Saturday, July 30, 2016

Blog Update! Name Change & Meme News

Name Change 

Okay guys let's just jump into all this and I'm going to try and keep it short but it may not work out that way. I've changed the name of my blog and why might you ask? The Book Goddess was meant to be a different blog. When I first started this blog it was meant as a Pagan/ya book blog. Sounds weird I know but that's what I liked almost two years ago. Not even a full year into blogging and I dropped the Pagan reviews and ever since the name just hasn't felt right to me. The Book Goddess was a way to honor the Goddess and now I want something that just fits with the YA stuff that I do. I love butterflies, my spirit animal is one and they are so lovely. I have butterflies everywhere! So I've been thinking it over for months but finally I got the chance and here we are. The Butterfly Reader. 

For the longest time I was stuck between The Blue Butterfly and The Butterfly Reader so I asked my partner what he thought and he liked The Butterfly Reader was better. So that's the new name. Don't worry, the content will still be the same, that's not going to change at all. I just wanted the name to match the content better if that makes any sense. I don't know, I'm strange. 

Meme Update 

Also I said once that I wanted to create a meme, it's still in the works. But the design will look something like what I have below. What do you guys think? Does it look cool? be honest, I want this to be a good meme. Also I guess you guys know the name now ha ha. 50/50 Friday. I will give another update soon about what it is. So please look forward to that. It should be lots of fun and a way for bloggers to bond and share their thoughts even more! Who doesn't love sharing? Okay, I'm sorry, it's late and I've not slept since the night before last.

So please do tell we what you think of the logo, sadly as much as I wish I were, I'm not the most creative person in the world. So any little things you think would look better, I'm all ears. 

So until next time sunflowers. Happy Reading and have a great weekend. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Feature & Follow Friday - DNF Books

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This Weeks Prompt
What is your take on DNF books. Do you review them? Choose not to review them?

My Answer
So for me it depends actually. I hate not finishing a book in the first place. The book has to be super duper bad for me to quit. For example, I just finished the book: The Other Boleyn Girl, and I wanted to quit that long, boring, book so many times. I pushed through though and when I was done I was wondering why? Why did I read a shitty book when there are so many good books out there? Because I really hate not finishing a book.

Anyway, back to the question, I will only review a book that I have read 75% of or more, otherwise I feel I can't really give my honest opinion or that I haven't given the book a fair shot. I think in the almost two years that I've been blogging, I've only ever reviewed two books I DNF. So that's not too bad.

But I do just want to say that I'm not the kind of person that will get upset if I see other bloggers giving a review for a book they only read a little of. Everyone is entitled to their thoughts and feelings. I mean, everyone is different and that's what makes the world go around. 

What's your thoughts on DNF books? Let me know below and have a great weekend! 

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Easy - Mini Review

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night - but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

Mini Book Breakdown

Easy was the first NA book I ever read. I can't remember when it was before my tumor and before my trip to Asia so maybe 2011? Anyway, I'm getting off track here... I was so happy to be reading a book about characters my age and also happy that I'd found a book that wasn't so white washed to insanity.

I love this book just as much now as I did then. I love the message. How a girl can overcome even the worst thing and came out a stronger person. She goes from a victim  to someone able to protect herself and it's great to see that. I wish everyone would read this book, it's just amazing and Lukus! OMG Lukus! Yeah I've got another book boyfriend.

I really love how no one was perfect, every character was flawed and had real people problems. They grow just like real people do and the heal through this book. I also love how that raping asshole got what he deserved. I can't say how much more I love this book. Everything is top notch. The romance is so cute! It even got me crying at some parts. It just hits you right in the feels.

If you haven't read this book yet than you should, It's great!

Favorite Quotes 

1) "Love is not the absence of logic
but logic examined and recalculated
heated and curved to fit
inside the contours of the heart."

2) "Choosing to be with you, isn't a difficult decision, Jacqueline...It's easy. Incredibly easy."

3) "You're full of contradictions, Ms. Wallace."
I looked up at him and arched a brow. "I'm a girl. That's part of the job description, Mr. Maxfield."

Monday, July 25, 2016

Manga Monday - Stepping on Roses

Alright everyone, how are you all? I hope your lives are going well. I've been so busy I've no idea what to do with myself. Work has been hard, pulling more hours than I should... but anyway I finally got a manga read and I miss Manga Monday, I know they aren't popular but I don't do this for popularity, I do this because I love it. If I didn't love it, I'd have quit by now. So let's jump into the manga for this week!

 A rags-to-riches romance from the creator of Tail of the Moon ! Poor Sumi Kitamura… Her irresponsible older brother Eisuke keeps bringing home orphans for her to take care of even though they can barely afford their own basic needs! Just when Sumi's financial problems become dire, wealthy Soichiro Ashida enters her life with a bizarre proposition--he'll provide her with the money she so desperately needs if she agrees to marry him. But can Sumi pull off fooling high society into thinking she's a proper lady? Moreover, is it worth it to give everything up for this sham of a marriage?

Manga Breakdown 

Sumi's a poor girl trying to take care of lots of kids. None of which are hers. They are just homeless children her brother brings home in dreams of one day using them as workers for a business. Though her brother is useless, spending far too much time and all the money gambling. Which means, there is hardly any food and they are in extreme debt. 

They are about to be thrown out when Sumi decides she will sell herself for money. A handsome man takes her up on her offer and next thing she knows, she's being taken to a huge fancy Western style house.

Soichro says she can have all the money she wants but she has to be his wife and never ever fall in love with him. She once again agrees to for the good of the children. Besides, she has fallen for her savior's friend anyway. 

Then Sumi gets 'lady' lessons, where she is taught how to act as a proper lady in high class for Soichiro even though he can be a huge asshat. At least now she doesn't have to worry about the children getting food.

Nozomu (the guy Sumi really likes) has invited her and her husband over to his house for a high class party. Will she be loyal to Soichro? Will her secret be spilled? We have to read volume two to find out!

This manga us such a cute little romantic comedy. It makes me smile and laugh and even if I'm in a bad mood, I can pick this up and it still makes me happy. I think it's a nice blend of drama, romance, and comedy. Though it's looking like there maybe a love triangle... yeah. I know that bothers some of you guys but I actually like them... yes I'm the weird one out there. I'm okay with it. Who wants to be normal anyway? No fun.

So I fully recommend this series if you like cute little romantic dramas and anyone that wants a light read. Also the art is really stunning.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) - Review

When Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks, and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length…everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world…and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Book Breakdown

Tessa receives a letter one day from her elder brother, who's in London, telling her to come and join him there. So she jumps on a boat and does. What awaits her was not what she expected...

Two women, the Dark sisters, convince Tessa that they're friends of her brother (Nate) and once they have her trapped, the story really begins. They force her to use a power she didn't even know she had: shape shifting. They make her use her gift until she is good at it. She still can't wrap her head around all this though and wants nothing more than to leave. Is her brother okay? 

Then she finds out the Dark sisters are preparing her for a wedding, her wedding to someone they call the Magister. She doesn't want to marry this guy and she doesn't have to when she is saved by Shadowhunters and not just any shadowhunters but Will Herondale. Yes, every one loves him to pieces by now. Though I've only read this book and so far I like Jem better. Please don't hate me for saying that. 

Tessa learns of the shadow world and everything to do with it. She finds out that she has a bigger part in this world than she ever thought. She is the key to it all pretty much. She learns she is a special warlock and doesn't take it so well. She wants nothing more than to be normal. 

After lots of heartbreak and betrayals, they finally solve the problem but not without loss of life on the shadowhunter side. Also, the big bad of this series gets away at the end to set up for the other two books.

I really enjoyed this book it's a wild ride of ups and downs, happiness and scenes that rip your heart out. As usual, I love Cassandra Clare's writing and characters. She really makes the characters feel so real. Will I can see why everyone loves him so much he is pretty awesome, but he can be a huge jerk sometimes. So as of this book, I like Jem better. He is such a sweetheart and so kind. I feel for him, and wish I could make him better. It's not right he should suffer.

Overall, I really loved this book. It's so good. If you haven't read it yet, you should, ASAP! I can't wait to finish the rest of this series. I even dreamed about it one night haha.

By now I'm sure you guys know about my Instagram deal. If not, just click the link to check out what music I was listening to while reading this awesome novel.

Favorite Quotes

1) “One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

2) “Remember when you tried to convince me to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?" 
"They ate it too," Will reminisced. "Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.” 

3) “You know," Gabriel said, "there was a time I thought we could be friends, Will."
"There was a time I thought I was a ferret," Will said, "but that turned out to be the opium haze. Did you know it had that effect? Because I didn't.” 

4) “Are you implying that shreds of my reputation remain intact?" Will demanded with mock horror. "Clearly I have been doing something wrong. Or not something wrong, as the case may be." 
He banged on the side of the carriage. "Thomas! We must away at once to the nearest brothel. I seek scandal and low companionship.” 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Problem with Forever - Review

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

Book Breakdown

So this book review is long overdue, I read this book very quickly once I got it but never had the time to sit down and write a review and forgive me but I read this book two months ago and I might have forgotten a few details.... but none the less, here we go!

Mallory had been abused, badly abused and now she hardly ever talks. She can talk just fine but she was so used to not making a sound that it rubbed off. She's been home schooled since she got adopted by a good family but she decides that she is ready to take on school, it's time. 

When she gets to school she sees a blast from the past; her savior, Ryder. He also grew up in the same bad faster home she did. He'd kept her from getting beaten an lot. He looked out for her. She looked up to him. They get to talking, lots of drama and a really good but heartbreaking story unfolds. This book had me crying and cheering this wonderfully damaged characters on. 

It's beautiful and easily one of Jennifer Armentrout's best works. It's so real and raw. So wonderfully painful and inspiring. I've never felt so satisfied after reading a standalone as I did with this one. I usually feel like there is so much more to tell or I feel like I'm missing pieces. This was not the case with this book, everything was perfectly wrapped up perfectly. 

The writing is the same as any JLA book, fantastic! Her characters are amazing and the dialogue is perfect as always. This story is such a journey and I loved taking it with these characters. If you're not read this book yet then you so should, it's wonderful and simply breathtaking! 

Favorite Quotes 

1) “Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn't exist.”

2) “She understands.” 
“Understands what?” I whispered. Rider’s gaze held mine again. 
“She understands that if I have to pick between you two, it’s not going to be her.”

3) “This speech wasn’t forever. Being embarrassed as not forever. None of this was forever. But trying was. Living was.” 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Books Outside the USA

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I thought this one would be a good for for me but then I sat down and really got to thinking... there isn't many books I've read from outside the USA... unless we can count fantasy worlds. Why is that I wonder? I'm missing some great books out there, I have to dig deeper and find these worldwide treasures.

These books are not in any order really, just me showing the few books I've read that doesn't use America as the stage. 

10) This one is so wonderful and funny and sweet and how doesn't love Paris?! Exactly.

9) The whole Harry Potter is set in London... when they are in the 'muggle' world. So this counts and here I almost forgot this entry... I've been working way too much.

8) This is one I've been wanting to read for a while but haven't gotten the chance. It sounds so good though and it's very different than what is out there now. I will leave you all with the blurb as well.
In this stunning debut, a young Iranian American writer pulls back the curtain on one of the most hidden corners of a much-talked-about culture.

Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love—Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light.

So they carry on in secret—until Nasrin’s parents announce that they’ve arranged for her marriage. Nasrin tries to persuade Sahar that they can go on as they have been, only now with new comforts provided by the decent, well-to-do doctor Nasrin will marry. But Sahar dreams of loving Nasrin exclusively—and openly.

Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution. In Iran, homosexuality may be a crime, but to be a man trapped in a woman’s body is seen as nature’s mistake, and sex reassignment is legal and accessible. As a man, Sahar could be the one to marry Nasrin. Sahar will never be able to love the one she wants, in the body she wants to be loved in, without risking her life. Is saving her love worth sacrificing her true self?

7) I love Japan and would honestly love to go back there. I'd be so happy to live there if only I could write the language and speak it better too. Japan and the UK are the two places I would move to in a heartbeat. Not even a second thought or regret.

6) This is another book that I want to read so badly but haven't had the time yet. Did I mention I would love to visit Paris? Some of this book takes place there also. 

5) This is one I actually just found while doing research for this post and thought it looked really good. It's now on my TBR. Am I the only one who fears their TBR will come to life one day and eat me? Yes? Okay...

4) This is where my love of manga comes into play as it's hardly ever set in the USA. I'm actually kind of proud of myself though, I only had to look up one book but it's still sad that there isn't more awesome books that are well known set outside the USA. The world is such a big place and there are far better countries than America... trust me. I know, I live here and have gotten to travel to Asia. So much better there. This one is set in Japan.

3) This manga takes place in London and if any of you watch anime then you know what manga is shown before. It's just too popular.

2) This is actually a series I've been reading for a bit now, I've only got the third one left... it's by a wildly popular author... any ideas? Well here it is and it's also set around the same place that Black Butler is.

1) Now this one I did save for last because it is my favorite and I think it deserves the number one spot... it's a gripping story until any other and the world building is fantastic and I feel like in there with the way the author writes.

So these are my choices, any favorites of yours I missed? Let me know below, I'd love more books set outside the USA.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Music Monday (6) Female Singers

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over at Always Me.

I've so loving this song. I really love just about anything Demi Lovato puts out, she has an amazing voice and is so underrated, it's sad. She deserves way more attention than she is getting.

This next song I actually like even though I dislike the artist, it's weird for me when that happens but this is one of those times.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Music Monday(5) K-Pop Edition

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over at Always Me.

So I've been listening to a lot of K-Pop and been looking into when my favorite K-Pop artists when they happen to sing in English because I love when I can actually understand them. I speak no Korean but I am learning Japanese. I won't need subtitles when watching anime anymore! I hope.

So I found two amazing songs that are in English. I hope you guys enjoy them as much as I do!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers #1) - Review

Something is wrong with Kaylee Cavanaugh...

She can sense when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest boy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about the dark forces behind Kaylee's power than she does.

And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason and only Kaylee knows who'll be next, she realizes that finding a boyfriend is the least of her worries!

Book Breakdown 

Kaylee has been lied to her whole life. Her family made her out to believe she was going crazy. Even going as far as sending her to the hospital. Why? Once in the mall, she saw something in the mall and screamed bloody murder. 

But there is something going on, a huge secret Kaylee doesn't know but through strange events and a hot guy from school, she learns not only that she's a bean sidhe. Nash is one also, so he decides to tell her about herself after three teenage girls fall over dead.

After finding out the truth, she decides to dig deeper, questioning why three healthy girls would just drop dead. She soon learns the sad truth and with the help of a few reapers and her father, it all will come to an end. Her life will ever never be the same again, is she ready for that? What will she do when it's her best friend's life on the line? Will she stay out of it or risk it all for her friend? 

Okay, so this book is amazing! It's one of my new favorites! The feels I got reading this! I also love Kaylee, she's not scared to what she thinks is best, even if it may get her into trouble. She will even stand up on her own if no one else will join her. 

I also love Tod! He's funny, sneaky, adorable and I just could swoon for him!  He's better than Nash, though I do like Nash too, just not as much as Tod. I love all the characters really, I think they are well developed and I'm sure as the series continues it will they will develop even more. 

The ending had me crying though, I didn't see the twist coming and it really hit me hard. What I love most is how different it is. I mean yes, it's girl is special and doesn't know but ends up being super powerful. But it's not vampires or werewolves, it's about a bean sidhe! How cool is that?! 

So lastly, if you're not read this series yet, you should! It's fantastic! You'll love it! 

Favorite Quotes

1) “Did he show himself?” Nash asked, and I glanced to my right to see him staring at my father, as fascinated as I was.
My dad nodded. “He was an arrogant little demon.”
“So what happened?” I asked.
“I punched him.”
For a moment, we stared at him in silence. “You punched the reaper?” I asked, and my hand fell from the strainer onto the edge of the sink.
“Yeah.” He chuckled at the memory, and his grin brought out one of my own. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d seen my father smile. “Broke his nose.” 

2) “So what does Tod look like? Whitewashed skeleton skulking around in a black cape and hood? Carrying a scythe? 'Cause I'm thinking that would cause mass panic in the hospital." ..... "Do you chase after a funeral processions in a long, dirty dress, hair trailing behind you in the wind? I shot him a mock frown. "Have you been following me again?” 

3) “...the dead have a way of becoming saints in the eyes of their survivors...” 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Feature & Follow - Book Covers

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This week is all about book covers in your favorite color. Though if you've been here long enough, you know I don't have a favorite color. It changes all the time. Right now my favorite colors are blue and purple. So I will choose books in those colors and show them off! 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday (4) Underrated Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This was actually pretty easy for me to do as I love indie books! They never get the hype they deserve! All these books are great ones and if you haven't read them you should! 1 & 6 are my personal favorites. Hope you enjoy this list and happy reading! 

10) Second Nature 
Opposite elements, same side…

Long ago, the Esscas, a rogue group of elementals, had once dared to challenge the Queens, the self-proclaimed masters of the element realms. The resulting war had decimated the world and the very people. In the end though, the Queens had prevailed and banished the Esscas to the After for all eternity.

Fae had shared no alliance with the Esscas, but had felt the ripples of their punishment nonetheless. For their actions, she would never be free. Born a fire elemental herself, Fae had spent every waking moment of her life training to be a guard for her Queen, with no choices in regards to her own fate. It was that or exile herself.

Jace, on the other hand, had been born an earth elemental with every choice in the world, yet had been one of those that had taken part in the Esscas. His punishment… eternity in exile, swallowed in regrets…

When the Esscas escape, vengeful and angry, and threatening the world once more, Fae and Jace quickly find their fates intertwined. While Fae fights for the chance to taste her freedom, Jace finds a chance to atone for his past mistakes.

Only by setting aside their differences, in both elements and loyalties, do they stand any chance to make a change and defeat Jace’s ex-team once more.

If only trust was that easy…

9) Five Seven Five
Take only what can be used. Take only what won’t be missed. The Creators are watching all of us.
White Frost lives in a world cloaked in darkness and ignorance. While most people in her society are content to live in fearful peace, White’s cousin brings her words from the mysterious Unknown. Strange collections of written words that tease her that there may be more to the world than candlelight and dank hallways.

But when tragedy strikes, White can no longer rely on the words to give her solace. She must discover what lies beyond the only world she’s ever known… no matter the cost.
Eventually, White finds her way to the skies and there she discovers that the tantalizing clues of her words are only pale reflections of the massive and wondrous world above. Colors she never thought possible. Blinding light. And an impossible being who may or may not be the Creator of it all.
But this information comes at a price White Frost is not sure she can pay.

White’s hunger for knowledge proves to be her greatest strength and weakness as she strives to learn more. But as she learns, she has to wonder – is there such a thing as too much information? And what will happen as it brings her closer to a being who could destroy everything she’s ever known?
Find out in Five Seven Five, the first book in a two part series entitled The Boy with Words.

8) Outsiders 
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.

7) Alice in Murderland 
Now! Let the "Mad Tea Party" begin!

The Kuonji clan, owner of one of the world's top conglomerates, has a tradition: Once a month, family members attend a "Mad Tea Party." But at the latest gathering, the nine Kuonji siblings in attendance are shocked to hear a pronouncement issue from the lips of their mother, Olga-

"I'd like you children to now fight one another to the death!"

As chaos erupts, Stella, the fourth daughter, loses all reason, and suddenly a whole new Stella, complete with blonde hair and blue dress, comes out to play-!!

6) Legacy
How do you want to feel today?

In 2041, the choice is yours. 

San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs—thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.

5) Angelfire
Forget everything you know about angels…

You’ll likely find Alyxandria slicing demons with her blades rather than plucking at harp strings. Whether it's with weapons, unarmed or with the “borrowed magics” of distilled angel-blood tattoos, she trains harder than any other Seraphim warrior to prove she is nothing like her parents who abandoned her to become Rogues.

When Alyx starts displaying the signs of a strange new magic, most don’t believe her and no one has answers for her. She starts to investigate for herself. The web of lies she uncovers will shatter her world and she’ll be forced to risk everything for Israel, a mortal she barely knows. 

Alyx and Israel will soon realize that their destinies are inexplicably tied - and that their choices will determine the fate of Earth itself.

It begins in Angelfire.

4) Becoming Darkness
Like everyone else living in Haven, seventeen-year-old Sophie Harkness is an Immune--a carrier of the genetic mutation that protects her from the virus Hitler unleashed upon the world more than half a century ago. A virus that wiped out most of humanity and turned two-hundred million people into vamps. But after her best friend is brutally murdered and several attempts are made on her own life, Sophie becomes determined to find answers to what seems to be a conspiracy running generations deep. And when she questions the peace treaty that keeps her small community protected, Sophie begins to discover terrible truths about herself and what it means to be human in a world ruled by darkness. 

Lindsay Brambles' debut young adult novel is a story of an alternate universe: Hitler won the war, our modern technologies never evolved, and the Nazis' terrifying reign still continues. This fast-paced novel will appeal to readers who guzzle up genre mashups and are looking for a fresh hybrid to sweep them away.

3) Darkest Dawn 
One desperate journey for the truth

Returning to Willows Lake eleven years after her mother’s tragic death, Sloane Baker knows she will finally get the answers she needs! She always suspected that there was something more sinister at the heart of the accident that claimed her mother’s life, but a cryptic note could be the key to her past…

Two lives changed forever

The small town has always seemed safe to Brianna Taylor – until a mysterious new girl arrives who looks exactly like Bri! Now everything Bri knew has been thrown into question and Sloane’s arrival has changed the world of Willows Lake forever.

Strange things are happening in Willows Lake. But when they turn deadly, Bri and Sloane must find a way to save each other or risk losing everything they hold dear…

2) Destiny Calls
A handsome stranger who walks through fire, dreams that aren’t really dreams, and exotic adventure await young college student Kay Morowa.

Because in the heart of Africa is the secret utopia of Ipharadisi—the land of the peacekeepers. Their magical village is a refuge whose guardians only leave to fight off the poachers, warlords and darkness that engulf the outside world. Kay Morowa has something in common with the peacekeepers. She just doesn’t know it yet. But when Kay wins a coveted trip to South Africa, she must 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 stranger rescuing, 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.

1) Emerge: The Awakening
Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.

You're born. You live. You die.

She has no cause to believe those rules don't apply to her.
All her life, Allie has suffered in silence as those around her shrink from her touch, too intimidated to take the time to get to know her. It's left her feeling like a pariah for fifteen years.

When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He isn't affected by her touch. He doesn't stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends.

For the first time ever, Allie knows what true friendship means. Finally, she has a real shot at normal--until "normal" crashes and burns when she wakes in agony on her sixteenth birthday. Aidan calls it her Awakening, a rite of passage he and their friends have all faced. Allie struggles in ignorance through the experience, uncertain of what is real and what isn't. When she emerges, she is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.
As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world of ancient Immortal beings.

A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.

Join Allie and Aidan in this coming of age, urban fantasy set within our own world.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Marked (House of Night) - Review

After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them).

Series: House of Night
Author(s): P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Page Count: 306 
Published: May 1st 2007
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Book Breakdown

So I remember reading this book back in 2009 and loving it. I read the other books that were out at this time and it was simply an amazing series. I remember being so sad that they weren't coming out fast enough for my liking. Then I reread this first one this past month. It's not really the best book out there. It's rather immature and silly. Though highly entertaining. 

It's also a rather neat idea, a vampire finishing school. I like the whole idea and premise I just think it could have been done better. I mean Zoey is kind of whiny and some of her friends are rather shallow at times. I do like that their is some diversity in this series. Like Zoey having a Native American background, Damien being gay, and Shaunee being African American. It did feel very real in that way. I loved it. Wish more books would follow this series in that way.

Though I've been told it does get a little more mature in the later novels, with how the characters actually grow up. Maybe that's what they were going for, making them seem like real teenagers, though they made them a bit too whiny and shallow and well... bratty. I wasn't anything like that as a teenager. 

Overall, I for some weird reason like this series, it must be because it holds a place in my heart. In 2008 we moved from my hometown (which I would kill to go back too), and got even more into reading, this was a series I picked up and it helped me through the dark time where I had no friends and was in a new place I didn't like. So whenever I read these, I don't feel so alone. Weird sounding I'm sure but that's the truth.

So if you like quick reads that make you want to pull your hair out at all the strange things and characters that are mostly shallow, this is for you!

Favorite Quotes

1) “Actually, since I'm gay I think I should count for two guys instead of just one. I mean, in me you get the male point of view and you don't have to worry about me wanting to touch your boobies.”

2) “Don't you think baby corns are scary? There's just something wrong about their midget bodies.”

3) “He's not the brightest crayola in the pack.”