My New Favorite Trilogy. Broke My Heart But I Still Love It // Thoughts on The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Darkest Minds

Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: December 18th 2012 
Format:  Paperback
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.
I feel like for the longest time now, The Darkest Minds trilogy has been sitting on my shelf. All brand new, shiny, and unread. Well, I am glad to be here today to be able to say that I have read the trilogy and loved it. (Shoutout to Xan and Anneqah for giving me that push to read the trilogy. Also for being my shoulders to cry on.) I loved this trilogy so much and I would write reviews for each book but haha, I am way too lazy for that so I am just going to write on review for the whole entire trilogy. Definitely pick up the first book though because once you read the first book you can't not continue.

One of my favorite things about this series is the different characters Ruby encounters and the friends she makes, this first book especially. I love the characters of this series and not only because they are all such fabulous people, but because that there are a few diverse ones. Race doesn't play a large role in the series but I love the fact that Bracken didn't overlook the fact that the world is not filled with white people, which is how the world was portrayed in most books published around (and before) the time The Darkest Minds.

This Book Had A Great World and Gay Characters! // Blog Tour: Audiobook Review of Timekeeper by Tara Sim and Giveaway!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hey everyone and welcome to today's post! I am super excited today to be reviewing the audiobook of Tara Sim's Timekeeper. This would be my first audiobook so I am looking forward to sharing my experience to everyone and also be reviewing this wonderful book, which has been on my TBR for the longest time now. I hope you enjoy and make sure you enter the giveaway at the end of this post, we're giving away some fabulous stuff! Thank you The Audiobookworm for hosting this tour and you can check out the rest of the tour here!


Author: Tara Sim
Publisher: Forever Young Audiobooks
Release Date: November 8th 2016
Format: eBook
Narrator: Gary Furlong
Length: 8h 50m
Audible | Audiobook Excerpt |
Two o’clock was missing. In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely. It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors. And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve. But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.


I received an audiobook of Timekeeper for this tour and in exchange, will be providing a review where none of my thoughts are affected by the circumstances.

The synopsis of Timekeeper really sold me onto reading this book. It has gay characters, an urban fantasy type of world, and a mysterious storyline. I really hoped that I would like this book and I am really glad I did. It was also really awesome getting to hear the book in audiobook form. If you're looking for a book with a really unique world and some great characters, I would definitely recommend Timekeeper.

The narrator of this audiobook was Gary Furlong and for my first audiobook, I think he did a pretty fabulous book job of telling this story. He didn't sound too stiff or forced when he was reading and did a good job giving the vibes of someone reading to you. I also liked how there weren't many awkward pauses and Furlong just kept the narration going. The sound quality was really good and overall a great quality audiobook.

Four Literary Characters, One Foreign County, Snacks. // My Dream Literary Road Trip and Stranger than Fanfiction Giveaway!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hello everyone! I am super excited to share today's post because it is definitely a fun one. This post was inspired by Chris Colfer's newest release, Stranger than Fanfiction, which is about an actor who takes a road trip with four fans across the country. So, in tribute of the main character's road trip, I decided to write about my own. This road trip is my dream literary road trip (basically, a road trip with four literary characters)! I had a lot of fun with this post so I hope you enjoy. Also, make sure to check out the giveaway below if you're interested in winning a copy of Stranger than Fanfiction.

Now for the giveaway. I'm working with Little, Brown & Co (Stranger than Fanfiction's publisher) to giveaway a copy of Stranger than Fiction to you guys! This giveaway lasts for two weeks and ends on March 31 so make sure to get your entries in. I will be contacting the winners through email after the giveaway ends and they will have 48 hours to respond with their address before they forfeit the prize. US only, best of luck, and thank you for entering!


The most important part of a road trip is the people! In Stranger than Fiction, Cash, the main character, road trips with four other people, so I have chosen four fictional characters to read trip with!
  • Chubs // The Darkest Minds; I actually just finished this trilogy (suuuuch a great trilogy) and the characters in The Darkest Minds kind of go on their own road trip. I loved all the characters but I would love to be able to go on a road trip with Chubs. I love his personality and he is kind of a dork and I do love dorky characters. I think he would be a fabulous addition to my road trip and probably the person handling the music throughout the whole entire trip.

Your Search for a Beautiful Super Diverse Book Is Over. // Thoughts on Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Queens of Geek

Author: Jen Wilde
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: March 14th 2017 
Format: ARC
When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever. Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought. While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own. Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.


I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. None of my thoughts are altered by this. 

For so long, I have been looking for a book that is super diverse. Like so diverse that there are more diverse characters compared to your typical white straight characters. This. Is. The. Book. I have found it. It has been written.

I have so many things to say about Queens of Geek so I am going to try to take it one thing at a time and not spew out all my thoughts within two sentences. First of all, and the biggest thing: it's diverse af man. DIVERSE AF. This book features POC, LGBTQ+, and mental illness characters. One of the main characters is Chinese (homegirl got so excited when she read about that), one of the love interests is Mexican, we meet characters who talk about their experience with things like anxiety and panic attacks, and on top of that, the author handles sexuality beautifully. SO DIVERSE. EVERYTHING IS THERE.