Book Traveling Thursdays Oct. 29th – Book That Scared You

Hello everyone!

I am here today to do the last Book Traveling Thursday of the month. I kind of missed this meme last week. 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, in honor of Halloween, is a book that scared you. It took me awhile to pick a book to share because obviously I wanted one that had a few book covers to choose from and also one that I didn’t mention yesterday. But I don’t read a lot of scary books.

I picked one of my favorite books which I reread all the time which the first time I read it freaked me out a lot.

SO let’s get started!

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T5W Oct. 28th – Halloween Recs

Hello everyone! I am here to do the last Top 5 Wednesday for this month.

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

Since we all know what holiday is coming up in three days, this week’s topic is Top 5 Halloween Recommendations. Now I usually don’t read many scary books, I’m a huge scaredy cat. If I do read something and it scares me, it’s more of a thriller type books instead of actual horror. But I did pick some books that I feel are kind of scary for people who are just as afraid of scary things as me.

SO let’s get started!

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Blogger Recognition Award

644e3-br_awardHello everyone!

I am here today to talk about another award I was nominated for. This is the Blogger Recognition Award, which was originally created by Edge of Night,  and the lovely Anette @ Anette Reads nominated a while ago. I know it’s a little late but thank you so much for the nomination!

Rules:

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
  • Make sure to also attach the award itself
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night.

SO let’s get started!

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Book Review – Blameless by Gail Carriger

Blameless Cover

Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3)

Author: Gail Carriger

Publication: November 12th, 2010

Publisher: Orbit

Format: Kindle Edition, 400 pages

Genre: Adult, Steampunk, Historical Fiction

Read: September 2015

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Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis
Quitting her husband’s house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.
Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London’s vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.
While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires — and they’re armed with pesto.

Critically
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
As you probably now know the plots of these books are entertaining and intriguing. This one is particularly action packed, with a lot of traveling as well as some near death experiences that are not at all accidental. There is a lot of new information thrown at us about the world and about Alexia’s state of humanity. The only thing that really bothered me was that the end was really quick.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I’ve said it before and I’m just gonna repeat all of it again haha. It’s historically accurate, funny, really detailed and descriptive. It’s imaginative and verbose and the pace for this one is medium, not too fast or not too slow.
Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
I love these characters, they officially have a big piece of my fandom love. But in this particular installment, they were a lot of drastic personality changes. Or better way to say it is we saw some new sides to their personalities and I don’t know if that’s the reason why I liked this one less than the ones before. Alexia is really sad and vulnerable in this book. She’s usually full of life and hilarious but she’s really closed off . She’s as determined as always but really angry. Conall is useless in this book, like honestly. He spends the first part of the book completely drunk and emotional. It was really annoying and he was acting so stupid because making a werewolf drunk is really difficult. I was just really annoyed with them for the majority of the time. We also meet a lot of new supporting characters which is customary in this series but these ones were just weird. They’re peculiar and very strange. There’s one in particular who was hilarious and I loved him.

Emotionally

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Soundtrack to My Book – The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Hello everyone! How is your Friday going?

I am here today to share a feature I am going to start posting on my blog once a month. I am co-hosting this, I guess you could say, with my friend Gervan @ by G.j Alvi. We have a book club every month with our mutual friend Abby and I mentioned that I wanted to create a meme that brings music and books together.

So we created this thing we call Soundtrack to My Book and we decided to do it every month with the books that we read for our book club.

This last month we read The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes so that’s what we’re starting with. Basically, as we read or after, we pick 8-10 songs that reflect some part of the book. It could be characters, relationships, plot points, themes, etc. It’s been a lot of fun to do this with him although I can say that he is much better at finding connections than I am. Check out Gervan’s post here.

SO let’s get started!

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The High School Stereotypes Tag

Hello everyone! I am here today with a tag. Usually this would be a Book Traveling Thursday post but I didn’t really feel like I had any books that fulfilled the topic so I decided to dive into one of the many tags I have yet to post.

This tag is called the High School Stereotypes tag and it was created by Giovanna over at BookComaBlog. Click here to see her original post and inspiration.

Rules:
Choose Characters from your favorite books who fit these high school stereotypes.
Tag as many people as you want to do this tag!

SO let’s get started!

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T5W Oct. 21st – Authors You Discovered This Year

Hello everyone! It’s Top 5 Wednesday time again!

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Top 5 authors we’ve discovered this year. And when I made my list I realized that I was totally sexist and picked only women but in my defense, all these ladies are amazing writers and I am absolutely obsessed with their work.

SO let’s get started!

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ARC Review – These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

These Shallow Graves Cover

These Shallow Graves

Author: Jennifer Donnelly

Expected Publication: October 27th, 2015

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Format: e-ARC, 429 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Read: September 2015

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I received an e-ARC of this book from Delacorte Press and Random House Children’s via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.
Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort shot himself while cleaning his pistol. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was a partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.
The more Jo hears about her father’s death, the more something feels wrong. Suicide is the only logical explanation, and of course people have started talking, but Jo’s father would never have resorted to that. And then she meets Eddie—a young, smart, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. But now it might be too late to stop.
The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and this time the truth is the dirtiest part of all.

Critically
Plot – 5 out of 5 stars
Loved this! I was hooked from the moment it started and could not stop reading. It’s mysterious and suspenseful. There is so much going on and it pulls you in and keeps you engaged the whole way. The thriller part is insane and there are some many twists and turns, most of them you never see coming. My favorite is that the issues that occurred during that particular time in history aren’t hidden from you, they’re shoved right into your face and it’s a shock to the system.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
Obviously the most important part of this for me is that it’s historically accurate. The characters talk and think and act like the time period that they are in which is awesome. It’s medium paced but doesn’t push back the exciting moments of the plot. There is some mature content but it’s done very well. It’s descriptive and elaborate and my favorite part of it all, it’s feministic. There is so much feminism in this book, it pours off the pages and it’s amazing.
Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
Love them all. So much. There is so much substance and complexity in all the characters and it’s so awesome! Jo, our main character, is so badass. She’s really curious, which in her time was pretty dangerous for a girl, but she’s determined as all get out. She’s brave and strong. She wants to be able to do whatever she desires with her life instead of being married off to whoever wants her and then be shut up with no opinions til the end of her days. With all her fierce qualities, she is still unsure of what she’s doing. She is fighting with herself between doing what she feels is right and what she’s been told to do her entire life. Our male protagonist, Eddie, is great. He is the perfect counterpart for Jo, worried about her safety but not stifling her creativity. He’s honest and blunt when it comes to cruel truths. He’s protective, strong and caring. He’s just as curious as Jo and they make a really great team. The supporting characters are all amazing, and that’s saying something because there’s a lot of them. They’re intriguing and well thought out. They all have a different place in this time we are learning about and it was very interesting to see how their lives turn out to be.

Emotionally

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Book Review – Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae CoverIlluminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Expected Publication: October 20th, 2015

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Format: e-ARC, 215 pages

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

Read: October 2015

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I received an e-ARC of this book from Knopf Books for Young Readers and Random House Children’s via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
One moment, Kady Grant and Ezra Mason have nothing bigger to worry about than each other. Specifically, avoiding each other in the wake of their messy break-up. In the next second, their entire world falls apart.
The year is 2375 and one of the mega-corporations that control much of deep space has just fired the opening salvo in an intergalactic war, destroying Kady and Ezra’s planet. Forced to flee on a small fleet of crippled rescue ships alongside thousands of other refugees, the fear of enemy warships chasing them down is at first all-consuming but soon becomes the least of their worries. A deadly plague is ravaging the refugees on the ships; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be an enemy; and High Command is refusing to acknowledge that there may be a serious problem. As Kady plunges into a tangled web of data in search of the truth, she realizes that Ezra is possibly the only person who can help her save the refugees before it’s too late.

Critically
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
This plot of this book is not really a linear plot. It’s a story retold from different mediums and in the form a confidential file. It’s suspenseful and full of action. There were parts that were incredibly gruesome and just plain creepy. Those things were no joke, definitely could not read this at night. There was so much intensity and strangeness, I didn’t know where to turn or how it was going to end.
Writing Style – 3 out of 5 stars
Honestly I almost took this section out for this review because I feel like I can’t really judge how the writing styles of these authors are in this book because of the type of medium they used. It’s a compilation of pictures, emails, IMs and surveillance footage so it’s really hard to say something about the writing style. I can say that the story portrayed itself very well and I understood everything that was going on.
Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
There are so many characters in this book, it’s insane. A lot of minor characters, people that come and go, secondary characters that stay around for awhile and make a splash as well as our main characters who are the protagonists of this story. Our narrator for the majority of this book is Kady. She’s a very headstrong and determined young lady. She’s been placed in a life or death situation and she’s fighting tooth and nail to stay alive. She’s also fierce and sassy, incredibly sarcastic and intelligent. I really liked her personality and how she told her story. Even in her moments of weakness or vulnerability, she put others before herself and worked her ass off. Ezra, our male protagonist, is different. I feel like I didn’t connect with him and his personality as much as I would’ve liked. He’s sweet and charming and funny. He’s very open and charismatic even with all the crazy and dangerous things he’s experiencing. He’s strong but he gets really stressed and worried about what’s going on and takes more of a backseat approach to the problems while Kady tries to take them by the horns and make them her bitch.

Emotionally

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Book Traveling Thursdays Oct. 15th – Book With a Huge Plot Twist

Hello everyone!

Time for another Book Traveling Thursday. It’s Book Traveling Thursday yet again. 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 book with a huge plot twist. There are so many possible choices for this topic, it seems like every book has a huge plot twist nowadays. But I didn’t want to choose something that is obvious or that everyone has read. And I didn’t want to pick something that didn’t completely shock me when I read it.

I decided to choose on of my favorite books that pretty much blew my mind at the end.

SO let’s get started!

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