Saturday, December 27, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (6)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and ebooks!

Stacking the Shelves

I haven't done a Stacking the Shelves in a while, so I've got a lot of books that I got to share :)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Top Ten of 2014 ~ Day 5

Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2015


There are a LOT of books I'm looking forward to reading that are being published in 2015, so it was kind of hard to pick just 10.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Top Ten of 2014 ~ Day 4

Best Book Boyfriends of 2014


My book boyfriends for this year are pretty obvious for anyone who knows what my favorite books are ;)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Top Ten of 2014 ~ Day 3

Best Couples of 2014


These are all the couples that I shipped the most this year ;)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Top Ten of 2014 ~ Day 2

Best Book Covers of 2014


There were a lot of gorgeous covers this year, but these are the books that I think had the best covers. I'd definitely stare at these covers all day ;)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Top Ten of 2014 ~ Day 1

Best Books I've Read in 2014


This past year has gone by really quickly for me, and I still can't believe that the year is ending! This was my first year blogging and the time went by so fast! I can't wait to start a new year of book blogging and making new blogging friends! :D So, in honor of the ending year, I decided to join Top 10 of 2014! This is a fun-filled week when we spend looking back at some of the best books from 2014 and looking forward to those books in 2015 that we can't wait for. It is hosted by Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Rachel from FiktshunThe event runs for five consecutive days, the last week full of the year – Monday, December 22nd to Friday, December 26th. These five days, I will share some of my favorite lists!

Today is the list of my favorite books I read this year.

Friday, December 12, 2014

ARC Review: No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown

Series: No (Standalone)
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Book Length: 368 pages
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Goodreads
Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.

When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.

Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (5)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and ebooks!

So, I went to the library (again) this week, and I got 15 books!! :D So excited to read all of them! xD

This week's books:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (4)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and ebooks!

I went to the library recently, which means that I have a lot of books this week, and hopefully I'll have a lot of reviews up! But I might not have that many reviews soon because I've been in a blogging and reviewing slump :/ but hopefully I will break out of it...soon...

This week's books:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: Not Yet by Laura Ward

Series: No (Standalone) 
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Book Length: 273 pages
Publication Date: July 28, 2014
Publisher: Createspace
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Emma Harris is learning that life is just a series of lessons. 

Lesson #1: Nothing goes the way you plan.
Lesson #2: You can't trust men. Especially not the pretty ones.
Lesson #3: Turns out, appearances are almost always deceiving.

Emma thinks she has life all figured out, and what she knows isn't good. For years, she’s put her big sister, who was born with Down syndrome, first. Now Emma’s ready to start her own life, but fate has other plans. To do the right thing for the sister she loves, Emma’s dreams will just have to wait.

She doesn't plan on meeting Landon — a rich, flirtatious jock, who never has to wait for anything. Not for attention, not for money, and certainly not for girls. Meeting Emma marks the first time in his life that he’s had to fight for something. And Landon doesn't know how to lose.

Emma has no interest in wasting her summer with a superficial guy like Landon. But very soon she realizes she is wrong about him. The question is, can she trust him? Or will he let her down like every other guy in her life? But most importantly, can Emma trust herself enough to live the life she's always dreamed of?

Life has a way of sneaking in the most important lessons when you aren't looking. And once the heart gets involved, that's when the real learning begins.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (2): Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where they post lists on bookish things. 

So it's been a long time since I've done a Top Ten Tuesday -- over 2 months! Wow. I am really bad at keeping at a schedule xD

**Two quick side-notes: (1) I'm super behind on commenting back and I will get to that soon! (2) I might be going on a temporary hiatus, I'm not completely sure yet.**

This week I'm going to be doing:

Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween:


Sunday, October 5, 2014

ARC Review: Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

Series: Stolen Empire #1
Genre: YA Historical Romance
Book Length: 262 pages
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Source: Netgalley
ONE GIRL WILL BRING AN EMPIRE TO ITS KNEES...

Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

TBR Tag


So a few days ago I was tagged for this tag by Ri at Hiver et Café! You can check out her post here. This tag was originally created by Rachel at A Perfection Called Books and Dana at DanaSquare. You can check out Rachel's post here and Dana's post here. It's about learning about our TBRs and other peoples TBRs. It's super fun and hopefully I'll learn something about my TBR that I didn't know before ;)

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
I use goodreads because it makes finding new books and adding them to a list of books you want to read super easy!

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?
My TBR is definitely mostly print because I LOVE print copies because it just feels so right to read using them.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
I just choose what book I have available at the moment or read an ARC next or read a book that I'm excited about reading.

A book that's been on your TBR the longest
Panic - This book has been on my account since November 4th, 2013, basically like the day I joined Goodreads!


A book you recently added to your TBR
Renegade - The reviews for the book are mostly positive and the synopsis seems super interesting, so I plan on reading it soon!


A book in your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover
Open Summer Road - This book's cover is GORGEOUS! And it seems like a fun read :)


A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading
Strings Attached - It's a historical romance book. I don't read historical romances much.


An unpublished book on your TBR that you are excited for
Wicked - I seriously can't wait for this book to come out! I mean, IT'S A PARANORMAL BOOK BY JLA!! I can't resist it!


A book on your TBR that basically everyone's read but you
Clockwork Angel - I feel like every single person but me has read this! I read the Mortal Instruments, but I have yet to read this. I'm holding off on reading this because I've been spoiled :(


A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you
Fangirl - The first book that I can think of is Fangirl. I think I'm like the only person that has never read this -.-


A book that you are dying to read
Opposition - I have this book and I want to read it SO BADLY! But I banned myself from reading it until I finish reading my ARCs as motivation.


How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?
O.O Umm...1,432 books...

I tag:
The Misses @ Fangirling Misses
Tia @ Read It Write Now!
Carina @ My Addiction: Books
Ivey @ The Hopeless Reader
Alise and Bec @ Readers In Wonderland
& anyone else who would like to do the tag!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (3): Lailah


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's book is Lailah by Nikki Kelly and it's getting released on October 7th, 2014.

I've heard a TON of great things about this book and the synopsis seems INCREDIBLE and it's just basically one of the books that I'm really excited for! :D

The girl knows she’s different. She doesn't age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (2): Exquisite Captive


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's book is Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios. It is going to be released on October 7th, 2014.

I am super excited for this book because the synopsis seems awesome and the book is inspired by Arabian Nights, and that's amazing!

Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.

Determined to free herself. 

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (3)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and ebooks!

This week's books:

Edelweiss:
  
Compulsion by Martina Boone
The Bargaining by Carly Anne West
Remember by Eileen Cook

Book Tours:
   
The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard
Stone of Destiny by Laura Howard
Violet Storm by Anna Soliveres
Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Review Copies:
  
Not Yet by Laura Ward
Challenging Destiny by Cherie Colyer
Undertow by K.R. Conway

Monday, August 18, 2014

ARC Review: Shameless by Nina Lemay

Series: N/A
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Book Length: 227 pages
Publication Date: August 18, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Goodreads
Girls like me don’t get happy endings.

I know what I am. At worst a cliché, at best a cautionary tale. I put an international border between me and my past, only to wind up working in a low-end titty bar. Even my excuse is as lame as it gets: I’m paying for college, getting my art degree from Montreal’s most prestigious school. Although some days it becomes confusing: am I just a student who moonlights as a stripper, or a stripper who masquerades as a student?

But the inevitable happens and my two lives collide. And now there’s one other person who knows both the quiet, antisocial Hannah and the sensual, shameless Alicia. One person who keeps my secret.

He’s beautiful, he’s sophisticated. He comes from the other side of life, the one where I’m not wanted or accepted. But he calls me la petite Américaine, and his hot, hot hands on my skin promise me things I long ago gave up on.

The problem? He teaches my Classic Photography class.

Review

When I first heard about this book, I was really excited to read it because its cover was gorgeous to me and because it was from the point of view of a stripper, and I thought that the book seemed really unique. And it was! Before now, I don't think I've ever read a book like this!

The characters of the book were amazing and really well developed! The main character, Hannah wasn't one of those predictable narrators that make the whole book so boring. In the beginning of the book Hannah was really suspicious of guys and she basically thought that all guys had evil intentions behind their actions. That made me become REALLY curious about why she like that. She had to make a lot of decisions in this book, and I was really impressed by her at certain points of the book. Her teacher and love interest, Emmanuel, is also unpredictable and he's so…sweet… :) And Emmanuel and Hannah together? They are awesome! I feel like they are almost perfect for each other! He understands how she feels when no one else does, and is he really stands up for her when no one else does. Throughout the book, I saw a lot of character development. Hannah learned to accept who she was and not to let what other people thought about her to affect her. Emmanuel learned that he could trust Hannah because she wasn't like a stereotypical stripper. 

There was a lot of romance in this book and there were some scenes between Hannah and Emmanuel that I found so sweet. I was surprised that there were some scenes in the book that make me go:



This book had a lot of dark thoughts and intentions. It was a bit unsettling at first and it made me a bit uncomfortable, but after I got used to it, I really got to enjoy the book. One problem I had with this book was that I was really curious about Hannah's past, but the only thing that was mentioned about her past throughout the book was Hannah's mother and there was just a little mention of something else from her past in the end, but it wasn't really detailed. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to people.



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (2)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and ebooks! 

This week's books:

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy, #3)Clarity (Clarity, #1)Perception (Clarity, #2)