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

anna · Book Releases

January 2017 Releases

It’s a new year which in turn comes with new books! Here are five of my most anticipated releases. Let me know what books you guys are excited for!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

I’ve been looking forward to this book for what seems like forever (exaggeration, I know). This book has been so hyped up! It releases on the 31st.

Frostblood by Elly Blake

This book sounds intriguing. I’m excited to read this because I’m a huge YA fantasy fan. This book releases on the 10th.

Roseblood by A.G. Howard

A Phantom of The Opera retelling????? Heck yes! I love Phantom of the Opera so much. I can’t wait to read this. This releases on the 10th.

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

I loved the first book, Truthwitch, so much! The characters were all kickbutt and I cannot wait to see what happens to the characters next! This releases on 10th.

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

This is a YA fantasy that looks fantastic! The cover is so beautiful and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Kova’s writing. This book releases on the 10th.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna

Bookish Items #1

I wanted to share some of the bookish stores I’ve ordered items from before that I loved.

Solid Society 

I own two sweatshirts from this Etsy shop. I love them so much! I got them in 2015 for Christmas and while they don’t have the two shirts I have exactly still in their shop, they do have similar items. Here’s my favorite one:

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This quote is from Paper Towns by John Green. They don’t currently have this in a sweatshirt, but they have it in a cropped tank top.

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This one of my favorite bookmark stores. I’ve ordered the Out of This World set (Lux series, for myself) and then The Tiny Obsession (Fangirl, I bought this to give as a gift). Their bookmarks are super cute!

Jane’s Tiny Things

I love Jane’s Tiny Things! I received a bookmark (they don’t sell it anymore) from there inside of an OwlCrate box and recently fell in love with it. I have boughten a friend a gift from this store. I highly recommend this store. The bookmarks are great quality.

What are some of your favorite bookish stores?

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Series I Want to Start #1

I have so many series that I want to start reading. Here’s just a small

sample of the series I want to start reading.

Game of Thrones – I’m so excited to start this extremely long series that may or may not ever be completed because have you seen these books? It must take George R.R. Martin ages to write them. I finally own them so I’m planning on starting the series soon. This series currently has 5 books, but is rumored to have at least seven books by the end of the series.

Outlander – This is another extremely long series, but this one is by Diana Gabaldon. I bought the first book about two years ago so it’s about time that I start this series. This series currently has seven books out.

Bloodlines – This series is kind of a companion series to Vampire Academy series. I really loved the Vampire Academy series so I can’t believe that I haven’t started this series yet. Bloodlines follows the character of Sydney and another character who I may have fallen in love with in the Vampire Academy series (I feel like saying anymore spoils the Vampire Academy series). The series has six books.

Across the Universe – This is a trilogy by Beth Revis that everyone seems to have enjoyed. I met the author in 2016 at SE-YA. She was really nice and that made me want to read her books even more. This series also has some novellas within it.

Razia – This series was written by S. Usher Evans and sounds really intriguing. The main character sounds really kickbutt! This series consists of four books along with a few novellas.

Again, there are so many other series that I want to start,

but these are the first that come to my mind.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · TBR (To be read)

Winter Biannual Bibliothon TBR 2017

The first readathon I will be participating in the Winter Biannual Bibliothon. This runs from January 8th through the 14th.

The challenges are:

1. Read the group book: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo: http://bit.ly/1Unwl0Q
2. Throwback: Pick any past Bibliothon reading challenge – http://bit.ly/2fgggxU
3. Read a 2016 new release
4. Read a book a BookTuber recommends to you
5. Read a book you were really excited for but never picked up
6. Read a retelling
7. Read a diverse book

Personally, I don’t have time to do all of the challenges this time, but I’m going to try for four of them. Here’s my tentative TBR:

1. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

2. Graphic Novel – The Wicked + The Divine #1

5. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

7. I’d like to at least start How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring-Blake

Are you guys joining in with this readathon?

Xx Sincerely,

Anna