Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Short and Sweet Reviews


I have two Short and Sweet style reviews for you guys today! Enjoy!

Uncaged

It took me a while to get into it and connect with the characters. After a while I grew annoyed and bored with the non Shay chapters, although I knew they were necessary to understand the story but they just weren't as much fun. I eventually fell in love with Shay and all of her friends from Twist's hotel and Twist himself. I thought their relationships seemed unlikely, because of the personalities and they way it all started. I don't know how to explain it but when you first met the characters it seemed like that kind of relationship just wouldn't be something they'd allow or want but then it just happened like right away, insta-trust, insta-friendship, and insta- favoritism. However the characters were so great together I could only be slightly bothered. Other than that it was decent and a good mystery. I give it three out of five stars.





The Bodies We Wear

This one was definitely emotional and worked with a lot of psychology and human nature stuff. The theme was a good one but at times it felt like it was kind of shouted at you at times. The characters were so hardened and distant it was hard to connect with them. I understand that that was how they were supposed to be, but they did't have enough depth and dimension for readers to really connect with them like they should, and want to. That was disappointing. The plot was ok, one of the big twists I knew and the other half of it was kind of wild, random, and ridiculous, not really working with the rest of the story. I didn't really like how it all ended either. It was not bad at all but it wasn't really a favorite. Two and a half stars to three stars.

Goodreads or Liberty Bay Books.









Amity



Amity

by Micol Ostow 

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Expected Publication: August 26th 2014
Received From: Egmont USA via Net Galley (in exchange for an honest review)
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Connor's family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen's family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she's recovered from a psychotic break.

But something is not right about this secluded house. Connor's nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Dreams he kind of likes. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren't there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her?

Amity isn't just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she's done before. As she'll do again.

Alternating between parallel narratives, Amity is a tense and terrifying tale suggested by true-crime events that will satisfy even the most demanding horror fan
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This was the first book that I got from Net Galley and I'm really excited! Thanks so much Egmont USA and Net Galley! 

Everyone loves a good horror story, from childhood ghost stories to the gruesome real life horrors that are portrayed in media targeting an older audience. Humans are fascinated with gore, and horror, and savor the fear that tales inspire. We hold a morbid fascination with all things horror, with death, with gore, and with the indescribable. Amity gives readers all of this and more. 

Micol Ostow's writing was amazing. She really brought the tale to life. Her word choice was pure perfection and she used this as well as simile and metaphor to bring her story to life. The writing choices she made and her voice was stunning and will chill readers to the bone. Micol Ostow is a horror master and because of her writing, her book Amity is sure to keep readers up late into the night. 

The characters were deliciously deranged, even before Amity, and that made the story so much better. Gwen and Connor connect with the readers despite not being completely normal. The similarities they had made the story even creepier. The characters didn't really bring the story to life, the writing did that, but they got you invested in the story, and somehow Ostow wrote them in a way that felt like they were pawns. The way they were written makes readers feel like maybe they are just a pawn too and that…that is an eerie feeling. 

While this is a severely gruesome, horrifying, and utterly frightening tale, it also has important themes. Gwen gives us some great themes as she grows to find her strength. She is a model for girls in a way that fits in to a basic, horror free life. Gwen is what every YA female character should look like. 

The plot sends us both speeding and crawling at the same time in the direction of what is sure to be a grisly and terrible end. It's pacing was perfect and really added to the story. It was smooth and flowed well, building up the terror as it went along, crescendoing to a stunning, charged, and unexpected ending. 

Overall thoughts:  (Keep in mind it is only inspired by the Amityville horror. It is not a re-telling or exact replica.) Amity is the best horror story I've read! Ostow did an amazing job of writing it! It's not scary, but it's definitely morbid and horrifying, as well as more than a little bit creepy.  I can not recommenced this book enough to all of the horror lovers and everyone fascinated by morbid and gruesome things. Amity is spine-tingling-ly good and is what ever horror enthusiast dreams of. Five out of five stars.

Be ready to leave the lights on. Be ready to be horrified. Be ready for Amity.

Add it on Goodreads and buy it through Liberty Bay Books


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Crazy Creatures of The blogging World with Clarissa from Books Equal Awesomeness


My irregular and crazy blogger feature is back! This time I'm interviewing Clarissa from Books Equal Awesomeness!

If your new around here here is what's happening, Crazy Creatures of The Blogging World is a feature that I use to spotlight bloggers and get to know them better, as well as let readers get to know them better. I do take nominations, you can email me the name of the nominee, a link to their blog, as well as why you think I should interview them and I'll check it out. (I won't judge if you nominate yourself. It's perfectly acceptable!)

Tell us about you and your blog! How did you start? When? Why? Ect.

I was checking some blogs out and I really loved how some people created their blogs and the features that their blogs had, so I decided a blog of my own! I started my blog around May this year because I really wanted to review and discuss books with other people.

What are your favorite types of books/reads to review?

Most of the books I read and review are young adult, romance, paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopian.

You’re blog is fairly new. What are your dreams and goals for the future and for your blog?

I hope to make my blog have more followers in the future, and I think having a co-blogger in the future might also be a fun experience!

What is your favorite part of being a blogger and the experience?

I LOVE to be able to discuss books with other people and see different opinions about books.

How would you describe your approach to reviews?

I guess that I would that I would describe my approach to reviews as honest and (hopefully) good and funny.

What draws you to a book and makes you want to read it?

The characters! If I love the characters in a book, I most likely will love the book too!

If you could live in one of your favorite books, what book would you want to live in and why?

 This is a hard one! I have a lot of favorites, but if I had to choose which book I'd live in, I'd be stuck between the Lux series, by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and the Covenant series, also by JLA. In the Lux series, I'd love to meet Daemon, Katy, and all of the other characters! And the idea of living in a world with aliens rally intrigues me! In the Covenant series, I would really like to meet Alex, Aiden, Seth, and all of the other characters! And it has Greek mythology (something I love!), so I think that I would really enjoy living there!

If you could make characters from books real, what characters would you bring to life to recruit as your best friends, family, date to prom, ect?

I would make most characters from my favorite books real! I would make Daemon from Lux, Aiden from the Covenant series, Adrian from Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, Patch from Hush Hush, Lucas from Shadow Falls, and Warner from Shatter Me real and recruit them as my boyfriends!!!! (I know it would be WAY too many boyfriends, but I love them ALL!! :D) I would also make Katy from Lux, Alex and Seth from the Covenant series, Sydney from Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, Vee from Hush Hush, Kylie, Miranda, and Della from Shadow Falls, and Juliette and Kenji from Shatter Me real and recruit them as my best friends!!

If you could have dinner with 12 of your favorite authors (alive or dead) who would you choose to dine and chat with? (why?)

One of the authors I would really like to dine with is J. K. Rowling. I LOVE Harry Potter, so it would be really awesome if I was able to meet her one day. Another author I would also like to dine with is Jennifer L. Armentrout. So far, I've read 2 book series and 1 standalone written by her and I've fallen in love with them, so it will be like my dream come true to meet her!!! The third author I would like to dine with is Richelle Mead. I LOVED Bloodlines, and I just love Sydney and Adrian, so if I met the person that created them, I would be incredibly happy. The fourth author I would like to dine with is C.C.Hunter. I'm in love with her Shadow Falls series and all the characters in the books, so I think it would be really cool if I could meet her in real life! The fifth author I would like to dine with is Becca Fitzpatrick. I really liked Hush, Hush, and I would really like to meet her one day! The sixth author I would like to dine with is Cassandra Clare. I really loved the Mortal Instruments and it would be a honor to meet her! The seventh author I would like to dine with is Rick Riordan. I really liked the Kane Chronicles, Percy Jackson, and the Heroes of Olympus series, so if I ever got to meet him, I think it would be really cool! The eighth author I would like to meet is Stephanie Meyers. I'm not that big of a fan of Twilight, but I thought the books were pretty good and The Host was awesome, so it might be fun to meet the author of it. The ninth author I would like to meet is Cynthia Hand. I recently finished the Unearthly series, and I LOVED them, so if I got to meet her, I would be SOOOO happy!!! The tenth author I would like to meet is Sarah J. Maas. So far, I've only read the Throne of Glass by her, but I really liked it, so if I got to meet her, I would be excited! The eleventh author I would like to meet is Jenny Han. I really like her books, and I thought her Burn for Burn series that she co-wrote with Siobhan Vivian was AMAZING, so if I got to meet her, I would be REALLY happy!!! The twelfth author I would like to meet is Siobhan Vivian. I want to meet her basically for the same reason as Jenny Han!!

What else should readers know about you and/or your blog?

Well…I really don't know...so let me just tell you more about myself. I'm a teenage blogger! ;) In my blog, I review YA and NA books. My favorite genres are contemporary, and paranormal romance! When you first meet me, I might seem a bit shy and quiet, but when you really get to know me…I'm a bit hyper and crazy… ;)

What are five of your favorite blogs/bloggers and why should other readers go check them out?

Olivia Hou @ Fictionally Obsessed
Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books
Carina @ My Addiction: Books
Aly @ Reading Shy with Aly
The Misses @ Fangirling Misses
I think readers should go check them out because they are all kind of new book bloggers, but they are all really good!! :)

You can find Clarissa on Goodreads, and visit her blog or follow her on Bloglovin'!  Thanks Clarissa it was fun!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Under Construction!

Just a heads up that Catherine and I will be tinkering with my blog trying to get things fixed, in order, and looking good. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks for putting up with me! The changes should make the blog easier to use for you guys in the end and there won't be any major changes that will mess anything up for you guys like a change in URL. We should have things back in order by the end of today, but may end up playing with it some more another day, but it won't be under construction for a large or continuous amount of time.

Teaser Tuesday!


Thanks to Net Galley and Egmont USA for approving me to read Amity by Micol Ostow! This week's teaser is from it, because I'm only a few pages in and I'm already in love with the writing!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"The sage had been meant to cleanse. With another house, another space, another plot of earth, it might have worked." (Kindle app pg. 275) 

*Please remember that this quote has been taken from an uncorrected proof and is subject to change*

Monday, July 28, 2014

Between The Spark and The Burn



Between The Spark and The Burn

by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Expected Publication Date: August 14th 2014

Thanks Liberty Bay Books for the ARC!

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Freddie once told me that the Devil created all the fear in the world.
But then, the Devil once told me that it's easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for making you cry.
The problem with River West Redding was that he'd done both to me.


The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet's life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River's other brother, are left to worry—until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn't long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own . . .

I had no idea there was going to be a "conclusion" to Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea.  I did quite a bit of screaming and flailing when I acquired the first book, (also via Liberty Bay Books, so thanks for that guys!) so I'm afraid my review of it wasn't entirely coherent or professional, but you can read it here anyways and let my blabbing rock your socks off.

I feel a lot of things about this book and I'm not entirely sure where to start so I think I'll do it chunk by chunk again. 


Writing: In my review of BTDaTDBS (yeah I know but as Cait commented on my last stacking the shelves post it gets really ridiculous to write it all out.), Toucholke's writing impressed the pants off of me (don't worry it wasn't scandalous)! I loved the weird lyrical and old-time-y way she wrote and it really fit Violet's personality and the entire setting, but I felt like it was kind of lost in the second book. I missed it. The writing was still really good, but I didn't feel/hear that larger than life and extremely poetic voice anymore. So I was a little bit disappointed by that.


Characters: I still loved the characters the second time around. Brody kind of confused me because his personality became inconsistent and jumbled, although I know that was the whole point. I felt like everyone's personalities seemed kind of dulled down, with the exception of Neely, compared to book one. But I loved 'em to death anyway, because even dulled down, they were great!

Love Component: This part bothered me tremendously. Violet wobbled back and forth between her two men and never really decides. She changes her mind almost every page and tries to have "the best of both worlds." I found this to be quite annoying. It was also really unnecessary, it didn't add to the story in any way, in my opinion. At the very least though, it made sense for her to be torn between the two, and I kind of liked the way it ended...kinda

Plot: Was interesting and uninteresting at the same time. I didn't see the biggest plot twist coming, although I feel like I should have. It was good but not amazingly complex or anything. 

General Thoughts: It pretty much paled comparison to the first one. It was still really great though and I wolfed it down. So it's still a four star great read for me and I'd highly recommend it. I think the only reason I didn't like it was my high expectations from the first one. I know it sounds like I hated it, but really I didn't. I still loved it!
Add it on Goodreads and buy it from Liberty Bay Books here!


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I'm Back!

Well, I had a blast relaxing this past week, but I did miss you guys (just a little bit). I'm sorry if the posts were off, I was using my phone and the automatic posting and things got a little bit messed up and finicky sometimes. I know that it's been a long time since I've posted any reviews, mostly it's just been lots of features and link ups, and that probably isn't much fun to read, so sorry guys! The good news is I have a lot of new reviews planned, as well as some other non-review stuff, but I think it will all be fun! I'm really working on doing more reviews now. Thanks for sticking with me and putting up with me guys! I really appreciate it and I love y'all!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Swoons


You guys have the stunning Catherine from Stray Imaginations for this weeks topic! She helped me out a lot on this one and we had a blast giggling over the weird, the crazy, and the *gasps*sexual! 

If you're new to this whole thing, Sunday Swoons is a weekly meme (you don't have to post on Sunday. If you can't or don't get it up on the day it doesn't matter, what matters is that you post it and have fun!) Feel free to use my logo, theme, ect, as long as you link back and mention me! You can link up by using the linky button at the bottom of the post.

This Week's Topic is: Bookish Pick-up Lines

Disclaimer: I do not encourage or support the use of pick up lines in real life for anything other than a form of mutual entertainment. Also, if you choose to use any of these lines in real life I can not be held liable for anything that befalls you because of your ill-advised use of them. (If you get slapped in the face you probably deserved it. Oh sorry that wasn't nice. Basically I got 99 problems but your use of bad pick up lines ain't one.)

Let's face it, pick up lines are awful and almost never successful or useful for anything other than a good chuckle occasionally and they are often abused. I don't know who started them but it was a bad idea (in my humble onion) and I personally don't know a single person who finds them attractive or would enjoy one being used on them, but they can be ridiculously hilarious sometimes. So here are 15 totally terrible, but fabulously funny bookish pick-up lines.

1. If you were words on a page you'd be what they call FINE print!
2. Do you have over due books because you have FINE written all over you
3. What are the odds of you being in my favor?
4. Are you from district 1? Because from where I'm standing you look Marvel-ous.
5. Were you forged by Sauron? 'Cause you are precious!
6. Are you a Dementor? 'Cause you take my breath away.
7. Did you just cast a 'Wingardium Leviosa'? 'Cause you're sweepin' me off my feet.
8. The sorting hat has spoken...it says that I belong with you.
9 .Is your name Scarlett? Because when I saw you my heart was gone with the wind.
10. I think you might have mistaken me for a library book… you’ve been checking me out all night.
11. Baby you’re so hot it’s got to be at least Fahrenheit 451 in here.
12.  My Faction is Amity, but girl/boy you make me feel Dauntless.
13. Even if a warlock put blocks on my memories, I'd never forget a face like yours.
14. I want you more than I want a signed copy of The Fault in Our Stars
15. Hey girl/boy, are you an avox or do I just leave you speechless?


Now, all that we really want...




Here are two other totally awesome posts about bookish pick-up lines:
http://thepapersea.net/how-to-pick-up-a-bookish-date/
http://bookriot.com/2013/11/22/dear-book-nerd-whats-best-pick-line-use-librarian/




PS- I wasn't aware my computer freaked and posted the last Sunday Swoons on a Tuesday! I'm sorry I don't know whats happeningggg....

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stacking The Shelves


I stalked up again, so I am linking up with Tynga @ Tynga's Reviews!


First up we have Between The Spark and The Burn by April Genevieve Toucholke! I am SO excited about this one! I LOVED Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea (see my review here)! I thought it was kind of funny that I'd find the "conclusion" to it in the same place and about the same time as I found the first one. If you don't know the story here is the deal, almost a year ago (August 8th) I "partnered up" with my local book store Liberty Bay Books and was given access to their boxes of ARC and Galleys. On my first time digging through I found a copy of BTDaTDBS (sorry it was just way to long to keep doing this) and I kind of freaked out because I had been waiting to read it for over a year. Now as I approach my "partnerversary" with Liberty Bay Books I decided to dig through the boxes again and I just happen to find the conclusion to BTDaTDBS, which I didn't even know existed until that moment. It comes out next month and I am so flippin' excited to crack it open and devour it whole, and of course share with you guys what I thought of it all! 
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Next in my stack is a new release by Emily Lloyd-Jones titled Illusive! I'm not sure what I'll think of this one, but it sounds interesting. It is supposedly, " The X-Men meets Ocean's Eleven" and who could resist something with a premise like that? I'm excited mostly because it is something new. I don't read a whole lot of super hero/criminal stories and I hope this one will be everything I want it to be. 
Cait- When I picked this up and read the back I totally thought, "This sounds like something Cait would read/like..." and just know I went to get the Gooodreads link for it and saw that you have it on your TBR. I don't know how to feel about this...also, the thought mentioned above may have been a deciding factor in picking this up...
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Inland by Kat Rosenfield caught my attention because it was described as, "The psychological labyrinth of a young woman’s insidious connection to the sea..." I don't know if you guys know this about me, but I LOVE psychology and am looking into majoring or minoring in it come college and eventually incorporating it in to what ever career I choose. So naturally this one caught my attention. I'm really interested in the concept, but I'm not sure how it's going to go down.
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Where The Rock Splits The Sky by Philip Webb came out in March, but it sounded...interesting and different. To be honest I had NO idea what it was about when I picked it out. There was no synopsis on the ARC copy, only an excerpt about gold in eyes, but I chose to pick it up nonetheless, so I'm curious to see what it is really all about. (Yes I read the Goodreads synopsis, but still...sometimes the synopsis doesn't prepare you for what you read...)
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Last but not least, we have Period 8 by Chris Crutcher. This book promised me raw emotion, issues with ethics, thrill, and controversy, all of my favorite things. The synopsis however makes it seem like it has a lot of potential take a head dive in the other direction.  I'm feeling conflicted about reading it...and yeah the cover might have played a small part in the decision (of whether or not to pick it)...I mean look at it! Can you blame me?

(Yes that is a girl in the water. What were you looking at?)

What did you guys get this week?




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Friday, July 18, 2014

Figments Friday

(The picture above is mine. Please don't use it without linking back to me or giving me credit as a source. I also would like to recognize the amazing Brooklyn street artist that painted this.)

Welcome to round two of a brand new weekly writing feature called Figments Friday. If you didn't read the original post or just need a refresher, here's what its all about, every Friday I am going to share a figment of my imagination with you guys. It may be a synopsis draft, an excerpt a character interview or description, a teaser quote, ect.. You are welcome to join in as long as you link up with me. You can use my picture as well or create your own.

P.S. I'm sorry about the crazy formatting issues last time. I've never really tried embedding documents before and to do what I wanted I couldn't use a regular google doc, and well things got complicated, but I think I've officially figured it out.
NOTE: I reserve all rights to all of my original work. If you quote or reference any of it I ask that you give me credit. All of these snippets are works in progress and may have typos or need more editing, for the most part they are first drafts. 

This week's is a bit different from the last one, but I'm really excited about this, I think it will be a fun one. Short and simple though. Four of my more major characters are going to discuss their current favorite song.

Kali
Oh wow, um my favorite song? I don't know I don't really have favorite songs. I have favorite artists. I like The Black Keys and City and Colour. I love the soulful passion that comes through from the artists and the lyrics. 
Miss Malu
I love old music and music that makes people happy! Louis Armstrong is one of my favorite artists. I love that brassy, rough, and distressed, quality his voice has. I love "What a Wonderful World," but "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is a close runner up.
Finn
Oh, man, um I don't know. I like Eric Hutchinson's music and I really like Death Cab For Cutie. I guess I like softer indie music the most. Something that's a little bit, I don't know, spunky? Lyrics are important to me, but how it sounds over all means more to me. I love a song with great bass, but the two I wan't to share don't really fit that. 
Kanuha
One of my favorite songs right now is "Am I Wrong" by Nico and Vinz. I guess I relate to it a lot or something, but I just let people think I like it because it's catchy and what's popular right now. Everyone thinks that I'm like that. One of those popular kids that's perfect, and shallow and just follows what's "in," just because I like a lot of stuff that is popular, I play football, and I hang out with some people that are like that. I hate that people just take me at face value and I really hate that I'll never get a chance with the one girl I really want because of it. 

P.S. I'm signing off for a while, but Catherine @ Stray Imaginations  may pop over to keep you guys company sometimes. Also, all of the weekly meme's I participate in will proceed as usual thanks to all this newfangled technology. Have a great rest of the month! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

It's time for yet another round of Teaser Tuesday! This time the teaser is from Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper.


"The trunk should have gone to my mother years ago, but instead my grandmother kept it in the cottage, and although I slept with this thing at my feet for my entire life, I'd never looked inside. I'd never been invited." (pg.5)


Stacking The Shelves


I kind of went crazy and raided Liberty Bay Books this week so. Here is my haul! What does yours look like?
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Link up with Tynga @ Tynga's Reviews!



Salt & Storm: This one comes out September 23rd and I am SO excited to read it! Witches, romance, history, what's not to love?

The Bodies We Wear: September 23rd is the expected publication date on this one also. It sounds really intense and I'm excited to dig into something gritty.

Cruel Beauty: I've wanted to read this one for a really long time and I've heard great things about it so I was ecstatic to get to add it to my pile!

Sorrow's Knot:   This one sounded really interesting and quite unique, so why not, right?

Two Boys Kissing: I've yet to read a David Levithan book, but I've heard great things and I''m excited to finally read Two Boys Kissing. 

The Castle Behind Thorns: I usually love middle grade fiction...once I actually read it. I have issues deciding to read one, enjoy them once I do, but I find it hard to pick them up. I'm excited to dig into this one nonetheless.

Uncaged: Suzanne from Liberty Bay Books recommended that I read this one. I love mysteries so I'm looking forward to reading it and hoping it'll be great!

What do you guys add to your shelves this week?




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sunday Swoons


Sunday Swoons is a weekly meme (you don't have to post on Sunday. If you can't or don't get it up on the day it doesn't matter, what matters is that you post it and have fun!) Feel free to use my logo, theme, ect, as long as you link back and mention me! You can link up by using the linky button at the bottom of the post. You don't have to discuss the same thing as me, you can pick your own topic or use mine.

Today's theme/topic is: Cross Book Ships! 

As far as I know this is a Briana original topic, but then again I don't get out a lot so what do I know. You may remember me attempting to make a list of cross book ships in my Valentines/Dooms Day post. If you don't that's ok, or maybe you're new around here and never experienced that post, that's ok too. I'll explain again for you guys. We all have our ships and OTPs from almost every book we've ever read, and it's usually the two characters that are in love or the loosing side of the love triangle or something, but we never really think about what would happen if all of our favorite book characters met up. Would Four from Divergent fall in love with Katniss from The Hunger Games upon first sight, leaving Peeta sadly single? (Note how I didn't mention Tris...*sobs*) So that's what I'm going to talk about. I'm going to talk about what ships I'd have if all of my favorite (even not so favorite) book characters were thrown together to get another run at finding true love. 

Morunus/Magheus 









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I can't explain why I ship this so hard, but it just came to me the other night and inspired this entire post. Morpheus from A.G. Howard's Splintered Series and Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. I know, y'all think I'm crazy know, but think about it....They are both mysterious, and magical, I don't know how else to describe or explain it, just imagine it...

Issoria/ Victsac 



(I couldn't find any pictures of Victoria) I'm actually a bit conflicted about this one. Mostly because I ship Jaria/Vicay for life. When I think about it though, I think it'd be cute (besides this is ok because Jay moved on). Wendy Higgins's Victoria from the Sweet Trilogy is sweet but is definitely a firecracker a lot of the time. I think that mix would be great to get Issac from John Green's The Fault in Our Stars back on his feet. Victoria would be sweet and gentle about his still healing emotional wounds from the loss of his eyes and his recent heartbreak, but she'd encourage him to be happy, and wild, and show him how to have a great time! They could help each other heal and it would just be really stinkin' adorable!

Simth/ Catmon






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I don't know if this one would actually work out in real life because, they are pretty similar and shy, neither one would want to make the first move or say the first "I love you," but they could geek out together! Wouldn't that just be so irresistibly adorkable though?

Galia/Arle





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Gale from Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games Trilogy is deserving of love in a lot of peoples opinions and I think Aria from Under The Never Sky by Veronica Roth would be just the girl to make that happen. They both under stand how to survive and know what real hardship and distopia is like, but they still have opened their hearts (at some point in time) to love despite the cruelty they see around them all the time. I think they'd make a good team, although we don't know a whole lot about Gale's personality so I can't really elaborate on how well or not well their personalities would jive. 

(Wendy Higgins's idea of ginger and Marna.
Ginger on the left Marna on the right.)
Karger/Ginrou
(I would like to credit this artist
 but I couldn't find who it was)


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Finally we have Karou from the Daughter of Some & Bone series by Laini Taylor and Ginger from Wendy Higgins's Sweet Trilogy. I can just picture Karou spending hours trying to capture Ginger's wild and complex spirit as she sketches and paints her. Ginger is a complex wild child and Karou certainly isn't docile herself, but she is a bit more nice than naughty. I think her nice and laid back side would help keep Ginger grounded and bring out her deeper nice side, and I think the two of them would have a ball together. They were meant to be. 
(Yeah, yeah, Catherine gets some credit for this one. She helped me think it up and we both ship it ridiculously hard core.)

What cross book ships would you ship? What are some of your OTPs?  












Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

It's another terrific Tuesday so here's another tremendous teaser from The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler.


"Had they spared a thought for him at some point during the day? Somehow, he doubted it."(pg. 206)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Figments Friday

(The picture above is mine. Please don't use it without linking back to me or giving me credit as a source. I also would like to recognize the amazing Brooklyn street artist that painted this.)
It's another Figment's Friday. If you didn't read the original post or just need a refresher, here's what its all about, every Friday I am going to share a figment of my imagination with you guys. It may be a synopsis draft, an excerpt a character interview or description, a teaser quote, ect.. You are welcome to join in as long as you link up with me. You can use my picture as well or create your own.

NOTE: I reserve all rights to all of my original work. If you quote or reference any of it I ask that you give me credit. All of these snippets are works in progress and may have typos or need more editing, for the most part they are first drafts.









Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Swoons


If you're new to this whole thing, Sunday Swoons is a weekly meme (you don't have to post on Sunday. If you can't or don't get it up on the day it doesn't matter, what matters is that you post it and have fun!) Feel free to use my logo, theme, ect, as long as you link back and mention me! You can link up by using the linky button at the bottom of the post.

It's another sensational Sunday! Enjoy the swoons and link on up! Don't be shy!

This weeks topic is: Book Boyfriends

Admit it, if you read at all you have at least one if not a collection. Or maybe you have book girlfriends! Either way it's the same concept. So I'm going to spotlight a few of my favorite book boyfriends. (Some of these characters and books may have been used in other Sunday Swoons, but I just can't leave them out! I love them too much!)

The Bad Boy:
The cover model of Kai (Wade Poezyn)
Everyone has a rebellious streak right? If anyone (fictional) were to bring it out in me it would definitely be Kai from Wendy Higgins's Sweet Trilogy. He's a classic, sexy (sorry Grandma but I have to state the facts.), sweet when he wants to be, aloof, doesn't do emotional attachments (well most of the time), and is a whole lot of bad news, but lets face it, who doesn't like a bad boy (at least a little bit deep down)?




The Protective One:
Yeah, yeah, yeah no girl (or guy) likes to be smothered and coddled by an over protective boyfriend(or girlfriend). I get that, but let's face it something is just adorably irresistible about a guy you wants to protect
you and would risk it all to see that you are safe. Jack from The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Francis Long. Our boy Jack is as sweet as it gets and takes his duty as protector very seriously. He strives to protect others no matter the personal cost, but let's a girl do what she's gotta do even if he thinks it dangerous, just not alone, someones gotta be there to help a girl out? Buddy system anyone?





The Mysterious One:
Ok I haven't acctually decided on Team Morpheus yet.
I'm still lovin' the whole Alyeb/Jeyssa thing...
Mystery is exciting and intriguing so who doesn't love a mysterious love interest? Morpheus from  A.G. Howards's Splintered Series is about as mysterious and intriguing as it gets. He's dark and no one seems to really know anything about him. Ask him a question and he'll dodge it so smoothly you won't even know what happened or realize that he didn't even hint at an answer to your question. Oh yeah he's that smooth.
(Yeah Cait this one was special just for you, but I really did want him on this list. He's not here just for you. ;))








The Unshakable One:
Ok, this one sounds bad at first, but I promise I mean it in the very best way. In fact this might be my favorite. By unshakable, I mean that person that isn't going to give up on you or leave you, change their minds about you or even let their feelings about you change (in a bad way), even when things get crazy and everything goes south. Luke Henry from Cat Patrick's Forgotten is the epitome of this. I can't say much without it getting EXTREMELY spoiler-y so you will just have to take my word on this one.









The New Boy in Town:
I'm from a small town. I pass the population sign every time I go down my street and It has hovered right at 9,500-ish for all of my 15 years and so I've gone to school with the same kids for 11 years and will for another three. It's one of those unexciting places where everyone knows everyone and their grandma and anything that is even remotely exciting closes before eight-o-clock in the evening all year long. So, I know how exciting getting a new kid in town can/would be. Naturally, you're going to want to know more and naturally your going to be really curious, and if that new kid in town is cute, whoa baby you better watch out, because you know your going to try to get to know them better, and you know it's going to get crazy interesting. Cas Lightwood in Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake is the new kid in a small town and he's everything you are looking for, including ghost protection. He's as cool as it gets, and he's really sweet and caring, and he looks good, but let's face it your mostly into him because he's as new and exciting as it gets.