Monthly Wrap Up

Annnnddddd April is gone! This year is flying by! Soon it will be summer and it feels like Christmas was last week! I’m excited for May as it is my birthday month (expect a giveaway) and I will have a few days off of work! Yay! This past month marked three whole months of consistent blogging! Whoop whoop! Hopefully I start receiving those physical arcs so *wink wink, nudge nudge.* Anywho, I hope everyone is having a great Spring and enjoying those cold temperatures rising!

Books I Read and Reviewed

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Giveaways

This month I participated in the Fool For Books Giveaway Hop hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer. The winner was the lovely Soha H! Congrats!

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Most Anticipated Books for May

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Hope everyone has a great May!

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Waiting on Wednesday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  “Waiting on Wednesday” spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.

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Title: The Potion Diaries

Publication Date: July 2, 2015

Excerpt from Goodreads:

When Nova’s princess (more Kate Middleton than Rapunzel!) is poisoned by her own love potion, the city’s alchemists are entered into a deadly, high-profile quest to find a cure. It’s the chance of a lifetime for Sam’s alchemist family, who have been mixing magic potions for generations… but can Sam save their crumbling reputation?

Sam must choose whether to work with or against her best friends, Anita and Arjun, and finds herself thrown towards Zain, heir to the ZoroAster synthetic potions corporation, and her arch enemy. He also happens to be the boy most likely to marry the princess…

With the nation’s media watching her every move, Sam overcomes incredible dangers and impossible dilemmas in order to hunt down the ingredients: a mermaid’s pearl, pink jasmine, Eluvian ivy, hair from an abominable and a unicorn’s tail. Tricky. Can Sam save the now dangerously powerful princess by winning the contest? And just how close are she and Zain willing to get in the meantime?

Anyone else as excited for this title as I am? Doubt it. I recently discovered this novel via NetGalley, but it is only offered to United Kingdom users, as the publisher for this novel is located in the United Kingdom. Totally bummed about that but mind you,  I WILL POSSES THIS WONDERFUL BOOK IF IT IS THE LAST THING I DO. Well, hopefully it’s not the last thing I do because once I read it I can tell everyone how amazing it was!

What books are you looking forward to?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters Who Are Extremely Talented

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish, and I decided to share my list with all of you also!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is…Top Ten Characters Who are Extremely Talented. Shall we?

1. Fiona Doyle in Everything That Makes You. Fiona Doyle is pretty awesome. Not only is she a great singer, but she also writes her own music.

2. Twylla in The Sin Eater’s Daughter. Apparently Twylla is an amazing singer and I’m lying if I said I wasn’t jealous.

3. Ivy Emerson in Between The Notes. Ivy plays the piano. She also plays the ukulele.

4. Shane Cavendish in The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things. Shane plays the guitar, is a singer, and also writes amazing songs.

5. Lucy Sommersworth and Jesse Palladino in Love, Lucy. This sweet couple make a great duet. Jesse plays the guitar while Lucy sings.

6. Lilah Montgomery in Open Road Summer. Lilah is so talented, she’s famous. She is a country singer superstar and everyone knows her name.

7. Marguerite Caine in A Thousand Pieces of You. Marguerite is an artist and a very talented one at that. She travels through different dimensions and all her alternate selves are talented in their own way.

8. Kestrel in The Winner’s Curse. Kestrel plays the piano. She plays the piano well enough to attract a certain someone.

9. Skylar Evan in I’ll Meet You There. Skylar is also an artist. Her preferred medium is collages, which is quite different and original than most young adult characters.

10. Gigi in Tiny Pretty Things. Gigi is dancer. Ballet in particular. She is extremely talented and always lands the lead in productions.

Who do you think is talented? Any characters I left off this list? Let me know in the comments below!

Review: In A World Just Right by Jen Brooks

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Title: In A World Just Right

Author: Jen Brooks

Publication Date: April 28, 2015

Excerpt from Goodreads:

High school senior Jonathan Aubrey creates worlds at will. In Kylie-Simms-is-my-girlfriend, he’s given himself everything he doesn’t have in real life-–the track team, passing grades, and his dream girl–-until one day he confuses his worlds and almost kisses the real Kylie Simms. Now his girlfriend Kylie and the real Kylie are changing, and Jonathan must solve the mystery of his own life to save his love from a gruesome fate.

Huge thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

Jonathan Aubrey is a world maker. Basically he can make any world he wants. This includes, but not limited to, a world where fairies or aliens exist, a world where everything is medieval, or a would that is related to a dream he had. Heck, he could create Narnia if he felt like it. I’m pretty sure if I was a world maker I would create a world where Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory existed or The Doctor… I just loved the idea of world making! It felt so original and I really enjoyed this concept.

The first fifty percent of this book was well paced and was pretty good at capturing my attention. While you are reading, you believe in Jonathan’s one goal, which is how to get the real Kylie, not the one he made up, to fall in love with him. I thought that once this goal was reached, Jonathan and Kylie would skip into the sunset and live happily ever after, but it’s never that easy is it? I was reading along thinking I had it ALL figured out then, BAM! Plot twist.

I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy this book until I had finished it. This was one of those books that hadn’t been under my radar much and it was a quick decision to go ahead and read it. I loved Jonathan and his worlds. I truly felt for Jonathan and what life had put him through. The ending was that kind of bittersweet that makes your heart hurt, but you wouldn’t have wished for the outcome to change one bit. In A World Just Right is a raw and emotional book about loss and the journey to find real and unconditional love.

4 out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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Jen has a habit of being deeply moved by profound ideas, and her writing reflects her interest in exploring human goodness, relationships, and the feeling of being a part of something greater than oneself. She loves the science fiction and fantasy genres because of their dazzling possibilities for portraying characters and ideas. She credits her undergraduate experience at Dartmouth College, her MFA at Seton Hill University, and her fourteen years of English teaching with shaping her writing.  She is grateful to her family, friends, and students for inspiring her to write.

You can find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and her website.

Mini Review: Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis

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Title: Blackfin Sky

Author: Kat Ellis

Publication Date: September 2, 2104

Excerpt from Goodreads:

Just like any other morning, Skylar Rousseau is late for school, but when she is greeted by a blanket of silent stares upon entering Blackfin High, she discovers that the whole town thought she fell from the pier and drowned on her sixteenth birthday three months earlier. However, Sky remembers the last three months living her life as normal, and since she is a full, living breathing human being, she has no idea whose body is buried underneath her tombstone. Everyone seems reluctant to help except her steadfast friend and crush, Sean . . . and a secretive man who draws her to a mysterious circus in the woods.

Sky must wade through impossibilities and lies to discover the truth about what happened to her, which proves to be a bit difficult when someone is following her every move with the intent to harm her. And Sky’s only hope of finding the answers she seeks may have already been turned to ashes.

This was a book that I had such high hopes for. I figured since the synopsis and cover are so fantastic, the book just has to be good right? I was wrong. I felt like I was going through the motions during this entire book. It wasn’t as if there were things that were terribly bad about this book, it was just a dull read for me. There were a few moments that were confusing and felt like there was missing dialog or narration, but that is the only compliant I have for this book. Blackfin Sky isn’t a “bad” read by any means, it just really missed the mark with me.

2.5 stars out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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Kat Ellis is a young adult writer from North Wales. Her debut novel, BLACKFIN SKY, is out now in the UK (Firefly Press) and US (Running Press Teen). BREAKER, a YA suspense, will be released in Spring 2016 by Running Press Teen, and PURGE, a YA sci-fi thriller, will be released by Firefly Press in the Autumn 2016.

You’ll usually find Kat up to no good on Twitter, trekking through the Welsh countryside with her camera, or watching scary films with her husband and feral cat. She speaks Welsh fluently and French badly.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and her website.