WWW Wednesday Sept 28 2016

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. I’m out of my book slump and I’m back. Ha ha. Summer makes me lazy and it’s when I read the least amount of books. Now that I’m taking a couple classes, I’m feeling more productive. I’m taking my sweet time when it comes to reading. I’m doing good with my Goodreads book challenge.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl: I already know how it will end. Haven’t read any spoilers for it and I’m halfway done with the book. It’s so stereotypical!! It’s so cheesy, but it’s a guilty pleasure. Aha. Review will be posted either Friday or Saturday if I finish my research paper. Ha.

Falling Kingdoms: It takes me a while to read Fantasy. I really like Magnus, but not sure how I feel about it yet.

What did you recently finish reading?

Maybe Someday: Started off great…and I didn’t love it. Problematic characters, but interesting story. Hopefully the next CoHo book I pick up is better than this one.

Labyrinth Lost: Overall fun and loved the diverse cast of characters!! Loved it, and looking forward to the other books in the series.

What do you think you’ll read next?

crooked-kingdom

Yasssssssssss!! I have my copy of Crooked Kingdom on my shelf and it’s begging me to read it!!! I got the target edition of the book and it comes with a poster! Avoid tumblr like the plague.

T5W: Gateway Books For Historical Fiction

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This week’s topic is Gateway Books. I mostly review Young Adult on my blog, but one of my favorite book genres is historical fiction. I’m a history major, and I’m a sucker for historical fiction. Trust me. When someone asks for a book recommendation, I will recommend these five books. You’ll need tissues for all these books. Here are my picks:

  1. Snow Flower and The Secret Fan by Lisa See –  This book has a special place in my heart since it was the first book I’ve purchased from Barnes and Noble when it came out. I read it in one sitting. I cried. The friendship is strong in this book.
  2. Honolulu by Alan Brennert- Honolulu was such a such a lovely read. The main character was strong and she endured so much! It has a happy ending, but I did shed a couple  of tears when I read it.
  3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini  My english teacher from high school let me borrow her copy of A Thousand Splendid Sun. This is the book that destroyed me. I read it in a day and I was bawling my eyes out. Just thinking about it, makes me feel a bit sad.
  4. In The Time Of The Butterflies by Julia Alvarez -This is a powerful tale about sisters who rebelled against the Trujillo dictatorship. I loved reading each pov and it was beautifully written.
  5. Atonement by Ian Mcewan – The movie and the book had me crying. It takes place in one of my favorite eras which is during WWII. I kept picturing the cast of the movie when I read the book.

Yallwest 2016 Recap

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I’ve been excited for Yallwest 2016 ever since last year. When I first saw the lineup for this year, I felt prepared. This year I was going to take a cart. Ha ha. Last year, I took my backpack, but by the end of the day I was tired of carrying all my books. As for this year, I wasn’t tired, but I was tired of standing all day.

I went with my boyfriend to Yallwest on Saturday, and the first thing we did was get in line for the ticketed event for Rainbow Rowell’s keynote. Unfortunately, the line was extremely long and we needed to verify our information. The event was supposed to start at 10:00 am, but we entered the building around 10:30ish. Minor complaint: It was a bit disorganized.

As for the rest of the day, I was mostly in line to get my books signed. I’m not kidding. I only attended one panel and that was the keynote. Because I wanted to get my books signed, I missed out on some bookish goods. Ha ha. This year’s event was bigger than I expected. Hopefully for next year, maybe Yallwest could be located in a bigger location.

Now going back to the lines, I was mostly standing in line to get my books and my boyfriend would get in line for the next lineup of authors. The only author that didn’t sign my books was Rainbow Rowell, that line was huge!! I was very grateful that my boyfriend came with me since he did get me a couple of ARCs. For next year, I’ll try to attend both days. I ended up with food poisoning on Sunday…so I couldn’t attend. Despite everything, I had a lot of fun! I didn’t take a lot of pictures since most of the book signings were sped up.

Tips for next year:

  • bring water: I have a 64 ounce water bottle, and yes I drank it all
  • a cart or wagon: Unless you have a few books this does not apply
  • sunglasses
  • post its and sharpies
  • packed lunch: the food trucks are quite expensive
  • a group of friends: the more the merrier
  • Have fun!!! I know I did 🙂

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I was so happy that I took a picture with Leigh Bardugo! (The only author I took a picture with ha ha) I lost my dust jacket for Six of Crows and I look tired. (ง ´͈౪`͈)ว

Signed Books

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The Arcs

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i'm not your manic pixie dream girl.jpg Goodreads Synopsis:Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She’s starting senior year at the top of her class, she’s a shoo-in for a scholarship to M.I.T., and she’s got a new boyfriend she’s crazy about. The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best friends Spencer and Gabe have been the targets of horrific bullying.

So Bea uses her math skills to come up with The Formula, a 100% mathematically-guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. Now Gabe is on his way to becoming Student Body President, and Spencer is finally getting his art noticed. But when her boyfriend dumps her for Toile, the quirky new girl at school, Bea realizes it’s time to use The Formula for herself. She’ll be reinvented as the eccentric and lovable Trixie—a quintessential manic pixie dream girl—in order to win her boyfriend back and beat new-girl Toile at her own game.

Unfortunately, being a manic pixie dream girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and “Trixie” is causing unexpected consequences for her friends. As The Formula begins to break down, can Bea find a way to reclaim her true identity, and fix everything she’s messed up? Or will the casualties of her manic pixie experiment go far deeper than she could possibly imagine?

kids of appetite.jpgGoodreads Synopsis: The bestselling author of Mosquitoland brings us another batch of unforgettable characters in this tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss.

Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

This is a story about:

1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.

rock fall, everyone dies.jpgGoodreads Synopsis: Twin Peaks meets Stars Hollow in this paranormal suspense novel about a boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things—fears, memories, scars, even love—and his family’s secret ritual that for centuries has kept the cliff above their small town from collapsing.

Aspen Quick has never really worried about how he’s affecting people when he steals from them. But this summer he’ll discover just how strong the Quick family magic is—and how far they’ll go to keep their secrets safe.

With a smart, arrogant protagonist, a sinister family tradition, and an ending you won’t see coming, this is a fast-paced, twisty story about power, addiction, and deciding what kind of person you want to be, in a family that has the ability to control everything you are.

winning.jpgGoodreads Synopsis: House of Cards meets Election in this wickedly entertaining story about an uber-ambitious high school junior.

Whoever said being nice would get you to the top?

Certainly not Alexandra Miles. She isn’t nice, but she’s more than skilled at playing the part. She floats through the halls of Spencer High, effortlessly orchestrating the actions of everyone around her, making people bend to her whim without even noticing they’re doing it. She is the queen of Spencer High—and it’s time to make it official.

Alexandra has a goal, you see—Homecoming Queen. Her ambitions are far grander than her small town will allow, but homecoming is just the first step to achieving total domination. So when peppy, popular Erin Hewett moves to town and seems to have a real shot at the crown, Alexandra has to take action.

With the help of her trusted friend Sam, she devises her most devious plot yet. She’ll introduce an unexpected third competitor in the mix, one whose meteoric rise—and devastating fall—will destroy Erin’s chances once and for all. Alexandra can run a scheme like this in her sleep. What could possibly go wrong?

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The Book Sacrifice Tag

I was tagged by Jesalin a long time ago! I decided to finally do this book tag! Long overdue! I had so much fun doing this book tag!!

1.) An Over-Hyped book: Let’s start this off with a Zombie Apocalypse! Let’s say you’re in a book store, just browsing, when BAM! ZOMBIE ATTACK. An announcement comes over the PA System saying that the military has discovered that the zombies’ only weakness is over-hyped books. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you really hated do you start chucking at the zombies knowing that it will count as an over-hyped book and successfully wipe them out?!

  • Well, this one is a hard choice, I couldn’t pick between Divergent or Twilight. But, there is one book that was overhyped when it got its movie adaptation and that is Beautiful Creatures. How I loathe that series, I couldn’t read the sequel and had to drop it all together.

2) A Sequel: Let’s say you’ve just left the salon with a SMASHING new haircut and BOOM: Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

  • When I was younger, I loved Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I loved the first book and I immediately picked up the sequel. I hated it. It was terrible and not what I expected. After reading the sequel, I couldn’t complete the trilogy.

3.) A Classic: Let’s say you’re in a lecture and your English teacher is going on and on about how this classic changed the world, how it revolutionized literature and you get so sick of it that you chuck the classic right at his face because you know what? This classic is stupid and it’s worth detention just to show everyone how you feel! What classic did you chuck?

  • Brave New World. I’ve said it. When I first read this book for high school, I had a massive headache. The terminology was too much for me. When I had to read the book again for my college literature class, I lost it. Though the second time was a better experience, I still dislike this book with a burning passion.

4.) Your least favourite book of life!: Let’s say that you’re hanging out at the library when BAM global warming explodes and the world outside becomes a frozen wasteland. You’re trapped and your only chance for survival is to burn a book. What is the book you first run to, your least favourite book of all life, what book do you not fully regret lighting?

  • Love and Misadventure by Leav Lang is probably one of the worst books that I have read. Don’t recommend reading it at all. A huge waste of time.

WWW Wednesday Dec. 23

This meme is a a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. I can’t believe that Christmas is two days away! I’ve been shopping and hanging out with friends this week, working, and I celebrated my birthday. I haven’t read much, but hopefully I can catch up on reading on Christmas!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

ruin and rising

I’m still on the first chapter of Ruin and Rising. I will try to read it today and tomorrow. I am in no rush to finish this book. I want to enjoy my time reading the last book in the Grisha Trilogy.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I did not like Rebel Bully Geek Pariah as much as I hoped. It wasn’t for me and it wasn’t much of a reboot.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I want to try to squeeze in Wolf by Wolf before this month ends. I am extremely excited to read this book because it is set after WWII in an alternate world where the Axis Powers won the war.

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Five Series I Want To Start Next Year!

Top 5 Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey on youtube! You can also join the group on Goodreads. °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

This week’s theme: Five Series I Want To Start Next Year. I’ve been really loving fantasy at the moment and most of the books on this list are fantasy! The books on the list will be added to my bookish resolutions of this upcoming year. ʅʕ•ᴥ•ʔʃ

  1. falling kingdomsI keep hearing that Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes is such a great series. I’ve read nothing but positive reviews for this book. It’s fantasy
  2. throne of glassThe Throne Of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas has been on my to be read pile for quite some time. Almost everyone I know loves this series and it is highly recommended to me. I heard that the protagonist is an assassin! Hopefully I can read this series soon.
  3. mistborn I bought the Mistborn Series during Black Friday. Now that I own the series, I really want to read it as soon as possible!!! Since 2016 is right around the corner, I might pick up the first book in January!
  4. sabriel The Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix is a series I really want to pick up! I read the synopsis and loved it!
  5. tonari no Kaibutsu Kun I watched Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster) when it first came out! I really liked the anime, and now that the manga is completed, I want to read it!

Owlcrate December Unboxing

Hello world! My boyfriend got me an Owlcrate box as a gift for the holidays! I’ve always wanted to try out Owlcrate, but I did find it a tad more expensive than Uppercase. Anyways, here is my unboxing video! I hope you enjoy! Maybe in the near future, I can also subscribe to Owlcrate! ( ິ•ᆺ⃘• )ິฅ✧

The Book:

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.

When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families.

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Top 5 Books I Read In Fall!

Hello world! Today is the first day of Winter and my birthday!! Besides that, here is a list of the Top 5 books I read this fall!! I read so many books that it was hard to choose which ones I really liked. Anyways here is my list:

  1. 635616865883334429-Winter-3-10-15Winter by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

I thought it was amazing! I am satisfied with the ending of the series. I am going to preorder Stars Above soon.

2. Six-of-Crows Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Synopsis: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I can’t wait for the second book! I thought this book was amazing for being the first one in a series! I am really looking forward to the sequel.

3. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoskithe winner's crime

Synopsis: Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement… if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

I really liked this book. I love it so much and I did feel frustrated when I read this. The struggles of complicated relationship. That ending left me devastated. I can’t wait to preorder the final book. I hope to get the original cover for the third book and not the new cover.

4. Worlds Of Ink And Shadow by Lena Coakley

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Synopsis: Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.

Gorgeously written and based on the Brontës’ juvenilia, Worlds of Ink & Shadow brings to life one of history’s most celebrated literary families.

I really enjoyed reading this book! I thought it was quirky and I loved that it was based on the Bronte siblings. It was fun and imaginative!

5. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Synopsis: Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

One of the most overhyped books this year. I liked it, but I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. The characters are interesting, but I do want to continue reading this series. I really like the characters, and I kinda ship everyone.

December Uppercase Unboxing

Hello world! Here is my unboxing video of my Uppercase box. I have the expert plan which is the most popular plan!

The Book:

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The Rules:

Don’t deceive me. Ever. Especially using my blindness. Especially in public.

Don’t help me unless I ask. Otherwise you’re just getting in my way or bothering me.

Don’t be weird. Seriously, other than having my eyes closed all the time, I’m just like you only smarter.

Parker Grant doesn’t need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That’s why she created the Rules: Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart.

When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there’s only one way to react-shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that’s right, her eyes don’t work but her legs still do), doling out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn’t cried since her dad’s death three months ago. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened–both with Scott, and her dad–the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken.

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Ten Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join, please check out the blog!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Authors I Read For The First Time.

10.  Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen was really hyped up, but I did like it.

9. Cherie Priest’s I Am Princess X was a very entertaining book. I want to read more of her books.

8. Kody Keplinger’s The Duff was one of my favorite books this year. I didn’t think I was going to like it, but I was wrong!

7. For the first time this year I read a Sarah J. Maas book which was A Court Of Thorns And Roses. 

6. Sabaa Tahir has beautiful writing and I did like An Ember In The Ashes, but I did feel it was overhyped!

5.  Ichigo Takano wrote Orange which is a manga! Such a short, sweet story that I highly recommend!

4. Yoko Kamio is the author of Cat Street and Boys Over Flowers. She is amazing!

3. Zoë Marriott’s writing style is beautiful and I can’t wait to check out more of her work! Shadows On The Moon was such a beautiful retelling of Cinderella.

2. Renee Ahdieh is my second  favorite author this year. The Wrath And The Dawn was amazing and I can’t wait for the sequel!!

  1. Marie Rutkoski has been one of my favorite authors for this year. The Winner’s Trilogy is such a great series that I feel is underrated. Can’t wait for The Winner’s Kiss!!!