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

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Wrap-Up

June was a really good month for me. I not only read a lot of good books, but I also started a job that I am actually liking. I was also very surprised at myself for reading so many books as I was starting a new job and adjusting to it. Although, I (again) didn't give my blog as much attention as I wanted to and that really makes me sad. However, since July is Harry Potter Month I plan to  do a lot more with the blog!

Books Read: 6
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry| 4 Butterflies
The Hidden Prince by Jodi Meadows| 3.5 Butterflies
This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufmen| 3.5 Butterflies
Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi| 4 Butterflies
The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh| 5 Butterflies
The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent| 3 Butterflies
(Re-Read) Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi| 5 Butterflies

Book of the Month
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This book was beyond amazing! I loved every second of reading it!

Review Posted: 1
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

How was your June Reading?
Happy July Reading

Top Ten Tuesday (53)


This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015

So, I've read very few books this year so far, I haven't yet reached the 30 books mark. Because of that I didn't pick my top ten I instead picked my top five. 

The Wrath and the Dawn By Renee Ahdieh
This story was amazing to read!! I loved it! The writing was phenomenal and it just blew me away! I loved the characters, the plot, and the world; it was all just so great!

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Yes, it took me until this year to read this book and I regretted not reading it sooner because it was fantastic to read. It was great to read Celaena developing as a character, to met all of the new characters, and to see more of this world! I can't wait until Queen of Shadows to release and I know it won't take half a year for me to get to it. 

These Broken Stars by Magan Spooner and Amie Kaufmen
This was a beautiful love story and is one of my all time favorites! Lilac and Traver were perfect together and it was great to read their relationship develop! And the emotions, the emotions in this book were so intense!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This book was such a  fun adventure to read! The plot was so fast and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time when I was reading it. 

Court of Thorns and Roses By Sarah J. Maas
This book was wonderful! I loved every second of reading it and was so sad to finish it because that meant I was finished with being in the world. I can't wait for the second one to come out!! I also loved this book so much I have yet to write a coherent review I can publish.

That was my top ten five, which books made it on your list?
Happy Reading

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Fandom Mash-Up (8)

This is a new fun feature hosted and created by Micheline over at Lunar-Rainbows. For this feature, there will be a new fictional scenario each week and you will create your dream team of five different characters from five different fandoms around this scenario.

In your adventuring, you've encountered a dragon :O  but you have no clue how to figure out if it's a friendly dragon or a human barbecue. Who do you take with you to investigate?

Ember (Talon by Julie Kagawa)
Ember is a freaking dragon, so she could probably just turn into her dragon self and talk to this new dragon. Plus, if it isn't friendly she would be a great asset to fighting it.

Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones)
She is the mother of dragons, if anyone can read the body language of a dragon and determine of it is friendly or not, its her. Also, I'm kind of counting her three dragons with her, since they're kind of a package deal. So, if it does come to a fight, it would be 4 dragons against 1.

Avatar Aang (Avatar: The last Airbender)
He has dealt with dragons before, so he has some experience with them that could come in handy. Also, he is a great fighter and I have no doubt he could defeat the dragon all by himself, lol :D. However, why I picked him is mostly because of his calm and gentle personality. He never wants to get into a fight and if he could talk someone out of violence he would. So, he would basically be our negotiator if the dragon is mean. 

Hiccup (How to Train Your Dragon)
Hiccup has so much experience with dragons and dealing with them that he would be perfect for this. Not only does he know how to deal with them he probably can read their body language like a pro since his best friend is a dragon. Also, if anyone was brave enough to go up to the dragon, it's him. 

Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
He is the master at research and so he would be the one who would make everyone take a step back and think. He would want to know everything about this certain species of dragon before they went to confront it. He would want to know what weak points it has, its history, anything that will defiantly anger it, etc. 

What would your team be?
Happy Reading

Monday, June 22, 2015

Fandom Mash-Up (7)

This is a new fun feature hosted and created by Micheline over at Lunar-Rainbows. For this feature, there will be a new fictional scenario each week and you will create your dream team of five different characters from five different fandoms around this scenario.

This post is really late. I wrote it up a week ago, but I completely forgot to post it and here we are. Better late then never, right? 
You've been approached to travel into space in search of new worlds and civilizations and you get to pick a team to take with you: who do you take?

The Doctor
If I was going on any kind of adventure I would want the Doctor with me. He has a knack for finding adventures where ever he goes and even though most of them are very dangerous I would still love to be there with him. Plus he has a lot of experience in this area =D.

Han Solo
I have always wanted to get to know Han Solo better, the movies didn't provide me enough information about him! Also, if push comes to shove and we are stranded without the Tardis he can fly us off of the planet and far away from the people trying to kill us (because lets be honest, if the Doctor and Han Solo are here we are getting in some kind of trouble).

Tony Stark
This might be a mistake because I can easily see Tony messing with something because he was curious and BAM! The planet explodes. But he would be fun to have with and his curiosity is what a person needs to not go crazy on this kind of trip.

Rose Tyler
So, I know its kind of a no no to pick two  people from the same fandom but I've always wanted to hang out with Rose! Also, I've always wanted to see how she interacts with the Doctor in day-to-day activities, like what do they do on their down time? 

So, Spock would be perfect for this situation! Not only does he have experience in this but he would be the logical one who would keep the rest of us (especially Tony) out of serious trouble. 

Who would be on your team?

Happy Reading

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

Grade: 4 Butterflies
SeriesSeries: Thunder Road #1
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. 

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. 

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

Katie McGarry is one of the few contemporary authors that I love. I have a very shaky relationship with the contemporary genre but I loved every single Katie McGarry book I have read. So, it's no surprise that I read this one as soon as I got my hands on a copy. This book was wonderful and so freaking great! As usual, Katie McGarry writes amazing characters who have a well full of depth and combines a love story with family life and very emotional issues. I just loved the story between Oz and Emily and her relationship with her family.

This books starts out with a very simple plot, Emily goes to met her biological father and his family and gets sucked into the world. However, as usual with Katie McGarry books, there is this emotional undertone that made this plot very complex and so addicting. Emily doesn't really like her father's family or her father for that matter and she makes judgments that she never really fully tries to contradict. What really makes Katie McGarry books are these emotional undertones that not only gives the plot complexity but also gives the characters so much depth and makes them so easy to connect to. However, I felt this book fell a little short, that she didn't focus on the emotional undertones as much as I would have liked and the book suffered a bit for it. This book is still very emotional and the characters have a lot of depth but Katie McGarry didn't go as deep into the emotional sides of the characters as she usually does.

The characters in this book were wonderful! I loved Oz and I really liked Emily and I absolutely adored them together. I really liked how they taught each other things and they grew and developed not only from what happens in the plot but also just from knowing each other. That is the kind of relationship I love reading about and I loved seeing them go from hated strangers to friends to being love with each other. They worked so well with each other and I loved reading their interactions with each other!

Now, I loved how this book wasn't just a love story between Oz and Emily, but also between Emily and her family. Through this book Emily learns to love her new family, she learns that her judgments toward them were wrong and that she likes being with them. I just loved seeing this change in her and I loved her relationships she had with her family members, they were all so well done and they felt so real! I just really appreciated how this family wasn't messed up, abusive, or neglectful, it was a normal family, even though they were kind of weird. They all loved each other but they still had their disagreements.

The plot in this book was highly addictive, I read this whole book in under 24 hours and it got me out of a reading slump. As soon as you start reading you can't put it down! You aren't just reading for the love story, you are also reading because of the setting and the family aspect. Katie McGarry did a wonderful job with the tone of the book and the family biker club aspect. You just had to keep reading because you were just so curious about the whole biker gang and how it all worked, how the gears worked and who did what. I think why I liked this aspect so much was because it was different then the YA norm and it was so well written. I had my own personal problems with how the women were discluded from it and how the men would preach about protecting them like that is the only reason the women married them. I really don't like that troupe but there wasn't a lot of that in this book, there were just a few comments here and there.

Why this is only getting 4 butterflies when I obviously loved this book was because it was very predictable. I didn't predict the big secret everyone was hiding, but this book fit into the Katie McGarry mold like a glove. Why I was glad the Pushing the Limits series ended even though I adored all of the books was because the plots were basically the same; they all fit in the same mold. This never really bothered me much because the characters were all completely different and the emotional undertone in each book were so perfectly written that I didn't care. However, this book fit the exact same mold and it annoyed me because I no longer feared for the characters lives and/or relationships. I'm still going to read every book Katie McGarry releases because they are highly addictive and so beautifully written, but I just wish she mixed it up for this one.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It is amazingly written, highly addictive, and has a love story love story that will make you swoon. Compared to some of her other books though, it isn't my favorite of hers. I feel like she should have branched out and away from her mold and that the emotional undertone should have been focused on more. However, I still really loved this book and I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

This book got....

 4 Butterflies
Beloved, This is a really great book!

Happy Reading

Monday, June 8, 2015

Fandom Mash-Up (5)

This is a new fun feature hosted and created by Micheline over at Lunar-Rainbows. For this feature, there will be a new fictional scenario each week and you will create your dream team of five different characters from five different fandoms around this scenario.

You have to infiltrate a secret lair of evil to learn more about them and shut them down. Who do you bring to sneak in with you?

Chuck Bartowski 
I don't know if this is in a fantasy setting or a modern day setting, but in any case Chuck would be great in this situation. If is was a modern villain's lair we were sneaking into then he would be perfect because he would be the one hacking into the computer systems and things like that to find the hidden plans or anything else that is valuable to our cause. If not and we are in a fantasy setting then he still would be good because he can kick butt when he wants to. Although he isn't good as sneaking and is very clumsy, but his computer skills balance that out. 

Sam Winchester 
Sam has basically been breaking into places and investigating for his whole life and that makes him perfect for this situation. His experience and his observation skills make him perfect for this situation. He would be not only be the gun guy, but he would be investigating everything that isn't technology, books, hidden rooms, ect,  while Chuck breaks into the mainframe.

Flynn Rider
Flynn was one of the most renowned and successful thief in his world, so heck yeah I want him on my team, but this might be cheating since he is voiced by the same actor who plays Chuck but I'm putting him in anyways. He would be the one who breaks into the place first to get the lay of the land and come up with a game plan.

Valek is perfect for this situation because I have no doubt he has done it before. He is one of the most successful spies and assassins so he would be Flynn's partner and they would break into the place first and then  figure out a way to sneak everyone else in. He would also be very helpful if they get caught because he is a kick-ass at fighting. 

Hawkeye  (Clint Barton)
Hawkeye would be the one left outside of the lair and would make sure we were all good. If he saw anyone getting suspicious or is someone saw us he would protect us. I think he would perfect for this job because of his archery skills and because his arrows aren't just normal ones, there's explosive ones, electric ones, ect. 

Who would be on your team?
Happy reading

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Summer's Reading List

I thought I would write up my summer TBR. Now, I want to read a lot more books besides these this summer, but these are the ones that are my top priority. Also, some of these books haven't released ye so, obviously, I won't be able to read them until they are released. 

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
This is one of my favorite series of all time and I am very ashamed that I haven't read this one yet. I am just really nervous to read this one because I am afraid it won't be as good as the other ones and I don't want that kind of disappointment in my life. Also, I have been advised to read the Glass series before reading this one and I haven't read that yet. So I will be reading those books before this one. 

The Glass Series by Maria V. Synder
Not only do I need to read these before reading Shadow Study, I really want to read them. I have the same reason why I haven't read these yet as I do for Shadow Study, I am just afriad they won't be as good as I expect them to be. 

Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins
I love Rachel Hawkins' books and I especially loved Rebel Belle. So naturally I want to read the sequel. However, for some reason I still haven't gotten to this book even though its been released for a while.

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Another sequel. I need to know what happens in this book, now! the cliff-hanger at the end of the first one was just too much for me and I need to know what happens to the characters!

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Fun fact with this book, I just discovered that this is not a sequel to Cruel Beauty. I always thought it was and I was so excited to read the Cruel Beauty sequel. However, I still want to read this one because the summary looks so good!

Rogue by Julie Kagawa

I am just reading this one now, so it really shouldn't be on this list, but school is over for the semester so I believe that means it is summer, right? Right.

The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
Rachel Vincent as been one of my favorite authors for years now and this newest book of hers looks amazing and wonderful! I can't wait for it to release!

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers 
This is another last book in a series that I really need to get to reading. This series is a great one and I am, again, sad to see it end. However, this one looks really action packed and I need to know what happens to all of the characters. 

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Now, this is the sequel to The Boy Next Door and I can not wait for it to release! It's Tim and Alice's story, who doesn't want to read their story?

Lion Heart by A. C. Gaughan

This book is bittersweet for me because this is the last book in one of
my all time favourite series and I cannot wait to read it but I don't want it to be over. I am conflicted!

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
The Winner's Curse was one of my favorite books in 2014 and I cannot wait to read its sequel. 

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn is another of my favorite series and I really want to finish it and read this last book. However, I kind of know what happens (spoilers suck) and I don't want to read that, I don't! I just don't want to see that character die, but at the same time I still really want to read this book!

What is your Summer Reading TBR
Happy Reading

Monday, June 1, 2015

May Wrap-Up

May was a good month. I didn't read as much as I wanted to because I read two certain books that put me into huge book hangovers because they were just so fantastic! After reading them, I had no desire to read any other books except them. I also DNFed a book this month, but I have every intention to pick it back up. I just wasn't in the mood to read dystopian. However, I did horribly on posting reviews. I only posted one review this month and I am ashamed!

I'm not including my June TBR in this post because I will be writing up my Summer TBR and posting that soon. 

Books Read:
Bonded by Nicky Charles| 3 Butterflies
Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry| 4 Butterflies
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas| 4.5 Butterflies
An Ember in the Ashes Sabaa Tahir| 4.5 Butterflies
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas| 4.5 Butteflies

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Book Of The Month

This was very hard to choose between A Court of Thorns and Roses and An Ember in the Ashes because they were both amazing and fantastic! However, ACOTOR was just so great!

Happy June Reading!
How was your May reading?