Thursday, November 30, 2017

ReMade S2E1 - Patch Job - Mini Episode Breakdown

This is the 1st episode in the second season of ReMade, a 14-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by Andrea Phillips.

You live. You love. You die. Now RUN.

A figure from the group’s past reappears, bringing up some serious questions about their remade lives. Is anything they thought they knew true? Can caretakers ever be good? And, most important, who can they trust?

One moment proved fateful for a group of teenagers—and not just because it’s the moment they all happened to die. At the moment of their deaths, they were snatched forward into the future and remade in a world they hardly recognize. Now, after facing murderous robots and an unpredictable environment, the teens have begun to find their footing. But can they survive long enough to figure out why they were remade? And will they ever be able to stop running?

Mini Episode Breakdown 

Nothing much happens... I mean we do get to see that Jing-Wei isn't dead and that she can somehow talk to the caretakers but mostly this episode was a let down, other than Jing-Wei because I love her so much. I am glad to know I still hate Inez though. She's even worse then before. I am eager to see what happens and I really hope that no one hurts Sparky. I like him so much! 

*I received this episode free for an honest review*

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by HarperTeen

Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Yoga for the Creative Soul - ARC Review

Get in touch with your true spirit and explore the deeper aspects of your creative self with yoga. This book combines expressive arts and yoga therapy exercises to guide you on your journey of creating a joyous life. Discover how to bring color, movement, and melody into everyday moments with the five paths to self-realization: Karma, Jnana, Raja, Bhakti, and Tantra.

Through meditation and relaxation, words and images seem to arise of their own accord, offering deep insight into the hidden soul and inner landscape. Yoga for the Creative Soul shows you how to manifest your dreams and create change in your community and the world.

ARC Breakdown 

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

So I'm just getting into Yoga.... and I do mean like basic as basic can get. That being said, I found some really cool stuff in this book. Some things that will actually be useful. Lots of things in here feel like too much for me so if you're more experienced you'll find something in here too. There is so many exercises in this book, from journal writing, meditation and then of course the actual yoga parts. 

I fully recommend this book. It's awesome and I think anyone can get anything out of it. It also seems to be helping my creative side, which is greatly in need of help.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Music Monday - Reputation

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over at Always Me. The point of this meme is every Monday you share two of your favorite songs from the past week. So here are the songs I've been listening to this week. 

Okay, so I've actually been listening to Taylor Swift's new album over and over again. It's my favorite album from her ever. I love every single song. That never happens to me! There is always a song or two that I never really like from every single album ever but not this one. Every song is perfection and so just so good. Of course I love some more then others but I don't even skip any of them.

Favorite Lyrics 
But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time
Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time

Favorite Lyrics
My castle crumbled overnight
I brought a knife to a gunfight
They took the crown, but it's alright
All the liars are calling me one
Nobody's heard from me for months
I'm doin' better than I ever was

Sunday, November 26, 2017

My Top 10 Vampires

So I'm a vampire lover. Anything at all to do with vampires will grab my attention instantly. I've seen movies, video games, books, and other media all about the best supernatural creatures ever. The creatures of the night. So I wanted to share some of my favorites with you today. Not all of these come from books, just my favorite vampires in general. Here we go!

10) Serana - Skyrim
She's badass! She is powerful, smart, and loyal. She's been through some hard times and yet she is still feminine and so damn awesome. I totally married her in the game.

9) Damon - The Vampire Diaries 
I love me a good anti-hero and Damon fits that perfectly. 

8) Rayne - BloodRayne
She's half human, half vampire with a soft side for humans. She's freaking cool as can be. 

7) Angel - Buffy the Vampire Slayer 
I love Spike too but I don't know... there's just something about Angel like I like more.

6) Selena - Underworld
She is sexy and independent. I love how much her character has grown over the movies.

5) Eric - True Blood
This picture says it all. I'll just leave it here. 

4) Mimi Force - Blue Bloods
She has such great character development. She starts out a bitch and moves on to become one of my favorite vampires in all of Blue Bloods.

3) Dimitri - Vampire Academy 
Yeah, he's awesome, hot, and super protective of those he loves. 

2) Allison - The Immortal Rules 
She's not scared of getting her hands dirty. She will do anything to reach what she wants. 

1) Dracula 
Like there was anyway I could leave Dracula out. 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Traitor's Kiss - Review

An obstinate girl who will not be married. A soldier desperate to prove himself. A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

Book Breakdown 

Okay so first of all, I found nothing wrong with this book that some people have stated is wrong with it. My problems with this book come from how many questions are unanswered and how bad the world building was. Not to mention, how boring it was. 

It took me forever to read this book, it became a chore. I don't know why I just didn't DNF it. It would've made my life easier and I could've read more engaging books. To be honest, the only reason I finished this novel was because I fell in love with Sage. She is a well done character and very believable. I enjoyed the romance and Alex is a treat. 

There is even some great political 'stuff' going on but sometimes it felt like too much. Maybe that was why it also felt boring because it takes a long time to get to the good stuff. The parts I wanted from this novel. The writing is fine, easy to follow, nothing special but not bad by any means. Something I did love was you can totally see how much work the author put into this novel from all the deception going on in every angle. 

So it's not a bad book by any means just.... a 'meh' kind of book. It will take a lot to power through the first part and my it may feel like it will never end but I did enjoy the story very much. 

Thanks to NetGalley for ARC!

The Distance Between Us - Review

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

Book Breakdown 

Caymen and her mother don't have a lot of money and Caymen had put aside her own dreams to help her mother with the doll shop. She's even decided to put off going to college for a year. Everything slowly changes when she meets Xander. The grandson of her mother's best customer. He's rich, something her mother hates with a passion. Against her morals and better judgement, Caymen gets closer to Xander and she falls for him. Though it comes to find out, he thought she had money all along because his grandmother knows a secret that Caymen's mother never told her... will this couple get a happy ending?

Well, of course there's a happy ending, that's Kasie West, her books are cute and fluffy and always make you feel good when they are over. Which I've needed a lot of this month so I am so glad that I read this one. It's not one of my favorites from this author but it's still a good read. It's still cute and I love Xander. The writing is fun and adorable as usual. It's what I've come to expect from Kasie and I like that.

Friday, November 24, 2017

50/50 Friday - Book That Left You Hungry For More/Satisfied

This meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from 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 the Week
Book That Left You Hungry For More/Satisfied

More often then not, if I love a book/series. I'm never satisfied by the ending because I want more. Even if it's just boring stuff. I've fallen so love with the characters that I never want it to end. So I could list any of my favorite series under Hunger for More. There are a few series that I think ended well enough that I was fine with letting the characters go. 

Satisfied Endings

Hungry for More

Topic For Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Book Read in November

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope that all of my American friends are going to have a great day filled with family, love, laughter and food. You cannot forget the food!!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Expected publication: December 19th 2017

Courage means rising up to defend your beliefs...
or daring to question them.

Erin McIntyre was captivating, but forbidden
His professional subordinate
The embodiment of unearned privilege
The daughter of his sworn enemy

Isaac Maat was impossible to read
Smart, ambitious, and emotionally detached
Hotter than anyone's boss should ever be
And definitely hiding something...

He told himself that getting to know her would help him take down her father.
She told herself that getting under his skin would distract her wrecked heart from its misery.

Neither predicted their private war would lead to an intimate battle in which the victor would be the first one to SURRENDER.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

5 Books Coming in December I Can't Wait to Read!

My hours increased at work so I will be bale able to start buying books again and that got me actually looking to see what's coming out next month. I found five books that I can't wait to get my hands on. Let me share them with you.

5) Brave
Expected publication: December 19th 2017

4) Nox: A Royal Protector Academy Novel 
Expected publication: December 15th 2017 

3) Brave 
Expected publication: December 11th 2017

2) Love, Life and the List
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 

1) Undone
Expected publication: December 5th 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

2 Mini Reviews - Faerie's Ring & The Fill-In Boyfriend

A fallen demon invades Lara Clint’s beloved city of Sedona and a strange voice calls for her to awaken to her destiny. A demon catcher, she is summoned to capture and reignite the flame of the iris, stolen by the son of Vobris, God of Light. Ironically, her own secret binds her to the demon.

Rafe Avery, a sidhe warrior and protector of dreams, is challenged to remove the black rose of darkness and help the one chosen to replace the white iris. Time has run out. The gates of Elysium and the magic portals will close to humankind, leaving them to the mercy and control of the revenge-seeking demon.

A hot attraction ignites between the human and fae as they struggle to accomplish their goals. Lara’s secret threatens to destroy all their lives. Is Rafe’s love strong enough to break evil bonds and bring the darkness to justice?

Mini Book Breakdown 

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I've been looking for a good paranormal romance and I was so happy when I found this one! It's just what I was looking for! Great plot that isn't the same old same old and it has a hot male lead. What more could I ask for? Oh, there is awesome banter between the two characters that reminds me a lot of JLA and I simply love it. The female lead is also someone I found myself rooting for, not the kind that made me roll my eyes. 

I also love the cover, I know, I'm THAT person. The one who likes the cheesy covers that most other don't. Well, I don't care what anyone thinks, I like it so it had a huge part in drawing me in. If the cover is keeping you from reading this novel, I say don't. The story is really good, don't miss out on it just because of the cover. As the old saying goes 'don't judge a book by it's cover'

When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

Mini Book Breakdown 

I feel like I could say this about every Kasie West book I've read but here we go again: it's cute and sweet. Full of fluff and those feel good moments that I have been in need of so much as this month as been hard on me. The writing is fun and nothing hard to understand, just a simple sweet read that will make you feel good when you flip the last page. What more could anyone ask for?

Now, I do like the character development in this one more than any of her other books. I like that Gia goes from pretty much a brat that does nothing but keeps the peace to a girl who can think for herself and stands up for what she wants and thinks is right. Also Hayden is so adorable, an ass for what he did to her near the end but I still like him. Hey, no one is perfect, no matter what they claim. 

I also really loved Bec, she was probably my favorite character and I hope Jules dies in a fire with the rest of her 'friends'

Friday, November 17, 2017

50/50 Friday - Book You Were Early/Late to the Party in Reading

This meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from 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 the Week
Book You Were Early/Late to the Party in Reading

Late to the Party
I've been late to the party so many times. Like with Twilight, Throne of Glass, Game of Thrones, The Lunar Chronicles and Outlander are just a few off the top of my head. 


Early to the Party
I've been early for a few books as well. Divergent. Vampire Academy. A Court of Thrones and Roses.

Topic for Next Week
Book That Left You Hungry For More/Satisfied

Thursday, November 16, 2017

2 Mini Reviews - Indecent & The Mistake

Shy, introverted Imogene Abney has always been fascinated by the elite world of prep schools, having secretly longed to attend one since she was a girl in Buffalo, New York. So, shortly after her college graduation, when she’s offered a teaching position at the Vandenberg School for Boys, an all-boys prep school in Westchester, New York, she immediately accepts, despite having little teaching experience—and very little experience with boys. 

When Imogene meets handsome, popular Adam Kipling a few weeks into her tenure there, a student who exudes charm and status and ease, she's immediately drawn to him. Who is this boy who flirts with her without fear of being caught? Who is this boy who seems immune to consequences and worry; a boy for whom the world will always provide?

As an obsessive, illicit affair begins between them, Imogene is so lost in the haze of first love that she's unable to recognize the danger she's in. The danger of losing her job. The danger of losing herself in the wrong person. The danger of being caught doing something possibly illegal and so indecent. 

Exploring issues of class, sex, and gender, this smart, sexy debut by Corinne Sullivan shatters the black-and- white nature of victimhood, taking a close look at blame and moral ambiguity.

Book Breakdown 

*This was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

2.5 Stars

Wow. Where to start? Should I start by saying I didn't like the writing style at all? No, I should start with how much I disliked Imogene. She never got any better throughout the story either. I kept hoping and hoping that she would get what was coming to her for getting into a relationship with a student but.... that leads me to my next point, the ending was such a let down. 

So, I'm sure you're wondering why I didn't give this book one star, Kip. He was the only reason I did not finish DNF this book. I don't know why, he's not the best character either but I just liked him. 

He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

Book Breakdown 

Logan has a crush on his best friend's girlfriend. He wants her so bad that he hookups with random girls pretty much every night hoping to her out of his system. He gets lost on the way to a party one night and ends up in Grace's room. Things go down and then he runs away. It doesn't take long before he's back in her room, wanting to fix what he messed up last time. 

As they begin to get to know each other, they see that they like each other. Only problem is, Logan was just using her to get over Hannah.... or is he?

The reason I dock a star for this was the part where Hannah and Logan talk and she helps him see that he's not in love with her but wants what Garret and her have. It just seemed like a cheap way to fix all this and throw a curveball right after he tells Grace he can't be with her. 

I love Logan. He is such a messed up ball of adorable manslutness. I loved him even when I wanted to slap him for being stupid. Grace, she is smart and mature and I loved her character so much. She's strong and confident in her own ways.