Monday, August 20, 2018

Why I Love Blogging

Last week I came to the realization that I have been blogging for over seven years now. How did the years get away from me? How have I stuck to this hobby for so long? Even with all of the hard work that goes into blogging and the occasional drama, I don't think I could give it up. Here's why: 
Friday, August 17, 2018

Book Review: The Raging Ones

Title: The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones #1)
Author: Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction | Romance 
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Source: Publisher
Format: e-ARC

In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds. 
Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday. 
Until the day she does. 
Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him. 
Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny. 
With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do (goodreads) 

I am confused and unimpressed. 
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Book Review: The Kiss Quotient

Title: The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang
Genre: Adult | Contemporary | Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Source: Library
Format: eBook

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases--a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.
It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice--with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan--from foreplay to more-than-missionary position...
Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he's making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic...(goodreads)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

First Thoughts [#170]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Bookstore Highlight: Volumes

National Independent Bookstore day really made me realize how many awesome indies I have around me; there is just something special about going to a bookstore that has its own personality. I will be highlighting an indie bookstore that I come across and would love to learn more about your indies as well! Without further ado, I introduce you to...
Friday, August 10, 2018

Book Review: These Rebel Waves

Title: These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1)
Author: Sara Raasch
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Source: ALA
Format: ARC

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.
Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.
Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.
As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace (goodreads)

These Rebel Waves needed to slow down a bit. 
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Book Review: #murdertrending

Title: #murdertrending
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Genre: Young Adult | Thriller
Publisher: Freeform
Publication Date: August 7, 2018

Source: Publisher
Format: ARC

WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.
When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners kill them off one by one (goodreads)?

#murdertrending was shocking but believable.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday [#142]

Title: As She Ascends (Fallen Isles #2)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: September 11, 2018

MIRA, THE HOPEBEARERMira Minkoba is on the run with her friends after a fiery escape from the Pit, where she’d been imprisoned for defending the dragons she loves. And she wants answers. Where have all the dragons been taken? Why are powerful noorestones being shipped to the mainland? And did the treaty she’s been defending her whole life truly sell out the Fallen Isles to their enemies?
MIRA, THE DRAGONHEARTEDAs her connection to the dragons—and their power—grows stronger, so does Mira’s fear that she might lose control and hurt someone she loves. But the only way to find the truth is to go home again, to Damina, to face the people who betrayed her and the parents she’s not sure she can trust.
Home, where she must rise above her fears. Or be consumed.
The second page-turning novel in Jodi Meadows’ Fallen Isles trilogy scorches with mysterious magic and riveting romance as one girl kindles a spark into a flame (goodreads).

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

First Thoughts [#178]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.