Sunday, May 31, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #10


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews  and is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves be it in virtual form or physical. You can include books you’ve won, bought, borrowed from the library or review books.

P.S. I post most of my STS at the end of each month.

In the month of May I.....

Borrowed from the library

The Glass Arrow  by Kristen Simmons
Firebug by Lish McBride
The Fall by Bethany Griffin
Talon (Talon #1)  by Julie Kagawa

I already read The Glass Arrow (review) and Firebug although I still haven't wrote a review for Firebug but I will, just as soon as I straighten out my thoughts. As for The Fall and Talon, I started reading both but got side-tracked by all the new releases. *sigh* But I do plan on finishing them...hopefully. 

Bought/For Review/Gift

Velvet (Trilogy #1) by Temple West 

Yes, I had quite an amazing book month! First I received my pre-order of ACOTAR plus the swag that came along with it. I admit it, I cried when I received the metal bookmark and tattoo, they were just so beautiful! As for Velvet and Scarlet, I bought them when I went to B&N because I had read such amazing things about Velvet and couldn't help but want it. And Scarlet, well as most of you may know I'm hoping to buy all the Lunar Chronicle's so then I can read them all in one go. The Huntress of Thronbeck Forest, I received for review and I'm super excited about because I love retelling's (obviously) especially mixed one's so I can't wait to read it. And lastly my precious precious sister whom I completely adore bought me AN EMBER IN THE ASHES (yes the caps lock are necessary). She kept hearing me go on and on about this beautiful book and decided to surprise me with it, isn't she the sweetest! 



That's all for this week! Leave a comment and/or link to your Stacking the Shelves. I'll make sure to check them out too. Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome weekend!




Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks book that I'm desperate  waiting to get my hands on:



Publication: August 25, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Fantasy, Paranormal

Goodreads Summary

Asylum meets Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, in this riveting tale of ghosts, secrets, and family, from master of suspense Katie Alender.

Delia's new house isn't just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up "troubled" young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play--and it doesn't want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere.

So the house kills her.

Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house's history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house's next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself?
 

Why I'm desperate for The dead Girls of Hysteria Hall: 

Ghost and secrets, two of my favorite things and they all take place in an old insane asylum that somehow turned into a house. If that doesn't pull anyone in, I don't know what will. I'm so curious as to how this story will play out and I wonder what happened to the wicked spirit to make her kill Delia and probably other's as well. Other than being stuck in an insane asylum where she was probably tortured (isn't that what they did back then? I think I went to museum about it but can't remember the name....), I want to know her back story! Gahh I have so many questions! 


What books are you desperate to get your hands on? Leave a comment with your link of WoW and I promise to check it out and fangirl over your books with you as well! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Jack of Souls by Stephen C. Merlino ~ Blog Tour: Review





Title: The Jack of Souls
Author: Stephen C. Merlino
Publisher: Tortoise Rampant Books
Pages: 352
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback/Hardcover/Kindle

An outcast rogue named Harric must break a curse laid on his fate or die by his nineteenth birthday. 
      
As his dead-day approaches, nightmares from the spirit world stalk him and tear at his sanity; sorcery eats at his soul.
      
To survive, he’ll need more than his usual tricks. He’ll need help—and a lot of it—but on the kingdom’s lawless frontier, his only allies are other outcasts. One of these outcasts is Caris, a mysterious, horse-whispering runaway, intent upon becoming the Queen’s first female knight. The other is Sir Willard—ex-immortal, ex-champion, now addicted to pain-killing herbs and banished from the court.
      
With their help, Harric might keep his curse at bay. But for how long?
      
And both companions bring perils and secrets of their own: Caris bears the scars of a troubled past that still hunts her; Willard is at war with the Old Ones, an order of insane immortal knights who once enslaved the kingdom. The Old Ones have returned to murder Willard and seize the throne from his queen. Willard is both on the run from them, and on one final, desperate quest to save her. 
       
Together, Harric and his companions must overcome fanatical armies, murderous sorcerers, and powerful supernatural foes.
       
Alone, Harric must face the temptation of a forbidden magic that could break his curse, but cost him the only woman he’s ever loved.

                                         ***
A tale of magic, mischief, and the triumph of tricksters.

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My Review

The Jack of Souls is a fantasy based series which is why I picked it in the first place. I love fantasy books and this one didn't disappoint though I'll admit at the beginning of the book it was pretty slow paced. Which I know was done to introduce all the main character's but I felt like it could have been shortened. 

What I liked about The Jack of Souls the most is how the author gives all the character's their own point's of view and although at times it did confuse me quite a bit, I enjoyed it nonetheless. Especially how the author intertwined the meeting between the character's and slowly had them come together. All three character's are outcasts and also hold secrets that bring danger to each other but don't have a choice and have to band together.

There's Harric whose cursed by his own mad mother who wants him dead and just as he's about to succumb to his curse he's saved by Caris a horse whisperer with a past. And Sir Willard an ex-immortal who is trying to save the queen while in danger himself. I enjoyed reading these well-written character's and seeing the story unfold before my very eyes. Even though I had a rough start, I couldn't help but enjoy the magical world that Merlino has created and hope that the sequel is even better than the first!

If you're looking for a fantasy filled world, look no further!

Rating: 3 stars

I received this in exchange for an honest review.


About the Author

Stephen C. Merlino lives in Seattle, WA, where he writes, plays, and teaches high school English. He lives with the world's most talented and desirable woman, two fabulous children, and three attack chickens.

Growing up in Seattle drove Stephen indoors for eight months of the year. Before the age of video games, that meant he read a lot. At the age of eleven he discovered the stories of J.R.R. Tolkein and fell in love with fantasy.

Summers and rare sunny days he spent with friends in wooded ravines or on the beaches of Puget Sound, building worlds in the sand, and fighting orcs and wizards with driftwood swords.

About the time a fifth reading of The Lord of the Rings failed to deliver the old magic, Stephen attended the University of Washington and fell in love with Chaucer and Shakespeare and all things English. Sadly, the closest he got to England back then was The Unicorn Pub on University Way, which wasn't even run by an Englishman: it was run by a Scot named Angus. Still, he studied there, and as he sampled Angus's weird ales, and devoured the Unicorn's steak & kidney pie (with real offal!), he developed a passion for Scotland, too.

In college, he fell in love with writing, and when a kindly professor said of a story he'd written, "You should get that published!" Stephen took the encouragement literally, and spent the next years trying. The story remains unpublished, but the quest to develop it introduced Stephen to the world of agents (the story ultimately had two), and taught him much of craft and the value of what Jay Lake would call, "psychotic persistence."

Add to that his abiding love of nerds--those who, as Sarah Vowel defines it, "go too far and care too much about a subject"--and you have Stephen Merlino in a nutshell.

Stephen is the 2014 PNWA winner for Fantasy.

He is also the 2014 SWW winner for Fantasy.

His novel, The Jack of Souls is in its fourth month in the top ten on Amazon’s Children’s Fantasy Sword & Sorcery Best Seller list, and among the top three in Coming-of-Age.
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Friday, May 22, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday


Feature & Follow is a weekly Friday meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can ReadEach host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

I'd love it if you followed me through GFC and Bloglovin' and of course I'll make sure to stop by your blog and do the same!

This weeks question:

How do you write your reviews?

Well, I'm actually not a very organized person but I'm glad my reviews are! I normally go with characters first, then romance (unless there's no romance then I change it up), and plot/world building last. I also write notes down while I'm reading but sometimes don't even use them when I start writing my reviews, I just get so into writing my review that I forget about everything else. 


Thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks book that I'm desperate  waiting to get my hands on:

Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood



Publication: December 8, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Space, Dystopia

Goodreads Summary

Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.

Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren's life . . . possibly from the hands of their own father.

But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?

Author Tessa Elwood's debut series is an epic romance at heart, set against a mine field of political machinations, space adventure, and deep-seeded family loyalties.

Why I'm desperate  for Inherit the Stars:

I don't know if I've said this before but I love arranged marriages/forbidden romance in a book especially when its full of political schemes (hence all the Chinese/Korean historical drama watching). I know sometimes it's cliche or it ends badly but for me I honestly enjoy them. And I'm hoping to love this one, I mean who isn't up for a space adventure/ romance/secrets and lies. I am so in! By the way I can't believe this comes out in December, I know what I want for Christmas but I wouldn't mind getting it early. ;)


 What books are you desperate to get your hands on? Leave a comment with your link of WoW and I promise to check it out and fangirl over your books with you as well! Thanks for stopping by!



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons Review



Publisher: Tor Teen 
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy, Romance Adventure, Action
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Pages: 336

Goodreads Summary

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

My Review

The beginning of The Glass Arrow throws you right into the story, you're transported into a world where woman are seen as nothing more than toys to be bought and thrown away. And where they're auctioned off to the highest bidder. In the middle of this cruel and unforgiving world is Aya who has escaped such a fate by living in the mountains, that is until she's captured.

Although, Aya is taken she doesn't just accept her fate she fights it so much and does whatever she can to stop herself from being auctioned. She's fierce and determined to gain her freedom and go back to the rest of her family, no matter the cost. I seriously felt for her, she was just such a well developed character and I just couldn't help but fall in love with her. I honest to god love her, I'm glad that throughout the story she doesn't lose sight of  herself.

For the romance part of the book though there was some, it didn't consume the whole book which I was thankful for. I actually didn't want Aya to fall in love with anyone because I was scared it would ruin her character for me (sometimes it happens). But thank god it was just me thinking too much, I truly enjoyed Kiran's character just as much as Aya's he seemed secretive to me and I didn't quite trust him just like Aya but he grew on me. I liked how they slowly grew to trust each other little by little before becoming friends (and maybe something else ;). *Spoilerish* Before I go on I'd like to say a few words for Brax, Aya's loyal wolf whom I adored and cried for (yes I cried) and I won't say anything else except that I really love him.  Why Simmons? Why? *cries*

As for the world building, it was pretty amazing and so was the plot it was pretty interesting seeing it unfold. I was never quite sure what was going to happen next, I had to put the book down a couple of times because it made me so nervous, I was so scared for Aya as well as the other characters. The only problem I had with it was that in this world where woman are bought and sold, they had all succumbed to such a fate except Aya I found that quite unbelievable but other than that, I truly loved this book.

This Glass Arrow is absolutely terrific and action-packed! You won't want to miss this one!

Rating: 4 stars

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Woman's Trickery ~ Thailand Drama


Name: A Woman's Trickery
Language: Thai with English subtitles
Episodes: 12

My Review

A Woman's Trickery is about Kate a young girl who loves her family so much but is naive when it comes to the world. Kate is content with her life and believes she has the perfect family and fiancee but she couldn't be more far from the the truth, her father has a gambling addiction. And because of this he has a big amount of debt, and to keep his debtors at bay he decides to rip off money from the company he works at, run by Marisa the head of the Suttagarn family. When the Suttagarn family find out about the deceit, they plan on putting him behind bars but Kate's father offers Marisa something she's been wanting. Which is an heir for the Suttagarn family, he tells them they can have his daughter Kate bear an heir for them and when she does the debt will completely disappear. Marisa's son is disgusted by him for selling his daughter like that and so is his mom but she decides to do it, if only to protect her son from his ex-wife. While Kate's life is being laid out and planned she has no idea of what's coming her way.....

I'll admit I had mixed feelings when I started to watch this, I was so angry at Kate's father because of how he used her like that. Kate is just such a cheerful and kind person that you couldn't help but want to keep her from finding out about what her father did to her. She was so angry, for which I'm glad for (I thought she was just going to accept it since she seems like a Mary Sue kind of character, yes I said it! I judged too quickly) and although she fought it all she could she had to accept it, to keep her family safe. Which I understood, I mean the loan sharks that her father owed money to almost kidnapped her and her little sister. She didn't have much of a choice. God what an awful father!

Sake her love interest and the young heir to the Suttagarn family is one cold guy but he's just been betrayed by his ex-wife so it's understandable that he's the way he is. He wants nothing to do with Kate, he doesn't even want her near him but his mother has other plans....after all Sake's ex-wife keeps coming back and trying to convince him to forgive her. But Sake just wants to be left alone to brood and be angry. *rolls eyes*

I'll admit I was a bit surprised by the chemistry between the two leads, whenever they came on screen there was just this spark between them. I wasn't too sure at first but they totally won me over. They were so adorable, and although at first all they would do was fight mostly because of Sake as soon as they let their guard down and opened up to each other, I was smitten with this couple. I mean just look at them!


I know I know I keep going on and on about Kate and Sake and your probably thinking what about her fiancee?? Well, I'll admit in the beginning it was a tearjerker when she broke off her engagement but honestly when they were together it felt more like a brother and sister thing than a couple (they grew up together). Oh but don't worry he doesn't end up sad and alone, he actually gets a girl too! And on to the second couple which to my surprise I loved as well! Normally I don't care much about the second couple in dramas because sometimes you just don't feel it. But for this one you could totally feel the sexual tension *lifts eyebrows* they were totally swoon worthy and hilarious. Satayu is Kate's ex-fiancee and he is so heartbroken when Kate breaks it off with him and the only one that comforts him is Pakinee Suttagarn (Sake's sister) whom he soon befriends without meaning to........Let the romance commence!

The plot although not the most original (after all it's a remake) I cannot deny that I found myself enjoying it, the romance was just honestly too sweet and adorable that I couldn't pass it up. Both couples were so beautiful, and I couldn't help but smile when they came on screen. Though there were quite a few obstacles some bigger than other's, I'm glad that there weren't that many misunderstandings. I mean sure there were a few but they didn't last long thank god. *wipes imaginary sweat* The villain's in the story were truly despicable but at least one of them redeemed themselves though I would have like to have seen that one person have a happily ever after too. But well, you can't have everything right? As for Kate's family and her father, you're just going have to watch for yourself since I don't want to spoil anything too major.......


All in all this was one big roller coaster ride after another and I regret nothing of it! The Romance was totally worth it!

Rating: 4 stars

Links to watch----------> A Woman's Trickery - Viki.com

I'M BACK!!!


Hey everyone! Some of you may have noticed that I haven't posted anything lately and for that I apologize. As much as I would like to come up with an awesome excuse on how I didn't post anything because I went traveling to an exotic place and had the time of my life (I wish). The truth isn't that amazing, I just spent more time with my family, went to school and watched some Asian dramas that I felt like I'd been putting off for quite some time. 


 I tried to come up with new ideas for my blog but nothing would come to me as you can see *sigh*. There's not really anything interesting to say, I just took a couple days off to clear my thoughts and relax. I'm sure everybody has those days, right? Where they don't know what to do with themselves, and feel a bit out of place. Don't worry, though I'm totally getting on the blogging train again!


Now onto more exciting things like the #booksfortrade that I've been seeing on Twitter a lot. I'm sure most of you have heard about or even traded through, though sadly I haven't and its not because I don't want to but I just lack the courage to do so. But I still enjoy looking at what other people are trading, it seems like fun and I wanna join but I'm a bit nervous. I'll just have to convince myself to go for it!

What about everyone else? Have you used the #booksfortrade yet or are you a bit hesitant like me? ;)




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Daughters unto Devils by Amy Lukavics


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks book that I'm desperate to get my hands on:

Daughters unto Devils by Amy Lukavics


Publication: September 29, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Historical Fiction

Goodreads Summary

When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner's family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly Ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.

When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn't right on the prairie. She's heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can't be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.
 

Why I'm desperate for Daughters unto Devils:

Well, recently I've really been in the mood for something dark (yep mood reader that's me, before I was in the mood for fluffy romance now horror). I actually haven't read that many horror books but this book just put me in the bloody mood. (Haha see what I did there, yeah lame pun) Anyways, from that summary and cover it's seems like this book will be a pretty interesting read. In the mean time I'll just be reading The Fall by Bethany Griffin to keep myself from dying of desperation. 


Anywho. What books are you desperate to get your hands on? Leave a comment with your link of WoW and I promise to check it out and fangirl over your books with you as well! Thanks for stopping by!



Friday, May 1, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday



Feature & Follow is a weekly Friday meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can ReadEach host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

I'd love it if you followed me through GFC and Bloglovin' and of course I'll make sure to stop by your blog and do the same!

This weeks question:

How do you cure a book hangover/blogging slump/reading slump?

This is a great question because just this past week I've been on a blogging slump/reading slump and what I did was I took a break and watched K-dramas/Anime. And just before I resigned myself to another day without being able to read.....*drum roll* something amazing happened! My pre-order of A Court of Thorns and Roses came!!! Gahhh, yep reading slump over!!! 

Thanks for stopping by!