Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at Broke and the Bookish. I always have so much fun doing it.  This weeks theme is 10 worlds you wouldn't want to live in and/or characters you wouldn't want to switch places with.  I did five of each!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2014

I know I am posting this way too late, but thanks to bloggiesta, I recently became addicted to Edelweiss. It has opened my eyes to so many amazing books coming out in 2014, and I just wanted to share a few of them with you! Let me know in the comments which books you are looking forward to most.


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The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor (June 24th, 2014)

Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when basketball star Brady Cullen asks her out, and she just about faints when her strict father actually approves of him. But when school starts up again, Brady changes. What happened to the sweet boy she fell in love with? Then she meets a smoldering guy in his twenties, and this “cowboy” is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina. Leslie Connor has written a lyrical, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about family, romance, and the immense power of love.

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters (June 10th, 2014)

When Alix's charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanee's room for mementos of their relationship, she finds Swanee's cell phone, pinging with dozens of texts sent from a mysterious contact, L.T. The most recent text reads: "Please tell me what I did. Please, Swan. Te amo. I love you." 

Brazen by Katherine Longshore (June 12th, 2014)

Mary Howard has always lived in the shadow of her powerful family. But when she’s married off to Henry Fitzroy, King Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, she rockets into the Tudor court’s inner circle. Mary and “Fitz” join a tight clique of rebels who test the boundaries of court’s strict rules with their games, dares, and flirtations. The more Mary gets to know Fitz, the harder she falls for him, but is forbidden from seeing him alone. The rules of court were made to be pushed…but pushing them too far means certain death. Is true love worth dying for?

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco (August 5th, 2014)

You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night. The Girl from the Well is a YA Horror novel pitched as "Dexter" meets "The Grudge", based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.

The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy (July 1st, 2014)

An engrossing, complex, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater, set in a wholly unique world. Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn't forgotten their warning to "stay away." 

Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu (May 13th, 2014)

Some secrets are too good to keep. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe. 

Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own. But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?

Dream Boy by Madelyn Rosenberg and Mary Crockett (July 1st, 2014)

Annabelle Manning feels like she’s doing time at her high school in Chilton, Virginia. She has her friends at her lunchtime table of nobodies. What she doesn’t have are possibilities. Or a date for Homecoming. Things get more interesting at night, when she spends time with the boy of her dreams. But the blue-eyed boy with the fairytale smile is just that—a dream. As Annabelle learns, if dreams can come true, so can nightmares.

They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Clair (October 14th, 2014)

Pretty Little Liars meets Final Destination in this YA psychological thriller that will have readers' hearts racing right till the very end!

The Island at the End of the World by Austin Aslan (August 5th, 2014)

A powerful story enriched by fascinating elements of Hawaiian ecology, culture, and warfare, this captivating and dramatic debut from Austin Aslan is the first of two novels. The author has a master’s degree in tropical conservation biology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Tease by Amanda Maciel (April 29th, 2014)

Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault. At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Tease is a thought-provoking must-read that will haunt readers long after the last page.

After The End by Amy Plum (May 6th, 2014)

She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.

(Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn (June 10th, 2014)

Welcome to Gardnerville. A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.


There’s a price to pay for paradise.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Stacking the Shelves [2]

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.  It allows bloggers to share the books they added to their shelves during the week!

I purchased four books this week, and I have already read three and am currently reading that last one! Reviews on all of these soon!

It has been an amazing week.  Make sure to post the books to acquired this week below! I would love to know.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mini Bloggiesta To-Do List! [Updated]

Mini Bloggeista is an event that allows us bloggers to dedicated some time to improving our blogs! Suey from It’s All About Books and Danielle from There’s A Book put together this wonderful event for us! Make sure you sign up!
There are also twitter chats so make sure to follow @Bloggiesta on Twitter, and join this Saturday night’s chat, #bloggiesta, at 9 p.m. EST.

Without further ado, here is my To-Do list:

  1. I would love to write up some Top Ten Tuesday in advance. (I managed to write two TTTs)
  2. I really need to catch up on reviews. I want to write mini reviews for all the books I have read so far in 2014. (I am not completely caught up but I did write 4 mini reviews)
  3. Make changes to blog sidebar. I am not sure yet, but I will definitely use this weekend to brainstorm ideas.  (I added a rating system! This is something I have been meaning to do for a long time)
  4. I have yet to write a book discussion post, but have always wanted to. I will definitely attempt to do that this weekend. (I still haven't done this! I need to come up with a creative topic)
  5. Fix labels on posts.
  6. Participate in some mini challenges. (I made a post using Edelweiss and in that same post I made an image map)
I am very happy with what I accomplished this weekend.  I really enjoyed the twitter chat on Saturday night, and overall it felt like a productive weekend! 

Life of a Blogger- Celebrity Crushes

This is a weekly feature started by Novel Heartbeat.  It is an amazing way to get to know non-bookish things about each other! I really encourage you to participate!

This weeks topic is celebrity crushes, and this makes me very excited! I have had many a celebrity crush throughout my lifetime and now I will share of few of them with you all.

Now this is a sad one, but my first real celebrity crush was Heath Ledger.  When I was a preteen I would watch A Knight's Tale every night. He was the only poster I ever hung up in the childhood bedroom.  He passed away during my first year of university, and honestly I was devasted! My love for him was no secret. Four of my best friends, and my boyfriend all called me to break the news.  My mom later told me that her and my dad actually had a conversation about how they were going to tell me! Anyway, he will always be my all time favourite celebrity crush!

My current celebrity crush is Joseph Gordon Levitt, and it has recently come to my attention that there is probably a good reason for this. #1 he was in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You along with Heath Ledger, and #2 he looks oddly similar to Heath Ledger.  Clearly, I have a type!

Of course there are other reason, besides his similarities to Heath, why I love him.  Video evidence below.

My last celebrity crush is a musician, and that is John Mayer.  I know this is a controversial one, but I have always loved his music.  I have seen him in concert four times.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks topic is top ten things on my reading wishlist.  

  1. Books about books- I love reading, so it would make sense that I would love readings books about reading.  I mean how amazing was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell?
  2. Pirates- Are there YA books about pirates? If there are, I haven't read them and I really need to!
  3. Bad ass Female Characters- I know there are a lot of these characters, but I can't get enough of them.  After reading Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa, it made me realize how much I love tough female leads who have a lot of depth.
  4. Diversity- This is a big one! I would love to see more diversity when it comes to body type, sexuality, race, maturity level, religion, etc, etc, etc
  5. Epilogues- Yes, a lot of novels include epilogues, but I really think that most books should. There have been so many times that I finished a book and was dying to know more!
  6. Hybrid characters- I have always had a fascination with hybrids, and would love to read more books about them.
  7. Bromance- Is there anything more entertaining than a good bromance? They are my favourite relationships to read about, and/or watch. I couldn't help but sharing two of my favourite bromances.
  8. Sarcasm- I have been told that I can be pretty sarcastic.  It is just my type of humour, and I love reading sarcastic characters in novels.
  9. Winter- I do enjoy books set in the summer, but it would be nice to read books set in the snow for a change!
  10. Canada- I am Canadian, so clearly I am biased, but I think Canada is beautiful and is a great setting that more authors should embrace.  I would love to see a YA book about a road trip across Canada!

If you know any books that fall in to any of these categories please let me know!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Book Review- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
(Summary from Goodreads)



Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.

My Thoughts

Wow, I have had an amazing read year so far, and Under the Never Sky is no exception! I have read so many dystopian novels, and this one stands out from the pack.  It manages to remain original in a genre that can be seen as over-saturated.

In order to fall in love with a novel, I need to form a connection with the main characters.  This story is told from dual perspectives, and I grew wildly attached to both Aria and Perry.  It was refreshing to see that they had their priorities in order.  They understood that things such as family and loyalty, are more important than a romance with someone you have only known for a short time.  There is also no instalove in this novel! I really enjoy reading love stories where you can see the progression of their relationship grow slowly over time.  It just seems much more believable that way.  

The ending did seem a little bit rushed, but I understand that Rossi was trying to set it up for the sequel.  It is evident that the second book in the series, Through the Ever Night, has the potential to be even better than the first. 

If you are looking for a new series to read, I can not recommend this enough! 

Favourite Quotes

"People can be cruelest to those they love."

"Fall off your own roof."
(You will have to read the book to understand this quote, but it was my absolute favourite line.)

"If there was no fear, how could there be comfort? Or courage?"
- Perry