August Wrap-Up and Haul [2016]

Hey everyone! Today I am back to bring you guys my August Wrap-Up and Haul. August has finally come to an end and so has summer. Although I am slightly disappointed, I am quite excited for the months ahead! The leaves are going to start falling, leaving piles of auburn coloured leaves lying on the ground. School’s going to start and I will be hidden under piles of homework for weeks on end. And soon enough, we will be bringing our pumpkins and Christmas trees out! Fall has so much to come and I’m excited to see what awaits me.

But let’s get back to the topic of the post. August was an amazing reading month for me! I read 6 books and only hauled one. I would’ve loved to have gone to the bookstore more than once but I’m still very happy with my purchase of the month! So now, without further ado, let’s dive straight into this post!

Wrap-Up:

I will be putting the link to the Goodreads page in the title of each book and linking my reviews (if posted) and some stores to buy the books too.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: 4.5 Stars

Since You've Been GoneThis book was so incredibly amazing. It features both flashbacks and reality scenes of Emily’s life. Basically, Emily is sent a list from her best friend Sloane right after she disappears. The list features some crazy things including skinny dipping, kissing a stranger and stealing stuff. But then again, there are things on the list that don’t make any sense until you read the book: riding a horse, asking for Mona at a store and wearing a backless dress somewhere. All in all, I had so much fun following Emily as she made new friends, completed the tasks on the list and tried to figure out “the mystery of Sloane”. If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly suggest you get on with it. It is totally worth it. And even, Morgan Matson is basically the queen of Contemporary!

My Review: Click Here     Buy The Book: B&N | Chapters | Amazon | Book Depository


Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout (novella): 5/5 Stars

Shadows (Lux, #0.5)I absolutely loved reliving Dawson and Bethany’s story. They are the cutest and sweetest couple ever. And as said in one of the Lux novels, “Dawson and Bethany were like the Romeo and Juliet of West Virginia”. Well, it wasn’t worded exactly like that but kind of along those lines. In this novella, you get a little sneak peek at Ketterman, West Virginia before Katy arrived. The story is told in both Bethany and Dawson’s POV which let’s us meet characters we never saw in the Lux series (Beth’s family). I also really loved getting to know Beth since she isn’t featured too much in the overall series. This novella was such a great opener to the whole series! And I know that at the moment you can only buy a physical copy of it in Opposition but definitely start the series on this book. Read it in chronological order of release date instead of by how they are in the bind-up books.

This book is currently only available in ebook form or it can be found at the back of your copy of Opposition. The links below will vary from preorders of the physical copy and copies of Opposition.

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout: 5/5 Stars

Obsidian (Lux, #1)This book once again left me speechless. For those who didn’t know, Obsidian is my favorite book EVER and somehow nothing has beat it yet. It’s just so amazing. This book follows Katy Swartz as she moves to West Virginia and ends up moving right next to a house full of aliens. Quite a different topic for YA literature, don’t you thing? This book is one of those books that leaves a mark on you. For instance, this was my inspiration for blogging. And blogging and reading has become my life now, just like how it was for Katy! And, if you didn’t know, this book features a certain someone by the name of Daemon Black. And who doesn’t want a copy of Daemon Black for themselves? YES PLEASE! This book should definitely be moved up on your TBR if you haven’t read it yet because everyone needs a bit of Daemon Black in their lives. But overall, it’s an absolutely amazing book that should be read and praised by everyone!

My Review: Click Here     Buy The Book: B&N | Chapters | Amazon | Book Depository


Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout: 5/5 stars

Oblivion (Lux, #1.5)Oblivion was an absolute joy ride! Getting to view Obsidian from Daemon’s perspective was so much fun! Basically, Oblivion is the whole book of Obsidian written in Daemon’s point-of-view. I loved reading through Daemon’s jerk days from his own POV and watching his love for Katy develop. But most of all, I had so much fun reliving all of my favorite scenes from Obsidian in Daemon’s POV: the car washing, the laptop, the truck, and so many others! But what really surprised me was that Jennifer added new scenes to this book that weren’t in Obsidian: the cookout. Even though this book was a reread for me, I still loved it as much as I loved it the first time. And, I will probably go back and reread it again some time in the future!

My Review: Click Here      Buy The Book: B&N | Chapters | Amazon | Book Depository


Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout: 5/5 Stars

Onyx (Lux, #2)My reread of this book was actually better than reading it for the first time. I don’t actually know why but it just was. I’ve always counted Onyx as my least favorite book in the series but now I have no clue where it sits. It’s just such a good book. So, in Onyx we follow Katy and Daemon’s relationship as it ventures a little deeper. We also get to meet some new characters (Blake) and say goodbye to others. This book made me flat out cry. I tried not too but I just couldn’t hold back. Onyx is one of those sequels that you really love but you can’t entirely piece together what you loved about it. We got to know all of the Luxen a bit better and watched Daemon and Katy’s relationship become something more than friends. But, I’ve got to say that I hated how little Dee was in the book. She’s a main character and it just felt like Blake took her place. I definitely recommend everyone reads this if they’ve read Obsidian!

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Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout: 5/5 Stars

Opal (Lux, #3)This book was so good! It had all of the thrill that the first two books had with the addition of some romance! Opal follows Daemon and Katy as their relationship gets deeper and stronger! Dawson also makes an appearance as a main character in this novel which was really nice! Having the Black triplets all together again was fantastic. But, none of the Black’s stole the spotlight in this novel. It was all Katy. Things happened to her that you would never expect in this novel. People turned against her and Daedalus played a huge role. I was overly surprised with how much loving Andrew and Ash showed in the novel and how little Dee did. Yes, things happened with their loved ones and at first Ash and Andrew weren’t okay with it but they started being quite a bit nicer to Kat by the end. And Dee, well let’s just say she was having some major mood swings. Highly recommend everyone reads this if they’ve finished the first two books in the series!

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Haul:

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I actually don’t really know what this book is about. I’ve just wanted it for a long time and since there was a lot of rave going on with it’s sequel, I decided to finally get it. And even, what better time to start a book than when the sequel is released. Then you can dive straight into the sequel if you like the first one! So, since I don’t know much about this book, I will be inserting the Goodreads synopsis below:

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Sounds pretty interesting to me!

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Total amount of pages read: 2061

I am super proud of how many books I read this month. Usually I only get two done a month and this month I got six! All six of the books I read were AMAZING! Hopefully September will be just as good of a reading month!

Until next time, Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Teaser Tuesday #9

Hey everyone! I know it’s quite late but I really wanted to get this post up anyways! Teaser Tuesdays are always my favorite and I hate missing them. And once again, I almost missed it. *sigh*. But, it’s only 10:00pm here so technically I’m still on time!

For those who don’t know, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly segment I do here on my blog where I feature an excerpt from my current read. I usually pick the page I am currently reading or I pick one close to it. So basically you get a little taste of my current reads without being totally spoiled by a review post! It’s like winning the jackpot basically. Well, not really but let’s just pretend!

So now, without further ado, lets dive straight into this post!

“She pulled back, her eyes searching mine, and then she reclaimed the distance, and, damn, the kiss was half innocent, half desperate, and wholly perfect. My grip on her back tightened as she tilted her head, and even though the kiss started out as something sweet, I totally took it there. I deepened the kiss, throwing every fear into it, every minute that had passed that we’d been separated, and everything I felt for her. Her breathy moan shook me, and when she wiggled it nearly undid me.”

Can you guess what book it’s from?

It’s from Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It is the fourth book in the Lux series and is such a phenomenal paranormal read. Well technically it is counted as Sci-Fi but really, it should be a paranormal!

I am currently rereading the whole Lux series! If you remember last week’s Teaser Tuesday, I was on Onyx, the second book in the Lux series. And now I’m almost finished the series. I know that Origin is going to make me a sobbing wreck and Opposition will just make me even worse but, I’m determined to fight through it all and finish the series this week! I start school next week so I won’t be getting as much reading done but, I’ll still be blogging a lot! Now let’s stop talking about my life and get down into the book!

Synopsis:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

Origin (Lux, #4)After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?


If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Obsidian, definitely get on with it! And then you can read Onyx and Opal. AND THEN, you get to read Origin. If you have read it, definitely feel free to comment your thoughts on Origin! I absolutely loved it when I read it the first time! But, this time I think I’m savoring it a bit too much. I started it two days ago and have only got 150 pages in. I think it’s because I’m starting to like Archer’s character a bit.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this *very late* blog post! Happy Reading!

~Alaina

 

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hey Bookworms! Today I am going to be reviewing Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This book is my favorite book EVER and I recently decided to give it my second reread. So in total, I’ve read it three times and its been just as amazing all three of those times. All of the characters come together perfectly—mean or nice— and Jen’s writing is absolutely beautiful. She makes aliens sound like beautiful, attracting creatures, while in reality, they’re probably little green dudes with gigantic heads. So, if beautiful aliens made of light doesn’t interest you, I really don’t know what would. But all in all, I recommend this to anyone who loves the YA genre.


Information:

Title: Obsidian

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: May 8, 2012

Series: Lux (1)

Publisher: Entangled Teen

ISBN: 9781620610077


Synopsis:

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When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.


My Thoughts:

This book was so incredibly well written. Holy alien babies, it was a masterpiece. Obsidian is officially a masterpiece written by the best author ever. If anyone would beg to differ, please leave now. Joking. Everyone has their opinions but, I don’t think there was anything wrong with this book! Jennifer took boy next door all the way up to the next level.

I found it really funny at the beginning of this novel because Katy’s mom decided to move to West Virginia out of all places. The USA is such a big country and she picked there. But I really can’t complain because if that move didn’t happen, we would’ve never met Daemon Black. And if you haven’t met Daemon Black yet, you are totally missing out. He’s got chiseled abs, dark tousled hair and the most attracting and mysterious green eyes. Basically the epitome of everything.

Daemon is that dark, brooding jerk that everyone hates so it really made sense as to why Katy stayed mad at him. But, it’s quite difficult to stay that mad at someone when they’re so hot! And then there’s Dee, the exact opposite. She may be Daemon’s sister but she is the person who anyone would prefer to be around. She’s that person who always wears a smile brighter than the sun.

Once Katy met the two of them, I was so happy. They are the two characters that make the story what it is. If Jennifer didn’t add Daemon and Dee in as aliens, Obsidian would just be your everyday boy next door novel. But, with Dee and Daemon, everything’s better! Aside from the fact that you have to deal with a jerk, that is.

Now it isn’t always the fact that two of the characters are aliens that attract readers. It’s also the fact that Katy is a blogger, alike many of us readers. It’s so awesome reading about a character who loves reading just as much as I do! And even, she may’ve inspired me to make this blog. So with that said, if I never read Obsidian, I wouldn’t be here typing up these reviews daily for you guys.

Writing:

The writing in Obsidian is amazing! It’s very fast-paced and keeps you on your toes throughout the whole novel! Jennifer has a way with words. She makes each sentence flow together perfectly. Each scene, whether it was intense or just a simple conversation had so much power in it. And not just Daemon’s Black’s power. But Jennifer created such strong characters and a beautiful storyline to piece together this masterpiece! Obsidian is a book deserving of more hype.

Plot:

This book had so many intense scenes! We followed Katy as her and her mother move to the unincorporated town of West Virginia for a new beginning. But, it turns out that they move in right beside a house of aliens. Daemon and Dee, Luxen siblings are working day and night to try to stay hidden from the DOD and Arum. And now, they also have to try to hide their true selves from their new neighbors. But, as Katy becomes closer and closer friends with Dee, it becomes harder and harder for Daemon and Dee to stay hidden. And one night it all comes out. After Katy walks in front of a truck, Daemon has no other option but to tell the truth.

And the rest is for you to read about on your own! This book shouldn’t be spoiled because it’s such a good book. So, be sure to go buy a copy and give it a read.

Characters:

So yes, we talked about Daemon, Dee and Katy before but, there are so many other characters living in the small town of Ketterman. First we have the Thompson triplets. They are the blonde haired, blue eyed hotties of the town. and just so happen to be a set of alien siblings like the Blacks! Then we have Mr. Matthew Garrison. He’s the alien by night and teacher by day kind of guy. Quite a busy job but he does it pretty darn well! We also get introduced to Lesa and Carissa, two best friends who have lived in Ketterman all of their lives! And last but definitely not least. We receive a little back story about the Black siblings “dead” brother Dawson and his girlfriend, Bethany. There is  huge array of characters in this novel, each and everyone of them characteristically different!

So that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed the review and are now really interested buying the book or craving a reread. Obsidian it a one-sit-read, drop the phone and ignore everyone read.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Alaina

Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Hey everybody! It’s Alaina and I’m back with another review. Yes, I know, there have been a million reviews posted on my blog recently. That’s all because I went through a blogging slump for a few months and I was never able to write up all of my reviews. But, August was the month where I finally conquered my blogging slump. And now I’m able to write all the time! So, today’s review is on Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. It is such an amazing and inspiring book for teenagers. I definitely recommend it to anyone who need a cheer-me-up, summery read!

Synopsis:

Since You've Been GoneIt was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

My Thoughts:

I was sold the minute I read the summary of the book. Contemporary isn’t really my type of thing so when I do read a book in that genre, I always want it to leave a good impression on me. And this one has done exactly that! It has also become one of my favorite books of the year but, I think I am finally coming to like contemporary more and more!

The writing in this book was different than the other contemporaries I had read in the past. Morgan took us on a ride in and out of Emily’s reality. She took us to the times where Sloane and Emily would go bargain shopping for the best vintage clothes in the world. And then she would pull us out of the flashback and back to Emily’s reality without Sloane. Although I absolutely loved the flashbacks with Sloane, I have to give it to Emily’s reality for the best side of the story!

The characters in this story are sort of like people you would see in the real world. First there is Emily, your average, shy, teenager. She’s quite the introvert and doesn’t like doing things that she may regret. But with the help of Sloane’s list, she becomes less of an introvert and more of the adventurous person that Emily was meant to be! And that’s how she meets Frank, Collins and Dawn (aka her BFFs Forever). None of them would’ve actually ever became friends without Sloane’s help. Frank is the school’s genius, always going off to a prestigious school over the summer with his super smart girlfriend. Collins is Frank’s best friend and an extreme partier. And then there’s Dawn who had the worst chance of ever meeting Emily. But somehow Sloane played “Gatherer” and brought all of these amazing people together, which I loved!

But, that’s not all of the characters. I just couldn’t leave out mentioning Emily’s family in this post. They are the most creative, crazy and insane bunch. Her parents will drop all of their plans, stash up on a lot of non-perishable food and write a play for two months straight. and then there’s little Beckett who is seriously the most insane kid I have ever read about. I don’t even know how he does it but, he sits at the top of doorframes all day/every day. Insane right?!

What I really love about this book was how inspiring it was. It shows teenagers that they may find times in their life where they think their life is perfect, but then it suddenly disappears. And you have to try to move on. You will find new people, with or without a letter. I don’t know if this was actually what Morgan Matson was going for in her book but that’s what I found in it.

Now, can I just make a short comment on how insane some of the things on Sloane’s list are? Skinny-dipping? Kiss a Stranger? And then there are other things on the list that don’t make any sense until you actually read the book: Ride a horse, The Backless Dress. But somehow all of these things come together and Frank, Dawn, Emily and Collins accomplish all of them.

For anyone who needs a summery, pick-me-up, contemporary, be sure to go and grab this book. Since You’ve Been Gone is an unforgettable, fast-paced, laugh-till-you-die novel! You will really want to pick up another Morgan Matson book when you finish it!

5/5 stars!

Thank you all for reading this post! I will most likely be back tomorrow with another review but who knows. Maybe I’ll surprise all of you with a tag post instead!

Happy Reading,

~Alaina

 

 

Get To Know Me Better Tag

 

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Welcome back Bookworms! Are you guys ready to learn more about me? Well I’m ready to tell you all about me. I was inspired by megxnmarie‘s blog to do this tag. Although I wasn’t tagged, I thought I’d do the tag anyways since my blogiversary is coming up! So are you ready to dive into this tag? I am. So here we go:

So here’s me in all of my summer, lazy, book loving glory! I didn’t really have any pictures of me (aside from all of the ones that I make weird faces in). So, we’ll make do with City of Fallen Angels in front of my face:

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Vital Stats:

Name: Alaina (pronounced Ah-lay-na)

Nickname(s): I’ve only had nicknames given to me by my parents. And those ones are quite embarrassing so let’s just drop this topic now.

Birthday: October 17, 2002 (so as I’m writing this I am 13)

Star Sign: Libra!

Occupation: Well I am a student (going into grade 9/freshman year) but I am also a blogger! Can we also count professional book reader as a job too?


Appearance:

Hair Colour: A mix between dark blonde and light brown.

Hair Length: Medium-ish.

Eye Colour: A dark grey-ish blue.

Best Feature: I don’t think I have one but others would think differently.

Piercings: Ears.

Tattoos: None.

Right or Left: Right!


Firsts:

Best Friend: I don’t actually remember.

Award: I don’t think I actually ever won an award.

Sport: I used to try a bunch of sports and quit if I didn’t like it. But  don’t even remember which one I did first!

Real Vacation: I’m pretty sure it was Disney World! Oh fun times.

Concert: Selena Gomez…. I don’t actually like her music anymore.


Favorites:

Film: I don’t actually watch movies……

TV Show: I don’t watch these either…..

Colour: Green!

Song: Who actually has a favorite song? I just play The Fray, the Neighbourhood, Melanie Martinez, Halsey and Imagine Dragons on repeat! Gotta love music!

Restaurant: I don’t really eat out….

Shop: Chapters, of course! But I also like going to Garage for clothes.

Books: The Lux series is my #1 favorite series ever! But, Sweet Evil, The Mortal Instruments, The Throne of Glass series and Illuminae are some of my other favorites!


Currently: 

Feeling: Happy; In the mood to read!

Single or Taken: Single! *starts singing beyonce*

Eating: Nothing at the moment. But I had a sandwich a few hours ago!

Thinking About: Books. Basically the only thing on my mind 24/7.

Watching: The screen of the laptop of the post I am typing up.

Wearing: A hoodie and shorts. Basic summer attire for me!


Future:

Want Children: sure, why not?

Want to be Married: Yes.

Careers in Mind: I would love to be an author or work in publishing. But Teaching would be my alternative. Or something else if I think of anything in the future!

Where Do you Want To Live: I’ve always had a dream of living in NYC! I know it probably won’t happen but, you never know!


Do You Believe In…

God: Yes.

Miracles: I like to say “miracles can happen” so yes!

Love at First Sight: It might be a possibility.

Ghosts: I think they could be lurking around.

Aliens: Holy alien babies! If aliens were Luxen and not little green stubs, I might fall in love with one. But yes, I do think that there could be extraterrestrials on other planets.

Soul Mates: I guess.

Heaven: Yes.

Hell: I think it’s definitely a place but I don’t believe in it.

Kissing on the First Date: It doesn’t sound like a terrible idea. So why not?

Yourself: yes.


So, I hope that helped all of you learn more about me! I had an amazing time doing the tag. So now onto the people I tag. Hmmmm…. Alex from readersgonnaaread and Emily from whogavethewrite! I hope you all enjoyed this post!

Until next time, Happy Reading,

Alaina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaser Tuesday #8

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Hello Bookworms, Book Lovers and Bibliophiles far and wide. I’m back again for another Teaser Tuesday post! I almost forgot it was Tuesday today but thank god I remembered! I already forgot last week’s Teaser Tuesday and it sucked. That feeling of forgetting to post sucks. It sucks a whole lot but, this week I remembered. Yay me! And now I get to strain my eyeballs away from my book for a few minutes while I write this post up. So, lets just get into the post before I feel too distant from my book.

“My hands were cold and shaking by the time I turned the ignition in my sedan. Snow was falling steadily, coating the streets. I needed to get home before I got stuck. I had bad tires, no match for more than an inch of snow. And I really didn’t want to break down out here. These were the things I was busy thinking about. I had to keep everything else at bay until I could get  home and successfully freak out. Now I just needed to get there without running off the road and smacking into a tree.”

Can you guess what book it’s from?

Here, let me give you a little hint: It’s the second book in my favorite series, I count it as the worst book in the series and it features a certain hottie by the name of Daemon Black.

Got it yet?

Well, in case you couldn’t figure it out, the book is Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout! I am currently rereading and loving this book. It is one of those 400 page books that you can finish within a few days which is AMAZING. I am currently reading it from the Lux: Beginnings bind-up which has the most flexible spine in the history of books. Kudos to Entangled Publishing for making everyone unable to break the spineof this 800 page bind-up! If you haven’t read the first book in the Lux series definitely get on with it. Obsidian is a fast-paced, ignore-everyone-around-you read featuring hot aliens, swoon-worthy romance and a bunch of exciting other stuff jam-packed into one novel.

After you finish Obsidian, definitely dive straight into Onyx. You may have a bit of separation anxiety from Daemon Black if you don’t go straight for the second book. And, once you finish Onyx, comment your thoughts about the book down below!

I hope you guys all enjoyed this week’s Teaser Tuesday! Stay tuned next week for another Teaser Tuesday post.

Until next time, Happy Reading,

Alaina

 

Review: After by Anna Todd

Hello bookworms and welcome back to my blog! As I am currently catching up on all of the reviews I need to get up, today’s post is going to be another review. But, unlike my usual YA reviews, today I am going to be reviewing a NA book. After by Anna Todd took the Wattpad app by storm. Millions of people read and loved the book. I didn’t really love it but once I heard that it was a published book, I had to get my hands on it. It’s not because I really needed a new book but more so the fact that it was edited and published!

I started out reading After on the Wattpad app in the summer of 2015. I really enjoyed it, aside from all of the mature parts (sex). So later that year, I got the book and it was left on my bookshelf for two months before I even decided to pick it up. Me and Pearl from BiblioPearl wanted to do a read along together and after hours of searching for a book we both had on our TBR’s, we found After. But sadly, she didn’t even get halfway through before counting it a “did not finish”. So then I just put the book back on my shelf and left it there to get covered in dust until this past July. I decided that I would push through and read it all over again. And that’s exactly what I did! Although I didn’t truly love it, it was still really fun to read!

Now, story time is over. Time to dive into the real review!

Information:

Title: After

Author: Anna Todd

Series: After #1

Publisher: Gallery Books

Release Date: October 21, 2014

Page Count: 582

ISBN: 9781476792484

Synopsis:

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless…could this be love?

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was truly enjoyable! There were quite a few parts that I found too hard for my eyes to read but, the rest was really good! And knowing that this was Anna Todd’s debut novel I already know that her future books are just going to get even better!

I loved reading about a girl going into her first year of college! Of course, you don’t find that in the YA section but, its quite a big topic on Wattpad. This was my first NA book and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Although I’m not to big of a fan of reading ‘detailed’ make out sessions, the rest of the book had nothing to lose.

Tessa Young is so alike all of us bookworms. She is a huge fan of classic novels and is n English major at college. And two thumbs up to her for loving The Fray! if you haven’t checked them out yet, you are totally missing out. But aside from her book and music taste, she is a really strong character. She usually ends up crying when she fights Hardin but for the most part, she can stand her ground. But, she has definitely brought her life down a dark path with Hardin. He is that person who is constantly indecisive and for the most part: REALLY ANGRY. When Hardin is angry, you don’t want to mess with him, Or else you may come out with a black eye like Landon does.

There are so many characters in this novel and or the most part, they all have tattoos. Well aside from Tessa, Noah and Tessa’s mom. But by the fifth or sixth chapter we start getting introduced to so many different characters! Hardin, Landon, Molly, Steph, Zed, and so many others that I am currently blanking on their names.

3/5 stars

So that’s all I have for today! I hope you all have a wonderful day and I’ll probably be back tomorrow!

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Alaina

 

 

 

Readers Confessions Tag!

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog! I’ve decided to do a tag, which is quite surprising since I haven’t done one since January. But, I wanted to post again today. And I didn’t want to write up another review so I settled on a tag! I was scrolling through my friend Emily’s (whogavethewrite) blog and I found the readers confessions tag! I thought it’d be really fun to do so here we are now, doing it!

Question 1: Have you ever damaged your own book?

Yes, but who hasn’t. Most people have at least water damaged a book. My copy of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is huge now. I’ve learned my lesson from that and I now never put water bottles and books in a bag together. I’ve also got a few food stains on pages too.

Question 2: Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Yes. before I started collecting books (January – March 2015) I used to borrow them from my friend Emily (maxlightwoodbane on Instagram). I water damaged a few of her books, but only slightly. I remember borrowing a copy of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi from her. It was already partially damaged on the spine but my stud water bottles made it way worse. Thankfully she wasn’t too mad at me!

Question 3: How long does it take you to finish a book?

It all depends really. Most times I can finish a 300-400 page book in week or less. But reading slumps have been in my way all year so far so I haven’t finished as many I would’ve liked to. If it’s a 500+ page book, it usually takes me over a week, depending on how good it is.

Question 4: Books you haven’t finished?

Well, usually I’ll always finish the books I read. Just because I hate the feeling of counting it as a “Did Not Finish”. But there are a few series I haven’t finished yet:

Harry Potter: Yes, I know. It’s a shame that I haven’t finished the series but I’m slowly making my way through them! I bought the first three books at a thrift store last year in the first UK covers. And of course, you can’t buy them at big name bookstores any more, so I’ll probably just give up on my hunt for them and take them out at a library or something.

The Mortal Instruments: I’ve been slowly getting through these books. I usually read one of them every two months or so. It’s not that I don’t like them, they’re just so big! And even, my birthday is coming up in October so I can move straight on from TMI to TID!

Throne of Glass: I really enjoy this series but, the books are so big and intimidating. I still have to read Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows and I’m so excited for both! The bigger the books the better!

Question 5: Hyped/Popular books you did not like?

Of course there are popular books that I didn’t like. But, there isn’t one person who actually likes every book, right? So listed below are some of the popular books I didn

Vampire Academy: I just couldn’t get into this book. I don’t know if it was the plot, characters or even the overall writing but I just didn’t like this.

Throne of Glass: This book wasn’t totally awful. I think the characters didn’t have enough background so I couldn’t connect with them. But, luckily I really loved the second book so I can continue the series!

Pretty Little Liars Books: These were the first YA books I read. I had fun reading the first four books but as the series continued, I just couldn’t stand them. I think I only liked the first few books because they followed the TV show.

Question 6: Classics you did not enjoy?

I’ve only read half of a classic and that was Wuthering Heights which I borrowed from the library. It was good but I had to return it for two different reasons. #1) My borrowing time was over and #2) My birthday came along and I dived straight into City of Bones. But overall, from what I read from Wuthering Heights, it was really good! So really, there aren’t any classics that I did not enjoy.

Question 7: Books you bought for intellectual reasons?

None whatsoever. I’ve never had to do summer reading or had specific books that I had to read for school. So I’m free to read whatever I want and not for intellectual reasons.

Question 8: Any books you haven’t given back yet?

Nope. I don’t actually borrow books from friends anymore so I don’t have to worry about giving them back their books.

I hope you all enjoy reading through this post. I tag everyone to do this post, so if you have a book blog, be sure to do it!

Until next time, Happy Reading,

Alaina

 

 

 

 

Review: Weird Girl and What’s His Name by Meagan Brothers

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog! For today’s post, I am going to be reviewing Meagan Brothers’ Weird Girl and What’s His Name. This book is a LGBT contemporary that follows two teenagers as they try to put the pieces of their life back together. It is definitely not a popular book, but it is so worth reading! LGBT books aren’t praised enough, aside from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of The Universe. But, these books let you read about a topic that you never thought you’d enjoy. And just look at that cover. It is beyond beautiful!

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Information:

Title: Weird Girl and What’s His Name

Author: Meagan Brothers

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Three Rooms Press

Release Date: October 13, 2015

Page Count: 336

ISBN: 9781941110270

Synopsis (From Goodreads):

In the podunk town of Hawthorne, North Carolina, high school geeks Lula and Rory share everything—sci-fi and fantasy fandom, an obsession with old X-Files episodes, and that feeling that they’ll never quite fit in. Lula and Rory have no secrets from each other; after all, she knows he’s gay, and he understands why she worships the mother that walked out on her. But then Lula discovers that Rory has not only tried out for the football team, but has been having an affair with his middle-aged divorcee boss. With their friendship disrupted, Lula begins to question her very identity, and when she disappears in the middle of the night, Rory is left to survive on his own.

My Thoughts:

Rory and Lula are such unique characters. They are strong on the outside but lost in their minds. They’re total geeks but they don’t care what the people surrounding them call them. They’ve always been dubbed Weird Girl and What’s His Name. But really, everyone who calls them that should know that their names are Lula and Rory. And watching and enjoying The X-Files, Lord of The Rings and Comic books doesn’t make them weird, it makes them unique compared to the rest of the world.

The whole book started out in Rory’s perspective and switched to Lula’s halfway through, which I enjoyed! I really loved that we got to view the problems from both of them. But, I did have a preference in reading from Lula’s POV. I don’t know why, maybe because it’s easier to relate to a girl but there was something (that seems to be a mystery) that pulled me further into her side than it did to Rory’s.

I hated seeing Rory and Lula mad at each other. Although they had a point to do so, I just didn’t like seeing them like that. They are basically the definition of “BFF” so it broke my heart to see them distancing themselves from each other. But, what contemporary doesn’t end with a happy ending? (okay there are probably a few…)

The writing in this story was beautiful! Meagan did such an amazing job of making the storyline complex but still easy to follow. And can we just take a second to talk about how good of a job she did with not spoiling The X-Files? I didn’t even know that you could write so much about a series and not spoil it!

Overall, this book was really good. Not a stunning five stars but still pretty good. I am really hoping to get my hands on a copy of another one of Meagan’s books in the future! I hoped you all enjoyed reading this review!

3.5/5 stars

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Alaina

 

 

 

 

 

Wattpad Recommendations || August 16

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! For today’s post, I am going to be recommending some of my favorite books on Wattpad. For those who didn’t know, Wattpad is a community (app/website) where writers around the world post their works. Whether you’re a fan of cliché romance novels, fanfiction or even your everyday paranormal book, you will find something you like on Wattpad! The really cool thing about Wattpad is the fact that the writers can talk to fans of their books. So, if you haven’t already started using Wattpad, I think now is the right time!

I’m just going to get this out now, I don’t read fanfiction. So if you were looking for fanfiction recommendations, this is the wrong place for you. But, I will say that all of these books listed below are definitely worthy of being published!

So lets get started with the basic novel that everyone has read off of there:

After by Anna Todd (imaginator1D on Wattpad)

IMG_4424[1]Synopsis: Tessa Young is an 18 year old college student with a simple life, excellent grades, and a sweet boyfriend. She always has things planned out ahead of time, until she meets a rude boy named Harry, with too many tattoos and piercings who shatters her plans.

This book is definitely more of a mature read (lots of sexual content) but, that doesn’t stop any of the twelve year olds on Wattpad from reading the book. Yes, I did say above that I didn’t read fanfiction…. with the exception of this. So all of you One Direction fanatics, go read this book. Well, at least if you’re old enough to. I would suggest reading this I you are 16+.

Anna Todd’s debut Wattpad novel blew up all over the app. It’s probably the biggest book on there with over 390 million reads. Although the writing isn’t as good as what you’d find in a book from your local bookstore, it is extremely addicting. The topic of girls going into college with a sardonic jerk as the main boy attracts the Wattpad audience. And as big of a success as this was on the app, it is also now a published New Adult book.

Roommates by Kimmy Hers (XthatONEchicX on Wattpad)

roommatesSynopsis: A 19 year old girl named Nichole, gets accepted into Westcott University. She will meet plenty of new people, but unfortunately for her, she will be stuck with a roommate that is a cocky, yet hot, perverted jerk. Will he change for her when she tells him about her past? Follow their love-hate journey and hope for the best. 1 girl, 1 boy, 1 room, 1 undeniable love

Okay yes, this does sound like one of those cheesy romance novels I was talking about before. But, trust me, it isn’t. Kimmy’s writing is so amazing! Her characters are too but, she is basically a creative mastermind.

Nichole and the somewhat perverted jerk in this novel (he’s really hot) are basically meant to be. There are also moments in this book where you will cry, laugh and smile bigger than possible, alike a good YA contemporary. So be sure to read this and then check out the rest of Kimmy’s books: The Martinez Brothers, Stepbrother and It’s a Deal.

Will I Always Be: Just a Friend by Ceri from ReadWriteLoveIt

JAFSynopsis: Ashton Thompson is everything you’d want in a boyfriend. He’s funny, caring, childish at times, loving, romantic… oh and he’s drool worthy gorgeous. It’s just a shame he’s my best friend… NOT my boyfriend. Being in love with your best friend SUCKS. Watching him kiss other girls HURTS. Acting like he means nothing more than just a friend KILLS.

Lydia and Ashton have been best friends from the very beginning. They tell each other everything and know everything about one another. Well so Ashton thought… Lydia has been secretly in love with her best friend for as long as she can remember. However, she keeps it to herself, not wanting to ruin their close friendship. Now they’re both 18, things begin to change after a couple of ‘moments’ between the pair…. will their friendship stand the test? And will Lydia only ever be to Ashton… Just a Friend?

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This is probably my all time favorite Wattpad novel. I just love everything about it! The characters, the plot and even the writing in general. Ceri does such an amazing job of making Ashton and Lydia feel like real world people. And once you figure out Lydia’s nickname, please go and attempt to say it with a british accent. It makes me laugh everytime!

Most likely, some of you have gone through the same situation that Lydia goes through in the book. It’s always nice to have some sort of similarity with the main character! And now that the whole first book is finished, you can fully enjoy this one and automatically jump back into this adventure! The sequel, Three Thousand Miles Apart, is slowly being uploaded.

The Hoodie Girl by yuenwrites

The Hoodie Girl | Wattys 2016 Synopsis: “We put on a fake smile to hide the pain, yet we wish someone would look closely enough and see how broken we really are inside.”

Socially awkward is a phrase that she’d use to describe herself.

Meet Wren Martin. She blocks off herself to the world, hiding behind her favorite hoodie, believing that if she does this, her agonizing pain will never resurface – that tears and nightmares will be a thing of the past.

When she arrives at her over-the-top high school, however, certain circumstances lead to her meeting the school’s most popular and notorious boy, Asher Reed, who has his mind set to change everything she stands for, and save her along the way.

This book makes me inexplicably speechless. I have no words to explain how powerful Yuen’s words are, how inspired I become when I read this novel! Yuen writes about such an intense subject and does it beautifully! Wren and Asher’s story is so inspiring and a must read for every one!

Hideaway by Cupcake2027

Hideaway #Wattys2016**I couldn’t get the full synopsis for this novel**

This story isn’t totally like your everyday contemporary novel. the author sets up the novel so that characters kind of portray a role from Cinderella. But really, it isn’t a Cinderella retelling at all! This novel follows the life of Skyler as she tries to be the ugly fat daughter that her step-mother wants her to be. But, everything changes paths when the upcoming ball comes closer and closer. Skyler finds a way to change. And forever, instead of being mocked by her family, she can mock them.

It’s way better than my crappy attempt to make a summary sounds! Trust me.

So, those are just a few of my favorite Wattpad novels that I think all of you should read! if you want to follow me on there my username is @alainabagan!

Until next time, Happy Reading

Alaina xx