Favorite Quotes

'Once upon a time, there was a man as great as the gods...... But even the great can tremble with fear. Even the great can Fall.

Mary E. Pearson, Kiss of Deception

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Mini Review: Black Butler Volume 3 by Yana Toboso

 Grade: Great 
Series: Black butler
Author: Yana Toboso

Terrorizing its populace, Jack the Ripper has shaken London to its very core. But when Sebastian Michaelis, singular butler of the Phantomhive house, lays bare the madman's true identity, all that is left for him to do is eliminate the perpetrator in the name of the Queen and Phantomhive. But inhumanly efficient skills don't guarantee victory when the opponent is just as supernaturally gifted! And though Sebastian may be able to save Ciel from physical harm in the battle that ensues, will the young earl ever recover from the emotional scars it will leave on his heart?

This one starts right where the last one ended. And it was really great to read Sebastian fight again and to see Madam Red's past to see why she did what she did. This whole volume was great to read!  And it was also interesting to read Sebastian's true nature come out just a little bit. There was some parts where you could tell he was a devil, but than he would go back to his normal gentleman manner.

And this whole volume isn't just about the fight between Sebastian and Grelle. It's kind of weird, because after the fight it's like a whole new volume started. The Ripper case is said and done with and it's never really mentioned again. So, it feels like it's two volumes.

One thing that is interesting to read it Ciel and Sebastian's relationship. Their relationship has like multi personality disorder. One second it's like they care for each other like brother, then the next it's like it's nonexistent, than it just turns creepy. Usually something like that would be annoying to read, but in this it was really interesting to read.

 I just love this series and if you are looking for a new manga to read I would highly suggest this one, it's great. I can't wait until it starts getting more in-depth in the whole Demons and Grim reapers world. Also the ending gives you just enough of a nugget to makes you wonder whats going to happen in the next volume.

This book is...

Happy reading.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (59)

"Stacking the Shelves" is a weekly theme hosted by Tynga's reviews . Feel free to join in if you want. In this theme I showcase all the books I got this week.

I got only two books this week, but I am super excited to read both of them and I've heard just nothing but good things for them. I'm just so happy with this haul!!!

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
I know it's been a while since this released, but I am so exited that I got my hands on a copy!!! I've heard so many great things about this one, but I also heard that the cliffhanger is worse than Opal's. So I'm both exited to read it and very terrified to read the end.

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacy Jay
I've heard phenomenal things about this and I think I will love it!!!! Just by reading the first few pages I can tell that I will like this.

That's what I got this week, what did you get?
Happy reading

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Review: The Edge of Never J. A. Redmerski

Name: The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1)
Author: J. A. Redmerski
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: Paperback, 426 pages

Goodreads Summary

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

I've been wanting to read more New Adult books lately and since this book has a lot of hype I decided to start with this one. And in the end it turned out like most of my "Hyped up" reads, good but just not amazing. There was also some other issues I had with it, but overall I enjoyed it but I wasn't blown away by it.

This book starts with the man character Camryn getting tired of her how her life is and so she buys a ticket to anywhere on a bus. There she meets Andrew and they start to grow a relationship and the plot goes from there. First off I want to say that did enjoy reading this. The plot captured your attention and kept it. And even though It didn't blow me away I did think the plot line was interesting.

The second thing I want to say is I didn't really like the ending. It felt to rushed to me. I think the book should have focused more on the tragic aspect of the book, instead of revealing it to the characters and resolving it in the span of like 40 pages.

I have a lot of mixed feelings for the characters in this. At first I didn't like them but as the book went on I started liking. The characters really confused me in the beginning. They where all over the place, you couldn't get a feel for their personality's. It was like the author herself couldn't get a feel on their personalty's either. However, as the book went on, the characters solidified, a lot. That's why in the end I really liked them, but they where just really confusing in the beginning.

The biggest thing that I didn't really like in this book was the massages it had. The reason Camryn left was because she didn't like how her life was normal. She didn't want to have a life where she was doing the same thing every day. And I understand that, it's kind of why I don't like High School, it's just the same thing day in and day out and that gets boring. But what I didn't like was how they kind of looked at the "normal life" as bad. I can understand wanting either one, I can understand wanting to go to collage to get a career and  also understand wanting to backpack across the world. And so didn't get why Camryn and Andrew couldn't understand why people would want that kind of life. It's like really, just cause you don't want that doesn't mean everybody shouldn't want that.

I was also confused on the fact that both of them knew nobody else that wanted to travel. Half the people I know want to do that, people who want to travel aren't has rare as they are portrayed in the book.

The last thing that annoyed me in this book was how Andrew became her whole life. It's great that the guy you like it part of your life, but I hate it in books where the love interest is the main characters whole life. I just don't like it when a characters whole life is resolves around a guy/girl. I just don't think a relationship like that is healthy, because it makes you dependent on that person. I think a relationship should make you stronger not more dependent.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, but it didn't dazzle me and make me fall in love with it. Also I didn't like some of the massages it sent. However, do I recommend it? Yes, for the simple fact that things that I didn't really like in this book where things that I interpreted. And you could very well interpreted these things differently and they could make the outstanding for you.

This book gets...

3 Butterflies
Basic, nothing special.

Happy reading

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (34)

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Best Sequels Ever (thanks Tiff for this suggestion!)

Dark Triumph by Robin LeFevers
If you've read this one you know what I mean, this book was amazing!! It was so freaking good!!! I thought it even better than Grave Mercy!

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Even though this wasn't better than Shatter Me, I still thought it was so good!!!

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
This blew me away!! It was perfect!!

Everbound by Brodi Ashton
This is the book that made this series one of my favs!

Chasing the Secret by Maya Snow
I loved this series!! And this was one of the best books in the series! Although I'v lost hope that the fourth book will release in America. 

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 
This is my favorite book in this series!! It's such a great book!!

Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan
I am in love with this series!! Although I have yet to the last one, but this book was so good!! 

Guinevere's Gamble by Nancy McKenzie
I love anything to do with King Arthur and so of course I loved this series. and I devoured this book! It was so fantastic!! Although this is another series that I've given up hope that will ever finish and I really want to read the last two books :(. 

Fire by Kristin Cashore 
Even though some people say this was to slow, I thought it was amazing!!! And I really want to read Bitterblue soon. 

DemonGlass by Rachel Hawkins
This book was amazing!! I love Hex Hall and this book was just as good!

That's my list, whats yours?
Happy reading

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Mini Review: Black Butler Volume 2 by Yana Toboso

 Grade: Great
 Series: Black Butler #2
Author: Yana Toboso

As high society's social calendar opens up and the Season draws to a close, London is gripped by fear. Someone has taken to stalking women of the night and painting the town red...in their blood. The name on everyone's lips seems to be "Jack the Ripper" - and as a result, the name on Queen Victoria's lips is Phantomhive. Summoned to London to clean up the mess created by this madman, Ciel Phantomhive arrives with Sebastian, his extraordinary butler, at his side to pour him tea, polish his silver, and...investigate a serial killer. And with the aid (and occasional interference) of a few of the Phantomhive house's numerous acquaintances, little stands in the way of the young earl getting to the bottom of this mystery. However, one question remains...can he handle the shattering truth behind it?

So, volume 2 of the Black butler series begins a few days after the events in the first one. And the Queen's hound dog goes to London to solve the Jack the Ripper cause. I was really excited to read this one and it was so good!!

You know how I said in my review for the first volume that I could get obsessed with this series if the plot developed a bit more? Well the plot develops a lot in this one and I got hooked!! I am officially obsessed with this series! It's just so good. And I was floored when it showed who Jack the Ripper was.

I think one of the big parts on why I'm obsessed with it is because of the characters. It's like you don't know very much about the characters, but that's not a bad thing. It just makes you want to read more to puzzle these characters out, especially Sebastian. Sebastian is the type of character that creeps you out and also really interests you. Like in the beginning when he's thinking about all that stuff, it really creeped me out, but also made me want to know more about him. I know that sounded weird, but if you read this you'll understand it.

You also learn a bit more about the Demons or "Devils" in this one and also about some other creatures. Not a whole lot but just enough for you to be like "I need to know more!" And the book also ends in a cliff hanger that made me glad I had the next book already, because I really wanted to see Sebastian fight again!!

So far I am really loving this series and I can't wait to read the rest of the volumes!!! And if your interested in reading manga than I would highly recommend this one.

This book is...

Happy reading.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (58)

"Stacking the Shelves" is a weekly theme hosted by Tynga's reviews . Feel free to join in if you want. In this theme I showcase all the books I got this week.

I only got a small haul this week. Which is good considering last weeks huge haul.

Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent
I love Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series and I've been wanting to start her other series. And I am really excited to start this series, because it looks freaking awesome!!

Black Butler Volume 4 & 5 by Yana Toboso
If you don't know by now, I am officially obsessed with this series!! I just love it!! And I've already finished these two and they where so freaking awesome!!

That's my haul, what did you get this week?
Happy reading.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Discussion Time: Reading in Accents

I was just reading a book and I was almost finished with it, when there was a reference about the one of the characters having an accent. And I was taken back, because I remember reading in the beginning that the author said that this character had an accent, but it completely slipped my mind.

So that made me wonder, do you ever read in accents?

Like, if your an american and a character has a British accent, do you read whatever the character says in a British accent? Or whatever nationality you are, do you read a character's dialogue in the accent that the character has?

For me it's a big fat No. I almost never read a character's dialogue in their accent. The only times that I have is when the author takes the time to make the character sound like they have an accent. Like if they're British and the author incorporates British slang into their dialogue than I read it in a British accent. But if the author doesn't do that (which they almost never do) than I don't read it in their accent. And this disappoints me, because I feel like a character's accent helps make them more real and give them more depth. And so I don't like it when I get to the end of the book and suddenly I remember that they're suppose to have an accent.

So, comment below if you do and don't read in accents, because I'm really interested to see if I'm the only one that doesn't read in accents.
Happy reading

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (33)

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

 Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List (you could do top ten fall releases you plan on reading or just your planned reading list)

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Even though I love this series have yet to read this one. And I really want to read it as soon as  can.

The Black Butler series by Yana Toboso

I'm just going to say the whole series on this one, because I know I'm going to read all of the books that are out for this series as soon as I can.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tokien
 I'v been wanting to re-read this one for a while now and I've kept putting it off for some reason. So, I'm going to make myself read it as soon as I can. 

Tomorrow by C. K. Martin

I'm doing a review for this one for the Book Tour in October. So of course this is ones on my Fall TBR

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

I've been wanting to read another book set in the roaring 20s so I know I'm going to read this one soon. 

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

I loved The Immortal Rules so naturally I want to read this one. Although I have to decide If I want to get the hardcover copy or trade for an ARC of it so it matches my copy of Immortal Rules.

Endless Knight by Kresley Cole 

I can't wait for this one to release!! I know I'm going to read it as soon as it comes out.

Wild Cards by Simone Ekleles 

I've been seeing some negative reviews for this one, but I am still going to read it as soon as I can. 

Burned by Ellen Hopkins 

I am scared to read this one, because I've heard it breaks your heart. But I am going force myself to start it. 

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

I've been really wanting to continue more series and this is one of the sequels on top of my sequel list. 

That's my list, what's yours

Happy reading

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mini Review: Black Butler Volume 1 by Yana Toboso

Grade: Good
Series: Black Butler
Author: Yana Toboso

In the Victorian ages of London The Earl of the Phantomhive house, Ciel Phantomhive, needs to get his revenge on those who had humiliated him and destroyed what he loved. Not being able to do it alone he sells his soul to a demon he names Sebastian Michaelis. Now working as his butler, Sebastian must help the Earl Phantomhive in this suspenseful, exciting, thriller manga.

This book introduces Ciel Phantomhive, the 12 year hold Head of the Phantomhive Family and his butler, Sebastian Michaelis and the plot goes from there. And even though I enjoyed this book, there isn't much of a plot in this first book. It's more of an introduction book in the sense that it introduces the characters and the whole mystery surrounding Ciel's past and Sebastian. Which was fine to read, but because of it I can't tell you how good the plot of the series is yet since it hasn't fully manifested yet.

And also the plot gets a little confusing, but that was just because of the mystery aspect of the book. In the end all the confusing things make sense, but as your reading it it's a little confusing.

And I really liked the characters in this one. Ciel didn't get much depth in this one, although he has a lot of potential to get depth, because of all the mystery surrounding his past. And the same goes for Sebastian, it was like he had to modes, good Butler and very creepy fighter. And I can see as the series goes on, him getting more in-between modes.

The art work in here isn't anything really noteworthy. It's like any other manga, which I really like the art work in manga, but if you don't, then don't pick this series up expecting fantastic art work.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I think it was a good set up to a potentially great series. And I can also see myself get really obsessed with this series if it gets more of a plot line.

This book Is..

Happy reading

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (57)

"Stacking the Shelves" is a weekly theme hosted by Tynga's reviews . Feel free to join in if you want. In this theme I showcase all the books I got this week.

So, you guys know how in the past few weeks I haven't gotten very any books? Yeah, well that isn't really the cause................I just love buying books. And most of these books I've been wanting to read for a while now.

Tomorrow by C. K. Martin
I get sent this ARC for a blog tour I am participating in.

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
I traded for this book at the YA Book Exchange and I just can't wait to read it!!! I've been wanting to read this for a long time now I am really excited to own a copy??

Black Butler Volume 2 by Yana Toboso
I am in love with this series!!!! My review for the first one will be up tomorrow. 

Black Butler Volume 3 by Yana Toboso
I'm almost finished with this one and I am obsessed with this series!!!

Going to Far by Jennifer Echols
These next five I ordered from Amazon. And I already read this one, but I never owned a copy and I am so excited that I do now!!!

Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Ditto to Going to Far.

Beautiful Young Things by Anna Godberson
I have always been interested in "Roaring 20s" and this book looks really interesting!!

Fateful by Claudia Gray
I really liked her Evernight series and I've always wanted to read this one. So when I saw this hardcover on Amazon for 3$s I had to get it.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
I am both excited and hesitent to read this one, because all my other encounters with Time Travel books have been bad. But this book has such a pretty cover. I just had to get it!!

Tides by Betsy Cornwell 
Haven't heard much about this, but it looked pretty good.

That's what I got this week, what did you get?
Happy reading

Friday, September 13, 2013

Discussion Time: Publishing Annoyances.

This week I thought I would a discussion about publishing annoyances. And I don't have as many of these than I thought I would, I don't know if it's because I'm just not remembering or if I just don't have many of them. Anyway, here are my three publisher annoyances.

The First is when the change the covers half way through the series. I am fine if they change it after the last book has been published because then the books will still match on my shelf. But when they change it anytime between the first one releasing and the last one releasing I get really annoyed, because than they don't match at all and I like it when they match. And it's even worse if the new covers are ugly, because than they're ugly.

However, there is an upside to this and that is if the new covers are prettier and if they match the content of the books themselves better. I will still be a little annoyed because they won't match on my shelves but if the covers are prettier than it takes the edge off the annoyance.

The second is closely related to the first one and that is when they re-deign the covers and it affects the height of the book. How I organize my bookshelves is through height. I don't like my shelves to be bumpy, I like them to be the same size. And when they change the height it annoyed the heck out of me, because now the shelf will be bumpy. Although, I think I may be the only one it annoys.

The Last one is when the publishers don't put a map in the beginning of a fantasy books. I love fantasy books and maps in the beginning of the books helps me a lot. So many times I have been completely lost in a fantasy book when they are references places or planning a trip. And even when I'm not confused it helps me picture the world better. So, it annoys the heck out of me when publishers don't put the map in the book! Why wouldn't they put a simple map in the book?

Comment below if you agree, disagree with what I said or tell me some of your publishing annoyances that weren't listed here.
Happy reading

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (32)

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

September 10: Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show (set in a perfect world...in which movies don't butcher the books we love.) -- originally done April 2011

This was really hard, because they're so many books that would be great to see as movies if movies didn't butcher books. So, I decided to pick series I would like to see, instead of just one book in the series. And sorry this post is really long, I just couldn't restesss putting all the covers up, they're just so pretty!!

1. Throne of Glass series
I would just love it if this series had movies!! Especially if they where good movies!

2. The assassin's Curse series
I would really be interested to see how a director portrayed this world. I would just love to see this world on the big screen!!

3. Shatter Me series
I would really be interested to see how they do the ability's, especially Juliette's. That would just be so cool!

4. His Fair Assassin series by Robin LeFevers 
I would just like to see this as a movie. I think it would be cool to see the world, the characters, and the writing come to life. 

5. The Study Series by Maria V. Snyder
I would be really interested to see how they did the magic in this movie, especially since the magic is more based in your head than physically. If that made sense.

6. The Scarlet Series by A. C. Gaughen 
I know they are so many movies about Robin Hood, but what's one more? I am addicted to anything and everything Robin Hood so I would eat this up if it become a movie.

7. Sweep series. 
Actually I think this would make a good TV series instead of a movie. I think the formatting would fit it more, but It's the same thing, right?

8. Hex Hall series
If these books every get turned into Movies the producers better keep the humor in them. These would be the perfect movies for a rainy day or when you need a laugh.

9. Angelfire series
These fight scenes would like freaking awesome with special affects. I would love to see that!!!

10. The Madman's Daughter
I know I didn't really love this book, but it would be really cool to see how they do the island. And again special affects would look awesome on these monsters.

That's my list, what's yours?
Happy reading