May 31, 2015

Blog Tour: The Edge of Forever by Melissa E Hurst (Review & Favorite Quotes)


The Edge of Forever

Publish Date: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Rating: 3.5 / 5

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!

Blurb:
In 2013: Sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea of how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her.

In 2146: Seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected—his dead father. The strangest part is that, according to the Department of Temporal Affairs, his father was never assigned to be in that time. Bridger’s even more stunned when he learns that his by-the-book father was there to break the most important rule of time travel—to prevent someone’s murder.

And that someone is named Alora.

Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a “ghost,” Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. If he can stop Alora’s death without altering the timeline, maybe he can save his father too.

May 28, 2015

Feature & Follow: TBR Count?

Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

The point of Feature and Follow is to meet new people & gain followers in the book blog community!

How it works: Each week, Rachel and Alison post a question for bloggers to answer, provide a bloghop link, and choose two lucky participants to feature in their blogs!


May 27, 2015

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs

Publish Date: June 7th, 2011
Publisher: Quirk
Rating: 2.5 / 5
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I purchased a copy via Amazon.

Blurb:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography.

May 26, 2015

Review: The Story of Us (Carnage #1) by Lesley Jones

Publish Date: February 14th, 2014
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 3.5 / 5

I purchased a copy via Amazon.

Blurb:
I love him, from the instant I set eyes on him when I was just 11 years old I have loved him and nothing will ever change that, he owns me, he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, we will find a way.

"Georgia Rae, when we made love you used to cry" ... He waits for me to sing my bit. I try to swallow down a sob but I just end up singing through it...
"I said I love you like the stars above, I'll love you till I die"

Carnage is an edgy coming of age love story that breaks all the rules and transcends the decades. Georgia and Sean's story will stay with you long after you read the final word. An emotional, smoking hot, gut wrenching read.

May 25, 2015

ARC Review: Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durrant

Publish Date: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Atria
Rating: 3 / 5

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Blurb:
Everyone keeps telling me I have to move on. And so here I am, walking down the road where he died, trying to remember him the right way.

A year after her husband Zach's death, Lizzie goes to lay flowers where his fatal accident took place.

As she makes her way along the motorway, she thinks about their life together. She wonders whether she has changed since Zach died. She wonders if she will ever feel whole again.

At last she reaches the spot. And there, tied to a tree, is a bunch of lilies. The flowers are addressed to her husband. Someone has been there before her.

Lizzie loved Zach. She really did.

But she's starting to realise she didn't really know him.

Or what he was capable of . . .

May 21, 2015

Feature & Follow: Writing Reviews

Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

The point of Feature and Follow is to meet new people & gain followers in the book blog community!

How it works: Each week, Rachel and Alison post a question for bloggers to answer, provide a bloghop link, and choose two lucky participants to feature in their blogs!


May 20, 2015

Let's Discuss: When You Just Aren't Feeling an ARC

In the past 2 weeks, I have DNFed more ARCs than I want to admit.
It feels awful. I can't even begin to imagine the time and effort that go into writing a book, only for some readers to not even finish the ARC you kindly provided them, for free!!

May 17, 2015

Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Publish Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: 3.5 / 5

I purchased a copy via Amazon.

Blurb:
I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.

THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME.

IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW

AND I WILL DESTROY YOU.

Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

May 14, 2015

Feature & Follow: Organizing Books

Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

The point of Feature and Follow is to meet new people & gain followers in the book blog community!

How it works: Each week, Rachel and Alison post a question for bloggers to answer, provide a bloghop link, and choose two lucky participants to feature in their blogs!


May 13, 2015

Let's Discuss: The Goodreads Rating Scale-- Love it or Hate it?


The look on Neil Patrick Harris' face and the disappointing sigh at the end perfectly describes how I feel about the Goodreads rating scale.

May 12, 2015

Booklover Buys: Harry Potter Themed Party Ideas

Booklover Buys is a post I do every Tuesday to share all the awesome bookish stuff I see while searching the internet.

Every week, I share book-related items of a certain theme or from a specific website.

This week's theme is: Things to Buy When Hosting a Harry Potter Themed Party.

The list includes decoration, food, and drink ideas.

May 10, 2015

Review: Lost and Found (Lost and Found #1) by Nicole Williams

Publish Date: May 7th, 2013
Publisher: Smashwords Edition
Rating: 2 / 5
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Downloaded a free copy from Amazon.


Blurb:

There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling.

After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs Ranch. Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen ranch hands and mucking out horse stalls are the last things in the world Rowen wants to spend her summer doing.

Until Jesse Walker saunters into her life wearing a pair of painted-on jeans, a cowboy hat, and a grin that makes something in her chest she’d thought was frozen go boom-boom. Jesse’s like no one else, and certainly nothing like her. He’s the bright and shiny to her dark and jaded.

Rowen knows there’s no happily-ever-after for the golden boy and the rebel girl—happily-right-now is a stretch—so she tries to forget and ignore the boy who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to feel. But the more she pushes him away, the closer he seems to get. The more she convinces herself she doesn’t care, the harder she falls.

When her dark secrets refuse to stay locked behind the walls she’s kept up for years, Rowen realizes it’s not just everyone else she needs to be honest with. It’s herself.

May 8, 2015

Review: Eyes Turned Skyward (Flight & Glory #2) by Rebecca Yarros

Publish Date: December 8th, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Rating: 4 / 5

I won a copy via a giveaway. Thank you, Jess @ JessTimeToRead!

Blurb:
Since her sister's death, twenty-year-old Paisley Donovan, who shares her sister’s heart condition, is treated like delicate glass by her parents. But nothing will stop her from completing her Bucket List—even if it kills her. And it almost does, until Jagger Bateman pulls her from the ocean and breathes more than air into her lungs—he sets her soul on fire.

Jagger is enrolled in the country's toughest flight school. He's wickedly hot, reckless, and perfect for a girl looking to live life to the fullest. Except that Paisley is the commanding general's daughter, and her boyfriend is Jagger's biggest rival. Now Paisley must decide just how much to risk for a guy who makes her heart pound a little too hard.

They're flying through dangerous territory—and one wrong move could make them crash and burn...

Feature & Follow: Deciding What Books to Read

Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

The point of Feature and Follow is to meet new people & gain followers in the book blog community!

How it works: Each week, Rachel and Alison post a question for bloggers to answer, provide a bloghop link, and choose two lucky participants to feature in their blogs!


May 7, 2015

Review: Bright Side (Bright Side #1) by Kim Holden

Publish Date: July 4th, 2014
Publisher: Do Epic LLC
Rating: 4 / 5

I purchased a copy on Amazon.

Blurb:
Secrets.
Everyone has one.
Some are bigger than others.
And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you ...
And some will end you.

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

They both feel it.
But they each have a reason to fight it.
They each have a secret.

And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you ...
And some will end you.

Review: Full Measures (Flight & Glory #1) by Rebecca Yarros

Publish Date: February 10th, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Rating: 4 / 5

I won a copy via a giveaway. Thank you, Jess @ JessTimeToRead!

Blurb:
Three knocks can change everything...

"She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead."

Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart.

Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.

Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.

May 6, 2015

ARC Review: From the Ashes (Legend of the Liberator #1) by Shelby K Morrison

Publish Date: May 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


I received an Advance Reader Copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Blurb:
For eighteen years Aia Wynnald has lived a lie. Raised as a highborn in the Kingdom of Tharien, she’s filled her days with tutors and archery lessons. But simmering beneath her polite surface is a dangerous gift, one which she must keep a secret. Aia is a Bender. And in Tharien, Benders are feared and hunted.

When her unruly power breaks free with dire repercussions, Aia’s lifelong goal of independence shatters. As she scrambles to piece her life back together while evading capture, she disturbs a vengeful force intent on destroying the kingdom.

Now, with the help of an unlikely ally, Aia will decide the fate of Tharien. To rescue those she cares about will require accepting what she is. But can she risk becoming the monster she’s dreaded to save the very citizens baying for her blood?

ARC Review: Undertow (Undertow #1) by Michael Buckley

Publish Date: May 5th, 2015
Publisher: HMH Children's Book Group
Rating: 4.5 / 5

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Blurb:
Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s only hope of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.

Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga, a blend of District 9 and The Outsiders.

Let's Discuss: #bookwormproblems (Oh, & I'm Back From My Honeymoon!)


Wedding stress is finally over and I'm back from Hawaii, you guys! There were a few hiccups before the wedding- like accidentally shattering my phone on the concrete while trying to call my parents who got lost with my wedding dress!- Other than that, what a beautiful day!

Hawaii was amazing, too! The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort was absolutely gorgeous! I'll try to post some pictures soon!

Also, thank you for visiting the posts I scheduled for while I was gone! I appreciate every comment and I will respond and visit your blogs throughout the rest of this week!



On another note, while I was daydreaming by the pool during my honeymoon, I started thinking of how relaxing it was to be free of book struggles for the week. For example, spending hours adding new books on Goodreads, having a whole list of books to read next but never abiding by it, etc.
If you're a bookworm like me,
you can probably relate to these #bookwormproblems I've experienced:

May 4, 2015

Booklover Buys: Society6 Finds

Booklover Buys is a post I do every Tuesday to share all the awesome bookish stuff I see while searching the internet.

Every week, I share book-related items of a certain theme or from a specific website.

This week's theme is bookish finds from the website Society6.