Top 5 Wednesday: Fandoms You Are No Longer A Part Of

Hey Book Nerds! Have you ever been so obsessed with something that you joined the fandom, and then totally lost interest in it and left the fandom? I know I have and I’m super excited that I to talk to all of you about some of these fandoms today!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Samantha and Lainey. It is actually a Goodreads group and if you are interested in joining, you can CLICK HERE!

I know that there are a bunch of people who used music and movie fandoms as their answers but, since this is a book blog, I am gong to try to focus this on books!

  1. Divergent (Divergent, #1)DIVERGENT BY VERONICA ROTH
    I originally watched the movie before reading the book and absolutely fell in love! It was such a good movie and I was so obsessed that I immediately read the first book. And then I read Insurgent the next day. I loved all of the characters and the whole plot of the novel! After I finished Insurgent, I took a break from the series and didn’t get to Allegiant until my birthday, which was at least 3 months after I read the first two. Once I started it, I don’t think I even got 50 pages into it before I HAD to put it down. But, I ended up picking it up again. A year later. And hating it. I just couldn’t find myself enjoying it. I’m pretty sure that if I binge read the series I might have had a chance of loving the series.
  2. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)THE HUNGER GAMES BY SUZANNE COLLINS
    I’m pretty sure that everyone obsessed over this series at one point. A few years back, before I was even a reader, it used to be really cool to read YA books in my sixth grade class. So, I decided to pick up Mockingjay, even though I hadn’t read the first two. I think I only got about 10 pages into it before dropping it. Fast forward a few years, I picked up THG, loved it and then immediately read Catching Fire. I loved that one too. But, it is 2017 now and I still have never got to Mockingjay. I have completely lost interest in it and since the final movie came out, I have said goodbye to the series.
  3. Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)PRETTY LITTLE LIARS BY SARA SHEPARD
    This was actually the first fandom I ever got into. I started off by watching the TV show, which I ended up quitting after the fifth season. But, I actually loved the first book in this series. It was a fun and mysterious contemporary that I really enjoyed. Since I was borrowing a bind-up of the first two, I immediately read the next book too. Then I went on to borrowing a bind-up of the third and fourth book and it was meh. Nothing too interesting. But, I still wanted to continue the series, so I bought the fifth book and OH. MY. GOD. It was horrible. SO, I have been a PLL fan since then.
  4. Twilight (Twilight, #1)TWILIGHT BY STEPHENIE MEYER
    Who wasn’t a fan of the Twilight Saga at one point? I definitely was and I have probably seen each movie five times at the least. Yup, I used to be a hardcore fan. I ended up watching every movie before I even started reading the books. Haha it happens. But, I “stole” my mom’s copy and I really enjoyed it. And then I ended up buying New Moon and ohmygoodness, my hatred towards Jacob is infinite. I hated the majority of the book, besides a few of the last chapters because it was mostly just in Jacob’s pov. I continued the series and can proudly say thatI have finish every book, besides Life And Death. But, I am no longer that fangirl who obsesses over Edward Cullen.
  5. Legend (Legend, #1)DYSTOPIAN NOVELS (YES, LIKE THE GENRE)
    When I first started reading, this was my absolute favorite genre. Not science-fiction, DYSTOPIAN. It was all I would read. I read Divergent. I read The Hunger Games. I read Matched. I read Delirium. But by far, my favorite dystopian was Legend by Marie Lu. It’s one of the series that I came to adore and is probably the only dystopia that I would EVER give a reread. Of course, I will come across a dystopian that I still want to read but, I am more into fantasy now. Some of the series that I still want to read include The Selection, The Darkest Minds and The Maze Runner.


THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed my answers for this week’s topic! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow for more!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Teaser Tuesday #22

Hey Book Lovers! It’s Tuesday and that means it is time for a new teaser! And, this week’s teaser is from a review book that I am currently reading! Quite a few of the review books that I have been sent haven’t been too good, but my current one is entertaining! But, I am really hoping that it will NOT be next week’s teaser because it is taking me longer than I hoped it would take me to read. But, let’s get straight into the teaser!

‘In any case, I had plenty else to keep me occupied: articles to write, a novel to finish and a travel book to plan. I’d already come up with the idea to misappropriate Twain’s writings somehow, but I was struggling with how to connect my idea to my pursuit of Strabo.’

Page 126, Letters to Strabo by David Smith

I actually had to do a little bit of hunting to find a good teaser. But, this one ended up containing two of the novels main focuses: Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad and Strabo. The whole story is a huge history lesson and I am absolutely loving it! Below is the synopsis if you are interested!

Image result for letters to straboBEHIND EVERY GREAT LOVE IS AN EPIC STORY WAITING TO BE TOLD

Adam Finnegan Black, or ‘Finn’, an innocent young American who is insatiably curious about life, made a promise to his mother before she died: To find out what really happened to his father…

His ambition is to be a travel writer, like his heroes: Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and the ancient Greek ‘father of geography’, Strabo. His journey of discovery takes him through the radiant literary, cultural and picturesque landscape of the Mediterranean.

Following his heart and inspired by Letters to Strabo, written by his long-distance pen-pal Eve, Finn gradually learns more about himself but also about the woman he hopes will one day become his wife.

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed this week’s teaser! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow for more posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

The NEW Disney Princess Book Tag!

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Hey Book Lovers! I was recently tagged by Shanya and Tanya @ twinbookmarks.  This was actually my first book tag that I’ve ever been tagged to do so I’m super excited to do this. I mean, I love Disney and I love books so, where could this go wrong?

This tag was originally created by Mandy @ bookprincessreviews and, Zuky @ bookbum. Both of their blogs are amazing and you should all go check out their blogs! And be sure to go give them both a follow because they totally deserve it!

THE RULES:

  • Mention where you saw the tag and thank whoever tagged you.
  • Tag both Zuky and Mandy (their links are above). This will let them be able to easily check out your post!
  • Play a game of tag at the end.

Now, lets get straight into the tag! There are a total of 13 princesses, which means 13 books! Hope you enjoy!

SNOW WHITE: THIS BOOK (LIKE THE MOVIE ) STARTED IT ALL!

What is your favorite debut book from an author?

Image result for an ember in the ashesMine is definitely An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir! I usually am not a fan of debut novels. Most of the time, I find them either unoriginal, containing too many flaws or even just boring. But, then I remember that ALL authors’ first novels are going to be their worst. It takes practice to make your writing better. And usually, I make bad decisions to introduce myself to new authors during book slumps. Dun dun dun. That truly is never a good idea. But if there is any debut novel that blew me away, it was definitely Elias and Laia’s story within An Ember In The Ashes.


CINDERELLA: A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

Just Like Cinderella, You Either Didn’t Expect Much Out of This Character in the Beginning But Turned Out to Be a Total Jem!

Image result for lysandraI am definitely going to have to go with Shanya and Tanya’s answer for this question. Lysandra from the Throne of Glass was one of those characters who at first didn’t seem like anything special. I thought of her as a prized, rich lady who was ruled by Arobynn Hamel. She didn’t seem like anything too special when she was first introduced in Queen of Shadows but wow. She became something totally different in Empire of Storms. She was a strong-willed, independent woman who was super badass! Her shapeshifting abilities were super cool and I can’t wait to see more of them in future books!


AURORA: SLEEPING BEAUTY

A Book That Makes You Sleepy or Just Could Not Hold Your Attention

Image result for all fall down ally carterProbably All Fall Down by Ally Carter. I am not a super big “mystery” reader. Of course I love a good fantasy or contemporary that has a mystery aspect to it. But, I am not a fan of novels that are JUST mystery. They just don’t catch my attention. But I ended up picking this up at a book fair for a discount price and I thought I would give it a go. Although it wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t the type of book I would generally read. For the most part, I would count this book as “middle grade,” rather than YA just by the writing style. That may have been why I didn’t like it too much but this book would definitely be on my list of “books that could have put me to sleep.”


ARIEL: UNDER THE SEA

A Book With a Water/Ocean Setting

Image result for lady midnightSo, the book I am picking doesn’t FULLY take place under the sea but, water and the ocean are involved a lot in the novel. And, it instantly came to mind. So, I am going to be picking Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. With my guess, the whole Dark Artifices trilogy is going to take place around the ocean since both lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows’s covers have an ocean background. The LA institute is also right across the street from the Pacific ocean. And HOLY DYNAMITE, I can only imagine how stellar that view would be.


BELLE: BEAUTY AND THE BOOKS

Name a Book With the Best Bookworm/Book Lover

Image result for obsidian bookI THINK YOU GUYS ALREADY KNOW WHAT I’M GOING TO SAY! Ha Ha. Definitely Katy Swartz from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. She has a blog called “Katy’s Krazy Obsession” where she post vlogs and bookish posts! Literally, just the idea of reading about a fellow book worm should have all you readers running to your bookstores to purchase Obsidian. Katy is also the BIGGEST nerd I have ever read about in a book. She is constantly quoting and talking about Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings, Star Wars and Paranormal books. You literally cannot go wrong with Katy’s book suggestions too. She recommended Dee reads Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins (and obviously I couldn’t help but read it) and it was such an amazing novel!


JASMINE: THE THEIF AND THE PRINCESS

Name Book with an Unlikely Love Story (Either in Terms of Romance or a Book You Didn’t Expect to Love So Much)

Image result for cinderAt the moment, I cannot think of any unlikely love stories, so I’m going to have to go with the second option. A book that I didn’t expect to love as much as I did would have to be Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I knew beforehand that is was a really raved book, but I didn’t really know what to expect from a book that is stated as a “sci-fi retelling of Cinderella.” It sounded pretty crazy at first but, this book quickly became one of my favorites! I came to love the idea of cyborgs mixed with a well-known fairy tale. And although I am only 2 books into this 4 book series, I am so eager to get my hands on the last 2 books.


POCOHONTAS: THE REAL LIFE PRINCESS

Name a Book that is Based on a Real Life Person You Want to Read/Have Read

Image result for unfiltered lily collinsIt is actually very rare that I reach for a non-fiction book. I just have a preference in fiction books. But, ever since Lily Collins released “Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me” I’ve been doing grabby hands towards it whenever I go into stores. But, I struggle with a “spending” problem and I try to hold back whenever I see a book over $20. I have absolutely loved all of Lily’s movies and she IS Clary! And I have to say, she played Clary so good. Although she didn’t have the carrot red hair, she matched the dark mood of the movie. Hopefully I will get to this book sometime in the near future! Lily is such an inspiration to people of all ages, especially girls!


MULAN: THE PRINCESS THAT SAVED HER COUNTRY

Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know

Image result for aelin galathyniusDefinitely Celaena Sardothien! (*cough cough Aelin Ashryver Galathynius*) Both “versions” of this character were phenomenal. Celaena was the character that all TOG readers ended up falling in love with. From her past, to her destiny, she quickly became one of the fiercest YA heroines. But when we got introduced to Aelin, I couldn’t help but love her even more! Introducing fae to the series was brilliant. And even, we watched Aelin thrive, almost die and be the most most fierce fire breathing bitch-queen EVER!


TIANA: THE PRINCESS WITH THE COOLEST AND MOST DIVERSE CREW

Name a diverse book whether it is a diverse set of characters (like Tiana’s group of Naveen, Louis, Ray, and more) or just diverse in general

Image result for weirdgirl and whats his nameI will be totally honest, but I don’t really look for diversity in novels. I know that there are some people that hunt down and will only read books with diverse characters. But I just read for pure enjoyment. I’ve heard of so many popular books with lgbtq+ characters that I would love to read, but most of them are contemporaries. And I really dig a good fantasy. But a really good diverse read that I read a while back was Weird Girl And What’s His Name by Meagan Brothers. I read this book almost a year ago so, it isn’t too clear in my mind but, I remember that one of the main characters was bisexual. I think, at least. SO if you like that kind of stuff, definitely go check it out.


RAPUNZEL: LET DOWN YOUR LONGGGGGG HAIR

Name the Longest Book You’ve Ever Read

Image result for city of heavenly fireI think the longest book I have ever read is City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. But I could be very wrong. This beautiful masterpiece rings in at a grand total of 725 pages of amazing-ness! And holy, this has got to be one of my favorite series enders EVER! It was so good and I could probably go for another reread soon. Some other long books that I have read include: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer and Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff!


MERIDA: I DETERMINE MY OWN FATE

A Book Where There is No Love Story/Interest or Isn’t Needed

Image result for harry potter sorcerer's stoneI am a lover of romance in novels so I don’t really read anything that doesn’t have it in it. But sometimes I do end up coincidentally picking up a fantasy that has none whatsoever. And I think I am going to have to give this question to Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling. I really don’t remember there being ANY romance in this book, aside from my little ships. Usually middle grade books don’t have a lot of romance in them since they are directed to a younger audience. An audience that makes lemon pucker faces they see/read kissing. So if you are looking for a non-romantic novel, I really suggest reading a middle grade novel. I have also been recommended This Savage Song.


ANNA/ELSA: FROZEN HEARTS

A Book in a Winter/Cold Setting

Image result for Opal Jennifer ArmentroutOPAL BY JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT!! A.K.A one of my favorite books ever! I am pretty sure that this book takes place fully during winter, but I could be wrong since it isn’t specified. But since they’re in West Virginia, their winter is a bit longer than other places. My guess is that it takes place between January and March. But literally the beginning two chapters of this novel were WINTER GOALS. It was so funny watching Kat experience snow for the first time. I live in a climate where 2/3 of the year is winter, so I found it so funny that the would close down highways during blizzards. We hardly ever have school, or road closures, unless it is horrible. Overall, reading about an American winter is definitely an experience that I will laugh off for a while.


MOANA: HOW FAR I’LL GO

A Character That Goes on a Journey

I’m going to go with Feyre Archeron from A Court of Thorns And Roses. I don’t have any say for her adventures in both ACOMAF and ACOWAR since I have yet to read those but, Feyre definitely went on an adventure in ACOTAR. She went all the way from the mortal lands to the faerie realms in a matter of chapters! And holy, if any retelling really followed its fairy tale’s storyline, it was this one! In Beauty and the Beast, Belle tries to save her father from “The Beast” and ends up having to live her life in his castle. In ACOTAR, Feyre accidentally kills a fae and is taken to the faerie realms to live out the rest of her life. SO, definitely an adventure in this book!


MY NOMINATIONS!

I nominate the following blogs to do this tag:

Emily @ Who Gave The Write

Shoshi @ Shoshi Reads

Tasya @ The Literary Huntress

Debbie @ My Eclectic Reads

Samantha @ Simply Samantha B.

Breeny @ Breeny’s Books


THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed today’s tag! I haven’t done a tag in a long time so it was super fun. Don’t forget to like, comment and follow for more posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

DNF REVIEW: Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon

(Disclaimer: Susan Laffoon was kind enough to send me a copy of her novel. This does not affect my review in any way.)

Can't Buy ForeverINFORMATION:

Title/Author: Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc.

Release Date: June 1, 2015

Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller, Historical


SYNOPSIS:

In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance on the unknown to work in a boarding house owned by a widowed great aunt in Mineville, New York. Dessa is devoted to Aunt Flo and especially a young man, Nicholas, who appears and takes shelter in the attic, the only available space. Four years pass. She looks forward to each day because of his presence, in spite of the tedious work. Dessa is now eighteen and knows little more of Nicholas than the day he arrived to work the mines. She knows only he is a remarkable man who has a limp and she trusts Nicholas explicitly. There is a familiarity both recognize and an unshakeable bond develops. Nicholas has reasons to keep his past buried. Dangers loom and become evident when Nicholas gets too close and exposes their bond. What is the mystery behind this threat? To discover the answer, they escape by railway heading West, colliding with treachery and uncovering secrets, mile by mile. Their journey is impossible, but, they are supported by friends who risk their lives to make sure a great love and lineage is preserved. Or is it? None will forget their odyssey as they proceed to their destiny farther than they imagined.


MY THOUGHTS:

I was actually super excited to read this book when I first saw it! It has a beautiful cover and a thrilling synopsis, but it turned out to be a huge disappointment for me. Before I even started reading, I scrolled through the Goodreads reviews and I found a lot of horrible reviews. Usually I don’t believe in those reviews but, this book was different for me. And most of the reviews I read turned out to match my own opinion.

I will admit, I really loved the first 25 pages of the book! It had a super good speed to the story and kept me very entertained. But after that, it just started to go downhill. The book started to get super confusing and was filled with grammatical errors. And if there is anything that I am picky on in a book, it is the grammar and editing.

This book also featured many tense changes. It constantly changed between past and present tense within a couple of paragraphs. The only times that readers were really able to identify a change in tense was when Odessa experienced a nightmare and the author wrote it in italics.

Overall, I decided to only give this book 1 star since it was super troubling for me and I was unable to finish it. If you are a fan of historical fiction and are able to get past grammar and editing errors, you might enjoy this novel. It just wasn’t right for me.

Thank you so much to Susan Laffoon for sending me this book in return for an honest review. I wish I enjoyed it more and were able to give it a better review!

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed my review. Don’t forget to comment, like and follow for more posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Minor Characters!

Hey Book Lovers! I’m really excited for this weeks Top 5 Wednesday because it is all about minor characters. In my opinion, minor characters are the ones that make a story more entertaining! Without them, stories would be pretty bland. They contribute to the conflicts and solutions in stories and make them stand out so much more. For example, Simon Cutters from the Lux series took the Katy Swartz to a school dance and inappropriately kissed her, which brought in Daemon and eventually brought in an even BIGGER conflict. Although sometimes we don’t love minor characters, they are necessary for a good book and some authors have created amazing characters that don’t get enough attention! SO, today I am going to be talking about my top 5 favorite minor characters!

(Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog segment hosted by Samantha and Lainey who run the Goodreads group of the same name. If you would like to check it out CLICK HERE!)

  1. All of the minor characters from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout! (It would be betrayal only picking one)
    I absolutely adore the Lux series and the minor characters make Daemon and Katy’s story so much more eventful. But there are just too many amazing minor characters that I can’t pick one. I love Dee Black because she’s an overload of happiness. I love Dawson Black, because he is literally the most sincere alien ever. I love Bethany Williams, because her passion for painting shines super bright. I love Lesa and Carissa, because their cat fights are hilarious. I love Kimmy, because she’s the popular girl that every high school needs. I love Luc, because you can’t help but love this little teenage mafia. And I also love Archer, because he is so protective and strong through the whole series. I’m pretty sure there are so many more minors but, those are a few of my favorites.
  2. Ginger, Marna and Blake from the Sweet trilogy by Wendy Higgins
    Once these three characters were introduced, I fell in love with the series SO MUCH MORE! The intensity that came with Anna and Kaidan’s relations lightened up when these minor characters came in! (And Kopano but, I don’t like him so we will just skip over him.) I love Blake because he is the California surfer boy everyone dreams of. I love Ginger because although she showed hatred towards Anna, she was such a strong character. And I loved Marna because she was someone that Anna could lean her head on for support.
  3. Sophie Collins from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
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    hh I haven’t talked about Sophie in forever. But she is actually my favorite character from The Infernal Devices. There weren’t actually too many minor characters from this series but Sophie shined for me. She was an innocent housemaid who worked in the London Institute. She wasn’t even a Shadowhunter! But, unlike Jessamine, she was so kind and beautiful. I also really loved how she found love in the end. Not with someone she grew up with, but with a Shadowhunter!
  4. Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
    WHO DOESN’T LOVE MAGNUS?!?! I think any TMI lovers could agree with me that Magnus is one of the most amazing minor characters EVER. Like wow, how could you not enjoy reading a story that features an ancient, glitter loving warlock. Although Magnus technically isn’t a main character, he definitely acts like one and contributes A LOT to the story! His character even brought some diversity into the books! I’m pretty sure his character is counted as bisexual, which is pretty cool. I’m not the type of person who hunts down diversity in books, but I find it super cool when it appears in books!

I actually do not have a fifth character. But, I guess I kind of did ten characters overall. So, that is basically it for today! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow for more posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Teaser Tuesday #21

Hey Book Nerds! It’s Alaina (you probably already knew that), and I am back this week with another teaser. Usually my Tuesdays are pretty busy, but today has been a pretty great day of freedom and I managed to squeeze in some time for this post! WOO GO ME! But these posts are pretty simple to write. SO, I’m just going to stop rambling and get into the teaser:


When Bethany entered English class on Monday, she was one step away from full-on girl freak-out mode, especially when her eyes went straight to the desk behind her and latched onto Dawson.

Last night, he’d called and told her he’d explained everything to Daemon. Though he’d claimed everything went fine, the strain in his voice said otherwise.

Page 178, Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout


SHORTEST TEASER EVER! You may recognize this book since it has been mentioned on my blog MANY times. Or maybe you’ve read it and loved it! But, this is my third time reading this book and I am absolutely loving it! I’m starting to think that I may like Dawson and Bethany’s love story even more than Daemon and Katy’s they are just so freaking adorable.

If you have never heard of this book, or are interested in reading it, here is the synopsis:


Shadows (Lux, #0.5)The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.

Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence…and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.


THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you all enjoyed today’s teaser! Be sure to stay tuned for next Tuesday for another one! Don’t forget to like, comment, and follow for even more posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

REVIEW: Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Crank (Crank, #1)INFORMATION:

Title/Author: Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Series: Crank (#1)

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Release Date: October 1, 2004

Genre: Young Adult, Poetry, Contemporary

ISBN: 9780689865190

SYNOPSIS:

In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the “monster,” the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or “crank.” Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne’er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: “there is no perfect daughter, no gifted high school junior, no Kristina Georgia Snow. There is only Bree.” Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won’t, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank.

MY THOUGHTS:

This was my first book by Ellen Hopkins, and I will be totally honest, I didn’t like it as much as I expected to. I had been looking into Ellen’s books for a while and this one always caught my eye. But it wasn’t as intriguing and gripping as I believed it would be.

Something that I really loved about this book is that it wasn’t written in “normal” sentences and paragraphs. The author wrote it through poetry. Each poem was between 1 – 4 pages which made it a super quick read. I even think that there were no more than 100 words per page. So although the length of the book is intimidating, it really doesn’t take any longer than one sitting to read.

This book was also a true story. Although it wasn’t entirely true since the author changed some things but, it is actually a story about Ellen Hopkin’s daughter. The whole story is an honest and terrifying story of her daughter’s battle with “crank.” It is definitely a scary concept, but I think that it is great that she wrote about it. I believe that everyone should know about the full effects drugs can have on someone’s body. It can completely change you as a person.

I will admit, I disliked most of the characters in this story. They were a bit… too much for me? I don’t know if that is possible but I was a bit frightened to read about them. I feel like if you have read the book you would totally understand what I mean. The book dealt with drug dealers, people under the influence and even people that were the total opposite: normal. Ellen even wrote about a character with an alterego.

While I was reading this novel, my rating of it kept going down. It never stayed at a steady number. But I still don’t know what to rate this book. I really disliked the whole concept of the novel but, it was very powerful. So powerful that people are even forced to read this in school. Although it isn’t an uplifting tale, it definitely proves how scary drugs can be. If you fear drugs, read this book and it will make you never want to get anywhere close to them.

I think that overall, this book deserves 2.5 stars. Although I stated above that I didn’t know how to rate it, that’s what I think it deserves. I know that there will be some people that will rate it a 5 and others would rate it a 0 but, I don’t think that it is deserving of either of those ratings. So, I will settle with 2.5 stars.

If you want a quick, but bone-chilling story for a change in your usual novel choice, I would definitely suggest reading this novel. But beware of the subjects used in the novel. I believe that it ‘should’ be read by people 15 or older. (and yes I just said that as a 14 year old.)

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my review. Don’t forget to like, comment and follow for even more posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Top 5 Wednesday: Summer Reads!

Hey Book Lovers! Today’s topic is “Summer Reads,” which really doesn’t go well with the weather here. Alike yesterday, it’s cloudy and gloomy and definitely DOES NOT feel like spring. Haha. But when does it ever feel like spring in a city that doesn’t have a steady weather system.

But, I really love that the “Top 5 Wednesday” group is starting early with the summer themes because I’m betting a lot of you are still suffering from the aftermath of winter. I’m kind of hoping that this will help me feel a bit “more in the summer mood,” because I definitely need it!

  1. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout:
    Obsidian (Lux, #1)This is my ALL-TIME favorite summer read! I’ve read it 3 times during summer months and only once in the winter. It’s about a girl named Katy who moves to Ketterman, West Virginia with her mother for a “new beginning” after her father’s death. But their “new beginning” doesn’t start out well when Katy learns that her next door neighbors are two infinitely beautiful twins named Daemon and Dee. But it turns out the twins are aliens. The story is a whole rollercoaster of a rise of cliché romance and hilarious nerdy puns. And the main character is even a book nerd! This book is definitely a must for your summer TBR if you are a fan of aliens, science-fiction and of course, BOOKS!


  2. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson:
    Since You've Been GoneThe cover of this contemporary just screams SUMMER! How could you resist not adding a book with a cover that has ice cream, girls wearing shorts and sunglasses and lush green trees to your summer TBR?! I definitely couldn’t last summer when I devoured this book! This fun contemporary follows a girl named Emily after her best friend, Sloane disappears. But after days of trying to find hints of where Sloane could’ve gone, she finally receives a letter from her: a crazy To-Do list. And when I say crazy, I mean crazy! But I’ll let you read the book yourself to find out what those crazy things are. This book, along with any of Morgan Matson’s other books are definite summer MUST-READS!


  3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare:
    City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)If you are going to read any fantasy book over this summer, it should definitely be this one. Or maybe you’re planning to reread a fantasy book this summer: PICK THIS ONE! I’m pretty sure most people have read this book but if you haven’t, be sure to join the bandwagon this summer! City of bones follows a young artist named Clary as her true self is revealed: a Shadowhunter. She meets a bunch of other Shadowhunters throughout this novel and learns the ways of life as one. This book is definitely a must read and if you haven’t read it yet, you must go to your local bookstore immediately!


  4. The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow:
    The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters, #1)Another contemporary novel for the readers out there that love a cute, fun and dramatic novel. Michelle Madow isn’t a super famous YA author but this series is one of my favorite contemporaries! The Secret Diamond Sisters follow three sisters who move from a small California town to a penthouse in Las Vegas after learning that their father”s a billionaire. After moving, they meet some lovers, some friends and some enemies. This book is such a fun read for anyone who just needs a little something to brighten their days! Highly suggest this one if you absolutely love contemporaries, because you will definitely love this!


  5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer:
    Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)And last but not least, another science-fiction, because I have a slight obsession with action novels. Whoops! But I have a feeling that this one would be perfect in the summer! This novel is actually a fairy tale retelling of Cinderella…. but with CYBORGS! It follows a young cyborg mechanic named Cinder who is confronted by New Beijing’s prince to fix his robot. But, the prince ends up falling in love with Cinder and they definitely DO NOT live happily ever after. But, it’s such a great book that everyone should read in summer 2017! Okay no, everyone HAS to read it this summer!

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! Hope you enjoyed this week’s “Top 5 Wednesday” post! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow for even more posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

REVIEW: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4)INFORMATION:

Title/Author: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Series: Vampire Academy (#4)

Publisher: Penguin Razorbill

Release Date: August 25, 2009

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

ISBN: 9781595141989


SYNOPSIS:

Rose Hathaway’s life will never be the same.

The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters … Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life’s vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She’ll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir’s and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?


MY THOUGHTS:

This book was so good that it caused me to fall into a book slump! And that book slump wasn’t just after the book, it was also during the book. But, after a year without a slump, I knew that it was about tie that one would come along.

I would say that I loved this book, but there were many parts of it that I didn’t like. But that didn’t stop me from giving this book 5 beautiful stars. For this review, I’m actually going to list pros and cons of the book instead of just talking about each characters and how much I loved the story.

PROS:

  • We got to finally visit Russia and Siberia (Dimitri’s homeland)!

I have been waiting a SUPER long time for Richelle Mead to finally take us outside of the US. The first places she ended up taking us to were Russia and Siberia. Hilariously, I have never read a book that took place in any of those places, but it was super neat to explore some new places! Richelle took us all across Russia and Siberia to places like St. Petersburg, Baia and Novosibirsk. And we got to meet Dimitri’s family!

  • There was a new group of characters?!?

YUP! You read that right. So far, the only people that were in the series were Moroi, Dhampirs, Strigoi and of course Humans. But, we finally got a glimpse of Sydney Sage, an alchemist! I’ve actually been so excited for Sydney’s appearance in the series and cannot wait to see her in the rest of the series. (and Bloodlines!)

  • Rose was such a badass character! (Though, when is she not?)

If there’s anything I love reading about in books, it’s a female heroine who can stand up and fight on their own. Because females are seriously as good of fighters as males. And truly, I don’t think Rose ever needed Dimitri to SHOW her how to fight.

  • There were new new spirit users?!?!

This literally made the novel SO MUCH MORE eventful. Don’t you ever read a novel that lacks a bit of “entertainment?” Well Blood Promise became SO MUCH MORE entertaining after the reveal of a new spirit user! Oksana and Mark were super nice characters and definitely played an amazing part in this novel. Especially the ending.

CONS:

  • Dimitri is a Strigoi?!?!?!

Whata What What? No, I did not just write. (*mentally shakes head*) Yup, you read that correct. I absolutely loved Dimitri in the first three books but I couldn’t help but hate him in Blood Promise. Me liking Dimitri just wasn’t going to happen. He was just… gross in this novel. Like seriously, you don’t have to make your “past” girlfriend a blood whore. That’s just wrong.

  • There wasn’t a lot of romance.

I am an absolute sucker for romance and this book didn’t have much of it. Of course we got a glimpse of romance between Christian and Lissa, but other than that there wasn’t much. I started to miss Dimitri and Rose’s relationship in this book. But, I have high hopes that something big will happen between Dimitri and Rose in future books.

  • New villains = New conflicts

Throughout the first three novels, the only villains were the Strigoi. Now, we have the Lazars to worry about too. Avery Lazar, her brother, father, and guardian were all introduced and holy, aren’t they just an evil bunch of characters? Avery didn’t seem too suspicious in the beginning, but her silent guardian and brother definitely did. But the ending was evilly insane! I would’ve never expected Avery to be another spirit user.

Overall, I ended up giving this book 5 stars. I originally was only going to give it 4 stars because of all of the problems I had with it, but my mind told me to give it 5. And I definitely chose to follow my wandering mind.

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed this review and definitely let me know if you liked this review format better. Don’t forget to like, comment and follow for more posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Teaser Tuesday #20

Hey Book Nerds! It’s been a boring, gloomy day where I am, but it’s nothing that can stop me from posting! Anyways, it’s Tuesday and that calls for a new teaser!

He dropped an arm over my shoulder, apparently in a playful mood. We stopped at my mom’s PO box and dug out the packages. A few were media mail and the rest a bunch of junk mail.

Daemon snatched the yellow packages from my hands. “Oh! Books! You have books!”

I laughed as several people waiting in line looked over their shoulders. “Hand them over.”

He clutched them to his chest, making moony eyes. “My life is now complete.”

“My life would be complete if I could actually post a review on something other than the school library computers.”

Page 306, Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Ahhh how great are Daemon and Katy?!? I am actually doing a reread of this book so I know every single thing that happens.  (this is my 3rd time reading it). But, I love this book so much that I really don’t mind knowing everything! I have a thing that when I feel I’m going into a reading slump, I reread one of my favorite books. I swear it works like magic.

In case you were wondering, here’s the synopsis! I suggest only reading on if you have read both Opal and Onyx..

Opal (Lux, #3)After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! Thank you so much for tuning in for another “Teaser Tuesday!” Don’t forget to like, comment, and follow for more posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina