Monday, July 14, 2014

Booktube-A-Thon Day 1 Challenge


Day 1 Challenge:

Top 3 books you read because of Booktube

Hey guys! Here is my top 3 books that I read becasue of Booktube! Hope everyone is having a great day of reading!! Comment below if you have read any of these books or stop by and check out my day 1 video at  The Fiction Fairy

A Monster Calls 
Patrick Ness

 Burn for Burn
Jenny Han and Sioban Vivian

Sophie Jordan

Friday, July 11, 2014

Death Sworn Review

Death Sworn (Death Sworn #1)

Author: Leah Cypess

Publisher: Greenwillow

Published: 3.4.2014

Pgs. 352


 When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.


  Death Sworn, Death Sworn, Death Sworn.....what do I say? Well, I received this book for review back in February, however it has taken me this long to get around to reading it. Maybe it was the cover, maybe it was the synopsis, I'm not sure, but it just sat and sat on my shelf. Finally, I decided I was going to read this YA Fantasy novel.
   I immediately became hesitant about whether or not I was going to enjoy Death Sworn as soon as I started reading it. I tried to keep my mind open and continued to tell myself that fantasy books take time to set up the world, but that soon enough the "meat and potatoes" would start to pour in. So, I kept reading and reading and reading. I knew that with the turn of a page the story would really start....... Finally at the half way point I figured I was going to have to DNF Death Sworn all together.
  Up until this point there had been a few ooohs and ahhhs here and there, but not enough to really get me invested in the story and the characters. As far as I was concerned there was a whole lot of nothing going on. The story of Illeni (which by the way, I hate that name and I called her Elana through the whole story) loosing her power and being sent into the caves to train and teach assassins just wasn't pulling me in. The love story was not my cup of tea as it didn't feel real and it was predictable. I would have loved to see Illeni fall in love with a different character, but I guess we can't have everything we want in a book.
  I was about to give up on Death Sworn when I reached chapter 13! Chapter 13 and beyond is what saved this whole book! All of a sudden things really took shape. All of the things I thought were true, weren't, characters I thought I liked I began to hate and the plot twist just kept on coming!
  I wish that Death Sworn had started closer to chapter 13 because the amount of action that happened was what I would call "fantasy" worthy! Overall I give Death Sworn 3 out of 5 cupcakes. I didn't connect with the characters and I didn't think Illeni grew or developed as much as she should have, but the last 25% of this books really saved it and made it an overall enjoyable read if you have time on your hands, but for me not a priority read.
   I am interested to see where the story goes from here, now that we are finally to the "meat and potatoes" of the story, so I will be picking up book two when it comes out.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

I Become Shadow Tour: Excerpt


Author: Joe Shine

Published: 6/10/2014

Twitter: @joeshinetweets


The rest of the day was awful. After bolting for the bathroom, I was pushed back out into the wild, and trust me, no matter how many times you brush your teeth or no matter how much gum you chew, your breath still smells like vomit. Beth even wrinkled her nose when I saw her between classes. Following her advice, I refused to speak the whole rest of the day except to say “Here” during roll call. Even then I covered my mouth. No one had actually seen me throw up, but by last period the rumors were circling and people were pointing. I bet it was Trey who ratted me out. What a turd bucket.

It’s funny how your brain will latch on to the most mundane details when it comes to memory. I couldn’t tell you anything in particular I did that last night before it happened. And there was probably nothing of note that happened anyway, but I remember everything about that last dinner with my family. The ketchup on my meatloaf kind of looked like Elvis. I remember showing my dad, who sang a little ditty à la the King. Mom commented it was too bad it didn’t look like Jesus, because then we could sell it on eBay. We all laughed. Then my little brother successfully got me to gag when he opened his mouth like a bowl and let the dog drink gravy out of it. Like I said: drool rubs me wrong. It had never occurred to me that I should have cherished each second. Who thinks of something like that?

I wasn’t a mind reader . . . yet. Just kidding. Still not a mind reader. But maybe my brain, after the fact, catalogued that dinner as something I would want to look back on. And it was right. Way to go, brain. You’re tops. After the meal I watched some TV, texted Beth that I’d do better tomorrow, brushed my teeth extra hard, and went to bed. The last vision I have of my room is muddled. It was dark. I don’t remember why I woke up, but for some reason I did. Something just didn’t feel right. I sat up and looked around. I was too old to cry out for my parents, right? The moon cast shadows across my filthy room, but nothing seemed out of place. I squinted at the clock: 3:13 a.m. Whew, still plenty of time to sleep. I took a sip of water from the glass I kept on my nightstand, took one more look around the room, and shrugged. Must have been nothing, I remember thinking. Nothing my ass. The last thing I remember about my room is seeing my old USC hoodie at the foot of my bed and how comfy it looked. I started to reach for it, and that’s when the blackout bag was dropped over my head and zipped tight. A hand clamped over my mouth preventing my Hollywood-horror-movie- worthy scream from reaching anyone. I struggled, but more hands pinned my arms behind my back. I kicked hard and caught one attacker in the face. If it did any damage, there was no response. My foot hurt like hell, so I hoped it had done something. In an instant, my arms and legs were zip-tied together, a gag had been forced in my mouth, and I was being carried.

Screaming did no good. Only a muffled squeal made it through the gag and the hood. There is no feeling like true terror. I was choking on my own freak-out. Hadn’t my parents heard something?! My mother used to check on me at night when I was young. Where is she now?! Help me, please! I kept trying to fight even though it seemed pointless. Someone with a fed-up, whiny voice said, “Gas her.” I barely had time to comprehend the words before there was nothing.

In the morning my parents would wake up to find me gone. At first they would think I had just gotten up early to go to school. Eight angry phone calls and ten texts later, they would give up threatening me and become frightened. They would contact the police. They would file a missing persons report. Fear would become panic. After twenty-four hours their true terror would set in and never quite disappear. God only knows how much time they would spend looking for me. Both of my parents would develop any number of psychological and emotional issues because— regardless of what I believed—they did love me more than I could ever know.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Review: The Here and Now

The Here and Now

Author: Ann Brashares

Source: ARC from Publisher

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Published: 4.8.2014

Length: 288 pgs.


An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.

From Ann Brashares, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking—and a must-read novel of the year.

Review In A Flash

    In my mind I really wanted to rate this book a solid 4 because I wanted to enjoyed it, however there were several parts that lacked for me.The world building in both the future and the past was lacking and for the fit bit of the book I was actually confused. Due to the lack of world building the past and future seemed identical and it made for that part of the book, which was supposed to be interesting, uninteresting. The characters were developed but not as much as I would've liked. The rouse on mystery in this book was done nicely, but at some point you have to reveal the secrets. By the time any real secrets were revealed the book was over and I was left with a huge question mark about what I had just read and a feeling of detachment for the characters.
    The reasons I gave this book at least a 1 star rating was because I loved the idea of the story, the world destroying itself, deception and trying to right the wrongs from the past that will ultimately destroy the future....unless they can be changed. The cover is beautiful and the writing style was nice, but I am still unsure what to categorize this book as and I don't know if I would care to read anything else by this author.
    If the book had been given another 75 pages I think it would've improved leaps and bounds. Overall, it was a decent read if you have time to kill and don't mind not getting it back.