I felt like doing some tags (and I mean a LOT of tags) so, I thought, why not combine a bunch into one post? So, without further ado, enjoy!
My Life in Books Tag
1. Find a book for each of your initials
S- Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout
T- Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare
H- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?
Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
3. Pick a book set in your city/country.
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout is set near where I live.
4. Pick a book that represents a destination you'd love to travel to.
The Infernal Devices trilogy takes place in London. I would love to visit London someday.
5. Pick a book that is your favorite color.
My favorite color is red and it turns out there aren't many red books. One book that is red is Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.
6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?
I'd have to say the Lux series because it is my absolute favorite series.
7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
I have tried over and over again to get into Throne of Glass and I haven't been able to. I still haven't gotten into it but I really want to.
8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?
I would have to say Throne of Glass because I've been trying to read it for a while now.
The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag
1. Best color combo on a book cover
I love the color combination of The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
2. Best typography/font on a book cover
I think that the font on Cinder by Marissa Meyer is so unique and wonderful.
3. Best simple cover
I don't really know if this counts as simple, but the Dark Elements series has amazing covers!
4. Best endpages
OHMYGOD the endpages of The Shadowhunter's Codex are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!
5. Best map
The only book that has a map I really like is the books in the Mortal Instruments series.
6. Best naked hardback
Again, The Shadowhunter's Codex is beautiful.
7. Best backcover
None of my books really have nice backcovers so I am just going to skip this question. :)
8. Best chapter headers
I love the headers on the chapters of Roseblood by A.G. Howard.
9. Best illustrations
No books that I can think of have illustrations.
10. Best spine
The Mortal Instruments' spines are phenomenal.
11. Favorite cover on your shelves
Some people don't like the new covers, but my favorite is Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.
You're Not Good Enough Book Tag
1. You only have one more spot on your Spelling Bee team, who would you pick to complete your team?
Daemon Black (Lux) OR America Singer (The Selection)
I would pick Daemon because the Luxen are very advanced so I feel like he'd be good at something like a spelling bee.
2. Both characters want to kil you, which one would you kill first so you have a better chance of surviving?
Katy Swartz (Lux) OR Will Herondale (TID)
Gosh, this is hard. You know what? I would let them kill me because I love them both so much and I could never kill either of them.
3. You're on the Bachelor/Bachelorette and you're down to these two characters, which one are you going to give your rose to?
Damon Salvatore (TVD) OR Simon Lewis (TMI)
I would choose Damon. I don't really have a reason but I love Damon.
4. You've been chosen for the Hunger Games, who would most likely volunteer in your place?
Clary Fray (TMI) OR Ash Thompson (Lux)
I would rely on Clary to volunteer for me because why would Ash volunteer or me? lol.
5. You're stranded on an island. Which character would you sacrifice to engage in cannibalism?
Lissa Dragomir (Vampire Academy) OR Magnus Bane (TMI)
Again, I love these characters too much to kill them.
6. You are the next superhero. Who is your sidekick?
Alec Lightwood (TMI) OR Dimitri Belikov (Vampire Academy)?
BOTH! They would both be amazing sidekicks.
7. Who would you fire for a lack of communication skills?
Andrew Thompson (Lux) OR Jem Carstairs (TID)?
I would fire Andrew because, let's face it, he has no communication skills.
8. You've just finished a book in which your favorite character, who is most likely to comfort you?
Jace Wayland (TMI) OR Sebastian Morgenstern (TMI)?
9. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?
Adam Thompson (Lux) OR Dee Black (Lux)?
10. Who would forget your birthday?
Christian Ozera (Vampire Academy) OR Isabelle Lightwood (TMI)
Again, neither. :)
11. Who would be a booktube star?
Augustus Waters (TFIOS) OR Tessa Gray (TID)
12. Who would you invite to a sleepover?
Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy) OR Kaidan Rowe (Sweet Evil)
Rose would be an amazing sleepover buddy!
13. You're pregnant. Who is the father/mother?
Maxon Schreave (The Selection) OR Stefan Salvatore (TVD)
14. Who wouldn't reply to a text?
Anna Whitt (Sweet Evil) OR Dawson Black (Lux)
Neither. They are both too nice.
15. Who replaced your mother?
Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games) OR Adrian Ivashkov (Vampire Academy)
Title: Lose Me
Author: M.C. Frank
Date Published: April 11, 2017
"Today is not the day I die."
Ari starts her every day with this thought.
It can't be that hard to keep that promise to herself,
Weston Spencer is a British actor, the hot new celebrity
everyone's talking about. After wrapping up his hit TV show,
THE WATER WARS, the one that made girls all over the planet
swoon at a glimpse of his dirty blonde hair and emerald eyes,
he comes to a little Greek island to film FIRST SENTENCES,
a modern Pride and Prejudice adaptation.
But on the day before shooting starts,
he is introduced to an unconventional girl
in an unconventional way.
Her name is Ari Demos and she's a half Greek stunt girl,
with a dark secret no one knows
-she's even trying to deny it herself.
Wes dismisses her as too unimportant
when he first meets her, but. . .
Turns out she isn't unimportant.
In fact, quite the opposite.
I need more. I am not ready to let Wes and Ari go. I got so addicted to this book and now that I've finished it, I don't know what to do. I just finished it like 10 minutes ago and I had to write this review now because I loved it so much. This book is now in my top 10 favorite books.
Lose Me is so powerful and amazing. I loved everything about it. Wes and Ari are literally the most adorable couple. I really need more of them. This book will make you laugh and cry (both of joy and sadness).
Lose Me is fantastic and phenomenal and I highly recommend you read it. Oh, and did I mention that I loved it? :)
Title: The Extraordinary Journey of Vivianne Marshall
Author: Shannon Kirk
Publisher: Reputation Books
Date Published: September 6, 2016
What if you could choose your heaven now? Go on a celestial shopping trip of sorts? Thirty-five-year-old Vivienne does just that, as she lies dying in the ICU; a fatal walk into the path of a truck. In her final week of life, Vivienne treks through the Heavens of a priest, a best friend, a homeless child, and a lover who never was. Vivienne’s guardian angel, Noah, who may just be her soul mate, escorts her through selections of Heavens and through the confusion Vivienne experiences as she flounders between a doubt of life and the certainty of death. Although her visits to varied afterlives provide peace and beauty, choosing proves not so easy: Vivienne’s love for her young son and her earthly father pull her from her colorful journey—and from her divine love of Noah.
The nature of love, the variety and magic of life, unending hope, and the importance of saying goodbye are central to this uplifting tale.
This is the perfect book to curl up with some tea or coffee and a blanket and read on a cold winter day. It is an amazing story of love. This book tells the story of Vivianne. She is laying in the hospital dying, and sees a lot of people. Maybe most importantly, she sees Noah.
It's really hard to say a lot about this book without spoiling the best parts. So, I am going to just leave it at this: I really enjoyed reading this book. If you are looking for a book filled with love, this is the one for you.
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Four years ago, Crystal White fell in love with Llyr, a prince of the magical mer colony living off the coast of Starfish Island. For one summer, he enchanted her with stories of jeweled palaces and underwater gardens, but then he left, returning beneath the waves with her heart in tow.
Now, graduated with no job in sight, Crystal is forced to go back to the island she thought she had left in the past. By the sea again, she realizes she is far from over her first love, and when an opportunity arises to contact the merfolk, Crystal can’t resist.
Once more with the mer, Crystal is forced to come with terms with the fact that Llyr has moved on, and also with her own magical secret that has endangered her life, his throne, and every mer kingdom. Working against all odds, she has to try to save the people she has come to love and- if she can- rekindle the romance of her first summer on Starfish Island.
This book is SO much better than the first one. I feel like the entire plot itself was more complex and interesting. I wasn’t nearly as annoyed with the characters. I actually saw development in the characters. There were so many plot twists that I never saw coming. There was also a completely unexpected love… square?
In this book, we saw lots of familiar characters in addition to some new faces. One thing that did bother me was some of the decisions that the characters made, a lot of the time I thought they were making naive decisions. Overall, a lot of stuff happened that I did not see coming (which I loved), the characters were much more likeable and relatable, and I enjoyed this book a lot. I think this series is worth checking out because the concept is very intriguing. This was not my favorite book but I did have fun reading it.
*I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.*
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Seventeen-year-old Crystal White is the new girl on Starfish Island. Dragged to the remote community by her environmental activist father, she is eager to find fun that doesn’t involve touching fish guts or listening to local folklore.
During a midnight swim with some new friends, Crystal is pulled out to sea by the waves. Convinced she’s going to drown, Crystal is rescued by Llyr, a handsome stranger. As she searches for him in the following weeks, she finds there may be more truth to the Starfish legends than she thought.
Over a sizzling roller-coaster summer, Llyr introduces Crystal to magic she’d only ever dreamed of. But as Crystal comes to love Starfish Island, it begins to drive her family apart. A nearby power plant is devastating local marine life, and her parents are stuck in the middle. As the magic and mundane parts of Crystal’s life converge, she finds herself risking everything to save Llyr, her family, and herself.
I really wanted to love this book. Everything about it screamed amazing. I am actually really upset that I didn't love it. This book did not capture my attention at all. I was waiting and waiting for something to change in history and for me to be drawn in… it never happened.
I also didn't like Crystal. For some reason she just struck me as really arrogant and naive. This book also had insta-love. A.k.a the pet peeve of every reader ever. I didn't like the relationship between Crystal and Llyr.
That being said, I did like the idea and concept of this book. I mean… mermaids… that's pretty cool! And, Crystal’s best friend and parents are hilarious. Even though I am not a fan of the first book, I am going to continue with the series and hope it gets better. I think this series has great potential and I am excited to see what happens.
What made you write a book about mermaids?
I loved the Hans Christian Anderson tale ‘The Little Mermaid’ when I was little and I still think they are under-explored creatures, despite being so popular. I wanted to give them a really interesting, ancient, mythological background, but put them in a modern context.
If you could put yourself as a character in your book, who would you be?
I imagine it would be Crystal, as she has all the fin, I mean fun. She is sweet and sensitive, but a little over-emotional and that doesn’t help as she goes through some very dramatic times.
There are many books out there about.... What makes yours different?
I think the mer-lore is especially unique, and completely different from what we have read about before. I also think the book is quite an accurate portrayal of how it really is being a young adult; the messy nights out, the emotions, the insecurities that may make you squirm, but that we actually all experience. Also, although Crystal can hold her own and survives all her highs and lows, she is not the typical ‘bad-ass’ heroine we see regularly today. I really enjoy that type of character, but see Crystal as quite real, and I know many of my young Wattpad readers can really relate to her and all the emotions she experiences.
How long have you been writing?
I think like most writers, since I could hold a pen. And when I was maybe five or six my Dad would type up my stories for me on a typewriter and then we would make books with cardboard hardback covers, and masking tape binding. And then I learned to type myself…
What advice would you give budding writers?
Just write! And go back and correct stuff later. Write what you want to write, and don’t hold back - but it is also good to seek and use feedback with people you can trust to be constructive. Storytelling sites like Wattpad are great for this.
Title: Frost Bite
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy, #2
Genre: Paranormal, Vampires, Fantasy, Romance
Date Published: April 10, 2008
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires - the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian.
Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir's on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose - and her heart - are in more danger than she ever could have imagined...
This book was so entertaining. Especially Rose and Adrian. Adrian basically made this entire book. Scratch that- the entire series. He's one of my favorite characters ever. I don't know, he's just great. Instead of making this entire review me fangirling over Adrian, let's actually talk about the book.
I really didn't expect to like this series. Almost everyone I've talked to about it has not liked it. It's like the entire book community either loves it or hates it. There is no in between. Personally, I loved it. Rose's snark was definitely included more in this book. But, the thing I love about her is how even though she seems like she can't take anything seriously, she really can. This is proven when she has to go rescue her friends.
I honestly had no idea what would happen next while reading this, especially at the end. That is something that I enjoyed because even though I love them, lots of YA books are predictable. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Given, it's not the most well-written book but, it is very entertaining and I highly recommend picking it up.
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The heart monitor erupts with noise, and the fire in my chest likewise explodes in flames. Like a referee calling a dust-clearing strike, the doctor pushes everyone away from my bed.
-Page 56 of The Extraordinary Journey of Vivianne Marshall by Shannon Kirk
Hello everyone! First, I want to apologize for not posting regularly. I have been swamped with schoolwork, especially the past two weeks, studying for tests. But, exams are finally over and I have the ability to post again. I will be able to post almost everyday again and I am so excited!
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires—the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger…and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…
I have heard so many mixed things about this book, I really had no idea whether I would like it or not. I wanted to see for myself what all of the buzz, negative and positive, was about. I am SO glad that I decided to read Vampire Academy. I loved it. I loved the way the characters grew throughout the book. I especially loved Rose. Like everything about her. She is so badass and snarky, but in a great way.
I also loved how every character had some sort of backstory. Christian, Lissa, Rose, Dimitri, and even Mia. The relationships between Rose and Dimitri and Lissa and Christian were so complex it was just fabulous.
I think that the idea of there being more than one vampire species is very unique in YA. At least in all young adult vampire novels I’ve read, none of them had more than one vampire species, let alone three.
I also watched the movie and I thought that it stayed really true to the book. The one thing I didn’t like about the movie was the actor that played Dimitri. That just wasn’t how I pictured him.
Overall, I think that this book was amazing and I think you should definitely check it out!
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What are you reading?
I am reading nothing at the moment but I am thinking of starting Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas soon.
What have you just finished?
I just finished Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead.
What are you reading next?
As I said before, I think I'll read Throne of Glass next. I also may read of Fire and Stars.