Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!




Thursday, October 29, 2015

Digital Book Haul (1)

So these are all the ebooks I got recently, two were given to me by the authors.




It could not be worse for ninth grader Becky Michigan on her first day at a new school, sitting in beet juice and staining her white jeans in a classroom about to fill up with students. In the nick of time, a gorgeous blonde boy named Danny comes in and offers his oversized baseball jersey so she can cover up, get to the office, and change. By the time she pulls the shirt over her head however, he has mysteriously disappeared.


Becky scours the school in search of her dream-athlete and wonders why after contact with him she has magically gained the ability to throw a fastball ninety miles per hour! Instead of finding the answer, however, Becky’s new skill pits her against the school bully and the entire varsity baseball team. That night, after her exciting showdown in front of the entire school, Danny shows up at her bedroom window. If she will agree to meet him behind the school at midnight on the ball field at the edge of the woods, he promises to reveal a secret meant to alter the past and change her life forever.



Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The 'Dark' Disney Princess Book Tag!

Soudha from Of Stacks and Cups created this tag and it looks like so much fun. I love the Disney movies and the princesses so much. I grew up on Disney movies and I love them still. Who is your favorite Disney princess? Movie? Let me know below in the comments. Also I'm trying to 'Halloween' up all my posts as much as I can so all the pictures below with feature the Disney princesses in a darker form.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

6 Halloween(ie) Reads

This is a small list of some awesome horror novels. Have you read any for the Halloween season? Do you have any good recommendations for me? Leave a comment and let me know! Now to the list my little sunflowers!


This book is very creepy and scared me quite a bit. Perfect to get into the Halloween mood. Which is almost over....  next comes Thanksgiving(US) though!






I admit to actually only having read this one in bright lights. I was too freaked out to try it at night.





This one didn't scare me but it had some creepy moments that is perfect for those that want a slight scare but still want to sleep at night.







This is kind of like Miss Peregrine's but to me it was scarier. CREEPY!






This one is the one that I freaked out over. I was so scared when reading this book that I huddled over in the corner of my bed with the blankets around me. I even slept with a night light for a few nights.  This book is not one I recommend for the feint of heart.  







This one was just creepy. Nothing too bad. I enjoyed it throughly though.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Manga Monday (2)




After orphan Teru Kurebayashi loses her beloved older brother, she finds solace in the messages she exchanges with DAISY, an enigmatic figure who can only be reached through the cell phone her brother left her. Meanwhile, mysterious Tasuku Kurosaki always seems to be around whenever Teru needs help. Could DAISY be a lot closer than Teru thinks?

One day at school Teru accidentally breaks a window and agrees to pay for it by helping Kurosaki with chores around school. Kurosaki is an impossible taskmaster though, and he also seems to be hiding something important from Teru...






Series: Dengeki Daisy
Volume: 1
Format: Digital 
Published: 07/06/2010
Page Count: 192
Publisher: Viz Media


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Manga Breakdown

Teru is a sixteen year old girl that lives alone. Her older brother died about a year ago and all he left her with is Daisy. A person she texts all the time. She even says that Daisy is the most important person to her. Though she has never meet Daisy in real life.


Through this volume she meets Kurosaki. Her school janitor after he comes to find the one who threw a baseball through the school window. When she confesses that she threw the baseball, he makes her 'pay with her body'.  Which means that she has to help him with his work around the school. But things start to happen... she finds out that Daisy is a hacker when he helps her out of a bad situation.

She doesn't know that Kurosaki is Daisy even as she gets closer to him. He even let her stay at his place after hers was broken into and ruined. Kurosaki acts like a jerk to her most of the time. But then he goes off and saves her or has a sweet tender moment that will just melt your heart. It's easy to see his feelings for Teru and the I wondered why he was such a jerk since he liked her but you find out in the end and it all makes sense. He caused her brother's death and doesn't feel he has the right to love her.

The art is nice. Some pictures to me are just too silly but then other's are just so lovely that is evens out nicely. This is a comedy so if you're in a bad mood it will makes me laugh and smile. I will be getting more of these volumes very soon! I want to know if Teru ever finds out about Daisy!

Have you read this manga? If so, did you enjoy it? Let me know below! Thanks for reading sunflowers.



Sunday, October 25, 2015

Darkest Dawn - Blog Tour




Darkest Dawn by Katlyn Duncan
Genre: YA Paranormal
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers
Published on September 17th, 2015



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One desperate journey for the truth


Returning to Willows Lake eleven years after her mother’s tragic death, Sloane Baker knows she will finally get the answers she needs! She always suspected that there was something more sinister at the heart of the accident that claimed her mother’s life, but a cryptic note could be the key to her past…

Two lives changed forever

The small town has always seemed safe to Brianna Taylor – until a mysterious new girl arrives who looks exactly like Bri! Now everything Bri knew has been thrown into question and Sloane’s arrival has changed the world of Willows Lake forever.

Strange things are happening in Willows Lake. But when they turn deadly, Bri and Sloane must find a way to save each other or risk losing everything they hold dear…







Book Breakdown



We start off with Slone. A girl who lost her mother in a car crash a while back. She knows something is off about the whole thing and then when she receives an unsigned letter telling her to come to Williow Lake as the person who sent the note has the answers she seeks.

Sloane sneaks away without her father knowing and gets kissed by a guy who called her Bri. She knows something is wrong and she's not leaving without answers.

Bri is a sweet young girl who's lived in Willow Lake her while life. She's got a few good friends and a boy who wants more than friendship. Then everything changes when she sees a girl with her face. They look like twins. But they actually share a soul. They are the Two. Two halves of a hole.

They decide to work together to figure out the note and the real reason Slone's mother died - Bri's mother as well. The girls get attacked and someone Bri trusts betrays her. This is a good book, a plot twist I didn't see coming. It has some cute clean romance for all the fans romance fans out there.

Sloane is a strong character. She's pretty confident in herself. I really like her. She seemed more like a lone wolf kind of girl and I enjoyed that. She's not scared to stand up for herself. To me she's a better character than Bri. Bri is the sweet little girl. The nice one. The one who lets the bully bug her and tries to be the bigger person. She's careful what she says as to not hurt people's feelings. Bri even goes as far as to be friends with the town's 'weirdo'.

The writing is plain and simple. Nothing fancy, nothing too wordy. Just more to the point. It's not bad writing but I've seen a whole lot better.

Overall, this book was entertaining and a very quick read. If you want something easy to read and fun, go for this book. If you want something with lots of depth, look elsewhere. 





Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Carnelian Legacy - Review

Marisa MacCallum always believed that the man of her dreams was out there somewhere. The problem is—he’s in another dimension.

After the death of her father, eighteen-year-old Marisa's life is on the verge of imploding. She seeks comfort on her daily ride through the woods of Gold Hill, but when a mysterious lightning storm strikes, she is hurled into the ancient, alternate dimension of Carnelia where she is discovered by the arrogant but attractive nobleman, Ambassador Darian Fiore.

Stranded in a world teeming with monsters, maniacs and medieval knights, Marisa is forced to join Darian on a dangerous mission to negotiate peace with his cousin and archenemy, Savino da Rocha. Along the way, she starts to see Darian's softer side and finds herself falling in love. But once she learns that he is locked into an arranged marriage, her heart shatters.

When Savino falls for her charms and demands her hand in exchange for peace, Marisa is faced with an impossible choice: marry the enemy of the man she loves or betray them both and become the catalyst for a bloody war.








Book Breakdown

Marisa has felt like an outsider for all her life, a feeling that gets worse when her father dies. She takes her horse for a ride on the day of his funeral and is transported to other realm. Where she just happens to be spotted by two men who speak.... popcorn logic. She follows them through their mission and naturally, stuff happens. They get attacked by some animals and she runs away... RUNS AWAY. She's a very weak character to me. I found myself wanting to smack her. She ends up falling in love with a man named Darian. A prince. But she got an offer of marriage from his cousin.


Marisa goes back and forth between wanting to be with Drarian and deciding to let him go. She even almost kills herself at one point but hears "God's" voice and doesn't. She now feels loved and safe. I dislike Marisa because she is seriously so freaking weak! Bella from Twilight was a stronger character than her. Anyway, she ends up being the lost princess and gets the guy. After a huge reveal and silly needlessness.

I also wish NetGalley had said this was Christian ... I wouldn't have touched this thing because the whole voice in the head bit really made me want to put the book down and just stop. I don't like reading Christian fiction. I have nothing against it, just not my cup of tea, at all. Though on a more positive side, I really love this author's writing. It seemed almost lyrical at some points. Beautiful! 



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Book Haul (6)

This is my favorite book haul yet! I got a lot of great things. Some I bought myself with the money from my new job and others my partner bought me. Isn't he great? He knows just how to get to my heart. Love you +Steven Sallie not that he will even read this but yeah.




I've read the whole series before but never owned any of them. Then last week at Barnes and Nobles, it was there. The very last copy. I didn't think they'd sell this in a bookstore like B&N because it's an indie book but I was so excited to see it and I snapped up the last copy!





Yes, I already own a perfectly fine paperback copy but I saw this at Half Price books in hardback and it was brand new! Who on earth would want to give away this book?! Well, I guess I am... I'm going to sell them my paperback copy and get a different book.





I like this cover... yeah that's the only reason I bought it. Well, my partner got this one for me actually.







I found the UK version of this book and since I need to finish this series anyway, it worked. 






I already had this book in ebook form but my partner knows how much I hate dislike ebooks and when he saw this he got me the hardcover version. Isn't that so sweet?






This one goes without saying why I wanted it. Though I'm not happy with the retelling so far...






This book... I've reread this book so many times and I am not sure why. It's not the best book but I just keep coming back to it. The rest of the series isn't so good.








I got this book SIGNED! SIGNED! 






That's it for this book haul, what books have you gotten recently buttercups? Let me know below.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Angelblood (Dark Angel #4)




Seven days… 

Israel seems…different since he came out of his coma. His life has been saved but Alyx had to make a deal with the devil to do so. She has to hand Israel over to Lucifer unless she finds a way to defeat Samyara. But to do this Alyx will need Israel and Jordan, the two men fighting for her heart, to work together. Can they put aside their differences long enough to defeat Samyara? 

Seven days until Israel is sentenced to Hell. Seven days to find Samyara. Seven days to raise an army. 

This will be Alyx’s greatest battle yet.





Format: eBook
Author Hanna Peach
Published: 01/01/2014
Links to get your own copy 
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Book Breakdown
This is actually a spoiler free review! So enjoy!

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

Angelblood, naturally, picks up where Angelsong finished. Israel's alive and doing fine. Now they have Adere and Samyara to take care of. The bargain our lovely Alyx made with Balthazar to save Israel's life is taking it's toll on her. I feel bad for her so much. I love Alyx and hate to see her this way. Also, this book takes place over seven days. Yes, you read that right, SEVEN days. 

This book moves so fast even through the layered plot. I've never felt a week go by so fast. I love this installment so much! It seems more like a character building piece but that's great. I've said this before in other reviews but I just love getting to know characters that I love. It really feels like I know them too. 

There is some sweet romance in this book. Israel, oh Israel oh I love you. He's so awesome. I think I've got another book boyfriend to my ever growing list. But he deserves a spot among them. I love the relationship that he and Alyx have, they are such an adorable couple! 

There is so much action in this book just as with the last that you're never bored. I found myself holding my breath in some post of this book. It's like one hell of a thrill ride! Thanks to Hannah for letting me read this! It's amazing! 







Monday, October 19, 2015

One Lovely Blogger Award



So before I do anything I want to think the ever so lovely Konstantina from The Reading Armchair  and the sweetheart Caroline from Just Another Bookish Blog for nominating me. You guys should go check out their blogs. 



The Rules

1) Say Thank you to the person that nominated you
2) Explain the rules of the award
3) Say seven random facts about yourself
4) Nominate other bloggers
5) Display the badge/logo of the award in your blog






Random Facts

1) I love Resident Evil. The video games and yes... the movies are okay too. Though they have gotten pretty awful.

2) I love a wide variety of music. Anything but jazz and the 'old school' stuff.

3) I have OCD, if my books on my shelf aren't just right... I tend to get crazy... yeah...

4) Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love all that creepy paranormal stuff. If I could make it Halloween every day. I would. I so would in a heartbeat.

5) I'm not good at these things. Coming up with random facts... is that just me?

6) I'm a book slut. Enough said.

7) I am old school when it comes to writing my book reviews. I write them all down on paper first. My partner says 'it's because I'm Hipster' but technology hates me. So if I write them down, no matter what I always have them... even if I break my tablet.








Who I'm Tagging 
(I know this award has been floating around everywhere so if I tag you and you've already done it, ignore me lol)

1) Cheryl @I Heart Fictional People

2) Hannah @TheDonkeyInvasion

3) Trinity @The Midnight Princess

4) Denise @i am shelfless

Also if you want this award and haven't been nominated, then I nominate you. So go ahead and do this post and snag this award!












Saturday, October 17, 2015

Emerge: The Edge - Review


Alienated by everything that sets him apart, Aidan McBrien suffers in silence.

He is the most powerful Immortal of his generation, but he chooses to live behind a mask to protect himself, even from those he loves. They can never know how much he struggles just to get through each day, overwhelmed by the pain and loss of everyone around him. As he fights a constant battle to control the gifts that threaten to push him over the edge, he dreads the day his world will look to him to fulfill a prophecy that he doesn’t even believe in. 

As Aidan’s equal, Allie Carmichael endures the same isolation, but in complete ignorance of her true nature. When she meets Gavin, Allie sees a tiny glimmer of the life she wants to live, and the person she wants to be, but her instincts tell her it will never work. 

Allie and Aidan have led parallel lives on opposite ends of the earth, but their paths are about to converge. With others making decisions for them, will they ever truly understand the immeasurable power they posses, or the prophecy that might not be about Aidan after all?


Format: ebook
Publisher: Midnight Hour Studio
Date Published: 09/29/2015
Author: Melissa A. Craven
Page Count: 209
POV: Aidan and Allie

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Book Breakdown
*Spoiler Alert* 

*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This book follows Aidan and Allie before they meet and what their life was like before. It's more of a character building piece but I'm totally okay with this because I love these characters so much and you get to learn more about them. It's great and I love this world the author has created and any chance I have to spend more time there I'm completely happy with. 

I want to say that I usually don't like prequels. They are usually boring because they start before the actual story. This though... I just can't get enough of this world and these characters. They seem so real. It was so nice to see their backstory and why they are the way they are. We actually get to see inside Aidan's head and to see all his flaws and it just made me love him more. 

That's what I meant by the characters seeming so real. They aren't perfect, they have flaws just like everyone else. But they try and raise above those things. Allie is so strong and such a good role model but I also love the fact that she's not strong all the time. No one can be strong all the time. It's an eye opener to see how they are before they meet. They have really brought out the best in each other. They are such a perfect couple. 

I also love the plot twist, I did not see that coming at all. It's so wonderful to not see a plot twist coming, I've gotten so good at catching the hints or just knowing it's coming but this! There are no words. This series is so fresh, I've said that before in my review for the first book but it's true. It's unlike any other book I've read and it's great! Read this novella and the first book. I know you'll love it so much. 









Favorite Quotes

1) "Aw, you're blushing! Athletic, Mr Football with a trust fund, genius IQ and a violin prodigy well on your way to becoming a virtuoso at age sixteen! Plagued by every hot girl in the school. You poor thing!"

2) "Kate broke up with me again. I figured I'd get out of Dodge while I had the chance."
"What did you do this time?" Gregg asked.
"I have no idea. Apparently I'm an 'immature-butt-munch' - her words. And 'I'm driving her batshit.'" He shrugged. "That's what I get for trying to date so far out of my generation."


Friday, October 16, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday (12)





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Question
If you could have any super power, what would it be? - Suggested by Jess Time to Read



Answer
Well... I can't choose just one so I will give you all my top 3 choices.

1) Invisibility
I'd be able to hide and no one would bother me. I'd get a lot more reading done. I could also spy on people if need be, haha.

2) Teleport 
I've love to be able to just travel the world and that's hard with limited money so if I could teleport I'd travel everywhere! There would be no place left untouched by me. It was be a dream come true.

3) Speed Reader
I read fast, but with hardly any time to read I don't get much done. If I could speed read I could get through all the amazing books that just sit there and taunt me with their awesomeness.




So what about you guys? What would you choose as a super power? Leave me a comment below or drop your FF links and I'll visit your page. Don't forget to follow me. I always follow back! 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

Okay so I was tagged for this by the lovely Caroline from Just Another Bookish Blog forever ago. Thanks for tagging me! Also you guys should check out her blog. It's pretty awesome. Sorry it took me so long to get to, with the lack of computer and new job it makes time for blogging or reading very hard to come by but I will keep going! So now without further delay, the questions!


1) Expelliarmus - Disarming Spell
    (A book that took you by surprise)

So this would have to be A Court of Thrones and Roses. I didn't know much about the book when I got it. Only that everyone was reading it and loving it and I wanted to read it too. For me it started off slow and I debated if I should give up or not but then out of nowhere it got amazing! I couldn't put it down! Now it's only of my favorite books of all time.


2) Expecto Patronum - Protection Spell 
    (A book that brings back happy childhood memories)

Daughters of the Moon. I've posted about this series before and how happy it made me. The memories I have of reading to my younger sister by candlelight. Happy times.


3) Prior Incantarto - Previous Spell 
   (The last book you read)

Emerge: The Edge. It's a great book and I love the series to death! Seriously, go look it up on goodreads. It's so fresh and has such a strong lead character. 


4) Alohomora - Unlocking Spell
   (A book that introduced you to a genre you would have not considered before)

I would have to say Beautiful Disaster. That New Adult Contemporary novel. It opened my eyes to the only kind of Contemporary novels I can read. New Adult. 


5)  Ridiculous - Funny Spell
    (A funny book you read)

I don't read too many funny books but the dialogue in pretty much any Jennifer L Armentrout book makes me laugh. Her characters are just so snarky.


6) Sonorous - Sound Spell
   (A book you think everyone should know about)

Emerge: The Awakening! Seriously, it's an amazing YA novel. 



7) Obliviate - Memory Spell
   (A book you wish you never read)

Kalona's Fall. Why was the book even published? How could anyone think it was a good idea? I have so many questions about this book but the first one is, what were those people on when they looked at this and thought it was good? 


8) Imperio - Control Curse 
    (A book you had to read for school)

The Giver. It was so amazing I read it twice. I still have that book to this day and it's one of my favorites.


9) Crucio - Torture Curse
    (A book that was painful to read)

Well, I will be honest here. I tried to read Fifty Shades of Grey years ago. I never made it through the fifth or sixth chapter. It was awful and I wasted my time. I'm so glad every book is not like that or I'd not be a reader. Also, in case anyone were to ask, I've not seen the movie and don't plan to. It's just not my thing.


10) Avada Kedavra - Death Curse
      (A book that could kill)

Allegiant. Yeah.....





As for who I'm tagging... I will tag everyone who hasn't done this awesome tag and wants to. If you decide to do this tag please leave your link below so I can check it out!


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Review - The 5th Wave

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.







Book Breakdown
*SPOILER ALERT*





This book was a thrill ride! We start with Cassie. She's lost her mother in the 3rd way and her father was killed in front of her after the 4th wave. Her baby brother was taken by the 'others' and little does she know that they will prepare him to be the 5th wave.

Cassie is alone, living in a forest, afraid to trust anyone. Not that she sees many people of course. Almost everyone is dead. Seven billion humans on earth and less than a few thousand left. She's trying to survive and at the same time find a way to get her baby brother back. Just like she promised him before he was taken.

When she finally decides to leave the forest, she gets shot on the highway by a Silencer - the 4th wave. she gets die from the leg wound. She passes out and wakes up in a house. A very good looking young man had saved her. She grows to love this man - Evan. He loves her too. Cassie can't bring herself to trust him... she tells Evan that she has to rescue her brother. He tries to keep her there with him. Doesn't work. Soon they go together to find her little brother. In which time she discovers that Evan is an alien. One of the 'others'.

 Ben Parish survives the 3rd wave, barely. Now he's being trained to what he thinks are the aliens... but he and Ringer find out the truth and it messes with his head. Ringer says they should all just run away but Ben made a promise to a young boy in boot camp. He has to go back to the alien lair for the kid. He won't leave him behind like he left his younger sister.

That's where Ben runs into Cassie, she's already gotten into the boot camp and got her brother. Cassie is stunned to see her old crush. She'd spent so many times before the arrival daydreaming of him. With the help of Evan and later Ringer, they make it out of the alien fort. With nothing much left behind...

I was hooked from the first page of this book. Cassie just has this voice that made me want to see what she said next, what her plan was. I also felt so sad for her, not being able to trust anyone. How was she to know if they were alien or human? I love the slow building relationship between her and Evan. I really hope he lives as I really like Evan. For an alien he's pretty awesome. You can see how much he loves her. It's so sweet.

The writing was very forward, and flowed together nicely. I found myself unable to put the book down. I read it all in one day. Sadly, I didn't even know about this book till I saw the movie trailer and it looked so good that I just had to read it. Now I can't wait for the movie! Hope it's as good as the book!






Favorite Quotes

1) “But if I'm it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I'm going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity's last war, then I am the battlefield.” 


2) “Some things you can never leave behind. They don't belong to the past. They belong to you.” 


3) “I had it all wrong," he says. "Before I found you, I thought the only way to hold on was to find something to live for. It isn't. To hold on, you have to find something you're willing to die for.” 

4) “I am a shark, Cassie," he says slowly, drawing the words out, as if he might be speaking to me for the last time. Looking into my eyes with tears in his, as if he's seeing me for the last time. "A shark who dreamed he was a man.” 

Friday, October 09, 2015

Lady Midnight Cover Reveal



Okay how epic is this?! I love it! It's one of my favorites! What do you guys think about it? Are you as excited as me?

Here is the synopsis also:

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.
A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other — but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, one in a long line of Shadowhunters tasked with protecting the world from demons. With her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of an secret Los Angeles where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries start turning up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were murdered years ago, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge — and Julian’s chance to get back his half-faerie brother, Mark, who was kidnapped five years ago. All Emma, Mark and Julian have to do  is solve the murders within two weeks . . . before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. As she uncovers the past, she begins to peel away the secrets of the present: What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents — and can she bear to know the truth?
The magic and adventure of the Shadowhunter Chronicles have captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Fall in love with Emma and her friends in this pulse-pounding, heart-rending new volume sure to delight new readers and longtime fans.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

My Twilight Story

I've seen a lot of bloggers and Booktubers doing this and I wanted to share my story and love for Twilight. I know a lot of people hate on this series and the movies and I'm going to give my very honest opinion about it. I'm also going to share how I first got into Twilight and what it has done for my love of reading.





It was summer 2008, in the summer my family had moved from Tennessee to Kentucky. Like the northern tip of of Kentucky, the  middle of nowhere. I am from Nashville, where there is so much to do. So being over 500 miles from all my friends and my home, I was depressed. My family tried everything but I'd just sit in my room and listen to music, ignoring them all. I was so upset that they took me away from my friends. I was only 16.   

I got the chance to talk to my best friend Rane. She called and we were talking about how we missed each other and if I was ever coming back. (I've still not got to move back to my hometown. I now live even farther away...) Then she told me about this series she was reading called Twilight. It had vampires and she knew how much I love vampires. So she told me about it and I was kind of nervous about it. She told me that these vampires had no fangs... a vampire without fangs!? A vampire that sparkles?! 

Then later that week I went to the library, and there it was. Twilight. I decided 'what the hell' and got it. I read it all in one night. Then went back the next day to the library. There were so many holds on the rest of the series that my mother was sweet enough to take me to Wal-Mart and just buy the rest of the series for me. Since I didn't have school to worry about I finished the rest in two days. Needless to say I slept very little till it was finished.

I love the series. I've talked about before the first young adult series I ever read, The Vampire Dairies. That series got me to really love reading. But after moving up away from everyone I loved. I quit reading and was just emo. Twilight helped me find my love of reading again. It also made Kentucky a little better. I never made many friends while I lived there. Which was sad as I had tons in Tennessee. So while I was lonely and sitting at home while others went to parties and dances. I just read. It was the best escape from my depressed life. It gave me a reason to not want to kill myself anymore. (I was a very dramatic teenager). 

It was so nice, I even got to read the series to my little sister and she and grew close in that time period. She became my best friend and still is now. So I have Twilight to thank for a lot of good things in my life. 

Now the movies.... I wish anyone but Kristen Stewart had played Bella. She ruined everything for me. She needs acting lessons. Also I think they should've got someone who was a better role model to play Bella because so many kids looked up to her. One of my friends even started smoking pot because Kristen Stewart did and now her life is ruined.

I remember though, my dad actually went with me to the midnight premier of Twilight. I was so excited! To see all the characters I'd come to love. I even went to the midnight premier of New Moon and Eclipse. But I lost hope.... I didn't see the last two in theaters at all. I saw them once they can to pay per view. Yeah... I love the book series. It's one of my favorites. But the movies... Sorry if this brothers anyone but it's my personal opinion. If you love the movies and Kristen Stewart that's great. Keep on doing that.


So yeah, that's my story and my first taste of Twilight. In honor of the tenth anniversary edition, I'm going to review twilight and the retelling on my blog. Just twilight though, not the whole series. Here's my question for you sunflowers: are you excited to read the retelling or would you rather have had Midnight Sun? Personally, I'd rather have Midnight Sun but I'll take anything Twilight. I just the book series so freaking much!

Sunday, October 04, 2015

September Wrap-Up

I didn't read too many books this month where I started work and such but here are the ones I completed in the month of September!




1) Becoming Darkness
Like everyone else living in Haven, seventeen-year-old Sophie Harkness is an Immune--a carrier of the genetic mutation that protects her from the virus Hitler unleashed upon the world more than half a century ago. A virus that wiped out most of humanity and turned two-hundred million people into vamps. But after her best friend is brutally murdered and several attempts are made on her own life, Sophie becomes determined to find answers to what seems to be a conspiracy running generations deep. And when she questions the peace treaty that keeps her small community protected, Sophie begins to discover terrible truths about herself and what it means to be human in a world ruled by darkness. 

Lindsay Brambles' debut young adult novel is a story of an alternate universe: Hitler won the war, our modern technologies never evolved, and the Nazis' terrifying reign still continues. This fast-paced novel will appeal to readers who guzzle up genre mashups and are looking for a fresh hybrid to sweep them away. 


2) Angelsong
Israel lies dying from demon poison. To save him, Alyx needs the recipe for the cure, supposedly contained within the Threads of Dark, and she needs Mayrekk’s knowledge of herbs to make it.

But Mayrekk remains imprisoned in Michaelea, being punished for his hand in Alyx’s escape, and Michael himself guards the key to Mayrekk’s freedom. The Threads of Dark is sealed within a secret chamber deep under the Archives of Urielos, a Seraphim city clinging to cliffs somewhere along the coast of Italy. Even if Alyx does manage to find a way into the city, the chamber is guarded by ancient riddles and deadly traps…

Can Alyx rescue Mayrekk and retrieve the Threads of Dark before Israel slips away?



3) The 5th Wave
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.



4) The Shade of the Moon
The eagerly awaited addition to the series begun with the New York Times best-seller Life As We Knew It, in which a meteor knocks the moon off its orbit and the world changes forever.

It's been more than two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave. But Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong? 


5) Crown of Midnight
"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—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 give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for. 




So that's it! What all did you sunflowers read last month? Let me know below.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Crown of Midnight - Review


"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—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 give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.











Book Breakdown 
*Spoiler Alert*

This book opens with a bang! You are lead to believe that Calaena is killing a man with his wife while they're in bed. But after turning in a few body parts to the king... you see that she is faking deaths. Because let's be really honest here; the king is evil and should never be trusted.

The King gives her another mission - to kill an old friend of hers; Archer. She must also take down the rebel group that he might be attached to. She gets close to Archer and tells him to the leave city or die. He offers to her names to a group of rebels and she takes the names. It ends up in a close call in Davis' office, finding a book on Wyrdmarks.

This leads to her asking Nehemia for help. Though her friend offers none. Along the way she falls for Chaol and they share a short but passionate relationship. It ends the Chaol is taken hostage by Archer and his group of rebels. That's also the night Nehemia is murdered and our assassin guesses Dorian has magic.

The nail in the coffin for Chaol and Calaena is that he kept important information from her about the treat on Nehemia's life. She ends up trying to kill him. I can't say I'm sorry this happened. I was a huge Dorian and Calaena shipper so... yeah.

It takes many days to recover from this major loss. It leads to her discovering the Wyrdkeys and how powerful they can be. She also comes to know that the king has at least one of the three needed to open the gate. It was also how the king had sealed off magic.

Our assassin decides she needs to talk to Nehemia one last time and uses the wyrdmarks to open a portal but very bad things happen leading to Choal knowing she's fae and that Dorian has magic. She also finds out that Archer had a part in her friend's death and kills him.

Chaol decides that the only way keep her safe is to send her far away from this kingdom. He creates a plan and even gets his fathers backing after promising to return to his own homeland. So this amazing book ends with Calaena on the shop to Wendlyn and Chaol figuring out she's not just any far. But the heir to the far throne in Terrase. 

This book blew me away, it had be smiling like an idiot and then crying my eyes out. I just love that she is the heir to the throne though honestly I just knew that was coming. It's been so obvious for such a while. Anyway, read this book! It's so amazing and it keeps getting better. Though so sorry for all you Chaol shippers out there. I think that ship sunk.

The writing flows so nicely and I love the way Sarah pays such great attention to detail. This novel will hook you from page one and will not let you go till it's over. Now I'd ready for Heir of Fire!





Favorite Quotes

1) “I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn't, but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.”

2) “Who said anything about shame?" She gestured down to her naked body, even though it was covered by the blanket. "Honestly, I'm surprised you're not strutting about, boasting to everyone. I certainly would be if I'd tumbled me.
"Does your love for yourself know no bounds?"
"Absolutely none.”

3) “The best lies were always mixed with truth.”

4) “I don't think you realize who you're dealing with."
The man clicked his tongue, "If you were that good, you would be more than just Captain of the Guard."
Chaol let out a low, breathy laugh. "I wasn't talking about me."
"She's just one girl."
Though his guts were twisting at the thought of her in this place, with these people, though he was considering every possible way to get himself and Celaena out of here alive, he gave the man a grin. "Then you're really in for a big surprise.”

5) “Celaena was the lost Queen of Terrasen.
Chaol sank to his knees.”

6) “Then Celaena and the King of Adarlan smiled at each other, and it was the most terrifying thing Dorian had ever seen.”

7) “If they wanted Adarlan's Assassin, they'd get her.
And Wyrd help them when she arrived.” 

Friday, October 02, 2015

Feature & Follow (11)





Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me, everyone wins.


The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.




Question
Pick three book characters... Kiss? Marry? Kill? - Suggested by Watcha Reading?



Answer
So I've seen this new 'tame' version of the kill, fuck, marry game. I've also seen the kiss, marry, cliff version as well. Rest assured they are all the same thing. On to my answer!

So I choose Daemon Black, Rhysand, and Jon Evans.

I will kiss Rhysand.

Kill Jon Evans.

I will marry Daemon Black. Right now, seriously. I can create a super fast wedding or just head down to the courthouse, or like some did in the old days, jump over a broom with him anytime. I'm so ready.



So let me know below your answers little sunflowers or leave your link to your FF. I can't wait to see who you guys pick!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

The Encouraging Thunder Award!


So first off I want to give a huge thank you to Erika @ Books, Stars, Writing. And Everything In Between. This means a lot to me! Also, any of you sunflowers that haven't been to her blog should totally check it out. 

Rules

1. Thank your nominator.
2. Display the logo.
3. Talk about your purpose in blogging.
4. Nominate others.



My Purpose

So I've told my story before. About how I know no readers in my everyday life. I have my mother but she lives over a thousand miles away and only reads erotica. Which is not my thing. So I started a blog after reading the Lux series, yes, Katy got me into blogging. I wanted to share my love and thoughts about reading. I also wanted someone to fangirl with. I was a lonely reader. So I started my blog and it took a while but soon people would comment and I finally got to fangirl with others and share my thoughts. It's been so much fun. Even though my life is busy and I still have no computer, I find ways to share my love with you lovely sunflowers. I love how we get to share our own opinions and just fangirl together. So thank you so much for giving me friends to discuss books with. It makes blogging all the more fun. 







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