Saturday, December 20, 2014

[Read-a-thon]Bout of Books 12: Sign Up

Bout of Books

It's that time again guys! Boy I feel like it was just August, 2014 did not linger, that's for sure! This will be my second BoB and I'm excited, but also a little worried because it's possible I'll be working two jobs starting January (eep). BUT I will do my best! :) I met a lot of great people at the last BoB and participated in some really fun challenges. If Bout of Books is new to you, I highly recommend you take part!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Anyone else participating? I'm excited just thinking about which books I'll be reading! I update with my goals probably on January 4. :)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Book Review: Crown of Midnight

Title: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: August 23, 2013
Genre: Young Adult // Fantasy // Fae // Romance
Format: Physical Copy
Source: Library

"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for (goodreads).

And the plot thickens....
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Book Review: Made for You

 Title: Made for You
Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Genre: Young Adult // Mystery // Romance // Murder
Format: Physical Copy
Source: Library

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.
For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling (goodreads).

Made for You is a fun mystery. And while the mystery kept me turning pages, the characters were what sold the book for me. 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#53]

Title: The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1)
Author: Melissa Grey
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: April 28, 2015

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.
Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.
Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.
But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire (goodreads)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

[Reading Challenge] Diversity on the Shelf Sign Up

My Little Pocketbooks

I told myself that I was taking part in this next time, and guess what NEXT TIME IS HERE.

I'm super excited to take part in this challenge, because as a POC, I don't think I read enough books either featuring or by POC. And I'm not okay with that.

So what's this all about?


[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#50]

As easy as he is to read, it's only that way when he wants to be read. Most of the time, he's able to hold back his expressions, and I don't know what the hell he's thinking.

Page 80

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover [GoodReads]

Monday, December 15, 2014

Discussion: Amazon Reviews v Blogger Reviews

Happy Monday lovelies! As it is the holiday season and we're all looking for bookish gifts for our friends (and ourselves), I thought to myself...."what makes you read a book?"

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Book Review: I Want it That Way

Title: I Want it That Way (Apartment 2B #1)
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Genre: New Adult // Romance
Format: Physical Copy
Source:  Author

Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she's determined to make them come true—for her parents' sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B…. 
Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can't risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia's and Ty's paths cross, and soon they can't stay away from each other. 
The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can't know what you truly need until you stand to lose it (goodreads).

Besides transporting you back to the gold ol' early 2000s, I Want It That Way delivers a cute story about two people who seem to be on separate paths in life. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Book Review: Illusions of Fate

Title: Illusions of Fate
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Genre: Fantasy // Young Adult // Romance // Magic
Format: eBook
Source: Library

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”
Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him (goodreads).

Illusions of Fate is set in beautiful world based in magic and political gain.