Jan 30, 2014

Random Ramblings

So. It's been a while since I've really rambled and since yesterday a really awesome movie trailer for a really amazing book was released yesterday I have to ramble. I have to ramble and I have to use a lot of GIFS because well...otherwise I'm just gonna combust from all the feels. I'm sure most everyone knows what trailer was released yesterday...but those of you who don't it was for The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I finally read this book at the end of last year and adored it. I never reviewed it though because it was one of those books that I couldn't gather any coherent thoughts to really review it. It would have been a lot like this...


But there also would have been a lot of this....


Most of all there would have been a lot of this....


Basically my review would have been a mess and would have been terrible because The Fault In Our Stars was just one of those books. One that you can't put into words. Maybe when I read it again I will be able to review that time around...but I won't make any promises. Let's just say for my first John Green book I am now a big fan.

I have been really excited about this movie. For many reasons. One of them being because who wouldn't want to see Augustus Waters on the big screen? And I am very very pleased with what I'm seeing from Ansel Elgort. He's...perfect. Second Josh Boone is directing this movie and he did an amazing job with Stuck In Love. I pretty much love him for that movie.


But I also have to admit I was a tad nervous. But hey we all get nervous when a book is being adapted because we all know it can't be exactly like the book! And sometimes that is hard to accept. I've finally gotten over it and am accepting it but for a while I was very judgey over the book adaptions. From what I am seeing though there is no reason to be nervous about this movie. We have a trailer and we get to see how amazing this movie will be I can't stop thinking about it. I'm just so excited. It looks like they are going to do this book justice.


Awesome right? It's just...AGH! It looks amazing and I wish I had more close friends who have read this book but I don't...which has led to this insanely long post. All I can say now is: Where are you June 6th? Come sooner! Okay? Okay. (Yeah I just went there.) But hey I'm an emotional mess over here because while I was sitting here typing this post I realized the voice over from Ansel in the trailer was part of his letter to Hazel. I'm going to go curl up in a corner now....


None of us are going to survive this movie. We are all going to be an emotional mess. Who else will be bringing a box--not just a little package but a box of tissues with them when they go to see this film? I know I will be. I'm already blubbering over the trailer. The movie is going to gut me.








Jan 28, 2014

Accidents & Incidents

Accidents & Incidents by Riley Graham wasn't a book I was all that familiar with. But when I found it on Netgalley and read the summary I knew I wanted to read it. I'm glad that I got approved for this one because it was a good quick read that I enjoyed.


 Sometimes finding love means taking the scenic route ... Living with her faultfinding mother has taught Leslie not to ask for much. Just watch your step, stay on the sidelines, and take what you can get. But she wants a mom who thanks her for cleaning the kitchen instead of yelling at her for missing a spot, and a boyfriend who does more than score her a seat at the popular table-someone who actually notices her sitting there. So when Cain, the school heartbreaker, turns his Carolina blue eyes her way, Leslie can't help but be tempted, even if he's her boyfriend's best friend. Things get even more complicated when Leslie strikes up unlikely friendships with Meredith, Cain's girlfriend, and Dennis, a boy addicted to cigarettes and solitude. Despite his tough exterior, Dennis seems to understand Leslie in a way that no one ever has, and to need her as much as she needs him. For the first time in her life, Leslie feels like she could belong. She's just not sure where.



Leslie doesn't have it the easiest. Her mom is always putting everything she does down and her boyfriend is suddenly treating her like crap. Not to mention the fact the hottest guy in school keeps flirting with her despite the fact her best friend is his girlfriend. 

At first I wasn't really happy with Leslie. She was making stupid decisions like sticking with her boyfriend despite how crappy he was treating her. And the fact she allowed and even flirted back with Cain annoyed me to no end. But then Leslie came to and she realized Cain was nothing but a flirt and her boyfriend was an ass. She started to become a character who took care of herself and didn't really on others. She started to be the good friend that Meredith was to her. She became a character I really liked by the end of the book.

Dennis I liked from the start. He was different and I was curious about him. There's just something about a red head loner that makes a girl go hmmm. At least that was how it was in my case. I just really adored Dennis. And like with Leslie I grew to love him more and more throughout the whole book.

The more Dennis and Leslie got to know one another the more I loved both these characters. Together they made each other better. Dennis made Leslie a better person and Leslie opened up Dennis and helped him through what he's been struggling with. I really loved their dynamic. It was very sweet.  And I feel that without each other they would have never improved their lives the way they did.

Cain was such an infuriating character. Sure I could see why Leslie fell for his charms but the whole time all I could think was how he was a two timing jerk. He was such a flirt. But I liked how Riley Graham gave insight into why he acted the way he acted. You can't help but feel bad for him the teeniest bit. But at the time it doesn't excuse what he does.

Riley Graham's writing hooked me from the start and I really enjoyed her storytelling but I wish the book would have been longer. It ended right as things got real good. Though I can say it was a satisfying ending. I personally just wish there would have been a bit more.

Accidents & Incidents was a quick contemporary read that I enjoyed and it's getting 3.5 out of 5 birds from me. If you're looking for a real easy quick read this book is for you. I'll definitely read more from this author in the future.


~~Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book!~~

Jan 26, 2014

Better Off Friends

Better Off Friends is a book I happened to stumble upon on Netgalley and knew right away I wanted to read it. I am so glad I got approved because boy did I love this book! Elizabeth Eulberg is yet another author to add to my favorite list.


 For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love?


Guys and girls can't be friends. Or so people say. Macallan and Levi are just that friends, best friends. Yet people always assume it's more than that. They prove that guys and girls can be good friends but being best friends with the opposite sex certainly can cause some complications.

Let me start off by saying how much I loved this book. I LOVED THIS BOOK. I can't begin to tell you how much I loved this book but I am certainly going to try because I want everyone to read this book and share my love for it. It's just so good. 

Macallan quickly became a new favorite character for me. She was so easy to identify with that it was impossible not to like her. And not to mention her sense of humor was off the walls. Whether she was having banter with Levi or just thinking she always managed to make me laugh. Another thing that made me really love Macallan was her fearless nature. I don't mean she was fearless in the way that she was jumping off swing sets but rather she was fearless with confrontation. She isn't afraid to stand up for her family or people who are being wrongly treated. I also really loved how Macallan didn't get all caught up in the super cliche things of school like boys and fashion and such. She was just Macallan who loved a UK show. And I am one of those people who gets caught up in those UK shows.  

"My initial instinct was to ask him if the name Levi came from the jeans his mom was wearing on the day he was born, but instead I behaved like the good, responsible student I was supposed to be."


Like with Macallan I quickly loved Levi. Even with his long hair in the beginning. He was sweet, had the same sense of humor as Macallan which was hilarious when the two were together. He was a really caring guy and very genuine. I loved him and even when he was being a dumbass when he made the varsity team I still loved him because I knew he'd come around. He always did and that was the thing about Levi that I loved. He always realized when he screwed up and he may be stubborn but I knew he'd come around. He's the type of guy that I've always wanted as a best friend. He's the guy everyone has wanted as a best friend. 

I haven't enjoyed a contemporary book this much in a long time. There have plenty that I've loved but not as much as I loved this one. Honestly this book meets my Sarah Dessen standards and no contemporary book has ever been like a Sarah Dessen book for me. But this one was. I adored everything about it but what I loved most was the way it was written. Before each chapter you have Levi and Macallan having short conversations setting up the chapter. It was brilliant and hilarious and perfect.

"Are you remembering the same day that I am?"

"Yes."

"Oh. I'm so sorry. I believe you're suffering from delusional fantasies."

"I'm not delusional. There are many words to describe me: awesome, stud, male extraordinaire, you name it."

"Fine. You're awesome. But clearly delusional."


Macallan and Levi have an amazing friendship but that doesn't mean it doesn't bring some complications in their life because it certainly does. Whether it be a boyfriend who can't handle their friendship or running off to Ireland for a summer it isn't all happy jokes. Which by the way can I mention how much I loved this book had a trip to Ireland in it? Dream place to go! I won't ramble about that though. The core of this story is that friendship and I love that it shows guys and girls can be friends. They can be best friends and even if it does or doesn't lead to something friendship is possible and it is wonderful. They have one of the best friendships.

I think it's pretty obvious I loved this book which is why it's getting 5 out of 5 birds from me. It deserves more let me tell you. Elizabeth Eulberg's writing is something wonderful. From page one you are hooked in the story. I most certainly will be reading her other books. I recommend all contemporary fans read this one even those who aren't familiar with contemporary need to read this book! It's coming out February 25th and I know I will be at the bookstore picking up my copy! 


~~Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book!~~

Jan 25, 2014

Thrall

Thrall is one of those book I probably wouldn't have stumbled upon had the author not contacted me about a review. It had a beautiful cover and the premise sounded so unique that I had to give the book a shot. I'm glad I did but it wasn't a fast read for me. Though it was enjoyable for the most part.


 Braedyn is a normal girl just trying to survive high school with her two devoted friends, Royal and Cassie. Together they’re doing a pretty good job of shrugging off the slings and arrows cast their way by the popular crowd when a new boy, Lucas, moves into the house next door. Suddenly Braedyn finds herself falling in love for the first time.

But as her sixteenth birthday approaches, Braedyn discovers humankind is at war with the Lilitu, an ancient race of enticing demons that prey on human souls. Her father is a member of the Guard fighting against the Lilitu - and so are the new neighbors, including her crush, Lucas.

As her world starts to unravel at the seams, Braedyn learns the right answers aren’t always clear or easy. And as for “good” and “evil” – it all depends on how we choose to act.

Inspired by the ancient Mesopotamian myths of Lilith and her offspring, Thrall explores first love, strong friendships, and taking on adult responsibilities against the backdrop of powerful supernatural forces and life-and-death stakes.



Braedyn is about to turn sixteen and little does she know her life will be changing a lot more than most girls who turn sixteen. Turns out Braedyn isn't human. She's a Lilith and there's a war about to break out. Sweet Sixteen? Not exactly....

Braedyn was one of those characters I had a hard time connecting with. I liked Braedyn in the beginning before she found out what she was. She was sweet, sarcastic with her friends, and had an awesome relationship with her dad. But after that she wasn't the same. I didn't like how she acted out after finding out the truth about her life and her dad. It got annoying but it didn't last long and Braedyn shaped up. That was the thing though with this character she was always changing to quickly for me. It was too quick for me to really notice any character growth. Don't get me wrong I can understand why a lot of people like Braedyn, she can be quiet funny when she wants to be but I just could not connect with her at all. I have to say though in that final chapter she did show her strength.

There are cases where the instant love connection works. And some cases where it just doesn't. With Thrall it's sort of in the between for me. I'm becoming less and less of a fan of instant love the more it pops up but I could tolerate it with this book because despite the instant love there were complications to make it interesting. Lucas was a great love interest. He's strong, sweet, funny, determined, even a bit wounded. I liked him but the relationship between Braedyn and him moved too fast for me. Now that doesn't mean it wasn't any good, because at times it was really sweet but I wish it wouldn't have been such an instant thing and grew a bit slower.

One of my favorite parts about this book was the relationship between Braedyn and her dad. It was really awesome. I don't think enough books focus on parent/child relationships but this one did have quiet a bit of it in this one and I really enjoyed it. It was so well written and the dialogue between the two was great!

Fast is a theme with this book. Things never slow down and that is good it keeps you turning the page but it was a tad bit to fast for me. I keep saying that don't I? I really did enjoy this book to a certain extent but the fast pace made me feel like I was missing out on things. Maybe it's because I wish there would have been more with Braedyn and her friends. I really loved them! Especially Royal and his sassy remarks. But there was some good to the fast pace. The action was always there and very well written and because it was such a quick pace there wasn't really any time for dullness.

Thrall was a quick paced read with plenty of action to keep readers on their toes wondering what will happen next. I'm giving Thrall 3 out of 5 birds. It wasn't a favorite of mine and I won't be jumping to read the next one right away but I did enjoy it and I'm glad to have gotten to read such a unique and well written book. That was another great thing about this one how unique the plot was!



~~Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book!~~

Jan 21, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

It's been awhile since I've participated in Teaser Tuesday but I feel like I'm ready to start getting into the swing of posting Teaser Tuesday posts again. Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading were you grab a book, open it up, find something that isn't going to spoil the book and share it. Which is what I plan to do today! I'll be sharing a teaser from my current read Thrall by Jennifer Quintenz.


"Derek turned on him, surprise giving way to fury. Lucas shrugged slightly, smiling as if to say, we can stop this anytime you like." (page 28)




"I waited for more, for some kind of explanation that made sense. He didn't offer one. "Just take your word for it?" I asked, frustrated. Lucas didn't bat an eye. "Yes." "Why?" "Because." Fed up, I started to walk away." (page 44)








Hope you enjoyed the teasers! I wasn't sure at first if I would really be into this one but it's getting better with each chapter. And the whole story is really unique. If you've posted a teaser tuesday post as well leave a link in the comments so I can come check out your post!


Jan 20, 2014

The Rising

There is always something really bitter sweet about the final book in a series. Especially a series from Kelley Armstrong. There is just something about this author that makes it really hard to let go of her characters and their stories. Yet at the same time Kelley does such a fantastic job of ending it that you can't help but be happy with how it all ended.



 Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Clouds and now a rival Cabal as well, they're quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, it's not like they can just go to the authorities for help.

All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they're so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control.

But Maya is unprepared for the truths that await her. And now, like it or not, she'll have to face down some demons from her past if she ever hopes to move on with her life. Because Maya can't keep running forever.

Old secrets are revealed and unexpected characters make a surprising return in this stunning conclusion to Kelley Armstrong's New York Times bestselling Darkness Rising trilogy.


Maya and her friends are on the run. They've survived a helicopter crash, being shot at by the people who tried to kidnap them, and survived with barely any food or water while trying to find some civilization. Now they are at the point that they have run out of options. And now it's time to find answers and people who may or may not help them.
 
Maya really grew into herself in this book. She grew into someone I could really like. It wasn't that I didn't like her before she was always a great and interesting character but in The Rising I felt her character shift. She wasn't so quick to judge people the way she used to. She questions herself a bit more. Not that that is necessarily a good thing but for Maya it allowed her to finally understand things about her feelings and herself as a person. She's strong and I really loved getting to follow her as she figured out who she is while trying to save the people she cares about. 

Daniel and Rafe are to very different people yet it's easy to care for both of them in different ways. I've never really liked Rafe all that much. I didn't necessarily not like him but in the first book he wasn't anything special to me. I felt indifference towards him I suppose. I didn't find the appeal that Maya did. Book two came around and I found myself really worried about Rafe and actually kind of caring about him. And now with this final book I finally understand the appeal. Now he will never be that character who makes my heart flutter. But rather the character who I finally understand. He's a really great guy. Not that he wasn't before but you really see who Rafe is in this final book. And you've got to respect him a bit for his actions.

Daniel on the other hand is the character that I cared about from the beginning. He's the loyal and caring best friend. I respected him from the beginning and that doesn't change with this final book. In fact I respect him even more in this one. I absolutely adore Daniel. He's such an amazing and selfless guy and when him and Maya are together they just make each other better. Daniel is that character who makes my heart flutter. 

There's quiet a few new characters that come in this book but for the sake of not spoiling it I won't talk much about them. Other than I really loved the new character Ash. He was not what I expected yet he was perfect. Him and Maya cracked me up. Most importantly though my favorite characters of all time make an appearance in this book. Chloe, Derek and the rest of the gang. Having them intertwine was one of my favorite reading experiences. It was comical and perfect how they all interacted and figured the other out. And of course getting to see where Derek and Chloe are now and how things turn out for them in the end was so amazing. It filled that side of me that was always wondering about them.

The way everything was resolved for Maya and her friends and Chloe and Derek and the rest of the gang wasn't how I figured things would go. Yet it was perfect. That's the thing with Kelley Armstrong's writing. She always seems to make it go in the least expected way yet it's so much better than how you thought it would go. Her writing is so captivating and she wrapped up Maya's story perfectly. I loved how it all turned out. Just everything!

The Rising is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me! This was the best book out of the series. It was an action packed and emotional yet comical read. It has it all. I can't really write in words how amazing of an author Kelley Armstrong is but I can say that her work is something that needs to be read. Pick up these books and fall in love with the characters and their complicated life! You won't regret it. 





Jan 18, 2014

Gilded Feathers Blitz + Giveaway

Today I have an excerpt for you guys from Infinitely Gilded by J. Woods! She will be having a series blitz tour going on so make sure to stop by all the other blogs taking part of this blitz.You'll find some other great posts.

http://caesarsandstraws.com/

By clicking the series blitz image it will take you to J. Woods website where you will find the schedule for all the other tour stops. And now for the awesome excerpt from the fourth book in the series Infinitely Gilded! Hope you guys enjoy it and don't forget to enter the giveaway that will be at the end of the post.

Excerpt:

I let out a sigh and turned to ask Dash about this afternoon when I found my lips pressed against his. His warm palm cupped my cheek tenderly and I felt myself melting. I distantly heard the retort and protest in my mind but I shooed them away giving in to the passion. I admitted to myself I wanted the taste of his lips on mine, drowning in ecstasy. I bit back the whimper that wanted to escape when he pulled back slightly, catching his breath.

“You don’t play fair,” I breathed.

“No, I don’t. Not when it comes to something I want. Not when it comes to you.” He stared into my eyes and I wanted to cling to him and never let go... ...I could do nothing but play along with the charade while I looked at him and silently asked how far do I have to go to get to you? Hoping I wasn’t making a permanent pronouncement on temporary emotion I knew patience was what I needed but right now it felt like the enemy. A part of me was drawn to him but a part of me resisted. And the resistance was what continued to push me through. I wanted to grab his face and scream at him – why? Slowly I could feel my shattered soul wandering back to me. It was testing its old stomping grounds and satisfied, fell into its original spot. Almost like a test drive, it shifted around in its seat, adjusting the mirrors, pressing a few buttons adjusting the radio and taking it for a spin. ‘It feels the same,’ my soul concluded. ‘Maybe a little more battered and bruised – definitely a fixer upper but it will do.’ And before the warmth of his mouth left mine, the mingling of our breaths becoming separate again I allowed that silly dreamer who still resided within me a fleeting glimpse of forever.



An alluring choice. A fantastical revelation. But what if it changed... everything?

Familiar with the art of the nightmare, twenty-two year old university student Cole Evans can’t help but feel a deep connection to the horrifying illusions of her slumber.

Irrevocably drawn to obscure fantasy, Cole faces a defiant temptation of romance and her first encounter with the mysterious Drex. Covered in tattoos, she unexpectedly finds herself attracted to his dark magnetism and emerald eyes. Before her life takes an impossible turn.

Uncovering Drex’s true Guardian identity, she is forced on a terrifying journey through the stars into his world - one that brilliantly weaves together the struggle of danger and desire. And the impossible reality of gilded feathers.




 To find that forever love with a Guardian is both her dream come true and worst nightmare entwined into a dangerously bizarre reality for Cole Evans.

Tangled in the art of passion she tries to find balance within the explosive converging of two separate worlds. Peeling back the layers of past, present and future through the disjointed answers in her mother’s journals, Cole’s life becomes equal parts mystery and spellbinding romance.

Until terrifying threats and wicked encounters drag her back into the source of her nightmares.

Stuck in a poetically volatile rebellion of revenging rage, Cole battles with the desolation of survival and separation and the reliance on gilded faith.





Drowning endlessly in her sorrow, Chloe Collins tries desperately to breathe life back into the lost girl Cole has become. But as she refuses to let go of memories past, her journal remains the only escape from her constant inner turmoil.   

In the midst of it all Chloe is enchanted in her own passionate romance with the rogue and untamed Tommy. Their love is tested against the uprising of demons from the past in a time where it seems everyone is hiding secrets.
Captivated in the battle between love and betrayal Chloe faces new obstacles and the undulating force of a gilded promise.









 What if everything you thought to be true... wasn’t?

After a year of perishing in a desolating inferno, Cole Evans is surprised when her senses develop an intrigue for the savagely mysterious Dash.
Determined to uncover the secrets hidden in the dark depths of his entrancing eyes, Cole finds herself torn between guilt and temptation.
Her wandering soul fights relentlessly for answers only to find the darkest one of all followed by a series of extraordinary events. Unraveling with devastating and profound real












Jan 11, 2014

The Reckoning

There's this really sad feeling that grows in a book nerds stomach knowing that one of their favorite series is coming to an end. You're so excited to see what will happen yet so sad that it's ending. After all these years I still have that feeling in my stomach even though I've reread this series four times now. It's just that good.

Chloe Saunders is fifteen and would love to be normal. Unfortunately, Chloe happens to be a genetically engineered necromancer who can raise the dead without even trying. She and her equally gifted (or should that be 'cursed'?) friends are now running for their lives from the evil corporation that created them.

As if that's not enough, Chloe is struggling with her feelings for Simon, a sweet-tempered sorcerer, and his brother Derek, a not so sweet-tempered werewolf. And she has a horrible feeling she's leaning towards the werewolf...

Definitely not normal.


Chloe and her friends are safe--sort of. They're still on the run from the Edison Group but they are no longer alone and on the streets. But maybe they were better off on their own because people aren't always as honest as you hope...

I've said it more than once but I will say it again. Chloe Saunders is one of the best female protagonists. She's normal. Well, normal isn't the right word. She feels very real. She isn't this strong girl who can kick ass. She's short and way to nice. But the thing is that's how a lot of people view her. They don't see the strength within her. She is strong and I think a lot of characters realize this in the book. They see Chloe for all that she is. She may be small but she can take care of her self if she has too.

Like Chloe I think people finally see Derek for who he is and not what he is. He's an amazing guy. In the beginning he's very grumpy and short tempered and he's changed so much. He's become the characters we all knew he was. Sweet, caring, loyal, protective--he was all of these things before but he was very misunderstood in my opinion. And now you really get to see Derek for who he is. I could go on and on about how much I love this characters but I won't. You really have to read these books to understand my love for Derek and Chloe.

There are a lot of awesome characters in this series whether they be the good guys or the bad guys. Each character Kelley Armstrong writes is so easily pictured in your head while reading. From Tori who can be a smart-ass to Simon who's too stinking adorable for words. And then there are the bad guys like Tori's mom who gets exactly what was coming to her to the hell bent on teasing Chloe Royce. He is not a ghost anyone want's to encounter that's for sure! My point is that all these characters are really well rounded and developed even the minor ones.

All of the books in this series have been really fast paced. Every chapter gets better and better. You get so tangled up in the story that before you know it you find you've read all three books and there are no more. Even though I've read these books many times I still got that choked up happy feeling in my stomach and throat. You think I wouldn't considering I've read these books so many times but I still do every time. It's just such a great ending to a fantastic series that still chokes me up. Kelley Armstrong is a fantastic and very talented author.

I mentioned it before how realistic the romance in these books are. It's very slow growing. But my favorite part is how the books don't center around the romance. Don't get me wrong the romance is one of my favorite parts because it's written so well but the thing about how Kelley Armstrong writes it is she doesn't let it over power the story. I find that a lot of books focus too much on the romance and you lose the story because of it. Kelley Armstrong doesn't let that happen with these books. 

A lot goes down in this book. And even though things aren't all that resolved with Chloe and her friends you still get a certain amount of closure because at the moment they are okay and that's enough. The Reckoning is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me! This is a really timeless series. I can't get over how much I love it. I'm ready to reread it again it's just so good. I highly recommend you read this series if you haven't already. Kelley Armstrong's writing is truly captivating.






Jan 10, 2014

Why Just Why

Alright. This is not the type of post I had intentions of posting this morning. I was all ready to write up a review last night for The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong. I even started the review and had no idea until I previewed the post my email and blog had been hacked. No one wants to see a trashy Photoshopped picture of two of my least favorite actresses with some random girl in the middle. NO ONE.


This is literally one of my worst nightmares. I've had dreams where my blog was hacked and I was totally devastated. You put all this time and effort and love into this blog and seeing it get messed up is not something any of us bloggers want to find. We just don't. It's like taking someone's piece of art work and deciding to doodle on it. You just don't do something like that. It's not nice and you have no idea how much work could have gone into that drawing. It's the same with blogging. Maybe it seems like some simple thing but it's not. It's like that drawing it takes time.

I'm hoping that I got my blog set to private before anyone actually saw what the hacker put on my blog. I don't know if I did but I hope so. And if I didn't I am truly sorry if it offend anyone. I know it bothered me. But my mom and I searched and searched throughout the whole design and layout and hopefully took down all the things that shouldn't have been put there in the first place. It messed the design up a bit. Where my tree's used to be at every top post is now gone and it's just some random line hanging out there. That is bugging me. I loved those trees! But I can't complain because it could have been a lot worse. I'm just thankful I still have a blog.

I'm not going to let this stop me from posting. I'm going to go back to what I was doing and I'll be posting my review for The Reckoning tomorrow. Thanks guys for understanding!






Jan 5, 2014

The Awakening

Five years later and rereading this series four times now it still feels like I've discovered this amazing story for the first time. Despite already knowing how things play out I still found myself unable to put the book down and eager to turn the page. It's truly one of my favorite series and I feel it will stay that way forever.


Chloe Saunders is not your average supernatural teenager. Genetically altered at birth by a sinister team of scientists, she can barely control her terrifying powers. Now the team that created her has decided it's time to end the experiment. Permanently.

Now Chloe is running for her life along with a charming sorcerer, a troubled werewolf and a temperamental young witch. Together they have a chance for freedom - but can Chloe trust her new friends?


Chloe Saunders thought she was nuts after being admitted into the Lyle House for mentally disturbed teenagers. Turns out she's not nuts but a supernatural who can raise the dead. Why would these people want to make these kids think they were crazy? They aren't exactly the people they try to make you think they are that's for sure.

Chloe is one of my favorites. She grows so much from The Summoning. She's braver, stronger, tougher, and all around a better person. She was always a good person. Very selfless but she's grown into herself a bit more in this book. I loved how she took charge and didn't allow Tori's comments to get to her or Derek's grumpiness. She has a thicker skin and she isn't stuttering as often when she speaks.

Derek grows a lot in this book as well. He opens up and we get to see what is beneath that grumpy exterior. In fact we get to understand his grumpiness. I was always curious about Derek and liked him but in The Awakening I didn't just like him I loved him. We see that most of his anger comes from true concern for Chloe. I loved how Derek started to realize how he spoke to people. He worked on being better with his words. Derek is a solid guy and I can't even begin to express how much I love this character. Like Chloe he is one of my favorites and always will be.

My favorite part of this book was when Derek and Chloe bond and get to understand one another better. Whether Chloe realized it Derek cares for her. Deep down I think Chloe does know this but isn't sure what to think about it or how it makes her feel. And I love that about these books. Romance doesn't just bloom right away it's slow going with all of them. Even with Simon you know he likes Chloe but nothing is rushed or develops unrealistically. It's a slow and much more endearing development whether it be between Chloe and Derek or Chloe and Simon. Sometimes slow is better. You get to understand the characters better that way I think.

Kelley Armstrong writes in a way that easily entraps readers. Everything is so vivid and clear that it makes the read even more enjoyable. Everything is so well thought and with every turn of the page something new is developing. I can never get enough of Kelley Armstrong's books. Whether it be to reread this series or read some of her other work. I'm always impressed.

The Awakening is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me! I adore this series and it's characters so much. I know I've said it before but I will say it again. It's a series that goes on forever. It's become sort of a tradition to go back and revisit the story every year or so. Read this series and you'll find yourself just as caught up in the characters and the adventure they go on!  





Jan 3, 2014

The Summoning

You know you love a series when the fourth time around rereading it you still can't stop turning the pages eager to know what happens next. Each time is like the first time all over again. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong still proves to be one of my favorite books filled with all my favorite characters.


 My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost - and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't what it seems. Don't tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? it's up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House...before its skeletons come back to haunt me.


Chloe Saunders is not your typical fifteen year old girl. She hasn't started her period, she's been seeing dead people from a young age, and well soon she realizes normal was never a word that should be used to describe her life.

Chloe is one of my favorite female characters in a series. I say this about quiet a few female characters in books but I have a lot that I do like. But Chloe will always be one of my top favorites. She's this short girl who stutters and you wouldn't expect her to be tough. But in fact Chloe proves not only to be tough but brave. She has such a unique voice that it's hard not to get caught up in her story as she figures out she isn't nuts like everyone wants her to believe. 

Derek and Simon are two completely different characters yet each is easy to like. Simon is very sweet and artsy the type who will make conversation with the new kid when  no one else will.  He's also very honest and genuine. And I really did like Simon but I found a lot of my focus and curiosity always gravitating towards Derek. Derek is this insanely tall sixteen year old who got a bit of a smack down from puberty. He's cranky and down right rude. Yet I love Derek. Because you know despite how cranky he can be he's a good guy. Having read all these books many times there is so much more I would love to say about Derek but it shall wait...

There is a lot to love about this book but what I loved most was the setting. There's something really intriguing about a book being set in a house for teenagers who aren't quite sane. Of course these teens end up being more than just teenagers with anger issues and hearing voices. It's a lot more complicated and that is what made it so great was getting to go along with Chloe as she comes to terms with what she can do as well as discovering some not so great things about the Lyle House.

Kelley Armstrong has a way to capture you into the story she is telling. And once you are captured and getting insanely attached to the characters she's created it's hard to stop reading. Even when you do stop reading it's a book you know you will always go back to. At least that was how it was and still is for me. Kelley Armstrong is one of those authors who's writing is so good that years down the rode I'm still thinking about the book and still just as engrossed and attached to the characters as the first time I read the book. That right there says it all about how talented of an author she is.

The Summoning gets 5 out of 5 birds! I love this book--and series--more than I can express. I love it so much I want to buy a bunch of copies and toss them at people and yell "Read it!" Okay. I'm too OCD with books to actually throw them. More like nicely hand them over. But still. It's one of those book's I'd recommend to anyone. And of course with that ending book two is needed as soon as possible! Read this book and adore it! I promise you will.