Saturday, January 30, 2016

January 2016 New Releases: Part 2

New Book Releases this January 2016
*cover image links to Goodreads*

We Are the Ants
by Shaun David Hutchinson
Published: January 19, 2016
The Book Depository

There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t.

Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.

What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

The question is whether Henry thinks the world is worth saving. That is, until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

GFC Followers Drop

Unlike my Instagram or Twitter I don't have as many followers on Google Friend Connect (GFC) so it's easy to notice when someone unfollows.

Yesterday, when I opened my Blogger account I found out someone unfollowed me. Or that's what I thought, at least. I wasn't that sure so I left it alone. I don't really mind the small following - I get steady pageviews and comments on my blog so I know it's not that lonely in here ;) But just a few minutes ago, my GFC followers had a sudden drop. More than 10 unfollows at once! That has never happened in my almost four years of blogging. Until now. At first I thought maybe I offended people with one of my posts, or maybe Blogger is removing inactive accounts. Ha! Close enough.

If this happened to you recently and you are also wondering, here's why:

Monday, January 25, 2016

[RELEASE WEEK BLITZ] Review + Giveaway: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

COVER REVEAL + Giveaway: The Blood of the Hydra by Michelle Madow

Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra is the second novel in Michelle Madow’s Elementals series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Where I Live... I Love It Here

Let's talk about something random and personal for a bit. In books, a lot of the characters I've met have expressed the notion of moving away. To escape, the need for space, independence, freedom, adventure... There are plenty of reasons.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

January 2016 New Releases: Part 1

New Book Releases this January 2016
*cover image links to Goodreads*

Thief of Lies
(Library Jumpers #1)
by Brenda Drake
Published: January 5, 2015
The Book Depository

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

My Current Feel-Good Playlist

I believe the last time I made a music related post was almost a year ago *cringe*
Anyway, here are some of the songs that are currently in my feel-good playlist.

"Verge" by Owl City ft. Aloe Blacc

I love Owl City's Mobile Orchestra album. Verge is one of my most favorite and Aloe Blacc's voice is amazing! It is also because of this song that I discovered People Are Awesome's channel on Youtube.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Clean Slate Read-a-Thon Progress Report

Clean Slate Read-a-Thon has officially started and I decided to make a separate post for my updates rather than putting it in my sign-up post. This will include my goals and progress throughout the read-a-thon week which I will hopefully be able to update daily.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Goodreads Awards Challenge 2016

The challenge is to read as many 2015 Goodreads Awards nominees as you can and I sure-as-heck am joining. The 2015 awards was a sad event for me. Out of all the books nominated, I have only read more or less five. How fun is that? So this challenge is pretty much perfect for catching up on the books everyone else is loving aka 2015 books that I marked as to-read who knows how long ago but still didn't pick up when they finally came out.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Review: Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Illusions of Fate
Illusions of Fate
by Kiersten White
Published: September 9, 2014

Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Me and My Bookshelf: My Last 2015 Book Haul

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

Friday, January 1, 2016

December 2015 Reads + Monthly Recap

HAPPY NEW YEAR! How is 2016 for you so far? I hope it's good. Me, not so much. I've been sick this past week and currently my voice sounds funny as hell. I can't speak too loud because it hurts.

Moving on to the books I read in the last month of 2015:

The Girlfriend Request Not Okay Cupid The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals, #1) Trial by Fire (Worldwalker, #1)

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