Read-O-Rama Readathon TBR

Read-O-Rama is a Readathon created by a few booktubers. I thought it looked swankified (Wicked reference in case you musical newbies didn’t know) and fun, so I decided I would join in!

It takes place from midnight, March 8 to 11:59, March 15. Ergo, it starts tomorrow!

There are 7 challenges that you try to complete, and the goal is to read 7 books. I’m not sure if it’ll happen, since I do have school, buuut I’ll do my best!

Read a book from your TBR Jar, or a book someone else picked out for you.

Since I don’t have a TBR jar, I asked my sister to pick out a book for me. I have no idea what The Alchemist is about, but I know it’ll be a quick read, since it’s less than 200 pages.

Read a book with green on the cover



Okay, there are greenish lights reflecting off the water. It counts. Right?

Read a book with the letters RAMA in the title/author name

As you can see, there are 2 As, 1 R, and 1 M. So excited to read this! I’ve been in a real fantasy kick lately.

Read a diverse book

I don’t have one picked out yet, I think I’ll go to the library and pick one out. After all, it’s free!

Read a book with flowers on it

Well, there’s one flower. It counts. I think.

Read a Contemporary 

Both We Were Liars and All The Bright Places are contemporaries, so I think I’ve got this challenge covered.

Finish a series


I’m so excited to read this! The Grisha Trilogy is so GOOOOOD!

I’m also going to try to get to another book so that I’ll have read 7 books, though I’m not sure what I’m going to get yet. I’m also not sure if I’ll read all these books, I might read other books to complete the challenges instead of the books I have listed here. We’ll find out in a week!

Comment below if you’re going to take part of this Readathon, I’d love to know if other bloggers are going to take part!

Happy Reading!❤️

The Winner’s Crime | Review + Discussion

Title: The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 STARS!!!

Warning! Contains Spoilers for The Winner’s Curse. See that review here.

Synopsis:

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them. 

Spoiler Free Review:

I didn’t think it could get any better than the first book.

I am SO HAPPY that I was wrong!

The writing was so beautiful, I felt myself feeling all of the emotions expressed, and having a crystal clear picture in my mind. 

And the story is just perfect. I was even more attached to the characters than I was in the first book, so it was an insanely emotional read. And when I say emotional, I mean:



Marie Rutkoski is extremely talented in characterization. All of the characters are complex, making you love them or hate them with every fiber of your being.

If you like fantasy, purely beautiful writing, and a heart wrenching story, please, PLEASE pick up this book!

Spoiler Full Discussion:

DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK. SERIOUSLY.

Wow. Just wow.



So, let’s start with the emporer. That guy makes me SO FREAKING MAD. He’s so despicable and creepy. Then he makes her watch the Herrani’s torture, and oh my goodness, I was about ready to throw up myself.

And then we see Arin, and–excuse me, I need to go sob now.

When I thought Arin wasn’t going to come to the palace, UGH I WAS DEVASTAED. 

But, HE MADE IT!!!! That scene me so happy and so sad. So very sad. The emotions!!!!!!


The scene with the emporer digging his thumb into Kestel’s arm freaked me out  SO MUCH. I was just sitting there cringing.


I like Prince Verex, he’s nice. I think he’ll be a really good friend for Kestrel.

THE MISUNDERSTANDINGS BETWEEN KESTREL AND ARIN. THE FRUSTRATION.

But the ending. What was that. What. What.

Book Review: Tree of Ages



Title: Tree of Ages

Author: Sarah C. Roethle

Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy

Goodreads Link: Tree of Ages

Publication Date: March 31, 2015

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis:

“The seasons are changing. The lines are faltering, undoing the old and bringing life to the new. Trees will fall, and changed earth will be left in their place. A storm is coming.”

Finn doesn’t remember much about her previous life, and in a world that has been changed by the wars of the Tuatha De, where trust is hard to come by, answers are even more difficult to find. Little does she know, an unknown evil tugs on the strings of fate, and the answers she so desperately seeks may be more important than she could have ever imagined. 

Review:

So there were some things I LOVED about this book, and some parts that were not as great.

I know the synopsis was really really vague, but I think it’s a lot more fun reading this book without knowing anything. It adds to the whole WOAH factor.

There is one fantasy element in here that I though was SO COOL, and I’m pretty sure has never been explored before, so that was a definite plus for me!

It is really intriguing from the start, and I loved the really mysterious air that was going on.

It did take me a bit to get into it, and I found some explanations just a teensy bit confusing. I also found that the characters didn’t all really have a super distinct voice.

I really did enjoy the character interactions that happen later in the book, that was super fun to read!

I would definetly recommend giving this book a try!

Book Review: Sweet

Title: Sweet

Author: Emmy Laybourne

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Publication Date: June 2, 2015

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis:

Solu’s luxurious celebrity-filled “Cruise to Lose” is billed as “the biggest cruise since the Titanic,” and if the new diet sweetener works as promised—dropping five percent of a person’s body weight in just days—it really could be the answer to the world’s obesity problem. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv’s invitation. She’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host, Tom Forelli (otherwise known as the hottest guy ever!) and she’s too seasick to even try the sweetener. And that’s before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.

Tom Forelli knows that he should be grateful for this job and the opportunity to shed his childhood “Baby Tom-Tom” image. His publicists have even set up a ‘romance’ with a sexy reality star. But as things on the ship start to get a bit wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when his celebrity hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it’s Laurel that he’s determined to save.

Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong. 

My Thoughts:

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Goodness, where to start?

This story starts out fun and lighthearted, with a cute cruise romance. It was full of fun personalities and lots of laughs.

The the story took a creepy turn towards the end, but I found myself still reading, which is particularly odd for me.

The problem I usually have with dual POV is that I always like one POV a lot more than the other. However, I didn’t have that problem here, since I found both sides of the story really entertaining.

There is a quirky, unconvential romance feautured that I think fans of Elanor and Park might enjoy, though the romance definitely doesn’t take over the story. 

Let’s say, Cute Contemoporary Romance meets The Walking Dead.

Book Review: Dream a Little Dream

Title: Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy #1)
Author: Kerstin Gier

Genre: Young adult, Fantasy

Publication Date: April 15, 2015

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis:

Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yes, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially the one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys conduct dark magic rituals. 


The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But what’s really scaring Liv is that the dream boys seem to know things about her in real life, things they couldn’t possibly know–unless they actually are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute….

My Thoughts:

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Well, Kerstin Gier really never disappoints, now does she?

From the very first paragraph, this book was adorably hilarious, and all the interactions were entertaining throughout! 

The synopsis is really vague, but I feel like this is the kind of book that’s best if you just go into it not knowing anything. If you liked the Ruby Red trilogy, I promise you will love this book.

I love the mysterious air in this book, it really kept me turning those pages.

If you’re looking for a fun, lighthearted read with fantasy elements and a contemporary feel, read Dream a Little Dream!

Book Review: An Unexpected Choice

Title: An Unexpected Choice

Author: Jody Hedlund

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Romance

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Rating: 3/5 stars 

Synopsis:

Due to her parents’ promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father’s enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents’ will left a second choice. If Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow. 

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights the one who appears the most guilty had not already captured her heart.

My Thoughts:

I received this book fromNetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, I feel like I’m the only person on goodreads who thought this books was just okay. 

Let me explain why.

I felt like some of the scenes were just unnecessary and dragged on too long. I also felt like Rose’s narrative was really immature at times.

I did really enjoy the fairy tale feel romance, but I feel like this book just didn’t do quite enough for me.

But again, literally everybody else on goodreads likes it, so if you like the synopsis, go for it!


Book Review: Water So Deep

Title: Water So Deep

Author: Nichole Giles

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 3/5 stars

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.

No one knows what’s happening to her, and she’d like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.

Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma’s rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can’t have.

When Emma’s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing—unable to breathe without yielding to the tide—and it’s only a matter of time before she’s forced to surrender forever.

My Thoughts:

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sooo, I was really excited by the premise. Mermaids? I’m all there. But overall, this book was just a Meh.
This book just lacked a little action that I was craving. I also found Emma’s narrative to be pretty depressing, though if you consider what happens to her in the first chapter, it makes sense.

I did like the descriptive writing, it really put a clear image in my head. I was also generally intriguided by the plot.

I do find that a lot of people on goodreads seem to really like this book, so if it sounds like something you might like, go check it out!

Manga Classics: Les Miserables – Book Review

Title: Manga Classics: Les Miserables 

Author: SunNeko Lee (Art)Crystal Silvermoon (Adaptation), Victor Hugo (Original Story)

Genre: Romance, Historical Drama

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis: 

Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo’s classic novel of love and tragedy set in 19th century France is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition!

Gorgeous and expressive art brigns to life the unforgettable stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the tragic Fantine in this epic adaptation of Les Misérables!

My Thoughts:

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Les Miserables is a timeless tale, though the original novel can be pretty tough to get through for the average, modern day person. 

But this manga edition is easy to read, with all the beauty of the original novel.

The artwork is flawless, and I found it really interesting seeing all the characters in manga form.

If you’re looking for a heart wrenching, breathtaking and beautiful book, this is it!

Frozen Book Tag!

Thank you so much Jet Weasley for tagging me!


Frozen Heart

Beautiful! Powerful! Dangerous! Cold! What character do you think of when you hear this description?

Those adjectives definitely make me think of Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. She’s really quite the beautiful villain!

Do You Want To Build a Snowman? 

A character you want to build a snowman with.

I think Leo Valdez from the Heroes of Olympus series would have some pretty epic snowman building/investing skills.

For the First Time in Forever

You haven’t been able to read anything in a long time and your TBR pile has been growing larger and larger. What book (of your TBR pile, so no rereads) would you pick?

Definetly Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Though I don’t actually own it yet, I’ve been very much in the mood for a cutesy romance lately.

Love Is an Open Door

With what book or which character (or both!) would love be an open door with it? Or for what book/which character would you close the door to?

Character: UGH it’s so hard. It’s going to either be Will Herondale, Percy Jackson, or Captain Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles.

Book: All of the books by Rick Riordan. I LOVE THEM!!!!!

I would close the door on…

Character: Mal from the Grisha trilogy. He’s just so insanely annying. 

Book: The Raven Boys…Sorry…

Let it Go

A book or book series you used to love but you let it go.

I loved Matched by Ally Condie, but the trilogy just went downhill after that.

Reindeers Books Are Better Than People

Books are better than people. We all know that.

Let’s say you’re tired of people today. What book would you rather spend the day with?

Every book. Ever.

In Summer

A book perfect for summer!

Definitely Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. The ultimate summer read!

Fixer Upper

A book that’s a bit of a fixer-upper and should be fixed with a little bit of love ?

As much as I love John Green, Paper Towns was not my favorite. 

I tag anyone reading this!


Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2015

Okay, I know I’m insanely late on this post, but I still really wanted to write this.

Enjoy!

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Release Date: March 3, 2015

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Release Date: April 21, 2015

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Release Date: May 5, 2015

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Release Date: September 2015

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Release Date: October 2015

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Release Date: November 2015

What to-be-released books are you excited for?