Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick


If you haven't been living under a rock, you know who Anna Kendrick is. And if you've seen her interviews on the red carpet, talk shows, and in magazines, then you know that she is absolutely, certifiably HILARIOUS. And her novel, Scrappy Little Nobody, is no exception. It's hilarious. Kendrick has written a handful of personal essays about her childhood, trying to make it in L.A., auditions, movies, romance, sex, etc. 

Ever since this book was announced, I have been looking forward to reading it. Needless to say, I bought it the day that it came out. And I wasn't disappointed. I've always loved Anna as an entertainer, but I feel like, underneath that snarky comments and the hilarious remarks, I felt like I got to know Anna the person, not Anna the celebrity. And I have to say, I really, really, really like her. She has the personality of the kind of person that would be my closest friend. Despite the fact that, you know, she's 31 and I'm 16... 

I adored this book, and even though it's not directed at teens, I was able to relate to a lot of the stories she told. And also, with everything going on in our country right now, I was able to forget about all my worries and just allow myself to be entertained. 

Oh, and definitely read the discussion questions ;). 

4.5/5 Stars.

Check out Scrappy Little Nobody here!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

November TBR

The Amateurs (The Amateurs, #1) by Sara Shepard 





















The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)





















Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick





















Born a Crime by Trevor Noah





















Heartless by Marissa Meyer 



















The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan


Rick Riordan has added another spin-off series to the realm of Percy Jackson... and it's fantastic! Despite this being the second spin-off series, the world of Percy Jackson never gets old. I read the Heroes of Olympus books as they were coming out, when I was about 10, but now I'm 16, and I still really enjoy them!

The Hidden Oracle follows the disgraced god Apollo, who has been cast off from olympus and thrust into the world as a mortal teenager with no powers by his father, Zeus, as punishment for his role in the war with the Giants. This brings me to this: if you haven't read Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus, this book will spoil those ten books for you. 

I really enjoyed The Hidden Oracle. Apollo is hilarious, shallow, and vain, and it's a joy to see him attempt to navigate life- a mortal life- without the very things (i.e. his powers, his eight pack) that made him Apollo. The plot is fun, and Apollo as a narrator is very enjoyable. If you liked the Percy Jackson series at some point in you life, even if you're my age or older, you should definitely give The Hidden Oracle a read!

4.25/5 stars!

Check out The Hidden Oracle on Goodreads here!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

September Wrap-Up


During the month of September, I read a total of 6 books... and 3 of them were rereads.

I read an ARC of Glitter by Aprilynne Pike, which comes out October 25. And it was AMAZING!!! I can't wait for you all to read it. It's the premise of this book that makes it so phenomenal. It's modern day (the future, actually) but there is a society of people living in the Versailles palace, and they live, eat, talk, dress and act like it's the seventeenth century (with the exception of technology). So basically, everywhere else, modern day. Within the gates of Versailles, eighteenth century. The main character Dani's mother has blackmailed the king into marrying Dani. Dani is determined to not marry the king, and she plans on selling the drug Glitter to raise the funds needed to escape. 

I re-read The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee, this time as a hardcover copy (it's gorgeous!!!). I talk about how much I love this book here

I also re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which really needs no explanation. This time I read the illustrated edition, which is absolutely beautiful!

Because the movie came out in September, I chose to re-read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs just to freshen my mind on the events that happened. I never finished Hollow City and I never read Library of Souls, so I plan on reading them both next month. I really, really liked this book, but I must say, in my opinion, it is not as good as Jessethereader claims. 

I also read Tales of the Peculiar, also by Ransom Riggs, which is a collection of short stories that take place in the peculiar world. And they were fantastic. 

... And I read Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. This is Tahereh Mafi's first middle grade novel, and I was honored to be a part of the Furthermore blog tour. You can read all about it here. I personally gave this book 4/5 stars. 

And these are the books I read in the month of September. Tell me in the comments below what you read in September! 

XOXO, Isabella 
OMG, it has been over a month since I have posted, but I promise that there will be a handful of posts coming your way!!!

XOXO, Isabella

Saturday, September 3, 2016

HUGE August Book Haul!!!


So... August happened. And I got A LOT of books. I turned 16 this month, and so I got a lot of books for my birthday. I've split the 18 (!!!) books I got into three categories: Books I bought, books publishers (and one magazine) sent to me, and books I got for my birthday.

Books I Bought:

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Books Publishers sent to me:

Everyday Magic by Emily Albright (from Merit Press)
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow (from Penguin Teen)
The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson (from Justine Magazine)

Books I got for my Birthday:

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Since You've Been Gone  by Morgan Matson
The Good Girls by Sara Shepard
Incriminated by M.G. Reyes
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, 10th Anniversary Edition by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Furthermore Blog Tour!

The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places. 
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn't miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it's been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she's about to embark on one to find the other.
But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she'll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit--and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself--and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss. 

For the Furthermore book look, I was inspired not only by Furthermore's vibrant color, but also by the detail described from within the story itself. From my love of fancy dresses and couture, I selected dresses from the newest seasonal haute couture dresses, many if which came from Elie Saab's (my personal favorite designer) Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture Collection. Furthermore reminded me of vibrant colors, floral patterns, and intricate detail! 

Elie Saab Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture 


Georges Hobeika Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture

Elie Saab Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture 

Elie Saab Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture 

Georges Hobeika Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture 

Elie Saab Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture 






Saturday, August 20, 2016

Adult Book Reccomendations



So... If you know me, you know that I pretty much stick to YA. But I do sometimes venture out into the world of adult books. So I thought that I would do a post about my favorite adult books.

The first book is The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. This is probably one of my favorite books ever. It's basically Kate Middleton-Prince William FanFiction, but different enough that it's not tacky. Spanning the course of nearly a decade, The Royal We follows an American girl named Bex who has transferred to Oxford University and becomes close friends with before falling in love with Nick, the future king of England. This book was just so great. Even though it's 400+ pages, you will fly through this addicting novel written by the proprietors of the blog Go Fug Yourself. 

Next is The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Madeleine Zevin. I don't know how to describe this book, but I'll do my best. The book follows a sullen guy named A.J. Fikry who owns a bookstore on an island, and somehow ends up with a baby that washes ashore. It's a really great story, and it's fun to read a book about books. 

The Heiresses is by one of my favorite authors, Sara Shepard. If you love the Freeform TV show Pretty Little Liars, you should know Sara Shepard is the brains behind it. The Heiresses is essentially a more adult version of PLL, with both the thriller and mystery aspect. The book follows a handful of cousins, Poppy, Rowan, Aster, and Corinne who are all Saybrooks. The Saybrook family founded a huge jewelry company more exclusive than Tiffany & Co. But then tragedy strikes when Poppy, the most exquisite Saybrook falls to her death from her office. And it was no accident. The Heiresses is super fun and if you're a PLL fan, teen or adult and you haven't read The Heiresses, read it now. 

The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close was actually the most recent book that I finished. As someone who is super into politics (I just went to the DNC) I absolutely had to pick up this book. It takes place in the world of politics. It follows Beth and her politically driven husband Matt, who move to D.C. for Matt's political career. While in D.C., they meet the Dillon's, Ash and Jimmy. And things go south from there. It was really interesting to see that while politics was the main theme/background for the book, the main character Beth is a fish out of water in the political world and really doesn't care for it. 

The final book is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. It's a truly beautiful historical fiction story following two french sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, through the women's war of WWII. The novel is packed with details and events, and while the novel is plot-driven, it's even more character-driven. There's not much to say except that this book is truly phenomenal. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Exciting News!


On 9/1, September 1st, one of the blog tour stops for the first middle grade book by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me), Furthermore, will be HERE, on Reading... One Book @ a Time! Make sure to stop by for a special post inspired by Furthermore!

And... if you go to  PenguinTeen.com/PreorderFurthermore, you will receive a signed bookplate from Tahereh Mafi and a fox pin, AS WELL AS a chance to win an amazing prize basket! 

XOXO, Isabella 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton


As a dancer, I really appreciated this duology, which started with Tiny Pretty Things. Plus, I'm really digging the cover of Shiny Broken Pieces. If you haven't read Tiny Pretty Things, all you need to know (for now) is that I loved this book, I gave it 5 stars and it will be on my list of "Favorite Books of 2016", it had that second book spunk, and it was really, really good. 

Shiny Broken Pieces picks up where the first book left off, just a few months later. Gigi has recovered, June is June (hopefully you know what I mean), Bette has been suspended, and Cassie is back. Shiny Broken Pieces had a lot of action, surprise twists and turns, and character development. First off, on the note of action and twists and turns, I did not see **SPOILER ALERT** that it was Will that pushed Gigi in front of the taxi. I was really surprised by that. Now, on character development. For the most part, in Tiny Pretty Things, I thought that all of the characters were extremely unlikeable, with the exception of Gigi, who was a nice girl. Bette was aterrible, horrible, no good, very bad girl. June was, to, just not in as obvious a way. But in Shiny Broken Pieces, I was so surprised to find that Bette was my favorite character, and Gigi was probably my least favorite. Gigi stooped down to Bette's level; granted, it was under the influence of Cassie, but still, that's no excuse for all the crap she pulled. Bette, on the other hand, seemed to have learned her lesson and decided to change for the better. This shows the incredible character development that took place. 

I also really appreciated that a) there was a great amount of diversity in the book(s) as we NEED diversity in YA and b) the novel simultaneously addressed the lack of diversity/the issue of diversity in the ballet world, which I know all to well. While Bette was a rich, white, blonde girl, June was Korean and Gigi African-American.

Shiny Broken Pieces was excellent; I liked this book a lot more than the first, and the first book was pretty darn good. 

5/5 Stars.
Grade: A

And as Ballet is a big thing in this book, I thought I would post the picture below, of me in The Nutcracker in 2015. ;)


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review Hiatus is Coming to an an End!

Hey Guys!

I have been so busy, so I haven't published reviews in a while. BUT, I have read a lot of books since I posted my last review, so there will be a handful of reviews coming your way soon...

XOXO,
Isabella

Sunday, July 17, 2016

An Author's Odyssey by Chris Colfer



This is probably my favorite middle grade series. This book was phenomenal! These books just keep getting better and better, it's kind of crazy. I LOVED the first book, and they just kept getting better and better. If you have not read the first four books in this series, I don't recommend reading the rest of this review. All you need to know is you NEED to go pick them up right now.

An Author's Odyssey begins where Beyond the Kingdoms left off. I really liked that in the prologue something interesting is revealed, and that is that Mrs. Peters has knowledge of the fairy tale world. An Author's Odyssey follows Alex and Connor as they travel into Connor's short stories in order to recruit an army to fight the literary villains (and witches, they just don't know it yet). All of the characters are based on people of the fairy tale world; Auburn Sally on Goldilcoks and the Cyborg Queen on Red. I thought it was hilarious that Red was convinced Auburn Sally was based on her, despite the fact that physically she was identical to Goldilocks, just with a different hair color. I would have to say that Starboardia (Auburn Sally's story) and The Ziblings were my favorites of Connor's stories. I wished they tried to get Charlie/Froggy out of the mirror. He was only mentioned when Red said she wished he was there to see Goldilocks and Jack's baby. That was kind of disappointing. Oh, and those book huggers. I don't need to describe them. 

5/5 Stars, and definitely on my list of favorite books of 2016.

Check out The Land of Stories website here.

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares



My mother read these books years ago, when I was pretty young and she still actually read books. She LOVED them. She said she couldn't wait for the next book to come out. I was surprised when I read this book that she had loved it so much, because it's not historical (her type of genre) and there isn't anything remarkably special about them. I am surprised that it took a recommendation from readbyzoe for me to pick this up. Now, on to the review.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is about four friends, Carmen, Bridget, Tibby and Lena. They have been best friends since they were babies, and this is the first summer that they are spending apart. They find a pair of jeans that fits each of them perfectly, despite their vastly different body types. They decide to have adventures in the pants and to periodically send the pants to each other over the course of the summer.

I really liked this book. Unfortunately, I can't really see why my mom loved thee books as much as she did based on her favorite genres, but I still liked the book nonetheless. It was a fun and quick read, but sad enough that I actually cried at one point. I definitely will read the next three (technically four) I just don't know when. I will say that I'm not sure if I liked this book as much as I liked Ann Brashares's more recent standalone, The Here and Now, but I definitely really liked this book and am looking forward to seeing the movie (too bad it's not on Netflix anymore) and reading the sequels. 

4/5 stars. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson



I received this book as an ARC before it came out, but because I loved it so much, I decided to reread this book, this time with the finished hardcover copy.

I am embarassed to say that I haven't read any of Morgan Matson's other books (I will be reading Since You've Been Gone and Amy and Roger's Epic Detour this month, though) but I was perusing goodreads and came across this book and it sounded like my cup of tea. Plus, the cover is gorgeous!

The Unexpected Everything follows a girl by the name of Andie. Andie is the daughter of a famous/prominent U.S. congressman, and she has everything in her life planned out meticulously, particularly her summer. This summer, Andie is doing a pre-med program at Johns Hopkins university, but her dad gets caught up in a political scandal and Andie is rejected from the program. Now she has to deal with her dad on a daily basis, and she has nothing to do, so she takes a job walking dogs. She also meets a really cute boy named Clark, and she learns not only to embrace, but expect the unexpected.

I adored this book. I loved the snipets of pages from A Murder of Crows that was included in this book. I kind of hope that Morgan will go full on Rainbow and do a Carry On type of book. What's interesting about this book, and I did not know this until after I had read the book and I watched ReadbyZoe's review of this book that I found out that all of Morgan's books take place in the town of Stanwich, Connecticut, and while all of her books are standalones, characters from, for example, Since You've Been Gone make appearances in The Unexpected Everything, which I think is super cool. I also loved all of Andie's friends and the relationship she had with them. If you've read the book, Toby was my favorite character :). 

The Unexpected Everything was definitely one of my favorite books of 2016!

Check out Morgan Matson's website here .

Check out The Unexpected Everything on Goodreads here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Unrivaled by Alyson Noël



I have seen on Goodreads that Unrivaled has gotten a lot of mixed reviews, so I just want to say outright that I LOVED this book. It ended on a huge cliffhanger and I need the second book (Unrivaled is a planned trilogy) right now!

Unrivaled follows the perspectives of Layla, and aspiring journalist; Tommy, an aspiring singer; and Aster, an aspiring actress; and occasionally, Madison, the biggest movie star of the ages. Layla, Tommy, and Aster, attempting to make it big in Los Angeles, take coveted positions in a "competition" as promoters for a billionaire's L.A. clubs. But then Madison, who's presence crosses paths with all three main characters, goes missing. And Unrivaled turns into a Sara Shepard-like mystery. 

Unrivaled was a really quick read for me because it was so captivating, and as a result, every spare moment I had was spent reading this book. I also loved the location and the way Hollywood was woven into it. Unrivaled definitely goes on my Goodreads shelf of "Favorite Books of 2016".

Now, for spoilers. DO NOT READ THE FOLLOWING IF YOU HAVE NOT READ UNRIVALED!

Points/Questions I want to make/ask:

1. What is the secret of Madison's past? Clearly she is somewhere from the South, but the only detailed thing we are told is Madison was involved in some kind of fire, and she burned HERSELF (I haven't figured out why, though) and that is how she got the scar on her arm

2. I am almost positive that Madison is still alive, and she sure isn't dead, and Aster DEFINITELY did NOT kill her. That leads me to this question: how does finding blood on someone's clothes mean that said person is dead? I felt like there were hints all over the book that Madison was planning to orchestrate her disappearance in order to protect the secret of her past. I got the impression that implicating Aster was part of the plan, which leads me to my next point. 

3. Does Ryan now know about the truth of Madison's past? He kind of sort of threatened her with the whole "tell me how you really got that scar" speech, but did she tell him the truth and he then agreed to help her? Madison did say she "wished him the best"...

4. What did Ryan do to Aster???

5. If Madison is still alive, where the hell is she? 

6. What was with that ending scene?!

My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows



"Was that a horse joke?"
"Neigh."

It is moments like these that make My Lady Jane so incredibly funny and entertaining. My Lady Jane, an alternate history of the story of Lady Jane Grey, has you laughing a the dedication, before the story even starts. The dedications read "for anyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door" and "And for England. For what we're about to do to your history." It's obvious from the start that the book is going to be hilarious, which it is, but it is also mind-blowingly fantastic. Instead of the Protestants vs. the Catholics, it's the eδians (pronounced "ethians"), people who can shape-shift into animals, vs. the verities, people who can't. In my opinion, this is super creative.

My Lady Jane follows the perspectives of three different characters (each of the three authors wrote the perspective of one of the three characters): Edward, Jane, and Gifford. All of them mingle in the plot of Lady Jane Grey's life, just not as history knows it. Lots of historical figures make appearances in this book, and even more are mentioned. You will find yourself wanting to research these historical figures. You will also probably want to look at a family tree of Henry VIII. Needless to say, My Lady Jane is absolutely fantastic.


I had the pleasure of going to the Lady Janies' signing, and if you have a chance, you should to. They do a theatre performance with props, and they read from a scene that contains the quote at the beginning of this post. 


My Lady Jane definitely is one of my favorite books of the year, and it will be on my "Favorite Books of 2016" shelf on Goodreads if you would like to take a look.


Add My Lady Jane to your shelf on Goodreads here.


Visit the My Lady Jane website here

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Gemina (Illuminae Files, #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


**I received an ARC of this book at BookCon**

OMG. All I am going to say is that Gemina had what I call the "second book spunk" as oppose to the unfortunately common "second book slump". Illuminae (book 1) starred characters Kady and Ezra. Gemina continues Kady and Ezra's story, just in a different way. Gemina stars two different characters, Hannah and Nik, and the book takes place on Jump Station Heimdall, a destination mentioned in Illuminae. I will post a more detailed review when the book comes out in October. I am also dying to get my hands on a finished copy of the book, as a lot of the art was not final or nonexistent (art TK). But even without the completed art, this book was fucking fantastic! I thought Gemina was 10x better than Illuminae, which was fucking fantastic itself! 

Check out Gemina on Goodreads here.

Check out Amie Kaufman's website here and check out Jay Kristoff's website here!

Dreamology by Lucy Keating

First off, I just want to say that this cover is adorable.


Now, on to the book part. Dreamology follows a girl by the name of Alice who has been having dreams that feature a boy by the name of Max for many years. Alice and Max have gone on a ton of crazy adventures together, and most importantly, they have fallen in love. But Max only exists in Alice's dreams. Or does he? One day, at Alice's new school in Boston, Max walks into Alice's class. But this Max has a girlfriend, is nothing like dream Max, and most importantly, he doesn't know who Alice is. Or does he?

Dreamology was a very enjoyable read. It was a very quick read, but it still felt kind of amateur to me. However, this is Lucy Keating's debut novel, and I think that overtime her writing will strengthen, or at least be even more appealing to the YA reader. One thing that I did appreciate about this book was that I thought it was going to have some magical aspect to it, but it didn't, and I actually appreciated that. Dreamology was good, but there wasn't anything special or spectacular about it.

Rating: 3.6/5 

Check out Dreamology on Goodreads here.

Visit Lucy Keating's website here


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tumbling by Caela Carter



**I received this book from Penguin Teen for review (thank you Penguin Teen!!!)


First off, I just want to say how pretty and creative this cover is. Tumbling follows the perspectives of Grace, Leigh, Wilhelmina, Camille and Monica, five elite gymnasts, over the course of the two-day olympic trials. The cover features a girl grasping on to the olympic rings, which, in my opinion, is extremely clever, the idea of having to tightly grasp on to your dream in order to achieve it. 

I really liked the culturally important references that Caela Carter made through the novel, such as through eating disorders and to the LGBTQ community. The character growth throughout this novel was tremendous; the amount of growth and change that these characters went through over the course of two days is unbelievable. Also in regards to the characters, I found it impossible to specifically root/favor just one of the girls, and I think that can be attributed to Caela Carter's fantastic writing. 

I also really appreciated the short biographies of each girl at the beginning of the book and the glossary of gymnastics terms at the end of the book. It was really helpful and the reader will find his/herself constantly referencing these two resources to better understand the novel. The release date of Tumbling was also strategically released at the beginning of the summer, with the olympic games coming up in just a few short months. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I love gymnastics, and though I am waaay to tall to be a gymnast, I loved that I got to be a part of the gymnastics world for a little while. While Tumbling was/is not one of my favorite books of the year (so far), I still really enjoyed it.

4.5/5 Stars 

Check out Tumbling on Goodreads here

Check out Caela Carter's website here

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Amateurs by Sara Shepard



Sara Shepard has a new book coming out this November, and low and behold, it is filled with tons of murder and mystery!

I love Sara Shepard! I read the books of Pretty Little Liars before the show was a big phenomenon, and I loved them, so I have continued to read all of Sara's books, including The Lying Game series, The Perfectionists series and The Heiresses. They are all eerily similar, but for some reason the concept of it never gets old. Sara really knows how to write a great mystery. Needless to say, I devoured this ARC. 

The Amateurs follows a group of kids who meet on a crime-solving website/forum and band together to solve a murder. Aerin, Maddy, Seneca, and Brent come together to solve the murder of Aerin's older sister Helena, who was murdered. It was a typical Sara Shepard book, but I devoured it nonetheless.

There were a lot of exciting twists and turns that happened in this book, and a lot of them I totally was not anticipating AT ALL, and I really appreciated it. I also really enjoyed the concept of this book. If you love PLL, or any of Sara's books, you will love this book, and if you haven't read any of Sara's other books and/or you haven't watched Pretty Little Liars (season premiere is June 21st on Freeform) but love mysteries, you should definitely pick up this book come November. I would give this book a 4.95/5 stars.

Grade: A

Check out The Amateurs on Goodreads here: 

Runied by Amy Tintera



Recently, I just finished a fantasy book (the first in a trilogy) by Amy Tintera. Ruined follows a girl named Em who is one of the Ruined. The Ruined are humans that have special magical abilities, and all the non-Ruined have made it their mission to exterminate them. Em is a Ruined without any magical capabilities, which has made her somewhat of an outsider, but she is out for revenge when her entire family, including her mother, the Ruined queen, are killed and her younger sister Olivia is abducted. Em decides to impersonate a princess from another kingdom who is set to marry Cas, the prince of the kingdom responsible for killing her family. She plans to enact her revenge from this advantageous position, but no surprise, she starts to develop feelings for Cas and begins to question her desire for revenge. 

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I was expecting to be completely blown away by it (I got this impression from Margot from Epic Reads) but I really wasn't. It was good, and it was a nice quick read, but I just wasn't blown away by it, and I have been blown away by a lot of books recently. That being said, if you love fantasy, I would definitely pick up this book. I, however, would give Ruined a 3.5/5 stars. 

Check out Ruined on Goodreads here:



Thursday, June 9, 2016

New York Times: By the Book Tag

I first watched Jessethereader enact this tag, and he tagged anyone who would like to do the tag, so I thought it would be fun if I took a shot at it!

#1:

What book is currently on your nightstand?

Well, a) I don't have a nightstand because I have a loft bed, so I have this pocket thing that I stick books in and b) right now, I'm reading the book that would normally be on my nightstand, so... If I were sleeping, the book on my "nightstand" would be Tumbling by Caela Carter. 

#2:

What is the last truly great book you read?

That is a really hard one. I have read a lot of truly great books lately, so I would have to narrow it down to The Lovely Reckless, The Thousandth Floor, and A Court of Mist and Fury. I'm going to go with The Thousandth Floor because the story and the writing was just so unique; you read about a different conceptual view of the future then you would read about in books such as Divergent and The Hunger Games and I found it to be absolutely exceptional.



#3:

If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you want to know from them?

Uh, J.K. Rowling of course! She's my all-time favorite author and it was her books that really got me into reading. We would honestly just sit and talk about all things Harry Potter and other books that we are reading. 

#4:

What book might we be surprised to find on your bookshelf?

Nothing. I read everything. But if I had Fifty Shades of Grey on my bookshelf (which I don't) you would probably be surprised to find it there. 

#5: 

How do you organize your personal library?

So, my shelves are all over the place; I have a handful attached to my bed, a small nightstand shelf next to my bed, a white shelf next to my desk, and a closet full of shelves. So the book on the shelves on my bed and the white shelf all contain books that are a part of a series as well as my ARCs. And all the books in my closet are books that are not a part of a series, but I do group books by the same author together (i.e. John Green). I also have my fashion books and my political books on these shelves. And then the nightstand thing with the shelf is where I keep biographies and memoirs. 

#6:

What book have you always meant to read but just never gotten around to?

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I have no idea why I haven't read this book: Everyone seems to love this book, but for some reason I just haven't gotten around to reading it. But I know that when I read it, I will love it. I am planning to read it this summer. 

#7:

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: What book did you feel like you were supposed to like but just didn't:

Fallen by Lauren Kate. I heard a lot of good things about this series, and I know they were filming the movie (what happened to that? Shouldn't it have come out like, a year ago?) and I always like to read books that are going to have a movie adaptation if I haven't already read them. But I really just didn't like this book.


#8:

What kinds of stories are you drawn to and what types of stores do you tend to stay clear of?

I love fantasy, particularly retellings of fairy tales. I also love books with princes and princesses in them (like The Selection). I tend to steer clear of paranormal in general (including paranormal romance, which, by the way, might explain why I didn't really like Fallen... but I loved Twilight and the Vampire Academy series, so...), it's just not my thing. 

#9: If you could require the President to read one book, what would it be?

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler. With all the work President Obama has done with combatting sexual assault, such as creating the It's On Us organization, I think he would really appreciate this book and hand it off to his daughters and try to convince other young readers to read it.  Combatting sexual assault also has a really personal meaning for me; Plus, I loved this book, so that's an added bonus.

So there you have it, the New York Times: By the Book Tag. I now tag any of you who wish to do this tag!

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Thousandth Floor Cover Reveal!!!!!

The Thousandth Floor, the AMAZING book that I have been raving about ever since I read, finally has a cover!!!! And it's beautiful!!!!! Check it out below, AND check out the cool video reveal. AND read the first four chapters of The Thousandth Floor, all on the Epic Reads website, and be the first to know... Just remember, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall... 



Check out the cover reveal video here and read the first four chapters here!   

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June TBR!!!!

It's June!!!!! School gets out this month, which means I will have a lot of time to read (assuming I don't slack and watch Netflix all day or a Law & Order: SVU marathon). So my June TBR is VERY ambitious, and I don't expect to get through all of them. I have allotted a total of 12 books, and without further adieu, here they are!

The first book for my June TBR is the book I am currently reading write now...

The Amateurs by Sara Shepard


I am super excited to read this book! I love Sara Shepard's books; they tend to be pretty similar but they are addicting nonetheless. Basically, this book follows a small group of teens and youn adults who meet on a crime-solving website, and they come together, to solve the murder of a teenage girl.
UPDATE: READ 

Heartless by Marissa Meyer


Heartless is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I love retellings and I love Alice in Wonderland and I love Marissa Meyer, so I cannot wait to read this book. It is a standalone, and it tells the story of the Queen of Hearts. It should be a really interesting retelling, as I'm guessing it doesn't have a happy ending... I'm really looking forward to reading this. 


Ruined by Amy Tintera


I don't know too much about this book, but Kiera Cass blurbed it and it has princes and princesses in it, so I'm sold! Margot from Epic Reads also loved it!
UPDATE: READ


Dreamology by Lucy Keating


This book has an interesting concept. Basically we follow a girl who has dreams about this boy, and they go on all types of adventures together and they are madly in love. But one day, the boy walks into her classroom and he is anything but the boy from her dreams.

Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman 


I don't know too much about what this book is about, but it's supposed to be historical, and I absolutely loved Anne Blankman's Prisoner of Night and Fog which you can check out here.


My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows 


This book looks AWESOME. It's written by three different authors, and it is supposed to be a hilarious alternate history/retelling of Lady Jane Grey's life. I love British monarchial history, so this book is right up my alley and I can't wait to read it!

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele


I don't know the exact summary of this book, but I think it follows a group of characters from a magical world who slip through some type of portal and into our world. The Booksplosion crew were the stars of the book's trailor, which you can check out here


Unrivaled by Alyson Noel 



Don't know too much about this book, but it follows Hollywood starlets and it has a mystery involved, so it sounds like my kind of book!


Tumbling by Caela Carter


I love gymnastics, so this book looks like it is write up my alley! It follows a handful of characters over the course of two days during the olympic team trials. 
UPDATE: READ 


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Illuminae was such a special and cool book, and it's sequel, Gemina, was probably the book I most wanted to get at BookCon, and I did, and I plan on reading it this month. If you haven't read Illuminae yet, I will leave you to figure out what it's all about.


Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills


I don't know too much about this book, but it has tons of comic book panels and illustrations, so I thought I would give it a try!


The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan



I am super-excited to read this book! I loved the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series, so of course I am excited to read this. The Hidden Oracle follows our main character Apollo (the God) who is cast out of Olympus and made mortal as a punishment by his father Zeus, and he now has to attempt to get back in his father's good graces. This sounds awesome, and I have heard a lot of good things about it. But beware, if you have not completed the Heroes of Olympus series, this book will spoil it for you...

Monday, May 30, 2016

May Wrap-Up!



It is the end of May and I read a total of 6 books this month! May was a very good reading month and so many books came out this month that I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who went broke. I did not read all of the books I got, but I did read some. And I will have the whole summer to read so hopefully I will get to the other 20+ books I got in May but did not read. Soooo, on to the wrap-up...

The first book I read in the month of May was:

The Crown by Kiera Cass 


This was probably my most anticipated book of 2016, as I am a HUGE Selection fan and this was the final book and I was dying to find out what was going to happen. I really enjoyed The Crown, I thought it was a nice finish to an amazing series. Was it as good as The One, which was supposed to be the last book in the series? Probably not. But it was definitely better that The Heir, which I was somewhat disappointed by. I also liked Eadlyn a lot better in The Crown than I did in the heir; in The Heir, she was a really whiney little bratty princess, and I really did not like her. I also did not understand where that snotty personality came from because both of her parents (Maxon and America) are anything but. But that is beside the point. The Crown did not end how I thought it was going to end (meaning I didn't expect Eadlyn to pick who she did) but the ending was still good. Because this was the final book in one of my favorite series', and it didn't disappoint me, I gave it a 5/5 stars on Goodreads, even though it probably deserved a 4/5 stars. I will talk about The Crown in its entirety complete with spoilers in an upcoming review. 

The next book I read was:

A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of Downworld told in the Language of Flowers by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean



This book was fun! The images (by Cassandra Jean) were pretty amazing, but that being said, it's not a novel, so there wasn't a lot of depth to it. But if you are a die-hard Shadowhunter, this book is totally for you. You can purchase it here

I then read: 

Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor


This was a good book. It was a really nice story and a very quick read. I didn't LOVE it and there wasn't anything particularly special about it, so I will give it a solid B. This book follows a young girl by the name of Joss Byrd, and she is a famous child actor filming her new movie that deals with a difficult subject matter. I was surprised that Joss was as young as she was (12) because you don't really read too many YA books with 12-year-olds as the main character. Fun fact: Lygia Day Penaflor is a tutor/teacher for child stars! I would give this book a B+/B. 

After that, I read:

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia


I ADORED this book! It was phenomenal! I did a full review on this book which you can check out here

Then:

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee


This book was PHENOMENAL!!! I think Katharine and I have become pretty good social media friends through my praise of this book that comes out in August... Read all about my thoughts on The Thousandth Floor here

Lastly:

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas 

This book was OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD. AMAZING!!!!! Read all about why here


Annnd that concludes my May wrap-up. Stay tuned for more reviews and my June TBR...