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, October 25, 2015

Fandom Mash-Up (18)

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've succumbed to the Dark Side (they have cookies!).  Who do you want as your mentors of evil?

Because dah. He is crazy and he loves it! One of the reasons why I love like him so much is because of how much joy he finds in the chaos. 

Rhys (ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas)
Here's another villain who seems to enjoy making chaos. Also, Rhys has so many layers and is so many shades of gray that reading about him is so interesting. And to actually see him in real life would be even more interesting. 

Regina/Evil Queen
Regina's story is so sad and I love how she tries to be good. And I think she would be such a great mentor because she could teach me all of her evil ways and manipulating plans. 

Darth Vader
Darth Vader is like the perfect mentor of evil because he is the perfect villain. He can also teach me how to control the force. 

The Master
The Master is one of my favorite villains because of how crazy he is and by the fact that he is a time lord! He also, again, have a kind of sad story and that brings so much depth to his character. Also, you're going to bump into the doctor now and again with him as your mentor. 

Who's on your team?
Happy reading

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Book Recommendations: New Adult

So, a little background on this Book Recommendation. I started blogging because I wanted to share my thoughts about books. I wanted to gush and fangirl over my favorite books with people who loved books just as much as I do. I also wanted to recommend my favorite books to people and effectively have them become as obsessed about these books as I was. Over the years, I've realized I don't recommend books as much as I would like, and thus this new feature was born. I know this isn't original, hell it is probably the oldest feature for a book blog. Everyone does this and the first book blog ever probably did this. However, it is new to my blog and I wanted to do it, so I am doing it. 

New Adult is a genre that I don’t read often and because of that this post will be a little shorter than I intended my first book recommendation post to have.

"New Adult (NA) fiction is a developing genre of fiction with main characters around 18-15 years of age. New Adult fiction tends to focus on issues such as leaving home, developing sexuality, moving past traumatic events, developing romantic relationships, and making education and/or career choices."

Wait for You by J. Lynn (A.K.A Jennifer L. Armentrout)

Reasons to Read
A very relatable character. Beautifully written love story. A hidden secret (cliché I know, but it's much darker than I made it sound). A broken main character. Amazing character development. Hot, smexy scenes. And incredible love interest.

“As long as the sun’s shining, shit can’t be that bad.” 

Personal Thoughts
This book wonderful and amazing to read! Avery is such a relatable and brave main character. She seems so real and her issues are so raw and yet relatable (she’s debilitating shy) that its incredible to read about her and how she grows. She has had this event happen to her and I won’t say what because it would spoil it, but it adds such a real and dark aspect to the whole story. Also, the fact that you don’t know what actually happen to her for the majority of the book adds this mystery dynamic to the story. Lastly, the romance in this one is great because even though they both like each other at the beginning because she has to go through these issues it makes their relationship grow. They’re not just chemistry, they develop this beautiful relationship that makes you root for them the entire story.

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Reasons to Read: 
Amazing characters and character development. A wonderfully tragic love story. A very relatable main character. Will give you all the feels!! (I am not kidding about that, I cried three separate times when reading this one).

"I don't want to be someone's second choice.” 

“There will never be a maybe someday.” 

Personal Thoughts
This book is one of my all-time favorite contemporaries! This book was just so emotional that I actually cried. I was thoroughly emotionally drained when I finished this one but in a good way. The author beautifully portrayed these character’s twisted and confused emotions and you couldn’t help but get caught up in the story and the characters. Read this one now!! It is breathtaking and beautiful!

Ten Tiny Breathes
Reasons to Read
A haunted main character. A beautiful love interest. Great character development. Beautiful writing. 

“I can feel his very existence as if it's wrapping its hand around my soul, cradling it, trying to protect it from harm and I'm terrified. Terrified because I don't ever want the feeling to end.” 

Personal Thoughts
Okay, to be honest I didn’t like this book much. To sum it up, I thought it was full of clichés and all t predictable. However, I loved the dark aspect that was in this one. It added such an interesting dynamic to the story and made me much more invested with the main character and her struggles. And even though I didn’t like it much, so many others have and I seem to be the black sheep on this one, which is why I am still recommending it. 

I hope you go and read these books, especially Maybe Someday. If you were to read only one book from the post, read Maybe Someday!!

What are some of your favorite New Adult books?
Happy Reading

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fandom Mash-Up (17)

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.

It's your first day at a magical school (WooHoo!) Who do you instantly hope will be there to make friends with? 

Sirius Black
I didn't chose Sirius because I love him, no of course not. I chose  him because he seems to be fun to hang out with! He knows all the hidden places in Hogwarts and if this new magical school isn't Hogwarts than we can explore the school together!

Celeana Sardothien
This was obvious, wasn't it? Celeana would be so fun, and also very dangerous, to hang out with. And you know that if you become one of her friends she would walk through hell and back for you. She would also be great to help with the homework because she is freaking kick-ass. 

Sophie Mercer (Hex Hall)
Sophie Mercer is so freaking funny and sassy that I fell in love with her on page 1. She is the sass queen of the YA genre for sure. I like people who share my humor and she does for sure! She is also a very terrifying and kick-ass witch!

Katara (Avatar)
I think out of this group I've made, Katara is defiantly the rational thinking one that would keep us out of made and stupid situations and would remind us to actually study. She would definitely carry us through the semester. Katara is also very kind and caring and who wouldn't want to be friends with her?

Baz Grimm-Pitch (Carry On)
I just met Baz since I am in the middle of Carry On but he is freaking great! He is sassy, smart, and loyal. I would love to be friends with him! Also, he is freaking great with magic, so if the magic in this school is like his then he would be a great study partner.

Who's would you want to be friends with?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Grade: 4.5 Butterflies
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children Books

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

So, I read this book months ago when it first released and I never got around to writing a review. Here it is, better late than never right?
I went into ACOTAR with very high expectations. It was Sarah J. Maas and it was getting nothing but amazing reviews. After finishing it, I released my bar I set for Sarah J. Maas books wasn’t high enough. This book blew me away, I loved every second of reading it! The characters were amazing and so complex! the plot started off very predictable, but then Sarah J. Maas threw a curve ball at us and it turned amazing. The world was, unsurprisingly, just so wonderful and immersive.

To start off, I adored the characters in this book. I thought the main character Feyre was wonderfully written and had this very realistic strength to her. She wasn’t the normal, kick-ass female main character you see in fantasy. She was physically strong and she could fight, yes, but she was also very mentally strong and the fact that she was able to adapt and deal under her situation gave her this realistic quality. Being able to fight and kill everyone in sight isn’t very realistic because we don’t live in that kind of world, but being able to stay calm and focused in very high stressed situations, that’s a strength I would want. All of the other characters were written just as amazingly as Feyre. They all felt real and they had so many sides to themselves and they felt just so real that you couldn’t help but get invested in their lives.

The world was amazing! Sarah J. Maas is so good at world building! I loved reading about the world and “seeing” the world! I really wish we got to see more of the Fearie world and the different lands, but it seems like that will happen in the next book.

This book was very attention grabbing and fast-paced. I flew through the pages. However, this was due more to me being invested in the characters and wanting to read more about the world than the plot. The plot was very…generally. It was very much a first book because the majority of it focused on the characters, establishing the relationships between the characters, and world building. I was okay with this though because, like I already said, I still flew through it. Also, it allowed the relationship between Feyre and Tamlin to grow and developed, which adds evidence to the fact that this is a fantasy romance than anything else. However, I would like to make it clear that I still loved this story!

Another aspect of this plot was it was kind of predictable. However, when we got to like the 300-page mark because everything went to hell! It was here where the whole book shifted in a really, really good way. The plot did a 180, the feel and tone of this book turned dark, and the emotions you got from it turned nasty (in a good way). It went from being this slow burning and sweet love-story to death and dying. It was this aspect of the book that really made it incredible to me. It shied away from the norm and become this unique and suspenseful book. However, I will say that because this change was so sudden it was slightly off-putting. It took me a while to get back into the rhythm of things. So at first I didn’t like this but right before the end I was back to loving it again.

The emotions in this book were amazing! Sarah J. Maas has this way with words that pulls the emotions from you. If the character is feeling happy, so are you, if they are feeling sad you feel sad for them. This is freaking wonderful to read because it makes you so invested in the story and characters! Towards the end, with the shift, so many emotions poured from this book. It was so incredible to read that I have so much respect and admiration for Sarah J. Maas. I loved it!!!

Overall, I would recommend this outstanding book to anyone who can read. It has this incredible romance that slowly builds throughout the story, a world that is so intriguing you have to continue reading just to seem more of it, a main character that is relatable and complex, and it will make you feel and the feels! I can’t wait for the sequel to release, even though I am a bit wary about the love triangle that seems to be developing, but I have faith in Sarah J. Maas.

This book got...

4.5 Butterflies
Beautiful, This is a Great book!

Happy Reading!