December Book Haul, Wrap-Up and TBR || December 30

Hello everybody! The New Year is quickly approaching and that means both December and 2015 are coming to an end. It’s been a really good year and I couldn’t have thought of a better time to start my blog! During this year, I was able to get my hands on some of the incredible books that were released. Most of them I still haven’t read. LOL. But I guess 2016 will be when I tackle my TBR. December definitely wasn’t a good reading month seeing that I got way more books than I actually read. But it’s always good to have a lot of books on hand. Then it’s like pick and choose for the next book that you want to read. Anyways, I guess I will stop rambling and get on with showing you guys what I read this month…

Read Books:

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As I said above, December was not a good reading month for me. I only finished one book and got myself stuck in the middle of three more. Right now, I am stuck in three totally different worlds that are overpowering my brain. The book I finished this month was one that my teacher gave me. It was titled “Accommodating a Broken Soul” and she gave it to me for empowerment. It was to show me that even at a young age, I could write a book. In case you guys didn’t know, I’m only thirteen. Now, I am currently stuck in the following three books: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout. All three of these books are amazing I just haven’t got to finishing them for multiple reasons. I started City of Glass back in November and my friend told me that a certain character was going to die and I just wasn’t ready to read about that certain character’s death so I started Outlander, not realizing how long it would be. So for the last month, I’ve been reading Outlander (thankfully I’m almost done it with 250 pages left.) But recently, I received Oblivion for Christmas and couldn’t help myself. So I started reading that. For those who didn’t know, Lux is my favorite series ever. I’ve read Obsidian multiple times and was ecstatic when i figured out that Jennifer L. Armentrout was coming out with a version of Obsidian in Daemon’s point of view. I seriously freaked out, guys.

Haul:

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So, of course I received a lot of books because that was practically all I asked for Christmas. In total I received seven books for Christmas and bought three. For Christmas, I got the whole Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout. if you would like to read my descriptions of those novels, CLICK HERE. After Christmas, I went to Chapters, the Canadian version of Barnes and Noble, and I splurged on books with gift card money. I bought myself a copy of Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins (LUX super fan sitting right here), Diamonds are Forever by Michelle Madow and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I’ve waited the longest time to get my hands on a copy of Sweet Evil. Ever since I read Origin ***Spoiler*** and I got to the part where Dee gives Daemon and Katy illegal IDs with the names Kaidan Rowe and Anna Whitt written on them. Dee then explained how Katy let her borrow that book and she loved it. ***Spoiler*** I needed to get my hands on Sweet Evil. It’s a paranormal book and my favorite genre is paranormal. I also got myself a copy of Diamonds are Forever because Michelle Madow is one of my favorite authors ever. And then I practically searched the whole store looking for a copy of Pride and Prejudice. I didn’t even realize the adult section was in alphabetical order. Dumb me. but I’ve wanted to get into classics for quite awhile now but I always told myself that I wanted to start with Pride and Prejudice. I did read half of Wuthering Heights back in October and I never got to finish it. But I’ll get to that one day.

TBR:

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For January, there are a lot of books I want to read so I hope I can make out time for all of them. First of all, I really want to finish both Outlander and City of Glass. They are both amazing books and I can’t wait to finish both of them. In January, me and Pearl from Bibliopearl are going to be buddy reading After by Anna Todd. Go check out Pearl’s amazing blog and while your at it, go look at her Instagram. Her photography skills are amazing. If I have time at the end of the month, i’m going to see if i can squeeze in either Diamonds are Forever or The Raven Boys. I hope that i will be able to complete my TBR for January and then tackle the other 20 some odd books throughout the first five months of the year.

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Buddy Reading with BiblioPearl | | December 29

Hello everybody! So today I have a really special announcement to tell you all about. For the last couple of weeks, Pearl from BiblioPearl and I have been talking over Twitter and we decided that this January, we were going to buddy read a book together. We went through our TBR piles and picked out a book that both of us had in our piles.

The book we picked is After by Anna Todd.

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I read the Wattpad version of this book last summer and recently purchased a published version of this book. There are supposedly quite a few differences from the Wattpad version including name changes (the Wattpad version was a One Direction fanfiction), scenes and more. I’m very excited to re immerse myself in the world of Tessa, Hardin, Landon and all of the other characters that make up this highly acclaimed novel.

I’m almost certain that Pearl never read the Wattpad version of this book but I know that she will love it. It’s a love story that no one will ever forget.

Synopsis:

Tessa Young has always lived in a small town in Washington.  But the time has come for her to leave that small town and succumb herself into university life at WSU. By doing so, she is leaving behind her mother and her boyfriend. In the end, the university life Tessa expected isn’t what she receives. Instead, she gets introduced to the world of punk people. Her roommate, Steph is covered in tattoos, as is everyone else in Steph’s friends group. Tessa gets taken to parties, therefore being submerged in punk people. But there is only one person she has her eyes on. Hardin Scott. He’s super hot with an extremely thick accent. But what Tessa learns is that Hardin is only nice on the outside. Once he opens his mouth, his jerk side releases. Tessa is taken on a romantic roller coaster with Hardin that has many ups and downs. You don’t want to miss this book.

I cannot wait to read this book with Pearl. She is such an amazing person with a huge love of books. To find more about her, go check out her blog HERE.

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Christmas Book Haul || December 26

Hello everybody! I hope you all had yourselves a very Merry Christmas or celebrated any other tradition than Christmas. I had an amazing Christmas with my family and I received plenty of books. Our Christmases are usually the same every year but it is still fantastic getting together with our whole family, eating a nice meal and opening up presents that people have graciously bought for us. In my family, we go to our Grandma’s house on Christmas Eve to celebrate with my Mom’s side of the family and then go to our other Grandma’s house on Christmas Day to celebrate with my Dad’s side of the family. Sadly, Santa didn’t bring me any books to read but he did bring me a $30 gift card to Chapters, the Canadian version of Barnes and Noble. I am not bragging in any way or form. I’m just really glad that I got lots of books and decided that I would tell you about which ones I got.

I received seven books in total.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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This was the only book that I got on Christmas Eve but I was ecstatic when I saw it. I’ve wanted to read this book since it came back out in October. But, I never have enough money to buy hardcover books. So instead, I asked for it for Christmas and I just so happened to be lucky enough to get it. Illuminae takes place in the future year of 2575. Kady and Ezra have recently broken up and never thought of talking again, that is until Kady’s planet is invaded. The two of them are then forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet. But that isn’t the end to a series of unfortunate events that are now turning the tables between Kady and Ezra’s relationship. A terrifyingly fatal plague has been released and is rapidly mutating. But even the plague isn’t the worst out of everything that is happening. The fleet’s AI, who should be protecting the two of them is teaming against, making him another enemy. While everything is happening, Kady is able to hack into the data in order to figure out the truth. But low and behold, there is only one person who can help her, the ex-boyfriend she promised never to speak to. This novel is written through a bunch of hacked documentations including emails, schematics, medical forms, interviews, etc.

Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I was so excited when I unwrapped this book. Oblivion has been my most anticipated book of 2015 and I finally have a copy. Instead of revolving around Katy, Oblivion takes place in the mind of Daemon. In this book, we get a view of the feelings Daemon experiences around Katy. This book isn’t a prequel or sequel to the LUX series but is counted as a book between Obsidian and Onyx, though it follows the story of Obsidian. When Katy moved in next door, Daemon knew that he was going to follow in the path of his brother Dawson. It wasn’t forbidden to date a human but it also wasn’t recommended. At first sight, Daemon knew that he was falling for Katy but he tried his best to ignore her. He had to stay up to his game, killing the Arum and keeping his little sister safe. But Daemon starts falling hard for Katy and can’t help himself. This could be the end to his kind or it could be a budding relationship. I highly suggest you read Obsidian before reading this book.

Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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I was in disbelief when I opened the box containing all four of these. I was only expecting to get the first book in this series but instead I received the whole series. Well, technically. There are supposed to be six books but there are only four that are out so far. This series follows young assassin Celaena Sardothien. In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, Celaena, an assassin, is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (2)

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Surprisingly, I received two copies of Cinder so sometime this week I’m going to return one of the copies and finally get myself an edition of Diamonds are Forever. All I know about this series is that it’s a bunch of fairy tale retellings that include cyborgs and androids and all of that fun stuff. Since I don’t know too much about this series, I’m going to do what I did with the Throne of Glass books and put in the Goodreads synopsis. Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Happy Reading

~Alaina

The Christmas Song Book Tag || December 24

*MAY BE SPOILERS*

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Merry Christmas Eve everyone! Since it’s almost Christmas here, I thought I would do a holiday related book tag to bring me further into the festivities. I found this tag on a blog called Fandomsontherun. It looked to be a really good tag for the Holidays to bring everyone into the Christmas spirit. Without further ado, lets get into the tag!

1. “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”: Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.

In my opinion, Warner from Shatter Me is counted as a villain. I’ve only read the first book in this trilogy and I loved it, though Warner was evil. I have done some research behind Warner’s character  and I do know that further into the trilogy, you learn more about the backstory of this character. And I know that by Ignite Me, he really isn’t a villain but for now, he is quite the villain. P.S. Warner is quite the hottie.

2. “All I Want for Christmas is You”: Which book to you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?

I really hope that under my Christmas tree lies a copy of Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The LUX series is my favorite series ever. I could go on and on forever about how much I love this series but instead, I’m going to move along with the tag.

 3. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”: Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

I’m going to have to pick Cassie Sullivan from The 5th Wave. She had to face many fears while collecting courage to succeed in saving her little brother. Who knew that a sixteen year old girl would ever have to run against the world in order to save her little brother?

4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”: a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list?
b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

At the top of the naughty list would probably be Blake Saunders from the LUX series. That evil boy. Who the heck would want to date a girl just to bring her to an alien institute? Blake was evil and I’m incredibly happy that Katy defied the odds and killed him. On the top of the nice list would probably be Max Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments. All he ever was was a little boy who never got to grow up to drive a car, be an adult or pass the legal drinking age. He was always such a good and mature kid for his age.

5. “Frosty the Snowman”: Which book just melts your heart.

I would have to say Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I think I’ve read this book 3 times and every single time, I cried super hard. It just melts my heart by how lovely Katy and Daemon’s relationship is. He’ll do anything to save her, and after awhile, she’ll do anything for him.

6. “Feliz Navidad”: Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

Practically, anything. There are only a few books that I’ve read that take place in Canada unless you count the ones written by Canadian authors. I’ve only read about people going to Canada once and that was in Prodigy by Marie Lu. But if I had a choice to pick any book that takes place in another country, I would pick Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It takes place in the ever so lovely lands of Scotland way back in 1743. I know that this book is really big, especially if you have the mass market paperback edition like me, but this book is a must read. P. S. I’m currently reading this book.

7. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

Harry Potter. It is always such a lovely book that brings everyone into the Christmas cheer. If you haven’t read Harry Potter, what are you waiting for?

8. “Sleigh Ride”: Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!)

Well, I think that I would love to spend the holidays with Clary Fray. Even though she’s a Shadowhunter and all, she still has a love for painting and so do I. She also is an avid reader, alike myself. We could spend days worth of painting and reading that we would never want it to end.

9. “Baby it’s Cold Outside”: Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

Ummmm, ALLEGIANT. Like seriously, that book killed me. Atleast it is pretty long, it would keep me warm from the cold for quite a long time.

10. “Do you hear what I hear”: Which book do you think everyone should read?

I think everyone should read the LUX series, or at least the first book, Obsidian. This book is amazing and is a modern day sci-fi thriller. It takes place in a small, almost uninhabited, town in West Virginia. After Katy Swartz enters the tiny town of Ketterman, everything changes for Daemon Black. He falls deeply and madly in love with Katy while still acting like a jerk towards her. But what Katy doesn’t know about Daemon is that he’s an alien, a luxen. And after being told about the Luxen, Katy does anything for them. That includes almost being killed by an arum. But Daemon always comes to save the day. Everyone must read this series. It is phenomenal.

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

What’s on my Bookshelf 2015 || December 22

Hello everyone! We are arriving closer and closer to the new year so I thought that I would catalog all of the books that are on my bookshelf. This year has been an amazing year for books and I am happy to say that it was also a wonderful year for blogging. Hundreds to thousands of new blogs, including mine, were created this year to showcase people’s love and adornment for books.

For those who did not know, I just started collecting books in 2015. At the moment, I own 99 books, including my little kid books. But excluding those ones, I have 55 YA books, some of which were presents in the past.

This list will showcase every YA book that is on my bookshelf in alphabetical author last name. Only ten of these books I owned in previous years. Just so you know, my bookshelf is organized in a rainbow.

Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson – I haven’t read this one yet

Symphony For The City Of The Dead by M. T. Anderson – I haven’t read this one yet

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 5/5 stars

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4.5/5 stars

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 5/5 stars

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4.5/5 stars

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4/5 stars

^^All of my Jennifer L. Armentrout books are in bind-ups (Lux: Beginning and Lux: Consequences. Though I do own singular versions of Obsidian and Opposition^^

All Fall Down by Ally Carter – I haven’t read this yet

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – 4/5 stars

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare – 5/5 stars

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – Currently Reading

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare – I haven’t read this yet

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare – I haven’t read this yet

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare – I haven’t read this yet

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – 4/5 stars

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – 4.5/5 stars

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Currently Reading

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – 3/5 stars

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – 4/5 stars

Nancy Drew novels #1-#10 by Carolyn Keene – I haven’t read any of these yet

Champion by Marie Lu – 4.5/5 stars

Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow – 5/5 stars

After Alice by Gregory Maguire – I haven’t read this yet

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – 4/5 stars

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – 5/5 stars

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer – 4/5 stars

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer – 4.5/5 stars

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer – 4/5 stars

The Host by Stephenie Meyer – 3.5/5 stars

Delirium by Lauren Oliver – 4/5 stars

Allegiant by Veronica Roth – 3/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – 5/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K Rowling – 4.5/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K Rowling – 4.5/5 stars

Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel – I haven’t read this yet

Wicked (PLL #5) by Sara Shepard – 2.5/5 stars

The Vampire Diaries #1-#4 by L. J. Smith – 2/5 stars

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I haven’t read this yet

Ink by Amanda Sun – 4.5/5 stars

Rain by Amanda Sun – 4.5/5 stars

After by Anna Todd – I read the Wattpad version and recently bought the published version

The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West – I haven’t read this yet

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – 4.5/5 stars

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey – 4/5 stars

Happy Reading

~ Alaina

 

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows Review || December 19

Hello everyone! I recently finished reading this book and could not wait any longer to post a review. This amazing book left me stunned by how fast and energetic it was. Michelle Madow has once again surprised me by her incredible writing style.

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Title: Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows

Author: Michelle Madow

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing

ISBN: 0692536507

Publication Date: January 26, 2016

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley.com for sending me an eARC of this book.

Summary:

After moving away from her hometown in Georgia, Nicole Cassidy has to start over.  But the last thing she expects to learn is that she is a witch, along with the rest of her homeroom at Kinsley High. At first, she didn’t believe that any of it was real, but after learning more about their powers from Kate, her best friend, she welcomes herself into the world of witchcraft. Nicole quickly finds herself befriending fellow classmates Kate and Chris, but also finds herself with a bit of a crush on class hottie, Blake. Although Blake is off limits at the moment, it doesn’t stop Nicole from daydreaming about him.

She later finds out about Danielle, Blake’s girlfriend. She is quite the evil person but inside, she has a heart that is filled with kindness. Danielle, Blake and a few other witches practice using dark magic during their free time, which later enables Danielle to fend away any girls that are looking into a relationship with Blake. With the dark magic, Danielle is stronger than ever; strong enough to kill someone. But Nicole isn’t afraid of her.

After three thousand years, the Olympian comet finally shoots through the sky. Nicole’s homeroom teacher, Darius, invites all of his students to go to his house that night to view the comet. When there, they all get into groups of five. Nicole, Kate, Chris, Blake and Danielle link together to form a group but when the comet passes over, everything changes. They suddenly become linked together as a team and have to fight against monsters to not allow the Titans to enter our world.

Review:

This book was so energetic and never left me hanging. Michelle did such a good job of allowing us to follow along as Nicole entered a brand new world. I have to say, this book did not disappoint me.

If I could describe this book in one word, I would probably say that it was plainly incredible. At times, I felt incredulous as to what was happening. This book is one that you can never find a place to stop. There are so many cliffhangers at the end of chapters that your just left waiting for more.

I have to say, my favorite character would probably be Kate. She has such a bubbly personality that is so much like my own. Even though she was terrified during their treacherous adventure to reach their final destination, she was a trooper and came through.

This book is easily relatable  to a bunch of books I’ve read. Even though I have yet to read the Percy Jackson books, Elementals has given me a brief expectation for the books which makes me really excited to read them. But aside from the Percy Jackson series, I can really relate this book to the LUX series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It isn’t really the premise of the novel that is relatable but more of the characters. I could easily place Nicole in Katy’s position, Blake in Daemon’s, Kate in Dee’s, Danielle in Ash’s and Chris in Adam’s. Just with a few exceptions.

If you would like an eARC edition of Elementals, CLICK HERE 

Preorder links down below:

Amazon    IBooks    Barnes and Noble

Find the Goodreads summary HERE

Happy Reading

~Alaina

2015 Reading Wrap-Up || December 18

Hello everyone! It’s been quite awhile since I last posted but I’m finally on winter break so I will be able to post more often. For those who don’t know, I just got into reading earlier this year. My friend was always reading beside me in class so I finally hooked myself up with books. I will try to make the list of books below be listed below in chronological order, meaning that the top starts with the books I read in January and ends with the ones I recently finished.

Pretty Little Liars #1 – #5 by Sara Shepard:

These books didn’t actually start my love of reading but they were the first books that I borrowed off of my friend. When I first read them, the plot intrigued me and never left me bored. But now that i think about it, I probably would never read these books. Not that they’re bad or anything. It’s just that they aren’t my type of books.

Amazon  Barnes and Noble  Indigo/Chapters  

Legend series by Marie Lu:

These books were practically the beginning for my love of reading. They were all amazing and I couldn’t help myself from spoiling the second book. It was just so good. If you haven’t read any of these, press the links below and go buy them. You won’t regret it.

Amazon  Barnes and Noble  Indigo/Chapters

The Paper Gods series by Amanda Sun:

This series is just incredible. I still haven’t read book three yet but I hope to in the future. These books will forever be in my memory because of what they did to me. They changed my life; changed me into the person I am today.

Amazon  Barnes and Noble  Indigo/Chapters

The 5th Wave Trilogy by Rick Yancey:

So, this series is killing me right now with all of the anticipation for the last book. But anyways, this is the first book that pops into my head when it comes to recommendations. So I recommend it to all of you.

Amazon   Barnes and Nobles  Indigo/Chapters

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins:

I’m only counting these in this because I reread them earlier this year. If you have not read this amazing series yet, what are you waiting for? Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.

Amazon  Barnes and Noble  Indigo/Chapters

The Secret Diamond Sisters Trilogy by Michelle Madow:

I still haven’t read the final book in this series but by reading the first two, I can already tell that it will be amazing. Michelle writes amazing books that feature aspects of love, friendship, relationships and breakups. These books are ones you won’t want to miss.

Amazon  Barnes and Nobles  Indigo/Chapters

The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer:

Seriously, everyone has to read the Twilight Saga. They are some of my favorites of the year. I’ve seen the movies so many times in past occasions that I couldn’t resist reading them.

Amazon  Barnes and Noble  Indigo/Chapters

The Host by Stephenie Meyer:

Everyone’s heard of the Twilight Saga before, but have you heard of The Host? It’s an adult standalone written by the same author. In my opinion, this book was even better than the Twilight books.

Amazon  Barnes and Noble  Indigo/Chapters

The LUX series by Jennifer L. Armentrout:

This series is my favorite series ever. It’s so intriguing and I think Daemon mesmerized me once or twice. Just kidding. You would never think that a book about aliens in high school would make sense. Well it does. This series is not one you want to miss.

Amazon  Barnes and Noble  Indigo/Chapters

The Vampire Diaries #1-#4 by L. J. Smith:

These books were probably the worst ones I read this year. I heard amazing things from viewers of the TV show but the book series just didn’t meet up to my expectations.

Amazon  Barnes and Noble  Indigo/Chapters

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner:

This was definitely one of my favorite books of the year and I hope to reread it soon. It was filled with action and romance which really intrigued me. If you’re looking for a sci-fi book, this one is a must read.

Amazon  Barnes and Noble  Indigo/Chapters 

Delirium by Lauren Oliver:

I actually really enjoyed this book. It was filled with forbidden romance which is something that always catches my eyes. I still haven’t come to buying the last two books in this trilogy but I hope to in the new year.

Amazon  Barnes and Noble  Indigo/Chapters

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen:

This really wasn’t one of my favorite books. I’m not saying it was bad or anything, it was just boring at times and not easily readable.

Amazon  Barnes and Noble  Indigo/Chapters

Harry Potter Books 1-3 by J. K. Rowling:

These books are seriously amazing. A lot of magic is used in the books, just warning you. I’m kind of weary of continuing this series because my favorite character dies in the next book.

Amazon  Barnes and Noble  Indigo/Chapters

The Mortal Instruments books 1 and 2 by Cassandra Clare:

These are probably at the top of my list for favorite books of 2015. They were so incredible and left me in awe afterwards. If you haven’t tried picking these books up, what are you waiting for?

Amazon  Barnes and Noble  Indigo/Chapters

Sorry I wasn’t able to add pictures. There were so many links to put in.

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

My Reading Playlist || December 10

Hello everyone. I’m so sorry that I wasn’t able to post last night, I was getting a lot of homework done. But here I am. Today I will be showing you a playlist of songs I like to listen to while I read. I find it easier to read with music. It’s just my personal opinion. Some people can’t read with with music and that’s okay.

When I read with music, I feel like I’m escaping into my own little world. I don’t have any soundproof walls in my house so the noise from the TV in the room next to my bedroom is really loud and distracting. But, playing music can allow myself to become indulged in the book.

The following songs are some of my favorites to read with:

1. The Skye Boat Song by Bear McCreary feat. Raya Yarbrough. aka the Outlander theme Song

2. How to Save a Life by the Fray

3. You Found me by the Fray

4. Walk Away by The Script

5. Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey

6. Polarize by Twenty-One Pilots

7. Be Still by The Fray

8. In The Night by  The Weeknd

9. She Is by The Fray

10. Lights by Ellie Goulding

11. The Veil of Time by Bear McCreary

12. Shadow and a Dancer by The Fray

13. Earned It by The Weeknd

14. Say When by The Fray

15. Love Don’t Die by The Fray

16. Drag Me Down by One Direction

Those are my go-to songs to listen to while I read. Stay tuned for Saturday for my next post

~Alaina

City of Ashes Review|| December 7

*Really short review*

I read City of Ashes quite a long time ago but, I thought it was about time to make a review for it. And, City of Ashes is actually one of my most recently finished books.

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This book sent me way beyond my standards. In my own personal opinion, City of Ashes was better than City of Bones but a lot of people think otherwise. This book intrigued me a bit more than the first. It made you want to just continue reading the book. The ending is super upbeat with new things happening on almost every page. For those that don’t know what this book is about, here s the goodreads synopsis…

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

Hope you enjoyed!

Currently Reading || December 5

For the most part, the books that I am reading right now are the same as last weeks but, I added a third book to my list. As I said previously, I am still reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. They are both fantastic novels though I’ve been busier with homework lately. I’ve been mostly reading Outlander this week but was only capable of getting ten to fifty pages in each day. City of Glass on the other hand has been challenging me. I actually put myself on a mini hiatus from the book so I could re-surge my feelings for books other than The Mortal Instruments. I’m prepared to continue City of Glass once I finish Outlander but, at the moment, I am reading something non-fantasy/historical fiction related. Yesterday, my teacher handed me a book called “Accommodating a Broken Soul” by a young author by the name of Sage Dahl. My teacher told me to read it for some confidence in being capable of chasing my dreams and becoming an author.

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Synopsis of Accommodating a Broken Soul

Run. Run fast and don’t quit running until you’ve found your happiness. Now stop running, because the love you deserve will find you. Despite the agony you’ve lived through, the terror you’ve heard and the monstrosity you’ve seen; you are loved. And this love is going to give you a second chance on what you gave up on.

I’ve been speeding through this book. My mind has been filled with intimate feelings for the main characters, Vivietta and Jasper. Sage wrote the book in the point of view of grade twelve student, Vivietta Haven, on her journey back fro her psychotic past life. Her life changed like a snap of two fingers, one minute having a nice house with a loving dad, the next with a house that looks like death with Viv’s looming father who she doesn’t dare to call dad ever again. But one day, she meets the overly attractive, Jasper Thompson. With his help, Vivietta is capable of feeling lost emotions. She slowly and deeply falls for him and feels like a whole different person without him.

I’m pretty sure that this book is only available at my local bookstore, since the author got it published there. Even though there are many flaws to the novel itself, I suggest you read it if you ever get you hands on it.