Monday, November 30, 2015

Manga Monday (4)




When Teru’s home gets burglarized, she ends up staying at Kurosaki’s apartment. The close quarters lead to tension, but things get even more complicated when a woman named Riko Onizuka shows up, bringing up a past that involves Kurosaki…












Mangaka: Kyousuke Motomi
Series: Dengeki Daisy 
Volume Number: 2
Number of Pages: 200
Format: Paperback
Publisher: VIZ Media
Published: 10/05/2010









Manga Breakdown

After the break-in at Teru's apartment, she's been staying with Kurosaki at his place. Just till her place is fixed or she finds another place to stay. She's made herself at home just like he as told her.

Teru's friends congratulate her, they assume that she is now sleeping with Kurosaki, but nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, he's acting rather strange, more so than normal. He confides to his boss at Flower Garden his fears that Teru will learn the truth, He's Dasiy, and he won't be able to take care of her after that.

She comes home to find Kurosaki not home. She is just about to check his room but he returns in the nick of time, and is frantic thinking that she saw something. She swears that she hasn't seen a thing. She had not even opened the door yet. To keep her out of his room, so he tells her that it's filled with porn, just to keep her from trying again. She thinks that she is just bothering him and declares she's going home.

When she does though, everything's in such bad shape, that she regrets it and wishes Kurosaki would come for her and take her back to his place. A knock at the door excites her, but it turns out to be a pervert selling magazine subscriptions she can't afford - but who won't take no for an answer. I hate those pushy salesmen. Just saying.

Back at Kurosaki's place, Teru cooks for him, she's actually a pretty decent cook. Kurosaki starts to bug her, saying bad things about Daisy and she stands up for him. She won't stand for anyone picking on Daisy.

After all this mess, she starts to notice that she is falling for Kurosaki.

A new counselor arrives at the school. Her name is Riko and she seems to know Kurosaki quite well. But Teru's friends see them talking together, and misinterpret what they see, telling her. She thinks she may just have a rival for her man.  When he is late for dinner, she begins to worry but is also angry and writes the words "Go Bald" on his plate. He finds it funny and he retaliates by drawing a clown face on Teru's face. Riko questions Kurosaki's motives for being involved with Teru, and offers him an easy way out by a position with a software company far away from her. He's torn over the choice.

Teru decides to get it over with and confronts Riko in her office, asking her if she is Kurosaki's woman, which causes the counselor to laugh and spit her drink everywhere. She does warn Teru away from him. Afterward, Teru tells Daisy that she's in love with someone she shouldn't be. That makes Kurosaki smile.

Teru gets closer to Riko even more so when she learns that the older woman knows Daisy. She starts to trust her and shows her the Daisy messages she has saved on her cell phone, in lots of folders. She calls them her precious treasures. Riko suggests that they live together.


Teru is still in danger though. There seems to be more hacking going on at the school, and it is implied that Daisy is somehow connected which she refuses to believe. Also her friend Kiyoshi is missing. Everything seems like it's revolving around Teru's cell phone. Will Daisy be able to help her without giving away his identity? What does he plan to do once she is safe once and for all? 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Unhinged - Review

Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.












Book Breakdown 
*SPOILER ALERT*

A year has passed since Alyssa Gardner came back from Wonderland. A year since she chose her human half. She wants nothing more than a normal human life. Nothing more than to graduate high school, go to prom and then an art college in London with her boyfriend Jeb.

Wonderland nor Morpheus, just won't leave her alone. Dreams that involve the destruction of the place she left behind plague her. Morpheus also showing up in the human realm doesn't help. He is trying to get Alyssa back to Wonderland to save it from Red. 

Alyssa doesn't know how much more she can take. First her overprotective mum and now the man she tried to leave behind. Not to mention she's been lying to her human boyfriend the past year about who she really is. 

But when Wonderland begins to take over the human world, Alyssa will have to stand and fight once more with a new ally at her side. More secrets unraveled and new twists and turns makes this book an excellent squeal. 

The reason I knock off half a star is Jeb. More and more, I find myself disliking him. In the beginning of the book, in some (most), parts. He seems to care more about his work than Alyssa. I know, I get that he wants to prove he's not worthless. He wants to be better than his father. That's great, but don't forget what's really important in the process which I think he does.

I've been a huge Morpheus fan since the start of the very first book and I think he gets even better in this book. I just wish that he'd had more scenes. I also wish we could see more of the future where he and Alyssa had that cute little kid. That would make my fangirl heart very happy.

I've still never read the last book but I know who she gets with and it's always what has made me leery to jump into it. Though I am finally going to finish it as I can't wait for the companion novel coming out soon. I will be doing a giveaway for that book so keep an eye on that in later December.

Overall, I love this book. The characters are very well written and the description is so rich it's easy to see Wonderland, even if they stayed in the human world this time. The twists and turns always kept me flipping the pages (also if I'm honest, I'm hoping for another scene with Morpheus. If you want a lovely dark series with lots of romance and action, snag this!






Favorite Quotes 


1) “Of all the times you've undressed me in my fantasies, I never remember feeling this... unfulfilled."

"Please, Morpheus," I beg upon hearing Jeb stir in the background.

"Ah, but those delectable words," Morpheus says with a provocative smirk, "those are always in the fantasy."

I glare at him. "You're unbelievable."

"And that sentiment is reserved for the end.”

2) “He puts it on, and his gaze locks to mine. His jewels flicker between passion and defiance—an evocative and intimidating combination. “Fair warning, I intend to make good use of that time. I will be gentle, but I will not be a gentleman. You will be the center of my world. I’ll show you the wonders of Wonderland, and when you’re drunk on the beauty and chaos that your heart so yearns to know, I will take you under my wings and make you forget the human realm ever existed. You’ll never want to leave Wonderland or me again.”

3) “Shh." I squeeze his hand. His palm feels clammy. "We have to keep it down, okay? We don't want my dad coming in."

He grits his teeth against more shivers. "Always knew I'd end up in your bed . . . and hear you say those words one day." He manages a smirk.

Jeb snarls. "Unbelievable. Even when he's at death's door he's a tool." He arranges a pillow beneath Morpheus's neck. "Why don't you keep your mouth shut while we help you."

Morpheus laughs weakly, his skin flashing with blue light. "What say Alyssa"--his breath rattles--"give my mouth something else to do?”





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Friday, November 27, 2015

Feature & Follow (13)


Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me, everyone wins.


The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.






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Before we get into the question and answer I just want to remind everyone that I'm having a Giveaway for one kindle copy of Oblivion. So don't forget to enter and good luck to all!






Question

Black Friday Eve! You have $100 (or pounds or whatever your currency is) to spend on books. What are you going to buy? - Suggested by Alison Can Read





Answer

Okay, I'm simply going to use Amazon for the prices and such. It's a whole lot easier than doing what I normally do to find the cheapest price. Because I use a lot of different websites and then even some local stuff. So yeah here we go! Also, these are the prices as I am making this post, so they may change by the time this post goes live. Also for the sake of pretend, I'm not going to factor in tax... 


Legacy (Hardcover) - $21.71
Yes, I own a signed paperback of this book. I just love this story though and the author is just so sweet that I want to help her out more. 

The Winner's Crime (Hardcover) - $12.59
I want to own of all this series. Even though I've not read the first yet, I want to wait till I can at least get the second one because I just know I'm going to love it.

I would go ahead and pre-order Untamed (Hardcover) - $13.56
I can't wait to get this book! Just ugh the feels, The feels.

Oblivion - $6.99
I already pre ordered the paperback copy and it's going to be signed and personalized by both JLA and Pepe Toth so this would be the kindle edition so I can have the other two books and the music that inspired them. 

Bitter Sweet Love - $2.99
I've read this before and it was just so cute. 

The Infernal Devices, the Complete Collection (the new covers thus paperback) - $29.32
I love these new covers so much and where I only own the first and third in this trilogy it would be nice to finally have them all.

The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas (Hardcover) - $10.44
This is the only one in the series that is paperback and it just looks so weird on the shelf so yeah for the last one I'd get this book.

That brings the total to $97.60 (US) 
I'm sure there is one or two ebooks I could find for a dollar but I think this is a good enough list.






So little sunflowers, what books would you get if you had that much to spend? I'd love to hear your thoughts below or if you do F&F then just leave your link below and I will be sure to check out your blog!





Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving and a Special Giveaway!



So to all my USA readers, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have plenty to eat and get to spend the day being thankful for what you have while spending time with family. I actually am away from my family for the second year now so sadly that is one that I can't be thankful for. I can only hope it gets better next year. So for all those with your families this year, enjoy it even more for me. 


Now there are a lot of things that I am thankful for and I'm going to list six things, because everyone know I'm obsessed with the number six.


1) My daughter. She is such a joy and I love her so much. When I'm feeling lonely around the holidays, I can just watch her smile and it melts my heart.

2) My health. There have been some rough times in my life with health. I had to have a tumor removed and was told that I may never get better, the nerve damage was done.  At the time with this tumor, I couldn't walk or even take a shower on my own. After it was removed and with some rehab, I am back to normal. Like it never even happened. Though I have a very big scar on the back of neck. It like to think it makes me look badass lol.

3) My partner. Even though sometimes I want to toss him out the window, I wouldn't trade him or any other guy. Not even Roth.... yes not even Roth. 

4) The house I live in. It's not the biggest house and it's not fancy but it keeps the heat out and doesn't let the rain in. I have a comfy bed where my daughter is safe and sound. Couldn't ask for more there.

5) My job. I hate my job don't get me wrong but finding a good job is very hard these days. Some aren't so lucky. So I feel blessed to have a job.

6) My books. Why? Because I'm a book worm and we love books. Sometimes it's nice to just look over and stare at them. I even like to hold and caress them... wait... only me? Sorry, that got too weird. 



The point of all this is. I was feeling really depressed about not seeing my family again this year and then I got to thinking, I have no right to complain because I have a lot more than most. So I hope when you get to feeling down that you just pause to be thankful for all that you do have. I find it usually cheers me right up! 

Happy Holidays to all you Snowflakes! 








So now it's time for the...
 Giveaway!






This giveaway is for one kindle copy of Oblivion! I was going to do a paperback but there is just so much more in the ebook copy. There are three books (not one), and even some music that inspired the series I love so much. 

To enter, simply click on the little tab that says -Giveaway (Open)- on the top or click right here.
Don't forget to share this news with your friends and good luck to all! 





Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Anna and the French Kiss - Review




Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome √Čtienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's waiting for?


















Book Breakdown

Anna's father decides he's going to send Anna to a international boarding school in Paris. It's her senior year and she wants nothing more than to stay at her high school with her best friend and her crush that works at the local movie theater. Which means stays in Atlanta and not moving to Paris.

Her father (a famous author), won't take no for an answer and her parents fly out with her to the School of America in Paris. Then they leave her. They just leave, it's rather sad actually. Her neighbor -Meredith- from the next room in the dorm welcomes her warmly and they click nicely though Anna still feels lonely without her friends. Though on the way back to her room she meets St. Clair. Little does she know but everything will change for her because of him.

She grows closer to her new group of friends but naturally, to St. Clair more than anyone. It doesn't take her very long to develop a crush on him, even though she still claims to like Toph, the guy from her hometown. We, the readers, can see where this is going though.

When she finally gets to go home for Christmas break (she had to stay in Paris for thanksgiving and that's when she got super close to him), Anna finds out that her best friend is dating her crush. She's brokenhearted and leans more on St. Clair. She figures out she loves him when she comes back from the break and sees him. But, lots of other drama keeps them from getting together, like St Clair has a girlfriend he won't dump and Meredith is in love with him as well. 

It's such a fun and cute book. It has it's moments where you just want to scream and tell them to together already! I read this book in very little time, finding I simply couldn't put it down. This is huge for me as I really, really don't like many young adult contemporary novels. I loved this book so much I already ordered the second one and can't wait till it gets here. 

I love how these characters, the way they talk, isn't all clean and fake like some authors do. They are real teenagers, there is cussing and they talk about sex. It's refreshing to see as real teenagers act this way. There are no sex scenes so if that's not your thing don't worry. 

If you like cute romance with lots of drama this is for you. I would even recommend it to the people like me who don't like young adult contemporary. It's just that good and it's so nice to see glimpses of Paris as I've always wanted to visit. 

Have you read this book? If so, let me know below what you thought about it. 







Favorite Quotes

1)  “For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

2) “A moment of reserve. "That was it? The whole story?"
"Yes. God, you're right. That was pants."
I sidestep another aggressive couscous vendor. "Pants?"
"Rubbish. Crap. Shite."
Pants. Oh heavens, that's cute.”  

3) “Most people in Atlanta don't have an accent. It's pretty urban. A lot of people speak gangsta, though," I add jokingly. 
"Fo' shiz," he replies in his polite English accent. 
I spurt orangey-red soup across the table. St. Clair gives a surprised ha-HA kind of laugh, and I'm laughing too, the painful kind like abdominal crunches. He hands me a napkin to wipe my chin. "Fo'. Shiz." He repeats it solemnly.
Cough cough. "Please don't ever stop saying that. It's too-" I gasp. "Much."
"You oughtn't to have said that. Now I shall have to save it for special occasions."
"My birthday is in February." Cough choke wheeze. "Please don't forget.”  

4) “I moan with pleasure.
"Did you just have a foodgasm?" he asks, wiping ricotta from his lips.
"Where have you been all my life?" I ask the beautiful panini.”  




Monday, November 23, 2015

Manga Monday (3)




Life's not easy when you're living in the shadow of your famous parents. Can shy Yura, the daughter of an award-winning composer and a world-renowned actress, find the courage to step out on her own now that her super-celebrity parents are getting divorced?

The media is abuzz when word gets out that Yura's mega-famous parents are splitting up. Already accustomed to the daily pressure of being the child of celebrities, Yura's frustration explodes in a rant against her parents--and her heated words end up being broadcast live on national TV! When a powerful talent scout hears her impassioned declaration, he offers to represent her. The door to showbiz is now flung open for this timid wallflower--will she try to become an actress in her own right?












Manga Breakdown 

Yura's a high school student with super famous parents. Her mother's an actress and her father is an award winning composer. Her's is a classic case of her parents never being around. Yet her mother won a poll naming her the best mother. Major bull shit right there.

Yura's watching TV with her friend/crush when her mother happens to come home. She tells Yura that they are getting a divorce because her father was caught with his mistress. She also says that they are selling the house the house and that Yura needs to find her own place as she doesn't want her daughter around.

Yura goes to the hotel and stays there - like her mother said - to avoid the media. She gets a text from her crush and goes back to her house, only to find him getting busy with her mother. She leaves the house and says nasty (but true) things about her parents to the press.

Her father's manager; Keiichi offers to let her stay with him as his client. She decides she will do it and become a bigger star than her mother. Only one huge problem... she's not good at public speaking, at all.

She works hard and after failing so many casting calls, she lands one. A really good role, where she'd the lead. In this role, her leading man is a mega famous J-Pop star: Harkua. She will also be working with his twin brother; Q-Ta. Who asked her to marry him when they first met so he could be her father's son. Needless to say, he's a huge fan of  her father.

On the first day at her new acting gig - a photo shoot - her costume gets ruined! But by who? That's where the first volume of Honey Hunt ends, it's a huge cliff hanger to say the least. I've heard of this mangaka before. She's the creator of Hot Gimmick, a manga I have a love/hate relationship with. The art is okay, sometimes it's really pretty and over times it makes me grimace.

The story, I've been told is similar to Skip Beat, which I have never read. I didn't mind this manga, I will read the next one because I'm simply wondering who ruined her outfit. I will warn anyone who wants to read this manga, it's been on hiatus since 2009... I believe. So I doubt it will ever be completed.




Sunday, November 22, 2015

NaNoWriMo Update



So great news! I did it! I won NaNoWriMo! I will be posting more snippets and such but first I really need to edit and look through everything I wrote. Some of it is cringe worthy right now. But I'd like to share it with you guys. I was thinking once it's all nice and edited that I could share a chapter or two a week with you guys. If you would like that is. Let me know what you think in the comments. Also for anyone still working on NaNoWriMo, I know you guys can do it! Just work hard and don't give up. Make sure you just set aside time for your writing and just go to town. For those that have won already, congratulations! 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Soul Mate - Mini Review


Annabel is a bad-ass hybrid hunter, seeking revenge from the vampire who killed her parents and put her brother in a coma. Arriving in a new town with an undercover identity to protect and the mission to find a pureblood vampire to save her brother’s life, the last thing Annabel needs is to fall in love with the sexy, persistent werewolf who thinks she’s a helpless human in need of a knight in shining armor.

Shane is a dominant werewolf who also happens to be the local sheriff. He has almost lost hope of finding his better half. So when his beautiful soul-mate shows up and rogue vampires try to kill her, he does what any smart wolf would do: he saves her and takes her home, hoping to convince her that they belong together.

When sparks fly between them, Annabel has to decide if she tells him who she really is or runs the other way to protect her secrets.









Mini Book Breakdown 

So I saw that the author was offering this for read and review, I was like dkwkdoskdjossmdhis
A new adult paranormal romance! Oh I just had to read this! I was not disappointed at all! This story is wonderfully written. The characters are flushed out perfectly. The world that this author created seems believable which is hard in some cases with paranormal settings. The romance is sexy and sweet. There is strong action scenes and Annabel can really hold her own. Not a damsel in distress. 
And Shane... oh Shane. I don't even know what to say about him. He's pretty much perfect. 
All in all, a fantastic book! Get this and you'll love it. Just be warned it is a romance novel.
























I also get the pleasure of sharing with you an interview with the author, Anna Santos! Hope you all enjoy!


1) When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?

Since I can remember, actually. I always knew that I wanted to write, even before I could write. So when it was time to go to school and learn the basics, I couldn’t be more thrilled. I was always a good student and I would read any book that I could put my hands on. My dad had a small library with the classics and I would read them as if they voraciously. The best gift I had when I was a children was a book that my godmother offered me. But I remember that I was a bit sad after because it had a lot of pictures and few written pages, so I finished it in a blink an eye. 
I started writing short stories about gods and princesses when I was ten. When I was fourteen I wrote my first novel and at the age of eighteen, I had already a series of three fantasy stories, and four novels. I have them in notebooks, stored in a drawer, and it was only when I started to write in English that I was fortunate enough to find supporting readers who believed in my talent and encouraged me to publish my books. 



2) What inspires you to write?

The stories just unfold in my head. I’m a daydreamer. I don’t look for inspiration, inspiration follows me, and sometimes it can be hard to function on the real world because I can only find some peace when I’m writing and I put to paper an idea that’s been fighting to get out and be written. 


3) How did you come up with the idea for your current story?

I had been spending three months writing short stories about paranormal creatures. I was also reading a lot of books with paranormal creatures. I’ve always devoured every book that Anne Rice wrote, and then I found other amazing writers when the vampire frenzy started. But I didn’t write about vampires. I had my own worlds, gods, heroes from my high-fantasy books. But I said to myself: why not? So ideas began to take shape and I can honestly say that the idea for this book was based in a name: Shane and what a werewolf would do if he found his soul-mate, but she was a secretive hunter with a dark past who had never thought that she could be someone else’s soul-mate because of being a hybrid. The plot between them was really easy. The chemistry was over the roof. The first draft was the easiest thing to write and then when it was time to share my work, it became a bigger story that became even bigger when I began to edit after already have the next three books in the series taking shape. 



4) Are there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day?

Of course, several ones that I really love, but I’m too lazy to type it to a computer and finish them. Besides, there are some stories that I feel the urge to write more than others. I hope that someday I can give those stories my attention. Plus, I rather write using a pen and paper, so if I can’t find time to type them, they won’t get to see the light of day, unless I go all reminiscent on them and I began to read old ideas, and half-written books.  


5) Tell us about your writing process.

I’m really organized, but everything happens inside my head. I have my chapters all in order and I know what will happen next. I scribble a lot on paper, then I type it on a computer, but sometimes everything I wrote becomes something else. I have a lot of notebooks with chapters from several stories. I use them when I get the urge to write, so I write it down on paper so I don’t forget and so I can type it to a computer when I have time.  


6) Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?

I have a lot of favourite authors, but I’m just going to name a few: Anne Rice, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Juliet Marillier, Nalini Singh, Carmen Martin Gaite, and Karen Marie Moning.
My favourite writers influenced the genre what I write these days. Unconsciously, maybe they influenced me. However, we live in a world where there aren’t new ideas. Those authors were inspired by someone else. What makes authors different is that they try to give soul and depth to their story and characters. 


7) What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?

Writing is a calling. So if you are really set in sharing your gift with the world, you need to share your work with readers, protect your copyrights because there are a lot of people stealing other people’s work, and have realistic expectations. Only a few can live from writing. Reach out for small publishers to have honest feedback. Write, write, write, and don’t even think about publish a book without proper editing if you are planning to publish on your own. There are a lot of people with talent that aren’t able to sell books even after publish them. You need to spend as much energy promoting your work as writing. 


8) What would be the Dream Cast for you book if it was to be turned into a movie?

This story started to be shared on Wattpad. The website allows us to choose a cast. Soul-Mate was first shared in 2013. Since then the dream cast has been: Shane – Jamie Dornan; Annabel – Emilia Clarke. 


9) If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?

I would probably starve to death because all I wanted was pens, paper as much as possible, and books. 


10) What do you have in store next for your readers?

I have a new book coming out in November. It’s another paranormal book, but with a few twists. It’s also a book to empower women and to show that bad boys don’t miraculously change into good guys. I’m currently working on the third book of the Immortal Love Series (Soul-Mate is book 1), and I’m waiting to have time to start editing book 2 so I can also publish it next year.  


Friday, November 20, 2015

The Friday 56 (6)







This weekly meme is hosted by Freda's Voice and it's simple to join in the fun! Just grab your book and turn to page 56 or 56% if you're using an eReader and post a sentence or a few. No spoilers though!





















"You want me to show you my magic? I'll show it to you. But not here--not--"

"I have no interest in seeing you drop your magic at my feet like a sack of grain. I want to see what you can do with it, Aelin Galathynius--which currently seems like not very much at all." Celaena's stomach tightened at that cursed name. "I want to see what you will become under the right circumstances."

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Diary of a Haunting - Mini Review

When Paige moves from LA to Idaho with her mom and little brother after her parents’ high-profile divorce, she expects to completely hate her new life, and the small town doesn’t disappoint. Worse yet, the drafty old mansion they’ve rented is infested with flies, spiders, and other pests Paige doesn’t want to think about.

She chalks it up to her rural surroundings, but it’s harder to ignore the strange things happening around the house, from one can of ravioli becoming a dozen, to unreadable words appearing in the walls. Soon Paige’s little brother begins roaming the house at all hours of the night, and there’s something not right about the downstairs neighbor, who knows a lot more than he’s letting on.



Things only get creepier when she learns about the sinister cult that conducted experimental rituals in the house almost a hundred years earlier.
The more Paige investigates, and the deeper she digs, the clearer it all becomes: whatever is in the house, whatever is causing all the strange occurrences, has no intention of backing down without a fight.

Found in the aftermath, Diary of a Haunting collects the journal entries, letters, and photographs Paige left behind.









Book Breakdown

Paige's life is turned upside down when her mother makes them move from California to Idaho. Her wanted a new life away from her ex husband. Paige isn't happy with this move at all. She's stuck in an old house with lots of nasty spiders and flies.

As this is a horror novel, weird things begin to happen. There's a buzzing noise in her little bother's room. There also a guy she meets along the way who helps her out and then she ends up killing him. It's so painfully obvious that the house is haunted and her mother doesn't age. She's one of those new age types. Her mother thinks they have the same right to live there too. 

Paige doesn't like it. She feels something is wrong and the closer she gets to the truth, she sees that that she was right. They weren't friendly spirits but what she doesn't know is that it's far worse than she could ever imagine. 

I actually liked this book, it was spooky and even had me looking over my shoulder a few times. I will say I think it was silly to make the only guy in this story around Paige's age gay. I mean I get that the author wanted no romance in this book but still. Straight guys and girls can be friends. It happens.

I will say that I totally saw the ending coming and it's wasn't much of a surprise but none the less I enjoyed this spooky read. 




Saturday, November 14, 2015

Outsiders - Review

Something greater than human…

Jaylen Hayes knows that she is different from all other seventeen-year-old girls. Possessing extraordinary intelligence, she is also uncannily powerful and inexplicably hated by wild animals. But it is not until she transfers to Trinity High that she learns the truth about who—and what—she really is.

Instinctively drawn to two new classmates—the intense and passionate Indigo, and the charismatic and breathtakingly gorgeous Michael—Jaylen soon learns the shocking secret of their shared heritage, and the bloodline that extends to the stars. However, all is not what it seems, and Jaylen soon finds her newfound security threatened when a trusted friend becomes a dangerous and vengeful enemy.










Book Breakdown

Normally I do a little recap of the novel but I'm going to skip that as I don't want to give any spoilers away for this book. You need to read it for yourself. It's just an awesome read. The author's writing is easy to follow and flows great. The way she wrote her characters make them feel real. 

I love that the author wasn't afraid to make her character different. Jaylen is an atheist and I think it's fantastic to see that in a YA book. Most people skip that or just don't mention religion but this author put it right there for everyone to see. So if you don't like that, don't read. But you'll be missing out. Not everyone is a Christian and it's so wonderful to see diversity! 

Speaking of diversity, Jaylen is African-American and that is great to see! We need more books where like this! Jaylen is not the stereotypical type coming from a low income family or dealing with drugs. It's also a good book for the LGBT community because Indigo is bisexual.

Finally, the last thing I want to touch on is the sex scenes, pretty much all young adult books will skip over or give the smallest of details and it's always bothered me. I mean yes, I understand not wanting to let kids read that stuff but this is aimed at young adults. And most young adults are already exposed to all this. I mean come on, 16 and pregnant people! 

I thought it was a nice balance, in no way was this book overloaded with sex, it fit perfectly with the story and you could see how much they loved each other. It wasn't some random hook up. Very tasteful. 

More books should be like this! The risks this author takes and just how brave she is. Great job! Awesome sauce book and I just can't wait for more!

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*


Friday, November 13, 2015

First Blogiversary!





This time last year I posted my very first review. It was of White Hot Kiss and it sucked. I look back at it now and cringe. It's freaking terrible! You are welcome to go read it but don't say I didn't warn you!

But I actually wanted to take this time and talk about what got me into blogging and I'm sure it's a story most people share with me. But it seems fitting to share it in depth here and now. 
I had just finished White Hot Kiss, which I read in one sitting that day after picking it up from my local Wal-Mart. It was my first taste of Jennifer L Armentrout and I was hooked! 


So I did what anyone would do, I headed to Goodreads to see if she had any other books. She did! So I requested them all from the library. I decided to start with Obsidian because unlike most people, I love the original covers. It was like I had found the Holy Grail and learned for the first time about book blogging. 

 I know, I'm completely late to the game but I just never knew about it. I sent so many years reading alone with no one to fangirl with. It got worse when we had to move away from my family as I didn't even have my little sister to talk to about the books I'd read. 

So I looked into this book blogging thing and found a free website: Blogger. I decided to create an account and give it a try. The rest is history! 

It's been an amazing first year and I want to thank each and everyone of you for coming along with me. I know I don't get to visit and comment on each of yours blogs because my all my computer problems and I don't get to blog everyday like I would like... but you guys just keep coming back and commenting and I love each and every comment I get. That make my day. 

So thank you to all. All the friends I've made, all the wonderful blogs I get to read and most importantly, to all those I've gotten to fangirl with. You guys are seriously the best ever! I love you all! Here's to another magical year. 



Also as a special treat,  I'm going to be doing a giveaway at the end of the month! Be on the lookout for that! The prize(s) will be fantastic! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Book Haul (7)




Since I've started my part time job I've been putting my small paychecks to good use, buying what you might ask? Well, books of course! So I've been having a lot of book hauls lately and more to come as I just ordered more from bookoutlet and ebay. Yes, I know. I have a problem! My partner tells me so all the time. It's okay though, because I know you guys understand what it's like. So my lovely little rosebuds, let me show you what I go this time!





I actually got this book to give it a second chance because of all the positive reviews I've seen. Also +Less Reality More Books, her reviews made me want to read it so much!





I got this because it was super cheap and I've enjoyed this series though I've yet to finish it... yeah.




I don't think I even need to explain why I got this. It's Harry Potter guys, who wouldn't want it?





I love the Blue Bloods series and this has the same author and it was less than $5 for the hardback, so yeah, I got it.







I got these as a box set from book outlet for real cheap. I also got Identical for cheap too.






That wraps up this book haul. Have you gotten any good books lately? Let me know below. Happy Reading!









Sunday, November 8, 2015

NaNoWriMo Snippet & Update!

       


As I am writing this post I have 12,649 words written and let me tell you, once I actually get the story completed, I have a lot of editing to do! So how are you guys doing? 
I also wanted to take this time and share a small part of my novel, it's the Prelude. So read it and tell me what you think. I'd love to hear all of your thoughts little sunflowers! And to those doing NaNoWriMo, don't worry, you still have plenty of days left this month. That's what I'm telling myself at least.








The Choice 

         Light blue eyes watched the small blonde girl as she twirled around. The happiness on her face was abundant but there was also a smugness in her thoughts. She felt she deserved what she was getting. The wind blew his dyed brown hair around his face and it also caused the girl’s dress to ghost around her legs.

“It’s all so amazing.” The girl’s voice rang through the crisp early morning air. The grass was still a vivid green, but that wouldn’t last for long, autumn was coming and with it a new queen. “I mean this is stuff all girls dream about. Becoming a queen, finding true love.”

The young man wanted to laugh at her, he’d played his part in this game well. He’d convinced her completely. “So then have you chosen?”

She stopped as her eyes searched the dense forest around them, “is Danny here?”

A lightly tanned hand pointed over to a large tree covered in moss, “he’s been there the whole time, so say it. Him or me?”

The girl seemed to pause but only for a second, “I’ve chosen.” Holding up her necklace, she showed it to the young man, it was a solid white heart. The only one like it in the whole world and beyond. “I choose you.”

An almost cruel smile spread across the prince of Heaven’s face. Even though he knew he’d win again, the feeling was still such a high. “Good choice. Hear that, brother? You can go now. See you in the next one hundred years.”

The man behind the tree looked up at the sunlight peeking through the canopy, arms crossed over his chest. He knew he was going to lose. After all, to win, you need to actually fight. Yes, his father would be angry, but he couldn’t force someone to chose him. That was against the rules of this terrible game.

“Don’t worry D, we’ll get the next one.” The boy gently patted his shoulder.
But the prince of Hell knew better. He’d never win and part of him hoped he never would.












This is my own work and can not be used without my permission. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Destiny Calls

*Have you ever felt like you’ve been preparing for something…Bigger?* 

*Do all your friends think your dreams are just plain…Crazy?* 

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Sure, Kay’s parents didn’t think twice about sending her to therapy. 

After all, Kay fully believes that she just narrowly escaped an explosion, watched a handsome stranger walk through fire for her—oh, and that she battled an extremely skilled foe to the death—all before her 10 AM class! 


They’re just dreams of course, but when this talented young college student wins a coveted trip to South Africa, she must soon decide whether she’s willing to never see her friends and family again to help somehow familiar strangers BRING ABOUT PEACE. 

Now, if Kay can survive the hand-to-hand combat and the one with the ivory dagger who wishes her death, Kay may just become the kind of PEACE seeking hero her classmates would never believe. Kay might even fall in love. 

Of course, our brave girl may instead discover the answer to something she never wanted to know the answer TO: 

What happens… when you die. 

#HoldOnToLife 

#Fall In Love 

#And FACE YOUR FEARS 

Book 1 in the Series 

…Your journey begins here. (Take the journey!)






Book Breakdown


Okay where do I start? My thoughts are totally everywhere. I planned to do an actual review but every time I try it just turns into a huge giant fangirl mess. So, as I'm sure you can see I LOVE this book! It's so just... I don't even have words! I will say it does start slow but once it picks up, it's so freaking amazing! So if you get this book just hang in there through the first part, it's well worth your time!

I don't want to talk too much about the book because I will spoil it and that would be awful. But the characters are my favorite part about this book, though don't get me wrong, the plot is fantastic and pretty dang original but the characters take the gold. I love Kay, she is a wonderful character. She is someone I would love to have as a friend. We'd get along perfectly. 

The downside, the flashbacks, yes the author does use a method to show the reader where they start and stop but I still sometimes found myself a little confused with them. When I did get the hang of it, it was pretty easy to follow. But that's the reason I did knock off a star, it will probably turn some readers off but I swear this book is just so good push through it. It really does get easier the more you get used to it. 

One last major warning, this book leaves off on a cliff hanger and if you're anything like me than it will drive you crazy wishing you had the next book in your hands!

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*







Favorite Quote

1) “Destiny is that which is inevitable. It is something that must and will occur, regardless of an individual’s will or desire for it to happen.” 







Friday, November 6, 2015

October Wrap-Up




I actually had a pretty good reading month in October. I read ten books. All of which I actually enjoyed. Some more than others naturally. Let's get started then!





This was a book I read to get into the Halloween spirit. It was a pretty good read. I enjoyed it but it's not a book that everyone would love. My review should be up some time soon so be on the look out for that!






This was sent to me by the author in the mail! Seriously, I love when authors do that. I loved this book, though the flashbacks sometimes got confusing. Still a great read. My review for this book should be ready Tuesday. 




I already did a Manga Monday for the first one and if you read that you know I loved it! I also read the second and third. This series just keeps getting better!











Both of my reviews for these books are up. If you haven't read this series yet DO IT! The first part of the first book is a little slow but get through that and the rest of the series is golden!













I read this one for a blog tour and thought is was pretty good. A few questions were left unanswered and I hope that means there will be more.







My favorite book I read all month! Seriously this is fantastic! If you haven't started this series yet.... what are you doing with your life? No... but really... what are you doing?







I have a review in the working for this and life and Death. I just don't know if I should post them because I don't really speak kindly of Life and Death...







Well, that's it for this month! What did you read in October? What are you going to read for November? Let me know below. Also tell me if you want to see my review for Life and Death, it's up to your guys if that review will ever see the light of day. 


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Angeldust (Dark Angel #5) - Review



                                                         The thrilling conclusion to the Dark Angel series…

Everything about Michael’s dark plan has been hidden – until now. On an island off the coast of Egypt, a fourth Seraphim city has been discovered; a city that doesn’t appear on any Seraphim map. This city is hidden, the air smells of blood and there is something very, very wrong with the inhabitants.

Back at Castle Speranza, while Alyx is off uncovering the secret of Raphael’s charm, someone will betray her in the worst possible way…

Michael now has everything he needs. Will Alyx be able to stop Michael? Or could this be the end of the world as we know it?













Book Breakdown

I want to start off by saying that I'm so sad! This was the last book! I won't get to read anymore about this amazing world and these characters I have come to love so much. But if a series has to end, I'm glad to see it end like this. Some series I've read end terribly but this was perfect! Everything was wrapped up nicely and it gave me all the feels.


Alyx has finally come into her own. She's stronger than before and I just love her so much. She gets to go on a final quest before the big showdown between her and Michael. There is so much action in this novel along with some wonderful romance and a few plot twists that keep the story fresh and you on the edge of your seat. If you've read the rest of this amazing series then read this one. If you've not read the series then start from the beginning because you're missing out!











Sunday, November 1, 2015

NaNoWriMo!



Okay so I've said this before but I will just say it again. I'm writing a book so I can get published one day. This year I've decided to join NaNoWriMo and get my book finished and then sent out to publishers. So I won't be posting everyday on my blog. I will still post at least one review a week and two other little posts. Sometimes I may even post two reviews a week and another little post. So yeah three posts a week the month of November. 


I will still do tags and such (so keep tagging me!) I love tags so much. I'll also unveil my original book tag sometime this month and also my blog turns one year old on the 13 of this month! YAY! Lots of fun stuff is happening this November! I may also post a few updates throughout the month on my progress with the novel.

If you are also doing NaNoWriMo this year and want to add me as a writing buddy




 
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