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I’M WRITING A BOOK!

Posted February 12, 2018 by Jessica in discussions / 0 Comments

I have been wanting to do this discussion forever because I have been wanting to talk about this forever. But basically… I am writing a book! If you’ve seen my Instagram stories than you know that I have been talking about writing a book for a few months now. I’d like to start this saying that this post might be a bit of a mess because I am so excited to share this with you all!

This is going to be a mix of a tag and just me talking about my characters and everything that has to do with my book.

WHAT GENRE’S, TOPICS, AND STYLES DO YOU WRITE
Since my main love is fantasy, that is obviously what I am writing. My book is high fantasy inspired by Hades and Persephone or well, more like a m/m retelling of Hades and Persephone with faes. I am so excited about everything I have planned for this novel and the relationship that I have built.

A few of the topics I want to touch on in this book is friendship, love, loss, betrayal (I love a good betrayal) and of course… magic!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING?
Oh, I have been writing forever. I’ve written so much fan fiction and snippets of things and I have ALWAYS wanted to write a book. October 2017 was the first time I actually had a cohesive idea and put my words to paper or uh… computer screen and the first time I actually began to work on my greatest dream.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO WRITE?
For me, I think about my novel all the darned time. But since I am busy, I write whenever I get to chance to open my laptop. No matter where I am at home or school, I write. So honestly for me, I don’t have a specific time in which I write, just really anytime I can get to my laptop.

THE GOOD AND BADS OF WRITING
The goods? I get to fangirl over my characters and I created something all on my own. The bad? I wish I could write this novel in order because of my style of writing… I write what comes to me first. So say if I have a scene in the middle of the novel and I’m only working on like chapter three, I will write that middle of the novel first. I also hate talking to people about my book because it’s like… “What’s your book about?” I can’t say what it about causes the words don’t come out. As much as I’d love to talk about my book to my friends and family, I, unfortunately, know that uh, they probably don’t care about it that much. Which I’m fine with it,  because it’s mine.

TALK ABOUT YOUR CHARACTERS
I can’t tell you all how much I love these characters and how much they mean to me. I’ve created many characters over my writing life, but these hold such a special place in my heart. I am only going to talk about one of my characters and his name is Casimir. He is well, obviously Hades and I am currently working on a novel of how he became ‘Hades’ or how he became the villain basically. This novel is pretty close to my heart because well, Casimir is pretty close to my heart because he is inspired by many of my favorite characters and I feel like I can relate to him and ahh I’ll share more with you as I progress!!

HOW ABOUT SOME WORLD-BUILDING
I’m not going to give too much away when it comes to the world building because I am still working on it… and because I want it to be a surprise. But I’ll say one thing, my story will have faes. Yes, it’s a fae story but faeries hold my heart. I’m not talking about Sarah J Maas faes, I’m talking about how they are supposed to be. Dark, twisted and somewhat wrong and I’m just so darn excited about writing this!!

So that concludes this post! I can’t wait to share this with everyone because this just means so much to me. I may or may not be making an instagram for inspired posts and I definitely do have a Pinterest for everything about this!

ON MY SHELF: CONTEMPORARY

Posted January 25, 2018 by Jessica in discussions / 0 Comments

A few years ago (more like months but you get the drill) I would have never imagined I’d be writing this post. Titled, all my contemporaries. I honestly… used to abhor this genre for a really no good reason because I had not read any contemporaries to make me hate the genre, but I just… I don’t know, I like fantasy. But over the past year, my ‘love’ for contemporary has changed and while it is not a favorite genre, it is one that I occasionally check out books from. So without further ado, here are the contemporary books on my shelf. I’m not going too much into detail about them, only listing my initial thought if I read them. (Like a one word thought)

Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz: unread.
The Hare U Give by Angie Thomas: unread, I know I need to get on it.
A List of Cages by Robin Roe: read, loved, made me cry.
Brooding YA Hero by Carrie: read, it was enjoyable nothing special.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia: read, loved, I need more.
The Wicker King by Ancrum: read, loved, NEED MORE.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera: unread, not ready to have my soul ripped out.
History is All you Left Me by Adam Silvera: read, my first Adam book, made me cry a lot.
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig: read and loved I want a sequal
Autoboygraphy by Christina Lauren: unread, need to get on it.
At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson: unread and impulse buy because it was signed.
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich: read and another book I need a sequal to.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: unread, I know it’s not contemporary but I am counting it okay.
Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali: unread, need to read before the movie is out.
Call Me by your Name by Andre Aciman: unread and NEED TO READ.
In Real Life by Joey Graceffa: unread and again, need to read because of favorite youtuber.

So yeah, as you can see there is quite a bit of contemporary on here… I am not counting ones I pre-ordered just ones on my shelf at the moment. As I stated before, this is not my preferred genre, but out of all the contemporaries, I read… I loved all of them so who knows, maybe by the end of this year it will be a favorite.

 

 

CHALLENGES I AM DOING IN 2018

Posted January 4, 2018 by Jessica in discussions / 0 Comments

One of my favorite things about starting a new year is starting all of the fun bookish challenges that are floating around. Last year… I did not do so well on my challenges. I slacked off a lot, but I think that was because I picked books that I was not particularly excited to read, I picked books because they fit into that category.

I guess you could say I am technically doing the same thing now, but this time I have chosen the books I own and know I WILL read and that I actually want to read these books. But anyway, without further ado let’s get onto the books.


This is a personal challenge I started making for myself last year, I am a lists person so yeah this is due to that, but here are some that I have that I want to complete.

  • Listen to 3 audiobooks, start three new series (maybe finish them), read 4 debut novels, read 5 new releases, read 5 standalone novels, read 3 books with difficult topics, read an intimidating book, read 5 fairytale retellings, read 5 historical fiction, finish 3 retellings, read 2 trilogies, read 2 duologies, read 5 diverse books, read 10 own voices, read a book to movie adaptation, read a book with a villain/anti-hero. So pretty basic but yeah, I think I can manage to accomplish things.

I also want to read more books by debut authors and I have a selection of books to choose from. I’m not going to list the books because there are a ton of debut authors this year, but I am going to aim to read 10.

My biggest goal is to eliminate my 2016 tbr. Meaning the books that I bought in 2016. Last year, I started off with 67 books. This year I am starting off with 7 books so it’s pretty achievable.
The books I have to read for this challenge and The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, and the Crimson Crown all by Cinda Willaims Chima. King’s Folly by Jill Williamson, and Red Rising, Golden Son by Pierce Brown.

Since Historical fiction is one of my favorite genre’s next to Fantasy, I am joining the Historical Fiction challenge. I don’t think this will be hard to complete but there are specific historical fictions that I just NEED to get to this year and I think this will help me accomplish that.

  • The books I have listed for this challenge are, Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, Alexander: God of War by Christian Cameron, Mark of Thief, Rise of the Wolf by Jennifer Nielson, Now I Rise by Kiersten White, Timekeeper by Tara Sim, Valiant by Lesley Livingston, Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (MIGHT change this), The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak, and Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.

Like my 2016 challenge last year, I also want to lessen the number of books I bought in 2017 from my TBR. If that makes any sense. In order to help me do this, I have joined Beat the Backlist by novel night and my goal is to knock off 25 books from my ’17 tbr and a few from ’16.  A lot of these a books I have been wanting to read forever and just for some reason, I have yet to get around to them. So here are the books I am definitely going to read.

  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown, Now I Rise by Kiersten White, God of War by Christian Cameron, Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne, Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Autoboyography by Christina Lauren, Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett, Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye, Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova, Before she Ignites by Jodi Meadows, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Timekeeper by Tara Sim, Forest of 1000 Lanterns by Julie C. Dao, At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson, Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic, Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco, Peter Darling by Austin Chant, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Empire’s Ghost by Isabelle Steiger, Cloaked in Shadow by Ben Alderson, The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, Simon vs. the Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.

And then two more challenges I have for myself is to read more adult fantasy. I love YA fantasy, but there are a couple gems in adult fantasy as well and I want to find them, and I also want to read more diverse books. I realized I read a lot of the same books and I want to expand outside of my horizons.

The last goal? I want to read 100 books. I did set my Goodreads goal at 60 books because I know that is easily achievable for myself, but I want to hopefully exceed that number and read 100 books.

So those are all of my little challenges and goals for my reading life and I really hope I can accomplish them!

2017: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Posted December 30, 2017 by Jessica in discussions, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Just a little heads up… this is going to be a long post. But I have been WAITING to write this post so I hope you enjoy it! Without a doubt, this has been THE BEST reading year that I have had in my life. I have read so many incredible books, the majority of them becoming my all time favorites. Also, just a little disclaimer I am sorry for the blog mess, I am currently working on a new layout for 2018.

I am linking up with andi’s abcs and thebookaddictsguide 

TOTAL # OF BOOKS READ: 60 books. One less than last year, but last year I rushed myself and didn’t really read stuff I enjoyed, but this last month, the two books I read I absolutely ADORED them.
TOTAL # OF BOOKS UNHAULED: over 100 which is the BIGGEST and hardest accomplishment for myself.
TOTAL # OF BOOKS ACQUIRED: 106. whoops.

MOUNT TBR: Was 67, now it is at seven which is the BIGGEST accomplishment I made this year. Granted I got rid of the majority of them, but still… I did it.

These are some individual goals that I made for myself that I actually accomplished.

Listen to two audiobooks
Love and Misadventures by Lang Leav
A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab

Read five new releases
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Mass
Wintersong by S. Jae Jones

Read a Dystopia
Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olsen

Read two standalones
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Read a book with a hard Topic
A List of Cages by Robin Roe

Read an intimidating book
A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab

Read poetry
The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

Read a book you DNF
     The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (I have literally been working on this for a year and a half and I finally read it. I don’t even know why I DNF’d this because it was SO good.)


Now for the stats!

Number of books read…

Under 250 pages: 12 books.
Between 251-399 pages: 31. I did not realize the number of short books I read this year
Between 400-449 pages: 7
Between 450-499 pages: 2
Over 500 pages: 8. I need to read longer books.
Over 1000 pages: 0. Will I ever read a book over 1000 words?

Number of…

Audiobooks: 5. Such a huge accomplishment for me!
Re-reads: 1. Another thing I need to do more of.
DNFs (did not finish): 4. Not ashamed at all.

Number of books rated…

Five Stars: 40. I read so many amazing books this year.
Four stars: 7
Three Stars: 7
Two Stars: 2
One star: 4

Number of authors met in 2017:

None. This is a goal for 2018! I will meet an author!

Number of book events attended in 2017:

None, but I do plan to attend YallWest in 2018!

Number of books you read in one day:

2. It’s all I could manage but you know? I’m ok with it.

Number of books that made you cry:

Almost every book I read, are you kidding?

Number of 2018 books you have on pre-order:

So many books.

Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?):

I did not go anywhere so, yeah. Majority of the books I read were read at school, work and home.

Book that took you the longest to read:

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. Took me a year to read and I really don’t know why I ever DNF’d it because it was incredible.

Book that you personally connected with the most:

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Book that made you love the villain:

I can’t remember off the top of my head if I read any books this year with memorable villains that I love.

Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again:

Alexander: God of War by Christian Cameron. I swear I will read this in 2018. Maybe like 100 pages a month. It’s almost 1000 pages and the writing is super tiny but I am determined!

Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date:

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen. I thought I should be on time for once and I was so glad I read it when I did because it was SO good.

Book you read on your birthday:

One of the books of the Air Awakens series. Best birthday ever.

Book with a character who shares your name:

I’ve never read a book with a character who has the same name as me and I am perfectly okay with that.

Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?):

I didn’t fluff up any rating. I don’t care how many people liked it, if I did not like it, no way I am going to rate it more than 2 stars to make others happy.

Book you read in 2017 but already want to re-read:

Oh gosh, ACOWAR and Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas, Air Awakens Series… just to name a few.

Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have:

I don’t have any books borrowed from a friend cause none of my friends read.

Book you which you could go back and read for the first time again:

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas. That book was on an entirely different level.

Most books read by one author this year:

Elise Kova’s series! Which clocks in at five books and I binge read them.

Happiest & saddest:

Happiest: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Saddest: A lot of books, but if I had to choose, Song of Achilles. How dare you Madeline, how dare you.

Longest & shortest…

  • By page number:

Longest: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. This beast is like 699 pages and I read it in like 2 days.

Shortest: Love and Other Misadventures by Lang Laev. No idea how long it is but it’s less than 95 pages.

  • By title:

Longest: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Shortest: She by Saul Willaims

  • From buying to reading:

Longest: The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. I got this when it was out and just now finished it on the 28.

Shortest: Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman. I read this the day I got it in less than three hours.

Best & worst…

Average rating on Goodreads: 4.09 stars. I rate my books pretty high but I feel like they deserve them.
Series enders: if we are being technical, I only finished one series this year. But I also finished a duology and a few trilogies and loved them all.

First & last…

  • Reads of 2017:

First: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Last: The Last Namsara by Kristin Ciccarelli

  • Books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right):

First: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Last: Clockwork Princess graphic novel by Cassandra Clare

Most disappointing & biggest pleasant surprise:

Most disappointing: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Biggest pleasant surprise: The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

Fandom you joined & one you abandoned:

Neither! I think.

Series you picked up & series you quit:

Picked up: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Dorothy Must Die series. I unhauled them.

Most lenient & harshest ratings:

Lenient: Not sure what this means

Harshest: Burning Sky, Dark Breaks the Dawn, Enchantment of Ravens… I was not too kind in my review.

Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read:

Most hyped: History is All you Left Me by Adam Silvera

Furthest under the radar: Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

Book you read that is red:

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Starts with X, Y, or Z:

I don’t think any.

Book you hugged when you finished it:

All of them! Kidding, A List of Cages.

Book you wanted to throw across a room:

An Enchantment of Ravens. SO DISAPPOINTED.

Food you craved while/after reading a certain book:

None.

Book that became an instant go-to recommendation:

Air Awakens by Elise Kova.

Furthest out of your comfort zone:

All of the contemporary I read this year. not a lot, but I’m a fantasy gal.

Read on a recommendation (that you may not have picked up yourself):

Air Awakens by Elise Kova. SO GLAD I DID IT.

Forced yourself to finish:

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. I hate myself for taking so long because this is now one of my all time favorites. Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. I really tried hard not to DNF it and I managed not to, but gosh this book. So horrible.

Series or author’s works you binged (whether all at once or throughout the year):

Air Awakens! and, Shades of Magic trilogy.


So yeah, it’s been a pretty successful year in terms of reading. I have a ton of plans for next year so I am excited to see what will happen!

Also, in case you did not know I have an instagram and here are a few of my favorite photos of the year!

BEST BOOKS OF 2017

Posted December 29, 2017 by Jessica in discussions, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I have been waiting to share this post with you all and I am excited to finally show it! I read 60 books this year and it was incredibly hard for me to narrow down to 20 books because the majority of the books I read this year were five star reads for me. If I am being honest with myself, the majority of these books (especially the top five) are now my favorite of ALL time. I’m not going into detail what these books are about, but I’ll share with you my opinions on them!

Also, these are in order because I love making this hard for myself.

20. The Theif by Megan Whalen Turner: I am so late to the party with this series. I am sorry, but here I am, I have finally made it. I really did not know what I expected going into this book but it seriously surprised me. It was such a fun read and the MC Gen was such a fun character and I seriously need to finish the series!

19. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia: I know, I am surprised there’s a contemporary novel on this list but here we are. This is another book that I did not expect much from but when I read it, it just… I connected so much to the main character Eliza and her story. I loved the fanfiction aspect of it as well as the romance.

18. Runebinder by Alex Kahler: I don’t know how to explain this book nor do I know how to explain my feelings but all you need to know is that this book was INCREDIBLE. I loved how unique and different the magic system in this book was.

17. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black: This was my first Holly Black book and wow am I SO late to this party. Holly Black is the Queen of Fae and this book was just so lush and magical. I really loved the integration of the fae world and the little town it was connected to.

16. Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano: Another book that really surprised me. I really really enjoyed the concept of this book and how it spun the tale of the Midas touch. I loved that there was some romance but it was not too overdone. I just… gosh I really loved this book okay.

15. Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab: Honestly it is not a ‘best of the year’ book list without V.E Schwab’s books on here. This sequel was incredible and it ended JUST the way that I wanted it to be.

14. Invictus by Ryan Graudin: Another book that surprised me. The concept was really really cool and I really wanted to read it but it took me a while to get into it and then after that? I could not put it down. The author’s writing really surprised me and I just literally ate it up.

13. Windwitch by Susan Dennard: This series is so under the radar and everyone sleeps on it. So yeah, people reading this post, read this series. I loved Truthwitch, but Windwitch? Blew me away. I could hardly put it down and I just really connected with the characters and it definitely solidified my love for Merik Nihar.

12. Everless by Sara Holland: You will hear more about my thoughts on this book when the time comes to post a review. But, this book was such a big surprise. This world is so cool and so unique and there is a plot twist that just blew my mind.

11. History is all you Left Me by Adam Silvera: I have finally jumped aboard the Adam Silvera train. This book was such an emotional wreck, and it was worth all the hype, it DESERVES all the hype.

10. Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by MacKenzie Lee: I’m a sucker for historical fiction so obviously I needed this in my life. This book was such a fun read and I love Percy and Monty’s relationship and just… everything about this was perfection.

9.  Langauge of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo: Of course this has to be on here, no one should be surprised. Honestly, I believe that this is the best book Leigh has written so far. Everything about it was phenomenal and I loved each and every one of the stories. I need more.

8. Wintersong by S. Jae Jones: I half expected going into this that this was going to be like the Labyrinth but… it was not and I am okay with that. I loved how lyrical this book was and the relationship between Liesl and the Goblin King and… give me the next book, please.

7. Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst: Everyone needs to stop sleeping on this book and that is all I am saying okay.

6. A list of Cages by Robin Roe: Such an incredible read, made me think different, check out my review friends.

and here is the top five (with an honorable mention to Star Touched Queen because wow that book)

5. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas: In my opinion, this is the best book SJM has ever written and I can’t really explain why, it just… is. Honestly this book made me love Chaol even more than I had already did.

4. Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: Oh look, another book that ruined me.

3. A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab: ANOTHER BOOK THAT RUINED ME. but made me happy at the same time. V.E Schwab is like this.

2. Fire Falling by Elise Kova: Why the second book you ask? Because my OTP finally kissed in this book, so obviously this one has to be on the list.

  1. Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova: And here it is, my most FAVORITE read of the year. So many happened in this book, and everything I wanted to happened, happened!

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MEH BOOKS OF 2017

Posted December 22, 2017 by Jessica in discussions / 0 Comments

So… even though I read SO many amazing books this year, not all of them were enjoyable for me. Books on this list will be 3 stars or below (yes three stars is deemed… somewhat ‘worst‘ in my opinion because it was meh) I don’t mean to offend anyone who liked these books, I was just not a fan of any of them. I am also NOT going to be posting every book I rated 3 stars or below just… the ones that stuck out to me. Also in addition to this post, I WILL be posting the best books of 2017!

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
This was probably my most disappointing book of 2017. I had bought the entire trilogy, I had so MUCH hope for this book because I heard great things about it and obviously I was wrong. I felt this book was so dumb and nothing made sense and the characters were horrible I am just glad to have it out of my life.

Wytches by Scott Snyder
You are going to see a theme here because the majority of these are books I had high hopes for and I was majorly let down. I wanted to read a graphic novel so badly and this one looked perfect and the right amount of creepy, and… I did not understand a thing that happened in this book.

Frostblood by Elly Blake
The concept of this book is super cool but it was executed quite poorly. I lost interest halfway through and I managed to finish it on audiobook. It was alright but not great enough to the point where I would like to continue the series. I will say that the writing was good so I would definitely check out something else of hers one day.

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
I initially rated this five stars but once I thought about it I lowered my review to 3 stars. I was just not as impressed with this as I wanted to be. The graphics looked kind of childish and I was bored.

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sarah B Larson
The cover deceived me. I went into this thinking it was going to be amazing and beautiful and no. It seemed like an ACOTAR rip off (in a bad way) and the writing was a bore, the MC was a bore. I am mad and STILL mad I wasted an audible credit on this mess.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Like Frostblood, I did not HATE this book, I was just not as interested in it as I thought I was going to be. I mean it was good just did not capture my attention and I will not continue this trilogy.

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Lo and behold my MOST DISAPPOINTING book of 2017. I had such high hopes for this book because everyone and their mother was raving about it and you know what I got? A mess.

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ANTICIPATED RELEASES WINTER 2018 EDITION

Posted December 21, 2017 by Jessica in discussions / 0 Comments

These are arguably my FAVORITE posts to do because I just love to talk about books that I am anticipating and the best way to do so is seasonal posts! As the title says these are my most anticipated books coming out during the winter season (even though I don’t get to experience Winter) but I love the festive feeling in the air. This also might be one of the biggest lists for this series so I am not going to go into detail about the books because this post would be never-ending. So without further ado, here are the books I am super excited for!

JANUARY

Everless by Sarah Holland 1.2.18

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 1.2.18
Unearthed by Amie Kaufman 1.9.18
Blood and Sand by C.V Wyk 1.16.18

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Gleen Marsh 1.23.18

Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra 1.23.18
The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis 1.30.17

Reign the Earth by A.C Gaughen 1.30.17
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert 1.30.17

   

                                 

FEBRUARY

By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell 2.6.18

Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes 2.6.18

Shadowsong by S.Jae Jones 2.6.18

Sightwitch by Susan Dennard 2.13.18

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton 2.20.18

Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare 2.20.18

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston 2.27.18

The Traitors Game by Jennifer A. Nielson 2.27.18

   

                         

 

MARCH

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo 3.6.18
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough 3.6.18

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir 3.6.18

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 3.6.18

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw 3.6.18

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 3.13.18

                    
  

BOOKS I PUT DOWN RECENTLY

Posted November 22, 2017 by Jessica in discussions / 0 Comments

Well actually, one of these is not a RECENT book I put down, but just stay tuned and you’ll see why it is included. Hello and welcome to a quick post, I just had a lot of thoughts about some books that I needed to get out. I have been in such a weird reading mood lately, and I think part of it is because I have been super tired and I have been having a lot of headaches lately so I don’t really know WHAT is wrong, just that… well I am tired. So I think that has added to this weird reading mood I have been in the last week. So without further ado, let’s get onto the post.

The first book I put down recently is Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. I remember wanting to read this SO BADLY and I picked it up and read about ten pages and couldn’t get really invested in it. So I think I am just not in the mood for it right now, I am going to probably save it to read for another day.

What We See In the Stars is another book I put down. I made it through 95% of the book and put it down because again I was not in the mood and I found other books that I was more interested in. Don’t get me wrong this book is BEAUTIFUL and it is a necessary addition to any space lovers collection because it is jam packed with information. Space is just… not my thing. So my rating for this is 3.5 out of 5 stars. Not really sure if I am going to pick it up again but we’ll see.

Captive Prince by C.S Pacat. I read this two years ago and LOATHED it. But I just had to talk about it because recently I have been thinking about giving it a second chance. I have heard a lot of good things from people I trust and all the fanart for this trilogy just really makes me want to try and give it another go.

So that is it for this super quick post, I hope everyone is having a good day!

PROS AND CONS OF BUYING AN ENTIRE SERIES AT ONCE

Posted October 5, 2017 by Jessica in discussions, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I cannot be the only one who goes to the bookstore with the intention of just buying ONE book and then I start browsing, and I come across this interesting book… for example, the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. BUT it seems like the first book is not on the shelf! And you can only find the second and third and fourth book. The second book is signed and now you just HAVE to have it because it is the only one. You end up finding the first book, and then you look at the rest of the series and think how beautiful would these series be on my shelves. I need them all, I’m going to get them.

If you haven’t realized what I am talking about, I am talking about buying an entire series at once before you even read the first book. I cannot be the only one guilty of this even though I do not think I should be guilty for this because you know? I just have to have them and I feel like this contributes to our book hoarding tendencies. Again, not that this is a bad thing.

PROS OF BUYING THE ENTIRE SERIES (these are just pros for me and some of them why I choose to buy the entire series)

  • Pictures! I think the most of us can agree that bookstagrammers are more likely to buy an entire series before even reading the first book, or that MIGHT just be me, but hopefully, you understand what I mean. One of the reasons I like buying the entire series for pictures is because I like to do photo shoots with the entire series. This makes better sense in my head okay.
  • You love the book! This is great news! You read the first book and you absolutely loved it and now you can go on to the second book. If you have the entire series already, you don’t have to go to the store or order it online you can start it right away.
  • Book signings. I’ve personally never been to one, but if I were to go to a book signing, I would want the entire series of whoever I am going to see and ask for the author to sign all of them mostly because I just need it.Bookshelves. I think most of us can agree that having the entire series at once on our bookshelves is just aesthetically pleasing.
  • Limited Editions. Sometimes the publisher might put out a limited edition of a series and you just need to get them before they sell out and more often than not, these special editions are GREAT additions to your collection.
  • Boxed Sets: I think boxed sets may be a little cheaper debating on where it is being sold, BUT it’s a boxed set! I don’t really know where I am going with this, I just think boxed sets look nice.
  • Binge read. You can read the entire series at once, book after book, one after another you don’t have to wait for the chance to go to the store or do you have to wait for it to come in the mail!
  • Satisfaction of a complete series, there is nothing like the feeling of having a completed set.

CONS (because let’s face it, sometimes its not a good thing to buy a five books at once.)

  • You loathe the first book. So what happens then? You have already bought the entire series. You have spent all that money on four+ books and you could barely make it through the first book.
  • You lose interest This happens to me more often than not. For example, I bought all the Shatter Me books at once with the intention of reading all of them. I read the first book and yes I really loved it. Two years later, I have still only read the first book and my reading tastes have changed and I have zero interest in the series anymore.
  • The cost. I think we can all agree that buying a whole series at once is quite expensive unless you buy it on bookoutlet
  • Coming out with new covers. You buy the whole series, and then guess what! The publisher decides to redo the covers for the series.

So those are a few pros and cons to deciding to buy all the books in a series at once. I prefer to buy all books in a series regardless of the cons (and usually, they have to be finished series or have more than two books out)  and if I end up not liking the first book I don’t sweat it anymore because I usually save it for booksfortrade or I’ll sell them to book-off which is an amazing used bookstore that sells alot of other stuff too. You don’t get much back for your books, but to buy books here? Prices range from a dollar to eight dollars and they are all in great condition because this bookstore won’t take books that are not in good condition.

So I have one question for everyone, what are some reasons you choose to buy or not buy all of the books in a series at once?

ANTICIPATED RELEASES FALL 2017 EDITION

Posted September 28, 2017 by Jessica in discussions, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

It’s fall! And I’m so excited I just can’t hide it. *does a little dance* Fall is my favorite season next to winter which means I just really love cold weather. It is the perfect season for reading and curling up with a book and drinking your favorite hot beverage (usually coffee for me). Also who here can agree with me that Fall is the best season for book releases? There are just so many good books coming out I am literally biting my nails in anticipation for them.

At least where I live, Fall starts on September 22nd and ends on December 21st, so that is what I will be going off of for this post. As usual, I will be sorting it by month and I’ll give you all a little synopsis about these books.

SEPTEMBER

Invictus by Ryan Graudin – 9.26.17
What initially sold me on this book was the sentence ‘Gladiator living in Rome’ and that was all I needed to know. But what this is about is a time traveler who’s parents are from two different time periods. Awesome right? Our lovely main character fails his time traveling exam and ends up commanding a ship that steals valuables from the past. They perform a heist on the sinking Titanic and Far meets a very mysterious girl. This just sounds SO action packed and fun, I can’t wait for it!

Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo – 9.26.17
I am sure everyone knows about this book so I’m not really going to go in depth with it. The amazing Leigh Bardugo crafted this amazing book set in the Grisha World, but having to do with the fairy tales. I absolutely love fairy tales and cannot wait to read this.

Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – 9.26.17
One of my most anticipated books OF THE YEAR. This is about a girl named Isobel who is a prodigy artist and she caters to a rather dangerous set of clients. The sinister fair folk. Yep, you guessed it, faes. These faes cannot bake bread, make cloth or even write without crumbling to dust but they have a craving for a human craft. Isobel receives her first royal patron, Rook who is the autumn prince. She makes a mistake and paints him in a way that could cost him his life. He brings her to the autumn lands to stand trial, however, things don’t go as planned. THIS BOOK JUST SOUNDS AMAZING AND I AM SORRY FOR CAPS BUT I AM JUST REALLY EXCITED FOR IT.

OCTOBER

27 Hours by Tristina Wright – 10.3.17
I’m not going to go too much into detail about this one, partially because I have heard conflicting things about this book, however, I have heard there is a lot of diversity among the cast which is incredible and important, so I most likely will pick it up.

Brooding YA Hero – 10.3.17
If you all have twitter, I am sure you know about this book. This book pokes fun at the YA tropes we dislike but secretly love. All I can say is that I am completely excited about this!

The Last Namsara – 10.3.17
This is a little confusing to explain so ‘In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The Destroyer. The death bringer. ‘ There ya go the first part of the synopsis. It sounds awesome and I am excited about it.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – 10.10.17
SO EXCITED FOR THIS! Okay, this is an East Asian fantasy reimagining of the Evil Queen legend, which if you don’t know is about a peasant girl’s quest to become Empress and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny. This is amazing because there is really not a lot of retellings/reimaginings out there that are not Euro-centric. So keep your eyes out for this one!

Last Star Burning by Caitlyn Sangster – 10.10.17
‘Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.’ *Squeals* okay I am super excited for this book. I was lucky enough to receive an arc of this beauty and I do need to get onto reading it. But this book just sounds so cool and quite interesting!

The Glass Spare by Lauren Oliver – 10.24.17
Another book I am lucky enough to receive an arc of. What had originally caught my eye about this book was the tagline ‘A banished princess, a deadly curse, a kingdom at war’ Like that is enough to sell me on a book okay.  Our main character Wil has a dangerous power and one day it turns into tragedy. She is banished and must find the truth and the cure or her power. This book just sounds like a great high fantasy read and I am so excited to read it!

The Wicker King by 10.31.17
First off, do yourselves a favor and go take a look at this cover because of my gosh is it gorgeous. There is so much going on in the cover that I am honestly living for it. This is a psychological YA thriller that follows two friends struggling as one spirals into madness. If y’all weren’t aware, my major is psychology so this book just sounds perfect for the psychology lover in me.

Beasts Made of Night by 10.31.17
How fitting is this coming out on Halloween? ‘In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts, lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.’ Now, this just sounds so so good and the rest of the premise sounds super unique and it is a Nigerian influenced fantasy!

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NOVEMBER

Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne 11.7.17
What initially caught my attention about this book was the fact that it is ‘perfect for fans of AEITA’ and I was SOLD. ‘A healer who cannot be healed, and a soldier shattered by war.’ Like yes please!

The November Girl by Lydia Kang  by 11.7.17
The cover is what initially caught my eye because it’s blue and that just so happens to be one of my favorite colors. This is about a girl named Anda who meets a boy named Hector who is running from the violence in his life. I’ll be honest and say this synopsis was a little confusing, but the way it was written is just SO cool, I suggest you check it out for yourself!

City of Brass by C.K Chakraborty 11.14.17
This takes place in 18th century Cairo and it is about a con woman of surpassed talent and trades to get by. One day she accidentally summons an equally sly but darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons and a world she thought only existed in stories, is real. P.S LOOK at the cover okay, it’s beautiful.

Runebinder by  11.14.17
Definitely my most anticipated release for this season. I literally cannot WAIT for this. ‘Magic is risen. When magic returned to the world, it could have saved humanity. but greed and thirst for power caused mankind’s downfall instead.’ That is the first half of the synopsis, like look how COOL this sounds?! Also, this book has a gay protagonist so for sure put this on your TBR!

So this concludes my anticipated releases for this Fall season and my goodness is it a good one. I am literally wringing my hands in anticipation for some of these books! What are some books you are looking forward to this Fall?