Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Manga

This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

So for this week I'm going to give you my top ten favorite manga series ever. It was hard to narrow it down and these aren't in any real order as that would be too hard. 

10) Bleach

9) Dengeki Daisy 

8) Sailor Moon

7) Black Bird

6) Tokyo Ghoul 

5) Attack on Titan 

4) Death Note

3) Backstage Prince

2) Boys Over Flowers

1) Vampire Knight

Monday, January 30, 2017

Music Monday - All Time Low

This is a weekly meme hosted by Always Me.

So the songs I've chosen for this week are songs that I love from one of my favorite bands. These are just two of my favorites as I have a bunch of them. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Shadowhunter Sunday

So I'm a little behind because work was intense for a while but now the hard part is over and I can focus on my blog more again. Yay! That makes me very happy, I have so many ideas and sure for my blog but never any time to do them. Now I can!

So let's talk about Episode 3 shall we?

I was so glad that the scenes were longer! I did not like how short they were the last episode. It just felt like the creators had no idea what they were doing. 

I say this every single time but I feel so bad for Simon! Everyone is so mean to him and I just want to hug him and tell him it's going to be okay. 

I like the flow of this episode so much better. I felt emotion with the characters this time. Magnus was my favorite this episode because he was fucking awesome! 

Magnus when he was alone with Alec and how he kissed him.... that would have been so cute if not for the heavy handed foreshadowing... yeah that scene.

I like the flashback scenes, I think they are so cute and I love how Flashback Jace feels more like book Jace. Though I fully don't understand why they had to use different actors to play teenage Jace, Alec, and Issy. You do not change completely in that short time frame.

So overall, this episode was better than the ones before but it's still not as good as it could be.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Caraval - (Spoiler Free) Review

Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Book Breakdown 

Stunning! Magical! Twisted! 

These are all words I can use to describe this amazing book. Caraval is unlike any book I've read before and it blew me away! I do not give out five stars easily, a book has to earn them from me and this one did! It sucked me in within the first three chapters and then I could not put the book down! The characters, the plot, the world are so very well developed. 

I will say that while I love reading about this book that it is not a world I'd ever want to visit. It's dark and you can't even trust what you see with your own eyes. I would be the worst player that this game in the history of players. I admire Scarlett for what all she goes through and all for the love her and her sister share. There are so many plot twists and even parts where I was sure I had it all figured out and then BAM, something changed again. It will keep you guessing until the last page.

This book is so mind blowing and epic. You NEED to read this book! I recommend it to everyone! 

*I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway*

Friday, January 27, 2017

50/50 Friday - Spine Design

This meme is hosted by myself and the ever so helpful Laura @Blue Eye Books.

What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.

Topic of the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Spine Design

So my favorite would have to be TMI, they just look so cool! I love the picture they make and I wish more books would follow this!

Least favorite would have to be these... I've never liked them. I remember when my little sister read them, and I loved the colors but I did not like the design. Sorry if this is your favorite spine design.

Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Book Read in January

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Fictional Crushes

This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

So it's been a while since I stated my fictional crushes and I've read some new books since then and added some new crushes. Not all of these will be book characters though. So here is a list of my current fictional crushes.

10) Alice 
 She's into darker things and seems like she'd be out for awesome adventures. Also she's pretty hot. 

9) Allison Sekemoto
She is so badass and and yet still caring. I have totally fallen for her. She's got to be one of my top girl crushes big time!

8) Magnus Bane 
He can pull off makeup better than I can and would for sure be the good looking one in the relationship but he'd just be so much fun to travel with and I'm sure that he's a great kisser too. 

7) Lexa 
Okay I know she started out as a bitch and I hated her but she got better. I really started to fall for her.

6) Leon (Resident Evil)
This is a video game character and I have probably loved him longer than anyone on this list. I don't know why but his snarky and cocky ways just pulled me in. Also Resident Evil 7 comes out today and I am so going to playing that game all day!

5) Schuyler Van Alen
I LOVE vampires and when a sweet, caring, and quirky vampire comes along. I fall for them. 

4) Dorian Havilliard
I know everyone loves Rowan or Chaol but I've been a fan of the prince since the very fist book and I just want him happy after everything he's been through. I've not read Empire of Storms yet FYI.

4) Zero Kiryu 
I actually used to be a Kaname fan but Zero just would not allow that and won my heart over. He will always hold a place in my top five no matter what. 

3) Tessa Gray 
She loves books so she and I can fangirl together about all the characters we read. She is brave and badass but still kind. Who would not fall in love with her? Jem and Will did too. 

2) Bellamy Blake 
I don't even have to say anything about this one. Just admire the photo and move on.

1) Rhysand
I did actually put him at number one for a reason. To me, he is the perfect character. If I could make only one character real, it would be him. I would want no other ever. 

If you made it to the end of this list than I say thank you and I want to wish you a great day and as always my butterflies, happy reading. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Shadow & Bone - Review

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Book Breakdown 

We follow Alina, a young girl who was taken in by the Duke. She has no family. She finds a friend Mal, they are everything to each other. But he's great at everything and she's nothing special. All that changes when they have to cross the fold and her Grisha power is unleashed. 

Things change fast for Alina. She's pulled away from the First Army by the Darkling (Swoon) and starts to uncover a dark plot. 

This was a very fast, entertaining read. I enjoyed it so much! I read as fast as I could, just hoping to dig deeper into this world. I needed more about the Darkling. I'm in total love with him. I do think it's a bit overhyped so that's why I gave it four and a half stars. I expected more. I thought I was going to be blown away by this book and that didn't happen. I was blown away by the Darkling though! I really love him. 

I can't really point out what I disliked, maybe it was how Alina was so drawn into herself. She's not a bad person but she thinks of herself so lowly. Like she's less than everyone else and I don't like that. It was sad to see but she did slowly start to change as the book went on and that was awesome. I love character development. 

I don't really care for Mal. He's had years to confess and tell Alina how he feels and yet he's too busy sleeping with Zoya and not caring until Alina is taken from him. Dumb boy. He's too used to having her around that he took her for granted. I hope she doesn't get with him. I hope she's smarter than that.

I'm still wondering where the Darkling falls. Is he truly evil? Misunderstood? I must know! Honestly, I'll be reading the rest of this series just for him. Not even kidding. He's worth it. 

The world building is top notch, I love the dark feel of this book. The side characters are wonderful as well. Overall, a quick, fun, and action packed book. If you've not read this series yet, pick it up! You'll love it!

Favorite Quotes 

1) “The Darkling slumped back in his chair. “Fine,” he said with a weary shrug. “Make me your villain.” 

2) “The problem with wanting," he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, "is that it makes us weak.” 

3) “Did you tell him what I showed you in the dark?” 

Friday, January 20, 2017

50/50 Friday - Character Most/Least Likely to Run in Sleet

This meme is hosted by myself and the ever so helpful Laura @Blue Eye Books.

What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.

Topic for this Week
Character most/least likely to go running in sleet

So this is one I had to actually think about. I had a few good choices but I decided to narrow it down to only two. So let's start with the one I think would never run in sleet.

Mimi Force (Blue Bloods)
She'd be too worried with how she looked and who would see her looking like that. She's all about pampering and I doubt running in sleet sounds like a good idea to her.

Most Likely
Daemon Black 

He's crazy (in a good way) and has a temper and he likes to run a lot. So I don't think any kind of weather would slow him down at all. He'd totally go running in sleet. He'd look damn good doing it too. 

Next Week's Topic
Most/Least Favorite Spine Design

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Shadowhunters (S2) Episode 2 - Review

It's that time again! Time to bang my head into a wall while one of the best series around gets ripped to pieces. I swear, sometimes this show makes me really love the movie. How did this even get picked up for another season? Someone, PLEASE, explain this to me! I can't wait for the new show runners to get in there. I hope they fix this.

Now before we go on, I do want to say that there is some great things in this episode. I love the moments between the characters. There was some really great stuff. I just wish I had gotten more. My biggest complaint with this episode is that every scene is so damn short. It felt like the longest scene was maybe 3-4 minutes. I don't know how long they actually were but if you watch, I know you'll know what I mean.

So we get more weird memory ruin crap. Do these writers or whatever just make up things as they go along for plot? I'm really curious about that. I do hate the way that everyone is mean to Simon, it was the same last episode too and it's driving me insane! He's one of the best actors on here. 

I feel badly for Clary not really knowing where she fits in, I would have felt it a lot more had the scene been longer but we jump so fast I feel like I got whiplash. I wish Izzy and Clary would get more scenes together. I also wish they would replace the actress playing Clary. I honestly don't mind anyone else. But sometimes she just doesn't work for me.

When Izzy took down that big guy... I don't even know what to think, she's so awesome and badass but at the same time I found myself cringing during that part. Anyone else? I can't put my finger on why but I just... I don't know. Ugh.

I do like that the show has gone a little darker, like with the guy who slit his own neck rather than give up Valentine. That was a nice touch. I also really love the actor playing Luke. He's awesome! I honestly, can't see Luke as anyone but him anymore. Simon is always wonderful and my heart just keeps going out to him for how mean everyone is. I also like that Magnus has offered to help him. I think that's going to be fun to see play out.

Though Clary is so stupid when the plot needs her to be, it's rather sad. Book Clary isn't that stupid. Nor do I think movie Clary was either. I feel for Dot. They did quit looking for her and so Valentine got her... I wonder what he's going to do to her now. Clary was kind of a bitch for leaving her. For not finding a way to get her out too. 

My biggest gripe with this show is how juvenile it feels. The books weren't like this. They could have created such an awesome atmosphere but it really feels so dumbed down. I don't know who their target audience is and it doesn't feel like it's me and I'm a huge fan of the books so it could be people like me. People like us. 

I hope it gets better. I don't want to see this adaption fail too. 

Episode Rating

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books

This meme is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.

So I've read a lot of books that are underrated. They need love too! So today I'm sharing my top ten underrated books. Give these books some love will you?

10) 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.

9) The Falconer 
One girl's nightmare is this girl's faery tale

She's a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

She's a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she's leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She's a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She's a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother's murder—but she'll have to save the world first.

8) 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.

7) Hello, I Love You
A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.

Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can't stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can't deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol. 

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she'll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.

8) Revelation 

Eve Collins starts her freshman year at college blissfully unaware that one revelation will challenge everything she’s believed to be true about her family, life, and future, and right in the midst of it all is Asher St. Michael.

Mysterious and aloof, Asher is appointed to protect Eve at all costs. Bound by his oath of loyalty to mankind, loving her is forbidden. 

Dark and enigmatic, Gage Gallagher may be even more dangerous to Eve than the demonic army that hunts her.
Caught in the middle of a centuries old war, Eve must choose sides knowing that the wrong choice will cost more than just her life. 
Can Asher and Eve fulfil their destinies or will their love destroy everything?

Revelation is a journey of self-discovery, love, and sacrifice.

7) Untitled Beauty 

6) Storm Siren 
“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

5) The Before Now and After Then 
**2015 ELit Book Award Silver WInner for LGBT Fiction**

Danny Goldstein has always lived in the shadow of his identical, twin brother Sam. But when a hurricane of events forces him into the spotlight, he starts to realize that the only thing he’s truly afraid of is himself. 

With the help of his costume changing friend Cher, a famous gay uncle with a mysterious past of his own, two aging punk rocker parents and Rusty, the boy who will become his something to live for, Danny begins to realize that the music of the heart is truly the soundtrack for living.

4) Leo Loves Aries 
A new person will enter your life in the early year, Leo. Look past any moments of frustration they might bring and laugh—this could be the start of a thriving friendship.

Theo Wallace usually laughs at the horoscopes his mom sends. Still hung up on his ex-girlfriend and practically friendless, this one begs him to reconsider. Because a friendship that stuck, that thrived…

Well, that would be a reason to leave past pains behind and look to the Bright Future.

When his sister Leone challenges him to find her the perfect date for a spring wedding, Theo uses it as a chance to make new friends. Theo’s ex economics tutor and newest roommate Mr Jamie Cooper seems to be a possible and convenient match. Real convenient. Like written in the stars, convenient.

All he has to do is make sure this Jamie is good enough. Could really be the one for her, and the friend for him.

But watch out, Leo, the stars have a surprise in store…

3) Paper Princess 
From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees. 

4) 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.

3) Second Nature
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…

2) Blue Bloods
When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires.The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society. 

The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapated mansion. Schuyler is a loner...and happy that way. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a popular girl from her school is found dead... drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn't know what to think, but she wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?

1) Unknown 
Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have. 

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.