I Love Spring Book Tag!

Hey Book Nerds! It’s Alaina. I haven’t been on my blog too much lately because of school but, how long did you really think I could go without blogging? Not long, it seems. And since the last time I blogged, WordPress updated their posting stuff, which is pretty cool!

Since its already spring, I decided it was about time to do a spring themed post! And since I don’t really read spring contemporaries, book tags were calling my name. I found this really cool one that was originally created by MySecretBookClub on YouTube. So now, let’s get straight into this post!

Image result for map of canadaHOW IS SPRING WHERE YOU LIVE?

Mucky. Slushy. Wet. Cold.

I’m pretty sure any other Canadian would say the exact same thing. Canada gets so much snow every year that our springs are just all icky. There’s snow melting, flooding and puddles every where. It’s not fun at all.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASE THIS SPRING?

ACOWAR! I still need to read ACOMAF but, how could anyone not be excited for this release? Sarah J. Maas is such an incredible author and I don’t think I will ever know how she writes two books a year. That’s insane! Anyways, ACOTAR was fabulous, ACOMAF is said to be even better and I can only expect more good things to come from ACOWAR!

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

Alienated (Alienated, #1)SHOW US A BOOK COVER THAT REMINDS YOU OF SPRING!

I’ve got to go with the answer “ABookUniverse” of Alienated. How could this book not make you think of spring? The bottom half of the book literally features a sunny, spring day. Sadly, I haven’t been able to read this book yet. But I am super excited because I love to read alien novels and this one has been catching my eye for the longest time.

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO READ THIS SPRING?

Totally depends. I am lucky enough to be going on a vacation during spring break so I definitely want to read at the beach and on the airplanes. But by far my favorite place to read is just on my bed, snuggled between fuzzy blankets, coffee in hand with the sunlight shining through my window. I also enjoy reading in coffee shops, specifically Starbucks. There’s a really cute Starbucks at the nearest bookstore and I swear I can’t help but pick up a random book and flip through the pages.

The Fill-In BoyfriendFIND A COVER WITH THE SUN ON IT:

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West! Although this cover doesn’t call out “spring” to me, it definitely has a sun on it. The cover reminds me a lot of a late August night. So really, not at all like spring but, it does have that little sunshine on the cover. I would definitely recommend this novel if you ever want a super light, quick contemporary read. Kasie’s writing is super fun to read and you are definitely missing out if you haven’t read this!

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

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

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

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SPRING READS?

I absolutely adore reading fantasy in paranormal novels in the spring! But really, when do I not? Paranormal is my all-time favorite genre and spring is on of those seasons where they actually fit in perfectly. Every season is kind of different. Summer is big for contemporaries and big, fat fantasy novels. Winter is big for deep contemporaries (meaningful) and high fantasy novels. And then Spring and Fall just fall in between the two. I find that dystopias, paranormals and plain ole’ fantasy novels fit best for these seasons!

The Problem with ForeverFIND A BOOK WITH MANY DIFFERENT COLOURS ON IT:

THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER!! I am so freaking in love with this cover! All of the colours just explode in your face! Being a paint lover myself, this cover captured my attention immediately! I absolutely love how unique this cover is compared to the rest of Jennifer’s novels. Most of them feature a really sexy man on the cover. So, the paint splatters are a bit of a relaxation from that.

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

WHO DO YOU TAG?

Everyone, of course! If any of you are bloggers or booktubers, feel free to do this tag and count it as tagged by me!

I hope you all enjoyed this very long awaited post! I’m going to be drafting a lot of blog posts this weekend so that they can go up next week when I’m on vacation. Don’t forget to comment, like, and follow!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

 

REVIEW: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra

Hey Book Nerds! I haven’t really been blogging too much over the last week but, I couldn’t wait to put up this review! I recently finished this whole series and I have to say, it definitely lives up to all of the hype surrounding it! It was super entertaining and fast-paced. And in my personal opinion, it was even better than The Mortal Instruments!

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)INFORMATION:

Title/Author: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Series: The Infernal Devices #2

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Release Date: December 6, 2011

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction

Pages: 502

ISBN: 9781416975885

SYNOPSIS:

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.

MY THOUGHTS:

I swear this series kept getting better and better! Of course this book had a slight case of the second book blues, but it still satisfied me. This book was like a “further” introduction into the series. I kind of felt like Clockwork Princess was everything the series needed in the end.

I’ve got to say I think Will may be my newest book boyfriend. Ahh, he’s just such a great character. Clockwork Prince showed so much about Will’s past that I really couldn’t help but love him even more! His past was so depressing and sorrowful that you can’t help but love and pity him.

I also found myself loving so many of the minor characters in this novel! Charlotte was so strong and brave. Gideon was so kind and generous, but also had this kickass side to him. Gabriel was what I like to call “wanna-be-will”. But he got better in Clockwork Princess. Jessamine was just…. evil. And we can’t forget about dear Sophie. She deserved every good thing life could possibly send her way.

This book picked up a bit from the speed of Clockwork Angel. It was still slow at parts but all of the characters made up for it!

Well, that’s it for today! Hopefully you enjoyed this super late post. Don’t forget to like, comment and follow my blog.

Happy Reading

~Alaina