Tuesday, March 29, 2016

February Book Haul

This past month I got quite a few really cheap reads. I've not read them all and some I've written reviews for and haven't posted them yet. They are coming soon, I swear. So did you sunflowers get anything last month? Let me know below if you have read any of these books and what you thought of them.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Oblivion (Lux Series 1.5) - Mini Review

Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can't stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won't just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen...

Mini Book Breakdown

This book is the first three books from the Lux series from Daemon's POV, well at least the e-book is. If you got the actual book it's just Obsidian instead. We get to see his thoughts and the reasoning behind all his actions. My favorite of the three novels is the retelling of Obsidian, I mean they are all great but there is just something about the first one that is my favorite. That is because well the action is mainly all from Katy's POV and it shows, to me this drags a little at some points well as in the original ones there was lots of actions.

But it's so great to get more of Daemon as he's my favorite book boyfriend to date. I adore him! I mean he's caring, romantic, understanding, protective, sexy, powerful, sweet, strong, funny, and thoughtful. Why would you ever need more?! You wouldn't, ever. He's perfect.

So lastly, if you love Daemon or the Lux series at all, then you will love this, I recommend getting and reading this if you haven't already. It's well worth it to get a Daemon Black fix!

Favorite Quotes

1) “I’ve always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect. The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It’s just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness.”

2) “I called up Andrew, Adam’s twin and the Thompson brother who matched me in temperament and personality. In other words, we were fucking balls of sunshine.” 

3) “Damn. That got me in the feels. Straight sucker punch.” 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Discussion Challenge 2016 #1 - Female/Male POV

In case you don't know what this is all about. It's a way to get bloggers talking more, to discuss books or blogging. It's actually really a cool idea. I don't do enough discuss posts, so this is an awesome way to start into that. This is my first post and it's also serving as my post to let everyone know I'm joining this as per the rules found here.

My goal is: 13-24 – Creative Conversationalist

So what I wanted to discuss is something that my partner, little sister, and I have talked about countless times. Well, it's actually them ganging up on me and saying I'm narrowed minded and should branch out more.

I've found that for me, it's harder to read from the view point of a male. Any male, no matter the age. Don't get me wrong I've read and enjoyed a few books that are lead by a male character, like Harry Potter, Oblivion, & Intertwined. So I don't hate them, I just have a hard time connecting to the character that way. I mean, there's a saying about how women will never understand men and vice versa. I can write men, easily.

My little sister can read from any point of view and enjoy the story, though she prefers a male POV, like Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Maze Runner and more I don't know about I'm sure haha.

My partner can read from any but mostly goes for male POV as he is a male so yeah... but he's read things that are led by females and enjoyed it all the same.

So my question to all of you lovely people is this, can you read a book no matter who the main character is or do you have a preference? 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Feature & Follow #15 {Featured Blogger}

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.

This Week's Prompt 
Well, I guess this one isn't really a prompt but the question is to name our top 10 book covers. So this one is going to be kind of hard and probably no one will agree with my choices but these are mine. 

I could just name like 10 covers from Vampire Knight but that wouldn't be any fun would it? So yeah, I will look through and decide my favorite of them all and just add it. Also, these are in no special order. I could never ever do that, it would be like pulling out my own teeth. Also, these are just judging book covers, I may love the cover but hate the book itself.

So yeah as of now these are my favorites, if you ask me again in a year that could all change. So what are your favorites? Let me know below or just leave your FF link if you're doing this post too.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The 100 - Series Review (TV Talk)

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.
It's been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries...or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can -- together.

Weeks after landing on Earth, the Hundred have managed to create a sense of order amidst their wild, chaotic surroundings. But their delicate balance comes crashing down with the arrival of new dropships from space.

These new arrivals are the lucky ones - back on the Colony, the oxygen is almost gone - but after making it safely to Earth, GLASS's luck seems to be running out. CLARKE leads a rescue party to the crash site, ready to treat the wounded, but she can't stop thinking about her parents who may still be alive. Meanwhile, WELLS struggles to maintain his authority despite the presence of the Vice Chancellor and his armed guards, and BELLAMY must decide whether to face or flee the crimes he thought he'd left behind.

It's time for the Hundred to come together and fight for the freedom they've found on Earth, or risk losing everything - and everyone - they love.

Series Breakdown

So this series starts with 100 underage teenagers being sent from their space ship to Earth. Now a little bit of background, 300 years ago Earth was devastated by a nuclear war and those that lucky enough got sent into space to wait until the Earth was ready for humans once more. But air is running out, so why not send criminals to find out if it's safe? If it is, they saved the human race and if not, that means 100 less people taking up the air.

This book series is so very different from the epic TV show. These books are such a disappointment for me. My little sister got me into the both the TV show and gave me the first book, wanting to me read it. I read it in a few hours as each of them are very short books and I was left thinking... I've finally found a book where the film adaptation is a million times better!

The characters in the book don't really get flushed out enough for me. The book is just face value, nothing too deep. Any of the books really. The Earthborns are pretty much friendly, no conflict except by the small group that broke off when Clarke's parents were sent down to Earth. The biggest threat is from within. Their own turning against them or just wanting to control everything.

The thing I really loved the most was all the Bellarke kisses. Yes, it happens a lot in the books and it's freaking awesome! I also really like Glass as a character, with all the characters they have in the TV show, they could've made Glass. Just saying. Though I don't mind that they killed Wells off, I mean he's an alright character and I like him but not enough to really care that he's dead.

Bellamy is in most ways the same as his TV show counterpart. Clarke's way better in the show. I still like her in the books, don't get me wrong. Just the actress really brings her to life perfectly.

Overall, unless you are dying for a Bellarke kiss, skip the book series and fall in love with the amazing TV show instead. Though a warning to all who start the TV show, give it a few episodes to really get going. As much as of an avid fan I am of the show, I can admit that the first few episodes aren't great. I'm talking to you pilot, you horrible waste of time.

I was actually going to give up on the show after the first episode, but my sister told me to keep going and I'm so glad I did! So what are you waiting for? If you've not jumped into this show then go binge watch it and get caught up! You won't regret it!  

         Favorite Quotes 

  1. "Exhilaration fizzed through Clarke’s body. Before she realized what she was doing, she had thrown her arms around Bellamy. He joined in her laughter as he staggered backward, and wrapped his arms around her waist, lifting her up and spinning her through the air. The colors of the clearing swirled, green and gold and blue all blurring until there was nothing in the world but Bellamy’s smile, lighting up his eyes. Finally he set her down gently on the ground. Be he didn’t loosen his grip. Instead he pulled her even closer, and before Clarke had time to catch her breath, his lips were on hers. A voice in her brain told her stop, but it was overpowered by the smell of his skin and the pressure of his touch. Clarke felt like she was melting into his arms, losing herself in the kiss. He tasted like joy, and joy tasted better on Earth.” 
  2. “I love you,” he whispered, staring into eyes that were aglow with firelight, and something else. “I love you too.”
  3. “Endings and beginnings are inseparable, like the moment before dawn and the moment after.”

Sunday, March 13, 2016

2 Mini Poetry Book Reviews

Life is random and so is this book. 
It is a collection of poems arranged in no particular order. There are happy poems, sad poems, serious poems, poems about real life and poems that are total fiction. There are poems about love, poems about cats, poems for children, and there is even one about a... 
From one page to the next you don't know what you are going to find.

Come with me
and climb a rainbow
one color at a time
until we reach the clouds.
We can drift away
with the billowing grey
on a quest to catch
a wandering star.
And on that star
   we can make a wish
that out moment
will last forever.

Book Breakdown

This was a lovely collection of poems. Some are just so beautiful that I had to read them again right after I finished. I've actually never read a book of poetry before so I didn't know what to expect but it wasn't this. This was so much better than I thought it would be. I've even written one down and used it to make my own bookmark. 

For anyone who loves poems, this little book is for you. There is just about everything in here. The author has such a talent, I wish I could write a poem this well! The way the words flow are just amazingly wonderful. 

*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review*

Encounter is a book of poems written mostly in free verse but with some traditional poetic forms included. The poems are divided into three themes – love, nature and life.

Linda has experienced all sides of love – the joy it brings, the pain when it goes wrong, unrequited and learning to move on. Her aim is to show that it really is possible to overcome heartbreak and start again with hope and confidence.
She is constantly inspired by nature and she invites you to share with her the thrill of a new spring, mercurial summer, the glorious colors of autumn, the frozen wonders of winter.

Book Breakdown

This book is so amazing! It had me wishing for summer and usually I hate summer so that's rare on it's own. The poems of love are what stuck with me the most. I found myself trying to memorize some so I could keep them forever. 

This book is a very short read. So if you are wanting to get into poetry but aren't sure, then get this book. If you don't like it, then no harm done but if you decide you like poetry than you have a wonderful little book that gives you a great start.

I'm so glad that I was able to read this book, so worth it. I had it read in less than an hour and found myself going back to read my favorites right after. It's just flows so perfectly. The author such has an amazing way with words. Give this one a try, you won't regret it!

*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review*

Friday, March 11, 2016

Feature & Follow Friday #14

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This Week's Prompt:
What are some of your biggest pet peeves with books? i.e. love triangles etc.

  • Insta-Love! I HATE it so much. It just makes no sense and it doesn't give the characters a chance to really fall in love. I've said this many many times, love is something that takes time to build. There is no love at first sight. There is lust at first sight and even that can eventually lead to love. But you can't just look a person and fall in love. You know nothing about them. 
  • Next I generally hate what I believe is called the 'Alpha Male' where the guy won't even let the girl breathe on her own. Like Twilight sometimes, and an even better point, Fifty Shades of Grey. Not that I've ever read the whole series or even the first whole book - could not make it though that rubbish. Though if you like it, go for it. Just not my thing at all - I remember the contract he gave her, what she could eat, when she slept, what she had to wear, how she had to keep her body hair... Those kind of guys piss me off and just rub me the wrong way. Men should not be like that and I find it very sad that some women or even men, want that kind of partner. No one should be controlled that way. 
  • Weak female main characters especially in YA. So many younger girls read these books and I just want them to have a strong female to look too, to aspire too. We live in a time when we as females can do pretty much anything we want (though don't get me started on unfair wages), so I love seeing strong female characters. Now, this doesn't mean that I hate weak female characters, because I happen to connect more with them. I'm not a very strong kickass girl. I'm pretty weak physically after the tumor and such so yeah, I get it. I just personally don't like reading about them. 

So what about you Sunflowers? Now that I went on a long rant it's your turn to let me know! Either leave your link to your FF or simply tell me below in the comments. I can't wait to see what you guys think! I know a lot of you will probably say love triangles but I actually like them... not to toot my own horn or anything but in every love triangle I've read, my choice of guy always wins. Okay that was totally tooting my own horn. #sorrynotsorry 

Feel free to follow me anyway is easiest for you. I have pretty much everything but intsagram because my tablet doesn't have that yet. Damn you Amazon!!! Just let me know how you followed and I will be sure to follow back. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

February Wrap Up!

I didn't get to read too much this month, a lot of stuff kept me from reading. I've also taken up tutoring a high school student. So add that to my already full plate makes for a sad reading month. Though I'm actually proud I read this many books, granted they're all short but still. So let me know below what you read last month and if you've read any of the books I did. 

Falling Kingdoms: 4 Stars

Rainbows and Roses: 5 Stars

Encounter: 5 Stars

The 100: Homecoming: 3 Stars