February 21, 2016

Why you NEED to read The Foxhole Court


Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He's short, he's fast, he's got a ton of potential—and he's the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn't need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil's not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil's new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can't walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he's finally found someone and something worth fighting for.

Titles: The Foxhole Court (All for the Game, #1), The Raven King (All for the Game, #2) , The King's Men (All for the Game, #3)
Author: Nora Sakavic

This is it guys. This is my most incoherent, babbly, fangirl-y, post ever. It had to be. I am complete Foxhole Court trash and I won't get over myself. These books made me so emotionally unstable.

HONESTLY, YOU DON'T EVEN NEED TO READ THAT BLURB. Ignore those covers and take my word for this, The All for the Game series is so so amazing and is so unlike anything else I've read and is also completely brutal and real.

Where do I even start with this series. They just are...so...good....it's hard to put into words how much I loved them but just know I spent a good 30 minutes crying after I finished the last one (The King's Men) because I was just so broken hearted they were over and I wasn't going to get to read more about these amazing characters. I kid you not when I say I'd be willing to read a good 10 more books in this world.

I guess I'll start with the characters then. I have never ever connected to side characters who did not get their own POV chapters, yet I connected to almost every single side character in the AFTG series (when the entire series is told from the main character Neils POV).  I love them all, and I care about them so so much. I'm amazed that Nora gave each and every one of them their own moments, fleshed out personalities and backstories and didn't make anything feel rushed or cliche.

Our main character Neil is on the run. His father is a crime lord whose territory spans over a large amount of the US, and Neils mother was the one who initiated Neils life on the run. Neil has never for a second had an easy life. Neil had parents who beat him, he traded in one horrible life with his parents at home for an almost equally horrible one on the run. When we meet him he has absolutely no one left for him. He flies through identities in hopes his father's mob will never end up on his trail again. He dyes his hair different colors, he wears color contacts, he never stays in one place too long, and he has no personal connections, no friends, no place to live. He's currently sleeping in the locker room at his school. Neil has nothing, and that is not an understatement. But he recently started playing Exy again, and he's given the chance to play for a college university, albeit the lowest ranked in the country. Even though Neil knows this may put him in the public eye, and gain him a lot of unwarranted attention he's been trying to avoid for years,  he takes the opportunity.

Now, Exy is a made up sport. Nora didn't want to have to go by the rules of some other sport so she said, HEY let me just create my own sport with its own rules and equipment and court and EVERYTHING. AND BOY DID SHE DO A GOOD JOB. Exy guys. Just...EXY. It's like football slash lacrosse slash soccer slash hockey slash tennis. Intense, action packed and violent. It was so much fun to read and I kind of wish they would turn this into a TV show right this instant so I could see Exy for real. If Exy was a real sport I would so be playing (even though I would totally suck...)

I want to talk so much more about Neil but I also want to get into the romance aspect of these books so I'll get into that right now. DON'T GO IN EXPECTING A ROMANCE, BECAUSE GUESS WHAT?! THERE ISN'T ONE. There is absolutely no romance in these books m/f or m/m. I went in expecting romance and guess what, I was a tad disappointed when I came up empty handed because there a lot of stuff on tumblr surrounding this book that says it's m/m romance, but...IT'S NOT. (I may be lying. A bit. But I want you to read and be surprised.)

IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ THESE BOOKS BECAUSE "NO ROMANCE" highlight this. (It's not extremely spoilery but it gives a little more away about the romance aspect) (It's not a spoiler but...I dont want to advertise the books this way) (Okay so I might be lying a TAD when I say there is no romance. Things happen. Between the main character and another character. The main character is male. This other character is also male. There is m/m...things...going on. I really can't even refer to it as a relationship though. But if you don't want to read these because of a lack of romance, read them anyway. You will see the sexual tension building from book one. I promise. (Even if in book one you may be like...PLEASE TELL ME I'M NOT SHIPPING THIS THERE IS NO CHANCE IN HELL THIS CAN EVER HAPPEN WHAT AM I DOING TO MYSELF) Just hold on. 

Want a book that has
  • A slow burn relationship (Okay...I so lied about the no romance thing ;) I just don't want anyone to be expecting a love story when this is like, the complete opposite of that)
  • Diversity
  • People with really rough upbringings
  • Fighting, but the fun physical kind (at least on the court)
  • Fighting, the angry physical kind (because no one can control their tempers) 
  • Fighting, the other not fun physical kind where you get whaled on and cut up because you're being captured by a mob :))))))))))) *sense the sarcasm* 
  • (If you read that and are now going Sam...WHAT?! TOO MUCH. I promise it's brutal but never too brutal. It's captivating, and unique and heartbreaking.) 
(TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR RAPE, VIOLENCE, CHILD ABUSE, CUTTING, AND DRUG ADDICTION. )

OH MY GOODNESS. I JUST REALIZED I FORGOT TO MENTION THE ONE AND ONLY ANDREW MINYARD. Okay so picture like a Ronan Lynch esque character except just about 1000x more intense and without any kind feelings. Andrew Minyard is an amazing character. But he is not a good person at all. He is ambitionless, he's drugged for the most part, whether it be from his medication for his mental illness, cracker dust, cigarettes, or alcohol, he tends to be hopped up on something. Andrew Minyard is angry, violent and distrustful, yet would easily kill someone who was hurting people he loved. Andrew has also been through a helluva lot in his life. He's been in juvie, he's been in foster homes, it gets so much worse than that for him, but of course you have to read these books to find out his full story ;).


ALSO THE BEST PART YET: THE FIRST ONE IS FREE WHEREVER YOU DOWNLOAD IT. This amazing book is literally free. You have nothing to lose by reading it. And the other two are 99 cents each. SO.

Have I convinced you to read them yet...

These characters are so dynamic. The writing is not filled with cliches and promises of false hope. These books are raw and real and rough and will keep you engaged. The All for the Game series is absolutely amazing and you won't regret picking it up.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars (for every book and the series overall) If I could rate these over five stars I would. 

February 8, 2016

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On
Rainbow Rowell
522 pages
Published October 6th 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes
369 pages
Published December 31st 2012
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.
 
OH GOD. THIS BOOK. ME BEFORE YOU UTTERLY DESTROYED ME AND I CANNOT CONVEY THE STRONG OVERWHELMING EMOTIONS I FELT WHILE READING WITHOUT USING CAPS.



5/5 Stars


February 6, 2016

Passion

February 1, 2016

LOVE-A-THON!!

1. What’s your name?
Well HI! I'm Sam! Which is short for Samantha incase you didn't know, but I hate being called Samantha sooo lets just go with Sam.
2. Where in the world are you blogging from?
I'm here from the lovely USA!
3. How did you get into blogging in the first place?
I've loved reading ever since I was a kid, and I started out by discovering the Booktube world through a Divergent fan page I had created on Instagram. After I found the Booktube world it led me to the blogging world, where I would stalk a couple of my favorite blogs for months before I finally decided to try and make one myself. Before blogging I did Booktubing but I was so awkward and I would just say the same things over and over and setting up for videos, recording videos, and editing videos is just like, insanely time consuming, so we put an end to that and HERE I AM!
4. How did you come up with your blog name?
Hmm...I actually think my mom came up with it? I came up with my original name, REBEL BOOKS by myself by just googling "adjectives" and then finding one I felt fit with books, but when I was looking to purchase a domain I asked my mom for suggestions and she gave me this name.
5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?
YOUNG ADULT!
6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?
I try to do discussions, and I sometimes participate in memes and blog tours. I am definitely not the most creative person so it's kind of hard for me to come up with cool stuff. oH WAIT. I actually do this thing called Bookish Food where I take books that have a very big food presence and I put in quotes of all the times the foods are mentioned and I find pictures to go along with the descriptions. Just to make everyone insanely hungry *evil laughs*
7. Best blogging experience so far?
Mmm...I wouldn't say I have one yet!
8. Favorite thing about the blogging community?
That everyone is very nice. People rarely ever ignore tweets and it's fairly easy to strike up a conversation with someone!
9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!
LADY MIDNIGHT, THRONE OF GLASS 5, A COURT OF MIST AND FURY, AND THE RAVEN KING. CAPS BECAUSE IM JUST SOSOSO EXCITED.
10. Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!
Hmm...I'm not sure actually. Maybe something by Patrick Ness? I usually get to everything I want when I want to.
11. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?
YIKES another hard-ish one. I feel like I don't really read many obscure books...but Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern and OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Hadu are some less popular ones I think everyone should read.
12. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?
ANOTHER ONE I DON'T KNOW. I think probably Izzy or Clary or Alex from TMI. Basically any of the main characters from The Mortal Instruments. I love them all so much.
13. Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend?
I have quite a list here but: Simon Lewis, Noah Shaw, Jem Carstairs, Will Herondale (I'm in a big Cassie Clare phase now) BUT AT THE TOP OF THE LIST IS ALWAYS KAZ BREKKER. ALWAYS. Oh and always the other loves of my life Rowan Whitethorn along with RHYSAND.
14. Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad (5 characters max)
Okay so I feel like you need people with powers for an apocalypse squad or else you could be killed really easily so I would go with, Magnus Bane because MAGICC, Percy Jackson because more magic and he's like super witty and smart, Celaena Sardothien (do I even need to explain this one), Jace Lightwood because he's super good at battle plans and can also provide the eye candy and he can fight very well and I feel like him and Celaena would make a great team, and HARRY POTTER!!
15. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?
I'm a competition dancer so...that. Dance. Yay. My life is basically consumed by dance and reading and school work.
16. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?
CLOTHES. Even though I'm actually the worst to go shopping with considering I hate trying everything on, and I love comfy clothes so I'm always in lululemon and my mom is like "SAMANTHA YOU HAVE ENOUGH LULULEMON CLOTHES YOU NEED REAL CLOTHES" and I'm like "MOM THESE ARE REAL CLOTHES. I DON'T WANT TO WEAR JEANS. LEGGINGS ARE COMFORTABLE" My mother hates shopping with me.
17. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?
I DONT KNOW. Adele or something EDM probably.
18. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.
I would love to see Six of Crows turned into a movie with a script that is WORD FOR WORD AND LINE FOR LINE from the book.
19. What would your dream library look like?
It would be super clean. SUPER SUPER CLEAN. Only hardcover books, except every single series I love in hardback and paperback, my Harry Potter collection all nice and organized with my wands displayed. Nothing really on the shelves except books. All the shelves would be white. and not like fancy white decorative shelves, just like SIMPLE WHITE SHELVES that are sturdy.
20. Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with?
TOO MANY OMG. Okay so I can't even pinpoint a number one person but at the top of this list is Cassandra Clare, Sarah J. Maas, Maggie Stiefvater, and of course Michelle Hodkin because she is the sweetest author ever.