Monday, October 23, 2017

Music Monday - Evanescence

This meme is hosted over at Always Me.

Evanescence is one of my favorite bands. They led me into Goth music and into my true love of music. So without them I wouldn't have found my favorites. Also, I love Amy Lee to pieces and her voice is amazing. 

Title: Imperfection

Favorite Lyrics:

We stand undefined
Can't be drawn with a straight line
This will not be our ending
We are alive, we are alive

Title: Bring Me to Life

Favorite Lyrics:

Frozen inside, without your touch
Without your love, darling
Only you are my life
Among the dead
I've been sleeping a thousand years it seems
Got to open my eyes to everything
Don't let me die here
Bring, me, to, life

Sunday, October 22, 2017

September 2017 - Wrap Up!

I read 20 books last month. I'm super proud of that number! I read 11 manga and 9 books. Well really two were DNFs but I still count them as I did at least try to read them last month. So I guess I really only read 18 books in full. Which still isn't bad at all. So here we go! Let's get into the books I read last month!

Something I forgot to mention last wrap up was I passed my Goodreads Goal of 119. As of writing this, I've read 137 books for the year. Yeah I will take that. 

Now starting with the manga. 

1) L-DK Volume 1

2) L-DK Volume 2

3) L-DK Volume 3

4) L-DK Volume 4

5) L-DK Volume 5

6) L-DK Volume 6

7) L-DK Volume 7

8) L-DK Volume 8

9) L-DK Volume 9 

10) L-DK Volume 10 

11) Sailor Moon Volume 1 

Now on to the DNFs for this month. Which I hate, I don't DNF very often and then I have two in one month.

1) Roar

2) 27 Hours

Now onto the books I did read and enjoyed! 

1) Some Girls Bite

2) Friday Night Bites

3) Bitten 

4) Llewellyn's 2018 Magical Almanac  

5) Llewellyn's 2018 Moon Sign Book

6) Llewellyn's Complete Book of Divination

7) Lucky in Love

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Lucky in Love - Review

Can’t buy me love…

Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

Book Breakdown 

This is such a cute book! I'm so glad I read it! I was in a mini reading slump. Not really wanting to read anything even if I was loving it and so I decided I needed something light and fluffy. This was it! I'm now reading again and it's all because this adorable novel! 

Maddie is so relatable. She wants to get a good scholarship and get into the school of her dreams: UCLA. It's close to home and it's great for what she wants to do in life. She's got a pretty messed up home life but she wants nothing but the best for them. She works at the Zoo for money and because she loves it. That's where she met Seth, the cutest guy ever! He's so adorkable! 

Everything in Maddie's life changes on Maddie's 18th birthday. She buys a lottery ticket and wins! Now people she thought didn't know she existed are hanging out with her, her brother seems less depressed, her parents seem okay, but slowly those things start to fade too, her parents still fight, her brother is gambling, and can she really trust her friend or are they selling her out to a trashy website for money? All she has is Seth, who doesn't know she's won all this money and treats her the exact same. Though what if he finds out? Will he treat her the same? Will Maddie learn that she can't make control what her family does, no matter her great intentions? 

Again, this is so cute that I went to my local library and got the other available Kasie West books they had because with everything going on in my life right now, I need cute, light, and fun reads. So if you want something cute with a HEA ending, I fully say this is for you! Even the writing is cute! It will pull you in and not let you go until the very end! 

Friday, October 20, 2017

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Book to Movie Adaption

This meme is hosted by myself and Laura from Blue Eye Books

What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Book to Movie Adaption 

Least Favorite
I don't know if anyone even remembers this movie but I watched it in theater and wanted it to be good as I loved the series. I still do, it's like the only MG series I still read. MG just isn't my thing but these hold a special place in my heart and the movie... it crushed my heart and threw it into the fire. It wasn't good and didn't capture the feel of the book either. 

This one will come as no surprise as I'm sure others love it too. It was so well done and captured the feel of the book better than I could've hoped and I thought they followed the book very well. 

Do you have any topics you'd like to see us do for 50/50 Friday? Let me know below and I will add it to the list as long as we've never done it before! 

Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Scary Novel

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Things You Should NEVER Say to a Bookworm

I'm sure that you have heard at least one of these things. I've heard them all, I actually got the idea last week when my boss saw a book in my purse when I arrived for work and asked me:

9) "Why waste time reading the book when you can watch the movie?"

8) I don't like JK Rowling and think HP is overrated. 

7) You could be doing much better things with your time.

6) You can't call yourself a read unless you read ____ 

5) Aren't you too old to be reading that MG/YA title? 

4) You know it's a fictional character, right?

3) Don't you have enough books? You don't need to buy more. 

2) I read too but I read better books, like the classics and more substantial books. Things that make me smarter.  

1) You really need a new hobby. 

Have you heard any of these or something else I've missed? Let me know below the things you've been told for loving the books you do. Also, don't ever let someone make you feel guilty for what you love.... unless you like something illegal, then I would stop but besides that, don't ever stop reading what you love. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

An Oldie But A Goodie - Ten Older Books/Series You May Have Forgotten About

With the amount of books coming out, it's sometimes hard to ever get to that older read you were so excited for. So it slips through the cracks as more hyped books come out. This is list of ten great older books that you may have forgotten about or have never read which I fully recommend you do so. They are great books! 

So let's jump into it my friends!

10) Wake
Published March 4th 2008
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can't tell anybody about what she does they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant. 

9) Evernight
Published February 10th 2009
Bianca wants to escape. 

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in. 

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him. 

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would." 

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

8) Boys that Bite
Published April 4th 2006 
Two sisters—as different as the sun and the rain. For one, getting into the Blood Coven is to die for. But for the other, getting out could be lethal...

When Sunny McDonald gets dragged to Club Fang by her twin sister Rayne, she doesn't expect to find anything besides a bunch of Goth kids playing at being vampires. But when some guy mistakes Sunny for her dark-side-loving sister and bites her on the neck, she finds out that his fangs are real—and deadly. 

Now, Sunny has less than a week to figure out how to reverse the bite, or else she's going to end up as the perpetually undead. And not only will she be a vampire, she'll also be bonded to Magnus—the bloodsucker who bit her—forever. And forever is a really long time... 

7) Goddess of the Night 
Published August 1st 2000 
Vanessa, who has always had the special power to become invisible, discovers that she and her best friend Catty, a time-traveler, are goddesses of the moon who must fight together to overcome the evil Atrox.

6) Glass Houses
Published October 3rd 2006
From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town's terror or will she drown like everyone else?

5) Easy 
Published November 6th 2012
When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night - but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

4) Tithe
Published April 2004
Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms - a struggle that could very well mean her death.

3) Shadowland
Published November 1st 2000
Being a mediator doesn't exactly make Susannah Simon your typical sixteen-year-old. Her job is to ease the path for the unhappy dead to their final resting place. She finds her skills tested to the maximum. But can this girl get her ghost?

2) Life As We Knew It
Published October 1st 2006 
Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

1) Wicked Lovely 
Published June 12th 2007
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.

So have you read any of these? Did you love them? Are some of them new to you and now you wanna read them? Let me know below!