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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 l…

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 p…

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 beca…

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 sta…

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 o…

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 …

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 …

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 d…

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. …

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

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? 

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…

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…