I'm with you, my angel.
-Nightfall by L.J. Smith
This short but sweet quote is from my current read: Nightfall by L.J. Smith. It is a really amazing book so far and I am antcipating it being a 5 star book!
Elena Gilbert is alive- again.
When Elena sacrificed herself to save the two vampire brothers who lover her- the handsome, brooding Stefan and the sleek and dangerous Damon- she was consigned to a fate beyond death. Until a powerful supernatural force pulled her back.
Now Elena is not just human. She has powers and gifts that were bestowed on her in the afterlife. What's more, her blood pulses with an overwhelming and unique force that makes her irresistible to any vampire.
Stefan wants to find a way to keep Elena safe so that they can make a life together. Damon, however, is driven by an insatiable desire for power, and wants Elena to rule as his princess. When Stefan is lured away from Fell's Church, Damon seizes his chance to convince her that he is the brother she is meant to be with...
But a darkness is infiltrating the town, and Damon, always the hunter, is now the hunted; he becomes the prey of a malevolent creature that can possess him at will, and who desires not just Elena's blood but her death.
Hi! Today I am going to be posting a tag. So, the tag I am posting today will be the Book Buying Habits Tag. I saw this tag at An Infinite Book World, so make sure to check out Alaina's answers to this tag!
1. Where do you buy your books?
I buy my books from a few different places. Mostly, I buy my books from Amazon because I am able to get a good deal on them. Sometimes I will also buy my books at Barnes and Noble or their website.
2. Do you ever pre-order books and if so, do you do this in-store or online?
I occasionally pre-order books when I am extremely excited for a book's release. On the rare occasion that I do pre-order a book, I always pre-order online from Amazon.
3. On average, how many books do you buy a month?
It really depends on the month. When I have gift cards or there is a holiday, I will usually buy 3-6 books per month. But, when there is no special occasion I usually only buy 1-3 books per month.
4. Do you use your local library?
No, I don't. I love re-reading my books so a book that I would have to return would not satisfy my re-reading habit.
5. What is your opinion on library books?
I think they are great! They give people who don't have much money the experience of falling in love with reading without having to use money to buy books.
6. How do you feel about second-hand books?
I think that they are awesome as long as they are in decent condition. It gives people the opportunity to get to read great books without having to buy the book at full-price.
7. Do you keep your TBR pile on your main bookshelf, or no?
I do but I don't have a designated TBR shelf. I put my unread books wherever the fit, with other books in the series, with books by the same author, etc.
8. Do you plan to read all of the books you own?
Yes! Eventually, I will get the chance to read every book that I own. I wouldn't buy a book if I didn't have the intention of reading it.
9. What do you do with books you feel you will never read/did not enjoy?
I put them back on my shelves and plan to read them at a later time.
10. Have you ever donated books?
I have! I donated some of the books that I will not be reading again.
11. Have you ever been on a book buying ban?
I have but, they haven't lasted long because I usually see a book and can't resist!
12. Do you feel that you buy too many books?
Yes, all of the time! I usually get this feeling when I look at my bookcases and realize that I have no room left.
I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
It's ten heartbeats until midnight.
Title: No Plain Rebel
Author: M.C. Frank
Series: No Ordinary Star, #2
Genre: SciFi, Fantasy, Dystopia
Publisher: M.C. Frank
Date Published: July 16, 2016
A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix a the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.
A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.
A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.
The world hasn't known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.
The year is 2525.
Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.
Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.
Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.
In No Plain Rebel, Felix finds out the truth.
Or so he thinks. He’s trying to come to terms with that, as well as with the fact that the Clockmaster’s shack has been discovered by his fellow-soldiers, but he can’t exactly concentrate. The match girl’s fiery curls appear before his eyes every ten seconds, distracting him, and then he starts talking to her in his head.
Because she’s no longer there.
The Stadium is looming in the distance.
It’s ten heartbeats to midnight.
No Plain Rebel is one of the most unique books I have ever read. I am way out of my dystopia phase, but this specific dystopia was very different than any other dystopia, or book in general, that I have ever read. Many elements combine to make No Plain Rebel an unforgettable book.
First, the world building in No Plain Rebel is exquisite. In every chapter, we learn more information about the fascinating world that M.C. Frank has created. Part of what makes the world building so amazing is the incredible detail that descriptions are written in. It takes some getting used to, but once you have, this becomes one of the best elements of the book.
Another thing in No Plain Rebel that is great is the complex characters and the character development. Specifically in Felix. Astra does have a lot of complexity to her but Felix’s character development between books is unlike any other book. It was truly amazing to watch development in his character.
The mood in No Plain Rebel varies depending on where in the book you are. It develops from moving slightly slow, kind of a planning mood to an intense and suspenseful mood to where you don’t know what will happen next.
The ending of No Plain Rebel has me craving more of the story and I can’t wait to continue. This book is incredible and I highly recommend reading it.
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I was tagged by Alaina over at aninfinitebookworld to do the Unique Blogger Award/Tag. I am going to share the rules of this award so, if you have been tagged, you know what to do! The first step is to share the link of the blogger that tagged you. Next, you answer their questions. Then, you nominate 8-13 bloggers. Finally, you give them 3 questions to answer. So, here are Alaina's questions!
1. What is one book that has changed you? Has it changed your views on something, how you act or something else about you? What is that book and how has it changed you?
A book that changed me would be Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Obsidian changed my view of blogging. It inspired me to start my own blog and where would I be without my blog? Obsidian has also changed my view on everything really, because it is my favorite series.
2. Is there any book(s) that you hate so much that you would throw it away? What book(s) is it and why do you hate it?
I have never read a book that I hated so much that I would throw it away. I haven't really read many books that I've hated, actually. So, I am going to name a book that I didn't enjoy. That book would be Fallen by Lauren Kate. I didn't like Fallen because I found it to be pretty boring and repetitive.
3. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you have by your side? You can only pick one book to keep with you until help comes... if they come.
I would bring Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare with me to a deserted island. I would bring Lord of Shadows because I love the book. It is also really long so it would keep me occupied if I ever got trapped on a deserted island until help arrived (hopefully).
Here are my questions to everyone that I tag:
1. What is your absolute favorite book and why? The book that you've loved since the first word. The book that you couldn't live without. The book that you are so grateful to have been able to read.
2. What is the book that you have read or re-read the most times?
3. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what book would it be?
Agapi mou, you are my everything.
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant, #5
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Mythology
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Date Published: November 2, 2013
It's a beautiful day for a war.
As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.
And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.
In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.
Yes, I am aware that the rating for this book says 6 stars. No, it wasn’t an accident or a typo. This book was so phenomenal, I had to give it 6 stars. Sentinel was an emotional rollercoaster. The ending caused me to be an emotional wreck for several days. One because it was over and two because the events that the book ended on.
I am NOT ready to let Alex and Aiden go. I need another book or 10! Can I have an Aiden? Please? Thank you.
I haven’t mentioned this yet, but I loved the world building in the Covenant series. From the Gods, to the Underworld, everything was so well-thought out it felt like I was actually there. Since I was little, I’ve always had an interest in Greek mythology. Last year, my English teacher actually had a unit on it. Which was extremely helpful because I knew a lot of the myths and Gods mentioned in the Covenant series.
This is now my 2nd favorite series (behind the Lux series). And that says a lot because I have read a lot of amazing books. Trust me, you will not regret reading this series. Do yourself a favor and read it. :)
Today I am in the mood to post a book tag. After searching for a fun tag to do, I found The Goodreads Tag over at bookbum. I tag anyone who uses goodreads to participate in this tag!
1. What was the last book you marked as read?
The last book that I marked as read is The Struggle by L.J. Smith. The Struggle is the second book in The Vampire Diaries series. I finished reading it yesterday and I really enjoyed it!
2. What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading The Fury by L.J. Smith. It is the third book in The Vampire Diaries series. I am loving the series and I can't wait to continue with it.
3. What was the last book you marked as "to read"?
This isn't exactly the last book I marked as "to read" but all of the others didn't have covers yet. So, the almost last book that I marked as "to read" is An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare.
4. Do you use the star system?
Sometimes. I only use the star system on Goodreads when I post a review for a book (which isn't that often).
5. Are you doing the 2017 reading challenge?
Yes! This is my first year doing the Goodreads reading challenge. As of now, I have read 54 out of my challenge goal of 100.
6. Do you have a wishlist?
Nope. Well, technically, some of the books on my "to read" list are wishlist books, but not all of them as some aren't published yet.
7. Who are your favorite authors?
I have a bunch of favorite authors. They include: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Wendy Higgins, Sarah J. Maas, and Cassandra Clare.
8. Have you joined any groups?
I have joined three groups. Those groups are: Top 5 Wednesday, Bookalicious Book Club, and 2017 Big Book Summer Challenge.
9. How many Goodreads shelves do you have?
I have three Goodreads shelves: read, currently reading, and want to read. These are the basic Goodreads shelves and I haven't added any of my own shelves.
An unforgiving season. Before it comes, you'll have learned what I can and can't do. Before winter is here, you'll have joined me. You'll be mine.
-The Awakening/The Struggle by L.J. Smith
This quote is from my current read: The Struggle by L.J. Smith. I am almost done with it and it is getting really interesting. I am super excited to finish it and continue the series!
A DEADLY LOVE TRIANGLE
Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.
Stefan: brooding and myterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.
Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he'd kill to possess her.
Collected here in one volume for the first time, volumes one and two of The Vampire Diaries, the tale of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.
Hello again! This post is a book tag comparing The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. I have read and loved both of these series so I am excited to answer the questions! I tag any lover of Cassandra Clare's books to do this tag!
1. Favorite main character: Clary or Tessa?
This is a hard question for me. I am going to have to go with Tessa because I immediately loved her whereas it took my a while to love Clary.
2. Favorite Herondale: Jace or Will?
This is another hard question! For this one, I am going to choose Jace. I love Jace and Wil almost equally, but Jace is just a little bit above Will in my mind.
3. Favorite love triangle: Simon/Clary/Jace or Will/Tessa/Jem?
Definitely Will/Tessa/Jem. I really wasn't a fan of the whole Simon and Clary relationship so it wasn't even a love triangle to me. On the other hand, the Will/Tessa/Jem love triangle was a really great element to The Infernal Devices and was actually a good love triangle.
4. Better villain: Sebastian or the Magister?
I'm going to go with Sebastian for this one. Both of these choices are evil but I think Sebastian takes the gold for this question.
5. Better army: The Dark Army or The Clockwork Army?
Wow. This is yet another difficult question. The Dark Army is terrifying and wear the faces of people you may have known. The Clockwork Army is also petrifying and they are next to impossibe to kill. So, I am going to have to call this one a tie.
6. Better first book: City of Bones or Clockwork Angel?
Okay, finally, an easy question. Clockwork Angel without a doubt. City of Bones was really hard for me to get into but with Clockwork Angel I was able to jump right in and start loving the series!
7. Better female sidekick: Isabelle Lightwood or Cecily Herondale?
This is definitely going to have to go to Isabelle. It's not that I don't love Cecily, I just really love the element that Isabelle brings to the series.
8. Better setting: The New York Institute or The London Institute?
Hm... I am not quite sure I'd like to live in either of the institutes but, if I have to pick, I would rather live in The New York Institute.
9. Better last book: City of Heavenly Fire or Clockwork Princess?
This is yet another hard question. Both books broke my heart at some point or another but I was more satisfied with the ending of City of Heavenly Fire so I am going to have to say that City of Heavenly Fire is the better last book.
10. Better final epilogue: City of Heavenly Fire or Clockwork Princess?
As I stated above, I was more satisfied with the ending of CoHF. I really loved both endings but City of Heavenly Fire comes out on top!
I decided to not include the tie in the calculation of points so this is out of 9 instead of 10.
TMI: 6 points
TID: 3 points
Wow, long time no It's Monday! What are you Reading? post! It's been a super long time since I've posted something like this. However, today I am here and ready to update you on what I am currently reading! I am also updating my blog layout a little and may post a tag today as well, so keep an eye out for that! :)
Now onto what I am reading, I am actually reading a few books at once. The first book that I am reading is Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I have been reading it for a while now and am taking a short break because I wanted to read a different book. I will probably start it again soon!
The next book I am reading is No Plain Rebel by M.C. Frank. This is a book that I am reading for review and I am really enjoying it so far. The last book that I am reading is The Struggle by L.J. Smith. It is the second book of The Vampire Diaries and although it is very different from the show, I am having a nice time reading it!
Whatever you do, don't break my brother's heart. You are his world. And if you leave it, it will destroy him.
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant, #4
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Mythology
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Date Published: April 4, 2013
Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.
Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.
The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.
Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.
In this book, we really get to see how strong Alex really is. And let me tell you, she is one of the strongest book characters ever. And I’m not just talking about being physically strong, I am talking about mental and emotional strength. It is amazing how strong she really is. Alex is such an empowered female character and it is awesome.
I’m not sure, but I think that the Lux series might’ve been mentioned in this book. It says,
“I dropped down on the cushion beside Lea and picked up the book she’d been reading. Turning the book over, my brows flew up as I got an eyeful of the hottie on the cover. “Wait. Is this book about aliens?”
She snatched it back from me. “Yes.”
“But they’re hot aliens.” She tapped on the guy’s face with one thin finger. “He can be my ET any day.”
Doesn’t that sound like Daemon from the Lux??
Anyways, I love the difference between the beginning and end of this book. The evolution in Alex’s character throughout Apollyon is so intense. It’s really hard to explain without spoiling the events of the previous books, so you will just have to read it for yourself to understand what I mean.
Trust me when I say this, you will not be disappointed with this series. It was so incredible, it brought me out of a reading slump. If you haven’t read the Covenant series, you are seriously missing out.