Saturday, August 30, 2014

Weekend Update!

So sitting here on a rainy day, I have decided to do a little update!

First off, lets cover a few of the books I have read and plan to read this coming week.

Compared to normal weeks I guess I would call this week a pretty productive week for blogging and reading.

I have read the following books this week:

* The Fog of Forgetting, by G.A. Morgan. I just finished this one and have just recently posted a review for it. Feel free to check it out!

*The Giver, by Louis Lowry.  I finished this one up the other night, and am currently in the process of writing a review. I enjoyed both, book and movie, and look forward to posting my review.

Now, that covers the books I have read, now let me get to the ones I plan on reading, or currently reading!

To Be Read:
* Sway, by Kat Spears. This is an ARC for a book coming out in September, so a review for this one will be done closer to the release date.

* The Assassin's Curse, by Cassandra Rose Clarke. I recently checked this one out from my local library, so I definitely need to get to reading it soon! I have heard good things about this book and I look forward to reading it. The only hold up was that I had been accepted for an ARC review for a book that comes out September 2nd.

...that book would be the one I am currently reading:

The Girl and the Clockwork Cat, by Nikki McCormack. 
This is an eARC I received. I have to admit, I wasn't sure how I would like this book, but so far I have found myself unable to stop reading!

That is all the Reading type of updates I have for now, but on the other note, I just recently added my blog to BlogLovin. I would love for anyone who would like to take the time to check it out.

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I guess that is all I have for now, I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Hope to post more soon!

What are you reading?
Any good blog post lately you would like to share?

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Fog of Forgetting

Move over, Narnia. the journey to Ayda has begun. 

Sneaking out for a quick boat ride on a summer day, the five children at the center of The Foge of Forgetting soon find themselves in unfamiliar waters. Engulfed in a curtain of dense fog, they come ashore on the lost island of Ayda and encounter Seaborne, a machete-toting wayfarer of few words. BY nightfall, the children are caught up in a centuries-old battle between Dankar, the ruler of Exor, and three mysterious siblings who rule the other realms of Ayda. At stake are four stones of power and the elusive Fifth Stone, the most important of them all. WHen 9-year-old Frankie is kidnapped by Dankar, her older sister Evelyn (13) and the three Thomposon brothers - Chase (13), Knox (12), and Teddy (6), must learn to harness the power of the daylights, the elemental forces of creation, and navigate their way through the perilous realms of Ayda to rescue her - a journey from which they may not return. 

Author: G. A. Morgan
Page Count; 303
Genre: Middle Grade/ Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
Series: Yes (Book 1) The Five Stones Trilogy


   "Move over, Narnia, the journey to Ayda has begun." I have to admit, this statement had me a bit worried at the start. The Fog of Forgetting is a book directed toward fans of the Chronicle of Narnia and the Harry Potter series. I'm not going to lie, this means I had high expectations for this book. Harry Potter is one of my ALL time favorite book series, and Narnia is a beloved book from my childhood. (I just read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for the BookTubeAThon this summer.)

   Although, this story is more toward the Middle Grade age group, I can see how this can me enjoyed by many of all age groups. The relationship between the characters is a cute, believable telling between siblings and friends. Although the story starts with the two sets of siblings being strangers, a bond eventually forms pretty early on. The arrival on the mysterious island covered and shrouded with fog, was an interesting setting and it was enjoyable learning about the unique land and it's inhabitants along with the main characters. Unlike some stories that just dump loads of already known knowledge to the characters onto the reader, The Fog of Forgetting had a nice way of explaining everything little by little as the characters continued to learn the new information. This allowed the newness of this world to take a special quality.

   The magic was simple and nothing extraordinary, but it did have it's unique moments. The Stones and the relations ship with the Keepers and the elements added a nice quality to this magical world, and the story was well written to add them. The addition of the term "daylights' was also a nice element.

    If a reader wanted more than just adventure, then this is a story that has it. The Fog was one of the most mysterious part of the book so far. Something beautiful and eerie about the fog, yet it kept a thought in the back of the reader's mind about what it was and what it could be. Not to mention the ever pending question of, will the children ever get home? What was keeping them there?  And what will happen to them?

  All-in-all, I have to say this was a pretty interesting book. It was good for a light read if you are looking for something easy with a bit of fantasy. Did I consider this the next Narnia or Harry Potter? It was good, but not quite that good in my opinion. But, then again, that is asking me to compare this book to two of my favorite series...might be a bit biased on that point. Being only Book 1 in a series, I'll most likely pick up the other books to read. I look forward to see where this series goes and what becomes of the characters! (Especially after that ending!)  Definitely one that would be good for younger readers to enjoy, I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #2

So today is Tuesday, you know what that means!!


This is hosted by the lovely, The Broke and the Bookish.  Couldn't do this weekly post without them, so be sure to check out the other links on their page!

This week's Top Ten is:

Top ten books I really want to read but don't own yet.

Considering I have a small library at the moment, this one is not really that hard to choose ten books. I'm gonna bend the rules just a bit...some of these are not going to be just one, but a series.

1. Mortal Instrument series, by Cassandra Clare

2. Falling Kingdoms, by Morgan Rhodes

3. The Legend series, Marie Lu

4. The Archived, by Victoria Schwab

5. Me, and Earl, and the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews

6. Another Little Piece, by Kate Karyus Quinn

7. Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series, by Ransom Riggs

8. Prince of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence

9. The Kiss of Deception, by Mary E. Pearson

10. Mistborn series, by Brandon Sanderson

This is only 10 I have picked off my LONG list of books I wish to read or own. I can be glad to give you more if you want me to, but I'm sure you don't have time to read such a long list.

Do you have an opinion on which one I should try to get first?
Are any of these on your list?
Have you read any of these? If so did you like them or hate them?

Leave a link to your Top Ten and I'll be glad to check it out!!

Have a great day and don't forget to take the time to get lost between the pages!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Seven Deadly Sins Tag

     I was tagged by the lovely Christy of Christy's Book Addiction to do the Seven Deadly Sins tag. This is the first time I've been tagged to do something, so I am having a little more fun with it than I probably should.

  Even in the reading world, we encounter the 7 Deadly Sins. Here is my answers to each one:

1. Greed. What is your most inexpensive book?
         To be honest, most on my shelf. I don't have much money to spend on books at the moment, so most of mine were bought at the local library for .25-$1.00. Gotta love when you can catch a bargain! Most recent one, however, would be Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I received this one as a gift, so it was FREE!!!!

2. Wrath. What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
          This one I really don't have an answer for. I either hate an author or love them. So far I don't have one that I fell in the middle with. So, I'm gonna switch this one up a bit. I'm gonna say Veronica Roth. I loved the series, but hated some of the way it was written. If that makes sense...

3. Gluttony. What book books have you devoured over and over again with no shame?
            And we have a tie!!! I may be in my twenties, but that does not keep me away from the children's books. Two series I have read over, and over and will read many more times are...
                     Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
                     Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
Love diving back into these worlds over and over. Magic and Greek/Roman Mythology, how can you not love it!

4. Sloth. What book have you neglected due to laziness?
         Not because of the length of the book, but because of how it is written. Lord of the Rings series. I tried years back when I was younger to read these, and at the time I didn't quite follow it. It confused me a bit and I didn't like thinking that hard on a book. I plan on reading this series, but just haven't tried all that hard yet.

5. Pride. What book do you talk most about to sound like an intellectual reader?
        I don't tend to use books to sound intellectual mainly because the ones that help do that, I didn't read. All those school books we were required to read? yeah I skimmed them and used what my friends told me about the books to pass test. I probably will have to pick The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Only because I actually read that one.

6. Lust. What attributes do you find attractive in a male/female character?
        If I find any character attractive, it will be a male. I like the misfits that tend to not be popular and perfect. Characters with flaws and mistakes are the ones that catch my eye. Even if it's a fantasy novel, these characters seem more human and lovable. Especially if they have a sense of loyalty, and humor. Dark hair and blue eyes don't hurt either.

7. Envy. What book would you most like to receive as a gift?
        Once again, I have a problem on narrowing this down to just one book! (I'm envious, remember!)
If I could get any book or books for a the current moment I would say:
                         Anything by Rainbow Rowell ...or...
                something my Sarah J. Maas. (except Throne of Glass)
I recently started reading Rainbow Rowell and fell in love with her writing. Especially Fangirl. Sarah J. Maas is one I want to start reading, but I want a few more in her series before I get into them. So far I only have the first book.

So, that is my answers for the 7 Deadly Sins tag! I hope you enjoyed reading them. :)

I don't currently have anyone to tag, so I'm just gonna say whoever would like to do this tag, feel free to use my name!

I would love to know what you have to say so leave me a comment below! IF you did this tag, leave a link and I'll check it out!

Friday, August 15, 2014

A New Weekly Post

 I am hoping to add a new weekly post to my blog!

 Weekend Reads!

I know this is not an original blogging idea, but it is something new for my little blog. I'm hoping this post will help me knock out some books on my To Be Read (TBR) list. I have a large number of books I want, or need, to read but always seem to let the time slip away from me before reading. The list is ever growing, and hopefully making a post will help me actually make time to knock a few titles off!!

So the first time picks for my weekend reads will be...

*Drum roll, please*

1. The Fog of Forgetting, G. A. Morgan (ARC)
2. The Queen of the Tearling, Erica Johansen (ARC)
3. The Giver, Lois Lowry

The Fog of Forgetting and The Queen of the Tearling are both ARCs I received to review. I have been running low on time the last couple of weeks, so I'm a little behind on getting around to reviewing them.

The Giver is one most people have read in school. I'm a little behind on this one! This will be my first time reading this book, and I plan on watching the movie when I finish. I've heard great reviews for both the book and the movie, so I'm really looking forward to this one.

If you would like to share your weekend reads feel free to send me a link and I'll add it on here! This can be a fun way to see what others plan to read during the weekend.

Have you read any on my list? If you have what did you think??

Leave a comment below, and I will talk to you all later! Time to go get lost between the pages...

Monday, August 11, 2014


            A coming of-age-tale of fanfiction, 
                    family, and first love

Ok the whole world is a Simon Snow fan.... But for Cath, being a fan is her life - and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.
    Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. 
    Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to. 
   Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend; a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world; a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words...and she can't stop worrying about her dad who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone. 
   For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? 

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Page Count: 433
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Coming-of-age.
Series: No

   Writing this review has come to be quite hard for me. Not because this book was awful or not worth mentioning, but because this was a book I fell in love with the moment I started reading.

Starting college is hard. I can say this from personal experience because I am currently in college. It's a time where a person breaks away from the comfortable life of High School and enter into the unknown adventures of college. Old life styles are put on a shelf far out of reach as new friends and interests start to take lead. It's a time for new beginnings and opportunities to make memories that last a life time.

  As I began to read Fangirl, Cath's life grabbed me by the hand and led me everywhere with her. I was there as she met her new roommate and the always-there boyfriend. I sat beside her the first time she picked a seat in her writing class. I read beside her as she worked with Nick, her classmate, on a story. I stayed by her side as she argued with Wren. Through it all, reading Fangirl gave me a moment to live in Cath's shoes.

  I think that is what I loved most about this story. This story had no plot line that consisted of a normal girl learning of some magical world, no love triangle that involved creatures of another species, or a dystopian world in the far future. This story has a different magic to it. The spell Rowell cast on her readers does not come from a wand, but from a pen.

  Fangirl, is the type of book that reminds a reader like me, that normally goes for the fantasy or science fiction genre, that contemporary books can sweep you off your feet too. This was one of those stories I hated to put down. I felt like every time I closed this book, I was leaving a friend behind.

  It didn't take me long to fall in love with Cath and her awkward social skills and love of fanfiction. Her passion for reading and writing are similar to mine, so it was not very difficult to feel a connection to Cath. Then we meet Levi. The charming farm boy that you can't help but like. Charming and playful. Even before finishing the first few chapters with him, I already knew I had found a lovable character.

  The passion Cath has for a book series called Simon Snow, greatly mirrored my love for another magical series, Harry Potter. It didn't take long to make a slight connection between Simon Snow and Harry Potter, and after reading a few reviews posted by other people, I'm not alone. This concept added another level to this story. Not only did we get to see Cath's love and devotion for a book and it's characters, we also get a sense of why she loves them. The little snippets of Simon Snow stories and fanfiction at the beginning of each chapter was a great addition and a pleasure to read. To be quite honest, I would LOVE to read the Simon Snow books too! (To bad they aren't real)

  Wrapping this all up in a quick summary, I would say this has to be the most enjoyable coming-of-age tale I have read in a very long time. The characters are the type that are lovable, and easy to get attached to. The setting and details are so well done, it's not hard to imagine being with Cath and her friends at college. Plus the entire story line is entertaining, never once slowing to a spot you would want to step away from.

  If I had to recommend a book to anyone right now, this would be the one I would scream out to them. Such an amazing story like this is one that should be shared. I definitley give this one a 5 out of 5 stars!

  This is going to be a book I will add to my shelf as soon as I get enough money to buy it! Any other works by Rainbow Rowell will be added to my shelf automatically now that I know how magical her writing can be! It's safe to say, she will now be listed with my favorite authors.

Have you read Fangirl yet?
If you have, did you like it? Why or why not?
Do you want to read this story?

Feel free to fangirl with me about Fangirl! I hope to hear from you soon!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Book Haul #2!!

     Even though we are already into the month of August, this post is going to be covering my July Book Haul! I'm really excited to be able to make this post, mainly because I didn't expect to have a book buying month!! If you want any information about a book, just click on it's name and it will take you to it's Goodreads page.

My tiny library is growing... here are the new members!

 1. The Giver, Lois Lowry - This was recommended to me by one of my dear friends at a local book store. She made note I should read this book before seeing the movie coming out soon. Kinda late reading this one, but better late than never, right?

2. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne - The second book my friend suggested I read was this one. I have heard about this one, but haven't read it yet. Box of tissues are going to be needed was all she told me.

3. Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor
5. Days of Blood and Starlight, Laini Taylor - These two I found on sale. I have heard good things about this series, so when I found both on sale I couldn't pass them up!

6. Southern Storm, Terri Blackstock - Book 2 for a series I have been collecting. I was thankful to find this one at the local book store. It was the only one I needed, plus Terri Blackstock is a local author!

The next few books I recieved in the mail as Advanced Reader's Copies, or ARCs, and plan on reviewing them soon!

7. The Creature Department, Robert Paul Weston -Maybe not the first book I would grab off the shelf, but the cover does catch my attention! It glows in the dark!!!

The next four book is thanks to the lovely, Anya from On Starships and Dragon Wings.
8.  The Fog of Forgetting, G. A. Morgan - I already started this one, and will hopefully have a review for it up soon!
9. The Queen of the Tearling, Erica Johansen
10. The Dark Inheritance, Chris d'Lacey
11. The Young Elites, Marie Lu -This one was only a sample chapter, so not much to read..but it still counts, right?

So that wraps up the Book Haul!

Have you read any of these? Did you like them?

Are there any you want to read??