Feb 27, 2014

Review -- Falling From The Sky

17609249Falling From The Sky
Author: Nikki Godwin
Release Date: February 21st, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 217
Format: E-book, Purchased

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Synopsis:

All stability in sixteen-year-old Ridge McCoy's life crashed and burned in the plane crash that killed his dad. This summer-long basketball camp is his chance to improve his skills and escape his problems back home. But his summer plans take a turn in an unexpected direction when he meets Micah Youngblood, the guy who runs the carousel at the local mall and has a reputation for devouring straight boys' heterosexuality for breakfast, alongside his chocolate chip pancakes. 

Ridge needs a way to avoid the guys at camp, whose only quest for the summer is to drown in beer and hook up with girls. So when Micah offers to explain how the ten unique horses on the carousel are significant to his tribe, Ridge takes him up on it. Still, Ridge can't decide if this is a bad thing or not. All he knows is that he hasn't felt this alive since his dad fell from the sky, and as the horse adventures come to an end, Ridge finds himself falling as well – for Micah.




My Review:
Let me first start off saying "Nikki, I'm so glad you published this book. It needed to be out in the world! Never doubt your writing. It is wonderful!"

Okay, now that I got that out, I will continue with my review :)

This is the story of Ridge McCoy. He has to go through the pain on not only losing his dad, he lost the rest of the family in the process. He just seems to be floating by in life, just doing enough to get him to the next day. As he goes to basketball camp for the summer, the last thing he expects is to find a way to make himself feel whole again. But as the summer goes on, he knows exactly where he wants to be....

This book, wow. I have a love for all of Nikki's work, but this one is definitely amazing. Every one of her books I have gotten a good meaning from, but the biggest one in this book I got is to be yourself. I know a lot of people hear that, but this book goes into good detail. It shows that no matter who you are, who you love, or what you do in your life, you will always find someone to love you back. Things don't always go as planned, but you don't need to give up, because there is always a way to get your life back on track. Even when you have something planned out for how you want your life in order to be happy, there is always something unexpected that will come along. There are times when you need things that you really don't know you needed until they are right in front of you. We all worry so much about labels and what people think of us that it drags us down. It doesn't matter if you are straight, gay, black, white, we are all the same and I truly believe that. I feel like this book is also trying to say the same thing.

You follow Ridge through the story. You see all his ups and downs. I like that it is written in his point of view because you get to watch how his feelings change through the story. You get to watch him go from an empty shell of a person to someone with life within them once again. It is such a refreshing thing to read.

Then there is Micah. I lived in Clovis, New Mexico for 2 years. Out there, there are a lot of Indian reservations, so I was able to see quite a bit how they lived out there. The fact that Micah was Indian sucked me in even more. I was able to picture things the way I already saw it from the time I lived out West. Then I got to add his personality to the mix of it. He is such a wonderful caring character. He would do anything for most people, in fact he pretty much does this throughout most of the novel. He was there for anyone that came along. I do have to say, I am mad at Micah though. He mentioned chocolate chip pancakes and now I won't be able to stop until I get some of my own. I guess there could be worse things to be mad at him for :)

This book spends most of its time in 3 different places. The reservation (Micah's house), basketball camp, and the mall. I know this sounds pretty weird and in no way look like they would go together, but they definitely do. It all works out, I promise you this.

One thing I love about Nikki, as well as her sister Emily, is they tie parts of each book into their stories. There is Sebastian's Shadow that is mentioned in all of the books so far, a band very important to both of the sisters. There is also Mutilated Arteries, a band that is in Emily's book. I loved that as I read through the story I could pull out the different ties to the other stories. It made me happy that I read the other books so I could actually get that within the story. It makes me now want to run and re-read all of the books again. Which I have a feeling I will be doing again very soon.

This is also a LGBT book. I am a supporter of this community and love to find new books that breach on the subject. Some books tend to overdo this part of the book though. They think they have to throw it into your face to where it is overwhelming. Most people that are a part of the LGBT have normal relationships just like everyone else. They have ups and downs and go through spans of confusion and questions of the heart. We are all like this, no matter who you love. This book follows progression throughout a story and helps you see how people can change and be together and not have it thrown at you. This is definitely the best LGBT book out there that I have read. I think if anything likes to read books on that subject or likes to help promote the community, this is the book for you.

I have been trying hard to put what I want to say out there for this book, but it has proven to be very hard. I don't want to ruin or spoil anything for anyone that decides to give this book a shot. I will just simply state that this book is beautifully written with such a wonderful message put into between the words. Anyone can read this and walk away with such a different outlook on life.



Couldn't Put It Down!!


Life of a Blogger -- Guilty Pleasures

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This is a weekly feature done on Thursdays by Novel Heartbeat. There is a new Topic each week that will let us tell a little bit about our lives. These posts are non-bookish, and more personal. Here's to getting to know each other :)

I came across this post last week and absolutely had to do it. Since I already had a post put up for that Thursday, I decided to hold out and do it this week for you all. I am so excited to do it and have more personal topics coming out for you all! I hope you guys decide to jump in and do it too!

Now for this week's topic...


Guilty Pleasures
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*Icing*
I know this is going to make me sound horrible, but I love taking a container of store bought icing, putting it in the fridge, and letting it get cold. When it is cold, it turns to the consistency of ice cream. So when I am had a hard day or are feeling emotional that day, I go to the fridge, grab out of my container, get a spoon, and just eat. 



*Reading*
I know we aren't supposed to pick things that are reading related, but this week I just couldn't leave reading out. I read all the time. Some days I take a break, but I have been known to push people away just so I can finish my book. If I am sucked in and someone wants me to do something and stop reading, I get really cranky. My poor boyfriend thinks I do it to avoid him sometimes. You all know though, I am sure, that if you get sucked into a book, there is just no stopping it.



*Video Games*
I haven't been playing them so much recently, but I used to be addicted. I played World of Warcraft for years and years. It sucked away a big part of my life, though I don't regret it. I only stopped playing it because it was an addiction and my computer broke. I decided to use the distraction of the computer being broken to fix my life. I still play on my PS3 from time to time, but nothing can keep me contained like WoW did. I miss it everyday, but I know it is best for me to not play it.



*One Direction*
I feel guilty sometimes that I love this band so much. I have their binders and stickers, trading cards, all their CDs. I don't have any T-shirts yet, but that is because I haven't been able to find the right one. When I do, I will snatch it up for sure. I have had their new CD, Midnight Memories, in my CD player since Black Friday and I listen to it everyday. I try to turn on my iPod sometimes, but I just end up switching it back to my CD. I feel guilty because I am older and have a long-term relationship going on, yet I still have a crush on a boy band. I still listen to them and embrace that I like them, but sometimes I get embarrassed when I have to admit it to others of my obsession.



*Girly Movies*
Just like the icing above, when I have a bad day, I curl up with my icing and a girly movie. My top 3 picks are usually Pitch Perfect, Julie & Julia, and Letters to Juliet. If I am ever emotional, those are the 3 that I always pick. I keep them in their own special stack by my TV for anytime I need to get my fix!



*Faeries*
This has become a recent thing. I didn't really care about Fae until the past couple years. I never knew much about them recently. But now I have been reading multiple books about Faeries, and I am sucked in hardcore to the stories. Most books I can stop reading, but anything about Faeries, I am sucked in until I can finish the books that are in the series. Wings by Aprilynne Pike and The Iron Fey have majorly sucked me in. I even have Nymphalem as my PS3 name which means Faery in Latin. I've been trying to hide it for a while, but I just can't do it anymore. I'm obsessed with the Fae.


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Well, that's what I have this week!
What did you guys write about??

Feb 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!





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We Won't Feel a Thing
By: J.C. Lillis
Release Date: March 31st, 2014

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Seventeen-year-old best friends Rachel and Riley are in forbidden love. 

Their situation’s. . .complicated. And their timing couldn’t be worse—in just one month, he leaves for California and she starts college in New York. The absolute last thing they need is a reckless secret-love confession mucking up their perfect plans.

There’s only one logical option: scientific intervention.

Desperate for a quick fix, they sign up for WAVES, an experimental self-help program led by mysterious scientist David A. Kerning. He swears his Forbidden Love Module can turn passion back to safe platonic friendship in “six easy steps.” 

But when you arm yourself with an untested program, side effects are unpredictable. 

And sometimes when you fight love—love fights back.




Feb 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday -- REWIND! Favorite Fictional Couples in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you at The Broke and the Bookish!! Each week we will be releasing a top ten book related list for you all to enjoy!

I have wanted to a post about the couples I love for a long time! When I saw the Rewind, I had to take advantage of it and put up my favorite couples!! They are in no particular order!!


REWIND!! Favorite Fictional Couples in Books

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1. Ash and Meghan
(The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa)
I am reading this series now, and I just can't get enough!! I am hoping things work out for them in the final book, but if not, I will still love them just as much! #FaerieLove #TeamAsh


2. Laurel and Tamani
(Wings Series by Aprilynne Pike)
I apparently have a thing for Faerie couples, because this is yet another one! I loved them soooo very much as I read them. I loved the take on Fae in this book and it is still one of the most original I have read so far!! #TeamTamani


3. Katniss and Peeta
(Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins)
I know so many people are team Gale, but Peeta stole my heart from the start. I loved his character and how sweet he was, no matter what Katniss put him through! #TeamPeeta


4. Harry and Ginny
(Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)
I really don't think this one needs an explanation.


5. Ron and Hermione
(Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)
I know people have heard that Rowling didn't want this couple really, but I still loved them so much and was so happy about how everything turned out. I think they are perfect for each other!!


6. Anna and Étienne St. Clair
(Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins)
Swoon! I loved this book and I loved Étienne. I loved the realisticness of the story and how it all turned out. This couple definitely needed a spot on my top ten couples. 


7. Edward and Bella
(Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer)
I know so many people hate this series, but there are just as many of us that loved the series too! I loved Edward and Bella and I still think of them very often. They are the couple that got me to read again, so they will always have a special place in my heart!! #TeamEdward


8. Dimitri and Rose
(Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead)
This couple...sigh....This series puts you on an emotional roller coaster for this couple to pull through. I loved them together from the start, and still had faith that somehow they would end up together in the end! #TeamDimitri



9. Milo and Chloe
(American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin)
I fell in love with this couple. I loved how most of the book followed them being together, even with the ups and downs. This is a couple I would love to follow and find out all about how things turn out for them. Nikki knows how to make you swoon over her characters!!


10. Becca and Sketch
(Mutilate my Heart by Emily Godwin)
This is one of the first real band books that I have read. I wasn't sure how I would feel about it, but I fell in love with it. and then Sketch in this book, though very paranormal, catches your heart and makes you hope Becca makes the right decision. I was so happy with this couple and I loved every second reading about them!


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Well, that's my list for the week! Hope you all enjoy!
Leave me your links below!

Teaser Tuesday -- Falling from the Sky



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone is able to play along, just do the following :)
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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My Teaser:

" He tosses me an Xbox controller. 'You up for another level or two?'
Until Micah, I never thought I'd play Xbox again, but I'm honing my zombie skills a little more reach day. "

35% of Falling from the Sky by Nikki Godwin

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Feb 24, 2014

Review -- The Iron Daughter

7747064The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey #2)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: August 1st, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 359
Format: Paperback, Bought

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Synopsis:

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.




My Review:
This story picks up a few days after the last book ends. I didn't understand that at first, because I felt like it left out some important information. however, as the book goes, there are flashbacks that kind of explain the parts that were left out at the beginning of the book. It puts the pieces together for you.

I very much liked the first book, but this book definitely sucks you in even more. Even in the slow parts you are left in so much suspense that you are not able to be bored.

Then there is the love triangle going on. And all I can say is that I'm still Team Ash. That guy just makes me melt. What is up with me and faerie guys?? Puck is such a great guy, he is soft from the beginning but tries to make him seem tough, which he is. Ash is the hard on the outside guy that tries to hide his emotions, but you know deep down he is a softie. Either one is a great pick for Meghan!

This book, like the first one, is kind of all over the place. A lot of it takes place in Nevernever, aka Faeryland, but there are also a lot of time that it is in the mortal world as well. I like that it goes in between the two realms. You also find out about a place called The Between, but you will have to read this in order to find out what it is.

What I also like about this book, is it shows off the tension between Summer and Winter and all the bitterness there. I also like that it shows that neither side is perfect, and they both have darkness within them, no matter how happy Summer might seem.

I love all the connections that come through. You learn so much about everyone in the first book and you see more pieces come together throughout this book. I know there will be so much more to come out that you didn't even realize until you read more about it. I like how she can subtly can put things into the story that you don't even realize, then out of no where, bam, you are hit in the face with it.

I am not sure what else to really say about this book other than wow. I heard it was good, but good doesn't begin to give this book/series justice. I am now sucked in and need to devour some more pages.

For anyone who likes action, romance, faeries, and any type of mythical creature, this book is for you. Be sure to give it a chance if you haven't already.

Couldn't Put it Down!!

Feb 22, 2014

Discussion -- Hardcopy vs. e-book

I am a girl who has trouble with this topic. In my mind, the e-books make more sense. You can carry around your whole bookshelf on a small little device, you can switch books as much as you want, you don't have to worry about bookmarks, and you can buy new books without leaving your house. The convenience for reading is unmatchable.

Then there are hard copies of books. they weigh a lot when you try to move them, you can only carry so many at a time so you don't wrinkle the covers or dust jackets. They are more pricey and they take up so much room.

With that all said, I see the pro's and con's of the book world. But I just can't help it, I love hard copies of books. I love the smell of them, I love how pretty they are on my shelf. I love picking out a new bookmark for each book I read. (I have a lot of them, I trade them out after each book.) I also love the idea that if the internet/technology ever crashes, I will still have my books to read. I also love the fact of keeping my books in the family. Able to hand them out and pass them on to future generations.

I have had two different Kindle devices, first I had the original Kindle with the keyboard on it, then for Christmas a couple years ago, I got a Kindle Fire. I bought a couple books on each of them and tried to get into the electronic reading, but I just can't seem to do it. I read the whole trilogy of the Hunger Games on my first kindle, but I ended up loving it so much I ran out and bought the box set anyway. So to me I end up spending more money anyway because I am now buying two of everything.

I do still however use my iPad and the Kindle app that I have on it, to read my review copies. Most authors, especially indie authors, only have ecopies to give out for review, they don't have paper copies for me to be able to read them. So for some I am stuck reading them on my iPad. I have to rotate books because of this, because I just can't read several at a time because of my eyes. The screen tends to give me a horrible headache when I read on it.

I also hate the idea of bookstores going away. If people read nothing buy e-books, I think stores, even big ones like Barnes and Noble, will be forced to shut down just because of no one buying them. I love being able to walk into a store and browse the shelves. You just don't get that same feeling when you search for books online.

I wish there was a way you could buy a papercopy of a book and get a digital code to read the book on a device too. Kind of like the DVDs now do. That way I could still have the copy on my shelf, but I could have the convenience of reading them on a small device that is easier to hold. I would for sure buy me a paper display Kindle so that way it wouldn't hurt my eyes.


I would love to hear your thoughts on the Hardcopy vs. E-book debate!!
Be sure to leave me some comments telling me your opinions!

Feb 20, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #27

Hey guys, this is my Feature and Follow Friday post! This post is hosted by two different blogs, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read! This meme is here for everyone to be able to get their blog out there and get more followers!! Links are below for you to look at others, follow them, and link your own blog!




Question:
What was the last book that made you cry?



Answer:

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I bawled like a baby at the end of it. I'm such a wimp!

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Next week's question:

Change the Plot. If you could, what book would you change the ending or a plot thread? Go ahead and do it...change it.


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  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
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  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  8. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!


 

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Thanks for visiting :) Can't wait to meet all you new bloggers and connect some more to my old ones!



Review -- The Iron King

6644117The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: February 1st, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 363
Format: Paperback, Bought

Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.




My Review:
Meghan Chase is just an ordinary girl living out on a farm. She is called Hick-girl at school and her crush never notices her. All of that will change when she finds out that she isn't ordinary. Far from it, and better yet, she isn't exactly human. Now she is thrown into a world she never knew of and has to show bravery more than she ever had to before.

I have had this on my TBR for a while, even added it to my list a few times for monthly reads, but always ended up not reading it. So this month I decided to make it be one of the first books I read so I could hopefully devour the series throughout the rest of the month. I am mad at myself for waiting so long to read it. I bought the series back in July to wait this long. I bought the box set and it came with a cool signed poster by Julie so I can't wait to find out which Team I end up for the rest of the series so I can put up my poster! Though right now, I gotta say, TEAM ASH!!

I loved the detail in this book. Even during the slower parts, you are still sucked into the details of the world. You feel like you are looking around seeing the different creatures as well. It was fantastic. I have been reading quite a few Fae books recently, and they all have things in common. They all use the same types of faeries and how they look for the most part. This book however goes into even more detail and I am learning about even more faerie types than I ever imagined. I am definitely becoming a Fae believer. I'm sucked in.

You have to stand by Meghan through all of this book. She goes through so much and even though she wants to curl up into a ball sometimes, she does what she can to keep going to the destination she needs to achieve. Poor girl thinks she is a nobody and ugly and unwanted. She just wants to be noticed at least a little on her sixteenth birthday. She got what she wanted for sure, and then some.

Then there is Puck. You can't help but feel sorry for the guy and the feelings for Meghan he is trying to hide. He is such a good guy and does anything for her, even if it means punishment. I want to love him more, but sadly Ash has stolen my heart so far in this series.

Now that I have went to Ash, I need to say that there is just something about him. I can tell that there is going to be a lot of drama and heartache surrounding him, but I still can't help but hoping he turns into someone different. Fingers crossed right.

I only read 59 pages to start off with and wasn't able to read much more due to life getting in the way, but as I sat there on a Sunday, I did nothing but read most of the day. I took little breaks to eat and spend time with my boyfriend and pup, but I still spent most of the day reading. As I got down to the last 50 pages I had a hard decision to stop reading and get a decent amount of sleep or keep reading and not get really any sleep. I knew if I finished the book I would have to come write the review as well. As I work in a daycare, my sleep is very important so I made the choice to finish the book the next day, though it was a very hard decision. I spent the whole rest of the night dreaming about this book and wanting to wake up to just finish it. I ended up not being able to finish it at work so I had to run home and devour it. Not able to wait any longer.

I absolutely love this book and it is in a close competition for top faerie series. I will keep reading to see if it takes over the the number one spot.

Couldn't Put It Down!!


Feb 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!




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Player in Paradise
By: Rebecca Lewis
Release Date: March 1st, 2014

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Recent college grad Olivia Kelley just landed her dream job at the famed LA Public Relations agency, the PWR Group. She’s not looking for a relationship, and the agency has a no-dating clients policy, but when she’s tasked with handling overly-flirtatious 23-year-old bad boy actor, Austin Ford, keeping things strictly professional may be harder than she thought. 

When Austin is caught cheating on his 19-year-old actress “girlfriend” Cassidy Evans, Olivia’s boss sends the celebrity couple on a romantic Hawaiian vacation to gain some positive press. She instructs Olivia to tag along to keep an eye on their behavior, but soon the getaway to paradise turns into a nightmare as Cassidy concocts a crazy new PR stunt, while Austin tries his hardest to take back control of his life. Olivia wants to help Austin, but is she willing to risk her job and future career reputation for the sexy, sweet-talking Hollywood player?




Feb 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Blogger/Reader

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you at The Broke and the Bookish!! Each week we will be releasing a top ten book related list for you all to enjoy!

There as so many reasons that being a blogger/reader can make your heart swell! I can't wait to see what all of you guys pick for your reasons!


Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Blogger/Reader

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1. Meeting Authors
It can be something as simple as an Author retweeted a post that I wrote about their book. I love just knowing that I am noticed by big authors, even for something small. I would also love to be able to meet some of them someday.


2. Blogger Friendships
 I have met some of my dearest friends because of my blog.  I haven't met anyone that I can connect with and talk about books where I am from. So it is nice to be able to come on here and know I can find that person even if they are across the world. 

My two best blogger friends are Amanda at I Solemnly Swear and Kristalyn at The Sarcastic Palmtree. Be sure to give them a chance! They are both amazing!!


3. Author Friendships
Upon signing up for blog tours or accepting review requests, I have met some wonderful authors. Some of which I have learned to call friends instead of just Authors.

One of the best Authors I have became friends with is Nikki, Author of Chasing Forever Down and American Girl on Saturn. Click Here for the link to her blog to learn more!


4. Breaking out of your Reading Comfort Zone
There are some books I find out about on my blog that I honestly wouldn't have given a chance at all. Those books have become some of my favorite books and have made me branch out more in what I do read.


5. The Feeling of Achievement
Every day I get a post done or a review written, I feel accomplished. I feel like I am making a difference in the world, no matter how small, by the posts I put up for you all to read.


6. Helping Indie Authors Promote their Books
There are some authors out there with AMAZING works, but they haven't been able to break into the published world. Us Bloggers can help them get noticed by our feedback we have on their books.


7. Finding out about Books I wouldn't have Found out on my Own
There are so many Indie Authors out there. It is so hard to keep up with all of them. This is where reading other bloggers posts come to help. We can all help promote different books to get all of us to give them a shot. I have found out about some awesome ones, just by giving the reviews a chance.


8. The Support of my Followers
I definitely wouldn't be blogging if it wasn't for my Followers. You guys give me the courage to keep going every day on my blog. I love the support I get from each and every one of you. Any comment I get on my posts makes my day every time!


9. Knowledge Gained from Books I've Read
There are so many books out there that when you read them, they destroy you and build you back up again. People think Fiction doesn't mean anything, but if you read a book like they are meant to be interpreted, you will walk away with an important life message most of the time.


10. The Push to Read More
I used to not read so much. I would get discouraged or lazy. I would use the excuse I will just finish the book tomorrow. I would say that on a daily basis. Now with my blog, I feel the need to read more, so I can keep content up for all of you guys to read. I am flowing through more books than I have ever read before and I am loving it every second of it. I am now to the point where I get upset when I don't have the time to read, I make time to read, no matter how small it may be.


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Well, that's my list for the week! Hope you all enjoy!
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Teaser Tuesday -- The Iron Queen



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone is able to play along, just do the following :)
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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My Teaser:

" I figured. Can't expect a faery to do you a favor without naming a price. Squashing down my annoyance, I stole a glance at Ash, and saw him nod. He'd expected it, too. I sighed and turned back to the oracle. 'What do you want?'  "

Page 31 of The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

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Feb 16, 2014

Shatter Me Giveaway Winner!!

So the time has finally arrived where I get the privilege to chose two of you lucky people, yes two, to win Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi!!

I want to first say thank you for all of you that entered! It is such a good feeling to know I have the support of all of you!!

Also, as a Surprise, I went and bought a second copy of this hardcover, so I picked out 2 winners this time :) I did one from the US and 1 INT entry!!


Now....no more stalling...



The Winners are....

Roxana Z. from Romania :)
(I had to say Romania because it makes me think of Dimitri!)
by the way of "Follow Me on Bloglovin'"

and

Kristalyn Thornock  
by the way of "Follow Me on Twitter"






They has been emailed and will have 72 hours to reply to the email or I will be picking a new winner!
Another Giveaway is in the works, so be on the watch for another one coming to you all soon!

Feb 15, 2014

Discussion: Author Friendships

When I first started a blog years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. I just put up reviews and tried to make friends with some of the bloggers on the other blogs. We sat there most days talking on Skype and just being goofy. I loved having those friendships. I lost contact with some of them, but others I still talk to even when I gave up that blog back in 2009. With that blog though, I started to get publishers as well as published authors contacting me to see if I would read and review their books.

The fact that a published author was taking the time to email me and talk to me directly made me feel so special. I felt like those authors should be considered celebrities and had no idea why they were talking to me. I ended up losing contact with them after giving up my blog as well.

In April of 2013 I made a new blog. I had circumstances back in 2009 that made me have to quit the blogging, but I never forgot about it. Now that my life was doing well, I decided to remake my blog. I had to start from scratch since my last one was deleted. I tried to contact some publishers when I started blogging again but since I was so new I was kind of blown off. I understood that, I really did.

What did surprise me was when I was reading books by authors I had in contact with previously, they remembered me, even with a completely new blog. One in particular was Jordanna Fraiberg. She is such a sweet and wonderful lady. She replies to anything I send her and genuinely loves to hear the comments I have for her on her book. I love that we have a relationship like that.

Then there are unpublished authors, indie authors. I am going to say something that is going to make me sound mean here. I never knew how hard it was to get published, so I always thought if an author was indie, that meant their book was pretty bad. I was always scared to accept anything indie, and most of the time said no to their requests. I am mad at myself for this.

When starting my blog this time around though, I decided to try to accept more review requests, no matter if they were self-published or not. It is one of the best things I have done on my blog. I have met some of the most wonderful authors as well as read some of the best stories out there. Some of them talk to me here or there, but there is one in particular that has broken through my wall, as well as I broke through hers.

Nikki Godwin, as well as her sister, Emily Godwin. They both write books and I am telling you, you are making a huge mistake if you haven't read anything by them. Nikki writes more contemporary style stories, but they aren't the usual ones. They usually pack a pretty strong meaning throughout all of her books. Chasing Down Forever is one book that will take your breath away and make you wanna re-evaluate everything you think in your life. It took me a little bit before I got the meaning of it, but when I did, it smacks you in the face (not in a bad way though). She is now working on a LGBT book that I am so excited for. I love to see an author that isn't afraid to promote things that some people frown upon. Then there is Emily. I have only read one book by her, but it is called Mutilate My Heart. It is about a girl who ends up falling for a band member, but there are things that go on within the story that is paranormal. I know I am not giving a very good description of it, but I can't say much else without completely ruining the story. She writes just as well as her sister. They must have a good-writer gene running in their family.

As they are indie authors, they really take to heart anything that is said about their book, good or bad, even though I really don't think that anything bad could be said about any of their works so far. I love though that they are so down to earth, they didn't let no getting published slow them down. That is what made me love my blog even more, with authors like this that need our help, I now only accept review requests from indie authors. The published authors don't need our help, its the indie ones that do.

They write some wonderful stories, just have trouble finding a publisher to give their book a chance. I think the indie authors also don't have the success gone to their head and they keep putting out works important to them, not works they think everyone will love.

The Godwin sisters have become dear friends of mine and I am here for them no matter what. I never thought I would get that relationship with authors, but it turns out I was wrong. I know I could go to Nikki for anything that life throws out and she would be there for me without hesitation. There are very few people I would take a bullet for, but both of the sisters, I would do so with honor.

I also love that with author relationships, you are able to meet other bloggers that have similar tastes with me. I met two of my best friends because of authors. One author, J.K. Rowling, led me to my friendship with Amanda from I Solemnly Swear. We got talking because of our Harry Potter addiction, now we talk almost every day and try to collaborate posts on our blogs. Then there is Kristalyn from The Sarcastic Palmtree, which she runs with her son. I met her through Nikki sucking me into the One Direction world. After talking Kristalyn here or there through retweets and commenting on stuff Nikki would tweet, we finally started talking to each other directly. She is such a wonderful person and so is her family.

If there are some people I want to meet most in this world, I would say it isn't a celebrity anymore, though One Direction and Katy Perry are close on the list. I would love to meet Amanda, Kristalyn and her family, Nikki, and her sister Emily. I know one day it will happen!

Has anyone else out there gotten an Author relationship like mine? Have you gained some of your best friends due to love for a book you both read?? Tell me down below!!

Feb 13, 2014

Review -- Jack and Yani Love Harry Potter

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Author: Mary E. Twomey
Release Date: November 15th, 2012
Publisher: Self-published
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 158
Format: Paperback, Bought

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Synopsis:

Best friends Jack and Yani do everything together. After Yani's thirtieth birthday party, however, she decides to leave town on a spontaneous vacation to visit all the sites of the young adult fiction novels she loves, hoping that when she returns, she'll have buried the secret flame she has for Jack. 

Forced by his friends to go on a road trip to track down Yani, Jack learns a lot about his best friend by reading the novels she's been obsessed with. From vampire hunting in Forks to searching for wizards in Florida, Jack confronts his greatest fears -that he just might love Harry Potter...and perhaps, Yani.



My Review:
I have to start here saying when I saw a book that followed someone that is taking a trip to see YA book places, such as Forks because of Twilight, and Florida for Harry Potter things, I HAD to read it. I also laughed when I got the book in. At first glance you would think it is just a sticker on the cover that says over 4.5 Million Sold, but when you look underneath it, it has "to your mom" in parentheses, it definitely bad me laugh pretty good. I fell in love with the story even before I read it for this reason.

This is the trip of Jack, who is forced by his friends to try to track down Yani on her book trip. Along the way Yani and Jack both find out more about themselves and each other than they ever knew. They thought they already knew each other as well as themselves, but they found out they were very wrong about that. Now they both have to find out...... is it too late?

Coming from someone who has read most of the things that have been mentioned, Twilight and Harry Potter, I really enjoyed getting to re-live them again. I liked learning more about the books. I do have to admit though that I forgot about the Harry Potter park in Orlando, Florida. I have been to it and loved it, but I mind-blanked when I was like why would she go to Florida for wizards. I wanted to smack myself when I found out. She also visits New Orleans for Anne Rice, but I sadly have yet to read anything by her. This is something that I need to change.

I love the friendships in this book. They have such a close-nit group of friends that you might as well call family. I loved how they picked on each other and were all there for each other no matter what. Even ones that have a family and kids were there to ride along to help Jack hunt Yani down. It was such a nice thing. I wish I had friends here that I could do that with, but sadly I don't really. All mine are scattered between Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Mississippi. Though one of those might be moving by me soon :) I would still go on a road trip for any of them. This book definitely values close friendships, I loved it. All the friends are so different yet, at the same time, they are the same. I like seeing the differences and how they all use those to mend together.

This book is scattered all over the United States. We follow Yani all over trying to find out where she is. The book gets both sides, as it is in 3rd person. Some paragraphs are following Yani and what she is going through, then you are back in the SUV with Jack and his friends.

I very much enjoyed this book. I loved watching the story unfold and getting surprises along the way. I smiled through most of the reading I did. I even stayed up past my bed time just so I could finish this because there was no way I could leave the book for the night with only 20 pages left. This is definitely a story for any of us YA lovers out there. I know all of us would love to take a trip like this and it has me wanting to do it even more now! I know because of this book, a Twilight and Harry Potter re-read is definitely in the works now!!

Loved It!!



Feb 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!



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Only the Good Die Young
By: K.K. Hendin
Release Date: March 11th, 2014

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The first year of college is supposed to be about parties, parties, and getting the hell out of Texas. Instead, Milcah Daniels is spending her eighteenth year in and out of Houston's hospitals. Her hair is falling out, they’ve cut off her boobs, and if she makes it to nineteen, she’ll consider it a personal miracle.

Breast cancer really has a way of messing with a girl’s social calendar.

When Milcah’s temporarily discharged from the hospital, she’s determined to get a tattoo for every medical procedure she’s had. Her quest leads her to Skin Stories, a new tattoo parlor a block from her apartment. And to it’s infuriatingly sexy artist, Callum Scott.

Callum is everything Milcah wants, and everything she shouldn’t have now. A new relationship when the official prognosis is one to five years is a terrible idea. But Callum doesn’t know about the breast cancer, and Milcah’s not running to tell him.

But when the doctor says things are actually looking positive, her entire life turns upside down. How is she supposed to start living again when she’s finally learned to accept her death?




Feb 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you at The Broke and the Bookish!! Each week we will be releasing a top ten book related list for you all to enjoy!

Yay for book boyfriends!!


Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon

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1. Wings
By: Aprilynne Pike

I know this is probably weird, but I LOVED Tamani in this series. I know he is a faerie and all, but I still loved him very much. I wanted to become Fae just so I could have Tamani for myself!!





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2. The Notebook
By: Nicholas Sparks

I LOVED Noah in this book. I was obsessed with him for a while. Then after the movie and him being Ryan Gosling, I loved him even more!




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3. Anna and the French Kiss
By: Stephanie Perkins

Étienne St. Clair, need I say more??




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4. Twilight
By: Stephanie Meyer

I loved Edward in the books. I hated Jacob. I skimmed a lot of New Moon because of him. So when Edward comes back, it made me smile. I like the Edward I pictured in the books more than the movie version, but still, he's dreamy!






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5. Vampire Academy
By: Richelle Mead

I am team Dimitri all the way. If there was ever a character that I wanted to be with this most, Dimitri is definitely in the top 3! He is so sexy in the books and I wanna hear his accent!




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6. Running from Romeo
By: Diane Mannino

I usually don't like man-whore type characters, but how much Logan changes in this book made me fall in love with him. He is a good case of people can change when the right thing comes along. He was such a sweetheart and I couldn't get enough of him!




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7. American Girl on Saturn
By: Nikki Godwin

You all know it is no secret that I loved this book. What makes you love it though is Noah and Milo. I loved both of them very much. Milo and his romantic-ness draws you in. You will definitely swoon over him too when you read this book!




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8. Hush, Hush
By: Becca Fitzpatrick

Patch definitely has the dark and mysterious thing going on. Plus he seems to be tall, skinny, and have my longer dark hair that makes me melt. So naturally, I fell in love with Patch!





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9. The Hunger Games
By: Suzanne Collins

I Love Peeta. He is such a selfless sweetheart. Everything about him is amazing. I know I wouldn't have been able to stay away from him if I was in this world!





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10. Harry Potter Series
By: J.K. Rowling

I don't know what it is, but I have had a long-time crush on the Weasley Twins. I would marry either of them and become a part of that wonderful family. I think they would be hilarious to date, but I can tell they would have a nice romantic side too!




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Well, that's my list for the week! Hope you all enjoy!
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