Saturday, 23 January 2016

January Update

Lovelies, this week has been full of new things for me. I just started my internship this week, and it has been so rewarding! I'm just trying to catch up with everything. While there I met an author, which was AMAZING! After meeting him I'm now considering getting his books, even though they are non-fiction! *gasp*

I know, I know. Too much.

Speaking of books, I've been seriously dragging with my reading this time. January has not been good on the reading front for me. But I'm really enjoying Crane by Stacey Rourke. If any of you like Sleepy Hollow (book, movie, or the TV show), you might want to pick this one up!

I'm also a bit behind on my language studies.. I need to figure out a way to sit and study, like soon!

I know you all were probably expecting a Featured Author Post but I've just been really swamped this week! :(

Promise I'll make it up next week!

On a happier note, YAY for the TV shows being back!! I still have to catch up a bit though. :P Oh well. Let me know which shows you're enjoying this season? (Does that sound right?)

Take care! Stay busy!
oxox


Sunday, 17 January 2016

Review for The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry

The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry
Blurb:
I was warned about Tristan Cole.

“Stay away from him,” people said.
“He’s cruel.”
“He’s cold.”
“He’s damaged.”

It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster.

But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him because it also lived inside of me.

We were both empty.
We were both looking for something else. Something more.
We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays.

Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.



Review:

Let me just come clean here.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Featured Author: Stacey Rourke

Featured Author: Stacey Rourke

For my first Featured Author Fridays I thought I'd go with one of my favorite and go to authors - Stacey Rourke!

I've loved her writing style ever since I read The Conduit. I just got The Legends Saga, and I'm in love with her writing all over again. 

Her posts on social media sites are funny, and you can see where her characters get all that sass from. I recently reconnected with her on FB after a while, and she is the sweetest person ever! 

I was hoping I'd have a lot more to say about her but honestly, I'm at a loss for words at the moment. I think Stacey is one of the most genuine and wonderful people and authors I've had the pleasure of knowing, and I think you all should go give her some love and definitely check out her books!

Let's talk a little about her books. 

The Gryphon Series was one of the first books with a kick-ass female lead that I had read in a long time, and it was exactly the kind of book I love. It was funny, sassy, fast paced, and everything you'd want in a book.
So if you all lovely readers are looking for a new series to obsess over look no further! Gryphon Series has got you covered - from the laughs to action to feels, its got it all!

She also wrote a stand-alone novel called Adapted for Film, which I LOVED! It was adorable, with a healthy dose of sass that I've come to expect, and look forward to, from Stacey's books. For all my rom-com loving readers out there this would be a perfect lazy day read!

The Legends Saga is one I started recently, the first book so far has been really interesting. Its a sort of retelling of the classic story of The Headless Horseman. More on this series after I finish reading it!


I'd recommend her books to everyone! Definitely check out her books all the links are down at the end!


Official Author Bio:

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012 Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015.

Stalker Links:
Blog
Facebook - Give her some love here, tell her I sent you! ♥
Twitter
Goodreads
Amazon
Instagram

Friday, 8 January 2016

Featured Author Fridays!

Hello lovelies!
This year I'm trying to focus on giving back to the amazing authors that have created the book worlds we love.
So I'm going to try and have a featured authors post every Friday (hopefully).
Free promotions for the amazing authors and for my gorgeous fellow readers, some giveaways and maybe some new books you might like!
For authors who wish to be featured I'll have a section for you to sign up soon.
Let's make this year great!
- TJ
oxox

Monday, 4 January 2016

New Year & Mini Update

Hello my lovelies!

Happy New Year!! ����

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and a great start to the new year!

I usually do not make resolutions but instead I set up some goals that I want to achieve this year.

What are some of your goals this year?

I'm also setting up my 2016 Reading Challenge. Hopefully I'll finish this one successfully!

I'll end with this wonderful quote/wish for your new year by Neil Gaiman.

Love always
TJ ♡

Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge

For this year's Reading Goals I set it at 150 books and comics over at Goodreads. Then I found cool categories and challenges so thought I'd add them as well! 
I had to re-evaluate the list and cut it down a bit because well I couldn't find books that fit into those categories and/or it was repetitive, OR it was something that wouldn't count in the challenge like "A Book from your Childhood" these are the ones I've read already so it wouldn't count for this year's challenge.
Final category count is at: 50
Also adding links to reviews.

151/150 Books [Goodreads Reading Challenge]
  1. A Book With More Than 500 Pages - Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. 529 Pages.
  2. A Classic Romance - The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Because fairy tales are classic romance! ;) :P
  3. A Book That Became a Movie - Paper Towns by John Green. The movie released this year!
  4. A Book Published This Year - Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Published on 6th October 2015
  5. A Book With a Number in the Title - November 9 by Colleen Hoover.  "9" :P
  6. A Book With Non-Human Characters - Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. It was full of magic, vampires (the non-sparkly kind), and some other fantasy creatures! ;) 
  7. A Funny Book - You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day. It was quirky, hilarious and inspiring... ♥
  8. A Book by a Female Author - The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Chose this book because Maggie Stiefvater is probably one of my favorite authors. I'd read anything she writes.
  9. A Mystery or a Thriller - The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.
  10. A Book With a One Word Title - Inked by Eric Smith.
  11. A Book of Short Stories - Tell Me a Story by Ravinder Singh. Collection of short stories by different authors.
  12. A Book Set in a Different Country - Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Chose this because the book spans across Manhattan, Spain and Paris!
  13. A Popular Author's First Book - The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.
  14. A Book From An Author You Love, That You Haven’t Read Yet - The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. I will read everything Uncle Rick writes. I do not care what age the books are "meant" for.
  15. A Book a Friend Recommended - Loosing Me Finding You by Natalie Ward. Recommended to me by my book reading partner in crime Athy! Buddy-read this book with her too! :)
  16. Book Your Mom Loves - The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  17. A Book that Scares You - The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. Not as scary as the first book though :/
  18. A Book Based Entirely on its Cover - Cinder by Marissa Meyer and All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.
  19. A Book You Were Supposed to Read in School But Didn't - In my school we didn't have "Reading Lists" or any specific books that we were supposed to read, so..... :|
  20. A Memoir - You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day. ♥
  21. A Book You Can Finish in a Day - The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram. Finished it in one day! :D
  22. A Book with Antonyms in the Title - Loosing Me Finding You by Natalie Ward. Loosing x Finding
  23. A Book Set Somewhere You've Always Wanted to Visit - Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Always wanted to visit Paris and this book just reinforced that!
  24. A Book that Came Out The Year You Were Born - The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman
  25. A Trilogy - Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee. The series was supposed to have five books but it ended up being a trilogy.
  26. A Book with a Love Triangle - P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han.
  27. A Book Set in the Future - The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. It has a long long history and is set after a fictional WW IV
  28. A Book Set in High School - P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han.
  29. A Book with a Color in the Title - Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  30. A Book that Made You Cry - November 9 by Colleen Hoover. This year I've read a lot of books that made me tear up. But books by CoHo almost always make me cry. Some times in a good way, sometimes I ugly cry too.. :P
  31. A Book with Magic - Inked by Eric Smith. "Be Fearless. Be Bold. Be Magic."
  32. A Book by an Author You've Never Read Before - Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  33. A Book You Own But Have Never Read - Tell Me a Story by Ravinder Singh. I kept putting off reading this one.
  34. A Book written by an Author With Your Same Initials - I couldn't find any interesting books by authors with the initials TR. X_X
  35. A Book Based on or Turned into a TV Show - The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  36. An Anthology - Tell Me a Story by Ravinder Singh. 
  37. A Book Published by an Indie Press - Diamond Sky by Diana Nixon. All of the Love Lines series are published by an Indie Press.
  38. A Microhistory - I've been looking all year for a microhistory book that would interest me, but I couldn't find anything, and now I finally find one and I don't have time to read it. :/ Migrating this to next year.
  39. A Book by A Person Whose Gender Is Different From Your Own - Red Rising by Peirce Brown.
  40. A YA novel - 17 Marigold Lane by RM Gilmore
  41. A Sci-Fi Novel - The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  42. A Genre You Would Not Normally Read -  Sloth by Ella James. I've been debating if I should put this up here, and I've decided not to. Review link will open up to Goodreads where I have put up my review.
  43. A Book That Is A Retelling Of A Classic Story  - The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.  
  44. An Audiobook - I miserably failed to finish this one. I fell asleep every time. Will read the book for The Illustrated Man (the audiobook I failed to finish) next year!
  45. A Collection of Poetry - Pieces of Mel by Melina Turner. Collection of poetry of varying genres.
  46. A Graphic Novel or a Collection of Comics of any kind - The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman
  47. A Book That You Would Consider A Guilty Pleasure - Scooby Doo Comics! I've been enjoying reading these. Childhood memories!! ♥
  48. A Self-Improvement Book or Self-Help Book - How To Remember Things by Arthur Richards.
  49. A Steampunk Book -  The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. And/Or For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Petrefund.
  50. A Dystopian Book - The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Review for Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Blurb:
"I live for the dream that my children will be born free," she says. "That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.""I live for you," I say sadly.Eo kisses my cheek. "Then you must live for more."Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies... even if it means he has to become one of them to do so. 

Review:
"This is your heart. Then guard it with metal."

"I am the spark that will set the worlds afire. I am the hammer that cracks the chains"

With a unique theme and an almost fantasy like feel to the book, Red Rising has clawed its way to my favorites list. It was a bloodydamn fantastic read. Set in the futuristic colony of Mars, Red Rising is a dystopian novel like no other that I've read before.

It is a little hard to get into at first, the language and the way the book world functions is a bit much to absorb in the first go. But be patient lovelies, and I promise you this is a read you won't forget.

There are different colors in the society. The different colors are assigned to different jobs, different responsibilities. Red Rising is quite similar, yet quite different from The Hunger Games.

This book was a roller coaster from the get go, fast paced and full of twists. By the time this book ended I was at the edge of my seat. I just HAD to talk to someone about it. 

But no one had read the book. So I sat my mom down and told her the whole story, generally complained about the stupid decisions of the characters (*cough* Darrow *cough*), the amazing plot, and pretty much fangirled.

I'd recommend that all fans of dystopian novels, and anyone that loves reading about good strategies in a game read this one! Its an amazing one. Can't wait to read the next book!!