Book Traveling Thursdays Jun. 22nd – Book You Want to Read This Summer

Hello everyone!

It’s BTT time! This is a weekly meme created by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch. You can find all of the information you’ll need to participate on the Goodreads page.

This week’s topic is Summer is here! Choose a book you want to read this Summer. There’s a lot of books that I really want to read this summer. Starting with all the ones I have on my TBR, to a whole bunch of new releases and older books that manage to grab my attention from the library shelves. I decided to pick one of the books from my TBR of next month that I hope to be able to read soon.

SO let’s get started!

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Book Review – The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1)

Author: Sarina Bowen

Publication: March 20th, 2014

Publisher: Rennie Road Books

Format: Kindle Edition, 270 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Read: April 2017

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Synopsis
The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else. What now?
She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.
Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.
Also, he’s taken.
Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.
They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.
But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.

Critically

Plot – 3.5 out of 5 stars
I found this story to be really entertaining. I liked that there was some drama and some angst, but neither of them were incredibly overpowering which I appreciate. The romance developed slowly and the book was really emotional. It talked about the struggles of college, hockey and disability.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
The writing style was fast paced and easy to read. There were multiple POVs and each one had a distinct voice which I appreciated. I would’ve liked it to be much more emotional and intense but it was entertaining and kind of serious at times.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
I really liked getting to know the characters in this series. I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about it for a long time and I’m glad to say that I liked them overall.
Corey was a tough chick. She’s really smart and determined. However, at the same time, she was sometimes insecure with herself. She’s really strong and I loved her tenacity. I would’ve liked to see her be more open but I loved her growth throughout the story.
Hartley got on my nerves a little bit. He’s really charming and fun loving. But also kind of oblivious to what he does and how he’s acting and how that’s hurting people. However, he’s vulnerable and insecure at times. His stubborn streak makes it hard for him to get his act together but I’m glad it happened.
I really loved the great side characters in this book. They were such sweet and supportive friends to the main characters though I would’ve liked to have seen more of their development as individuals.

Emotionally

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Book Review – A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)

Author: V.E. Schwab

Publication: February 21st, 2017

Publisher: Tor Books

Format: Hardcover, 624 pages

Genre: Adult, Paranormal, High Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Read: May 2017

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Synopsis
Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.
THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…

The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.
WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?
WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.
WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

Critically

Plot – 5 out of 5 stars
This should be a surprised to no one, I loved this book! The plot was action packed and intense. It had its slow moments but it didn’t take anything away from my enjoyment. It had death, violence and sacrifice. There was mystery and we learned more about the history of some of the characters. There was love, magic, family and friendship. IT WAS SO GOOD!

Writing Style – 5 out of 5 stars
Schwab is one of my favorite authors of all time so I absolutely adore her writing style. It’s fast paced with multiple and complex points of views throughout. It’s emotional and intense. It explores the past as well as shows the present using descriptive and detailed scenes. It can be slow sometimes but it’s so addicting!

Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
MY BABIES! I can’t believe that this is my last book with my babies, that is so heartbreaking. Every single character that has crossed the pages of this series made me feel something and that’s priceless for me.
Kell is a little cinnamon roll to me! He’s grown so much and yet he is still the same. He’s determined to save everyone he loves but he also knows the stakes they’re up against and he’s torn and worried. I love how he managed his fears and the need to be brave, it was really inspiring to me. He was also super kind and I love him.
Lila is one of my favorite female characters of all time. She’s brave to the point of being reckless. But I love her passion and her tenacity. She charges head on into any obstacle, no matter what and while it freaks me out because I want her alive, I kind of look up to that kind of fearlessness.
I was really excited and happy to see that we got Rhy and Alucard’s points of views in this book. We got so much more background on Alucard and how he got into the situation when we first met him. It was also very important to see how Rhy was handling all the changes he was going through and everything that was happening to his capital and it all squeezed my heart to its smallest size (in a good way haha).

Emotionally

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Book Traveling Thursdays Jun. 8th – Book You Want to Re-read

Hello everyone!

It’s BTT time! This is a weekly meme created by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch. You can find all of the information you’ll need to participate on the Goodreads page.

This week’s topic is Choose a book you want to read repeatedly. I am the kind of person who loves to re-read books. I say that I’m going to re-read the grand majority of the books I read on a daily basis. I don’t actually end up re-reading all of them but I do re-read some and so I picked a book that I’m almost 100% sure that I’ll be re-reading this year.

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Book Review – Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven

Wicked Heart (Starcrossed #3)

Author: Leisa Rayven

Publication: May 3rd, 2016

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Format: Kindle Edition, 320 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Read: April 2017

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Synopsis
Liam Quinn is talented, gorgeous, and one of the biggest movie stars in the world.
He’s also the only man Elissa Holt has ever truly loved.
After being out of her life for six years, he and his gorgeous fiancé are set to star in the new Broadway show Elissa is stage managing. The only trouble is, when late night rehearsals bring Elissa and Liam together, the line between what is and what could have been gets blurred, and one moment of weakness will lead to a scandal that echoes around the world.
Elissa knows that falling for Liam again would be a tragedy in the making, but as any good romantic will tell you, love doesn’t always follow the script.

Critically

Plot – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Obviously considering the genre, there’s romance and drama (both in life and in theater production). The story line was kind of predictable. There was a lot more lying and cheating than I was expecting and that I wanted. I was hoping this book would be similar to the earlier stories but it wasn’t. However, the ending was really sweet.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I always find New Adult books to be really easy to read and easy to get addicted to and this one is no exception. This book is fast paced, fun and sexy. There are some angsty parts and lots of drama, both on and off stage. Even though I didn’t like the direction the story took at times, I still liked the writing.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
I didn’t really like the main characters of this book as much as the ones from the first two books. Those grabbed my heart and wrenched it out of my chest but this relationship in this one wasn’t as emotionally impactful or as swoon worthy.
Elissa had a side character role in the first two books and I was really interested in seeing more of her personality in this book. She’s strong, smart and determined. I really liked her work ethic and how well and comfortable she is at her job. I felt bad for her in some moments. She was heartbroken and reluctant to open herself up to everything that was happening. However, she was still swept away by feelings and romance and stuff. I kind of wanted her to be tougher but it was okay.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Liam. He was charming but also kind of an ass. He has a jealous streak and he’s aggressive. He also doesn’t make the best decisions and I had a lot of trouble understanding where he was coming from. As for the side characters, I was really happy to be able to see some of the old side characters and I quite liked the new characters introduced in this book as well.

Emotionally

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Most Anticipated Summer Releases

Hello everyone!

I am back today to talk about my most anticipated releases of the summer season, from June, July and August of 2017. I’m doing it on time again! Look at me being all productive. Summer is my favorite season because 1. everyone has free time since most people don’t have school and 2. because my birthday is in July! I’m gonna be super old but this is the first time in 4 years that I’ll be able to gift myself books and that has me incredibly excited. I have a total of 14 books to talk about so make sure to click on the cover if you would like to see their Goodreads page. Let’s look at some books, shall we?

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Book Review – The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

The Female of the Species

Author: Mindy McGinnis

Publication: September 20th, 2016

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Format: Kindle Edtion, 341 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller

Read: April 2017

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Synopsis
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.
While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.
But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.
So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.
Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

Critically

Plot – 3 out of 5 stars
This book is a punch in the gut and there’s no way around it. It’s a brutal look at humanity and rape culture and how it’s become so common within society today. We follow the day to day lives of the characters and it’s not a linear plot line. It’s dark, gritty, violent and intense. I won’t be able to forget this story for a really long time.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
The writing style lent really well to the way the narrative is told. There’s three different POVs and each has it’s own distinct voice. It was easy to read and fast paced and engaging. It was intense, powerful and honest. It was lyrical, brutal and violent. Another punch to the gut to be quite honest.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
The characters in this book are so real and complex. From the main characters, to the side characters, they all feel like complete people and we’re just getting a little glimpse of their lives.
Alex is really intense. She doesn’t really understand social interactions and her point of view is almost robotic and factual in the way that she speaks and thinks. But she is also very kind and protective. She understands herself better than anyone and knows her limitations. I ended up being a huge fan of her which wasn’t something that I expected when I first started reading.
Then there’s Jack who is a douche. Honestly, there’s no other way to describe him, he’s a very typical asshole boy who has the world at the tip of his fingers and doesn’t really think about why. He’s kind of annoying but I appreciated how much he grew throughout the story. He’s really torn and confused.
And the last protagonist is Peekay, who definitely should not go by that name because she represents something so much better. She’s really sweet and kind and loving. But she’s also really accustomed to the way life is and unaware of how bad things actually are. However, she’s determined to improve and I really enjoyed reading from her point of view.

Emotionally

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June ’17 TBR – Pirates Theme

Hello everyone!

I’ve been looking forward to this month for the longest time! Pirates are absolutely amazing and I love to read about them and watch them. So I decided to try and find as many pirate centric books as I could and make it into a theme for a month. I recently watched the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie too and it just got me extra pumped to dive into all the books I’m going to mention.

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May ’16 Wrap Up

Hello everyone!

I have been a little bit scatterbrained this month, so much so that I forgot that wrap ups are a thing and that I have to do one around May 31st haha. But I am here, relatively on time and ready to tell you all about the things I’ve been up to this month. Spoiler alert: it has not been blogging. For some reason I haven’t really had the time to sit and blog consistently in May and I didn’t post everything that I had scheduled so they’ve been pushed back and back and back haha. I’m gonna try and change my writing days to the week because my weekends have been packed.

SO let’s get started!

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