Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Favorites of the Year

My Favorites of 2015

Books:
  • I'll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  • My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
  • Something Real by Heather Demetrios
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
 Series:
(These are series that I have finished this year)
  • The Tiger Saga by Colleen Houck
  • The Anna and the French Kiss Series by Stephanie Perkins
  • The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
  • The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
Covers:
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
  • Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Something Real by Heather Demetrios
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck
 Authors:
  • Colleen Houck
  • Nicola Yoon
  • Morgan Matson
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout

What were your favorites of the year? Let me know in the comments!   

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Cover of the Week: Zodiac by Romina Russell

Zodiac (Zodiac, #1)At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.



I love all of the bright colors on this cover! They all stand out in different ways, and that is what makes this cover really unique. Do you like this cover? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Give me, Give me Tuesday: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.




This book sounds good! I love books like this; the suspence, the drama, and even the surprise endings. I am super excited to read this book when it comes out. This book comes out January 5, 2016. Are you guys excited for this book? Let me know in the comments! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Releases of January-June 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
where each week you make a top ten list to go with that week's bookish theme.

Theme: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

Hello everybody! 2016 is almost here, and that means more new books are coming out. *jumps up and down in excitement* So, here are some books that I am looking forward to in the first half of 2016. Make sure you leave your TTT posts in the comments!

Passenger (Passenger, #1)1.) Passenger by Alexandra Bracken- I will read almost anything that has to deal with time travel. Then you throw in pirates, I NEED THIS BOOK NOW!!! This book comes out January 5, 2016.  









Girl Last Seen
2.) Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown- This book sounds really interesting! I have been wanting to read a kinda eerie book, so this sounds perfect! I actually got a copy of this book for review, so you can look for that review soon to come. This book comes out March 1, 2016. 







Dig Too Deep3.) Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer- I feel like this book is going to deal with a lot real life problems, and that makes me really excited for it. I also got a copy of this book for review, so look for a review of this book too! This book comes out April 1, 2016.








Don't Get Caught4.) Don't Get Caught by Kurt Dinan- This book sounds really fun, and really funny. So, I am excited to read it. This book comes out April 1, 2016.









Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)5.) Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare- I think that this is the most popular book on this list. I am looking forward to reading this book though. In City of Heavenly Fire, Emma was my favorite character. So yes, I am looking forward to this book. This book comes out March 8, 2016. 







Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)
6.) Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard- While I did not love the first the first book, I am looking forward to this book. I want to know how this series ends up! This book comes out February 9, 2016.









The Haters7.) The Haters by Jesse Andrews- I have not read a lot of road trip books, so I am excited for this one. I also received a copy of the ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, so expect a review for this book soon. This book comes out April 2016. 








Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here8.) Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw- One of my favorite books is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, so I am excited to read this one! This book comes out April 19, 2016. 









This Is Where It Ends9.) This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp- I love books like this! I can't read them all the time, but I haven't read one in a while. So,  I am going to save up so that I can enjoy this book even more. This book comes out January 5, 2016. 








The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)10.)  The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye- This book sounds so good! I cannot wait to read it, and I hope that it is as good as it sounds. This book comes out May 17, 2016.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Weekly Recap (12/20/15)

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Hello everybody! (Just to note, this post of The Weekly Recap is going to be short. It was ment to already be up, and I am suppose to be reading for a read-a-thon right now. I will post all of the books I got next week. Sorry about this!) Did you have a good Christmas? Mine was fabulous! I got some books, but I also got a new bookshelf and a Kindle (Also a new fish, but that is not book related. Let me know if you guys want to see a picture of him!). I cannot wait to show you guys! Next week. *Hides face in shame*

-------Posts You Might Have Missed-------  
  • I told you guys ten book I wanted to find under the Christmas tree on Top Ten Tuesday.
  • I told you guys why I wanted Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway on Give me, Give me Tuesday. 
  • I told you guys why I love the cover of Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat on Cover of the Week. 
  • I reviewed Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Click here to read it.
  • I reviewed The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson. Click here to read it.

-------Question of the Week------- 
 The next Weekly Recap will be in 2016! So I want to know what your favorite book of 2015 was. Let me know in the comments!
   

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Book Review: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being NormalDavid Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he's gay. The school bully thinks he's a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth: David wants to be a girl.
On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal: to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in his class is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long , and soon everyone knows that Leo used to be a girl.
As David prepares to come out to his family and transition into life as a girl and Leo wrestles with figuring out how to deal with people who try to define him through his history, they find in each other the friendship and support they need to navigate life as transgender teens as well as the courage to decide for themselves what normal really means.




*My thanks to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for giving me a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own in this review.*

I don't know what I can say other than that this book was fabulous. It had lovable characters; a serious, yet fun story line; with a very satisfying ending, this book is near perfect.

I loved all of the characters in this book. I feel like every reader can in someway relate to at least one of the characters. They all go through so many different things; one of the main issues, being normal. I feel like everybody struggles with fitting in, and being normal. So, I think that everybody will be able to relate to this book in one way or another.

This book was very refreshing. There are a lot of LGBTQIA books coming out lately; that's not a bad thing, but they do tend to seem the same. You know what I mean? They all tend to have similar story lines. That was not the case for this book though. There are so many different elements in this book, that there was always something new. That is one of the big reasons I loved this book.

The only reason I didn't give this book the full five stars is because I feel like it didn't reach me on the emotional level that the author wanted it to. Yes, I did feel the emotions in this book, but they weren't as tear-jerking as I wish they were.

Overall, I loved this book! It had great characters, a original story line, and I had a great time reading it. I highly recommend. 

4.5 Points
I loved this book!        

Friday, December 25, 2015

Book Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

NimonaThe graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it "a deadpan epic."

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.


  
I so wanted to rate this book higher, but something about it made me rate it lower than I wanted to. In this book we follow Nimona and Ballister Blackheart as they act on their evil plan. This book was fun, cute, and a very fast read.

I really liked the art in this book. I like how it was not as realistic as most of the artwork in other graphic novels I read. I think that it went well with the silly and fun plot line. 

I really liked how we got to read about the bad guy. I thought it was really fun to see his rules and experiments. I really liked how he dealt with different situations, and then to see how Nimona reacted to the same situations. Blackheart and Nimona really are two peas in a pod. You don't think that they would be able to get along, but they did and it was fun to see.

I do wish that there were more books though. I want to know more! Or maybe even a prequel to see what Blackheart was doing before Nimona became his sidekick. I just want to know more!

Overall, I liked this book, but I didn't love it. With fun pictures and story line, I flew through this book. I recommend.

3.5/5 Points
I liked this book, but I didn't love it        

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Cover of the Week: Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat

Between the NotesWhen Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.

And it isn’t pretty.

Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.

As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.

Debut author Sharon Huss Roat crafts a charming and timely story of what happens when life as you know it flips completely upside down.





I love this cover! I love how it's watercolor, and how only part of the cover has the picture. The rest of the cover is just white, and I think that this gives the cover a really original look. What do you think of this cover?   

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Give me, Give me Tuesday: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy & OliverEmmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.



This book sounds so cute! I really am in the mood for a cute contemporary book, and this book sounds perfect. If you have read this book, what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments! 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn't Mind Getting This Christmas

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
where you make a top ten list to go with that week's bookish theme.

Theme: Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year  


Hello everybody! I need to apologize in advance, there won't be explanations in this post. *hides face in shame* It has been a crazy past few weeks, and it is currently 11:30 pm and I am trying to get this post done. So, sorry about that. Anyway, here are ten five books that I would not mind seeing under the Christmas tree on Friday. Make sure you leave your TTT posts in the comments!

1.) Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout
2.) Reawakened by Colleen Houck
3.) Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
4.) The Tiger Saga by Colleen Houck 
5.) Hollow City by Ransom Riggs 

I know that this was a short post, but I'm just glad that I got it up. So, I will see you guys in the next post! Bye! :)

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Weekly Recap (12/13/15)

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It's finally winter break! Congrats to all the students out there who survived finals! I am totally ready for Christmas and break. It will be nice just to sit around and relax with my family.  My family was very laid back with Christmas decorations this year. We put up a tree, but did not put any ornaments on the tree though. That's about it. I can already tell that this is going to be a very laid back Christmas for my family.

I'm sorry that I didn't post that much this week. I had a lot of school to do this week, but I hope to be able to post a lot and read a lot this week. So, there should be more posts over the next few weeks.
------Books I Have Acquired------
Library:
  1. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld   

------Posts You Might Have Missed------ 

------Question of the Week------ 
 What are you most excited for for Christmas? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Cover of the Week: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)This is a world divided by blood - red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart...



I love how simple this cover is. It does not have a million little details like most covers do, and it overall works well together. What do you think of this cover? Let me know in the comments!  

Monday, December 14, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Books of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Where each week you make a top ten list to go with that week's bookish theme.

Theme: Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015

Hello everybody! I can't believe that 2015 is almost over! I has really gone by fast, and I have read a lot of books this year. So I went over that list, and managed to pick out ten of my favorite books I read this year. I plan on doing another post like this, that I will post in the beginning of January. So keep your eyes open for that. So without further ado, my top ten favorite books for 2015. Make sure you leave your Top Ten Tuesday lists in the comments!


Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)1.) Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck- This whole series I just loved. I loved the story line, the characters, and even the romance. I read all four books in less than a month, and I hope that Colleen releases a fifth book. Until then, I have her other series that I still need to read. *hides face in shame*   







Fangirl
2.) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- Rainbow Rowell has been kinda hit and miss for me. I liked Eleanor & Park, did not finish Landline, and absolutely loved Fangirl. I loved getting to see Cath grow as a person, and this book defiantly in my 2015 Favorites list. 








Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)3.) Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas- How could this not have made my list? This book was so good! Do I need to say anything else?       









I'll Give You the Sun4.) I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson- This book was so good! I loved the characters, I loved the story, and I loved the ending. This book made me feel a bunch of emotions, and I am glad that I bought this book. 








Everything, Everything5.) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon- This has really been year of the contemporary for me! Again, I just gushed all over this book. I am a sucker for a cute romance, and this book definitely had it. If you have not read this book yet, I highly recommend that you do so.  







Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1) 
6.) Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins- I have seen some mixed reviews about this book, but I loved it! It was such a fun, quick, fast paced read that I easily read it in a couple of sittings. I currently have book two, so I will be reading that very soon. 







Since You've Been Gone7.) Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson- I loved this book! It was such a cute, fun, and heat-warming read. If you have not read one of Morgan Matson's books yet, you totally should!  









Something Real (Something Real, #1)8.) Something Real by Heather Demetrios- Lets just say that I devoured this book. I read it in one sitting, and I only stayed up all night to finish it. I loved this book, and I cannot wait to read more books by Heather Demetrios. 








My Heart and Other Black Holes9.) My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga- This book was so real, and true that it was really a great book to read. I cared for the characters so much, and I truly cared for how they ended up. This book made me feel so many emotions, that it is definitely a high favorite of mine.   







Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)10.) Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins- The final book in the Anna and the French Kiss series, and this one was my favorite. I think because I liked Isla better that I liked Anna and Lola. I connected more with her. I loved this whole series though, and I cannot wait to read more of Stephanie Perkins novels.