anna · Blog and Promo Tours · Book Reviews

Shattered Blue and a 20% Check In of Renegade Red by Lauren Bird Horowitz

**** I am reviewing this for part of a blog tour. I was supposed to receive an ecopy, but I ended up buying my own copy after not being able to find the link and not wanting to bother anyone by emailing them. All opinions are my own.****

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Edition: Kindle

Pages: 336 and 420

Series or Standalone: Series, 1st and 2nd

Published: September 15th, 2016 and March 14th, 2017

Publisher: Papaloa Press

Goodreads Synopsis for Shattered Blue: “For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

 

I am not sure at this point in time whether I will finish this novel or not.

 

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · TBR (To be read) · Uncategorized

Read-O-Rama Round 6 TBR

So I’m joining in slightly late for the Read-O-Rama readathon, but I am super excited! I have the week off for break so I will be reading the entire time.

A book with RAMA in the title/author name – American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Book with an animal on the cover – Giant Days Vol. 3 by John Allison

Main character that shares your initials – I honestly have no clue for this one. I can’t think of any book character with the initials AR so we shall see if this challenge gets done.

Book with Irish elements – Soulmated by Shaila Patel

Book about a mental or physical illness – A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

Start a new series – Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

Read a book blind – Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Read 7 books – And then I’ll pick up another book or two to try to read seven books.

Are you guys participating in Read-O-Rama?

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · Favorites

Favorite Four Items I Take to Events/Conventions

I decided with a lot of book events and conventions coming up, that I might as well do a “what’s in my bag” but instead of that, a “what do I take to a convention with me”.

1. A backpack or large bag 

Carrying a large bag or backpack is a must for me when I am going to a book convention. I cannot even fathom going without one. The amount of books you bring or receive at a book convention can vary, but it is always nice to not be holding them all day.

2. Some small pouches

I have these smaller zip pouches that fit up to three books within them. I use these if I am bringing a favorite book of mine with me. This is just an added protection to the book and is unnecessarily for me unless it is an absolute favorite. My little pouches are from Thirty-One.

3. Something to take photos with

For me, that is usually my camera since I am also a vlogger. I also take a mini tripod (not anymore because it broke off while still in my camera) and an extra battery just in case. But if you don’t feel the need to lug a camera around, a cellphone works also (and the photos are instantly available to post on social media)!

4. Portable Charger

I don’t know about you, but my phone always seems to die quicker when I’m at a convention. Probably from me editing bookstagram photos or me texting friends to either try to find them again or  to tell them about the event.

Those are the top four items I usually bring to events/conventions with me. I know a lot of people are smart and bring snacks with them to conventions or events, but I usually end up forgetting to. Anyways, I find all of the items extremely helpful during a convention or an event, especially the portable charger.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · Book Reviews · Uncategorized

Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander

******I received an e-arc of the book from the author. All thoughts are my own*******

*** Spoilers for Love and Other Unknown Variables. I suggest you go read that book quickly then come back to this review because it is a phenomenal book.***

 

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Edition: e-ARC

Pages: 304

Series or Standalone: Standalone/Companion Novel

Published: July 5th, 2016

Publisher: Entangled Teen

 

Goodreads Synopsis: “Becca Hanson was never able to make sense of the real world. When her best friend Charlotte died, she gave up on it altogether. Fortunately, Becca can count on her books to escape—to other times, other places, other people…

Until she meets Max Herrera. He’s experienced loss, too, and his gorgeous, dark eyes see Becca the way no one else in school can.

As it turns out, kissing is a lot better in real life than on a page. But love and life are a lot more complicated in the real world…and happy endings aren’t always guaranteed.

5/5 Hot Aliens

Okay, so let’s start with the obvious. This review is super late. You want to know why? Because this book caused me to look back on hard events that took place in my life and I was not emotionally ready for that or for this review yet. I had pushed the event out of my mind as soon as it happened many years ago and never let myself process the pain and sorrow. I feel like I am able to talk about it now, at least, mostly talk about it. I’ll be very vague probably about the event that took place in my life.

This book starts after Charlotte dies, continuing to follow the character from Love and Other Unknown Variables. Only this time, we follow Becca, Charlie’s younger sister who had become friends with Charlotte. Becca Hanson is an avid reader, like ourselves. She has counted away from Charlotte’s death by pages, 108,023 pages to be exact from where the book starts. Becca is sort of escaping the world through reading which reminds me of how I was a few years back (not the event that made this such a hard book and review for me, but it was still one of the worst events of my entire life). Anyways, she is trying not the face the death of her friend. Charlie has gone off to college which leaves her  with her parents alone.

I really liked the plot. The play fit in perfectly with the rest of the plot and helped the book move along smoothly. Plus, being a theatre geek, it made me smile to see a book mention a play then actually go ahead and not forget about it.

The rest of the cast were amazing. I enjoyed how each character was well rounded. The plot was also phenomenal.

 

I just wanted to say I cried A LOT during this.

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*Tiny spoiler and emotions*

**Tiny spoiler and emotions*

***Tiny spoiler and emotions***

****Tiny spoiler and emotions****

Don’t say I didn’t warn you

So…. At one point in the novel, they are by a railroad. If I remember correctly, she is with a friend (I forget which character exactly) and they are discussing how one of their friends or siblings walked in front of a moving train. I had a friend die in a car crash with a train. I kind of pushed it away when it happened and refused to think about it. This book kind of forced me to think about it which actually was a good thing. I’m slightly getting better at being okay with showing emotion now.

As for Becca’s loss of her best friend, I relate to that because the girl who died had been my best friend throughout my childhood and died after I hadn’t been able to see her for a year because she went to another country for a year. I don’t want to go into anymore details. Just know this was extremely hard for me to read and write because of the emotions and memories I have.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · Currently Reading

Currently Reading: January 13th, 2017

I’m currently reading so many books it’s ridiculous, but at least I’m enjoying them all.

How To Make A Wish by Ashley Blake – I just started this novel yesterday and I am really liking it! I’m currently about 17 pages in.

Written In Red by Anne Bishop – I’m currently on page 126. This is due back at the library on the 20th of January, so I don’t have a lot of time to finish this. It is really interesting so far. I’m loving how the plot is coming together slowly and smoothly.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – I’m currently reading this with Lauren from LiveLoveReadYA. I’m about 7 chapters into it and I plan on trying to get finished or almost finished by Tuesday.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – I’ve been reading this for three days now. I’m finding it interesting, but it hasn’t made me not want to stop reading it. I’m on page 164, so I’m apparently halfway done with it. I’m really hoping the book grips my attention soon. I do enjoy the plot and characters, but it just isn’t clicking with me 😦

Have you guys read any other these books? What are you guys currently reading?

Xx Sincerely,
Anna

anna · Book Reviews

Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields

******I received the arc from the Penguin B-Fest First in Line thing. All thoughts are my own*******

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Edition: ARC

Pages: 304

Series or Standalone: Series, Poison’s Kiss

Published: January 10th, 2017

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Synopsis: “Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It’s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya—a poison maiden—is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she’s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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My Rating: 4/5 Hot Aliens

The beginning was extremely hard to get into. Okay, it may have taken me half the book or a little more for me to actually get 100% interested.

Note: this book doesn’t have a love triangle 🙂 That was one of the main things I enjoyed about this book. While I don’t mind love triangles, it is nice to read a book that is different with the romance than most books.

Marinda definitely was not my favorite character, but she was a likable character for the most part. I understand why she made the decisions that she did, but at some points, I just wanted to shake her and say, “ughh but it was obvious” (more on that later on). I also was not a fan of Iyla. Her character kind of fell flat to me. I feel like she just kept being mentioned or showing up without it ever going into depth of who her character truly was. Deven and Mani were my favorite characters. Deven was such a different character. I feel like his character near the end of the novel was more unique than what usually happens. Mani  was just a little cutie.

The plot was… well… a tiny bit predictable. I realized one of the most important plot points in the book by the third page into chapter four. I realized later on another key point and thought “wow. how is Marinda not suspecting something?”. Of course, there were a few spots that I didn’t realize what was happening before I got to them. Like when someone shows up again in a certain chapter and you are like, “yess a character we need more of”. I did enjoy the premise of the book. While a girl being poisonous isn’t a new idea, as the novel progresses, the idea becomes more unique and sticks out from the other novels. I will say though that it does slightly remind me of The Sin-Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury in certain ways (I knew it reminded me of something but I couldn’t remember what so then I got on Goodreads and saw that Emily from Falling for YA had marked it as to-read with a note basically saying it sounded like that book).

Overall, the book was pretty good. I enjoyed the last maybe 150 pages a lot more than the beginning because I feel like things started to finally get in motion. I couldn’t put the book down once I got past halfway. I was glued to the book to find out what was going to happen to the characters. The ending made me really need the second book, but I’ll have to wait till 2018 for that.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · Free eBook Recs

Free eBook Recs #1

Hey guys! I love to read those Kindle and iBook freebies and I also love to try to shine some light on some lesser known books that honestly are pretty good. Each post, I will be focusing on two novels that I throughly enjoyed.

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The Island by S. Usher Evans – Okay so this book may be a little more popular than the others, but I still feel like more people should read it. This is a new adult fantasy where two kingdoms are torn apart and in a war. I personally really enjoyed this book and I really wish I could discuss what happens in this book with more people. I gave this book a 4.5/5 stars and I will be writing a review on this soon.

 

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Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis – I just looked up when I read this and it was in 2013… I’m obviously overdue for a reread considering it is one of my all-time favorite reads. I must warn you though… this is a werewolf novel. Now, I personally find nothing wrong with werewolf novels, but I know some people try to stay away from werewolves and vampires because of a certain series or an idea that they can’t be written well or that they are all the same. I’m here to tell you that this book is mostly original. I gave this book 5/5 stars.

 

Do you guys have any recommendations of free ebooks?

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

 

anna · writing

Writing: My WIPs #1

I have started  writing way too many novels. I’m currently focusing on two full-length novels and a short story. *WIP stands for Work in Progress

One of the full length novels is one that I keep pushing aside, thinking that I’ll come back to it. It’s a sci-fi dystopian. I have a little over 4k written in this one. I really want to push forward with this, but it needs a ton of work.

I am also currently writing a fantasy novel. This one I’m really worried about. I want it to be original, but the location I’m basing it off of has had a lot books come out lately that have the same location as a base. I’m really tempted to almost scrap this and just the location entirely. Another issue is what I ended up putting early on in what I have written that is probably overused by now. I have a ton of work to do on this one before I can even think of continuing to write it. I have a little over 1k words written.

My short story is a contemporary. I kind of want to write a collection of short stories, so this is my starting place. To be honest, this contemporary short story is my favorite thing to write in. I’ve been doing a little research for it and I’m really excited to see if I can finish it within the next few months. I currently have about 780 words written in it and I would love to end up with around 7,500 words (that’s a rough estimate). The plot to this one is something I believe I will be able to wrap up nicely and I have an idea for the ending. I need to do more research for this though. I don’t remember anything about ballet since I stopped when I was 6 years old, so I need to research that more.

Those are my currently worked on WIPs. Are you guys currently working on writing something?

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · Book Hauls

Christmas Book Haul 2016

I ended up getting a bunch of amazing books for Christmas!

From my Secret Santa (aka Karla):

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan – I loved Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares and I’m excited to keep reading this!

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord – I’ve been meaning to read this forever and I’m so happy and grateful that Karla got this for me! I can’t wait to read this soon!

Non-book items but Bookish Items: Karla got me a beautiful Belle tote! It’s gold, has a quote from the movie on it and I am completely in love with it. She also got me some bookish buttons! I kind of collect cool buttons and these are so cute!

From my Grandma and Grandpa:

I went Christmas shopping with my Grandma one day and she took me to Barnes and Noble and told me to pick out a few books for her to give me for Christmas. She’s such a sweetheart (aka one of my favorite people on the planet).

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – I read this book back in 2015 as an ARC that I got from BookCon when I met Nicola in the Penguin line. It’s one of my favorites books and I had been meaning to buy a finished copy so yeah. My grandma thought the cover was beautiful, but she couldn’t really wrap her head around the plot (she read the synopsis of the books I handed her to make sure they were “appropriate for me to read”. * This doesn’t really bother me because I love her and understand where she is coming from).

The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray – My Grandma’s reaction to reading the synopsis was “this sounds kind of creepy…….”. I’m super excited to read this.

From my Mom and Dad:

The Romantics by Leah Konen – I saw the cover and knew I had to read the book. Then I read the synopsis and was 100% intrigued.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – I’ve been intrigued by this book for a while now. The cover is gorgeous (the old HB cover). I think there was a cover change for the second book…

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley – I love O’Malley’s work. His series, Scott Pilgrim, was the first graphic novel series that I’ve ever read. I can’t wait to see what this is about!

The Reader  by Traci Chee – I read the synopsis and it intrigued me and made me want to read this right away. It sounds incredible!

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine – I’ve been meaning to buy this book forever! I had no idea that it had come out in paperback already. The cover is gorgeous.

Yeah…. I’m bad at writing down my excitement, but I’m beyond happy and grateful for everything I received!

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · Book Reviews

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

********* I won an arc in a giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own***********

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Edition: ARC

Pages: 352

Series or Standalone: Standalone

Published: April 11th, 2017

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Goodreads Synopsis: “Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

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My Rating: 5/5 Hot Aliens

First off, I’d like to say that Becky’s writing is beautiful. Her writing seamlessly draws you in and makes you care for every single character.

The characters in this novel were well-rounded, realistic and diverse. I love how the side characters ended up being important to the plot-line. Cassie was very charismatic and confident, while Molly is more reserved. Molly is insecure with herself and has a fear of rejection. I loved how realistic the character of Molly was. Her insecurities and fears were those that many people have today.

The plot moved smoothly. I felt like there were definitely a few subplots that were also extremely important. I would discuss them, but I don’t want to spoil the book. The relationships moved slow enough (which is a good thing). It wasn’t rushed which made me so happy!

My Feelings in GIFs:

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Xx Sincerely,

Anna