Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Weekly Recap: Time to Get my Shit Together (Week of 3/19/17)

Happy Sunday! I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by The Caffienated Book Reviewer; Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews; and Book Photo Sundays, hosted by Rabbit Ears Book Blog.

-MY LIFE-
I need to get my shit together. I'm better now, and shit needs to get done. There's work to make up, and I don't have a lot of time to do it. So, my goals for this week: post everyday to Instagram; get caught up on all of my work; get Mouse as healthy as I can; respond to comments and visit blogs the day they arrive; start work on new blog design; post three times this week; finish at least one book; get myself on a better sleep schedule. Should be possible? Maybe? I guess that we'll just have to wait and see. So, have a good week, and try to stay warm!

-CURRENTLY READING-
More Than ThisAlice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)More of Me

-BOOKS I HAVE ACQUIRED-
Gifted: 
The Hate U GiveYou're Welcome, UniverseOnce Again:  Once Upon A Time Omnibus Snow/Beauty Sleep
Library: 
Black Ice (Young Sherlock Holmes, #3)Dead Girls SocietyAll the Major ConstellationsOutrun the MoonWires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerves, #1)
Freebie:
Naked and Far from HomeThe Deadly Cavern (Quest Chasers, #1)

-POSTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED-

-INSTAGRAM PIC OF THE WEEK-
            
Well, I wrote an entire caption and Instagram deleted it. 😭 So, I guess that I'll just type it again. Hello everyone, IT HAS BEEN TOO LONG! I was pretty sick these past two weeks, and I wasn't well enough to post. πŸ˜” But I'm back! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ My birthday was this week, and I got my hair redone! It's really pretty, and I'm super in love with it. 😍 I also got some new books, and I can't wait to take pictures of them! So tell me, what happened when I was gone! What happened in your life? Did I miss anything exciting? TELL ME ALL OF THE THINGS! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– ▪A big thank you to @ninasbooktalk for tagging me to do the #bookandnotebook tag! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– #bookstagram #books #booklover #bookblogger #bookphoto #bookreviewer #booklion #booknerd #bookworm #booksea #bookweb #notebook #epicreads #bookishfeature #yalit #yaliterature #yabooks #youngadultbooks #ireadya #yablogger #bibliophile #blogger #photography #instabook #bookgram
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-BOOK PHOTO SUNDAY-


-QUESTION OF THE WEEK-
Do you have any goals for the week? Or do you have a easy week ahead? Let me know in the comments! :)
  

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Review: Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell, with artwork by Shadra Strickland

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights CaseBook: Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case 
Author: Patricia Hruby Powell
Artist: Shadra Strickland
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Published: January 31, 2017
Number of Pages: 260
Format: ebook & Hardcover
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, though I also ended up checking a copy out from the library.
Rating: 5 Stars
Tags: YA, Love Story, Historical Fiction, Contemporary

Goodreads/Amazon/Barnes & Noble 

Synopsis: From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.

-MY REVIEW-
I'm going to be honest, I was very hesitant going into this book. Mainly because I have an extremely bad track record with historical fiction, and because I don't really like books written in verse. But I wanted to give this one a chance because of it's premise. I have never read a novel about Loving vs. Virginia, and I didn't know all that much about it. So you can imagine how happy I was after finishing this one.

In this book we follow Richard and Mildred Loving as they fight for the right to be married in the state of Virginia. This book is based off of a real story, and captured me from page one.

As I stated before, I was a little apprehensive going into this one, but I loved it! The writing caught my attention right away, and was able to keep me engaged throughout the whole book. I thought that it told the story well, and it made the book fly by. But that's not saying that the book was any less impactful or that I don't remember anything about it.

The startling thing about this book was that the events that took place didn't happen all that long ago. The author was able to interview a lot of Mildred's friends and family, and Mildred herself died in 2008 at the age of sixty-eight. This book shows that we have a long way to go, but that the fight against racism is a necessary fight.

I also really liked the illustrations, though I do wish that there were more of them. I thought that they really went along with the story well, but there just weren't enough of them! I want more, I say! More!

So overall I loved this book. With beautiful pictures and powerful storytelling, this is a must read.
        
 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Weekly Recap: Sleep Deprived and Sick (Week of 3/12/17)

Happy Sunday! I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by The Caffienated Book Reviewer; Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews; and Book Photo Sundays, hosted by Rabbit Ears Book Blog.

-MY LIFE-
Well, as I write this is is currently three in the morning. I spent most of this evening moving fish, setting up tanks, working on the electrical aspects of the tanks, and watching my oldest fish, Mouse. I think that I need to start antibiotics on him again, he just isn't doing well. I was hoping that the new tank would help, but his fins are starting to get really red again (a sign of an infection). I'm going to watch him for another day, and if he isn't better I'm going to start him on some medicine for bacterial and fungus infections. He's getting pretty old though (I had him for almost two years, and beta fish have a life expectancy of two-four years), so he might have a harder time fishing off the infection. We'll see. I was sick the entirety of this week, and didn't make it to any of my classes. I'm feeling a lot better now, and am working on catching up before I fall too far behind. Well, I guess that's it. Oh, and I apologize to all of the authors and publishers who contacted my recently, I haven't forgotten about you! I promise that I'll respond as soon as I can. Have a good week, and happy reading! :)

-CURRENTLY READING-
       Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights CaseMore of MeAlice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)

-BOOKS I HAVE RECENTLY ADOPTED-
More of Me 

 My thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book via NetGalley!

-POSTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED-

-QUESTION OF THE WEEK-
I was absent from Instagram this week, but I'll be back later today! Do you have an Instagram? If you do, leave a link to it in the comments so that I can come say hi! :)
       

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mini Reviews: Rain, Blood Rose Rebellion, and Lost Wolf

-RAIN BY INDIA R. ADAMS-
Rain (A Stranger in the Woods, #1)Book: Rain (A Stranger in the Woods #1)
Author: India R. Adams
Published: June 28, 2016
Publisher: India's Productions
Number of Pages: 359
Format: ebook
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest, and unbiased review. All opinions in this review are my own.
Rating: 5 Stars
Tags: YA, Received for Review, Cry Baby, Favorite Author

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: What if you knew you had just met the other part of your soul—the one who could take away all the pain and loneliness—but no one believes you because the rugged stranger from the woods is nowhere to be found? Would you search for him? Would you be strong enough to believe he exist somewhere out in the darkness where he found you? And if you were to finally find the stranger from the woods and learn he is like no other tale that has ever been told… would you still have the courage to love him?

Rose has no time for romance because her father has passed away from an illness plaguing her small town, and now her mother has also contracted the illness, leaving Rose’s two younger siblings to be her responsibility. But when her best friend forces her to be young for a night and celebrate her twentieth birthday with a bonfire and friends, Rose meets a stranger from the woods, and Rose soon learns he is no stranger at all. In fact, this magical being is trying to keep her… alive.

Two bloods of one will bring down the shadows, to cast, no more...


-MY MINI-REVIEW-
You guys! I LOVED this book! So, this isn't what I was expecting AT ALL. This book had a lot of twists and turns, and ended up setting up book two perfectly. But what really stood out to me was Rose's relationships with Ryder and Gunner. They were just so cute together! I cannot wait to see how they live with Rain, and how their relationship grows. I thought that all of the characters were really realistic and likeable, the action and story pacing was wonderful, and my anticipation for book two? Very, very high. So, like I say after all of my reviews for Adam's books, I highly recommend. 

-BLOOD ROSE REBELLION BY  ROSALYN EVES-
Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion, #1)Book: Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion #1)
Author: Rosalyn Eves
Published: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Knoph Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 418
Format: ebook
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are my own.
Rating: 0 Stars (DNF)
Tags: YA, DNF, ARC, Received for Review, Historical Fiction, I'm so Bored, Why?


Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin NoΓ©mi to the fierce and handsome Romani GΓ‘bor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.


-MY MINI-REVIEW-
Wait...do you guys hear that? Oh ya, that's the sound of my snoring in the background as I attempt to read this dud of a book. I only managed to read 53% of this book before I decided that I didn't want to waste my time anymore. What's so sad about it was that it started out so promising! There was a good bit of action, and I wanted to know more! But guess what? Nothing else really happened. Just a lot of self contemplating, and a lot of talk about dresses. I could see so many ways that the book would end up more exciting, but not a lot happened. And when something did happen, it was drudged down by the writing. So overall, I think that this book had a lot of potential, but it just didn't work out. If you're a big fan of historical fiction, then you might have better luck with this one.

-LOST WOLF BY STACY CLAFLIN- 
Lost Wolf (Curse of the Moon #1)Book: Lost Wolf (Curse of the Moon #1)
Author: Stacy Claflin
Published: July 17, 2016
Number of Pages: 258
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Tags: YA, #COYER
Synopsis: She’s hiding a dark secret. It already killed her once.

Victoria can’t wait to start college, but there’s a hitch—she can’t remember anything before arriving on campus. Her memories finally spark when she sees her ruggedly handsome math professor, but she senses something terrible happened. The shock on his face affirms her fears.

Toby is an alpha wolf who never thought he’d see his true love again—not after she died in his arms. Nothing could have prepared him for her walking into his class. But to his dismay, not only has she forgotten the past, she doesn’t even know who she is.

He’s determined to do whatever it takes to restore what they’ve lost. Can Toby help Victoria recover her memories, or will he lose her forever?

USA Today bestselling author, Stacy Claflin, brings you Lost Wolf, the first book in the Curse of the Moon series. It’s a paranormal romantic suspense saga that features gripping supernatural drama, surprising twists, dynamic characters, and heart-pounding romance.

Read Lost Wolf today to satisfy your craving for a fast-paced paranormal tale.

-MY MINI-REVIEW-
This book was exactly what I expected. So, not much. I don't know, I'm usually really hesitant going into books I got for free on Amazon. I mean, this wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't fabulous. One thing that I really liked about this book was that it was a really fast read. I read the entire book in one infusion, and it was nice to just dive into this world, and not have to leave it. So, while I probably wouldn't buy this one for anyone, it was nice to completely immerse myself into the story and characters.
         

Monday, March 13, 2017

Blog Tour: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Book: Queens of Geek
Author: Jen Wilde
Published: March 14, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Number of Pages: 289
Format: ebook
Source: I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, and unbiased review. All opinions in this review are my own.
Rating: 5 Stars
Tags: YA, Cry Baby, LGBTQ+, Mental Heath, Xpresso Book Tours

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.


-MY REVIEW-
You guys! This book was so good! You know those books where you read a page, even just a couple paragraphs, and you know that you are going to love that book? This was totally this book for me. I loved all of the characters, and how diverse they were! This book defiantly surprised me, and I am very glad that I read it!

In this book we follow three BFFs, though the book is only told through the perspectives of two of them. There's Charlie, who is a YouTuber and actress who is trying to escape the shadow of her ex boyfriend and costar; there is also Taylor, who has social anxiety, and has feelings for the third BFF, Jamie. The three of them go to a convention, SupaFan, where new relationships are formed, and characters break out of their shells.

I loved Charlie in this book! I thought that it was very cool that we got to see her try to distance herself from her old boyfriend, and also form a new relationship with a girl that she really liked. I loved Charlie's relationship with Alyssa, and I thought that they made a really cute couple, but not as cute as Taylor and Jamie. Taylor and Jamie were just the cutest couple! I was rooting for them from chapter one, and I absolutely loved watching them take their first steps in their relationship.

Even though it was cool to read about Charlie, especially because we are both bisexual, I found an especially soft spot in my heart for Taylor. It was so empowering to read about her facing her fears, and her meeting people like her. It was also cool because I found parts of myself in her, and I loved what she said about anxiety, and not being able to fit in.

So overall I loved this book! This book had a lot of cute, fun, and tear filled moments. With enough movie, video game, and book references to get your inner geek jumping around, this is a highly enjoyable book.

-ABOUT THE AUTHOR-
Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books and pugs. She writes YA stories about zombies (AS THEY RISE), witches (ECHO OF THE WITCH) and fangirls (QUEENS OF GEEK). Her debut series reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller.

When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away places and going to conventions in Marty McFly cosplay.

Jen lives in a sunny beachside town in Australia with her husband and their cheeky pug, aptly named Heisenberg.





-GIVEAWAY- 
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Weekly Recap: I Moved the Fish! (Week of 3/5/7)

Happy Sunday! I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by The Caffienated Book Reviewer; Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews; and Book Photo Sundays, hosted by Rabbit Ears Book Blog.
-MY LIFE-
I've been working on the fish all of Saturday, and now all but one have the heaters that they need. The last heater is arriving sometime next week along with more permanent tanks for them. They are each three gallons, and they will be a lot easier for me to take care of. I realized that I've learned a lot about beta fish while I've had them, and I'm so glad that I have them. I also brought home another fish to add to the family. He's a koi beta fish, and he was so pretty that I couldn't resist taking him home. Other than that, this has been another really busy and stressful week school wise, so hopefully this week with be a bit calmer. Have a good week, and read some good books, everybody! :)
-CURRENTLY READING-
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)Queens of Geek
-POSTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED-
-INSTAGRAM PIC OF THE WEEK-
         
I fell asleep yesterday before I could post my second picture. Whoops. Oh, and look, if it isn't my favorite book! And would you look at that, book two is coming out soon! So...(brace yourself)...YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. IT'S THE PERFECT TIME! DO IT! DO IT NOW! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– ▪Day Nine of #marchmaasness: Cassian's Wings (Book that Left you Broken Hearted) πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– #bookstagram #bookspine #books #booklight #bookblogger #booknerd #bookweb #bookworm #booklover #bookaddict #bookaholic #yalover #yaliterature #yalit #yabooks #yablogger #yareviewer #yaphoto #ireadya #yareads #indiebooks #indieauthors #youngadultfiction #youngadultbooks #instabook #bookgram #phtochallenge #photography #
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-BOOK PHOTO SUNDAY-
You guys, I'm really liking this multiple photos in a photo thing. Swipe left to see more of the book! Have you guys tried the new feature yet? Do you like it? πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– ▪Day Ten of #marchmaasness: We are the Thirteen (Memorable Female Friendship) πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– ▪My thanks to @to_thelastline_ for the #bookandflower tag! ▪Also, a big thanks to @jolovestoread for tagging me to do the #yellowbooksandflowers tag! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– #bookstagram #books #booklight #booklover #bookblogger #bookaddict #bookaholic #booknerd #bookworm #flowers #yalove #yareviewer #yareads #ireadya #iread #yablogger #yabooks #youngadultfiction #youngadultbooks #bibliophile #readers #blogger #instabook #bookgram #bookreviewer #photography #phtochallenge
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-QUESTION OF THE WEEK-
I can't think of any questions to ask, so, I want to you to ask me a question! I've been absolutely terrible about visiting blogs, but I'm trying my best to reply to all of your comments. So, thank you guys for sticking with me! Sometimes life can get super busy, but I'll be back to normal in a month or two! :)
  

Friday, March 10, 2017

February Recap & March Reading List

-BOOKS I READ-
Weird Girl and What's His NameLost Wolf (Curse of the Moon #1)One More Breath

-REREAD-
Serenity (Forever, #1) 

-DNF-
Blood Rose Rebellion 

As you can see, this was a slow month in reading for me. I only managed to get four books read, and one of them was a reread. Somehow I am still on track for my Goodread's Reading Challenge, and hopefully March will be a better month reading wise for me.

-FAVORITE BOOK OF THE MONTH-
Serenity (Forever, #1) 

-ANNA'S READING LIST-
Anna's Reading List is a list I make each month with books that are convenient for me to pick up when I'm feeling lazy. I may read all the books on the list, and I may not read a single one. The point is to give me options to read, not to read all of the books.  For me, my list has to have at least one of each of the following: 

  • e-book and/or book received for review 
  • library book
  • book that counts towards a challenge I'm participating in
 
P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights CaseQueen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga, #1)And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)Boost (A Haunted Addiction, #1)Queens of GeekThe Love That Split the WorldAlice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)

So there you go! I gave myself lots of options this month, so hopefully I'll be able to read more this month. Did you have a good reading month in February? Let me know in the comments! :)