Book Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date:  April 28th, 2015
Page Count: 453 pages
Format:  Kindle eBook
Source: Purchased


Summary:
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. 
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars

Gosh, this book is a whole different level of awesome. If it weren't for my busy day schedule, I would have finished it in one sitting, but because of it, I had to painfully read it late at night before bedtime. It was the cause I was always tired in the morning. You just CANNOT read only a few pages. An Ember in the Ashes draws you in, it glues your eyes to its pages and makes you want to flip through chapters non-stop.

I've been reading a lot of books with dual POV's, but none have been as amazing as An Ember in the Ashes'. I loved that the characters were going through totally different things and that we learn all about them individually, without having to learn about them together as a couple (like it usually happens). Laia is a brave girl risking her life to save her brother by sneaking into Blacksmith Academy as a spy for the rebels. Elias, handsome and deadly, is looking for a way out of the horrible life as a Mask in Blacksmith Academy. When they meet, sparks FLY, and I'm not even talking in the romantic sense. Their fates and the fate of everybody else depends on them both- of their choices and their will to survive.

But wow, was this book bloody! That was something unexpected. It was a tough book to read for sure and I was heavily disturbed at times. Whenever I came across a scene that was a bit too rough, I would call it a night and sleep on it. It was hard to see my characters abused, disfigured and pushed towards their possible death, or worse, to end the lives of innocents. Everything's just a sick game of power & survival, of meddling with forces that shouldn't be messed with in the first place.

There's also a bit of romance between the characters, but it's really not the center focus of this book. I enjoyed these little moments when Laia and Elias got closer to each other, when they would forget who they were and where they where. I wish their relationship were a simpler one, but each one is facing their (sort of) small love triangle and I'm not sure who is going to end up with who. Rooting for Laia and Elias though!

All in all, An Ember in the Ashes was a fantastic debut and I'm highly anticipating for the sequel. There's so much room to explore in this fantasy world and I want to discover it all!


That's What HE Said Thursday #41: Tyler from Center Ice


That's what HE said Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Chapter Break where you post a favorite line of a book boyfriend to his girl. It's the perfect meme to share all those awesome quotes!

                     Today's quote is from Tristan of Center Ice by Cate Cameron.

     Quote:
"I hope this message makes you happy. I hope I make you happy. If I don't, please kick my ass for me, because I'm probably not screwing up on purpose and I'd really appreciate any help you could give me on being a better boyfriend. That's... It's pretty much the most important thing in the world, for me. To be the best boyfriend I can be, and to deserve to be with someone as amazing as you."                     
-Tyler to Karen


This is part of a message that Karen asks Tyler to record for her so she could listen to it each night before going to sleep. It's a really sweet message and it had me grinning like a fool for him. I seriously have a thing for guys who know how to leave sweet little messages for their girls *insert dreamy sigh*.

ARC Review: Center Ice by Cate Cameron

Title: Center Ice
Author: Cate Cameron
Series: Corrigan Falls Raiders #1
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Publication Date:  May 19th, 2015
Page Count: 196 pages
Format:  eARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley in exchange of my honest opinion.


Summary:
The hometown hockey hero won’t know what hit him…

Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother’s death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers—her dad and his perfect, shiny new family—and there doesn’t seem to be room for a city girl with a chip on her shoulder. The only person who makes her feel like a real human being is Tyler MacDonald.

But Karen isn’t interested in starting something with a player. And that’s all she keeps hearing about Tyler.

Corrigan Falls is a hockey town, and Tyler’s the star player. But the viselike pressure from his father and his agent are sending him dangerously close to the edge. All people see is hockey—except Karen. Now they’ve managed to find something in each other that they both desperately need. And for the first time, Tyler is playing for keeps…
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
Center Ice was a cute read. It had the feels, it had the drama, and it had everything else that a good YA Contemporary book should have. Oh, and it has HOT HOCKEY PLAYERS. Soyeah, that was my first reason why I wanted to pick this book up and I'm glad I did so because I liked my hockey players in here. 

But more than just being a book about cute guys, it's also an emotionally packed story. It's a book about letting go and giving a chance to new possibilities. We get to read about the lives of Karen and Tyler who are dealing with their own family issues and life struggles. Karen is full of heartbreak because of her mother's recent death and the fact that she had to move in with her cheating father and his perfect family. Tyler who is the famous hometown hockey hero and the biggest player around, is trying to find a way to get his father off his back. These characters are bright and witty, despite their pains, specially when they meet and start to fall for each other, so their story instead of being dark and heavy, turns into a light read filled with good humor and love.

I liked that Karen and Tyler stayed true to themselves. Even though they are so different from each other, they made their relationship work. Karen gave Tyler the necessary break from hockey that he needed since she wasn't into the sport like everyone else, and Tyler gave her the love and support she desperately craved. I really liked them as a couple.

What I would have loved is to have read more action on the ice-rink. Hockey is a huge theme in this book in Tyler's POV, but we rarely see him play professionally. The cover is a little misleading too since I was expecting for Karen to at least kiss him once when ice-skating, but nope, they don't even skate together. They do run every morning though, and those scenes were among my favorites in the book. Pretty funny bantering!

I didn't know Center Ice was going to be part of a series until I reached the last page and got a sneak-peek into the next book. It will be focused on two new characters, and though I am going to miss Karen and Tyler's POVs (good thing they make cameo appearances), I'm excited to read their stories.

The Week's Entrée #65

Hi! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!


This week will be full of activities for me, one being that my university is holding a ceremony for all the students who have straight A's in the school year! Not that I'm bragging buuuuut, I'm one of those students *huge grin*. I'm a proud nerd. ;)

I will be busy but I'll try to work on more book reviews for the site since I'm terribly behind and also try to catch up with my tbr pile. Crossing fingers for a great week! 

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Book reviews in other sites:

I reviewed Among the Nameless Stars by Diana Peterfreund at Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers

I've been wanting to start with the For Darkness Shows the Stars series for a while now and I thought it was a good idea to read the prequel novella first. It was a nice read, nothing too exciting but still worth checking out.

Here's the novella's summary:

Before Kai joined the Cloud Fleet, he wandered… AMONG THE NAMELESS STARS

Four years before the events of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, the servant Kai left the North Estate, the only home he’d ever known, and Elliot North, the only girl he ever loved, in search of a better life. But the journey was not an easy one.

Featuring narrow escapes, thrilling boat races and at least one deadly volcanic wasteland.

Books I Got Last Week:

{For review}
From Netgalley, authors, etc.



I can't even begin to express how excited I am for these three books! First, I got the amazing email from Netgalley letting me know I was approved to read Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith. I fist-bumped the air a thousand times and shimmy danced all afternoon. Then I got the equally amazing notice of This Raging Light by Estelle Laure which sounds like the book of heartbreak and tears (yayy!? :D), and to top it all off, the amazing S.L. Morgan sent me the eARC of The Awakening! I'm so ready to read about the royal wedding of Levi and Reece (been following their relationship for a while now). So. Damn. Excited.

To Read This Week:



I'll be reading Sapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski (cool name)! Really hope it turns out to be a good read, I need good reads in my life right now. I also may take a peek into one of the titles above just in case this book doesn't work out for me. ;)

*****
And that's it for The Week's Entrée! Hope you have a wonderful week too! :)

Fated Book Blitz: Author Interview with Joanne Kershaw + Giveaway!


Hey everyone! Welcome to the book blitz of Fated by Joanne Kershaw! Read along to learn about what this book (& series) is all about, check out the cool interview I had with the author, read an excerpt, and enter one amazing international giveaway. Enjoy!

*****

Fated (Vanguard Legacy #3)
by Joanne Kershaw
YA Fantasy
Published by Xchyler Publishing on April 25th, 2015


Defeated but not vanquished, the foes of light have retreated. But victory came at a terrible cost to Elora Walker, with her friends lost and scattered. Eleven months later and just seventeen, she commands her own Vanguard quad but struggles with a past that won’t release her and a future she hesitates to embrace. 

The barriers between worlds continues to weaken, Dark Seekers are emboldened, and David still plans to engulf humanity in eternal night. Elora means to end the threat once and for all but dreads the personal consequences. Will saving the world demand the ultimate sacrifice? And who must pay it?

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US



Other books in the series
Foretold (Vanguard Legacy #1)
Reflected (Vanguard Legacy #2)
Hi Joanne, thank you for taking some time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions!

First, could you start off by telling us a few random things about yourself and your books?
Random? My favourite colour is purple, I binge watch television series and I have four children aged 12, 11, 8 and 6. Random about my books? I got to choose the colour of the cover for Fated, which is why it’s purple! I don’t have a favourite character in the books series, but the feel of the Nikolai Compound is modelled after Bretton Hall, which is where I went to University.
How did you end up writing a YA Paranormal series?
I read a lot of YA, I felt I could write YA, and so I did. That’s kind of it, really. I was always told to write what I knew, so YA was the most logical progression.
Why write about vampires and not any other paranormal creature? What makes them so interesting to you?
I think that the world of the Vanguard Legacy series is really diverse, which is why we have Magicae (people with magical power) and the enhanced humans who make up the Vanguards. I guess that vampires were the most logical addition to the universe—they fit in with everyone else and allowed for a different dimension to the mythology.
Elora sounds like a strong heroine, could you tell us more about her character and what she faces in your books?
Poor Elora! She is very strong considering the challenges she has to face. Discovering that she is a twin is probably the first hurdle to overcome. She has more unusual skills compared to other Vanguards, an over-bearing mother and an odd past. Elora is given plenty of reasons to quit but she never does and I admire that about her. On top of all of that, often the decisions she makes lead to repercussions for the wider world, which is a lot of pressure in your teenage years. I hope her perseverance comes through.
Romance, I want to know about the romance! Is there a love triangle? Lots of heartbreak? A Happily Ever After, perhaps?
There is romance! Of course! Elora’s very best friend ever, Aaron, is in love with her at the beginning of Foretold (though she is a bit oblivious). She doesn’t reciprocate his feelings and soon meets Zak who she falls hopelessly in love with. Sadly, he isn’t all he seems to be and their love affair is rather tangled and testing for them both. I won’t discuss where they end up, because it could spoil any of the books for people who haven’t read them, just know that I believe every character gets the right ending!
Was it difficult to say goodbye to your characters while finishing Fated?
Not really. I had been drafting the book in my head for a while, ever since finishing up on Reflected. I was ready to give them their endings and let them go. I would love to write more in the universe, but time isn’t always on my side for things like that.
Did you create playlists for the Vanguard Legacy series?
No playlists, particularly. I listened to a lot of soundtracks while writing Reflected and a lot of Avril Lavigne while writing Fated. Foretold is so long ago now that I’m not sure what was on my stereo at the time, though I think it may have been Linkin Park.
Are you a coffee or tea drinker?
Decaf coffee or fruit tea—though I drink a lot of water. As a teacher, I spend more of my day talking, so need to keep hydrated.
If you could switch lives for a day with anyone - fictional or real - who would it be and what would you do?
An interesting question! I don’t think I would switch with anyone in particular – I’d love to go behind the scenes of some of my favourite TV shows though, to meet the cast and see filming in action. Maybe I’d be Sarah Rafferty on Suits for the day, I think I could carry off her character pretty well.
Favorite YA series?
Don’t have one – love too many! I can never pick an overall favourite. I love Twilight and The Hunger Games and Divergent and Partials and Vampire Academy and Demon Trappers and Timeriders—see, very indecisive!
Favorite YA movie adaptation?
The Hunger Games Series, without a doubt. I just think that they’ve held so true to the story and I love Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

Just really a thank you for having me along. On my behalf and the behalf of other authors – indie and self-published – reviews matter! If the reader can take the time to review, the writer knows they made an impact. Even if the review is negative. I am taking this message on board myself and trying to review what I read and share the love!
Sweet! Pretty awesome answers. We have similar tastes in books and movies :D. Thank you again for being here Joanne, I can't wait to meet Elora, Aaron, and Zak!


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Next up is an excerpt from Fated! But first, here's what the author has to say about it:
I thought that, with this being book three, it might be a good idea to introduce you a little to Elora’s new world and the new cast of characters in her life. The main events of Fated take place almost a year after the conclusion of Reflected, and a lot has changed for Elora. Now an active Vanguard, she is finally living an ‘ordinary’ life—you know, aside from the mind-reading and exceptional speed, strength and senses! Enjoy!
*Fated Excerpt*
My back slammed into the red brick wall, and a hot breath rushed out of me. Gasping, my eyes flickered shut for a second before I felt myself rise again. Cold, hard hands gripped my neck and lifted me until my face was level with a pair of menacing, soulless black eyes. I didn’t wriggle or squirm, not that I didn’t want to, but the hold the vampire had on my neck was choking the life out of me. Pushing out with my mind, I tried to find my back-up. Where on the Spirits was the rest of my quad?
My quad, however, seemed oddly absent, and I felt my heart beat grow a little more frantic—and probably more delicious-sounding considering my current company. Desperate now, I swung my legs up hard and punched my feet into the centre of the vampire’s chest. A dead thud reverberated through me. He snarled derisively while I pushed against him, trying to force him to release his grip on my throat. One shove, another. The third time, I summoned all of the Vanguard strength I had in me.
I caught the smug creature off-guard—my short stature often led my enemies into a false sense of security. His grasp loosened for a fraction of a second and I twisted away, both of us falling in a tangled heap on the floor while I gasped for breath. I scrambled away, the dirt from the alley pushing up under my fingernails as I skittered backwards. The vampire moved fast, and I was unable to put any real distance between us before his shadow loomed above me.
I cast my eyes towards the shadow, trying to anticipate the creature’s next move. It was not the vampire but my quadmate and commander, Marcus. He held his finger to his lips and I listened inside instead.
“The rest of the quad are behind you, Elora,” came Marcus’ calm, calculating voice. “We need to draw him that way if we’re going to take him alive.” This steady-in-the-face-of-danger attitude was something I had come to expect of Marcus during the last few months, and so I nodded, the panic fading as quickly as it had come.
Marcus slipped back behind a portion of the wall and continued his commands, relying on me to pass them around the quad. This was what I did, after all—human telephone. A sudden lump rose into my throat as the phrase fluttered through my brain, my assigned Vanguard Superior had coined it and he had died a little over six months ago whilst trying to protect me. He was an honourable man. I had trusted him and he had believed in me. It still hurt that he was gone. I had little time to think about it, though; the vampire had hold of my ankle and was slowly lifting me up. The tendons in my ankle popped, straining against my weight. My short, auburn hair slipped from its ponytail as I was lifted completely off the ground.
“They sent a little girl for me?” laughed a dry voice. We had reached the obligatory ‘just before you die’ gloating, and I steeled myself for the usual barrage of taunts and mockery. “Did they really think you would be able to take me down?” the vampire continued. I squirmed a little, making it look good. I knew the others were about to make their move and I was waiting as patiently as I could. “Little girl, I am Ramos. I have been alive probably ten times your lifespan! How dare you think you can kill me?” It was clear that Ramos needed this to be a two-way affair, so I joined in—if only to shut him up.
“Maybe I just look good for my age?” I coughed. It turned out it was difficult to speak when suspended upside down.
Marcus whispered to me that it was probably best not to antagonise the monster any more, but it was a little late for that.
“Good for your . . . ha!” Ramos mocked. “The lack of marks on your uniform show me just how little you are, girl.” The silver flecks on my sleeve were on the sparse side—but I was still new, really, so twelve was pretty good. With a sudden surge, the vampire wrenched me up and around, spinning me so that he once again gripped my neck rather than my ankle. Then he whispered darkly, “I think I will drink you slowly, painfully. Punishment for your arrogance.”
“Now would be a great time to perform your daring rescue!” I urged my quadmates silently. I saw them about the same time as Ramos heard them. They slipped in from three sides and completely surrounded him, like moths to a flame. His grip tightened on my neck for a moment and then he lowered me. Turning slowly, he looked to each of my team in turn. He was no doubt realising that I was the very junior of juniors when it came to Vanguards, and that my quad most definitely were not.
Marcus had his arms folded loosely across his chest. His forearms glistened in the faint orange glow from the distant streetlights. He had many more kills and captures to his name and he was not alone. Simon had an equally glittering past. Finally, Maria, who had been here only six months longer than I, certainly had her fair share.
“Well, well! I see this has become more of a banquet than a snack!” Ramos ran his tongue slowly over his teeth as if to prove his point. All at once, I lashed out with my foot, striking him in the back of the head and nudging him forward. Simon and Maria each grabbed an arm, and Marcus pushed his iron stake firmly through Ramos’ heart. He gasped a chalky breath before disintegrating gently into a fine grey powder. He really never saw it coming, how would he when the signal was invisible?
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About the Author

Joanne Kershaw lives in Wakefield, England, with her husband, four young children, and an uppity cat named Dipstick. As a teacher of five- to eleven-year-olds, she spends her days playing at being a grownup, then goes home to delve into Young Adult dark romance and being sixteen again. Joanne lives and breathes books, whether reading, writing, or marking them. She wrote her first novel in six weeks. Encouraged to submit her work by a friend and fellow YA novel addict, Joanne now finds herself a signed author at Xchyler Publishing.

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That's What HE Said Thursday #40: Tristan from Hidden Huntress


That's what HE said Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Chapter Break where you post a favorite line of a book boyfriend to his girl. It's the perfect meme to share all those awesome quotes!

                     Today's quote is from Tristan of Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen.


     Quote:
"Part of me would erase it, wipe it away if I could," he said. "Because seeing it makes me remember when I thought I was going to lose you. Reminds me of all the hurt that has come to you because of us. Because of me." Letting go with one arm, he traced the scar from top to bottom with one finger, and I shivered, feeling it in places I should not. He tilted his face up, his eyes no longer dulled to grey by magic and once again the strange silver pools I never ceased to lose myself in. "But part of me is glad that it will always be there for me to see," he continued, "because it is a sign of how much you can endure and survive. And it makes me less afraid."                     
-Tristan to Cécile

It was so hard to choose a non-spoilery quote from my one true love Tristan. All the ones I wanted to share revealed too much -including this one if you pay close attention- but in the end, I think it is safe to share and still swoon-worthy. ;)

In here he's speaking about Cécile's scar after diminishing himself for how broken he is on the outside. I loved how he thinks she is still strong and beautiful even though her scar is ugly. This was an intense scene and a rare moment in which Tristan truly opens up to Cécile.  I loved seeing this vulnerable side of him, it made him seem more... human even though he's a troll. 

Early Review: Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen

Title: Hidden Huntress
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: The Malediction Trilogy #2
Genre: YA Fantasy 
Publisher: Angry Robot Books
Publication Date:  June 2nd, 2015
Page Count: 480 pages
Format:  eARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley in exchange of my honest opinion.


Summary:
Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars

After little over a year of waiting, I can't believe I have already read the sequel of my favorite book of 2014. It feels like a dream and a nightmare of sorts. A dream because it was in every way as amazing as I thought it would be, and a nightmare because this book was brutal to my heart and once again I'm living through all the pain and anguish of waiting for the next (and final *sob*) book in the Malediction Trilogy.

My heart soars and breaks at the same time just by thinking about this book. This awesome, stunning and wonderfully written book. Hidden Huntress was epic & such an exciting adventure into a world filled by magic so dark and beautiful. It made me smile, it made me grieve, it made my heart pump faster than ever before, and impossible as I thought it was, it made me fall harder and deeper in love with this series.

But, even though I was so excited to finally read Hidden Huntress, I was also extremely nervous and afraid to find out what Danielle L. Jensen had in store for Tristan, Cécile, Marc and every other character I fell in love with in Stolen Songbird. I knew in my heart that even though they are her characters, she still had the power to make them suffer, to make US all suffer, and unfortunately, this comes true. In Hidden Huntress, no character is left untouched.

The fates of my beloved friends stabbed my heart. Like my beautiful Tristan, whose magic seemed unstoppable and his strength unshakable. My once jolly friends Vincent and Victoria, I seriously thought they would ALWAYS be cracking jokes. Marc, Élise, including Anaïs ... not enough words to express my pain for them. For everyone, really.

The one good thing is that Cécile doesn't suffer as much as everyone does, but her pursue for Anushka sure takes its toll on her. Since desperate times call for desperate measures, she is forced to use any means to find Anushka. And guys, what she accomplishes will surely make everyone gasp and shout and perhaps squeal quite loud.

However, do not worry too much. This is just me suffering like I love to do when I can't get over a book. Though Hidden Huntress is definitely a much darker read and different from Stolen Songbird as it gives us a wider perspective from the human world, it does have its amusing, feel-good moments and you will even learn to love many more characters who you didn't get a chance to feel for in Stolen Songbird. But without giving too much away, I can assure you that you will also get plenty of answers and probably, possibly, maybe get the unexpected. Whatever that may be. Just prepare yourself.

For me, Hidden Huntress was the sequel I was dreaming for and I wish I could just copy & paste the ENTIRE book here just to show you right now how awesome it is. I was once asked which part of the book was my favorite, but since it would be revealing a heavy spoiler, I'll just share my favorite line, the one quote that I can't get out of my mind:
"Sometimes, one must do the unthinkable," I said, "for it is the only way to accomplish the impossible."
Those words, although they appear on the covers of both books, didn't come to mean so much for me until THAT moment when they were put together.

And that's it, I'll say no more about this incredible book until you read it. You HAVE to read it when it comes out. If you are hesitant about it, don't be. It's an incredible book. Before reading Stolen Songbird, I never thought I would come to love a story about trolls and magic so much that it would erase every other single book from my mind. Now look at me, beyond obsessed with it! And, honestly, I won't ever tire of recommending the Malediction Trilogy.

Need.Book.Three.NOW. ;)

P.S. @StolenSongbird on twitter is giving away a copy of Hidden Huntress! It ends today, so hurry. ;)
https://twitter.com/StolenSongbird/status/596720701672792064

The Week's Entrée #64

Hi! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!


This edition will be short and sweet since I don't have much to tell. I didn't get any new books *pouts*, although I did request a few books on Netgalley. Really don't know if I'll get accepted or not, but I'll be crossing my fingers since I desperately need them. :)

Oh, yes. I have a tip of the week! If you ever decide to change your blog's URL, contact Bloglovin' immediately and let them know about the change. I was having a bit of trouble with my blog updates (they were not showing), but I finally got the support team to fix it for me. You just open a support ticket/email and tell them that you would like for them to update the site with your new address. It took about a week for them to get to it, but they'll answer! *Ends incredible tip.*

*****
Book reviews in other sites:

I reviewed Touch Me by Skye Malone at Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers

This novella is pretty short, but still an interesting paranormal read. I liked it and I might continue reading the series just to see where it goes.

Here's the novella's summary:

Caitlin Faire was only expecting a simple night out to celebrate her best friend’s twenty-first birthday. But enter one gorgeous and mysterious guy, and inexplicable visions that can’t possibly be real, and you have an evening that becomes anything but simple.

Suddenly, she’s seeing visions everywhere. Being overwhelmed by strange impulses she can’t control. She thinks she’s going insane.

Until she almost kills the first man she touches.

To Read This Week:




I'm currently reading An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir! It's GOOD so far. Should have been done with it already but life has gotten in the way and I've had little time to read *shakes fist at life*.

*****
And that's it for The Week's Entrée! Hope you have a wonderful week! :)

Popular YA Fandoms I'm Not Sure If I'll Ever Join

With all the movie news and tv shows being produced from YA books, I've noticed that I'm VERY far behind on joining some of these fandoms, and I'm not so sure if I want to join in or if I ever will. There once was a time that I wanted desperately to read these books, but as time passed and new books were released, they were sort of pushed down the list and long since forgotten about. Until now that is.

So here is a list of all the popular YA books (and fandoms) I have yet to join. (Note: Not all are being made into movies/tv shows).


1. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare



Although technically I've already read City of Bones and liked it, I didn't feel the need to continue with the rest of the books in the series. I watched the movie and thought it was okay. The tv show sounds more promising. I may try to read the next books once it is closer to be aired, but I'm not close to excited.

And that brings me to...

2. The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare


Okay, I've heard this one is better than The Mortal Instruments, but I still can't bring myself to read it. Might need more people telling me why I should start reading at least Clockwork Angel *hint hint*. ;)

3. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead


I watched the movie and I thought it was nice, but that's as far as I got into joining the fandom. Guess I got over my vampire phase a long time ago and now I'm now I'm not that interested (except with Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series, very cool).

4. House of Night series by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast


I read Marked and also thought it was nice, but seriously, a TWELVE book series? No, thank you. Knowing that sort of brought me down (although at the time I DID want to get them). Now I just don't want to commit to such a long series.

5. Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin



I know this series is a favorite of many, but I'm not sure if I would like it. It sounds so... bleak. The covers are beautiful though, especially this one. :)

6. Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout



I remember people were raving about these books (some still are), but all the hype kind of rubbed me in the wrong way and I don't feel of reading this series. Should I? Is it worth the shot?

7. Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles



Are these books really that cool? I've heard the guys are way too hot and swoon-worthy, but I still can't bring myself to pick up even the first book (and I own it). Maybe it had to do with a bad review I read a long time ago...

8. John Green's Books



I thought that after reading The Fault in our Stars I was going to want to binge-read all of John Green's books, but I didn't, not after reading their descriptions. I felt bored and just not in the mood for them. However, I do think I will end up reading Paper Towns before the movie comes out, but it will be forced on my part, LOL.

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And the list could go on, but these were the first that popped into my mind. I'm well aware I might eat my words later, but honestly, I wouldn't mind being proved wrong. ;)

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