Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Book Review: Melody's Key by Dallas Coryell

Melody's KeyBook: Melody's Key
Author: Dallas Coryell
Publisher: AsherRain Publications
Published: June 24, 2016
Number of Pages: 305
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: 2 Stars
Tags:

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: “His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”

Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.


-MY REVIEW-
Unpopular opinion alert! Unpopular opinion alert! This happens a lot to me. If you scroll through the reviews for this book on Goodreads, there are two other people who gave this book a rating that was lower than three stars. So, here's to the oddballs. 

In this book we follow Tegan, as she struggles to find happiness working at her families hotel. Tegan is a musician and artist, but she's staying at home in order to help out with her family's failing business. Then Mason, a popular singer, comes to stay at the hotel for the summer. And...basically the world ends for Tegan. Because now she has to avoid him. And things get complicated. So, ya. End of the world.

Okay, the only characters in this book that I liked were Tegan's mom and dad, because they were legit. But none of the other characters really interested me. Tegan was gullible, and Mason was your classic YA male love interest. Nothing all that special. 

I did really like that the author actually sang the songs in the book! He has a YouTube channel where he performs all of the songs in the book, and it was cool to listen to the songs as I was reading the book.

I didn't really feel like there was a plot. It just seemed to follow the same format that a lot of romances do. Maybe I've just read too many romances lately, but it felt like there was nothing really interesting about the plot. Except for the letters. I really liked the letters, and I'm sad that the letters didn't play a bigger role in the story. Because those letters had to be my favorite part of the story.

So overall this was an okay book. While I enjoyed the letters and the songs, the characters and plot missed the mark for me.
         

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Weekly Recap: Busy, Busy, and did I Mention that I'm BUSY? (Week of 1/22/17)

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-
Hello everybody! Well, this has been an interesting week to say the least. Now I must urge everyone to watch the PBS News Hour, or at least Judy Woodruff's interview with Kellyanne Conway. Let me just say that I want to be Judy when I grow up. She was very strong, and she wouldn't take any of Conway's bullshit. Other than that, I've been pretty busy. I'm taking (wait for it), six classes this semester (someone get me a medal and a time machine). I was able to read four books while I was still on break, and I read another four throughout the month. I'm hoping to finish another before that end of the month which would bring my January total to nine. Today I'm planning to make posts for the month of February so relieve some of that stress. I'm finding that three posts a week is a good amount for now, but I'll be posting more often this summer. That's it for me. So have a good week, and happy reading! :)

-CURRENTLY READING-
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) 

-POSTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED-

-INSTAGRAM PIC OF THE WEEK-

-BOOK PHOTO SUNDAY-


-QUESTION OF THE WEEK-
If you have a blog, how often do you post on it? Let me know in the comments! :)
  

Friday, January 27, 2017

Book Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)Book: I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1)
Author: Barry Lyga
Published: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Number of Pages: 359
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Tags: YA, Scary, Thriller, 3.5 Stars

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal's point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?


-MY REVIEW-
Okay, this was really good! It wasn't as good as I thought that it was going to be, but it was still really good. I went into this book expecting a lot, and that's just the threat of reading hyped up books. It happens, but I'm not going to let that take away from my enjoyment of the book.

In this book we follow Jazz, who is the son of the world's worst serial killer. He was trained from a young age to become a serial killer. Jazz is a teenager in the story, and his father has been locked up in prison for four years, but then bodies replicating his father's kills start showing up. So Jazz uses his knowledge to try and catch the killer.

I really liked Jazz! He was really dark, and he wasn't your usual YA character. I thought that it was really interesting to read about his struggles, and I cannot wait to see what he has to overcome in book two. My favorite character has to be Howie though. He was so snarky, and funny, and he brought some humor to a fairly dark story.

While the starry lagged a bit in the beginning, the story certainly picked up once the murders started. It was cool to see Jazz chase after the guy because he was really the only person who could catch him. And make no mistake, Jazz defiantly messed up a couple times, but that only made him seem more human to me. 

So overall, I really liked this book! While the book could drag at certain points, Jazz's unique character kept be engaged the whole time. With fun side characters, and a interesting mystery, this should defiantly be on your TBR piles.
          

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOWAR) Prediction

*Spoilers for the first two books (A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury).*

I've been thinking about ACOWAR, and so I'm going to tell you what I think might happen in ACOWAR. Now, this probably won't happen, but it could. ACOWAR is the third book in the ACOTAR series, and we will be saying goodbye to Feyre, Rhysand, and the inner circle. In book four, we will be reading from a different character's POV. So I think that this book is going to end horribly. I think that event after event will end badly in this book. I think that everything will go wrong in this book.

I don't have any ideas about the beginning of the book, but I have a ton for the end. I don't think that Cassian's wings will be okay. At the end of the book, the inner circle will be in ruins. Something will happen, maybe a sneak attack by the King, and things will end badly. Lucien will kidnap Elain, and he'll be nice to her and everything. But I think that he will be so desperate to get to her, that he'll just end up taking her, I think that either Cassian or Azriel will die. The other will be captured by someone. I think that Mor will be dragged to the Court of Nightmares, and I think that Rhysand will be kidnapped by the King. Feyre and Amren will stay behind in the Night Court because (a)someone needs to keep it running smoothly, and (b) I think that Feyre will be pregnant. 

Think about it, book four will be told from a character that we will meet in ACOWAR. What if book four is about Feyre and Rhysand's child? It could be the child rescuing Rhysand, forming their own inner circle, and becoming the new high person of the Night Court. So, while the world might end in ACOWAR, I think that all will end up well. It wouldn't be a Sarah J. Maas book if we didn't drown from our tears at least once in a series.
  

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Weekly Recap: Together We Stand Strong (Week of 1/15/17)

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-
Hello everybody! So, this week was a roller coaster of emotions. Friday was a really hard day, and I'm doing okay. I'm not great, if anything I'm in shock, and I'm mad. I'll get back to you when the shock wears off. I'm so proud of everybody who marched on Saturday. It was super cool to watch everyone on Twitter, and I hope that we will be able to keep on fighting for what we believe in. I hope that everybody has a good week, and happy reading!

-CURRENTLY READING-
I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)When the Moon Was Ours

-BOOKS I HAVE ACQUIRED-
Bought-

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

 I went to Target to make me feel better on Saturday, and I ended up spending some of my Christmas money on these books! These two books are supposed to be wonderful, so hopefully they are!

Library-
Sanctum (Asylum, #2)When the Moon Was OursSnow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)RoseBloodMore Than This 

-POSTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED-

-INSTAGRAM PIC OF THE WEEK-
                
Well, technically it's still January 19. I thought that I wouldn't have a lot of work to do today, and that I would have time to take photos. Well, I was wrong. I wasn't able to take photos until around seven at night, but I took a bunch of photos, so I should be fine for a while. I usually take photos for the week on Saturday or Sunday, but I just didn't have time last weekend. So here we are. 😂 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹 QOTD: Are you usually super busy? Or do you usually have free time to enjoy your day? AOTD: For me it depends on the day, how much my teachers assign, and if I have a final to study for or not. Usually I have time at night or during the morning depending on when my classes start. 😊 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹 Day five of #NKBTBJANUARY: Genre You Want to Read More- I really want to read more romance! There is usually some in almost every book I read, but I haven't read a contemporary romance in a while. 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹 ▪#aroundtheworldbooktag, thanks @paperfury! Anna and the French Kiss is set in Paris. ❤ ▪#comfortreads, thanks @ninasbooktalk! This trilogy is my happyseries because these books always make me smile. 😊 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹 #bookstagram #books #lights #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookblogger #bookphotography #bookphoto #booklover #epicreads #instabook #bookgram #romance #yaromance #annaandthefrenchkiss #stephenieperkins #yabooks #yalove #yaliterature #yalit #photochallenge #photography #pink #blogger
A photo posted by Anna (@bookish_anna) on

-BOOK PHOTO SUNDAY-
I have completed all of my tags! Tomorrow I will be posting my last tag, and so I'm ready for more! Tags are like puzzles in the sense that you're trying to fit them together with your photos. 😂 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹 Day Three of #nkbtbjanuary: 2016 Debut- While I haven't read this one yet, it sounds really interesting! Hopefully I'll read it this year. 😊 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹 ▪I was tagged by @paperfury to do the #purplebooks tag! 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹 #bookstagram #books #booklover #bookblogger #bookaholic #bookaddict #yabooks #yalove #yaliterature #yalit #youngadultbooks #readers #instabook #bookgram #photochallenge #bookphotography #bookphoto #2016debut
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-QUESTION OF THE WEEK-
If you were the main character in any book, which book would you be in, and what would you do? Let me know in the comments below! :)
  

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Blog Tour: Queen of Chaos by Kat Ross

Book: Queen of Chaos (The Fourth Element #3)
Author: Kat Ross
Published: January 18, 2017
Publisher: Acorn
Number of Pages: 308
Format: ebook
Source: I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4 Stars
Tags: YA, Blog Tour, Received for Review, ARC, Fantasy

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: Persepolae has fallen.

Karnopolis has burned.

As the dark forces of the Undead sweep across what remains of the empire, Nazafareen must obey the summons of a demon queen to save Darius's father, Victor. Burdened with a power she doesn't understand and can barely control, Nazafareen embarks on a perilous journey through the shadowlands to the House-Behind-the-Veil. But what awaits her there is worse than she ever imagined…

A thousand leagues away, Tijah leads a group of children on a desperate mission to rescue the prisoners at Gorgon-e Gaz, the stronghold where the oldest daēvas are kept. To get there, they must cross the Great Salt Plain, a parched ruin occupied by the armies of the night. A chance encounter adds a ghost from the past to their number. But will they arrive in time to avert a massacre?

And in the House-Behind-the-Veil, Balthazar and the Prophet Zarathustra discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. But is it enough to redeem the necromancer's bloodstained soul and thwart his mistress's plans?

As a final showdown looms with Queen Neblis, the truth of the daēvas' origins is revealed and three worlds collide in this thrilling conclusion to the Fourth Element series.


-MY REVIEW- 
I absolutely devoured this trilogy! I think that I read all three books in four days, which is absolutely insane for me. One of my favorite things about this trilogy is that they are great to read back to back. I love it when I can binge series, and this is defiantly one to binge. 

In this book, the final one in the series, we follow a couple of people. We follow Nazafareen, as she and Darius travel to meet the queen in order to save Victor. Tijah, who is struggling over the loss of her best friend, as she attempts to break the prisoners out of Gorgon-e Gaz. And Balthazar, who is starting to feel guilty about the choices that he made throughout his life.

This book was certainly action packed. I was excited to see the big, finial battle between everyone, and I was surprised by the amount of fighting in this book. I don't know how any of the characters lived because it seemed like they were always almost dying. 

I do wish that we had gotten to see a more of Nazafareen and Darius's relationship because I feel like that was a big grounder in this series. When the fighting became too intense or overwhelming, I always knew that there relationship was there to bring some fluffiness back into the book. Because there wasn't as much of it in this one, the book ended up being a bit darker than the others. 

So overall, I loved this series! While there are some unanswered questions and open endings (that will hopefully get another book to tie things up), I really enjoyed reading about these strong females and males kicking some ass. This is defiantly a YA fantasy series to add to your TBR. :)
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  About the Author: Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.  

You can find Kat on her websiteFacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Short but Sweet Reviews: The Midnight Sea, Blood of the Prophet, and Bluff

The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element, #1)Book: The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element #1)
Author: Kat Ross
Published: March 26, 2016
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Number of Pages: 326
Format: ebook
Source: I received a copy of this via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Tags: YA, 4.5 Stars, Fantasy, Received for Review

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: They are the light against the darkness.

The steel against the necromancy of the Druj.

And they use demons to hunt demons….

Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King's elite Water Dogs is that they leash wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister.

Scarred by grief, she's willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he's possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other's emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close.

As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius's past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake…


-QUICK REVIEW-
Okay, I'm going to try not to spoil you! I read this trilogy really quickly, so the details on when one book ends and the other begins are a little fuzzy. Okay, I really liked Nazafareen! I thought that she was a really strong and independent, and I enjoyed seeing her grow up into a fearsome fighter. I thought that Darius was a really good match for her, and I loved seeing them grow throughout the series. Ross has a really unique mix real history, and fantasy. It was cool that I knew a little bit in this world where I knew almost nothing. There was a lot of action adventure, and betrayal that defiantly kept me on the edge of my seat. 

So overall I loved this book! With strong characters, some freaky demons, and action packed adventure, this is defiantly a must read.
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Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element #2)Book: Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element #2)
Author: Kat Ross
Published: September 12, 2016
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Number of Pages: 337
Format: ebook
Source: I received a copy of this book via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3 Stars
Tags: YA, 3 Stars, Fantasy, Xpresso Book Tours

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: Visionary. Alchemist. Savior. Saint.

The Prophet Zarathustra has been called many things. Now he spends his time drawing pictures of weird-looking goats. That's what happens when you've been stuck in a prison cell for two hundred years. But the man who might be mad, and is definitely supposed to be dead, has suddenly become very valuable again…

It's only been a few weeks since Nazafareen escaped the King's dungeons with her daēva, Darius. She hoped never to set foot in the empire again, but the search for the Prophet has led them to the ancient city of Karnopolis. They have to find him before Alexander of Macydon burns Persepolae, and Darius's mother with it. But they're not the only ones looking.

The necromancer Balthazar has his own plans for the Prophet, and so does the sinister spymaster of the Numerators. As Nazafareen is drawn in to a dangerous game of cat and mouse, her newfound powers take a decidedly dark turn. Only the Prophet understands the secret of her gift, but the price of that knowledge may turn out to be more than Nazafareen is willing to pay…


-QUICK REVIEW-
While this book did suffer a bit from the second book blues, this was defiantly a good book! There was a lot of suspense in the build up to the three characters that we read about meeting. It was really cool to see their different paths, and it was cool to see them meet at the end of the book. I really enjoyed seeing Nazafareen and Darius's relationship grow more, and I loved learning more about Zarathustra. 

So overall I liked this book! While it did seem like a bit of a filler, I enjoyed the suspense and the characters in this book. While this isn't my favorite book in the series, this is defiantly a good book! :) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  
BluffBook: Bluff
Author: Julie Dill
Published: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Number of Pages: 250
Format: ebook Source: I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  
Rating: 3 Stars 
Tags: YA, NetGalley, ARC, Contemporary
 
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Knowles is surrounded by the privileged. Michael Kors gym bags and designer shoes are part of her daily scene, but the talented cheerleader has a secret: she and her dad can barely pay the bills. Broken by his wife walking out on their family, Chelsea’s father ignores his responsibilities. Between cheer costs, grocery bills, electricity, and other regular financial burdens, it’s no surprise when a cut-off notice arrives in the mail. Chelsea knows it’ll be up to her to keep the lights on.

With the deck stacked against her, Chelsea decides to bet their future on the dubious poker knowledge she learned from her father before he gave up on parenting. Nervous but determined, Chelsea heads to a casino with very little security and wins big. Thrilled by her win, she’s quickly drawn to the casino again and again. She risks it all, especially when the attractive, young pit boss takes an interest in her.

Chelsea’s life, no longer filled with cheerleading, school, and hanging out with her friends, is now consumed by smoky casino floors and the ups and downs of a gambler’s life. True gamblers know when to fold, but Chelsea keeps betting long after her needs are met. The complicated web of lies soon begins to spin out of control, threatening to expose everything. Will someone see through her bluff?

-QUICK REVIEW-
This was a super interesting book! I have never read a YA book about a teen with an addiction of any kind, which is odd to me. So I was super excited to read this one. One of the cool things about this book is that we get to see Chelsea gamble for the first time, so we really get to see her addiction from the very beginning. I liked Chelsea at first, but then she started getting annoying, which made me dislike her a bit. She would make bad choices, and I couldn't help but criticize her at times. I never knew why people got addicted to gambling, and after reading this book I can totally see why. It's the thrill. So, this was defiantly an interesting book.

So overall I liked this book! I though that the premise of teenage addiction was really interesting, and the plot kept me engaged throughout the story. While Chelsea did get a bit obnoxious after a bit, I defiantly enjoyed this book. :)
                    

Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Review: Swords & Stilettos by Kristin D. Van Risseghem

Swords & Stilettos (Enlighten Series, Book One)Book: Swords & Stilettos (Enlighten Series #1)
Author: Kristin D. Van Risseghem
Published: December 7, 2016
Publisher: Kasian Publishing LLC
Number of Pages: 290
Format: ebook
Source: I received a copy of this book from Lola's Blog Tours in exchange for an honest, and unbiased review. All opinions in this review are my own.
Rating: 1.5 Stars
Tags: YA, Fantasy, Lola's Blog Tours, #COYER

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: Zoe Jabril needs to devise a kick-ass plan to save the world ASAP. Otherwise, Armageddon starts the day she turns eighteen—and if that happens, everything is going to hell. Literally.

She could be any other 17-year-old attending parties and checking out cute guys—except she discovers her best friend is a Guardian Angel and the boy she crushes on is a Nephilim, both sent to protect her from the demons who want her dead.

Now Zoe has to deal with growing feelings toward the Nephilim, who spreads a strange electrical current through her body every time he touches her. And she’s under constant attack from Demons, trying to stop her from fulfilling the Prophecy: a girl will be born who will unite Angels, Nephilim, Fairies and Werewolves to battle evil. Then she has to control newly found talents if she’s to prevent the devil from escaping Hell.


-MY REVIEW-
Okay, so maybe I shouldn't have requested this book to review. In my defense, I read the synopsis and I thought that it sounded interesting! Granted it sounded like hundreds of other YA books, but I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and try it. Well, from my whopping 1.5 star rating, you can see how well that turned out. 

In this book we follow Zoe, as she learns that she is destined to save the world. She learns that her best friend is an angel, and that her other guardian is half angel. Sam (Satan) is preparing to invade, and Zoe is the one who's going to stop him.

All of the characters in this book were really unoriginal, but my biggest problem was with Zoe. She was so self obsessed. Throughout the entire book, everything she did was to help herself. But I know that I wasn't going to like her when her best friend is trying to get her to run away from two guys chasing them, and all she can think about is the coffee that he mad her drop. Keep in mind that he's trying to save her life. Like, WTF? Why are you thinking about your coffee at this exact moment? Shay was okay, he was unoriginal along with the other characters. Nothing really stood out about them.

The story line was extremely predictable. I made a guess about what was going to happen in chapter two, and I was almost exactly right. Now, for someone who always guesses wrong, that isn't a good thing. The book was just so predictable! It felt like I had read the whole book before. Also, this book was filled with YA tropes. All of them, and that made me even more annoyed at the book.

In the end, this was a boring and dull book. The content felt like it was a bad mashup of other books, and the characters were even worse. Even though this is a quick read, I will not be continuing on with the series.
          

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Weekly Recap: Where I was a Bad Blog Friend (Week of 1/8/17)

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-
Hello everybody! It's been a while, and I feel like I haven't talked to you guys in forever! I've fallen behind on my comments this week, so I'm hoping to catch up on everything withing the next couple of days. I did manage to get three posts up this week, and all of them were reviews which is nice. Other than that my reading has been slacking. I think that I'm going to stray from the COYER challenge a bit to try and ward of the reading slump I feel closing in. So overall, there was a lot of TV, and very little reading and blogging last week. Hopefully this week will be a bit more productive. If you left a comment and haven't seen a reply yet, know that I'm coming! I haven't forgotten about you guys! Have a good week, and happy reading, everybody! :)

- CURRENTLY READING-
Something (Wisteria 1) 

-POSTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED-

-INSTAGRAM PIC OF THE WEEK-
  

-BOOK PHOTO SUNDAY-
 


-QUESTION OF THE WEEK-
Do you ever take any unexpected blogging breaks? Let me know in the comments! :) 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Book Review: My Wolf and Me by India R. Adams

My Wolf and MeBook: My Wolf and Me
Author: India R. Adams
Published: April 26, 2016
Publisher: India's Productions
Number of Pages: 220
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: 4.5 Stars
Tags: YA, #COYER, Received for Review 

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: Their love was innocent.
Their friendship was pure.
Their fear was real.
Their danger was true.

When little Marlena is left to care for an abandoned wolf pup, her parents see their irrevocable bond, and this humble family embarks on an adventure trying to care for the needs of a rapidly growing wolf, and the needs of their headstrong daughter. The comical complications of such a venture only darken when Marlena, now a high school student, witnesses her wolf shift… into a young man.

Secrets and the pure hatred from a man out for revenge take Marlena, her family and her wolf on a heartbreaking journey of devastating loss, captivity, and ultimate sacrifices.

This love story will haunt you well after you finally set this book down.


-MY REVIEW-
Me after finishing this book: *looks at dog*
*looks back at book*
*looks at dog*
Me: "I mean, dogs technically are decedents of wolves..."
My dog: *huffs at me and walks away*
Me: "Wait, I'm getting mixed signals! Come back!"

In this book we follow Marley from when she was a young child, to her in high school. When Marley was a child she met Mother Wolf, Father Wolf, and their baby, Romy. Marley and her family are left to care for Romy when his parents are killed. Together they embark on a lot of adventures, but when Romy shifts into a human, things get a lot more complicated. 

I absolutely loved and adored the beginning of this book, especially when Marley and Romy were children. They were just so, fucking, cute. I loved reading about how they would play together, and sleep together, and take baths together, they were just extremely cute. It was also cool because I could see myself in Marley, and it would have been awesome to have a pet wolf growing up.

"After another blow out the snout, I advised the male wolf, 'You should see a doctor.'"

Okay, there was a part in this book where Sebastian (human Romy) was with Marley, and I was extremely scared for her. I did not like the way that he was tossing her around. It scared me. After that scene it took awhile for me to trust Sebastian again. It also took me a while to realize that Romy was still intertwined with Sebastian. I was thinking that the two were completely separate, when they are really the same thing. Once I made that distinction, I was more okay with Romy. But still, he was over reacting in my opinion. I didn't want him to hurt Marley who is really sweet, and wants to help whenever she can. That being said, I do think that Sebastien is a good partner for Marley, I think that they will balance each other out.  

I really enjoyed reading about how Sebastian learned to be human. He was like a giant toddler, and Marley defiantly had her work cut out for her. From the good, to the bad, to the funny, and to the oddly insightful.

"After another beer in the middle of another game of Jenga, Sebastian all of a sudden took a stumbling step away from the kitchen table and said words I will never forget. 'I must poop now.' He headed for the back door." 

The ending seemed a little rushed to me, but I still really enjoyed it! It was really interesting to learn more about Sebastien's family, and it was cool to see everyone work together! It was really action packed at the end, and I'm defiantly happy with the ending.

So overall, I loved this book! I loved Marley and Romy's relationship, and reading about them growing up together. While I did have some minor problems with the book, I absolutely LOVED everything else. Like I say in every review I make for Adam's books, I highly recommend.
                 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Book Blitz: Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis

Book: Finding Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #1)
Author: Siobhan Davis
Published: January 9, 2017
Genre: Upper YA, Contemporary, Romance

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis:
Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.

You shouldn’t want what you can’t have…

Faye Donovan has lost everything. After her parent’s tragic death, she’s whisked away from her home in Ireland when an unknown uncle surfaces as her new guardian.

Dropped smack-dab into the All-American dream, Faye should feel grateful. Except living with her wealthy uncle, his fashion-empire-owning wife, and their seven screwed-up sons is quickly turning into a nightmare—especially when certain inappropriate feelings arise.

Kyler Kennedy makes her head hurt and her heart race, but he’s her cousin.

He’s off limits.

And he’s not exactly welcoming—Kyler is ignorant, moody, and downright cruel—but Faye sees behind the mask he wears, recognizing a kindred spirit.

Kyler has sworn off girls, yet Faye gets under his skin. The more he pushes her away, the more he’s drawn to her, but acting on those feelings risks a crap-ton of prejudice, and any whiff of scandal could damage the precious Kennedy brand.

Concealing their feelings seems like the only choice.

But when everyone has something to hide, a secret is a very dangerous thing.
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About the Author: Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling and Saven series.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

You can find Siobhan on her website, Goodreads, Twitter, her blog, Facebook, Google+, Amazon, and her Kennedy Boys Newsletter
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