Monday, June 30

Top Ten Classics I Want To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish, this week's Top Ten Tuesday is theme is The Top Then Classics I Want To Read. Click on the title for Goodreads page. 

Actually this is a top nine list + two classicals I can recommend to anyone. :) 

Friday, June 27

Tanya Byrne - Heart-Shaped Bruise

They say I'm evil. The police. The newspapers. The girls from school who shake their heads on the six o’clock news and say they always knew there was something not quite right about me. And everyone believes it. Including you. But you don't know. You don't know who I used to be.
Who I could have been.
Awaiting trial at Archway Young Offenders Institution, Emily Koll is going to tell her side of the story for the first time.

Heart-Shaped Bruise is a compulsive and moving novel about infamy, identity and how far a person might go to seek revenge.

Wednesday, June 25

Waiting on Wednesday #2: Abigail Haas - Dangerous Boys

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine. This week I'm going to obsess about Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas, let's get started!

Tuesday, June 24

Melissa MacVicar - Ever Near (Secret Affinity #1)

Love is ever near. But trouble is never far.
Nantucket Island is haunted, but only sixteen-year-old Jade Irving knows it. Ignoring the disturbing spirits isn’t an option, because one dwells in the enormous historic home she shares with her newly blended family. Jade is finding it more and more difficult to explain away Lacey’s ghostly, anguished tantrums, especially with Charlie, her gorgeous, almost step-brother, living right across the hall.
When a power-hungry ghost hunter tracks down Jade and blackmails her, Jade’s secret teeters on the edge of exposure, and her entire future hangs in the balance. If anyone finds out Jade can talk to ghosts, her life will be forever changed.
Can she save herself, free Lacey, and hang on to her tenuous connection with Charlie? Or will everything she ever wanted slip through her fingers?

Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike on Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish, this week's topic is the top ten things I like/dislike on covers. I wrote down five things I like, and five what I detest, and added a few examples to it. 
I'm so excited to share this with you, so let's get started!

Sunday, June 22

E. Lockhart - The Boyfriend List (Ruby Oliver #1)

“I don't know if there is a One for me. I think I might like variety.” 

Ruby Oliver is 15 and has a shrink. She knows it’s unusual, but give her a break—she’s had a rough 10 days. In the past 10 days she:
- lost her boyfriend (#13 on the list),
- lost her best friend (Kim),
- lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket),
- did something suspicious with a boy (#10),
- did something advanced with a boy (#15),
- had an argument with a boy (#14),
- drank her first beer (someone handed it to her),
- got caught by her mom (ag!),
- had a panic attack (scary),
- lost a lacrosse game (she’s the goalie),
- failed a math test (she’ll make it up),
- hurt Meghan’s feelings (even though they aren’t really friends),
- became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch)
- and had graffiti written about her in the girls’ bathroom (who knows what was in the boys’!?!).
But don’t worry—Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists.

Friday, June 20

Nell Gavin - Hang On

In 1973 "crazy" Holly unexpectedly falls in love with Trevor, a roadie for a famous English rock band. From the moment they meet, dreams of marriage, children, and a normal life are suddenly - finally - within Holly's grasp.
Trevor takes her with him on tour and introduces her to the very "un-normal" backstage world of Rock and Roll. When she steps onto the band bus, she walks into a colorful, exciting adventure in a world completely different from the life that awaits her back home, where she chases cockroaches with a shoe, works at a low-paying job, and sleeps to escape the hunger.

Unfortunately, Holly has a secret. Plagued by panic attacks, periodic rages, and depression, she needs to learn why her mentally ill mother committed suicide, long ago, so she can save herself. Thus far, she has found no answers. She must conceal her symptoms from Trevor in order to keep him, but as their relationship becomes progressively more serious, her illness becomes increasingly more difficult to hide.

Jamie McGuire - Mrs. Maddox (Beautiful #1.5)

It’s Travis and Abby’s first Valentine’s Day as a married couple, from Abby’s perspective. This is not a snippet from Walking Disaster, or even a deleted scene from Beautiful Disaster. It’s something completely new.


Thursday, June 19

Laini Taylor - Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1)

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

My reviews of: 
Days of Blood & Starlight 
Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Marie Rutkoski - The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy #1)

“Isn't that what stories do, make real things fake, and fake things real?” 
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Click here for my mini-review of Bridge of Snow (The Winner's Trilogy #0.5).

Wednesday, June 18

Waiting on Wednesday: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Hey guys, I'm so excited to share with you my very first Waiting on Wednesday post! Yay! 

Tuesday, June 17

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR list

This week's Top Ten Tuesday post is about the top ten books on my summer TBR list. 
This meme is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish

Monday, June 16

Jae Erwin - Stillness Dancing

Lilliane has always been drawn by the desert — its emptiness, its eerie beauty and its people. When she takes the trip of a lifetime to a Bedu camp, she finds herself ensnared in a complex web of politics, blood feuds, terrorism and ancient spirits. Karim is trying to find his path in the material world and to marry the girl of his dreams. But his soul cries out for the spiritual path of his fathers. Lilliane’s and Karim’s stories collide in a forgotten, blood-soaked corner of Sinai. Brutalised, captive and bereft, they must find their own ways to survive. A taut, unusual thriller set in the fascinating world of the modern Bedouin, Stillness Dancing shows us that the hardest paths can lead to the deepest wells.

Sunday, June 15

The Fault in Our Stars Movie Review

A week ago I watched The Fault in Our Stars movie and have wanted to make a blog post about it since then but I couldn't get around it. I thought about not writing anything or sugarcoat my opinion because of the all the great critics I've read about this film but decided against this for a lot of reasons. 

Thursday, June 12

Samantha Young - Fall From India Place (On Dublin Street #4)

When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.

Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together.…
But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again….

Calia Read - Unravel

“I'll accept that in order to unravel my story, I need to be destroyed first.” 

Six months ago, I was happy. I was simply Naomi Carradine.

One month ago, I was admitted into a psych ward.
Yesterday, Lachlan visited me. Kissed me. And told me that I’m starting to lose my mind.
Hours later, Max haunted my thoughts, reminding me I’m not crazy and that he needs my help.
A few minutes ago, I drifted further from reality, trying to unravel the past.
And now...everyone thinks I’m insane. But, I know he's real, and I know he needs me.
Do you believe me?

Wednesday, June 11

2014 Summer Reading Challenge

Hey guys, I decided to participate in my very first reading challenge, hosted by Bookwyrming Thoughts (which is actually a really great blog, so go check it out!). The main rule is that you have to read at least 5 books which came out before June 1. 

Tuesday, June 10

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far This Year

I'm so excited to share my first top ten list with you guys. Since I started this blog in March I've been looking forward to join to this amazing meme at The Broke and the Bookish but didn't have enough time to look into the details and rules but now it's the end of the school year (yay!) and I found time to finally make my first Top Ten Tuesday post. (happy dance)

Monday, June 9

Katie Alender - Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die #1)

Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude. When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.
Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?

Sunday, June 8

Marissa Meyer - Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Liebster Award

Hey, guys I’m making this post because this amazingly talented blogger, Michelle Benson, from The Life and Times of a Fictionista nominated me for Liebster Award. I'm so very thankful for this, Michelle, it's always a grand feeling to get good feedback. 

The Liebster Award is a way, mostly for new bloggers, to connect with each other and support one another by nominating blogs which have less than 300 followers. 

Friday, June 6

Cassandra Clare - City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6)

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother.
Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.
The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?
When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...
Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

Do not continue reading my review if you loved the book because in the next pages I'm going to list up ALL the bad things about this novel. :')

This review contains spoilers, not major ones but still. 

Thursday, June 5

What books will I carry in my beach bag in 2014?

I’ve been dying to make this post lately, it seems like a lot of fun to share with you my top 10 future summer reads and maybe even give you some good ideas. I try to choose light reads and books which seem amazing but because I didn’t read any of these I can’t be sure of their quality. Have fun browsing through my list. :)

Wednesday, June 4

Jessica Sorensen - The Probability of Violet & Luke (The Coincidence #4)

Luke Price and Violet Hayes haven’t seen each other in a couple of months, not since they discovered Luke’s mother’s connection to Violet’s parent’s murders. But when Luke gets into some gambling trouble with the wrong people, destiny decides to throw the two of them together and they head out to Vegas to try and settle Luke’s debt.
As Violet spends time with Luke, she becomes torn on whether she should be with him. She definitely can’t deny that her life is better when she’s with Luke and she starts to wonder if going back to Preston was a mistake.

Things seem to be going well as Violet opens up more to Luke, but then she gets a call from the detective, not only to give an update on Mira Price and the case, but to give information about some threatening texts she’s been getting. The information is not only shocking, but makes Violet question what kind of people her parents really where and whether she’ll be able to trust anyone ever again.