August Wrap-Up and Haul!

Hello, readers!

It’s the end of the month, so it’s time to let you know what books that I read in August and the books that I bought!

I read three books in August and I bought four, so let’s get started!


1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

Series: Harry Potter, #8

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 1 day

Synopsis: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

2. The McCullagh Inn in Maine by Jen McLaughlin

Series: McCullagh Inn, #1

Rating: 3 stars

Time I Read: 4 days

Synopsis: Chelsea McCullagh escapes to Maine with a gun and fresh bruises. She’s ready to begin anew-until she runs into her old flame, Jeremy Holland. As he helps to fix her inn, her heart heals and they rediscover what they once loved about each other. But as the two play house, it starts to seem too good to last.

3. Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

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Series: N/A

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 19 days

Synopsis: Waverly Camdenmar spends her nights running until she can’t even think. Then the sun comes up, life goes on, and Waverly goes back to her perfectly hateful best friend, her perfectly dull classes, and the tiny, nagging suspicion that there’s more to life than student council and GPAs. Marshall Holt is a loser. He drinks on school nights and gets stoned in the park. He is at risk of not graduating, he does not care, he is no one. He is not even close to being in Waverly’s world. But then one night Waverly falls asleep and dreams herself into Marshall’s bedroom—and when the sun comes up, nothing in her life can ever be the same. In Waverly’s dreams, the rules have changed. But in her days, she’ll have to decide if it’s worth losing everything for a boy who barely exists.

4. Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

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Series: N/A

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 7 days


Now, for my book haul!

1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)

Series: Harry Potter, #4

Length: 734 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

2. Cupcake by Rachel Cohn

Cupcake (Cyd Charisse, #3)

Series: Cyd Charisse, #3

Length: 336 pages

Have I Read It: No

3. Reality Check by Jen Calonita

Reality Check

Series: N/A

Length: 277 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

4. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

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Series: Vampire Academy, #3

Length: 443 pages

Have I Read It: No


And that’s it for my August wrap-up and haul!

Come back tomorrow for my August favorites!

See you then!

 

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Nerve by Jeanne Ryan Review!

Started: August 22, 2016

Finished: August 28, 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Genre: YA thriller

Summary (from Goodreads): When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the gameknows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it’s exhilarating–Vee and Ian’s fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they’re directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they’re playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?


Okay, so first order of business: don’t go into this thinking it’s going to be the same as the movie.

Nerve was an anticipated movie release for me this summer, and I’ve seen it twice at this point. I loved it (even though it stressed me out beyond belief). The book I was not quite as thrilled with, even though I did end up giving it four stars.

The book had a very slow exposition to me. It took a long time getting introduced to the characters and to get to the action of the story. This is one of the things that I believe the movie did better, because the movie jumps quickly into the action of Nerve.

The plot wasn’t very exciting to me, and it seemed to drag in places. I constantly found my eyes wandering off the pages while I was reading, and I really didn’t like that. I like plots that move quickly enough to hold my (very short span) attention for long enough that I can focus on it for my reading stints.

The thing that saved this book from a lower rating was the end.

Oh my, was this ending dramatic. It was exciting, it was exhilirating, and I don’t know why the movie didn’t keep some aspects of it. The twist was interesting and I was texting my best friend immediately because I just couldn’t how amazing the ending was. This ending bumped my whole opinion of the book up enough that I could give it four stars without much hesitation.

The characters were great, but also pretty generic for a YA novel. I’ve read so many novels where the protagonist is a quirky seemingly untalented sidekick to the perfect, uber-talented best friend side character and then she meets a dark, mysterious bad boy and “finds herself”. These characters were very generic, so don’t go into this book thinking you’ll get new, unique characters. Far from it, actually. They are very well-written generic characters, but generic characters nonetheless.

All in all, I liked this book. Was it as good as the movie? No. Will I read it again? I’d like to say no, but knowing myself, I probably will at some point in my life. Give it a read if you want to, but just don’t go into it expecting the same story from the movie, because you will be extremely disappointed if you do. But I’ll let you make your judgments on the book’s story. I really liked it at the end, and I hope that everyone who reads it finds some enjoyment in it!


NEXT READ: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

To Be Read Tag!

Hello, readers!

I thought it was time for another little fun book tag, so I chose this one, the TBR tag.

I found the tag on the blog Spines & Covers, and their post can be found here.

Let’s get started!


1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I use Goodreads to track what books that I want to read, and then when I’m actually deciding what I want to read, I use Google Keep to make checklists of the ones I want to read.

2. Is your TBR mostly print books or e-books?

Print! I prefer print books, and I usually only get free books on my Kindle to read when I have no other print books to read.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

If I’ve recently bought books, then I just go in the order that I purchased them in. If I haven’t bought any books, I just pull up my TBR list, go to the library, and buy the first four that they have off of my list!

4. A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

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The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I’ve had this on my TBR since I first opened my Goodreads account (I added it to my TBR list on July 7, 2013!) and I got so close to finishing it once, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’ll read it eventually!

5. A book that you recently added to your TBR pile?

I take TBR pile to mean the books that I own that are to be read, but I’ll do the most recent book I bought that’s on my TBR and just the last book I added to my TBR!

Most recent book I bought on my TBR:

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Cupcake by Rachel Cohn! I picked this one up without knowing it’s the third book in a series…and I haven’t read the first two. So it will be a while until I get to this one, but I’ll get there!

Most recent addition to my Goodreads TBR list:

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Vassas in the Night by Sarah Porter! I entered a giveaway for this one, and it added it to my TBR, so this is my most recent addition!

6. A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

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The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman! I bought this book because the cover just captivated me in the store, and it’s on my September TBR so I’ll be getting to this one very soon!

7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading?

I want to read every book I have on my TBR so none!

8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

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Kids of Appetite by David Arnold! I loved Mosquitoland, so I’m really excited for more of David Arnold’s writing!

9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you?

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi! I feel like everyone in the world has read this book except for me! I really want to read this, but it just hasn’t worked out yet. Maybe soon!

10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

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Hollow City by Ransom Riggs! I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children the year it came out and then just…never picked this one up. My friends keep telling me to just finish the series, so hopefully I will soon.

11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

None, currenty. They’re all books that I’ve picked out on Goodreads, none that I’ve been super excited for recently.

12. The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

This is going to be embarrassing…I jut really like books and I want to read a lot of them, okay?

I have a grand total of 437 books on my Goodreads TBR shelf.


And that is my TBR tag! I have a lot of reading to do!

See you next time with a book review!

Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff Review!

Started: August 4, 2016

Finished: August 22, 2016

Genre: YA, contemporary, romance, magical realism

Rating: 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Waverly Camdenmar spends her nights running until she can’t even think. Then the sun comes up, life goes on, and Waverly goes back to her perfectly hateful best friend, her perfectly dull classes, and the tiny, nagging suspicion that there’s more to life than student council and GPAs. Marshall Holt is a loser. He drinks on school nights and gets stoned in the park. He is at risk of not graduating, he does not care, he is no one. He is not even close to being in Waverly’s world. But then one night Waverly falls asleep and dreams herself into Marshall’s bedroom—and when the sun comes up, nothing in her life can ever be the same. In Waverly’s dreams, the rules have changed. But in her days, she’ll have to decide if it’s worth losing everything for a boy who barely exists.


Well, this was definitely a different YA contemporary.

The wonderful Maggie Stiefvater reviewed this novel as: “I can’t tell if this novel is a dream wrapped in razor wire or razor wire wrapped in a dream.”

I have to agree with her.

This book is rough. It’s rough around the edges, but once you got into Waverly’s head, it became even rougher.

This story, at its bare bones, is about a girl who is changing herself to fit into her school. And she’s really, really good at it. Waverly is so good at changing herself, that she doesn’t even realize who the real her is. Marshall Holt is the opposite. He’s not very good at changing himself to fit in, but he also doesn’t really know who he is under the pain that his parents cause him.

It’s a story about two people who don’t know themselves coming together in a place no one knows about where they can find themselves with each other.

This book was absolutely beautiful. I’m a big fan of Brenna Yovanoff’s writing. She’s the author of my favorite short story ever “Scheherazade”, which is right here if you haven’t read it (I highly recommend that you do). This was the first full-length novel I’ve read by her, but I had high expectations because I had heard her speak about this novel at a YA convention that I went to in March. I loved the concept of it, but I only just got around to reading it this month.

The plot was very well-thought out to me, I didn’t really notice any big plot holes that were concerning or any part of the plot that I really didn’t like. The fact that this didn’t read like the YA contemporaries that I’m used to reading was a refreshing change and I loved it.

Even though it doesn’t appear like a dark read, it was very dark at times. Waverly’s inner monologue caused me so much heartbreak, that it was hard to keep reading. The idea that she needed to be someone else to be the best friend to the girl that she essentially created broke my heart. The farther she grew away from Maribeth and the closer she grew to Autumn made me really happy for her, and I began to look at Waverly as my own friend.

I loved that I could see Waverly’s personal growth and strength throughout the novel. She grew from a girl who believed that she couldn’t be who she wanted to be or show any side of her other than the calculating side that built the world she lived in. She knew everything she needed to say and when she needed to say it to get the result that was expected of her. She grew from this to a girl who was willing to be emotionally vulnerable to get what she wanted, and she was willing to admit that she wanted things that were not considered the social norm. For that, I loved her and she is by far my favorite character.

All in all, I really loved this book and I really loved Brenna Yovanoff’s writing. I look forward to reading her other books in the future (probably the near future), and finding more stories that are like dreams wrapped in razor wire (thanks Maggie).


NEXT READ: Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Readers Confession Tag!

Hello, readers!

So this is a little bit different than most tags that I usually do because it’s not really about the books themselves, but about me with the books!

I haven’t posted in a while and I missed my blog, so while I finish up Places No One Knows, I thought I would post this fun little tag.

Let’s get started!


1. Have you ever damaged your own book?

On purpose, no. On accident, absolutely. My personal copy of Shiver is actually a joke amongst my friends because it’s so messed up. I just read and reread books so many times that they get so messed up. It’s a problem, actually.

2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Only once. I feel asleep with an open marker and a library book and when I woke up there was green marker all over the pages of the book. I had to buy that book from the library and my mom was not happy. But I’ve never damaged a book that a friend let me borrow.

Bonus story time: When I was in high school, I had frequent nose bleeds (they came about once a month at their worst). I borrow the second book in the Maze Runner series from my really good friend who played flute in band with me, and I was reading it during my free period and I felt a really bad nosebleed about to happen (I could always tell when they were about to happen). I had the choice between bleeding all over his book or bleeding all over my crisp, clean white jacket while I ran to the bathroom. I chose the jacket, so I had bright red bloodstains all over my jacket and all over my wrists for the rest of the day. I had band with him and I was just kind of like “But I didn’t bleed on your book!”. I refuse to damage other people’s books.

3. How long does it take you to read a book?

As you can tell by my reviews and wrap-ups, it honestly depends on what’s going on in my life and if I’m really excited for a book. If I’m really excited for a book, I can read it in one or two days. If I’m just reading the book because I picked it up somewhere or I have a lot going on in my life, then it takes me anywhere between three days and two weeks. It usually doesn’t take me longer than two weeks to read any book.

4. Books that you haven’t finished?

This is going to be a loooong list. I try to finish every book that I start, but there are just some that take me too long to get through so I give them up for a little while. I’ll just go through my Goodreads and list all the books I’ve started and never finished. A star (*) will denote the ones that I never plan to finish:

  • The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
  • Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
  • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  • Vampire Academy series (#3, 4, 5, 6) by Richelle Mead
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  • A Fatal Friendship: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr by Arnold A. Rogow*
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer*
  • The Girl With the Sturgeon Tattoo: A Parody by Lars Arffssen
  • Illuminated by Erica Orloff
  • This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti*
  • Pretty Little Liars series (#7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16) by Sara Shepard
  • The Elysium Chronicles series (#3) by J.A. Souders
  • Paris to Die For by Maxine Kenneth*
  • Shopaholic series (#5, 6, 7) by Sophie Kinsella
  • Dear John by Nicholas Sparks*
  • Burn for Burn series (#2, 3) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
  • Hearts and Arrows series (#2, 3) by Staci Hart
  • Double Threat series (#2, 3, 4) by Julie Prestsater
  • Room by Emma Donoghue*
  • Switched by Amanda Hocking
  • Bright Young Things series (#2, 3) by Anna Godbersen
  • Luxe series (#4) by Anna Godbersen
  • Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann
  • Fame Game series (#2, 3) by Lauren Conrad
  • Pretenders series (#2) by Lisi Harrison
  • Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa Klein*
  • Fallen by Lauren Kate
  • Anna and the French Kiss series (#2, 3) by Stephanie Perkins
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • Girl in Blue by Ann Rinaldi*
  • The Second Time Around by Mary Higgins Clark*
  • The Bridge Across Forever: A True Love Story by Richard Bach*
  • The Secret of Laurel Oaks by Lois Ruby
  • TrueColors series (#3, 10, 11, 12) by Melody Carlson)
  • Diary of a Teenage Girl: Caitlin series (#3, 4, 5) by Melody Carlson
  • Diary of a Teenage Girl: Chloe series (#2, 3, 4, 5) by Melody Carlson
  • The Giver series (#3, 4) by Lois Lowry
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer

5. Hyped/popular books that you didn’t like?

  • Maze Runner series by James Dashner
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

6. Classics you didn’t enjoy?

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE BY JANE AUSTEN. Sorry if it offends anyone, but I just cannot stand that book.

7. Books that you bought just for the intellectual-ness of it all?

None!

8. Any books you haven’t given back?

Paris to Die For by Maxine Kenneth. I really need to remember to give that back to my friend when she comes home at Christmas.


And that’s it for the Readers Confession Tag!

What are some of your readers confessions? Let me know in the comments!

Look forward to my Places No One Knows review! I hope to have it up sometime next week!

Thanks for reading!

See you next time!

 

The McCullagh Inn in Maine by Jen McLaughlin Review!

Started: July 31, 2016

Finished: August 3, 2016

Rating: 3 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Chelsea McCullagh escapes to Maine with a gun and fresh bruises. She’s ready to begin anew-until she runs into her old flame, Jeremy Holland. As he helps to fix her inn, her heart heals and they rediscover what they once loved about each other. But as the two play house, it starts to seem too good to last.


I bought this book on a suggestion from my mom because she had noticed these little Bookshots novels from James Patterson, and I discovered that they had romance novels in the Bookshots category. I really like romance novels (not the kind that have half-naked men on the cover) and I was excited about it.

I liked this book, but I didn’t like it anymore than three stars.

The story was pretty decent for a romance novel. Girl runs away from abusive boyfriend, goes to small town, meets old flame (sometimes new flame), conquers abusive boyfriend, lives happily ever after. It was pretty suspenseful for a romance novel, and I really liked Jen McLaughlin’s writing. She knew when to keep something a secret, and when to put it in the narrative.

The characters were pretty enjoyable, except for Chelsea. I’m usually pretty okay with unlikeable main characters, but Chelsea was just aggravating. I couldn’t stand her, and she didn’t get any better as the story went on. I understand that traumatic things happened to her, but she was just unbearable as a character.

The one thing besides Chelsea that really got on my nerves about this novel was the alternating POVs. I really like alternating POVs, but this one went from first-person in Chelsea’s chapters, to third-person in Jeremy’s chapters. Why? If you can’t write first-person from the opposite gender’s point of view, then don’t switch POV at all. That was the only real writing related thing that annoyed me, but it annoyed me throughout the whole novel and was part of the reason I can only give it three stars.

All in all, I did like this book as a short little romance to read in between my darker YA fiction. It was a nice change of pace, but I definitely think it could have been better. I plan to read more Bookshots in the future, so we’ll see if the rest of the romance category is a little bit better!


NEXT READ: Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

August TBR!

Hello, readers!

It’s the second day of the month, which means it’s time to tell you my August TBR!

Let’s get started!


1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

Synopsis: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

Okay, this one surprises no one, so I’m just going to move on.

2. The McCullagh Inn in Maine by Jen McLaughlin

Synopsis: Chelsea McCullagh escapes to Maine with a gun and fresh bruises. She’s ready to begin anew-until she runs into her old flame, Jeremy Holland. As he helps to fix her inn, her heart heals and they rediscover what they once loved about each other. But as the two play house, it starts to seem too good to last.

I’m a big fan of romance novels, and these new Bookshots novels seem like a great way to get my romance fix in.

3. Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

Synopsis: Waverly Camdenmar spends her nights running until she can’t even think. Then the sun comes up, life goes on, and Waverly goes back to her perfectly hateful best friend, her perfectly dull classes, and the tiny, nagging suspicion that there’s more to life than student council and GPAs. Marshall Holt is a loser. He drinks on school nights and gets stoned in the park. He is at risk of not graduating, he does not care, he is no one. He is not even close to being in Waverly’s world. But then one night Waverly falls asleep and dreams herself into Marshall’s bedroom—and when the sun comes up, nothing in her life can ever be the same. In Waverly’s dreams, the rules have changed. But in her days, she’ll have to decide if it’s worth losing everything for a boy who barely exists.

I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I heard Brenna Yovanoff talk about it at a book festival I went to in March, so I’m super excited to finally read it!

4. Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Synopsis: When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the gameknows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it’s exhilarating–Vee and Ian’s fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they’re directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they’re playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

I’m probably going to see this movie in the next few days, and I had no idea it was book, so I had to pick it up at Target when I saw it.


And that’s it for my August TBR!

I’m excited to read these books and post my reviews for them when I finish!

See you then!

July Book Favorites 2016!b

Hello, readers!

I’m going to be perfectly honest and say that this is another post that I’m only doing because I like being consistent.

I read two books this month, and now I’m going to tell you what my favorite character, cover, title, story, and overall favorite book of the month were!

Let’s get started!


1. Favorite character

Maven from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard!

He was just so thrilling and cold, and I just really liked Maven.

2. Favorite cover

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard! This is actually one of my favorite covers of all time, so of course it’s my favorite of this month!

3. Favorite title

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson!

4. Favorite story

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard!

5. Overall favorite book

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard!

I loved this book a lot, so it was definitely my favorite book of this month!


That’s it for my July book favorites!

I hope to have more books on my favorites next month, so look forward to that one!

Come back tomorrow for my August TBR to see exactly what books you can expect in next month’s favorites!

See you then!