Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Taylor Swift Tag


It's time for another tag!  I saw this tag over At Reading is Dreaming with Open Eyes and thought it looked pretty fun considering I'm pretty much a hard-core Swiftie :D  That and a bunch of other people/bands... but they don't have tags do they??  So anyway, hop on over to Veronika's post to see her answers and where the tag came from and all that jazz.  Also, like Veronika did, I'll put the songs in here too so you can listen to them if you like and haven't heard them before!  Let's get started!


Friday, December 26, 2014

R&R Book Review and Interview Friday: Warzone: Nemesis by Morris E. Graham



Goodreads Blurb:
"The space race was a lie, and the cold war wasn’t as cold as you thought. While we were playing spy versus spy, conducting an arms race and a space race on Earth, things were heating up in the solar system.

In 1959, an alien vessel crashed on the Navajo reservation, ushering forth a colonial space race in the solar system between the two superpowers. The prize is the mysterious metal known only as alloy-x and the alien technology that promises to make one nation or the other the dominant superpower in the arms race. The American commander finds himself fighting with the toughest antagonist of his career. He had finally met his nemesis. The stakes are high. Losing the struggle could tip the balance of power on the Earth, giving the Soviets the advantage in Earth’s cold war."


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Hello everyone!  I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  And if you don't celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays!


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

TBR Tag

I first saw this at Books Equal Awesomeness back on September 27th!  Since then, I've been seeing it everywhere so I decided to give it a shot!  I was also tagged by the lovely Cari over at My Addiction: Books waaay back in October.  It was originally created by Rachel at A Perfection Called Books and Dana at Dana Square.


More Discounted Books

I'm thinking authors are being very generous in the holiday season!  Here are a couple more discounts for kindle that I'm debating whether or not to take advantage of!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Discounted Books!

Hey guys!  So I was cruising around Amazon and these three kindle books are discounted!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

R&R Review and Interview Sunday: Dragon by Rustin Petrae


Goodreads Blurb:
"He was an enemy.

She saved his life.

The rest is history.

Rooks have embraced science and technology, even inventing helpful, microscopic, robots called nanos to create nearly any machine they want to meet their needs.

The Terraquois are their opposite. They have embraced the spiritual and have a deep bond with nature. It is this bond that allows them to transform into the animal that resembles their own, inner selves. 

These two races have fought each, often with brutal savagery, for centuries. But things change when the Rook prince, Rone Varlamagne, is shot out of the sky and left for dead in the desert by an unknown force. Keiara, the daughter of the Terraquois chieftan, is the one to find him but instead of killing him, she decides to save his life. It is one act. One conscious choice, but it changes everything for them and the entire face of Purga.

Together, they face foes from every direction...and they will stop at nothing to protect each other."


Friday, December 12, 2014

R&R Review Friday: Laika in Lisan by Maron Anrow


Goodreads Blurb:
""I wish I could say this is a story of how I saved everyone and set the world to right. But it isn't. This is a story of my failure."

Laika Roen has always been strangely attracted to Lisan, a mysterious and isolated country where the citizens worship their despotic leader. When Laika is invited to travel to Lisan as a visiting scholar, she jumps at the chance to experience Lisan’s unusual culture firsthand.

But Laika gets more than she bargained for when her trip is disrupted by violence and she’s forced to set out on her own. As she journeys through forbidden sections of the foreign country, Laika discovers horrible truths about the relationship between Lisan's leader and his people.

Can a simple scholar change the course of an entire country? And even if she can, should she? The distinction between right and wrong blurs as Laika explores not only Lisan, but her own conscience."

Monday, December 8, 2014

Review Monday: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor


Goodreads Blurb:
"By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy. 

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?"

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Who R U Really? by Margo Kelly


Goodreads Blurb:
"Thea's overprotective parents are driving her insane. They invade her privacy, ask too many questions, and restrict her online time so severely that Thea feels she has no life at all. When she discovers a new role-playing game online, Thea breaks the rules by staying up late to play. She's living a double life: on one hand, the obedient daughter; on the other, a girl slipping deeper into darkness. In the world of the game, Thea falls under the spell of Kit, an older boy whose smarts and savvy can't defeat his loneliness and near-suicidal despair. As Kit draws soft-hearted Thea into his drama, she creates a full plate of cover stories for her parents and then even her friends.

Soon, Thea is all alone in the dark world with Kit, who worries her more and more, but also seems to be the only person who really "gets" her. Is he frightening, the way he seems sometimes, or only terribly sad? Should Thea fear Kit, or pity him? And now, Kit wants to come out of the screen and bring Thea into his real-life world. As much as she suspects that this is wrong, Thea is powerless to resist Kit's allure, and hurtles toward the same dark fate her parents feared most. Ripped from a true-life story of Internet stalking, Who R U Really? will excite you and scare you, as Thea's life spins out of control."

Friday, December 5, 2014

R&R Review Friday: Locked Together by Michelle Abbott


Goodreads Blurb:
For Savannah, it was an easy choice; getting sent to the Compound meant she and Kayden could be together. But nothing is ever that simple. Caught in a system that encourages cruelty and mind games; will their love survive?

This is book two in the In Chains series and continues the story of Kayden and Savannah. I would recommend reading book one first as this is not a standalone. 

Please note: this book contains strong language.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Blog Tour and Review: Fealty to the King by Milo Swanton


Goodreads Blurb:
As the fourth son of the former clanlord of the Herkt, Brutez wasn't meant to rule. But finding himself in conflict with the violent current leader over a captured enemy warrior, he challenges the clanlord for leadership, and changes his destiny.

Brutez is soon drawn into the wars among the neighboring clans and tribes. He has a vision for a unity they've never known, but peace comes at great price. Warfare is dangerous, and politics are even deadlier.

Fealty to the King is a sweeping, epic tale of warrior clans and tribes. Of discovery, knowledge, and faith. Of the founding of a nation. Of greatness.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

#BookBlogWriMo - The Future of Your Blog

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Today's Topic: The Future of Your Blog - Where do you think you’re going? Get in touch with your inner Miss Cleo.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

#BookBlogWriMo - Reading Cave Fantasies

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Today's Topic: Reading Cave Fantasies - You know those awesome reading nooks on BuzzFeed and Pinterest? Describe what yours would look like.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

#BookBlogWriMo - Book Boyfriend Criteria

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Today's Topic: Book Boyfriend Criteria - What do you look for in a book boyfriend? Build your dream man. Book boyfriend examples and pictures of hot guys encouraged.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

#BookBlogWriMo - #ShowMeYourShelves

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Today's Topic: #ShowMeYourShelves - Take a picture of your bookshelves, whether they’re physical or Kindle folders. It’s always fun seeing how people organize their books!

Friday, November 21, 2014

#BookBlogWriMo - #FlashbackFriday - Your First Reviews

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Today's Topic: #FlashbackFriday – Your First Reviews - Link up to your some of your first reviews. Feel free to get reflective.

So my first reviews were kind of all over the place and not very professional (because my reviews now are so professional right?).  I definitely had and have a lot to learn!  Here are links to my first five reviews I posted on this blog - beware, they're terrible!

The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Dark Side of Truth by Gary Caruso

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

Shiver by Maggie Siefvater

Preeeetty icky right?  Well, that was just five short months ago!  It says that some were posted in 2013 and in different months but that's because I thought it would be a good idea to schedule them for the day I originally read them.  So it's a bit of a mess but I haven't had the time to do anything about it yet.  I'm getting there!

What were your first reviews like?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

#BookBlogWriMo - #TBT - Best Books of 2014

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Today's Topic: #TBT – Best Books of 2014 - Do a top 10, top 20, or hell, top 100 list of books you’ve enjoyed this year.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If I Stay

So I was cruising around YouTube and in the 'suggested for you' column, there was an If I Stay trailer!  I haven't read the book or seen the movie but the trailer brought tears to my eyes.  Here it is if you haven't seen it.


#BookBlogWriMo - #WaitingOnWednesday - TBR Books

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Today's Topic: #WaitingOnWednesday – TBR Books - Name some books on your TBR shelf and why you’re looking forward to reading them.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

#BookBlogWriMo - Favorite Subgenres

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Today's Topic: Favorite Subgenres - Self-explanatory.

Uhmmmm... yeah... You see, I basically don't have any favorites when it comes to genres... Well wait no, that would be a lie because I do love fantasy things!

So I guess I'll go into that...?

Fantasy is a lovely genre because it has all those mythical creatures in it!  Like dragons, faeries, warlocks, demons, angels, wizards, witches, and assassins!  I love all those things!

One of the best fantasy book series' is Harry Potter!

Dragons are also so amazing!  I loved the Eragon series and the.... blehhhh was it called the Firelight series??  By Sophie Jordan?  My memory is not so good today guys.

And of course the queen of assassins, Celaena Sardothien!  I also love Katsa from the Graceling series :D

Oh and I love science fiction!  Specifically dystopia's (that counts as a subgenre right??).  I just think it's so cool how each author's interpretation of the future differs and whether or not any of them will come true.  Because it is in the future right?  You can't know for sure if The Darkest Minds will become a reality!

It could happen!

Haha so here's the thing.  I just looked up the definition of a subgenre and found out I was basically doing this all wrong.  Well sort of.  But these are my own personal subgenres!  When I looked up examples, they were so broad like contemporary.  I mean, I'd have so much to say about that topic but there are parts of contemporary fantasy that I don't like!  So I broke it down into my favorite subsubgenres.  That's my style man!

What are your favorite subgenres or subsubgenres?

R&R Review Tuesday: In Chains by Michelle Abbott


Goodreads Blurb:
"A romance set in a world where slavery is government run and slaves are fitted with microchips. 

Savannah, fleeing a turbulent relationship, seeks solace at her brother’s country farmhouse. It’s there that she meets Kayden; her brother’s slave who's considered less than human. These two damaged souls form an unbreakable bond, one that’s about to be tested, because Kayden is her brother’s property and he will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

Please note this book contains some sexual scenes, violence and strong language."



Review:
Thank you to the author, Michelle Abbott, for gifting me with a copy of In Chains in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of those books that I'm just not sure what to rate it.  I decided to go with 4 stars because it was a good solid book with a good plot, decent world-building, and very fast, addictive pace.  Just let it be known, this kind of book isn't for everyone.

I only had one complaint about this book but it's a rather large issue in my eyes which is why it's worth a whole star to me.  World-building.  This is, if not the most important, one of the most important factors in whether or not a book is excellent or just good.  While I was reading, I didn't really understand what world I was in.  Modern day world where things turned out a bit differently?  In the future where this may come to pass?  In a completely different world than our own?  I really have no idea which left me kind of disoriented throughout the book.  Perhaps it will be remedied in the next book.

Other than that minor (well kind of major) glitch, everything was spot on.

Overall, this was such a compelling book.  I settled down on the couch one Saturday to read some R&R's and I couldn't put this one down!  Not even to eat lunch or go get some water or something.  I needed to know how it ended it was that suspenseful.  To that effect, it was a very intense love story that at first bordered on insta-love but as you get further in, it's anything but.

The author did a very good job of separating the two voices of Savannah and Kayden.  I've seen slightly better although this author had it harder, having to portray the truth about Kayden and whether or not the 'Neanderthal' gene truly affects him or not as the government says.

The Final Verdict:
All in all, a well done book although the world-building leaves something to be desired.  It was very addictive, suspenseful, intense, and intriguing!
4 stars


Quotes:
Again, because I'm so organized, I neglected to highlight my favorite quotes so I'll be going back and reading this book again to find the quotes.  I'll update this when I find them all!

Monday, November 17, 2014

#BookBlogWriMo - Favorite Book Tropes

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Today's Topic: Favorite Book Tropes - Friends with benefits? Manic pixie dream girl? What cliche-type things do you never get sick of?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

#BookBlogWriMo - Favorite Book Blogging Things

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Today's Topic:  Favorite Book Blogging Things - Feel free to talk about the wonderful host of BookBlogWriMo and how much you love her.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mashup Review Friday and Blog Tour: Bloodmark and Bloodrealms by Aurora Whittet


Bloodmark Goodreads Blurb:
"Sixteen-year-old werewolf princess Ashling Boru is different from other wolves—she was able to shift to wolf form at birth. Rather than bringing pride to her family, it brings fear, and as a result, she is forced to live in seclusion in Ireland’s countryside. Ashling’s reputation is further blackened when she refuses her betrothed and defies the ancient laws. When her pack’s oldest rivals begin hunting her, she finds herself in the small town of York Harbor, Maine—far from everything she’s ever known. 

In Maine, she crosses paths with the dark and rebellious Grey Donavan, and something ignites within her soul. There’s just one problem: Grey is human. Their instant connection turns into a passionate romance, and Ashling begins to believe she can create her own life outside of wolf laws. When she begins to uncover long-buried pack secrets—secrets that threaten to destroy all she holds dear—Ashling’s courage and tenacity are tested. Will she choose her deep and enduring love for Grey, or will she follow Old Mother’s path to her destiny?"

Bloodrealms Goodreads Blurb:
"Werewolf princess Ashling Boru's eighteenth birthday is only a year away, which means that she only has twelve months before she is claimed and fulfills her prophecy to unite the packs and lead her people. Her father decrees that her four suitors must fight in the Bloodrealms, the werewolves' ancient underground fighting world, and the winner will have King Boru's choice to win Ashling's hand. The wolf laws are rigid and barbaric, and Ashling's illicit love for Grey, if discovered, will mean his death. But when Ashling and Grey get trapped in the blood-soaked depths of the Bloodrealms, they find ancient horrors far greater than Ashling's father's rule.

With betrayal around every corner and old nemeses set to destroy Ashling, she is more divided than ever between the destiny she didn't choose and the love that she did. To make matters worse, her decision will not only set the course of her future, but the future of her entire race.

Bloodrealms is the second novel in Whittet’s Bloodmark saga."

#BookBlogWriMo - Your Ratings System

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Today's Topic: Your Ratings System - A lot of blogs have ratings policies or systems. Some don’t, but they really do. What makes you decide how many stars to give?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

#BookBlogWriMo - Your Review Process

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Today's Topic: Your Review Process - Do you write your review the second you finish the book? Months later? Take notes as you read?

The One Thing Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

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Title:  The One Thing

Series: Hollywood Timelines Book Two

Author:  Briana Gaitan

Genre:   Contemporary Romance

Release Day:  January 9th 2015

Synopsis:

When everything falls apart, he's the one thing that holds me together.


Ginger Teague isn't your typical Hollywood actress. Sure, she has a famous boyfriend, designer clothes, and money. This is the life she always dreamed of, but constantly being in the public eye has its downside. Behind the facade, she hides secrets. Secrets that help her deal with all the stress.
Caspian is a struggling musician, but he isn't in it for the fame or the money. He's happy making music for whoever will listen. He sees something in Ginger that he can relate to. A girl just as lost and unhappy as he once was.


There's only one problem. They can't fall in love. Friendship is all they can risk

The One Thing is a standalone novel in the Hollywood Timelines series. It is recommended for age 17 and up for language and adult content.



About the Author


Briana Gaitan grew up in the South, but calls herself a geek at heart. She is a blogger,author,and fangirl who loves Star Wars, Star Trek, and Jewelry (bet you never thought you'd hear those three things in a sentence together) For fun, she loves watching any show on the SyFy channel, relaxing with her family, reading, and listening to indie music (sometimes all at the same time). Briana loves to write stories where there are no limits to the imagination. She is also the co-author of the fantasy Ethereal Underground series.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

#BookBlogWriMo - Advice For Newbie Bloggers

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Today's Topic: Advice for Newbie Bloggers - Be Yoda. Share your secrets. Do or do not, there is no try.

R&R Review Wednesday: The Healer by C.J. Anaya


Goodreads Blurb:
"Seventeen-year-old Hope longs for a normal teenage life, but with a gift like hers, normal equals healing illnesses and injuries instantly. Keeping a secret like that isn’t easy, especially when two handsome, young men move into town and begin unearthing other secrets concerning Hope’s future and past, revealing to Hope that her gift may be the fulfillment of a prophecy gone wrong."

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