Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Weekly Recap: A One Book Kind of Week (Week of 10/23/16)

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-
Hello everybody! I did a lot of work this week, which is good, but that means that I had less time to read and work on the blog. I forgot to make my TTT post this week, and I only read one book! Hopefully this week will be a better week for reading. My Halloween plans include eating junk food, turning off all of the lights, and watching Gilmore Girls. Have a safe Halloween, and have a fabulous week everybody! :)

-CURRENTLY READING-
Black Waters (Tainted Water, #2)Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love StoriesAmity

-BOOKS I HAVE ACQUIRED-

Kindle: 
The Killing Game  

Library: 
Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love StoriesThe Game of Love and DeathWrapped (Wrapped, #1)The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)CriminalBirthmarked (Birthmarked, #1) 

-POSTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED-

-INSTAGRAM PIC OF THE WEEK-
   
Make sure that you follow me! I'm @bookish_anna.

-BOOK PHOTO SUNDAYS-
Book Photo Sunday is a new meme where you share a photo of your books every week. So, now I get to show you TWO of my bookstagram photos!
  


-QUESTION OF THE WEEK-
What are your Halloween plans? Let me know in the comments!  

BYSRR: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)Book: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children
Number of Pages: 704

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?


Why you should REALLY read this Book: THIS BOOK IS SIMPLY AWESOME. If you haven't read this book yet, then you totally should. It is defiantly one of the better books in the series. If you haven't read this series yet...then what are you doing! This series is a must read. Have you read Empire of Storms yet? Let me know in the comments! :)  

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 

Goodreads/Amazon

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… 


-MY REVIEW-

"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

Goodreads/Amazon

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

Goodreads/Amazon

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.

-MY LIFE-
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!

Devi

-CURRENTLY READING-
The Goddess Hunt (Goddess Test, #1.5) 

-BOOKS I HAVE ACQUIRED-
FreeksDefinitions of Indefinable Things

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

-POSTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED-
-INSTAGRAM PIC OF THE DAY-
           

-QUESTION OF THE WEEK-
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

Goodreads/Amazon

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

Goodreads/Amazon

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.

-MY REVIEW-

"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.

9.) Rowan- IT'S ROWAN. DO I NEED TO SAY ANYTHING ELSE?

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

Monday, October 17, 2016

Cover of the Week: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)Book: Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1)
Author: Gail Carriger
Published: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 307

Goodreads/Amazon 

Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.


Why I like this Cover: This cover just looks nice. It has the girl in the cool pose with the scissors, and the background with the gears in the wallpaper. This cover intrigues me, and makes me want to know more about the story. Do you like this cover? Let me know in the comments!  

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Weekly Recap: Back to the ARCs (Week of 10/9/16)

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

-MY LIFE-
Hello everybody! I'm happy to say that I'm out of my book hangover, and I'm back to my usual self! Though I have been having trouble picking books to read after I finish a book, but other than that everything's good! I've been reading books that I received for review again, and I'm going to be starting to read my scary books this week or next. Also, the comments have been acting up lately! You can comment fine, but I haven't been getting any notifications for when people comment! I'm going to try and figure it out, so if I don't respond to your comment right away I apologize. Have a wonderful week everybody!

-CURRENTLY READING-
How to Keep Rolling After a Fall 

-BOOKS I HAVE ACQUIRED-
Blue Waters (Tainted Water #1)The Goddess Hunt (Goddess Test, #1.5)Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test, #2)
I loved Serenity by India R. Adams, and so I'm excited to try some of her other series! (Also, this is currently free on Amazon Kindle!) I also got The Goddess Test #1.5 and #2 on Kindle.

-POSTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED-

-INSTAGRAM PIC OF THE WEEK-
 

-QUESTION OF THE WEEK-
I posted my first discussion post in a while on my blog this week. So I want to know how often (or if) you post discussion posts. Let me know in the comments!
  

BYSRR: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlBook: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: September 10, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Number of Pages: 445

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
  


Why you should Really Read this Book: This book is so cute! There is so much growth in this book, and this was such a joy to read. I hope that everybody gives it a try. Have you read this book? Let me know in the comments! :)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Random Ramblings: Why it's Important to Comment on Blogs

Commenting is one of the most important parts of blogging. It's how the blogger is able to interact with you, the reader. Whether you have a travel blog, cooking blog, parenting blog, or a book blog, one of the first pieces of advice you will get is to get the comment system going.

When I first started thinking about starting a blog, I would read posts from experienced bloggers on what you needed to have on your blog. A commenting system was always at the top of the list, which makes since because blogging is a way to communicate with other people with the same interests as you. So I present to you, four reasons why you should always make a point to comment on the blogs you visit.

1.) New Friends- I don't know about you guys, but I have made some pretty awesome friends through blogging, and I met them because I commented on their blog, or they commented on mine. When you comment you open up the gateways to communication, and now I communicate with them on all sorts of social media platforms. Even if you don't have a blog, you can still make friends through commenting. Don't be afraid to make the first step!

2.) Interaction with other Human Beings- I'm not know to interact with a lot of people face to face. It's just not me. So instead I use things like social media, and your comments to interact with you guys. A lot of bloggers are like me, and you don't want us to be lonely pumpkins! So comment! Interact with us! Make us happy!

3.) Learn the Opinions of Others- Everyone has their own opinions, and that's a good thing! Through reading the comments you are able to have discussions and debates about whatever it is that the blogger talked about. I love seeing what everybody thinks about whatever the topic being discussed  is, and commenting is a great way to talk about that.

4.) It Makes the Blogger's Day- While I can't speak for every blogger out there, the majority of us love talking to readers. It personally makes my day whenever I get that notification that someone commented. So don't be afraid! It's never a waste of time to say hi! Let's put your commenting skills to the test! Can you tell me some other reasons why it's important to comment? Or, tell me why you've never commented before (if it applies to you). Share the love! List some blogs that you love so that everyone can stop by and say hello! :)           

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Book Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)Book: The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1)
Author: Aimee Carter
Published: April 19, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Number of Pages: 293
Format: ebook
Source: Bought
Rating: 3 Stars
Tags: YA, Retelling, 3 Stars, 2016

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: Every girl who had taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.
It's always been just Kate and her mom - and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld - and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he's crazy - until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.
If she fails... 

-MY REVIEW-

"But if it is happening, who's to say what's possible and what isn't?" 
I don't know a ton about Greek Mythology, but I really like reading about them in YA books. The tale of Persephone is one of my favorites, and so it was cool to be able to read a twist on it! While this book was nowhere near perfect, I did enjoy reading this original twist on an old myth.

In this book we follow Kate, as her mother and her move to the small town of Eden as her mother's dying wish. Things get interesting though when Ava, a girl from her school, brings her to a river as a prank. Things go bad when Ava jumps into the river and hits her head on a rock, instantly killing her. In order to bring her back, Kate makes a deal with Henry, the ruler of the dead. Thus, the Goddess Tests began.

I thought that Kate was okay, she certainly handled everything better than I would have. I just thought that she was a little plain. Like a piece of toast with nothing on top. You can eat it and enjoy it, but is it really that much fun? She was certainly better than Henry though! I didn't like Henry at all. He just wasn't there. I get that he was in pain and yada, yada, yada, but he could have been so much nicer and useful! I mean, come on! Not everything is about you, Henry! And I hated their relationship! I thought that Kate was putting so much work into it, and Henry wasn't doing anything! I think that Kate should have just given up on the romantic part of their relationship long before the book ended, because it obviously wasn't going anywhere.

While the main characters weren't my favorites, I found myself really enjoying the side characters like James, Ava, and Kate's mother. I though that they were all very unique, and I loved getting to know all of them. Also, some of them we didn't really get to know, but I'm hoping that we do in the next book. 

The first 150 pages of the book were kind of bland, but not boring. While not a lot happened, I was always interested. Then the last 50-100 pages were mind blowing. Everything came together, and while I guessed some of the things (or people) right, there was a lot that came together and left me shocked.

So overall I liked this book! I enjoyed reading this twist on the the original myth, and although I didn't enjoy the main characters as much as I wished I had, I ended up loving a lot of the secondary characters. While I don't know how the rest of the series is going to play out, I cannot wait to see how everything ends up.
         

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Book Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)Book: Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Published: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Penguin Group
Number of Pages: 421
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Tags: YA, 3.5 Stars, Read in 2016

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: I wasn't free of my past, not yet.

Sydney's blood is special. That's because she's an alchemist - one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside - and within - the school grounds. Now that they're in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.
  


-MY REVIEW-

"But listen to me when I say this. You are an exceptional, talented, and brilliant young woman. Do not ever let anyone make you feel like you're less."

I read the Vampire Academy series a while ago, and to be honest I don't remember a ton about it. Sure I remember the big details, but I have no recollection of the tiny details. This is one of the reasons I waited so long to read this spin-off series. I thought that I wouldn't remember enough to make the book fun for me to read. Well, I was wrong. 

In this book we follow Sydney, an Alchemist who was introduced in the Vampire Academy series. At the beginning of this book Sydney is on bad terms with the Alchemists, and so she volunteers to stay with Jill, Lissa's sister and last living relative, at a boarding school in Palm Springs. Sydney is going to be helping Jill through life there, but she is also going to help protect her from a group of assassins who will stop at nothing to kill her.

I found that a lot of people didn't like Sydney as much as Rose, and that's why they didn't like the book as much. I actually liked Sydney more than Rose! Rose was so out going (and so not like my self), which isn't bad! I just thought that it was nice that I could relate to Sydney more! Also, I really liked how she really thought things through. She saw the world in facts and equations, and I loved it. I cannot wait to read more from her voice.

I also really liked how Sydney wasn't perfect. She was confused, and didn't always know what to do. She was still pretty bad-ass though (even though she couldn't outright fight). It is nice to see a main character rely on their mind and not always their strength.

While I loved Sydney, I couldn't really find anything special about the rest of the characters. So, I wish that there was a little more development in the secondary characters. Also, I wish that a little bit more happened in the story. While there is a lot of development in the story, I just felt like it was missing something. But I am super excited to see what happens next in the series.

So over all I really liked this book! I loved getting to know Sydney, and that was the highlight of the book for me. It was nice to see some old faces, and I'm excited to see what happens next in the story!            

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've Read Thanks to the Online Bookish Community

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theme: books I read read because of recommendations
Hello everybody! This week I'm going to be talking about some of the books I read because of you guys! The online bookish community. Hope that you guys enjoy! Also, make sure to leave your TTT posts in the comments!

Since You've Been GoneI'll Give You the SunEverything, EverythingTo All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
1.) Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson- This was the first Morgan Matson book that I ever read, and it was all because everyone on booktube and various blogs were raving about it and Matson in general. So, thanks guys!

2.) I'll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson- This is another one that I pick up from booktube! Specifically polandbananasBOOKS, because I watched a video where she just raved and raved about this book, and I instantly bought it from Amazon.

3.) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon- This is one I found out about through Goodreads, and it is very highly rated! This was a fun book, and I'm glad that I read it!

4.) To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han- This is another book that everybody was squealing about, and I just had to read it! I still need to read the second book, but then I'll be all caught up.

5.) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- When I first started reading YA (reading in general) again, I watched a lot of booktube to see what was popular! This was one of the books that popped up. So, thank you booktube!
   
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1)Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)The Selection (The Selection, #1)

1.) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare- This was a must read for so many people, and it still is for a lot of them. So I obviously had to give it a try!

2.) Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier- This book wasn't as well known when I first found it, but I'm glad that I did! There were a couple of people that I found that were raving about this book, so it was naturally one of the first YA books that I read.

3.) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead- I feel like this is one of those series where you have to at least try it. Everyone has read it, so naturally you feel the pressure to read it. So, I'm counting it!

4.) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas- This was another book that was really hyped up, and that I read because of everyone pushing it into my face. I read the first book a couple months before the third book was released, and then I read the second. So, I've been following this series for the majority of it, and I'm proud to say that it's one of my favorites!

5.) The Selection by Kiera Cass- I didn't start off reading this series because a lot of people liked it, no, I started it because people hated it. I wanted to see what people disliked about it so much. I have read all the books except for the novellas and The Crown, so I should probably get to those soon.