Friday, July 29, 2016

Book Review: The One by Kiera Cass

Goodreads summary: The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

My feelings toward this book is a lot different than the first two. America is still not the most likable character to me but I liked her a whole lot better in this one. The writing was better with this story and I actually didn't want to throw the book across the room. 

I wished that the whole idea with the rebels were a bit more detailed and drawn out especially towards the end. I felt the ending was rushed a bit but I did like the way it ended with Maxon and America. I liked that Aspen got his happily ever after as well. He really deserved it. 

I liked that the girls had a heart to heart moment and we each saw where everyone was coming from even though it was kind of predictable.  I was thrown for a loop though. For the sake of spoilers I am not going to mention because there may be a select few like I was that did not read this series and I don't want to spoil it. Just know that I might have shed a tear or two. 

The author is a good writer but her characters are obnoxious. I don't think I will read the Heir and The Crown but we will see.

Rating 4 Stars

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Book Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

Goodreads Summary: The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.

My feelings for this series is definitely not what I had hoped for. It is not bad at all but it is just not my cup of tea. Now we have only six girls that are the Elites. Time is quickly dying down and there is only a matter of time when there is only one girl standing.  The conflict between the southerners and northerners is still rising high and the future basically lies with Maxon. A few spoilers are in this review. I hardly ever write reviews with spoilers but for the sake of an honest review I need to put them in it. 

I did not like America in this book at all. I tried to understand how she feels with Aspen showing up in her life once she made a decision to let those feelings go and move on with her life and maybe her feelings for Maxon. But the more I kept reading I wanted to throw the book because to me she was so inconsiderate about Maxon and Aspen. I know she has a lot going on but some of the decisions that she made was just reckless and crazy. She was more mature in the first one than this one.  
There was one part when she stumbled upon Celeste kissing Maxon and she basically had a fit. She wanted to break of everything with Maxon and wanted to go home. While I was reading that part I was saying to myself...did she just not forget that she was all over Aspen just a few chapters earlier? She would get jealous of Maxon being with other girls but at the same time she still has not told Maxon about Aspen nor has she been completely honest with him in the first place. She was basically playing with each boys heart saying that she needed time. Giving false hope is not cute America...its not.

Maxon is probably the only character that I feel sorry for. He knows what he wants and he lets it be known pretty clearly. I want him happy and sitting here waiting for someone that doesn't give him the same consideration is not for him. In this book I was rooting for Kriss. He also has other duties that he has to be concerned with and dealing with his awful father is a pain. I truly felt sorry and I want what is best for him. The whole situation with Marlee and Carter was hurtful but he did what he felt was best. I honestly knew that he had another alternative he would have done it hands down. He would do anything for America. He just needed her trust and for her to understand.

Aspen is really seeing the mistake that he made and I can commend him for going for what he knew he lost but I did understand why he pushed America in the first place. I just know that he really was not expecting her to be chosen. I don't really know what more to say about Aspen. 

Even though this is not a series to my particular liking it still is ok. I guess my reading taste have changed since I first picked up the first book in the series when it came out. Well, that is enough rambling.....on to the next book.

Rating 3 Stars


Monday, July 25, 2016

Discussion Post #3 When did you find your love for reading?

I have been an avid reader for a good while but I did not start out as one. In fact, I hated reading. I never gave it a chance and as I said in the previous discussion post anytime I am forced to read something it just makes me want to not read it even more.

I was about 13 and I remember one of my best friends was reading Harry Potter and I asked her why was she reading it. She looked at me like I had grown an eye in the middle of my forehead. In reality all I was seeing was the length of the book. At the time, I was very intimidated by how long a book was. Fast forward a couple of years I went to a library program and they were showing Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets. Long story short....I loved the movie. The librarian told me if I loved the movie I would most definitely love the book. I checked them out and I totally understood why my best friend loved them. They were simply amazing and I so desperately wanted my letter to come in the mail.

I went into a reading slump because I wanted something that was just as good as Harry Potter. So my reading endeavors ended. When I was 15 going on 16 I had some personal issues going on and I needed a way for "escape" I picked up The Princess Diaries and again I fell in love with an awesome series. When I turned 16 I stared working for my public library and I befriended the teen librarian there. She introduced to me new genres and authors and different worlds that I knew I had to be apart of. Now I am a Y.A. librarian and I love being one. I get to introduce the same worlds to people just as I was. I found out that I love paranormal and fantasy especially paranormal romance. They were my outlets and I couldn't have found a better one.

I always say reading is like a train of indefinite possibilities. Even if you read for five minutes those five minutes are introductions to worlds of imagination.

When did you discover that you loved reading? Have you always been an avid reader? I would love to hear your stories.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Goodreads Summary: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

This is one of the series that I needed to finish. I started this when it first came out and never picked it back up. I'm going to finish this series and try to finish it before the month is out. 

I started the audio version of this book but I really didn't like the narrator so I picked up the book instead and that was much better. America Singer is a character that I really liked. She is very stubborn but has a big heart as well. America has entered into the Selection of 35 girls to win over the heart of prince Maxon but for America, she does not want to win him over. She only did it because of Aspen and to appease him she felt she should not thinking that she would be picked. Later on in the story she is finding more of herself.

I liked prince Maxon but didn't love him and I felt the same way with Aspen but I felt a better connection with America and Maxon than I did with her and Aspen. The characters didn't really grow on me as much as I wanted them to but I still have to read the next two in the trilogy. 

I really thought the writing was good and the flow of the story. This has a great bachelor feeling to it as well so if you like to watch that tv show you might like this. There is a bit of action but not a lot. With this being the first book it is more of an intro to the trilogy. I hope to see more when I continue reading. 

Rating? 3.5 Stars
Recommend? Yes

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Discussion #2 Intimidating Books?

It is very obvious that I love to read. I have my favorites and not so favorites but there are some books that I am or feel particularly intimidated by.

One: High Fantasy. I know this type of genre is on a lot of bloggers/readers list. The length of the book does not bother me at all especially if I love the book. Its the story itself. If there is a whole lot going on as far as realms, providence, and kingdoms I have a hard time keeping up with what characters belong where and the different back grounds. I sometimes feel like I won't get a full grasp on the understanding of the story. I often have to reread a part or come back to it at a later time.

Also, if there is a dictionary for the terminology of said genre, I often shy away from that as well. The reason is most of the time I can hardly pronounce the places or the names that are written and like I said before if I have to keep referring to the glossary I lose interest. I try to read them because it is good to sometimes get out of my usual comfort zone but I am very picky when it comes to high fantasy.

Two: Graphic Novels. I know a lot of people that love them. In fact, I get asked almost everyday whenever new graphic novels come to the library. I guess it is because I waited so late in my adult life to try to read them that I feel like they are just not for me. Especially comics like Marvel and D.C. I don't know what character belongs to which universe and its rather a lot to keep up with. With Manga and Anime, I have a hard time trying to read them because they are read from right to left. I'm one of those that wish I have a love of this type of genre but I don't think it will happen but you know what they say...never say never!

Three: Classics. The only classics that I have read are the ones that were required of me to read in school. I read for entertainment and the fact that I was forced to read something that I didn't made me kinda shy away from them as well. I think if I was made to read them then I might have picked them up for myself. I remember reading a quote.
"A classic is something that everybody wants to have read but never has"
I don't remember who said this quote but it is true. I guess I am one of these people.

I would love to hear from any of you guys of any books/genres that you may feel the same way about. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Series I need to finish or start

So, I have it bad with catching on to series that are so popular or hyped up. I see how good the reviews are and how everyone raves about them but I don't pick them up to read until much later on or I read so many reviews about them that I feel I don't need to read them. Also, I have it bad with starting a series and not finishing it. Especially if I read book 1 and book 2 comes out a year or so later. I have other books that I want to read and just put the books that are apart of the series further down the line. By the time I want to get to book two, I don't remember the story and I have to go back and reread book one. I hope to break that little cycle one day. But here are some series that I need to read or need to finish.

Under the Never Sky Series

I see this as a favorite on a lot of bloggers list. I haven't read it. Its not that I don't want to I just never picked it up. I hope to change that before the year is out.

The Selection Series

I started this series when it first came out and it is one of those that just got put further down on the TBR pile. Obviously I don't remember anything about it when I read it the first time so I am rereading bk1 and planning on finishing it.

The Throne Glass Series

I started watching booktube (youtube) and I saw this book circulating all over the booktube atmosphere. I saw how great it was and realized that I am so far behind on reading this series. The funny thing is...I bought bk one last month and I still have not read it.

The Sweet Trilogy
I remember reading book 1 and maybe book 2 but I know I will just have to start over and finish this series out. I can't really tell you the synopsis of the story. That is absolutely sad.

The Lunar Chronicles

Again, I only read (listened) to book 1 and never went for the rest of the series. I loved book 1 and I really need to finish it.

The Delirium Series
 This is another one that I only read book 1. I really liked this book and for the life of me I don't know why I never finished the series.

There are so many others that I need to finish or start. I know I'm not the only one out there that does this. Let  me know some series that you need to finish or start.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Book Review: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Goodreads Summary: She's about to make a deal with the college bad boy...

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she's carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush's attention, she'll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice...even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

...and it's going to be oh so good

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he's worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he's all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn't take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn't going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

This is my first book that I read by Elle Kennedy. It was a light, steamy, and quick read. 
Hannah Wells is a college student that has a crush this guy in her class. She is headstrong in everything else except in the dating department and making herself available. I liked Hannah's character. She is smart, sarcastic, and lovable. Even with a hard past she is able to enjoy life and make it for it is. Her focus drives her but at times she wishes that  the one thing that she needs or wants to put the same amount of focus on came as easily as everything else and that is making herself available to her crush. 

In comes Garrett. He is the hot hockey player that obviously gets his way. He gives Hannah the ultimatum with her helping him get the grade that he needs and in return make the guy that she wants notice her. I felt like the two of them complimented each other well. The romance wasn't pushed and the more that they pushed each other the more it became an attraction. 

The writing was good. I liked the two different POVs. We get to see what is going on in Hannah's head as well as Garrett. They each have a back story and we get to understand why they feel certain ways about the situations in life. As well as how to move on and make the best of what you can.  If you like a light, hockey, and also steamy read then this New Adult novel is for you. 


Book Review: The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

Goodreads Summary: 
He’s a player in more ways than one…
College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have towork for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

This is the second installment of the Off Campus book series by Elle Kennedy. I have to say that although this one was good I liked the first one a bit more than this one. At the beginning I thought that although Logan had a crush on Hannah he still could have done a better way of handling the situation with his best friend. I also thought that the first real encounter with him and Grace was a very dickish move and he thought so as well. I don't want to spoil it so you have to read it to see what I'm talking about. 

As the story progress I understood Logan's life as he has a totally different one outside of school. He has had to grow up early and his life after college is already set. The closer it gets for the end of school the more he has to come into understanding of what he has to face. It broke my heart for him to have to deal with what he was dealing with. 

Grace at the beginning was very shy and always let others make decisions for her. Her best friend (if you would call her that) was anything but a best friend to her. It had to take hurt and betrayal for her take control of her life.

We still get to see Hannah, Garrett, and Dean. I can't wait to continue the series with Dean and Allie's story.
Rating 4Stars

Friday, July 15, 2016

Discussion #1 Sex in Y.A. Fiction

Working as a Young Adult Librarian, I get this questions about this topic asked a lot. These are some of the questions that I am asked.

Most of the time it is the parents that come to me especially the ones that have a child that is transitioning from children's fiction to Y.A. I can understand a part of what the parent is trying to do because of the age of the child. Not all of my teens parents monitor what they read but the majority of them do. So I break it down for them

1.) Y.A. stands for Young Adult. It ranges from the ages of 12-18 but it is divided. 12-14 and 15-18. If the teen falls into the 12-14 bracket I take them to the middle school section in our childrens area because it is a lot easier to find some books that will appease both parent and teen.

2.) Not ALL Y.A. is explicit and have vulgar language. It may have a few curse words. The majority of it may have some type of high school slang or something around that area and mild language but not all Y.A. is the same. I really put emphasis on this because it seems to scare the parents and most of them all ready have a mindset of Y.A. being some big naughty genre when it is definitely not.

3.) I always ask what was their favorite book or what types of genres did the teens like when they were reading childrens fiction. I then try to find books parallel to what they like. That makes it a lot easier for me because it narrows a lot down.

Just yesterday there was some complaints about A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and the detailed sex scenes that were written. It was mentioned to put it in our adult collection because of that but it is Young Adult fiction. We then put a sticker on it to say for mature teens.

To me, I'm all about the story. It doesn't matter if there are sex scenes in the story cause lets be honest...teens do have sex. The characters were 19 anyway so that makes them adults period. But as long as it doesn't take away from the story I am ok with that.

 Also, these are high school characters. A lot of us did some things in high school that we probably regret but it mold and shaped us for how we are now. I feel like if those things are not mentioned in the books it will make it less relateable for the teen reading it. I feel like if the teen is mature enough to read it then let the read whatever they want but I will not give Fifty shades to a 12 or 13 year old. I'm not saying that but do use the better judgement when it comes to that.

I'm open about your different opinions on this topic and maybe you guys could help me when explaining this to parents as well.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Book Haul!!

So here are a few books that I have gotten this month. I hope I can get to them all but we will see. These books were not mentioned on my July tbr in previous post but I have added them to it.

Diva Rules and The Girl of His Dreams by Amir Abrams
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
The way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen
Break me like a promise by Tiffany Schmidt
Life Before by Michelle Bacon
How it Ends by Cathrine Lo

Not Pictured
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oaks
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Vicious by V.E. Swab
A darker shade of Magic by V.E Swab

That is all for right now. I really hope I can finish this list or get through the majority of it. 

Book Blitz! Author Interview and Giveaway: Bottled by Carol Riggs

Friday, July 8, 2016

First Line Fridays #1

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. We encourage all of our fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.

-Grab your current read(s)
-Share the first line(s)
-Include the title and author so that other FLF participants can add the book to their TBR Lists!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

"Kell wore a very peculiar coat. It had neither one side, which would be conventional, nor two, which would be unexpected, but several, which was, of course impossible."

Feature Friday #9 Craziest thing you have done to get a book!

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

This week's Question is
"What is the craziest thing you've ever done to get your hands on a particular book?"

I haven't done anything super crazy or anything like  that but I work in a library. So that means, anytime new releases come out I'm usually one of the firsts to see what books it is. There was this one particular book that I wanted and I had been waiting on it FOREVER. For some reason I forgot to put it on hold. A patron came in and asked if we had the book in stock and I politely told her no. I took it for myself. BUT  I did place another copy on hold for her . :)

What's the craziest thing that you have done? 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Goodreads summary: Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

I. LOVE.THIS.BOOK!!! After the first one I hurried and got my hands on this one. I went through all the emotions in this story!! It wasn't like the first one where most of the action took place towards the end and with the beginning of the trials for Feyre. It was good from the beginning and definitely all the way to the end. The end??? The end??? 

So first and foremost this is not a love triangle. I didn't really care for Tamlin at all so maybe this is just my judgement but even if I did like Tamlin it still did not feel like a love triangle. In fact, he isn't present through the majority of the book. 

Feyre has matured in so many ways from the first book to now. The trials that she went through for Tamlin killed the girl that she was. The woman that she is now can't be tamed and is fierce when pushed.  A part of me could understand Tamlin and his motives but the relationship between them was toxic. Feyre didn't need that type of mess in her life. She overcame so much and the coddling needed to stop. 

Rhysand is the awesome :)). I am at lost for words for how much I love him. He treated Feyre as his equal, didn't underestimate her , and truly understood her. He was exactly what she needed even though he felt that he didn't deserve her. When he was telling her his story my freaking insides were torn out and I might have shed a tear for him. He would do anything to protect the ones that he loves. Anything. 

The description of the courts were so beautiful. I just wish I could close my eyes and winnow there. The author can do some dang good writing. I need fan art asap. LOL

Although this is considered a Y.A. novel there is some detailed sexual content written. I didn't mind but for those of you who are on the fence about that kind of stuff you might want to know. Although, it didn't take from the story at all whatsoever and it added to the goodness level. 

When I finished reading it I was like "HOLY CRAP!" and my face must have been weird because my dad was looking at me like I had grown another head. Now I have to wait a whole year to get the next book. I...just...can't....

Rating 5Stars
Recommend? Yes

Friday, July 1, 2016

June Wrap Up and July TBR!

I didn't read a lot for the month of June. I was in a really big reading slump and it seemed like everything that I read was not getting my attention. After joining bookstagram I saw a lot of people were loving the Wrath and the Dawn. That book broke the reading slump and I have read 2 books since then. So for the month of June here is what I read.

This was recommended through bookstagram to read this book and I loved it. The author is a very good writer with her descriptions of the beautiful settings. Her descriptions of the food made me hungry as well. The characters were lovable and the book itself was good
My Review

I didn't like this one as much as I did the first one. I felt like it dragged a lot in some parts but I pushed on and finished it but it was forced. It still was good and I was very happy with the ending
My Review

I picked up this book when it first came out and I never got to read it until now. They hype for this book is out of this world. I did love it and I'm currently reading the second one now
My Review

July TBR

I just started reading the second one in this series and I know I'm going to love it. I just hope to God that the reading slump does not follow because I have heard that that is exactly what happens after this book. 

I.CAN'T.WAIT.TO.READ.THIS!! I'm getting this one today and I know its going to be amazeballs. I'm having faith. But the description is right up my alley.

I don't know how I missed this one coming out but I did. The description of this book sounds so good. I've seen this on a lot of bloggers and booktubers tbr pile. 

Audio July TBR
Anna and The French Kiss ,Lola and the boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

That is all that I have for the month of July. I'm sure a book or two might get added to it but we will see. I hope I have a better reading month than I did for the month of June.