Sunday, January 31, 2016

January 2016 Wrap Up & Book Haul


January Book Haul

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (New covers)
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone (New Cover) by J.K. Rowling
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
The Siren by Kiera Cass
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard


Books Read in January

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Underwater by Marisa Reichardt
Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica  Khoury


My year has gotten off to a great start by adding a lot of awesome new books to
my collection!! I also read nine really great books as well!!
Yesterday was my birthday, and the hubby surprised me with
the boxed set of The Mortal Instrument series, the ones with the new covers!
(I have the old covers, but the new ones are SO pretty as well!)
I also treated myself to a few new books this month as a reward losing weight.
(Hey, whatever motivates you, right?!)
It's been a great month!

Here's looking forward to another awesome month in February!!



Review: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21396155-the-forbidden-wish
The Forbidden Wish
by Jessica Khoury
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Publication Date: February 23rd 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781595147677
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retelling
Source: First To Read

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She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world...

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years -- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.
(Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

When I discovered that The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury was an Aladdin retelling, I KNEW I would have to read the book. This is actually the first Aladdin retelling that I've read so far, and I enjoyed it so much! While I've never actually read the real story of the Arabian Nights, I grew up watching the Disney version of Aladdin, and because of that, there was so much in this book that felt familiar as I turned the pages. (Yes, I know the Disney version probably doesn't even compare to the original folk lore, but it's all I can compare to at the moment.) Either way, I really, really enjoyed this story!!

The Forbidden Wish is told through the eyes of Zahra, the most powerful Jinni, who has been trapped in her lamp for hundreds of years. When she's finally found by Aladdin, he releases her into a world where Jinni's and magic are forbidden, and she's forced to hid what she really is. And when the King of the Jinn offers her a chance at freedom, she must decided if it's worth betraying the boy she's falling in love with.

Ok, having the genie be a girl was awesome. I loved the gender reversal so much more than I expected to. Zahra was so many kinds of awesome, and, pardon my French, she was a bit of a bad-a**.  Yes, she was an all powerful Jinni, who could take a normal wish and twist into something sinister if she wanted to, but she also had a kindness to her that I totally loved. She was strong willed and caring, and wanted nothing more than her freedom. And Aladdin, of course, who was completely forbidden to her. I really loved everything about Zahra.

Aladdin was so much like the character in the Disney movie, the sly thief who is always looking for trouble, but who also has a huge, caring heart. He had the ability to fit into any situation that he was throw into, and the people loved him even when they didn't want to. I loved the budding romance between him and Zahra, as they made such a good pair.

I also loved the setting for the book. It was so well described, I actually felt like I was in the desert along with Zahra and Aladdin. The storyline was very much addictive, and when I was not flying through the pages of this book, I was thinking about it, wondering what was going to happen next. I was completely engrossed, and I loved every minute of it.

Overall; I really don't think I've been this excited after reading a retelling in a really long time. I enjoyed SO many things about The Forbidden Wish, from the characters and setting, to the familiarity of the story. I loved it all. I will definitely be adding a copy of this book to my shelves, and I really look forward to reading more by Khoury in the future!!


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Review: The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22811780-the-mystery-of-hollow-places
The Mystery of Hollow Places
by Rebecca Podos
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Publication Date: January 26th 2016
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780062373342
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Mystery
Source: Edelweiss

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All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It's the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist, she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when she was a baby, a woman who was always possessed by a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as troubled waters.

When Imogene is seventeen, her father, now a famous author of medical mysteries, strikes out in the middle of the night and doesn't come back. Neither Imogene's stepmother nor the police know where he could've gone, but Imogene is convinced he's looking for her mother. She decides to put to use the skills she's gleaned from a lifetime of her father's books to track down a woman she's never known, in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she's carried with her for her entire life.

Rebecca Podos' debut is a powerful, affecting story of the pieces of ourselves that remain mysteries even to us - the desperate search through empty spaces for something to hold on to. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I was drawn to The Mystery of Hollow Places at first by its awesome cover, then for the fact that it was a mystery novel, which I've really started to enjoy a lot of lately. While I didn't love this book as much as I had hoped to, I did find it to be an interesting read, and the mysterious storyline kept me turning the pages.

Unfortunately I had a hard time connecting with the main character in the story, Imogene. While I sympathized with her for all that she had been through in the past, and everything she was going through in the present with her dad gone and all, I just couldn't form that connection with her. She made a lot of bad decisions throughout the story that had me shaking my head. Of course I would have wanted to know what was going on as well if I were in her position, but she totally should have gone about doing things a different way.

Imogene did, however, have a really great best friend, one that was always trying to help her, and who Imogene considered to be her only true friend. Jessa really made better decisions than Imogene did, and I was glad to have her in the story. There were some more interesting secondary characters in the story as well.

I did enjoy the mysterious storyline in the book, not only about her father just disappearing out of the blue and wondering where he went, but also the back-story Imogene's mom, who left when she was just a baby. Everything she'd ever been told about her mom, what little she actually had been told by her dad, was basically a lie. Finding out the truth about her mom was a little anticlimactic, but still interesting nonetheless.

Overall; While I didn't enjoy The Mystery of Hollow Places as much as I expected to, it was still an interesting story that I'm sure other people will really enjoy. I did enjoy the mystery and the writing style for the book, and I will definitely check out more by this author in the future.


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #230 - Beautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Burn
(The Maddox Brothers #4)
by Jamie McGuire
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Publication Date: January 31st 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
ISBN: 9781512284133
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23714544-beautiful-burn

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Fresh out of college, Ellison Edson has fallen through the cracks of rock bottom. While staying in her family’s vacation home in Colorado, her behavior has finally gained the attention of her parents—but not in the way she hoped. Cut off from the millions she’s always taken for granted, and left alone to fend for herself, Ellie spirals further out of control, making a mistake she can’t take back.

Like his twin brother Taylor, Tyler Maddox is a member of the Alpine Hotshots, fighting wildland fires on the frontline. As arrogant as he is charming, Tyler’s nomadic lifestyle makes it easy to contain his relationships to one night. When he meets Ellie at a local party during off-season, her extreme personality and dismissive attitude fascinates him at first, but as his feelings deepen, Tyler realizes that the crippling inner demons of the woman he loves might be the strongest enemy any Maddox has ever faced. (Goodreads)

I'm so glad to finally see the cover for this book!!
I'm terribly behind on the Maddox Brothers series,
but I'm kind of glad, because now I can read them ALL back to back,
and enjoy all the wonders that are the Maddox boys.
I can't wait to add this to my collection.
AND it comes out the day after my birthday!! Happy Birthday to ME!!
Yay!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!
:) :) :)
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Review: Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22663629-shallow-graves
Shallow Graves
by Kali Wallace
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Publication Date: January 26th 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780062366207
Genre: Young Adult | Horror | Paranormal
Source: Edelweiss

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For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters—human and otherwise—lurk at the fringes.

When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.

Tense, complex, and wholly engaging, Shallow Graves is a stunning first novel from Kali Wallace. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

To be honest, the first thing that drew me in to Shallow Graves was the cover. I can't help it, I LOVE a gorgeous cover, and this book definitely has one. Once I read the storyline for the book, my curiosity was piqued, even though this was listed as a horror story, which I am generally not a fan of.  However, I was too curious about the book not to read it, so I did.

The story is about 17 year old Breezy Lin, a girl who wakes up one night in a shallow grave a year after she had been buried there, not knowing how she got there or why she's come back to life. Or why she can now sense when people are murders. As she sets out to discover what she really is, she finds that things are not what they seem, and this new life that she has awoken into can be extremely dangerous.

One of the things I loved most about Breezy was that she was a huge space nerd. She loved the stars and space, and wanted nothing more than to one day be an astronaut on a journey to Mars. She wanted this so much, and it was sad to see that dream slip away from her. I rooted for her throughout the story, hoping that she would find out what happened in the past to make her the way she is now.

The storyline for this book was intense. Seriously, I was on the edge of my seat throughout most of the story, waiting to see what was going to happen next for Breezy. The world she woke up to was definitely a dangerous place for the creature that she has become. But it didn't have to be, as long as she could control what's inside herself.

Overall; While I'm not usually a fan of horror novels, I really, really enjoyed Shallow Graves. From the characters to the addictive storyline, I was hooked. I'm really looking forward to reading more by Kali Wallace in the future, as I definitely want to read more!


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Monday, January 25, 2016

Life Lessons from Gayle Forman & Giveaway!!


Hey, Bookworms!!

Today I'm joining the lovely folks at PenguinTeen to celebrate
the paperback release of I WAS HERE by Gayle Forman!!

For the release, we are sharing our favorite inspirational quotes
and life lessons that we've learned from the awesome Gayle Forman!!


If I Stay is my most favorite book of Gayle's at the moment,
and a few of my most favorite quotes from the book are:


"You can have your wishes, your plans,
but at the end of the day, it's out of your control."


And...

"Sometimes you can make choices in life
and sometimes choices make you."



Since becoming an adult and having kids, I've found both of these quotes to be SO true.
You can make all the plans in the world, but in the end, everything is out of your control.
You just have to go with the flow sometimes, and see what life brings you.
Sometimes it can be a completely wonderful thing and sometimes it can be the worst thing ever.
And most times in life, the choices make you.


Go HERE to see more favorite inspriational quotes from the lovelies at PenguinTeen!!


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Now for the Giveaway!!


5
winners will receive a complete set of Gayle Forman paperbacks!!
US only
Ends: 2/15/16

Titles included:
I Was Here
Just One Day, Just One Year, Just One Night box set
If I Stay, Where She Went box set


Good Luck!!


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Review: Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21945590-underwater
Underwater
by Marisa Reichardt
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Publication Date: January 12th 2016
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780374368869
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Realistic Fiction
Source: For Review

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“Forgiving you will allow me to forgive myself.”

Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then herself.

But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school.

When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside.

Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

When I first discovered Underwater by Marisa Reichardt, I knew this was a book I would have to read. I purposely avoided any reviews of the book before I started it, as I wanted to go into the book with a completely clear mind. I'm glad I did. I had an inkling of what happened throughout the story, but the mystery as of what happened kept me turning the pages. I really enjoyed this book.

When we first meet Morgan in the story, she is confined to her house, not on purpose, but by her choice alone. After the horrible events that took place on October 15th, she finds that she can no longer safely be outside her house, and chooses to stay in her apartment at all times, where she knows she can be safe. From there she attends online school and generally avoids the world. Until Evan moves in next door, and reminds her of the life she used to have.

It was really easy to relate to Morgan throughout the story, and to be honest, I probably would have reacted the same way to the events that she experienced. I think a lot of people would. But eventually, you would miss being in the world, and would want to get back to it. In order for Morgan to do that, she not only needed to learn to forgive, not only herself, but others as well. And doing this was not an easy experience for her.

There were so many great secondary characters in the story, all of them great supporters of Morgan's.  Her mom, while she was having a rough time of it as well, was always there when Morgan needed her. Also, her therapist, Brenda, was pretty awesome. Her brother, Ben, completely stole my heart, and had to be the best little brother of all time. And then there's Evan, who shows up and changes Morgan's world forever. So many great characters.

I'm not going to go into many details about the storyline for the book, because it would totally give the story away, but the event that happened that made Morgan the way she was, was completely horrific, and unfortunately, all to realistic.  That being said, while this event took place, it doesn't overwhelm the novel. The novel is more about what happens after. It was really interesting to read it all through Morgan's eyes.

Overall; I do believe Marisa Reichardt has a winner on her hands with this debut novel! I enjoyed reading Morgan's story, and I'm really, really looking forward to reading more by this author in the future! Add this to your TBR today!


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Friday, January 22, 2016

Review: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25467698-the-love-that-split-the-world
The Love That Split The World
by Emily Henry
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Publication Date: January 26th 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781595148506
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Time Travel
Source: First To Read

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Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start... until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken. (Goodreads)

 My Thoughts...

I was super excited to read The Love That Split the World, especially when I found out that it was a time-travel story. I've been reading a lot of these types of stories lately, and I love how each of them have been so very different from each other. The Love That Split the World was no exception!

I really liked the characters in the story, especially the main character, Natalie. It was interesting to follow her through the story as she tried to figure out what was going on in her world, as well as who she was exactly. There are a lot of great secondary characters in the story as well. Natalie has some really awesome family members, and some great friends also. Oh, and there's also a boy in the story that you will love to swoon over as well.

I loved that the storyline for the book felt very unique and different from the other novels I've read. It had a very magical feel to it that none of the other time-travel novels I've read have not had in them. The story was very captivating, as well as mysterious, it definitely kept me guessing a few times, and I was holding my breath throughout, waiting to see what was going to happen next.

Overall; I found The Love That Split the World to be a very enjoyable read, with a unique storyline, likeable characters, and the cover is stunning as well. I'll definitely be checking out more books by Emily Henry in the future. Time-Travel fans, please add this book to your TBR, and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!



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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #229 - A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26073150-a-court-of-mist-and-fury
A Court of Mist and Fury
(A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
by Sarah J. Maas
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Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
ISBN: 9781619634466

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Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights. (Goodreads)

So last week the cover for A Court of Mist and Fury was released,
and OMG it's so gorgeous!! I seriously can't wait to have this book in my hands.
If you have not yet read the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses,
I highly recommend that you do so. It's great!
I can't wait to continue the story. :)
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've Recently Added To My TBR


January 19: Top Ten Books I've Recently Added To My TBR

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23018249-the-girl-i-used-to-be https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25028285-the-square-root-of-summer

1. The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry - Is this cover stunning, or what? I am really looking forward to reading the story as well!

2. The Square Root of Summer - This time travel novel sounds very promising! I've read quite a few of them lately, and I'm pretty excited to read more. And that cover is also super stunning.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28110865-leave-me

3. Leave Me by Gayle Forman - A new book by Gayle Forman, and it's Adult fiction as well! I managed to snag a copy of this from Edelweiss, and I'm super excited to start it!

4. The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey- This book is the first in a new series by Rick Yancey! The first book came out in December 2015, and I need to get a copy ASAP!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25852870-eligible https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24331115-after-alice

5. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld - It's a PRIDE & PREJUDICE RETELLING, you guys!! I love anything P&P, so I'm sooooooo super excited to read this. I was approved on Netgalley to read it, so it's on my list to start super soon. :)

6. After Alice by Gregory Maguire - Confession -- I've never read a book by McGuire before, although I have almost all of his books on my TBR. I love Alice in Wonderland, so I'm really excited to read this!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23197623-zero-day https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26116473-the-outliers

7. Zero Day by Jan Gangsei - This book sounds SO good! I was a little late to the party for adding it to my TBR, but I'm really excited to  read it.

8. The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight - This book sounds super mysterious, and I'm highly intrigued! I'm really looking forward to starting this one.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6596768-brooklyn

9. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff - I'm reading this with the ladies in my book club soon, and I can't wait to finally start it!!

10. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin - So I pretty much put this on my TBR because of the movie. It looks SO interesting, so I wanted to check out the book as well!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys
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Publication Date: February 2nd 2016
Publisher: Philomel Books
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780399160301
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fiction
Source: First to Read

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The author of Between Shades of Gray returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war's most devastating—yet unknown—tragedies.

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are  Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. (Goodreads)

 My Thoughts...

I couldn't wait to get started on Salt to the Sea, as I had heard so many great things about its author, Ruta Sepetys, and I was super curious to finally read something by her. I have to say, I was completely blown away by this book, I can't even begin to describe how I feel about it. It was very much an enlightening read, but also one that was also completely terrifying as well, and it left me wanting to know more about the historical events that really happened in the story.

I seriously had no clue what to expect from this book when going into it. All I really knew was that it took place during World War II. While the novel is completely fictional, it does revolve around a tragic event that really took place during the war. (I'm not going to tell you what event, I'd prefer you read the story and find out for yourself.) I keep wondering how I'd never before heard of this massive disaster, one of the largest in maritime history, and I am so glad that someone wrote a story around it, because now I know, and it left me wanting to learn even more.

The story is told from multiple characters points of view, and while each of the characters come from different backgrounds, we see how the same events affected each one of them differently, yet the same still. I loved that despite the horror, relationships were formed, some with a bond so strong it was heartbreaking. These characters made me laugh, and they made me ugly cry, and I just loved them all so much.

At 400 pages, I didn't expect to finish the book as quickly as I did, but the chapters are short, and highly addictive, and I flew through the pages in no time. Also, unlike a lot of historical books I've read in the past, this one didn't feel like I was reading a history book, loaded with facts I would attempt to remember. The facts are there, but they are written into the story in such a way that they feel like they just belong there, not like they are actual facts someone is telling us about.

Overall; Salt to the Sea completely blew me away. There was so much beauty in the story even though the events were completely horrific and terrifying. I loved the characters who found a special place in my heart. I really just don't know how to put into words how much I 'feel' for this book. It's so much, and I could go on and on. I hope that you'll read it yourself so that you can understand what I mean. Add it to your to-be-read stack today, and pick up a copy as soon as you can. I hope you love it just as much as I did.


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Friday, January 15, 2016

Happy 5th Blogoversary Giveaway Day 5 - A New KINDLE FIRE Tablet!!


Hey, Bookworms!!

Today is the 5th and FINAL day of my Blogoversary Giveaway!!
(Don't forget to check out Day 1 , Day 2 , Day 3, and Day 4!!

Today I'm giving away the New Kindle Fire Tablet!!
(7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB)
You can read more about the tablet HERE.

Kindle Fire's are great for reading ebooks, browsing your favorite apps,
watching your favorite shows and MORE!!

Already have a tablet? You can always use another!
* wink *

*Giveaway Rules*

  • ONE winner will win a *New Kindle Fire Tablet*.
  • Open to US and International Followers
  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Giveaway ends February 5th, 2016
  • Winner will be contacted via email. If you do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • By entering this Giveaway, you are agreeing to the terms listed above.


That's it, guys! The last giveaway for my 5th Blogoversary!
I hope you guys have enjoyed it!
Now, go enter to win!!

Good luck, Bookworms!!




Thursday, January 14, 2016

Happy 5th Blogoversary Giveaway Day 4 - $ 25 Society 6 Gift Card!!


Welcome back!!

It's Day 4 of my Blogoversary Giveaway!!
(Don't forget to check out Day 1 , Day 2 , and Day 3)

Today I'm giving away a $25 Gift Card to Society 6!!

If you don't know what Society 6 is, it is
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Review: The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

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The Impostor Queen
(The Impostor Queen #1)
by Sarah Fine
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Publication Date: January 5th 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781481441902
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Netgalley

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Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.
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When I was first approached to review The Impostor Queen, I didn't really know what to expect from the book. I had seen the cover around a few times, but hadn't had a chance to check out the summary for the book. Once I did, I knew this book was going to be something special, and it totally was!

Sixteen year old Ellie has been raised to one day be the Valtia, the queen who protects her kingdom with the magic of ice and fire. But when the current queen dies, and the magic doesn't find it's home in Ellie like it's supposed to, disgraced, she flees to the outlands to live among the banished. Here she discovers who she truly is, and that things on the inside are not exactly as she always thought they were.

Ellie was a great main character. I loved watching her grow from the pampered princess into a young lady who actually has to take care of herself, and more. Oh, but did this poor girl have a rough time of it at times. When the magical power did not flow into her, the 'trials' she had to go through in attempt to summon the power was absolutely brutal. I seriously cringed more than a few times. And once she's in the Outlands and has to fend for herself, it definitely wasn't easy for her. But she grew so much throughout the story, and became such a strong young lady. A true queen. And with the help of her new friends, she finds out who she truly is, and more.

There are also a lot of secondary characters in the story that you're absolutely going to love. One in particular completely captured my heart, and I will forever be in love with Oskar. Be prepared to swoon over this young man, because he's totally swoon-worthy. I love his family as well.  And with any good story, there are some characters that you're going to love to hate in the story as well. Everyone was so  well written, and I can't wait to see what's going to happen for them next.

The storyline for the book was completely engrossing, and the world-building was absolutely captivating. The descriptions for everything in the book were so well written, I could see it all perfectly in my mind as I flew through the pages. And the end, oh, that ending just left me wanting more, but in a good way! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book, I NEED it to be in my hands as soon as possible, because I have to know what is going to happen next for these characters and this story.

Overall; The Impostor Queen was such a great read! I enjoyed it SO much more than I expected to, and I'll be anxiously awaiting the release of the sequel. If you haven't yet read this book, or haven't added it to your to-be-read list, I promise you, you're going to want to read this book, so check it out already!!


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