Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thursday's Discussion - Diversity

So this is going to really something that has been bothering me for a while but I'm been nervous to say anything but I decided not to care anymore and I'm just going to put my thoughts out there.

I am warning everyone, there might be some things that offend you, turn back now if you get easily offended.

Diversity. It's a word we all know now. It's either something we are all for or hate it completely. I am one of those that are all for it. We need more diversity in books, movies, TV, and so on. Though here is where I get pissed.

So many 'fans' of Sarah J Maas are getting pissed at her that her characters are all white, and straight. Or they getting angry that even though she made a bi character but he's still with a girl. I understand where people are coming from, so please don't think I don't. The world is so much more beyond white and straight. 

But I think this is completely not right. We should never ever, send death threats and attack people. Ever. Does anyone stop to think how this makes the author feel? I'd feel like quitting if some of those things were said to me. How meanly they were said. 

Or I saw on Twitter how some people were getting upset at Victoria Schwab because her book had only white characters. People were completely angry at her for it. Again, I understand why they are angry and I agree. I just hate the way everyone is going about it. How they are hurting the author for it.

 I mean we do need diversity but don't go and be mean to the author, they still work so hard on their stories. They pour their blood, sweat, and tears into these things. Trust me, I'm currently doing to same thing with my own story.

If we want more diverse books we have to buy them more, spread the word of them more. Get them to the forefront of book sells but that doesn't give anyone the right to get pissed and hurt an author for their stories not being just want the reader wanted. It's their story, not ours. There are many books out there that I don't like. I don't go bash the author and tell them to die. I just give my review and move on. 

I guess what is just really bothering me about this is how it seems to be pushing all of us apart. I used to feel like the blogging world was so close and inviting but everywhere I look now it's turned into some kind of war. 

I saw somewhere that a blogger has decided not to read anything unless it has diverse characters and that would be one way to send a message, if more started doing that, the publishing companies would follow the money as that's all they really care about.

Personally, when I get a book to read, I just read the description and if it sounds good to me that's what I go for. I don't look to see if the characters are white (though my grandmother was full Native American) and bi and Wiccan. So I've never found a book that represents me personally (though if any of you know of one, please let me know). Everyone wants to read a book about themselves. I can understand that, I really do. Also at the same time, I read to escape the world I live in. If every character was just like me and lived in my fucked up world, I would quit reading. I want to read about different people. So I'm pretty sick of seeing the same old, same old. Even more so in YA. 

I fully support diverse reads, I would love to read more about other cultures and people and how they live. I love being taken to another place and seeing new things. That's why I read in the first place. 

My main point; I just wish in the fight for diverse reads, we'd stop clawing at the authors and even at each other. We are so much stronger when we stand together. Don't hate and bash, an author works so hard and then to get death threats... there is no need for that. Let's just push harder for diverse reads without becoming bullies.

I love you all! I'm sorry for the rant but I just had to get this out. Have a great day and happy reading. 



PS, this is not edited and I'm sorry if there is lots of mistakes. Also if anyone has read some really good diverse reads, please let me know below, I'm looking for some new ones. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ReMade Season 1 Episode 1 (Shadows & Dreams) - Review

You live. You love. You die. Now RUN. ReMade.

Every minute, 108 people die.
On October 14th, 2016, from 9:31-9:32 p.m. EDT, 23 of those deaths will be teenagers.
Now they are humanity’s last hope for survival.

Awakened in a post-apocalyptic world and hunted by mechanical horrors, these teens search for answers amidst the ruins of civilization. Fate, love, and loyalty face off in this adrenaline -pumping YA adventure.

ReMade will unfold across 15 episodes. "Shadows and Dreams" is the first episode.

Holden Black never imagined his crush knew his name, much less that he’d suddenly be driving her to a party. But life can change in a second, especially when you’re 16. A look. A flash of headlights. A scream. What do you do when the unexpected jumps straight to the unbelievable, the dream becomes a nightmare, and waking changes everything except your heart’s desire?

This episode written by Matthew Cody.





Episode Breakdown

This is my first time ever reading a serial and I was really intrigued, I had to try this. The plot also sounded like it was really up my ally and so I read it. It's weird having to wait a week to jump into the book again, but it's actually a bad weird. It's really just like a TV show, which is pretty cool.

So this episode follows Holden. The nerdy, cute, shy guy who just wants to get the popular girl. Even going so far as to join a play just to be near her. After the play, Holden finds her stuck in her car. It won't start. He offers to give her a ride to the after party, even though he was not planning to go at all. On the way to the after party, they end up in a head on collision. They don't make it through.

Holden wakes up to mechanical type things poking him with needles but he goes back to sleep when a women injects him with something else. Next time he wakes up, he finds he's in a place he's never been. He fears the worst. After getting out and going through some weird stuff, he finds the girl. Things get more crazy from there. The woman who put him to sleep tell him he's in space and has to take an elevator to get down to Earth. 

They see a mechanical spider rip a young boy into pieces. This is not the life they had before and it's clear to them now. He gets no answers at all except that the woman helping them is somehow not human.

What is going on? How can they fix it? Can it even be fixed? 

This is actually pretty cool, it's weird how it just cuts off so quickly and how I got no answers as to what is going on at all. I feel so lost and I hope to get more answers in the future episodes. The writing is easy to follow and pretty standard. It's just so different to treat a book like a TV show. I like it. It's something new. 



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Fall TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.



So I'm taking this to mean books I want to read this fall because I don't think I could fill up a list of books just coming out in fall I want to read. I'm trying to be pickier in my tastes and which books I choose to support. So yeah, this is just going to be a list of book I want to read during the fall.

Also can we just stop and take a moment to really think about how the nasty summer is over? Yes, summer is over! Bring on fall and hot cocoa, cold weather, fire places and curling up outside and not sweating your butt off! I love this time of the year, I just wish the weather out here would realize it's fall and cool down...

These aren't in any order, just the books I want to read before the first snow falls. Which out here means I have a very very long time. Can you tell I hate the heat? I need to live somewhere where it's only fall and winter all year around. No joke.

10) Ink


9) Ensnared


















 
8) A Court of Mist and Fury


                                                            


7) Cinder


6) Six of Crows
                                                                                                                    
 
5) The Dark Days Club


4) An Ember in the Ashes


3) A Torch Against the Night



2) Clockwork Princess
1) Empire of Storms












Monday, September 26, 2016

Music Monday - Different Genres

Music Monday is weekly meme hosted by Always Me




I actually heard this song in Target while I was looking at books and it reminded me of Aelin, well the course did and I had to download it on Apple Music. 




This next one is the only song I like by this group. I'm not even kidding it's really weird but this song is just too good. This is the nightcored version as I like it better.



Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunny Sunday's Updates




So I've been trying to find a way to show weekly updates on my blog and I've seen a few memes that do this and I've tried one and it was just too much. I couldn't find one that worked for me. So I just decided to make my own little update. This way I can just update you guys on what is going on with me while all the other stuff.

So here we go! 


Currently Reading


              ReMade 1.3                                                                                             Amber Smoke 

I've not made any progress on Amber Smoke, I will finish this book before the end of the month! I don't know if I'll write a review as I won't really have anything good to say unless it somehow gets better. I'm almost half way done and still nothing that screams at me to finish or even read the next one. Ugh.

As for ReMade, it's really cool. I'm enjoying following these teens as they try to figure out what's going on, though I still know nothing. So many questions and no answers at all. 





Last Week's Reading

I read the first two serials in the ReMade series and I also finished up a book from NetGalley. They were all pretty good actually. I enjoyed them all and I always love when I enjoyed a new series that I know nothing about. It's like finding a diamond in the rough. Here's what I read last week. 




















Life Updates

I actually only have to work three days this week! THREE DAYS!!!! But on those days I'm working 13 hour shifts... which sucks but I will take it if it means I can be off for four days. Just think of all the reading I can get done! Or all the blogging! Maybe I can finally go to the bookstore! I have some books to sell and I'd like to get some more. Because seriously, we are bookworms, we love books and often get more.

I've seen some people who actually get offended by the term 'bookworm', do you guys feel that way? I don't care, I've been a bookworm for years and it's like a title of pride for me. But everyone is different. Some people get offended at the drop of a hat these days. 




On the Blog Last Week

On Monday I showed off Lady Gaga's awesome new song.

On Tuesday, I told My Reading Story.

On Wednesday I revealed my Waiting on Wednesday


On Saturday I gave an awesome 50/50 Friday update. If you've not read that yet, you should check it out!




Coming Up on the Blog

I've got some reviews coming up, a Music Monday, and even a long discussion on diversity. 





Saturday, September 24, 2016

50/50 Friday Meme - Update!




So 50/50 Friday will be a weekly meme hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.

It's going to officially kick off on the 7th of October! I can't wait! I've been wanting a meme for so long and now not only will it come to life but I have an amazing partner. Seriously guys, you have no idea how bad I feel, Laura has done so much that I feel so badly for her. I wanted her help but it's really like she's doing all the work. I'm so sorry Laura! Work sucks and really takes up more of time than I'd like.

The first ever topic for 50/50 Friday is... drum roll please!

Overrated/Underrated Book

This one is pretty simple, just pick a book you think is overrated and explain why and the same for underrated. I can't wait to see all your answers! Have a great weekend, when this post goes live I will be at a work, which I'm sure surprises no one anymore.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Crown of Cinders - Cover Reveal


Crown of Cinders
Rebecca Ethington
(Imdalind, #7)
Publication date: November 28th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
The Internationally Best-Selling Imdalind Series comes to a close in this long awaited heart-pounding conclusion.
For centuries the war that has raged within magic has ripped the world apart. Fought between Skȓítek and Trpaslík; killing father and son, and destroying a fragile balance between mortal and magic.
For centuries everyone has been awaiting the Silnỳ, searching for the girl who was prophesized. The girl with power strong enough to defeat the evil that plagued the world, and bring the war to an end.
For centuries, everyone was wrong.
The Silnỳ was not what they had been told, the promises of future distorted by a sight that was tarnished. The evil was not what they had expected, not what they had been fighting against. Instead it was hidden amongst them; plotting, waiting for their time to strike.
And it did. With fire and blade the hidden evil took it’s place upon a throne of blood. The evil has shown itself and now only one person can save them all.
But with Sights that are no longer infallible and armies that are abandoning their king – it is no longer clear who that person is, or even if they have the courage to stand up to the evil and face their end.
Previous books in the series:

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Author Bio:
Rebecca Ethington is an internationally bestselling author with almost 700,000 books sold. Her breakout debut, The Imdalind Series, has been featured on bestseller lists since its debut in 2012, reaching thousands of adoring fans worldwide and cited as “Interesting and Intense” by USA Today’s Happily Ever After Blog.
From writing horror to romance and creating every sort of magical creature in be-tween, Rebecca’s imagination weaves vibrant worlds that transport readers into the pages of her books. Her writing has been described as fresh, original, and groundbreaking, with stories that bend genres and create fantastical worlds.
Born and raised under the lights of a stage, Rebecca has written stories by the ghost light, told them in whispers in dark corridors, and never stopped creating within the pages of a notebook.

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Feature and Follow Friday - Book Betrayal Story


Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me, everyone wins.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.





So I have one book betrayal story. The only time I ever lent a book out to someone. It was way back in grade school for me. There was this girl who also liked to read and where I'd recently gotten into reading, so I decided to talk about the book series with her, she said they sounded really good and wanted to read them. So I let her borrow the first two so she could read them.


A week went by and she said nothing about the books. I thought this was odd as she was a huge speed reader, but maybe she had to study a lot. She was top of the class after all. Two weeks, not a word and during this time she started to treat me differently. She stayed away from me and hardly ever talked. So I gave it another week before I went over and talked to her.

She told me that she'd ruined one book and wasn't giving me back the other. I asked why, I was way too nice back then to really get mad at her. I was meek and quiet. She told me it was because of the boy she liked. He liked me and she was mad. Sad thing is, I didn't even like the boy and I never got those books back. Ever.


So after that, I've never lent out a book to anyone and I don't ever plan too. I have trust issues when it comes to my books, I even taught my little sister how to correctly hold them as to not break the spine. I'm trying to teach my partner take but he's harder to train lol.

So I learned my lesson the hard way, sadly and lost a friend as well. What about you guys? What's your story? Let me know below! As always have a great day and happy reading!



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Breaking the Spine.







Title: Unrest
Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: Unknown #2
Genre: New Adult Science Fiction
Expected Publication: February 16th 2017
Publisher: Self published by Wendy Higgins


Blurb 
Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

My Reading Story


So this is something I've wanted to do for a long time but I haven't had the time until down. This post has been months in the making. I guess I should start with the person who started my love of reading. My 6-8th grade teacher: Mrs Trumper. 


She was such a huge role model to me when I was younger. Let me start from the very beginning, When I was to start Kindergarten at age 5, my little sister was born and so my mother didn't want me to feel like she was pushing me away or something so she kept me another year. So when I finally started school at 6 years old, I was always behind one year. So finally when I was in fifth grade and all my friends left to another room in the school. (I went to a small private school where there was three grades to one room. So when I was in 5th grade, my friends went to the next room which was for 6th-8th grade). I was so sad and lonely, also my 5th grade teacher got upset with me a lot as I knew the answer to every question and never gave the others a chance to answer. But since my friends were gone I had more time to study, plus I was always a smart kid.


So finally, one day I went to Mrs Trumper, who was not my teacher at this time and asked her what I could do to be with my friends. She came up with an idea that I jumped into full force. She told me I could do 5th and 6th grade in the one year and then next year I'd be with my friends in 7th grade. Which I did. It was hard, I never got to go out and play with my friends, I spent some classes by myself but my teacher was a reader...


There were times when it would be just me and Mrs Trumper, she'd be sitting at her desk and I would pull up a chair and we'd talk, she'd ask for my homework, make sure I was understanding everything and she gave a book that she wanted me to read. I don't know if the rest of the class was reading it but she wanted me too. It was one of her favorite books and at the time I just nodded, I done reading for school before, I didn't hate it but it was never something I loved. Till this book...


The Giver. I found I could not put this book down, I don't remember what she told me to read a day, probably a chapter but I remember finishing very quickly. Which was huge for me as I had two grades work of homework every night and my family owned their business that I worked at every day after school. This book sucked me in, I found that reading could be something I'd never known about. Me and my teacher talked about it and she was so glad I liked it that she gave me other books to read, like The Outsiders.


So from there it went but not not to the level it is now. Another thing that really got me going was two years later, in 8th grade, Mrs Trumper started this reading challenge, the first person who got to 20 books won. I don't even remember the prize, I just knew I wanted to be the one to win. Pretty much any book was allowed. Just nothing trashy or something that went against the religion of the school (like Harry Potter).  


I read everyday, as much as I could, even when I should have been working at my parents store. I found that since I could choose the books they were even better, so many worlds out there waiting for me. It was really close in the race between me and this girl who was a freaking speed reader! I've still to this day not seen someone who reads as fast as her. But in the end, I won. No else really seemed to care, reading wasn't cool! My school was all about sports and how fast you ran, how fit you were, how smart you was. So while I did okay in the smart area, I've never been very active, so I was not very popular, even though I tried so hard to be, so I'd have friends and not be lonely. 


But then reading made it all better, I had friends in those books and I could be myself without trying to impress anyone. So yeah I lost 'friends' when I stopped trying to fit in. It hurt at first but it was also freeing. So between 8th and 9th grade I found YA books and OMG it was the best thing ever! I've never looked back.


So that's my story, it's all thanks to a teacher I loved greatly. Without her I never would have started reading like I do know. Yes, my mother read but at that time in my life all my family read was the bible and books that related to our religion. My mother didn't start reading other kinds of books till I was 17, so while my father likes to say that reading is in my blood. It was Mrs Trumper. She's the one who also gave me a love of writing and if my novel ever gets published, she's the one I'm dedicating it too.  


So what's your reading story? Why did you start reading? 
Have a great day and as always, happy reading butterflies! 








Monday, September 19, 2016

Music Monday - Lady Gaga

Music Monday is hosted by Always Me.






So I've so in love with this new song, I stayed up late listening to this song on repeat and I know all the lyrics. I'm so glad that she's back and putting out better stuff than the last album that shall never be named as it was terrible. This is such a good song and her voice is so real. She's back!!!






The next one I want to share is my favorite Lady Gaga song from her second and one of her best albums in my opinion. So I hope you enjoy this next song as much as I do.






So what songs are you listening to this week? Have a great day and happy reading!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Sunday Post #1

The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news.


Last Week

On Sunday I reviewed Heir of Fire

On Tuesday I listed my favorite vampire books.

On Wednesday I gave you a book I'm waiting to be released.

On Friday I showed off my long TBR

On Saturday I reviewed Queen of Shadows.



Next Week

On Monday I share the music I've been loving this week.

On Tuesday I share my reading story.

On Wednesday I will show off another book I can't wait to get my hands on!

On Friday I will share my book betrayal story.

On Saturday I will give update more about the upcoming 50/50 meme! 

If I finish The Winner's Crime this week the book review will probably be up this coming week as well.




Currently Reading


I'm loving The Winner's Crime so much! It's great! I'm sure it's going to get a high rating!









Amber Smoke on the other hand, is not the best book I've ever read and I'm having a hard time getting through it. Hopefully it gets better.






My Life this Week

I've been working a lot this week...

Laura from Blue Eye Books had been majorly helping get 50/50 Friday ready and it should be ready next month! She's come up with some great ideas as well! This meme is going to be fun! 

I've gotten some new books and new a new bookish shirt will I will be sharing soon for my monthly book haul.




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50/50 Friday - Bookish Gift You'd Most/Least Like to Receive

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