Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September TBR

Since I already completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge I figured it's time I attempt making a monthly TBR once again and try my best to follow it. I still haven't given up. I know life will only get busier for me starting this month until summer next year the reason why I am so glad I already reached my reading goal this 2015. So now I basically have a free reign over my reading pace and whatnot.

This September I'm going to include 10 titles in my TBR list but because I am a mood reader - the reason why I can never stick to a list - it's best I start loosely. So out of this 10 books I have to read AT LEAST half of it. And since I'm making a list within a list, preferably half of the books in each list.

Witchy Books

Aside from my Goodreads RC I also joined the 2015 Witches and Witchcraft Reading Challenge and so far I only read 1 book. LOL. But I still have plenty of time left this year to read 5 or more so it's okay.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

August 2015 Reads + Monthly Recap

It's past 3AM now on the first day of September. My sister has exams in the morning so she made coffee in order to stay up late and study. She managed to make one sip, declared the coffee ineffective and promptly fell asleep. On the floor. And here I am, wide awake, happily drinking her coffee. She asked me to wake her up in five minutes. As if. This girl is so hard to wake.

Whatever. Let's move on to the recap part. So this August I read 14 books and 1 novella. I was hoping to read 18 - 20 and for a while it seemed possible especially when I was reading 1 book a day on the first week but as I have predicted, it was a very busy month and stuff besides reading and blogging had to be done eventually.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

August 2015 New Releases: Part 2

New Book Releases this August 2015
*cover image links to Goodreads*

(Soul Eaters #3)
by Eliza Crewe
Published: August 17, 2015

War is here.

Full-scale war has erupted between the Crusaders and demons and even Chi has to admit isn’t going well. Like any sensible rat, Meda’s eager to abandon the sinking ship but, unfortunately, her friends aren't nearly as pragmatic. Instead, Meda’s forced to try to keep them all alive until the dust settles.

As the Crusaders take more and more drastic measures, the tables turn and Meda suddenly finds herself in the role of voice of sanity. No one is more horrified than she is. When old enemies reappear as new allies and old friends become new enemies Meda has to decide—again—whose side she’s really on.

And then the Crusaders decide that Meda should go to Hell. Literally.

Can’t a monster ever catch a break?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

COVER TREND: Purple, Pink, Orange

Purple, pink, orange -- that is my most favorite color combination of all, if the pinks and purples of this blog isn't a dead giveaway. I noticed that some of my most awaited books and favorite covers this year are pink-purple-orange so why not give them a pitch because of that ;)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

August 2015 New Releases: Part 1

New Book Releases this August 2015
*cover image links to Goodreads*

Daughter of Dusk
(Midnight Thief #2)
by Livia Blackburne
Published: August 4, 2015
The Book Depository


After learning the truth about her bloodlines, Kyra can’t help but feel like a monster.

Though she’s formed a tentative alliance with the Palace, Kyra must keep her identity a secret or risk being hunted like the rest of her Demon Rider kin. Tristam and the imprisoned assassin James are among the few who know about her heritage, but when Tristam reveals a heartbreaking secret of his own, Kyra’s not sure she can trust him. And with James’s fate in the hands of the palace, Kyra fears that he will give her away to save himself.

As tensions rise within Forge's Council, and vicious Demon Rider attacks continue in surrounding villages, Kyra knows she must do something to save her city. But she walks a dangerous line between opposing armies: will she be able to use her link to the Demon Riders for good, or will her Makvani blood prove to be deadly?

In this spellbinding sequel to Midnight Thief, Kyra and Tristam face their biggest battle yet as they grapple with changing allegiances, shocking deceit, and vengeful opponents.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Book Cover Battle: US vs UK - Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Hello! Well, it's almost 4PM where I am and... I just woke. I ALMOST had a heart attack. I was expecting it to be 11 or 12! Man. Don't get me wrong. I had a REALLY early start. So I slept around 8PM, woke up at 12 midnight, work (on my computer in my room), slept again around 9 in the morning and bam! Here we are. I live a weird life.

Anyway, today I am going to feature another US vs UK Book Cover Battle and it is going to be.... Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

I've heard so many AMAZING things about this book and I am dying to read it but why haven't I? Well, take a second to look at these covers:

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Me and My Bookshelf (33): A Slightly Bigger July Book Haul

This is where I feature the books I received, bought, gifted or won that are newly added in my physical shelf, which means no e-books and the like, and recount epic book hauling stories. It is usually posted on Saturdays.

I got so many books this month I kind of forgot what they were or even where they all are. Since I don’t have any shelf to put them I just put them back in their packaging and stash them anywhere I have space, which meant I had to go hunt for them before I made this post. Fun times.

OKAY. So I have way more books than last month’s haul. Yes, I spent WAY more than my limit but 20 books for less than $45? Oh yeah. I am a bargain shopper. The only book in this haul I bought in its original price is Ruin and Rising. I love buying and collecting books and if I don’t take the chance of buying them when they’re cheap, you’re going to find me begging on the street for more books. I mean... food.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Science Geek Appreciation Week Day 5: The Libby Garrett Intervention SNEAK PEEK

Well, here we are folks. The final day of Science Geek Appreciation Week. And what a week it's been! We've read all about The Avery Shaw Experiment, revealed the cover and got a few teasers from The Libby Garrett Intervention releasing this October, we've gotten up close and personal with Science Squad author Kelly Oram, and we've invaded Avery's and Grayson's privacy by reading their journals.

We've partied on Facebook with games, teasers, bonus material, and giveaways. (The party's still going on, so stop by the FACEBOOK EVENT and enter the giveaways before they're over.)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Science Geek Appreciation Week Day 4: The Avery Diaries

Happy Thursday everyone! Today marks day 4 of Science Geek Appreciation Week. I hope you're having as much fun with it as I am. So far we've been introduced to The Avery Shaw Experiment, we've been teased about the upcoming The Libby Garrett Intervention, and we've gotten to know a little about the author behind all the geeky goodness, Kelly Oram. Today, it's time to get to know the stars of the Spanish Fork High science club a little better with a peek in their personal journals.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Science Geek Appreciation Week Day 3: Getting to Know Kelly Oram

Well we're mid week now--half way through Science Geek Appreciation Week--and it's time to get up close and personal with the author of the Science Squad series, Kelly Oram.

If you missed any of the previous posts about The Avery Shaw Experiment or The Libby Garrett Intervention, be sure to stop by the Facebook event. Along with the posts, there's all kinds of extra bonus material, games and giveaways going on. Lots of chances to win signed books and swag, talk to the author and just have fun with other science geek loving friends. There's a new giveaway every day. CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE PARTY!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

COVER REVEAL + Teaser: The Libby Garrett Intervention by Kelly Oram

Welcome to Day 2 of Science Geek Appreciation Week with Author Kelly Oram! If you missed yesterday's post about The Avery Shaw Experiment, you can check it out HERE. And don't forget to stop by the Facebook party for all kinds of extra bonus material, games and giveaways. There's a new giveaway every day. CLICK HERE TO PARTY!

Now... On to the cover reveal for The Libby Garrett Intervention!

The Spanish Fork High Science Squad is back in this hilarious and heartwarming companion novel to The Avery Shaw Experiment.

Monday, August 3, 2015

SPOTLIGHT + Teaser: The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram

Welcome to Day 1 of Science Geek Appreciation Week with author Kelly Oram -- a fun-filled week of teasers, interviews, games, giveaways, and lots and lost of science! We're going to kick off the week by introducing you to the stars of the Spanish Fork High Science Squad -- Club President Avery Shaw and her newest recruit, Grayson Kennedy -- in their debut novel The Avery Shaw Experiment.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

July 2015 Reads + Monthly Recap

July was a blur. I can't even remember all the stuff I spent my time doing. All I know is that I finally got out of my reading slump (yay!) but it wasn't my best blogging month. I haven't even stopped by people's blogs lately but I am going to remedy that in a while. I've been blogging a lot this week though and have 5 posts scheduled for next week! How awesome is that? It's actually a good thing since I need my focus somewhere else in the coming weeks. August is going to be another busy month.

But for now, here are the books I read this July:


Friday, July 31, 2015

Midyear Updates

Hello! I haven't been a very active blogger lately but since July is almost over I figured it's time to look back to all my goals this year and check out my progress. I meant to do this at the start of the month but as I've said, blogging slump.

Anyway, I have four major goals this 2015 (not including the one that says, "I have to read more").

1. Catch up on reading - and reviewing - my review copies.
2. Start and/or finish a series.
3. Annihilate my physical TBR.
4. Don't buy more books.

I only joined two reading challenges this year:


Saturday, July 25, 2015

July 2015 New Releases: Part 2

New Book Releases this July 2015
*cover image links to Goodreads*

by Ernest Cline
Published: July 14, 2015
The Book Depository


Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.

No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?

At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Review: Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

Puddle Jumping
(Puddle Jumping #1)
by Amber L. Johnson
Published: July 29, 2014

When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional.

Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special.

Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating.

Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out.

When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls.

Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Review: In the Fast Lane by Audra North

In the Fast Lane
by Audra North
Published: July 14, 2015

Racing cars is in Kerri Hart's blood--literally, since it's the family business. But Hart Racing is in dire financial straits, and as the only female rookie driver, Kerri's sponsorship offers always tend to be of the unzipped racing-suit variety. It's a message she'd rather not sell to her young fans. But how can she afford not to?

Ranger Colt knows how to make a woman's heart race. But when his voice pops up on Kerri's headset--while she's in mid-tailspin--she's in no mood for his charms. Colt Hardware now has a significant stake in the Hart family business, and Kerri has no choice but to work with him. But when her ex-boyfriend makes a very public, tabloid-fodder scene that threatens to tarnish her image, it's Ranger who comes to the rescue. Pretending to be engaged to generate some good publicity seems like a good plan. In fact, it works--all too well. What begins as a ruse is revving up to feel a whole lot like the real thing. Will Kerri and Ranger's fake-lationship take a wild turn. . .and lead them toward the finish?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I normally don't do tags and awards. I love answering questions and doing tags and I really appreciate everyone who includes my blog but I am the worst at tagging. I just end up saying: "I tag all of you" or "I nominate everyone." Laziest person ever. Anyway, this time I was nominated by Olivia of Fluttering Pages for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award and I decided to do it because she is so nice and I'm actually looking forward to this so thank you so much, Olivia!

The Rules:

Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
Put the Award logo on your blog.
Answer the ten questions sent to you.
Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
Nominate ten blogs.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

July 2015 New Releases: Part 1

New Book Releases this July 2015
*cover image links to Goodreads*

Chasing Impossible
(Pushing the Limits #5)
by Katie McGarry
Published: July 1, 2015

Tough and independent, 17-year-old Abby lets very few people into her inner circle. It’s common knowledge in her Kentucky town that she deals drugs, but not even her closest friends know why. But when a deal goes south and Abby’s suddenly in danger, she finds herself reluctantly forced to lean on daredevil Logan—a boy whose restless spirit matches her own.

Logan has his own reasons for wanting to keep Abby at arms’ length. But he never expected to find in her the one person who might help him face the demons he’s tried so hard to run from.

Together, Abby and Logan will have to make a decision: let their current circumstances weigh them down forever…or fight for the future they both thought was impossible.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

SERIES REVIEW: The Dispossessed Trilogy by Page Morgan

The Dispossessed
by Page Morgan
Published: May 14, 2013

After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.

In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

And Grayson has gone missing.

No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.

Monday, July 6, 2015

SERIES REVIEW: Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer Trilogy
by Michelle Hodkin
Published: September 27, 2011

Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June 2015 Reads + Monthly Recap

Whew! June was... I don't even know. I have a big project I'm working on (not book or blog related) and I'm definitely feeling the pressure but lately I've been feeling so unmotivated and slump-y. I actually have plenty of time on my hands right now - to read, to blog, to do other significant things. But all I wanna do is sleep, eat, listen to music, dance and watch random Youtube videos. I guess this is my brain's way of telling me to stop for a minute and let it rest?

There are so many books I started this June but didn't finish. Not intentionally. But once I put it down, I couldn't make myself pick it up again. And you should see all the drafts of blog posts I made but left unfinished. Ugh. My laziness and procrastinating habits are at its peak and it's stressing me out. I hope it goes away real soon.

Anyway, enough chit-chat. I haven't read that many books this past month or should I say: I didn't get to finish a lot. But I was able to read 8!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

2015 Most Anticipated Books Part 2

2015 is halfway over! Well, almost but we're getting there. Before 2014 ended I made my list of most anticipated books and movies that are coming out this year. They're all out now and I've seen both The DUFF and Pitch Perfect 2 (loved them so much!) and read half of the books in that list: All Fall Down, The Storyspinner, and The Orphan Queen. So I decided to make a new one that includes all of the books I am VERY MUCH looking forward to that are going to be released on the the second half of 2015.

There are SO MANY titles I am excited about I couldn't keep myself from not clicking that damn to-read button on Goodreads and bookmarking everything. Then there was BEA and everyone who came to the event are posting pictures and talking about all of these upcoming must-haves and my mind just keeps going WANT, WANT, WANT #somuchwant. Here are my top 10:

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Me and My Bookshelf (32): June Book Haul

This is where I feature the books I received, bought, gifted or won that are newly added in my physical shelf, which means no e-books and the like, and recount epic book hauling stories. It is usually posted on Saturdays.

It's a slightly big book haul this time. So eventhough I didn't spend that much because all of these are bargain books, I will still cut back on next month's purchases because, let's be honest, a book buying ban won't work anytime soon especially since I just saw one or more titles I still want to buy that are ON SALE. For July, my range is going to be $15 - $20. No more.

Here are the books I bought this June!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

June 2015 New Releases: Part 2

New Book Releases this June 2015
*cover image links to Goodreads*

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
by Stephanie Oakes
Published: June 9, 2015
The Book Depository

With a harrowing poetic voice, this contemporary page-turner is perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, Julie Berry's All The Truth That's in Me, and the works of Ellen Hopkins.

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.

And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it's clear that Minnow knows something—but she's not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in oneself.

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