Friday, September 30, 2016

September Wrap up and October TBR

This month has flown by! In fact...where has the year gone?! I was able to read 3 books this month while participating in the Tackle Your TBR read-a-thon that was hosted by Wishful Endings. Here are the books that I read and review

This took me forever to finish. It wasn't because of not enjoy it but because I was so busy with work and other personal things. It was a great read and I can't wait till the next one comes out
My Review

This is a physiological thriller. I like it but I was confused for most of the part especially when it got right in the climax of the story. But the writing was so good I kept on reading it. It was weird and dark. I was not expecting the ending at all. It really saved the book.
My Review

I read book 1 and 2 of the Percy Jackson series but I didn't finish the series. I really liked Mangus Chase. It had humor, adventure, Norse Mythology. I haven't read to many books that is centered around Norse Mythology but it was good. I think the next book comes out sometime next week.
My Review

October TBR
I have four books that was sent to me to review
1. Madame Lilly: Wicked #4 by Dormain G.

2.) Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

4. I was a B**** by Emily Ruben

There are two books that I want to fit into this set is Labyrinth Lost and A Shadow Bright and Burning
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tackle Your TBR Wrap UP

I had so much fun with this challenge! I didn't get to read as much as I wanted and my tbr kept changing (never stays the same). Here are the books that I read and completed.)

Looking forward to next year!:)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Tackle TBR Day 12-13 Update

I had so much fun with this challenge. I hope everyone that did the challenge completed their goal! I'm proud of myself because this challenge I was able to stick with it. Even though I didn't do as good as I wanted to I still did a decent job. I will post whatever I read later on tonight for tomorrow.

Day 12 Update
Books read: The Sword of Summer (Mangus Chase and The Gods of Asgard bk1)
Pages read: 30 (busy day)
Total books read: 3
Total books finished: This Savage Song, And the trees Crept in, The Sword of Summer (Mangus Chase and The Gods of Asgard bk1) 

Day 13 Update
Books read: The Sword of Summer (Mangus Chase and The Gods of Asgard bk1)
Pages read: 240
Total books finished: 3
Total books read: This Savage Song, And the Trees Crept In, The Sword of Summer (Mangus Chase and The Gods of Asgard bk1)

Book Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (Mangus Chase bk1)

Goodreads Summary: Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

This is my third book that I have read by Rick Riordan. I only read book 1 and 2 of the Percy Jackson series and it was so long ago that I would need to reread them. Mangus Chase is about Norse Mythology. I was happy to get into this one because it is different. A lot of times we see a lot of greek mythology so this was a good set to go into. Mangus is sixteen and has been homeless for two years after his mother's death. He was always told to avoid his uncle Randolf at all cost. Well.....Mangus got into a trap to be exactly where Randolf wanted him to be. Randolf convinces Mangus of finding an ancient sword that can only be wielded by him.  By the time he has gotten the sword, Surt, who is an evil fire welding machine comes and he and Mangus fight. It is given pretty early on that Mangus dies in the battle. 

Mangus ends up in Valhalla which is a place if a person dies heroically they will be taken there to not necessarily rest in peace but to prepare for Ragnarok. After a prophecy  by the Thanes and a dream from Loki (All I pictured was Tom Hiddleson face) he goes on a quest with his friends. Blitzen who is a very fashionable dwarf that loves his clothes and dreams of opening his own store, Hearthstone who is a deaf elf that is estranged from his family and has a love for rune magic, and a former Valkrye Samirah. 

The humor was non stop. The things that went on in Valhalla had be cracking up. One of my favorites was the scene with the two goats and Thor. OMG LOL.  And the powerpoint scence (I won't say for the sake of spoilers) was literally off the wall.

The writing was great and it flowed nicely. On some parts I did feel like it dragged and delayed much of the story but there was other factors that made up for it. All the characters were lovable and relatable  as well. I don't have that much longer to wait for the second one.

Rating 4 stars

Friday, September 23, 2016

Tackle Your TBR Update Day 11

Today's Challenge
This Challenge is hosted by The book Monsters. Take a picture of the book/and or place you are currently reading and post it anywhere using the hastage #TackleTBRPhoto

Day 11 Update
Books read: Mangus Chase and the Gods of Asgard 
Pages read:100
Total books read:2
Finished books: This Savage Song, And the trees Crept in

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tackle Your TBR: Update day 10

Today's Challenges 

Fall challenge. Pick a couple of books with fall colors and take a picture.

Random Page and Paragraph Challenge
Take any book that you are reading and share a random paragraph. No spoilers. Leave the name of the book and the page you chose.

"My name is Mangus Chase. I'm sixteen years old. This is the story of how my life went downhill after I got myself killed."
-Mangus Chase and the Gods of Asgard pg.3 Chapter 1

Day 10 Update:
Books Read: Mangus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan
Pages read: 100
Total books read: 2
Total books finished : This Savage Song, And the trees Crept in

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tackle Your TBR update Day 9

Today's Challenge: Create a flag using books!
This challenge is hosted by J. Lenni Dorner


Day 9 Update

Books read: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, Mangus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Rioridan
Pages Read: 50 The Dead House, 50 Mangus Chase
Books read :2
Finished books: This Savage Song, And the Trees Crept in

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Stranger Things Book Tag!

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This is a really neat book tag that was created by booktuber Sarah Sunbeemz. Her channel is great and worth checking out. If you haven't watched Stranger Things....stop right now and go watch it. Seriously.

1.)Epic Intro: The opening sequence of Stranger Things is amazing and really grabs your attention. Name a book that grabbed your attention from the first page.

A:Recently I would say This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. The opening sentence opened with Kate setting the school chapter on fire. It was a great first sentence to open up the story. 

2.) 2. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. Name a fantasy world you would like to experience yourself.

A:I would have to say Velaris from A Court of Mist and Fury. It soooo beautiful they way it is described. I would love to see that world.

3.) SQUAD GOALS. When Eleven met Mike, Dustin and Lucas it was a *mostly* perfect team. Name your favourite bookish group of friends.

A:I think it is pretty obvious: Harry, Ron, and Hermionie .....Enough said.

4.)  ABC’s & CHRISTMAS LIGHTS. Joyce Byers goes mad with grief after Will goes missing. Name your favourite mentally unhinged character.

A: It would be Silla from And the Trees Crept in by Dawn Kurtagich. It is a psychological thriller and as the book progress the main character clearly starts to fall deeper into a mental state of paranoia. 

5.)THE UPSIDE DOWN. Name a book that was the opposite of what you expected. 

A: I would say And The Trees Crept In. I totally was not expecting the ending. It was way off from what I though it would be and would have guess it would be. If you read it then you will definently know what I'm talking about. My Review

6.)MAD SCIENTISTS. Dr. Brenner likes to get freaky with humanity. Name the freakiest dystopian government you can think of.

A:The Hunger Games...A government that is requires a  bunch of children to be gathered together and kill each other......that is pretty freaky.

7.)DEMOGORGON. Name a scary bookish creature that you would not want to come through your walls.

A:  I don't read a lot of horror/thrillers but I have had a share of zombie books. They are disgusting! I prefer to read them than to watch them. I couldn't even watch The Walking Dead....I'm horrible. 

8.)  CLIFFHANGER ENDING. name a book that left you wanting more.

A: A Court of Mist and Fury. I can go all day about why that ending had me crying for the next book but we won't go there. 

That is it. If you feel that you want to do this tag go ahead. Tag me so that I can see your answers. 

Tackle TBR Day 8 update and Challenge

I had fun on the twitter chat from last night. Did any of you guys get a chance to participate?

Today's Challenge: Name Challenge

Find a book that begins with the first letters of your first name spelled out. You can take a picture or list it. I'm going to list mines

E=Empower by Jessica Shirvington (fav book eva!)
R=Rapture by Kate Lauren
I=If I should Die by Amy Plum
C=Captivated by You by Silvia Day
K=Kiss of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon( another fav!)
A=And The Trees Crept in


Day 8 Update:

Books Read: The Dead House by 
Pages read: 25
Total books read: 2
Finished books: This Savage Song, And the trees crept in

Monday, September 19, 2016

Tackle Your TBR Day 7 Update

This weekend was not the best. As you can see from my previous posts I didn't get far with the number of pages. I still have time. I hope to knock out at least two more books before this is over.

Day 7 Update
Books read: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Pages Read: 50
Total books Read: 2
Finished books: This Savage Song, And the Trees Crept in

How is everyone doing so far!!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tackle Your TBR Day 5 and Day 6 Update

This weekend was not great for me as far as reading. I went out of town and I got so caught up with other things that when I finally sat down to read it was more like the book was reading me.

Day 5 Update: 

Books Read: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Pages Read: 10
Total Books Read: 2
Finished Books: This Savage Song, And the Trees Crept In


Day 6 Update

Books Read: Viscous  by V.E. Schwab
Pages Read: 5
Total Books Read: 2
Finished Books: This Savage Song, And the Trees Crept In

Friday, September 16, 2016

Book Review: And the Trees Crept in By Dawn Kurtagich

Goodreads Summary: When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately clear that the "blood manor" is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too--the questions that Silla can't ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that's appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?

Filled with just as many twists and turns as The Dead House, and with achingly beautiful, chilling language that delivers haunting scenes, AND THE TREES CREPT IN is the perfect follow-up novel for master horror writer Dawn Kurtagich.

I don't know what it was about this book that kept me reading it even though I was confused most of the time. The writing was good but for the majority of the story I was confused and had so many questions the further I got. 

Silla and Nori arrive at their aunts home to get away from a horrible life they had in London with their parents. Their aunt, Catherine, lives in a manor called La Baume. They feel that this life will be better for them even though their mother hardly ever talks about the manor and their aunt. Catherine welcomes them with open arms and becomes what the girls need as a "mother figure" . For once Silla and Nori can live a normal life. After a while things start to change. Their aunt is getting paranoid of the girls going into the woods. She becomes distant and sometimes off. Sill start to realize that the house is haunted and that her aunt might not be as crazy she she was led to believe.

I did have a nice time reading this story. It was a good physiological thriller. It was haunting, suspenseful, and weird. I had so many questions the more I got into to the book! It had a slow start and with the questions I had it was frustrating. I especially had a lot of questions about Gowan. Who was he? How can he go back and forth through the woods and nothing bad happens? How come he is the only human present outside of Silla, Nori, and Catherine? 

The writing was good. I think that is what made me push on with reading. It was written with diary entries so we could get a couple of glimpse inside Nori and Catherine's head. 

The ending remedied the slow beginning and questions. I was about 50 pages toward the end and I was worried it wasn't going to end right. The ending was really good and it summed up everything perfectly. This is a good time reading a story like this with fall approaching and Halloween .

Rating 3.5 Stars

Tackle Your TBR Day 4 Update

I will be going out of town this weekend so I won't be posting my updates for the weekend. I will combine my updates of  days 5-7 on Monday.  Yesterday I did good. Much better than the day before. I'm hoping that I should be able to get through a lot more this weekend since I will be out of town.

Today's Challenge

Check out Wishful Endings blog for the Guest Post and Giveaway.

Day 4 Update: 
Books Read : And the Trees Crept in by Dawn Kurtagich
Pages read: 200
Total books Read :1
Total books finished : And the Trees Crept in by Dawn Kurtagich, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwabb

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tackle Your TBR Day 3 Update

Although yesterday wasn't my best at reading I am having a lot of fun doing this challenge. I hope everyone else that is doing this challenge is having fun as well.

Today's Challenge

Duo (two) color challenge. I had to use library books (I work at a library) because I don't have a lot in my personal collection. I chose the colors yellow and white.

Day 3 Update

Books Read : And the Trees Crept in by Dawn Kurtagich
Pages read: 100
Total books Read :1
Total books finished : This Savage Song by Victoria Schwabb

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tackle Your TBR Day 2 Update

Today's Challenge: 
Check out Jemima Pett and Janette Rallison for today's challenges. 


9/13-Day 2 Update

Books read: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (audio book) When the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

Pages Read: 140

Total Books Read: 3

Total Books Finished: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Book Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Goodreads Summary:There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

It has taken me forever to get through this book. It wasn't that I didn't like it but I have been in a huge reading slump since the beginning of June. I am so glad that it is going away. I finished this book as part of the Tackle Your TBR reading challenge hosted by Wishful Endings. So far so good!

This is my first book that I have read by Victoria Schwab. I have seen where she is a favorite author by many and is an auto-buy author for a lot of readers. I did enjoy this and it was right up my alley for a favorite genre of mines. It was dark and inviting. 

There is this city called Verity that is divided into two sections. One being the human side and the other being the monster side. Kate Harker is the heir of the humans and August is the heir of the monsters. These two meet and they soon discover that the world that they live in is not what they thought it was.

One of my favorite things about this book was the fact that the city housed monsters on one side and the humans lived on the other. The monsters are the Malchai which is something like vampires, Corsai who are savage. They attack anyone and anything if in their path, and the Sunai. They  prey on sinners. I thought that it was very neat that they way they do that is through music. August has his violin, Ilsa has her voice, and Leo can use anything. 

This had all the elements of being dark and chaotic. For some reason I had repo in mind while reading this even though nobody's body parts or organs were being repo the setting was still somewhat of the same. The two sides trying to keep order. One is more peaceful and the other is consumed with power.

At the beginning Kate had a mission and that was to be just like her father. She did any and everything to be as ruthless and careless as him. Most of all she wanted to prove to her father that she was indeed just like him. Moslty, she was filled with hurt, pain, and only wanted to be accepted. 

August is a Sunai who wants to be human. He doesn't want to embrace what he is because he longs for normality. He tries to see the good in things and he so desperately cares for his family. He shares the same qualities as Kate as far as being lost and wanting acceptance.

The friendship was great. There is no romance in the book but the two were paired perfectly together. They looked out for one another, had each other's back, and was the anchor for each other for when they felt they were on edge. It was great to see this friendship grow.

The writing was good and the plot of this was really great. That last part of the Elegy was such a tease.....such a tease. 

Rating 4 Stars

Tackle Your TBR Day 1 Update and Challenge

Today's challenge 
First Line Challenge

Take whatever book you are reading right now and share the first line. Super Easy!

Here is mines from This Savage Song from Victoria Schwab


"The night Kate Harker decided to burn down the school chapel, she wasn't angry or drunk."

Day 1 Update: 

9/12 -DAY 1
BOOKS READ: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab- 73% 
FINISHED BOOKS:  about 30% Left

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tackle Your TBR Read-A-Thon

This is a challenge hosted by Wishful Endings. It gears toward tackling your tbr pile. This read-a-thon will start Sept,12th-26th. You can sign up on her blog and add your name to blog linky list for updates. There is also a goodreads group as well that has updates, challenges, and giveaways.

This year of reading for me has been a huge slump of a mess. I am going to stay fully committed to this challenge. The best part is that it is two weeks. That's enough time for me to get at least three books in.

Here is my list in the order I want to read.
1.) This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (I have been reading this off and on since July)
2.)Vicious by V.E. Schwab
3.)A Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
4.)And I Darken by Kiersten White
5.)DragonMark by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hope many of you can join in on the challenge!!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September TBR

This month I have decided to go with a theme outside of my reading challenge for this month. I have not had the experience of diving into children's fiction and I know there are some really great stories out there in children fiction. I have read the Spiderwick Chronicles and the review for that will be posted in a few days. These are pretty short so I think I can get them in.

For this month I am going to work on Children series
Beyonders Chronicles) by Brandon Mull -A World Without Heroes (bk1)
                                                                  -Seed of Rebellion (bk2)
                                                                  - Chasing the Prophecy (bk3)

The Theodosa Throckmorton series by R.L. LaFevers -Theodosia and the Serpents Chaos
                                                                                       -Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris
                                                                                      -Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus
                                                                                       -Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh

Now if you don't know about Tackle Your TBR  Read-a-thon hosted by Wishful Endings it is a two week read-a-thon for you to get through books that are on your TBR pile. It will be from September 12th-16. There are open discussions on goodreads about the books you want to read. I can already tell its going to be great. Here is my list

1.) DragonMark by Sherrilyn Kenyon
2.)Vicious by V.E. Schwab
3.)A Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
4.)And I Darken by Kiersten White
5.)This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Some of these I have been struggling with to finish. It is taking me forever to get through This savage song but its coming along. Also I have been a huge reading slump and it seems never ending. Keeping my fingers crossed that it ends because there is so much that I want to get my hands on.