What Are You Reading Wednesday!

Happy Thursday books worms! 🙂 I started this post yesterday but got pulled away before I could post it.
It’s been a full week and honestly I haven’t made much of a dent in Fairest. “But it’s a short book.” I know I know. For shame! Give me a little break though guys. I’m having a hard time saying good-bye to The Lunar Chronicles series. For me this series is right up there with Harry Potter! I fell in L. O. V. E. here folks. I’ve only got two more books to read and then that’s it! Done……finished……..THE END! Ugh, sad.

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What I did finally crack open on Monday was City of Ashes. I’m both reading the physical book and listening to the audio book whenever I’m not home. (breaks and lunches at work) A little while ago I spoke with another blogger about my skepticism of continuing this series. She advised that it gets better after the second book. So far it’s definitely better than the first. But can I just say, what’s with all the incest!?!?!? That alone is definitely setting this apart from most YA books.

So guys that’s what I’m reading this week 🙂 what about you?

Faces of my Life

I haven’t done a weekly photo challenge in quite some time so this feels really good.

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The love of my life .

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The love of family.

Kitty <3

I call her my little soul mate, she complete’s me.

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What Are You Reading Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday!!!
Last week I mentioned that I was reading two books. I managed to finish only one of them. While I certainly feel like a “shame shame shame” is in order, I do still feel good that I’m making a huge dent in my 2016 Reading Challenge list.
This week I decided to pick up Fairest by Marissa Meyer.

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“Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story-a story that has never been told…until now.”
This book, as you may have guessed, follows Queen Levana; the antagonist in The Lunar Chronicles. This series is without doubt one of my favorite book series. Trust me guys, I’ve read my fair share of trilogy’s and saga’s. So when I say one of them is my favorite, it’s like deciding a top 5 favorite ice cream!
If you haven’t had a chance to pick up one of these books, I highly HIGHLY recommend it!

Happy reading everyone!!! 🙂

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Red Queen: Book Review

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Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: Fiction, YA, Dystopian

Pages: 383

Rating: 5/5

 

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn’t know she had. Except…her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

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Ok, when I first picked up this book I was a little skeptical. It sounded like a typical YA book, almost as if the writer was trying to give us something similar to The Lunar Chronicles. Where the Lunars are feared because of their ability to control others with their powers. Likewise the Silvers are feared for their abilities. However! I was thrown for a bit of a loop when I realized that Silvers have individual abilities. Not to mention Mare and her unique ability………and there was so much betrayal!
I personally wasn’t a fan of the the beginning of the book, it was a tad slow. Which is understandable I suppose as the writer has to introduce us to the world she built so that we’ll better understand what we’re reading. (Especially those of us who knew nothing more about the story than what the back cover told us). From the moment you open the book to the first chapter you’re diving into a world where aristocracy promotes oppression. The Reds, a lower class of citizenry, are ruled by the Silver Monarchs and their court. Silvers have great abilities, each different to their houses, ranging from telekinesis to mind control to controlling anything metal like Magneto. Most of the Silvers in the court are obnoxious of course except the two princes. Cal, the heir to the throne, is very strong willed and the apple of his fathers eye. With a similar outlook as to why the Reds need to be controlled. Maven, the second prince, is in the favor of his mother the Queen. Both have great affections our protagonist. Ohhh love triangles.

Our main Red character Mare is, in my honest opinion, selfish and manipulating. Also she is very proud……and sometimes quite annoying. There were many times where Mare used her charm to get the help she needed from both brothers. Which, given the obvious love triangle, they were all too happy to give. For the most part this was justified as she was seeking a way to be helpful to the rebellion. Other times she put a single persons needs before anyone else’s, even the new friends she made amongst the Silvers. BUT, I did admire her tenacity. Unlike other female protagonists she wasn’t at all afraid to fight back. And she was smart. a066e29a82d6f155583791da35c923e4Bidding her time when she could and she chose her fights well. That is, she knew who she could take on and who would whoop her butt. It was very very refreshing to see a character like her. So many books I’ve read where the lead female is built up to be strong and heroic, only to be let down by their whining and well……..stupidity! Compared to Mare they’re just wimpy.

All in all I believe Miss Aveyard did a fantastic job. The characters, I felt were well designed. Although I didn’t feel any distinct connection with one of them in this first installment, I have a feeling that will change. Again not a huge fan of the first few chapter. I just think our first meeting of Mare could have been in a better location. It took quite some time for me to picture it and I didn’t like the imagery. Once I got more into the book it became really easy to place myself in their world and I was engulfed in the story. This book definitely made it hard to put down and take up my usual responsibilities. tumblr_njkrpkz2Sh1qdlytco3_1280Unlike average YA books where it feels as though you’re on a constant loopy roller coaster, this book felt as if the roller coaster just broke down…….mid loop! I felt as if I were hanging upside down waiting for the ride to right itself and coast to a stop. I just couldn’t handle anymore betrayal and plot twists!

Hands down a 5/5 star, highly recommend picking up this book. Especially if you’re a fan of The Lunar Chronicles. I was in a huge fantasy slump after finishing the fourth book in that series and nothing I read was getting me out of it. Victoria Aveyard clearly knew exactly what I needed. Can not wait to pick up Glass Sword!

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Starting Out With the Limbo Bar on the Bottom

It took quite some time before I finally decided what purpose this blog was going to serve. I tried writing about advice, my life, even a photography blog. While all of these ideas were fun and sometimes easy to do, I had no real motivation to carry it on. After about 3 posts I would abandon the effort.
Now? Now I know what I want to do with this blog. Reading is the biggest passion that I have. It’s the passion that has stuck by my side since I learned that the alphabet can be create words, and that those words can create some of the most enthralling stories anyone could ever tell.
Book Reviews, TBR’s, Current Reads, Book Suggestions, Book quotes, books books books! That’s what I want to do with this little space of internet that WordPress has gifted me. Tell the world about the books that I’m reading and how they made me feel.
The idea behind this post is to set three goals we would like to see our blogs achieve, I set four…..

  • Post at least two book reviews every month.
  • Establish “What Are You Reading Wednesday’s” as a real weekly feature. Even if I end up posting the same book twice, at least I’ll be building this habit. Which will get me used to posting every week. I can always go back and delete it later or combine the lists. That’s what editing is for.
  • Dedicate one day out of the week to visiting my followers’ blogs. Reading and commenting on their latest posts, or even older posts! I would love to take that time to explore what everyone’s blogs are really about. Everyone has something different to say, and so many ways to say it. What better way to show my appreciation to my followers than contributing to feedback?
  • Gain 20% more followers within six months. Which will thereby increase traffic as well.

Little but attainable goals. Sometimes it’s better not to set the bar too high so as not to overwhelm yourself. I’ve definitely learned that the hard way with all the impossibly unrealistic goals I set for myself. What made them unrealistic wasn’t the goal itself but the timeline in which I wanted to achieve them (i.e. learn a new language in 3 weeks!).
Ultimately I would just be happy with reaching other book worms like me 🙂

What Are You Reading Wednesday!

Another week, another Wednesday, another short list of what I’m currently reading!
I hope you’ll forgive me guys. I know it’s been an entire month since my last post. There were quite a few things going on, none of them planned. I was very unfortunate as to lose a great friend of mine…….on the day of my anniversary! I got the horrible news as my boyfriend and I were heading out on the trip we had been so excited to plan. Being already paid for there was no way I could cancel and I certainly couldn’t do that to my boyfriend. It was a very bitter sweet experience. While I’ve dealt with the loss of a friend before, it was very hard and still is. There were definitely times where I wanted to write a post just to get my mind off of things but I felt very little to no motivation.
However! On the way to the funeral I did manage to wrap up the book I was reading, as it was a four hour drive! I also started on a new one. So without further ado, here’s how it went down in the book world for me.

Last week I finished Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Aveyard-01-700x394

I’m hoping to get a review of this book out very soon. Loved it! Really can not wait to get into the second book. Sadly I do have to wait til next pay day to get it, hehe!

For this month I’m hoping to read at least two books, as I feel I have catching up to do. Currently I’m reading This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp.  this-is-where-it-ends-marieke-nijkamp-feature

This book is about a school shooting. A very gruesome topic for all of us who remember Columbine. Which also means it’s very gripping. I’m only about 70 pages in and already my heart is pounding in both fear and anticipation for what will happen next. This is surely going to be a fantastic read.

Also planned for this month is a book I’ve started reading twice and that is Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor. 51OrXJO0WuL.jpgThe second book in The Looking Glass Wars. This is a series I started back in high school and never got around to finishing. If you’ve never heard of this series I HIGHLY recommend it. Especially for those of you who enjoy fairy tale retellings. Instead of Snow White or Cinderella though this series is about Alice and, you guessed it, Wonderland!
If you’re interested check out the first book, you’ll love it.

Well that’s about all I’ve got for you guys right now. I’m very excited to read these books. I hope you enjoyed my post! Keep and eye out for that review coming up. I’ll tell you, it sure does feel good to be posting again 🙂

 

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