Friday, October 30, 2015

Our Most Anticipated Books to Read in November

Here is our most anticipated reads for November!  




Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2) by Claudia Gray 

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.


The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above Youfeatures Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book. (November 3)


Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School #4) by Gail Carriger

When a dastardly Pickleman plot comes to fruition, only Sophronia can save her friends, her school, and all of London...but at what cost? Our proper young heroine puts her training and skills to the test in this highly anticipated conclusion of the rousing, intriguing, and always polished New York Times bestselling Finishing School series! (November 3)



The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin (Paperback)

Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.

There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.

She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.

She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.


Retribution has arrived. (November 3)



Harry Potter Colouring Book by Warner Brothers.

Packed with stunning pieces of artwork from the Warner Bros. archive, this deluxe coloring book gives fans the chance to color in the vivid settings and beloved characters of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. Containing intricate line drawings used in the making of the Harry Potter films, this coloring book includes fan-favorite scenes, creatures, and characters: from Dobby and baby Norbert to Quidditch games and the unforgettable final battle between Harry and Lord Voldemort.


Unique and interactive, Harry Potter: The Official Coloring Book is a perfect collector’s item for all fans of the blockbuster saga--whether it's for those who grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, or those who are discovering the magic for the very first time. (November 5)




Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?  (November 12)



What are books are you looking forward to reading this November?  Let us know, leave a comment down below.

*All date are subject to change without notice.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Friday 56: October 30, 2015

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Grab a book, any book.  Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, or few, just don't spoil it.  Post it.







"I'm not going to have sex with some guy just to impress you," I said.
"Whoa," Roy said.  "She really is a bitch."
"Not a bitch," I said."  Just a woman who knows her own mind."




from The Carrie Diaries (The Carrie Diaries #1) by Candace Bushnell




Be sure to leave your The Friday 56 in the comments!


-Shon

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

That’s What He Said Thursday: October 29, 2015

That’s What He Said Thursday is a meme hosted by Chapterbreak.net. Every Thursday post a favorite lines from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind these are direct quotes from dialogue in a book.

Peeta would lose it if he knew I was thinking any of this, so I only say, "So what should we do with our last few days?"

"I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you," Peeta replies.

This is from Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games is one of my all time favorite series.

Let us know what are some of your favorite lines from your book boyfriend to his heroine or the link to your TWHST, in the comments down below.

-Shon

Waiting On Wednesday: The Retribution of Mara Dyer

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine



Title: The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) (Paperback)

Author: Michelle Hodkin 

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books 
To Be Released:  November 6, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Supernatural, Horror, Fiction, Contemporary, Paranormal Romance
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or The Book Depository
Also by this author: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Evolution of Mara Dyer



It had to end sometime, but Mara had no idea it would end like this. Experience the mind-blowing conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer trilogy.


Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.

There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.

She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.

She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.


Retribution has arrived.




Why I'm Waiting On This Book


I'm excited for the PAPERBACK of this book to be released to complete my collection of the series. Can't wait to get my hands on it & start reading!

Be sure to check out my reviews for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Evolution of Mara Dyer.


-Wendy

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #2: Halloween themed freebie



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Halloween themed freebie. So we pick 10 vampire novels we love or want to read.


Tina's pick


1. The Last Vampire, by Christopher Pike (adored in grade school)
2. The Vampire Diaries, by L.J. Smith (loved in middle school)

3. The Vampire Lestat, by Anne Rice (couldn't find time to read in high school)

Shon's pick

4. Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst. Vampires and sparkly unicorn, what more could a girl ask for in a book?
5. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. Still need to read this.
6. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare. Spoiler alert! One of the best scene in the book is when the vampires, werewolves and the Shadowhunters are all fighting. Never judge a book by it movie.
7. Vampire Knight series by Matsuri Hino. All time favorite vampire manga.

Wendy's pick

8. Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
9. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
10. Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa





Monday, October 26, 2015

Attachments (4 of 5 reviews RR)

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell 
Published by Dutton on April 14th 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, Humor
Page: 323
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina


Synopsis

"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . "


Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now- reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?


Review

How many different ways can I say I'm obsessed (okay maybe infatuated is a better word) with R.R.? Attachments is no exception.

The story starts off slow, it alternates between email format and dialogue exchanges. It begins with a heavyset dumpy IT guy named Lincoln who is smart and overqualified for the Tech Support desk for the evening to twilight shift. His job criteria is mainly monitoring ingoing and outgoing emails in the office. Any profane keywords are flagged and sent his way. He can issue warnings to the employees, delete the messages, or bring them up to his supervisor. His hours and isolation keep him dull and depressed.


One day, a few email exchanges caught his attention. They are between two young female employees. Once he started reading them, he became infatuated with their daily exchanges of boys, families, life. And before he knew it, he was reading them each night and now he can't stop. Soon, he was crushing on one of the females.


Rainbow Rowell does not disappoint in the humor department. Here are a couple of funny exchanges from the book:


Beth to Jennifer: Do you know that they don't make even wedding dresses with sleeves anymore? Everyone—regardless of weight, chest size, back acne, stretch marks, hunched shoulders, or over-prominent clavicle—is forced to wear one. Why? The whole point of clothing is to hide your shame. (Genesis 3:7) 

Jennifer to Beth: Did you seriously just consult a Bible?

Jennifer to Beth: How do you feel about "a" and "an"?

Beth to Jennifer: Indifferent.
Jennifer to Beth: So you're considering a life without articles?
Beth to Jennifer: And true love


Landline (3 of 5 reviews RR)



Landline by Rainbow Rowell 

Published by St. Martin's Press on July 8th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, Fantasy
Page: 310
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina


Synopsis

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn't expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts...

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?


Review

My current obsession with R.R. lands me on her next book Landlines (I know I'm reading her collection out of order. I want to compare her writing from 5 years ago to now. Plus, I'm saving Carry On for last).

Ouch.


Georgie works too much, she barely sees her kids, she has trouble with her marriage.


This story is heartbreakingly sweet. It begins with an antique, yellow rotary phone she bought at a garage sale back in high school. When her husband took the kids with him to visit his mother for the holidays, she was left behind to work on a new tv pilot. Instead of using that time to crunch, her mind was filled with her husband. She has never separated from him during their 14 years of marriage. And she couldn't return to her cold empty house without him so she stayed with her mother and slept in her old room.


But something strange is happening, each time she dials her husband's cell, he doesn't pick up or wasn't there. The only time he answers is when she calls him from her landline (the antique yellow rotary phone) to his mother's landline. The trippy part was her phone calls to her husband wasn't to Neal, her husband, but to Neal from 1988, her college boyfriend. Was she hallucinating? Did she dial to the past? Was this her second chance? A do-over of her life?



She takes a week long journey of self discovery and recovers what she lost from her youth. She also discovers the reason her husband proposed to her. She didn't know what happened during her college senior year, there was a week, a lost week, of not speaking, and he left her that Christmas...

Eleanor & Park (2 of 5 reviews RR)


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin's Press on February 26th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, Coming of Age
Page: 328
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina


Synopsis
Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.
Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.
Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try

Review

I'm madly in love with Rainbow Rowell's writing. I'm starting to see a pattern in her works. Each of her books have a central focus. From there she writes her stories and characters around it. It's a very interesting style and it works.


The main focus of this book are two high school students named Eleanor and Park. Eleanor is a red haired fair skinned girl who comes from a poor background. Park is a half Korean half American boy who is into UK rock bands and punk music. They fatefully met one morning during their Sophomore year when she sat next to him on their high school bus. It was as though two worlds collide. She was the new girl everyone bullied. He was the cool kid everyone liked.

Friendship through music and comic books developed. Ah~ *a light bulb goes off in my head. I would have been happy here but love blossomed... What is cute about this story is that they are their first loves. They took their time to explore each new emotion and they are so careful with each other. Do you remember your first love? Do you remember feeling self conscious and unsure about everything?

I'm ending with a quote, "If he was shy now, he wouldn't get anything that he wanted." Chapter 42

Hot.

Fangirl (1 of 5 reviews RR)


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin's Press on September 10th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Humor, Romance, Fiction, Coming of Age
Page: 445
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina




Synopsis

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Review

I cried I laughed I cried some more.


Omg I didn't know I finished the book, I kept reading and reading and the page turned to acknowledgment ...what???


The story is about a loner girl who enjoys spending her free time writing fan fiction stories on The Simon Snow, a fictional novel concocted in Fangirl, theme similar to Harry Potter.

She enters college and is completely thrown out of her comfort zone. Her anxiety heightens and she struggles to find herself, learn who she is, not as a daughter or a sister.

I think I enjoy this book as much as I do because it is relatable. For one, nothing hurts more than fights with or complete isolation from a sibling; it cut deeper than any relation that exist. Two, it is a cute gushy love story, except it is written well, no unnecessary fillers (my gripe with any story), but honesty and heart. Girl likes boy, girl doesn't know how to approach boy. Three, it is funny! Four, the story sucked me right in from the start and I couldn't put it down. Five, the antagonist is purely detestable. There's always a redemption for an antagonist and this story doesn't! that's brilliant.

I highly recommend this book. It is truly a well written, kudos!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Snow Like Ashes

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch 
Published by Balzer + Brayon on October 14th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure
Page: 416
Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina


Synopsis

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.


Review

The world is split into the royal countries of Seasons and the smaller states Rhythms. The main character named Meira has the ability to see the country's past events through the eyes of the Winter Queen Hannah. At this point, she isn't sure why she has the ability or her role in relieving her country from oppression.

The story took a lot longer to get started than anticipated. Throughout my reading, I heard that there were twists in the book. My first thought was Theron betrays Winter either by selling them out or being Angra himself; however, he was as genuine and sincere as he was written. I'm quite disappointed with Meira whining through the entire book, finding strength somehow in the middle, and falls into a needless love triangle where one of the guys is too sweet and the other too useless. My only solace is that the side characters were well developed and fun to read. I'm still debating if I want to continue with the series. The story left me pretty underwhelmed.

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Friday 56: October 23, 2015



The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Grab a book, any book.  Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, or few, just don't spoil it.  Post it.






An image of a bunch of peacock flash in my head. "So, what, they do a spin, say a few words, back their eyelashes?"
from Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard














Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) is one of my most anticipated books of 2016 and I can't wait to get my hands on it.


Be sure to leave your The Friday 56 in the comments!


-Shon

Thursday, October 22, 2015

That’s What He Said Thursday: October 22, 2015


That’s What He Said Thursday is a meme hosted by Chapterbreak.net.  Every Thursday post a favorite lines from your book boyfriend to his heroine.  Keep in mind these are direct quotes from dialogue in a book. 




"I only did because you were here." He wrapped his arms around me, and I buried my face in his chest. "I can't do it by myself," I whisper."You can," he said. There was a tremulous note in his voice. "You're strong--you're so, so strong. It's why I love you."








This is from Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead.  VA is one of my all time favorite series.  

Let us know what some of your favorite lines from your book boyfriend to his heroine, in the comments down below.

-Shon

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

"Waiting On" Wednesday: The Murder of an Angel by James Patterson

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine



Title: The Murder of an Angel 
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown Company
To Be Release Date:  October 26, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Buy: Amazon or B&N
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: Alex Cross seriesWomen's Murder Club seriesMaximum Ride series





In the dramatic conclusion of the bestselling Confessions series, Tandy Angel's next murder case could be her own!


Tandy Angel is losing her mind—or so she thinks. Even as she's forced to fight for the family company, she's imagining new dangers in every shadow. And as her detective prowess is called into question and her paranoia builds, she has to face the very real possibility that the stalker she's convinced will take her life could be all in her head—or the very real danger that finally brings her down.



Why I'm Waiting On This Book

I love James Patterson. So, I can't wait to start this series.


What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.


-Shon

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Wishes I'd Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is 10 Wishes I'd Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me. 


Tina's Wishes

1.  Visualization - I'd like the Book Genie to grant me with the power to make books come to life. I want to see the pages unfold as the characters act, play, and read their lines before my eyes.

2.  Strength - I want to be able to keep reading hours after my body is beyond fatigued and my eyes are glued shut from exhaustion.


3.  Personalization (perhaps the same as visualization) - I want to hold onto an object that represents a character from a book and be transformed into that character. See thru their eyes, hear their thoughts, and feel their existence.



Shon's Wishes

4.  Books! I want more books, there are 148 books on my TBR (I know, don't judge, I'm working on it), 88 out of the 148 I do not own a copy. Therefore I need more books. LOL

5.  Bookshelves!  I need somewhere to put all the books I want and own.  Because right now, I got books stack up everywhere, and I might be just a little scared for the safety of my life with all these books piled up.


6.  As much as I enjoy reading books I also like collecting books. One of my favorite series is The Hunger Games Trilogy. I hate the book covers. That is the reason why I have not bought the series; I just do not like the book jacket design.  Take a look at the Foil Edition, I like the way it looks but the only problem, it's in paperback and I prefer hardcover. So, I would ask the book Genie for the special edition of The Hunger Games Trilogy that is both beautiful to look at and in hardcover.


7.  Vampire Academy.  If The Mortal Instruments series can get a second chance at life with the Shadowhunters TV show, I want to see VA turn into a TV show on CW.  Let's face it, The Vampire Diaries is over, it was fun while it lasted but time to put it to rest. Vampire Academy movie was okay, it wasn't the best or the worst but if you read the series you know that the book has a very dark undertone and the movie was turned into a comedy.



Wendy's Wishes

8.  To grant me photo edit skills. All these beautiful edits of books I see online are just so captivating and I want to learn more. Damn you Instagram and Pinterest for pretty book pictures!

9.  More Time! to read. "There just isn't enough time in the day" but then again "BeyoncĂ© has the same hours in a day" ugh. Just more time.  


10. A Funko collection. If you don't know what they are, click here. You're welcome :)


What wishes would you ask the Book Genie to grant you?  Let us know in the comment down below.


Monday, October 19, 2015

Shon reviews The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Title / Author: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Publisher / Year Published: HarperTeen / July 2, 2013
Rating: 3.5 stars



Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.


She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.



My Review

I really like this book. I thought it was very cute. It was a little cheesy at some point but that is what made the story cute.

This book reminds me a lot of The Gilmore Girls.  A single mother and her daughter living in the small town filled with colorful characters.  The mother has difficult relationship with her wealthy parents.  (Which we don’t meet until the end of the story.)  So, if you are a fan of The Gilmore Girls, you should give this book a try.


The story is told from Caymen's, the daughter, point of view.  She is VERY sarcastic, so much that people never know if she's serious or joking.  I like that about her character.


Caymen works in a doll shop owned by her mother.  Her mother raised her to hate the rich and Caymen father, a man from a rich family, left her mother when his family told him to and paid her to never tell anyone that he is the father of her daughter.  I know it sound like a plot from a bad 80s movie of the week. 


So, one day, a cute but rich guy come into the doll shop and beckons Caymen over.  She has to do everything in her power not to go off on him, right then and there in the store.


The cute but rich guy named Xander came back to the store again. Over the course of the story, a friendship develop between Caymen and Xander, as they help each other with their family issues.  And later, their friendship turn into feelings for one another. But Caymen's mother is iffy about the relationship between them.


Enter right on cue, another guy, cute but poor, who also likes Caymen. Given the story, the always unpopular, unneeded, and unwelcome love triangle. Whom Caymen's mother likes only because he's poor and can care less that he is in a rock band. 


Now Caymen has to choose between the two guys, fix her relationship between her and her mother, and fix the relationship between her mother and grandparents.


It is a lot to take but by the end of the story I still wanted more.   All in all, it was a cute story.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Taylor Swift Book Tag

Today we will be doing the Taylor Swift Book Tag. This tag was originally created by TheBookLife


1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.

  • Wendy - If I Stay Series by Gayle Forman.
  • Shon - Divergent series by Veronica Roth.  I love both Divergent & Four. Insurgent was so so. But with Allegiant, I was like WTF I'm reading, that book was...
  • Tina - same as Shon.


2. Red - pick a book with a RED cover.

  • Wendy - Allegiant by Veronica Roth is the 3rd book in the Divergent series. 
  • Shon - Outlander (20th Anniversary Edition) by  Diana Gabaldon
  • Tina - The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (what kind of question is this?)


3. The Best Day - pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.



4. Love Story - pick a book with forbidden love.





5. I Knew You Were Trouble - pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.


6. Innocent (written b/c of Kanye West!) - pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.

  • Shon - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling.  Spoiler alert! My co-worker told me who dies.  I was so mad that I did not talk to him for a week.
  • Wendy - None, It hasn't happened yet!! hahaha 




7. Everything Has Changed - pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development.

  • Tina - Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. She goes on different adventures in each book. And her adventures keep you on your toes. However, she is such a complex character, whatever situation she encounters, she's completely adaptable.
  • Wendy - Sydney, from The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead , who later starts as the narrator for Mead's spin off  Bloodlines





8. You Belong With Me - pick your most anticipated book release. 



9. Forever and Always - pick your favorite book couple.



  • Shon - I wanted to pick Tris & Four from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, After reading Divergent I started fangirling. Then I got to Allegiant and the fangirling stopped and I wanted them to die!  Spoiler alert! There is no forever and always for Tris & Four.  So I pick Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark from Catching Fire (The Hunger Games trilogy) by Suzanne Collins.  I'm still fangirling over Catching Fire.
  • Tina - Juliette and Warner from Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. Simply...sigh. See Tahereh Mafi's youtube video Chapter 55!
  • Wendy - Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. 




10. Come Back, Be Here - pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much.




Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Six of Crows


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Published by Henry Holt and Company on September 29th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Adventure
Page: 466
Source: Bought
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina


Synopsis

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. 

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. 

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.


Review

I enjoyed it. I had a good time reading this book. Not only is the book beautiful but the story as well.

To start, this is my first Grisha novel. I haven't read the previous triology so I made deliberate slow reading to focus and create this vast imagery of races, countries, and alliances in my head.


I love the dynamics of Kaz's crew. Somehow these mixed personalities click and the time taken to develop love and friendship was a nice touch. It kept the pace flowing nicely.


Now the writing style takes a bit getting used to. It jumps from place to place without a page break. When I finally figured out what is happening, I had to run back to put pieces together. It is forgivable but needless to say I fell for it twice.


Overall, the story is very entertaining and I will continue with the series. It will lose a star for the writing inconsistency.