Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books

Top Ten Tuesday: hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

In no particular order at all:

1. Meda Melange

 You can love a monster, it can even love you back, but that doesn’t change its nature. This isn’t Beauty and the Beast where my kiss would transform the monster into a prince. If anything, it’s Shrek, and his kiss brings out the ogre in me.

2. Kate Daniels

I gave him a smile. I was aiming for sweet, but he turned a shade paler and scooted a bit farther from me. Note to self: work more on sweet and less on psycho-killer. 

3. Francesca Spinelli

“…Do you know what this is? Luca is going to sneak out of bed in the middle of the night and squirt it on his tongue. It’s like drugs for ten-year-olds. Today it’s Ice Magic. Tomorrow, heroin.”

4. Lorelei Gilmore 

5. Evanjalin of the Monts

Everything is evil that humans can’t control or conquer.

6. Hermione Granger

Actually, I’m highly logical which allows me to look past extraneous detail and perceive clearly that which others overlook.

7. Quintana of Charyn

“Imagine who she would be if we unleashed her onto the world. I think she would rip the breath from all of us.”

8. Elizabeth Bennet

“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”

9. Karou

“Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters?”

10. Elisa de Riqueza 

“I know you hate me. But don’t let that make you stupid.”

Waiting On Wednesday: Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius

Waiting on Wednesday: hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, this weekly meme highlights upcoming releases we’re looking forward to reading.

From the Author’s Website:

Anne
Wild, brazen, mischievous, bewitching

Henry
Driven, haunted, charming, magnetic

Apart, they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.

Henry Tudor’s life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s. But ever since the death of Henry’s brother—perfect, high-achieving Arthur—his family has been twice as demanding. And now Henry’s trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who’s not Tudor approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Anne is wild, brash and outspoken. She is everything Henry is not allowed to be—or to want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, yet his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her. But once he has her, their romance could destroy them both.

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Anne & Henry reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.


AHEM.

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This is going to be a weird mashup, isn’t it?

I don’t even know why this is so appealing to me. I’m a fan of books that feature Tudor history and anything remotely related to people wearing big dresses, kings chopping their wives heads off, and political intrigues of the past. I didn’t read Young Adult as a teen. I read history and epic fantasy, and most of those history books were nonfiction. So…a contemporary YA featuring one of the most controversial couples in history? It intrigues me. I don’t understand how it’s going to work, but it’s got my attention.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Related Problems

Top Ten Tuesday: hosted by the Broke and the Bookish Blog

1. Too many books, so little time:

As a university student, I’m always working on something for school. This makes me really frustrated that I don’t have more time to read. There are so many books to read and I have so little time. It makes my mouth fly off and makes mothers cover the ears of their children. The language that flies out of my mouth on any given day is astonishing, even to me.

2. Books I want to read vs. Advanced Readers Copies:

In all honesty, I actually prefer to read books that have been out for years. Don’t misunderstand me, getting to read books ahead of time is great and I’m so glad I’m given the chance. But, there are so many books to read that have been out for a long time that I haven’t read. I’ve now made it a rule (curtesy of speaking with fellow book bloggers) that I need to read so many ARCs in order to read a random-me-read.

3. Not enough time for THE 100

I don’t why I haven’t mentioned this show more, but dear mother of god this show is the mother ship of all good shows. This show has made it very hard to keep on track of reviewing books and bloggish things. It’s very difficult not to binge this show. I would match it up to Buffy in terms of emotion and pain, although it is very different in terms of the characters and plot.

4. Too many books, not enough ka-ching!

The problem with the book obsession is that there’s always a pile of books you want at any given time. It’s like a black hole and you can’t escape. The book obsession is something we all know, as avid readers and book bloggers, we have to be very careful about. If we look away for a second, we could be eating beer and chips for the rest of the month.

5. Loving a book and then needing every edition possible

I don’t usually need every edition, but in certain cases a book becomes an all time favorite. For example, even though I have the hardcovers of Harry Potter from when I grew up for some insane reason I want that really expensive newly illustrated set. Let me give you a clue: THIS MAKES ME INSANE. It is also makes me forever a part of the book blogging community.

6. No one understands my attachment to the book community

Only other book bloggers and readers in this community understand the obsession. It’s always weird explaining that you review books online and that you’ve actually made close friends with these people. I love this book community. It’s weird, crazy, beautiful, and FULL OF CAPSLOCKS AND GIFS.

7. Reading Book Series in Order

know I’m not the only one here who’s a psycho about reading series in order. Even with books that don’t focus on the same characters, I’m OCD about reading them in order. I’m not as bad now, but I still have that need to know the entirety of the story; even if it’s just a character’s backstory.

8. Buying Books I know I’m never going to read

I like to think I’m going to read every book I buy, but then for whatever insane reason I don’t. It is to this day a mystery to me and family members. They just sit there and I tell myself I’m going to read it and then….I don’t.

9. Reading a book halfway and then dropping it

This is the unknown place between “I’m reading it” and the ever feared DNF (did not finish). It’s when you tell yourself you’re just putting it down for now (a big fat wad of a lie) and that you’re going to pick it up after reading a couple other books. You are not going to read it. Never Ever Ever Ever Ever. Yet, there that book mark stays for years and years. This is my biggest problem to date.

10. Where to put this big pile of books?

This is most definitely one of the largest problems book readers have. Where do we put all these books? Because we buy so many books, we are ever running out of room for the new books. I have to be really creative in where I put my books. Most are on shelves, but some are under my bed, in dresser drawers, and on tables. This could go on and on.

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves: hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

I have made beautiful and magnificent book decisions this week. Just look at all the great books.

I’m, apparently, much more influenced by book rants on Twitter than I have ever realized. Thank you to Nikki from There Were Books Involved for ranting and raving about books. You have no idea just how weak I am, when it comes to people talking about books on Twitter.

And for something that isn’t book related, but is completely resulted from my love for coffee. I take my coffee addiction very seriously. I am a Gilmore for fucks sake. A big fat sexy bag of coffee beans.

You guys do realize the proportion difference between my very regular sized coffee cup and the coffee bag, right? IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND GLORIOUS.

Top Ten Tuesday: Science Fiction Books I Can’t Believe I haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday: hosted by The Broke and The Bookish:

I don’t have the best track record with science fiction, particularly dystopians. I actually really love the genre. But, I started in the genre in a bad way. I started reading Science Fiction when I was in high school, but I decided I wanted to start out with the really old classics. Never ever do this. It’s a horrible horrible idea. The problem with the really old science fiction novels is that they are really misogynistic, racist, and sexist in addition to being overly descriptive all the time. It was hell for me. I get why they are classics. It’s just that I don’t like them. Despite this terrible experience, I love science fiction. I love Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, and Gattaca.

These are the top ten science fiction/Dystopian novels I can’t believe I haven’t read.

1. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I love the idea of this book. This is a book I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, but for whatever reason I’ve just never gotten around to it. I am ashamed to say that I haven’t read it yet. It’s one of those books that I just know is going to be really good and I’m waiting for just the right time to enjoy it.

2. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

I HAVE NO REASON. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I have the book and yet it sits there. You ever get freaked out by all the love for a book? Okay, well if you don’t, I do. I get really anxious and then I just forget about the book. But, then I still want to read it. I’m a sick person. This is more of a steampunk dystopian, but technically it’s still science fiction when you think about it. That counts, or at least to me it does. I had so much fun watching people go ballistic on twitter when the ARCs of Endsinger came out. I want to join in that fun. I know this series is painful (according to everyone), but I want to feel that pain ( I am still scared).

3. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Persuasion by Jane Austen. Say no more. Choppy world building or not, I am going to read this.


4. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I am almost the last person on Earth that hasn’t read this. People keep asking me “Why haven’t you read Red Rising?.” It’s gotten increasingly more difficult over the years.  I’ve been frightened of reading Red Rising because it’s dystopian. Then to make things worse, I read some reviews that said the Main Character was a mary sue and that the language was annoying. That scared me. But, you know what? It’s about time I hiked up my pants and just go for it.

5. Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach

Ladies in Space. Space with Ladies. This is one of those books I need to read. No exceptions. Again I really don’t need to explain this do I? I’ve always been waiting for more female science fiction writers (space operas!) to come front in center. They should have a lot of more attention than they do. This author is one that has been raved about in recent years.

6. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Ann Leckie is another female science fiction writer that has been getting a lot of attention, as well. She’s won a lot of award’s for this book. The book is supposed to be very female centric. I am game.


 

7. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

ROBOTS. This one has a robot created by a scientist. He looks exactly like a human, except he can’t feel like a human (I’ve been told, don’t hold me to this). It looks creepy, eerie, and dark. I love the books that just itch on your skin by how creepy and wonderful they are.

8. Angelfall by Susan Ee

This is a post apocalyptic where angels exist? I don’t really understand this, but I want find out why angels would exist in a dystopian world. Whenever I think of science fiction and angels, I always think it’s paranormal. So many people love this book. I don’t have a real love of dystopian young adult, but I really want to try this one out.

9. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

The Main Character is the last handicapped left on Earth. I love it when authors think about diversity other than race and sexuality. This is great. I can’t believe I haven’t read this and it’s got so many reviews that bow to its brilliance!

10. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

I’ve had this book for years and I’ve never picked it up. WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ IT?Because, well…it’s because I’ve seen some reviews that discussed the flaws in the world. Choppy world building bothers me. I’m not one to easily forgive flaws, so I’m worried all I would do is whine about it. Once in a while, I will love a book despite it’s terrible world building. The premise of this book is so interesting though. It’s one of those books that has been moving up my to-be-read list for a while now. I’m on the verge of reading it.

Aussie Authors with an A

Aussie day is coming. Aussie day is coming *she sings awkwardly*

Shuffles her feet. She stops. Stares uncomfortably at the people around her. Why are they staring at her? Oh yeah….because she’s an American.

YEAH…..

An American excited for Australia day? What is this bullcrap.

Ahem. Despite the fact that I’m American and generally I’m not supposed to celebrate this lovely day, I am going to celebrate this beautiful day. I don’t give a fuck. I’m going to sit and read an Australian Author’s book. I got permission, guys. I got it from the most Australian person in the YA book community: Kat Kennedy of the cuddlebuggery.

It is going to happen.

Whether you choose to do this crazy thing with me or not, I wanted to highlight some books written by Aussies. There are a lot of great books by Australians. I know that as an American myself, I don’t always think about reading books that aren’t published by an American publisher. American publishers are always in our face. Read this. Read this. How about some more TSTL heroines guys? SNOWFLAKES ANYONE? Hmmmmm….

Little do we think of the authors across the pond. I know it may not seem like that big of a deal, but those authors have a very difficult time making a name for themselves. I think it’s important to give voice to authors you may not have heard about. Some of the authors I’m going to list are well known and some of them are a little less well known:

1. It would be sacrilege not to mention: Melina Marchetta

 I could no longer call myself a decent human being if I left her out.

Creator of the Lumatere Chronicles, among others, Melina Marchetta has created the best and most amazing high fantasy Young Adult series I’ve ever read. She weaves, plots, and writes genuine emotion on the page like a master. She’s wildly known as a manipulator. You think you know the characters in Finnikin of the Rock and then suddenly you don’t. I highly recommend this series to both YA readers and fantasy readers.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Melina Marchetta’s novels have been published in eighteen countries and in seventeen languages. Melina’s first novel, Looking for Alibrandi, swept the pool of literary awards for young adult fiction when it was published, winning the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award for Older Readers among many others. It was also released as an award-winning film, winning an AFI Award and an Independent Film Award for best screenplay, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award.


2. Amie Kaufman: Co-Author of space shenanigans

Now. I haven’t read this author yet. Only one of these authors is Australian. Amie Kaufman is the co-author of the Starbound Trilogy. She writes it with Meagan Spooner. It’s supposed to be this epic space drama. Think Titanic in space. We will go down with this ship. Do not mock the Titanic of this book. I’ll be sure to write a review of this ship.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of the award-winning Starbound trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World) and The Illuminae Files trilogy (Illuminae). She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.


3. Alison Goodman: Writing Cross Dressing Heroines since 2008

Alison Goodman tells the tale of a cross dressing heroine in a fantasy world very similar to China. Swordfights. Gender roles.

Here’s a great review of Eon. It’s the review that has inspired me to read this book and this author.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Alison is the author of EON and EONA, a New York Times Bestselling fantasy duology which has sold into seventeen countries and been translated into ten languages. EON was short-listed for Victorian, NSW, and WA Premier’s Literary awards, and won the 2008 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel. It was also listed as an American Library Association Best Young Adult Book (2010), a James Tiptree Jr. Honour book, and a CBCA Notable Book.

Alison’s first novel, Singing the Dogstar Blues, won the 1998 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and was also listed as an American Library Association Best Book (2004) and CBCA Notable Book. Her second novel, a crime thriller titled Killing the Rabbit, was published in the USA and shortlisted for the 2007 Davitt Award.

Alison was a D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and holds a Master of Arts. She lives in Australia with her husband and their Machiavellian Jack Russell Terrier, and is currently working on a new supernatural series.

Visit Alison’s website at http://www.alisongoodman.com.au


4. Shirley Marr: writer of chaos and dramatic bitches

I came across Shirley Marr about a year ago. I haven’t read her book Fury yet, much to my dismay. There. Are. So. Many. Great. Reviews. But lucky me, my birthday is coming up and guess what this poor University student asked for? nudge. nudge.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Shirley Marr is an Australian author of contemporary Young Adult fiction who specialises in “writing about and for Little Lady Macbeths”. She arrived on the scene in 2010 when her manuscript was plucked out of a slush pile and published by Black Dog Books (now an imprint of Walker Books). The resulting novel, Fury, is a dark and funny murder story narrated by a petulant sixteen-year-old mean girl and has been described as “like Heathers as directed by Sofia Coppola” and developed a cult following.

Her difficult second novel, Preloved, was published in 2012 and is a paranormal love story for girls who don’t like paranormal love stories. It marks a departure from her dark roots and showcases the “B Side” of Shirley – which is closer to her own personality – softer, fresher and more youthful.

Shirley is currently working on her third untitled novel, which promises a return to bad girls, drama, revenge and intrigue. She wouldn’t mind if she alternated between light & dark with each subsequent novel, ‘cos just like chocolate, she likes both.

She is the only person she knows who has ever been kicked out of a bookstore for disruptive behaviour.


5. Michael Adams: writer of insane post-apocalyptic Young Adult novels

I recently put this author’s book on my NEED-MORE-THAN-MOST list. I just can’t handle the waiting. I’ve ordered his book from Fishpond and it’s….I just…I feel like I’m going to explode. This could be a good or bad thing, considering I’m waiting for a post-apocalyptic book. People dying is kinda the point, isn’t it? And…they are usually painful and intense, so there you go. Explode away, Brigid.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michael Adams has been a restaurant dishwasher, television host, ice-cream scooper, toilet scrubber, magazine journalist, ecohouse lab rat, film reviewer, social media curator, telemarketing jerk, reality TV scribe and B-movie zombie. This one time, he watched bad movies at the rate of one per day for an entire year and wrote a book about the traumatic experience, which is called Showgirls, Teen Wolves and Astro Zombies. Michael lives in the Blue Mountains, NSW, with his partner, daughter, one dog, two cats and an average of three supersized spiders. The Last Girl is his first novel.


Some of these authors I’ve read and some I haven’t, but I will be reading all of these authors in the near future. Bring your alcohol (provided you are of age), bring your sailor mouth, and pull up a chair. Enjoy a day of reading or doing other equally beautiful things. None is better than reading, though. Just saying.

Peace out ladies and gents.

My Most Anticipated Novels For 2015

There are so many great books coming out this year, and the majority of them of debut authors. Usually when I think about the books I’m looking forward to, it’s always the new authors. The ones that bring something new to big gigantic pile of books that get published every year.

This year I am particularly happy because I’m starting to see a change in Young Adult when it comes to diversity in the genre. There are quite a few authors that are releasing books with protagonists that don’t add to the slush pile of white girls in this genre. I’m white myself, but I want to see every person represented in this genre. If you aren’t white, this is a very tough genre to go into when you can’t see yourself being represented. Okay, see now I’m blabbing. Let’s just shut up now and look at the BOOKS!


1. The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh:


THE WRATH AND THE DAWN (PENGUIN/PUTNAM, MAY 12, 2015):

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and break the cycle once and for all.

My thoughts:

This is my most anticipated read for the year. It’s just a plus that it’s a debut. And it’s inspired by A Thousand and One Nights! What could be more fabulous? I SHIP IT MOST OF ALL.


2. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir:

LAIA is a Scholar living under the brutal rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who vow to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they will find that their destinies are more intertwined that either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Vow your blood and body to the empire.
Keep your heart for yourself.

My thoughts:

There is so much buzz and hype surrounding this book that I could have a stroke and then I could suffer from a hemorrhage. I am a dramatic bitch.


3. Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee:


Rocky meets Gattaca in this thrill-ride of celebrity, competition, and responsibility.

Carr “the Raptor” Luka is an athletic phenom, a rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing. Training and competing aboard the lunar orbiting city-station of Valtego (where It’s More Fun on the Dark Side TM), all he’s ever wanted is to win the championship title.

His talent and marketability don’t go unnoticed by the top brass of the Zero Gravity Fighting Association. They assign him a brandhelm; after all, anyone who wants to be anyone needs a dedicated personal marketing strategist. Beautiful and ambitious, Risha is one of the genetically engineered Martian colonists that Earth dwellers view with resentment and suspicion. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity, and stolen his heart along the way.

But success could be the worst thing that happens to them. As his fame grows, Carr must come to terms with the fact that he’s become an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet now angry at falling into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. When Carr learns of a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating personal secret. Not only will his choices place into jeopardy everything he holds dear, they may spill the violence from the sports arena out into the solar system.

My thoughts:

You had me at Rocky Meets Gattaca. No explanations necessary.


4. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed:

This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

My thoughts:

A modern day tale of an arranged marriage? Plus, just look at the beautiful cover. It’s simple, but strikingly powerful. HELL YES. GIVE ME ALL THE THINGS.


5. Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood

A girl takes her sister’s place in an arranged political marriage between two intergalactic royal houses. The stakes are raised when the heroine finds she may be the illegitimate daughter of her family’s sworn enemy.


And…because I suck at making things even:

6. Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein:

Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!

Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.

To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny.

Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.

My thoughts:

A ruling class of Jinn…that is so intriguing, and dammit now I want to read it. Let’s hope the MC doesn’t suddenly become yet another special snowflake. I am sick of those. They need to go away.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine highlighting upcoming releases we’re looking forward to.




THE WRATH AND THE DAWN (PENGUIN/PUTNAM, MAY 12, 2015):

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and break the cycle once and for all.


The cover…..woah.

Again: WHOA.

Some more amaze: WHOOOOOA.

Silence. Ouch. Okay I got a little to close too the computer screen.

Seriously Guys. I love that cover. I love love love illustrated covers. Forget all that gossip magazine crap. THIS. This is how you put out a beautiful Young Adult cover. I love how there’s a painting of a girl behind the screen.  Forgive my western innocence, but I don’t know much about India or the middle east. I want to know more about that girl and her secrets.

IT’S SO BEAUUTTTTIFUL.

*enter into the insanity of my mind*

By the by: I have the Arabian Nights. I should read that. It looks fun.

*GIVE. GIVE. GIVE ME THE PRETTEH*

Brides.

Executions.

Revenge.

A boy-king.

I want to get my hands on this sucker.

Yes to more Diversity in YA.

I don’t know about you guys, but this is my number one anticipated read for 2015.

Reading Slump and a lingering Fever addiction

You know that feeling that whatever you pick up is just: HO HUM….

I got that right after I finished the fifth Fever novel:

It was so addicting, despite the fact that I did ultimately have problems with the series. But the unfortunate thing is that afterwards: I started a book, got a few pages in, and dropped it like yesterday’s news. I did this over and over. I stared at the bookshelves. Picked up books. Looked at them. Put them back. Got out my kindle. Turned it on. Looked at all the books I thought I might enjoy. Turned the damn thing off.

Eventually what happened is I forced myself to read and ended up one starring that book because it was so…blah. I wasn’t in the mood and the only thing I could do was pick at all the inconsistencies. That’s what you do when you’re a reviewer and you’re fucking bored out of your skull: you make fun and point at all the idiotic characters actions. Then, you whine and bitch about it in your review. THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED.

Just bitch bitch bitch, that’s all I could do.

Now I’m reading a book I’m really into, but I still feel like I want another Fever book. I don’t really want to read Iced because it’s supposed to be “the turtle and the hare” type of boring and awful in many other ways. But I suppose I’ll have to read it if I want to read Burned. By the by: what in the world is that romance cover they got for the novel? It’s awful. WUT. It’s got some greasy guy with smoke effects in the background. This really should have been handed out to J.R. Ward instead of Moning. No. I can’t even look at that cover. I will spare you the horror and not show you the cover. I’m kind aren’t I?

That is what happens when I get in a book slump. I deny. I bitch. I go into in boss mode and one star everything. And only once I’ve gotten that out of my system, can I enjoy a book. It doesn’t matter how good the novel is, sometimes I just need to complain before I enjoy the book.

I Got All The Books

Yes, oh, yes. The books I have purchased. I’m even starting a buddy read with my friend Kat over on Goodreads. We’re reading one of the following:

I’m hoping it’s really good. It’s a title from Strange Chemistry, which you may have heard no longer exists. It’s fantasy and it’s Young Adult. My two favorite things. Apparently, the main character is quite rational. *rubs hand together* YASSSSS.

I also got Kate Noble’s newest release. I don’t often read historical romance, but when I do either I’m enraged or I’m in bliss. I love the ones that don’t have page after page of horny-pants. The ones where they’re slow burns. The ones that remind me why I love Pride and Prejudice. Kate Noble does that for me. Her books are wonderful.