Blog Tour: Love, Lucy by: April Lindner (Review, Quotes, and Giveaway!)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Welcome to my tour stop for the Love, Lucy blog tour! I hope you enjoy your time here. Make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

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Love, Lucy

Author: April Lindner
Pages: 304
Published by: Poppy
Published on: January 27th 2015
While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too. In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.

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I got this book from NetGalley for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review. None of my opinions are altered by this.

In the synopsis this book definitely was a romance. After reading the book, it was kind of like a “hurry up and decide” romance. The main character was super confused and you were internally frustrated of how indecisive the main character was. I have nothing against those kinds of romances; In fact, Lindner did a great job. I finished this book within a day because I was on the road for about 7 hours (Currently writing this review in the car!). The 300 pages it was was a good amount for this book. It didn't feel like the story was being dragged on for too long and didn't feel like the ending was just too incomplete.

The romance in this book was cute. Jesse and Lucy are so good for each other and so cute of a couple. You know how I know that? If I ever saw them making out in public I would be muttering “Couples,” and rolling my eyes. It's just not the PDA, the way they act around each other. They both encourage each other and are able to be comfortable with each other. Ugh, so cute! The way they meet and how they start liking each other is just cuteeeee.

An aspect that really brought this book nicely together was the writing style. A lot of the books I read are in first person (I picked up the apple) but I liked the third person going on in this book (Kaitlin picked up the apple). It's funny because sometimes I get some trouble when reading in third person because, well third person, in my opinion, is kind of a hard writing perspective to write in. Lindner did a very good job with that and reading in third person was very smooth for me in this book.

I gave this book 4 stars because I did have some issues with some characters in this book but other than that loved it! If you like the lovey contemporaries this is for you!

Favorite quotes:

Lucy thought for a moment, "I hate being hated," she said.
"Wear it like a badge of pride," Matteo said. "It means you've got something she wants."
"When she wants something she knows how to work for it. I'm starting to think she could do anything, if she sets her mind to it." 
"You have to stand back and let them [love]."

Book Blitz: The Secret Diamond Sisters by: Michelle Madow

Monday, March 30, 2015

Welcome to the Secret Diamond Sisters Book Blitz! I hope you all enjoy and make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom!

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The Secret Diamond Sisters

Author: Michelle Madow
Pages: 382
Published by: HarlequinTeen
Published on: February 25th 2014 
Savannah. Courtney. Peyton. The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.
"Sexy and often electrifying ... Gossip Girl meets The Princess Diaries in a city that never sleeps."
--Booklist 
"This quick and entertaining read is filled with glitz and glamour ... get ready for one crazy and fabulous ride."
--RT Book Reviews

Diamonds in the Rough

Author: Michelle Madow
Pages: 448
Published by: HarlequinTeen
Published on: October 28th 2014
All-access doesn't mean no problems. The three Diamond sisters survived the summer in style after coming to live with their long-lost billionaire father. But making a place for themselves at their exclusive new Las Vegas private school is throwing them any number of gold-plated curves. Savannah's YouTube stardom turns into a Sweet Sixteen reality show extravaganza—with complimentary enemies on the side. Dangerous flirtations don't keep Peyton from a gamble that will risk far more than she planned to bet. And when Courtney and the sisters' archenemy, Madison, uncover two explosive secrets, it will rock even this town of glittering illusion—and turn their lives upside down all over again. Sisterhood, first crushes, and scandalous secrets explode in book two of Michelle Madow's riveting series, The Secret Diamond Sisters.
The fireworks started before either of them could say anything more, bursts of light shooting into the desert sky, bigger than any firework show Courtney had seen in Fairfield. It was impossible to ignore the electricity bouncing between the inches of space separating her and Brett, dancing across her skin with each boom overhead. She couldn’t stop glancing at him from the corner of her eye. He looked lost in thought, although sometimes she swore she caught him watching her, too. This went on for twenty minutes, and then came the finale—shot after shot of fireworks exploding, without a second’s break between them. Some sored into their air like comets and others spread like meteor showers, filling up miles of sky.

When it was over, Courtney was sitting so close to Brett that their arms were an inch from touching.

“How did you like it?” he asked, not making an effort to move away.

“I loved it,” she replied. “Thanks for bringing me.”

Her head felt fuzzy, and she pushed a strand of hair behind her ear, her arm brushing his. She stilled at the touch, and he looked at her with more intensity than he had the entire night.

“Are you two ready to leave?” Dawn destroyed the moment, standing up and brushing invisible dust off her jeans.

Courtney jerked backward, torn out of her trance. If the others hadn’t been there, what would have happened between her and Brett? She’d never kissed a guy before, but from the way he was looking at her, she felt like he’d wanted to kiss her. And if he had, she wasn’t sure she would have stopped him.

She shook her head at the thought. Courtney had never broken a rule in her life.

Whatever had just occurred between her and Brett could never happen again.

Insurgent Movie Review

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Happy me! That was until I saw Insurgent...
So I saw Insurgent on Thursday, I am here to rant- I mean share my thoughts on the movie. With Divergent, I wasn't the happiest camper but was pretty satisfied. There were things that I wanted changed here and there. Honestly, I was excited for the producers to redeem themselves with Insurgent.


I saw the early trailers of this movie.

Not.

Happy.

Like seriously, it's these little details that always bug the crap out of me. Like Tris's hair. What's with that. Yes it supposed to be cut short, but not like Emma Watson short! I remember very clearly that Tris's hair was cut around her shoulder area. No more, no less. It's not that hard! Dammit director slappers (People who slap the director every time they say “Hmm, we should change ___”) ...you had one job! 

One of the biggest problems I had with Divergent was how bad the casting was, and the lack of characters. I am very picky with my casting. If you can get someone who is at least a year or two older than the original age good job casting. A+. If that's not possible, then maybe 3-6 years older. As long as the person looks somewhat close to the original age. Hey! Wasn't Shailene like 23 when she did Tris. Hi, my math skills are telling me that that's 7 years. 7 YEARS HOLY MOLY. Oh, don't even get me started on Tobias. 10 YEARS. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! I was never someone who was a huge fan of Theo James as Tobias and now I know why. HE IS WAY TOO DAMN OLD FOR THE PART. Like you couldn't at least find someone who wasn't 10 years older. Oh well, what's done is done. Screw up the casting in movie one, haha you have screwed up the whole franchise. 

Just a thought: Did the producers seriously think it was necessary to have Four and Tris do the nasty in Insurgent?!

Then we have the way it was based off the book. Here is my philosophy: The reason a book is popular is because of the amount of readers and fans it has. A book could be nowhere without fans. We are the ones who spend money buying merch and books. We stay up late for trailer releases or movie premiere night. The last thing you could do is at least satisfy fans. Of course, not everyone could like the same thing. Don't you think it's kind of rude when a movie TOTALLY changes to story. We are here for the ORIGINAL story in a movie form. I read books before movies to know what happens and because books are always better. If you change the whole story then why did I read the book? Why am I even here? This movie was absolutely horrible when it came to how true it was to the book. Like at this point, movie producers have pulled a Percy Jackson. Everyone remembers how bad how bad PJO movies were right? Casting: Bad. True to book: Blech. I'm sitting in the theater thinking,”That the hell is this box?! This wasn't in the book.”

While we're talking about how this movie didn't stay true to the book, can we mention that three of my favorite characters, Lynn, Marlene, and Uriah barely got any screen time?! Uriah had one part in the movie! He is a pretty important character too. Then Marlene dies early and she didn't even say one word! Also, who the heck is Lynn and Marlene? THIS IS A QUESTION THAT SHOULD NEVER BE ASKED. IF THEY DIDN'T SCREW IT UP IN DIVERGENT THEN MAYBE I WOULDN'T NEED TO BRING THIS UP. Rant over.

Bottom line: I really disliked this movie. If you go into the theater with an open mind and low expectations, you may enjoy the movie.

So tell me: How do you feel about the Insurgent movie?

Let's Talk!: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Thursday, March 26, 2015

All the Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Niven
Pages: 388
Published by: Knopf
Published on: January 6th 2015
The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning! Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.
This book is all the rage. Like literally. I wouldn't have read it so soon from when I bought it if it weren't for all the raving this book got. Plus, Spotlight Book Club was reading it so I decided to join all the glorious fun! Do I regret reading this book? Not one bit. Well, it did take an unfortunate number of 4 days to complete...

I loved the characters in this book. Finch and Violet are two people who have not a lot in common yet they become such good friends to each other. I liked that. If Violet and Finch didn't become friends and just didn't know each other this book would obviously be a lot different than it is. I also liked how these two came together because of a school project. (Even if Violet acted like she wanted nothing to do with Finch.) That's very important to have in a book, a strong relationship. If one character doesn't like another character and they are the two main characters the book, in my opinion, that won't be very fun to read. If I read a book, I want it to be happy and I can enjoy it, not be frustrated.

One of the things that scared me when I went into this book was the ending. I had heard that people thought the ending was really sad and people cried. Throughout the book, I got ideas on why the ending was so sad but I didn't want to spoil myself with the ideas and I denied the facts. Yes, I thought correct on why the ending was sad. I cried, I really did.

One of the reasons why I think I liked this book so much was because I liked Finch so much. I liked his character and how open minded he was. He was also a person where everything he said made you question everything. He wasn't afraid of being weird or expressing how he felt. Reading from him was always so fun and great. Finch's personality is one of the reasons why this book can function the way it does and I continue to love reading from and about his personality daily.

I gave this book five stars because the story and plot of this book was so great, I loved the characters, and just over all loved this book.

Book Buddies: Ruin and Rising by: Leigh Bardugo

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book Buddies is a bi-monthly thing with Lauren @ Bookmark Lit! Each month we will read a book and discuss it! Our discussions are then turned into posts! Half of the discussion will be on Lauren's blog and the other half will be on this one!

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This month we read...

Ruin and Rising

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Pages: 422
Published by: Henry Holt and Co.
Published on: June 17th 2014 
The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives. Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for. 

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If you would like the see the other half of this discussion here check out Lauren's post!
(There are some spoilers.)

Were you expecting how this book ended and did you like it?

L: To be honest, I am seriously awful about predicting the endings of books! I certainly didn't see this one ending that way, but I wasn't sure about how it was going to end anyways. There were some characters I was nervous we're going to get killed off, but I'm glad they weren't! Overall I liked the ending; I think it's how it was meant to end. I wasn't surprised by it and it was pretty cute and comforting. Some parts of it felt a little cheesy, to be honest, but it was nice to have something loaded with positive feels instead of being nervous or scared for once! The rest of the book was a complete roller coaster, so I thought Alina definitely deserved a happy ending.

K: I love how the ending was happy! These books get so sad, dark, and depressing and having a happy ending feels so great coming from this trilogy. I think it is safe to say I was really scared about the end too. I thought there were going to be characters that I loved, they were going to die. Maybe Alina's plan would somehow malfunction (which, it kind of did) and she would die. When Nikolai was one of the Darkling's ghost thingies, (Man, I forgot what they were called) I was scared for Nikolai. I wasn't sure whether he was going to die or something.

Did your feelings for any of the characters change?

L: Hmm, I think I warmed up to Mal a bit more! He was kind of annoying and mopey during the second book. I was really hoping she wouldn't end up with him even though I figured she probably would. I spent the first book loving him, the second book being annoyed by him, and the third one liking him again. It would have been nice to see just a little bit more of Alina and Mal's history together, or even why he behaved the way he did in the second book. A little more background on him would have been nice. I also abandoned the tiny part of me that was shipping the Darkling with Alina. I think it would have been kind of crazy and cool if she ended up being evil with him! Could you imagine if that's how it ended?? Part of me was hoping for something different as far as he was concerned, but everyone can read about our thoughts on THAT over in my post ;) My feelings towards Nikolai were as strong as ever. I love him. He was just so funny and full of banter. Sigh. So much love.

K: I swear, my feelings for Nikolai have gotten stronger in a very scary way. I don't want to get in depth with how I know this because then everything will be...creepy. But! My feelings for Zoya changed! Oh, you remember Zoya right? She was the jerk that made Alina's life miserable. Yeah, I kind of started liking her a bit more. Zoya is not actually that bad. She may seem mean but she is very brave and will have your back. I don't know...she seems like Celeste from the Selection! At first, I hated her guts but then in the last minute I started liking her. If I had to choose one person to fight with me in battle I think it would have to Zoya.

When Alina and Co. finally found the third amplifier, what were your exact thoughts when you read that part?

L: I was SO surprised! I think my reaction was something like "WHAAAAT??!?!" I didn't see it coming, but I had a weird feeling about the firebird in general. That whole aspect of the book with Morozova's family was insane! Those questions being answered was probably my favorite part of the book; it really took it to a whole new level for me. I'm kind of mad at myself for not seeing it coming. All three books were kind of set up as a rollercoaster - they would have action, then plot development, then action, then plot development, then action. It's not like a traditional book where there's rising action, a climax, and falling action towards the conclusion. I really think it worked so well for this series. It enabled the world building to be integrated right in with the action; as the characters find out more about Morozova, they're still battling and trying to figure out how to survive with the new information they learned - especially about the third amplifier. 

K: I let myself loose with this plot twist! When I read it I was thinking,"How the heck did they figure this out?!" and it still confuses me to this day! I don't get it, how did they suddenly figure it out. The evidence they had proves nothing! Everything could be a coincidence. I didn't question it though. If they thought Mal was the amplifier and seemed really confident on it, I just went with it. I don't know if anyone remembers this but I did mention the fact that we didn't know Alina's parents and how it could affect the books later on. (This was our first discussion). I guess I was sort of right because not knowing Mal's parents really affected the book.

Looking back to Shadow and Bone, how do you think Alina has changed? 

L: I think her character development has also been kind of up and down! She started out as this orphan girl who felt so ordinary, then suddenly had these unheard of powers. The first book involved her really getting used to them and figuring out the things she could do. In the second book, she became kind of darker as she REALLY grew into her powers. She started seeing the connections between herself and the Darkling, which was really cool. She always kept the fate of her country in mind, but did adopt some darker attitudes and was a bit more ruthless. In the final book, she's finally figuring out how to balance everything. I thought it was interesting that she was constantly struggling with who she thought she needed to be, who she was before, and who she wanted to be. She constantly dealt with these internal issues that are mirrored in the way regular people like us grow and change. I'm definitely not the person I was a year or two ago, and hopefully I'll grow even more into who I'm supposed to be. Alina had that same struggle everyone has, except it was amplified by the fact that she had to save her country and deal with these crazy powers.

K: Well said, very well said. I have to agree with you. I think Alina did go through a very rollercoaster ride in her development. I do think there was a lot of the figuring out her powers rather than the darker attitudes. Throughout the three books Alina is still learning how to control her powers and use the Cut. That's what so great about having a protagonist that started off with a rough childhood or seemed like a no one. You get to read about the character development and compare them to the past version. The struggle for Alina to figure herself out was definitely real. I mean she needed to be a brave and powerful person in order to lead Ravka in the future. At the same time she just wanted to be the person that was on Mal's side. Dang, there was so much internal turmoil...

Waiting on Wednesday #5

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking The Spine.

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Never Always Sometimes

Author: Adi Alsaid
Pages: 352
Publishing by: Harlequin Teen
Publishing on:  August 4th 2015
Dave and Julia are best friends. On the brink of high school, they made a list of cliches they would never do. Now in their senior year, Dave and Julia decide to try every Never on the list. As they break out of their comfort zone and have many adventures- both together and apart- they learn a lot more about who they are and what their true feelings are for one another.

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Why I am excited about this book being published...

I read Adi's debut, Let's Get Lost, and really enjoyed it. Then, Adi had announced that he was going to be releasing a new book! The plot of this book is really interesting and I am super excited to finally get to it! I actually have an ARC of it for the Never Always Sometimes ARC tour and am really excited to hurry up and get to it! It's about high school cliches so that is sometimes that is going to be very new for me.

So tell me: Have you heard of Adi Alsaid or Let's Get Lost?

Seize the Tuesday #21

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by Adi Alsaid and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we're reading. We’ll post on as many Tuesdays as possible and share our posts online with the hashtag:#LetsAllGetLost. If you loved Let’s Get Lost then join the LGL Buddies on Facebook and help promote the book!

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Under a Painted Sky

Author: Stacey Lee
Pages: 348
Published by: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Published on: March 17th 2015
A powerful story of friendship and sacrifice, for fans of Code Name Verity. Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail. This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship. 

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How did I Seize the Tuesday...

Guys, I'm rewatching Avatar. No, not the blue people avatar, The Last Airbender Avatar. Yup! Since Legend of Korra recently just ended and with The 100 not being aired until fall, I had to watch a show again. I decided to rewatch Airbender because I haven't watched it in so long and was missing it so much. I started about last week and am already halfway through season 2! I just love going through feelings I had for the show and I realize how much of it I have forgotten about it since the first time I watched it. I honestly think Korra wasn't as good as Airbender, and we don't even need to talk about the movie! Based on the trailer, I refused to watch it. Now I present to you...a glorious Airbender GIFs!
So how can you Seize the Tuesday? Well go outside, learn something new, pamper yourself! Spread around this Seizing and enjoy the day! Or should I say…Seize? So tell me: How have you Seize the Tuesday?

Event Recap: Stacey Lee's Saturday Book Launch

Monday, March 23, 2015

I attended Stacey Lee's launch event for her debut book Under a Painted Sky! I got there about 10 minutes before it started (that's a first for me). Let me say this, everyone knew everyone. People were walking in and saying hi to other people that were here. I guess I can say everyone who attended knew everyone from the area. The event started about 20 minutes after 4 and Stacey's husband introduced Bennett (I think that's how it's spelled?), Stacey's son. Bennett then introduced Stacey and she talked for some time.
Bennett opening the event!
Stacey opened the presentation by telling her more about the book and the Oregon Trail.
Stacey also told us more about herself and her parents as well. We then watched the book trailer and the girl who played Samantha in the trailer was actually sitting a round in front of me and was wearing the same dress she was wearing in the trailer. Her name is Savannah and she is a lot younger than Samantha actually is. After we watched the trailer Stacey opened up to questions. There were a lot of interesting questions and, yes, I asked one too. After that we all moved to have cake, cookies, popcorn, or drinks or into the signing line. I wasn't very far into the signing line so I wasn't waiting for too long. I got to Stacey and she recognized me! I said hi to her, we shared a hug, took a picture, and she signed my book!
Stacey signing my book!
Afterward I got some of what was left of the cake and drinks. I also talked to Stephanie, one of Stacey's friends, and got a picture with her!
Stephanie and I! (You see the cake in my hand?)
We just stayed a little longer and then left. It was a really nicely organized event and I'm so glad I went. Can't wait to see what adventures Stacey has in that mind of her's. :D

More pictures!

Stacey and I!
In this pano: Stacey, her signing line, chairs, people talking.
My signed book and fiddle bookmark!
So tell me: Have you read Under a Painted Sky?

Let's Talk!: The Glass Magician by: Charlie N. Holmberg

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Glass Magician

The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #2)Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Pages: 222
Published by: 47North
Published on: November 4th 2014
Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane’s heart to his body, Ceony Twill is well on her way to becoming a Folder. Unfortunately, not all of Ceony’s thoughts have been focused on paper magic. Though she was promised romance by a fortuity box, Ceony still hasn’t broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery, despite their growing closeness. When a magician with a penchant for revenge believes that Ceony possesses a secret, he vows to discover it…even if it tears apart the very fabric of their magical world. After a series of attacks target Ceony and catch those she holds most dear in the crossfire, Ceony knows she must find the true limits of her powers…and keep her knowledge from falling into wayward hands. The delightful sequel to Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician will charm readers young and old alike.

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I got this book off NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, my opinions are in now way altered by this.

I'll admit it, I really like how this trilogy is going so far. I thought the first one was a great read but the second one. Oh, boy. I'm really excited to read on about Ceony's paper magic adventures! This book picked up about a month from the ending of The Paper Magician and not much has changed. The ending was written so well and provided a nice platform for the next book. We get introduced to some new characters and it was all fun!

One of the things that really made this book so enjoyable was the mystery and action that went on. The mystery starts literally in the first few chapters and it drags through the book, bringing along some EPIC fight scenes. The world this book takes place in is also a great contributor to the epicness. The fact that you can fold paper or just say simple spells and kind of like "bend" the thing/element is so cool. As a Avatar: The Last Airbender junkie, I approve!

As I mentioned above, there were some epic fight scenes and Holmberg did a great job with those. I liked how she very much incorporated the magic in it yet had a great balance with the hand-to-hand combat. There was also the suspense of not knowing who was going to win a fight. Sometimes in books when two opposing sides get into a fight you can predict who wins, that is not played in this book. Ceony does do some fighting and I think we can all say she isn't the best person in the warzone. She fights two different people and at one point of those parts I was actually unsure who would win because her Folding skills have gotten so well in combat. Other than that, they provided a lot of entertainment and I had a blast reading them.

Ceony as a character has developed so much. Not only her paper folding skills, but her characteristics. She used to be so upset over the fact that she wasn't a smelter and was a bit shy. Now she is facing her own problems and taking charge of the situation.

All in all, this book was a great read with action, a little humor, and more of Ceony's glorious cooking!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week: What would your Amortentia smell like?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

This is a meme I (Uncorked Thoughts) started and thought I’d (with a lot of help from Ula @Blog of Erised) that I’d make a schedule of the posts to come if anyone wants to join in :). The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! Each topic will be posted on this page for the week. There will also be free week where everyone can decide whatever topic they want! Hope you enjoy!

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What would your Amortentia smell like?

The first thing I thought of when I read this question was a whole list of foods. (Does this explain a lot of me?) Food wise here is my huge list of things I smell: Poutine, sushi, beignets, steak....oh and quesadillas! Other than I don't know what else I would crave that would smell. Well I do crave to meet certain authors and internet friends so I guess I would smell them? I also crave the smell of sleep or my bed. :)
$10 she smelled Ron (or something related to him)
So tell me: What would your Amortentia smell like?

Let's Talk!: Invaded by: Melissa Landers

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Invaded

Invaded (Alienated, #2)Author: Melissa Landers
Pages: 356
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Published on: February 3rd 2015
The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe...until a threat to both their worlds reunites them. Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her. Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side. Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life. The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?

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I read Alienated around the time it came out and loved it so much. I was so stoked that Melissa was going to have a free novella and also a second book. I read both and loved both. Why did I love Invaded? Read on and find out my child. 

The book starts back up after the ending of Until Midnight and if you read Until Midnight, then you obviously understand what is going on. For people that haven't read Until Midnight but went straight from Alienated to Invaded you may get a little confused. That's okay because you will catch on.

One thing I really liked about the characters is this book was the Cara had gotten so much development from the beginning of Alienated to the end of Invaded. She is a lot more outspoken (not that she wasn't already) and curious. For example, when the "meteorite"  dropped down Cara didn't run away from it. Instead she went to go examine it. Boom, right there. Character development.

Another thing I really liked was the action and plot that went down in this book. I thought the duo perspective was great. It was really awesome how we got read from Aelyx and not just Cara, because let's be honest, I would be pretty bored with this book if I was only reading about Cara. I want to know what is happening on earth too! The different things happening on earth and L'eihr weren't too confusing, they weren't too boring, and all the action didn't cause the book to be overwhealming. Each planet had a healthy amount of things going on and I liked that. Both Cara and Aelyx would have their problems and reading back and forth from one problem and to another problem. There was a perfect balance.