help each other in the best possible way - by sharing tips and working together. The goal is to obtain our blogging resolutions while keeping it fun!

1) Cross Post all reviews ( GR, Amazon)
This is the one thing on the list I've actually been pretty good with over the summer. I gotta keep all the sites updated!!
2) Get ahead on posts
I was ahead on posts but then I decided, hm, I'm not really feelin' this and I reverted them all to drafts and haven't had time to go back and change and revise what I want to.
3) Blog hop weekly
This is so hard for me. I literally have 40 minutes to myself per night and those minutes are spent eating dinner and showering. I have no time on the weekends because of dance and school work so THIS IS GOING TO BE REALLY DIFFUCULT FOR ME. I am honestly so sad I haven't had time to blog hop in a while because I love commenting on and reading my friends and other peoples posts. :(
4) Use more photography in posts
HAH, My photography sucks. Like S U C K S really badly, but I'm trying to improve it. I long to have beautiful pictures to go with my posts.
5) ALWAYS double-check and triple-check posts for spelling and grammar
6) Bring up my NetGalley Ratio NG ratio is at about 50% right I've clearly got some work to do.
7)Make new friends & interact more
THIS IS A BIG ONE FOR ME. I am like a socially inept person. So,  I have a solid group of friends and all but I am the worst at reaching out to people and am a pretty awkward conversationalist. I'm much better with long conversations with people I know well. ONCE YOU GET TO KNOW ME I CAN HOLD A CONVERSATION AND SOME PEOPLE ACTUALLY THINK IM FUNNY SOOOO!!!
8)Engage more in twitter
I TRY I REALLY DO TRY TO DO THIS. This is an easy area for me because on the morning bus ride or in between classes I can quickly check twitter and just like reply to tweets and stuff so I guess I hope to build on that.
9)Reply and comment back to all comments
Back to my crazy time constraints! I just haven't had time. So TO ANYONE WHO HAS COMMENTED RECENTLY, I AM SO SORRY. I LOVE YOU I WILL COMMENT BACK SOON LOL.
10) Try to manage time between blogging, reading, school and life efficiently
#PRAYFORSAM. Yeah, um chances of this happening are like 0 TO NONE BUT WE'LL SEE HOW IT GOES. I dance 3-4 hours every night except Wednesday and then on Saturdays I dance for 6 hours. By the end of my Saturdays I am so tired I usually just eat and lie in bed. Sundays are a day reserved strictly for homework. Also, 3 days a week I work after school with the special need kids for about 2 hours. Basically, I come home after that, shove food down my throat, do as much work and studying as possible, run to dance, do homework in the car, and then come home and go to sleep. I have to get to bed before 10 every night because I have a headache condition so theres that too!! I honestly don't know how I can make things easier for myself.
11) Host a guest writer on my blog
This is something I have yet to do but REALLY WANT TO!! So lets hope I can cross this one off soon!
11) Do more bookish challenges
YESSS. I love those things. Also, can someone please make some kind of Pynch book challenge/tag thing because that is something I need in my life thank you.


Don't forget to go check out the other beautiful people involved in this project
Claudia  Emily ♥ Leigh Mishma  Nori  Pamela ♥ Rhea ♥ Wren

My Favorite Quotes from This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup

This Ordinary Life
Jennifer Walkup
Publisher: Luminis Books, Inc.
Release Date: October 1st 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Rate: 4/5 Stars
Sometimes Hope is the Most Extraordinary Gift of All.

High-school radio host Jasmine Torres's life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around. 

That is, until her brother Danny’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and she’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her mother’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about Danny’s future. 

Then she meets Wes. He’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep her from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her. 

Jasmine can’t control everything. Not who wins the internship, not her mother’s addiction, not her brother’s health--not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but maybe what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all.

Favorite Quotes
"No way. I can't. I'm worth more than he gave me"

"Round and round my thoughts go, but they lead me no where."

"Sitting back in my seat, I tip my head back and close my eyes, leaving my hand in his."

"This is DJ Jasmine Torres, signing off. Have a good day, listeners. I know I will."

Win (1) hardcopy of SECOND VERSE by Jennifer Walkup and a swag pack (INT)
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September 30, 2015

This Ordinary Life: Review + Favorite Quotes

September 28, 2015

Bookish Food (3) The Wrath and the Dawn

I love when fantasy books have food. Typically because in high fantasy the main character ends up going to the kingdom/palace place and of course theres a ton of huge banquets with platters of foods along with these feasts, there are always huge meals served directly to the characters room. Since I'm such a big foodie, when the food thats presented is described in detail, I am so into it. Anyways! This week I will be featuring The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. (which totally had my mouth watering) In case you've never heard of this book or you don't know what it's about here is an except of the synopsis from Goodreads:

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

Add to Goodreads
If you want you can check out my review here.

Now onto the food pictures.

September 25, 2015

I Crawl Through It

I Crawl Through It
A.S. King
336 pages
Expected publication: September 22nd 2015
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
eARC from NetGalley (Thanks LBYR!)
2.5/5 Stars
Four teenagers are on the verge of exploding. The anxieties they face at every turn have nearly pushed them to the point of surrender: senseless high-stakes testing, the lingering damage of past trauma, the buried grief and guilt of tragic loss. They are desperate to cope, but no one is listening.

So they will lie. They will split in two. They will turn inside out. They will even build an invisible helicopter to fly themselves far away...but nothing releases the pressure. Because, as they discover, the only way to truly escape their world is to fly right into it.

The genius of acclaimed author A.S. King reaches new heights in this groundbreaking work of surrealist fiction; it will mesmerize readers with its deeply affecting exploration of how we crawl through traumatic experience-and find the way out.

I liked it. I didn't like it. I am split in two. (aand that's me attempting to make a reference to the book)

For the most part, I feel like I Crawl Through It was over my head. Yes it is very deeply, and yes I recognized it was trying to be genius, but I didn't get it. I could tell when moments were intended to be meaningful and I recognized the symbolic parts but many metaphors and symbols were too hard for me to figure out. 

The main characters in this book are Stanzi, China, Lansdale, and Gustav. Stanzi, China and Lansdale have clearly been through unimaginable tragedies, and suffer from PTSD. This fact is never really mentioned outright,  but the reader should be able to easily infer it.

These characters are very...uh...I don't even know how to describe them. Gustav is building an invisible helicopter, which only Stanzi can see on Tuesdays (isn't that something.) Lansdale is a compulsive liar and her hair is described as growing as she lies, similarly to Pinocchio's nose. China turns herself inside out. Some days she is a only a stomach, other days only a gallbladder, sometimes a duodenum. Which was just very very strange.

I have so far enjoyed all of the A.S. King books I've read. Her characters and writing style are so unique and she is so good at incorporating magical realism into her stories. Although this is definitely my least favorite of all of her books. Who knows, maybe you'll be able to figure this book out way more then I was able to. I Crawl Through It, complete with disappearing helicopters, many mentions of organs, geniuses, and unique, writing is a weird book. It will probably leave you with an interesting taste in your mouth, and a confused look on your face.

September 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

by Nicole Castroman
320 pages
Expected publication: February 9th 2016 by Simon Pulse
Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything. This is their story.
Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There's just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.
Following her parents' deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she's stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

Pirates! I want this book with its beautiful cover in my hands right now. What's your WoW this week!? Link me to your post.

September 22, 2015

Top Ten Books On my Fall TBR

September 18, 2015


September 15, 2015

The Thing About Jellyfish

The Thing About Jellyfish
Ali Benjamin
352 pages
September 22nd 2015
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Middle Grade | Realistic Fiction
eARC from NetGalley (Thank you LB!)
5/5 Stars
A stunning debut about how grief can open the world in magical ways.

After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory--even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe...and the potential for love and hope right next door.

If you read one middle grade book this year that book should be The Thing About Jellyfish.

I was crying from the beginning of the book and still tearing up at the end. The Thing About Jellyfish is so tragically beautiful. I read the entire book in about an hour and a half sitting. I literally could not pull my eyes away. The Thing About Jellyfish was one of those rare occasions when the first sentence fully captivated me and I was pulled into the story immediately. I refused to let go of this beautiful book.

Suzy is a wonderful main character. I felt her pain. I sympathized with her. I cried for her. I loved her so deeply. Her willingness and dedication to prove her best friend's death was not an accident and that "things don't just happen" was heart wrenching in the best possible way. (Not as in, it was the best thing to read, but as in the author did such a beautiful job with conveying her desperation and grief.) Her emotions are so tangible and raw yet so innocent in nature.

The Thing About Jellyfish also incorporates some of my the best side characters. I have to mention Justin, Sarah, and Mrs. Turton. They were all so wonderful and kind and I don't even know if I can find the words to explain how much I enjoyed them and their presence in this novel.

I was reminded so much of myself by Suzy. I was the kid who was not interested in short skirts and dresses and princesses or makeup and eyeshadow. I didn't really care about my appearance (I still don't, honestly, ask anyone who knows me and they can tell you almost all I wear are Lululemon leggings and big sweaters), and I didn't really care about boys either. I was interested in other things, like books and reading, and the Discovery channel. Suzy was the same way. She didn't care about barrettes or eyeshadow or hair products or boys. She instead was interested in science and explorers and facts. When all the other girls wanted to talk about boys and growing up and the newest fashion trends, she remained dedicated to what she loved, never necessarily getting into all those other typically "girly" things. She was especially enamored with jellyfish. Suzy was like this fountain of knowledge and I feel like I walked away from this book knowing quite a few more random facts then I went it with. I was so happy that Suzy loved science, as I have never read a book where the female main character is interested in science, and I think that's extremely unfortunate as science can sometimes be seen as more of a male thing, when it shouldn't be. So, yay for Suzy loving science!

This book is so completely profound and moving and has life lessons (without being preachy at all) I feel as though everyone could benefit from. I felt such a deep connection to Suzy and her story and I obviously would recommend this book, especially if you're looking for something that will make you feel.

September 14, 2015

Let me try to put into words how much I loved this book. I in no way think anything I'm about to say in this review will truly be able to convey the way I felt about this book.

Queen of Shadows was perfect. There was not one aspect of it I did not like. I read it 3 times to be sure that I truly just loved it and I wasn't just on some "The book I've been waiting for for almost a year in my favorite series is out" high. So, after I read it, reread it, and read it again I can assure you I was not just filled with love because it was the next book, or because I'd been waiting for it for so long, or because it was Sarah.

I am a ROWAELIN SHIPPER. YEP. And I wasn't one in HOF, I never even imagined them becomming anything more then friends. (I was also still rooting for Chaolena) BUT THEN IT STARTED HAPPENING AND I HOPPED ON TO THAT SHIP SO QUICK.

Uh, worries I have:
That Aelin will die. I swear if SJM pulls a VRoth on us I don't think I will be able to survive.
That Aelin and Dorian are mates. Okay I am just not an Aelin x Dorian shipper and never will be. But there were some things Aelin was thinking toward the end of QoS that got me worrying. Hopefully, I just read way too far into it (because that sort of thing happens when you read a book 3 times.)
Chaol wont be able to be healed. If Chaol can not walk I don't know what I'll do. Probably cry.

Heres the thing about Chaolena, Chaol loved Celena, not Aelin. He couldn't get over his prejudices and find it in him to love everything about her. Okay I'm going to quote some Grey's Anatomy now beacause this is what Chaol reminded me of
 Theres  a quote from one of the many love confessions on Grey's Anatomy that I really think applies to this situation which is "I love you. I always have. I love everything about you. Even the things I don't like, I love." Dorian said it best "You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love." When he loved Celaena he couldn't love all of her. He was horrified by some of her actions and couldn't understand her or get over his prejudices. He was never going to end up with her (even though I really wanted them together.)

Things I do not want: I do not ship Dorian and Aelin.

MOSTLY, I JUST WANT AELIN TO DO HER THING. But I obviously won't have anything against Rowan staying along for the ride.

These books are about so much more then the ships, and I wou

September 11, 2015

Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn
Renée Ahdieh
388 Pages
Published May 12th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Young Adult | Fantasy | Fairytale Retellings
Goodreads | Amazon
5/5 Stars
One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

The Wrath and The Dawn was undeniably a 5-Star book. I already know this book will be one of my favorites of this year!

Lets start with the writing. It was exquisite. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I think of it, then elegant, eloquent, and finally sesquipedalian (I really hope I used that right - I had to Google “word that means uses lots of advanced vocabulary - and this was the closest match.) Ahdieh's writing just captivated me right away. I truly do not think I can explain how fantastic it was. Every single sentence was a work of art & I was clinging on to every beautiful last word.

“Please. Give me the rope from which to hang you.”
“And loving someone like you is near impossible. Like holding something shattered through a raging sandstorm. If you want her to love you, shelter her from that storm."
"It’s a fitting punishment for a monster. to want something so much—to hold it in your arms — and know beyond a doubt you will never deserve it.”
“Love is a force unto itself, sayyidi. For love, people consider the unthinkable...and often achieve the impossible. I would not sneer at its power.”

Then we have all these amazing amazing characters that say wonderful things. Let’s just do a quick recap of some of the gold that came out of Khalid's mouth.

“You have a beautiful laugh. Like the promise of tomorrow”
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”
“This dangerous girl. This captivating beauty.
This destroyer of worlds and creator of wonder.”
“How right you are. You are not mine.” He dropped his palm from the door. “I am yours.”
AAAAAGHHHHHH. Okay, I'll stop with the quote vomit now.

Then we have our main girl Shazard. She is so tough, so independent, so strong. I LOVED HER SO MUCH. She knows what she wants & she won't let anyone own her. I was like YOU GO GURL. YOU SHOW THEM.

Tariq. UGH. He was Shazi's friend/boyfriend and I know Shazard liked him but he was driving me nuts. Basically, anyone who stood in the way of Khalid and Shazard drove me insane. LIKE, YOU ARE TEARING THE OTP APART. GET OUT. Despina and Jalal were some of our other side characters. YAY FOR AMAZING SECONDARY CHARACTERS WHO I HOPE TO GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT.

Of course I have to address the romance. THE ROMANCE MY GODDDD. Shazard and Khalid’s romance is one of the best I have ever read.
Actual GIF of me reading this entire book. 
I can't even explain how much I loved this book. This is barely a review, it's more of a caps lock fangirl session, but please read this book. PLEASE. (And thank you (◠‿◠) )

For all my foodie followers…keep your eye out for a Bookish Food based on The Wrath and the Dawn!

September 8, 2015

ARC Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything
Nicola Yoon
320 pages
Published: September 1st 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in fifteen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives. New next door neighbors. I look out the window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black t-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. I want to learn everything about him, and I do. I learn that he is funny and fierce. I learn that his eyes are Atlantic Ocean-blue and that his vice is stealing silverware. I learn that when I talk to him, my whole world opens up, and I feel myself starting to change—starting to want things. To want out of my bubble. To want everything, everything the world has to offer.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

At first, I was very confused when reading because Maddie is not allergic to everything. She has SCID, which is very different from an allergy. Allergic reactions have to do with histamines, SCID has to do with T and B cells in the immune system. Anyways,  I realized I didn't read the passage about her disease close enough (silly me) and I misunderstood it. So, aside from my mistake that left me confused for a short while in the beginning, this book was ah-mazing. 

Maddie our main character has been kept in her house for almost 15 years. No one can see her without an intense decontamination process. Maddie is pretty content with her life though. But then she gets new neighbors, she begins wanting more. She wants to be friends with her neighbor Ollie, she wants to be more then friends. Her life seemed very tragic and upsetting to me. I liked seeing her start to want more. I liked seeing Maddie get tired of her rather monotonous lifestyle. This was one of those cases where the boy helps the girl find herself and the boy "changes" the girl, but it was so beautifully done and it was in a way that added to the story and Maddie's character development. 
Here's an example:
“If my life were a book and you read it backward, nothing would change. Today is the same as yesterday. Tomorrow will be the same as today. In the book of Maddy, all the chapters are the same.
Until Olly.”

Also, the book had these adorable documents and drawings scattered throughout and I really enjoyed them. 

I liked the ending but I also didn't really like the ending. I can't say why, because its a huge spoiler, but if you've read the book highlight the text inside the parentheses to see why. ( I *sort of* liked it because it was so shocking and allowed Maddie to be with Olly, but I didn't like it because it kind of took away from the diversity of the book. Maddie is suppose to have SCID and have to live with that for life, but since she didn't really have it she gets to live out the rest of her life as normal and I just feel that took away the meaningfulness of her struggles and her disease)

“Maybe we can't predict everything, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster”
― Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything

“Spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything.”
― Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything

September 7, 2015

Bookish Food: Candy Covers

September 5, 2015

Blog Tour: Like It Never Happened: Review & Dream Cast!

Like It Never Happened
Emily Adrian
Dial Books
Published June 2nd 2015
Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance | Theatre
3/5 Stars

Stereotypes, sexuality, and destructive rumors collide in this smart YA novel for fans of Sara Zarr’s Story of a Girl, Siobhan Vivian’s The List, and E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.

When Rebecca Rivers lands the lead in her school’s production of The Crucible, she gets to change roles in real life, too. She casts off her old reputation, grows close with her four rowdy cast-mates, and kisses the extremely handsome Charlie Lamb onstage. Even Mr. McFadden, the play’s critical director, can find no fault with Rebecca.

Though “The Essential Five” vow never to date each other, Rebecca can’t help her feelings for Charlie, leaving her both conflicted and lovestruck. But the on and off-stage drama of the cast is eclipsed by a life-altering accusation that threatens to destroy everything…even if some of it is just make believe

September 1, 2015

September TBR

My September TBR is pretty big, mostly because ARC August was an epic fail for me and now I have to get through quite a few arcs...Plus, I signed up for a couple blog tours. I have no idea how I'm going to finish all these books while trying to balance school and dance...EEK. 13 books may not seem like a lot to some people but during the school year I barley have time to read 4 books in one month, so HOW IN THE WORLD AM I GOING TO FINISH 12?! (Note to self: DO NOT REQUEST SO MANY ARCS NEXT TIME!! The only reason I have so many is because I thought I would be able to finish them over the summer.)
ALSO: HAPPY QUEEN OF SHADOWS RELEASE DAY! The second I get home from school I'm going to start reading it. 

What's everyone else planning on reading this month?! 

August 30, 2015

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Vengeance Road
Erin Bowman
YA | Western | Historical | Adventure
Expected publication: September 1st 2015
HMH Books for Young Readers
eARC from Publisher (Thank you HMH!)
Goodreads | Amazon
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.
Vengeance Road is set in Arizona during the late 1800s. I never envisioned myself picking up a western novel because cowboys and the south and just all that stuff don't interest me. But Vengeance Road was amazing. I never thought I would love a western novel as much as I loved this one! 

After a gang that goes by the name The Rose Riders hangs Kate's father, Kate goes after them in an attempt to seek revenge. She disguises herself as a boy and calls herself Nate. As she goes after them she meets up with two boys, Will and Jesse, who help her out. 

Kate is a true badass. As in, the kind of badass who shoots men without a second thought and is hell bent on getting revenge for her fathers death. You do not want to cross this girl. Her resolve throughout the entire novel never falters and I was rooting for her the whole time. Her line of thought is also spot on. She knows if people think she's a boy she'll have a better chance at surviving, but she's also fed up with the fact that people will try to prevent her from doing stuff just because she's a girl. Yay for main characters who recognize & disagree with societies standards! (Even though the novel is set in Arizona in the 1800s, it's still relevant to today.)
Me cheering for Kate
I really enjoyed the southern grit worked into this novel. Plus, Bowman did a really great job with incorporating the language and culture of 1870 Arizona. It didn't feel like I was reading a book, I felt more like I was watching a movie. I could practically envision this entire book. Everything felt so authentic and western! Also, yay for the small amount of romance that fit in so well into the story. I was obviously a big fan of Kate and Jesse, and I can't help myself. They were sosososo cute. Trust me. You just have to read this book to discover why. 
Bowman did a great job with the pacing of this novel too The action was spaced out evenly and I never felt too bored waiting for the next explosive scene. Also, she totally nailed it with that shocking ending.
Literally me reading the ending
This book is awesome and I definitely recommend you pick it up. Not only will you get a great story, you get a beautiful cover, kickass characters, and everything wrapped up in one book! (Thats right — it's a standalone!) September 1st! I mean look at that beautiful, intricate cover design, you KNOW you want this on your shelf.

(Image Courtesy of Hughton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company)

August 28, 2015

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger (Do I wear pants when posting?!)

 I was tagged for this by the lovely Vane over at Books with Chemistry! You can read her post here and check out her blog here

1. How long have you been a blogger?

2. At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

3. What is the best thing about blogging?

4. What is the worst thing? What do you do to make to okay?

5. How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

6. Who is your book crush?

7. What author would you like to have to have on your blog?

8. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

9. How long does it take you to prepare?

10. How do you feel about the book blogger community?

11. What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Where We Talk About Books

Book Blogging, Bookstagramming, Booktubing, Book-tumblr-ing? Blogger, Wordpress, Instagram, Youtube, and Tumblr are among the platforms used to talk about books. Each platform has pros and cons, and the people on each can be very different. Today I’m going to discuss each of these networks and my opinions on them! 

Blogging Platforms (Wordpress, Blogger)
Wordpress and Blogger are the obvious go-to platforms for people who are interested in taking their love for books to the next level- and for those who desire to become involved with publishers and authors. (Not saying you can't get involved with pubs/authors on other platforms, but "real" blogs are the way to go) A blog will give you the most customization possible. You don’t exactly have this control with Instagram, Youtube and Tumblr. Your content may be unique but there's a standardized page look. Although with Tumblr you are allowed significantly more customization of your own page, it’s not nearly the same thing as with Blogger or Wordpress. One of the best parts of book blogging is that people don't judge you by the amount of followers you have. Everyone has been genuinely nice and welcoming. I feel like in the book blogging community we don't look at bigger bloggers as celebrities, unlike the book community on YouTube or even Instagram sometimes. I really enjoy the sense of equality and community and friendship in the book blogging community.

I can't classify Tumblr as a book blogging platform in the same way Blogger and Wordpress are. First, theres no commenting system implemented in Tumblr. Next, I haven't seen many strictly review blogs on Tumblr, it's mostly just book pictures. Tumblr is about resharing others content. With the click of a button someone else's posts and pictures are on your blog, some bloggers can do absolutely no work and gain a huge following all because they put other peoples content on their blogs. That just doesn't seem right to me. There's no originality in that. Tumblr can also be a very negative and critical place. (I actually deleted my Tumblr because no matter what I kept coming across negativity and hate and it was too much.) On Tumblr, opinions are not respected. If you happen to have an unpopular opinion brace yourself for the masses that will come to your inbox with hate. Blehhh. The anonymous messaging feature makes it all too easy to send and receive hate. I would like to link to a very well written post that I strongly agree with by Jen over at Book Avid. She talks about why Tumblr bloggers shouldn't get ARCS, and how Tumblr is practically nothing more than resharing. Of course, there are exceptions to this. There are blogs on Tumblr who put out tons of their own content and work hours on making their blogs perfect, but those are few and far between in the book community on Tumblr (From my experience in the Tumblr book community) . For people looking for ARCs, and for those who want a proper blogging service, Tumblr is not the way to go.

Oh…Instagram….I tried out the book community on Instagram and I did not like it. I might be slightly biased here due to a very bad experience I had where older woman attacked me as when I was 13 (but I’m not going to get into that now). Anyways, many Instagrammers have been able to receive ARCs with only about 2,000 followers. Followings on Instagram are different from other types of followings. Sometimes, with about 2,000 Instagram followers you have around 200-300 active ones. On my Divergent page I have 34,000 followers yet only 2,000 active followers. (Like, what even!?) Instagram is not exactly the place for reviewing because it’s more of a photo sharing service, and it can be hard to fit a full review into a caption. When I tried reviewing on Instagram I had to find ways to shorten my reviews. Plus, you can barley fit in pub info, release date, and a synopsis all into the slim 2,000 characters they let you have for a caption. Also, Instagrammers are very focused on followers, it’s all about the followers’ followers, and I really do not like that. Bigger accounts usually don't talk to smaller accounts, because they see themselves as superior. I may not be the biggest fan of bookstagram, but you will find some amazing photographers and hard workers on there! Word Revel actually has a great post about the many problems with bookstagram; you can check it out here.

Booktube is a great way to help get word of books out to people who watch Youtube. What I mean is I don't go to youtube for book recs or to hear about new books. If I was to Google "Best YA books in 2015" and a youtube video and a blog post came up I would click the website post. The other thing with Booktube is that (I feel like) popular booktubers are sort of viewed as "celebrities" . Plus, you don't exactly see the big Booktubers going around leaving comments or watching smaller booktubers videos. Again,  like with Instagram, people tend to be very focused on the subscribers. There is a power imbalance. With blogging, everyone tends to be kind and accepting and I haven't seen smaller bloggers discriminated against or judged for the amount of followers they have. I don't mean to tear down booktube in any way though. I think Booktubers are amazing at what they do & it obviously takes tons of work and dedication!

No matter where you choose to talk about books, everyone deserves to be treated with respect. No one should be made to feel like less than due to followers, or content. We all have to start out somewhere and encouraging other people in the book community will build up their confidence and contribute to making the bookish community a better place!

August 25, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If I Taught YA Fantasy 101

Top Ten Books (and series) That Would Be On My Syllabus If I Taught YA Fantasy 101

1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
2. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
5. The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
7. The Assassins Blade by Sarah J. Maas
8. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
9. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
10. The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

These are some of my favorite Fantasy books so they would obviously be on my syllabus if I was a YA Fantasy teacher. 

I'd love to read your Top Ten Tuesday! Link me to it in the comments below! 

August 21, 2015

Required Reading and Why It Hurts My Soul

By required reading I mean school required reading. Reading that is required by school tends to really upset me, and I get very worked up thinking about it. 

I have read one book, one book (okay update - two books), in my 10 years of education that I  enjoyed. The only reason I even enjoyed the book was because the ending was really powerful, the book itself was very weird at times. So, to recap, out of all the books I've been forced to read I enjoyed one. (two! Sorry, the summer reading I just did was very interesting!) 

Maybe if kids across the country weren't being forced to read books there would be more kids who enjoyed reading. I cannot tell you how many kids I've spoken to who say they "hate reading" yet have never read anything outside of the schools required reading. Maybe thats why they hate it. This is what required reading is doing to kids, its making them hate reading. Reading could be something they might love, but they will never know. Many kids in my grade may never know what its like to pick up a book and read for pleasure. The sole reason for this is because our education system is failing us. Our education system that is making kids hate reading instead of encouraging it. This saddens and angers me, especially because I see this every day during the school year. People getting turned off by literature thanks to the schools mandatory reading. 

So I ask again, why do I have to read a boring book to be taught a lesson that I could easily learn from an interesting, captivating, novel. Why am I subjected to analyzing boring literature, when I could be taught more and be enjoying myself more with current literature.

The education system is failing me, and its failing my classmates. It truly saddens me to see people turned away from reading because of an education filled with people forcing books on them  that did nothing but convince them they hated reading. 

EDIT: After re-reading this post a couple times and reading the comments (which I wholeheartedly agree with), I realize I think I would have enjoyed so many of these books if they had not been forced on me. There are rich aspects of culture, and writing styles that can no longer be found in todays books and if they weren't forced on me I think I would have enjoyed them so much more. Even though I find the books I have to read for school very "bleh" I would like to say I am able to appreciate the literature and the impact they have had on our culture. When I was writing this post I was thinking about how angry I was that required reading has turned so many of my friends off to reading, and I was also being completely ignorant when I wasn't acknowledging the importance of required reading. 

August 19, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
786 pages
Expected publication: March 8th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Los Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.

Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.

The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.

We have a while until this comes out, but I'm extremely excited for it. Whats your Waiting On Wednesday this week? 

August 18, 2015

Book Haul! (1)

eARCS from NetGalley & Edelweiss! (Thank you to these amazing publishers!)


I can't wait to read all of these. I know Wrath and Kiss of Deception came out a while ago, but I just purchased both of them. Everyone (especially Abi Ketner) has been telling me to read Kiss of Deception, and I have heard nothing but amazing things about Wrath. I was also so excited that I was approved for Vengeance Road because I'm in the VR Posse. I will also totally be buying Vengeance Road when it comes out because that cover is going to be sooo beautiful in hardcover.