Tuesday, April 25, 2017

It's My Birthday!

Today is my birthday. My partner and I are going out to eat somewhere fancy and then he's taking me to the book store and letting me get some books. I couldn't ask for a better day than that! I'm so excited!

I thought I was going to have to work today but when my boss found out it was my birthday she let me off! How sweet is that? Anyway, I hope you guys are having a great week so far and reading something really good. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Music Monday - Rihanna

This meme is hosted over at Always Me



While I will say that her newest album isn't her best in my opinion. I still love her and her music. I've loved her since her very first album. I actually went out and bought the CD... I bought it on iTunes too. I just loved it so much. She is so talented.













Saturday, April 22, 2017

Days of Blood and Starlight - Book Breakdown

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?





Book Breakdown 

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living—one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying. 

Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel—a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness. 

This was not that world.” 

I am so speechless after reading this book. I cried, laughed, smiled, and got all the feels. I wish more books were written like this. I feel like this world is so flushed out... I mean I can see it in my mind just as good as I can the real world. The author is going such a great job at world building and this level is what other authors should aspire to. 

The plot keeps moving: Karou is still trying to deal with the fact that Brimestone is dead and then she finds the White Wolf. Things get so bad for her here. There were many times I wanted to smack her and tell her 'girl, he's using you! He is only keeping you around until he can teach someone else to do your job!' She has taken over Brimsone's job for the army that White Wolf wants her to make. 

Karou thinks she's helping, that the chimaera will accept her one day and trust her again. The White Wolf is telling everyone to stay away from her and not to trust her. I thought she would be smart enough to figure this out but she's blinded by so many other things. 

Akiva is also suffering, he thinks Karou is dead. It's broken him and he's not sure what to do now. It's nice to see him make up with his brother and sister. I like his ARC as well. There is so much that happens in this book that I can't cover everything without making this six pages long. 

Also Zuzana is one of the best side characters I have ever read about. I love her, she's so loyal and sweet. She's also not scared to bite back when needs be. I just love her so much.

It is slow to start, just like the first one but it's so worth it. I am simply in love with this world, these characters and this amazing writing.

If you've not read this series, you should! I promise that you will never regret it. This is one of the best written, most developed, and engaging series I've ever read. 

It's going to be one of my favorites for the rest of my life. 


Favorite Quotes

1) “A dream dirty and bruised is better than no dream at all.”

2) “I am one of billions. I am stardust gathered fleetingly into form. I will be ungathered. The stardust will go on to be other things someday and I will be free.” 

3) “Your heart is not wrong. Your heart is your strength. You don't have to be ashamed.” 

Friday, April 21, 2017

At First Blush - ARC Breakdown

Who would have thought that a teenager could have a successful career creating makeup tutorial videos on YouTube? For Lacey Robbins, this dream has been her reality. An up-and-coming YouTuber, she has thousands of fans and can't wait for the day when her subscriber count reaches the one million mark. And when she is offered a high school internship at On Trend Magazine, she figures that this could be the make it or break it moment.

But sometimes your dream job isn't all that it seems. Her editor is only interested in promoting junk products, and her boss in the Hair and Makeup department introduces her to the larger world of makeup artistry, making her wonder if making tutorials online is all she is meant to do. To top it all off, when the magazine's feature subject , musician Tyler Lance, turns his broodingly handsome smile her way, falling for him could mean losing her fans, forcing her to make a decision: her YouTube life or her real life?

Fans of Zoella's GIRL ONLINE will fall right into the world of this YA DEVIL WEARS PRADA and stay hooked from the first blush to the last glossy kiss.





Book Breakdown 

I watch YouTube quite a bit, even though I've pulled back a little because of all the drama on there, so it was cool to get to read about this young woman who loved YouTube. She was a beauty Tuber, you know, the kind that make you feel like crap because no matter how much you try and can never make your eyeliner look as awesome as theirs... wait, just me? Never mind.

Lacey is starts out loving YouTube, even missing prom for it. I like how she starts to change through the book, how she starts to see that there is more than YouTube, that she is missing out on life for this website.

We get to see her struggle with lying to her fans for money and I really loved how she finally said, no. She didn't like the crap they were trying to make her sell. I loved watching her come into her own. See what made her happy. 

I do not like Tyler that much... I mean I'm iffy on him. I don't hate him but I don't love him. I feel he needed to be fleshed out a lot more to fully work for me. I'm still not sure what all happened with his family and the band and if they are fine now or what... we also didn't a reason for how he acted in the beginning. Not really, he was just a jerk.

The writing is super easy to follow, it's a super easy read. It's fun and entertained me. Though it's nothing profound. Just a cute little fluff book. If you want a happy fun time, this book is for you. 

Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC


50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Book in the Contemporary Genre

This fun meme is hosted by myself and Laura from Blue Eye Books every Friday. Come join us!



What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.



Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least favorite book in the ____ genre (choice genre)



So I've chosen Contemporary because it was the easier for me. I don't read that much of this genre so I have clear winners and clear losers. So let's jump into it!


Least Favorite 
This was just too fluffy and too light and it felt fake at times. I just didn't like it that much.



Favorite 
Paper Princess
I love how gritty this is, I real it is. Teens act like this and I loved that. Yeah there are some parts that are unrealistic but it was mainly in the beginning and once past that I loved the characters. 



Topic for Next Week
World you'd like/not like to live in 




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Modern Censorship



So by the title alone, I'm sure you know this is going to be a post that will step on some toes. That being said, I still want my opinion out there. Even though I'm been told quite a few times my opinion doesn't matter because I look white. I don't care, I'm so sick of it. 

So I'm sure you'll all seen what's going on in the YA Book Community. If you haven't, then you've been very lucky. So for those that have no idea what I'm talking about. Let's jump right into it. 

There has been some books coming out that people have jumped on and said some of these books contain some very bad things. One of these book even got pulled back and it's being rewritten to fit with these people's ideals.... so we will never read the book the way the author intended. Never. Unless you are lucky enough to have gotten an ARC. 

We will never get to read that book. Let that sink it. Really think about that. Your choice in the matter of reading that book the way the author intended is gone. You lost that right. They took that right away from you and me.

This group of people have claimed this book is harmful. So it got pulled back to later release date. I have never read this book so I won't go into my opinion on it because I don't have one. Simple as that. I am not one of these people that jump on the bandwagon. I don't read a review and then take that review as fact and that review turns around and becomes my opinion. 

I think for myself. I always have and always will. 

So all that being said. What really bothers me is that this group of people got a book censored. Yes. Censored.



I don't care what the book was said to contain, maybe it if awful, I honestly doubt it because they all said Carve the Mark was awful and I read it and now know they are seeing things that aren't there. They are making problems that don't exist. But, let's say they are right and this book is bad. That doesn't mean it should be censored. 

Censoring things is never a good idea. Never. When you censor things, you are taking away the right to free speech. The freedom for an author to tell whatever story they want to tell. Thus you're taking away my choice/freedom to read whatever the hell I want to read. That my friends doesn't sit well with me. 


I'm not even sure I will post this. Part of me is still scared for the backlash even though I've already been called racist, homophobic, and ablest. Which is funny considering, I'm part Native American, bi sexual and live with chronic pain. 

So while I know I am none of these things, it still does frighten me, I don't like confrontation, it messes with my anxiety but I'm so sick of these people thinking they can control what gets published if they whine and cry about it enough. 

I get it, some people can't/won't read certain things, then don't read the book. Simple, no one is making you read anything you don't want. That's your choice. You can say why you don't want to read the book and move on. You have a choice but by getting books censored or calling people these horrible things... you are A) taking their choice away or B) trying to bully them or make them feel like shit for wanting to read a book you don't like. 

You are trying to censor these books.

No one is doing that to you, stop doing it to us. Let me have my choice to read what I want. 

I also want to point out that there is nothing wrong with criticizing a book. We do it all the time as bloggers but there is a huge difference between that and trying to censor or bully.

I hope I got my point across without being vile but it is kind of a rant. I just don't want to be like those that  call people names that are cruel and unfounded, I don't want to be that way. I hate being mean. 

Be nice to each other and let me know your feelings on this topic. Do you think books should be censored or are you like me and do not. Keep it nice. I won't allow hateful comments. Have a great day my butterflies.