Book Review: The Fountain by Suzy Vadori

Title: The Fountain
Author: Suzy Vadory
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Evil Alter Ego Press
Publication Date:  December 8th, 2015
Page Count:  206 pages
Format:  eBook
Source: From YA Bound Book Tours


Summary:
Careful what you wish for. It just might come true. 

In the forbidden West Woods, Ava stumbles on the secret fountain that has granted wishes to St. Augustus students for generations. Unknowingly, she watches the coin she tosses disappear and with it the world around her as she knows it.

In a quest to undo the damage she’s done, she and alumni kid Ethan break every campus rule unravelling a tangled web of history. Ava discovers that what’s right isn’t always clear and finds herself torn between a love she’s always known and one she has yet to explore. 
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 3/5 stars

To be fair, I started reading The Fountain without any high expectations since I had not heard much about it, but since it takes place in an old boarding school with some magic involved (things I am very fond of), I thought I'd give it a chance and see where it would all lead.

As it turned out, this book started off really great. I was loving St. Augustus. I seriously dig books set in boarding schools because they remind me of old school YA and I think they are the perfect setting for mysteries and magic and sneaking around at night and falling in love. ♥ So I was pretty much smitten about the whole St. Augustus idea. Much more when I met the  cute, dark-haired guy!

However, despite there being a magical fountain that's able to grant wishes, I felt that I needed more magic to make me feel that I was reading a fantasy book. Instead, I think that what I was really reading was a book with magical realism. And like reality, The Fountain was a bit short on resolutions. I needed more closure. Unless there's a sequel? Because I just can't stand the idea of leaving the story the way it ends. I would read it!

The whole idea is great and I did enjoy reading this book, so if you like boarding schools, then you'll be drawn to this book no matter what. But if you are not that into loose endings, then it's possible that this book isn't for you.

Adorkable Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!


Hi guuuuys! Welcome to my stop in the blog tour of Adorkable by Cookie O'Gorman! Gosh, I'm so excited to share with you all my thoughts about this AMAZING book and to share with you a giveaway that YOU MUST enter. Check it out below and don't forget to add this cute book to your TBR. It's so worth it!

*****
Title: Adorkable
Author: Cookie O'Gorman
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: March 31st, 2016
Page Count: 283 Pages
Format: eARC
Source: From tour host in exchange of my honest opinion

 Goodreads | Amazon 

Book Summary:
Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz.

Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she's done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There's only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take.

Her solution: she needs a fake boyfriend. And fast.

Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around-hottie, and Sally's best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He'd do anything for Sal--even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she's "more than pretty," and expertly kissing her at parties.

The problem: Sally's been in love with Becks all her life--and he's completely clueless.

This book features two best friends, one special edition Yoda snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses and begs the question:

Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?

 *The Reader's Review*

     My rating: 5/5 stars
I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK.


Gosh, a few days before I read this book I was really wishing for a contemporary book that would give me all the feels, that would make me fall in love, laugh out loud, grin like a fool, and after reaching the end, wish to read it all over again. 

ADORKABLE turned out to be EXACTLY what I wanted and possibly even more. I had no idea I was going to love it as much as I did. But after reading the first page, I knew this book would be my kind of read. I immediately liked the characters and their personalities. They are so much FUN. Everyone.

I know that this book sounds like the typical YA book where the guy best friend agrees to pretend-date the girl and they both end falling for each other, but this book is hands-down one of the best I have read of its kind. It's so well done, not at all cheesy, and best of all, has a lot of HP references! Okay, maybe that's not like the best reason, but the geek in me totally fangirled over this. So adorkable! (Pun intended)



I don't have a single bad thing to say about Sally. I really liked her and I wish I had a friend like her. We would have HP marathons, I would let her introduce me to the Star Wars & Star Trek fandom, and of course, hang around in geeky clothes! 

Hooker, Sally's best girl friend, and Sally's mom, were hilarious. I can't believe they worked so hard together behind Sally's back just to try to set her up with guys. And the type they would set her up with? So not Sally's type! Except that one geeky guy who was rather intense and falls in love quickly LOL. Like the dog in UP!

But my Becks, omgggg. I want a boyfriend just like him! He is so sweet and funny and so hoooot. His dating lessons OMGGGGGGG. *le swoon* My cheeks refused to relax from their extreme grinning the whole time I was reading. And Becks' brothers! Their teasing was so amazing, and more how they were all on Sally's side, instead of his. Agh, loved it! I loved Becks! I SHALL MARRY HIM.


So as you can see, I really loved this book. If you are looking for a contemporary read that will make you have a great time, introduce you to a new book boyfriend worthy of your swoons, and lots of dorkiness, then you will surely enjoy Adorkable! ♥


*****

About the Author

Cookie O'Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her debut novel ADORKABLE will be released in2016.




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Early Review: The Island by S. Usher Evans

Title: The Island
Series: Madion War Trilogy #1
Author: S. Usher Evans
Genre: YA Fantasy/Dystopian
Publisher: Sun's Golden Day Publishing
Publication Date:  April 26th, 2016
Page Count:  260 pages
Format:  eARC
Source: From author in exchange of an honest review


Summary:
Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.

Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country's independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.

When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian's medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo's survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.

Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?

The Island is the first in a new romance trilogy by S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series and Empath. 
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars

Guys, have I mentioned that I love the Blue Lagoon? It's a film that dates back to 1980 and it's about a man and two babies (boy and girl) that get stuck on an Island called Blue Lagoon (I think) and after the guy dies, they both grow up there and learn how to survive on their own away from civilization and such. It's really good.

OH! And have you all seen Cast Away starring Tom Hanks (Wilsoooon *cries*). It's another great movie in which the guy finds himself in an Island after his airplane crashes and spends a looong time on his own, eating fish, drinking coconut water and talking to his good old buddy Wilson, the volley ball.


Anyway, my point here is that The Island by S. Usher Evans is a mighty fine example of what happens when you suddenly find yourself stranded on an Island. With no way of getting out of it. Without resources. And with your nation's sworn enemy.

I had a really great time reading this book and I was done with it before I knew it! From page one I was sucked into Theo's and Galian's sides of the story (alternating POVs!) and it was interesting to learn how different both of their lives were from each other before they shoot each other out off the sky meet. Galian being a prince of Kylaen, used to luxury and a hearty breakfast every morning. Theo a Captain of the opposing country wanting independence, used to fighting for her life every single day.

When they both find themselves on the Island somewhere in the Madion Sea, Galian and Theo, after a rough beginning, manage to push the war and their prejudices to the back of their minds and slowly learn to trust and to lean on each other's skills to get to live for another day. But they can't deny the call of the Island!  Because the more time they spend with each other and their defenses start to crumble in order to survive, they quickly move past from their need to kill each other to... more. *wink*


The romance that blooms between them is sweet, but the kind that can only end with heart break. For when or IF they ever manage to get out of the Island, war will be back on their shoulders and they will be enemies once again. *cries*

I'm looking forward to read the next book in the trilogy since the ending of this book left me a bit upset and I feel that I need to learn more about the two warring countries. Up until this point, I'm not sure which side is the good side, but I guess not knowing IS part of the fun, right?

I do recommend for you to pick up a copy of The Island once it comes out and loose yourself in a story of war, love, and survival. 

The Week's Entrée #94

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

Can you believe I haven't done one of these posts since the beginning of the month?! CRAZY I know. This book blogging slump did really hit me HARD. But thanks to all of you who left me you support in my last post and some pretty darn good advice, I sort of feel a bit more positive and excited to get my blogging fun back (in a few days, I'm still taking it slow) ;)

So what I'll be doing the next few days? Reading reading reading! And jotting down ideas! And tweeting. Maybe even trying to become a better bookstagrammer? I would so love that!

And hey, before I forget, guess who reached that much coveted 80% ratio on Netgalley?



Yaaaaaay! I'm so happy about that because I now have that pretty 80% badge on my sidebar and I can scratch that goal out of my 2016 list. ♥


Book reviews in other sites:

I reviewed The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris at Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers

This book is a really cute read, not quite what I was hoping for, but it did give me a few feels and had me grinning a lot. The characters have chemistry and the guy is super cute. So I would recommend if you want a light, fast read. ;)

Here's the book's summary:

According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you’re friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.
*****
Books I got in March!

{Purchased} 


Both of these beauties were on sale!


My copy of Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie arrived yesterday and I love it so much! It's quite a big book too and I can't wait to read it.


My sister brought me 9 books from library bookstores and they are in such nice conditions. Yay for library books!


 I also got myself copy of The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury in the beginning of the month, have yet to read it tho :(

{Won} 


Aaaand in March I also received the 25 books I won in Maximum Pop! Books Massive YA Giveaway. I'm one lucky gal.

So all in all, March has been my best book haul month EVER. 38 books! (Not counting review books) :)

To Read This Week:


I just started this book and YEEEAAAS. I'm loving the reading vibes I am getting from it. Not to mention that the cute, dark-haired boy that must be the real love interest is the kind of book boyfriend I love to love. ;) Hope that it stays good till the very end!

*****
And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What have you been up to lately? :)

Book Review: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Title: The Dovekeepers
Author: Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: October 4th, 2011
Page count: 504 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

Goodreads | Amazon

Book Summary:
Blends mythology, magic, archaeology and women. Traces four women, their path to the Masada massacre. In 70 CE, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain in the Judean desert, Masada. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. 

Four bold, resourceful, and sensuous women come to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the horrifically brutal murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her twin grandsons, rendered mute by their own witness. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman, who finds passion with another soldier. Shirah is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power. The four lives intersect in the desperate days of the siege, as the Romans draw near. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets — about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.


 *The Chef's Review*
     My rating: 4/5 stars


I first found out about this book in a library displayed as "librarians top choices". It caught my eye and I was looking for something new to read so I purchased it and decided to give it a try. It started slow at first, but it quickly raised interest. 

I found it amazing that this story is based in real background history. It just gives me goosebumps that it might have happened even if it's not entirely true. This book is so full of details that I actually felt the despair, the moods and the weathers that the author describes.
The main characters are intense. Everything that each of them had to go through is just unspeakable. You find yourself thinking that their choices are preposterous, but then in those times there weren't many choices, especially for women.

What drew most of my attention was the every day life back in those days. Of course you know that they didn't have a lot of comodities, but it's interesting to read how they got by. Everyone had to get a job, do chores, the clothing, the preparation of food, hygiene, etc. and there was even time for gossip although the main characters weren't too much up for it.

I really liked the story. It was amazing how the story developed giving you little by little as to why and how things happen. I was nearing to the end and I had no idea as to how the story could end for it to not leave me in a mess of emotions. I cannot talk about the ending except that it was bittersweet and harsh.

There were some very few aspects that existed that prevented me from giving it five stars, but all in all the story was very good. In fact, it did inspire me a little and I did some digging around as to how to do Jerusalem sesame bread or bagels (Ka3ek bel semsem) since they mentioned it a lot. I did my own version with the ingredients I had at hand. 


They came out pretty good! And paired off with strawberry jam = perfection!
What do you guys think? 

Help! I'm in a blogging slump!

Guys, I never thought I'd say this but I *think* I'm in a book blogging slump.


Like, I start writing something and I can't bring myself to finish a single post. And as a result, I have a gazillion drafts (okay, maybe around 7 in total) but STILL, it sucks. I want to blog, yet I don't feel like blogging. Um, whut?

I've felt so uninspired lately that I've barely posted in the last few weeks. I sort of feel like blaming my latest reading slump (which I believe it's finally coming to an end since I've read two pretty great books in the last few days). Could it be? Hmmm...

Maybe I should read more books non-stop till the point of being full of goody bookish feels. What do you guys think? I'm starting to like this idea...

Or maybe I should start joining a few bookish memes? I used to do one, but I sort of fell out of it since the hosts stopped making it a weekly thing. But then again, I don't want to fill up my blog with memes just for the sake of posting. I just want to have fun writing blog posts! Is that too much to ask? *cries*

I love book blogging, it makes me happy, and I'm definitely going through a weird phase right now but I need to get over this like, NOW.


Have you ever gone through a book blogging slump? Any tips for this uninspired soul? Cookies? I could always use hugs and cookies!

Spring Book Tag


Hi! So I decided to do the Spring Tag hosted by Beyond The Book Reviews and I'm Mad For Books, Luv for their monthly book tag! I had a lot of fun answering these bookish questions and am now looking forward for next month's tag.

But for now, here we go!

1. What's your Spring TBR?

For the following days I plan on reading:

Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen (re-read)
The Island by S. Usher Evans
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
+ more ;)

2. If someone asked you for a Spring release recommendation, what book would it be?


Liars and Losers Like Us by Ami Allen-Vath. This book is all kinds of amazing and must be at the top of your TBR!



3. Which two books are you eagerly awaiting that releases within the next two months?


I can't wait to get my copies of ACOMAF and The Rose & the Dagger. Both stories are beautifully written and I know they won't disappoint!



4. Which character would make a great Easter bunny?


Imma go with Puck from The Iron Fey series. He likes to change shapes so maybe he also likes to turn into a bunny? *giggles*



5. What book makes you think of Spring?

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. I'm not even sure if it takes place during spring, but it's a bright, colorful book. Just like this season. ♥



6. Name a cover with flowers on it.


Not very springish, but it has flowers and it's soooooo pretty!

7. Which two characters would you want to go on an Easter egg hunt with?

I would go with the troll twins Vincent and Victoria from The Malediction Trilogy because they know how to have fun and are pretty competitive. Plus, lots of puns and I do love puns.


8. What is your favorite bookish spring activity to do?

I love to touch and stare at my books.


9. Which book did you enjoy that had a Springish cover?



10. What is your favorite contemporary author?

Stephanie Perkins all the way! ♥

ARC April: Aiming for the gold!

Guys! I'm taking up the challenge and participating in ARC April hosted by the lovely bloggers at Eat. Sleep. Repeat! ARC April will be a month-long challenge of reading as many ARCs as you can in order to lower that ever-growing TBR. I participated in ARC August last year and boy was it fun since everyone was cheering each other on to tackle our piles and reach our goals.

This challenge's point system is as follows:

1-4 ARCs read for the month = The Bronze Reader Level
5-9 ARCs read for the month = The Silver Reader Level
10-15 ARCs read for the month = The Gold Reader Level
16+ ARCs read for the month = The Diamond Reader Level


 

 

I am aiming for the gold level, and I will try my hardest to reach this goal, but even if I read only 5 of these, I will consider it a great achievement. And who knows, maybe I'll read MORE. Wouldn't that be awesome?


Now I have to ask you, are you joining ARC April? You have until April 15th to sign up! Cool incentives involved too ;)

Limerence by Charlotte McConaghy Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop in the blog tour of Limerence by Charlotte McConaghy! Below you can find my review of the epic finale to The Cure trilogy and enter to win all three books in digital format! Thanks for stopping by. :)
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Limerence
by Charlotte McConaghy
April 2016 by Momentum, Pan Macmillan

No injection can cure love. Only life can do that.

Deep in the darkest tunnels hide the last of the resistance fighters. Hunted by the savage Furies and the ruthless Bloods, they live in constant peril. The only means of survival is to seek strength in family and find courage in love. So what happens when love is cured, scoured away, leaving death in its place?

In the final battle for freedom, there are no lines that won't be crossed. And for Josi this means becoming the creature she fears most of all: the girl with a blood moon heart.

The gripping conclusion to the dystopian trilogy The Cure, Limerence is a love story for the monsters within.

Perfect for fans of Pierce Brown, Laini Taylor and Maggie Stiefvater.

*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars


UGGGGHHH. This book, and the series, made me go through SO MUCH, that I can't believe I actually came out unscathed. Scratch that, I am sort of messed up. The last chapters had me crying and smiling and loving/hating the story and it's characters. How it all wraps up and the high cost for finally breaking free.

The Cure series is about how humanity has been ripped up some crucial feelings/emotions that makes us truly human. First, Fury. Humans are only just content selves that are not capable anymore to speak up for themselves. Then, Sadness. A sinking level that one must reach in order to get back up and fight. Lastly, Love. The ultimate feeling that makes us feel for us and others, that gives us the strength to never give up. 

But this story is also about Josephine Luquet. A young woman immune to the cures, but haunted by the blood moon that turns her into a monster and kills savagely anyone that crosses her path. A monster that was thought to be subdued, but not really gone.

If you're looking for a great dystopian series, then look no further. I have reached the end of this magnificent series and while we had some ups and downs, I'm so glad I pushed it into the very end. I loved how it surprises every time, how it goes for the blow and doesn't back down. It gives us a strong heroine that is far from perfect, but you can't stop from following because she is the kind of leader you'd want to have. She gains the reader's respect.

This final installment focuses more on the love cure and while it killed me to see how it unfolds, especially when it came to my love for Josi's and Luke's relationship, I had such a ride in every page. It killed me, healed me, then killed me all over again.

"No injection can cure love. Only life can do that."

Truer words were never spoken. Read this series now and prepare to fall in love... and fight for your life. ♥

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About Charlotte McConaghy


Charlotte has been writing from a young age, and has published several novels including the science-fiction series The Cure and the romantic fantasy series The Chronicles of Kaya. She studied a Masters of Screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and is the author of the Australian Writer's Guild award-winning screenplay Fury – adapted from her novel of the same name. She lives in Sydney, writing novels and working on both film and television projects, as well as an upcoming graphic novel Skin.
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GIVEAWAY!

One winner will receive digital copies of Fury, Melancholy and Limerence

Open Worldwide

Ends March 30

Giveaway is provided by the publisher and hosts are not responsible. Must be 13 or older to enter and have parental permission if under 17. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win.




This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.