Saturday, December 31, 2016

Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday Follow # 17



This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read

The Rules:

The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
You create your own post using the post prompt.
You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt.
Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment.
If you see a post that just hit it to the moon, or just want to show appreciation to a fellow blogger friend, like their name on the linky list to show some appreciation.
The person with the most likes gets chosen as the next Feature (you can be chosen every 90 days unless we are in need of features)
It is required that if you participate that you have to follow the FEATURE. It is a big no-no to participate and ignore the feature. They are the special snowflake in this little blizzard.
As a participant it is up to your discretion on how you want people to follow. Please post RSS, GFC etc if you have a follow of choice.

Specific RULES:

Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed FOLLOW as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
  

This week's prompt is:  

What blurbs do you feel are wrong or misleading?

submitted by: Brooke Banks

My Answer:

Whenever a book is compared to TV shows like Game of Thrones or the Harry Potter books I tend to stay away because that can be misleading. Examples: The Magicians and a lot of other fantasy books are compared to other popular media. 

Friday Meme: Books/Movies/Games Coming Out This Month That I Want To Read/See/Play # 48


Books: Week of 1/2:



Films:

Underworld: Blood Wars

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Wishlist Wednesday # 125



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

 Summary from Goodreads:

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.


Yet she spares Cas's life. 

My Notes:

Th series has been my shelf for a few months and I want to binge read it all!!!

Waiting on Wednesday # 126



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.
 Summary from Goodreads:

Empress
Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Fugitive
Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he's forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

Madman
With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.


A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.

My Notes:

I picked this one because of the amazing cover! :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Holiday Booktubeathon TBR

The Holiday Booktubeathon on Youtube is here again and this time I can actually join in (it was during finals last time).

Reading Challenges:
1/ Read a book that has your favorite color on the cover.
Rebel of the Sands by .
2/ Read a book from a genre you discovered this year.
I discovered my love for mystery and thrillers this year. :)
 I See You by Clare Mackintosh 
3/ Read a book that was gifted to you.
I only recieved two books for Christmas (the rest were bookish items) but they were both memoirs I can't wait to read!
 Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson 

Other Reads:
 Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven





Best Book Covers of 2016



There were so many great covers this year so it was so hard picking just one! 

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 #118


The Broke and Bookish. 


2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
3. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner 
4. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 
5. Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown 
7. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 
10.  Vision in Silver (The Others #3) by Anne Bishop  

Review: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

 Summary from Goodreads:

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

My Review:

What I Liked:

The writing. I'm a huge fan of McGinnis's writing style and she did not disappoint! I also love the fact that she does not limit herself to one genre instead she is exploring all of the different YA genres.

The characters. My favorite chapters were Alex and Peekay, they were strikingly different and similar at the same time. My stomach was in complete knots waiting to find out what happened to them!

The content. I was not a fan of some the violence/gore but I support the fact that McGinnis touches on subjects like sexist language, rape culture, and other aspects of society that tend to be ignored.

What I Did Not:

The pacing. I felt that the plot, with the romance aspect, dragged at the middle and I had to push myself to get through it. The first half and the last section were a bit more action packed and had better pacing.

The gore. As I said above some of violent scenes and descriptions got to me and I had to put down the novel for a bit (most of all when it dealt with abused animals), however, the scenes were brief so I could skip them if they bugged me too much.

I recommend checking this novel out, it is unique contemporary/thriller that deals with subjects that tend to be ignored.

My Rating:

4 Stars Out of 5 Stars

Monday, December 26, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #135

badgeThe Meme Comes From The Book Dare.

Now that Christmas is over I can finally read!!!


Books I Read Last Week:

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis




Number of Pages:  352


Currently Reading:

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #125


Late because of the Holidays! :)

Reviews: 

Review: Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1) by Elly Blake
Review: The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

Review: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Review: The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (Dash & Lily #2) by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

Won:

To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin (Goodreads Author), Polly Stone (narrator)
The Blue Moon Narthex (Karmanic Sovereign Legion #1) by N.J. Donner

Abundance Now: Amplify Your Life & Achieve Prosperity Today

by Lisa Nichols
The Big Letdown: The True Story of How Politics, Feminism, and Big Business Changed Breastfeeding by Kimberly Seals Allers
Boomer's Bucket List by Sue Pethick




Library:

Diary of a Tokyo Teen: A Japanese-American Girl Travels to the Land of Trendy Fashion, High-Tech Toilets and Maid Cafes by Christine Mari Inzer
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo 
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Christmas:

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between

by Lauren Graham
Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson 


Bookish Items: 

Magnetic Bookmarks from ReadandWonder on Etsy.

Bookish Candles (Harry Potter and A Court of Thorns and Roses) and from BiblioFlames on Etsy


Nonbook Items:

TV themed Candles (Stranger Things) from NerdieNifties on Etsy.