Seasons of Book Blogging Tag

Hola` my fellow book lovers!

I come to you today as a victim of another glorious game of book tag (Just kidding, you know I love it ; D). The lovely Jordyn over at J.Bookish has both created a new tag and completed it herself.If you haven’t already, you really should be following her. Not only are her posts beautifully constructed and written, but they’re hilarious and informative as well.

Well, anyway. Without further ado, I bring you The Seasons of Book Blogging Tag! Dun Dun Dun…

Rules and Regulations:

  • Thank the creator and the person who tagged you.
  • Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there!
  • State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month.
  • Tag whomever you’d like when you’re finished.. or else you’ll be “it” forever.
  • Have fun, of course!

November is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!

The person who recommended me this book was actually Christine from PolandBanana’s books over on youtube. I stumbled across her book talk one day and I fell in love with the premise – needless to say, I dove right in after that . I have a lot of other recommendations from all of my new blogging friends, I just haven’t gotten around to reading them yet (shame on me.)

December is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.

Hmm… for this one I really had to think. I mean, what’s a book that most people wouldn’t have but would probably perfectly happy getting? I tried to come up with something that doesn’t get as much hype as it should – I swear, finding people (that I didn’t create of course) who love this series as much as I do is like finding a needle in a giant haystack of fangirls. The world needs more Puck and Ash in their lives, and therefore I will share this every chance that I get.

January begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!

I actually, for once in my life, did make a resolution this year. I told myself that I was going to keep kicking ass in school. I was going to work, do all of my homework, and keep myself on the dean’s list – and damn if I’m not proud of myself for sticking with it.

February is the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic, or familial, your choice!

Not only is this one of my favorite series of all time, it is also one of my favorite books about friendship. I know, not what you were expecting right? Vampire Academy is driven solely by the relationship between Lisa and Rose. They are best friends, sisters really – and it is beautiful. Rose would do anything to protect Lisa and visa versa. They have such a complex, raw relationship and I’ve never read anything like it. Sure there are romantic interests for both of them * cough* Dimitri and Christian *cough*, but romance is never the main plot point.

March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.

Without a doubt, I would love to reread The Hunger Games with fresh eyes. I plan on rereading them again anyway, especially because the last movie comes out tomorrow. This series is dear to my heart and it always will be. May the odds be ever in your favor.

April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.

Hmm… with this one, I was torn between two options. Both Black Widow and A Thousand Nights were extremely hyped books that basically made me want to stick needles in my eyes. I can’t even think about how much I hate them without wanting to vomit or something.

May is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you.

Definitely The One Thing by Marci Lynn Curtis. I wasn’t expecting much out of this book, especially considering I had been in a rut of bad ones – but it completely blew me away. This book was beautiful.. and Ben.. oh goodness, that little boy was so damn cute.

June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.

When I just want to check out? Well, I either will binge watch television or movies – or I’ll go back and reread Twilight. Yupp.. you heard me. I just said the T word.

July is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks. (Figuratively. Please don’t light books on fire.)

First I had to figure our what was meant by fireworks, so I went with the typical fireworks when you kiss someone. I took fireworks to mean something hot, steamy, and swoonworthy where the characters had amazing chemistry (aka. fireworks.) Now, Wait for You is neither Young Adult nor something I would normally read – but holy hell it was worth it. If you’re looking to try New Adult books, I recommend this series whole heartedly. The fact that Jennifer L. Armentrout wrote this has nothing to do with it (I’m lying).

July is also my birthday month, which means I have to pick the best birthday gift I’ve ever had. You guys want the truth? The best birthday gift I’ve ever had is spending time with my entire family. I honestly don’t care about material things, especially now that I am away at school. More than half of the time, all I want is to go home.

August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.

Ohh… this is hard. I’ve read so many amazing books this year, but when it comes to this I think I am going to have to pick Leigh Bardugo.. Six of Crows guys… ugh. That book is deadly.

September is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.

Wait, what if I don’t have one? Technically, I really don’t have a book I’ve read for school that I have enjoyed. I pretty much hate all of the books I’ve read, still do, too. What I did enjoy, though, was reading Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, and A Mid Summer Night’s Dream. Not technically books, but still school reading.

October is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for Halloween.

Well, I’m about to be very stereotypical. I really want to dress up as Katniss Everdeen guys! Come on, like… the bow, the braid… the badass boots. I’ve wanted to dress up as her since I read the books. BUT! I want to dress up as the Mockingjay.. all black baby.

That’s all folks!

I tag:

Maria from Marwhal Read

Emma from Emma the Book Lover

Lydia from 22 is still young adult

Fantasy Angel from Avid Reader

Parneet from The Enchanted Book

Jess from Princesscia of Books

Tasha from Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books

Summer from Xingsings

Always Opinionated Book Girl

Eve from Twist in the Tale


Waiting On Wednesday # 10

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released.

This weeks Waiting On Wednesday is Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan!

Publication: February 9th 2016 by Harper Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.

I am stupidly excited for this book. I am a huge Sophie Jordan fan despite how long it’s been since I’ve read any of her work (and the fact that I didn’t finish the series yet…shhh…) Shame on me. But, this sounds so cool! I love fantasy novels – especially high fantasy young adult, which seem to be multiplying ever since Throne of Glass *whistles inconspicuously* But, nevertheless, I am excited. The cover is gorgeous, the names are beautiful, and we’ve got a star-crossed romance. Count me in folks, count me in.

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Teaser Tuesday # 10

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

This weeks Teaser Tuesday is for Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn!

“Maybe you didn’t follow the rules. Maybe your future self messed up and sent the wrong memory.”

“You’ve had an atypical memory, one where you commit a Class A felony. According to FuMA law, I have to arrest you.”

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Need

“Maybe I don’t understand love because no one who has said they loved me has ever put me first. I’ve always wanted to be loved,”  

Title: Need

Author: Joelle Charbonneau

Series: Standalone

Publication: November 3rd 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 352

Source: Publisher at ALA Annual

Summary from Goodreads:

Teenagers at Wisconsin’s Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature.

My Thoughts:

Well… I didn’t finish this book. I got about halfway through and then decided to give up. I couldn’t do it anymore. There is a point when a book hits too much, and this hit that mark for me less than one hundred pages in. By page 45, we had about six different narrators – and it only got worse. Need had a brilliant premise and the potential to be a hard hitting, relevant novel – but it fell short of what it was trying to do.
Need is about a social media site that asks for favors in return for granting what you need. The favors start of small, asking you to send invites to other students – much like every social media site in existence. But, then it starts to escalate. What started off as invitations turns into pranks, and then soon enough it turns into malicious crimes leaving behind a rising body count. Like I said, brilliant premise – poor execution.
I can’t even talk about the characters. There are far too many and none of them have any sort of character development or real personality. All of them are different stereotypes straight to their core – it was disappointing. I didn’t feel anything other than annoyance for any of the characters, even Kaylee who’s brother was dying and needed a kidney. No sympathy, no hope, no fear – nada.
Need basically dashed all expectations and then buried them in cement. What I wanted to be a provocative novel about social media usage in today’s teens was nothing more than a failed attempt at eliciting a response. In this case, the only response I have for this book is hatred. A little extreme, I know, but there is only so much I can handle before I lose my mind – and this book just about sent me over the edge. I now require some beautifully crafted adventure with amazing characters and I have half the mind to forget my TBR pile and dive back into the Throne of Glass series ( of course to celebrate the movie option).

Emerge

“The enormity of loss couldn’t be born without the promise of something greater”

Title: Emerge

Author: Melissa A.Craven

Series: The Awakening # 1

Publication: April 1st 2015 by Midnight Hour Studio

Pages: 424

Source: Blogtour

Summary from Goodreads:

Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.
You’re born.
You live.
You die.
She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.


When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.
Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.


As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.


…only Allie hates to fight.

My Thoughts:

Emerge is yet another book that is the epitome of a disappointment. I saw amazing reviews, read an interesting premise, and fell in love with that gorgeous cover – but the words within the book itself might have just destroyed all hope.
I’ve read books with cheesy language but a good story line or developed characters that redeemed the book – Emerge is not one of those. Not only is the language trivial and almost worthy of killing brain cells, the plot itself is nonexistent . Add that to a main character I want to strange for being the normal Young Adult trope curvy, green-eyed, ginger with special powers, the stereotypical parent issues, and all around heart throb and I wanted to poke my eyes out. This could be coming off as a little harsh, even I think so – but all it would have taken to change my view point was a little more depth and development. Everything was too one dimensional. The potential I saw within Emerge started to wither away the moment I began reading.
I mean, Allie – our main character – literally runs into Aidan in the most ridiculous set up ever. Is it possible to do anything original anymore?


Emerge isn’t a total loss, despite what I think – it still had some pretty interesting ideas that made me curious. Allie isn’t like normal girls (big shock there). Allie’s touch makes people uncomfortable, disgusts them even. So, when she basically tramples Aidan on a trail run and he doesn’t react – viola, the story is born.
I don’t want to spoil you guys as to what was actually going on within all this weirdness, but I can sum it up fairly easily: Ginger girl finds out she’s special and not a freak, ginger girl falls in love with supernatural boy who tells her she isn’t a freak, chaos ensues. It could have been done very well. It had the potential to go somewhere and do something unexpected. Instead, the writing is awkward, the pacing is far too slow, and the entire thing is more predictable than Twilight and every dystopian book out there’s love child.


Emerge is a very boring and ultimately confusing story that isn’t worth your time, effort, and money. Underdeveloped characters, sketchy plot holes, and contradictory monologues run rampant in this failed attempt at rewriting every Young Adult book ever. Plagued by monotonous backstories for minor characters, information dumping, and all existing stereotypes for YA Lit , Emerge Is nothing more than another black mark on my long list of bad books.

Giveaway

Hey everyone!

I’m going to be doing a giveaway of four advanced reading copies to celebrate reaching 200 Twitter followers!

That’s right folks, I’m almost at 200 Twitter followers – add that to my blog subscribers and I total over 600!!! *squees*

I just want to take a moment to thank all of you beautiful people for sticking with my blog and reading my posts. Your likes, comments, and overall interactions over Twitter and other media never cease to make me smile. So… thank you ❤ I put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into my blog and seeing other people enjoy it is the greatest gift ever.

So, in return, I want to give you guys a gift back. I’m starting a giveaway that will be going live at the same time as this post.

The prizes include:

ARCs:

Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Lelia Sales

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kuiawinski

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Goose by Dawn O’Porter

Entangled Teen Swag:

Four signed bookmarks

Three sets of Seconds to Juliet stickers

The Summer Marked signed poster

This giveaway is for the U.S only, sadly : ( But I do plan on doing more giveaways in the future – so don’t lose hope.

Go forth and enter my pretties!!

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Totally Didn’t Book Tag

Hey all you lovely people, yes you. I’m talking to you right there, sitting at your computer or staring at your phone. You’re lovely. So… anyhoo – I got tagged again! Yay, book tags make me feel like I’m in kindergarten again – only this is real life and all that jazz. (Pshh, not really. It’s the internet). I was tagged for this hilarious tag by the wonderful, beautiful Aria from Aria Stuck In Wonderland. Her blog is amazing, the graphics adorable, and the posts phenomenal. If you haven’t already, go pay the pretty lady a visit, yea?

So, anyway, yeesh I can kind of get off topic and rant. Have you guys noticed that? Back to our regularly scheduled programming. *cue television static*

As I was saying, I was tagged for the “Totally Didn’t” book tag. The idea behind it is pretty simple, answer the questions. TADA! (Totally blew your minds, right?)

Shall we begin?

TOTALLY DIDN’T… NEED TO HAVE A SEQUEL/SEQUELS:

This book totally did not need a sequel – and, in fact, I haven’t read the sequel for that very reason. The first book ends wrapped up in a bunch of pretty little bows, it was perfect ❤ No need to ruin it with even more complications and what not. The Eternal Ones was perfect as it was, I loved it and will never stop loving it as a standalone (even though it isn’t).

TOTALLY DIDN’T… NEED TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE POINT OF VIEW:

These beautiful little babies of mine did not need to have more than one POV. Sadly, no matter how much I love Adrian – these books would have been better with just Sydney in the drivers seat. Like the original Vampire Academy series, book one is entirely told in Sydney’s point of view, and then it slowly adds in Adrian’s (unlike VA). I don’t mind him, I love him to pieces, he just wasn’t a necessary narrator.

TOTALLY DIDN’T… NEED TO CHANGE COVER ART THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE SERIES:

As much as I love the new covers, I liked the original too. I had bought the original… and then they changed so I had to go back and re-buy them all. I hate it when my books don’t match… hate it, hate it, hate it.

TOTALLY DIDN’T… NEED A LOVE TRIANGLE:

I love the Lux Series so much! But… Blake. Ugh… Blake *screams, runs around, rips out hair*

TOTALLY DIDN’T… NEED THIS BOOK TO BE INCLUDED IN THE SERIES:

Okay, so I know that this is the last book in the series – so it’s sort of necessary… but, I hated it. In all honesty, if Dashner had eliminated how many times Thomas falls unconscious in the Scorch Trials he could have saved enough page space to wrap up the series there.

TOTALLY DIDN’T… NEED A CLIFFHANGER:

Annnd the Lux Series is back. I chose this one simply on the basis of how cruel the cliffhanger is. If you’ve read it, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Jennifer L. Armentrout is an evil woman, but I love it.

TOTALLY DIDN’T… NEED TO HAVE JUST ONE POINT OF VIEW:

Shoot me. I love Twilight. I always have and I always will. I don’t know if you’ve read Midnight Sun, but if you have, you know that it is written in Edward’s point of view. That little teaser totally ruined everything for me. I need more from his point of view. He can read people’s thoughts for Christs sake!

TOTALLY DIDN’T… NEED THAT MUCH HYPE:

Meh.. that’s all I have to say about this. I have the tendency to block painful memories.

TOTALLY DIDN’T… DESERVE MY TIME:

Ugh… just, ugh. Don’t get me started.

So… that’s it. YAY! *throws confetti*

So I’m not going to tag anyone, because tagging people during NaNoWriMo is a different form of cruelty all together. Love you guys ❤