Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)" by C.C. Hunter

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)"Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)" by C.C. Hunter

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Published: March 29, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 398
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Read May 13 to 15, 2014

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Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams, Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…
One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.
Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.
Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

"Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)" by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)"Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)" by Sarah J. Maas

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Published: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 406
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Read May 8 to 9, 2014

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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.
Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)" by Gena Showalter

Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)3 out of 5 stars

Read January 7 to 11, 2014

Pages: 404
Published: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Was this the Alice in Wonderland retelling that I was hoping for?

Was this the kind of book I like that I was looking for?

Had I known how bad it would have been, would I have still read it?

(Get it? It's funny, and I hate Twilight.)

This book was just a whole lot of

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

"Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)" by Caragh M. O'Brien

Birthmarked (Birthmarked #1)5 out of 5 stars

Read February 10 to 25, 2014

Pages: 384
Published: March 30, 2010
Publisher: Square Fish

This book was totally amazing. The main character is Gaia, a young midwife that is an outcast for her scar. She knows that she will never find anyone to love her, as she's considered a freak, but she's gotten over it. She knows what she has to do in life and just wants to do her job. That is until her parents are arrested by the people they loyally serve.

Friday, April 25, 2014

"Legend (Legend, #1)" by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)5 out of 5 stars

Read February 2 to 6, 2014 and April 11, 2014

Pages: 320
Published: November 29, 2011
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

These pictures were all by Marie Lu, the amazing author of this trilogy. She writes amazing books and draws amazing pictures!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"The Rose Bride: A Retelling of "The White Bride and the Black Bride" (Once Upon a Time)" by Nancy Holder

The Rose Bride: A Retelling of "The White Bride and the Black Bride"3 out of 5 stars

Read April 1 to 2, 2014

Pages: 245
Published: June 26, 2007
Publisher: Simon Pulse

So I've never read or heard of "The White Bride and the Black Bride," but I decided to still read this book. When I read the synopsis, I realized that it sounds a lot like "Cinderella." In both the mother dies, father remarries, the stepmother is terrible, the father dies, and the stepfamily hate the daughter. The only thing that keeps me from thinking that they're the same stories is that "Cinderella" is French and this story is German.

Monday, April 7, 2014

"Winter's Child: A Retelling of "The Snow Queen" (Once Upon a Time)" by Cameron Dokey

Winter's Child (Once Upon A Time Fairytales)3 out of 5 stars

Read March 27 to 31, 2014

Pages: 173
Published: September 3, 2009
Publisher: Simon Pulse

I decided that I had to read this book right away after seeing Frozen. I'm obsessed with that movie and I listen to "Let it Go" on a daily basis. Not kidding. I also read too much Jelsa FanFic. I have a problem. Not gonna even try to deny it at all.

I also want to say that the girl on the cover is not how I imagined Deirdre, the Winter's Child, at all. Maybe I'm weird to not like it, but whatever.

Friday, March 28, 2014

"Legacy of the Clockwork Key (The Secret Order, #1)" by Kristin Bailey

Legacy of the Clockwork Key"Legacy of the Clockwork Key (The Secret Order, #1)" by Kristin Bailey

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Published: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Steampunk
Pages: 416
Format: ebook
Source: pulseit
Read April 5 to 7, 2013

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A teen girl unravels the mysteries of a secret society and their most dangerous invention in this adventure-swept romance set in Victorian London.
When a fire consumes Meg’s home, killing her parents and destroying both her fortune and her future, all she has left is the tarnished pocket watch she rescued from the ashes. But this is no ordinary timepiece. The clock turns out to be a mechanical key; a key that only Meg can use; which unlocks a series of deadly secrets and intricate clues that Meg has no choice but to follow.
She has uncovered evidence of an elite secret society and a dangerous invention that some will stop at nothing to protect, and that Meg alone can destroy. Together with the handsome stable hand she barely knows but hopes she can trust, Meg is swept into a hidden world of deception, betrayal, and revenge. The clockwork key has unlocked her destiny in this captivating start to a trilogy.

"Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall, #1)" by Shannon Messenger

Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall, #1)5 out of 5 stars

Read April 8 to 14, 2013

Pages: 416
Published: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse

My Initial Reaction:

Did it seriously need to end that way!?!?!? I can't wait until 2014 to see what happens next!!!! I need to read it NOW!!!!!

My Actual Review:
I read this book for free on Pulseit and it was amazing. I thought that it was great that this book was different. So many young adult paranormal books contain vampires, fairies, and werewolves, but this one was all about sylphs. I haven't read too many books that are about sylphs, so this was amazing.

Monday, March 10, 2014

I Got Nominated for a Liebster Blog Award

So although I've been blogging for almost a year, I'm still kinda new. And I haven't had much experience when it comes to awards and such. But I recently got nominated for a Liebster Blog Award by Skylar Finn @Life of a Random, which was very kind of her. So I can't wait to so how things go. And here are the rules.

-Make sure you thank and link back to the person who nominated you
-List 11 facts about yourself
-Answer 11 questions put forward by whoever nominated you
-Ask 11 new questions to 9 bloggers. They must have less than 200 followers and you cannot re-nominate the blog that nominated you
-Go to their blog and inform them that they have been nominated

1. I have been to more countries than states. I've been to Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England. The only states I've been to are Michigan (where I live) and Ohio (I've been to Illinois but only in an airport).
2. I've been dancing for 14 years and I'm currently studying it in college.
3. I drink far too much coffee, lattes, mochas, etc. I love BIGGBY and Starbucks is good, too.
4. I have four cats. I am a crazy cat lady and proud of it.
5. I watch far too much reality TV. I watch Dance Moms, America's Next Top Model, Project Runway, The Face, and The Millionaire Matchmaker. I also watch Adventure Time and Girl Code.
6. I have about a billion book ideas written down and swirling in my brain. I hope to eventually write a book one day.
7. I've dyed my hair purple, blue, and teal, but only portions. I'm hoping to one day dye my entire hair teal.
8. I really want to get a tattoo. There are a few that I REALLY want, so I hope I can get them done one day.
9. I am incredibly socially awkward. I'm not good in large groups and I freeze. I prefer to spend my time by myself where I can be a weirdo.
10. I absolutely love Disney. I'm obsessed with Frozen and I'm embarrassed to say this, but I've been reading a lot of Jelsa fanfiction. I can't help that I ship them so hard!
11. Unlike a lot of people, I want to live in a tiny apartment. Ever since I was young and have wanted to move to New York, or any big city like LA or Chicago, I've dreamed of having my own little studio apartment.

Skylar's Questions for Me
1. If you could be any of The Avengers, who would you be?
-I'm not sure who I would be. Maybe Black Widow cause she looks like someone people shouldn't mess with. Or Thor (cause I'm Norwegian) because he has amazing hair and a huge hammer.
2. Do you prefer paperbacks or hardbacks? (This is important.) 
-This is a hard choice. I prefer to buy paperbacks and travel with them because they are cheaper and smaller. But hardbacks are much more sturdier.
3. How did your parents choose your name? Why did they choose it?
-My parents named me after my grandmothers. I got my first name from one and the middle from another.
4. What's your favorite movie?
-This is a REALLY hard choice. I love Legally Blonde, House Bunny, and the Disney princess movies.
5. What is something that you procrastinate a lot on?
-I usually procrastinate on homework. I don't like doing it so I don't. I also procrastinate on cleaning my room.
6. Twitter or Facebook?
-Facebook because I don't have a Twitter account.
7. Do you play an instrument?
-I used to play violin, piano, and guitar. I also used to sing.
8. Have you ever had to get stitches? 
-Yes, when I got tongue surgery.
9. What do you do when you're bored?
-I usually read, daydream, or go on Pinterest. I have an obsession with Pinterest.
10. If you could choose between only reading or only writing, which one would you choose?
-That would be hard, but I would probably choose reading. This is such a hard choice.
11. Do you keep a journal (doesn't have to be a physical one)?
-I kept one for a little while, but I don't anymore. I'm too lazy to.

I still need to choose some nominees and create some questions. If anyone knows any great blogs and deserved to be recognized, let me know!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)" by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)5 out of 5 stars

Read January 3, 2014

Pages: 332
Published: August 16, 2007
Publisher: Razorbill

Vampires are super popular among young adult literature. It's pretty easy to find them. Of course, as we all know, Twilight is probably the most popular. And sadly, other great vampire books get forgotten. Like this one. When I found out that this was going to become a movie, I decided that it needed to put at the top of my list. And I'm so happy that I read it and didn't wait.

Friday, January 31, 2014

"Destroy Me (Shatter Me, #1.5)" by Tahereh Mafi

Destroy Me (Shatter Me, #1.5)5 out of 5 stars

Read January 4, 2014

Pages: 103
Published: January 1, 2012
Publisher: Harper

I already loved Warner, but now I love him even more! We get to see everything through Warner's eyes, which I've wanted to read since I started Shatter Me. He has all this inner turmoil and I'm usually turned off by it, but for some reason I loved it!!! I'm in love with him so much and if for some reason Juliette is stupid and chooses Adam, I'll make Warner VERY happy!!!

Here are some gifs of another sexy bad boy with inner turmoil that I love:

Overall, this novella was amazing and I can't wait for Ignite Me!!!!! It comes out in 4 days but I can't wait much longer! GAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 17, 2014

"Defiance (Defiance, #1)" by C.J. Redwine

Defiance (Defiance, #1)5 out of 5 stars

Read December 23 to 24, 2013

Pages: 416
Published: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Balzar + Bray

When Rachel's father never returns from his courier mission, he is declared dead. Rachel does everything she can to make the tyrannical leader believe her father is still alive, but nothing works. In her father's will, he hands Rachel's guardianship to her father's closest friend: Logan. Neither of the two are happy. Rachel professed her love to Logan two years ago, and he didn't feel the same. The only thing they have in common is their desire to leave Baalboden.

Friday, January 10, 2014

"Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)" by Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)"Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)" by Josephine Angelini

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Published: April 1, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen

Read January 6 to 7, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 501Format: Hardcover
Source: MeL Cat

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How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

"Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires, #1)" by Rachel Caine

Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires, #1)"Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires, #1)" by Rachel Caine

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Published: October 3, 2006
Publisher: Signet Books
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 256
Format: ebook
Source: Download Destination
Read December 17 to 20, 2013

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From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.
College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town's terror or will she drown like everyone else?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

"Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)" by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)5 out of 5 stars

Read December 17 to 18, 2013

Pages: 480
Published: February 5, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins

I feel that I can best express myself in this review through gifs...

When I finally got this book: