Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Expected publication: September 26th 2017


Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Losing Faith in the Book Community



When I first started blogging back in 2014, I wasn't really in the community, I was just a blogger who kind of kept to myself but the longer I blog the more I see things. I've seen book bloggers try and scam their readers, I've seen others talking about someone taking advantage of BEA and getting way to many ARCs and trying to sell them. After that I was ashamed for being a blogger, I didn't want authors to think I was like this scammer. 

Now, I'm seeing something far worse I think. People bullying others for wanting to read books they didn't like, a better name (problematic books). Not only are they going after the readers and calling them awful names but now they are attacking the authors! Yes, sadly you read that right, people are attacking authors, demanding they tell their publishers to pull their books and apologize for the stuff they've written. An author of a fictional book is being asked and sometimes demanded to apologize.

I've actually gotten to talk to one of these authors and to hear her story... my heart goes out to her. The things they say about her... she's such a sweetheart. It's getting to the point where I don't want to be apart of this community, at all. 


Authors pour their heart and soul into their work, I know, just finished my own novel and I put so much of my life into this novel. Then they have to try and get published, which is also hard. Only to be called horrid names? Personally, I don't even want to get my story published anymore. Why? Just so I could get called horrid names when someone doesn't like my book? Pass.

Then I've heard stories of authors going after reviewers because they left a bad review. Yes, authors, published authors going after their readers for a bad review. In one story an author threatened the reviewer with black magic. No, I'm not making this up. Authors not everyone is going to like your book, everyone has different tastes, that doesn't mean you go after the reader. 

I thought we as readers and writers were more empathic and caring. I also thought we were better than this. I'm so ashamed of us as a community. We talk about tolerance and inclusiveness but what we are doing... that's the exact opposite. I love this community so much and it's tearing me up to see these things happening. I am honestly ashamed to be a part of this community right now and I hope as whole we can raise above this nastiness and do better. I want to hope we have it in us to be better.

Guess that's all I have to say about this. Be kind to each other. Read the books you love and always always my butterflies, have a great day.

*I know this doesn't apply to every reader or author and I don't mean ALL, just the ones doing these things. 



Monday, May 29, 2017

Music Monday - Icon for Hire

This fun meme is hosted over at Always Me.





This is a band I love so much and I don't think I've ever shared any of their music so here is some of my all time favorites by Icon For Hire. 





Favorite Lyrics

You knew the deal, no one gives a damn
Just another needy kid, sob story in hand
Keep your secrets covered up, up, up
We don't need another cut, cut, cut
But you couldn't hide, a heart made of glass
You put yourself together with all the strength you had
You were finally fed up, up, up
Finally had to scream enough-nough-nough





Favorite Lyrics

When the dark comes for me
I won't run, I will scream
I'm stronger than I used to be oh

I belong to the night
But I, I learned to survive





Favorite Lyrics

I can't keep you above water
I can't drag your soul to shore
Don't know how to fix a sinking ship
Or win a losing war
It's a heavy load to carry
And I can't hold on much more
On the surface it looks perfect
Underneath it's just a perfect storm

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Follow Me Back - ARC Mini Book Breakdown

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts. 




Mini Book Breakdown

Eric only wanted to let some stress go and maybe troll some of his followers on Twitter. Even never even thought that maybe one of his fans would understand him. He never thought he'd end up falling for her.

I enjoyed this novel a lot. It had so many twists and turns and some I did not see coming! One even blew my mind. This novel kept my mind working hard to try and process all the twists. It was a fun time. I've never read a novel that actually had me on the edge of my seat. At times, I wasn't sure what was going to happen but I knew I just had to keep reading. 

I love how this story was told. It's honestly the main reason I choose it from NetGalley. I also love that it uses Twitter, because right now (I'm sure it will change) Twitter is my favorite social media. So these things pulled me into the story. It moves pretty fast and it a quick read. I enjoyed the format greatly. 

Sad Perfect - Book Breakdown



The story of a teen girl's struggle with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and how love helps her on the road to recovery.

Sixteen-year-old Pea looks normal, but she has a secret: she has Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). It is like having a monster inside of her, one that not only dictates what she can eat, but also causes anxiety, depression, and thoughts that she doesn’t want to have. When she falls crazy-mad in love with Ben, she hides her disorder from him, pretending that she’s fine. At first, everything really does feel like it’s getting better with him around, so she stops taking her anxiety and depression medication. And that's when the monster really takes over her life. Just as everything seems lost and hopeless, Pea finds in her family, and in Ben, the support and strength she needs to learn that her eating disorder doesn’t have to control her. 






Book Breakdown 

(((This book has been labeled 'problematic'. Most books coming out now are being labeled as such but I just want to let you guys know. If you want to keep on reading, then you're my kind of person and I heart you so much.)))

Pea doesn't have an easy life. Her family is very dysfunctional and she's struggling with an eating disorder and all that comes with it. Depression, anxiety, and she even dabbles in self harm. I'd never even heard of her eating disorder until this book. Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder is something rather newly named, most people just call them picky eaters. 

Here is what Wikipedia says about it: Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), also previously known as selective eating disorder (SED), is a type of eating disorder, as well as feeding disorder, where the consumption of certain foods is limited based on the food's appearance, smell, taste, texture, brand, presentation, or a past negative experience with the food.

Everyone knows about anorexia and bulimia so it was interesting to learn about an eating disorder I'd never heard of. This story was actually based on the author's daughter's own experience. It's a dark and gritty novel. It's not scared to take it there, the self harm is talked about in this novel. So it's not for the faint of heart. It pulled out my emotions so wonderfully and I freely admit I cried while reading most of it. 

This novel portrays anxiety, depression, and even self harm perfectly. Though I'm sure someone else wouldn't think that as we all experience things differently but for me, this author hit the nail on the head. I can't speak as to the eating disorder as thankfully I've never had one. Though this is based on her daughter, I'm sure it's just as real as the rest of the things in this novel. 

This novel does have an ending that I was happy with. It's not a cure all ending and she's not magically cured of all her problems as these things Pea suffers from doesn't have a magic button. You can't just snap your fingers and it all goes away (though God I wish there was). That being said, the ending is a good one, it is a realistic one. Which I love. 

I love how Pea calls everything her monster, I do this myself with my own mental health issues and it just made me connect to Pea in a way that I usually don't with characters. Pea truly felt like a real person, and I wanted to reach out and hug her so much. Sometimes, my mental health struggles really do feel like a monster, so it was fitting. 

If you are looking for a dark, gritty, and truly realistic novel, I fully recommend this one to you. If you suffer from any of things I mentioned above, I recommend this one to you too. It will make you feel less alone. It sure made me feel less alone in my struggle. If you can handle the darkness that is in the real world, this is also one I recommend to you. 

Also what's so unique about this book is it's written in 2nd POV, which is something I've never had the pleasure to read before. It's really cool. It wasn't hard for me to adjust to at all. I was worried it might but not even one problem at all. Guess all the fanfiction I read in my teens came in handy ha ha.

Bottom line: this novel is beautiful and rooted so deep in truth that I found it's one of my all time favorites. I never thought I would say that about a contemporary as I normally love fantasy or paranormal but this book... it's truly lovely. 

*I was lucky enough to get a free copy of this amazing novel. My thoughts are always my own.*



Friday, May 26, 2017

50/50 Friday - Deepest/Most Shallow Book in the Paranormal Romance Genre

This fun meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.



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
Most deep/shallow book in ___ genre (choice genre) (message/fluff)



So I chose the paranormal genre this time because it's one of my favorite genres.


The most shallow would have to be the Dark Guardian novels. They are so surface level as they come but that being said, I still do like them it's just they could have really went deep into this world that I love.



A deep paranormal series that I love would have to be The Morganville Vampires series. 
It really digs into this world and the vampires and even the character growth. 




Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Book Read in May




Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday



Expected publication: September 12th 2017
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Top Ten Books Coming Out in Summer 2017

This meme is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.



So in general - back when I lived somewhere that actually got four seasons instead of eight of months of summer and the rest winter - summer always started for my family and I on Memorial Day and so this list will add any book that comes out after May 29th. 

Now that that's out of the way, let's begin! 



10) When Dimple Met Rishi 
Release Date: May 30


9) When It's Real 
Release Date: May 30


8) Midnight Jewel 
Release Date: June 27


7) Now I Rise 
Release Date: June 27



6) Lucky in Love
Release Date: July 25 


5) Loved (House of Night)
Release Date: July 11



4) Fallen Heir 
Release Date: August 28 


3) Wonder Woman 
Release Date: August 29



2) If There's No Tomorrow 
Release Date: September 5



1) Tower of Dawn 
Release Date: September 5


Monday, May 22, 2017

Music Monday - Noelia

This fun weekly meme is hosted over at Always Me.


So I found this artist last week and I liked the music a lot. I'm getting into dance music again... I do this a lot. I do through these periods where all I want to do is listen to dance music. Even though I can't dance, I'm not even being modest, I really can't dance. 





Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Black Witch - Problematic Book Breakdown

A new Black Witch will rise…her powers vast beyond imagining.

Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to hate and fear.






Book Breakdown 

*SMALL SPOILERS*

So by now I'm sure everyone has heard of this book. You've been told this book is racist, sexist, homophobic, and lots of other horrible things. If you've been trying to talk about this book on Twitter in any positive form, then you have likely been called these things, I know I have. Well, I'm here to say that this book is none of the labels that have been stowed upon it by SJWs and neither are you for wanting to read it.

This book follows Elloren Gardner, from a small town called Halfix in Gardneria. She's very sheltered not knowing anything about other races other than what she's been taught, which aren't good things. 

Right on the first page it shows how she's been raised to think: "The evil Icaral-demons." Her Aunt doesn't help this way of thinking either when it comes to other races, calling other races 'heretic races' (page 47), They may look like humans, Elloren, but they aren't." (Page 53) 

So this is the kind of viewpoint that she had been made to see for 17 years. No others, of course she would be prejudice. It's all she knows how to be. Though what I love about this story is that she changes, even in the beginning you can see that she doesn't quite think the way the others of her kind do by the way she told Fenil'lyn to call her by her name. (Page 58) If she was truly racist then she would not want her to use her name and still use her title, because she would think she was better then her.

Then when Elloren is in the dress shop with the girls her Aunt sent to accompany her they are vile to a little Urisk girl and Elloren takes a jab at Fallon just for that. "I think of her treatment of the little girl and can't help myself." (Page 81) 

Then she arrives at Verpax University and even some of the others there don't help her in seeing the truth any faster, she's bullied when she first starts work at the kitchen by people just as prejudice as Elloren is. Or the Icaral that tried to scare the crap out of her. 

I think it's so important to say here that not everyone is as you'd think they would be. Just because someone did you wrong that does not mean that everyone from that group is just like them. So I can understand why the Icaral's wanted to scare her as they didn't want her to hurt them. They probably thought she was like others of her race and thought they were all evil. See how bad prejudice is?

The more she's around these other races, the more she sees that everything she was taught was wrong. These races aren't lower than her own, they are just like her. They are all people. One of her best friends even becomes Diana the Lupine girl (whom I love btw).

One of my favorite scenes in the whole book is where Elloren, Rafe, Diana, and Jarod talk about the things they've heard about the other. You can see that it really never occurred to them to believe anything different than what they were taught. (Pages 335-341) 

Even one of Elloren's friends starts to see the truth, "It seems we may have been mistaken about them." (Page 341) 

Also her little group soon works together to stop those in the Gardnerian army from their awful plans. They take down a freaking military base! Someone who doesn't change and thinks she better than all these other races would never do this. Just saying.

This book does have racist and prejudice characters. The author is showing how bad these things are. It's so heavy handed, the author shoves in down the readers throat that this kind of behavior isn't good! You can tell she is completely against it. Though people are still calling her horrid names on Twitter. 

Also I want to address something else, a lot of people are saying that Elloren didn't change fast enough for their liking. Um, hello, you are raised to think one way for 17 years. You will not change overnight, but she did change fast once she saw the error of her ways. 

I want to express how much I loved the teamwork in this novel, it wasn't just one girl saving the world. Nope, they banded together and worked together and it was glorious! The ending left me dying for more and I just can't wait to get my hands on more of this series. 

This book is great and think everyone should read it, if it's your thing of thing, it's got a great plot, great character development, and the writing is easy to follow. Also I want to add you should read this book for Yvan Guriel because I want to know what is up with that guy and what secret he's hiding... 

All I can say is don't be scared to read this book. Don't let others tell you what to do or how to think. Think for yourself, don't let some else's voice be yours. You have your own mind, make your own opinion. Be an individual. Be you! 



Friday, May 19, 2017

50/50 Friday - Character Whose Life You'd Want/Not Want to Live


This meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.



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
Character Whose Life You'd Want/Not Want to Life



Life I'd Not Want
So the life I don't want was an easy one to come up with. She's had a hard life and lost a lot of people she loved. She's looked death in the eye way too many times and she will never be fully healthy because of all the things she had to go through.

Katniss





Life I Would Want


Katy

I would love to have Katy's life. She still gets the normal life along with this epic otherworldly kind of excitement. You'd never be bored and now that all that bad things are over, she is going to have a wonderful life.



Topic for Next Week
Most deep/shallow book in ___ genre (choice genre) (message/fluff)







Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday


Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

Expected publication: June 27th 2017 by Delacorte Press



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Favorite Books of 2017... So Far!


So yeah it's only May but some really great books have come out the first part of the year and then there is some really good books I read that came out in different years... the point is, I wanted to share some books I've loved so far this year with you guys! Also can we just talk about how many awesome books are coming out this month? What a wonderful time to be into reading my friends! 




1) Caraval (Read 1/2017)




2) Isla and the Happily Ever After (Read 3/2017)


3) Carve the Mark (Read 3/2017)



4) Everything, Everything (Read 3/2017)



5) Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Read 4/2017)




6) ACOWAR (Read 5/2017)



7) The Black Witch (Read 5/2017)

Monday, May 15, 2017

ACOWAR Giveaway!

Hello there my lovely butterflies! I hope you enjoyed your weekend! I actually got Mother's Day off so I spent time with my daughter and partner. He got me roses and took me out to eat. It was lovely. So I thought I would a Giveaway! It's been a long time since I've done one but I'm changing that now!


So I got two copies of ACOWAR and I want to give one away to you guys! I'm sorry to say that it's USA only as I can't afford to send internationally right now. Hopefully next time! 



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Autumn Falls - Mini Book Breakdown

New friends, new enemies . . . can a magical journal change Autumn's crazy life? 
With her fiery red hair, new-girl outsider status, and tendency to be a total klutz, Autumn Falls definitely isn’t flying below the radar at Aventura High. Luckily, she makes some genuine friends who take her under their wing. But she also manages to get on the wrong side of the school’s queen bee, and then finds out the guy she’s started to like, funny and sweet Sean, hangs with the mean crowd. Now her rep and her potential love life are at stake. 

When Autumn vents her feelings in a journal that belonged to her late father, suddenly her wildest wishes start coming true. Is it coincidence? Or can writing in the journal solve all her problems? And if the journal doesn’t work that way,  is there a bigger purpose for it—and for her?

Filled with personal elements from Bella’s own life, AUTUMN FALLS is the first book in Bella Thorne’s new series! It has everything readers will love and relate to: a real girl trying to find her own inner strength and be the best she can be, with a hint of magic and mystery, and a steady stream of OMG-I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened fun.






Book Breakdown 

This book follows a girl named Autumn as she tries to move forward in life now that her father is dead and while starting a new school where not everyone is friendly.

This is like one of those cheesy Disney movies I grew up watching in the late 90's. It's cute and an easy read. It's not perfect, but it's fun. It's something I would say is more for younger teens. It's clean and it's got some magic touches in there.

It's also diverse if you're looking for that. The main character is easy to relate to and it's fun to join her on her journey with the bully and the hottest guy in school. Though I liked her friend better personally. 

If you're looking for a quick contemporary read with a touch of magic realism, then you might like this one. Just don't go in with high hopes. It's nothing out of this world but it is just a fun cute book.



Friday, May 12, 2017

50/50 Friday - Character You'd Want/Not Want to Meet

This fun meme is hosted by myself and Laura from Blue Eye Books.



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
Character You'd Want/Not Want to Meet



This one is going to be so much fun! It was so hard for me to narrow down but I finally did it! 


Never Want to Meet
Valentine 
The Mortal Instruments 

I mean he's just too smooth talking and he'd probably end up talking me into doing awful things. So yeah, never want to meet him!



Want to Meet
Rhysand 
A Court of Mist and Fury 

I feel I don't really need to explain this one because.... yeah.


Also I have to add one more because there is a lot of characters I want to meet!


Celaena 
Throne of Glass


I had to add my top two crushes here. It just wouldn't feel honest if I left them out. 





Topic for Next Week
Character Whose Life You'd Want/Not Want to Live






Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday


I seriously can't wait for this book! I can't believe how many GREAT books have come out this month! Like so many great ones and I'm just living right now!



Expected publication: May 30th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend. 

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley's team decides it's time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he's settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal." Under ordinary circumstances she'd never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn't have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley's team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley's a shallow, self-centered jerk? It's not like they're going to fall for each other in real life…right?