Sunday, October 30, 2016

Birthstone Book Tag






I saw this tag over at Just Another Bookish Blog (awesome blog by the way) and I just had to do it. No I wasn't tagged but it looks so fun! 




1) January 
 Garnet -- Associated with warding off negative forces and dark energies 
Name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of. 

So the darkest/evilest character? Hmmm I'm going to have to say Voldemort. I mean off the top of my head I can think no one else more evil than him.



2) February
 Amethyst - Associated with royalty
Name a book with regal qualities. you can name the characters, or choose the King of all books.

The King of all books... well my favorite book is A Court of Mist and Fury so that's the king of all books.




3) March
Aquamarine - Washed out 
Name a ‘wishy-washy’ character, a character who is not strong or a follower. 

Well... for this I'm actually going to go with America from the Selection series. If you've read this series than I'm sure you know what I mean.




4) April (My Birth Month)
Diamond - A diamond in the rough.
A book that you love but is still not well known.

I will just name a series, The Blue Bloods series, I love it to death but it's never talked about. Ever, it's so sad.



5) May 
Emerald - Said to balance energy 
Name two characters who balance each other well.

Jem and Will. They balance each other perfectly!



6) June
 Pearl - Associated with loyalty 
Name a character who is loyal to the end. 

Someone who is loyal to the end... Simon comes to mind. Am I the only one that thinks this?




7) July
Ruby - Blood red 
Name a book that made your blood boil, that made you angry. 

A book that made me angry... this one might stir up some trouble but when I read this book I felt that it had been done before many times and just felt been there and done that.



8) August
Peridot - Pale in comparison 
Name a supporting character who you like better than the main character.

Scorpius! He's just too cute. 





9) September
 Sapphire - blue like the calming ocean 
Name a book that had a calming effect on you.

Books don't really make me feel calm, I tend to feel what the character feels but there is one book that always helps me relax.




10) October
Opal - Iridescent 
Name an iridescent book (pretty cover, or colorful characters).  

So a pretty book cover.... I've got so many, but this one is always stunning to me.





11) November 
Topaz - Associated with Resilience 
A book with a character who rises to the top in a time of adversity. 

Katniss! She I'm sure pops up first in many minds.





12) December 
Blue Topaz - Associated with friendship
 A book friendship you’d love to be a part of. 

The Attack on Titan crew because they all seem awesome. I would not want to be in that world because that would be scary but I just want to hang out with Levi.




Now I'm going to tag a few people not many because I've been so out of the loop I'm not sure who's done what. So three it will be!


Friday, October 28, 2016

50/50 Friday - Character most/least likely to curl up on a couch and read a book

50/50 Friday is a weekly meme hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books,



What is 50/50 Friday? 

Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.



This Week's Topic

Character most/least likely to curl up on a couch and read a book.




This week is a topic I've been looking forward to, it's one I got the answers for so quickly it was not even funny. I didn't even have to think about this one.

For someone who'd read a book, I have Katy from the Luz Series! I mean she had curled up on the sofa and read before so this is already true ha ha.


For someone I can't see curling on the sofa to read... this would have to be Elias from An Ember in the Ashes. I just don't think he'll ever get the time. His life is way too busy. Also, I'm sure in his free time he'd rather do other things.


So what about you? Let me know below or link up! Have a great weekend! 






Thursday, October 27, 2016

ReMade 1.8 (End of the Line) - ARC Review (Diverse Reads)

You live. You love. You Die. Now RUN. ReMade is a thrilling sci-fi adventure that will take readers past the boundaries of time, space, and even death.

This is the 8th episode of ReMade, a 15-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by E.C. Myers.

After a twitchy trigger finger leaves the train without a driver, the group scrambles to find a way off their runaway getaway. With food running out and still no idea where they are headed, it’s hard to imagine things could get worse…

ReMade Season One: In one moment the lives of twenty-three teenagers are forever changed, and it’s not just because they all happen to die. “ReMade” in a world they barely recognize – one with robots, space elevators, and unchecked jungle – they must work together to survive. They came from different places, backgrounds, and families, and now they might be the last people on earth. Lost meets The Maze Runner in exciting serial adventure.



Episode Breakdown 

I want to start by saying that this group needs a real leader, it can't keep going this way. The leader can not just be whoever we follow this episode. It's making it hard to follow and it tends to put down characters who were just raised up in the last one. 

They finally get off the train.... after it catches on fire and Inex pulls a pretty messed up stunt. She really seems like the type that thinks her shit doesn't stink. I didn't mind her though till the beach scene in the flashback... how she was getting pissed that men thought she was good looking or her comment about doing herself. Yeah...

I'd have liked her so much more had she not done that... this serial seems to be going downhill now and that makes me sad, I liked it a lot before and now... I'll give it a few more episodes and see what I think. Hopefully it gets better.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

ReMade 1.7 (Mourning Train) - ARC Review

You live. You love. You Die. Now RUN. ReMade is a thrilling sci-fi adventure that will take readers past the boundaries of time, space, and even death.

This is the 7th episode of ReMade, a 15-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by Carrie Harris.

Converging on the mysterious train, the survivors make their hasty getaway after the horrific caretaker attack and greet new faces while counting those lost. But with a wild landscape streaming past and no idea where they are headed, the question quickly becomes: who is driving?

ReMade Season One: In one moment the lives of twenty-three teenagers are forever changed, and it’s not just because they all happen to die. “ReMade” in a world they barely recognize – one with robots, space elevators, and unchecked jungle – they must work together to survive. They came from different places, backgrounds, and families, and now they might be the last people on earth. Lost meets The Maze Runner in exciting serial adventure.






Serial Breakdown

This one follows Nevaeh again, same cancer story this time bad so much more tragic by the mother that killed her. I'm all for new age stuff but not at the cost of killing your child. Her mother should've listened to the Doctors. 

Nevaeh is still way too nice, it's sweet and she's pretty much May's counterpart, she's really caring and I do love that but I hate how she let Loki treat her, so I was glad when she did slap him. I get that he's going through a lot but still, no need to be mean to someone who is just trying to help.

Nothing really happens in this one other than finding the cab of the train and Loki shooting the caretaker that was driving the train. I see this ending very badly, as does most of their choices though so this is nothing new. For a group that has some really smart people, they are all pretty damn dumb. So far this is my least favorite episode, while I love Nevaeh, this episode was just pretty boring. 

*I got this for free in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley*


Monday, October 24, 2016

Manga Monday - Hot Gimmick Volume 2


So another Monday, another manga review, because I love manga. Honestly, I don't care much for American comics at all. Which is why I don't review any on my blog. But I'm such a fan of anything Japanese that of course I would love their comics as well.





When high school girl Hatsumi has to go buy a pregnancy test because her popular sister Akane is 'late,' who does she run into but her creepy bully neighbour Ryoki. And now he's blackmailing her to become his slave! How will mild-mannered Hatsumi get out of this mess? Will Hatsumi's childhood crush (and male model) Azusa be able to save her from Ryoki's clutches? Our heroine Hatsumi is on Cloud 9 when male model and childhood buddy Azusa asks her to be his girlfriend, but all is not as well as it seems: Hatsumi still has to get out from under the creepy clutches of her 'master' Ryoki, who insists on continuing to blackmail her. In addition, on the night of her first date with Azusa, Hatsumi's dad intervenes and grounds her. But that may not be the worst of it for poor Hatsumi, because something's brewing with Azusa, and her knight in shining armour may not be what he seems.








Manga Breakdown 



First off I want to say that the relationship in here is very bad. No one should want the kind of relationship. Any young girls who read this, please do not look for this kind of guy or even this kind of girl. Just don't seek this kind of horrid relationship. That being said, I treat this as just another story and that's how I'm going to review it.

Azusa seems like the knight in shinning armor. He's saved Hatsumi before from the awful Ryoki, when they were kids. Is he back to save her again? To sweep her off her feet? Hell no. He's back for his own needs. Revenge.

He acts sweet though, saving her from some model bullies and then 'confessing' his feelings and kissing her. They enter into a relationship. The next day, Ryoki kicks in her in the ass, seriously no joke. He kicks her and gets mad that she didn't come over to his penthouse.

Azusa saves her though and tells Ryoki to leave Hatsumi alone as they are dating now. Drama happens. After school she goes out with her bratty sister and she fills Hatsumi with doubt and then when Ryoki gets her, he tells her he saw Azusa with a woman who was all over him. She starts to feel bad about herself.

It's all taken care of though because Azusa gives her a phone and tells her it was nothing. So it was all for nothing and Azusa was a nice guy again... until he tells Ryoki that he has plans for Hatsumi. They aren't good plans.

Ryoki tells Hatsumi to break up with her boyfriend and then tries to force himself on her... again. Though her dad sees them pressed against the wall and grounds her. Her tells her to stay away from that boy.

But Azusa wants to go out on a date with her. She tells him she will sneak out no matter what. She joins him at a party with his friends... where he slips her drugs... her brother ends up savings her though.

She ends up getting out of there safe only to see Ryoki on the stairs... she ends up passing out on him and he takes advantage... he leaves a hicky on her chest. What a damn pig!

We find out that Hatsumi's brother, is not her blood brother. Also, he's in love with her too. Seems like everyone loves her. Azusa tells her brother that he is going to use Hatsumi and to stay out of it or he'd tell Hatsumi about him.

Hatsumi gets to go to the company's big sell and here is where Azusa texts her, saying he wants to be with her. She is going to try and run to him when she's grabbed by Ryoki, who says, he wants to fuck her right now.

I don't know why I keep reading this... I don't approve of it, it's not like it's anything amazing. I just can't help to keep going on. I do not recommend it at all.






Sunday, October 23, 2016

P.S. I Like You - Review



Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…






Book Breakdown

So at first when I got this book from Owlcrate, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it. It sounded okay but then again I'm not that into contemporary reads. I had just read The Lovely Reckless though and wanted another super easy read. That's what I consider all contemporary reads, easy. There isn't much to world building to them and no new words we've never seen before. They they are the kind of books, I can just lose myself without struggle.

This one took me a little while to get into. Our main character Lily... she's really stuck in her own head. She's kind of selfish sometimes and maybe just a little to mean at times. So I didn't like her much till the end when she started to get better. She started to see the world as it was not through these mean colored glasses. 

Cade on the other hand is actually a lot better than her and he's got problems too. That is something I will give this book, the characters are real. No one is too perfect. So the author did a great job. The writing is nice. The plot is pretty dang cute and simple, easy to follow. Overall, a fun read. 


Friday, October 21, 2016

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Villain

This meme is hosted my myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.


What is 50/50 Friday? 

Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.




This Week's Topic

Best/Worst Villain an Author has Ever Created.

So this one is pretty easy for me. The way I see if a villain is good or bad is their character. Why are they bad? What made them turn that way? So a bad villain would be the King from The Selection series. He's really just an asshole, he was one even before he became king. 



A good villain would have to be Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. I think her background made her who she was, she wasn't always an evil witch. This this was done perfectly!



So what do you guys think? Let me know below or don't forget to link up! 




Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Untitled Beauty - ARC Review

Eleven. A name. A title. A sentence passed. If you aren’t a Beauty, you’re less than a person. You’re a commodity known as a Potential… and you only have so many chances to qualify as a human being.

In her seventeen years, Eleven has seen the best and worst in humanity. She’s been passed around and abused by the bad. She’s hoped and dreamed for the good. And she’s despaired for the hand she’s been dealt. Now she’s been purchased by a wealthy man who has the ability to improve her life and help her become a Beauty – if she can put up with his erratic and controlling personality for long enough, that is. Complicating things is the appearance of a stunningly beautiful young man with amethyst eyes who treats Eleven to the rarest form of attention for a Potential: kindness.

Does Eleven trust her powerful owner to help her escape this life of servitude and enslavement, or does she gamble everything on the enigmatic young man who seems to offer her more than she could ever imagine possible?




ARC Breakdown 

*I received this novel free from the author as an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

What bothers me the most about this book, is how real this could. With the way our society goes after beauty and how beautiful people are the only ones that are famous... it's so creepily real. The author does a great job at making this world seem so real. It's not a good world, it's really sad when we base people off their looks but it happens everyday in the real world. So this novel really hit home with me. Made me love it that much more. 

It's my favorite novel by this author to date. The writing just keeps getting better and better. The plots also keep improving. Everything flows perfectly. Her characters are always well thought out as well.

Grace is a Potential, which means she had the chance to be a beauty with the right help. She's a strong girl but at times is very weak. She's real. Not everyone can be strong all the time, it's tiring and hard and once you've been beaten down so much. Reece is also a great character. I was never sure if I could trust him or not. He's just what Grace wants to be: a Potential turned Beauty. He can make it happen, but she has to do as he says...

I'd say anyone who loves the Uglies series, will love this as they alike in a few ways. This is one I'm going to be keeping my eye on. It's just too good.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Reality No-Show (ReMade 1.6) - ARC Serial Review (Diverse Reads)

You live. You love. You die. Now RUN. ReMade.

Every minute, 108 people die. 
On October 14th, 2016, from 9:31-9:32 p.m. EDT, 23 of those deaths will be teenagers. 
Now they are humanity’s last hope for survival. 

Awakened in a post-apocalyptic world and hunted by mechanical horrors, these teens search for answers amidst the ruins of civilization. Fate, love, and loyalty face off in this adrenaline -pumping YA adventure.

ReMade will unfold across 15 episodes. "Reality No-Show" is the sixth episode.

Teddy, a teenage heart-throb and reality TV star, is used to being followed by cameras and waking up in strange beds with strange girls. But robot cameras with no operators, beds made of plastic, and girls that have no desire to be in bed with him? That he very unused to. Suddenly trapped in a weird alt-version of his own life – with a rare girl who wouldn’t even have wanted a part in his old one – the teen star seeks questions, and a way out.

This episode written by Kiersten White.





Serial Breakdown

Teddy Young is a young football reality show star. His whole life is fake... planned out for him. That doesn't really bother him though as he believes he's going to go crazy by 19. Just like his father and grandfather. He just hopes when he goes, he didn't hurt his mum like his father did. After something goes badly at party and he tumbles over a fence and dies. 

He wakes up on what looks like a set of his life. His school, house, the places he ate at, and even the train station where his 'girlfriend' broke up with him. He thinks he's finally gone crazy. Even thinks the creepy robot following him with red eyes is his mind's way of making the crazy seem normal.

Though when he wakes up next to a girl that changes. She is a Latina just like his ex 'girlfriend'. The robots want them to create all the scenes from his show and they didn't get his ex but a girl that could replace her. Inez, she is awesome! I think she might be one of my favorite characters yet. No, she is one of my favorite characters. 

They pretend to act out some scenes until they get out of there. Inez ends up blowing up the whole place. Which I loved! She is just too awesome. So they get on the train and get out of the creepy set, only to end up at the place where our other teenagers were running too. 

I can't wait to see what happens next, they are finally moving, finally doing something! I just hate that it took some character death for that to happen. Teddy and Inez are some of the best characters yet. This was also a funny episode.... which is sad very as nothing is funny about this series. Teddy is just a funny guy where he thought he was crazy, he took nothing seriously. It was nice to get some little lightheartedness in this dark serial. 

This ARC was given to me by NetGalley for an honest review.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Lessons in Gravity - ARC Mini Review

All eyes are on Josh Knox…

Fearless. Guarded. Cut-to-perfection. Daredevil rock climber. The best in the world.

This time he’s poised to scale Yosemite’s notoriously treacherous Sorcerer Spire, with Walkabout Media & Productions filming every move.

April Stephens’s dream to be a documentary filmmaker rests on her acing her internship with Walkabout, and that means getting the abrasive Josh to give her more than one-word answers in his interviews.

The problem is, with every step forward professionally, she and Josh are also taking a step forward personally, and after watching her stunt pilot father die in a fiery crash, a guy who risks his life for a living is the last person she should be falling for. Especially because in one month her internship will have them dangling three thousand feet in the air from the side of the Sorcerer. She’ll be filming. He’ll be climbing without a rope.






Book Breakdown

*This was given to me through NetGalley for an honest review*

This was such a cute romance novel. It's a clean one too, which I did not expect at all. The main theme is about fear and how it can hold you back from love and from life. It's such a great message. Very rarely do I see a book with a good message but I think this is one of those few.

April lost her father only a few months ago and it's left her with PTSD. She becomes intern on a documentary about rock climbing. about rock climbing. Her job is the interviews and that is where is really starts. She slowly gets to know John Knox. They both struggle through their own fears and their growing love, through all the dangerous rocking climbing. 

It's a sweet love story that is well written and cute. The plot is simple and well executed. This is my first time reading this author and now I must go see if they have anything else out so I can read it.



Friday, October 14, 2016

50/50 Friday - Book to Movie

This meme is hosted my myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.


What is 50/50 Friday? 

Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.





This Week's Topic 

Book to the big screen/Never to the big screen


So I book I would love to see as a movie and one I'd never want to see... hmm... 
I'm that weird person that gets kind of nervous any time I hear a book I like is going to become a movie. While I would love to see my favorite book a movie or TV series, I get nervous that they will ruin it. 

So a book I would never want to see as a movie would be Daughter of Smoke & Bone. The main reason would be the shitty CGI. Yeah, we all know that it would happen and it would ruin the movie. It would take away all the wonderful imagery from this book. It would also have to be cut so much that we would lose too much of this rich story that I hope it never becomes a movie.


A book I think could actually be a great movie is one I just got done reading. I think it would be wonderful to see this book on the big screen. It's a rich world that I think would go over well onto film. The story is also simple enough that not much would need to be cut out and what did would be fine. 

So what movies do you want to see as movies? Or never see has movies. Also if there is a topic you'd like to see, let us know! Have a great weekend and happy reading! 







Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury - Review

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.




Book Breakdown 


I read this huge book in two days, two days while pulling 13 hour shifts. I slept little and didn't get much done at work but I don't even care! Not one tiny little bit.

I don't even know where to start. Tamlin is an ass. I will start there. Sadly I was one of those people that actually liked him in the first novel. Here I think he's just pissed his toy had left. He is way too controlling and doesn't seem to care for Feyre at all anymore. He treats her like she is glass. Breakable. Sometimes he treats her like she is lower than dirt. Like when he locked her in the house.

Yes, he locked her in the house!

I'm also so happy that Rhysand turned out to be such a good guy. I know some people hated him last novel but I could see the small ways that showed he'd not be an ass. He's so perfect for Feyre. So kind and treats her just like she should be treated. She is his equal while Tamlin treated her like cattle.

I love the new characters, squad goals, right there. I want them all in my gang. They are kickass, funny, and lovable.

That cliffhanger! I'm trying not to spoil anything in this review and it's making it hard to really put together my thoughts, so I'll just say, I'm already daydreaming of getting the next book in my hands. This book is pure perfection. My favorite book I've read all year. Just so magical.



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Umta (ReMade 1.5) - ARC Review (Diverse Reads)

You live. You love. You die. Now RUN. ReMade.

Every minute, 108 people die. 
On October 14th, 2016, from 9:31-9:32 p.m. EDT, 23 of those deaths will be teenagers. 
Now they are humanity’s last hope for survival. 

Awakened in a post-apocalyptic world and hunted by mechanical horrors, these teens search for answers amidst the ruins of civilization. Fate, love, and loyalty face off in this adrenaline -pumping YA adventure.

ReMade will unfold across 15 episodes. "Umta" is the fifth episode.

Even in a group of misfits, Umta sticks out. An adult with more history than any of the youths around her can possibly imagine, she knows about survival – and suffering. Brought back and remade seemingly to take care of the helpless children around her, she plays the mysterious guide and hunter with skill…but despite her knowledge, she is just as vulnerable as all the rest when the caretakers make their long-dreaded return. 

This episode written by Matthew Cody.





Serial Breakdown

This book was given to me by NetGalley for an honest review* 

This is one of the best episodes yet! So action packed! We also get to see where Umta comes from. I'm guessing she's from around the prehistoric times. She is so very caring and sees the teenagers as her dead sons. She just doesn't want these teenagers to die... again.

No one wants to listen to Umta but Holden and his crush. She keeps telling them all to leave... to get further into the jungle but they don't and they pay the price. A lot of people die in this episode. Even some really needed characters die. It's very sad but also at the same time, I'm glad to see something is finally happening. 

I wonder where they will go from here... who else will die? When will they start to see why they are here? Still so many questions! I can't wait to see where this goes.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Manga Monday - Hot Gimmick Volume 1


Manga Monday! It's been a while since I've done one of these. I have been reading more manga again and I felt the need to bring it back, maybe I should really start doing it weekly and make it a true meme. What do you guys think? 










When high school girl Hatsumi has to go buy a pregnancy test because her popular sister Akane is "late," who does she run into but her creepy bully neighbor Ryoki! And now he's blackmailing her to become his slave! How will mild-mannered Hatsumi get out of this mess? Will Hatsumi's childhood crush (and male model) Azusa be able to save her from Riyoki's clutches?








Manga Breakdown 


This series is going to be very strange and the main character makes me want to pull my hair out. She's so stupid. I hate to say it that way but she truly is stupid. She's also very sweet and cares so much about her family. 

In fact everything starts when she is told by her little, slutty and sometimes bratty little sister, to go and get her a pregnancy test. The kid is fourteen and needs a damn pregnancy text. I hope my daughter grows up to be nothing like her. 

She gets caught buying the test by the son of the "Queen" of the corporate housing. This is not a lady you want to cross. Think of her as the most popular girl in school, everyone does whatever she says. So when Ryoki finds out, she begs him not to tell his mother. He agrees but she has to become his slave. Well, his sex slave. 

He tries to touch her and she flips, even after she agreed. It's all okay though as her childhood friend: Azusa, shows up to save the day. 

Things go from bad to worse though when Ryoki does get Hatsumi alone in his penthouse. He tries to get her into his bed but his tutor comes in. The tutor happens to want Ryoki and the next day gets all pissed at Hatsumi for getting him. Hatsumi tells the dumb tutor off and Ryoki sees, he is gentle to her, giving her his handkerchief to dry off with.

Meanwhile, all she wants his her long time crush Azusa to like her. She finally is made to kiss Ryoki and she doesn't like it. Her first kiss to a guy who made her. Though he may have feelings for her and just not know how to tell her. 

While this manga is far from perfect, in fact it's pretty stupid. I can't help but want to read more. I don't know why. 






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