Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cover Reveal for ACOWAR!

This book right here?..........It will destroy me. I know it will. I just know. We have waited so long for this and I will try my best not to devour this when I get it because I want to sit and fully enjoy and invest myself in it but there are so many questions that I feel are going to be answered and of course more are going to rise.

Also can we talk about the drama?! We all know how ACOMAF ended and I don't want to spoil it if some of you all haven't read it but we know that there is going to be some MESS! This is when the s*** just got real. Seriously. I have a bunch of scenarios as to how this book can play out but I'm going to keep cool and go with the flow.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Java and the Librarians Ep. 1: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Our first episode of Java and the Librarians was a great success! We had so much fun discussion our thoughts, opinions, and feels of this book. Although we did have a few technical difficulties it was still so much fun. I cannot wait until the next one for next month.

For February we will be reading Save me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald.
Goodreads summary: One of the great literary curios of the 20th century, Save Me the Waltz is the first and only novel by the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. During the years when her husband was working on Tender is the Night—which many critics consider his masterpiece—Zelda Fitzgerald was preparing her own story. The novel strangely parallels events from her husband’s life, throwing a fascinating light on Scott Fitzgerald and his work. In its own right, it is a vivid and moving story—centered upon the confessional of a famous glamour girl of the affluent 1920s and an aspiring ballerina—that captures the spirit of an era


If you have not watched our first episode then tune in for that. 
Remember you can use our hashtag #javandlibrarians on all your social media platforms with your questions or comments and we will answer them live


Friday, January 13, 2017

A Series of Unfortunate Events Release!

Netfix just got real. I have been waiting for this to finally come on netflix and I'm going to binge watch this sucker till its crazy!

I watched the movie when it came out a while back and I really liked it. I know there was some disappointments with it because of how off it was from the books but I hadn't read them at the time. With this series, it seems to be kinda true to the story but we all will see.












At first when it was announced that Neil Patrick Harris was going to be cast I didn't really see it. But when I saw the trailer I could see it was a good fit.






Then the Baudelaire children are cast good too. I think the whole cast is good but I haven't seen it yet. I'm just going off of the pics and trailer. I can't wait to see it and I hope it turns out to be good!








Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday #1: 2017 Debut Authors That You Are Excited For?


These are some of my top 5 debut authors books that I am currently waiting for. 😊



Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.


Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya a poison maiden is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.





Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world. 

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price? 

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution. 

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?


Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby's powers are unpredictable, and she's not sure she's willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king's tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.




It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?

But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him—from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany—the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Book Review: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Goodreads Summary: She's a mortal with dark powers...

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude...until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire...

He's the Prince of Night...

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames


Urban fantasy and PNRs are my go to genres. I'm mostly in Y.A. but I enjoyed reading this book. Leila suffered from a tragic accident that made her turn away from her dreams and gain some electric/psychic  powers. She uses her powers to gain insight to a person's darkest secrets or memories through a single touch by touching something of value to the person. Once she gets kidnapped she is forced to make a telepathic connection to the most feared Vampire.

I started out reading this by listening to the audio book then a little past half way through the story I picked up the physical copy. This does have the usually trope of Urban Fantasys and Urban PNRs but like I said this is the type of genre that I love. Leila is strong character. She is human but because of her powers she feels like it has taken over life and caused her to live in solitude and away from the people she loves. She puts those she loves in before her and will stand up to anyone that gets in her way.

Vlad is the Prince of Night and the most feared Vampire. He is known for his ruthlessness. He has a dark past that is shown in some parts through the story. He and Leila are somewhat of a perfect match. He is upfront about the expectations and the things that he can give on an emotional level but does not want Leila to expect more. 

The plot fell for me a little bit. I think I was expecting a bit more. There were times I felt like the majority of the story was drawn out and the action was rushed especially towards the end. But I do understand that this is part of a series so that might be just how book one is set up. 

I know I'm way late with reading this series but I did enjoy it and I'm ready to move on to book two.

Rating 3.5

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Inkitt Android App Release!

Back in November, I helped promote Inkitt's app release  for the iPhone with promises of an android app as well. Today is the day for android users because the app has finally launched!

For those of you that do not know what Inkitt is, it is an indie digital library that you can download for free through google play.  It has a host of upcoming and aspiring authors that have their work at the touch of your fingertips. With only being in operation for a little over a half a year, Inkitt's audience has grown to be over 700,000 readers world wide! This user friendly app is great for when you are on the go and you need to satisfy you reading cravings right at that moment.

Also, Inkitt is breaking way into publishing and I have had the pleasure to read and review one of their books. Check out some of the screenshots down below and if you would like to read my review for one of their publications I Was A B**** click here.



























To download the app click on the link below
 https://inkitt.app.link/androidglobal

(Disclaimer, this promotional post is purely my own thoughts and opinions and was on a volunteering basics.) , 

Friday, January 6, 2017

2017 Anticipated Reads

I have a bucket load of books that I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on this year. These are my top anticipated reads for the year.

#1 A Court of Wings and Ruins.
Of course this is my number one spot. My poor heart was RUINED in the last book. I won't say to much because of major spoilers but this book is highly on my anticipated reads. I'm such ACOTAR trash till its unreal. I'm soo addicted to the fan art that I have a dedicated board on pinterest and I keep pictures in my book journal and planner. Its crazy...I know













#2 Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Now, I don't know to much about this and that is kind of haow I wanted this one to be. All I know is that it is compared to the Night Circus which I am currently reading and I like it so far. Also, this feels like a dark, magical, and intense book which I love.














#3 Strange the Dreamer by Lani Taylor

This was on my radar when I first heard about it early last year. This sounds like a great epic fantasy. Again, this one is something that I don't know to much about and that is the way I want to go in with this one as well.

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#4 Roseblood by A.G. Howard

This author is known for her retelling of Alice in Wonderland Splintered Series. I didn't finish it but what I did read I really enjoyed it. Roseblood is a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. I love the Phantom of the Opera musical and movie. When I heard about this I had to add it to my list.
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#5 Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Our Dark Duet is the next installment from Monsters of Verity.  I loved this Savage Song and all its Glory. It had a Sin City vibe with monsters in it. It was also dark, intense, and very captivating. The synopisis of of Our Dark Duet seems to promise the same thing. It takes place six months after This Savage song. I needed this book the day after I finished the first one.














Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Book Review: Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

I received this ebook by the author through netgalley in exchange for an honest review:
Goodreads summary: Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life. 

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black. 

Black to cover the blood. 

And she can fight. 

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls. 

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.


Once I started reading this, I almost finished it in one sitting! I could not put it down and I was fully investing into the story. It grabs your attention and leaves you on the edge of your seat. It is compared to Black Swan and Fight Club and I can see the similarities. 

At the beginning after missing for two weeks,  Rachel wakes up in a ditch. She is covered in blood and is bruised up. Worse is that she has no memory of how she got in the ditch as well as the not remembering the previous year. She has definitely changed. She lost her best friend and she is dating a guy named Dylan.

The setting was good for this story. Lately I have been into the darker genres of Y.A. fiction and this has that as well as the intense grit part of it. The development of the story kept building and became more engaging. There is mention of drugs, sex, and all those things that fall into those categories. I have no problem with it but its just to put it out there. 

The writing was good and I look forward to reading more from this author. 
Rating 4Stars

Sunday, January 1, 2017

January Reading/Blog Goals

This year I promised myself that I would be more consistent with with my blog and stepping out of my comfort zone. I want to branch out more in the blogging community and also on the booktube community. I have a couple of goals that I want to stick to and I have another huge announcement that I have working on for the past couple of weeks. I will talk about that in just a few.



Goal #1 More TAGs. 
I love watch tags on youtube and reading them on others blogs. There are so much fun and it is an easy way to make blogger friends.

Goal # 2 Participate in READ-A-Thons
I did my first read-a-thon in September on the blog Wishful Endings. It was two weeks which was better for me at the time than one week. I had so much fun participating in the challenges. I also joined the goodreads group and twitter discussion. That was my first time doing that and I look forward to doing more.

Goal # 3 Have set Posts Dates
This is something that I have to play around with to see what days work best. Most blogger/vloggers do the MWF and that seems good. But there are some times when I am in reading slumps or blog slumps and I am at a lost on what to post. I want to incorporate new things than just the monthly wrap up and TBRs.

Goal # 4 Read 100 books for 2017
With this goal it always changes. The most I can get to is around 60. This past year I felt like I was in more reading slumps than books that I have read and I hate that. I want to complete this goal and maybe do a little more. I admire the bloggers/vloggers that read 200 plus. To me, thats like freaking Jedi powers.

Goal # 5 Booktube
I did not know that booktube (youtube) existed until I was looking up book reviews for work. I have binged watch so many videos and I have a favorites miles and miles high. I have a channel but I'm doing some work on it first. This is something that I have wanted to do for a long time.

This also brings me into my announcement. I have been working with an awesome booktuber, Julie from Pages and Pens, and Lauren who is my co-worker. We are going to be doing a monthly live show called Java and the Librarians. It will be a full in depth book discussion on the book that we choose for that particular month. We also have a twitter so you guys and tweet us your thoughts, opinions, and questions. I'm so excited to be doing this. Like I said, I want to come out of my comfort zone and this is step one.

Java and the Librarians
Ep 1: Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas
1/21/17 @3:00pm CST 
Twitter #java&librarians
The show link and Julie's YouTube is on the picture




What are your goals for the new year?

Happy New Year! I pray you all have a great prosperous year!!

Favorite books of 2016

Happy New Year!!!! I'm so thankful for another year and I hope you all are having a great start of the new year. This is a recap of the books that I fell in love with in the year 2017.

These are books that I absolutely adore and love from the bottom of my heart! Especially ACOMAF and Everything, Everything.