Monday, April 30, 2018

April Bookstagram Challenge Day Thirty

April Wrap Up

I read so much in April. I can't believe it! I've also learned to tab books. I'm only planning to do it with fantasy books though. I feel like it will definitely help me from losing track of things.

Currently Reading: Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas


Crown Of Midnight


By Sarah J. Maas

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SERIES:
Throne Of Glass
Book Two

BOOK TYPE:
Fantasy

PAGES:
418
Published September 2nd 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

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Synopsis:


An assassin's loyalties are always in doubt but her heart never wavers.

Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become the King's Champion. But she is far from loyal to the crown. Though she hides her secret vigilantly, her deadly charade becomes difficult when she realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. No one is above questioning her allegiance—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then, one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie ... and whom she is willing to fight for.

Review: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Throne Of Glass


By Sarah J. Maas

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SERIES:
Throne Of Glass
Book One

BOOK TYPE:
Fantasy

PAGES:
454
Published May 7th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

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Synopsis:


In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars

I was really expecting to love this as much as I love the ACOTAR series. But I still really enjoyed this book. 

Celaena is an assassin who is chosen by the crown prince, Dorian, to fight to be the King's Champion. She only accepts because she can receive her freedom after four years of service to the king. She and others who were summoned, have to pass tests in order to become the Champion.

That is, if they stay alive. Something is going about the castle killing off the competitors one by one. And Celaena is the only one who can stop it. 

I'm pretty sure this is my first read with an assassin in it. I had a lot of fun reading this book and trying to figure everything out ahead of time. 

I don't think there's anything Sarah J. Maas can write that I won't like. 

Character Rating: 4/5 Stars

Maas wrote all of these characters so freaking well. There isn't one character that was just plain Jane. She really made you like everyone, even if you didn't want to like them.

Celaena is so badass. I love her character so much. Even though she's an assassin, she still has a heart of gold. I can't wait to see her adventures in the other books. 

I love Dorian. Like, if she ends up with Chaol over him, I'm going to be displeased. He's the sweetest person ever and she definitely deserves someone who will treat her right.

I also love Chaol. I just don't think he's right for Celaena. He's just a badass brooder and needs to stay protecting her instead of loving her.

World Building: 3.5/5 Stars

This book was so visual. You're able to see everything that goes on. Although, there's not much of a "world" yet. This book was set in a castle through most of it. But, you're still able to visualize everything like it were in front of your face.

Romance Rating: 3/5 Stars

The second genre for this book on Goodreads is Romance. There really isn't any romance this book. It's definitely slow burn and it just stops. I was rooting so hard for Celaena and Dorian. There was just so much tension between the two.

I really feel like it's going to be a love triangle trope in the future though. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

April Bookstagram Challange Day Twenty-Nine:

April Book Haul

This is just a preview of what I purchased in April. I got such a great deal on these books! Less than $10 for both!!!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

April Bookstagram Challenge Day Twenty-Eight

Classics

I have to be the worst reader ever. I own zero classics. You can all yell at me now.

Friday, April 27, 2018

April Bookstagram Challenge Day Twenty-Seven:

Cover Love

I just adore this cover. I love the black and white contrast. It really gives you a feel of what the book is about.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

April Bookstagram Challenge Day Twenty-Six:

Non-Bookish Hobbies

Reading is really my only hobby. Every now and then, I'll pick up a coloring book or a word find.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April Bookstagram Challenge Day Twenty-Five:


Can't Wait To Read

I'm saving these two for after I read LB's other series. I've heard it's easier to understand what's going on if you read the other series first.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

April Bookstagram Challenge Day Twenty-Four:


Try Something New

If I'm not mistaken, this book belongs in the Historical Fiction genre. I have never read any historical books before and I'm pretty sure I want this book to be my first!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Currently Reading: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Throne Of Glass


By Sarah J. Maas

More Details:


SERIES:
Throne Of Glass
Book One

BOOK TYPE:
Fantasy

PAGES:
454
Published May 7th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

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Synopsis:


In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Review: Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Emergency Contact


By Mary H.K. Choi

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BOOK TYPE:
Contemporary

PAGES:
394
Published March 27th 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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Synopsis:


For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

I thought Emergency Contact is an adorable read. It took me a little bit to get engrossed in it, but I really enjoyed this book. I just wish that I loved it like everyone else is! It is a super cute book but I just didn't love it. 

I think that this book does deserve all the hype it's getting. I can see how everyone loves it. 

I love the fact that it's an Own Voices novel. As Penny struggled with writing her characters as white because it's the most "acceptable" race, I have to think if Mary had the same struggles. 

If you haven't picked this book up, you really should. It enlightens so many worldly issues. Racism, anxiety, unhealthy relationships, etc. 

It's not just a cute read. In a way, it's almost educational. It'll also make you laugh quite a few times!

Plot Rating: 4/5 Stars

I am in love with the idea of an "emergency contact". This would have been so helpful for my anxiety while I was in high school. 

Penny finds Sam in an awkward situation. She helps him through it and thus, becomes his emergency contact for when he feels like he may have an anxiety attack. And vice versa. They become quick friends and they get addicted to texting each other. 

Penny and Sam are hiding their newfound friendship from her roommate and his ex-niece, Jude. They basically hide it from everyone. 

Like I said, this was a cute story. I was really interested in the concept of this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Character Rating: 4.5/5 Stars 

Penny is amazing. She's so intelligent and she knows what she wants in her life. She's a writer. She has social anxiety. She has so much going on in her mind and I feel for her. I really associate myself with her character. We have a lot of similarities. I just wish she was nicer to her mom who obviously is trying really hard to please her daughter. 

I love Sam. He treats Penny with utmost respect even though she's a bit weird sometimes. He's a man that's gone through plenty of hard times. He doesn't let that shape him as a person, though. He's the sweetest person ever!

I love all the side characters in this book. Especially Penny's mom. She's just a woman who's trying to get by. She's just trying to be her daughter's friend and know that she's okay. Even if that means adding Penny's ex boyfriend on Facebook. She doesn't deserve all the crap Penny gives her.

I love Penny's friends, even though Mallory was a bit bitchy in the beginning. They shaped out to be really good trustworthy friends.

Romance Rating: 3/5 Stars

This is the slowest slow-burn romance you'll ever read. I wanted them for fall for each other a lot sooner than the end of the book.

Penny and Sam are perfect for each other and I'm mad that we don't really get to see them as a couple other than one time. But that one time was enough for me to give their romance a rating of 3/5 stars.


April Bookstagram Challenge Day Twenty-Three:


Wisdom

I thought this book was going to be filled with wisdom. I thought it was going to help with the healing of losing a loved one. Let's just say, I was disappointed in this book.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

April Bookstagram Challenge Day Twenty-Two:


Reading Outside

As much as I would like to read outside, I'd rather not. I live in Florida. It's hot. It's muggy. It's not good weather to read outside, unfortunately.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

April Bookstagram Challenge Day Twenty-One:


Book And Plant

I found this dead flower on my bookshelf. I don't know how it got there. I don't know where it came from. But I do know that it brings some color to this book!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Review: One Last Time by Corinne Michaels


One Last Time


By Corinne Michaels

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BOOK TYPE:
Romance

TIME:
8 hours and 55 minutes
Published February 26th 2018 by Corinne Michaels

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Synopsis:


From New York Times bestselling author, Corinne Michaels, comes a new heartwarming standalone romance.

I’m getting really good at cutting my losses.

First, the husband. Divorcing him was the best decision I ever made. But between single-parenting and job-hunting, I can’t catch my breath. When a celebrity blogging position falls into my lap, I’m determined to succeed.

That is, until I get my first assignment and actually see Noah Frazier for the first time . . . practically naked and dripping wet. My heart races and I forget how to form complete sentences. His chiseled abs, irresistible smirk, and crystal blue eyes are too perfect to be real. So, what do I do? Get drunk and humiliate myself, of course.

I’m ready to forget the awkward night, yet Noah has no intention of allowing me to move on. Instead, he arranges for me to write a feature on him, ensuring a lot more time together. One embarrassing moment after another, one kiss after another, and before I can stop myself, I realize—I’m falling in love with him.

But when the unthinkable happens, can I even blame him for cutting his losses?

What I wouldn’t give for just one last time . . .

Overall Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

This is my first ever audio book. I really enjoyed listening to this book. It's really opened my eyes to how audible books can help you out with your reading goals and being able to read while doing other things.

I just didn't love this book. I just randomly picked it up and it was exactly what I expected it to be. A cute, funny romance with a bit of drama. I just wasn't as intrigued with this book as I have been with books like this in the past. 

Plot Rating: 3/5 Stars

I really like that the focus of this book isn't about two young people falling in love. It's a realistic book. 

Kristen is in the midst of her divorce when she meets her new love interest, Noah. They work through their new relationship with plenty of hardships. I really like that this really could apply to people in real life. (Minus the whole her shacking up with an actor, that's not really that realistic.)

This book made me laugh out loud quite a few times. This book also made me blush. I've never actually listened to a sex scene being narrated before and I had to turn it off out of embarrassment even though I was mostly alone. 

There was drama in this book. It was pretty interesting but I think it was a bit too much for this story. I just don't like how CM turned Scott's new girlfriend into a conniving woman. 

Character Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

I love Kristen. She's a relatable character and I just love her. She's so sensitive to her children and I respect that about her. She was scared to introduce Noah to them knowing it was too soon. She's a heartwarming character who deserves the world. 

Honestly, I didn't really care for Noah. I feel like she doesn't need a famous guy to be in her life after it was turned upside down. I just don't think he was worthy of her.

I loved all of the side characters. They each had a personality of their own. Everyone in this book made me laugh out loud at least once. 

Romance Rating: 1.5/5 Stars

I really didn't care for Kristen and Noah's relationship. I thought she went into really quick after her marriage and fell way too quick. I just don't like the insta-love. I feel like she didn't even have enough time to mourn her previous marriage before jumping into a relationship. 

I think I really hated their relationship due to the fact that Noah is an actor. It just seems over the top for me. 


April Bookstagram Challenge Day Twenty:


Squad Goals

Of course, I had to say The Inner Circle. I just love their friendship. It's definitely goals.

Currently Reading: Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Emergency Contact


By Mary H.K. Choi

More Details:


BOOK TYPE:
Contemporary

PAGES:
394
Published March 27th 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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Synopsis:


For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

April Bookstagram Challenge Day Nineteen:


TBT Favorite Book Photo

So, when I took this photo, I assumed it was just to post your favorite books. I'm now understanding that this means an old bookish photo you've taken that's your favorite. Well, here's my two favorite books.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April Bookstagram Challenge Day Eighteen:


Creative Character

Literally, every character in The Cruel Prince was so creative. Jude, especially. She made due with what she had and she still found a way to end up outsmarting everyone.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

April Bookstagram Challenge Day Seventeen:


Five Reading Quirks

1. There has to be some kind of noise in the background. I can't listen to music I know, but I can listen to symphony music that has no lyrics.

2. No one can talk to me. I can get extremely aggravated if people continuously try to talk to me while I'm reading. I definitely am not able to hold a conversation while reading!

3. I always play with my hair while I read. I'm always so relaxed when I read, and I love head massages. Why not do it while I'm reading?

4. I have been using the same bookmark for almost three years. I cannot read a book without it. It's so special to me.

5. I have nothing else to add! What are some of your reading quirks?

Review: Buttons & Pain by Penelope Sky


Buttons & Pain


By Penelope Sky

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SERIES:
Buttons
Book Three

BOOK TYPE:
Dark Romance

PAGES:
391
Published May 15th 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

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Synopsis:


When I saw my escape, I took it. Now I'm in New York City and trying to get my life back on track. Despite the tracker in my ankle, Crow hasn't come for me. He hasn't even called me. I told him the depth of my feelings but he cruelly rejected them.

Maybe he's forgotten about me.

One day, I walk into my apartment and spot the pile of buttons on the counter. I never left them there, and there's only one explanation for their presence.

Maybe Crow hasn't forgotten me after all.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆

4/5 Stars. This was an exciting end to Button and Crow's story. I'm just a little upset that the series does continue, but not with them. I really enjoyed their story and I want it to continue. 

This book is packed with steam and action. It's also filled with love. Yes, love. It's finally here and it goes as far as it can. 

I really didn't want to put this book down at all. I was dying to see how everything played out. I must say, I wasn't disappointed. 

Plot Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

This series has gotten better with every book. I was entranced from the beginning. I just cannot put into words how much I love dark romances like this one. 

I definitely plan on picking up the next three books in the future. Just not anytime soon since it's technically a different story. 

Buttons & Pain follows Pearl as she's leading her new life in New York. That is, until Crow comes back to claim her once again. Like the crazy fool she is, she doesn't go back to Italy with him. Which means, someone else comes to collect her.

Bones. 

This last book is filled with love. Filled with blood. Filled with death. It's an amazing read. 

That epilogue at the end was everything I could have wanted for the Barsetti family. It was something I didn't know I needed for the end of this series. 

Character Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Crow's stubbornness really got on my nerves in this book. If he just admitted to himself how he really felt about Button, she would have been safe. He drove me absolutely bonkers. 

I think all the characters grew in this book. Everyone learned something new and they all learned to love each other. 

Romance Rating: ☆☆☆☆

I just realized that I didn't do a romance rating for the other two books. Oops. 

I loved Crow and Pearl's romance throughout the books. It grew into something so beautiful. It was a magnificent love story to fall in love with.

It had the right amount of steam. PS didn't take it overboard. She didn't just load the books with sex. She made sure there was love and emotion. 

Writing Style: ☆☆☆☆

I have really enjoyed PS's writing style. I will most definitely be picking up more of her books in the future. 

Her writing is so easy to read and get sucked in to. I love that she alternates perspectives between Pearl and Crow. I just love everything she did with this story.

Monday, April 16, 2018

April Bookstagram Challenge Day Sixteen:


Limeless

I'm not entirely sure what this one is supposed to be. So here's a random picture of books I just got from Books A Million's bargain section. I couldn't believe all of these wonderful finds!

Also, I missed the last two days because I've been having flu-like symptoms and I had tonsillitis. It wasn't a fun few days for me.

Currently Listening To: One Last Time by Corinne Michaels


One Last Time


By Corinne Michaels

More Details:


BOOK TYPE:
Romance

TIME:
8 hours and 55 minutes
Published February 26th 2018 by Corinne Michaels

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Synopsis:


From New York Times bestselling author, Corinne Michaels, comes a new heartwarming standalone romance.

I’m getting really good at cutting my losses.

First, the husband. Divorcing him was the best decision I ever made. But between single-parenting and job-hunting, I can’t catch my breath. When a celebrity blogging position falls into my lap, I’m determined to succeed.

That is, until I get my first assignment and actually see Noah Frazier for the first time . . . practically naked and dripping wet. My heart races and I forget how to form complete sentences. His chiseled abs, irresistible smirk, and crystal blue eyes are too perfect to be real. So, what do I do? Get drunk and humiliate myself, of course.

I’m ready to forget the awkward night, yet Noah has no intention of allowing me to move on. Instead, he arranges for me to write a feature on him, ensuring a lot more time together. One embarrassing moment after another, one kiss after another, and before I can stop myself, I realize—I’m falling in love with him.

But when the unthinkable happens, can I even blame him for cutting his losses?

What I wouldn’t give for just one last time . . .

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Currently Reading: Buttons & Pain by Penelope Sky


Buttons & Pain


By Penelope Sky

More Details:


SERIES:
Buttons
Book Three

BOOK TYPE:
Dark Romance

PAGES:
391
Published May 15th 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Purchase


Synopsis:


When I saw my escape, I took it. Now I'm in New York City and trying to get my life back on track. Despite the tracker in my ankle, Crow hasn't come for me. He hasn't even called me. I told him the depth of my feelings but he cruelly rejected them.

Maybe he's forgotten about me.

One day, I walk into my apartment and spot the pile of buttons on the counter. I never left them there, and there's only one explanation for their presence.

Maybe Crow hasn't forgotten me after all.

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