Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Weekly Recap: August is Right Around the Corner (Week of 7/24/16)

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by The Caffeinted Book Reviewer.
Each week you make a post talking about what happened that week, what books you got, what you posted, and what you plan on posting the following week.

-MY LIFE-
Hello everybody! It has been a mellow week which is a nice change compared to the craziness of the past few weeks. I changed the design of my blog, and I'm hoping to take more photos for banners before school starts up again for me. I have one of my reviews done for Shattering Stigmas, so now I just have ine more to go! I'm also signing up for the #ReadThemAllThon! It's basically a readathon where you try to read eight books in three weeks (and it's based off of Pokemon). I've been picking out what books I want to read, and I've been trying to schedule everything. I have two books I need to read for review, and the reviews are to be posted during the readathon, so I've trying to find as much reading time as possible. I hope that everyone has a wonderful week! 

-CURRENTLY READING-
Highly Illogical BehaviorStars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5) 
                                                                             Goodreads       Goodreads
I stopped reading Stars Above for a little bit, but now I'm picking it up again and I'm excited to get into more of the stories. I also just picked up Highly Illogical Behavior, and I'm really enjoying it so far.

-POSTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED-

-POSTS FOR NEXT WEEK-
  • Cover of the Week: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
  • TTT: Books I would Buy if I were Rich
  • July Recap & August Reading List
  • #ReadThemAllThon Sign Up
  • Book I REALLY want to Read: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
-QUESTION OF THE WEEK-
Do you have any plans in August? Let me know in the comments. :)     

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Book I REALLY Want to Read: Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields

Poison's Kiss (Untitled, #1)Book: Poison's Kiss
Author: Breeana Shields
Published: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Random House
Number of Pages: 378

Goodreads/Amazon/Barnes & Noble 

Synopsis: Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya a poison maiden is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.


Why I Want to Read this Book: This book sounds so good! I usually love books like this, so this is totally going to be on my most anticipated list for 2017. Do you want to read this book? Let me know in the comments!   

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Playlist Book Tag (Blog Edition)


I am addicted to watching these videos on YouTube because they are just so much fun. I have found one blog post doing this tag, and I decided that I was going to do this. I know that this won't be as much fun to read as the videos, but I think that this is a cool version for blogs. For those of you who don't know, the playlist book tag was created by Little Red Reader. You put your phone on shuffle, and you pick a book to go with each song. The majority of the songs on my phone are by Melanie Martinez, so I'll add some other songs and artists so that it isn't the same thing over and over. While I am not going to dance around on camera, I will be telling you the song, book I thought of, and a lyric from the song that made me think of the book. So I hope that you guys enjoy. I guess that I need to tag people. So I'll tag... 


The Problem with Forever 

Lyric: "D-O-L-L-H-O-U-S-E
I see things that nobody else sees"

Control by Halsey 

Killer Potential 
Goodreads 

Lyric: "And all the kids cried out,
'Please stop, you're scaring me."

  Mrs. Potato Head by Melanie Martinez 

Paperweight  
Goodreads
 Lyric: "Oh Mrs. Potato Head tell me, is it true that pain is beauty?"

Heathens by Twenty One Pilots 

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) 
 Goodreads
Lyric: "Welcome to the room of people 
Who have rooms of people that they loved one day
Docked away"

  Mad Hatter by Melanie Martinez 

Splintered (Splintered, #1) 
 Goodreads
Lyric: "You can be Alice, I'll be the mad hatter" 
 Gasoline by Halsey 

My Heart and Other Black Holes
 Goodreads

Lyric: "Low on self esteem, so you run on gasoline"
Tag, you're It by Melanie Martinez 

Living Dead Girl 
 Goodreads
Lyric: "I love it when I hear you breathing
I hope to God you're never leaving"

  Don't Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers ft. Daya 

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3) 
 Goodreads
Lyric: "I really thought you were on my side
But now there's nobody by my side"
 












Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Book Review: Valley of the Moon by Bronwyn Archer

Valley of the MoonBook: Valley of the Moon
Author: Bronwyn Archer
Published: April 13, 2016
Publisher: Bronarch Books
Number of Pages: 282
Format: Ebook
Source: Received for an honest review.
Rating: 2 Stars
Tags: YA, Received for Review, Mystery, #COYER, Why?

Goodreads/Amazon 

Synopsis: Senior year is not going well for 17-year-old Lana Goodwin. Her father’s vintage car business is about to crash and burn, the nicest (and cutest) teacher at school was fired under a cloud of scandal, and her hot sort-of boyfriend may or may not have something big to hide.

She’s also totally over being the class pauper. It’s bad enough her dad was briefly married to the head of the board—the rich, cruel, impeccably groomed Ramona Crawford. What’s worse is going to school with her vindictive ex-stepsister, who never misses an opportunity to make her life hell. Not ever.

It also happens to be the tenth anniversary of her mother’s suicide. No one knows why Annie Goodwin jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge the day after Christmas. She didn’t leave a note. She wasn’t sick. Even Lana’s father can’t explain it. Ten years later, someone—or something—starts sending her clues about her mother’s past.

Before Lana can escape to college, she finds herself in a life-or-death race to uncover her mother’s long-buried secrets.

Can she claim her birthright before her future and her life are
snatched away?


~My Review~ 


This gets old really fast, and it has been happening to quite a few books that I have read recently. The last part of a book is good, even great at times, but I can never get over the first of the book.

In this book we follow Lana, as she finishes her last semester of high school. There are some problems with her family though. Her dad’s business is crashing, the anniversary of her mother’s death is around the corner, and she is the number one target of Cressida, her school’s mean girl. But when mysterious clues start falling all around her, she becomes suspicious about what actually happened to her mom.

Let me explain. The last 20% of this book was good, a little fast paced, but good. The 20% before that was setup for the last 20%, and the first 60-65% of the book wasn’t needed. The first 60% of the book was just her relationship, no mystery solving, no running from the Russian Mafia, and no action. It felt like mindless babbling at times, and I sometimes had trouble being interested. I wanted to read about the mystery, figure out what’s going on. Instead I just read about her relationship with a guy, who then got drunk and had sex with her when she didn’t want to, and then had sex with her ex-stepsister. No means no, and don’t have sex with anyone who has been drinking or was doing drugs. Okay? I am fine with authors talking about rape in books, I think that it’s a good thing. But it didn’t fit into this book. It just felt like something thrown in to fill the book up. It seemed like it was something that she just forgot about four days later, and I wish that she was effected by it more. But I do commend the author for writing about a topic that can be difficult to talk about.

So while there was very little development during the first part of the book, all of it happened during the last part. This made it extremely fast paced, and made it feel very rushed. Everything was being realized all at once, and all the action was being told at once. It was sensory overload. That being said, it wasn’t that bad. It was the most enjoyable part of the book, but I do with that it lasted for more of the book.

Overall, I didn’t like the first 60% of the book, but I did like the last part better. I don’t know if I’ll pick up the next book, I might if I happen to stumble upon it, but I highly doubt that I will end up reading it.     

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Inspired Me To...


theme: things books have made me want to do or learn about after reading them

Hello everybody! You might be able to tell that things are a little different here, and I hope that you guys like the new design (because I love it!). I have also redone the About Me page, and I'm going to work on the other pages this week. This week's topic is really cool! I can't wait to see your guys posts! I'll be repeating books, but that's because some books have inspired me in different ways. So without further ado, my TTT.

books that inspired me think about all that I have
 The Problem with ForeverLiving Dead GirlKiller Potential
 
books that inspired me to read more
 Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Obsidian (Lux, #1)Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1)Twilight (Twilight, #1)Divergent (Divergent, #1)
 
books that inspired me to find love
 Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)FangirlThe Next TogetherTiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)Remnants (Remnants Trilogy #1)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)
  
 books that have inspired me to murder people (i don't actually murder people, this is suppose to be a funnier one, so please don't take this seriously and call the police)
 Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Remnants (Remnants Trilogy #1)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)
 
books that have inspired me to believe that i'm not as crazy as i think
 Killer Potential

 books that have inspired be to read/watch the originals
 Splintered (Splintered, #1)Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Winterspell (Winterspell, #1)
  
books that have inspired me to read more fantasy 
 Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)Winterspell (Winterspell, #1)
books that have inspired me to learn coding
 The Silence of Six (SOS, #1)
books that have inspired me to prepare for an alien invasion 
 Remnants (Remnants Trilogy #1)Obsidian (Lux, #1)
books that have inspired me to write a book (one day, in the future)
 Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)The Problem with ForeverKiller PotentialAnna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Fangirl