July Wrap-Up/August TBR

So far the summer seems to be alternating between colder than normal temperature with rain and extreme mugginess that makes it impossible to sleep. Not so good for pool days or tanning but great for reading.

July Wrap-Up:

taken by storm Taken By Storm – Jennifer Lynn Barnes. 3/5 stars. Enjoyable series but the characters didn’t completely grab me. I did like the writing so I’m excited to see her new book.

never always sometimes Never Always Sometimes – Adi Alsaid. Review. 4/5 stars. I did prefer the characters in Let’s Get Lost but I did like the quirkiness and the way he chose to tell the story.

every last word Every Last Word – Tamara Ireland Stone. Review. 4.5/5 stars. This book was so good. I fell in love with it.

chosen at nightfall Chosen at Nightfall – CC Hunter. 4/5 stars. The main series is over:( It’s been such a great reading experience with characters I really liked.

marked Marked – PC and Kristin Cast. 3/5 stars. I’ve own this series for a while but never read it so I decided it was time this month. It’s good so far but not grabbing me like other paranormal series have.

saint anything Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen. Review. 4/5 stars. Loved the characters and whose POV she chose to write from. It gave a unique perspective.

betrayed Betrayed – PC and Kristin Cast. 3/5 stars. Still good but not grabbing me. This one did grab me a bit more than the first book.

daughter of the deep Daughter of Deep Silence – Carrie Ryan. Review. 3/5 stars. The whole premise was interesting but I had problems with the plot.

chosen Chosen – PC and Kristin Cast. 3.5/5 stars. This was probably my favourite of the ones I’ve read so far. I lost myself in this one more and started to care about the characters.

get dirty Get Dirty – Gretchen McNeil. Review. 4/5 stars. I enjoyed this conclusion more than the beginning, just by a little. More characters meant the dynamics of the group changed so there were some interesting interactions.

untamed Untamed – PC and Kristin Cast. 3.5/5 stars. Some of the books in this series might need to be a re-read to fully appreciate them. They seem to be a go-to right now on muggy nights and sometimes it’s hard to concentrate.

court of thrones and roses A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas. 4/5 stars. Enjoyed it but went in with really high expectations based on Throne of Glass and didn’t quite meet them.

hunted Hunted – PC and Kristin Cast. 3/5 stars. Another good addition to the series.

how not to fall in love How (not) to Fall in Love – Lisa Brown Roberts. Review. 3.5/5 stars. Really cute and light read. Great for poolside or beach reading.

leveller The Leveller – Julia Durango. 3/5 stars. Review coming. Really interesting concept. Got lost a few times in trying to understand the tech and world.

tempted Tempted – PC and Kristin Cast. 3/5 stars. Still enjoying the series.

burned HON Burned – PC and Kristin Cast. 3/5 stars. I did mention I was reading this series a lot, right?

tiny pretty things Tiny Pretty Things – Sona Charaipotra/Dhonielle Clayton. Review. 4/5 stars. Loved the ballet aspect. Did wish there was more female friendship.

dragon oath Dragon’s Oath – PC and Kristin Cast. 3/5 stars. Have to read the short stories in a series too.

enclave Enclave – Ann Aguirre. 3/5 stars. Enjoyable. I think I expected to be more scared considered the synopsis but it was a good read.

outpost Outpost – Ann Aguirre. 3.5/5 stars. Still enjoyable. Glad I finally got around to reading this series. It’s been sitting on my shelf for too long.

finding audrey Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella. Review coming. 3.5/5 stars. First Sophie Kinsella book and I enjoyed it. There were a few over the top moments but overall, I liked Audrey and there were great character interactions.

horde Horde- Ann Aguirre. 3.5/5 stars. Really good conclusion though it felt long at times, especially when compared to how short the other books were.

chasing impossible Chasing Impossible – Katie McGarry. Review coming. 4.5/5 stars. I love these characters and it was great to see so many of them from the series present in this book. Both Logan and Abby were very complicated characters.

fondation Foundation – Ann Aguirre. 3/5 stars. A very short read.

vortex 2 Vortex – SJ Kincaid. 4/5 stars. Didn’t feel like a middle book, which was nice. I like that even though it’s very high-tech, I can understand the terms to follow along.

endurance Endurance – Ann Aguirre. 3/5 stars. Another short story.

between us and the moon Between Us and the Moon – Rebecca Maizel. Review coming. 3.5/5 stars. It was a cute story about a girl finding herself and I loved all the astronomy involved in her life.

what you left behind What You Left Behind – Jessica Verdi. Review coming. 3.5/5 stars. It was good and I teared up a few times but I think I expected to be sobbing and I wasn’t. Still, a very good story about grief and forgiveness.

restoration Restoration – Ann Aguirre. 3/5 stars. Another short story and now I think the series is complete.

August TBR:

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Exposing My-Shelf: Shelf Nine

I am notorious for being very, very particular about where my books go on my shelves. I have reasons why they’re placed where they are. They might not make sense to anyone else but they make sense to me, so that’s all that matters. Every now and then my reasons will change or there will be an influx of new books(looking at you April/May/September) that will make it necessary for the system to be tweaked. Every Friday(hopefully) I’ll be posting a picture of one shelf and explaining the reasoning behind it. By the time I’ve posted every shelf section, it’ll be time to re-arrange and start all over again.

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Shelf contains:

Obsidian – Jennifer L Armentrout

Onyx – Jennifer L Armentrout

Opal – Jennifer L Armentrout

Origin – Jennifer L Armentrout

Opposition – Jennifer L Armentrout

The Return – Jennifer L Armentrout

Daimon – Jennifer L Armentrout

Half Blood – Jennifer L Armentrout

Pure – Jennifer L Armentrout

Deity – Jennifer L Armentrout

Elixir – Jennifer L Armentrout

Apollyon – Jennifer L Armentrout

Sentinel – Jennifer L Armentrout

White Hot Kiss – Jennifer L Armentrout

Stone Cold Touch – Jennifer L Armentrout

This is my Jennifer L Armentrout shelf that is going to need expanding once Every Last Breath gets here since there’s no room for it. I love Jennifer L Armentrout’s writing in any form and own all her books that I’ve been able to get my hands on. Maybe in the next shelf re-arrange I’ll try to get all the Jennifer L Armentrout and the J Lynn books on the same big shelf.

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Comparing Before and After: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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This was my WoW pick(hosted by Breaking the Spine) way back on September 3rd 2014, almost a year ago. Back then, I was excited because:

” The last book I read that compared itself to Fault in Our Stars and Eleanor and Park was really good and this one definitely seems to have the quirky characters and the potential to shatter my heart.”

After reading, I still haven’t been able to wrapped my head outside it well enough to review it. I can’t put into words exactly what I want to say about this book. It broke me, it shattered me, but in this wonderful way where I’ll remember having such strong feelings while reading forever. If the movie produces even half as much feels, I can’t go see it in theaters. I’ll have to bring my Snuggie and hide under it so no one can see me bawling. At least until everyone else is bawling too.

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Waiting on Wednesday

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This is a feature started on Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming books.

This week’s pick is:

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The Sword of Summer

Release date: October 6th 2015

Goodreads: Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Why I’m excited: It’s a Rick Riordan take on Norse mythology! It’s Thor and Loki and hopefully follow the mythology more than comic books(which are great but there’s so much more complex emotional stuff to play with in the mythology). I just can’t wait to see how Rick Riordan plays in the Norse world.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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I can see the sun! Definitely taking advantage and reading outside today. Family reunion this weekend so either going to have to try to read extra before then to keep up this pace or sneak off with a book there. It’s being held at a center that used to hold a summer camp I attended so I do know all the best hiding spots.

Currently Reading: between us and the moon

Finished Reading: endurancevortex 2fondationchasing impossiblehordefinding audreyoutpost

Reviewed: tiny pretty thingshow not to fall in love

What I’m hoping to get to next week: what you left behindone plus one to read

chasing impossiblefinding audrey to review.

What this means for my challenges:

  • Added 7 books overall: currently at 210 books read
  • Added 2 contemporary: currently at 78 books read
  • Added 5 dystopian: currently standing at 30 books read
  • Added 1 debut YA 2015 author: currently standing at 42 books read

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten characters who are bookworms.

10. obsidian Katy from the Lux series – Jennifer L Armentrout. She’s a book blogger and reviews ARCs and just all around loves books.

9. fault Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars – John Green. She was so passionate about her favourite book that she went to Amsterdam to meet the author.

8. throne of glass big Celaena from the Throne of Glass series – Sarah J Maas. She can kick ass and she loves curling up with a book.

7. fangirl big Cath from Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell. She even wrote fanfiction of her favourite characters from her favourite series.

6. start of me and you Paige from The Start of Me and You – Emery Lord. She would sneak off at parties to read. I’d definitely join her.

5. harry potter Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series – JK Rowling. She’s always reading.

4. more happy than not Aaron from More Happy Than Not – Adam Silvera. He kept loving his favourite series even when reading wasn’t a cool thing in his neighbourhood.

3. hobbit Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit – JRR Tokien. He even write his own book about his adventures.

2. clockwork angel big Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices trilogy – Cassandra Clare. She’s always quoting books and looking for her next read.

1. matilda Matilda from Matilda – Roald Dahl. She loves to read and was so often surrounded by books she borrowed from the library.

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Book Review: Tiny Pretty Things by Charaipotra/Clayton

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Tiny Pretty Things

4 stars

Bette, Gigi, and June are all ballet dancers with the same goal. Be on top at their elite Manhattan ballet school, be the one who’s noticed, get the lead role. Gigi’s the new girl taking the school by storm but she’s hiding a secret that could kill her. Bette is a legacy and under the constant shadow of her star old sister, which has brought out her nasty side. June is always in the background and needs to be noticed this year or her mother is pulling her out. When the competition for the lead roles is so intense, things can turn ugly fast.

I was very excited to hear about this book. I’m a fan of ballet and I enjoyed movies that have used ballet as a main focus(Black Swan, Center Stage). After reading it, I definitely get the Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars comparison.

Of the three girls, Gigi was my favourite. She was the easiest to like since she was new to the whole extreme competition area of ballet and she seemed to genuinely want to befriend the other girls. The other two, Bette and June, had a lot of unlikeable moments, and sometimes were horrible, but there were also moments when I felt for them too. June loved to dance and her mother was ready to pull her out of the best school. Bette would never measure up to her mother’s standards even though she constantly did everything she could think of to meet them. They were willing to bully, to blackmail, to threaten, to injure, all in the name of getting the lead role to appease their parents, to prove they were worth it.

There was a bit of romance but it was mostly there as support to the main story. It was light and I enjoyed the developing relationships as they were happening. It might have been nice to see one or two other girls who were nice and offered some genuine friendship feeling in the book so it didn’t feel like all the girls were backstabbers but there was some friendship shown between a couple of the boys, so it was there. I just really missed it with the girls.

I liked the way the story was told in the three separate POVs. Gigi was the main target of the bulling and we saw her suspicions, but we also saw Bette and June’s reactions to each incident and as it escalated, more theories seemed to emerge as to who was the instigator.

There were some cliffhangers at the end so I’m glad that there is another book coming. I wasn’t aware of that when I first read the book and panicked a little when I got to the end. I have theories and I need to know if they’re right!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: How (not) To Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts

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How (not) To Fall in Love

3.5 stars

Darcy Covington is used to having everything taken care of, her car, her meals, her clothes, her house. Money was never a concern. Then her car is repossessed from the school parking lot, in front of her classmates, and Darcy learns that her father’s business is in trouble. Not only that, but her father is nowhere to be found. Darcy and her mom are left to deal with the fallout in the media and their lives. Thankfully, Darcy’s uncle has a thrift store where she can hide out when she needs to, and it has the added bonus of employing a hot mechanic named Lucas. Through it all, Darcy needs to call on strength and abilities she never knew she had in order to help pull her family back together.

I found myself really enjoying this book. The more I got into it, the more I enjoyed it. It managed to be a cute, light story about a girl falling in love while finding herself but also a coming-of-age story about a girl being forced to discover the type of person she could be when she needed to step up.

I loved Darcy as a character. She came from a rich family and maybe was a little spoiled but when things started to fall apart, she was the one finding the strength in herself to make the hard decisions and to do what had to be done in order to move on with their lives. I thought her growth arc was well done and it felt like a natural progression for her character. I enjoyed the way she interacted with people and the faith she had in her father. She was a character that was easy to root for and she made me want to root for the people she loved as well.

There was definite chemistry between her and Lucas. I liked that they became friends first even though it was clear there was something more pulling them together. They met at a vulnerable time in Darcy’s life and she needed someone she could lean on and talk to. Someone who would get it. His little sister Pickles was so adorable and smart for her age, especially when it came to what her brother needed in his life.

I loved the character interactions in this book. They were colorful and each added something to the book and to Darcy;s life. Her uncle Charlie was always there for her even though her father had cut him out of their lives years ago. Liz, her boss, was an example of someone Darcy could be, strong and independent even when accepting some help some times. Her mother was both a path Darcy could have gone down if she’d been unwilling to face the reality of what was happening and a reason for Darcy to face that reality. Her best friend was a link to her old world, a positive link who could give her perspective on things – especially on how she should be with Lucas.

Darcy’s growth was my favourite part of this book but I did also enjoy the articles that were included throughout the book on Darcy’s father and the comments users had posted. Darcy’s father was a motivational self-help guru type and the fact that he took off and supposedly left his business in taters was, of course, making huge headlines. There were users who thought he was a fraud and this was proof and there were users who believed in his words and were helped by his words. They felt like(nicer) versions of posts I would expect to see in real life on a forum or article dedicated to that topic.

Overall, it was a quick read that was propelled by Darcy’s growth as a character. As someone who loved character growth, that made it a very enjoyable read.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Exposing My-Shelf: Shelf Eight

I didn’t forget, I promise. I just got off work and came straight here to post this week’s shelf picture.

I am notorious for being very, very particular about where my books go on my shelves. I have reasons why they’re placed where they are. They might not make sense to anyone else but they make sense to me, so that’s all that matters. Every now and then my reasons will change or there will be an influx of new books(looking at you April/May/September) that will make it necessary for the system to be tweaked. Every Friday(hopefully) I’ll be posting a picture of one shelf and explaining the reasoning behind it. By the time I’ve posted every shelf section, it’ll be time to re-arrange and start all over again.

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Shelf contains:

Fallen – Lauren Kate

Torment – Lauren Kate

Passion – Lauren Kate

Rapture – Lauren Kate

Fallen in Love – Lauren Kate

Waterfall – Lauren Kate

Teardrop – Lauren Kate

As you can see, this shelf is a Lauren Kate shelf, with Teardrop and Waterfall being out of order and has been fixed by the time of writing this. When authors have multiple series in the same genre, I try to keep them together as much as possible. Until I decide on some other way to arrange books.

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Comparing Before and After: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

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This was my WoW pick(hosted by Breaking the Spine) back on Feb 11 2015. Well over a year ago. Back then, my thoughts were:

“I loved Let’s Get Lost so I’m automatically excited for a new book. This seems like there will be lots of character growth just by the synopsis. I’m already torn on whether I want to hope there’s chemistry between them for a romance or to hope they stay friends since there’s not enough male-female friendships out there. It will on depend on the characters.”

After reading and reviewing, I didn’t enjoy it as much as Let’s Get Lost but there were still a lot of great moments that I liked. It was quirky and I loved the character interactions but it didn’t have all the magic that made me fall in love with Let’s Get Lost.

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