Friday, June 30, 2017

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Book Read in June

This fun meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.


What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.


Topic for the Week
Best/Worst Book Read in June


I have two really good reads for this month, even though I didn't read a lot.

Best









Worst


Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Supernatural Being









Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sex in Young Adult Books - Thursday's Discussion





This has gotten better in recent years but it's still got a long way to go. I still read books that completely skip the sex or they don't even attempt sex or even talk about it at all. Not to mention that I have not read more than 6-8 YA books that even attempts sex with LGBT+ characters. 

So before I go further, I am not saying that every YA needs to be dirty and full of sex. No, no, no. I just think the publishers need to be aware that their audience of teens do in fact have sex. Not all teens of course, there were ones like me that weren't or there are asexuals. So not everyone is. But when I was growing up at age 15, more of my friends were having sex than those that weren't. 

So to not even bring up sex in YA is not true to life. Even if the the characters were to decide they aren't ready for sex, that's cool. They should still talk about it though. It's a natural part of life.

Does this mean every single book should go into the full description and just lay it on the reader? No. Not at all. But if the characters decide to do it. Don't fade to black! You can do it tastefully. Like JLA has sex in her books and they are tastefully done. Not too much but you know what's happening. It's more realistic. 

Also what I hate is how we can throw in all this violence but heaven forbid they have some sexy times. I remember when you could not cuss in YA books and it was silly then because my friends were cursing more than any adults I knew. It's still that way, teens curse more when they come into my store more than any adult. So at least that has been fixed. 

So yes, sex is a natural part of life and I would rather teens or even my daughter when she gets older, read a little sex scene or read characters talking about it than to be ashamed of it. Or to think it's awful and vile like I grew up thinking (my childhood religion guys...). I also want to know why it's okay for teens to read about someone dying or to read something like The Hunger Games then maybe a couple who is in love, showing their love for each other. 

So what are your thoughts? Let me know below and have a great day! 


Monday, June 26, 2017

Music Monday - SHINee

This meme is hosted over at Always Me.





So I love me some K-Pop. I like the older generation more than the groups coming out now. I'm a huge GG, SHINee, BIGBANG, SUPER JUNIOR, and those kind of groups girl. Though I do love BLACKPINK... they are like the only new group I like right now. 


So I wanted to share some of my favorite SHINee songs and the song that got me into K-Pop because it was the group SHINee that caused me to fall in love with this wonderful music.




And now for the song that started my love for K-Pop years ago....


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Shadowhunter Sunday - Those of Demon Blood (EP 13)



Cue theme song




I love how the picture is on Alec.


So Jace is the new head of the Institute. Downworlders are attacking Shadowhunters, sounds like a fun episode so far. Also Jace pinning after Clary. Alright.

Simon a leader... right.

Magnus getting mad over that? Really? What is Alec to do, not follow the rules and get in trouble? Or worse, let them think Magnus is a part of it and the clave would attack him? I just don't get it. 

Simon was getting angry too. If you didn't do anything then you have nothing to hide... I'd give my hair up in a heartbeat. 

Aw Max is too cute. He's so eager to get out in the field. 

Awww Simon just wants to stay with her. That's so not cool. Poor Simon. He made a point, he brought Clary in. He should have got to stay with her.

Wow, she really wants to chip all Downworlders. That's bloody insane. They aren't freaking animals. They are people like everyone else. Not cool. 

I don't blame Maia for getting angry at this. I would be too if I was here. I would have done the same thing in her shoes. Now it's going too far. I thought that their reactions to the DNA testing was overrating but this... I'm full on board with them! No tracking chips! 

You give the Clave an inch, they take a freaking mile. Ugh.

I don't know why Jace didn't fight back... or at least defend himself. Dumbass.

Luke is such a badass. I love him. Someone needed to talk sense into Jace because he was being stupid. Again.

She revoked Clary's clearance too. I dislike her. She should leave and let Jace take over, least he listens to people... sometimes.

It's looking like Magnus is going to cheat on Alec. Hopefully, I'm wrong.

STRIKE 1

I do feel so bad for Jace, he just wants to be accepted. Damn Clary had a point though. If they still thought Jace had demon blood, they would be locking him up. 

The dance scene was so cool. I'm so glad I'm wrong!!!! Magnus didn't cheat on Alec. God, I love him even more now. Magnus you wonderful warlock.

Maia is so understanding, I love her. 

Jace was man enough to say sorry. I'm proud of him!

Oh no.... is this where they kill Max? Yay! He lives another day! Annnnnnnnd badass Izzy is back! Hell yeah! 

Jace gave it to Alec. I actually teared up a bit. It was so cute and sweet. 

I love that Alec had Jace remove the tracker from Maia and the sweet moment that Malec had. So cute. I love them so much. 

Also Maia and Jace are going to use each other to get over who they really want. I see this ending badly...


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Unrest - Book Breakdown



New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins brings you the second book in this thrilling war-torn world... Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse. Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they've been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times. In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that's ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it's revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible. 






Book Breakdown 

So if you've not read the first in this series (Unknown), then you should get on that now! This series is great! The covers aren't the best but Wendy Higgins self publishes this series so it makes sense. Ignore the covers though, the story inside is in my opinion some of Wendy's best work. 

The story is so engaging and scary because it could actually happen. I also love the relationship all the characters have. They also feel real. Also Rylen and Amber are seriously wonderful. I love them both so freaking much! Also Amber is biracial.  Her mother is Latina and her father is white. So diversity if you're into that.  

Now onto the spoilers because this is the second in the novel and I can't really say more without spoiling the first one. So you have been warned. I swear I didn't think this book would be the glorious first one but it did. I loved the character development. I loved seeing the USA was planning to fight back with the aliens. I just loved that they were planning to fight, even if the aliens seemed to be much better than them. Also they is a lot more of them after all the bombings they did to the world.

I love how we get more Remy and Tater drama, I'm assuming the next book will be spilt into more than one POV judging by the end of the books. I don't know how I feel about that completely. On the one hand, I want to see Tater and Remy take down the aliens from the inside. Hell yeah! 

But when I start a series with one POV, I generally like it to stay that way if that makes any sense. Maybe I'm the only one that like. Either way, I don't really care, I just want to read the next one now!

I'm so happy that Rylen and Amber finally got together. I was starting to wonder if it would never happen. The sexual tension between these two was off the charts. It was so well done. 

I just can't wait to see where this goes. They had to leave their base so I know things are going to pick up. I'm just so nervous and excited to read the next one. I just hope no one dies. I think my heart would explode. All four of my babies better stay safe! 




  




Friday, June 23, 2017

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Format of Books

This fun meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.



What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.


Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Format of Books



Favorite


My favorite is hardcovers. I love how the cover will not bend or crease, I love how the cover comes off and I can use it as a poster if I want. Plus, the smell of the pages... oh it's heaven you guys. Just heaven. 


Least Favorite 



I'll freely admit that back when these first came out and my mother got one... I stuck up my nose to her. I was a full on book prude. I thought these weren't real books, they weren't as good. Now I see that they are great. Cheaper books (sometimes), it doesn't hurt trees, and it's so freaking light! This came in handy back when I was going through all my major health problems and couldn't hold anything over a certain weight. Not to mention how easy it is to get ARCs and indie authors sending their book out.

So while I do like them now and do even read on my little Kindle, I still like them least. Nothing will ever replace a hardcover book in my heart. 



Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Book Read in June 












Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pride Month! - LGBTQ+ Book Recommendations




So I've done the gay, lesbian, and now it's time to show off some books that feature genderfluid, trans,  intersex, or pansexual books. I could not find as many for these three so I decided to put them together.  Publishers, get on this! If I've missed some let me know below! I'd love to know as many as possible. Also someone else may be interested as well. 



1) Symptoms of Being Human
(Genderfluid)
The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.




2) If I Was Your Girl
(Trans)
Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won't be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.



3) Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity
The last time Jess saw her father, she was a boy named Jeremy. Now she’s a high school graduate, soon to be on her way to art school. But first, Jess has some unfinished business with her dad. So she’s driving halfway across the country to his wedding. He happens to be marrying her mom’s ex-best friend. It’s not like Jess wasn’t invited; she was. She just told them she wasn’t coming. Surprise! 

Luckily, Jess isn’t making this trip alone. Her best friend, Christophe—nicknamed Chunk—is joining her. Chunk has always been there for Jess, and he’s been especially supportive of her transition, which has recently been jump-started with hormone therapy.

Along the way from California to Chicago, Jess and Chunk will visit roadside attractions, make a new friend or two, and learn a few things about themselves—and each other—that call their true feelings about their relationship into question.




4) Lily and Dunkin 
(Trans)
Author Donna Gephart crafts a dual narrative about two remarkable young people: Lily, a transgender girl, and Dunkin, a boy dealing with bipolar disorder.

Sometimes our hearts see things our eyes can’t.

Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you’re in the eighth grade. 

Dunkin Dorfman, birth name Norbert Dorfman, is dealing with bipolar disorder and has just moved from the New Jersey town he’s called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse. 

One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change.




5) Pantomime
(Intersex)
In a land of lost wonders, the past is stirring once more

Gene's life resembles a debutante's dream. Yet she hides a secret that would see her shunned by the nobility. Gene is both male and female. Then she displays unwanted magical abilities - last seen in mysterious beings from an almost-forgotten age. Matters escalate further when her parents plan a devastating betrayal, so she flees home, dressed as a boy.

The city beyond contains glowing glass relics from a lost civilization. They call to her, but she wants freedom not mysteries. So, reinvented as ‘Micah Grey’, Gene joins the circus. As an aerialist, she discovers the joy of flight – but the circus has a dark side. She’s also plagued by visions foretelling danger. A storm is howling in from the past, but will she heed its roar?




6) Mask of Shadows
(Genderfluid) 
Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home. 

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen's personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge. 

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive. 


7) Timekeeper
(bi/pansexual)
Two o’clock was missing. 

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.



8) Beast
(Trans)
Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.

Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?



9) Lizard Radio 
(Nonbinary)
Fifteen-year-old Kivali has never fit in. As a girl in boys’ clothes, she is accepted by neither tribe, bullied by both. What are you? they ask. Abandoned as a baby wrapped in a T-shirt with an image of a lizard on the front, Kivali found a home with nonconformist artist Sheila. Is it true what Sheila says, that Kivali was left by a mysterious race of saurians and that she’ll one day save the world? Kivali doesn’t think so. But if it is true, why has Sheila sent her off to CropCamp, with its schedules and regs and what feels like indoctrination into a gov-controlled society Kivali isn’t sure has good intentions?

But life at CropCamp isn’t all bad. Kivali loves being outdoors and working in the fields. And for the first time, she has real friends: sweet, innocent Rasta; loyal Emmett; fierce, quiet Nona. And then there’s Sully. The feelings that explode inside Kivali whenever Sully is near—whenever they touch—are unlike anything she’s experienced, exhilarating and terrifying. But does Sully feel the same way?

Between mysterious disappearances, tough questions from camp director Ms. Mischetti, and weekly doses of kickshaw—the strange, druglike morsel that Kivali fears but has come to crave—things get more and more complicated. But Kivali has an escape: her unique ability to channel and explore the power of her animal self. She has Lizard Radio.

Will it be enough to save her?



10) The Tiger's Watch
(Genderfluid)
Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn't question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Series I've Been Meaning to Start but Haven't

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.




So I'm sure we all have a lot of series we have meant to start but just haven't gotten around to it. There are tons of series for me. So this list was easy to make. Here we go!


10) Shane and Trey (Enemies to Lovers)
Shane is a little bit screwed. He has just started college and is stuck rooming with that bastard Trey. His sister's boyfriend. His sister's damn fine boyfriend. Uh-oh. This so wasn't going to happen. But try as he might, there's just a little too much to ignore between the two of them...

Also this is New Adult so there are sexy times. Just warning.



9) Bloodlines (Bloodlines Series) 
I wasn't free of my past, not yet.

Sydney's blood is special. That's because she's an alchemist - one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside - and within - the school grounds. Now that they're in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.





8) Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) 
In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare. 




7) The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles) 
In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one... except the "thing" inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch...

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on even if it seems no one believes her.





6) Wicked (A Wicked Saga)
Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans. 

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart. 

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her. 

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.





5) Six of Crows (Six of Crows Duology)
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he'll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done - and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable - if they don't kill each other first.




5) The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology #2)





4) Beautiful Creature (Beautiful Creatures Series)
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.




3) The Jewel (The Lone City Series)
The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for. 




2) The Keeper's Vow (Guardians Series) 
From the day he showed up on her front porch, he desperately needed three things: a new beginning, a place to belong, and someone to stand beside him. 

By the time she figured that out, it was too late. 

In a world where being half-vampire is a dark secret that tears families apart, 16 year-old Katie Watts must untangle the web of lies that is her so-called life. No one is who she thought they were. Her father is keeping secrets and everyone knows the darker truth except her. She has no direction, no answers, and—when she searches for the truth—no home. 

As the web untangles, the truth pulls Katie and Tristan closer together, and they find themselves connected in more ways than she can believe. But—is honesty worth more than blissful ignorance? Can she live with the truths that begin with her dead mother and end with The Keeper’s Vow? 




1) The Crown's Fate
Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.

For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.

With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Music Monday - Melanie Martinez

This fun weekly meme is hosted over at Always Me. Lovely blog, you all should check it out if you don't follow it already.




So let's get into some alternative music, which happens to be my favorite genre of music. So much good stuff there and it's such a broad term that so much is under it.




Favorite Lyrics 

Places, places, get in your places
Throw on your dress and put on your doll faces
Everyone thinks that we're perfect
Please don't let them look through the curtains




Favorite Lyrics 

Tell you a secret, I'm not alarmed
So what if I'm crazy? The best people are
All the best people are crazy.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Shadowhunter Sunday - You Are Not Your Own (Episode 12)



Alright cue the theme music and let's get on with this!



This episode was actually really good! One of my favorites so far! 

Magnus and Valentine switched bodies, which kind of makes sense after the last episode and it's something I didn't see coming. 

Alec doesn't like Sebastian.... it seems he doesn't like very many new comers at all. I guess he has to warm up to them. Sounds like my little sister ha ha.

I hate how Clary feels useless without her ruins. It's sad that she's willing to be a lab rat just to feel like she is worth something. She shouldn't feel that way. She could always just train more and be a badass shadowhunter. 

Valentine/Magnus got Dot to help with his powers. She's not the brightest star in the sky. She even commented saying he sounded like Valentine but just shrugged it off and helped him I'm assuming.  

Izzy seems to be doing a lot better now. I'm happy to see that. I was missing this Izzy a lot. The druggie Izzy wasn't as fun though it was nice to see her character arc. She's coming a long way. 

I feel bad for Alec in this episode. I often feel bad for Alec, I've noticed. He's so confused over Valentine/Magnus and who could blame him? With how tricky Valentine is, one can never really be too sure. 

Okay, my favorite part of the whole episode is the line about how hard it would be to be a Herondale and how they are treated like royalty. It was also very heavy handed. 

We also get a cute Sizzy moment and a pretty heat filled Clace moment that actually didn't make me want to throw up. Making the actors are working on their chemistry. Which I am all for! 

Jace has been outed as a Herondale. They are playing so many card in just season 2... I know they are going way off the books but if they use all the ideas now... then it will just be whatever the showrunners come up with and that might lead to more things like the shape shifting ruin....

I thought I was going to hate Sebastian but I actually really like him. I like that he helped Clary with her power, even though it was harsh it worked! They even got Valentine back into his cell. Seems like everything in this episode wrapped up nicely with a little bow on top. 

Also.... he hit on his sister. Just saying. 



Episode Rating:

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Alex & Eliza - Book Breakdown

Their romance shaped a nation. The rest was history.

1777. Albany, New York. 

As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball. 

Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.





Book Breakdown 

I know some people don't like this author's writing but I'm not one of them. I've loved this author since I read her Blue Blood series like a decade ago... Goddess I feel old. I just checked the Goodreads page for Blue Bloods and it has been a decade. I can't even believe that. Time flies when you're sick I guess... Anyway, read the Blue Bloods if you haven't, it's a wonderful series.

Anyway, that being said, I like this author's writing and after finishing Sad Perfect, I needed a light and fluffy book. Something happy after the dark realness of the other book. So I loved this book! It's just a cute love story between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. I know that the author claims that she wrote it because her daughter wanted to know more after they saw the musical.... but I'm also sure it was a cash grab. Either way, that doesn't bother me. Cash grab or not, I still enjoyed it.

I love the writing style, the banter between the two, and I loved seeing Eliza have a good relationship with her sisters. That doesn't happen often in YA, the good family kind of thing so it was nice to see here.

So now a love story does describe this book to a T. It's got the smallest amount of politics but that's it. It's just a light and fluffy love story and I loved it for that. I knew that going in so I wasn't disappointed at all, I know some might be wanting more but don't. You're getting what the book said.

So if you're a fan of Hamilton or clean love stories, this is for you. You'll love it!



Friday, June 16, 2017

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Book Read this Year so Far...

This meme is hosted here and over at Blue Eye Books.



What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.


Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least favorite book of the first half of the year



So my least favorite book I've read this year would have to be.....

Witches of East End

This one hurt so bad because I love this author! LOVE! I just didn't love this series though... I don't know why but to me it was just boring. It pains to me to say that but it's true. 





Best
I know you guys are probably sick of me talking about this amazing book but I just can't help it. A book has never made me feel the way this book did. It just connected with me on such a high level that... ugh. I can't even put it into words really. It's just soooo good. 

Sad Perfect





Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least favorite format of books (HC, PB, ebook)




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