Thursday, October 27, 2016

Short but Cute Review: Blue Waters by India R. Adams

Blue Waters (Tainted Water #1)Book: Blue Waters (Tainted Waters #1)
Author: India R. Adams
Published: February 16, 2016
Number of Pages: 116
Format: Ebook
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 5 Stars
Tags: 2016, 5 Stars, YA, Love Story, Received for Review, Favorite 


Synopsis: The blue water I sank through was angelic, quiet, peaceful...

Whitney is a vivacious, highly spirited 17-year-old girl. Her motto, “Live life to the fullest,” is derailed when the young man who’s captured her attention turns out to be the son of a the drug tycoon who provided the drugs that killed her brother. Whitney believes she needs to heal from her first heartache, not knowing she is a part of a devious trade— one that violates human rights, and she has been… since the day she was born.

Blue Waters is the first Novella in Tainted Waters and begins a story of deception, corruption, self discovery, and love with all that it demands you sacrifice…

There was a beauty in dying that day… 


"A lake was killing me that day. No, I take that back; my decisions were killing me that day, and he knew what decision had been made."

This is the second book by India R. Adams that I have read, and I have loved both of them. There is something so unique about her books, and that makes them such a joy to read.

In this book we follow Whitney as she meets Crush, and they fall in love. This book talks about violence and drugs, but this book has just as much romance and humor as any India R. Adams book.

Have I mentioned that I love Adams's writing? It's very unique and surreal. It is beautiful, and funny, and heartbreaking (sometimes all at the same time). This makes the characters so much more fun and likeable. I do wish that this book was a little bit longer (mainly because I wanted more), so that way events wouldn't have had to been so rushed. Also, I wish that I got to know the characters more! They seemed so cool, so hopefully we'll learn more about them in book two. :)

So overall I loved this book! While the writing was the best part of this book, an interesting story line and characters will leave you wanting more. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Cover Reveal: InHuman by Kama Falzoi Post

Book: InHuman
Author: Kama Falzoi Post
Published: December 13, 2016
Publisher: BookFish Books
Cover Artist: Anita Carroll at Race-Point


Synopsis: Mira’s mother sizes up bodies at the morgue like she’s rifling through the sales rack: this one’s too big… this one’s too small… ah, here it is. Just right. The perfect vessel for the one they’ll call Adam.

Since Adam’s survival is the key to drawing out the Conduit—a slippery sort bent on evacuating souls from their human bodies—Mira must help him pass for a typical teenage boy. That means showing him how to talk right, walk right, chew with his mouth open... blend in.

Ironic, because blending in is has always been a challenge for Mira, especially with hair the color of a Dorito. But at their small, secluded prep school, blending in is a matter of life and death.

Because the Conduit is watching.

About the Author: Kama Falzoi Post is a functioning member of society, a part-time introvert, a pinnacle of contradictions, the mother of a hurricane, a step-mother, and an author. She enjoys drinking red wine and then drinking more red wine, listening to music that moves her, and taking things too far.

She developed a love of books and writing at a very early age. Her stories have appeared in a handful of literary magazines including Inkwell and SmokeLong Quarterly, and most recently in the anthology Outliers of Speculative Fiction. She lives in a small town outside a small city with her husband, son, and too many cats.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Cover of the Week: Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

Definitions of Indefinable ThingsBook: Definitions of Indefinable Things
Author: Whitney Taylor
Published: April 4, 2017
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 336


Synopsis: Reggie Mason is all too familiar with "the Three Stages of Depression." She believes she’s unlocked the secret to keeping herself safe: Nobody can hurt you if you never let them in.

Reggie encounters an unexpected challenge to her misanthropy: a Twizzler-chomping, indie film-making narcissist named Snake. Snake’s presence, while reassuring, is not exactly stable—especially since his ex-girlfriend is seven months pregnant. As Reggie falls for Snake, she must decide whether it’s time to rewrite the rules that have defined her.

Why I Love this Cover: This cover is really pretty! I love the color of the background, and how everything is illustrated. This gives the cover a really fun look as well. Do you like this cover? Let me know in the comments! :) 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Weekly Recap: Good Books and Dead Fish (Week of 10/16/16)

This week I'm linking up The Sunday Post, and Stacking the Shelves.

I must say, this was a very eventful wee for me! So, I'll try to get through everything as quick as I can. Last Sunday I found Stewart, one of my beta fish, on the ground (outside of his bowl=no breathing). Good news, he was still alive! So he got plopped back into his bowl. Bad news, he died that night. This is the second fish that has jumped out of their bowl, so safety measures have been taken, and hopefully this won't happen again. Oh, and I also got another beta fish. His name is Devi. Someone asked me if that's short for Devin, and I had to inform them that they were mistaken. Devi is short for Devil. What else would it be?

I also got a very exciting email from one of my favorite authors this week! So, be on the lookout for reviews of books written by India R. Adams. Saturday was also Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon, and for that I read Blue Waters, and I'm hoping to get another novella fit in there. I guess that's all I have for this week. So, have a fabulous week everybody!


The Goddess Hunt (Goddess Test, #1.5) 

FreeksDefinitions of Indefinable Things

My thanks to the publishers for granting me access to ARCs of these two books via NetGalley!


How was your week? Did anything exciting happen? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

BIRWTR: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

The Female of the SpeciesBook: The Female of the Species
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Published: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Number of Pages: 352


Synopsis: 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.

Why I Really want to Read this Book: This book sounds perfect for me. If you didn't know, I have a tendency to gravitate toward people who might be considered insane. This book sounds brutal and heart  breaking, and I'm so excited. Do you want to read this book? Let me know in the comments! :)  

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Book Review: How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo

How to Keep Rolling After a FallBook: How to Keep Rolling After a Fall
Author: Karole Cozzo
Published: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Number of Pages: 272
Format: ebook (.mobi)
Source: Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Tags: YA, 3.5 Stars, ARC, Contemporary, NetGalley, Received for Review


Synopsis: The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That's all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl's suicide. Now Nikki's been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can't look her in the eye. With her plans for the future all but destroyed, Nikki resigns herself to being the girl everyone hates - almost as much as she hates herself. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it's like when one mistake completely shatters your life. Refusing to judge her because of her past, he shows her that everyone deserves a second chance... and everyone deserves to be loved.


"I'm a firm believer in new beginnings. Looking back all the time ... It really starts to hurt your neck.' He shrugs carelessly, "If you don't want to be defined by your past, you shouldn't have to be."

This book talks about a lot of issues that aren't talked about a lot. Mainly suicide and cyberbullying. Usually when ever you read about them, you read from the victim or a victim's family's POV, but this time, it's the other way around.

In this book we follow Nikki, as she tries to get her life back in order after her friends posted pictures of a girl half-naked on the internet. Because this was all done on Nikki's computer and account (even if she didn't post the pictures) she got expelled and her parents aren't helping the situation. Nikki feels terrible until she meets Pax, who doesn't judge her for mistakes from her past, and is more interested in her in the present.

I didn't think that I was going to like Nikki as much as I did, which was surprisingly a lot. Nikki isn't mean spirited, or a flat out bully. If anything I would call her more of a bystander to what happened because she didn't do it, but she didn't stop it either. As the story goes on, it was cool to see her accept what happened, and what she did, and coming to terms that she can't change the past, but she can change what happens in the present.

Pax was very sweet and supportive! And besides that one bit in there, I really liked him! He was very realistic, and I really want to meet him in real life! Is there a Pax robot? I would buy it! Make my friend count a grand total of nine. I do wish that we got to see a bit more of Nikki's sister though.

The thing that left me confused was that the book didn't seem finished at the end. It was too rushed to sufficiently end the story. I felt like there was all this build up for a rushed ending that I wished was stretched out. It was a good book with a mediocre ending, which left me feeling meh about the whole thing.

So over all I really liked this book! With characters that aren't perfect, and a lovable book boyfriend, I recommend this book. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Would Name my Pets After

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. To learn more you can click here.

theme: ten characters I would name something after

Hello everybody! Today I'm going to talk about ten characters I would name a pet after. This is kind of convenient because later today I'm going to go buy another beta fish! So, maybe if I find a good one I will name it after them. Make sure to leave your TTT posts in the comments!

Serenity (Forever, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)

1.) Serenity- I just really like the name Serenity. I've never heard of it as a name before, but it's just so beautiful and serene. It's a beautiful name, and I would love to name a little animal after her. Or maybe Sky, that would be a good name too.

2.) Feyre- I love this name! It sounds really cool, and of course Feyre is one of my favorite characters, so why wouldn't I name a pet after her?

3.) Carswell Thorne- One of YA's most beloved characters, and a really nice guy! He is one of the best characters in the Lunar Chronicles Series, and so he gets a spot on my list.

4.) Rose- I love names that are also flowers. Don't ask me why, I just really do. Rose is one of my favorites, and she is so bad-ass in this series! I would love to name a pet after her.

5.) Henry- While it's a simple name, it sounds really nice. Henry. I just like the name. Does that count as a reason? 

Summer of SloaneSweetBloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

6.) Sloane- This is a really unique name, and I really like the sound of it! It might be a little long and complicated of a name for a pet, but it might work.

7.) Solu- Okay, so technically this isn't a character in the book, but it is a huge part of it! I think that it sounds really cool, and I think that it would be cool to name a fish Solu!

8.) Sydney- I also really like it when people are named after places (especially those that I want to visit)! So, Sydney is naturally one of my favorite character names.


10.) Lola- Lola is a really fun and spunky name that I think would be fun for a playful dog or animal.