Saturday, April 22, 2017

Days of Blood and Starlight - Book Breakdown

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

Book Breakdown 

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living—one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying. 

Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel—a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness. 

This was not that world.” 

I am so speechless after reading this book. I cried, laughed, smiled, and got all the feels. I wish more books were written like this. I feel like this world is so flushed out... I mean I can see it in my mind just as good as I can the real world. The author is going such a great job at world building and this level is what other authors should aspire to. 

The plot keeps moving: Karou is still trying to deal with the fact that Brimestone is dead and then she finds the White Wolf. Things get so bad for her here. There were many times I wanted to smack her and tell her 'girl, he's using you! He is only keeping you around until he can teach someone else to do your job!' She has taken over Brimsone's job for the army that White Wolf wants her to make. 

Karou thinks she's helping, that the chimaera will accept her one day and trust her again. The White Wolf is telling everyone to stay away from her and not to trust her. I thought she would be smart enough to figure this out but she's blinded by so many other things. 

Akiva is also suffering, he thinks Karou is dead. It's broken him and he's not sure what to do now. It's nice to see him make up with his brother and sister. I like his ARC as well. There is so much that happens in this book that I can't cover everything without making this six pages long. 

Also Zuzana is one of the best side characters I have ever read about. I love her, she's so loyal and sweet. She's also not scared to bite back when needs be. I just love her so much.

It is slow to start, just like the first one but it's so worth it. I am simply in love with this world, these characters and this amazing writing.

If you've not read this series, you should! I promise that you will never regret it. This is one of the best written, most developed, and engaging series I've ever read. 

It's going to be one of my favorites for the rest of my life. 

Favorite Quotes

1) “A dream dirty and bruised is better than no dream at all.”

2) “I am one of billions. I am stardust gathered fleetingly into form. I will be ungathered. The stardust will go on to be other things someday and I will be free.” 

3) “Your heart is not wrong. Your heart is your strength. You don't have to be ashamed.” 

Friday, April 21, 2017

At First Blush - ARC Breakdown

Who would have thought that a teenager could have a successful career creating makeup tutorial videos on YouTube? For Lacey Robbins, this dream has been her reality. An up-and-coming YouTuber, she has thousands of fans and can't wait for the day when her subscriber count reaches the one million mark. And when she is offered a high school internship at On Trend Magazine, she figures that this could be the make it or break it moment.

But sometimes your dream job isn't all that it seems. Her editor is only interested in promoting junk products, and her boss in the Hair and Makeup department introduces her to the larger world of makeup artistry, making her wonder if making tutorials online is all she is meant to do. To top it all off, when the magazine's feature subject , musician Tyler Lance, turns his broodingly handsome smile her way, falling for him could mean losing her fans, forcing her to make a decision: her YouTube life or her real life?

Fans of Zoella's GIRL ONLINE will fall right into the world of this YA DEVIL WEARS PRADA and stay hooked from the first blush to the last glossy kiss.

Book Breakdown 

I watch YouTube quite a bit, even though I've pulled back a little because of all the drama on there, so it was cool to get to read about this young woman who loved YouTube. She was a beauty Tuber, you know, the kind that make you feel like crap because no matter how much you try and can never make your eyeliner look as awesome as theirs... wait, just me? Never mind.

Lacey is starts out loving YouTube, even missing prom for it. I like how she starts to change through the book, how she starts to see that there is more than YouTube, that she is missing out on life for this website.

We get to see her struggle with lying to her fans for money and I really loved how she finally said, no. She didn't like the crap they were trying to make her sell. I loved watching her come into her own. See what made her happy. 

I do not like Tyler that much... I mean I'm iffy on him. I don't hate him but I don't love him. I feel he needed to be fleshed out a lot more to fully work for me. I'm still not sure what all happened with his family and the band and if they are fine now or what... we also didn't a reason for how he acted in the beginning. Not really, he was just a jerk.

The writing is super easy to follow, it's a super easy read. It's fun and entertained me. Though it's nothing profound. Just a cute little fluff book. If you want a happy fun time, this book is for you. 

Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Book in the Contemporary Genre

This fun meme is hosted by myself and Laura from Blue Eye Books every Friday. Come join us!

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 in the ____ genre (choice genre)

So I've chosen Contemporary because it was the easier for me. I don't read that much of this genre so I have clear winners and clear losers. So let's jump into it!

Least Favorite 
This was just too fluffy and too light and it felt fake at times. I just didn't like it that much.

Paper Princess
I love how gritty this is, I real it is. Teens act like this and I loved that. Yeah there are some parts that are unrealistic but it was mainly in the beginning and once past that I loved the characters. 

Topic for Next Week
World you'd like/not like to live in 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Modern Censorship

So by the title alone, I'm sure you know this is going to be a post that will step on some toes. That being said, I still want my opinion out there. Even though I'm been told quite a few times my opinion doesn't matter because I look white. I don't care, I'm so sick of it. 

So I'm sure you'll all seen what's going on in the YA Book Community. If you haven't, then you've been very lucky. So for those that have no idea what I'm talking about. Let's jump right into it. 

There has been some books coming out that people have jumped on and said some of these books contain some very bad things. One of these book even got pulled back and it's being rewritten to fit with these people's ideals.... so we will never read the book the way the author intended. Never. Unless you are lucky enough to have gotten an ARC. 

We will never get to read that book. Let that sink it. Really think about that. Your choice in the matter of reading that book the way the author intended is gone. You lost that right. They took that right away from you and me.

This group of people have claimed this book is harmful. So it got pulled back to later release date. I have never read this book so I won't go into my opinion on it because I don't have one. Simple as that. I am not one of these people that jump on the bandwagon. I don't read a review and then take that review as fact and that review turns around and becomes my opinion. 

I think for myself. I always have and always will. 

So all that being said. What really bothers me is that this group of people got a book censored. Yes. Censored.

I don't care what the book was said to contain, maybe it if awful, I honestly doubt it because they all said Carve the Mark was awful and I read it and now know they are seeing things that aren't there. They are making problems that don't exist. But, let's say they are right and this book is bad. That doesn't mean it should be censored. 

Censoring things is never a good idea. Never. When you censor things, you are taking away the right to free speech. The freedom for an author to tell whatever story they want to tell. Thus you're taking away my choice/freedom to read whatever the hell I want to read. That my friends doesn't sit well with me. 

I'm not even sure I will post this. Part of me is still scared for the backlash even though I've already been called racist, homophobic, and ablest. Which is funny considering, I'm part Native American, bi sexual and live with chronic pain. 

So while I know I am none of these things, it still does frighten me, I don't like confrontation, it messes with my anxiety but I'm so sick of these people thinking they can control what gets published if they whine and cry about it enough. 

I get it, some people can't/won't read certain things, then don't read the book. Simple, no one is making you read anything you don't want. That's your choice. You can say why you don't want to read the book and move on. You have a choice but by getting books censored or calling people these horrible things... you are A) taking their choice away or B) trying to bully them or make them feel like shit for wanting to read a book you don't like. 

You are trying to censor these books.

No one is doing that to you, stop doing it to us. Let me have my choice to read what I want. 

I also want to point out that there is nothing wrong with criticizing a book. We do it all the time as bloggers but there is a huge difference between that and trying to censor or bully.

I hope I got my point across without being vile but it is kind of a rant. I just don't want to be like those that  call people names that are cruel and unfounded, I don't want to be that way. I hate being mean. 

Be nice to each other and let me know your feelings on this topic. Do you think books should be censored or are you like me and do not. Keep it nice. I won't allow hateful comments. Have a great day my butterflies.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Reeling Me In

This meme is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish

These are ten things that will make me instantly want to buy a book. These aren't in any order really as any of these will make me want to read a book. 

10) Vampires
I know, I know. This probably has a lot of you rolling your eyes and thinking the vampire thing is so over. It will never be over for me. I LOVE vampires. It's still my dream to be one... don't know how that will work because they aren't real but hey, I'm holding on for hope!

9) Sarah J Mass
If she writes it, I'm buying it. No ifs and/or buts. I will buy it and there is a 98% chance that I will love it. 

8) Asia
I love Asia! Japan, Korea, Singapore, China... any books set in Asia will pull me in. I love anything I can get my hands on from these wonderful places. 

7) Gothic/Dark Book Cover
Yep. I love dark and gothic book covers. I have stopped dead in a book store once just because out of the corner of my eyes I saw this book with a girl in a long black dress. It was dark and gothic and I bought it. 

6) Controversial Books
Yes, I'm that person. If someone says something about a book and then people are trying to censor it. I will go out and read that book. It only pulls me in more. I guess it's my inner rebel. I've also always been a free thinker and won't let anyone sway my idea and opinions.  I don't honestly know why but it just makes me want to read it more. 

5) Romance
I love romance. I don't generally like it when it's the whole plot but in order for me to want to even read the book, it has to have romance or I won't even pick it up.

4) Books from other Countries 
I love when books get translated from other countries and come out in English. It's so cool to be able to read these kinds of books and I love finding them.

3) Magic
This is also something I love. Magic/powers/gifts these things all add another level to a book in my eyes and I love that fact. It just ups the stakes and it's also harder for me to predict the plot is magic is involved because anything could happen.

2) High Fantasy 
I love these kinds of books as they really take me out of this reality and this world. Which is the whole reason I read so this really makes me happy.

1)  Art Style (Manga Only)
So I love manga as well and thought I would share the one thing that pulls me in when it comes to manga. Art style. If the art doesn't gel with me, I won't even pick it up, no matter the plot. I will just pass on it.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Music Monday - Shakira

This fun meme is hosted over at Always Me

I've been living for Shakira lately. Her voice is amazing and she is so talented. She can dance and sing her ass off. She is so beautiful and she speaks at least two languages. With all of that, she is pretty dang talented. 

Am I the only one that thinks Spanish sounds so beautiful? Even more so when it's sung. Ugh It's so pretty I can't even.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

13 Reasons Why - Review (Netflix Series)

This show... I've been trying to think of what to say. To put my feelings into words but it's so hard. I can say this is amazing. It made me smile and sob big ugly tears a lot. It ripped my heart out and then at times gave me some small hope. 

This series is based off the book that was published in 2007 by Jay Asher. I want to say that I have never read the book and I don't know if I ever will. The show hit me so hard.... books always hit me harder then TV or movies so I don't think I could take reading the book without becoming a huge mess and laying around for days on the sofa crying my eyes out. 

Hannah Baker. A beautiful girl whose life was ruined by bullies. It all started with s simple picture... and it got increasingly awful from there. She makes these tapes before she kills herself and asks that they be left for every person who helped in her choice to end her life. 

Which is where Clay comes in, he's the one we follow the most in this series and we get to see him go through so much listening to these tapes. Learning everything from Hannah. All the other people that were in involved.

This show is very dark with very few happy moments but those happy moments... they are glorious and I found myself never wanting to let go of them. I couldn't stop watching as everything went from bad to worse each episode. The ones that helped Hannah in her choice aren't fairing well. They are all suffering in their own way. 

What I love most about this show is it doesn't shy away form the brutal things that happened. It shows just how awful it is. There is rape in this show and it doesn't shy away from how truly awful it is. What it's like for those victims. It's so.... I just sobbed watching Hannah... then when they showed her final moments... I lost it. I had to stop watching and try to contain myself before I could press play again. It's so sad that these things happen. 

I think the message is good in this show though: don't be a bully. Try and be a good person. Don't judge people because they may look like they have everything together, but God you have no idea what they are truly going though. Even if we do something as little as telling someone to shut up or publishing their poem. You don't know if that could be the thing to push the person over the edge. 

I've seen some people say that it wasn't any of the teenagers' fault and that it was all Hannah's choice and it's true that it was in fact Hannah's choice and hers alone... when your life is a nightmare from people doing shitty things and you have no way to stop them... why on Earth would you want to keep on? 

I don't agree with those people that think these teens shouldn't be blamed. They should at least partly. Bullying is not something to be taken lightly. I do feel so bad for Clay though because he didn't have a huge part in her death, he says he shouldn't have been scared to love Hannah but he showed her at the party how he felt. She pushed him away. What was he to think? Where she wouldn't open up to him...

I get it, by this point she was so lost and numb, so alone... but I also can't help but blame Hannah too for not opening up to her Clay or maybe trying her parents. I get that she felt like a failure to them and she did try getting help from the school and that was a huge bust but some of the blame lies with her too.

That's something else that I love about this show, there really is no black and white. All of these characters are shades of grey and I found myself hoping they got help and then part of me wanted them to get what they deserved. Like Justin, I hated him in the beginning. What an ass but then we see his backstory and while that doesn't excuse his actions... it starts to make sense. That's what I loved most about this show, it was always giving me something else. Something to think about. Something to really push my mind and make me wonder.

In the end, I feel like... I don't know. It makes me feel empty and there are so many unanswered questions and then I'm left wondering about Alex and if everyone was so busy focusing on themselves that again they missed all the signs and let him slip through the cracks just like they let Hannah. 

This is a great show but it's dark and there isn't a lot of happiness. So I know this show won't be for everyone but I think it's needed. It shows the effects of bullying and just how it can really hurt someone. 

Also if you or anyone you know is thinking that suicide is the only way out, please call this number. You matter. Your life matters. Don't ever give up, once you hit the bottom, there is nowhere to go but up.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

RoseBlood - Review (Problematic Book Breakdown)

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. 

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

So I've decided to start calling my reviews, book breakdowns. I'm sure you guys have seen this on my blog a lot by now. I just wanted to officially say that all my reviews will now be titled Breakdown.

Book Breakdown 

Why is there so much hate for this book?! I don't understand! My mind can't compute why everyone is not in love with this book! It's great. It's a bit slow to start but once it picks up... I could not stop reading. I read it mostly in one day. I just couldn't stop.

I think this is a new trend coming but when it switched POVs it switched from first and third person. I actually like this trend as it's so much easier for me to follow, I feel the book flows better. So I loved that touch. Rune was first POV and Etalon was third. So I know who I was reading as soon as it started.

I just loved how easy that was to catch one. Some books that switch POVs leave me confused as who I'm reading about. Anyone else ever get that?

The plot was sweet, romance, and at times creepy. I love this retelling. I have been in love with The Phantom of the Opera for years. I remember watching the movie years ago and then reading the book and soaking up everything I could find. So this hits home with me and makes me love it more. The world felt so real, the author did a great job at bringing this whole tell to life.

Etalon is so swoon worthy. I can see why Rune fell for him.

If you've not read this book yet than you need to. It's great! Just get past the first part and it's such a worthy read. I wish it just wasn't a standalone, I want more. Though it all does wrap up nicely and no loose ends. It's been such a long time since I read a great standalone. So go out and get this book!

******Know before you buy! This has been labeled problematic. Though honestly, I'm sure every book is going to get this label as everything offends someone. This is being labeled as such for the use of the term gipsy. Just letting you guys know.******

Friday, April 14, 2017

50/50 Friday - Lightest/Darkest Book (themes or atmosphere)

This fun meme is hosted by myself and Laura from Blue Eye Books every Friday. Come join us!

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
Lightest/Darkest Book (Themes or Atmosphere)

So a light book... 
This book is so light and fluffy that I felt like I got a cavity just from reading it. So yeah.

A dark book... this one was so easy for me to chose, I usually prefer the darker books, they just attract me more. The first one that came to mind is...
The Hunger Games
I mean making teens and children kill each other... you can't get much darker than that really. 

Next Week's Topic
Favorite/Least favorite book in the ____ genre (choice genre)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Reviews: Do They Effect What Books You Read?

Reviews: How much do they effect what books you read? Is there any reviewers that you always agree with and read the books they like or don't read the books they don't like? Are you entitled to give your thoughts about a book you've not read?

I have some reviewers that I take their opinion into consideration when it comes to helping me find books. Or if I've not heard much about a book reviews really help when deciding if I want to try it or not. But I follow no reviewer blindly as I hope you don't either. 

Though I am one of those people that if I read a review for a book that I'm looking forward to and the reviewer dislikes it. That won't stop me from reading it as it still sounds like a good book to me. I prefer to make up my mind when it comes to if I will read a book or not. Reviews do help me but in the end it's honestly more about if I find it interesting or not. 

As for giving an opinion on a book you've never read. To me it's not cool. I hate saying things aren't valid but in this case it's true. Your opinion on a book you've never read can't be valid. I mean that's logical sense to me. 

You can say why you don't want to read this book because you've heard it's blah, blah, or blah. That's fine and dandy. But, you can't go off giving your thoughts about these things that's said to be in this book because you've not read it. 

So what are your thoughts on this? Please let me know below as I'd love to start a great discussion with you awesome readers. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

This book is actually one that I've been looking forward to since I heard about it. I'm hoping NetGalley will allow me to have this one soon. Even though my NetGalley pile is about to come to life and eat me it's so large. 

When Dimple Met Rishi

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top 6 Book Characters I Relate With

These are characters that I related with, that I felt I had a connection with. In some of these characters I saw some of myself in there and that is pretty cool. So here is my lift of 6 characters I relate to. There might be slight spoilers ahead.

First off let us start with one honorable mention:

The Lux Series
She loves to read and blog. Yeah I think all of us can relate to her love of books. 

6) Isla
Isla and the Happily Ever After
She is so quirky and sweet and I related to the fact that she didn't think she was good enough to love. I was the same way until I met my current partner.

5) Charlie
Singing Fire
She has panic attacks and lives in a small town. I related to her just for the anxiety alone. That stuff can be cripplingly sometimes. 

4 and 3) Scarlett and Katniss
Caraval and The Hunger Games
I would also do anything for my sister.  No matter what the cost. I would not stop till she was safe, be wary of those who tried to stop me. 

2) Jaylen
Things we have in common, wild animals hate us. I don't know why wild animals unless they are cats hate me. Maybe they sense I'm scared they will attack me and just leave me alone. Also I'm bisexual, just like Jaylen.

1) Madeline (Maddy)
Everything Everything
So like Maddy... I also have something that keeps me from living life like everyone else. While what we have is very very different I still related to her through this shared thing that makes us different from everyone else. 

So what are some characters you relate to? Let me know below! Also as always happy reading my butterflies! Hope you're having a great week.