You’re Not Good Enough Book Tag

Hey Book Nerds! I was planning to post my review for Clockwork Prince today, but I felt like doing a tag. Not just any tag, though. A tag where you get to pick characters and pick them over another character. And, guess what tag that is?! The “You’re Not Good Enough Tag!” I’ve been wanting to do this one for such a long time but every time I plan to do it, I get too lazy to cut up paper and pick a bunch of characters. But, today was the exact opposite. I sort of had a plan to just sit and read all day, but I ended up making pancakes, having a big photoshoot, cleaning the majority of my room, rearranging my clothes and then I decided to do this too. So yea, my lazy Sunday turned into a very productive Sunday!

This tag was created by ReadLikeWildfire and Beccathebookreviewer. Basically all you have to do is pick 30 characters, write them out on pieces of paper, put them into a jar (hat, cup, etc.) and then pull them out in pairs. Then you just answer all 15 of the questions. Sounds simple, right? Let’s get into it!

20170226_201612[1].jpgSTEP 1: FIND A CUP

I am a very frequent Starbucks drinker, so how could I not do this tag with one of them! I saved a bunch of the 2016 Christmas cups and picked one of the ones that wouldn’t make my books fall of my shelf. Yes, I do actually use these as book ends for my shelf. They are perfect and if you are an avid Starbucks-goer, they are easy access too! If you don’t have any cups like this you could definitely grab a little jar, a hat, a mug, a bowl, or even a bag. Anything really!

STEP 2: PICK YOUR CHARACTERS

This is the cool part about this whole tag. Literally, no one will have the same characters as you. So, your tag will be unique to your blog. My biggest tip when picking characters is to look at your bookshelf and just let the names come to you. Some of the characters I have chosen are from novels that I read years ago. But, their names came to me before others so I used them anyways.

STEP 3: LET’S PLAY

** I picked my pairs before looking at the questions, but you could pick them as you do the tag if you want.**

ROUND 1: YOU ONLY HAVE ONE MORE SPOT ON YOUR SPELLING B TEAM, WHO WOULD YOU PICK TO COMPLETE YOUR TEAM?

Alec Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments) or Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)

Definitely Hermione. She is a genius! Although I do believe that Alec would be an amazing addition to the team, we would thrive with Hermione. She would bring our team to #1!

ROUND 2: BOTH CHARACTERS WANT TO KILL YOU, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU KILL FIRST SO YOU HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF SURVIVING?

Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices) or Daemon Black (Lux)

How did this even happen?? Why?? How could I ever kill one of them. Ahh my loves. If I really had to choose, I would pick Will. Daemon was my first book boyfriend so I would much rather NOT kill him. And even, it would be a bit easier to kill a seraph blade baring Shadowhunter, than it would be to kill a light manipulating alien.

ROUND 3: YOU’RE ON THE BACHELOR/BACHELORETTE AND YOU’RE DOWN TO THESE TWO CHARACTERS, WHICH ONE ARE YOU GOING TO GIVE YOUR ROSE TO?

Iko (The Lunar Chronicles) or Emma Carstairs (The Dark Artifices)

Omg WHYYY?!? I think I will choose Iko. Not that I don’t love Emma Carastairs but, how could you not pick Iko?? She’s just the cutest little robot ever!!

ROUND 4: YOU’VE BEEN CHOSEN FOR THE HUNGER GAMES, WHO WOULD MOST LIKELY VOLUNTEER IN YOUR PLACE?

Savannah Diamond (The Secret Diamond Sisters) or Ezra Mason (Illuminae)

Probably Ezra. Savannah would be to busy dying her hair, putting on makeup or painting her nails to even bother thinking about the Hunger Games. But, Ezra is a man. And although he has the nerves to break up with his girlfriend (Most men do haha) he would probably be more like Katniss than Gale.

ROUND 5: YOU’RE STRANDED ON AN ISLAND. WHICH CHARACTER WOULD YOU SACRIFICE TO ENGAGE IN CANNIBALISM?

Simon Lewis (The Mortal Instruments) or Noah Hutchins (Pushing The Limits)

Umm, I think Simon would enjoy it. You know, being a vampire and everything. And, I don’t think I could ever sacrifice precious Noah for anything. He’s gone through too much to have to be sacrificed for this!

ROUND 6: YOU’RE THE NEXT DC/MARVEL SUPERHERO (WITH YOUR OWN TV SHOW OF COURSE), WHO IS YOUR SIDEKICK?

Aelin Ashryver Galathynius (Throne Of Glass) or Patch (Hush, Hush)

Ummm, AELIN!! She is seriously the most badass fictional character I have ever read. Like, how cool would it be: Alaina and Aelin. OKAY, maybe it doesn’t sound as cool as Batman and Robin but, I tried. Anyways, Aelin’s fire powers would be super cool.

ROUND 7: YOU’RE A MANAGER OF AN AVOCADO ADMIRING COMPANY, WHO WOULD YOU FIRE FOR LACK OF COMMUNICATION SKILLS?

Maia Roberts (The Mortal Instruments) or Blake Saunders (Lux)

Blake Saunders. I think I would actually fire him for being such a good DB. But really, I don’t think I could ever work with him. Maia on the other side, would be that model who takes tumblr photos with the avocados.

ROUND 8: YOU’VE JUST FINISHED A BOOK IN WHICH YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER DIES, WHICH CHARACTER IS MOST LIKELY TO COMFORT YOU?

Kaidan Rowe (The Sweet Series) or Rowan Whitethorn (Throne Of Glass)

Can I say both? How the heck do you choose one out of both of these sincere men? Yes, th can be cocky at times, but they are both such amazing characters! I can’t help butchoose both. I have blonde hair, close enough to Anna’s and Aelin’s.

ROUND 9: UGH, IT’S HIGH SCHOOL. WHO WOULD MOST LIKELY BE PART OF THE POPULAR CLIQUE?

Blue Sargent (The Raven Cycle) or Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy)

Probably Rose. Well, unless the popular clique is four guys who are searching for ley lines. But, Rose just seems like she would be a popular, party girl. Although, she is a bit busy saving Lissa.

ROUND 10: THE DAY HAS ARRIVED; YOU’RE FINALLY A YEAR OLDER! WHO WOULD HAVE THE NERVE TO FORGET YOUR BIRTHDAY?

Chaol Westfall (Throne Of Glass) or Feyre Archeron (A Court Of Thorns And Roses)

I really don’t think either would. But if there was ever a case where this would happen, it would be Chaol. Feyre may be a hunter, but she has that kind side of her that would never forget a birthday! Chaol on the other hand, who really knows with him.

ROUND 11: YOU’VE JUST FOUND AN UPCOMING BOOKTUBER, WHO WOULD IT MOST LIKELY BE?

Mallory Dodge (The Problem With Forever) or Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

Ummm, LUUUNNNAAAA! I think it is quite obvious. Luna is such a great character overall. She has that “you WILL like me” side of her. AND even, Mallory doesn’t really talk. I don’t think you would even get her to talk in front of a camera.

ROUND 12: SLEEPOVER TIME! UNFORTUNATELY, YOU CAN ONLY INVITE ONE PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE?

Tessa Gray (The Infernal Devices) or Lilac  LaRoux (The Starbound Trilogy)

I really don’t have an answer for this one. Tessa wouldn’t be too… lively of a person to be at a sleepover with. And Lilac would probably just complain a lot. So yea, I choose no one. Where the heck is Dee black when I really need her?

ROUND 13: BAM! YOU’RE PREGNANT, WHO’S THE FATHER/MOTHER?

Ronan Lynch (The Raven Cycle) or Lucinda ‘Luce’ Price (Fallen)

OOOHH, lets go with Ronan. He was that brooding, swoony, cocky bad boy that you can’t help but love. And if I was pregnant, the mother definitely wouldn’t be Luce.

ROUND 14: YOU’VE JUST WRITTEN A SUPER IMPORTANT TEXT. WHO WOULD “SEE” IT, BUT NOT REPLY?

Hardin Scott (After) or Katy Swartz (Lux)

Hardin. He wouldn’t even answer it after a month of it being on his phone. No, he’d actually be most likely to delete it. Katy, on the other hand, would obviously reply right when she sees it.

ROUND 15: YOU’VE JUST WOKEN UP AND IT’S TIME FOR BREAKFAST. YOUR MUM’S BEEN REPLACED BY… WHO?

Daniel Altan ‘Day’ Wing (Legend Trilogy) or Mia Hall (If I Stay)

I’m really hoping that it would be Mia. She would make me coffee (not decaf lol) and chocolate chip pancakes. Day probably would just give me an apple.

That’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this post. Be sure to continue the tag and do your own version of it on your blog! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow.

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

 

A Very Late Top 5 Wednesday: Books To Get You Out Of A Reading Slump

Hey Book Nerds! So, my busy life has kept me from posting the last few days, and I even missed out on posting my weekly “Top 5 Wednesday”. But, I went and looked at this week’s topic and I couldn’t help but post it late! So, this week’s topic, (as you can see by the title) is books to get you out of a reading slump. I absolutely love recommending books for book slumps! I struggled with so many book slumps last year and over that time, I was able to find some amazing books to get out of a reading slumps. SO here are my top 5!

  1. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
    This is was the BEST book for me to get out of a reading slump! It is such a fun and easy read for those tough and frustrating book slumps. It’s written through files and videos, unlike a normal chapter book. The format makes it a little easier to read in those hard times. And even, half the book is pictures. Yay for pictures.

    This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

    The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

    But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

  2. Obsidian (Lux, #1)Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    Okay, I may’ve just added this because I love it so much. But, I swear this book is fantastic! It is super entertaining and features a certain very hot man. *HINT* his name starts with a “Dae” and ends with a “mon”. But yea. This book features some very sexy aliens and some amazing paranormal elements.

    Starting over sucks.

    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.

  3. Sweet Evil (The Sweet Series, #1)Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins Ahhh. Another one of my favorite books! This book is seriously magical. I feel like even if you aren’t into the paranormal stuff, you will still love this. It’s basically your everyday YA novel but with some pumped up demons and Nephilim. Like honestly, who doesn’t love a hot, drummer Nephilim.

    Embrace the Forbidden

    What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

    This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
    Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

    Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

  4. The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters, #1)The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
    I know a lot of people enjoy reading fun, fantasy novels to get themselves out of book slumps. And I am totally the same! There’s something about the relief of reading a contemporary book that can bring you out of an evil slump. And even, this one is amazing! It’s fun, flirty, and perfect for those struggling times.

    Three sisters. One billionaire father. What could go wrong?

    Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

    The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad — a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite.

    Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

  5. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    This was another book that actually got me out of a reading slump. I just loved how it was written. It’s not a super intense world like the Throne of Glass books, but it still has those strong fantasy/sci-fi vibes. And you know, I don’t think I can go two weeks without reading a fantasy novel. They’re just too good. And, the benefit with this novel is that it is a re-telling… with a complete spin on the original tale.

    Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
    Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
    But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

That’s it for today! Once again, I’m really sorry that I couldn’t get this up earlier. My schedule will be back to normal in about 2 weeks! But don’t worry, I will still be posting and reading until then. Don’t forget to like, comment, and follow my blog if you enjoy my posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Teaser Tuesday #16

Hey guys! I’m Alaina, and I am back with yet again, ANOTHER Teaser Tuesday post. I was sort of planning not to post this since my day was pretty hectic, but everything worked out and I found a bit of time. So, here I am, jamming out to Arctic Monkeys at 10 pm and writing this up! So yay, go me with time management! Anyways, let’s get straight into this week’s Teaser!

“‘I fear you are poisoned, my own pretty boy,

I fear you are poisoned, my comfort and joy!’

‘O yes, I am poisoned; mother, make my bed soon,

There’s a pain in my heart, and I mean to lie down.'”

I am currently reading Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare and this excerpt is from page 214! One of the things I am really loving about this series is all of the classic quotes and mini excerpts that are separated from the book. Throughout the chapters, you come across many Dickens’ quote and quite a few Shakespeare quotes. But, when Bridget came into Clockwork Prince, we got a bunch of these short paragraphs of her simply singing away. Though they are lovely, they kind of give me the creeps sometimes. All she sings about is death. DEATH. It’s almost as if she is secretly (really, unsecretly) mourning sometime loved by her. I’m definitely predicting she is a widow but, there’s no proof yet!

For those who don’t know, this is the second book in The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. It is a fantastic historical fiction series that involves a lot of fantasy and science-fiction elements. It’s great and you should definitely read it!

If you haven’t heard about this book, here’s the synopsis:

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

That’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this week’s mini teaser! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow for more content from me if you enjoyed this post!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

REVIEW: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)INFORMATION:

Title/Author: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Series: The Infernal Devices (#1)

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry

Release Date: August 31, 2010

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Historical Fiction, Romance

ISBN: 9781416975861

SYNOPSIS:

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

MY THOUGHTS:

I’ve got to say, I didn’t have a lot of hope for this book. I read it after The Mortal Instruments, unlike the alternating you’re supposed to do with the two series. But, boy oh boy, this book exceeded my expectations. By a lot, too!

One of the things that really brings me into a book is a intriguing, (kickass, if fantasy) intro. And this one has one of the best. Most books start off with a bit of backstory, so I was expecting to read about Tessa walking along The Strand, thinking about books. But turns out, Cassandra Clare really wanted me to enjoy this book and made the first chapter as kickass as possible. Like holy, it’s not everyday that the first chapter of a book has fighting, let alone, a fight to remember. The fight between Mrs. Dark, Mrs. Black and Will Herondale was upper intense and was definitely the best introduction I could ever get to Will!

I really loved all of the characters in this novel! Tessa Gray is the one character that all of us readers can connect with. She’s a reader herself, of course! There are many moments throughout the novel where she would go off quoting Shakespeare and Dickens, which was super cool. Will Herondale is that badass to be loved! Who couldn’t love him? He has that perfect, tousled black hair and vibrant blue eyes. And even, he’s got that cocky, bad boy, British side to him. Jem Carstairs is our angelic British Shadowhunter from Shanghai. I absolutely loved Jem and Will’s parabatai bond together. They cared for each other and would do anything to save the other.

The villains in Clockwork Angel were quite unique compared to any other ones I’ve read about. Steampunk was huge in the Victorian era, and it definitely played a huge part in this novel. The villain band was nicknamed “The Clockwork Army,” for they were robotic automatons. I found it super cool how the battle was between heavily armed Shadowhunters and automatons. It doesn’t really seem right, but Cassandra definitely made it work!

I gave this book 4.5/5 stars. I think I definitely would’ve gave it all five star but, there were a few points n the novel that dragged on a bit longer than needed. And, I’m not too big a fan of the 30 page chapters. Although I love having more Cassandra Clare, sometimes I really just want to put the book down and do something else. But I really love these books so I shouldn’t really complain about that.

All in all, I’ve procrastinated reading this book for too long. It is definitely a get-off-your-butt-and buy-this-immediately, type of read. I feel like you could definitely read this before The Mortal Instruments. It is recommended to read it with the alternating method but, if you are okay with some spoilers, you could definitely read this after The Mortal Instruments!

That’s it for today, Book Nerds! I hope you enjoyed this review. Don’t forget to like, comment and follow!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

My Life In Books Tag!

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Hey Book Nerds! Ahhh it’s finally the weekend and I could not be more excited! This past week of school has been super exhausting. I’ve been through my fair share of math formulas, pencil crayons and lined papers this past week. But, now I’m back and I will hopefully be blogging more this weekend! And reading too. Can’t forget about hitting all of those fantasy books!

Once again, I was looking through”Dreamlandbookblog”‘s tags and I came across this one! I thought it would be perfect. Although I wasn’t tagged, I couldn’t help but do this tag. Before I start, I just wanted to tag everyone who sees this to do this tag! Now let’s get into the tag!


FIND A BOOK FOR EACH OF YOUR INITIALS:

  • A: A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • L: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  • A: After by Anna Todd
  • I: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • N: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • A: An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)


COUNT YOUR AGE ALONG YOUR BOOKSHELF. WHAT IS IT?

#14 on my bookshelf is City Of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare! If only I was fifteen, then I would’ve gotten City of Heavenly Fire.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?


Prodigy (Legend, #2)PICK A BOOK SET IN YOUR CITY/COUNTRY:

To be totally honest, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that takes place in my country. I’m Canadian and any book that takes place in my country is usually written by an indie or unknown author. So with that said, I don’t really reach for those books. But, I do remember a little scene from Prodigy by Marie Lu that took place in Canada. But that’s about it. I lead towards the fictional worlds. Although I do love myself a great Urban Fantasy novel, a made up world is a bit more appealing!


City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)PICK A BOOK THAT REPRESENTS A DESTINATION YOU WOULD LOVE TO TRAVEL TO:

Ummm, how could I not pick City of Bones for this!?!? As a lot of you know by now (unless your new), I have a dream to visit New York. Aside from books, I’m always thinking about New York and the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge. I dream to visit that place and visit every single thing there is to do, especially go to The Strand!


A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)PICK A BOOK THAT IS YOUR FAV COLOUR:

A Court Of Wings And Ruin! My favorite colour is definitely green and this cover features one of my favorite shades! And even, how could you not love this cover?!I love how Sarah J. Maas took inspiration from a piece of ACOMAF fanart for the cover! It’s so amazing how artists create fanart that authors ACTUALLY notice. I kind of wish I could draw something pretty enough to go on a book cover. *prays*


obsidianWHICH BOOK DO YOU HAVE THE FONDEST MEMORIES OF:

Guess! If you’ve been here for a while, I think you would know! Well… definitely Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It may be because I’ve reread it like a billion times. But, I like to think that I have the strongest memories of my favorite books. I could probably read out Obsidian scene by scene, for all I know. But this book will probably always stay with me, no matter what. And even, I first read this book in a backyard that was being reconstructed. I think that says enough for FOND MEMORIES.


outlanderWHICH BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE MOST DIFFICULTY READING:

Hmmm, lets go with Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This was 2 months of book slump HORROR. Although I loved the novel, it took me FOREVER to read! If you read my review for it (CLICK HERE), you would know that I rated it 3.75 stars. Probably now, it would’ve gotten a rating of 3 or 2.75 from me. Don’t get me wrong, it was an amazing book. But, I just had such a struggle getting into parts of it. I will definitely be continuing the series in the future though!


Les MisérablesWHICH BOOK IN YOUR TBR PILE WILL GIVE YOU THE BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT WHEN YOU FINISH IT:

Les Miserables.

That book is over 1000 pages!


That’s it for today Book Nerds! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow my blog!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Teaser Tuesday #15

Hey Book Nerds! It’s the day of love and I’m still a lonely book junkie. Well, what can you do. Anyways, happy Valentine’s day whether you have a lover or not! I spent the day doing math and getting to know my newest book boyfriend! And with that said, I think I’m ready to introduce all of you to him. Haha. So, here’s my teaser for today, featuring the one, the only, Will Herondale!!

“Lost?” inquired a voice behind her. A slow, arrogant voice, immediately familiar.

Will.

Tessa turned and saw that he was leaning carelessly against the wall behind her, as if he were lounging in a doorway, his feet in their scuffed boots crossed in front of him. He held something in his hand: his glowing stone. He pocketed it as she looked at him, dousing its light.

“You ought to let me show you around the institute a bit, Miss Gray,” he suggested. “You know, so you don’t get lost again.”

Ahhh I’m in love! I am only 80 pages into Clockwork Angel so far and it has been absolute bliss. Sometimes I forget about the joys of reading a Cassandra Clare book. They’re phenomenal!

It’s been a whole month since I read two amazing books back to back, and holy I miss doing that. Sometimes how much fun it is to read multiple good books, instead of doing my dreaded math homework. Ugh, school just loves to rip away my reading time.

I’ve been really loving both Tessa and Will’s characters so far. Since, I’m not even 100 pages in, I can’t say much about them yet, but holy dynamite I AM IN LOVE WITH WILL. Hotness overload!

In case you don’t know what the book is about, here’s the synopsis:

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

That’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this mini post! Don’t forget to like, comment, and follow if you love Will Herondale!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag!

Holy! I’m pretty sure this book tag was made exactly for me. That, or some one has a mind exactly like mine!

Hey Book Nerds! I was in a book tag mood today so I spent a lot of today searching for the perfect tag to set Sunday’s mood. And, I finally came across “The Aesthetically Pleasing” book tag on Dreamlandbookblog. This tag was originally created by Book Syrup and you can find the original video HERE. Now without further ado, let’s get into the glory of everything, aesthetic:

Image result for the fill in boyfriendBEST COLOUR COMBO ON A COVER:

I definitely have to give this to The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West. I absolutely adore the pastel colours on this cover. The pinks and yellows all blend together creating a stunning filter for the background. And the colours don’t even get in the way of everything in the foreground of the cover! They sort of act as a filter for the whole cover. Overall, this cover is to-die-for and has to be on the top of my favorites list!


Image result for cinderBEST TYPOGRAPHY/FONT ON A BOOK COVER:

I swear there is only one book that people could pick for this, and that has to be Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Most book covers have a plain font for the title to not disturb the beautiful cover but, Cinder took some risks and in the end received such a pretty font! I absolutely love how majestic it looks. It really reminds me of writing you would find in the renaissance era!


Image result for fangirlBEST SIMPLE COVER: 

I can’t NOT give this to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! Most of the cover is a beautiful minty-green colour, unless you have a special edition. But the cover is so beautiful, but also so simple. I haven’t actually read this book yet but I love the fact that in shows exactly what a fangirl is: a female who is a fan of characters, books, movies, and everything nerdy! And, (I’m pretty sure her name is Cath) shows that so well on the cover. And it’s super simple with the images only in the very center of the cover!


Image result for the queen of the tearlingBEST END PAGES:

The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen has to have my all-time favorite end-pages! They feature a stunning drawing of a sail boats sailing across the ocean. I don’t have any pictures of it to show all of you but, I swear you must pick up this book the next time you visit a bookstore and look at the end pages! They are so incredibly beautiful, and a definite must-see!

 


togBEST MAP:

Who couldn’t give this to the maps of the Sarah J. Maas worlds! My favorite would have to be Erilea but the Prythian map is also stunning. I love how the Erilea features all of the different lands of the mortals and fae. The map even shows all of the dense forest areas and mountain lands. But, I really wish we would’ve got a map of Wendlyn in Heir of Fire! That would’ve been super cool!

 


Image result for caravalBEST NAKED HARDBACK:

I’ve got to give this to Caraval by Stephanie Garber! If you have not seen this naked hardback, you have to go online and search up the four different UK editions. Each copy has a different item embossed into the hardback: a clock, a carnival, a rose, and a dress. Each and every one of them is stunning in their own unique way. Ugh, I absolutely cannot wait until I can get my hands on this beauty. It may be a while since I usually don’t order books online, but it’ll definitely be worth the wait!


Image result for weird girl and whats his nameBEST BACK COVER:

I am totally one for a beautiful galaxy on the back of a book, so I definitely have to give this one to Weird Girl And What’s His Name by Meagan Brothers! The back cover is absolutely stunning. It features a side view of Rory’s silhouette, but is filled in with a galaxy. I love how the front side has the same thing, but with Lula on the front. If you haven’t checked out this book, definitely get on with it. And not just for the front and back covers, this book is absolutely beautiful in every diverse way possible!


Image result for empire of stormsBEST CHAPTER HEADERS:

I think I’m going to have to give this to the Throne Of Glass headers! I was thinking about giving it to the beautiful artworks in the American editions of Harry Potter, but I’m from Canada and we only get the British editions here. So, I changed my mind and remembered how stunning the headers in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne Of Glass series are! I love how they’re a huge arch above the chapter number, and they have a bunch of stars in them! Well, we do know that Aelin is known for rattling the stars.


Image result for ink amanda sunBEST ILLUSTRATIONS:

I have to give this to Ink by Amanda Sun. The novel features a bunch of mini, fun drawings on the inside edge of the book. When you flip the pages, they dance in front of your eyes! There are also beautiful Japanese drawing throughout the book, that fit perfectly with the storyline! And even, how could you not love this books stunning cover? The watercolours suit the book so good!

 


Related imageBEST SPINES:

Umm, who wouldn’t give this one to the amazing spines of The Mortal Instruments. I loved the original spines so much, but who doesn’t just love the new ones!? For those that don’t know, I have a slight (okay, maybe huge) obsession with New York. So, having NYC on book spines just makes some of my inner dreams finally come true. Someone should really get me a poster of theses spines together!


Image result for obsidian jennifer armentroutFAVORITE COVER ON YOUR SHELF:

Well, OBSIDIAN. How could I not give it to this book? We literally have Daemon Black, in all of his precious glory, on the cover of this amazing book. And, this cover even explains some of the things that are only explained in the novel once you are halfway through. Like the lightning, and the lake in the background. And boy oh boy, I feel like I could stare into those beautiful eyes of his forever!

 


That’s it for today! This tag was super fun and I definitely would tag all of you to try it, especially if you are a bookstagrammer and blogger alike myself! Also, someone should definitely try to count how many times I’ve said “stunning” and “beautiful”. It’s probably a lot! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow if you love my blog!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

 

 

Feature Friday #2

Hey Book Nerds! I haven’t done one of these posts in FOREVER. But, it’s Friday and I wanted to post again so why not? I love being able to recommend some of my favorite novels to all of you. And, I tend to read a few under-hyped books every so often so these are a perfect way to showcase some of my favorites! So, let’s dive right in!

SWEET EVIL BY WENDY HIGGINS!

  • Synopsis:

    Image result for sweet evilWhat if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels. Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna. Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

  • Why I Recommend This?
    • This book follows Anna Whitt as she discovers her true identity and follows her destiny. And holy, that may not sound too good, but it is a MUST-READ!! Anna Whitt and Kaidan Rowe are such relatable and lovable characters. They reminded me a lot of Daemon and Katy from the Lux series.
    • This book has been raved by quite a few popular bloggers and booktubers and bookstagrammers. It’s not that popular of a read so I think that says A LOT!
    • It features Nephilim and a lot of things about the seven deadly sins. Each Nephilim has a father who is a duke of one of the deadly sins. Anna’s for instance is the “Duke Of Substance Abuse”. It’s super interesting to read as the Nephilim follow in their father’s footsteps!
    • Ummm, if it isn’t obvious, this book cover is drop-dead gorgeous! I absolutely love how Anna’s dress makes a huge statement on the cover with its bright colour. I also really love how the background of the cover features the good and evil of Anna’s destiny!

If those few things didn’t convince you to read this book, I don’t know what would?!? If you still aren’t interested, I highly suggest you give it a try anyways. I hope you enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to like, comment and follow!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Top 5 Wednesday: Book Trends You’re Tired Of (On a Thursday??)

Top 5 Wednesday

Wow. It’s already Wednesday again! A whole week has already passed by since I first started posting these! But, I finally found the monthly topics list for February and I am super stoked for them. Today’s topic is: book trends you’re tired of. Well, you probably already knew that. I am super excited to finally rant about a few book trends that are getting old. So, let’s dive straight into this post!

**Switch that, I’m actually posting this on Thursday. I started writing this on Wednesday but never ended up finishing it. So, here’s a Wednesday post on a Thursday!**

  1. Dystopian Books:
    Okay, let’s be real. My favorite genre when I started reading was hands down, dystopian. I loved all of the futuristic aspects of dystopian novels and all of the unique things about them. I used to always reach for Divergent, The Hunger Games and all of those big name dystopias. But, now I’m in a fantasy and paranormal kick and reach for those books way more often than dystopias. Somehow they just don’t suit my reading needs anymore. But, if there is a super interesting one that comes out, I will definitely buy it!
  2. Broken-Apart Families:
    A lot of books I’ve read through out the last year have included a lot of broken-apart families. Whether that be because of orphanage, or divorce, or even overall family problems, I really wish they would stop happening. Why can’t families be like Emily’s in “Since You’ve Been Gone”? But instead we get a lot of the “one parent is a murderer” or the “my parents died when I was super young and now I have to go save the world”. I’m sooo waiting for the day that an author writes a fantasy novel that has a family that doesn’t have imperfections.
  3. Parents Who Don’t Understand A Teenager’s Troublesome Life:
    Okay, I know the main characters never tell their parents what is happening in their life but, shouldn’t they sort of figure it out after a while. Like, Katy’s mom got the hint that Katy was going through a tough time but never bothered to really ask why. And, we can’t forget about Harry Potter’s muggle parents on 4 Privet Dr. will NEVER understand the wizarding school of Hogwarts.
  4. Unnecessarily Sad Endings:
    I think that line said enough. I hate when I end up crying my eyes out while reading the ending of a book. Examples of book that did this for me include: The Problem With Forever, The Lux Series, The Fault In Our Stars, Empire Of Storms and many more! Every time I end up reading sad endings, I’m always in public or in front of people. And they always end up asking “are you okay” and I ALWAYS want to chuck the book at their face for asking it. Because it is rhetorical. Does a crying person look okay? No. Especially not over a book.
  5. Face Close-Ups On Book Covers:
    Sometimes, authors are able to get a good cover artist that can pull this off. But some just make the cover flat-out creepy. One of my favorite examples of one of them done right is the Lux series covers. The new shiny ones. I love how two of them connect together to form a full face. And, there’s a tiny bit of a story within the cover. But, other books like Delirium and Uglies just end up creeping me out. There’s nothing special about them. Just half a face. Lux at least has Daemon Black in the background.

That’s it for this week’s “Top 5 Wednesday”! I hope you enjoyed it. Don’t forget to like, comment and follow!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

REVIEW: A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)INFORMATION:

Title/Author: A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court Of Thorns And Roses #1

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

ISBN: 9781619634442

SYNOPSIS:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was absolutely phenomenal! I loved every minute of it. It was super entertaining, fast paced and overall stellar. I don’t lean towards reading retellings too often but this book made me want to star reading WAAAAAY more and jump off my bed a go watch Beauty And The Beast. (update** I still haven’t watched it since I finished this book.)

Feyre was a badass goddess in this novel. She was super relatable and had such an amazing warrior inside her. It’s not everyday that you read a book that introduces the brave, warrior side of the main character immediately. But this one did, and it made me want to continue through this world. The first chapter of this book was extraordinaire and was probably my favorite chapter of the novel.

I know that this isn’t right but, I loved Tamlin! I know, I know, RHYSAND? But Tamlin was such a nice character throughout this novel that I couldn’t help but enjoy his character. And he definitely ended up being super similar to “The Beast”. But, I’m pretty sure I am going to hate him in ACOMAF along with everyone else who loved him in ACOTAR.

And holy, I never thought I would love as many minor characters in a novel as I did in this one! Elain and Nesta were two of my personal favorites throughout this novel. It was so sad to watch them live bankrupt, malnutritious and poor at the beginning but they were so happy when Feyre returned in their mansion that I couldn’t help but love them! I also loved Lucien. He is also a character I’ve heard bad things about in ACOMAF but he was so funny and enjoyable to read about.

Overall, this novel’s retelling of Beauty And The Beast was on point! I remember watching booktube videos when it first came out (when I was just getting into reading) and I always thought I would hate the book. But, those were the days that I would only read dystopian. once my reading spread into more genres, I knew I had to get this book! I am a killer for a good fantasy read and this one did not disappoint! I waited so long to read this, since I wanted it in paperback (money issues haha) and it was definitely worth it!

I am dying to get my hands on a copy of ACOMAF immediately. But, I’m guessing you all know that I WILL BE AT THE BOOKSTORE ON May 2 to get my hands on that beautiful, blue paperback! And then I will probably end up getting the hardcover of ACOWAR immediately after I finish reading ACOMAF! I know, I will end up having a mixed up series but, I might end up getting 2 copies of ACOWAR in the future!

This book is definitely added to my favorites list! All of Sarah J. Maas’ books are amazing and never stop getting better. If you haven’t read this book or any of Sarah’s other books, you absolutely must go to your bookstore immediately and pick them up!

A Court Of Thorns And Roses is a must-read for all YA lovers! It is a sit-in-bed-all-day, curl up in front of a fireplace type of read. Ooooh, some coffee or hot cocoa also sounds perfect for this book. Get some of that too but don’t spill it on your beautiful book!

That’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed my review of this amazing book! Don’t forget to comment, like and follow my blog. Also, be sure to check out my bookstagram (same username as my blog). You can find it on the side of my blog if you are on a computer, or the bottom if you are on a phone!

Happy Reading!

Alaina