August 15, 2017

TTT #78: YA Books I Recommend to a Non-YA Reader


This week's topic was to make some kind of recommend reading list. One of the examples given was to recommend books to people who don't normally read YA, and I just couldn't resist. I think YA can be for people of all ages, and I am annoyed when people judge adults for reading them. This list is for all those people who haven't yet given YA books a try.


1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
2. Torn Away by Jennifer Brown
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
5. Mosquitoland by David Arnold


6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
8. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
9. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
10. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Tell Me Below: Which books would you add to my list?


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August 11, 2017

Mini Romance Reviews: Suddenly Engaged, Breathless, Scoring Wilder


Suddenly Engaged by Julia London
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Suddenly Engaged has an adorable child at its core, the one reason that really makes the book worth reading. Ruby is the adorable six-year-old child of Kyra, Dax's new neighbor. Ruby is always climbing over or under or around Dax's fence in order to pet his dog Otto. Dax isn't a fan of this behavior at first and has a few choice words to say to Kyra, but over time his neighbors grow on him. He becomes less of a grump as they charm their way into his heart. Although I enjoyed the romance between Dax and Kyra and the appropriate amount of drama, the story wasn't all that unique. I loved Ruby, Kyra, and Dax, but found the minor characters to be completely lacking. I still enjoyed the romance, but I was hoping it would be as interesting as its synopsis promised.



Breathless by Leigh LaValle
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Romances have been my go to when I need a break from grad school, and this book was just what I needed! It not only made me want to get back into yoga, but it made me smile. Hannah and Jake are a fun couple to cheer on. After an incredible meet cute where they part ways without a way to contact one another, they get one more chance at love when they meet once again. Hannah lost everything after a horrible break up and invests her last bit of money into a yoga studio, and Jake just so happens to be the guy working on the unfortunate untimely renovations of the building where her yoga studio resides. The chemistry between these two while Hannah gives Jake private yoga lessons is sizzling. Hannah is down to earth and relatable while Jake is sexy and sweet. I will be reading more books by this author. Breathless is a fun book that will have you laughing, smiling, sighing, and fanning yourself. Enjoy!


Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey
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Scoring Wilder is a well written forbidden love story. I was in the mood for a New Adult Romance and found exactly what I was looking for in Scoring Wilder. Kinsley is a really good soccer player and hopes to make the Olympic team, and then her life gets a little more complicated. When she meets famous soccer star Laim Wilder at a party, what starts as a harmless crush becomes a problem when she finds out he is going to be her coach for part of the season. Kinsley and Wilder are great together and I enjoyed their forbidden romance. I also thought that the supporting cast of Kinsley's teammates helped add some depth and laughs to the story. This is another case where I will be trying more books by this author.


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August 7, 2017

Make Me Read It Readathon: Results & Updates

Hosted by Ely @ Tea and Titles & Val @ The Innocent Smiley

RESULTS


Updates

Sunday: I read and finished my first book, Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer. I LOVED it! I can never get enough of the Lunar Chronicles crew. I also got about 20 pages through There's Someone Inside Your House.

Monday: I finished book two, There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins! It would make a perfect fall read. A great choice for fans of the movie Scream!

Tuesday: Instead of reading, my husband and I went to see Spider-Man Homecoming. It was a lot of fun! The new guy that plays Spider-Man is adorkable.

Wednesday: This is the second day that I didn't have time to read. :( Stupid being an adult with work and such.

Thursday: Nothing. I chose to blog instead. I don't regret this because school will start up again soon and I want some posts ready to go.

Friday: Nothing.

Saturday: I had a bachelorette party. Nothing.

Sunday: My parents came to visit. I only got 40 pages into my third book. :(

Total: I only read two books! This did not go as planned, but I had a busy weekend. I am hoping to read the next two on the list over this coming week.



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August 5, 2017

Mini Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Length: 393 pages
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Publisher: Philomel Books
Source: I met the author and received a free copy last year at BEA.
My Rating:

Goodreads Summary: Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets. Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war. As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom. Yet not all promises can be kept. Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

My Review

Salt to the Sea in Three Words: Heartbreaking. Memorable. Brave.

Salt to the Sea is a novel I won't soon forget. Compassion, survival, the horrors of war, and memorable characters, makes for one captivating read.

I read Salt to the Sea in one day. It has short chapters making it a page turner. This book is based off a devastating true story in history that many may not know.

The Verdict: This book is sure to stand the test of time, and would be a great read for teens and adults alike looking for their next historical fiction.

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July 23, 2017

Make Me Read It Readathon | Sign Up & Poll

Hosted by Ely @ Tea and Titles & Val @ The Innocent Smiley
Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you've borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I'd pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.

When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there's a tie, then it's your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible. 

When does it start?

The Make Me Read It Readathon will start on August 6th and end on August 13th. You can start once it hits 12am in your time zone. The readathon itself lasts for a week!

What will I read?

That is for you to decide! Just vote in the poll below with the books you think I should read for that week. I will get through as many as I can starting with the one with the most votes. I have a mix of options between sequels I still haven't read and books coming out this fall. Here are the book covers of your voting options. I am so excited! I will close the poll on August 5th. Thanks for voting!




Which books should I read? Make me read it! (Choose Three)

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
Finding You by Lydia Albano
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
Lucky in Love by Kasie West
Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock
Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer
survey


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July 19, 2017

Review: Amnesia by Cambria Hebert

Amnesia (#1) by Cambria Hebert
Length: 323 pages
Genre: New Adult Romance/Thriller
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: I washed ashore in a little lake town. A place where everyone knows everyone, yet… No one knows me. I don’t know me. If a woman doesn’t know her own name, does she really exist? I don’t know my natural hair color, my birthdate, or where I live. I am invisible. To everyone, to everything, even to myself. Except to him. I see the recognition deep in his stare, the way it lingers on my face as if I’m a puzzle he’s desperate to put together. I just want answers, the truth… knowledge. His lips are sealed. Still, his eyes beguile me. I can’t trust anyone, not even myself. Someone wants me dead, the same someone who tried to bury me in a watery grave. They’ll come for me again… I won’t know their face. I don’t even know mine. I am amnesia.

My Review

Amnesia in Three Words: Mysterious. Passionate. Interesting.

I really enjoyed the romantic suspense novel Amnesia. This is my first book by this author, and I enjoyed it enough to try some of her other books as well.

I am a fan of mystery/thrillers, but if I am being honest, I prefer for there to be some romance in my books as well. Amnesia fits that bill. One night when the water was choppy on one of his late night walks along the shore, Eddie saw a figure floating in the water in the distance. He rushes out in the lake and saves the mystery woman, who also happens to look like someone from his past.

Amnesia chooses to be called just that when she wakes up in the hospital after being in a coma with none of her memories. I liked Amnesia and her struggle between wanting to know and not wanting to know what happened to her in the past. I enjoyed watching her try new things and food since she didn't know what she did or didn't like. All the while, Eddie is there for her. He is a hunk, and wonderfully sweet.

I enjoyed the small town setting where everyone knows each other and has some quirks. I also enjoyed the mystery aspect of the book, because there is more than just one thing going on. Eddie's mysterious past he isn't sharing with Amensia along with Amnesia's own rocky history and missing memories kept me curious throughout the book.

The Verdict: I look forward to reading book two.

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July 5, 2017

Recently Added to my TBR Pile

I love seeing the books people add on their shelves on Goodreads and I certainly really love adding books to my own TBR pile. (Perhaps a little too much.) Therefore, I thought maybe that when I add some good stuff I would share it with you guys! Here are some of the recent books I have added to my Goodreads shelf. I include a short summary from Goodreads along with a link in case you what to add these bad boys to your own TBR pile. Anything I can do to help out my fellow book nerds. ;)

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
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Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life. Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law.


Berserker (#1) by Emmy Laybourne
Goodreads

Are Hanne's powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse? Her brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It's not Stieg's fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn't commit. No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous "gift"--she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she flies into a killing state. The siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice. Aided by a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, Hanne and her siblings use their powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await. Will they be able to reach their uncle, the one man Hanne believes may be able to teach her how to control her drive to kill?



Year One (#1) by Nora Roberts
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It began on New Year’s Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most. In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why.


Will you be adding these to your TBR pile?


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