Monday, February 20, 2017

Babble From a Book Nerd: The Periods Have Run Away

Seriously, where did they go? If you didn't know I'm talking about periods, menstrual cycles, that time of the month, and yet they are never in YA? Women have periods, and a lot of YA books feature female characters who are old enough to have a period. So, why aren't they in the books?

Well, I feel like people don't really make big deal about them. They've become a way of life, and no one really talks about them. Because no one talks about them, they don't show up in books. I have read three books where there was any mention of the MC's period/period supplies. I know that some people have light periods that are super easy, but what about the people with really heavy periods, that bloat, and that have cramps. Because this is real life! So why don't we see it in more books?

And yes, I know that the books that I read are fiction, and aren't always supposed to be "realistic." But I feel like this should be talked about more. Because you know what? Periods are normal! So why don't the characters in books ever talk about them, and experience them? I bet that Kelsey from the The Tiger Saga had a period while she was in India! She was hiking through forests, fighting dragons, and I'm not joking, walking through a fucking fairy land. Four books, and no mention of a period. Either she got extremely lucky, she plans well, or the author didn't even think about it. So I say, lets start thinking about it.

I feel like there is a lot of new topics being added into YA books, and books in general, so why not have periods in more books? Because periods are disgusting, but women have them. So why not talk about them more?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Weekly Recap: New Friends & Slow Reading (Week of 2/12/17)

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.

Hello everybody! I haven't had a lot of time to comment back of everybody's blogs lately, so I'm sorry on that front. I also haven't had a lot of time to read lately. So that lead that I built up for the Goodreads Reading Challenge has sadly slipped away, and I'm expecting to fall behind within the month. I probably shouldn't have gone with 100 books. ;) While I wasn't really around on the blog, I was back on Instagram, and I'm getting back into the regular swing of things there. Oh, and I got another fish! I now have five beta fish, and I love them all. The newest member to my fish family is Skylend, and he's settling into his new tank nicely. Well, that's it for me. Have a good week, and stay dry! 

Serenity (Forever, #1)Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)Ready Player One


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cover Reveal: She Wants It All by Jessica Calla

You guys! I'm so thrilled to help reveal the cover for She Wants it All, the third standalone in the Sheridan Hall series. I think that I did the cover reveal for book one? I defiantly did the blog tour, and I might have done the cover reveal too. I've loved every book in this series, and I am so excited to read about Maggie and Dave. Well, I'll stop rambling now and show you the cover. ;)

Book: She Wants It All (Sheridan Hall #3)
Author: Jessica Calla
Published: May 16, 2017
Publisher: BookFish Books
Cover Designer: Anita B. Carroll (Race-Point US)


Synopsis: Happy to sing cover songs with his band and float through New Jersey University with little to no effort, Dave Novak spends the first week of college partying. Then he meets Maggie Patrinski. Performing on stage in front of hundreds is easy for Dave, but the mere thought of Maggie sends his heart racing and turns him into a bumbling idiot. Even so, he can’t get her out of his mind.

Maggie’s not exactly thrilled when her roommate sets her up with Second Floor Dave, the hottie with a reputation. Not only has she just had her heart broken, but she’s vying for a competitive summer internship and studying to become a vet. She doesn’t have time for guys and isn’t interested in falling in love, especially when she may be moving across the country for the summer.

But as Maggie gets to know Dave, his charm wins her over and she falls hard and fast. The problem? Maggie has goals, Dave doesn’t. Maggie studies, Dave doesn’t. Maggie wants it all, Dave only wants her. With their summer plans up in the air and past mistakes creeping back into their lives, their future together is uncertain. The only thing they’re sure of is that when they’re together, they’re better.

Book: She Laughs in Pink (Sheridan Hall #1)
Author: Jessica Calla
Published: May 17, 2016
Publisher: BookFish Books
Number of Pages: 315

Synopsis: Four years after her twin is murdered, Juliet Anderson still struggles with guilt, her parents, and her relationships. Two things keep her from falling into a deep, dark place—dancing and her best friend, Ben. So when Ben decides to play football for New Jersey University, Juliet doesn’t hesitate. She follows. Finally away from her past, there is nothing to stand in the way. Juliet will win Ben's heart.

Then she meets Ben's roommate, Chase.

On probation and hell-bent on adhering to a “new life plan,” aspiring artist Chase leaves his New York City home for New Jersey University and meets Juliet before even stepping foot on campus. For him, their connection is instant. She’s the most vibrant girl he's ever seen. Her colors explode on his canvas, and he's never been more inspired in his life.

Too bad she’s madly in love with his seemingly perfect, good guy roommate.

Book: She Runs Away (Sheridan Hall #2)
Author: Jessica Hall
Published: November 15, 2016
Publisher: BookFish Books
Number of Pages: 308


Synopsis: After tragedy strikes New Jersey University's Sheridan Hall, freshman quarterback Ben Riley’s stable, normal life is turned upside down. Sidelined from playing the game he loves and on the verge of losing his scholarship, Ben wants nothing more than to escape the chaos of college and return home to rural Pennsylvania and his family.

Yet, there is something that keeps him from running. Or someone. A cute blonde he had a chance with but blew off for all the wrong reasons.

Megan Smith has secrets. Secrets that have burned her in the past. Secrets she’s unwilling to share with anyone at Sheridan Hall—especially Ben, her sexy, rough around the edges floormate who broke her heart in a matter of days after moving into Sheridan. Meg decided early on that it’s easier to live life on her own than to share her secrets and let people in.

Meg runs and Ben follows, but sooner or later the clock on their chance at love will expire. With inner demons dragging them both down, they must find a way to stop running and trust one another, or risk losing their perfectly-matched love forever.

Jessica Calla is a contemporary romance, new adult, and women's fiction author who moonlights during the day as an attorney. If she's not writing, lawyering, or parenting, you'll most likely find her at the movies, scrolling through her Twitter feed, or gulping down various forms of caffeine (sometimes all three at once).

Jessica is a member of Romance Writers of America, involved in the Contemporary, Young Adult, and New Jersey Chapters, and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. A Jersey girl through and through, she resides in the central part of the state with her husband, two sons, and dog. 

You can find Jessica on GoodreadsTwitterFacebook, and her Website

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blog Tour: One More Breath by Amber Garr

One More Breath (The Georgia Girls Book 1)Book: One More Breath (The Georgia Girls #1)
Author: Amber Garr
Published: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Mystical Muse Publishing
Number of Pages: 235
Format: ebook
Source: I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest, and unbiased review.
Rating: 4 Stars
Tags: Blog Tour, NA, Xpresso Book Tours, #COYER, Cry Baby


Synopsis: Sydney Westbrook has had enough.

After a fight with her abusive ex-boyfriend leaves her in the hospital once again, she knows it’s time for a change. Just out of college, Sydney decides to accept a position as a live-in nurse. But leaving the comfort of Atlanta and the support of her small circle of friends is hard to do. And when she meets her ailing, stubborn client, Sydney second guesses all of her choices.

A southern family with a social status to maintain, the McNamara’s think very little of Sydney, especially since she reminds Mrs. McNamara so much of the daughter-in-law she never accepted. But when Sydney encounters Quinn, the defiant grandson, her views of the family begin to change. And her heart begins to heal the hole left behind by the abuse.

Sydney and Quinn may have little time together, but they make the most out of it. A public display of their relationship is short-lived when Sydney learns just how far her client will go to save her family’s namesake. And when Sydney’s past suddenly rips into her new world, her happiness with Quinn threatens to come to an end.

But truth and friendship will help Sydney finally live the life she’s chosen while loving the one she chose. 

I don't read a ton of NA, in fact, I rarely ever read them. But guys, this was a good one. So now I can say that I have two favorite NA books! The Sheridan Hall series, and this one.

In this book we follow Sydney as she leaves her town, friends, and abusive ex-boyfriend, Grayson, behind for a new job. She is the new live-in-nurse for Mrs. McNamara, except Mrs. McNamara doesn't want one. So while Sydney battles with Mrs. McNamara, she doesn't expect to meet Quinn, and she certainly doesn't expect Grayson to to find her. 

Okay, I didn't think that I would like this book as much as I did! Let's start with the characters. While they weren't extremely developed, they were a lot of fun. Because in all honesty, when you have a shorter romance like this one the characters don't need to be exquisitely complex . But I was surprised by how much I ended up caring for some of the characters, especially Mrs. McNamara. While she was hard to warm up to, I ended up really liking her character by the end of the book.

This book had a surprising amount action! It started off like any normal NA romance, but then Grayson got involved. It was cool to read about Sydney's first relationship after her one with Grayson, and it was cool to read how he effected her relationship even after she broke up with him. 

So overall I loved this book! This is a fun, fast read with a good bit of action and characters that readers can connect with. This is defiantly a book to read.    
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Weekly Recap: The Year of DNFs (Week of 2/5/17)

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.

Hello everyone! Thank you for all of your well wishes last week. I'm happy to report that I'm a lot better now, and even made it in for my class on Tuesday. Of course, my teacher has not posted my grades for my psychology tests yet, and now I have six tests ungraded. Hopefully I passed them all, but as time goes on I'm feeling less and less sure. I wasn't able to take my Instagram photos last weekend, so I ended up not posting for a couple of days. I'm taking photos tonight, and will hopefully be able to catch up soon. I DNFed Blood Rose Rebellion due to the fact that it was an extremely boring book. This year my plan is to read books that I want to, and if I'm hating them/are bored with them, just to DNF them. I don't have the time to read books that I really don't want to read. I guess that's my week. So, from everyone here (just me really, maybe my dog if he decides to stop napping), have a good week, and happy reading! :)

Ready Player OneThe Devil You Know

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1) 
Free on Kindle:
Gewgaws: A New Adventure with an Old Friend 


Sorry I've been inactive the past few days. I have a really bad cold, so hopefully I'll be back to normal soon! 💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀 ▪Day six of #pjmonthofmadness: "I'm in a committed relationship." (Auto buy Author) And for some odd reason I only own one physical copy out if all of her books! I need to fix this situation! 😂 💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀 @ninasbooktalk tags: ▪#authorappreciation by @afterthoughts_ ▪#coverlove by @djspuertoreadin ▪#firstbookinaseries by @sawmereading and @booksaremarvellous 💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀 #bookstagram #books #bookshelf #booksrule #booklover #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookblogger #bookphotography #yalove #yablogger #yabooks #yaliterature #yalit #youngadultbooks #ireadya #indiebooks #indieauthors #instabook #bookgram #readers #bibliophile
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Do you DNF books? And if your do, when do you decide to put it down? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Book Review: Something by Shelby Lamb

Something (Wisteria, #1)Book: Something (Wisteria #1)
Author: Shelby Lamb
Published: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Grunge Bookz
Number of Pages: 304
Format: ebook
Source: I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest, and unbiased review. All opinions in this review are my own. 
Rating: 2 Stars
Tags: #COYER, ARC, Xpresso Book Tours, NA, Mental Health


Synopsis: “I will find true love and everything will be okay. I will find true love and everything will be okay…” she chanted.

They say be careful what you read. Something is wrong. Something is very wrong. It can happen to anyone. This is just four teenagers’ story. Aubrey Golding hates her face, her body, and is devastated after Nathan Silva leaves her. Alone, suicidal, and desperate for love, she discovers a book called Something and unknowingly links others to a dark and terrifying curse that is beginning to consume her. Nathan is glad to be moving on with someone new and can hardly believe what is happening now. Wild child and amateur porn star, Bella Broadhurst, loves bullying that “emo whore” Aubrey with the other girls, but mostly she loves partying, hookups, and plain ol’ drama when terror arises. And Kendra Coke is just a new teen mother working on a delicate relationship when things start becoming utterly bizarre. Chilling sleep disturbances and figures hiding in the corners of their rooms are just warnings of what is to come. Be careful what you read, they say. Tread carefully.

Guys, I've been having bad luck with ARCs lately. This will be my second review of the week, and both of them have been below three stars. I was so fucking excited for this one as well because I love dark, and gothic books. So, what went wrong? Why did I give this book two stars? Well, let us discuss.

In this book we follow Aubrey, Nathan, Bella, and Kendra as some very odd events occur. They're seeing monsters in the corners of their eyes, the dark is no longer safe, and it's all connected to one book. Because for anyone who reads 'Something', bad things come knocking on their door.

Okay, I don't even know why we read about Bella and Kendra. Honestly! It seemed like their POVs were there to fill up the book, because they did nothing to develop the book. Absolutely nothing. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Unless they somehow end up in book two??? And I don't see how that could be possible. Aubrey was cool at first, and I liked her well enough. I sympathized for her and her situation, but then I learned that she was a little psychotic. She was also pretty annoying. You can only text someone so many times, and complain about something so many times. Nathan wasn't anything special. I know why we were reading about him and everything, but he wasn't my favorite to read about. Tyler James was all over the place. This was me reading about him throughout the book: "Okay Tyler James, that was kind of cute. Well, now you're just creepy. Seriously? YES TYLER JAMES! YOU'RE THE MAN. Tyler? Is that you? NO TYLER JAMES! STOP IT! BAD CREATURE! BAD!"

The thing that annoyed me about this book was that it could have easily been cut in half, and condensed really easily. And you would use the space that you made to bring in book two. Because this book was basically just a giant set up book. It was the book you would usually see as a book two, and that just doesn't work with the first book in a series because people loose interest, and they won't continue on with the series. That being said, the last 20-25 pages of this book were really good! You just had to get past all if that set up. Will I continue on with the series? Sure. But if that next book isn't wonderful, then I'm probably going to be done. I'm done with the set up, Lamb. Now it's time to wow me. You have a good writing style, and I'm ready to read more about the plot that you set up, but with action, and adventure, and maybe a healthy relationship for Aubrey.

So overall this was an okay book. While the author set up the next book really well, I couldn't get over how boring this book was. With unneeded characters, and an almost nonexistent plot, I wouldn't recommend this book unless you are ready to commit to the series. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book Review: 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac

10 Things I Can See from HereBook: 10 Things I Can See From Here
Author: Carrie Mac
Published: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young
Number of Pages: 320
Format: ebook
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, and unbiased review. 
Rating: 2 Stars
Tags: #COYER, YA, ARC, Contemporary, Mental Health


Synopsis: Think positive.
Don’t worry; be happy.
Keep calm and carry on.

Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.

Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?

Guys, I really wanted to like this book. I really did. But I guess that my expectations were just too high. This was a book that sounded so good on NetGalley, and I didn't actually think that I was going to be approved. So I was super excited when I was! Then I read the book and went f**k, now I have to write a negative review.

In this book we follow Maeve as she is forced to live with her father while her mom is off saving lives with her new boyfriend. Well, you could say that Maeve is less than thrilled about the move. But in Vancouver, Maeve is reunited with her brothers, and even meets Salix. Maybe this won't be as bad as she thinks that it will be.

My biggest problem with this book was it's writing. Sure, there were some sweet and important parts, but most of the book was just a bunch of mind gunk. The book is told from the first person POV of Maeve, and at first I really liked it! But it got really old, really fast. I found that the book read like a poorly written diary with just a bunch of emotions splattered on the pages. It just doesn't make a good book.

Along with the writing, the plot was also all over the place. It felt like there were three separate plots that were going on at the same time, but they never really mixed or met at the end. It was difficult to keep track of all of the plots, and trying to decipher them from the even more confusing writing. 

My favorite part of this book had to be the relationship between Salix and Maeve. It was really sweet to watch their romance progress throughout the book. Also, I loved how Salix didn't try to cure Maeve. She accepted her for who she was, and I loved watching them help each other. 

So overall this was an okay book. While the romance was sweet, the confusing plot and writing often took my attention away from the main focuses of the book. 

Carrie MacWhen Carrie Mac was born, her right eye gawked off in one direction while her left eye looked the other way. Well meaning adults thought she was a changeling and so they wrapped her up and put her on the porch for the fairies to take back, please and thank you. It was snowing. It was dark. No fairies came. The same well meaning adults decided she'd catch her death out there. So they brought her in and kept her after all.
She's read millions of books, and has sat happily at the feat of a legion of storytellers. She is equally fascinated by disaster and grace. car wrecks, hurricanes, plagues, and genocides on the one hand, small and stunning everyday miracles on the other. She sometimes wishes she were a pirate. She'd often wished she'd run away and joined the circus when she had the chance. She spends a great deal of time in the company of her imagination, and when she isn't, she's wide eyed and awed by this planet and the people running amok all over it.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Weekly Recap: Damn you Cold (Week of 1/29/17)

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.

What can I say about this week? It started off okay, all things considered. Then February came. I had four psychology tests, and I'm not confidant about how I did at all. Of course my teacher is leaving me in suspense with the grades not being posted. The next day was a bit better with me acing another test, but on Friday I had to leave early because I've come down with a cold. If you didn't know, I have a chronic illness and a couple autoimmune diseases. Because of this I get an infusion every four weeks that suppresses my immune system (a nice way of saying it knocks it out). So getting a cold is a big deal for me because it hits me twice as hard, and usually lasts twice as long. So this weekend has been one of laying on the sofa, watching New Girl, and reading books that are not related to school in anyway. One good thing is that I picked up Weird Girl and What's his Name, and I'm absolutely loving it. It's so much better than I thought that it was going to be, and I can't wait to write my review for it. So ladies, gentlemen, and people who don't identify with a gender, have a good week, and stay healthy! 

Weird Girl and What's His NameOne More Breath (The Georgia Girls Book 1)

From the Library: 

The Love That Split the WorldCujo




I didn't have a lot of time to read yesterday, so I only read 10 pages of Weird Girl and What's His Name. I already really like it though, and I'm hoping to read more today. But I did update everything on the blog, so my review archive is updated! 😊 💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀 ▪Day two of #pjmonthofmadness: "Mysterious as the dark side of the moon." (Black and Blue books) 💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀 ▪My thanks to @bookishlyfalling for tagging be to do the #bookishcolorblue tag! 💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀 #bookstagram #books #bookspine #bookpile #bookphotography #bookblogger #booklover #bookaholic #bookaddict #epicreads #blogger #bluebooks #blackbooks #yalove #yablogger #yabooks #yaliterature #yalit #youngadultbooks #instabook #bookgram #photochallenge #readers
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Are there any books that you're looking forward to reading this month? Let me know in the comments! :)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

January Recap & February Reading List

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)Rain (A Stranger in the Woods, #1)BluffMelody's KeyFallen Too Far (Rosemary Beach, #1; Too Far, #1)10 Things I Can See from HereSomething (Wisteria, #1)

Blackheath (The Blackheath Witches, #1)When the Moon Was Ours

That's my month in books! While there were two DNFs, this wasn't a bad month for reading. While I read most of these books during the first week of January, I'm hoping to find more time to read throughout the month. 

 Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) 

This was a tough choice between Rain and Illuminae, but the illustrations and creativeness in Illuminae won me over. :)


2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Anna (Adventures with a Book Nerd) has
read 10 books toward
her goal of
100 books.


Rock My TBR:
January: 1/1 
February: 0/1
March: 0/1
April: 0/1
May: 0/1
 June: 0/1
 July: 0/1
 August: 0/1
 September: 0/1
 October: 0/1
 November: 0/1
 December: 0/1
Monthly Goal Completed! 
2017 New Release Challenge
Goal: 3/1-30
Goal Completed! 
You Read How Many Books?
Goal: 10/100 (I'm counting books that I DNF)
Beat the Backlist
Goal: 7/30
Color Coded Reading Challenge
Challenges Completed:
1.) A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title/on the cover. 
2.) A book with "Red" or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title/on the cover.
3.) A book with "Black" or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title/on the cover.
Goal: 3/9
Read It Again, Sam          
Goal: 0/4

Anna's Reading List is a list I make each month with books that are convenient for me to pick up when I'm feeling lazy. I may read all the books on the list, and I may not read a single one. The point is to give me options to read, not to read all of the books.  For me, my list has to have at least one of each of the following: 

  • e-book and/or book received for review 
  • library book
  • book that counts towards a challenge I'm participating in
Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone #1)Sanctum (Asylum, #2)Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)One More Breath (The Georgia Girls Book 1)Queens of GeekThe SacrificeWeird Girl and What's His Name

And that was my month in reading! How was your month? Let me know in the comments! :)